Classical Music News of the Week, August 3, 2014

Single Tickets Now Available for the 2014-15 MasterCard Performance Series

All single tickets now available for the 2014-15 MasterCard Performance Series. Expand your horizons this season at Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928.

Order online after 10:00 a.m.
or call the box office at 866.955.6040
Weekdays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

An Evening with Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer
Friday, September 19 | 7:30 p.m.

Ramsey Lewis / Cécile McLorin Salvant
Saturday, September 20 | 7:30 p.m.

Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project
Season Opening Gala
Sunday, September 28 | 3:00 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: All-Brahms
Saturday, October 18 | 7:30 p.m.

Laurie Anderson: Language of the Future
Saturday, October 25 | 7:30 p.m.

The Romeros: ¡Viva Andalucía!
Saturday, November 15 | 7:30 p.m.

Audra McDonald
Friday, December 5 | 7:30 p.m.

New Century Chamber Orchestra and SF Girls Chorus: Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Bach, Vaughan Williams and Traditional Holiday Songs
Friday, December 12 | 7:30 p.m.

Na Leo
Saturday, December 13 | 7:30 p.m.

A Johnny Mathis Christmas
Performing his Greatest Hits and Holiday Classics with a 35-Piece Orchestra
Friday, December 19 | 7:30 p.m.

American Bach Soloists: Handel's Messiah
Sunday, December 21 | 3:00 p.m.

Dave Koz and Friends: Christmas Tour 2014, w/ guests Jonathan Butler, Christopher Cross, and Maysa
Monday, December 22 | 7:30 p.m.

Tango Buenos Aires: Song of Eva Perón
Thursday, January 22 | 7:30 p.m.

Yo-Yo Ma: Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello
Saturday, January 24 | 7:30 p.m.

Emerson String Quartet: Mozart, Ravel, and Beethoven
Friday, February 6 | 7:30 p.m.

The Nile Project:
Friday, February 13 | 7:30 p.m.

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky
Charles Dutoit, Conductor; Nikolai Lugansky, Piano
Saturday, February 14 | 7:30 p.m.

Jordi Savall: Istanbul: Music from the Ottoman Empire
Saturday, February 21 | 7:30 p.m.

Igudesman and Joo: A Little Nightmare Music
Sunday, February 22 | 7:00 p.m.

Murray Perahia
Saturday, March 7 | 7:30 p.m.

Stewart Copeland and Jon Kimura Parker: Off the Score
Sunday, March 8 | 7:00 p.m.

Curtis Chamber Orchestra: Prokofiev, Mozart, Robert Spano, and Jennifer Higdon
Robert Spano, Conductor; Roberto Díaz, Viola
Sunday, March 15 | 3:00 p.m.

Gil Shaham: Bach Six Solos
with Original Films by David Michalek
Friday, March 27 | 7:30 p.m.

Bobby McFerrin
Friday, April 10 | 7:30 p.m.

Concerto Köln: Telemann, Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi, and Durante
Cordula Breuer, Flute; Anna Torge Mandolin; Bargeret Köll, Harp
Saturday, April 11 | 7:30 p.m.

SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Joe Henderson and Original Compositions
Friday, April 17 | 7:30 p.m.

Lila Downs
Saturday, April 18 | 7:30 p.m.

The Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio: Beethoven and Tchaikovsky
Sunday, April 19 | 7:00 p.m.

Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan
Sunday, April 26 | 3:00 p.m.

Nobuyuki Tsujii: Ravel and Chopin
Friday, May 1 | 7:30 p.m.

Jeffrey Kahane: Beethoven and Bach
Friday, May 8 | 7:30 p.m.

Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca: Noche Flamenca y Antigona
Saturday, May 9 | 7:30 p.m.

Sérgio and Odair Assad: 50th Anniversary Tour
Sunday, May 17 | 3:00 p.m.

For more information, visit

--Green Music Center

Legendary Jazz Drummer, Frankie Dunlop, Passes Away at 85
World-renowned jazz drummer and percussionist Frankie Dunlop has passed away at the age of 85.  Having battled a prolonged illness for the past several decades, Dunlop leaves behind a legacy of musical greatness that has garnered the esteem of fellow musicians and jazz fans alike.

After turning professional at the ripe young age of 16, Dunlop's career spanned close to half a century working with jazz giants including Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus and Lionel Hampton, just to name a few. Dunlop most often subsisted in the role of sideman, but departs us with an indelible mark on jazz history.

Predeceased by his sister Helen, and brother and jazz pianist Boyd Lee Dunlop, Frankie Dunlop is survived by a host of family, friends and fans.

A memorial-celebration of Frankie Dunlop's life is being held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7pm, Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York.

--Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services

Pianist Igor Kamenz makes NYC Debut 8/19-20
Russian "Wonderpianist" Igor Kamenz makes his long-awaited New York debut at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart festival August 19-20, and releases album of 18 Scarlatti sonatas on Naïve September 30.

