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Vocal Collection, page 52

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Michael Nyman - Acts of Beauts - Exit No Exit

Michael Nyman - Acts of Beauts - Exit No Exit
ID: MNRCD109
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

The album Acts of Beauty / Exit no Exit couples two world premiere recordings.

Acts of Beauty is a song cycle based on miscellaneous texts on beauty from a 1556 text of Vincenzo Cartari, which looks at the measurements of beauty by comparing buttocks to beauty in the urban environment as viewed by Kurt Scwitters and Dzuga Vertov to Martial's Epigrams on another kind of sexual measurement: the weighing of penis. It presents an entirely different Nyman approach to vocal writing than is found in Six Celan Songs/The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi.

Exit no Exit began life as Beckham Crosses, Nyman Scores, a 'homage' to the England football team as part of an extended documentary broadcast on BBC Radio 3 to celebrate the end of the World Cup finals in Japan / Korea in 2002. Nyman decided to take extracts from John Motson's commentary to the England v Argentina match and sample, loop and 'instrumentalise' them in the manner of Steve Reich's Different Trains: translating the loops repeating rhythmic and melodic patterns played without variation.

Rewritten for the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company in 2006, John Motson's voice is now replaced with a bass clarinet which not only imitates the commentator's highly idiosyncratic speech patterns, but also takes off from these with a concertante part of some virtuosity. A completely new, multi-section closing 10 minutes sequence was written specially for Exit no Exit, premiered on 7 February 2006 at Brighton's Gardner Arts Centre.

Cristina Zavalloni soprano
Sentieri Selvaggi
Carlo Boccadoro conductor

EXIT no EXIT - Premiere recording
Andrew Sparling bass clarinet
Nyman Quartet
Music composed by Michael Nyman
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Michael Nyman - The Libertine

Michael Nyman - The Libertine
ID: MNRCD104
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Movies
Subcollection: Film Music

Working alongside director Laurence Dunmore, Nyman has composed the music for his latest film - The Libertine. The film is a version of the celebrated Stephen Jeffreys play and stars Johnny Depp, John Malkovich and Samantha Morton. It tells the story of the 17th century Earl of Rochester (Depp), his friendship with King of England Charles II (Malkovich) and his affair with actress Elizabeth Barry (Morton).

The Earl of Rochester was a legendary rake of the era and the film has been described as "outrageously sexy". He managed to reconcile being a sensitive poet and a pornographer, was simultaneously a republican and friend of King Charles II and was passionately in love with both his wife and mistress. The film captures the sense of new possibilities at the dawn of the age of enlightenment.

Nyman has been fortunate to work with directors who understand that music can add greatly to the overall impact of a film, directors who have allowed the music to have a solid presence in their films rather than simply act as background filler. Director Laurence Dunmore has wanted to work with Michael since he first heard his music in 'A Zed and Two Noughts'. For Nyman, there's a direct link back to his first major soundtrack The Draughtsman's Contract as both films are 17th Century based, visually stunning, comedies of manners. Once again the composer and his long-standing band deliver a stunning score, rich in detail with driving, baroque influenced tunes counter-balanced by a series of haunting, elegiac melodies of the sort that has made Nyman's work familiar to millions.

Composed, conducted and produced by Michael Nyman
Performed by the Michael Nyman Orchestra
Hillary Summers contralto
Capital Voices

Music composed by Michael Nyman
Performed by the Michael Nyman Orchestra
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Haydn: The Creation - Sung in English

Haydn: The Creation - Sung in English
ID: OP008_9
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Voices and Chamber Ensemble

The Oxford Philomusica is the professional orchestra in residence at the University of Oxford and has been described as ‘a musical resource for the city and beyond.’ To celebrate their 10th Anniversary the Oxford Philomusica release Hadyn’s masterpiece, The Creation, recently performed live at the Cadogan Hall to rapturous applause.

BBC Music magazine Disc of the Month: An intimate and powerful performance. Packaged in a 10th-anniversary limited edition slipcase; sung in English with both English and German text printed in the booklet.
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F. Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin - Eric Tappy - Ruben Lifschitz

F. Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin - Eric Tappy - Ruben Lifschitz
ID: CLAVES501105
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

Swiss Tenor Eric Tappy was well-known for his stage performances, particularly in Monteverdi’s Orfeo or the big Mozart operas. This unexpected Schöne Müllerin is therefore a total surprise, and it is worth explaining the circumstances of this first edition. We are back in 1974, Eric Tappy and his pianist Ruben Lifschitz feel they are ready, after many months of rehearsals, to present Schubert’s wonderful cycle to the public. The day before the recording, they were invited to the Chamber music room of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and gave a highly successful first public performance. Serene, the artists went to Hilversum and recorded the whole cycle in a single day, for radio broadcast. A few weeks later, the cycle was broadcast on Dutch Radio KRO; one of the listeners recorded the programme on his Revox and sent the tape to Eric Tappy in Switzerland, who put it safely away, hoping that he would find time to listen to it some day. Indeed he did, but thirty-five years later…. As for the listener who sent the precious tape in 1974, he was none other but one of the greatest Swiss composers of the 20th century, Frank Martin, who was at the time living in Naarden in the Netherlands, and who was a friend of Eric Tappy’s.
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Tony Palmer's Film About Callas - M. Callas: La Divina - A Portrait: 30th Anniversary:

