2009 Marks The 111th Anniversary Of Deutsche Grammophon. Over 11 Decades, The Label's Philosophy Has Always Been 'The Greatest Recordings By The Greatest Artists In The World' And Now They Showcase This With This Incredible 55 Cd Box Set. This Unique Collection Forms Dg's Major Release In Its 111th Anniversary Celebrations. The Limited Edition Box Set Gathers Together Many Landmark Recordings, From The Past To The Present. Most Of Them Appear Complete, As Originally Programmed, In Their Original Cover Art And Several Include Additional Material. It Is A True Library Of Music, Artists And Recordings Extending From Abbado To Zimerman, Monteverdi To Prt, Furtwngler To Dudamel– There's Never Been Anything Quite Like It Before. The Opulent Deluxe Box With Hinged Lid Opens Up To Reveal The Neatly Stacked Contents Of 51 'Original Jacket' Albums And 150-Page Booklet.
From the crackling bass lines on the opener, "King Weasel Stomp", to the lovely head bobbing bounce of "Brown Boy", Matrix sounds fresh and inspiring even though "Wizard" was originally released in the late 70's. Matrix was one of the few groups to create a successful marriage between big band Jazz and boundary pushing Jazz fusion. Their horns were tight and vibrant while the melodies, rhythms and grooves bobbed and weaved like a agile boxer in a championship title fight. I did not have this disc in my original collection when it came out on vinyl in 1978, but after acquiring "Tale of the Whale" on CD earlier this year, I decided to give this one a shot.
Einojuhani Rautavaara may well be the most popular symphonist alive today. On the occasion of his 80th anniversary, Ondine pays homage to its longtime house composer by releasing the first-ever edition of the complete eight symphonies, in a special box set. Rautavaara is recognized as the greatest Finnish composer after Jean Sibelius. He has often described symphonic music as a journey through human life.
In his program notes for this CD, Philippe Jaroussky persuasively argues that, particularly because the traditional repertoire for counter tenors is so small (and much of the Baroque material was in fact written for castrati, an entirely different voice type), there is no reason counter tenors should not explore a broader variety of vocal material. His performance of French mélodies from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries makes an even more compelling case for his argument.
Private Audition, released in 1982, and Passionworks, issued in 1983, are Heart’s last two albums for Epic before leaping over to EMI. These are generally the forgotten Heart albums, the ones that arrived after the majestic Zeppelin-esque hard rock of the ‘70s and before the arena rock makeover of the ‘80s, but that doesn’t mean they’re deserving of being overlooked, and hearing them on this BGO two-fer may be the best way to appreciate them, as the weak patches are overshadowed by the strong moments on both LPs.