An interesting plot-driven film with quite a twist. The Handmaiden (2017) Actors: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Tae Kim, Jin-woong Jo, Hae-suk Kim Director: Chan-wook Park Studio: Amazon Studios/ Sony Pictures Home Ent. 49278 (1/24/17) Video: 2.39:1 for 16:9 screens Audio: Korean DD 5.1 Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish Length: 145 min. Rating: ****1/2 The same […]
OPPO Releases “4K” Ultra-HD Blu-ray Disc Player – The new UDP-203, scheduled for release next month, will support UHD Blu-rays with four times the pixels of standard Blu-ray. The resolution of up to 3840 x 2160 will be accompanied by High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut. The enhanced resolution, refined contrast, greater brightness […]
An unsettling visual version of questionable value, but high musical marks. BACH: St. John Passion (A ritualisation by Peter Sellars) – DVDs & Blu-ray (2014/16) Performers: Mark Padmore (Evangelist)/ Camilla Tilling (sop.)/ Magdalena Kožená (mezzo)/ Topi Lehtipuu (tenor)/ Christian Gerhaher (bari.)/ Roderick Williams (Jesus)/ Berliner Philharmoniker/ Rundfunkchor Berlin/ Simon Rattle Director: Peter Sellars Studio: Berliner […]
Verismo Trio, “Cloud Server” = Trio works by DEASON, KNABLE, SHRUDE, BOZICEVIC, BARABBA, PETERSON & EMERSON – ACA Digital
Verismo Trio, “Cloud Server” = DAVE DEASON: Trio; SUNNY KNABLE: Glassworks; MARILYN SHRUDE: Notturno: In Memoriam Toru Takemitsu; IVAN BOZICEVIC: Spiritual Mountain; JASON V. BARABBA: Torschlußpanik; RUSSELL PETERSON: Trio No. 1; JASON EMERSON: cloudServer – Verismo Trio (Nicole Riner, flute/Scott Turpen, sax/Theresa Bogard, p.) – ACA Digital CM20113 [Distr. by Albany], 68:41, (12/08/15) ****: Very […]
The concept is good, but the visuals don’t make it easy to watch.
Traveling through the mind’s ear.
BEETHOVEN: Complete Piano Sonatas – Hj Lim, p. – EMI (8 CDs) “BEETHOVEN in D” = Piano Sonata Op. 10 No. 3 in D; Sonata Op. 28 in D Major, “Pastoral”; Sonata Op. 31 No. 2 in D Minor, “The Tempest” – Luisa Guembes-Buchanan, p. – Del Aguila BEETHOVEN: The Violin Sonatas – Barbara Govatos, violin/ Marcantonio Barone, p. – Bridge
Whew! An omnibus review profiling some fine Beethoven playing and some that gets a grade of “needs improvement.”
Our August drawing/giveaway is a new EMI 8-CD set of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas cycle, featuring the brilliant 25-year-old Korean pianist HJ Lim. She had performed the complete cycle in Paris in 2010 and recorded these on a Yamaha CFX grand piano in 2011. Two lucky AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers will be awarded the set […]
“Fantasies & Impromptus” – Music of PIERNE; SPOHR; SAINT-SAENS; FAURE; VERDALLE; SNOER; ROUSSEL & GLIERE – Lavina Meijer, harp – Channel Cl.
This includes the world premiere recordings of two totally forgotten composers for the harp – Snoer and Verdalle.
This is the best sort of crossover – bridging various cultures with an album of jazz-flavored songs in her soft and intimate style.