A.H. Schultzen (1682-1762): Recorder Sonatas / Ensemble la Ninfea, Barbara Heindlmeier, recorder Apr30

A.H. Schultzen (1682-1762): Recorder Sonatas / Ens...

The music of A.H. Schultzen (1681-1742) is a relatively new and exciting addition to the 18th-century recorder literature. Schultzen’s music first came to light in a 2001 article in the Journal of the American Recorder Society. A contemporary and compatriot of J.S. Bach and G.P....

Avishai Cohen Trio: From Darkness Apr22

Avishai Cohen Trio: From Darkness

My beliefs about Israeli-born bassist Avishai Cohen have evolved over the years. Upon the release of his 1998 debut CD as leader, Adama, on Chick Corea’s Stretch/Concord imprint, I was immediately intrigued by the double-threat emergence of this major talent and recent addition to Mr....

Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812): Sonatas for piano, Vol. 1 / Biliana Tzinlikova, piano Apr10
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Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812): Sonatas for p...

This beautifully recorded Grand Piano disc is the first of a planned series of the complete keyboard music of Franz Hoffmeister. All world premiere recordings, the program is played with sensitivity, spirit and sparkle on a modern grand piano by Bulgarian pianist Biliana Tzinlikova. Franz...

Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975): Orchestral Works Apr03
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Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975): Orchestral Works

Capriccio Records has shown an increasing commitment to repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, bringing to light a number of fine compositions by composers who are scantly represented in the recorded catalog. This program of orchestral music by Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975) is a recent...

Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago / Abrams, Gray, Mitchell, Threadgill Mar25

Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago / Abrams, Gray, M...

By 1960, the city of Chicago had experienced decades of transformation and social change. Waves of European immigrants from far shores, as well as migrants from within the nation’s borders, among them millions of African-Americans, coursed into this “City by the Lake,” its broad...

Kenny Wheeler: Songs for Quintet Mar24

Kenny Wheeler: Songs for Quintet

When it came to music, Kenny Wheeler was everywhere and fit in anywhere. Players that crossed the spectrum, from Tubby Hayes to Derek Bailey, knew him as a singular trumpet voice of seldom-equaled musicality. Settling in London in 1952 after leaving his native Toronto, he became a go-to...

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Carson Cooman: ‘In Beauty Walking’ ...

I had not encountered the music of American composer and organist Carson Cooman prior to picking up his most recent release on CD, 2014’s In Beauty Walking. After thoroughly enjoying this selection of music for string orchestra and deciding to recommend it on Expedition Audio, I set about...

Jazz from Geneva: Marc Perrenoud talks ‘Vestry Lamento,’ playing the States, and more Mar18

Jazz from Geneva: Marc Perrenoud talks ‘Vest...

Swiss jazz pianist and composer Marc Perrenoud maintains a busy career as a recording artist, bandleader, and frequent guest at jazz festivals and concert venues across Europe. His trio with bassist Marco Müller and drummer Cyril Regamey has emerged as one of Switzerland’s leading...

Antonio Soler: Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 42-56 / Mateusz Borowiak, piano Mar16
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Antonio Soler: Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 42-56 / Mateu...

Between 1997 and 2006, Naxos released a series of thirteen recordings performed by harpsichordist Gilbert Rowland of the complete keyboard sonatas by Antonio Soler. What’s shaping up to be another cycle of Soler’s sonatas began in 2011, with two key differences: one is that the...

Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suites Mar12

Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suites

The often dazzling and awe-inspiring landmass and waterscape formations resulting from the natural world’s inexorable transformations occurring over vast timescales can prove artistically inspirational, especially for artists whose creative juices are set flowing by the considerable...

Ignaz Joseph Pleyel (1757-1831): String Quintets / Bohuslav Matoušek; Janáček Quartet Mar10
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Ignaz Joseph Pleyel (1757-1831): String Quintets /...

It’s always a pleasure to discover something fresh from the early Classical era, where we may not suspect many surprises remain. The ongoing Pleyel Edition on Ars Production has reached volume fifteen with this release offering three of the Austrian-born French composer’s dozen...

Franz Ignaz Beck (1734-1809): Symphonies Op. 4, Nos. 1-3, Op. 3, No. 6 / Czech CO, Pardubice Mar04
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Franz Ignaz Beck (1734-1809): Symphonies Op. 4, No...

In the mind of many of us, “Papa” Haydn is granted parentage for the birth of the symphony (although in reality, it’s much less a “birth” at all than one continuous gestation). Certainly, Haydn wrote some 30 symphonies before Mozart wrote his first, and he did...