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November 14, 2018

OfficialDiscogs The Discogs Top 50 Best Selling Records Of September 2018

Pink Floyd might be at the top of the list (again…) for September 2018, but the real star this month is Aphex Twin. Since mastermind Richard D. James came back from his 13-year hiatus in 2014, he’s been on a roll. Released in mid-September, the Collapse EP is no exception. The dill ’n‘ bass-inspired release ended up at number three.

Speaking of new releases in the top 10, Idles was close behind. The Bristol punks’ sophomore full-length (and 12th physical release overall) inspired a lot of buzz around the late-August release and ended up at number six.

And of course the ever-present Tracy Chapman is hovering in the middle chunk of the list, this month jumping up to 15. We see you, Tracy.

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon

#1 – Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

Previous Month’s Position: #1

Michael Jackson - Thriller 25

#2 – Michael Jackson – Thriller

Previous Month’s Position: #2

Aphex Twin - Collapse EP

#3 – Aphex Twin – Collapse EP

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

#4 – Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

Previous Month’s Position: #5

Idles - Joy As An Act Of Resistance

#6 – Idles – Joy As An Act Of Resistance

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

#7 – Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

Previous Month’s Position: #4

Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms

#8 – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms

Previous Month’s Position: #9

Led Zeppelin - Untitled

#9 – Led Zeppelin – Untitled

Previous Month’s Position: #6

The Beatles - The Beatles

#10 – The Beatles – The Beatles

Previous Month’s Position: #15

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

#11 – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II

Previous Month’s Position: #17

Pink Floyd - The Wall

#12 – Pink Floyd – The Wall

Previous Month’s Position: #13

The Beatles - Abbey Road

#13 – The Beatles – Abbey Road

Previous Month’s Position: #11

Michael Jackson - Bad

#14 – Michael Jackson – Bad

Previous Month’s Position: #19

Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman

#15 – Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman

Previous Month’s Position: #24

Eagles - Hotel California

#16 – Eagles – Hotel California

Previous Month’s Position: #22

The Beatles - Revolver

#18 – The Beatles – Revolver

Previous Month’s Position: #46

The Beatles - Rubber Soul

#19 – The Beatles – Rubber Soul

Previous Month’s Position: #39

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

#20 – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

Previous Month’s Position: #14

Sade - Diamond Life

#21 – Sade – Diamond Life

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue

#22 – Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue

Previous Month’s Position: #33

New Order - Blue Monday

#23 – New Order – Blue Monday

Previous Month’s Position: #12

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III

#24 – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III

Previous Month’s Position: #31

Dire Straits - Dire Straits

#25 – Dire Straits – Dire Straits

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

Prince And The Revolution - Purple Rain

#27 – Prince And The Revolution – Purple Rain

Previous Month’s Position: #21

Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love

#28 – Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

Metallica - Master Of Puppets

#29 – Metallica – Master Of Puppets

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour

#30 – The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour

Previous Month’s Position: #29

Low - Double Negative

#31 – Low – Double Negative

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

Queen - Greatest Hits

#32 – Queen – Greatest Hits

Previous Month’s Position: #47

Supertramp - Breakfast In America

#33 – Supertramp – Breakfast In America

Previous Month’s Position: #26

Neil Young - Harvest

#34 – Neil Young – Harvest

Previous Month’s Position: #45

Nirvana - Nevermind

#35 – Nirvana – Nevermind

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

#36 – Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

Nu Guinea - Nuova Napoli

#37 – Nu Guinea – Nuova Napoli

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

Steely Dan - Aja

#38 – Steely Dan – Aja

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

#39 – The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

Previous Month’s Position: #42

Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt

#40 – Spiritualized – And Nothing Hurt

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

U2 - The Joshua Tree

#42 – U2 – The Joshua Tree

Previous Month’s Position: #N/A

Michael Jackson - Off The Wall

#43 – Michael Jackson – Off The Wall

Previous Month’s Position: #38

The Beatles - 1967-1970

#45 – The Beatles – 1967-1970

Previous Month’s Position: #43

Pink Floyd = Pink Floyd - Animals = アニマルズ

#46 – Pink Floyd = Pink Floyd – Animals

Previous Month’s Position: #20

Black Sabbath - Paranoid

#47 – Black Sabbath – Paranoid

Previous Month’s Position: #50

Pink Floyd - Meddle

#48 – Pink Floyd – Meddle

Previous Month’s Position: #34

AC/DC - Back In Black

#49 – AC/DC – Back In Black

Previous Month’s Position: #25

Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.

#50 – Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.

Previous Month’s Position: #27

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letters@jazzwise.com (Mike Flynn)

Fast emerging saxophonist Helena Kay is set to release her debut album, Moon Palace, on 7 December on Ubuntu Music. Kay’s trio features bassist Ferg Ireland and drummer David Ingamells on originals inspired by the saxophonist’s native Muswell Hill, north London on ‘Strawberry Terrace’ and the sights and sounds of New York’s Greenwich Village on ‘Perry Street’, alongside a solo rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s ballad ‘Stardust’ and a quirky arrangement of Charlie Parker’s ‘Kim’.

