‘Appia Kwa Bridge’, released this April, is a strident return from the Ghanaian highlife guitar legend. Featuring six new compositions, his sound is more dense and tightly locked than ever with Berlin-based musicians Afrobeat Academy, a rock solid unit since regular touring worldwide following his ‘Love And Death’ album in 2010, including a string of dates for WOMAD. Jochen Stroh works his analogue magic once more from his base at Berlin’s Lovelite Studios.
This 6CD set contains 100 tracks from the catalogues of EMI Records, EMI Classics and Virgin Classics of recordings by the London Symphony Orchestra under some of the world’s greatest conductors and with a number of famous soloists.
The latest in MDG's fine series of live recordings by Stefan Blunier and the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn is an intelligently chosen programme of three of Respighi's orchestral works that illustrate the many and varied aspects of this master orchestrator's compositions as well as his homage to music of the past. It is also pleasing to see two of the works making their first appearance on SACD…
…Ozawa is still superbly atmospheric and his nightingale in "The Pines of the Janiculum" is most delicately balanced. At the point before the marching Roman legions of the last section the orchestral pianissimo has a sinister evocation and the climax is overwhelmingly powerful, the pacing merciless in its slow juggernaut momentum. Roman Festivals is no less enjoyable, the recording's depth of perspective immediately earcatching in the brass fanfares near the opening… About the Fountains of Rome I can be unequivocal. This is the most impressive recorded performance since Reiner's RCA version dating from the earliest days of stereo… Ivan March, Gramophone