Morten Mogensen – Weyse: Piano Sonatas, Volume 2 (KON 32323)

32323 C. F. E. Weyse: Piano Sonatas Vol. 2 MORTEN MOGENSEN piano Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse, the late 18 th century Danish composer of German extraction was himself a virtuoso pianist and wrote emphatically for piano. Although Weyse is deeply rooted in the 18 th century music represented by Handel, Bach and Haydn, on this second volume of his piano works the three pieces from Allegri di bravura indicate his development toward the new tradition of Viennese Classical. Morten Mogensen is one of the elite pianists of the younger generation in Denmark. His earlier releases of another Danish composer P.E. Lange-Müller’s complete piano works (Kotrapunkt 32228, 32248 & 32258) received … Continue reading

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Hans Graf – Schubert: Complete Symphonies, Ouvertures (KON 32318/22)

1. Symfony No 1 D Major D.82: I Adagio. Allegro vivace (Franz Schubert)1. Symfony No 3 D Major D.300: I Adagio maestoso. Allegro con brio (Franz Schubert)1. Symfony No 5 B Flat Major D.485: I Allegro (Franz Schubert)1. Symfony No 8 B Minor D.759: I Allegro moderato (Franz Schubert)1. Symfony No 9 C Major D.944: I Andante. Allegro ma non troppo. Piu moto (Franz Schubert)2. Symfony No 1 D Major D.82: II Andante (Franz Schubert)2. Symfony No 3 D Major D.300: II Allegretto (Franz Schubert)2. Symfony No 5 B Flat Major D.485: II Andante con moto (Franz Schubert)2. Symfony No 8 B Minor D.759: II Andante con moto (Franz Schubert)2. … Continue reading

Kuno Kjærbye, Øssur Bæk, Berit Meland, Bjørn Ianke – Kjærbye: Chamber Works (KON 32317)

Composer Kuno Kjærbye (b. 1959) belongs to the younger generation of composers educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. His teachers include Ib Nørholm, among others. Kuno Kjærbye is also active as a violinist and his compositions are often inspired by the instrument’s natural traits. About this CD the composer comments: “ All the music on this CD is built on certain quarter-tone modes. It comes naturally to me as a violinist; your everyday scale study provides you with a sensitivity to hearing the small differences between, for example, a G sharp and an A flat. All the duos have a fundamental tonality which is extended by … Continue reading

Schola Cantorum Copenhagen, Schola Gregoriana Copenhagen, Bernhard Lewkovitch – Brumel, Deprez, de Victoria: Requiem (KON 32316)

Here’s a long-awaited CD issue of the legendary vocal groups founded and led by Bernhard Lewkovitch since the early 70s. Schola Cantorum and Schola Gregoriana were the first ever Danish professional ensemble specialising in Roman Catholic church’s musical tradition. Except for the Requiem of Antoine Brumel (previously unissued), the recording was originally released from EMI on LP, which has long been unavailable. . 1. Requiem (Gregorian Chant): Introitus (Anonymous)2. Requiem (Gregorian Chant): Kyrie (Anonymous)3. Requiem (Gregorian Chant): Christe (Anonymous)4. Requiem (Gregorian Chant): Kyrie (Anonymous)5. Requiem (Gregorian Chant): Tractus (Anonymous)6. Requiem (Gregorian Chant): Sequentia (Anonymous)7. Requiem (Gregorian Chant): Offertorium (Anonymous)8. Requiem (Gregorian Chant): Sanctus (Anonymous)9. Requiem (Gregorian Chant): Benedictus (Anonymous)10. Requiem … Continue reading

The Copenhagen Trio, Søren Elbæk, Morten Mogensen, Troels Svane – Nørholm: Trios 1959 – 1979 – 1999 (KON 32315)

