Cathedral keyboards and fuzzed-out guitars levitate above pounding, tribal poly rhythms while sparsely placed vocals echo in the dense sonic landscapes.
The Only Light On is the debut album from Boston psych-rockers Ghost Box Orchestra. The album was recorded in early 2010 at 1867 Recording Studio, a cavernous Freemasons Lodge-turned-recording studio in Chelsea, MA. Using a mix of analog outboard gear and digital recording workflow, the band achieved the best of both vintage and modern recording styles, tracking all songs live in the ornate former Freemasons haunt. Considering the rich history of Boston and the mysterious nature of the Freemasons, mystical forces were perceived influencing the recording process…
The New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel are among the distinguished Berlioz interpreters on hand as you behold the immortal Symphonie Fantastique and hours of other renowned works by this immensely influential orchestral innovator. Also: Harold in Italy; Tristia for Chorus and Orchestra; Les Troyens: Prelude; Roman Carnival Overture; King Lear Overture for Orchestra; Beatrice et Benedict: Overture; Requiem (Grande Messe Des Morts) for Tenor, Chorus and Orchestra; Veni Creator: Motet for 3 Voices and Chorus; Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale for Band, Strings and Chorus Ad Lib , and more!
Five CDs of otherworldly beauty and power that revolutionized opera. These 19th-century masterworks include selections and scenes from Der Ring des Nibelungen, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Parsifal. Performances by Birgit Nilsson, Leonie Rysanek, Waltraud Meier, Wolfgang Windgassen, Peter Hofmann, Theo Adam, Matti Salminen with Georg Solti, James Levine and others.
If one disc of waltzes, marches, and polkas by the Strauss family is too little and all their waltzes, marches, and polkas are too much, this five-disc Decca set should be just enough. Featuring former concertmaster turned waltz master Willi Boskovsky on the podium and the Wiener Philharmoniker in the pit, these performances are elegantly conducted, stylishly played, and idiomatically performed. Boskovsky knows exactly how to phrase a theme, accent a rhythm, and bend a tempo to keep the music eminently danceable. The Viennese players respond to him and the music with an effortless enthusiasm and appealing affection that make their performances nearly impossible to resist.
The Yellow Box is a progressive rock band from Long Island, NY. Seven songs full of life, success, struggle, and loss, each one compelling the listener to delve deeper inside the box to explore its many wonders. This long-awaited release is a musical rollercoaster worth riding. Here's your ticket. If you like ELP, Rush, this is for you.
The conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky was never a predictable artist on disc and his hottest performances could easily power the national grid. Such is the intensity of at least two Shostakovich performances that turn up in Brilliant Classics’s Gennady Rozhdestvensky Edition. I cannot recall ever hearing a more confrontational account of the Ninth Symphony than the one Rozhdestvensky gave with the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra on December 21, 1982, the work’s cheerful, rather sardonic “not-a-ninth-symphony” spirit suddenly pushed to the edges of irony and at times sounding positively sadistic, the first and last movements in particular. A very extreme case of “what he really meant”, whether or not you agree.
Unlike many budget compilations that offer only selected movements or brief excerpts, Decca's Ultimate Piano Concertos: The Essential Masterpieces presents 10 masterworks in their entirety on five CDs, giving concerto fans a satisfying listening experience. Granted, these reissues are not audiophile recordings, nor are the performers familiar in every case; but for analog recordings from the 1950s to the 1970s, and digital recordings from the 1980s, the sound is quite good, and the performers are never less than fine, though in many instances, they are indeed exceptional. These concertos are at the top of most virtuoso pianists' lists, and though fashions change, all of these concertos have staying power and are regularly played in competitions around the world.
Building a basic collection of the masterpieces of Felix Mendelssohn just got easier with the release of this five-disc compendium from Decca, and some listeners may feel quite satisfied with the selections offered here, since they are representative of the composer's best instrumental and orchestral music. Two of Mendelssohn's most buoyant works appear on the first disc, the Symphony No. 3 in A minor, "Scottish," and the Symphony No. 4 in A major, "Italian," and receive engaging performances by Herbert Blomstedt and the San Francisco Symphony. The second disc presents the perennially popular Violin Concerto in E minor and the string orchestra version of the Octet in E flat major, performances featuring the versatile Pinchas Zukerman as violin soloist…
The Ultimate Collection Car Hits is an amazing 100 track collection of some of the most loved and anthemic singalong tracks for any car journey. With great songs and fabulous artists covering every genre such as Abba “Dancing Queen”, The Human League “Don’t You Want Me”, Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” and Status Quo "Rocking All Over The World” right through to massive singalong favourites such as James Bay “Hold Back The River”, One Republic “Counting Stars”, The Vamps “Wild Heart” and Ellie Goulding “Burn”. So open that sunroof, wind down the window, crank up the volume and singalong to your heart’s content whilst enjoying the very best collection of uplifting Car Hits that there is.
Covering over 50 years of Louis Armstrong's career, this three-CD set from the Verve archives starts in the juke joints and speakeasies of the '20s and ends up documenting his pop hits of the '60s. Chronicling the achievements of a prolific and diverse performer of Anderson's caliber is difficult, but this release gives a strong, broad overview of one of the great pioneers of jazz…