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April’s strong list of new releases is topped by the latest recording from the stellar choral ensemble Stile Antico, featuring selections from the Song of Songs (p.5.) Also on harmonia mundi, René Jacobs leads the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and a cast of top notch singers in Telemann’s Brockes Passion (p.3). On Channel Classics, Iván Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (p.9), while on Hyperion, Angela Hewitt returns to Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in a totally new recording inspired by her recent Bach World Tour (p.15). LSO Live’s Mahler cycle directed by Valery Gergiev nears completion with this month’s release of the Symphony No. 8 (p.19) and Orange Mountain Music offers us the soundtrack to Scott Hicks’ documentary on Philip Glass. The disc includes music from every part of Glass’s career as well as from the film (p.20). On World Village, Zanzibar’s Culture Musical Club combines the orchestral taarab with the festive kidumbak on Shime! (p.23), and Yemen’s DuOud decorate the sounds of the oud with modern grooves and surf kitsch on Ping Kong (p.22).
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Chango Spasiuk on tour promoting Pynandí Argentinean accordionist Chango Spasiuk performs music from his dynamic new album Pynandí across the U.S. this month, including concerts at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and Yoshi’s in San Francisco. The album is a WNYC Pick of the Week and will be the subject of an upcoming feature on NPR.
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Conspirare in Concert
A Company of Voices: Conspirare In Concert Conspirare harmonia mundi • HMD 9907535
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This new DVD features grammy®-nominated choral ensemble Conspirare led by Craig Hell Johnson as heard and seen on national television in a concert airing nationally on PBS starting in March 2009. In this program, contemporary music blends seamlessly with classical favorites, taking the listener and viewer on a journey of innovative sound, vibrant images and thought-provoking ideas. The concert was performed and taped live on October 12, 2008 at Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will also be available on CD.
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Telemann’s sacred masterwork harmonia mundi
TELEMANN Brockes Passion
Birgie Christensen (soprano) Lydia Teuscher (soprano) Marie-Claude Chappuis (mezzo-soprano) Donát Havár (tenor), Daniel Behle (tenor) Johannes Weisser (baritone) RIAS-Kammerchor Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs harmonia mundi • HMC 902013
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The narrative of Christ’s Passion as retold by Barthold Brockes (a dominant figure in early 18th-century German literature) is of such dramatic power that it was set to music by thirteen different composers (including Handel, Keiser and Mattheson). Telemann’s version, premiered in April of 1716, became so famous that JS Bach, no immature youngster at the time, copied it out in full 23 years later. René Jacobs has striven to restore this quite extraordinary score to life in all its rich complexity.
“Jacobs’ productions are characterized by a lush profusion of ideas, by vivid colours and clear lines, and by a rare emotional immediacy.” — FINANCIAL TIMES
Also available harmonia mundi • HMC 901928 (794881817726)
“The one to own.”
— CLASSIC FM MAGAZINE
Herreweghe returns to Bruckner harmonia mundi
BRUCKNER Symphony No.5
Orchestre des Champs-Élysées Philippe Herreweghe harmonia mundi • HMC 902011
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Rarely did the premiere of a Bruckner symphony arouse such enthusiasm; even if, in this case, the first performance took place nearly twenty years after its composition. The work captivated listeners with its ineffable mystery (one thinks of late Beethoven), combining ‘Baroque’ logic with Romantic introspection. Parting company with Wagner, Bruckner had clearly found his own unique musical voice.
Stunning virtuoso music for recorder
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Venezia 1625 Sonate, Canzone & Sinfonie by Rossi, Uccellini, Fontana, Merula & Castello
Maurice Steger (recorder), Various Artists harmonia mundi • HMC 902024
Venice, 1625: the city of the doges is one of the principal artistic centers of Europe. At the Cappella San Marco, a profoundly original style of instrumental music is in the process of discarding all reference to the tradition of vocal polyphony. The era of Baroque stravaganze has begun! Now, in the hands of Maurice Steger, a supreme master of the recorder, this ultra-virtuosic art acquires a new lease on life.
