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Augusta Read Thomas Selected Works for Orchestra
Augusta Read Thomas Selected Works for Orchestra
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Selected Works for Orchestra by Augusta Read Thomas (American Contemporary), 1 Feb. 2014
Augusta Read Thomas is a composer unknown to me before this release. She was born in Glen Cove, New York in 1964, and studied composition at Yale University and the Royal Academy of Music in London and is currently Professor of Composition at Chicago University.

This CD of 6 orchestral works range from 1995 - 2013 and provide a good indication of her style of composition. 'Aureole' for orchestra opens with a brass and percussive fanfare, which does not develop much over its 7+ minute span. It has insistent bell-like sonorities but without a recognisable melody to latch on to.

'Words of the Sea' is a 4 movement concerto for orchestra again features 'diamond-bright' sounds in both the percussion and high strings of the orchestra and give the impression of an edgy, storm-like scenario. The second movement provides a brief episode of calm before a fast scherzo of jagged random notes on brass and percussion take hold once again. The piece ends with a movement called '... mountainous atmospheres of sky and sea' and is in homage to Debussy. It certainly gives the listener a thrilling sea voyage to experience.

'In My Sky at Twilight' for soprano and ensemble presents Christine Brandes with two songs, 'Deeper than all roses' and 'Lament'. The title comes from a poem by Pablo Neruda but a number of other poets also feature and focus on love as its subject. Brandes has a fine, Straussian voice and she handles the moods of the texts well, creating an eerie, atmospheric mood. This is a lovely work.

'Carillon Sky' is a piece for winds, brass, percussion and string quartet as is less strident than the preceding orchestral works. Thomas calls it a violin concerto, but the violin is often exposed by sparse accompaniment.

'Terpsichore's Dream' is a work featuring n abundance of pizzicato strings and bell-like sonorities in a piece of balletic quality, hence its title using the Greek muse of dance. There is also a gamelan-like quality typical of Indonesia in this work.

The final work here is 'Silver Chants the Litanies' beginning with a fine horn solo before the 18 piece chamber orchestra joins in. The feel again is generally percussive and fanfare-like being a collection of disparate sounds that do not seem to be developed.

This is very difficult music to like at first hearing, but with perseverance, I'm sure I will grow to appreciate it in time.
If you're looking for something completely different in the contemporary classical scene, give it a try!


House Signs - SUMMER FIELDS Designer Style | 2 Part Acrylic Sign
House Signs - SUMMER FIELDS Designer Style | 2 Part Acrylic Sign
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5.0 out of 5 stars Acrylic House Name Plate, 24 Oct. 2013
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This is a very good value for money product. Good instructions, easy to fix to the house wall and very clear signage. Only problem I had was that the holes of the template and those of the acrylic plate did not match up perfectly but this was easily overcome.


Holst The Hymn of Jesus and Delius Sea Drift & Cynara
Holst The Hymn of Jesus and Delius Sea Drift & Cynara
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holst Hymn of Jesus; Delius Sea Drift & Cynara Halle Orch, 30 Sept. 2013
The Hallé Orchestra and Chorus under the directorship of Sir Mark Elder are on a roll at the present time. Having just overwhelmingly won the Gramophone magazine's Annual Award for Best Choral recording with their CD of Elger's lesser known oratorio, 'The Apostles', they are out to repeat this success with another fine choral recording.

This latest CD features Holst's choral masterpiece, the 'Hymn of Jesus'and two works by Frederick Delius, 'Sea Drift' for baritone, chorus and orchestra and his little known 'Cynara' for baritone and orchestra. Holst's 'Hymn' opens with a haunting prelude played by trombones and cor anglais based on the plainsong melody, Pange Lingua, leading to Vexilla Regis, played on the organ. The Hymn itself follows with full double chorus which creates a sound filled with tension and drama. This is beautifully recorded and every detail of voices and instruments are remarkably clear within a huge vista of aural magnificence.

Roderick Williams is the featured soloist in the Delius works that follow. His rich, warm chest voice is ideal for these pieces and he is again superbly recorded. 'Sea Drift' is based on Walt Whitman's poem, 'Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking' and is a wonderful work and rightfully regarded as one of Delius' best compositions. The work flows and Delius described it to his amamuensis, Eric Fenby thus: 'the shape of it was taken out of my hands as I worked and was bred easily and efortlessly of the nature and sequence of my particular musical ideas and the nature and sequence of the particular poetical ideas of Walt Whitman that appealed to me.'

