Elise Seifert http://whqr.org en Music Review Jovanović presents modernism on piano in "Bright Moods" http://whqr.org/post/music-review-jovanovi-presents-modernism-piano-bright-moods <p></p><p>Milica Jeleča Jovanović&rsquo;s newest recording is a wonderful album entitled &ldquo;Bright Moods&rdquo; that combines 20<sup>th</sup> century known composers with less known 21<sup>st</sup> century composers in a way that is exciting and dynamic.</p><p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Elise Seifert 22293 at http://whqr.org Music Review Jovanović presents modernism on piano in "Bright Moods" Music Review: Joseph Moog Celebrates Liszt's Birthday http://whqr.org/post/music-review-joseph-moog-celebrates-liszts-birthday-1 <p></p><p>In commemoration of Franz Liszt&rsquo;s 200<sup>th</sup> birthday, virtuoso pianist Joseph Moog decided to record an album dedicated solely to Liszt&rsquo;s compositions and transcriptions.&nbsp;</p><p>Joseph Moog is a German pianist that has been given many awards over his career that has just taken off.&nbsp; Recently, Moog was awarded the Young Artist of the Year (2012) for his outstanding solo works.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Elise Seifert 22223 at http://whqr.org Music Review: Joseph Moog Celebrates Liszt's Birthday Music Review: Damrau's Poesie has Organization Issues http://whqr.org/post/music-review-damraus-poesie-has-organization-issues <p></p><p>Diana Damrau has a beautiful voice and has the talent to perform very difficult Strauss Orchestral lieders on her new album Poesie, but this recording is lacking organization.&nbsp;</p><p>Damrau’s voice soars over the wonderful phrases that describe pastoral scenes or love filled verses.&nbsp; The German opera singer has been tried and tested as she has performed many of Strauss’s lead-operatic roles.&nbsp; Diana Damrau shows off her skill with this album that she obviously enjoyed singing.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Elise Seifert 21755 at http://whqr.org Music Review: Damrau's Poesie has Organization Issues Music Review: Montero makes SoLatino a Fun, Personal Statement http://whqr.org/post/music-review-montero-makes-solatino-fun-personal-statement <p></p><p>Gabriela Montero has made this album her own, showing her heritage with a very personal expression and fun mood.&nbsp; SoLatino digs deep into Latin American culture with six different composers and some extra improvisations by Montero herself.</p><p>The CD begins with a couple fun, bouncy Latin pieces by Lecuona which transitions perfectly into a slower ballad.&nbsp; It is obvious from the start of the recording that the thought-out selection of pieces and songs makes for a complete, diverse idea of the range of Latin compositions and techniques.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Elise Seifert 21472 at http://whqr.org Music Review: Montero makes SoLatino a Fun, Personal Statement Music Review: Murray Perahia Perfects Brahms http://whqr.org/post/music-review-murray-perahia-perfects-brahms <p></p><p>An American concert pianist and conductor, Murray Perahia has had his fair share of success and struggle.&nbsp;</p><p>Several times Perahia has overcome hand and finger injuries, making piano touring and recording difficult.&nbsp; He has canceled many tour dates due to these injuries, but he continues to return to the stage and the recording studio.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Elise Seifert 21198 at http://whqr.org Music Review: Murray Perahia Perfects Brahms Music Review: Beecham Conducting Delius Makes me Doze http://whqr.org/post/music-review-beecham-conducting-delius-makes-me-doze <p>Sir Thomas Beecham, a great British conductor who celebrated unknown composers, preforms in this re-mastered album fifty years after his death.&nbsp; Beecham is known for founding four symphony orchestras, and this six-disc collection is recorded with his last orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic.&nbsp;</p><p>Five out of the six discs feature music composed by Delius, whose style is unique and recognizable.&nbsp; Most of his orchestral works are slow, flowing string pieces with little dynamic contrast.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Elise Seifert 20996 at http://whqr.org Music Review: Beecham Conducting Delius Makes me Doze Music Review: Frederica von Stade sings Fauré's Melodies http://whqr.org/post/music-review-frederica-von-stade-sings-faur-s-melodies <p>Known for the creation of the French “melodie,” Fauré changed the German lieder style into a revolutionary French style that was all his own.&nbsp; Frederica von Stade does an excellent job interpreting Fauré’s songs.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Elise Seifert 20923 at http://whqr.org Music Review: Frederica von Stade sings Fauré's Melodies Music Review: Tappy performs Schubert's best known song cycle http://whqr.org/post/music-review-tappy-performs-schuberts-best-known-song-cycle <p>The most widely known and performed Schubert song cycle, Eric Tappy performs Die Schöne Müllerin (The Fair Miller-maid) dramatically.&nbsp; The set of poems written by Wilhelm Müller show the journey of a miller that goes wandering in the woods and finds great adventure and tragedy.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Elise Seifert 20736 at http://whqr.org Music Review: Tappy performs Schubert's best known song cycle Music Review: Ginastera portrays the energetic Argentinian in Popol Vuh http://whqr.org/post/music-review-ginastera-portrays-energetic-argentinian-popol-vuh <p>Capturing the essence of the Argentinian life, Alberto Ginastera composed ballets and orchestral suites that show ranchers and the wild landscapes of Argentina.&nbsp; Energetic and exciting, these recordings are not justly described in the insert.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Elise Seifert 20592 at http://whqr.org Music Review: Ginastera portrays the energetic Argentinian in Popol Vuh Music Review: Tharaud playing Scarlatti is Truly a Success http://whqr.org/post/music-review-tharaud-playing-scarlatti-truly-success <p>Narrowed down from over 500 sonatas, this collection of piano sonatas shows all that Domenico Scarlatti had to offer, from slow melodic pieces that sing to Spanish sounding bouncy sonatas.&nbsp; Alexandre Tharaud has mastered these pieces and his skill is obvious through this recording.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Elise Seifert 20389 at http://whqr.org Music Review: Tharaud playing Scarlatti is Truly a Success