Mel Martin Archive

Musica Baltica Vol.4: Du Grain – Sacred Cantatas- Goldberg Vocal/Broque Ensemble – Conductor: Andrzej Szadejko- MDG   

Musica Baltica Vol.4: Du Grain – Sacred Cantatas- Goldberg Vocal/Broque Ensemble – Conductor: Andrzej Szadejko- MDG  

Lesser known Baroque works well played in a lovely recording. Musica Baltica Vol.4: Du Grain – Sacred Cantatas– Marie Smolka (soprano), Elisabeth Holmer (alto), Georg Poplutz (tenor), Marek Rzepka (bass), Goldberg Vocal Ensemble, Goldberg Baroque Ensemble, Conductor: Andrzej Szadejko– MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm)MDG9022060SACDmultichannel disc – TT: 71:02 (4/27/18) Johann Jeremias du Grain was born in […]

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8; MESSIAEN: Couleurs de la Cité Céleste – London Symphony Orchestra / Simon Rattle (cond) / Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) – LSO Live 

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8; MESSIAEN: Couleurs de la Cité Céleste – London Symphony Orchestra / Simon Rattle (cond) / Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) – LSO Live 

Two very different composers in one concert by the LSO. BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8; MESSIAEN: Couleurs de la Cité Céleste – London Symphony Orchestra cond. by Simon Rattle – pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard – LSO Live Blu-ray and DVD LSO 3042 TT: 104 minutes (5/11/18)  ***: Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra are joined […]

Copland Conducts Copland – Los Angeles Philharmonic and Benny Goodman – Naxos Blu-ray 

Copland Conducts Copland – Los Angeles Philharmonic and Benny Goodman – Naxos Blu-ray 

It’s a thrill to see Copland conducting his own works, even if the audio and video are not up to modern standards  Copland Conducts Copland (1976) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Benny Goodman / This concert was filmed in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles/ Naxos Blu-ray NBD0068V Stereo Tracks and an upscaled NTSC […]

Lauri Porra: Entropia and other works – Lahti Symphony Orchestra/ Jakko Kuusisto cond – Hybrid SACD BIS

Lauri Porra: Entropia and other works – Lahti Symphony Orchestra/ Jakko Kuusisto cond – Hybrid SACD BIS

Fascinating modern compositions, but I could live without the Finnish Rap Music Lauri Porra: Entropia and other works – Lahti Symphony Orchestra – Jakko Kuusisto cond – Hybrid SACD BIS 2305  (2/2/2018) TT: 83:18 *** 1/2 Great-grandson of composer Jean Sibelius, Lauri Porra began playing the cello at the age of six, but later switched […]

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Nobilissima Visione Suite & Konzertmusik – WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marek Kanowski – Pentatone 

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Nobilissima Visione Suite & Konzertmusik – WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marek Kanowski – Pentatone 

Hindemith Orchestral music well played and beautifully recorded Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Nobilissima Visione Suite & Konzertmusik- WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marek Janowski -Pentatone Hybrid SACD/CD with multichannel 5.0 surround sound – PTC 5186 672 TT: 58:26 (2/16/18) I’ve always felt that Paul Hindemith is one of the most interesting of the 20th century composers. Endlessly […]

Music of the Americas: Andres Orozco-Estrada, The Houston Symphony – Works by Astor Piazzolla, Silvestre Revueltas George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein – Pentatone 

Music of the Americas: Andres Orozco-Estrada, The Houston Symphony – Works by Astor Piazzolla, Silvestre Revueltas George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein – Pentatone 

Familiar and not so familiar music from the Americas Music of the Americas: Andres Orozco-Estrada, The Houston Symphony – Works by Astor Piazzolla, Silvestre Revueltas George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein – Pentatone SACD Hybrid PTC 5186 619 TT: 64:42 (2/16/18) *** 1/2 What a nice disc from Pentatone. It offers music from George Gershwin’s 1928 piece […]

George ONSLOW: String Quintet, Piano Sextet – Ma’alot Quintet / Markus Becker (piano) / Nabil Shehata (bass) – DG Gold Hybrid

George ONSLOW: String Quintet, Piano Sextet – Ma’alot Quintet / Markus Becker (piano) / Nabil Shehata (bass) – DG Gold Hybrid

Nicely performed and recorded music from an obscure composer now returning to some popularity.  George Onslow: Quintet Op. 81; Sextet Op. 30 – Ma’alot Quintet with pianist Markus Becker and double bass Nabil Shehata. DG Gold Hybrid SACD MDG 903 2012-6 (2/23/18) TT: 56:02 You’ll be forgiven if the name George Onslow doesn’t leap into […]

Paddle to the Sea: Third Coast Percussion – Music by Third Coast Percussion, Philip Glass, Jacob Druckman – Cedille Records 

Paddle to the Sea: Third Coast Percussion – Music by Third Coast Percussion, Philip Glass, Jacob Druckman – Cedille Records 

Not what you’d expect from a percussion ensemble, and that’s high praise Paddle to the Sea: Third Coast Percussion – Music by Third Coast Percussion, Philip Glass, Jacob Druckman – Cedille Records CD CDR 90000 175 TT: 78:52 (2/9/18) *** 1/2 I wasn’t sure what to expect from a CD that is all percussion music. […]

