Monthly Archive: May 2018

Jascha Spivakovsky: Bach to Bloch, Volume 5 = Piano Concertos by MOZART, TCHAIKOVSKY – Jascha Spivakovsky, piano/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Clarence Raybould/ Victorian Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Bernard Heinze – Pristine Audio

Jascha Spivakovsky: Bach to Bloch, Volume 5 = Piano Concertos by MOZART, TCHAIKOVSKY – Jascha Spivakovsky, piano/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Clarence Raybould/ Victorian Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Bernard Heinze – Pristine Audio

The fifth in the series devoted to Russian piano virtuoso Jascha Spivakovsky delivers two potent concertos from his Australian concerts. Jascha Spivakovsky: Bach to Bloch, Volume 5 = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 23 in  Major, K.488; TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 – Jascha Spivakovsky, piano/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Clarence Raybould/ […]

Musica Baltica Vol.4: Du Grain – Sacred Cantatas- Goldberg Vocal/Broque Ensemble – Conductor: Andrzej Szadejko- MDG   

Musica Baltica Vol.4: Du Grain – Sacred Cantatas- Goldberg Vocal/Broque Ensemble – Conductor: Andrzej Szadejko- MDG  

Lesser known Baroque works well played in a lovely recording. Musica Baltica Vol.4: Du Grain – Sacred Cantatas– Marie Smolka (soprano), Elisabeth Holmer (alto), Georg Poplutz (tenor), Marek Rzepka (bass), Goldberg Vocal Ensemble, Goldberg Baroque Ensemble, Conductor: Andrzej Szadejko– MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm)MDG9022060SACDmultichannel disc – TT: 71:02 (4/27/18) Johann Jeremias du Grain was born in […]

“Lifelines” = GRIEG: Violin Sonata No. 1; LISZT: Two Elegies; FRANCK: Violin Sonata– Lea Birringer, violin / Esther Birringer, piano – Rubicon

“Lifelines” = GRIEG: Violin Sonata No. 1; LISZT: Two Elegies; FRANCK: Violin Sonata– Lea Birringer, violin / Esther Birringer, piano – Rubicon

An intelligent program and fine performances make this an attractive proposition even in a highly competitive field. “Lifelines” = GRIEG: Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8; LISZT: Two Elegies; FRANCK: Violin Sonata in A Major – Lea Birringer, violin / Esther Birringer, piano – Rubicon RCD1007, 60:52 (2/216/18) ****: While the Grieg […]

Bernstein in the 1940s, Volume I = BLITZSTEIN: Airborne Symphony; GILLIS: Motor Perpetuo; RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major – Charles Holland, tenor/ Walter Scheff, baritone/ Marc Blitzstein, The Monitor (Narrator)/ NBC Symphony and Chorus/ Leonard Bernstein, piano and conductor – Pristine Audio 

Bernstein in the 1940s, Volume I = BLITZSTEIN: Airborne Symphony; GILLIS: Motor Perpetuo; RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major – Charles Holland, tenor/ Walter Scheff, baritone/ Marc Blitzstein, The Monitor (Narrator)/ NBC Symphony and Chorus/ Leonard Bernstein, piano and conductor – Pristine Audio 

Leonard Bernstein’s work with the NBC Symphony 1946 testifies to his several, impressive musical gifts. Bernstein in the 1940s, Volume I = BLITZSTEIN: Airborne Symphony; GILLIS: Motor Perpetuo; RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major – Charles Holland, tenor/ Walter Scheff, baritone/ Marc Blitzstein, The Monitor (Narrator)/ NBC Symphony and Chorus/ Leonard Bernstein, piano and conductor […]

Jerry Weldon – Those Were The Days – CellarLive

Jerry Weldon – Those Were The Days – CellarLive

Not quite at the “chicken shack” level but still a solid groove. Jerry Weldon – Those Were The Days – CellarLive CL011218 56:53***: ( Jerry Weldon – tenor saxophone; Kyle Koehler – Hammond B-3 Organ; Colby Inzer – drums; Daniel Sadownick – percussion #2,3,6) Like flowers in the spring, journeyman tenor saxophonist Jerry Weldon has […]

