Monthly Archives: March 2009

Gil Shaham: Devil’s Dance

I like to check out collections of encores, showpieces, favorites or whatever else they may be called. These are albums consisting of mostly short and melodic pieces, often showcasing a particular soloist. My favorite solo instruments in this regard are … Continue reading

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Clint Mansell: The Fountain

Before I watched Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain I had already checked out the score by Clint Mansell. He had caught my attention with his strange music for the same director’s Requiem for a Dream from which I especially liked the … Continue reading

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The Essential Benny Goodman

For a long time I’ve been looking for a Benny Goodman album with my favorite tracks from the King of Swing. It proved difficult to find an album covering all my favorites and I ended up bying Sony’s 2-CD-set The … Continue reading

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Scheherazade and Polovtsian Dances

Ever since I first heard Beecham’s recordings of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances on EMI’s Great Recordings of the Century series, I have thought of Sir Thomas Beecham as some kind of conductor-super-hero. Beecham was a very sought after … Continue reading

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Glass: Violin Concerto

I stumbled over the first movement of Philip Glass’ violin concerto on Naxos’ American Classics Sampler. On the first listening the starting bars of it wasn’t that ear-catching, so it took me a while before I listened to the entire … Continue reading

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Mozart: Complete Works for Horn and Orchestra

I bought Mozart: Complete Works for Horns and Orchestra (Naxos) with Michael Thompson (horn and director) and Bournemouth Sinfonietta for almost nothing. Another reason for buying it was the fragments (reconstructed by John Humphries) and single movements that makes this … Continue reading

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