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¡España! | Orquestra Ciudad De Granada | Montserrat Pi, Josep Pons, conductors

Posted in Ballet score, Choral, Concerto, Orchestral with tags , , , , , on February 3, 2013 by orinococds
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espana | Various artists | 5 cds 165 min | HMC 2908530.34

On the Harmonia Mundi label, a collection of best-loved masterpieces with Spanish inflences, on state of the art recordings, in a 5 cd set.
From the late 19th century onwards, following in the wake of Goya, Spain experienced a creative explosion that was to manifest itself in all the arts, including music. This set is an invitation to discover these composers who transcribed the innermost depths of their country’s soul in works that were nonetheless closely related to developments elsewhere in Europe hence the presence here of Ravel, the most Spanish of French musicians, alongside de Falla, Albéniz, Rodrigo, and Mompou.
Various soloists, including:-
Susan Chilcott, soprano | Francesc Garrigosa, tenor | Javier Perianes, piano | Marco Socías, guitar | Régis Pasquier, violin | Brigitte Engerer, piano | Ginesa Ortega, “cantaora” | Joan Martin, soprano | Iñaki  Fresán, baritone | Joan Cabero, tenor

CD1: ALBENIZ Pepita Jiménez [HMC901537]

CD2: FALLA El amor brujo [HMC905213]

CD3: RAVEL Oeuvres pour violon et piano [HMC901364]

CD4: MOMPOU Música callada [HMI987070]

CD5: RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez [HMC901764]

The Britten Collection: The Sixteen | Harry Christophers

Posted in Choral, Vocal chamber works with tags , , , on February 3, 2013 by orinococds
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Britten: Sixteen | Christophers
CORO16107 | $NZ65 | 3 cds

This superb collection, released in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth, features all three of The Sixteen’s celebrated Britten recordings.

Arguably the most famous British composer of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten possessed a formidable talent and distinctive style. His remarkable career spanned over 40 years and this collection of choral works features a fascinating selection of music from throughout his life. Works include Hymn to the Virgin, a piece originally conceived during his school days; A Boy was Born which first brought him to the public’s attention; the much-loved A Ceremony of Carols – a masterpiece composed on board ship as Britten returned to England from the USA in 1942; and the Choral Dances from ‘Gloriana’ with tenor soloist Ian Partridge. A Ceremony of Carols won a coveted Deutsche Schallplattenkritik when first released.

A disc of exceptional quality, reinforcing The Sixteen’s reputation as one of the finest choirs of our day.” Gramophone

The Sixteen perform Britten’s virtuosic masterpiece with fearsome accuracy and a luxurious sound.” Classic FM Magazine

Britten’s mastery for writing for unaccompanied chorus is here demonstrated in fine performances…” BBC Music Magazine

Works include:-
A Hymn to the Virgin | Rejoice in the Lamb | Hymn to Saint Cecilia | A Boy was Born | A Ceremony of Carols | Choral Dances from ‘Gloriana’ | Five Flower Songs | Sacred and Profane

Tallis Scholars: Renaissance Giants

Posted in Choral, Medieval | Renaissance with tags , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by orinococds

Tallis Scholars: Renaissance Giants | Peter Phillips | Gimmell CDGIM 207 | nz$36 | 2 cd – 2hr 31 m

Tallis Scholars directed by Peter Phillips featuring Tallis, Taverner, Victoria, Byrd, Palestrina and Josquin des Pres on this superb mid priced Gimmell double set.

The renaissance is well known for its cultural giants. Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and above all Michelangelo epitomise a period when the human spirit seemed to grow and gain in confidence. This collection of complete works celebrates the musical geniuses who contributed to this astonishing period in European history – Peter Phillips

This world famous choir, which has given hundreds of concerts from Siberia to Australia over the past 30 years, are finally headed to our shores. Details can be found on the Chamber Music New Zealand website – it’s sure to be a sellout event. Click here for the Tallis Scholars’ website

Works: Tallis – Spem in allium; Taverner – Western Wind Mass; Josquin – Missa pangue lingua; Palestrina – Missa Brevis; Byrd – Mass for four voices; Victoria – Requiem.

