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Bernstein, Leonard & New York Philharmonic – “Debussy / Honegger” – [Columbia]

Claude Debussy (DEB-u-see)

A1 Saxophone Rhapsody. In 1895 Mrs. Elise Hall, a wealthy Bostonian, commissioned this work for saxophone. Debussy was unfamiliar with the sax, cashed the check, and nothing more until 1903 when Mrs. Hall showed up at his Paris apartment. He was hounded until in 1911 he dropped off the soloist’s part, with unfinished orchestration. Debussy called her the femme-saxophone (saxophone woman). When he died in 1918, the French composer Roger Ducasse finished the orchestration and the work premiered at the Societe Nationale in 1919.

A2 Clarinet Rhapsody – Written as a clarinet entrance exam for the Paris Conservatoey.

Side B are 3 pieces by Honeggger that are very energetic, lots of brass and percussion. Very enjoyable.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on November 15, 2016 at 11:56 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Kogan, Leonid/Mitnick, Andrei – “Encores By Kogan” – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

    Duo- Leonid Kogan violin- Andrei Mitnick piano. Side A has Fritz Kreisler composition and transcription . Side B Russian composers and great violin technique. Great duo sound throughout, drop in anywhere.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on October 25, 2016 at 11:57 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Kapell, William – “Unforgettable William Kapell, The” – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

    Heartbreaker pianist. Bedroom eyes. Mop of hair. Great fingers. Plays the hard stuff. Side A & B1 with Boston Symphony Orch & Kousevitsky (ku- sev- IT- ski)
    Died age 31, October 29, 1953. His plane clipped the treetops near Half Moon Bay. No survivors. Was there enough for a legend?

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on October 25, 2016 at 11:53 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Nilsson, Birgit – “Sings Beethoven, Weber, and Mozart” – [Angel Records]

    Birgit Nilsson, famous upper register. 7th generation Swedish farming stock, the first non- Italian to open the season at La Scala in Milan. Side A Beethoven. B3 from Don Giovanni is a shorter tune. Every track hits the high notes.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on October 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Albinoni, Tommaso – “Sinfonie For Orchestra” – [Musical Heritage Society]

    Tommaso Albinoni, self described dilettante, scion of paper-mill wealth, Venetian contemporary of Vivaldi. Known mostly in his time as a composer of operas. None were published so what is known of him are instrumental Sonatas and Sinfonias. Sounds like a car or diamond ring commercial, sounds like Vivaldi, sounds like Classical. B2 is notable for its lack of counterpoint, prefiguring the symphony

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on October 11, 2016 at 6:34 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Heifetz, Friedman, Smith – “Beethoven “Kreutzer” Sonata, Bach Concerto For Two Violins” – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

    Violin virtuoso Sascha Heifetz. Accompanied by his student Eric Friedman and Brooks Smith at the piano. Side A & B1 are Beethoven. Bach Concertos add symphony orchestra.
    Great stuff. Heifetz is daring, attacking, penetrating

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on October 11, 2016 at 6:26 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Renaissance Clavichord II, The [coll] – [Titanic]

    This album features Bernard Brauchli playing clavichord compositions written in the 1500′s and early 1600′s. He performs on a period instrument – the Tosi Clavichord – which was built in 1568. Doing this review, I learned that clavichords of this era use fretting – more than one note shares a string. This saves space, but means that some note combinations are impossible.

    These tunes are readily identifiable as coming from the Renaissance, but the sound of the clavichord is interesting – sounding guitar-like at times, with a bit of twang. Fun to compare to modern electronics in a way.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on August 29, 2014 at 9:03 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Early Music Consort of London, The – “Art of Courtly Love, The” – [Seraphim]

    3-LP set from the 1970′s covers a fine selection of late Medieval secular music. Brilliantly played on period instruments, most tracks have vocals but some are only instrumental. Dissonant, odd harmonies to our 21st-century ears – this music links love to war, features “courtly” idealized love. Liner notes have lots of good background and academic information.

    PGM: A sackbutt was an early trombone.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on July 2, 2014 at 6:11 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • New Music From Japan [coll] – [Odyssey]

    This old LP has very nicely recorded orchestral works from three 20th Century composers from Japan. Akira Miyoshi was born in 1933 and studied in the 1950′s in Paris, before returning to Japan. Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) had many influences such as John Cage and musique concrete; he composed many film scores including Akira Kurosawa’s Ran. Toshiro Mayuzumi (1929- 1997) also studied in Paris and also wrote many film scores. Very original, often delicate, very listenable, western music with Japanese inflections.Might sound cinematic, but which came first?

    PGM: LP is monaural.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on November 14, 2012 at 11:19 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Carlos, Wendy (Walter) – “Well-Tempered Synthesizer, The” – [Columbia Records]

    This 1969 album came one year after the artistic and commercial success of Carlos’ record “Switched-On Bach”. All tracks are performed from the music as written using a variety of electronic voices to good effect for the polyphonic sound. Back then, Carlos had to stretch the capabilities of the Moog synthesizer by using an Ampex tape recorder and doing many takes and overdubs.The fluidity in the resulting tracks is even more impressive because this was not a case of just sitting down at a keyboard and playing. It required many hours of exacting labor to achieve the effect.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on October 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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