#morninglistening to #Mendelssohn #overtures w/@asmforchestra on @capricciorec
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…But the interspersed pieces represent a real bonus: Isang Yun’s Königliches Thema for solo violin on Bach’s “Thema Regium” from his Musical Offering is a fascinating set of variations that takes you, hardly noticeable, on an East/West journey without borders or boom barriers. I had last come across Alfred Schnittke’s Suite in the Old Style for violin and piano when reviewing his film music
#morninglistening to #Brahms, #Scriabin , #LudwigVan et al. w/#AnatolUgorsky on @dgclassics
Indulgent, brilliant, exacerbating, enchanting…
Complete recordings on DG.
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A quick guide to the best recordings of The Planets
Philharmonia Orchestra/Simon Rattle
EMI 575 8672
As 'The bringer of war', Mars needs to be brash, brutal and unsettling. Rattle and the Philharmonia, in their 1987 recording, deliver in spades.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Mackerras
Virgin 561 5102
Bringer of peace? Venus can appear as the bringer of blandness. Not in this 1990s recording, thanks to the RLPO’s characterful playing.
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Adrian Boult
EMI 567 7482
You’d be surprised how many conductors plod through this most sprightly of the Planets. But Sir Adrian Boult’s ‘Winged Messenger’ from 1978 flits and darts with sparkle.
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Adrian Boult
This 1945 classic recording was, one reviewer said at the time, the first to make The Planets shine. There’s drive, energy and bundles of fun. Don’t be put off by the sound quality.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/George Hurst
An obscure Planets from 1974 comes up trumps – Hurst and his Bournemouth forces brilliantly guide us from the horrors of impending old age to a gladdening new wisdom.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Hadley
Alto ALC 1013
Crashes and bangs galore, as the spellbinding Handley terrifies and enchants in equal measure in this rumbustious version of Holst’s ‘Magician’ from 1993.
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Simon Rattle
EMI 369 6902
Rattle captures Neptune’s magical pianissimo opening and, when it enters, the choir seems to float weightlessly – there’s a sense of gazing into the infinite universe.
What's on at the Proms tonight?
First Night of the Proms: Friday 13 July 2018, 8.15pm
Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region
Holst The Planets
Anna Meredith/59 Productions Five Telegrams
National Youth Choir of Great Britain
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Proms Youth Ensemble
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo
The Prom will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Dionne Warwick for my “House Call” column in the Mansion section. There’s nothing like picking up the ringing phone and hearing, “Mr. Myers? Dionne Warwick.” Dionne’s voice is unmistakable—like a long wooden match being drawn slowly and seductively across a flint. We talked about childhood and growing up in East Orange, N.J. And yes, I asked whether she sings her Hal David/Burt Bacharach hits in the shower. The answer will surprise you.
Here’s Dionne Warwick singing one of my favorites, I Say a Little Prayer, in 1967…
And if you love this song as much as I do, here’s a brilliant extended version that I found at YouTube…
Tomasz Stańko, a Polish free-jazz trumpeter, died on July 29. He was 76. The fabulous photo of Stańko above was taken by Bruno Vasil at Boston’s Regattabar at the Charles Hotel in April 2010. Here’s an hour of Stańko at Jazz Baltica in 2005…
More West Side Story. Following my post last week on Bobby Sanabria’s amazing new album, West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads), Bobby sent along a couple of video clips he thought JazzWax readers would enjoy.
Here’s a promo for the project, which includes comments from Jamie Bernstein, one of Leonard Bernstein’s daughters…
And here’s Bobby discussing the project on BronxTalk with Jamie Bernstein and host Gary Axelbank…
Jamie Bernstein’s new memoir, Famous Father Girl, can be found here.
What the heck. Here’s the Buddy Rich Big Band playing his West Side Story Medley on TV in 1967. The suite was arranged by Bill Reddie and first recorded in 1966…
Oddball album cover of the week.
This one came out in 1963. Turning Bernstein’s high-tension score into a bossa nova must have been quite a trick. Not even Liberace or Percy Faith dared record an album devoted to the soundtrack. Next up for Bill Barron could have been Is Paris Burning Bossa Nova...