For more than a half century Ib Nørholm has undoubtedly been the leading figure of contemporary Danish music. To celebrate his 70 th birthday (on January 24, 2001) Kontrapunkt releases a world premier recording of Nørholm’s three trio works which makes an interesting study of a composer’s development. The Copenhagen Trio to whom the latest trio (opus 155) was dedicated interprets Nørholm’s music with authority and profound understanding. 1. Trio Op. 22: Andante (Ib Nørholm)2. Trio Op. 22: Allegretto (Ib Nørholm)3. Trio Op. 22: Moderato (Ib Nørholm)4. Trio Op. 22: Adagio (Ib Nørholm)5. Trio Op. 22: Allegro (Ib Nørholm)6. Trio No. 2 Op. 77 Essai Prismatique: I (Ib Nørholm)7. Trio … Continue reading

Michael Cochrane – Quartet Music (SCCD 31513)

SCCD 31513 – Michael Cochrane Quartet – "Quartet Music"- Featuring Michael Cochrane (piano), Bob Malich (tenor saxophone), Calvin Hill (bass), and Jeff Hirshfield (drums). All 10 pieces comprising this program are particularly suited to treatment by this type of instrumentation. Malach has worked with a whole host of names including Miles Davis and Horace Silver. Cochrane has worked with the likes of Michael Brecker, Eddie Gomez, Clark Terry, and Jack Walrath (SteepleChase SCCD 31172 "In Europe") among many others. On this set Cochrane covers 10 tunes including 2 originals, Bill Evans' "Orbit", Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes" and Joe Henderson's "Step Lightly". 1. Tones for bones (Michael Cochrane)2. 502 blues (Jimmy … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne, Rich Perry – Pianissimo (SCCD 31512)

SCCD 31512 – Andy LaVerne Quartet "Pianissmo" Featuring Andy LaVerne (piano), Rich Perry (tenor saxophone), Jay Anderson(bass), and Matt Wilson (drums). Andy LaVerne's association with SteepleChase dates back nearly a quarter of a century. He has been a prolific contributor to the catalogue. This marks his 16 th effort as a leader and he has made numerous appearances as a sideman for the label. This CD contains four new compositions by LaVerne along with renditions of Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge" and Duke Pearson's "You Know I Care". Andy's last 3 CDs for SteepleChase are " Highly recommended for fans of jazz piano " by Ken Dryden of The All Music Guide … Continue reading

Dick Oatts – South Paw (SCCD 31511)

31511 -Dick Oatts Quintet – "South Paw" Long considered as one of the Big Apple's most in demand sidemen, in recent years alto-tenor saxophonist Dick Oatts has stepped out as a leader. In this his fifth effort as a leader for SteepleChase seven out of the eight tunes are originals. The band is anchored by his long time rhythm section of Dave Santoro on bass and James Oblon on drums. On three of these tunes he is joined by SteepleChase stalwart pianist Harold Danko whom he first met and played with in the Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra in the late seventies. Ken Dryden of the AMG All Music Guide … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Changing Times (SCCD 31510)

SCCD 31510 Changing Times / Dave Stryker Quintet Recorded at the end of the millennium, Dave Stryker’s latest release (13 th on SteepleChase label) presents a collection of his intriguing original compositions with some different time signatures, perhaps inspired by the times that are changing. “… Changing Times reflects not only the growth of one of jazz’s most exceptional performers but also captures the feelings of working musicians through compositions presaging the future as we head into the new millennium .” (Jim Eigo) 1. Changing times (Dave Stryker)2. Big mouth (Dave Stryker)3. Different worlds (Dave Stryker)4. Capetown (Dave Stryker)5. Julia (John Lennon)6. Circular scene (Dave Stryker)7. Invocation (Steve Slagle)8. Rhythm … Continue reading

Marc Copland, Vic Juris – Double Play (SCCD 31509)

SCCD 31509 – Marc Copeland/Vic Juris – "Dou b le Play" – A double play in baseball usually involves three players making two outs. Here you have two excellent musicians in Marc Copeland (piano), and Vic Juris (guitar) covering 10 incredible compositions and making good music. This duet renders heartfelt renditions on tunes like Gershwin's "I loves you Porgy", "Who Can I Turn To" (Newley/Bricusse), Cole Porter's "I Concentrate on You" in addition to several originals. Copeland's debut duet CD for SteepleChase w/ Tim Hagans (tpt, fluglehorn), SCCD 31488 "Between the Lines" has met with praise from listeners everywhere and received a 5-star rating from the French Diapason magazine. Juris, … Continue reading