On September 30th, Naïve Classique will release Igor Kamenz Plays Scarlatti. The album will feature recordings by the prize-winning Russian pianist of 18 of Domenico Scarlatti's harpsichord sonatas played on piano. This summer also brings Igor Kamenz's long-awaited New York debut, playing Beethoven and Liszt in two solo pre-concert recitals on August 19th and 20th in New York City as part of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival.

"Wonders take some time" was the headline of an outstanding recent review Helmut Mauró wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, which couldn't have better described the incredible life path of "wonderpianist" Igor Kamenz. Kamenz was born in 1968 in the Far East of Russia on the river Amur close to the Chinese border. At age 7, he gave his debut as conductor of the Novosibirsk Philharmonia, which was followed by a series of concerts as piano soloist and conductor all before his 10th birthday. Kamenz gave his first concert at the Kremlin as conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra in October 1977. A student of Vitaly Margulis and Sergiu Celibidache, Kamenz has since been awarded 18 first prizes in international piano competitions and has played solo recitals and concerts with orchestras around the world. Called "a giant of the keyboard" by International Piano, Kamenz is poised to become a household name among A-list pianists on North American shores with his "almost incomprehensible virtuosity" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and "extraterrestrial musicality" (FAZ).

"It is clear that Igor Kamenz is a formidable pianist: technically secure, musically thoughtful, and a strongly committed artist," wrote Fanfare of Kamenz's Beethoven Piano Sonatas recording released on Oehms Classics in 2008. Welcomed enthusiastically by the critics, the album was described as "an absolute must" by Crescendo. For Igor Kamenz Plays Scarlatti, Kamenz chose 18 of Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti's 555 harpsichord sonatas, organizing them into what he calls a "suite in eighteen movements," ordering them according to dramaturgy, key, and content. These sonatas present a wide range of characters, from mournful nocturnes and meditative chorales to virtuosic and flamenco-influenced dances. The album was recorded last fall at the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center in New York by GRAMMY-winning producer and sound engineer Adam Abeshouse.

Igor Kamenz will play two solo recitals on August 19th and 20th in advance of performances by Joshua Bell and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall as part of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. His programs will include Beethoven's Sonata No. 7 in D major, Liszt's Dante Sonata, and Liszt's piano transcription of Isolde's Liebestod.

To hear Igor Kamenz plays Scarlatti, visit: To learn more about Igor Kamenz, please visit:

--Rebecca Davis PR

Soundwall, Art That Hangs on Your Wall
Soundwall, art that hangs on your wall and plays music wirelessly, is excited to announce a partnership with, the world's largest specialty retailer of high-quality wall art, to offer a special collection of hand-chosen photography and art images from their vast selection, now available on the Soundwall Web site ( Art and music enthusiasts can now enjoy beautiful artwork with a hi-fidelity, self contained speaker system.

"Soundwalls are a fusion of music, tech and art. We are proud to partner with and bring their vast art collection to Soundwall customers." said Soundwall co-founder David Hose.

"We are thrilled to partner with a cutting edge company like Soundwall by providing a unique mix of imagery. Images can truly come to life with this new speaker system," said Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Gary Takemoto.

The collection available with Soundwall features artwork by artists: Terry Eggers, Lazar Lisitsky, Winslow Homer, Cindy Miller Hopkins, James Hagar, Rob Tilley, Walter Bibikow, Dennis Flaherty, Vincent Van Gogh, Janis Miglavs, Jim Zuckerman, Daisy Gilardini, Shimlock Jones, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Auguste Macke, Keren Su, Don Paulson, Trish Drury, Rembrandt van Rijn, Kymri Wilt, Christopher Talbot Frank, Alexander Lozenko, Paolo Veronese, Michael Scheufler, Charles Sleicher and Scott T. Smith.

For more information on Soundwall and a complete list of artists, visit

--Jessica Johnson,

PARMA Recordings Announce Second Annual Music Festival
The second annual PARMA Music Festival is almost here! The multiple venue/multi-genre, four-day Festival will feature local and international acts, varying from classical and jazz to electronic and rock to indie and folk. With a wide and diverse range of events from live music, to panel discussions, to visual arts, to a children's event, and many world premieres, this year's Festival will bring together a wonderfully diverse crowd to perform, collaborate, and listen.

