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Volume 12 - Issue 2 - October 2006

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ers are Evan Shaw on alto sax, Scott drum and cymbal resonation fromThomson on trombone, Wes Neal on Harris Eisenstadt supply all thebass and Joe Sorbara on drums. Aid- needed tinctures.croft bases all the five tracks on hi s Manhattan-based veterans ofown tunes - the players effortlessly their own combos and larger ensemblesled by bassist William Park­move from his melodies to freer sections.I play improvised music myselfand occasionally risk finding my tense vibrato and double tonguinger, the hornmen often utilize in­performances hurtling towards a to express hide-and-seek counterpoint,while Toronto-born Eisens­state reminiscent of an extremelycluttered closet in dire need of a professionalorganizer. This is definite­California improvisers and recenttadt,who first collaborated withly not the case with Aldcroft and ly moved east, prods and pushescompany! Each player is very familiarwith Aldcroft compositions understated press rolls and bassthe others with woody rim shots,and is able to establish such strong drum pressure. At points the parametersare reduced even furthermusical boundaries in the freer sectionsthat the music is never out of when one or another player layscontrol. The musicians create a out for a time. Yet the pan-tonalplethora of unforgettable aural delights.Acerbic and focused, the alto sax­sound field isn' t disrupted.The mix, sound quality and productionvalues are top notch. Pete with Swell's braying textures andophonist's piercing squeals mixJohnston's liner notes provide interestingfacts and insights. As is turn the concluding Buoyed Inthe drummer's ruffs and flams tothe case with improvised music, Great Days into a representativethis recording is a one-time "musicalsnapshot". I agree with Johnricwithout tearing it, the resonat­showcase. Stretching the tune's fabston'ssuggestion of repeated listening.The music just gets better note clusters and staccato variationsing finale references both the initialand better each time. An excellent on the theme. Throughout the CD,effort recommended for both the the trio provides ample aural colourationwithout excess.seasoned and novice listener.Tiina KiikKen WaxmanConcert Notes: Ken AldcroftConvergence Ensemble will launchthis new CD with performances atthe Now Lounge on October 8 andat Arraymusic in the Leftover DaylightSeries on October 27.We Are Not Obstinate IslandsThe DiplomatsClean Feed CF061Utilizing only the tonal colours availablefrom one trombone, one altosaxophone and one drum set, theDiplomats still create five varied andmulti-hued improvisations.Although the result may seemslightly thin without chordal instruments,the performances are imbuedwith enough polyphonic variety toovercome this. For comparison envisionto-the-point, skeletal formspainted by Klee and Miro, not VanGogh's or Monet's abundant detail.Brassy gutbucket slurs from trombonistSteve Swell, tart split tonesfrom saxophonist Rob Brown plusPOT POURRIChansons de la belleesperancePierre Cartierambiences magnetiquesAM 153 CD"Now that was good!" These aremy first thoughts after listening toPierre Cartier's release of self-described"French love songs". Cartier'scompositions set to Quebecpoetry, his bass playing, his own lyrics,and his singing (especially theendearing way he struggles to capturesome of the high notes) combineto make thi s musically intriguingdisc fun to behold. The excellentband is comprised of some ofMontreal's finest jazz performers -Jean Derome on alto sax and flutes,Jean Rene on viola, Tom Walsh onCONTINUED ON PAGE 76OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLESFine Old Recordings Re-Releasedby Bruce SurteesWith the advent of radio there came the almost insatiable need for nottoo-long,attractive pieces suitable for broadcast. In England and thecolonies the best known practitioners of this art included Eric Coates,Albert W. Ketelbey, Robert Farnon, and finally Mantovani. Guild LightMusic has issued 21 volumes of these charming favourites of yore intheir original recording, Volume 19 being "Say it with Music",(GLCD5119), Volume 20, "The Hall of Fame, Volume I" (GLCD5120),and Volume 2 1, "The Music of Haydn Wood"(GLCD5121). The Haydn Wood [ 1882-1959]is the only composer-driven CD and re-introduces19 lightorchestral pieces by this forgottenBritish composer who was very well knownto radio listeners of the 30s & 40s. Needlessto say, none of these 21 well-filled CD potpourrisis meant to be played entirely in onesitting but sampled a few tunes at a time. Allthe very listenable selections, taken from both"'"°'"'""'°"'"'"'"'"< g:f!.'!J9.SOr \'111.11 .. , J. Sar II U'ith J.hulrsides of the Atlantic are quite charming except, of course, to the iPodgeneration. The transfers from the original 78s are uniformly exceptional.Some collectors may be interested in GLCD5120 that contains C liveRichardson's London Fantasia which includes an air-raid and an allclear!This 1944 mini piano concerto vaguely echoes the Warsaw Concertoand The Cornish Rhapsody.The London Philharmonic Orchestra's own label has three new releaseswhich really do deserve a hearing. For admirers and collectors ofthe late Dutch conductor, Eduard van Beinum, "The Post War Revival"(LP0-0011) contains five performances which are entirely unexpected.New to any CD catalogue are Malcolm Arnold's Beckus the Dandipratt(recorded 1947), Mahler's liedereinesfahrenden Gesellen with mezzoEugenia Zareska (recorded 1946), Beethoven's Leonora No. I (recorded1949), Brahms' Haydn Variations (recorded 1949), and Elgar's The Wandof Youth Suite No.2 (recorded 1950). All these were taken down in theKingsway Hall in London which was to become the venue for countlesssuperb recordings in the following years. Clearly Decca had exceptionalrecording engineers on staff as these issues will certify. The performanceswhile not exactl y sophisticated are well worth hearing. These aresouvenirs of the orchestra, rebuilding after the war, under the highly esteemedDutchman who succeeded Mengelberg in Amsterdam and remainedthere until his death in 1959.The CD of Mahler conducted by the late KlausTennstedt, (LP0-0012), contains The SymphonyNo. I and one of the most beautiful andmoving performances of The Songs of a Wayfarerthat you are ever likely to hear, sung byThomas Hampson whose voice was in pristinecondition when this was recorded Jive in1991 in The Royal Festival Hall. The perspectiveis from a little way back from the stagewhich adds to the illusion of being there. Conductorand soloist we re exactly of one mind and the result is memorable.Certainly the ex-East-German Tennstedt knew his Mahler and this surprisinglyfresh, live performance of the First from 1985 is way over thetop. The recordings originated with the BBC and the dynamics in thesymphony are astounding. A must have disc, for sure.A recent vintage, Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony conducted byVladimir Jurowski was recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in December2004 (LP0-0009). Jurowski has conducted extensively throughoutEurope and in 2003 was appointed the LPO's principal guest conductor.Manfred is a grand tone poem based on Byron, and Jurowski treats itas the Romantic portrait that it is with powerful and excited tuttis contrastingwith quiet passages of longing and elusive beauty, ultimately resolvingin a touching apotheosis. Many listeners consider thi s ultra-ro-74 WWW. TH EWHO LENOTE . COM O CTOB ER 1 - N O VEM BER 7 2006Back to Ad Index

OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLESmantic opus to beTchaikovsky at hisvery best. There isno shortage of recordingsof this compelIi n g work butnone currentlyavailable bettersthis one . The recordingis suitably dynamic and full-bodied.The late pianist Lili1f;IUG"1'il:l"~.urrJ•'l"•~lllo4o ....r QtJNc,O....Kraus' s I 954 recordingsof Mozart sonatashave re-appearedon a five CD set fromMusic and Arts(CD-1001). Krauswas a particular favouriteof mine and Ihave fond memories ofher giving a master class in Kitchener. Amongher admonitions was about rubato, "If you canhear it, then it is too much." The distinguishedMozart pianist was born in Budapest in 1905 anddied in North Carolina in 1986. She recorded theviolin sonatas twice, with Szymon Goldberg inthe late 1930s and Willi Boskovsky in the mid1950s. She plays all the piano sonatas (excludedis the hybrid F major K.533) plus a collection ofvariations and other stand-alone little pieces (didMozart ever write a ' little' piece?). Her techniquewas immaculate and her playing was akinto someone relating a little narrative meant foryour ears alone .. . with gentle little questions andresponses. Here is a collection that deserves aplace of honour in one's collection. Taken fromthe original master tapes of The Haydn Society,the sound, clear and noise-free, is beyond criticism.As David Olds noted last month in Editor's Corner,Deutsche Grammophon has issued a completeWagner Ring Cycle on CD conducted byJames Levine to sell at .95 (DG 4769803).Take note that these Levine CDs are not theaudio of the pick-of-the-bunch live DVD set buta studio recording made, if my memory servesme correctly, well before the DVD performances.Naturally, there is not the intensity of alive performance, but all the music is there andit's the best deal around.Bruce SurteesMozart"Mozart's grandest~mphonies"T~FELMUSIKORCHESTRABRUNO· WEILCQNQ.tlCi'OflJEANNE LAMONMt.J$t'C eJwtreroF?Travel is more than just A to B. Travel should help you hit all of life's high notes.Before the curtain rises, fall for the Pre- Theatre Express Menu at Tundra,steps aw

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