Andy Tillison is a British keyboardist and singer best known for his work in the progressive rock bands Parallel or 90 Degrees and The Tangent. What do you do when your partner loves a musical style which you don't play as a musician yourself that much. Well I guess you can always try to record an album on which this type of music can be heard. Well this might be what happened between Andy Tillison and his fiancé in a nutshell. The result he named Electric Sinfonia No. 2 and released it as Andy Tillison Multiplex. On a disc which lasts almost fifty minutes, Andy comes up with a musical style which at first could be described as jazz rock. However after I heard all of the five tracks, more styles certainly came to mind. Elements taken out of Canterbury music, fusion, classical music and progressive rock in a way can be heard as well…
Woods and OOTS continue their cycle which pairs these two composers, with the world-premiere of Gál’s Fourth and Schumann’s Second. Written in his ninth decade and premiered in 1975, Gál’s Fourth and final Symphony is scored for chamber orchestra and akin to a concerto grosso. The music exhibits Gál’s trademark pastoral and lyrical style, yet inwardly this is music of intense rigor and deep concentration. While Gál’s compositional pedigree is strongly linked to the Austro-German tradition of the Viennese classical masters, Schumann’s Second looks to an earlier era, taking much inspiration from the spirit of J.S. Bach with its contrapuntal textures and chorale themes.
This CD, recorded in the early 1960-ies is a real treasure. Beside Menuhin's superb performance, it has something really unique - Barshai's Viola playing! His rare recording truly makes this CD one of the best releases of Mozart's music, especially Symphonia Concertante.
Natan Brand was one of the most mercurial and communicative pianists to have graced the concert platform during the second half of this century. The premature death of this Israeli-American artist in 1990, during his 46th year, was a tragic loss to countless music-lovers, not only in America, Canada and Israel, where he enjoyed unusually well-informed and enthusiastic audiences, but also in many European cities where his performances invariably left indelible pleasurable memories. Natan Brand In Recital, predominantly compiled from live performances, is a telling and vivid reminder of his unique art. [Booklet Notes - Introduction by Geoffrey Dorffman]