The music of Brahms held an important place in Sir John Barbirolli's repertoire and these recordings of the symphonies, made with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1966 and 1967, stand as one of the peaks of his discography. Barbirolli's relationship with this music is rooted in his time as an orchestral cellist, and these performances are notable for their rich, ripe sonorities and expansive warmth. This Japanese SACD reissue features the 2011's EMI Remaster.
Legendary violinist David Oistrakh delivers a profoundly thrilling rendition of Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in D Major Op.61. Arguably, 1 of the best violin concertos ever composed, the esteemed violinist delivers with his flawless virtuosity & skillful execution. Remastered by 4 historic engineers, the sound is spacious & warm.
Despite existing only for a brief period during the early 70s and being largely obscure throughout that period, it's undoubtable that Comus was one of the most interesting bands to emerge from the folk-prog scene. It could be said that they're a far more deranged and experimental version of Jethro Tull, although to say this wouldn't quite do them justice. Their songs often go from beautiful mellow passages to strange, tribal chanting, their lyrics often being brutal and graphic (just look at "Drip Drip" from their debut album!). Live recording in Tokyo 2012.
A coherent, innovative collection of avant-garde music and sonic pieces created over the past few years, its essence is calm mindfulness, of simply listening with minimal analysis, hearing sound as sound, musical sound...Carl's (b. 1954) very fine album is a musical metaphor for Buddhist meditation; it provides an appreciation of the Japanese ethos and art.