STRAVINSKY: Music for Violin and Piano Vol.1 – Ilya Gingolts/ Peter Lauls – BIS SACD 2245, 60:48, (7/7/17) ****½: In Stravinsky’s late-period laboratory of chamber music reinvention. Stravinsky was famously skeptical of the violin, especially in combination with the piano. Well into his career, he had produced no chamber music with this conventional pairing. In […]
Steve REICH, “Duet” = Duet for Two Solo Violins, compositions – MDR Leipzig Symph. Orch./MDR Leipzig Radio Choir/Kristjan Järvi – Sony Classical
Steve REICH, “Duet” = Duet for Two Solo Violins, compositions [Tracklist follows] – MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra/MDR Leipzig Radio Choir/Kristjan Järvi – Sony Classical 88985366362 (2 CDs), 92:58, (11/11/16) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: Some of Reich’s best works given excellent performances, As one of the founding composers and one of the best known of America’s […]
Jeff RUPERT & Richard DREXLER – Imagination – MediaRupe 016 CD, 57:52 (1/2/17) ****: (Jeff Rupert; tenor sax/ Richard Drexler; piano) Two University of Central Florida instructors go deep into a mid-80s Stan Getz bag. It was John Coltrane himself who famously said of his contemporary/rival Stan Getz, “Let’s face it. We would all sound […]
A CD compilation of Elvis tracks. Presley – The Wonder Of You – Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orch. – RCA Legacy [10/21/16], 51:15 ***1/2: (Elvis Presley – vocals, bass; James Burton – guitar; John Parricelli – guitar; Steve Pearce – bass; Ralph Salmins – drums; Pete Murray – piano; Gen D. Hardin – […]
A deliciously joyful collection of four-hand work to complement your Saint-Saens library. SAINT-SAENS: Music for Piano Duo and Duet, Vol. One = Tarantelle, Op. 6; Duettino in G Major, Op. 11; Le Rouet d’Omphale, Op. 31; Koenig Harald Harfagar, Op. 59; Septet: Menuet & Gavotte; Polonaise, Op. 77; Feuillet d’album, Op. 81; Berceuse, Op. 105; […]
“UNCOMMON GROUND” = Contemporary Works for Trumpet with horn, piano and organ – compositions by BLAHA, GENZMER, LU, MICHEL AND SCHULZ [TrackList follows] – MSR Classics
World premier contemporary brass and organ.
Modern jazz master takes a courageous leap.
Ellington to Coltrane and Armstrong to Mary Lou Williams: it’s a clarinet/piano dream come true.
This jazz singer hits all the right modern notes.