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“Brubeck” – Dave Brubeck Quartet, Zurich 1964/ Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series 42 – TCB Music

“Brubeck” – Dave Brubeck Quartet, Zurich 1964/ Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series 42 – TCB Music

“Brubeck” – Dave Brubeck Quartet, Zurich 1964/ Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series 42 – TCB Music 02422, 72:33 *****: This is a terrific 1964 concert from a legendary jazz quartet! (Dave Brubeck – piano; Paul Desmond – alto saxophone; Eugene Wright – double bass; Joe Morello – drums) There have been many transformative jazz pianists. […]

SCHUBERT: Hermann Prey sings The Song Cycles, Blu-ray (2016)

SCHUBERT: Hermann Prey sings The Song Cycles, Blu-ray (2016)

SCHUBERT: Hermann Prey – The Schubert Song Cycles, Blu-ray (2016)  Don’t pass this one up. Performers: Hermann Prey, (baritone), Leonard Hokanson (p.), Helmut Deutsch (p.) Studio: Naxos [11/18/16] Video: 1.33:1  Color Audio: DTS-HD 5.1, PCM Stereo Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish Extras: Introductions by Hermann Prey Length: 252 minutes Ratings: Audio ****¾ Once in a […]

Joshua Breakstone – The Cello Quartet – 88 – Capri

Joshua Breakstone – The Cello Quartet – 88 – Capri

Joshua Breakstone – The Cello Quartet – 88 – Capri 71444-2, 64:31 ****: Strong playing from a band immersed in a bop-inspired songbook. (Joshua Breakstone – guitar; Lisle Atkinson – bass; Andy Watson – drums; Mike Richmond – cello ) Joshua Breakstone is an intriguing guitarist of prolific dexterity in the manner of Wes Montgomery. […]

LISZT: “Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses” – Roberto Plano, p. – Decca (2 CDs)

LISZT: “Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses” – Roberto Plano, p. – Decca (2 CDs)

Plano fulfills both aspects of Liszt’s Poetic and Religious Harmonies with style and fluent grace. LISZT: “Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses” – Invocation; Ave Maria; Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude; Pensee des Morts; Pater Noster; Hymne de l’Enfant a son Reve; Funerailles; Miserere d’apres Palestrina; Andante Lagrimoso; Cantique d’Amour (Consolation No. 3 in D-flat Major) […]

Cyrus Chestnut – Natural Essence – HighNote

Cyrus Chestnut – Natural Essence – HighNote

Cyrus Chestnut – Natural Essence – HighNote HCD 7283, 63:10 ****: This is a delightfully invigorating trio session. (Cyrus Chestnut – piano; Buster Williams – bass; Lenny White – drums) Cyrus Chesnut’s musical demeanour is a combination of soulful and probing. In his latest release for HighNote Records entitled Natural Essence, he and his cohorts […]

“Pollini & Abbado: The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings” – 8 CDs

“Pollini & Abbado: The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings” – 8 CDs

An important bag, if a mixed one, but the pros outweigh the cons. “Pollini & Abbado: The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings” = BEETHOVEN: Complete Piano Concertos; Fantasy for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 80; BRAHMS: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1995); Piano Concerto No. 2 (1976); SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto, Op. 54; SCHOENBERG: Piano Concerto, […]

BACH: Goldberg Variations – Zhu Xiao-Mei, p. (2014)

BACH: Goldberg Variations – Zhu Xiao-Mei, p. (2014)

BACH: Goldberg Variations – Zhu Xiao-Mei, p. (2014) Zhu Xiao-Mei life’s work culminates in her profoundly personal live performance at Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church. BACH: Goldberg Variations complete perf. by Zhu Xiao-Mei, piano Director: Paul Smaczny Studio: Accentus Music 42 6023483 076 7 (10/14) [Distr. by Naxos] Video: for 16:9 screens, color Audio:  PCM Stereo, […]