A sparkling and committed performance of the anti-establishment music of Charles Ives.
Category: Classical CD Reviews
An astronomical sound installation done in the Bavarian forest—for headphone listening.
Exciting new music bursting with energy well worth checking out!
An amazing and under-appreciated American composer who deserves better.
“Antares” – PETER LIEBERSON: Tashi Quartet; ROGER REYNOLDS: Shadowed Narrative – Antares – New Focus
Excellent first recordings of works with some historic roots.
Invitation to the 19th Century: Character Pieces of WEBER, BEETHOVEN, and SCHUBERT – Findlay Cockrell, p.
These three composers helped establish musical Romanticism as we know it.
Concertos for Guitar and Orchestra = PIET SWERTS, PETER CABUS, JOZEF VAN LOOY – Wim Brioen/ Slovak Sinfonietta, Zilina/ Tom van den Eynde & Ivo Venkov – Phaedra
Beautiful pieces of immediate accessibility that make major additions to the guitar repertory.
DEBUSSY: The Toy Box; POULENC: The Story of Babar – Ken Beachler & Sergei Kvitko, piano – Blue Griffin
If the mood or the need strikes you, these recordings are top of the list.
Johnson’s penultimate issue of the complete piano music of Amy Beach.
Music for Henry V and the House of Lancaster – The Binchois Consort/ Andrew Kirkman – Hyperion 67868, 72:47 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] *****: We are here offered a tour of the musical dynasties of Henry V and Henry VI through the graces of the Wollaton Antiphonal, a collection of medieval manuscripts that are properly […]
Jan DeGaetani and Gilbert Kalish In Concert = BEETHOVEN; POULENC; KENNETH FRAZELLE; DEBUSSY; STRAUSS:; GERSHWIN; STANLEY WALDEN; HAYDN – Bridge Records
Bridge continues its extraordinarily valuable DeGaetani series.
A wonderful issue of the always-inspired JC Bach.
A typical Schickele mix, well played by the musicians of the Blair School of Music, variably recorded.
Some uncomplicated but very pleasant thoughts; worth a listen.
VIVALDI: Le Quatro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) – Grazia Raimondi, violin/ Musici Aurei/ Luigi Piovano – Eloquentia VIVALDI: The Four Seasons; Violin Concertos RV 375, RV 277 Il, RV 271 – Philharmonia Baroque/ Nicholas McGegan – Philharmonia Baroque
Two more Four Seasons CDs enter the overstocked 500+ list of present entries.
STANFORD: The Complete Works for Cello and Orchestra = Gemma Rosefield, c./ BBC Scottish Sym. – Hyperion
It would be hard to imagine these works being more sympathetically or engagingly played.
A generous display of Liszt poetry and demonism from Mordecai Shehori, who acknowledges more of the poet in Liszt than he commonly accrues in critical opinion.
STEVEN MACKEY: ‘Lonely Motel’ – Steven Mackey, guitar/Rinde Eckert, vocals/ eighth blackbird – Cedille
An oddly compelling stay at this motel is worth the trip!
British piano virtuoso continues his survey of the Chopin keyboard oeuvre with spirited performance much in the tradition of his spiritual predecessor, Artur Rubinstein.
In this concept album, the Cypress String Quartet turns in some fine performances but doesn’t follow through on the theme.
PANDOLFI MEALLI: Violin Sonatas of 1660 – Mark Fewer, v./ Myron Lutzke, c./ Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord – Friends of Music
Listen while you can—there’s not much to go on with this impressive composer.
Bach without interpretation? Is that possible? Hekun Wu thinks it is.