Erik APPLEGATE: – Two’s Company – Artist Alliance, 57:17 (2/1/17) ****: (Erik Applegate; bass/Dana Landry; piano/ Steve Kovalcheck; guitar/ Paul McKee; trombone/ Kenyon Brenner; tenor saxophone/ Tom Amend; piano) A fine bassist collaborates with five faculty members of the University of Northern Colorado on a set of duos. Sometimes I grow a little tired of […]
Oded TZUR – Like a Great River – Enja 7754, 39:37 (9/4/16) ****: (Oded Tzur; alto saxophone/ Petros Klampanis; bass/ Shai Maestro; piano/ Ziv Ravitz; drums) An innovative Israeli saxophonist working on a concept inspired by the Indian Classical bansuri master Hariprasad Chaurasia. Israel has been profligate in its production and export of jazz musicians. […]
********* Multichannel Disc of the Month *********** COUPERIN: Trois Lecons de Tenebres; SEBASTIEN DE BROSSARD: Trio Sonatas in c and a; Stabat Mater – Soloists/La Nuova Music – HM
A beautiful excursion into the world of Parisian devotional music. COUPERIN: Trois Lecons de Tenebres; SEBASTIEN DE BROSSARD: Trio Sonatas in c and a; Stabat Mater – Lucy Crowe/ Elizabeth Watts, sop./ La Nuova Musica/ David Bates – Harmonia mundi multichannel SACD HMU 807659, 70:32 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] *****: The Lamentations of the Prophet […]
Alyssa Allgood, vocals – Out Of The Blue – Jerujazz JJR-5, 49:41 ***: A credible first outing. (Alyssa Allgood – voice; Dan Chase – organ; Tim Fitzgerald – guitar; Chris Madsen – saxophone; Matt Plaskota – drums) Alyssa Allgood is part of that cohort of up and coming young singers who are looking to make […]
Steve Turre – Colors For The Masters – Smoke Sessions SSR-1606, 60:51 ****: A group of jazz professionals developing a thoughtful rapport in an attractive uncluttered session. (Steve Turre – trombone & shells; Kenny Barron – piano; Ron Carter – bass; Jimmy Cobb – drums; Special guests: Javon Jackson – tenor saxophone, tracks 1/3/4/6; Cyro […]
MAX REGER: “The Chorale Fantasies”; HEINRICH REIMANN: Chorale Fantasy – Balázs Szabó, org. – MDG (2 discs)
MAX REGER: “The Chorale Fantasies”; HEINRICH REIMANN: Chorale Fantasy, Op. 25 – Balázs Szabó, organ – MDG 920 1945-6, (2 multichannel SACDs) [Distr. by E1], TT: 150:15 (2/26/16) [also 2+2+2] ***: Dedicated performances appeal mostly to a niche market, I think. Max Reger (1873-1916) was a composer who came to some prominence after Brahms and […]
DVORAK: Piano Concerto in g minor; SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto – Stephen Hough, p./ City of Birmingham Orch./ Andris Nelsons – Hyperion
The unusual combination of Schumann and Dvorak concertos certifies Stephen Hough’s mastery in music of the Romantic temperament. DVORAK: Piano Concerto in g minor, Op. 33; SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 54 – Stephen Hough, p./ City of Birmingham Orch./ Andris Nelsons – Hyperion CDA68099, 74:11 (4/1/16) [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] ****: My […]
Winn the performer has been around awhile, but if you don’t know the composer you only have half the story. JAMES WINN: Variations on a Theme of Bartok; Masque for Oboe, Cello, and Piano; Three Nocturnes for Piano Trio – Dmitri Atapine, cello/ Rong-Huey Liu, oboe/ Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, v./ James Winn, p. – MSR Classics […]
BACH: The Cello Suites (complete, Anna Magdalena manuscript) – Matt Haimovitz, cello – Pentatone (2 discs)
