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Vocal Collection, page 36

   Found CDs: 608
 

H. KNAPPERTSBUSCH CONDUCTS - Beethoven, Wagner- A. Foldes, piano / C. Ludwig, mezzo-soprano

H. KNAPPERTSBUSCH CONDUCTS - Beethoven, Wagner- A. Foldes, piano / C. Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
ID: GM4.0070
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

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J. S. Bach - JOHANNES-PASSION - München 1960 - Eugen Jochum

J. S. Bach - JOHANNES-PASSION - München 1960 - Eugen Jochum
ID: GM4.0076
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music

From All Music Guide: Recording place:München
Golden Melodram is an opera collectors' label, presumably it ventured into Baroque choral music here because of the presence of several well-known operatic vocalists, notably bass Hans Hotter and tenor Peter Pears, in this performance. There are no texts. There are no liner notes -- just a track list. We learn that the recording was made live at a performance in Munich in 1960, but we don't know how or by whom. There are mistakes in the strings; there are a lot of coughing Bavarians in the auditorium. The recording does not just have bad sound, it has rock-fan-with-a-microphone-in-the-jeans sound. Perhaps the rock fans will be impressed to know that those of us on the classical side care enough about what we hear to sneak a recording device into the hall on occasion, too. The sound seems as if it's coming through earmuffs, and from time to time (the contralto aria "Von den Stricken meiner Sünden mich zu entbinden," CD 1, track 7, fares poorly) it drops out altogether. The problem is not in your audio equipment.
Thus forewarned, however, you can expect a very fine St. John Passion of the old-fashioned German kind. The focus for Golden Melodram may have been on the singers, and Hotter, who sings the role of Jesus, has a thick, enveloping bass voice that, despite its built-for-Valhalla quality, has a lyrical expressiveness that works well in Baroque melody. Equally beautiful, however, is conductor Eugen Jochum's shaping of the choruses; mounting in power, they may inspire the listener to wonder why nobody does it this way anymore. The Chorus of the Bavarian Radio was one of West Germany's best-trained at this point, and its mighty alto section is a joy to listen to. The Passion settings were as close as Bach came to opera, and the contrast between his polyphonic sacred choruses in the Lutheran church tradition and his Italianate dramatic sense is memorably brought out by this performance. Despite the grade Z sound, it's worth checking out for those who love Bach's passions and miss the good old days when no one would think of performing Bach's choral music with one voice to a part.
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E. SCHWARZKOPF IN CONCERT - VERDI- MESSA DA REQUIEM - Paris 1953 - Igor Markevitch

E. SCHWARZKOPF IN CONCERT - VERDI- MESSA DA REQUIEM -  Paris 1953 - Igor Markevitch
ID: GM4.0072
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

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The Victorian Clarinet Tradition

The Victorian Clarinet Tradition
ID: CC0022
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Music for Clarinet

2 - Comprising the authentic melodies of the following songs, incidental to, or mentioned in, the plays of the poet: Tomorrow, 'tis St. Valentine's Day (Hamlet) How should I your true love know (Hamlet) O mistress mine (Twelfth Night) Light of Love (Two Gentlemen of Verona & Much Ado about Nothing) O willow, willow (Othello) It was a lover and his lass (As you like it)
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Chambersax - Chamber Music for the Saxophone - Kyle Horch, saxophone

Chambersax - Chamber Music for the Saxophone - Kyle Horch, saxophone
ID: CC0029
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: New Music

Full listing
Adolf Busch - Quintet for alto saxophone and string quartet
Charles Koechlin - Epitaphe de Jean Harlow op.164, Romance for flute, alto saxophone and piano
Paul Hindemith - Trio op.47 for viola, tenor saxophone and piano
Anton Webern - Quartett op.22 for violin, clarinet, tenor saxophone and piano
Joaquin Nin - Le Chant du Veilleur, Estampe Hollandaise for mezzo-soprano, alto saxophone and piano
Heitor Villa-Lobos - Quatuor for harp, celeste, flute, alto saxophone and female voices.
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ELGAR - THE APOSTLES - Canterbury Choral Society, Richard Cooke, conductor