Veljo Tormis: Curse Upon Iron

Posted in Choral with tags , , on October 10, 2012 by orinococds
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Tormis: Curse Upon Iron | BIS SACD | $33 NZ

Ian Dando in the New Zealand Listener says of this cd: The hottest property [in Northern Europe] is Veljo Tormis (Estonia, born 1930). His music grabs you instantly. He writs with tremendous force yet also delicacy, as in the shamanistic chant Curse Upon Iron for male choir and bass drum. Commissions from top-liners worldwide like the Kings Singers and Hilliard Ensemble say it all. “It is not I who makes folk music; it is folk music that makes me”, he quips. He uses ancient folk chants and runic Estonian texts. Most works are unaccompanied.

Pärt: Veni creator

Posted in Chamber music, Choral, Vocal chamber works with tags , , , , on October 9, 2012 by orinococds

Pärt – Veni Creator | Hillier | Theatre of Voices | Ars Nova Copenhagen | HMU807553 | 75 min | $33 NZ

Paul Hillier curates this collection of Arvo Pärt’s instrumental and choral chamber music drawn from different periods in the composer’s career. He brings together his celebrated vocal ensembles, along with chamber group NYYD, and long-time collaborator organist Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, to produce another powerful recording of ethereal sacred music.

The Deer’s Cry | Psalom | Most Holy Mother of God | Solfeggio | My Heart’s in the Highlands | Peace upon you | JerusalemPilgrims’ Song | Morning Star | Stabat Mater

Chris Watson tenor, Else Torp soprano, Paul Hillier baritone & Christopher Bowers-Broadbent organTheatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen & NYYD Quartet, Paul Hillier artistic director

“Theatre of Voices have lived and breathed Part’s music for over two decades but it is perhaps the warmth and beauty of the voices of Ars Nova Copenhagen that is most immediately striking here” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012“Hillier and his colleagues are fully at ease with the slowness of undertow and sense of near-repose that the unfolding self-similarity creates in so many of the pieces here. And they rightly often glory in the glowing resonances they’re presented with. The patient, softly-contoured gentleness they bring to the start of The Deer’s Cry is mesmerising and makes the stresses of its later insistence – climax seems too strong a word – all the more effective.” Irish Times, 20th April 2012 “it’s the “Stabat Mater” which impresses most, a sublime concord of voices and strings in Pärt’s characteristic tintinnabulate flotation.” The Independent, 30th March 2012

“It is no surprise that the virtuosic singers in Theatre of Voices and Ars Nova Copenhagen are often to be found in early music ensembles…The NYYD Quartet and organist Christopher Bowers-Broadbent add sonic variety to this pure, minimalist enterprise.” The Observer

Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts 1837

Posted in Choral, Orchestral on September 16, 2012 by orinococds

Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts | Gabrieli Consort & Players | Paul McCreesh | Signum 2 cd

The first in a new series of releases from the world-renowned conductor Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort. Recorded in Poland as part of the Wratislava Cantans Festival (of which McCreesh is artistic director) this staggering performance of Berlioz’s ‘Grand Mass for the Dead’ is produced by a force of over 400 performers – drawn from the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and students from Chetham’s School of Music

“Anyone in search of a transformative listening experience, Berlioz agnostics among them, should make this release a priority purchase.” Classic FM Magazine

“The contrapuntal intricacy of Berlioz’s choral writing is done with precision and firm accents, the haunted atmosphere of the ‘Quid sum miser’ interpreted with restrained, eloquently inflected choral singing and poignant instrumental interjections.” Gramophone – Editor’s Choice, November 2011

“Berlioz’s 1837 Grande Messe has rarely sounded so thrilling or transparent.” The Independent on Sunday

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.