Ramon Llull – A time of conquests, dialogue…- Savall – Alia Vox
A fascinating probe into one of the most brilliant minds ever to grace the earth. “Ramon Llull – A time of conquests, dialogue, and disconsolations” = Hespérion XXI /La Capella Reial de Catalunya/ Jordi Savall — Alia Vox multichannel SACD AVSA9917, (2 discs) TT: 137:34 & book [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] ****: Ramon Llull (1232-1316) […]
JENNIFER HIGDON: Cold Mountain (comp. opera) – Soloists /Santa Fe Opera Orch. & The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers/ Miguel Harth-Bedoya – Pentatone (2 SACDs)
The birth of a truly distinguished American opera. JENNIFER HIGDON: Cold Mountain (comp. opera) – Jay Hunter Morris (Teague)/ Robert Pomakov (Owens)/ Adrian Kramer (Owens’ Son)/ Nathan Gunn (W.P. Inman)/ Kevin Burdette (A Blind Man)/ Isabel Leonard (Ada Monroe)/ Emily Fons (Ruby Thewes) The Santa Fe Opera Orch. & Members of The Santa Fe Opera […]
Editorial for October 2015
For October our drawing is for six sets of the complete opera A Death in the Family, by William Mayer, as recorded by Albany Records. The original book is by James Agee, and the opera is considered one of the best and most poetical opera librettos ever. Although done by the Manhattan School of Music, […]
“Guerre & Paix 1614 – 1714 (War & Peace)” = La Capella Reial de Catalunya/ Le Concert des Nations/ Hesperion XXI/ Jordi Savall – Alia Vox
Savall’s latest plumbs the depth of mankind’s vacillation between war and peace, with outstanding music to assuage the arguments.
RAMEAU: Pieces du Clavecin (complete harpsichord works) – Mahan Esfahani, harpcd. – Hyperion (2 CDs)
Esfahani throws his hat into the Rameau ring, with quite a lot of success.
STRAVINSKY: L’histoire du soldat Ballet, Blu-ray (1988/2014)
A modern ballet version of Stravinsky’s chamber-size folk drama.
Matt Pavolka – The Horns Band [TrackList follows] – Fresh Sound New Talent
Matt Pavolka: steeped in literary as well as jazz language.
The Galapagos Affair (Satan Came to Eden), (2013)
A fascinating documentary on a little-known piece of history.