Absolutely essential listening of a neglected but masterly song composer. The Complete Songs Of Virgil Thomson = Sarah Pelletier, sop./ Lynne McMurtry, contralto/ William Hite, tenor/ Aaron Engebreth, bari./ Alison d’Amato & Linda Osborn, piano/ John McDonald perc. – New World 80775 (3 CDs), 71:20, 76:04, 50:57 [Distr. by Albany] (4/4/16)*****: Any reasonably performed rendition […]
Ebonit Saxophone Quartet – The Last Words of Christ – REGER/HAYDN/WEBERN/SIBELIUS/SHOSTAKOVICH – Challenge Classics multichannel SACD CC72701, 53:13 (2/3/16) ****: (Simone Muller, soprano saxophone/ Dineke Nauta, alto saxophone/ Johannes Pfeuffer, tenor saophone/ Paulina Marta Kulesza, baritone saxophone/ Claron McFadden, voice) A nearly successful attempt at solemnity. In 1786 a work by Joseph Haydn premiered in […]
MONTEVERDI: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (comp. opera) – Soloists/ Boston Baroque/ Martin Pearlman – Linn
A much needed seminal recording of a work that has to have a broader audience. MONTEVERDI: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (comp. opera) – Fernando Guimarães (Ulisse)/ Jennifer Rivera (Penelope)/ Aaron Sheehan (Telemaco)/ Leah Wool (Minerva)/ Owen McIntosh (Giove)/ Abigail Nims (Melanto)/ Daniel Auchincloss (Eumaeus)/ Sonja DuToit Tengblad (Juno)/ Ulysses Thomas (Antinous)/ Marc Molomot (Irus)/ […]
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Pianist Nicolas Horvath realizes Liszt’s monumental Christus oratorio as an eight-movement cycle of religious devotion and keyboard wizardry, always in epic proportions.