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March 24, 2019

Alex Ross Nightafternight playlist

New and recent releases of interest.
— Speak, Be Silent: works of Chaya Czernowin, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Mirela Ivičević, Liza Lim, and Rebecca Saunders; Riot Ensemble (Huddersfield Contemporary Records)
— M. Lamar, Lordship and Bondage: The Birth of the Negro Superman; Lamar, Living Earth Show (Negrogothic)
— Salonen, Cello Concerto; Yo-Yo Ma, Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Sony)
— Andrew McIntosh, We See the Flying Bird, Five Songs; Yarn/Wire, Estelí Gomez (Populist)
— Schoeck, Das Schloss Dürande; Robin Adams, Sophie Gordeladze, Uwe Stickert, Hilke Anderson, Andries Cloete, Jordan Shanahan, Ludovica Bello, Mario Venzago conducting the Bern Symphony (Claves)
— Liszt, Sardanapalo (realized by David Trippett), Mazeppa; Joyce El-Khoury, Airam Hernández, Oleksandr Pushniak, Kirill Karabits conducting the Staatskapelle Weimar (audite)
— Florence Price, Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4; John Jeter conducting the Fort Smith Symphony (Naxos)
— Busoni, Piano Concerto; Kirill Gerstein, Sakari Oramo conducting the Boston Symphony (Myrios)
— Klaus Lang and Golden Fur, Beissel (another timbre)
— Michael Pisaro, Nature Denatured and Found Again; Antoine Beuger, Jürg Frey, Marcus Kaiser, Radu Malfatti, André Möller, Kathryn Gleasman Pisaro (Gravity Wave)
— Nirmali Fenn, The Clash of Icicles and other works: Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (Kairos)

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Freya Parr Five essential works by Fauré

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Requiem

A gentle work, written as Fauré said for the living rather than the dead, there is only passing reference to the ‘Dies irae’ and the final impression is left by the serene ‘In paradisum’.

Recommended recording:
Agnès Mellon, Peter Kooy; La Chapelle Royale; Ensemble Musique Oblique/Philippe Herreweghe
Harmonia Mundi HMG 501292

 

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/0lVwJy9ubOOZFjwyRjLYGl

 

 

Pelléas et Mélisande

Written for an English production of Maeterlinck’s play, the charm and gentle melancholy of Fauré’s music reveals an affinity with Elgar at his most intimate.

Recommended recording:
Ulster Orchestra/Tortelier
Chandos CHAN 8952

 

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5bXAUVDXAAL79IqdIN3cMi

 

 

Masques et Bergamasque

Bright and neo-classical in style, much of this music was compiled in 1918 from early works, such as the ‘Ouverture’ composed 50 years earlier, which the final ‘Pastorale’ wistfully recalls.

Recommended recording:
BBC Philharmonic/Tortelier
Chandos CHAN 9416

 

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/3Z8XUpG7gQjItm5akQhTeW

 

 

Mélodies

Fauré was arguably France’s greatest songwriter at the turn of the 20th century, evident in the luscious beauty of ‘Les roses d’Ispahan’ or the joy and apprehension in the cycle La Bonne Chanson.

Recommended recording:
Elly Ameling, Gérard Souzay; Dalton Baldwin (piano)
Brilliant 92792

 

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/0s6EZ4OFOVGjatAEv7Mttm

 

 

Piano Quartet No. 1

The First Piano Quartet is one of his most readily accessible works, charming and gently melancholic music off-set by a sparkling scherzo.

Recommended recording:
Domus
Hyperion CDA 66166

 

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Dave Thompson Box Set Review – Zappa In New York 40th Anniversary

Frank Zappa Zappa in New York 40th Anniversary (Zappa Records/Universal – 5 CDs) Of all the Zappa live albums out there (and there’s a lot, so we have to be careful what we say), the double album rendering of his …

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Dave Thompson Box Set Review – Zappa In New York 40th Anniversary

Frank Zappa Zappa in New York 40th Anniversary (Zappa Records/Universal – 5 CDs) Of all the Zappa live albums out there (and there’s a lot, so we have to be careful what we say), the double album rendering of his …

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Carmen McRae

Tough, tender, sassy, sardonic, Carmen McRae (1920-94) made every song she sang her own. Influenced by her friend Billie Holiday, her poise and musicality made her a musician’s favourite. Geoffrey Smith surveys a rare vocal artist.

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