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The Last Words of Christ (REGER, HAYDN, WEBERN & Others – Ebonit Sax Q. – Challenge Classics

The Last Words of Christ (REGER, HAYDN, WEBERN & Others – Ebonit Sax Q. – Challenge Classics

Ebonit Saxophone Quartet – The Last Words of Christ – REGER/HAYDN/WEBERN/SIBELIUS/SHOSTAKOVICH – Challenge Classics multichannel SACD CC72701, 53:13 (2/3/16) ****: (Simone Muller, soprano saxophone/ Dineke Nauta, alto saxophone/ Johannes Pfeuffer, tenor saophone/ Paulina Marta Kulesza, baritone saxophone/ Claron McFadden, voice) A nearly successful  attempt at solemnity. In 1786 a work by Joseph Haydn premiered in […]

“Concerto – A Beethoven Journey” DVD – Seventh Art & Piano Con. Nos. 1 & 2 – Minaar, p. – Challenge

“Concerto – A Beethoven Journey” DVD – Seventh Art & Piano Con. Nos. 1 & 2 – Minaar, p. – Challenge

“Concerto – A Beethoven Journey” (2016) Music by: Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Soloist: Leif Ove Andsnes Directed by: Phil Grabsky Genre: Documentary Studio: Seventh Art (1 DVD) [7/29/16] Video: 16:9 1080i HD color Audio: PCM Stereo Menus in English, Norwegian Subtitles: English, Norwegian No Region Code Length: 92 min. Rating: **** B01AGQZF66 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: […]

SHOSTAKOVICH: The Two Violin Sonatas & Rare Chamber Works – Sasha Rozhdestvensky, v., /Jeremy Menuhin & Mookie Lee-Menuhin p./ Ilona Domnich, sop./ Alexandra Sherman, mezzo – First Hand

SHOSTAKOVICH: The Two Violin Sonatas & Rare Chamber Works – Sasha Rozhdestvensky, v., /Jeremy Menuhin & Mookie Lee-Menuhin p./ Ilona Domnich, sop./ Alexandra Sherman, mezzo – First Hand

Outlasting the unfinished: Shostakovich’s First Sonata for Violin and Piano (1945) with rarely heard chamber arrangements. SHOSTAKOVICH: The Two Violin Sonatas & Rare Chamber Works – Sasha Rozhdestvensky, v., /Jeremy Menuhin & Mookie Lee-Menuhin p./ Ilona Domnich, sop./ Alexandra Sherman, mezzo – First Hand CD 37, K&A Productions, 69:46 (1/1/16) ****: Newly-discovered works from beloved […]

LOVREGLIO: Concerto for sax quartet and orchestra (1938); Quatuor for saxophones (1934); Andante for sax quartet (1938) – Dynamic CDS 759, 56:29 –  Quartetto dei Sassofoni AccademiaAmstel Quartet – Amstel Tracks NOW! = BACH: Nun komm…; LAGO: Ciudades; BRAHMS: Poco Allegretto from Sym. No. 3; NYMAN: 3 Movements from String Quartet No. 2; MOZART: Adagio & Fugue K.546; Barber: Adagio for Strings; SWELLINCK: Chromatic Fantasy; RIVIER: Grade et Presto; Ravel: Pavane; TAN DUN: 3 mov’t – Amstel Quartet – Challenge

LOVREGLIO: Concerto for sax quartet and orchestra (1938); Quatuor for saxophones (1934); Andante for sax quartet (1938) – Dynamic CDS 759, 56:29 – Quartetto dei Sassofoni Accademia
Amstel Quartet – Amstel Tracks NOW! = BACH: Nun komm…; LAGO: Ciudades; BRAHMS: Poco Allegretto from Sym. No. 3; NYMAN: 3 Movements from String Quartet No. 2; MOZART: Adagio & Fugue K.546; Barber: Adagio for Strings; SWELLINCK: Chromatic Fantasy; RIVIER: Grade et Presto; Ravel: Pavane; TAN DUN: 3 mov’t – Amstel Quartet – Challenge

A pair of fun classical sax quartet CDs.

LOVREGLIO: Concerto for sax quartet and orchestra (1938); Quatuor for saxophones (1934); Andante for sax quartet (1938) – Dynamic CDS 759, 56:29 –  Quartetto dei Sassofoni AccademiaAmstel Quartet – Amstel Tracks NOW! = BACH: Nun komm…; LAGO: Ciudades; BRAHMS: Poco Allegretto from Sym. No. 3; NYMAN: 3 Movements from String Quartet No. 2; MOZART: Adagio & Fugue K.546; Barber: Adagio for Strings; SWELLINCK: Chromatic Fantasy; RIVIER: Grade et Presto; Ravel: Pavane; TAN DUN: 3 mov’t – Amstel Quartet – Challenge

LOVREGLIO: Concerto for sax quartet and orchestra (1938); Quatuor for saxophones (1934); Andante for sax quartet (1938) – Dynamic CDS 759, 56:29 – Quartetto dei Sassofoni AccademiaAmstel Quartet – Amstel Tracks NOW! = BACH: Nun komm…; LAGO: Ciudades; BRAHMS: Poco Allegretto from Sym. No. 3; NYMAN: 3 Movements from String Quartet No. 2; MOZART: Adagio & Fugue K.546; Barber: Adagio for Strings; SWELLINCK: Chromatic Fantasy; RIVIER: Grade et Presto; Ravel: Pavane; TAN DUN: 3 mov’t – Amstel Quartet – Challenge

A pair of fun classical sax quartet CDs.

Our July drawing/giveaway is for two of the Complete Beethoven Symphonies 6-SACD boxed sets on the Dutch Challenge Classics label, with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend. De Vriend is regarded as an outstanding conductor with a new and fresh point of view on Beethoven. Curiosity and eagerness are part of […]