Recordings

Classical, Electronic, Progressive and Alternative Rock recordings reviewed.


  • One Perfect Christmas Song

    Disclaimer: Note that when I write One Perfect Christmas Song. I do not mean to imply that it is the only perfect Christmas Song. I am making the claim, however, that it is possible to compose a perfect piece of music – in this case, a song where lyrics, music and message are perfectly married. A little over a week ago, a niece-in-law of mine posted a request on her Facebook page asking her friends to list their favorite Christmas carols. Those of you who know me would think this was right up my alley. I though so, too. But…

  • Discovering Wild and Wonderful Jazz

    When asked to name their favorite kind of music, many folks will say they listen to mostly one kind; be it country, hip hop, hard rock, rap, etc. I, and most of my musician friends and acquaintances will tell you we listen to many different styles of music and our current favorite changes often, frequently triggered by a chance hearing of some new piece of music in concert or, as in my case in many instances, on TV. My recording collection is pretty eclectic: it contains classical music from the Renaissance to the avant-garde, lots of choral music of all…

  • Branca & Theofanidis Symphonies

    This post is as much a philosophical discussion of what a symphony is, or should be, as it is a review of two symphonies, so I’ve posted it under both Essays and Recording Reviews. While I was compiling my list of favorite symphonies and preparing to teach a new course on the symphony, I realized I needed to bring  my knowledge of contemporary (post-Stravinsky) symphonies up to speed. So while accumulating recordings for my library, I began organizing my thoughts around what it means to compose a symphony – what are my expectations when I listen to a work titled…

  • Foo Fighters & Pink Floyd

    Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways © 2014 Roswell Records, Inc Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Whether the eight songs on this album reflect music from the cities in which they were recorded (Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.) is immaterial to me (they do, by the way.) Simply put, there’s lots here to like. The songs are varied in style, fresh and original. That Foo Fighters are talented musicians is undeniable – that they are capable of crafting such diverse sounding and memorable songs is remarkable. Favorite Tracks: 1. Something from Nothing 3. Congregation…

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