Category Archives: Classical

(Sept 22, 2014): Andrés Segovia – Granada

From the 1963 album, Granada.  Segovia’s transcription this composition by Isaac Albéniz composition was probably done in remembrance of his boyhood home.  Segovia grew up in Granada and his first public performance took place in the city at the age of 16.

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(Sept 8, 2014): Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra – Gamma Pluto Delta

From the 2009 album, Take Off!.  Led by Daniel Gatzel, this 20+ piece German orchestral jazz outfit (with lounge music and space age pop thrown in), provides nothing if not merriment.  Sweet, playful and wacky.

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(June 27, 2014): John Adams – The Dharma at Big Sur (Parts I & II)

From the 2006 two CD set, The Dharma at Big Sur / My Father Knew Charles Ives.  This piece was commissioned for the opening of Los Angeles’s Frank Gehry–designed Disney Hall. It features electric violinist Tracy Silverman.  Part I (A New Day) … Continue reading

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(June 14, 2014): Wojciech Kilar – Krzesany

From the 2002 album, Angelus, Exodus, Krzesany.  This piece was recorded in 1997 at Grzegorz Fitelberg Concert Hall, Katowice, Poland.  It is performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra with Antoni Wit conducting.  Also appearing is the Cracow Philharmonic Chorus.  Kilar died … Continue reading

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(June 1, 2014): Lindsey Stirling – Elements

From the debut 2012 self-titled album, Lindsey Stirling.  LA based violinist that fuses classical violin with contemporary music, including bass, dubstep, and hip hop. “Crystallize” is the better known tune off the LP.

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(May 31, 2014): Samuel Barber – Concerto for Cello & Orchestra, Op. 22

From the 1989 album, Barber, Cello Concerto / Britten, Symphony for Cello & Orchestra. Yo Yo Ma is to cello soloist here, during a prolific period for him, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (David Zinman, cond.).  The Barber Cello Concerto dates … Continue reading

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(May 27, 2014): Giovanni Allevi – Notte ad Harlem

From the 2005 album, No Concept.   An Italian release with a George Winston feel.

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