The first Three Muskateers film, starring Doug Fairbanks in 1921! Three Three Muskateers (1921/2016) Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Adolphe Menjou, Mary MacLarn, Nigel De Brulier Director: Fred Niblo Writer: Alexandre Dumas Studio: Verdoux-vision/ Synergy Ent./ Undercrank Productions/ Silent Cinema Presentations Inc. 2016 Restoration: Karl Malkames New theater organ score: Ben Model Video: 4:3 B&W, tinted Audio: […]
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 1 in g minor, “Winter Daydreams”; The Tempest – Orch. of St. Luke’s/ Pablo Heras-Cadado – Harmonia mundi
Conductor Heras-Casado and St. Luke’s capture two programmatic symphonic works by Tchaikovsky. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 1 in g minor, Op. 13 “Winter Daydreams”; The Tempest, Op. 18 – Orch. of St. Luke’s/ Pablo Heras-Cadado – Harmonia mundi HMC 902220, 68:18 (11/4/16) [Distr. By PIAS] ****: Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony (1868) combines his strong desire to compete […]
A very short EP but very accessible music from Deems Taylor. DEEMS TAYLOR: Three Century Suite [TrackList Follows] – Moravian Philharmonic Orch./ Petr Vronsky – Navona NV6066. 15:39 [6/21/16] ••••: This is the 50th anniversary of the passing of Deems Taylor, who was the narrator in Disney’s original Fantasia, and composed the delightful Thru the […]
STRAVINSKY: Petrushka; DEBUSSY: La Boite à joujoux — Seattle Sym. /Ludovic Morlot — Seattle Sym. Media
A vibrant new “Petrushka” and a Debussy rarity make for great listening. IGOR STRAVINSKY: Petrushka; CLAUDE DEBUSSY: La Boite à joujoux (“The Toy Box”) — Seattle Sym./Ludovic Morlot — Seattle Sym. Media SSM1010, 68:33 *****: The Seattle Symphony and its current music director, Ludovic Morlot, are on a real run here lately and especially since […]
ELGAR: Cello Concerto in e minor; WALTON: Cello Concerto; G. HOLST: Invocation; I. HOLST: The Fall of the Leaf – Steven Isserlis, cello/ Philharmonia Orch./ Paavo Jarvi – Hyperion
Steven Isserlis asserts his supremacy in British cello artistry with two major concertos and two unfamiliar works dear to his heart. ELGAR: Cello Concerto in e minor, Op. 85; WALTON: Cello Concerto; G. HOLST: Invocation, Op. 19, No. 2; I. HOLST: The Fall of the Leaf for Solo Cello – Steven Isserlis, cello/ Philharmonia Orch./ […]
An interesting visual version of the Gustav Holst score. Ken Russell’s View of The Planets, Blu-ray (1983/2016) Director: Ken Russell Performed by: The Philadelphia Orch. cond. by Eugene Ormandy Music: Gustav Holst Studio: Monarda/ ArtHaus Musik 109169 (3/25/16) Video: 4:3 1080i HD color Audio: PCM stereo All regions Extras: introduced by Melvyn Bragg Length: 50 […]
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in e minor; Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Ov.; SHULMAN: A Laurentian Ov. – NBC Sym./ Guido Cantelli – Pristine Audio
The talented Guido Cantelli appears in 1952 Carnegie Hall for some rousing Tchaikovsky and a rare Shulman performance. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op. 64; Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Ov.; SHULMAN: A Laurentian Ov. – NBC Sym./ Guido Cantelli – Pristine Audio PASC 457, 72:08 [avail. in various formats from www.pristineclassical.com] ****: […]
Bruno Walter Rarities: American Columbia Recordings, 1941-1955 = MOZART, SCHUBERT, J. STRAUSS, BRAHMS, DVORAK, MENDELSSOHN – Pristine Audio
Bruno Walter leads several East Coast ensembles in repertory to which he brings an excited, intelligent energy, the performances long overlooked.
STRAVINSKY: Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring); Petrouchka – four-hand-versions – Silver-Garburg Piano Duo – Berlin Classics – 2 vinyls
A terrific double-vinyl with two Stravinsky piano-four-hands classics.
A long but very artistic and exciting 1923 French silent serial.
JAMES M. STEPHENSON: The Devil’s Tale – Matt Bean, narr./Western Illinois U. Faculty Chamber Players/Mike Fansler – Ravello
Very clever and entertaining work pays homage to Stravinsky.
A gorgeous 53-minute film of the East Indian Holi celebration, with original score by Vijay Iyer.
Movie soundtrack is released in a lavish double vinyl.
Stratas in her prime is always worth a listen—and a viewing.
The concept is good, but the visuals don’t make it easy to watch.
CONLON NANCARROW: Studies for Player Piano 16, 20, 26, 32, 44; Suite for Orchestra; Three Movements for Chamber Orchestra; Septet (fragment); PAUL USHER: Nancarrow Concerto for Pianola and Chamber Orch. – Wergo
Maybe not the best introduction to this fascinating and innovative composer, but well-played and offering an “almost” completion as well.
A benchmark performance and live recording of this Mahler favorite.
DVORAK: Cello Concerto in B Minor & other works for cello & piano – Alisa Weilerstein, cello/ Anna Polonsky, p./ Czech Philharmonic Orch,/ Jiri Belohlavek – Decca
American cello virtuoso Alisa Weilerstein brings her ardent charisma to the beguiling music of Dvorak.
Indie film soundtrack combines atmospheric score and catchy songs!
BEETHOVEN: Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II; Symphony No. 2 – Soloists/Chorus/ San Francisco Sym./ Michael Tilson Thomas – SFS Media
The latest in the San Francisco Symphony/MTT Beethoven SACD series.
“Phaedra” = PHILIP GLASS: Phaedra; Modern Love Waltz; GLASS/MORAN: 21 Orchestrations of Modern Love Waltz – Var. performers – OgreOgress DVD-A
For the die-hard Glass fan, this is a must.
R. STRAUSS: Josephslegende (complete ballet); Love Scene from “Feuersnot;” Festmarsch – Royal Scottish Nat. Orch./ Neeme Järvi – Chandos
The second SACD release of this enjoyable R. Strauss ballet.