This spectacular set features a quintessential selection of western sacred music that that will please one and all, from an inquisitive novice to a discerning connoisseur. It features a vast array of critically acclaimed recordings of more than seventy cornerstone works, ranging from the earliest Christian chants to gospel songs and Gershwin's blues. The performers include some of today's finest artists, including René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Paul Hillier and William Christie. Offered at a special low price, this limited edition set is packaged in a luxury clamshell style box containing 29 discs of music and one PDF disc with sung texts.
The Cleveland, Ohio early music group Apollo's Fire and its director, Jeannette Sorrell, here attempt something unusual on two different fronts, which makes Sephardic Journey recommendable right off the bat. First of all, the music here will be unfamiliar to most listeners who haven't specifically studied the world of Spain's Sephardic Jews and their diaspora.
Handel's operas–the center of his creative life before oratorios became the focus–have spent far too long in limbo awaiting rediscovery, which slowly started happening in the late '60s with works such as Giulio Cesare. But whether Handelian opera is still a novelty or you're already a rabid convert, this emotionally resonant, crisply played, superbly cast interpretation under William Christie and Les Arts Florissants is likely to shake up some of your ideas about the composer.
This CD presents the legendary Domingo at his most personal, singing songs of the Mediterranean – songs of love and the sea. His voice is supported by an intimate ensemble of musicians including Spanish guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, cello, harp, percussion. Interweaving and intermingling of musical styles – North African rhythms, Iberian harmonies, Italian melodic lines. The interplay between voice and instruments is fluid, conversational and magical.
Agathodaimon, that’s who. They’re from Germany and specialize in “dark metal,” as opposed to the “bright metal” that some other bands specialize in. Agathodaimon entered Kohlekeller Studios in February with producer Kristian “Kohle” Kohlmannslehner to begin recording its new album, In Darkness.The disc will be released June 28 on Massacre Records.The follow-up to 2009′s Phoenix features cover artwork by the very capable Hicham Haddaji of Strychneen Studio.
Of all Pavarotti´s opera recordings, this is, for me, the most memorable. Not just because of him: this 'Aida' is one of those opera recordings that offers the excitement of a live event, where everything gells. The singers do a good job individually - Chiara as a lovely Aida - but are even more convincing as an ensemble. Maazel conducts a sensitive performance, grander in scale than Abbado, Muti and many others.
-By E. J. Van Sten