New Reviews for July 19, 2024

Drifts and Surfaces
Western Vinyl Records
The composer continues to explore the juxtaposition of nature and technology on a hypnotic, water-themed set of three commissioned works.
- Marcy Donelson
Pieces the violinist encountered during the first COVID lockdown are forged into a cohesive program of unaccompanied violin music.
- James Manheim
Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite, Ballade & Lyric Pieces
Clean Grieg makes the composer seem a predecessor to Debussy, who disparaged him so.
- James Manheim
Cimarosa: L'Olimpiade
Château de Versailles
A rarely performed Olympic-themed opera by Cimarosa gets a fine treatment from top-notch singers.
- James Manheim
Haydn: The Complete Piano Trios, Vol. 3; Kit Armstrong: Revêtements
Fine Haydn piano trio series rolls on with distinctively profiled works.
- James Manheim
Gabriel Fauré: La Bonne Chanson; L'Horizon chimérique; Ballade; Mélodies
Harmonia Mundi
Carefully tinted dark colors suffuse this release featuring Fauré song cycles intended for a male voice.
- James Manheim
Scriabin: Symphony No. 2
Evil Penguin Records Classic
Excellent sound propels a high-quality reading of Scriabin's Second.
- Keith Finke
The EmArcy Master Takes, Vol. 2: The Singers Sessions
AllMusic Staff Pick - July 19, 2024
October 22, 2012
The 2012 Clifford Brown three-disc anthology The EmArcy Master Takes, Vol. 2: The Singers Sessions collects all of the tracks Brown recorded with vocalists Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Helen Merrill during one magical five-month period in 1954. All of these sessions are now considered classic recordings and landmarks in the careers of each singer, as well as legendary trumpeter Brown.
- Matt Collar