Category: Special Features

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, and other orchestral works – Philadelphia Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio 

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, and other orchestral works – Philadelphia Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio 

Mark Obert-Thorn restores one of the great wonders of Stokowski’s art, his brilliant and convincing versions of Rimsky-Korsakov’s scores. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, Op. 35; Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36; The Maid of Pskov (Ivan the Terrible): Prelude to Act 3; Scheherazade: The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship: take recorded 3 May 1927; Appendix: The Tale of the […]

Isaac Hayes — Shaft, Hot Buttered Soul, Black Moses — Triple Release!

Isaac Hayes — Shaft, Hot Buttered Soul, Black Moses — Triple Release!

Audiophile Audition is proud to present a three-fold re-release of music by Isaac Hayes… Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul – Enterprise/Stax ENS 1001 (1969)/Craft/Concord Music Group CR00034 (2018) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 45:24 *****: Soul and popular music are re-imagined by Stax veteran on terrific Craft records update. (Isaac Hayes – vocals, keyboards; Marvell Thomas […]

John Sunier Remembrance

John Sunier Remembrance

As a listener and reader John Sunier’s radio show and website, Audiophile Audition has been a source of many superb classical music discs that has widened and deepened my love for classical music for over 20 years. As a writer for Audiophile Audition, John has given me an opportunity to identify and share with reader’s […]

John Sunier — 1937 – 2018

John Sunier — 1937 – 2018

After a glorious career in Audio of over half a century, John Sunier passed away in January of this year. John’s incredible energy and drive found a distinctive expression in Audiophile Audition.  Starting as a radio show in the 1980s, it transformed into a web site as the 21st century unfolded.  Sunier was recognized far […]

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 in c minor – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 in c minor – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga

Superb, eminent readings of Bruckner’s darkest symphony under Furtwängler return with striking authority.  BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 in c minor – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga Digitals PRD/DSD 350 133 (2 CDs) 77:04; 76:55 (1/5/18) [Distr. Harmonia mundi/PIAS] *****:   This review is dedicated to the Spirit of John Sunier […]

Jean-Michel Bernard Plays Lalo Schifrin – Varese Saraband 

Jean-Michel Bernard Plays Lalo Schifrin – Varese Saraband 

Jean-Michel Bernard Plays Lalo Schifrin – Varese Saraband 303 067 523 8, 63:42 ****1/2: Lalo Schifrin’s career in music began as a classical progeny. When he met iconic trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in his native Argentina durang the 1950’s. Schifrin joined Gillespie’s band and this unique merger of classical and jazz structures occurred. Although versed in […]

The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin – Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon  – Atlas Realisations 

The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin – Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon  – Atlas Realisations 

The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin –  Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon  – Atlas Realisations CD ARCD008 (11/10/17) *** 1/2 Familiar and never heard music by the iconic George Martin This is a most welcome and overdue disc of the music of George Martin. This recording collects —for the […]

Streams and Podcasts for 22 November 2017

Streams and Podcasts for 22 November 2017

The pianist Dino Ciani had a rich career, with breadth and diversity in his repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Bartok, including Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy…  In addition to solo piano works, he was also noted playing the concerto repertoire through major concert halls in the United States and Europe, working with Claudio Abbado,  Riccardo Muti, […]

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal  — Kora Jazz Concert, 24 October

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal — Kora Jazz Concert, 24 October

Audiophile Audition encourages new musical explorations of varied genre.  In that spirit, we welcome this unique cello/koro duo, performing in Portland this week as part of the PDX Jazz series of events.  From PDX Jazz, the following introductory notes: When Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal released their first collaborative album, Chamber Music, they caught the music […]

On Scarlatti

On Scarlatti

Scarlatti Sonata in G Minor K 8 The dotted figures partner each other through a room in which light dapples motes. The couple embraces languidly as they spin, familiar with the arc of passion, ardent, but not frantic— There will be time. The left hand strums keys like strings while a breeze from the open […]

Poetics — Elgar, Listening

Poetics — Elgar, Listening

Audiophile Audition recognizes and embraces the various art forms around music; this poem is presented in that spirit. Elgar, Listening In 1923, at the age of sixty-six, The Enigma Variations composer, Edward Elgar, took a voyage to Brazil, journeying up the Amazon to Manaus.  Almost nothing is known of his trip. He leans over the steamship […]

Streams and Podcasts for 7 July 2017

Streams and Podcasts for 7 July 2017

Streams and Podcasts for 7 July 2017 This week, The Music Treasury will be featuring the artist Nada Loufti.  Loufti is a pianist of note, comfortable in traditional classical literature as well as music of contemporary composers and jazz.  She has directed concert series and premiered new compositions.  The show, hosted by Gary Lemco, can […]

Eight Christmas CDs for the 2016 Holidays

Eight Christmas CDs for the 2016 Holidays

Eight Christmas CDs of Note, Holidays 2016 “Song of the Nativity” – The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers – Coro COR16146, 73:58 (10/14/16) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: This wonderful Christmas offering comprises some of the best modern carols and choral works of the modern age, sung to absolute perfection by a noted and very reliable ensemble. The […]

2016 Soundtrack CD Reviews – 21 total

2016 Soundtrack CD Reviews – 21 total

HOWARD SHORE: Denial – Howe Records HWR-1022 (9/30/16) This film was based on the book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. It recounts the legal battle Deborah E. Lipstadt (played by Rachel Weisz) had to fight against David Irving (well-played by Tomothy Spall), who had accused her of libeling him […]

The 2016 PDX Jazz Festival

The 2016 PDX Jazz Festival

The 2016 PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL in Portland Oregon The 13th annual Jazz Festival featured the timeless work of the towering mid-20th-century saxist John Coltrane. The quest of the city of Portland to live a meaningful life challenges PDX Jazz to present audiences with compelling programming and community outreach, and to foster the growth of musical […]

Film Score Roundup – 21 Recent Soundtrack CDs

Film Score Roundup – 21 Recent Soundtrack CDs

In the June round up we have some recent releases like The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Thomas Newman, Far From the Madding Crowd by Craig Armstrong, and Exodus Gods and Kings by Alberto Iglesias, along with reissues and compilation scores. Howe records has released a few collector’s edition scores by Howard Shore, Crash […]