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ANTHEIL: Specter – performed by  Duo Odeon – Music of George Antheil – Sono Luminus 

ANTHEIL: Specter – performed by  Duo Odeon – Music of George Antheil – Sono Luminus 

A good collection of Antheil’s music, played with passion and precision Antheil: Specter – performed by  Duo Odeon – Music of George Antheil – Sono Luminus Audio CD DSL-92222 (6-22-18) TT: 61:59 George Antheil (1900-1959) was an American composer—born in Trenton, New Jersey—who began his professional career in Europe, where he was friends with, among many others, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, Eric Satie, and Igor Stravinsky. Antheil wrote over 300 musical works – symphonies, chamber works, film music, and operas. This disc gives us a collection of Antheil’s chamber music, performed by two of Antheil’s greatest supporters, the Duo Odeon, violinist Hannah Leland and pianist Aimee Fincher. They formed Duo Odeon in 2014 during their doctoral studies at Arizona State University. They also champion other contemporary composers to give them a wider audience. Although all the pieces on the disc are quite interesting, I was absorbed by Valses from Specter of the Rose, an arrangement of music from Antheils 1947 film score for Specter of the Rose. The recording is an intimate one for all three works, with a hint of room ambiance. Most of the music is centered between the front […]

Jean-Michel Bernard Plays Lalo Schifrin – Varese Saraband 

Jean-Michel Bernard Plays Lalo Schifrin – Varese Saraband 

Jean-Michel Bernard Plays Lalo Schifrin – Varese Saraband 303 067 523 8, 63:42 ****1/2: Lalo Schifrin’s career in music began as a classical progeny. When he met iconic trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in his native Argentina durang the 1950’s. Schifrin joined Gillespie’s band and this unique merger of classical and jazz structures occurred. Although versed in jazz, Schifrin became renowned for his film (Bullitt, Dirty Harry, The Cincinnati Kid) and television (Mannix, Mission Impossible) scores. Music lovers who are unfamiliar with his name are aware of his memorable compositions. Jean-Michel Bernard is an accomplished musician and composer. His film scores include Hugo, The Science Of Sleep and Be Kind, Rewind. Like Schifrin, he has collaborated with both classical and jazz musicians. It appeared to be a natural phenomenon for Bernard to assemble a talented group of players and release a tribute to a musical icon. Recorded in France and the U.S., Jean-Michel Bernard Plays Lalo Schifrin is a breath of fresh air. With elegant and dynamic flourishes, the Schifrin catalogue comes to life. The opening theme from Mannix is sprightly with a “60’s/70’s” jazz rock score, featuring a muted trumpet (Eric Giausserand) and Bernard’s stylish piano handling the leads. The television […]

The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin – Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon  – Atlas Realisations 

The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin – Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon  – Atlas Realisations 

The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin –  Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon  – Atlas Realisations CD ARCD008 (11/10/17) *** 1/2 Familiar and never heard music by the iconic George Martin This is a most welcome and overdue disc of the music of George Martin. This recording collects —for the first time—the major orchestral works of iconic composer, arranger and producer Martin. Performed by the Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon, the album features music from the films Yellow Submarine, Live and Let Die and the previously unrecorded choral and orchestral score for The Mission. Also included are the Overture to Under Milk Wood, the suite Three American Sketches and other previously unreleased original compositions. Martin was, of course, a lot of the composing power behind the Beatles, and he lushly scored several of their breakthrough albums and augmented and outright composed the music for their films, including A Hard Days Night and Yellow Submarine. As mentioned, he also composed the music for the Bond film, Live and Let Die. His talent was prodigious. Martin produced 30 number-one hit singles in the United Kingdom and 23 number-one hits in the United States. This album […]

ENNIO MORRICONE – 60 Years of Music – Czech National Sym. Orch./ Morricone – Decca

ENNIO MORRICONE – 60 Years of Music – Czech National Sym. Orch./ Morricone – Decca

A unique collection of Morricones’ greatest hit scores on Decca Records. ENNIO MORRICONE – 60 Years of Music [TrackList follows] – Czech National Sym. Orch./ Morricone – Decca B0025323-02 [11/11/16] *****: This is the first CD of the greatest film score hits of Morricone which he himself has conducted, recorded and curated in order to put together a legacy for his fans to enjoy. At age 88 now, he’s still going strong. It includes everything from his famous film music from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to his recent Academy Award-winning score for Quentin Tarantinos’ The Hateful Eight.  He collaborated with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for these brand new recordings as part of his 60th anniversary as a composer and conductor. He said the quality of their performance of his work was truly outstanding. This is an outstanding CD which shouldn’t be missed by any fans of his many films. TrackList: 1 Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe (2016 Version) by Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Prague and Ennio Morricone 2:05 2 Morricone: Falls (2016 Version) by Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Prague and Ennio Morricone 2:57 3 Morricone: On Earth As It Is In Heaven (2016 Version) by Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Prague and Ennio Morricone 3:17 4 Morricone: The Man […]