A bunch of animals save a dying theater with their acts. Sing, Blu-ray (2017) Voice-overs: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton Director: Garth Jennings Studio: Illuminations/ Universal 61180480 (3/21/17) [2 discs] Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 widescreen HD color Audio: English DD multichannel 5.1, DD. 2.0 stereo, French DD 5.1, Spanish DD […]
JON GIBSON: Relative Calm – Jon Gibson, saxes and keyboards/Joseph Kubera, keyboards/David Van Tieghem, perc. – New World
A look back at one of the ‘founders’ of minimalism well worth your while! JON GIBSON: Relative Calm – Jon Gibson, saxes and keyboards/Joseph Kubera, keyboards/David Van Tieghem, percussion – New World 8783-2 [Distr. by Albany], 69:06, (11/04/16) ****: I first became aware of Jon Gibson some forty years ago while he was still a […]
RAMEAU: Pieces du Clavecin (complete harpsichord works) – Mahan Esfahani, harpcd. – Hyperion (2 CDs)
Esfahani throws his hat into the Rameau ring, with quite a lot of success.
LULLY: Amadis (complete opera) – soloists/ Choeur de Chambre de Namur/ Les Talens Lyriques/ Christophe Rousset – Aparte (3 CDs)
Amadis may not be a highlight of the Lully catalog, but still represents a significant effort on the part of the composer.
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 – Valery Gergiev, Mariinksy Orch. – multichannel SACD Mariinsky (2 discs)
Committed performances and fine recording of these three symphonies from a chaotic period for the composer.
WAGNER: Excerpts from The Ring & Parsifal with many soloists & orch./ cond. by Karl Muck – Pristine Audio (2 CD-Rs.)
A glorious restoration of the 1927-1928 Parsifal recordings led by Karl Muck, considered master of this opera’s especial ethos.
BIZET: L’Arlésienne Suites Nos. 1 & 2; FAURE: Masques et Bergamasques; GOUNOD: Faust – Ballet Music – Orch. de la Suisse Romande/ Kazuki Yamada – PentaTone
A most enjoyable collection of dance-influenced music by Bizet, Gounod & Faure.
“AGOSTINO STEFFANI: Danze e Ouvertures” – I Barocchisti /Coro della Radiotelevisione Sviszzera/ Diego Fasolis – Decca
Thrilling! The third disc of Steffani from Diego Fasolis and I Barocchisti is a must-have for lovers of Baroque orchestral music.
Now this is the type of release we like to see from the Met.