Stile Antico perform timeless Song of Songs harmonia mundi
Song of Songs
Stile Antico harmonia mundi • HMU 807489
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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD The beautiful and often erotic poetry of the Song of Songs found some of its most sumptuous settings in the motets of Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria and other Continental 16th-century masters. Sung here by Britain’s “brightest new stars” of Renaissance polyphony, the singers of Stile Antico, these staples of the choral repertory have never before sounded so vital or texturally rich.
“One of the brightest new stars in the firmament of Renaissance vocal ensembles.” — THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
Also available harmonia mundi • HMU 807419 (093046741969)
“This is superb singing that’s also blessed — I mean that literally — with profound delicacy and reverence.” — THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
harmonia mundi • HMU 807463 (093046746360)
Music for Compline
“This vocal ensemble renders everything in high style.” — FANFARE 5
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Chapelle Royale, Philippe Herreweghe harmonia mundi • HMG 501261
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Les Arts Florissants, William Christie harmonia mundi • HMG 501268
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BRAHMS Sacred Choral Music
RIAS-Kammerchor, Marcus Creed harmonia mundi • HMG 501591
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SCARLATTI Bella madre dei fiori
Maria Cristina Kiehr (soprano) Concerto Soave, Jean-Marc Aymes harmonia mundi • HMG 501725
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HAYDN Piano Trios
Trio Wanderer harmonia mundi • HMG 501968
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ELGAR Dream Children, In Moonlight, Elegy
English Chamber Orchestra, Paul Goodwin harmonia mundi • HMG 507258
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Music of the minstrels Ministriles Reales
Hespèrion XX, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall Alia Vox • AVSA 9864
Price Code: A24 (2 SACD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $24.98)
SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD For the first time, this beautiful set gathers together the Spanish and French instrumental dances from the 16th and 17th Centuries that have been used as “interludes” on previously issued Astrée and Alia Vox releases. This album is a definitive overview of this repertoire and enables us to realize how beautiful and irresistible this music can be. Given electric performances and virile repertoire, Ministriles Reales (Royal Minstrels) offers uplifting performances that are guaranteed to please. The 2-for-1 SACD release also features the deluxe packaging and beautiful artwork that you have come to expect from Alia Vox.
The poetic pianism of Harold Bauer
Complete Recordings Harold Bauer (piano) APR • APR 7302
Price Code: 2A12 (2 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $25.98) English born pianist Harold Bauer originally hoped to make his career as violinist but his piano playing so impressed Paderewski that he subsequently focused on that instrument. He had huge success in the USA and as a result became a US citizen in 1917. Bauer was not a crowd-pleasing virtuoso firebrand but rather a true musician. There is always a wonderful poetry to his art and he excelled in miniatures, such as the Grieg presented here, though his legendary recording of the Brahms f minor sonata (still a benchmark) shows he had the requisite virtuosity when needed. These new transfers by Ward Marston are the only ones currently available of Bauer’s legacy.
Iván Fischer conducts Mahler channel classics
MAHLER Symphony No.4
Miah Persson (soprano) Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer Channel Classics • CCS SA 26109
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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Ivan Fischer writes of Mahler’s masterpiece, “There is a unique purity and transparency in Mahler’s 4th Symphony. The enchanting sleigh bells take us to his inner child, to his dreams of angels, fairy tales, angst and pure, divine love. This child-like symphony needed a different orchestra: no dark tuba, no heavy trombones, no large arsenal of massive brass. A chamber orchestra in fact, where the clarinets act as mock trumpets, the solo violin tunes his strings sharper in order to scare us and the lightness of the whole orchestra lifts us up to his lovely, childish vision of paradise.”