The album is launched at The Vortex, Dalston on 12 December with further dates at the following venues: Whiskey Jar, Manchester (10 Dec); Flute and Tankard, Cardiff (11 Dec); Jazz at the Future Inn, Bristol (13 Dec); The Verdict, Brighton (15 Dec); Ashburton Live (16 Dec); North Devon Jazz Club (17 Dec); Ronnie Scott’s Late Show, London (18 Dec); Cherry Reds, Birmingham (19 Dec); The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (20 Dec); St Matthew’s Church, Perth (21 Dec); The Blue Arrow, Glasgow (22 Dec) and The Lescar, Sheffield (9 Jan 2019).

Mike Flynn

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Music Freelance The best recordings of Parry’s Songs of Farewell

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It is said that Hubert Parry wrote his six Songs of Farewell as a nostalgic reflection on a life filled with music. As a composer, performer and teacher he led, along with Charles Villiers Stanford, a relentless and hugely successful campaign to raise the standards of British music.

But these majestic choral works are not just a goodbye to life. They are also a nostalgic eulogy to the England of his youth, which, by the time the motets were completed in 1915, had been irrevocably lost to the scourge of war.

 

 

Only the last song is strictly liturgical – a setting of text from Psalm 39. The five remaining texts are from British poets, each exploring themes of life’s ephemerality and the guiding power of faith.

The first two motets, ‘My soul, there is a country’ and ‘I know my soul hath power’, are harmonically straightforward, relatively short and written for four-part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir. The music then grows ever-more complex over the course of the next four songs.

 

 

‘Never weather-beaten sail’ and ‘There is an old belief’, written in five and six parts respectively, have a richer texture, and feature Parry’s distinctive placement of rests to highlight certain phrases in the text.

The final two motets, ‘At the round earth’s imagined corners’ and ‘Lord, let me know mine end’, are significantly longer and more intricate, with dense counterpoint and strong dissonance building to a powerful climax in the concluding moments.  

Here are our recommended recordings of this English choral masterpiece.

 

The best recording

Tenebrae/Nigel Short
Signum Classics SGCD267 (2011)

Recorded alongside works by Harris, Holst, Vaughan Williams and Howells – composers all heavily influenced by Parry – this spectacular performance places the Songs of Farewell centre stage in a powerful showcase of the English choral tradition.

Conductor Nigel Short extracts the themes of desperate longing beautifully from a clean and well balanced choral sound. The moderate tempos give clarity to the contrapuntal detail in ‘Never weather-beaten sail’ and the imposing complexity of the final three motets.

The highlight of this recording is the final motet, which perfectly captures the emotional depth and drama with controlled dynamics and a vibrant intensity. No wonder it was nominated for the 2012 BBC Music Magazine Choral Award.

 

Other great recordings

Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge/Richard Marlow
Conifer CFC 155 (1987)

This seminal recording from Richard Marlow has been used as a reference point for choirs across the globe ever since it was first released over 30 years ago.

The sound of the Trinity College Choir is wonderfully bright, perfectly suited to the music, giving this performance a veneer of prestige. The soprano lines alone make this recording worth exploring, sneaking up to those crucial top notes with magnificent ease.  

 

 

Choir of New College, Oxford/Robert Quinney
Novum NCR1394 (2018)

This  new disc by the New College Choir is a worthy addition to a recent wave of recordings, concerts and programmes rediscovering the life and work of Parry, a movement passionately lead by HRH The Prince of Wales.

In this recording you’ll enjoy a lively and rousing performance, brilliantly complemented by Mendelssohn’s Sechs Sprüche ­– an unusual but apt choice of companion piece.

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Manchester Cathedral Choir/Christopher Stokes
Naxos 8572104 (2009)

Recorded in a Parry bonanza alongside his most famous choral works, I was glad and Jerusalem, this disc represents a ‘cathedral’ interpretation of great choral composer’s work.

There is a real clarity, especially in the opening two motets, which are aided by the large space provided by Manchester Cathedral.

Although this recording lacks in the power the drives the choirs of New College and Trinity College, this recording offers a thoughtful, gentle approach to Parry’s music.

 

 

And one to avoid…

Arranged for wind ensembles, David Warin Solomons

This brave attempt to capture Parry’s last musical farewell through the sound of computer generated wind instruments may leave you a little bemused.

Part of the magic in Parry’s motets comes from their power to convey the emotion of the words. In a set of arrangements for woodwind this magic is irretrievably lost, and the added potency of mechanical, sampled instruments would, one fears, have the great composer turning in his grave.

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