Vyascheslav Gryaznov shines in his arrangments for piano!
Two consummate pros dish out a sparkling songbook!
The Golden Age—Ray Chen plays works by Kreisler, Bruch, Debussy, Gershwin, Scott, and others. Ray Chen (violin), Julien Quentin (piano), London Philharmonic Orchestra, dir. Robert Trevino; Made in Berlin (quartet)—Decca 483-3852—53:26, *****: The promise of music from the “Golden Age” of violinists—namely by the likes of violinists such as Kreisler, Heifetz, and Joachim and composers […]
Impromptu = Impromptus by SCHUBERT; CHOPIN; IVES; DVORAK; GERSHWIN:; BEETHOVEN; LISZT – Shai Wosner, piano – Onyx
Shai Wosner offers a “jam session” of diverse improvisations by composers whose keyboard mastery shines through each selection. Impromptu = SCHUBERT: Impromptu in F minor, D. 935, No. 1; Impromptu in B-flat Major, D. 935, No. 3; Impromptu in A-flat Major, D.. 935, No. 2; Impromptu in F minor, D. 935, No. 4; CHOPIN: Impromptu […]
Music of the Americas: Andres Orozco-Estrada, The Houston Symphony – Works by Astor Piazzolla, Silvestre Revueltas George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein – Pentatone
Familiar and not so familiar music from the Americas Music of the Americas: Andres Orozco-Estrada, The Houston Symphony – Works by Astor Piazzolla, Silvestre Revueltas George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein – Pentatone SACD Hybrid PTC 5186 619 TT: 64:42 (2/16/18) *** 1/2 What a nice disc from Pentatone. It offers music from George Gershwin’s 1928 piece […]
Frank MARTIN: Music for Winds = Concerto for Winds & Piano; Concert Suite; March – Massachusetts Chamber Players/ Nadine Shank, piano – MSR Classics
Wind music by Swiss composer Frank Martin embodies the pacifist nation’s virile national identity. MARTIN: Music for Winds = Concerto for Winds Instruments and Piano (1924); Concert Suite from “A Dance of Death in Basel in the Year 1943”; Official March of the Swiss National Exhibition – Massachusetts Chamber Players/ Nadine Shank, piano – MSR […]
Violinist Elmar Oliveira is the featured artists on this week’s Music Treasury show. Oliveira is quite the distinguished violinist, whose achievements include winning the Gold Medal at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky International Competition, the first (and only) American violinist to do so; also to his credit are winning the Avery Fisher Prize, again the first violinist to […]
GERSHWIN & WILD: WILD: Virtuoso Etudes after Gershwin—Theme and Variations on Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch over Me”—Sonata 2000—Joanne Polk, piano—Steinway & Sons 30090, 60:04, ****: When composer-pianist Earl Wild (1915-2010) was 10 years old, he asked his mother how there could be a God when the organist at their local church in Pittsburgh was so […]
This Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month – which was set up in 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to ensure that every American using the Internet has the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online. Gamers’ spaces as well as the social sites like Facebook are being […]
Toscanini Conducts American Music, Volume 1 = LOEFFLER: Memories of My Childhood; CRESTON: Choric Dance No. 2; GOULD: Lincoln Legend; GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue – Earl Wild, piano/ Benny Goodman, clarinet/ NBC Symphony Orchestra/ Arturo Toscanini – Pristine Audio
Arturo Toscanini leads a wartime concert that celebrates the American musical character. Toscanini Conducts American Music, Volume 1 = LOEFFLER: Memories of My Childhood (Life in a Russian Village); CRESTON: Choric Dance No. 2; GOULD: Lincoln Legend; GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue – Earl Wild, piano/ Benny Goodman, clarinet/ NBC Symphony Orchestra/ Arturo Toscanini – Pristine […]
Impromptu = Impromptus by SCHUBERT, CHOPIN, BEETHOVEN, DVORAK, IVES, LISZT, and GERSHWIN – Shai Wosner – Onyx
Impromptu = Impromptus by SCHUBERT, CHOPIN, BEETHOVEN, DVORAK, IVES, LISZT, and GERSHWIN – Shai Wosner – Onyx 4172, 74:43 (4/7/17) ****: Imagining a posthumous gathering of improvisational geniuses jamming on varying notions of the impromptu. As an introduction to his recording Impromptu, Shai Wosner invites us to consider what would happen “if we got together […]