“Mahler finds a magnificent, kindred spirit in conductor Ivan Fischer.” — AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
Also available Channel Classics • CCS SA 22905 (723385229056)
“Fleet, lyrical, and very dramatic...” — SOUNDSTAGE
Mahler: Symphony No.2
Channel Classics • CCS SA 23506 (723385235064)
Mahler: Symphony No.6
“This performance is as good as it gets; a reference recording that should remain so for many years to come.” — CLASSICSTODAY.COM
Celebrating 200 years of Haydn HAYDN Late Piano Works
Gary Cooper (fortepiano) Channel Classics • CCS SA 26509
Amsterdam String Quartet Channel Classics • CCS SA 28209
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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD The inspiration for this recording was derived from that all-too-rare occurrence: a perfect marriage of instrument and composer’s music. The language of Haydn’s later keyboard writing, with its kaleidoscopic range of expression, is perfectly matched by the gem of a piano used for this recording, dating from Vienna c.1785. It is an instrument capable of amazing breadth of touch and response. Haydn’s last and greatest keyboard works richly deserve being heard on such a piano, in order that the fullest range of expression and depth of imagination contained in these remarkable pieces may be brought alive.
HAYDN String Quartets Vol.2
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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Joseph Haydn’s remarkable series of 68 string quartets encompasses, in effect, his entire compositional career. The stylistic journey Haydn took over this period is striking indeed, and his music reflects the inevitable changes in musical taste across Europe. The Amsterdam String Quartet is one of today’s leading period instrument string quartets. Its members are all internationally respected specialists at the forefront of the early music scene. Their second volume of Haydn quartets features Op.64 No.6, Op.77 No.1 and Op.20 No.4.
Schumann’s introspective piano music Price Code: A24 (Suggested Retail Price: $24.98)
Paolo Giacomei (piano) Channel Classics • CCS SA 28709
SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD All the works on this CD are linked together by the powerful personal emotions of the composer. The Davidsbündler (League of David) was an imaginary music society created by Schumann. The group was formed to defend the cause of contemporary music against its detractors. Schumann occasionally referenced the group in his music and he dedicated the Davidsbündlertänze to its members. Paolo Giacometti’s impressive Channel discography has been widely acclaimed by the international press.
SCHUMANN Davidsbündlertanze, Arabeske, Gesänge der Frühe
A Buerworth primer Price Code: A22 (2 CDs for the Price of 1, Suggested Retail Price: $22.98)
Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) Royal Scoish National Orchestra Arthur Buerworth Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7212
Dutton presents the composer directing the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in his powerfully Sibelian fourth symphony and his dramatic viola concerto, the latter with Sarah-Jane Bradley as the commanding soloist. The coupling is an exciting discovery, with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir John Barbirolli in his prime leading Butterworth’s coruscating first symphony. The package is completed with the composer’s memories of his life and music.
BUTTERWORTH Symphonies Nos.1 & 4, Viola Concerto, Arthur Buerworth talks about his life and music (spoken word)
An Elgar world premiere ELGAR Three Movements for Piano Trio (arr. by Rooke) BRIDGE Piano Quartet MADDISON Piano Quintet
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Fibonacci Sequence Kathron Sturrock (piano) Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7220
The world premiere of Paul Adrian Rooke’s performing edition of three Elgar sketches ranging from the early 1880s to 1920 is an essential listen for all Elgarians. The early Frank Bridge Piano Quartet is a delightful and engaging score and Adela Maddison’s (allegedly Fauré’s mistress) large scale and gripping Piano Quintet dates from the dark years of World War I. All are now revived in powerful performances by the Fibonacci Sequence with pianist Kathron Sturrock.
Romantic English concertos Violin Concertos by Crieth, Arnell & Pitfield Lorraine McAslan (violin) Royal Scoish National Orchestra Martin Yates Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7221
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In an earlier Dutton recording of York Bowen’s violin concerto, a critic compared Lorraine McAslan’s playing with that of Heifetz. On this CD she is heard in three little-known violin concertos in performances of rare eloquence. McAslan offers a gripping readings of Arnell’s Concerto in One Movement, Guirne Creith’s lyrical and engaging concerto (recently discovered) and Thomas Pitfield’s tuneful Concerto Lirico from a time when it was not okay to be so heart-on-sleeve.
