Tag Archives: Classical

Kalevi Aho–Solo

Modern and contemporary works for solo winds or strings, otherworldly, meandering, abstract and mostly lyrical.

Sound Visionaries–Debussy, Messiaen, Boulez

French composers linking impressionism, mysticism and modernism. Boulez’ more abstract.

French Duets

Pieces probably written for children or to invoke childhood—impressionistic, lovely!

William Schrickel’s Heavy Rescue

Modern works, varying rhythmically for double bass, strings and some clarinet. Laura Karpman’s inspired by Jaco Pastorius. Play!

Joseph Fennimore–Blow

Music for winds & piano, from mostly older recordings, so some sound tinny. Sextets to duos with various combinations of instruments. Play!

The Isolated Cellist

A collection of solo cello works from Baroque to contemporary. Nice mix of European/Great Britain traditionals and compositions.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor–Uncovered

Afro-British violinist/composer born in 1875, these are gracious string quartets influenced by Brahms & Dvorak, with piano. Play!

A Clarinet in America

Modern, gracious works for clarinet & chamber orchestra by Copland, Bernstein & Rozsa. Excellent!

Robert Pollock–Entertwined

Very interesting, varied instruments, abstract, over a period of 50 yrs. Play!

Eric Lyon–Giga Concerto

A rewrite of Brahms op 105–jazzy, with drums and violin duo.

Simone Piraino–Verso la luce

Highly lyrical, mostly slow pieces for strings and piano. Play!

Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson–Moonbow

Abstract, slow works for strings and winds–interesting!

British Guitar Music

Gracious works, from Baroque to modern.

Douglas Boyce–The Hunt by Night

Abstract works, mostly intense but not all, for strings and piano, one with guitar.

Concertos for Mallet Intruments

For orchestra and marimba/ vibraphone or other percussion, all contemporary. Excellent!

Sustain–Vol. 2

All contemporary works for solo piano and small ensemble or duos–tonal, atonal, and lyrical. Highly varied. Play!

Toru Takemitsu–Complete Works & Transcriptions for Guitar

CD1 has Takemitsu’s originals, and they are beautiful. CD2 has transcriptions of rock and show tunes amongst others, which I found not as interesting as his own pieces.

Nights Transfigured–Vol. 2 of the New Lullaby Project

Beautiful and contemporary new lullabies with guitar. Play!

John Robertson–Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Since these are symphonies, one without breaks, they are long, but gracious. Play or sample!

The Suite

The Lowell Chamber Orchestra performs Baroque pieces by Telemann & Bach, and contemporary ones by Jose Elizondo and Anthony R. Green. Nice!

Christian Loffler–Parallels

Electronic interpretations/re-imaginings of pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

Fermi’s Paradox

A lovely collection of works from 1600 on for lute and viola da gamba, including Allman’s Little Martha! Play!

Lock & Key–New Chamber Works Vol. II

Varying works for winds and other instruments, all contemporary, with one pieces styled in the Old English rhythms and instrumentation.

Breaking the Silence–Chamber Music of George Palmer

Interesting, varying works for duos or ensembles. Play!

For Claire & Philip

These are contemporary, all-commissioned works for harp and bass–wonderful!