Audio News for March 10, 2017
How Contemporary Composers Are Reinventing Classical Music – Composing classical music in 2017 is similar to how it was in 1817: You create a piece and hand it to someone else to play, often a large number of people you probably have never met. But audiences are increasing – a Canadian festival curator said “It […]
Azar Lawrence & Al McLean – Frontiers – CellarLive
Azar Lawrence & Al McLean – Frontiers – CellarLive CL 073116, 72:22 ***: A gritty outing from two like-minded spirits. (Azar Lawrence – tenor saxophone; Al McLean – tenor saxophone; Adrian Vedady – acoustic bass; Paul Shrofel – piano; Greg Ritchie – drums) For a period in the ‘50s and ‘60s, groups led by two […]
Maureen Forrester – Berlin, 1955-1963 = Vocal music of MAHLER, LOEWE, BRAHMS, SCHUMANN, SCHUBERT, FRANCK, HAYDN, BRITTEN & others – Audite (3 CDs)
Audite gathers integral Maureen Forrester performances from RIAS that testify to her colossal range. Maureen Forrester – Berlin, 1955-1963 = MAHLER: Five Songs by Friedrich Rueckert; LOEWE: Four Songs, Op. 9; WAGNER: Gretchen am Spinnrade; Wesendonck Lieder; BRAHMS: 8 Gypsy Songs from Op. 103; SCHUBERT: 11 Songs; SCHUMANN: Five Songs; Gedichte der Koenigin Maria Stuart, […]
Scott Morgan – Songs Of Life – Miranda Music
Scott Morgan – Songs Of Life – Miranda Music MMCD 1024, 50:38 ***: A release filled with promise. (Scott Morgan – vocals; Fred Hersch – piano; Matt Aronoff – bass; Ross Pederson – drums; Special Guests – Joel Frahm – tenor sax tracks 3/5/8; Janis Siegel – vocals track 10) An internet search of the […]
Audio News for August 23, 2016
Sennheiser Coming to the Big Apple – Headphones will take center stage in October when Sennheiser opens two retail outlets in New York. Both a flagship Soundscape showroom in Westfield World Trade Center and a pop-up store in SoHo will stock Sennheiser’s audiophile range of headphones, including the new HE 1 electrostatic reference headphone system, […]
Will Bernard – Out & About – Posi-Tone
Will Bernard – Out & About – Posi-Tone PR 8148, 48:33 ***: A well-intentioned outing, but better luck next time. (Will Bernard – guitar; John Ellis – saxophone; Brian Charette – organ; Ben Allison – bass; Allison Miller – drums) Out And About or (Oot And Aboot) as we Canadians might say, is the latest […]
Audio News for February 12, 2016
Samsung and LG Show OLED Walls; Dying Technology – Hardware On the Way Out; Study Shows People Who Listen to Music Out Loud Have More Sex; New Canadian Site Offers Better Music Quality Plus Convenience; Only a Rumor So Far, But Apple May Make Lightning the Hi-res Audio Port of the Future
Wolf Totem, Blu-ray 3D (2015)
A Chinese-American coproduction of great interest to fans of the wolf.
This Happy Madness – Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio – CellarLive
A saxophonist of abounding accomplishment.
Jacob Szekely Trio [TrackList follows] – self
A cello-led jazz project: it’s a lot more than you might expect.
Quartetto Gelato – All Original 100% Canadian – QGPI Records
A delightful ice cream and not just for Canadians.
Audio News for July 3, 2015
Taylor Swift Takes Apple to Task; Bluetooth Speakers Push Home Audio Growth; ZAOR Studio Furniture and IsoAcoustics Speaker Isolation Solutions Join Forces
“The Transfigured Nightingale – Music for Clarinet and Piano” by BRAHMS, SHOSTAKOVICH, RACHMANINOFF & Others – Jerome Summers, clar./Robert Kortgaard, p. – Blue Griffin
Some very nice playing and some new finds.
North American Jazz Alliance – The Montreal Sessions – Challenge
A well-executed and unabashedly attractive outing.
Don Thompson Trio – Some Other Spring – Cornerstone
A stellar trio offering full of skilfulness and interest.
The Mike Longo Trio Live – Celebrates Oscar Peterson – Consolidated Artists Productions
Don’t mess with an icon, and they don’t.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor; GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A Minor – Stewart Goodyear, p./ Czech Nat. Sym./ Stanislav Bogunia – Steinway & Sons
The classic combination of Romantic piano concertos has a new, inspired champion.
Jane Bunnett And Maqueque – Justin Time
A reflective album filled with musical adventure.
The Oliver Gannon Quartet – Easy Sailing – Cellar Live
Intelligent interpretations of the material from an enterprising and skilful band.
Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra – Habitat – Justin Time
A jazz orchestra recording of musical portraits.
Mike Murley Trio – Looking Back – Cornerstone Records
A versatile trio with a firm approach to the material.
CLEMENTI: Piano Sonatas, in g; in C; in g; in G – Ian Hominick, p. – MSR Classics
Unearthing music from a man once considered a consummate master.