Debussy: The Complete Works review – a comprehensive and invaluable survey

Andrew Clements writes ….. he most significant musical anniversaries of 2018 are all centenaries – of the births of Leonard Bernstein and Bernd Alois Zimmermann, and of the death of Claude Debussy, and it’s the last of those, which falls in March, that is attracting the attention of record companies. Warner Classics has got in […]

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100 Years Of Jazz: A Celebration Through Ten Masterpieces (10CD Box Set)

  100 years from the first commercial Jazz recording. Jazz as a great metaphor for American Culture in the 20th Century! Jazz as one of the most influential art forms of today! An essential box set including ten masterpieces everyone should own. Each CD includes a beautiful reproduction of the original and iconic album covers. […]

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Interview / Upper Mississippi Blues Musician Crankshaft:

From a long while ago …. Alex Larson has been performing under his alias “Crankshaft” for almost four years now. His stylized alter ego is a fascinating extension of his Midwest upbringing, which combines his love for primitive musical forms (blues, punk, surf rock), with his adoration for classic automobiles. Although he has devoted himself […]

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London Calling, The Clash: Neil Spencer recalls the day the Last Gang came of age

“After three years of righteous punk anger, the Clash were ready for a change. 1976’s Year Zero was fast receding, overtaken by the group’s booming status as international rock stars. Recorded during 1979’s hothouse summer, London Calling was to prove their magnum opus, the album that established them as masters of rock, rather than inspired […]

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CD Review: A Tale Of Two Sopranos

By Joel Kasow / PARIS, 8 MAY 2012 — Two recital albums on Decca have recently come our way featuring two “house”singers. Renée Fleming’s Poèmes shows off the soprano, highlighting the extraordinary vocal beauty in exotic repertoire, thus demonstrating the soprano’s eagerness to lead her fans outside the customary paths. Please click HERE to read […]

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Bizet – Carmen: Prelude & Entr’actes, L’Arlesienne: Orchestral Suite

    Patrick Latimer writes: Vivid account of Bizet’s beautiful music Get Bizet I picked this disc as a (relatively) recent performance of some of Bizet’s greatest show tunes. You get the orchestral music from Carmen without the singing and the plot which is a bit like going straight to dessert. And just like going […]

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Miles Davis – Seven Steps to Heaven SACD

Reissue of 1963 Columbia LP /Sony Music/Analogue Productions Miles in hi-res 3-channel audio! Seven Steps to Heaven SACD Miles Davis, trumpet; Victor Feldman, piano; Herbie Hancock, piano; George Coleman, tenor sax; Frank Butler, drums; Anthony Williams, drums; Ron Carter, bass) This is the classic Miles session when he was still being fairly tonal and straightforward. […]

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Live 1971 (CD) by Mississippi Fred McDowell

“I Don’t Play No Rock & Roll” Fred McDowell famously said, but many Rock &Rollers play Fred’s music. His bottleneck guitar playing is essential to the blues genre and has influenced countless players. Fred was an originator of a style called North Mississippi Blues or Hill Country Blues. The style has been carried on by […]

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What happened to composers?

I’m building my big library of recorded music. It’s a continual process and I’ve have noticed something interesting. In classical music traditionally the library by the name of the composer – Bach, Beethoven, Delius and so on. In contrast, when it comes to non-classical we tend to file by the name of the performer – […]

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Will children ever care about opera?

Rupert Christiansen writes: What role opera should play in our educational system is a problem that has baffled and exercised me for my 25 years as a critic – and lover – of this great if beleaguered art form. My feelings are complicated by the fact that my own path to opera was entirely self-motivated. […]

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BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 9 – introduced by Riccardo Chailly

Gramophone magazine: The Italian conductor believes that, in his final symphony, Beethoven reached beyond humanity. My connection with this symphony goes back to my time at the Milan Conservatory, but I never dared to conduct such a masterpiece until 1990, when I was the Music Director at the Musicale Communale in Bologna. I started conducting […]

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