Tony Palmer's Film About Callas - M. Callas: La Divina - A Portrait: 30th Anniversary:
ID: TPDVD103
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary

Region Code: NTSC Plays in all territories
Medium:DVD Video
Presentation: Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
Language: English
Subtitles: French, Italian, German, Spanish
Color mode: Colour
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9, Aspect Ratio
Duration: 92 mins



There are so many astonishing facts about Maria Callas...

First, she was born not in Greece but in Manhattan and went to school there. Second, considering her colossal influence and in contrast to the pumped-up, preposterous, overpaid pipsqueak divas of today, her actual international career was tiny - 18 years at most. Third, and in spite of her reputation, her cancellation record was the lowest of any great singer of her day. Fourth, she rarely looked at the conductor during an opera, simply because she could not see him - she was very short-sighted, and often appeared (partly as a result) to be in a trance while on stage. Fifth, she was betrayed by most of those intimate with her throughout her life, and eventually abandoned by many of those who should have known better and who claimed to have loved her. Sixth, she died almost penniless - even her grotesquely rich long-time lover, Onassis, whose marriage to Jackie Kennedy she only discovered by watching the 6 o'clock news, had invested her money in half a cargo boat, which sank. Paradoxically, although she died 30 years ago, her records today outsell every other recorded classical artist, and single handedly keep EMI Classics afloat. Last, hers was not the most beautiful voice of her time, as she frequently admitted. Some days it worked; other days it just didn't.

In the end, those who met her in Paris in the seventies agree that she was one of the loneliest, most desperate of women they had ever encountered, slowly drugging herself to death. "Every day, thank God, is one day less", she told Di Stefano. A summons to tea (for half an hour at most) often lasted until the early hours, with the guest or guests pleaded with not to leave.

It was pathetic and horrible, but it was Callas. It was always Callas, and that was the secret and the magic. We witness on stage a broken woman who sings nakedly from her heart, about herself and her life, who acts with such incredible power and unashamed truth that we stagger back before what we know, in our hearts, is all of her. No artifice here; no vulgar posturings to which her absurd imitators - and there are many - aspire. Gheorghiu, Battle, Garrett - they cannot touch her hem.

Maria - just a woman, who often spoke of Callas in the third person, in trouble, asking, begging sometimes, for our understanding and our love. She deserves it, because there was no greater singing actress in our time. And she was only 53 when she died.Tony Palmer
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Roberto e Dimitri - Canti Popolari nel Ticino

Roberto e Dimitri - Canti Popolari nel Ticino
ID: CLAVES500385
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Guitar Music

Includes 24-page booklet with illustrations and songs texts in Italian, German and French
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SONG RECITAL - KATHRIN GRAF - ALTWEGG - KOBAYASHI - Musik fuer Sopran & Floete

SONG RECITAL - KATHRIN GRAF - ALTWEGG - KOBAYASHI - Musik fuer Sopran & Floete
ID: CLF0604-9
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

16.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

Hugo Wolf - The complete songs - Vol.3: Italienisches Liederbuch (Famous Italian songbook)

Hugo Wolf - The complete songs - Vol.3: Italienisches Liederbuch (Famous Italian songbook)
ID: 5060192780116
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

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The Complete Delius Songbook Vol.2 - M.Stone and S.Barlow

The Complete Delius Songbook Vol.2 - M.Stone and S.Barlow
ID: 5060192780109
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

This is the concluding CD in this Delius series which is the first ever complete recording of Delius’ songs for voice and piano. It includes 20 première recordings.
This volume includes all the songs which use French, German, Swedish and Danish texts, the Scandinavian ones being sung in English. The booklet contains full texts and extensive notes on each song. “…lovers of Delius’s music should snap up this disc.” (Vol.1) BBC Music Magazine
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The Complete C.W. Orr - Songbook Vol.1- M.Stone, S.Lepper

The Complete C.W. Orr - Songbook Vol.1- M.Stone, S.Lepper
ID: 5060192780123
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

This is the first CD in a 2CD series which is the first ever complete recording of C W Orr’s songs for voice and piano. C W Orr is considered to be one of the greatest English song composers of the twentieth century and this collection includes 14 premiere recordings. This volume includes his largest group of Housman songs. The booklet contains full texts and extensive notes on each song.
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