ELGAR - THE APOSTLES - Canterbury Choral Society, Richard Cooke, conductor
ID: QTZ2017
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Anna Leese - soprano (Mary)
Louise Poole - mezzo-soprano (Mary Magdalene)
Andrew Staples - tenor (John)
Colin Campbell - baritone (Peter)
Robert Rice - baritone (Judas)
Roderick Williams - baritone (Jesus)


The years 1898-1900 for Elgar saw the composition of The Dream of Gerontius which represented a new style of oratorio in which a continuous musical flow replaced the customary division into separate arias and choruses.

He embarked seriously on The Apostles in 1902 and the first performance took place in October of the following year at the Birmingham Festival conducted by Hans Richter. Elgar himself conducted performances in 1914 and again in 1922 in Canterbury Cathedral where this performance was given. As with Handel's Messiah Elgar's work was to have been in three parts, though it soon became apparent that it was going to be far too long for one oratorio, and the third part became the starting point for The Kingdom. This piece grew in its turn and the project became one for three oratorios; the first The Apostles, concerned with the apostles' relationship with the earthly Jesus, the second, The Kingdom, with the period after the crucifixion and the coming of the Holy Ghost, and the third, which never came to be written, on Judgment and the Life Everlasting.

Another influence is to be found in Wagner who built up his scores from a pattern of leit-motifs. In his analysis of The Apostles, Jaeger identified and named about sixty such themes, though he came under criticism from Ernest Newman (a leading Wagner authority) for being too obsessional in this respect, and even Elgar himself felt that Jaeger had taken this aspect of the work further than was really justified, since the themes, while being a strong structural element in the music, lacked the immediately identifiable symbolism of Wagner's motifs. The two composers' compositional methods were very different: Wagner completed his libretto first, allocating fragments of melody to particular ideas and incorporating them into the score at significant moments, for Elgar the musical development was pre-eminent he was by nature a symphonic, rather than an operatic composer.
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Harrison Birtwistle: Melencolia

Harrison Birtwistle: Melencolia
ID: NMCD009
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Antony Pay, London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen - Harrison Birtwistle: Ritual Fragment

This disc couples two major works composed in the 1970s, Melencolia I and Meridian, a setting of love poetry, with Ritual Fragment, written in 1989. The works display Birtwistle's distinctive and forceful voice and range in mood from austere introspective journeying to moments of unbearable intensity.
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Simon Holt - Sparrow Night

Simon Holt - Sparrow Night
ID: NMCD008
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Chamber Ensemble

Simon Holt is one of Britain's most compelling compositional voices, and this disc showcases his earlier writing: Canciones sets Spanish folk lyrics and a poem by Lorca, while ...era madrugada is an enigmatic instrumental work based on another Lorca poem, describing a mysterious death.

Simon Holt:
...era madrugada
Canciones: Fiona Kimm (mezzo- soprano)
Shadow Realm
Sparrow Night
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David Lumsdaine: Aria for Edward John Eyre and What shall I sing?

David Lumsdaine: Aria for Edward John Eyre and What shall I sing?
ID: NMCD007
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Chamber Ensemble

Aria for Edward John Eyre uses a siren-like solo soprano, narrators and ensemble to recreate the tale of the explorer's epic journey across Australia; the contrasting What Shall I Sing? is a delightful collection of nonsense rhymes.
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Bill Hopkins & Anthony Gilbert - Sensation & other works

Bill Hopkins & Anthony Gilbert - Sensation & other works
ID: NMCD014
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The enigmatic and intensely charged music of Bill Hopkins reflects the avant-garde sound-world of the 1960s with characteristic immediacy and quiet energy; Nine or Ten Osannas, by Anthony Gilbert - a close friend and ally - completes the disc.
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