As summer approaches with its memories of squalling kiddie camp performances, a dollop of sung sarcasm may seem timely. Fortunately, “The Tom Lehrer Collection” CD/DVD set now appears from Shout! Factory, featuring the veteran mathematician and song satirist in compositions like “I’m spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica.”
For more serious listening, Hänssler Classic has just released a historical recording of the 1951 Piano Sonata, a work of solid integrity by the underrated Swiss Jewish composer Rolf Liebermann. In addition, the valiant CD reprint website Arkivmusic.com offers a collection of historic performances by noted pianist Leon Fleisher and the splendid West Coast violinist Eudice Shapiro, playing works by the romantic American modernist Leon Kirchner.
The latter CD, originally released by Bridge Records, joins a brand new Bridge CD of exquisite performances by the mighty Jewish American pianist Peter Serkin, son of the equally admirable Rudolf Serkin, in the seductive “Bagatelles” and “Piano Quintet” by Jonathan Lieberson, son of the late UK-born Jewish recording executive, Goddard Lieberson.