CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Chamber Music – Kinsky Trio Prague/Pražák Quartet/various performers – Praga Digitals
Absolutely charming music in terrific performance.
MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde (arr. by Schoenberg/ Riehn) – Robert Breault, tenor/ Richard Zeller, bar./ Martingale Ensemble/ Ken Selden – MSR Classics
Interesting, but is there a need today for a chamber arrangement of Mahler?
“L’Harmonium de LEMMENS et de GUILMANT” = GUILMANT: 9 short works; Fourth Sonata Op. 61; LEMMENS: Invocation; Nocturne; Berceuse; Reverie; Walpurgis Night – Joris Verdin, Mustel harmoniums – Gallo “L’Harmonium Francais” – BIZET: 3 pieces; BERLIOZ: Serenade agreste a la Madone; ROSSINI: Prelude religieux; LEFEBURE-WELY: Six Versets in Major and Minor; BOELLMANN: Three Offertories; GUILMANT: Scherzo; Prayer & berceuse; MOUQUET: Suite Symphonique in A-flat Major; MUSTEL: Scenes et Airs de Ballets – Jordis Verdin, Debain & Mustel harmoniums – Ricercar
A now-unusual instrument which was extremely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
PERSICHETTI: Harmonium – Song Cycle for Soprano and Piano (1951); Poems by Wallace Stevens – Sherry Overholt, sop./ Joshua Pierce, piano – MSR Classics
A rarely performed but welcome song cycle by the American Master.
An unusual gypsy take on Tom Waits.
Bull surely would have appreciated these superb takes on his music.