For serialists only…maybe.
Category: Classical CD Reviews
SOREN MOLLER: Christian X Variations – Dick Oatts, saxes/ Soren Moller, piano/ Josh Ginsburg, bass/ Henry Cole, drums/ Kirin Winds – Audial Records
Superb jazz that tries to spread its wings—into the wrong genre.
WARSHAUER: “Living Breathing Earth” = Symphony No. 1; Tekeeyah – Haim Avitsur, shofar & tromb./ Moravian Phil. Orch./Petr Vronsky – Navona
Unusual and wonderful new works with a crossover appeal.
Beautifully realized versions of ancient madrigals that revives an old art form—and on a wonderful new label.
The Havana Quartet, founded by Brouwer in 1980, has this music in their fingers and soul.
Tempestuous Brahms that lacks only a last degree of understanding.
Volume 5 lives up to expectations.
Harmonia Caelestis = Works of BACH & MOZART — soloists/Strings of the RSO Stuttgart/ Budapest Strings/ Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn/ Jörg Faerber – Bayer Records
Homegrown production values, but musicianly performances of works for oboe and chamber orchestra.
CRAIG MADDEN MORRIS: “Dreams” = Violin Concerto; Piano Trio; Dream Songs; Cello Rhapsody; Tropical Dances – Ravello
Pleasant enough chamber music might require more listening.
ELLIOTT MILES McKINLEY: String Quartet No.4, String Quartet No.5, String Quartet No. 6 – The Martinů Quartet – Navona Records
Great new quartets with a modern jazzy feel!
Youthful virtuoso takes a decidedly sanguine approach to five of Bach’s piano concertos, assisted in all matters of infectious but sometimes heavy brio by Riccardo Chailly.
The title idea comes from a two-minute piece based on a Bach theme played entirely on the pedals.
“Treasury of the German Baroque” = Works of QUANTZ, BUXTEHUDE, TELEMANN, PACHELBEL, FASCH, LUBECK, BACH – The Hanoverian Ensemble – MSR Classics
An odd mix, maybe, but there are many wind-blown pleasures to enjoy here.
RODOLFO HALFFTER: Chamber Music Vol. 2 = Soloists of Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid/Manuel Coves – Naxos
Music of a restless creative mind, ready to embrace the trends of the day but put his own stamp on them.
HAYDN: Sym. No. 104; Sym. No. 88; Sym. No. 101 – Philharmonia Baroque Orch./ Nicholas McGegan – Philharmonia Baroque
Haydn that runs on muscle and adrenalin, the adrenalin thanks to an appreciative live audience.
“Music exists to lift us as far as possible above what is,” wrote Faure, and his set of nocturnes–tenderly realized by Owen–confirms the assertion.
SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 99; Violin Sonata, Op. 134 – Leila Josefowicz, violin/ John Novacek, piano/ City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/ Sakari Oramo – Warner Classics
A disc that explores realms of light and shadow in performances that are never less than commanding.
KAIKHOSRU SHAPURJI SORABJI: Symphonia brevis (Fifth Symphony for Piano Solo) – Donna Amato, p. – Altarus
An over two-hour piano symphony titled “brevis”?
PAUL LANSKY “Threads” – Sō Percussion (Eric Beach, Jason Treuting, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski) – Cantaloupe Music
These “Threads” woven well in a tight performance by leading edge percussionists.
Stephen Hough revisits Chopin’s old wine and pours it into elegantly supple and refreshed bottles.
LEE HOIBY: Summer and Smoke – Manhattan School of Music Opera Th. and Orch./vocal soloists/Steven Osgood – Albany
An American masterpiece by a composer deserving to be heard more often!
BEETHOVEN: Diabelli Variations – Beth Levin – Centaur BEETHOVEN: Sonata 18; GRANADOS: Goyescas; SCHUMANN: Humoreske – Amber Yiu-Hsuan Liao – MSR
Beethoven well-served and variably served. Neither of these recordings is throughly competive, though.