Friday, May 4, 2012

Michelangelo Antonioni: La Notte

Titolo originale
La notte
Durata122 min
Generedramma psicologico, sentimentale
RegiaMichelangelo Antonioni
SoggettoMichelangelo AntonioniEnnio FlaianoTonino Guerra
SceneggiaturaMichelangelo AntonioniEnnio FlaianoTonino Guerra
ProduttoreEmanuele Cassuto
FotografiaGianni Di Venanzo
MontaggioEraldo Da Roma
MusicheGiorgio Gaslini
ScenografiaPiero Zuffi

La giornata di una coppia in crisi, dalla mattina all'alba del giorno dopo.
Giovanni (Marcello Mastroianni), scrittore di successo, e la moglie Lidia (Jeanne Moreau), visitano in clinica Tommaso (Bernhard Wicki) un caro amico gravemente malato, quindi partecipano al ricevimento di presentazione del nuovo libro. Lidia se ne va presto e vagabonda senza meta per la città.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Schumann: Piano Works

Robert Schumann (Composer)

Piotr Anderszewski (Piano)

Audio CD (2010)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Virgin Classics 948625-2

Every record by this vivid and compulsive pianist is cause for celebration, for argument and point-counter-point. Never one to follow a conventional path, Anderszewski makes Schumann entirely his own while at the same time highlighting the composer’s essentially schizophrenic nature. Everything is seen through a novel perspective or prism with a rare ability to read between the lines.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Nikolaj Andreevič Rimsky-Korsakov (Composer)
Vladimir Ashkenazy(Conductor)
Christopher Warren-Green (Violin)
Philarmonia Orchestra (Orchestra)

Audio CD (1987)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Decca 417 301-2

This may not be an essential Scheherazade, but it is a very good one. Vladimir Ashkenazy certainly knows how this music should go. His is an idiomatic and balanced interpretation of Rimsky-Korsakov's score. This is not a Stokowskian swoon fest, nor a precision powerhouse performance like Reiner’s. It is does not surge with the high octane of Svetlanov, nor is it ablaze with the passion of Kondrashin – the latter’s performance with the Concertgebouw (Philips 454 550-2) is my benchmark. It is, however, a colourful and highly enjoyable account played by a virtuoso orchestra on top form.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mozart: Così fan tutte

Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (Composer)
Karl Bohm (Conductor)
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Alfredo Kraus (Performers)
Philarmonia Orchestra (Orchestra)

Audio CD (1988)
Number of Discs: 3
Label: EMI 7 69330 2

A benchmark recording — Christa Ludwig's dark voice and direct musicianship make a desert island Dorabella. In essence, EMI's 20-bit remastering of Karl Böhm's 1962 Così fan tutte fortifies the lower strings, winds, and timpani, while sharpening note attacks and word endings. By contrast, the label's 1988 CD transfer is equalized more evenly from top to bottom. The close-up, slightly dry sonics underline Böhm's tightly-knit, forthright, and sober conception.

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