THOMAS ADÈS: Asyla; Tevot; Polaris; Brahms – London Sym. Orch./Thomas Adès – LSO Live (Blu-ray & SACD)
Audiophile quality in these works by this always provocative composer. THOMAS ADÈS: Asyla; Tevot; Polaris; Brahms – London Sym. Orch./Thomas Adès – LSO Live, LSO0798 (Blu-ray audio-only and SACD), 62:55, (3/03/17) ****: Thomas Adès has become, arguably and justifiably, England’s most prominent living composer. His music is regularly very creatively scored, picturesque and frequently a […]
British Music – Conducted by Sir Charles Groves = ELGAR, DELIUS, VW, BRIAN, HOLST, WALTON, BRIDGE & Many Others – Warner Classics (24 CDs)
True to its advertisement, this set brings together a fine selection of British music led by a devoted practitioner of his craft. British Music – Sir Charles Groves = ELGAR: Nursery Suite; Funeral March from Grania amd Diaramid, Op. 42; Severn Suite, Op. 87; Caractacus, Op. 35: Complete Cantata; Woodland and Triumphal March; The Crown […]
MONTEVERDI: Messa a Quattro voci et salmi of 1650; CAVALLI: Magnificat – The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers – Coro
A terrific start to a new two-part series. MONTEVERDI: Messa a Quattro voci et salmi of 1650 (Vol. 1); CAVALLI: Magnificat – The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers – Coro Cor 16142, 71:29 ****: After Monteverdi’s death in 1643 at the age of 76, his publisher thought highly enough of some of his unpublished pieces to put […]
JOHN RUTTER: Visions; Requiem – The Temple Boys Choir/ Roger Sayer – Aurora Orch./ solo violin: Kerson Leong – Collegium COLCD 139, 58:00 (10/18/16) ****: Something new and something old from John Rutter. This new CD pairs John Rutter’s most recent work with one of his most popular. Visions celebrates the utopian ideal of heavenly […]
Nothing to do with music, but a fascinating view of the father of modern art. GOYA – Visions of Flesh and Blood (2016) From the National Gallery, London Director: David Bickerstaff Producer: Phil Grabsky Studio: Seventh Art Prod. SEV190 [7/8/16] (Dist. by Naxos) Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 screens, color Audio: English PCM stereo Subtitles: English, […]
A composer worth watching, as of yet difficult to categorize. ELENA LANGER: Landscape with Three People; Snow; The Storm Cloud (Tucha); Two Cat Songs; Ariadne; Stay O Sweet – Anna Dennis (sop.), William Towers (countertenor), Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Roman Mints (violin), Meghan Cassidy (viola), Kristine Blaumane (cello), Robert Howarth (harpsichord), Katya Apekisheva (p.) – Harmonia […]
Sennheiser Looking to Have Own Stores in India – Sennheiser is exploring options to up company-owned stores in India in addition to their five company-owned stores globally. They are talking to the government to relax their 30% local sourcing norm as Sennheiser makes products involving cutting edge technology. This may also pave the way for […]
BOYER: Symphony No. 1 and Fanfares and Overtures (TrackList follows) – London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Peter Boyer – Guest Leader: Simon Blends – Naxos 8.559769 – TT: 55:14 (2/25/14) ****: Interesting contemporary music well played and nicely recorded. Peter Boyer is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of our current milieu. Among his […]
A British comedy-drama based on a true story, played by the magnificent Maggie Smith. The Lady in the Van, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Pandora Colin, Marion Bailey, Jim Broadbent Director: Nicolas Hytner Studio: BBC Films/ Sony Pictures 46292 (4/19/16) Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p color Audio: English DD 5.1 Dubbed in: […]
