Fritz Balwit Archive
The follow-up to the acclaimed The Roc featuring a unique ensemble and exquisite musical direction by the Norwegian composer and tubaist.
MARTINU: Complete Music for Violin and Orchestra – Matousek (vln) / Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/ Hogwood – Hyperion
Outstanding performances by violinist Bohuslav Matousek of the brilliant orchestra music of Martinu.
A Bristol based folk a capella group takes this potent and universal genre to new heights.
The latest project of the long-running large ensemble featuring works by Anthony Braxton and Wet Ink composer Sam Pluta and Eric Wubbels.
Refined and introspective reading of the last three Beethoven Piano Sonatas with both a studio version and a DVD live version filmed in a ruined house.
An enigmatic but compelling use of oddly chosen anthems performed in the spirit of Dutch Free Jazz.
An abundance of piano trio excellence topped by dazzling flute playing on a session which balances Latin, Middle Eastern and mainstream jazz idioms.
Live concert and second ECM offering by minimalistic and ethereal guitar led trio.
A tranquil Schubertiad featuring lieder and nocturnes arranged for cello and guitar.
HUME, GIBBONS, DOWLAND – Poetical Humors: Les Inattendus – Vincent Lhermet/ Marianne Muller – Harmonia Mundi
Surprising arrangements of 17th century English chamber music for viola da gamba and accordion duo with a couple of world premier contemporary works to stretch the ears.
A fine recital of the best-known Scarlatti Sonatas including the composers supreme adagio in F minor K. 466.
One of the most exhilarating demonstrations of jazz drumming in recent times in a sympathetic trio setting.
Tord Gustavsen trio adds Bach, and traditional Norwegian folk tunes to their modal repertoire to good effect.
Loueke returns to his African roots in eclectic session showcasing his singing and composition.
State of the art L2 sound provides new standard in immersive listening experience of cool Nordic piano trio!
Vivaldi’s Cello Sonatas—Baroque chamber works of intimacy and finesse played to perfection!
Bracing new music from those bold jazz innovators from Norway.
Brahem’s long awaited reunion with Dave Holland, plus new collaborations with Jack DeJohnette and Django Bates.
Lionel LOUEKE: Close Your Eyes – Newvelle Records 015 – 45:46 (June 2018): ****: (Lionel Loueke; guitar, Ruben Rogers;bass, Eric Harland; drums) State of the art vinyl release by Newvelle Records which maintains the high musical standards of its predecessors. Newvelle Records is in its third season of a unique project of producing new music, […]
The best performances of these works of the new millenium. J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord – Stephen Schultz (flute) Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord) – Music and Arts 1295 55:18, (3/2/18) *****: This writer subscribes to the view that the Sonatas BWV 1017-1023 for violin and harpsichord obbligato by Bach are his finest chamber works. […]
Sparkling quartet jazz with brainy energy and inspired open-ended charts. Peripheral Vision: More Songs About Error and Shame – Step3 – 007, 52:40 (2/27/18) ****: (Michael Herring; bass/ Don Scott; guitar/ Nick Fraser; drums/ Trevor Hogg; tenor saxophone) It was the great chess grandmaster and wag, Savielly Tartakower, who remarked with regard to initial setup […]
A striking meeting of Latin Sephardic traditional music and jazzy Klezmer. Edgar Steinitz: Roots Unknown – OA2 Records – 45:40 (1/19/18) ****½ ; (Edgar Steinitz; clarinets/ Bonnie Birch; accordion/ Jeff Busch; percussion; Julian Smedley; violin, viola/ Wayne Porter; drums/ David Friesen; Hemage bass/ Jay Thomas; flugelhorn, tenor sax, flute, trumpet) By day, jazz clarinetist Edgar […]