Moments of Arrival = Symphonic works and songs by ROUSSANOVl; McQUILLAN; WILLIAMS; QUALLIONTINE; BURNS – Linda Lister, soprano/ Chorus of Prague/ Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Julius P. Williams – Centaur 

Moments of Arrival = Symphonic works and songs by ROUSSANOVl; McQUILLAN; WILLIAMS; QUALLIONTINE; BURNS – Linda Lister, soprano/ Chorus of Prague/ Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Julius P. Williams – Centaur 

Moments of Arrival = Symphonic works and songs by ROUSSANOVl; McQUILLAN; WILLIAMS; QUALLIONTINE; BURNS – Linda Lister, soprano/ Chorus of Prague/ Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Julius P. Williams – Centaur  A selection of contemporary music celebrates art, creativity, Nature, and American political life. Moments of Arrival = ROUSSANOVA: Moments of Arrival; McQUILLAN: Poet Song; The […]

ELENA RUEHR: SIX STRING QUARTETS: Cypress String Quartet—Borromeo String Quartet – Avie 

ELENA RUEHR: SIX STRING QUARTETS: Cypress String Quartet—Borromeo String Quartet – Avie 

Approachable and absorbing modern string quartets from Elena Ruehr. ELENA RUEHR: SIX STRING QUARTETS: Cypress String Quartet—Borromeo String Quartet—Stephen Salters, baritone—Avie 2CD AV2379—70:57, 69:24 [Distr. by Naxos] ****: What’s striking about the six string quartets written over a period of 20 years by Elena Ruehr (b. 1963) are the diverse influences that are the inspiration for the […]

Hart, Scone and Albin – Leading the British Invasion – Zoho Roots

Hart, Scone and Albin – Leading the British Invasion – Zoho Roots

Soul-jazz and more inspired by a newer British Invasion. Hart, Scone and Albin – Leading the British Invasion [TrackList follows] – Zoho Roots ZM201801, 63:20 [1/5/18] ****1/2: (John Hart – guitar; Adam Scone – Hammond organ; Rudy Albin Petschauer – drums) Hammond organist Adam Scone, drummer Rudy Albin Petschauer (who shortens his professional name to […]

Wilhelm Furtwängler: From Gluck to Ravel = Works by GLUCK; MOZART; CHERUBINI; SCHUBERT; BRAHMS; WAGNER; MAHLER; RAVEL – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone/ Philharmonia Orchestra of London/ Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga

Wilhelm Furtwängler: From Gluck to Ravel = Works by GLUCK; MOZART; CHERUBINI; SCHUBERT; BRAHMS; WAGNER; MAHLER; RAVEL – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone/ Philharmonia Orchestra of London/ Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga

Praga gives us Classic Wilhelm Furtwängler performances within and slightly askew of his familiar repertory.  Wilhelm Furtwängler: From Gluck to Ravel = GLUCK: Overture for Alceste; MOZART: Don Giovanni – Overture; CHERUBINI: Anakreon – Overture; SCHUBERT: Rosamunde: Entr’acte No. 3; BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor; Hungarian Dance No. 3 in D minor; […]

Andy Zimmerman – Half Light – Newvelle Records 

Andy Zimmerman – Half Light – Newvelle Records 

When beauty is paramount… Andy Zimmerman – Half Light – Newvelle Records NV014LP – Audiophile Vinyl – ****1/2 (Andy Zimmerman – tenor sax; Dave Douglas – trumpet – Kevin Hays – piano; Matt Penman – bass) Newvelle Records continues their third season of subscription audiophile vinyl releases with tenor saxophonist, Andy Zimmerman, and his drummer […]

Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower – CTI Records/Speakers Corner

Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower – CTI Records/Speakers Corner

This vinyl-remastering of classic Jobim is stunning! Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower – CTI Records CTI 6002 (1970)/Speakers Corner (2015) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 33:47 *****: (Antonio Carlos Jobim – piano, electric piano, guitar, vocals; Eumir Deodato – guitar, arrangements; Ron Carter – bass; Joao Palma – drums; Airto Moreira – percussion; Everaldo Ferreira – […]

