When a motley crew of strangers find themselves trapped in an isolated tavern, they must band together in a battle for survival against a family of flesh-hungry creatures. Terrifying and full of surprises, "Feast" turns the screen blood red as the group is devoured one-by-one.
Georg Philipp Telemann's Fortsetzung des Harmonisches Gottesdienstes is a sprawling published collection of sacred cantatas, one cantata for every Sunday and feast day in the church calendar, 72 cantatas in all. This colossal project made its bow in 1731, and is actually a sequel to an equally huge collection that Telemann published in 1725, Harmonischer Gottesdienst. About the only small thing in Fortsetzung are the performance dimensions of the individual cantatas, scored for solo voice, an instrument or two, and continuo.
Most of Vivaldi's operas were composed for Venice, but between 1718 and 1720, he was in the employ the Austrian governor of Mantua, and he composed Tito Manlio for the governor's wedding celebration. The wedding never took place, but the opera was performed in 1719. The Mantuan court was very wealthy, and this is clear from the lavish scoring of Manlio: in addition to the usual strings, Vivaldi uses horns, trumpets, oboes, bassoon, two different registers of flutes, timpani and viola d'amore. The plot is concerned with Tito, the leader of the Romans, and his battles with the Latins, led by Gemino, whose sister, Servilia, was engaged to Manlio, Tito's son. Gemino was engaged to Tito's daughter, Vitellia. Manlio goes on a reconnaissance mission to the Latins and kills Gemino despite his father's instructions not to do so; Tito therefore sentences Manlio to death. Interwoven loves and angers make for emotion-laden arias, many with superb obbligato instruments. Bass Nicola Ulivieri is a powerful Tito, and soprano Karina Gauvin sings with great heart as his son, Manlio, while mezzo Maijana Mijanovic's Vitellia offers a full-range of feelings and superb singing, both plaintive and vengeful. The rest of the cast is fine, and Ottavio Dantone leads a crisp, dramatic performance. There are acres of good music here. Highly recommended, and a feast for Vivaldi fans. –Robert Levine
Metropolitan Detroit-based band Eyestrings release their 2nd album.After “Burdened Hands” of 2004, “Consumption” is the 2nd release of Detroit-based band Eyestrings. Keyboardist Ryan Parmenter wrote the lyrics and most of the music. Some people will think Parmenter … I do know this name. You are right, Ryan's uncle is Matthew Parmenter the big man behind the band Discipline. Remember that brilliant album “Unfolded like staircase”. Or maybe you are familiar with his solo release “Astray”. Both essential albums for the progressive rock fan. Why talking about Discipline … well there is another link. Eyestrings bassist Mathew Kennedy was also present on both aforementioned albums. After listening to this album I'm sure that Discipline fans will also like the music of this Eyestrings release.
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…The performances, sung without a chorus but played with a string complement numbering 4-4-2-2-1, are, if not overwhelming, entirely convincing. The four soloists manage their roles admirably, and the recorded sound is excellent. (…) Incidentally, buried in the notes is an eye-popping statement that Montréal Baroque “has undertaken Bach’s complete cantatas in a pared-down version, with a one-per-part choir, as was the practice in Lutheran Germany of the time.” That would be a first, since all of the other complete and on-going series employ small choirs. There was no mention of boy sopranos.
There is a large part of Skalkottas's oeuvre that is seriously dissonant. It made quite an impact in the 1960s and 1970s in the UK when revived on the BBC by Dorati and others. Separate from that strain this Greek composer also wrote in a grateful lyrical idiom in touch with the song and dance of his homeland. This can be heard in his large collection of Greek Dances. It is this raw, dancing and whirling energy that we catch in the 45 minute ballet suite of The Sea, written in 1948 …….Rob Barnett @ musicweb-international.com