Wednesday, August 13 – Saturday, August 16, 2014. Portsmouth, New Hampshire

For more information, visit

--Ariel Oxaal, Parma Music Festival

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Meet the Staff
John J. Puccio, Editor, Publisher, Reviewer

Understand, I'm just an everyday guy reacting to something I love. And I've been doing it for a very long time, my appreciation for classical music starting with the musical excerpts on The Big John and Sparkie radio show in the early Fifties and the purchase of my first recording, The 101 Strings Play the Classics, around 1956. In the late Sixties I began teaching high school English and Film Studies as well as becoming interested in hi-fi, my audio ambitions graduating me from a pair of AR-3 speakers to the Fulton J's recommended by The Stereophile's J. Gordon Holt. In the early Seventies, I began writing for a number of audio magazines, including Audio Excellence, Audio Forum, The Boston Audio Society Speaker, The American Record Guide, and from 1976 until 2008, The $ensible Sound, for which I served as Classical Music Editor.

Today, I'm retired from teaching and use a pair of bi-amped VMPS RM40s loudspeakers for my listening. In addition to writing the Classical Candor blog, I served as the Movie Review Editor for the Web site Movie Metropolis (formerly DVDTown) from 1997-2013. Music and movies. Life couldn't be better.
Karl W. Nehring, Contributing Reviewer

For more than 20 years I was the editor ofThe $ensible Soundmagazine and a regular contributor to its classical review pages. I would not presume to present myself as some sort of expert on music, but I have a deep love for and appreciation of many types of music, "classical" especially, and have listened to thousands of recordings over the years, many of which still line the walls of my listening room (and occasionally spill onto the furniture and floor, much to the chagrin of my long-suffering wife). I have always taken the approach as a reviewer that what I am trying to do is simply to point out to readers that I have come across a recording that I have found of interest, a recording that I think they might appreciate my having pointed out to them. I suppose that sounds a bit simple-minded, but I know I appreciate reading reviews by others that do the same for me -- point out recordings that I think I might enjoy.

For readers who might be wondering about what kind of system I am using to do my listening, I should probably point out that I do a LOT of music listening and employ a variety of means to do so in a variety of environments, as I would imagine many music lovers also do. Starting at the more grandiose end of the scale, the system in which I do my most serious listening comprises an Onkyo C-7030 CD player, Legacy Audio StreamLine preamplifier, Legacy Audio PowerBloc2 amplifier, and a pair of Legacy Audio Focus SE speakers augmented by a Legacy Point One subwoofer. I also do a lot of listening while driving in my 2016 Acura RDX with its nice-sounding ELS Studio sound system through which I play CDs (the ones I especially like I rip to the Acura's hard drive so that I can listen to them whenever I want) or stream music through the system using my LG G7 ThinQ cell phone, which features surprisingly sophisticated audio circuitry. For more casual listening at home when I am not in my listening room, I often stream music through the phone into a Vizio soundbar system that has remarkably nice sound for such a diminutive physical presence. And finally, at the least grandiose end of the scale, I have an Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker for those occasions where I am somewhere by myself without a sound system but in desperate need of a musical fix. I just can't imagine life without music and I am humbly grateful for the technology that enables us to enjoy it in so many wonderful ways.
Bryan Geyer, Technical Analyst

I initially embraced classical music in 1954 when I mistuned my car radio and heard the Heifetz recording of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. That inspired me to board the new "hi-fi" DIY bandwagon. In 1957 I joined one of the pioneer semiconductor makers and spent the next 32 years marketing transistors and microcircuits to military contractors. Home audio DIY projects remained a personal passion until 1989 when we created our own new photography equipment company. I later (2012) revived my interest in two channel audio when we "downsized" our life and determined that mini-monitors + paired subwoofers were a great way to mate fine music with the space constraints of condo living.

Visitors that view my technical papers on this site may wonder why they appear here, rather than on a site that features audio equipment reviews. My reason is that I tried the latter, and prefer to publish for people who actually want to listen to music; not to equipment. My focus is in describing what's technically beneficial to assure that the sound of the system will accurately replicate the source input signal (i. e. exhibit high accuracy) without inordinate cost and complexity. Conversely, most of the audiophiles of today strive to achieve sound that's euphonic, i.e. be personally satisfying. In essence, audiophiles seek sound that's consistent with their desire; the music is simply a test signal.

Mission Statement

It is the goal of Classical Candor to promote the enjoyment of classical music. Other forms of music come and go--minuets, waltzes, ragtime, blues, jazz, bebop, country-western, rock-'n'-roll, heavy metal, rap, and the rest--but classical music has been around for hundreds of years and will continue to be around for hundreds more. It's no accident that every major city in the world has one or more symphony orchestras.

When I was young, I heard it said that only intellectuals could appreciate classical music, that it required dedicated concentration to appreciate. Nonsense. I'm no intellectual, and I've always loved classical music. Anyone who's ever seen and enjoyed Disney's Fantasia or a Looney Tunes cartoon playing Rossini's William Tell Overture or Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 can attest to the power and joy of classical music, and that's just about everybody.

So, if Classical Candor can expand one's awareness of classical music and bring more joy to one's life, more power to it. It's done its job. --John J. Puccio

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