There are new recordings of classic 20th century and new 21st centry works for solo and trumpet concerti.
Alison Balsom does it all on Seraph, including the world premiere of the title concertino, Seraph. Learn how she makes her piano debut on EMI, a shout out to Maurice Andre, and would she make another appearance on Letterman?
Among Alfred Hitchcock’s many great films, “Notorious” is one of his best, and yet I somehow get the feeling that it’s overshadowed by its more famous cousins from the 1950s and 1960s, such as “Psycho” or “The Birds.” Released in 1946, and starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains, the film utilizes brilliant camerawork, unconventional characters, and an excellent script to deliver a nail-biting thriller that leads up to a doozy of a final scene.
This week, a silent film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar for the first time in 85 years. The last time that happened was at the first Academy Awards ceremony, and the picture that won was “Wings,” shot right here in San Antonio.
“Wings” is the story of two young men, played by Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen, who enlist in the Army Air Corps during World War I. Released in 1927, it’s been sitting in Paramount’s vault for years. After a lengthy restoration process, the film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever.
The new CD "Triple Doubles" presents three recent double concertos - works composed for violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson. Performed by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, these performances have a remarkably personal quality, undoubtedly a result of the performers' close relationship with the composers and the unique bond of a husband and wife interacting with "their" orchestra.
Troy Peters, who conducts Daron Hagen’s Masquerade, spoke with John Clare about this release.
In the late 1930s, still fresh off the success of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Walt Disney came across a story by the English writer P.L. Travers about a magical nanny that visits the Banks family — young Jane, Michael, and baby twins John and Barbara. Disney became fascinated with the stories, and felt they’d make an ideal setting for a motion picture. He pursued Travers for some 20 years until she finally relented and allowed Disney to adapt her books.
Few films manage to push as many buttons as “Straw Dogs” does 40 years after its release. Sam Peckinpah’s film is not in the business of entertaining you, enlightening you, or teaching you a lesson. It does not want you to cheer for the hero, although you might. “Straw Dogs” is populated with characters that we actually despise to varying degrees. And yet its genius is that you may find yourself understanding their actions, but then feeling uneasy about yourself for doing so.
A painter may paint a picture, a composer may write a beautiful melody for solo piano, but in the world of the theater (and here I count motion pictures as well), one person may have a vision, but production is a collaborative art. W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan worked together on a total of 14 comic operas, of which “The Mikado” is far and away the most popular, and arguably the best. Two new releases from the Criterion Collection highlight the work of Gilbert and Sullivan in different ways.
"There are not many composers in the modern world who possess the lucky combination of writing music of substance and at the same time exercising an immediate appeal to mixed audiences. Zwilich offers this happy combination of purely technical excellence and a distinct power of communication."