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Joe McQueen & friends: Ten at 86          (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  May 1, 2008

There are many different jazzes; Joe McQueen’s jazz is one I know and can happily re-enter. We're talking Jazz Standards: tunes ‘as old as the Hills Bros.’ but rebrewed fresh on the fly by composer-musicians. First there’s the theme which I shudder to admit I probably heard in its AM-radio ... more
Erhu Chant - Yu Hong Mei          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  April 13, 2008

MINI-REVIEW I confess that I am at heart a 'westerner' but my appreciation of music extends well beyond the borders of Europe. I adore the erhu and its music and most of this disc satisfies my desire to enjoy that sound on SACD. But not all of it. This disc contains several works which include ... more
Froberger: Pour passer la mélancolie - Bob van Asperen        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  April 13, 2008

MINI-REVIEW Froberger's music is very good, van Asperen's playing is excellent, Aeolus' discs are audiophile quality. So, what is not to like here? Well, it's the long passages where van Asperen reads Froberger's anecdotes about nights of heavy drinking and near-fatal attempts to cross a river; ... more
Shostakovich: Piano Trios, Cello Sonata - Rachmaninov Trio Moscow        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  April 10, 2008

Shostakovich's trios are always interesting listening since he, like Beethoven, is a bit more jovial and relaxed in his trios than in his quartets, cracking jokes with friends rather than encoding criticisms of Stalin. For that reason it is fortunate that we have the excellent . I agree completely ... more
Shostakovich/Schnittke - Moscow Chamber Orchestra/Orbelian          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  March 5, 2008

QUARTET WRIT LARGE Günter Grass begins his novel ‘The Tin Drum’ with the words “Granted, I am an inhabitant of an insane asylum…”. In the same spirit of full-disclosure I must say “Granted, I am the string quartet fanatic who rages whenever an à quattro is fluffed out for full orchestra.”. But I am ... more

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