Monthly Archive: February 2018

“Change of Keys” = Piano Works by HAYDN; BEETHOVEN; CHOPIN; SCHUMANN/LISZT; DEBUSSY; BARTOK – Carol Leone, piano – MSR Classics

“Change of Keys” = Piano Works by HAYDN; BEETHOVEN; CHOPIN; SCHUMANN/LISZT; DEBUSSY; BARTOK – Carol Leone, piano – MSR Classics

A varied and nicely complied recital played with strength and conviction. “Change of Keys” = HAYDN: Sonata in C, HOB XVI: 50; BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 30 in E, Op. 109; CHOPIN: Ballade No. 1 in g, Op. 23; SCHUMANN (arr. LISZT): Liebeslied “Widmung” S.566; DEBUSSY: L’Isle joyeuse, L.106; BARTOK: Sonata, BB 88, SZ.80 – Carol […]

Raoul Björkenheim/eCsTaSy – Doors of Perception – Cuneiform

Raoul Björkenheim/eCsTaSy – Doors of Perception – Cuneiform

Not your typical prog-jazz fusion. Raoul Björkenheim/eCsTaSy – Doors of Perception [TrackList follows] – Cuneiform, Rune 443 43:05 [10/6/17] ****: (Raoul Björkenheim – electric 6-string guitar, electric 12-string guitar, producer; Pauli Lyytinen – soprano, tenor, alto and bass saxophone, wood flute; Jori Huhtala – double bass; Markku Ounaskari – drums, percussion) Finnish-American guitarist Raoul Björkenheim […]

Mark Murphy – Midnight Mood

Mark Murphy – Midnight Mood

A delicious session of top flight vocal inventiveness  Mark Murphy – Midnight Mood – MPS0212419MSW 36:59**** ( Mark Murphy – vocals; Jimmy Deuchar – trumpet; Ake Persson – trombone; Derek Humble – alto saxophone; Ronnie Scott – tenor saxophone; Sahib Shihab – baritone saxophone + flute; Francy Boland – piano; Jimmy Woode – bass; Kenny […]

Paddle to the Sea: Third Coast Percussion – Music by Third Coast Percussion, Philip Glass, Jacob Druckman – Cedille Records 

Paddle to the Sea: Third Coast Percussion – Music by Third Coast Percussion, Philip Glass, Jacob Druckman – Cedille Records 

Not what you’d expect from a percussion ensemble, and that’s high praise Paddle to the Sea: Third Coast Percussion – Music by Third Coast Percussion, Philip Glass, Jacob Druckman – Cedille Records CD CDR 90000 175 TT: 78:52 (2/9/18) *** 1/2 I wasn’t sure what to expect from a CD that is all percussion music. […]

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 – Serge Rachmaninov/ Philadelphia Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 – Serge Rachmaninov/ Philadelphia Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio

An alternate “history” of an established masterwork emerges, seamlessly restored by Mark Obert-Thorn. RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Op. 18 – Serge Rachmaninov/ Philadelphia Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio PASC 521, 66:39 [www.pristineclassical.com] ****: While purchasing a compact disc that contains only item of music—that lasts approximately thirty-one minutes—may seem exorbitant, […]

Snapshots: ANTHONY PLOG, TRUMPET = Chamber Works for Trumpet by  Verne Reynolds; Alan Hovhaness; Fisher Tull; Eugene Bozza; Frank Campo; Anthony Plog; Georges Enesco; Leroy Southers. Crystal Records 

Snapshots: ANTHONY PLOG, TRUMPET = Chamber Works for Trumpet by  Verne Reynolds; Alan Hovhaness; Fisher Tull; Eugene Bozza; Frank Campo; Anthony Plog; Georges Enesco; Leroy Southers. Crystal Records 

A lovely collection of trumpet music, mostly contemporary, all well played Snapshots: ANTHONY PLOG, TRUMPET. Verne Reynolds, Music for 5 Trumpets (performed by Anthony Plog and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Trumpet section); Alan Hovhaness, Sonata for Trumpet and Organ (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Ladd Thomas, organ); Fisher Tull, Three Bagatelles (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Sharon Davis, piano); […]

Streams and Podcasts, 11 Feb 2018

Streams and Podcasts, 11 Feb 2018

This week, The Music Treasury is celebrating the life and works of mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry, on her 80th birthday. An American opera singer, Grace Bumbry is considered one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation, and has been a major soprano for many years. She was a member of a pioneering generation of African-American opera […]

PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet – Milan La Scala Ballet/Orchestra/Patrick Fournillier – Blu-ray

PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet – Milan La Scala Ballet/Orchestra/Patrick Fournillier – Blu-ray

PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet – Blu-ray Cast: Milan La Scala Ballet  [Complete List of Dancers below]   Romeo – Roberto Bolle   Juliet – Misty Copeland   Mercutio – Antonino Sutera   Tybalt – Mick Zeni Music: Milan La Scala Orchestra Conductor:  Patrick Fournillier Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan Set Designer: Mauro Carosi Costumes: Odette Nicoletti, Lighting: […]

Prisma: Contemporary works for Orchestra – Music composed by Lionel Sainsbury, Clive Muncaster, Patricia Julien, and J. A. Kawarsky. Multiple Orchestras and conductors – Navona

Prisma: Contemporary works for Orchestra – Music composed by Lionel Sainsbury, Clive Muncaster, Patricia Julien, and J. A. Kawarsky. Multiple Orchestras and conductors – Navona

Compelling contemporary music from lesser known but hight talented composers Prisma: Contemporary works for Orchestra – Music composed by Lionel Sainsbury, Clive Muncaster, Patricia Julien, and J. A. Kawarsky. Multiple Orchestras and conductors – Navona CD NV6141 (2/9/18) TT: 49:00 *** 1/2 Navona is offering listeners another fine disc of contemporary music by composers from […]

Fabien Sevitzky: Indianapolis Symphony, Vol. 3 = Orchestral works by BRAHMS; DVORAK; ENESCU; KHACHATURIAN – Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra/ Fabien Sevitzky – Pristine Audio 

Fabien Sevitzky: Indianapolis Symphony, Vol. 3 = Orchestral works by BRAHMS; DVORAK; ENESCU; KHACHATURIAN – Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra/ Fabien Sevitzky – Pristine Audio 

A third volume of Fabien Sevitzky recordings brings us the conductor’s penchant for dance music, restored in vivid sound by Mark Obert-Thorn. Fabien Sevitzky: Indianapolis Symphony, Vol. 3 = BRAHMS: Hungarian Dances: No. 1 in g minor; No. 3 in F Major; No. 7 in F Major; DVORAK: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46: No. 8 in […]

SMETANA: Ma Vlast – Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/ Jiri Belohlavek – Decca

SMETANA: Ma Vlast – Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/ Jiri Belohlavek – Decca

Smetana’s epic, national symphonic cycle has a glowing document from the late Jiri Belohlavek and his Czech Philharmonic. SMETANA: Ma Vlast – Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/ Jiri Belohlavek – Decca 483 3187, 76:52 (1/12/18) [Distr. by Universal] ***** Recorded 12-14 May 2014 at Smetana Hall, Prague, this reading of the esteemed 1874 symphonic cycle Ma Vlast […]

Jamie Saft – Solo a Genova – Rare Noise Records

Jamie Saft – Solo a Genova – Rare Noise Records

Jamie Saft, a man for all musical seasons…. Jamie Saft – Solo a Genova – Rare Noise Records (Germany) – 63:17  ****1/2: (Jamie Saft – solo piano) To call Jamie Saft an artist with wide musical tastes would be a major understatement. Saft plays piano, Hammond B-3 organ, Fender Rhodes, accordion, and steel guitar. His […]

East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Orchestral Music of Daniel Crozier – Seattle Symphony / Gerard Schwarz / Moravian Symphony / Stanislav Vavrinak – Navona 

East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Orchestral Music of Daniel Crozier – Seattle Symphony / Gerard Schwarz / Moravian Symphony / Stanislav Vavrinak – Navona 

Compelling contemporary orchestral works by an increasingly lauded composer  East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Orchestral Music of Daniel Crozier – Seattle Symphony cond. by Gerard Schwarz and the Moravian Symphony cond.  by Stanislav Vavrinak – Navona CD NV6137 (1/18/2018) TT: 45:00  ****: East of the Sun West of the Moon contains […]

“Remembering Jacqueline Du Pre” = Cello Concertos by HAYDN; DELIUS; ELGAR – Jacqueline Du Pre, cello – Praga Digitals 

“Remembering Jacqueline Du Pre” = Cello Concertos by HAYDN; DELIUS; ELGAR – Jacqueline Du Pre, cello – Praga Digitals 

Terrific remastering of essential recording by a unique and irreplaceable artist.  “Remembering Jacqueline Du Pre” = HAYDN: Cello Concerto in C, Hob. VIIb:1; DELIUS: Cello Concerto, RT VII/7; ELGAR: Cello Concerto in e, Op. 65 – Jacqueline Du Pre, cello/ English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim/ Royal Phil. Orch./ Malcolm Sargent/ London Sym. Orch./ John Baribirolli […]

