A superb concert that ably mixes the genres of classical and jazz and should appeal to almost everyone.
King Crimson – USA 1975/2013, 40th Anniversary Series – Discipline Global Mobile (CD+DVD-audio) & other mixes
King Crimson’s live 1975 release, USA, gets a definitive reissue.
A fine collection of great Ray Charles hit tracks plus a 20-minute video of performance highlights.
ROBERT DeGAETANO: Piano Concerto No. 1; FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1 – Robert DeGaetano, p./ Moravian Phil. Orch./John Yaffé – Navona Records (CD+DVD)
Very interesting look at this talented pianist-composer.
Randy Brecker and the boys (and one special gal) get together for a return engagement.
A most enjoyable combo of performances of the band over three periods plus 80 minutes of their hits on a CD.
“Mood Indigo – Symphonic Music of ERIK LOTICHIUS:” Variations and Finale on “Mood Indigo” (Duke Ellington); Concerto No. 1 for piano and orch.; Four Songs on American Poetry; Ragtime for Orchestra – Sandro Ivo Bartoli, p. (Concerto)/ Miranda van Kralingen, sop. (Four Songs)/ St. Petersburg Academic Sym. Orch./ Vladimir Lande – Navona Records CD + DVD
This Dutch composer got a St. Petersburg recording session for four of his works, including one consisting of variations on the Ellington tune.
This disc features video of Steve Pierson and Blues Head playing in the studio on one side and high resolution DVD-Audio on the other.
LEWIS SPRATLAN/JENNY KALLICK/JOHN DOWNEY: Architect (A Chamber Opera) – Julia Fox, sop./Jeffrey Lentz, tenor /Richard Lalli, bar./ Amherst College ens./ Mark Lane Swanson – Navona (CD + DVD)
This opera is visually interesting and the topic is a first.
FAZIL SAY: Istanbul Symphony; Hezarfen Concerto for Ney and Orch. – Burcu Karadag, ney/ Hakan Gungor, Kanun/ Aykut Koselerli, Turkish percussion/ Borusan Istanbul Orch./ Gurer Aykal, cond./ Orch. of National Theater Mannheim/ Dan Ettinger – Naïve (CD + DVD)
Exotic and in some cases very beautiful music, though the overall impression is not one of great depth.
A teenager’s inspiration re-imagined as an exploratory homage.
Byron Janis, piano – The Complete RCA Album Collection = Works of BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT, CHOPIN, GERSHWIN, BRAHMS, SCHUMANN, RACHMANINOV, MUSSORGSKY, J. STRAUSS, LISZT & GROFE – with Chicago, Boston, Hugo Winterhalter orchestras – RCA (11 CDs + 1 DVD)
A comprehensive, if incomplete, survey of the Byron Janis legacy for RCA, 1947-1959, which exemplifies the often brilliant and intelligent prowess he commanded at the keyboard.
The Moody Blues – Threshold of a Dream – Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (2013) The Moody Blues – Live at Montreux 1991
The Moody Blues, both old and recent, on CD and DVD.
Experimental rock artists Guapo explore science fiction and folklore on their special CD/DVD release.
This is the video that goes along with the excellent recent Blue Moon CD of Ahmad Jamal.
BACH, J.S.: 6 Suites for Cello Solo – Pieter Wispelwey, baroque cello and piccolo cello + one 52:00 documentary DVD in Dolby Digital 5:1 (16:9) ‘392’ – EPR Classics (2 CDs + DVD)
For lovers of Bach, the cello, great music, this DVD+CD set is a must.
Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 – Columbia/Legacy (3 CDs & 1 DVD)
A “lost” quintet lost no more.
Thoroughly fascinating for anyone who has even attempted to play some jazz piano.
New generation blues man carries the torch.
PHILIP GLASS: Einstein on the Beach (highlights) – Philip Glass Ensemble/soloists (CD); + doc. DVD – /Chris Verges, producer – Orange Mt.
Recommended highly for fans of Philip Glass and for those who want an essential addition to 20th century music history.
A DVD/LP concert re-issue set shows why The Rolling Stones are the best ever.
“Gustavo Dudamel Discoveries” – Varied program of selections performed by four different orchestras [TrackList follows]; Documentary DVD “The Promise of Music” by Enrique Sanchez Lansch, on the El Sistema music school founded by Dudamel – DGG (CD+DVD)
A fine sampling on CD of examples of some of Dudamel’s best recordings, plus a striking DVD documentary on El Sistema.