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May Classical Review Roundup

Hélene Grimaud Water: Berio: Wasserklavier: Sawhney: Water: Transitions 1-7; Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch No. 2; Fauré: Barcarolle No. 5; Ravel: Jeux d'eau; Albéniz: Almeria; Liszt: Les Jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este; Janáček: In the Mist: No. 1; Debussy: La Cathedrale engloutie (Deutsche Grammophon) Classical purists be warned: almost half the tracks here are not the solo piano recital you might expect from the billing. Instead, Grimaud had composer Nitin Sawhney create electronic bridging miniatures (ranging from 0:56 to 1:41) fitted between the solo piano tracks. This works wonderfully well, changing this album from a traditional presentation into a moody soundscape (though the purist crowd was quick to take offense, witness the extremely snarky review on classicstoday.com). Of course, Grimaud is her usual scintillating self on the solo piano pieces. The pieces she has chosen for this thematic program are in a couple of cases "usual suspects" -- the Ravel and Debussy
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Catching Up with Leo, Part 1

Leo Records was founded in 1979 by Leo Feigin, a Russian who had emigrated to England. Early in its history, back before the glasnost era, it was most noted for releasing avant-garde Russian jazz at a time when government authorities discouraged the style. As Alexander Alexandrov of Moscow Composers Orchestra says, "What the authorities really hated was free jazz and improvised music – for the reason we loved it, because it was a powerful symbol of individual freedom." Although somehow the Ganelin Trio's first album came out on the official Soviet record label, Melodiya, it was the group's many albums on Leo that earned both the band and Leo world-wide reputations.

Eventually Leo expanded enough that it even had offshoots: Leo Lab for new artists, Golden Years of New Jazz for vintage material. Especially notable from the latter are four superb four-cd sets comprising a series entitled Golden Years of the Soviet
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Two New Army of Frankenstein Promo Videos March Their Way Online

More promo videos from Richard Raaphorst’s latest project have found their way online, and we can only hope and pray that this film actually happens unlike the stellar looking Worst Case Scenario. We're still heartbroken over that one. Anyway, check out the goods and get excited.

From the Press Release

Mpi Media Group, La-based Xyz Films and Pellicola of Amsterdam have entered into a coproduction deal to produce Richard Raaphorst’s Frankenstein’S Army. The production-distribution deal was negotiated by Greg Newman, Executive Vice President of Mpi Media Group, parent company of Dark Sky Films, Nate Bolotin of Xyz and Daniel Koefoed of Pellicola. Mpi Media Group is financing the production while Mpi and Xyz are co-representing international sales rights. Shooting is to begin in the spring in Prague and Amsterdam and will be completed by late fall.

Raaphorst’s Worst Case Scenario stands as one of the great horror films that never was.
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Mpi Teams with Xyz Films to Produce Army of Frankenstein

Oh happy incredible day! Great news coming pre-efm! After our hopes for Worst Case Scenario went up in flames, we were really worried about the future of Army of Frankenstein. We worry no more.

From the Press Release

It was announced today that Mpi Media Group, La-based Xyz Films and Pellicola of Amsterdam have entered into a coproduction deal to produce Richard Raaphorst’s Frankenstein’S Army. The production-distribution deal was negotiated by Greg Newman, Executive Vice President of Mpi Media Group, parent company of Dark Sky Films, Nate Bolotin of Xyz and Daniel Koefoed of Pellicola. Mpi Media Group is financing the production while Mpi and Xyz are co-representing international sales rights. Shooting is to begin in the spring in Prague and Amsterdam and will be completed by late fall.

Raaphorst’s Worst Case Scenario stands as one of the great horror films that never was. The Nazi-zombie project
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