A thriller of a film about a child’s supposed death-defying accidents. The 9th Life of LOUIS DRAX, Blu-ray (2017) Actors: Aaron Paul, Jamie Dornan, Michael Adamthwaite, Aiden Longworth, Oliver Platt Director: Alexandre Aja Studio: Miramax/ Summit/ Lions Gate (2/7/17) Video: 2.39:1 for 16:9 screens, color HD 1080p Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA Subtitles: English SDH, […]
BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 2; Konzerstueck; In Memorium; Adagio appassionato – BBC Scottish Sym./Martyn Brabbins – Hyperion
Max Bruch occupies Vol. 21 of The Romantic Violin Concerto, and with just cause. BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 2 in d, Op. 44; Konzertstueck in f-sharp, Op. 84; In Memoriam in c-sharp, Op. 65; Adagio appassionato in f, Op. 57 – Jack Liebeck, v./ BBC Scottish Sym. Orch./ Martyn Brabbins – Hyperion CDA 68055, 68:21 […]
In the course of documenting her friendship with composer Shatin, Gayle Martin drafts several Romantics. “To Keep the Dark Away” = SCHUMANN (arr. Liszt): Widmung; SHATIN: To Keep the Dark Away – Suite of 5 Pieces; Fantasy on St. Cecilia; PROKOFIEV: 5 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75; WAGNER (arr. Liszt): Ballade of the […]
Harbach’s Bach breathes the breath of openness and refined imagery. BACH: Prelude and St. Anne Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 552; Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540; An Wasserflussen Babylon, BWV 653; Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546; Choral Prelude: O Mensch Bewein Dein Sunde Gross, BWV 622; Fantasy and Fugue […]
Mordecai Shehori plays Fantasies = BEETHOVEN: Fantasia in g minor, Op. 77; SCHUMANN: Fantasia in C Major, Op. 17; CHOPIN: Fantasy in f minor, Op. 49; Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat Major, Op. 61 – Mordecai Shehori, piano – Cembal d’amour CD 182, 62:41 (2/7/16) [www.cembaldamour.com] ****: Beethoven and Schumann works allowing Shehori to improvise within restricted […]
CHOPIN: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Fantasy on Polish Airs; Krakowiak Concert Rondo; Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise; Variations – Oleg Marshev, p./ South Denmark Philharmonic/ David Porcelijn – Danacord (2 CDs)
All of Chopin’s music for piano with orchestra – on two discs!
The final years of a true jazz icon are captured in this nine-CD box set.
DVORAK: Piano Concerto in g minor; SCHUBERT: Fantasy for Piano in C Major, “Wanderer” – Sviatoslav Richter, p./ Bavarian State Orch./ Carlos Kleiber – Warner Classics
Classic renditions by Richter of Dvorak and Schubert constitute “required listening” for anyone who appreciates this keyboard titan.
Richard Thompson collaborates with Jeff Tweedy and the result is a roots-based delight.
The inventive magic of Beethoven’s improvisational style finds a ready exponent in these early inscriptions by Alfred Brendel from 1960.
A chance to hear a grand organ in high resolution surround.
My cup of “T”…
JOHN WARD: Fantasies & Verse Anthems [Track List follows] – Phantasm/ Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford – Linn
Part two of the Ward fantasias add the even better verse anthems, a marvel of poetic nuance and expressiveness.
The last word in fidelity for this masterful Rudy Van Gelder/Miles Davis session.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”; SCHUMANN: Fantasy in C Major – Yundi, p./ Berlin Philharmonic/ Daniel Harding – DGG
Chinese virtuoso Yundi performs Beethoven and Schumann passionately and aggressively, likely not suited to veteran tastes.
A terrific bit of jazzy music for animation which stands well on its own.
Sir Malcolm Sargent conducts TCHAIKOVSKY: Marche Slav; Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Overture; Waltz; Theme and Variations from Suite No. 3; 1812 Overture – Royal Philharmonic Orch./ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Guild
The colorful Malcolm Sargent delivers an equally colorful series of Tchaikovsky performances from vintage appearances with the Royal Philharmonic.
“ELIZABETH VERCOE: Kleemation and Other Works” = var. performers/Theodore Antoniou, dir. – Navona “Lock & Key: New Chamber Works” = by PENDER, SALVAGE, PERTTU & HAWKINS – Navona
The Vercoe album supplies more variety of expression and a lot more to think about than the second one.
SCHUBERT: Complete Works for Violin and Piano – Alina Ibragimova, violin/ Cedric Tiberghien, piano – Hyperion
An entirely suave, often brilliant display of salon and virtuoso music for violin and piano by Schubert, seamlessly performed and recorded.
Five interesting silent features made by Russian emigrants to Paris.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major; Piano Sonata No. 14 “Moonlight”; Fantasy in g minor; Piano Sonata No. 24 in F Sharp Major – Jonathan Biss, p. – Onyx
Alternately poignant and witty, thoughtful and emotionally explosive, Jonathan Biss delivers a second installment of his Beethoven Sonata cycle sure to compel repeated hearings.
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (1957) – Jazzland/Fantasy Thelonious Monk – Something Blue (1971) – Black Lion/Pure Pleasure
Two great Monk sessions on vinyl.