Your Next Home Phone May Be an Echo or Google Home – Both Amazon and Google are reportedly looking into bringing speakerphone functionality to their smart little speakers. It’s the next local step for increasingly popular devices, and one some consumers have asked for. The current roadblocks are concerns about privacy, telecom regulations, access to […]
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 […]
Audio Issue with Google Pixel Smartphones – All Google Pixel XL smartphones, when you crank up the volume to one of the last three volume settings, produce a static distortion. Not heard on other smartphones. Google doesn’t seem to know about the problem. DEG Hi-Res Audio Pavillion at CES – The Digital Entertainment Group will […]
Clara Bow really shines, and an early Gregory Peck is not bad in this restored silent of 1927. Children of Divorce, Blu-ray (1927/2016) Cast: Clara Bow, Gary Cooper, Esther Ralston, Einar Hanson, Norman Trevor Directors: Frank Lloyd & Josef von Sternberg Studio: Paramount/Blackhawk Films/ Flicker Alley (12/3/16) (2 discs: Blu-ray & DVD) Video: 4:3 silent, […]
BJose Iturbi – The Victor and HMV Solo Recordings [TrackLists follow] = APR 7307 (3 CDs), 73:15, 72:35, 65:56 (7/1/16) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: A master pianist from the past, whose recordings may interest many today. The name of Jose Iturbi (1896-1980) invokes mixed reactions from classical music enthusiasts: Iturbi earns credit as a fine […]
The road movie to own if you don’t own any others at all. Easy Rider, Blu-ray (1969/2016) Cast: Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Karen Black, Jack Nicholson Director: Dennis Hopper Director of Cinemaphotography: Laszlo Kovacs Studio: Columbia/ The Criterion Collection 545 (5/3/16) Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 full screen color 1080p color & 16 mm color Audio: […]
A good Russian-made animated family film with a useful message but perhaps too many characters. Hero Quest, Blu-ray (2016) Voice-overs: Milla Jovovich, Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Pesci, Will Chase Director: Max Fadeev Studio: Glukoza Animation/Art Pictures Studio/ Cinedigm GL5057 (3/31/16) Video: for 26:9 screens, 1080p color Audio: Orig. Russian or English DTS-HD MA 5.1 […]
A typical bloody Tarantino film, but a good story, fine acting and lovely widescreen 65mm cinematography make it a great experience. The Hateful Eight, Blu-ray (2016) Director: Quentin Tarantino Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay 8063848, 2 discs (3/29/16) Video: Shot on 65mm film at […]
Harry “Sweets” Edison – Sweetenings – Roulette SR 52023 (1958)/Pure Pleasure PPAN R52023 (2015), 32:46 mono vinyl ****: (Harry “Sweets” Edison – trumpet; Jimmy Forrest – tenor saxophone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Kenny Drew – piano; Joe Benjamin – doublebass; Charlie Persip – drums) Harry “Sweets” Edison enjoyed three careers. He came to initial prominence […]
A couple of oddities here, mostly worth your time.
One of the great films directed by John Huston – an enjoyable restoration.
FRANZ WAXMAN = The Classic Film Scores of Franz Waxman – Nat. Philharmonic Orch. / Charles Gerhardt – HDTT
A highly recommended part of the cream of Hollywood music history.
The ever-dependable Kenny Burrell’s new CD issue…
Samsung Disses LG’s RGBW Technology; Fandor for Film Freaks; LG’s SmartThinQ Sensor; Earbud Hearing Loss
Five films – some shorts and some features – made in California by Agnes Varda.
Apple Unveils 24-hour Streaming Service; Live Symphony Concerts Present Scores to Favorite Films; New Onkyo Home Theater Receivers; Special Movie Showings for Autistic Children
The often under-rated Jakob Gimpel in music by Chopin, Liszt, and Scriabin, extending his limited recorded legacy.
A fascinating documentary on one of America’s most brilliant comic minds.
A Hollywood try to remake DeMille’s classic Ten Commandments, but doesn’t make it.
Jascha Horenstein – RATHAUS: Symphony No. 3; KORNGOLD: Prelude and Carnival Music; SCHREKER: Prelude to a Drama – Royal Philharmonic Orch. (Korngold)/ London Sym. Orch. (Rathaus)/ BBC Sym. Orch. (Schreker)/ Jascha Horenstein – Pristine Audio
Jascha Horenstein pays tribute to his contemporaries of pre-WW I Vienna and Germany in three works.
A terrific musical reissue in reference quality 3D and 5.1 surround.