A musical trip which comprises flowers to kings to family to mountains. Jasmine Lovell-Smith’s Towering Poppies – Yellow Red Blue [TrackList follows] – Paint Box, 53:18 [11/4/16] ****: (Jasmine Lovell-Smith – soprano sax, producer; Josh Sinton – bass clarinet; Cat Toren – p.; Adam Hopkins – bass; Kate Gentile – drums; Cuarteto la Matraca: Elena […]
Some beautiful choral writing in an emotional tribute. CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON: Considering Matthew Shepard – Conspirare – Harmonia mundi multichannel SACD HMU 807638.39, 105:26, two discs (9/09/16) [Dist. by HM/PIAS] ****: By now, I am sure – or hope – that all readers have at least heard of the horrific 1998 murder of the then […]
The Verdehr Trio, “American Images 7” = JERE HUTCHESON: Rondo Brillante; Nocturnes of the Inferno; PAMELA MADSEN: Sea Change 2; DAVID WINKLER: Warhol Appassionata; GERSHWIN (arr. Armand Russell): Promenade – The Verdehr Trio (Walter Verdehr, v./Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clar./Silvia Roederer, Deborah Moriarty, David Renner, p.) – Crystal Records CD972, 68:05, (2/09/16)****: A legacy album to conclude […]
Really catchy pieces performed quite well.
CARL VOLLRATH: “Past Recollections – Music for Clarinet and Piano, Vol. 1” (TrackList follows) – Michael Norsworthy, clar./Yoko Hagino, p. – Navona
Very pleasant works and some very fine playing make this worth investigating.
A fresh and vibrant performance from an unexpected source.
Taiwanese drama about a would-be dancer and a blind pianist.
Yours in Song [TrackList follows] – University of South Dakota Chamber Singers/ David Holdhusen – Con Brio
This is one of those surprises that you run into every once in a while—and it is superb.
“Chicago Moves” – Works of JOAN TOWER, JAMES WOODWARD, JOHN CHEETHAM, BRIAN BAXTER, STACY GARROP, ROB DEEMER & DAVID SAMPSON – Gaudete Brass – Cedille
Recently-written pieces for brass quintet, from the Chicago area.
“Nova” = Works of PHILLIP SCHROEDER; VERA IVANOVA; MARK ENGEBRETSON; CHAN JI KIM; LEONARD MARK LEWIS; ALEKSANDER STERNFELD-DUNN; PIOTR SZEWCZYK & ALAN CHAN – Society of Composers, Inc./var. performers – Navona
Nice variety of styles and some composers you might not know.