Bobby Previte puts the massive into a Mass. Bobby Previte – Mass [TrackList follows] – RareNoise RNR072, 69:27 [11/8/16] ****: (The Rose Ensemble – 11-member chamber vocal group conducted by Jordan Sramek; Stephen O’Malley, Jamie Saft, Don McGreevy, Mike Gamble – electric guitar; Marco Benevento – pipe organ, Rheem organ, electronics; Reed Mathis – electric […]
A series of non-commercial releases graces Vol. 3, devoted to the works of Harl McDonald. The Music of HARL MCDONALD Volume 3 = Violin Concerto; Elegy and Battle Hymn; Symphony No. 3 “A Tragic Cycle”; Builders of America (Washington and Lincoln) – Alexander Hilsberg, v./ Philadelphia Orch./ Eugene Ormandy/ Geroge Newton, bass-bar./ Indianapolis Sym. Orch./ […]
WEINBERG: Chamber Symphonies 1, 2, 3 & 4; Piano Quintet – Gidon Kremer, v./ Yulianna Avdeeva, p./ Mate Bekavac, clarinet / Kremerata Baltica/Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla – ECM New Series
A major Russian composer emerges in these scintillating chamber works. WEINBERG: Chamber Symphonies 1, 2, 3 & 4; Piano Quintet – Gidon Kremer, v./ Yulianna Avdeeva, p./ Mate Bekavac, clarinet / Kremerata Baltica/Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla – ECM New Series 2538/39, 79:45, 79:40, *****: It’s hard to imagine how difficult it was to be a Polish Jew […]
SCHUMANN: Violin Concerto in d minor; Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, “Spring”; Phantasy in C Major – Thomas Zehetmair, v. & cond. / Orch. de chamber de Paris – ECM New Series
Zehetmair’s “double duty” as violinist and conductor produces poetry and happy energy music. SCHUMANN: Violin Concerto in d minor, WoO 23; Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 38 “Spring”; Phantasy in C Major for Violin and Orch., Op. 131 – Thomas Zehetmair, v. & cond. / Orch. de chamber de Paris – ECM New […]
“Mezzotints” = STALE KLEIBERG: String Quartet No. 2; Ruf und Nachklang (piano); Ashes (violin solo); Piano Trio No 2; Violin and Cello Sonata; Sonanze e cadenza – Soloists – 2L Blu-ray & SACD
Hard to describe, but once you listen, easy to understand. “Mezzotints” = STALE KLEIBERG: String Quartet No. 2; Ruf und Nachklang (piano); Ashes (violin solo); Piano Trio No 2; Violin and Cello Sonata; Sonanze e cadenza (violin and piano) – Marianne Thorsen, violin/ Oyvind Gimse, cello/ Bard Monsen, violin/ Ole Wuttudal, viola/ Jorgen Larsen, piano […]
If you think Kuhlau is simply all about flighty flute music, you’ll be in for a big surprise here. KUHLAU: Piano Quartet No. 1 in c, Op. 32; No. 2 in A, Op. 50 – Copenhagen Piano Quartet – DaCapo multichannel SACD 6.220596, 72:44 [Distr. by Naxos] ****: It’s odd how the one-eyed German who […]
Rather Feldman-esque works are a pleasant surprise.
Winn the performer has been around awhile, but if you don’t know the composer you only have half the story. JAMES WINN: Variations on a Theme of Bartok; Masque for Oboe, Cello, and Piano; Three Nocturnes for Piano Trio – Dmitri Atapine, cello/ Rong-Huey Liu, oboe/ Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, v./ James Winn, p. – MSR Classics […]
CPE BACH: Die Letzten Leiden des Erlösers (The Last Sufferings of the Savior) – Soloists/ Hartmut Haenchen – Berlin Classics (2 CDs)
C. P. E. Bach’s oratorio-in-all-but-name builds in color and intensity as it progresses.
JOAN TOWER: Violin Concerto; Stroke; Chamber Dance—Cho-Liang Lin, v./ Nashville Sym./Giancarlo Guerrero—Naxos
New orchestral music from Joan Tower is colorful, exciting and well-crafted.
“Tempo do Brasil” – Marc Regnier, guitar/ Marco Sartor, guitar/ Volodymyr Vynnytsky, p./ Natalia Khoma, cello/ Tacy Edwards, flute – Reference Recordings
It’s like taking a vacation in sound and feeling.
LOUIS SPOHR: Symphony No. 7 in C major & No. 9 in b minor; Erinnerung an Marienbad – NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover/ Howard Griffiths – CPO
Certainly the market here is for curiosity seekers but there is no reason to not be one and listen.
*KALEVI AHO: Nineteen Preludes; Three Small Pieces; Two Easy Pieces for Children; Sonatina; Solo II; Sonata – Sonja Fraki, piano – BIS
************* MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH ************
An outstanding recital of Aho’s most important piano music, enthusiastically urged upon all.
“Road Trip” – Aurora Orch. /Nicholas Collon cond. / Dawn Landes, vocals and guitar/ Sam Amidon, vocals [TrackList follows] – Warner Classics
A sometimes awkward walk though American music.
Dance/electronic music gets a compelling re-boot on this interesting recording.
JENNIFER HIGDON: On a Wire; MICHAEL GANDOLFI: QED.: Engaging Richard Feynman – Eighth Blackbird/ Atlanta Sym. Orch. and Chorus/ Robert Spano – ASO Media
Another stunning contemporary disc from two composers very much associated with the ASO.
MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde (arr. by Schoenberg/ Riehn) – Robert Breault, tenor/ Richard Zeller, bar./ Martingale Ensemble/ Ken Selden – MSR Classics
Interesting, but is there a need today for a chamber arrangement of Mahler?
“Nova” = Works of PHILLIP SCHROEDER; VERA IVANOVA; MARK ENGEBRETSON; CHAN JI KIM; LEONARD MARK LEWIS; ALEKSANDER STERNFELD-DUNN; PIOTR SZEWCZYK & ALAN CHAN – Society of Composers, Inc./var. performers – Navona
Nice variety of styles and some composers you might not know.
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 in G (chamber arr. by Erwin Stein)/ DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun – Deanna Breiwick, sop./ Martingale Ens./ Ken Selden – MSR Classics
You might like this, or you might not—it depends on your sense of the truthfulness of history and the way some things were once done.
MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: Sumeida’s Song (Complete opera) – Jo Ellen Miller/ Rachel Calloway/ Robert Mack/ Mischa Bouvier/ The Mimesis Ens./ Scott Dunn – Bridge
An important and complex work of art that nonetheless sounds as if it is still searching for completeness.
Fine-honed performances from the Alba Trio, plus lovely surround sound from the MD&G engineers.
An attractive introduction to the more intimate side of James MacMillan’s art.