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TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade melancolique; Valse-Scherzo; Violin Con. in D; Souvenir d’un lieu cher – Jennifer Koh, v./ Odense SO/ Alexander Vedernikov – Cedille

TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade melancolique; Valse-Scherzo; Violin Con. in D; Souvenir d’un lieu cher – Jennifer Koh, v./ Odense SO/ Alexander Vedernikov – Cedille

A great bargain to have the complete violin and orchestra pieces on one disc! TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade melancolique, Op. 26; Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34; Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35; Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42 – Jennifer Koh, violin/ Odense SO/ Alexander Vedernikov – Cedille CDR 90000 166, 74:20 [Distr. by Albany] ****: Jennifer Koh is a terrific violinist. Since her debut twenty-odd years ago, she has gradually ascended in the public and critical eye as one of the most astute, intelligent, and boldly provocative artists around. Her contract with Cedille has been a godsend, as they have allowed her a lot of latitude in putting together thought-provoking and cleverly significant programs. Any one of them is rewarding, so you can hardly go wrong by simply tossing a coin and picking. Here she returns to some of her roots, telling us in the notes that Tchaikovsky has been part and parcel of her musical existence since a very early age, and her relationship with conductor Alexander Vedernikov is also time-tested and long-standing. Tchaikovsky had only a short relationship himself with the violin, all of his works for the instrument being completed within a three-year time span. None of them, including the […]

East Side Sushi (2016)

East Side Sushi (2016)

A heartwarming story about never giving up on your dreams. East Side Sushi (2016) Cast: Diana Torrese, Yukata Takeuchi, Rodrigo Clark Director: Anthony Lucero Studio: Sony Pictures 47500 (5/6/16) Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080i HD color Audio: English DD 5.1 Subtitles: French, English, Spanish, English SDH Extras: Deleted scenes, “Behind the Sushi,” “Behind the Music” Length: 106 min. Rating: **** This engaging feature got a 100% score at Rotten Tomatoes. It concerns a Latino single mother who lives with her small daughter and her father. She has run a fruit-vending cart for years but is just not making it. She passes a Japanese restaurant which is looking for workers and is intrigued by both the food and security and benefits. She even learns to fuse sushi with her own Mexican culture and becomes a professional sushi chef. She is aided in her quest by a friendly Japanese sushi chef in the restaurant, but the owner of the place shuts her out not only due to her race being wrong but also because she is a woman. She fights back, and even takes part in a TV show competition, where she comes in second. But in the end she is […]

Audio News for April 25, 2014

2014 CES Saw Record Attendance; LieTech Brans to bring XDream Portable Speakers and External Power Banks to U.S.; Petra Adds Three AV Vendors to Expand HT and Custom-install Areas; HD Radio Coming to More Factory-Installed Cars; Meridian Partnership with Netsertive