An excellent recording in stunning audio of the Anna Magdalena manuscript. BACH: The Cello Suites (complete, Anna Magdalena manuscript) – Matt Haimovitz, cello – Pentatone (Oxingale Series) multichannel SACD PTC 5186 555 (2 discs), 133:90 [Distr. by Naxos] ****: Haimovitz gives thoughtful and well-considered performances of these seminal works in resonant sound that captures his […]
Rediscovering one of the undervalued heroes of jazz guitar. Sonny Sharrock – Ask the Ages [TrackList follows] – M.O.D. Technologies MOD0016, 44:37 (orig. release: 1991)[11/13/15] ****: (Sonny Sharrock – electric guitar, co-producer; Pharoah Sanders – tenor and soprano saxophone; Elvin Jones – drums; Charnett Moffett – acoustic bass; Bill Laswell – co-producer) Sonny Sharrock (who […]
Saxophonist Wilson effortlessly moves from emotional aspects to abstract elements. Dave Wilson Quartet – There Was Never [TrackList follows] – Zoho ZM 201512, 65:33 (11/6/15) ****: (Dave Wilson – tenor, soprano saxophone, producer; Bobby Avey – piano; Tony Marino – acoustic bass; Alex Ritz – drums) When it’s cool outside, you can warm up with […]
Rudolf Firkusny, piano = MOZART: Fantasia in C Minor; SCHUMANN: Davidsbuendlertaenze; Kinderszenen; SCHUBERT: Drei Klavierstuecke – Rudolf Firkusny, p. – MeloClassic
Always brilliant and elegant at once, the impassioned Rudolf Firkusny delivers and Austro-German recital culled from recitals 1957-1964.
DEBUSSY: Beau Soir; L’isle joyeuse; The Little Shepherd; Danse – Tarantelle styrienne; Élégie, L138; Études pour piano: No. 5 ‘Pour les octaves’; Valse romantique; La plus que lente; Préludes from Book 2 – Michael Lewin, p. – Sono Luminus – Pure Audio Blu-ray + CD
A sonic spectacular in performances that might not equal the best of the past, but are certainly as good as what we find today.
Never cry Wolfe.
“Susan Merdinger – Soiree” = SCHUBERT: Sonata in B Major; BRAHMS: Two Rhapsodies; DEBUSSY: Estampes; LISZT: Concert Paraphrase on Verdi’s “Rigoletto”; Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 – Susan Merdinger, piano – Sheridan Music
A genuinely honest virtuoso, Susan Merdinger impresses us with a recital set as a Romantic soiree in the grand style.
Musician/educator brings style to American classics.
FLORENT SCHMITT: Le Petit Elfe Ferme-l’Oeil (The Dream God); Introit, Recit et Conge for Cello and Orch. – Soloists/ Orch. Nat. de Lorraine/ Jacques Mercier – Timpani
Two unbelievably spectacular premiere recordings that should be on everyone’s “gotta have” list.
Imaginary Pictures = MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition; SCHUMANN: Carnaval – Kirill Gerstein, piano – Myrios
Kirill Gerstein takes us on a familiar voyage of Romantic piano suites, but his approach maintains the grand style.
HAYDN: Piano Sonata No. 62 in E-flat Major; BEETHOVEN: 11 Bagatelles; SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata No. 21 – Gilbert Kalish, p. – Bridge
In a stirring memorial to his late wife Diane, pianist Gilbert Kalish performs glowing pieces by Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert.
XAVIER MONTSALVATGE: Poema Concertante; Cinco canciones negras; A la espanola; Concerto breve – Rachel Barton Pine, violin/ Lucia Duchonova, mezzo/ Jenny Lin, p./ NDR Radio Philharmonic/ Celso Antunes – Hänssler Classic
A terrific disc of music from a composer making a bit of a comeback these days.
Unusual but worthy repertory captures the spirit of an age shared by two composers.
“20th Century Brass” – The New York Brass Quintet in works of REITI, MILLER, SCHULLER, BENNETT, PILSS, PRESSER, NAGEL, SCHULLER, BENNETT & WEINER – Crystal
Vol. 3 of a brass series remastered from LP releases by Crystal Records.