God made the Symphony, but the players choose the tune. Music is passion and power -- Songs are all that and more. A popular ditty may be as old as time. Songs aren't spells that can be sung from a hymnal.
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However, judging from choral concert programs and listings in the CD catalog, few people outside certain parts of Northern Europe seem to know this. To be fair, many of these pieces are technically demanding, beyond the reach of most amateur choirs; but many others are manageable and certainly well worth a challenge on the order of Brahms or Bruckner motets.
There are 34 movements in all, contained in 17 opus numbers and five volumes. Settings are of Old Testament texts, in Latin, and the a cappella scoring ranges from double-chorus to single chamber choir. The best complete pieces are the three sets that make up Op.
The sound is vivid and well-balanced and, especially in the double-choir selections, mercifully uncrowded. No choral enthusiast should miss this important and bound-to-be-essential release.
Continue Reading. It was a smart idea to give this disc a title. Together for the first time in a single, disc box from RCA, grab this essential set while you can Scarlatti recitals on the piano are no longer a rarity, but really great ones still are. This tight, creepy opera from is marvelously economical and enormously effective. Scored only for string quintet, three winds, a very effective and unexpected horn, percussion, synthesizer, and There are dozens hundreds?
One reason is the sheer quantity of repertoire--so much to choose from! The third release from pianist Stephen Beus on the Centaur label offers a quirky playlist for which the topic of dance purports to be the unifying agent. The program intersperses movements from a Bach Charles Amirkhanian has worn many hats over the course of his career.
As music director of KPFA in Berkeley, California from until , he brought a distinctly experimental and vibrant agenda to For the video review please click on the image below, or HERE. And please don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Exclusive music reviews and news, created specifically for classical music listeners, from the serious collector to the inquisitive newcomer.
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In Nomine Liber Canticorum: The Book of Songs