Archive for August, 2012

Mahler – Symphony No. 8; Symphony No. 10 (Adagio)

Posted in Choral, Orchestral, symphony with tags , , , on August 12, 2012 by orinococds

Mahler Symphony No. 8; Symphony No. 10 (Adagio). San Francisco Symphony |  Michael Tilson Thomas avie82193600212

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony reach the culmination of their best-selling series of Mahler Symphonies with the Eighth, “Symphony of a Thousand”, coupled with the Adagio from Symphony No. 10.

View youtube clip showing the making of this recording here

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony reach the 11th instalment of their award-winning Mahler cycle with a live recording of the mighty Eighth Symphony, “Symphony of a Thousand”, coupled with the Adagio from Symphony No. 10. This release marks the culmination of their recordings of the complete Symphonies; future recordings rounding out the series will include Des Knaben Wunderhorn with baritone Thomas Hampson, Rückert Lieder with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, and Songs of a Wayfarer.

One of the most notable recording projects of our time, the series has been a world-wide commercial and artistic success, selling over 100,000 CDs. Every release has entered the top 10 of the Billboard Classical Chart, and the series has garnered four Grammy® Awards, a Gramophone Award, and numerous other international citations. As with previous MTT/SFS Mahler releases, the recording utilises Sony’s Super Audio 5.1 digital surround technology and can be listened to on both traditional CD as well as SACD players. The cover art continues the highly recognizable series concept.

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 3, 2012 by orinococds

Keeping you up to date with cd releases from the best independent record labels, with a bias toward the classical and jazz genres.

In 2004 my wife and I set up Orinoco CDs . Orinoco is a niche mail order supplier for New Zealand customers, with a loyal customer base.

The number and quality of independant cd labels has blossomed in the past 30 years, now accounting for a significant segment of the non-downloaded classical market – and we are able to sell at a reasonable price. If you’re hunting for that elusive but timeless piece, let us do the detective work, so you can just enjoy the music.

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Requiem for a Pink Moon – a tribute to Nick Drake

Posted in Early music, Instrumental, Vocal chamber works with tags , , on August 1, 2012 by orinococds
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Requiem for a Pink Moon | Ensemble Phoenix Munich | Frederiksen HMC902111 75 min $33NZ

An Elizabethan Tribute to Nick Drake | Ensemble Phoenix Munich, Joel Frederiksen

This lovely, mesmerising disk. Musical fusion of Elizabethan era and early- 70’s folk rock (yes, that’s what I meant) , achieves the ideal accommodation of two very different genres. A feast for the senses.

Joel Frederiksen and his musicians have gone back in time all the way to . . . 1974. That was the year of the death, aged 26, of the British singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who was to achieve fame only posthumously. In 1972 he released his finest album, ‘Pink Moon’, which became legendary at the end of the ’70s and is here revisited in the style of a promenade through the Elizabethan era.

“I was deeply affected by Nick Drake’s music from the moment I first heard it, in 1982, just eight years after his death. The union of the plaintive voice, the intricate guitar accompaniments, and the moving lyrics in songs like Time has told me spoke to me. From the recordings I learned to play some songs, performing them from time to time with my guitar… The idea for ‘Requiem for a Pink Moon’ had to wait a good long time. Once in a while, when I did find a guitar in my hands, I played ‘Time has told me’, and noticed how people responded to Nick’s music. Then, very surprisingly, in 2000 I heard the song ‘Pink Moon’ in a movie theater as part of a Volkswagen ad, and was struck again by Nick’s particular art. It is an art filled with melancholy, a feeling and a concept uniting him with the singersongwriters of the Elizabethan age. I kept running into people of all ages who knew about Nick and eventually had the idea of a Requiem. The idea of juxtaposing old and new appealed to me. I decided that I would perform portions of the Gregorian Requiem Mass (the Mass for the dead) alongside Nick’s songs arranged for early instruments… Rest in peace, Nick, and thank you for the beautiful music.” [Joel Frederiksen]

“the sequence shifting from Drake’s “Rider on the Wheel” through Dowland’s “Time Stands Still” to Drake’s “Time Has Told Me” works both thematically and musically, despite the difference of Frederiksen and Timothy Leigh Evans’s courtly vocal manner from Drake’s original air of resignation.” The Independent on Sunday, 26th May 2012 ***

“Frederiksen’s Tudor take intersperses Drake with Dowland and others. Probably too stiff for Drake fans, but it’s all nicely done.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ***

“Several of these songs take on a warmth, clarity and openness which is missing from Drake’s originals…And what could have been a maudlin wallow emerges as transcendent, affectionate and uplifting. Frederiksen sneaks in his own song, Ocean, after Time has told me. A sweet tribute, and you find yourself wondering how it would sound in Drake’s own voice.” The Arts Desk, 2nd June 2012