John Adams’ new Violin Concerto is dramatically compelling. JOHN ADAMS: Scheherazade.2 – Leila Josefowicz, v./ St. Louis Sym./David Robertson – Nonesuch 557170, 47:35 ****: One of the characteristics that is so endearing about John Adams’ music is that it reflects the variety of emotional and intellectual Zeitgeist of our times. It can be deep and […]
Audio Issue with Google Pixel Smartphones – All Google Pixel XL smartphones, when you crank up the volume to one of the last three volume settings, produce a static distortion. Not heard on other smartphones. Google doesn’t seem to know about the problem. DEG Hi-Res Audio Pavillion at CES – The Digital Entertainment Group will […]
TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker – complete ballet transcribed for piano – Stewart Goodyear – Steinway & Sons
An outstanding transcription for piano of a most beloved ballet score – it’ll have you dancing! PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker – complete ballet transcribed for piano – performed by Stewart Goodyear – Steinway & Sons multichannel SACD 30040, 82:21 [10/9/15] *****: Few people are neutral on the subject of Christmas: most either love it […]
A. SCARLATTI: La Gloria di Primavera – Soloists/Philharmonia Baroque Orch. & Chorale/ Nicholas McGegan – Naxos
What a shame the American continent had to wait 300 years for this wonder. ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI: La Gloria di Primavera – Performers: Diana Moore (Primavera)/ Suzana Ograjensek (Estate)/ Clint Van Der Linde (Autumno)/ Nicholas Phan (tenor)/ Douglas Williams (Giove)/ Philharmonia Baroque Orch. & Chorale/ Nicholas McGegan – Naxos Pure Audio Blu-ray PBP-09BD (5.1 surround + […]
Another even greater season for this good sci-fi TV series. Extant – The Second Season, Blu-ray (2015) Cast: Halle Berry, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Goran Visnjic, Pierce Gagnon Exec. Producer: Stephen Spielberg Studio: CBS-TV/ Paramount (12/15/15) 4 Blu-rays Video: 1080p HD color for 16:9 Audio: English DTS-HD MA, 5.1 or 2.0 Subtitles: English SDH Extras: Extant: […]
ELENA RUEHR: LIFT – Chamber Music by Elena Ruehr: Lift; Second Violin Sonata; Klein Suite; Adrienne and Amy; Prelude Variations; The Scarlatti Effect — Avie
A gorgeous-sounding collection of Elena Ruehr’s lyrical and modern chamber music.
A jazz orchestra recording of musical portraits.
Barbara Carroll Trio – Something to Live For (Live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola / Jazz at Lincoln Center) – Harbinger Records
She fully supports Duke Ellington’s definition of Carroll being “beyond category.”