BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique – Royal Concertgebouw Orch./ Daniele Gatti – RCO/ Avotros 45rpm vinyl (2)
Amazing fidelity in this 45 rpm vinyl, though perhaps not the best performance. HECTOR BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/ Daniele Gatti – RCO/ Avotros 45 RPM vinyl (2 discs) ****1/2: Gatti is the seventh conductor of the famed Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amserdam, and takes an unconventional version of the score which has astonished […]
HAYDN: Piano Concerto in G Major; Con . for Piano, Violin & Strings in F Major; Piano Con. in D Major – A. Staier, pianoforte/ Freiburger Borockorchester/ Gottfreid von der Goltz – Harmonia mundi
The Staier-Haydn concertos on the pianoforte combine austerity and vitality in an infectious mix. HAYDN: Piano Concerto in G Major, Hob. XVIII: 4; Concerto for Piano, Violin and Strings in F Major, Hob. XVIII: 6; Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII: 11 – Andreas Staier, pianoforte/ Freiburger Borockorchester/ Gottfreid von der Goltz – Harmonia […]
************ Chick Corea (piano) & Bela Fleck (banjo) *********** Two – Concord Jazz
A terrific live 2-CD album covering many genres which you’ll probably play over and over. * Chick Corea (piano) & Bela Fleck (banjo) – Two [TrackList follows] – Concord Jazz CIA-37992-2 (2 CDs) [9/11/15] *****: This is a live version follow-up to an earlier studio album the pair entitled The Enchantment. Ten of the 11 tracks are […]
Al Jarreau – Live At Montreux, 1993 – Eagle Records
Al Jarreau – Live At Montreux, 1993 – Eagle Records ER203992, 71:02 ****: A sure-footed musical exploration by Al Jarreau at his peak. (Al Jarreau – vocals; Paulinho Da Costa – percussion; Steve Gadd – drums; Eric Gale – guitar; Marcus Miller – bass; Philippe Saisse – synthesizer; Joe Sample – keyboards; Patches Stewart – […]
Audio News for August 12, 2016
BBC Radio 3 Has Highest Audience in Five Years – The number of people now listening to Radio 3 in the UK has reached 2.2 million. Programs such as Breakfast and Essential Classics, Listening Service and Jazz Now have scored record highs. The station’s recent introduction of birdsong-inspired programming is credited with helping to attract […]
Audio News for April 12, 2016
Classical Artists Speak to the Audience – A change has happened in the classical music world – more and more artists speak directly to the audience about the music they are about to play. Audiences love this; they get more of a sense of the artists as people. The idea of maintaining an aura of […]
Quartets by FRANÇOIS DEVIENNE – Musica Reale – Channel Classics
FRANÇOIS DEVIENNE (1759-1803): Flute Quartets, Op. 66 , 1 and 3; Bassoon Quartets, Op. 73, 1 and 3 – Musica Reale – Channel Classics CCS SA 35415 SACD (11/3/15) [Dist. by Harmonia mundi] *****: For those who’ve forgotten their elementary music school textbooks, Françoise Devienne was a bassoonist, flutist and composer whose contemporaries were Mozart […]
Rodolphe Raffalli En Concert (2015)
Spend 92 minutes enjoying this gypsy jazz trio at a little French bistro.
Leonard Cohen – Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour [TrackList follows] – Columbia/Legacy /Sony Music/Old Ideas
Leonard Cohen gives us a memento that’s better than a postcard or an Instagram picture.
Snarky Puppy & The Metropole Orkest – Compositions of Michael League/ Ork. cond. by Jules Buckley – Impulse!/Universal Classics
An amazing fusion band, together with an orchestra in quite a production – aurally and visually.
Michael Nyman – Make It Louder, Please!, Blu-ray (2014)
A double-billing: a live concert by Nyman’s band plus a documentary “portrait” of the minimalist composer.
Fripp & Eno – Live in Paris 28/5/75 – (Robert Fripp & Brian Eno, guitar, tapes & electronics) – Opal Ltd./DGM
Three CDs at a bargain price, but only real fans will think it’s worth it.
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 6 cond. by Barenboim, Blu-ray (2014)
A lovely recording and performance of this worthwhile Bruckner Symphony.
Stefano Bollani, piano & Hamilton de Holanda, mandolin – O Que Será – ECM
A really amazing duo, performing live.
The Banda Brothers – Primavera, Blu-ray (2013)
Latin jazz band delivers in brilliant HD audio and video.
Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Project – El Vuelo – AIX (2006)
A 2006 DualDisc with some great Latin sounds, plus images.
AC Timba Jazz – Neurosis, Blu-ray (2012)
Cuban jazz sounds dynamic on Blu-ray audio.
Bryan Pezzone – Piano Pieces, Blu-ray 3D (2012)
The first full-length 3D album of solo piano performance shot specifically for HD 3D and HD audio, in both stereo and surround.
James Walker and Free Flight – Threads, Blu-ray 3D (2012)
A terrific crossover quartet in perfect hi-res surround, and 3D visuals to boot!