Music of David Mahews Price Code: A22 (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales Martyn Brabbins Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7222
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MATTHEWS Symphonies Nos.1, 3 & 5
David Matthews’s previously unrecorded symphonies crown a wonderful catalogue of orchestral music that is widely recognized. The first volume of Dutton Matthews symphony cycle is powerfully presented by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Martyn Brabbins. The orchestra responds strongly to Brabbins’s eloquent readings of music that is at once brilliant and powerfully expressive.
A tribute to Vernon Handley
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IRELAND Piano Concerto BRIDGE Phantasm WALTON Sinfonia Concertante
Kathryn Sto (piano) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Vernon Handley Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7223
Dutton’s tribute to the late Vernon Handley comes with this reissue of a program that was one of his triumphs from the 1980s, but has long been unavailable. Kathryn Stott’s ringing performances and Handley’s inspired direction of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra remind us piquantly of Handley’s all too brief association with Dutton.
Sco piano music cycle SCOTT Lotus Land Complete Piano Music, Volume 5 Leslie De’Ath (piano) Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7224
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Pianist Leslie De’Ath’s traverse of the vast piano music of Cyril Scott has received remarkable critical plaudits, and here he completes his survey in a two-CDs-for-the-price-of-one package (another wonderful Dutton bargain), which constitutes volume five. This may well turn out to be the most popular music of the lot as it includes many of Scott’s most celebrated numbers including Lotus Land.
Victorian cello music Romantics in England Music for Cello & Piano
Joseph Spooner (cello), Michael Jones (piano) Kathryn Mosley (piano) Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7225
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Joseph Spooner’s eloquent cello finds exactly the right style for this survey of Victorian cello music. Works include the Cello Sonata in E minor of 1861 by Walter Macfarren, Michael Balfe’s tuneful Sonata in A flat from the late 1860s and Edgar Bainton’s imposing Sonata of 1924. A charming arrangement of a Roger Quilter song (“To Daisies”) completes this tuneful and original program.
Hewi revisits Bach’s WTC
BACH Well-Tempered Clavier
Angela Hewi (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67741
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Ten years ago Angela Hewitt recorded a version of The WellTempered Clavier that dazzled the critical world and recordbuying public. Now, fresh from her Bach World Tour — in which she performed the complete WellTempered Clavier from August 2007 until the end of October 2008 in 58 cities in 21 countries on six continents — Angela has made an entirely new recording of this most iconic of keyboard works. In a revealing and personal program note, Angela explains her reasons, both artistic and emotional, for this momentous creative decision. She speaks of the ‘new-found freedom’ that she discovered in her later performances, and especially her use of Fazioli pianos, “whose luminous, powerful, and also ever so delicate sounds opened new worlds to me and allowed my imagination to take flight.”
“Among modern-day piano recordings of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Angela Hewitt’s has long held a favored place for its stylish perception, controlled virtuosity, intelligent application of dynamics, and warm, beautifully balanced sonics.” — CLASSICSTODAY.COM
Also available Hyperion • DVDA 68001 (034571880013)
“What Hewitt has to say is full of wisdom and perspicacity, liberally illustrated at the Fazioli.”
Bach Performance on the Piano
— GRAMOPHONE 15
Bawdy 17th-century musical theatre English Stage Jig
City Waites, Lucie Skeaping Hyperion • CDA 67754
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Today we think of a jig as simply a dance, but in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England the word was used to describe a short musical farce featuring songs, dancing and slapstick comedy. They could be satirical, sentimental, libelous, riotous and often downright obscene. These jigs all appear here in their premiere recordings. This unusual and delightfully bawdy offering from Lucie Skeaping and The City Waites gives us a unique and tantalizing glimpse of theatrical history. An entertaining cameo from Catherine Bott is among the many uproarious performances.