BACH: Italian Concerto in F Major; BRAHMS: Three Intermezzi; MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; KREISLER: Schoen Rosmarin; KHACHATURIAN: Toccata; NAZARETH: Odeon – Tango Brasiliero – Mordecai Shehori, piano – Cembal d’amour
Another in the thoughtful, excitingly virtuosic recitals that lit the New York stages in the course of 20 years. Mordecai Shehori – The Celebrated New York Concerts, Vol. 11 = BACH: Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971; BRAHMS: Three Intemezzi, Op. 117; MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; KREISLER: Schoen Rosmarin; KHACHATURIAN: Toccata; NAZARETH: Odeon […]
Maya Rae – Sapphire Birds – CellarLive CL101818, 37:29 ***: A mature voice that shows promise. (Maya Rae – lead & background vocals; Miles Black – piano; André Lachance – acoustic bass; Joel Fountain – drums; Cory Weeds – tenor saxophone on 1/2/6/8/9; Vince Mai – trumpet 1/2/6/7/8/9) Precocious may be defined as “exhibiting mature […]
SAINT-SAENS: Piano Concerto No. 2; RAVEL: Piano Concerto; GERSHWIN: Second Rhapsody; MASSENET: Meditation – Andrew von Oeyen, p./ Prague Philharmonia/ Emmanuel Villaume – Warner Classics
Pianist Andrew von Oeyen embraces his twin cultural loyalties with brilliant elan. SAINT-SAENS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op. 22; RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major; GERSHWIN: Second Rhapsody; MASSENET: Meditation from Thais (trans. Oeyen) – Andrew von Oeyen, p./ Prague Philharmonia/ Emmanuel Villaume – Warner Classics 019029508485, 66:05 (1/13/17) ****: Pianist Andrew […]
A really amazing crossover album and one of the very best Rhapsody in Blues. “New York Rhapsody” – Lang Lang, p. & many others [TrackList follows] – Sony Classical 889853329229, 70:00 (9/16/16) *****: I almost decided to put this CD in our Popular category, but it certainly is a very intense crossover effort in spite […]
Frank Kimbrough Trio – Solstice – Pirouet PIT3097, 56:04 (10/7/16) *****: A great piano trio CD from the pianist with the Maria Schneider Orchestra. (Frank Kimbrough; piano / Jay Anderson; bass / Jeff Hirshfield; drums) The first thing I noticed about Frank Kimbrough’s Solstice is that it represents the work of three eminent and distinctive […]
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris; Con. in F, Ov. to “Of Thee I Sing;” Three Preludes – Lincoln Mayorga p./ Harmonie Ens., NY/ Steven Richman – Harmonia mundi
Probably the best Gershwin Concerto in F on disc. GERSHWIN: An American in Paris; Concerto in F, Ov. to “Of Thee I Sing;” Three Preludes – Lincoln Mayorga p./ Harmonie Ensemble, New York/ Steven Richman – Harmonia mundi 907658, 56:19 (8/26/16) *****: Steven Richman and the Harmonie Ensemble worked with historically-informed performances of Gershwin, which […]
The Verdehr Trio, “American Images 7” = JERE HUTCHESON: Rondo Brillante; Nocturnes of the Inferno; PAMELA MADSEN: Sea Change 2; DAVID WINKLER: Warhol Appassionata; GERSHWIN (arr. Armand Russell): Promenade – The Verdehr Trio (Walter Verdehr, v./Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clar./Silvia Roederer, Deborah Moriarty, David Renner, p.) – Crystal Records CD972, 68:05, (2/09/16)****: A legacy album to conclude […]
James Brawn in Recital, Vol. 2 – “The Time Traveller and His Muse” = Works of SCARLATTI, BACH,MOZART, BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT, CHOPIN, LISZT, GRIEG, BRAHMS, SCRIABIN, RACHMANINOFF, PROKOFIEV & GERSHWIN – MSR Classics (2 CDs)
Volume 2 continues the fine pianism found in Brawn’s first go round.
En-Cor – Works by BACH, BERNSTEIN, GERSHWIN and others [TrackList follows] – American Horn Quartet – Albany
An assortment of short and fun pieces from the American Horn Quartet.
“American Chamber Music” of HERRMANN, COPLAND, GERSHWIN, AND WAXMAN [TrackList follows] – The Nash Ensemble – Hyperion
Fine music but a muddled program.
American Chamber Music: HERRMANN /GERSHWIN / WAXMAN/COPLAND [Tracklist Follows] – The Nash Ensemble – Hyperion Hi-Res
A superb performance of a first-class piece of American Chamber Music.