LP album released in Spain performed by pianist, composer, arranger and conductor Solomon Schwartz (London, 1913-2002), aka 'Stanley Black', leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Stanley Black made an outstanding contribution to film music and music in general rushing almost all musical genres.
Decca/London introduced Phase 4 Stereo in 1961. For classical music, the Phase 4 approach was based on miking every orchestra section individually, along with mics for selected instruments – up to a maximum of 20 channels, which were then mixed via a recording console. This resulted in a dynamic, in your face sound with relatively little hall ambience. The quality of the sound mostly depended on how skillfully the recording engineer balanced each channel – and the results were not always consistent.
On this pristine audiophile recording, conductor Donald Johanos leads the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances for Orchestra–a suite that stands among the composer's most inventive and virtuosic works.
There is no string quartet that has ever been written that can compare length and diversity with Terry Riley's Salome Dances for Peace. Morton Feldman has written a longer one, but it is confined to his brilliant field of notational relationships and open tonal spaces. Riley's magnum opus, which dwarfs Beethoven's longest quartet by three, is a collection of so many different kinds of music, many of which had never been in string quartet form before and even more of which would – or should – never be rubbing up against one another in the same construct. Riley is a musical polymath, interested in music from all periods and cultures: there are trace elements of jazz and blues up against Indian classical music, North African Berber folk melodies, Native American ceremonial music, South American shamanistic power melodies – and many more. The reason they are brought together in this way is for the telling of an allegorical story. In Riley's re-examining Salome's place in history, he finds a way to redeem both her and the world through her talent.
The music of French and particularly Parisian themed served pianist, composer, arranger and conductor Solomon Schwartz (London, 1913-2002), aka 'Stanley Black' in 1957 to record this album away from his usual Latin style. A repertoire of twelve songs allows both his piano and other instrumental elements of his orchestra (could miss the accordion?) offer a repertoire of unforgettable melodies with his unique style and interpretive arrangements.