Cello music by Rubinstein RUBINSTEIN Cello Sonatas
Jirí Bárta (cello), Hamish Milne (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67660
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Remembered today principally as one of the greatest of all nineteenth-century piano virtuosos, Rubinstein was also a celebrated composer in his day. His two cello sonatas are recorded here by Czech cellist Jirí Bárta and Romantic music specialist Hamish Milne on a thoroughly enjoyable new disc. The first sonata is a fairly substantial work that not surprisingly requires a pianist of heroic stature as well as a first-rate cellist. The second sonata is a larger, more ambitious work with a true scherzo and slow movement as well as sonata-form first movement and finale.
Shelley’s Clementi cycle continues Price Code: A19 (2 CDs for the Price of 1, Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)
Howard Shelley (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67729
Howard Shelley’s series of Clementi’s piano sonatas has received great critical acclaim and is increasing interest in this under-recorded composer. The sonatas in the present volume date from the period just after Clementi’s adventures in Europe of 1780-83 that included an unfortunate and well-known confrontation with Mozart. Clementi moved back to London and there had a considerable reputation as a performer, composer and teacher. His playing was praised, among other things, for its ‘novel freedoms in tempo and dynamics in the service of heightened expression’ and those qualities are noticeable in the works recorded here.
CLEMENTI Piano Sonatas Vol.3
Tudor devotional music
Chirk Castle Part-books
Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice Hyperion • CDA 67695
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This disc presents a selection of works from the Chirk Castle part-books, a fascinating collection of devotional music from the Tudor period that remained hidden in the castle library for three hundred years. The manuscripts contain works for unaccompanied voices as well as verse anthems and services, scored for solo voices, chorus and organ. This recording focuses on the unaccompanied items, presenting for the first time a selection of the ‘full’ services and anthems found in the manuscripts, including seven unique to the Chirk collection. Among the ‘new finds’, the most significant are the Te Deum and Benedictus ‘for trebles’ by William Mundy.
Gems of the Italian baroque hyperion
LOCATELLI Concerti Op.4
Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch Hyperion • CDD 22064
Price Code: A19 (2 CDs for the Price of 1, Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)
Previously Available as CDA 67041 (034571170411) Deleted June 2007 Locatelli’s Op 4 in fact consists of two quite distinct sets of pieces — six Introduttioni Teatrali and six Concerti. It is not clear whether the title of the ‘theatrical introductions’ should be taken literally, but certainly the works are composed in a striking manner such as would be expected for an overture fighting to catch the attention of a restless audience. The second half of the set consists of six concertos whose rhapsodic character contrasts with the carefully structured style of the Introduttioni.
Mid-priced Helios series re-issues MOZART Piano Concertos Nos.11-13
Susan Tomes (piano) Gaudier Ensemble Hyperion • CDH 55333
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Previously Available as CDA 67358 (034571173580) Deleted January 2008 This pioneering recording gives us intimate, almost domestic versions of three of the composer’s masterpieces. Moreover it provides us the opportunity to hear Susan Tomes show her mettle as concerto soloist, and bring to a wider repertoire the distinct communicative magic that has made her one of the foremost chamber pianists of today.
HANDEL Water Music, Musick for the Royal Fireworks
The King’s Consort, Robert King Hyperion • CDH 55375
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From CDA 66350 and CDA 66967 The King’s Consort’s recreation of Handel’s Musick for the Royal Fireworks is a sonic triumph of jaw-dropping majesty. Fittingly, it has been re-paired here with a later recording of the Water Music. The rhythmic impetus of a pair of baroque guitars combined with the colors of two harpsichords lends the music a vital danceband-like rhythm section.
