Improvisations with Han Bennink and Derek Bailey in 1970. The monumental first release on the Incus label formed by Parker, Bailey and Tony Oxley, augmented here by nine minutes of material from the same session. The Topography of the Lungs is finally re-issued. Considered by many to be a key recording in the history of improvised music, it brought together three musicians who then continued to develop the genre in the intervening three decades: EVAN PARKER (soprano & tenor saxophones), DEREK BAILEY (guitar) and HAN BENNINK (percussion, etc). Reissue of LP 1 plus over 9 minutes of extra material from the same 1970 session.
An all-star cast featuring Deutsche Grammophon artist Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel and Anna Prohaska, delivers a sensational new recording of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the start of his inaugural season as Music Director of La Scala. Recorded live at the opening of the 2011-12 La Scala season, Don Giovanni is now set to be released in time for Bryn Terfel’s 50th birthday on 9 November 2015. It also ties in with the traditional opening of the new season at La Scala – 7 December, the feast-day of St Ambrose, patron saint of Milan.
Limited Edition 5 disc box set with 24 page booklet of the 2011, Brötzmann curated, Music Unlimited Festival in Wels! Peter Brötzmann curated three days of great music by wonderful musicians from all over the world! Not a retrospective but a representation of the contemporary musical spheres that Brötzmann and his comrades are investigating today. This box documents in 18 performances Brötzmann‘s close ties to the Chicago scene, his inclination to work with Japanese artists, his cultivation of old and new friendships from New York, his faible for African musicians and collaborations with his European friends. The extensive compilation emphasizes the vitality and variety of Brötzmann's current work and documents a historical moment of the Unlimited-Festival.
Korean cellist Han-Na Chang, after spending most of her recording time on fairly substantive fare, takes the tried-and-true road of turning out an album of decidedly more lyrical bent. This is quite a common record-company practice; at least it has been with EMI, and not necessarily one to be disparaged. Critical acclaim of Chang has been nearly universal, though even acclaimed critics have found fault when dwelling upon her manner. This is the fifth album for EMI that has seen this wisp of a young girl blossom into a woman, at least if EMI’s cover art is to be trusted. And as might seem appropriate for the age, the mainly short selections (with the notable exception of the Lalo) are full of passion and pensive promise, perfect choices that seem tailor made for this time of her life.