“Latino Ladino – Songs of Exile & Passion From Spain” – Ensemble Barrocade/ Ensemble NAYA – Naxos 8.2, 66:54 (7-8-16) *****: Unusual folkish music and poetry of Sephardic and other cultures of the 17th century. Extraordinary stuff here, achingly personal and exquisitely lyrical. It’s music and poetry of numerous persecuted and exiled minority cultures that […]
A magnificent and entrancing glimpse into the sounds of silence. “Into Great Silence” (2007) DISC ONE, THE FILM Director: Philip Gröning Actors: The Carthusian Order Studio: Zeitgeist Films Z1094 (10/23/07) Video: 1.85:1, 16:9 transfer, created from hi-def elements Audio: English, French, Latin DD 5.1 Subtitles: English Region 1 coding Extras: U.S. theatrical trailer DISC TWO, […]
Not the best Noah movie, but enjoyable nevertheless… Noah’s Ark (2016) Cast: David Thelfall, Joanne Whalley, Nico Mirallegro Director: Kenneth Glenaan Studio: Cinedigm GP5049 (2/2/16) Video: Enhanced for 16:9 1080i HD color Audio: Englsh DD stereo Length: 88 min. Rating: ***1/2 There are other Noah movies which may be better that this one but I […]
An innovative program concept that results in equally persuasive performances.
A Hollywood try to remake DeMille’s classic Ten Commandments, but doesn’t make it.
Typical Jodorowsky but perhaps not his masterpiece.
GOUNOD: Requiem in C Major; DVORAK: Mass in D Major – Anne Bretschneider, sop./ Christine Lichtenberg, alto/ Holger Marks, tenor/ Georg Witt, bass/ Hye-Lin Hur, organ/ Rundfunkchor Berlin/ Polyphonia Ensemble Berlin/ Risto Joost – Carus
Two deliberately under-stated choral works testify to the faith, pious and artistic of two choral masters.
Nicolai Golovanov conducts TCHAIKOVSKY = Moscouw Cantata; Voyevoda; Overture Solennelle, The Tempest – Praga Digitals mono
Selected music of Peter Tchaikovsky finds an illustrious interpreter in Nicolai Golovanov, whose original inscriptions gain a new, vivid life in these Praga restorations.
SCRIABIN: Extase: Etudes for Piano = Etude Op. 2, No. 1; 12 Etudes; 8 Etudes; 2 Etudes – Michele Gurdal, p. – Challenge Classics
A new and gifted Scriabin acolyte arises, convinced that the Russian mystic brings ecstatic joy to his hearers and believers.
“Recreation for the Soul” = BACH: Jesu, der du meine Seele; Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich; Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben – Soloists/Magdalena Consort – Channel Classics
One-to-a-part rules but doesn’t rule here—the performances are excellent despite the anemic forces.
Noah is worth your two-plus hours. It will stay with you, and that is the most that can be asked of any movie.
DANIEL ASIA: Symphony No. 5 “Of Songs and Psalms”; Nonet – Chris Pedro, bar./ Robert Swensen, tenor/ New Czech Song/ Pilsen Philharmonic/ Koji Kawamoto/ Czech Nonet – Summit
Asia’s music entices and inspires, while posing questions worth pondering.
London performers conducted by Leonard Slatkin