A sonic spectacular lso live
MAHLER Symphony No.8
Liudmila Dudinova, Ailish Tynan, Viktoria Yastrebova (sopranos), Zlata Bulycheva, Lilli Paasikivim (mezzo sopranos), Sergey Semishkur (tenor), Alexey Markov (baritone), Choir of Eltham College, Choral Arts Society of Washington, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev LSO Live • LSO 0669
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“Gergiev caught the crucial moment of expectation to perfection. But in the end it was the shattering power of several hundred voices, an expanded orchestra and full cathedral organ that delivered the mightiest of Mahler’s symphonies with the sonic splendour it demands.” — Evening Standard (UK)
SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Mahler attempted something truly novel in his eighth symphony that affected both its content and its overall structure. He attempted boldly to unify the entire work through the expression of a personal philosophical ideal — in this case the redemptive power of human love. Mahler didn’t much care for the moniker “Symphony of a Thousand.” He called it a “Barnum & Bailey” nickname, a gimmick created by an agent who booked the piece’s 1910 premiere in Munich. The first part of the symphony is built around a Latin hymn from the fourth century, “Veni, Creator Spiritus” (“Come, spirit of creation”). Part two retells the final episode of Goethe’s “Faust,” in which the title character finds salvation. This fiery new reading by Valery Gergiev was recorded in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Recent releases in the series LSO Live • LSO 0666 (822231166627)
“You won’t hear more brilliant playing than the LSO’s.” — SUNDAY TIMES
Mahler: Symphony No.3
LSO Live • LSO 0660 (822231166023)
“The spiritual wholeness of the composer’s darkness-to-light vision emerges with real power.”
Mahler: Symphony No.2
— THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 19
Music from a new Glass biopic GLASS A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts Various Artists Orange Mountain • OMM 0054
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For eighteen months, director Scott Hicks (Shine, No Reservations) followed composer Philip Glass around with a video camera capturing all aspects of his life. His film provides an intimate look at Glass as a family man, delves into his spiritual life and produces some insights on how he composes music. Orange Mountain Music’s soundtrack to Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts contains much of the music from the film including a wide variety of music from every part of Philip Glass’s career. Included on this collection are selections from Einstein on the Beach, Etoile Polaire, Glass’ music for solo piano and more.
“Glass, at his best, is second to none.” — ROLLING STONE
Orange Mountain Music • OMM 0051 (801837005127)
Glass: Film Music — Archive Vol.4
Orange Mountain Music • OMM 0052 (801837005226)
Martinů chamber music Price Code: A22 (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98)
Kocian Quartet, Ivan Klánsky (piano) Praga • PRD 250250
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MARTINŮ Piano Quintets Nos.1 & 2, Piano Quartet
SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Chamber music, from duos to ensembles of up to nine instruments, occupies a significant place in the vast output of Bohuslav Martinů. There are few chamber formations whose possibilities he did not try out. Martinů’s piano quintets and piano quartet, instrumental formations that were favorites of 19th-century composers, incorporate his decidedly post-Romantic sensibility with striking and idiomatic writing. Surprisingly, until now, these three works have never been combined on a single disc.
Gardiner’s Bach cycle continues Price Code: 2A20 (2 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $41.98)
Angharad Gruffydd Jones (soprano) Gillian Keith (soprano) Miah Persson (soprano) Wilke te Brummelstroete (alto) Robin Tyson (alto), James Gilchrist (tenor) James Oxley (tenor), Jonathan Brown (bass) The Monteverdi Choir English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner Soli Deo Gloria • SDG 153
Soli Deo Gloria offers the next installment in its award-winning Bach Cantata series, a double album featuring cantatas for the second and third Sunday before Lent, recorded live in February 2000. We join the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner in Naarden, Holland for a performance of Bach’s cantatas for Septuagesima. The program opens with Bach’s first Leipzig cycle, Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin (BWV 144), and ends with the third of Bach’s surviving cantatas for this Sunday, Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn (BWV 92).
