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...

Abdullah Ibrahim: The Song is My Story Feb23
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Abdullah Ibrahim: The Song is My Story

“You know, he is still a great sax player,” I tell myself while listening to Abdullah Ibrahim’s ‘Celestial Bird Dance,’ the opening number of his 2015 Sunnyside release,The Song Is My Story. A series of solo explorations – two on saxophone, fifteen on piano – , the disc is a...

Louis Glass (1864-1936): Complete Symphonies, Vol. 1 / Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie; Daniel Raiskin Feb20
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Louis Glass (1864-1936): Complete Symphonies, Vol....

In these two works by Danish composer Louis Glass, musical reflections of our natural world are unmistakable; the idyllic air of a bucolic life surfaces time and again. Glass provides both works with descriptive titles – the third symphony is subtitled “Forest Symphony” and...

Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet: Intents and Purposes Feb19
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Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet: Intents and Purposes

It is highly likely that no period in jazz history has so thoroughly split opinions on the value and quality of its output as did the decade of the 1970’s. And it was in the realm of amplified, hedonistic jazz-rock, or fusion as it is more commonly known, where that split became most...

Telemann: Sonatas, Trios & Concerti / L’Accademia Giocosa Feb12
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Telemann: Sonatas, Trios & Concerti / L’...

Oehms Classics has released this collection of six sonatas, trios and concerti by Telemann, all but one appearing as a world premiere recording. Playing on period instruments, L’Accademia Giocosa (‘playful’) is made up of members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony, together with...

William Wallace: Creation Symphony; Pelléas and Mélisande; Prelude to The Eumenides / Brabbins, BBC Scottish SO Feb07
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William Wallace: Creation Symphony; Pelléas and Mé...

If you missed this album of Scottish composer William Wallace’s orchestral music when it was first issued by Hyperion in the late ’90s, you have another chance to obtain it with this reissue on the label’s mid-price Helios line – at about half the price of the original....

Marc Perrenoud Trio: Vestry Lamento Feb04
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Marc Perrenoud Trio: Vestry Lamento

The Swiss composer and jazz pianist Marc Perrenoud has released a delightfully hip new trio record entitled Vestry Lamento. Produced by Double Moon Records Label & Challenge Records International, the album was first released in Europe in October of 2013, and has recently been made...

Jean-Michel Damase: Symphonie; Piano Concerto No. 2; Concertino; Flute Concerto Feb01
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Jean-Michel Damase: Symphonie; Piano Concerto No. ...

The Dutton record label initially built its reputation issuing audiophile-quality transfers from 78-rpm shellac discs recorded between 1920 and 1970. While the label has continued this avenue of activity, it also issues world-premiere recordings of little-known but deserving works by...