GRIEG: In Autumn; Lyric Suite; Sigurd Josalfa; 10 Songs – Kirsten Flagstad, soprano/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Pristine Audio

GRIEG: In Autumn; Lyric Suite; Sigurd Josalfa; 10 Songs – Kirsten Flagstad, soprano/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Pristine Audio

In her last concert appearance, Kirsten Flagstad celebrates the music and spirit of Edvard Grieg to the delight of the Proms audience. GRIEG: In Autumn, Op. 11; Lyric Suite, Op. 54; Sigurd Josalfar, Op. 56: Homage March; 10 Songs – Kirsten Flagstad, soprano/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Pristine Audio PASC 528, 77:29 […]

Joseph Haydn: Piano Trios – Trio Wanderer – Harmonia Mundi

Joseph Haydn: Piano Trios – Trio Wanderer – Harmonia Mundi

Trio Wanderer brings a superb presentation to five piano trios by Joseph Haydn—a welcome addition to the library! Joseph Haydn: Piano Trios, Hob XV: 14, 18, 21, 26, 31. Trio Wanderer—Harmonia Mundi HMM902321—69:00, ****1/2: This is my first survey of the Trio Wanderer (Vincent Coq, piano; Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, violin; and Raphaël Pidoux, cello). Their newness […]

Eumir Deodato – Deodato 2 – CTI Records/Speakers Corner 

Eumir Deodato – Deodato 2 – CTI Records/Speakers Corner 

Vinyl re-mastering of 70’s West Coast Jazz is compelling! Eumir Deodato – Deodato 2 – CTI Records CTI 6029 (1973)/Speakers Corner Records (2014) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 35:39 ****1/2: Brazilian composer, arranger, producer and instrumentalist Eumir Deodato de Almeida has established a unique musical career. His merging of styles include jazz, rock, pop, rhythm & blues, […]

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8; MESSIAEN: Couleurs de la Cité Céleste – London Symphony Orchestra / Simon Rattle (cond) / Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) – LSO Live 

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8; MESSIAEN: Couleurs de la Cité Céleste – London Symphony Orchestra / Simon Rattle (cond) / Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) – LSO Live 

Two very different composers in one concert by the LSO. BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8; MESSIAEN: Couleurs de la Cité Céleste – London Symphony Orchestra cond. by Simon Rattle – pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard – LSO Live Blu-ray and DVD LSO 3042 TT: 104 minutes (5/11/18)  ***: Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra are joined […]

Impromptu = Impromptus by SCHUBERT; CHOPIN; IVES; DVORAK; GERSHWIN:;  BEETHOVEN; LISZT – Shai Wosner, piano – Onyx

Impromptu = Impromptus by SCHUBERT; CHOPIN; IVES; DVORAK; GERSHWIN:;  BEETHOVEN; LISZT – Shai Wosner, piano – Onyx

Shai Wosner offers a “jam session” of diverse improvisations by composers whose keyboard mastery shines through each selection. Impromptu = SCHUBERT: Impromptu in F minor, D. 935, No. 1; Impromptu in B-flat Major, D. 935, No. 3;  Impromptu in A-flat Major, D.. 935, No. 2; Impromptu in F minor, D. 935, No. 4; CHOPIN: Impromptu […]

BORODIN: The Three Symphonies = Historic Recordings of Symphony Nos. 1, 2, & 3 – Praga Digitals

BORODIN: The Three Symphonies = Historic Recordings of Symphony Nos. 1, 2, & 3 – Praga Digitals

The three Borodin symphonies receive colorful, energized performances from sympathetic conductors and top-flight orchestras. BORODIN: The Three Symphonies = Symphony No 1 in E-flat Major; Symphony No. 2 in B minor, Op. 5 “Bogatyr”; Symphony No. 3 in A minor “Unfinished” – Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Gennady Rozhdestevensky (No. 1)/ Philharmonia Orchestra/ Paul Kletzki (No. […]