BELA BARTOK: String Quartets Nos. 2, 4, & 6 – Jerusalem Quartet – Harmonia mundi 902235, 78:51 [11/4/16] *****: (Jerusalem Quartet; Alexander Pavlovsky & Sergei Bresler – violins; Ori Kam – viola; Kyril Zlotnikov – violoncello) Bartok without flinching. In March of 2013, the Jerusalem Quartet came to Portland, Oregon and performed the entire cycle […]
Mordecai Shehori, p.: Learning by Example Series, Vol. 4 = Pieces by BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN, DUSSEK, DIABELLI, MASSENET & Others – Mordecai Shehori, p. – Cembal d’amour
Listen and learn’ serves as the satisfying rubric for this diverse excursion into the music of many styles. Mordecai Shehori: Learning by Example Series, Vol. 4 = DUSSEK: Allegro in G Major; DIABELLI: Bagatelle in C Major; HAYDN: “Gypsy” Rondo; BEETHOVEN: Gertrude’s Dream Waltz; “Rage Over a Lost Penny,” Op. 129; SCHUMANN: Traeumerei, Op. 15, […]
This all-Brahms recital by a Lebanese master reveals an artist with a real affinity for the composer’s style. “Nada in Hamburg with Johannes BRAHMS” = Variations on a Hungarian Theme, Op. 21, No. 2; Chaconne for Solo Violin (arr. left hand) from J.S. BACH: Partita No. 2; Chorales, Op. 122 No. 2: Schmuecke dich, o […]
“Apasionado” – Works of SARASOTA, BIZET, RAVEL, WAXMAN = Ning Feng, violin/ Orq. Sinfonia – Channel Classics
“Apasionado” – SARASATE: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20; LALO: Symphonie Espagnole in D Major, Op. 21; SARASATE: Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22; RAVEL: Tzigane; BIZET/WAXMAN: Carmen Fantasy – Ning Feng, violin / Orquestra Sinfónica del Principado del Asturias / Rossen Milanov – Channel Classics CCS 37916, 72:07 (4/1/16) ****: Apasionado or purely virtuoso, these works deliver violinistic fireworks […]
SCHUBERT: Arpeggione Sonata in a minor, D. 821; String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 – Matt Haimovitz, cello/ Itamar Golan, p./ Miro String Quartet – Pentatone
Two classic collaborations from cellist Matt Haimovitz enjoy sonic glory in these restorations from Pentatone. SCHUBERT: Arpeggione Sonata in a minor, D. 821; String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 – Matt Haimovitz, cello/ Itamar Golan, p./ Miro String Quartet – Pentatone multichannel SACD PTC 5186 549, 76:55 (6/10/16) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: From the […]
St. John scores again with an unusual but utterly engrossing recital.
A delightful ice cream and not just for Canadians.
Bronislaw Huberman, violin, in music of TCHAIKOVSKY, CHOPIN, BRAHMS, SARASATE, ZARZYCKI & LALO – Pristine Audio
The classic combination of Tchaikovsky and Lalo – Bronislaw Huberman’s first recordings with an orchestra – come back to us in glowing sound and often startling musicianship.
A wonderful hour-plus of Yiddish music with violinist Itzhak Perlman and other performers.
BARTOK: Kossuth – Symphonic Poem; Two Portraits; Suite No. 1 – Michael Ludwig, violin/ Buffalo Philharmonic Orch./ JoAnn Falletta – Naxos
JoAnn Falletta and her Buffalo Philharmonic find bravura vehicles in the scores of young Bartok, which showcase everyone in glowing colors.
A jazz vocalist you’ll treasure…
From 2005, we have two master musicians who pay major homage to the youthful and previously neglected scores of Aram Khachaturian.
Haunting music from a haunted part of the world, but a rich and profound source of very human music.
“La Passion” – Roby Lakatos & Ensemble – Live at the Sydney Opera House [TrackList follows] – Avanti Classic (2 SACDs)
An amazing gypsy violinist who mixes classical, jazz and Hungarian gypsy music.
BARTOK: Violin Concerto No. 2; PETER EÖTVÖS: Seven; GYÖRGY LIGETI: Violin Concerto – Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin/Frankfurt Radio Sym. Orch. /Ensemble Modern/Peter Eötvös – Naïve (2 CDs)
This strange combination will transport you emotionally to new territory.
“In a New Light” – Trio Voce = ZEMLINSKY: Piano Trio in D Minor; SUK: Piano Trio in C Minor; ARENSKY: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor – Trio Voce – Con Brio
In three pianos trio from the late Nineteenth Century, Trio Voce makes an indelible impression for suave mastery of their respective medium.
Despite some skewed and overly-optimistic booklet notes, this release more than adequately conveys the similarity and spiritual essence of this lively cross-cultural music.
Animals & Cannibals – 3 Leg Torso – Meester Records Dance of the Three Legged Elephants – Matthew Barley, cello; Julian Joseph, p. – Signum Classics
Two Three-Legged CDs of mostly original lighter music.
It’s that time of year again and the Christmas discs are crossing my desk, whether requested on not. Here’s our annual survey of what we auditioned, and it will start off with two SACDs: Fiona Joy Hawkins – Christmas Joy – Little Hartley Music multichannel SACD FJH013 *****: This excellent disc—more than your usual Christmas […]
Original tunes in the grand opera style compressed into a wild cabaret show.
PROKOFIEV: The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 118–Excerpts – Suisse Romande Orchestra/ Silvio Varviso – HDTT
HDTT audio restoration and stereo separation are superb.
Ivry Gitlis, violin = Violin Concertos of SIBELIUS, BRAHMS; PAGANINI; HINDEMITH; LEIBOWITZ- var. performers – Doremi (2 CDs + DVD)
A legendary superstar among violinists, a prodigy whose distinctive tone and blazing energy immediately identify his personal style.