Telemann: Twelve Fantasias

August 13, 2017

519Is1U0l3L._SS500Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann
Works: Twelve Fantasias for Solo Bassoon
Performer: Nadina Mackie Jackson

Giuliani: Nocturnes for Clarinet and Harp

August 2, 2017

61SypSENP7L._SS500Composer: Giovannia Francesco Giuliani
Works: Nocturnes for Clarinet and Harp
Performer: Luigi Magistrelli & Elena Gorna

James Yuill: A Change In State

July 28, 2017

a2192943203_16Band: James Yuill
Title: A Change In State

Scarlatti: Sonatas

July 21, 2017

51ew+rARc2L._SS500Composer:Domenico Scarlatti
Works: Ten Hundred Devils: Keyboard Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Katia Braunschweiler

Paul Juon: Piano Music, Volume One

July 12, 2017

51C9zMTKT7L._SS500Composer: Paul Juon
Works: Piano Music, Volume One
Performer: Rodolfo Ritter

Reynaldo Hahn: Works for Solo Piano

July 9, 2017

hahnComposer: Reynaldo Hahn
Works: Works for Solo Piano
Performer: Cristina Ariagno

J.S. Bach: Transcriptions

July 7, 2017

angelika-nebelComposer: J.S. Bach
Works: Transcriptions, Opus Magnum I
Performer: Angelika Nebel

J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier

July 5, 2017

bach2Composer: J.S. Bach
Works: The Well-Tempered Clavier
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy

My 30th version of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. I’m surprised how much I like this performance. Great price for four hours of amazing music.

Ruelle: Rival EP

July 2, 2017

41zX1oNMjJL._SS500Band: Ruelle
Title: Rival EP

Beach House: B-Sides and Rarities

June 30, 2017

a1474668056_16Band: Beach House
Title: B-Sides and Rarities

Landing: Taeppe EP

June 28, 2017

a0378064350_16Band: Landing
Title: Taeppe EP

Reicha: The Complete Chamber Music for Clarinet

June 23, 2017

51vEAGmBlzL._SS500Composer: Anton Reicha
Works: The Complete Chamber Music for Clarinet
Performer: Luigi Magistrelli and Italian Classical Consort

Ride: Weather Diaries

June 19, 2017

31WGq1Ev0JL._SS500Band: Ride
Title: Weather Diaries

Lili Kraus

June 17, 2017

krausComposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Works: Piano Sonatas
Performer: Lili Kraus

This was the first recording of Mozart’s piano sonatas I ever bought. On LP in 1974. Her interpretation is more straightforward than subsequent interpretations, like Mitsuko Uchida, which are lovely but can be a bit precious.

I also found graphics of the original cover art to add to the fond feeling of nostalgia in my library.  I love these album covers. At the time I was very impressed with this elegant, older lady who played some of the most beautiful music I’d ever heard (and for the first time). They don’t make ’em like that anymore. Those gowns!  Love it.

Ready to party like it’s 1974.

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Zoot Woman: Absence

June 16, 2017

31a13qs4dAL._SS500Band: Zoot Woman
Title: Absence

Kozeluch: Complete Keyboard Sonatas

June 12, 2017

51uJ2qX+2nL._SS500Composer: Leopold Kozeluch
Works: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 1
Performer: Jenny Soonjin Kim

Exquisite performances of these lovely and rarely recorded works. Volume 2 has also been released. I hope she records the rest of them.

Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas

June 10, 2017

scarlattiComposer: Domenico Scarlatti
Works: Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 19
Performer: Goran Filipec

London Grammar: Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

June 9, 2017

516ADnqUi5L._SS500Band: London Grammar
Title: Truth Is A Beautiful Thing (Deluxe)

Mozart: Sonatas for Piano and Violin

June 5, 2017

170x170bbComposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Works: The Violin Sonatas
Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis

Kyson: A Book Of Flying

June 3, 2017

a0911056466_16Band: Kyson
Title: A Book Of Flying

Collide: Color of Nothing

June 1, 2017

color-of-nothing-10-x-10-300Band: Collide
Title: Color of Nothing

Lionhearts

May 28, 2017

170x170bbBand: Lionhearts
Title: Lionhearts

Kraftwerk: 3-D The Catalogue

May 27, 2017

41OxHDN5f+L._SS500Band: Kraftwerk
Title: 3-D The Catalogue

After yesterday’s post about Sgt. Pepper I didn’t think my head would explode again for a while but yesterday was also the release of this gem. New mixes of iconic music I’ve loved for decades.

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

May 26, 2017

619A+lTIqILBand: The Beatles
Title: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Super Deluxe Edition)

“It was 20 years ago today…”

Well, really it was 50 years ago today that Sgt. Pepper came out in the UK and then on June 2 in the US. I remember when I bought the LP in 1967. In mono.

This package is spectacular. It presents as an LP, with the cd’s and dvd’s in pockets inside the gatefold. The amazing box, which looks like a master tape box at EMI, also includes two posters and the card insert the original LP had. There is also a gorgeous book of photos with narrative of the making of the album, song by song.

The new stereo mix of the album is like hearing it for the first time. It’s spectacular.

This truly is a Super Deluxe Edition.

Entheogenic: Dreamtime Physics

May 24, 2017

a3739095783_16Band: Entheogenic
Title: Dreamtime Physics

Zhu Xiao-Mei

May 20, 2017

Xiao-K04a[Mirare-2CD]Zhu Xiao-Mei is an extraordinary musician with an extraordinary story.

I was so moved by this little preview of her film, that I will probably never find, that I bought all her Bach recordings. Exquisitely beautiful.

Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6

May 19, 2017

51O-AQ10fML._SS500Composer: Joseph Haydn
Works: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6
Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos

May 16, 2017

61MpslRkkFL._SS500Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Works: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2
Performer: Romain Descharmes and Malmo Symphony Orchestra

I have a deep, emotional attachment to these concertos. For 40+ years my favorite recording of them has been the one by Aldo Ciccolini. This new recording rivals and maybe even exceeds its beauty. So far they’ve released the first three concertos in two volumes. I hope the remaining two concertos are coming soon.

Hazel English: Just Give In/Never Going Home

May 14, 2017

170x170bbBand: Hazel English
Title: Just Give In/Never Going Home

Mendelssohn: Complete Piano Works

May 12, 2017

51F1jex4gMLComposer: Felix Mendelssohn
Works: Complete Piano Works
Performer: Roberto Prosseda