Soliloquy: Music of Mark Hagerty Tracy Richardson, harpsichord Douglas McNames, cello
Mark Hagerty's music is smart and sneaky. Let's start with sneaky. He doesn't show off: his music is so nicely grounded that you don't appreciate the intelligence and difficulty needed to bring it off until later. Whether it's the hipness grooved into High Octane (written for the new-music ensemble Relache) or the Clavier Books 1 through 3 and Cello Suite 2 in his new CD Soliloquy, his music keeps surprising you.
Lena Horne lived to be a legend in her own time. She was 92 years old when she departed a little over two years ago. She lived a long time, and in her time, she accomplished much in show business and beyond.
Early in 2010, bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Hank Jones got together to record a follow-up to their 1995 (smash hit) album of spirituals and traditional music, Steal Away. They made the decision that a small handful of traditional carols, with a message of peace, would make it onto the album. The result is Come Sunday. It was recorded in February 2010, shortly before Jones' passing.
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in d minor, op. 30 Vladimir Horowitz, piano The New York Philharmonic; Eugene Ormandy, conductor
It's not often that we re-discover or even newly discover treasures that are hidden in our libraries, but this one is irresistible and undeniably the most exciting recording of one of the most technically demanding works in the piano repertoire - Sergei Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto.
It's well past time to listen to historical instruments because they're, well, historical. Or "informed," or "accurate," or whatever word we might use to feel scholastically correct. It's time to listen because they sound beautiful.
Marriages: the successful workings of two business partners; two athletes involved in a sporting event, and other instances in which two individuals are teamed and work successfully, are often described as unions made in heaven.
Oscar Peterson: Unmistakable A Zenph Re-Performance
There is nothing quite like listening to Oscar Peterson play the piano. The man was a true musical genius, and his playing exuded rigid technique and grace - all at the same time. This Unmistakable release is a solo record, and may be one of the most pristine recordings of Oscar's work that has ever existed.
Who says classical music has to be profound to be enjoyable? If you listen to classical music to "chill out," this disc is for you - with the composer's stamp of approval. Michael Torke says that he "always wanted to write a composition that would inspire a woman - coming home from a long day of work - to draw a bath, light candles, and listen to it on her pink iPod." And he has, times two, with "Tahiti," the title composition, and "Fiji" - fun pieces with a depth that listeners can explore.