'Cynara' was the mistress of the poet, Horace in classical literature. Delius' work is based on a poem by Ernest Dowson. Again, Roderick Williams is in fine voice and sings the verses with feeling, warmth and great beauty, ably accompanied by the Hallé under Mark Elder. 'Cynara' was dedicated to the memory of English composer, Peter Warlock.

This is a highly recommendable recording of the best of English vocal and choral music. You may buy with confidence of lasting musical pleasure. Enjoy!Holst: The Hymn of Jesus - Delius: Sea Drift, Cynara


Dear River
Dear River
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emily Barker's follow up to her brilliant 'Despite the Snow' album, 13 Sept. 2013
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If you watched the Wallander detective series last year starring Kenneth Branagh, you will already have heard this lady sing on the theme tune used in the drama. Here is another set of original songs, sparsely sung in Emily's unique style. Highly recommended.


Martha Argerich And Friends Live From Lugano 2012
Martha Argerich And Friends Live From Lugano 2012
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Argerich and friends live from the Lugano Festival 2012, 13 Sept. 2013
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Martha Argerich is well known for supporting her younger musician friends at her annual festival in Lugano. 2012 was another excellent year and the mesmeric playing of Argerich and her fellow musicians is again from the top drawer.


Fisual 640mm Dynami Speaker Stands Satin - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
Fisual 640mm Dynami Speaker Stands Satin - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

4.0 out of 5 stars Fisual Speaker Stands, 13 Sept. 2013
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Excellent value stands which solidly support bookshelf speakers. They can be filled with sand or similar dense material to improve stability further and deaden any resonances heard from the metal construction of the stands.


Brian: Symphonies No. 22-24 [English Suite No. 1] [Alexander Walker] [Naxos: 8.572833]
Brian: Symphonies No. 22-24 [English Suite No. 1] [Alexander Walker] [Naxos: 8.572833]
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Brian Symphonies, 13 Sept. 2013
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There are quite a few recordings of Brian's huge output of orchestral music and this fine recording from Naxos is a good place to start if you don't know his works.


Brian: Symphony No 13/Violin C
Brian: Symphony No 13/Violin C
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Havergal Brian's 13th Symphony, 13 Sept. 2013
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A good recording of Brian's 13th Symphony whose works have long been supported by the enterprising Dutton label. Thoroughly recommended.


Casella: Orchestral Works [Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic] [Chandos: CHAN 10768]
Casella: Orchestral Works [Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic] [Chandos: CHAN 10768]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Casella Orchestral Works, 13 Sept. 2013
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We do not see many CDs issued of Italian Orchestral music, but here is one that is certainly worth the price of the CD. Interesting works and very well recorded by the BBC Philarmonic.


Red Nichols - Both Sides of The Five Pennies
Red Nichols - Both Sides of The Five Pennies
Price: £11.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Nichols (1926-60 & 56-61), 2 Aug. 2013
When was the last time you bought a CD by an artist you weren't familiar with and thoroughly enjoyed it so much that you were eager to find out more about a phenominal musician. Well, that was my experience when I first played this 2CD set of 'Red Nichols and Both Sides of The Five Pennies'.

I hadn't come across Red Nichols before although I am a lover of more modern jazz styles. Yes, we've all heard of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke who hail from the same period as Nichols, but over the years Nichols seems to have disappeared from the musical forefront. Well, this double album, featuring music from his glory years in the late 1920s and hitherto unreleased recordings from 1956- 61, should help to put matters right.

Red Nichols was apparently overrated in Europe in the early 30s when his recordings were very popular, but he was one of the finest cornetists and trumpeters of his era but was often accused of being just a Beiderbecke imitator. He led many bands, often called 'The Five Pennies' but many featuring more than 5 musicians. They included such greats as Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, Miff Mole, Joe Rushton, Pee Wee Russell, Jack Teagarden and Joe Venuti. After the mid 1930s, Nichols seems to have disappeared from the music scene and only reappeared for a short time after the Second World War. The second CD featuring unreleased recordings from 1956 show what a superb musician he was in far superior recording technology that was then available. He died in 1965.

The 1926-30 CD contains remastered recordings of Nichols hits: Washboard Blues, That's No Bargain, Bugle Call Rag, Riverboat Shuffle, Nobody's Sweetheart and China Boy. All of these recordings have been improved in very decent sound quality. The second CD contains updated versions of Washboard Blues, Ida Sweet as Apple Cider, Eccentric and The Five Pennies and has a whole host of new compositions, expertly played and produced.

All I can say is 'Buy this 2 CD set'; I'm certain that you'll enjoy it as much as I did. Highly recommended.


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