Author Archives: laima1

Phil Salathe–Imaginary Birds

Fun, quirky, storey-telling works for oboe and/or English Horn. Enjoy! Advertisements

Larry Grenadier–The Gleaners

A collection  of pieces for solo double bass, mostly by Grenadier with versions of Gershwin, Coltrane and Muthspiel. Mostly slow, quiet. Play!

Fausto Romitelli–Solare

Very abstract pieces for guitar mixing plucking, tapping and other percussive sounds. One raucous piece for electric guitar aptly titled “Trash TV Trance” and other pieces including recorder/Paetzold flute. Play most!

David Carpenter–From the Valley of Baca

A mix of chamber pieces, instrumental or baritone with piano, quiet. Play most!

Ferrucio Busoni–The Late Works

Recognized for his rejection of Late Romanticism and exemplary of the early modern, these are piano pieces composed through his life, from elegant to powerful and strident.

Sustain–Works for Solo Piano and Percussion Instruments

Mostly piano, varied and contemporary and two other works for abstract marimba/vibraphone. Play!

Aaron Lington–Secondary Impressions

Contemporary transcriptions or originals for bass saxophone and piano. Very nice!

Garth Baxter–Resistance

Described in the liner notes as  modern traditional, these are gracious, lyrical, predominantly slow and quiet for strings and piano, some sax and flute. Play!

Eleni Karaindrou–Tous des Oiseaux

Ethereal, gorgeous, sad pieces for a play and a film dealing with the Isreali/Palestinian conflict, with voice, Middle Eastern and Western instruments. Play all!

Gerhard & Mompou–Complete Music for Solo Guitar

Either brusque or very quiet and lovely, works by Gerhard, Mompou and Pujol. Play most!


Nice collection of transcriptions for harmonica and piano of Baroque to modern classical and jazz works. Play!

Valentin Silvestrov…Touching the Memory…

Silvestrov is considered one of the originators of the Kiev avant-garde, and his works were not performed in 1960’s/70’s Soviet Union. He later renounced this style of composition, believing that there is no new music, just music from memories of older music. These string orchestra pieces (sometimes the orchestra is so quiet!) are contemporary, lyrical […]

Made in Poland

Polish composers from early 1900’s to contemporary, elegant to strident works with string quartet with chamber orchestra.

Continuidad y Deformacion–Contemporary Works from Latin America

Nice collection of percussive, drumming and plucking abstract pieces. Not typical.

Kevin Kastning–Piano I

Mr. Kastning, known for his improvisational guitar pieces with his owned multi-stringed instruments, here performs his abstract, delicate and mostly quiet works. Nice!

Works for Solo Viola

By Scandinavian composers, sombre, contemporary viola pieces. Excellent!

Music for Mandora

The mandora, similar to a lute, in these Baroque and modern pieces. Nice!

A Tribute to Teresa de Rogatis

Romantic and elegant classical guitar pieces from an older tradition by a  Neapolitan woman composer (1893-1997) who subsumed her composing talent for a dedicated teaching career.

Henry’s Adventure–Original Works for Oboe and Accordion

Really nice combination of oboe and accordion (unusual), all contemporary works. Play!

Sir Hubert Parry–Piano Trios & Partita

Romantic era, stately works for piano trio. Play most!

Concertos on Marimba

Two contemporary and one baroque concerto, highly varied. Contemporary pieces are nice!

Shostakovich & Kabalevsky–Cello Sonatas

These sonatas cover all of the emotional range from rage to tranquillity. Excellent!

Music for Flute and Guitar

Varied composers, mostly contemporary, one modern with works for guitar & flute or solo guitar, lyrical, staccato, plucking, lots of quiet, slow, ambience. Play!

French Music for String Orchestra

Romantic era to modern, lyrical to abstract. Nice variety!

Mountains–the “lost Australian recording”

Pianist John McCabe selected these varied pieces by Australian and American composers for an EMI Sydney 1985  cassette recording that was eventually “lost” when the studio closed. Recently found in excellent quality, here it is, with some jazz, some classical, and some  impressionism. Play!