ARNOLD COOKE: Symphonies 4 & 5 – BBC S.O. /BBC Northern S.O.* / John Pritchard & Bernard Keeffe* – Lyrita REAM.1123 59:44 [Distr. by Naxos] **** : The tonal, contrapuntal music of composer and teacher Arnold Cooke. The long-lived Arnold Cooke (1906-2005) was a composer, and teacher at the Royal Manchester College of Music (now […]
“Trouvailles” Cello and Piano Sonatas by BOËLLMANN, DOHNÁNYI and BRIDGE – Hannah Holman, cello /Réne Lecuona, p. – Blue Griffin
A talented piano/cello duo performs sonatas by Boëllmann , Dohnányi and Bridge. “Trouvailles” Cello and Piano Sonatas by BOËLLMANN, DOHNÁNYI and BRIDGE – Hannah Holman, cello /Réne Lecuona, p. – Blue Griffin BGR 359, 76:24 (Distr. by Albany) *****: The catalogue of works for cello and piano is not extensive, and yet these two musicians, […]
TIMOTHY BAXTER: Vol. 1- Various short compositions (TrackList follows) – Soloists: Ulrich Stærk, Anne Mette Stæhr, Galya Kolarova, Demetrios Karamintzas, Signe Asmussen, Anthony Ovenell, Paul Gregory – Claudio Records CC6025-2 Blu-ray (audio only) & DVD Audio (stereo) single disc TT: 65:48 (6/9/15) [Distr. by Naxos] ***1/2: A fine survey of Timothy Baxter’s instrumental music on […]
Now even more applicable to this time than when it was created 23 years ago. Roger Waters’ Amused To Death [TrackList follows] – Two limited edition stereo vinyls – Columbia/Legacy/Analogue Productions (Acoustic Sounds) APP 468761 (8/28/15) *****: (Roger Waters (Composer), London Welsh Chorale Kenneth Bowen (Conductor), String Arrangements John Dupree (Conductor), Bass, Synthesizer & Vocals […]
Eight worthwhile discs of Christmas music to brighten your holidays.
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 54; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major – Annie Fischer, p./Philharmonia Orch./ Carlo Maria Giulini (Schumann)/ Leon Fleisher, p./ Swiss Festival Orch./ George Szell – Audite
Two singular pianists make their debut as the Lucerne Festival, 1960 and 1962, with eminently musical results.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Concerto for Two Pianos; A London Symphony (No. 2) – Leon McCawley & John Lenehan, pianos/ Royal Scottish Nat. Orch./ Martin Yates – Dutton Epoch
Two alternative treatments of great works of Vaughan Williams.
SIR HUBERT PARRY: I was Glad & other choral works – Westminster Abbey Choir / Onyx Brass / Daniel Cook (organ) / James O’Donnell – Hyperion (CD or hi-res download)
English Cathedral choral and organ music from Westminster Abbey in very fine hi-res sound.
DVORAK: Piano Concerto in g minor; SCHUBERT: Fantasy for Piano in C Major, “Wanderer” – Sviatoslav Richter, p./ Bavarian State Orch./ Carlos Kleiber – Warner Classics
Classic renditions by Richter of Dvorak and Schubert constitute “required listening” for anyone who appreciates this keyboard titan.
Rostropovich – A Romantic Portrait – DVORAK/ SCHUMANN/ TCHAIKOVSKY – Mstislav Rostropovich, cello – Royal Philharmonic / Sir Adrian Boult/ Leningrad Philharmonic / Gennady Rozhdestvensky – Praga Digitals
Archival performances lovingly remastered and beautifully played.
Jeff Beck – Performing This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott’s [TrackList follows] – Eagle Records/ Universal (2 CDs)
A 2-CD set which showcases Jeff Beck’s many sides, from jazz-rock to blues to rockabilly.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian”; Symphony No. 3, “Polish” – Cincinnati Sym. Orch./ Eugene Goossens/ National Sym. Orch./ Hans Kindler – Guild
Guild restores the first “complete” recorded editions of Tchaikovsky’s middle symphonies.
BORODIN: Symphony No. 2 in b; Symphony No. 3 in a; Prince Igor Overture – L’Orch. de la Suisse Romande/ Ernest Ansermet – ORG 45 rpm vinyl (2)
A terrific symphony and performance in the best vinyl two-channel sonics.