Listeners familiar with other recordings in Masaaki Suzuki's ongoing traversal of Bach's solo keyboard works may find his performances of the Partitas somewhat of an anomaly. For instance, the sharply delineated juxtapositions of tempos that made his Fantasias and Fugues program so thrilling (type Q3840 in Search Reviews) are nowhere to be heard here. The interpretive agenda this time is much subtler and decidedly more introverted.
Three great names of the organ: Widor, the founder of the french symphonic organ and his two most briliant works; Vandenheuvel, pathfinder of a new era of organ making as show his creations in St-Eustache (Paris) or Genève (Victoria Hall); and Kristiaan Seynhave, a multi-awarded young Flemish virtuoso who impulses extraodinary vitality in his playing. The whole gives a full hour of pure pleasure, with glamorous sound.
This album is one of only a few that Chicago blues singer and guitarist Lefty Dizz recorded, and it is a very good one. Here he is backed by a solid group that includes Willie James Lyons on second guitar, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker on piano, "Mojo" Elam on bass and Odie Payne on drums. Highlights include great renditions of classics such as "Take Out Some Insurance", "Cummins Prison Farm", and "Blue Shadows", as well as a few Dizz originals, including "I Found Out" and "Funny Actin' Woman". "Big Moose" Walker takes over the lead on the final four cuts, which are solid as well. These include a version of "Well Alright", Walker's own "One Eyed Woman", and two rocking boogie instrumentals. If you want to hear some pure Chicago blues, pick this album up, you will definitely be satisfied.
The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, although a relatively small orchestra, is one of the most adventurous orchestras in Europe and one of the best orchestras in a country that has more symphonies per capita than any other country. Based in Helsinki, it is the primary radio orchestra of the Finnish Broadcasting Company.