BROSCHI, PORPORA & HANDEL: “Farinelli – A Portrait – Live in Bergen” – Anne Hallenberg/ Les Talens Lyriques/ Christophe Rousset – Aparte
BROSCHI, PORPORA & HANDEL: “Farinelli – A Portrait – Live in Bergen” – Anne Hallenberg/ Les Talens Lyriques/ Christophe Rousset – Aparte 117, 79:40 (2/17/17) ****: Most famous arias of the legendary castrato Farinelli sung by fine mezzo-soprano with two Handel arias as encores. Carlo Broschi, known to posterity as Farinelli, was a late and certainly […]
“The Clarinet in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries from Solo to Quartet” – Music of ERNESTO CAVALLINI, DOMENICO SCARLATTI & others – Stark Quartet – Tactus
“The Clarinet in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries from Solo to Quartet” – Music of ERNESTO CAVALLINI, DOMENICO SCARLATTI & others – Stark Quartet – Tactus TC890001, 62:14 [Distr. by Naxos] (11/11/16) ***: Very nice playing in this collection for the true enthusiast. There is a decent amount of repertoire (well, pretty large actually) for […]
CHARLES AVISON: Concerti After Scarlatti – Accademia Mandolinistica Pugliese – Digressione Music DCTT63, 75:05 [Distr. by Naxos] (10/28/16) ***½: (Leonardo Lospalutti, director/ Mauro Squillante; 1rst mandolin / Gaetano Ariani; 2nd mandolin / Valerio Fusillo; mandolo / Antonio Barracchia; mandocello) Charles Avison’s Scarlatti Concerti treated to an all-mandolin extravaganza. One might imagine that, when Domenico Scarlatti […]
“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 1965 classic which helped define Italy in the ‘60s. I Knew Her Well, Blu-ray (1965/2016) Director: Antonio Pietrangeli Cast: Stefania Sandrelli, Mario Adorf, Jean-Claude Brialy Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p HD black & white Audio: Italian PCM mono Studio: RAI Cinema/ The Criterion Collection 801 (2/23/16) Subtitles: English Extras: New interview with Stefania […]
More Monks? Yes, but unlike many before, these are actually worth hearing.
Another fine Studio Ghibli animation feature, one of its best.
Unlike any movie you’re probably ever seen. Won the Jury Prize at Cannes.
Sun Ra = Reflections in Blue; Hours After; Mayan Temples, A Tribute to Stuff Smith – Black Saint/Soul Note/Cam Jazz (4 CDs)
1986 thru 1992 recordings of the unique Sun Ra, made in Italy.
“Perla Baroca: Early Italian Masterpieces” = Works of BERTALI, CASTELLO, CIMA, FONTANA, FRESCOBALDI, GABRIELI & others [Tracklist follows] – Rachel Podger, violin, w/ keyboard & theorbo – Channel Classics
A regal unearthing of some sensational music.
Time to pull out the musical passport again.
A brilliant Boheme from the forces at one of the most innovative opera centers in the world.
“Gaslini” Giorgio Gaslini: The Complete Remastered Original Recordings – Black Saint/Soul Note (11 CDs set)
The jazz side of a musical polymath.
European music tinged with some jazz inflections.
An artist of revelation and confidence.
CIMAROSA: Requiem – Valerie Gaball, sop./ Katalin Varkonyi, mezzo-sop./ Etienne Lescroart, tenor/ Roman Nedelec, baritone/ Choir de Chambre des Musiciens du Louvre/ La Philharmonie de Ch./ Jeremie Rhorer – Ligia
The fifth available recording of this neglected work is a worthy addition to the catalog.
“Al Combate: Rediscovered Galant Music from Eighteenth-Century Mexico” = Works of JERUSALEM & BILLIONI – Soloists/ Chicago Arts Chorale & Orch./ Javier Jose Mendoza – Navona
Unusual repertory that is well worth hearing, coupled with sprightly performances make for an hour of real pleasure.
BARTLOMIEJ PEKIEL: Missa a14; Resonet in laudibus; Dulcis amor Jesu; Magnum nomen Domini etc. – The Sixteen/ Eamonn Dougan – Coro
Rarities by the first Renaissance Polish court composer who doesn’t quite stand up to his Italian masters.
GESUALDO: Responsories; Miserere; VICTORIA: Lamentations for Holy Saturday – Tenebrae/ Nigel Short – DGG Archiv
A rather rare and extremely effective comparison of two diverse composers.
GLINKA: Grand Sextet Originale; Brilliant Divertimento on Bellini’s “La Sonnambula”; TCHAIKOVSKY: String Quartet No. 1 in D – Prazak Quartet + 2 – Praga Digitals
Maybe the first of several to come dedicated to the Tchaikovsky quartets? One can only hope!
Gustavo Dudamel 2013 Musician of the Year; Bicentennials of both Verdi and Wagner Causing Problems in Italy; Rochester Philharmonic Conductor Fired; Mahlermania in Berlin; 2013 Grawemeyer Award to Multimedia Composer; Atlanta Symphony Swindled Out of $1.4 Million
Introspective jazz from a master bassist…