BACH Cantatas Vol.20
Dance music wizardry from DuOud
DuOud World Village • 479025
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File in: World / Middle East DuOud consists of two oud-playing Istanbul-based musicians; Tunisian born Jean-Pierre Smadja (already noted for two albums he issued as Smadj on MELT 2000), and Algerian born master oud player Mehdi Haddab (known for his work with the acclaimed French based trio, Evoko, and more recently Speed Caravan). Blending their North African heritage with the latest Western technology, the pair builds a musical cycle that looks to their African roots while absorbing and morphing contemporary music styles - break beats, jazz grooves and metal guitar. While DuOud are not the first to mix the North African lute with electronic technology, they do it with such an imaginative freedom that sets them apart from their contemporaries; their debut album Wild Serenade saw them nominated for the Best Newcomer award in the 2003 BBC Music Awards. On Ping Kong, DuOud hovers between tradition and futurism, with varying moods ranging from surf kitsch to contemporary groove. The album features cameos from Cyril Atef from Bumcello and Malouma.
“When it’s in the hands of masters like Smadj and Mehdi Haddab, they can make [the oud] sound like a lone voice in the desert, or like the central figure in a swirling studio mix. . . The Congo meets Algiers meets Delhi meets Paris: don’t try to pin anything down, just let their heady momentum carry you along.” — AMAZON.COM
Zanzibar’s musical ‘secret’ is out
Culture Musical Club World Village • 468080
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File in: World / Africa / Tanzania Culture Musical Club began life as part of the youth organization of the Afro Shirazi Party during Zanzibar’s struggle for independence back in 1956. Today, Culture Musical Club is not only the largest, but also one of the most prolific and successful orchestras of Zanzibar as they present taarab music. In addition to innumerable performances in Stone Town, villages of Zanzibar and on Tanzania mainland, this group has toured internationally with outstanding success and has won over audiences in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Arab Emirates and Reunion. They perform new compositions on a regular basis and have developed a distinct and uniquely Swahili style. Their CD releases have made the name Culture Musical Club known to audiences throughout the world, so much so that rehearsals in their clubhouse have become somewhat of a tourist attraction. This, however, does not interfere with the first and foremost aim of their social gathering — namely to enjoy music and “to be moved” by it, as the original meaning of the word “taarab” implies.
“Culture Music Club is one of the best kept secrets in African music, but their music is so appealing that to keep them a secret any longer seems just short of criminal.” — AFROPOP WORLDWIDE 23
Jazz master from South Africa Hope
Hugh Masekela APO • CAPJ 82020 SA
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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: World / Jazz A longtime audiophile demonstration disc. Hope will show off your system’s dynamic range as well as any record ever released. Hugh Masekela, the outstanding South African trumpeter, assembled a sevenpiece group and recorded this great set live at Washington, D.C.’s Blues Alley. The songs stretch over a period of nearly five decades and serve as an informal guided tour of Masekela’s life. The songs are honest and bare, and as for the sound — wow!
“Hope is one of those intensely visceral, large as life, and immediately present recordings that will make pretty much any system sound at least very good, and will cause better ones to raise goose bumps.” — The Absolute Sound
Blue Note stars now on Price Code: A28 (Suggested Retail Price: $28.98)
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John Coltrane APO • CBNJ 81577 SA
SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: Jazz Blue Train is John Coltrane’s most important and best selling album after A Love Supreme. This was the first fully realized masterpiece by Coltrane. The superbly executed and blended ensembles have a haunting quality and each solo is a memorable treasure. It is considered Coltrane’s first solo album, as it is the first he recorded featuring musicians and songs entirely of his choosing. All of the compositions were written by Coltrane.
Lee Morgan APO • CBNJ 84034 SA
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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: Jazz This album is unique within Lee Morgan’s vast and rich Blue Note discography. With then current employer Art Blakey, band mate Bobby Timmons on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jackie McLean on alto saxophone, the trumpeter abandons time constraints and stretches out on four, soulful, hard-bop compositions (the first and the last are by Cal Massey). These hard bop masters are constantly inspired by Blakey’s explosive grooves.
