Reading Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog today is a treat because she publishes an essay by cellist Antonio Lysy which is a tribute to his father, Alberto Lysy (1935-2009). In her post, Duchen talks about Antonio’s recent recording on Yarlung Records: Back in 2001 Alberto and Antonio recorded the Kodály Duo for violin and cello together. This recording was released for the first time just a few weeks ago. Hungarian as Kodály may be, the album is in fact called South America and features works by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Coco Trivisonno and more – paying tributes to Antonio’s multifarious background and influences. The South American repertoire is irresistibly seductive and atmospheric, while the Kodály, performed with tremendous intensity, bravura and sensitivity, is more than a treat and a half. In this guest post, Antonio tells us about the coaching his father received from Yehudi Menuhin and Zoltan Kodály himself. Read Dunchen’s blog and Lysy’s Continue Reading →
Dear Friends, Today we celebrate South America! Executive producers Carlos & Haydee Mollura join me in celebrating the release of Antonio Lysy’s new album South America this Friday. Amazon and iTunes are taking preorders for Friday, and HDTracks and Yarlung Records are live and delivering today. NativeDSD will follow shortly. Tom Caulfield, Cliff Harris and I are finishing the DSD files for you in stereo and in surround sound. I love this disc. GRAMMY® Award winning cellist Antonio Lysy performs with his father, the legendary Argentine violinist Alberto Lysy in the Kodaly duo, and Coco Trivisonno (one of the last living members of Piazzolla’s ensemble) performs bandoneon in three arrangements we commissioned from him of songs by Carlos Gardel. With tango milongas taking place all over the world, the timing of South America seems fortunate. Luxuriate also in the Casals and Bach/Villa Lobos cello choirs, performed all by Antonio Lysy Continue Reading →
Yuko Mabuchi Trio: Some Standards and some nice surprises This live recording starts with What Is This Thing Called Love and Yuko’s playing, along with Bobby’s drum solo, immediately engages the audience. Throughout the album, Yuko is very sensitive and lyrical in her playing and does not go for bombast unless the music demands. When it does though, like in Sona’s Song (a composition of her own), we are in for a real treat: a very intense outburst erupts, breaking a simple delicate melody. Del Atkins and Bobby Breton are supportive in their playing, with… well executed solos. The musical rapport among them is evident in Seriously, in which the ornamented piano playing is executed over a repetitive and rhythmic bass – roles are switched for a moment and the transitions sound very fluid. Other highlights include a Japanese medley that goes from delicate to psychedelic (!) to spirited, and Continue Reading →
Dear Friends, Greetings! And Happy Holidays to you! While it isn’t Christmas music specifically, Nostos gets into the holiday spirit with rousing acapella choral repertoire from English, German, Russian, Hanseatic and American musical traditions. Thank you Rob Istad, thank you University Singers and thank you executive producer Leslie Bigos for this fabulous album. We anticipate Nostos will also be available in Stereo, SonoruS Holographic Imaging and Quatro Surround Sound on NativeDSD this week too. Thank you Tom and thank you Jared! Here’s video from the pre-recording live concert of the American Spiritual My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord Great news on the Yuko Mabuchi Trio front: The Trio travels to New York City to be part of the Arts Presenters Showcase in Manhattan mid January. Yuko, Del and Bobby will perform at the mid-town Hilton at 4:30pm on January 13th. Guests are welcome. Also, Yarlung executive producers Craig and Diane Martin have made it possible for us to release our first double 45rpm vinyl album for Yuko Continue Reading →
The following announcement about the Cal State Fullerton Singers new CD “Nostos” on Yarlung Records was found in the Orange County Register, December 6, 2017 The repertoire sung by Cal State Fullerton’s University Singers in June on the group’s tour of Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Russia has been made into an album, “Nostos: The Homecoming of Music.” Robert Istad, director of choral studies and professor of music, said… “the students and I worked really diligently to bring the music to life for our audiences, and we were completely overwhelmed with the passion and positive energy with which the audiences embraced our performances.” “The singers performed without sheet music on their tour… and this deep familiarity with the repertoire made it possible to record each of the pieces you hear on this disc in one take. There is no editing involved.“ Please visit the Orange County Register.
Check out the glowing review of the Yuko Mabuchi Trio in AudioStream. [Yuko Mabuchi Trio] is so good in terms of the music, musicianship and sound quality… The detail, sense of space and most importantly, dynamics, are thrilling. It is rare in the audiophile world to get such a perfect pairing of compelling music and sound quality. This recording is available on many of the usual download sites and in many flavors of DSD and PCM. I downloaded the album from NativeDSD at DSD 128 resolution. Highly recommended. Read more at about the Yuko Mabuchi Trio at AudioStream.
…Yuko Mabuchi takes command of both her instrument and the listener’s ears from the first stroke of the album’s opener, Cole Porter mainstay, “What Is This Thing Called Love” and through all eight live-recorded masterpiece tracks. Produced by Randy Bellous… the live album is a must-own for piano trio aficionados and jazz lovers of all stripes. A tremendous highlight of the album is… “On Green Dolphin Street.” Pitched in Bill Evans’ preferred key of E-flat…. Dave Brubeck himself would have applauded the tight interplay of time between one half of the head, presented in a heavy ¾ that alternates sweetly with the straight ‘four-on-the-floor’ 4/4 of the next four bars of the same phrase…. Mabuchi, delicious bassist Del Atkins, and tasty drummer Bobby Breton make it new all over again…. Mabuchi’s right hand is the star of each of her solo flights. Clean, precise, and crisp like forebears Teddy Wilson, Continue Reading →
The following review of the Yuko Mabuchi Trio is from the blog “Musicalmemoirs Blog” written by Dee Dee McNeil. YUKO MABUCHI TRIO Yarlung Records Yuko Mabuchi, piano; Del Atkins, bass; Bobby Breton, drums This live recording is an awe-inspiring work of art. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is as exciting on recording as she is in person. Here is a production that sparkles with improvisational creativity, energy, and the piano talents of a young and developing super star. Yarlung’s founder first heard the Yuko Mabuchi Trio at Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. The very next day he offered to record their album. This concert was recorded at the USC campus in Cammilleri Hall. This space is used for master-classes and recitals. It’s the same concert venue designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, where Yarlung previously recorded Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet in 2014. Jazz pianist and educator, Billy Mitchell, served as associate producer on this Continue Reading →
Dear Friends, Happy Autumn! This is GRAMMY® Voting Season, and we’re proud to offer Sibelius Piano Trio and Obsidian in three categories this year: Best Contemporary Classical Composition for David Lefkowitz’ enchanting and ethereal Ruminations for piano trio, Sibelius Piano Trio itself for best chamber music (small ensemble) and Mika Sasaki’s homage to Clara Schumann in her debut album Obsidian, for best classical instrumental solo. NARAS members please download full albums from the Recording Academy web page. CONGRATULATIONS TO DIEGO SCHISSI FOR YOUR LATIN GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR NENE ON SIBELIUS PIANO TRIO! BRAVO! (Yes, I’m shouting! Yay!) More info on Sibelius Piano Trio and Obsidian. DSD HDTracks Yarlung SonoruS Series analog tape buffs please know that progress is afoot to release two reels of our most recent hit Yuko Mabuchi Trio on analog tape as well as two reels from Sibelius Piano Trio by early spring. (One friend in Australia already pre-ordered Yuko Mabuchi Trio!) In the meantime, CDs and high res downloads have been making people happy. Thank you so much for your support, Continue Reading →