Barcarole: Favourite Orchestral Pieces is a generous collection of Romantic gems performed by Neville Marriner and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, including popular selections by Georges Bizet, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Jacques Offenbach, Jules Massenet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Charles Gounod, and Benjamin Godard. Because the music is mostly taken from famous operas and ballets, the album offers a mix of highly colorful and serenely beautiful pieces, though all of them are extremely tuneful and memorable.
The re-master of a 1974 Decca Record recording is excellent in execution and style. Neveille Marriner and St. Martin-in-the-Fields perform in their typical excellent manner.
A limited-edition 55-CD set of legendary and critically acclaimed recordings celebrating the famous PHILIPS heritage. An alliance of great artistry and superb sound. Classic-status albums spanning over half a century of recording and showcasing a wealth of international talent.
An unrivaled collection that that embraces all musical genres - from solo piano and chamber music through to large scale choral works and opera.
Sir David Valentine Willcocks is a British choral conductor, organist, and composer. (…) From 1957 to 1974 he held the post for which he is probably best known, Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge…
This is really great musical stuff, worthy of EMI's Gemini collection (I can't praise however some other stuff in it) and yet now you can get your hands on this recordings for a ludicrous price, according to t the extent of EMI's self-esteem plummeting in recent years.
These were the fruits of a top professional relationship in the 80s between The Leipzig Radio choir - that choirmasters' dream - , Staatskapelle Dresden - conductors ' dream - and Neville Marriner at the peak of his powers, or P. Schreier,plus Philips or EMI in the technical department, great soloists, not forgetting the great acoustics of Dresden's Lukaskirche. Of the same period, similar soloists and EMI Germany wizardry but this time.
The artistry of Holliger (b1939) prompted Evelyn Rothwell (Lady Barbirolli) to call him 'The Paganini of the oboe' Holliger's mastery of the oboe ranges over a vast expanse of repertoire, from the baroque to contemporary – Bach to Berio and Zelenka to Zimmermann. His style is notable for its flexibility, agility, integrity and ability to communicate convincingly across the wide range of repertoire he performs. Holliger has done much to champion the oboe music of composers such as Zelenka and Krommer, and has also had over 100 works composed for him by composers including Berio, Carter, Henze, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Penderecki and Stockhausen.
Modern audiences remain as enthusiastic about Haydn's Creation as his first audiences–who went wild in both London and Vienna–but we've lost our taste for his other masterpiece, The Seasons. For one thing, nobody considers James Thompson's famous poem great anymore; to modern tastes all this ecstatic nature paimting verges on the insipid, so it's fine to have it rendered in German (the words in English don't help a listener's appreciation).