SCHUBERT: Piano Quintet in A, “Trout” – Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin/ Daniil Trifonov, piano/ Hwayoon Lee, viola/ Maximilian Hornung, cello/ Roman Patkolo, bass – DG 

SCHUBERT: Piano Quintet in A, “Trout” – Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin/ Daniil Trifonov, piano/ Hwayoon Lee, viola/ Maximilian Hornung, cello/ Roman Patkolo, bass – DG 

A marvelous new recording of a fearsomely immortal work. SCHUBERT: Piano Quintet in A, “Trout”, D 667; Piano Trio in E-flat, “Notturno”, D 897; Standchen, D 957/4; Ave Maria, D 839 – Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin/ Daniil Trifonov, piano/ Hwayoon Lee, viola/ Maximilian Hornung, cello/ Roman Patkolo, bass – DG 00289 479 7570, 55:30 [Distr. by […]

Music for Pipe Organ and Symphony Orchestra – The University of Houston Moores School Symphony Orchestra – Franz Anton Krager, music director – High Definition Tape Transfers 

Music for Pipe Organ and Symphony Orchestra – The University of Houston Moores School Symphony Orchestra – Franz Anton Krager, music director – High Definition Tape Transfers 

Organ and Orchestra in dramatic surround sound. Music for Pipe Organ and Symphony Orchestra – The University of Houston Moores School Symphony Orchestra – Franz Anton Krager, music director – High Definition Tape Transfers cat # HDTT5746 – Special limited edition Blu-ray audio disc Recorded in 24/192 High Resolution 5.0 Surround Sound  TT: 77.00 ****: […]

Martha Argerich and Ruggiero Ricci: Leningrad Recital II, 1961 =  Works for Violin w Piano by BACH; BEETHOVEN; FRANCK; BARTOK; PAGANINI; TARTINI – Ruggiero Ricci, violin/ Martha Argerich, piano – Doremi 

Martha Argerich and Ruggiero Ricci: Leningrad Recital II, 1961 =  Works for Violin w Piano by BACH; BEETHOVEN; FRANCK; BARTOK; PAGANINI; TARTINI – Ruggiero Ricci, violin/ Martha Argerich, piano – Doremi 

In this second installment of the Ricci/Argerich Leningrad recitals, they can do no musical wrong.  Martha Argerich and Ruggiero Ricci: Leningrad Recital II, 1961 = BACH: Chaconne from Partita No 2 in d minor, BWV 1004; BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1; FRANCK: Violin Sonata in A Major; BARTOK: 6 Romanian […]

RESONANT STREAMS: Choral Music from Sun to Sea = Collection of Choral Music—classical to contemporary—on themes of Water and Sun – University of Washington Chorale/ Giselle Wyers, MSR Classics 

RESONANT STREAMS: Choral Music from Sun to Sea = Collection of Choral Music—classical to contemporary—on themes of Water and Sun – University of Washington Chorale/ Giselle Wyers, MSR Classics 

A compelling collection of choral music from Washington State RESONANT STREAMS: Choral Music from Sun to Sea = Music by Guillaume Bouzignac, Barlow Bradford, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Chinese Folk Song, Gabriel Fauré, Gustav Holst, Lars Jansson, Libby Larsen, Daniel Pinkham, Joshua Rist, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sacred Harp Hymn, Soila Sariola, Swedish Folk Song, Giselle Wyers – […]

Amit Peled: The Peabody Cello Gang = Works by SCHUBERT; POPPER; HANDEL – Amit Peled, cello/ The Peabody Cello Gang/ Andrea Casarrubios, cello/ Eli Kalman and Hui-Chuan Chen, pianos – CTM 

Amit Peled: The Peabody Cello Gang = Works by SCHUBERT; POPPER; HANDEL – Amit Peled, cello/ The Peabody Cello Gang/ Andrea Casarrubios, cello/ Eli Kalman and Hui-Chuan Chen, pianos – CTM 

Amit Peled and his students engage us in music of Schubert, Popper, and Handel. Amit Peled: The Peabody Cello Gang = SCHUBERT: Arpeggione Sonata in a minor, D. 821; POPPER: Requiem, OP. 66; HANDEL: Sonata for 2 Cellos in g minor, Op. 2, No. 8 – Amit Peled, cello/ The Peabody Cello Gang/ Andrea Casarrubios, […]