From  Edna Susman

Author:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


As with preserving photos from the past by scanning and saving to computer or disc, the music world is fortunate to have recordings of the great conductors and performers to enjoy long after their passing. The library is acquiring this recording of the brilliant pianist Martha Argerich with conductor Claudio Abbado, who passed away January 2014. The performance was recorded live in 2013 at the Lucerne Festival.  Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times calls the performances “phenomenal”.  Abbado’s conducting specialites included opera as well as the standard classical and contemporary works. This beautiful recording should be enjoyed by all as among one of the last by the great conductor.

The Smart Guide to Classical Music

From  Edna Susman

Author:  Sherman Robert

Title:  The Smart Guide to Classical Music

Robert Sherman and Philip Seldon have written this guide to help anyone in their quest to “de-mystify classical music”. This resource is excellent for both the classical music connoisseur and neophyte. It’s loaded with interesting facts and simple definitions. It will help you develop your ear with tips on how to listen to classical music. There are “fascinating anecdotes on composers” as well as handy hints on concert etiquette, how to dress when attending a concert and much more. One of the authors, Robert Sherman, recently celebrated his 56th anniversary with WQXR classical music radio in New York City. This book would be a worthwhile read or addition to your home music library, should you want to purchase it yourself.

Animals in music [sound recording CD]

From  Edna Susman

Author:  Beethoven Ludwig van

Title:  Animals in music [sound recording CD]

This 2-CD set is an excellent vehicle to introduce classical music to anyone unfamiliar with it, children or adults alike. Pieces included are taken from the early Baroque period to modern day. Some include the piece in its entirety such as “The Wasps: Overture” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens. Others, just the relevant movement is included such as from “Pictures at an Exhibition: no. 9 Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks” by Modest Mussorgsky, from “Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67:2, The Bird or Op. 67:3, The Duck” by Sergei Prokofiev, from “Tale of the Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 – Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and from “Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 114, D. 667, The Trout, Theme with Variations” by Franz Schubert to name just a few. Since often only parts of the entire piece are played, this is a wonderful sampling of music especially for those wanting to learn more about classical music.


Brahms Complete Edition [sound recording CD]

From  Edna Susman
Author:  Johannes Brahms
Title:   Brahms Complete Edition [sound recording CD]
Just released in April 2014, this set of 58 discs is a treasure! To have all of Brahms’ works in one set is a gold mine for any classical music lover. The performers include the top names in the music world such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir John Barbirolli, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, the Tokyo String Quartet and more. Each work from Brahms’ symphonic, solo, chamber music and vocal repertoire is listed separately so that it is easy to choose what you’d like to listen to. There are over 400 works in this set.

Fantasy [sound recording] : a night at the opera.

From Edna Susman
author: Pahud, Emmanuel
Fantasy [sound recording] : a night at the opera
This new classical CD is sure to please opera lovers, flutists as well as classical music lovers. Emmanuel Pahud, the award winning French-Swiss flutist, is joined by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin and assisted by flutist Juliette Hurel in a wonderful collection of well-known operatic themes that have been  transcribed for solo flute and orchestra.  With his exceptional tone and technique, Pahud presents fantasies on themes from Rigoletto, Der Freischutz by Weber, Bizet’s Carmen, Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orfeo and Euridice, Mozart’s Magic Flute and more.

Fantasia / Fantasia 2000

From Erik Schmid
Fantasia / Fantasia 2000 [videorecording]
Fantasia and its sibling movie Fantasia 2000 belong in that category of films which you either love or hate. For those of us who enjoy the music-only soundtrack concept, Fantasia reigns as an example of what animation can be as a creative art form. Others see it as devastatingly boring. It can be helpful to know that Fantasia was Disney’s attempt at merging the art forms of animation and music, where the music can stand alone, with his animators creating storylines or abstract visuals that complement the music. Both of the films were made with this concept in mind; however even though Disney made this film, the entire concept lends itself better to an adult audience. The 2000 version tried to make the concept more viewer friendly by using a greater amount of humorous guest announcers between the shorts; unfortunately the shorts themselves were less memorable than in the classic first film. This edition combines the 2 titles into one welcome package with pristi  ne transfers and expertly produced surround sound. For those who love these movies, this release is a treat.