Snapshots: ANTHONY PLOG, TRUMPET = Chamber Works for Trumpet by  Verne Reynolds; Alan Hovhaness; Fisher Tull; Eugene Bozza; Frank Campo; Anthony Plog; Georges Enesco; Leroy Southers. Crystal Records 

Snapshots: ANTHONY PLOG, TRUMPET = Chamber Works for Trumpet by  Verne Reynolds; Alan Hovhaness; Fisher Tull; Eugene Bozza; Frank Campo; Anthony Plog; Georges Enesco; Leroy Southers. Crystal Records 

A lovely collection of trumpet music, mostly contemporary, all well played Snapshots: ANTHONY PLOG, TRUMPET. Verne Reynolds, Music for 5 Trumpets (performed by Anthony Plog and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Trumpet section); Alan Hovhaness, Sonata for Trumpet and Organ (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Ladd Thomas, organ); Fisher Tull, Three Bagatelles (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Sharon Davis, piano); […]

RESONANT STREAMS: Choral Music from Sun to Sea = Collection of Choral Music—classical to contemporary—on themes of Water and Sun – University of Washington Chorale/ Giselle Wyers, MSR Classics 

RESONANT STREAMS: Choral Music from Sun to Sea = Collection of Choral Music—classical to contemporary—on themes of Water and Sun – University of Washington Chorale/ Giselle Wyers, MSR Classics 

A compelling collection of choral music from Washington State RESONANT STREAMS: Choral Music from Sun to Sea = Music by Guillaume Bouzignac, Barlow Bradford, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Chinese Folk Song, Gabriel Fauré, Gustav Holst, Lars Jansson, Libby Larsen, Daniel Pinkham, Joshua Rist, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sacred Harp Hymn, Soila Sariola, Swedish Folk Song, Giselle Wyers – […]

ROY HARRIS & JOHN ADAMS: Violin Concertos with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin) / BBC Sym. Orch./Andrew Litton – Signum Classics

ROY HARRIS & JOHN ADAMS: Violin Concertos with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin) / BBC Sym. Orch./Andrew Litton – Signum Classics

ROY HARRIS & JOHN ADAMS: Violin Concertos with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin) / BBC Sym. Orch./Andrew Litton – Signum Classics  SIGCD468, 62:22 (10/1/16) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: Two lovely contemporary violin concertos. This is a highly desirable recording from Signum Classics. It offers two violin concertos by American composers Roy Harris and John Adams. The Adams […]

Fantasia Andaluza – Petri Kumela & Joonas Widenius – Various works for classical and flamenco guitar – Alba Music

Fantasia Andaluza – Petri Kumela & Joonas Widenius – Various works for classical and flamenco guitar – Alba Music

Fantasia Andaluza – Petri Kumela & Joonas Widenius – Various works for classical and flamenco guitar  [TrackList follows] – Alba Music multichannel SACD ABCD391, 49:00 (7/29/16) ****: A unique disc that offers Spanish guitar with flamenco guitar. Fantasía Andaluza, the guitar duo record of Kumela and Widenius brings something a bit new to the music […]

JOHN ADAMS: The Dharma at Big Sur; My Father Knew Charles Ives – BBC Sym. Orch./ John Adams /with Tracy Silverman, electric violin – Nonesuch (2 CDs)

JOHN ADAMS: The Dharma at Big Sur; My Father Knew Charles Ives – BBC Sym. Orch./ John Adams /with Tracy Silverman, electric violin – Nonesuch (2 CDs)

JOHN ADAMS: The Dharma at Big Sur; My Father Knew Charles Ives – BBC Sym. Orch./ John Adams /with Tracy Silverman, electric violin – Nonesuch 2-CD disc set 79857-2, 52:00 (9/26/06) ****: John Adams at his best with an East Coast and West Coast-themed musical offering. This is not a new disc, as it was […]

DVORAK: Sym. No. 6 in D Major; 2 Slavonic Dances  – Houston Sym. Orch./ Andres Orozco-Estrada – Pentatone

DVORAK: Sym. No. 6 in D Major; 2 Slavonic Dances – Houston Sym. Orch./ Andres Orozco-Estrada – Pentatone

A nicely recorded and persuasive performance. DVORAK: Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60; 2 Slavonic Dances, Opus 72, No. 3, Opus 46, No. 8 – Houston Sym. Orch./ Andres Orozco-Estrada – Pentatone multichannel SACD PTC 5186 575 [Distr. by Naxos] ****: There really isn’t any kind of consensus on the best recordings of […]

“At the Far Edge” = DANIEL ASIA : Symphony #1; Symphony No. 4; At the Far Edge – New Zealand Sym. Orch. / James Sedares – Summit + catalogue

“At the Far Edge” = DANIEL ASIA : Symphony #1; Symphony No. 4; At the Far Edge – New Zealand Sym. Orch. / James Sedares – Summit + catalogue

“At the Far Edge” = DANIEL ASIA : Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 4; At the Far Edge – New Zealand Sym. Orch. / James Sedares – Summit + catalogue – DCD 256, 61:57 (2/15/00) ***: Interesting contemporary compositions but an uneven recording. This very listenable disc from Summit Records is not a new release, […]