Again we are indebted to NM Classics for another volume (the second) in their Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra series. This one covers the period 1950-1960 and contains many unusual treasures as well as a number of performances that have already been issued: the fine Daphnis and Chloe with Monteux which currently is available on both Audiophile Classics and Music & Arts, Bruno Walter's Mozart, Mahler and Strauss all of which are available on Music & Arts, and the Brahms concerto with Monteux/Milstein, available on Audiophile Classics and Arioso (as well as a discontinued Tahra set). However, there are many fascinating items here including a number of major additions to Eduard van Beinum's discography. We have Beinum conducting music of Dutch composers Hans Henkemans (1913-1995), Anthony van der Horst (1899-1965), and Matthijs Vermeulen (1888-1967).
Walter Kraft (Cologne, 9 June 1905 – Amsterdam, 9 May 1977) was a German organist and composer, best known for his remarkably long tenure (almost half a century, 1926–72) at the Marienkirche, Lübeck…
One of the most ambitious and complex works in Spanish piano repertoire, the picturesque Sanlucar de Barrameda is one of Turina’s true masterpieces, the composer describing it as ‘my homage to this wonderful city of silver… where the salt spray of the ocean is mixed with the aroma of manzanilla.’ The varied pieces that form Trilogia include a grief-stricken dedication to the memory of his daughter and an entertainingly humorous finale filled with quotes from other works. This final volume in the Naxos edition of Turina’s complete piano works concludes with the tantalizingly unfinished Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary.
With this release, France's Naïve label continues its series of complete recordings of a set of rediscovered Vivaldi manuscripts housed at the National Library of Turin in Italy. Naïve is not usually given to this kind of completist enterprise, but each of these albums has been at least interesting, and some of them seem likely to permanently remake the general Vivaldi repertory as the works played seep into it. This album belongs to the latter group.
Follow-up volumes appeared in 1993 and 1996, extending the time period to 1979 and with additional songs from the 1972-76 period, available on cassette or CD (ALL 25 volumes were issued in both formats). Each volume has twelve songs. Despite the greater capacity of compact discs, the running time of each of the volumes is no longer than the limit of vinyl records in the 1970s, from 38 to 45 minutes long.
Nach dem nun schon viele Jahre ungebrochen andauernden Erfolg der Kuschelrock-Reihe, mausert sich auch das Pendant aus der Klassik zielsicher zu einem Hit. Was nicht verwundert, denn auch Klassikfans wollen romantisch sein. Während bei Kuschelrock in letzter Zeit der Trend allerdings zu mehr Charts-Titeln und daher zu einem eher geringeren Kuschelfaktor ging, blieb Kuschelklassik dem Kuscheln treu. Auch auf Volume 7 wird wieder eine Klassikauswahl präsentiert, die romantische, zärtliche Stunden für Genießer mit gehobeneren Ansprüchen garantiert.
Not even a year after the first installment in their new series of live recordings, metal veterans Motörhead released a follow-up, 2012's The Wörld Is Ours, Vol. 2: Anyplace Crazy as Anywhere Else. Recorded at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival on August 8, 2011, the set list of this release (which is available on CD, DVD, or Blu-ray) is almost identical to that of Vol. 1; there are also some live tracks from the Sonisphere Festival (July 10, 2011) and Brazil's Rock in Rio (September 25, 2011).
In William Blake’s aphorism, “exuberance is beauty, prudence an ugly old maid courted by incapacity”. And there in a nutshell you have a literary pointer to Smetana’s engaging character. Brilliant, picturesque and nationalistic, all the music on this superb disc pays colourful tribute to “the father of Bohemian music”. Even the most familiar pages from The Bartered Bride (once mistakenly appearing in an American newspaper as The Buttered Broad) come up fresh as paint, the BBC Philharmonic’s immaculate virtuosity as musicianly and refined as it is sparkling.
Der Name „Kuschel Klassik“ ist etwas irreführend, da viele der Stücke auf der Doppel-CD zu schwer klingen für romantische Momente. Dazu kommen noch Kompositionen aus der geistlichen Musik, die ebenfalls nicht zum Kuscheln einladen. „Entspannungs-Klassik“ träfe die Sache schon eher. Denn die Doppel-CD ist eine Einladung zu einem akustischen Kurzurlaub, der den Alltagsstress mit beruhigenden Klängen vergessen macht.