Blue Note stars now on Capuchin Swing
Jackie McLean APO • CBNJ 84038 SA
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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: Jazz This is pure and exceptional hard bop by Jackie McLean. Featuring Blue Mitchell, Walter Bishop, Jr., Paul Chambers and Art Taylor, Capuchin Swing has all the wonderful elements of any classic Blue Note album: memorable compositions, strong solos and great feeling. But the album also finds the great alto saxophonist looking toward new frontiers with tracks like the harmonically edgy “Francisco.”
Kenny Dorham APO • CBNJ 84063 SA
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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: Jazz Rightfully considered one of Kenny Dorham’s best, this album features great originals and superb trumpet playing. The outstanding cast on Whistle Stop consists of Hank Mobley, Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. The title tune and “Philly Twist” are often heard, but the entire album represents a great composing achievement for Dorham.
A young lion of jazz
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— The New York Times
“Tigran Hamasyan approaches nearly every tune as an arc, beginning in contemplation and building to a crashing fury”
File in: Jazz Pianist Tigran Hamasyan has already done much to launch his name into the world of emergent young jazz lions. He has toured throughout Europe, moving beyond his native Armenia to take prizes in jazz competitions from Moscow to Monaco. In 2006, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition. On Red Hail, the sequel to his first album, New Era (2007), Hamasyan debuts a brand new band, Aratta Rebirth. Consisting of five young L.A. musicians (all more or less the same age as Hamasyan), Arrata Rebirth explores, pummels and mixes with incredible talent the musical styles that have always inspired its leader and composer — rock (hard rock and even new metal), Armenian folk music, groove and of course, classic jazz.
Tigran Hamasyan, Araa Rebirth Plus Loin • PL 4510
A vocal showcase now on It’s Like This
Rickie Lee Jones APO • CAPP 51056 SA
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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: Rock / Folk Rickie Lee Jones is one of the most complex singersongwriters of our time. Her career, which spans nearly three decades, has been full of unique musical expression. Jones’ style has crossed many genres including folk, rock, jazz, soul, spoken word and pop. Her voice echoes that of a 40’s jazz era performer, and has been an influence to many of today’s performers including Sheryl Crow and Tori Amos. Not since Billie Holiday has there been a vocalist who so completely transforms a song into her own. On It’s Like This, Jones envelops standards, showtunes, ‘70s soul, and even slick jazzrock, interpreting them with her familiar childlike, breathy shouts. Produced by Bruce Brody (who has also worked with Maria McKee and Bette Midler), this album is really a showcase for the dynamic vocalist. Several notable artists scatter themselves unobtrusively throughout the album. Joe Jackson, Ben Folds, John Pizzarelli, and Taj Mahal each lend a subtle bass line or harmony vocal, cautiously not stepping on any of Jones’ delicate lines.
“A rare treat, with Jones’ stripped-back, largely acoustic band brilliantly framing that voice...”
— Q Magazine
Ry Cooder’s ® winner now on
A Meeting by the River
Ry Cooder, V.M. Bha APO • CAPW 29 SA
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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: Rock Known for his slide guitar work, his interest in the American roots music, and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries, Ry Cooder is ranked number 8 on Rolling Stone’s “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Here, Cooder teams with North Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt to create an exquisite musical realm, with both musicians playing exceptional slide guitar. Their collaboration evokes musical elements from many cultures and styles. Percussion is provided by Sukhvindar Singh on tabla and Cooder’s 14-year-old son Joachim on dumbek. This recording won a grammy ® Award in 1993.
“The sound is about as good as it gets, with almost no sense of recording gear between the listener and musicians, who are laid out in a solid horizontal line. The remarkable air and tangible “thereness” will take your breath away.” April 2009
— The Absolute Sound
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