A welcome reissue of pianist Ron Blake’s iconic album about and for film noir.
If the Strauss Ein Heldenleben warrants your full-dimensional sound reproduction, this live performance from Carlos Paita may fill the bill.
A worthy effort, but not quite up to the classic Gardiner version on Philips.
MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde – Christa Ludwig, alto/ Waldemar Kmentt, tenor/ Vienna Sym. Orch./ Carlos Kleiber – Vienna Symphoniker
Patient and painstaking restoration allows us to savor in real terms the one Mahler interpretation bequeathed us by Carlos Kleiber.
“Stella di Napoli” [TrackList follows] – Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-sop./ Orch. and Chorus of the National Opera of Lyon/ Riccardo Minasi – Erato
The latest from Joyce DiDonato—almost self-recommending.
* Mephisto & Co. [TrackList follows] – Minnesota Orchestra/ Eiji Oue – Reference Recordings (double 45 rpm vinyl)
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A 45 rpm 200-gram vinyl version of the orchestral favorites album which has been on the TAS Super Disc List since its CD release in 1998.
Works of R. STRAUSS-LISZT-KORNGOLD-BUSONI-SCHREKER: (TrackList follows) – Orch. de la Suisse Romande/ Kazuki Yamada – PENTATONE
Buoyant renditions of dance music expertly recorded.
DVORAK: Symphony No. 8 in G; JANACEK: Sym. Suite from Jenufa – Pittsburgh Sym. Orch./ Manfred Honeck – Fresh/ Reference Recordings
Interpretatively and sonically, this is one of the best releases of the Dvorak 8th I have ever heard.
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 – Mark Wigglesworth, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orch. – BIS
Definitive performances and sound for these two symphonies.
WAGNER: Der Ring des Nibelungen: Symphonic Excerpts = Nine Stemme, sop./ Orch. de l’Opera Nat. de Paris/ Philippe Jordan – Erato (2 CDs)
Philippe Jordan leads exciting performances of mostly instrumental Wagner selections.
VERDI: Messa da Requiem – Leontyne Price, sop./ Giulietta Simionato, mezzo-sop./ Giuseppe Zampieri, tenor/ Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass/ Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/ Berlin Philharmonic/ Herbert von Karajan – Testament
Karajan’s devotion to the Verdi Requiem institutionalized its conscientious performance at the Salzburg Festival, and Testament restores a marvelous 1962 incarnation.
“THEA MUSGRAVE: Chamber Works for Oboe” = Night Windows for oboe and piano; Impromptu No. 1 for flute and oboe; Impromptu No. 2; Cantilena; Niobe for oboe and pre-recorded tape; Trio; Take Two Oboes; Threnody for English horn and piano – var. performers – Harmonia mundi
Drama, either abrstact or more programmatic, shapes Thea Musgrave’s instrumental music.
ANTON RUBINSTEIN: Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, “Dramatic” – State Sym. Orch. of Russia/ Igor Golovchin – Delos
Dramatic, yes, but also long-winded. Rubinstein’s Fourth is nonetheless worth hearing.