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Works by Pärt, Vasks, MacMillan, and RunestadBy Karl W. Nehring Presented for your musical enjoyment are two recent releases of choral music, the first comprising works by three composers whose names should be familiar to most music lovers, the second by a composer whose name is less likely to be known. The first features music traditionally religious in nature, while the second is more literary in orientation but not exclusively secular. Indeed, both releases are quite capable of lifting listeners’ spirits. To look at them both together is to see a kind of quick candid snapshot of current approaches to contemporary choral composition, performance, and engineering.Stabat: Includes works by Arvo Pärt, (Da Pacem, Domine; The Woman with the Alabaster Box; Magnificat; Nunc Dimittis; Stabat Mater); Peteris Vasks (Plainscapes); James MacMillan (Miserere). Graham Ross, Choir of Clare College, Cambridge; The Dmitri Ensemble. Harmonia Mundi HMM 905323. Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, (b. […]
Col. Jim R. Keene, United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus. Navona Records NV6297 (includes CD and Blu-ray disc).By John J. PuccioThe title of the album, Soundtrack of the American Soldier, might be a bit misleading. It might lead one to believe the disc contains the soundtrack of a movie called “The American Soldier.” But it isn’t. Not quite, anyway. The album is actually a collection of pieces by various composers written to celebrate the stories of American soldiers as depicted in several different movies and musical suites. Much of the music is familiar, and all of it is well presented by Col. Jim Keene and the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus.Here’s a rundown on the disc’s contents. You’ll recognize most of the names and many of the songs: 1. Karpman: “Brass Ceiling” (from The Journey of General Ann Dunwoody) 2. Steiner: Overture to Sergeant York […]
World Premiere of Nicole Mitchell’s Inescapable Spiral Remote The International Contemporary Ensemble and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago present a free virtual concert featuring the world premiere of Nicole M. Mitchell’s Inescapable Spiral Remote (2020) on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6pm CST/7pm EST. The program will stream on YouTube and is open to the public with advanced RSVP. An informal Q & A with the artists will follow the performance. Inescapable Spiral, commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble with lead support from Oscar Gerardo and premiered at Ojai Music Festival 2017, is written for open instrumentation and a variable ensemble. Performers can range anywhere from 5 to 20 players. As Nicole mentions, “it’s like a choreography of these little miniature pieces, with the intent of collision.” The variable process in her work extends to a new remote edition of the piece, specifically reimagined for pre-recorded and live performances that are created […]
By Karl W. Nehring Alas, my favorite public library has been forced to close its doors again because of the coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, it was only open for a couple more days after I had finally been able to enter it at last and check out the new music releases that I commented on previously for Classical Candor. (ici Not to worry, though, because although its doors have been closed to the public except for that one brief interlude (or was that whole episode merely a dream?), the library has been functioning quite efficiently on a drive-through basis. Buoyed by my experience with discovering new releases on that one brief but magical venture through the library door, I decided to do some searching on their website to see what other new classical releases they might have obtained recently. I there found some interesting items, […]
"Downton Abbey" Star Hugh Bonneville Opens ESO's New Storytelling SeriesHugh Bonneville, star of the beloved 'Paddington' films and hit series "Downton Abbey," joins the English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) under the baton of Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Kenneth Woods for the first in a series of brand-new works for narrator and orchestra as part of the ESO's Music from Wyastone Virtual Concert Series. Bonneville narrates Woods' powerful setting of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, 'The Ugly Duckling', which premieres on the ESO's digital portal, ESO Digital, on Friday, 27 November 2020, at 6.00 p.m.In keeping with the ESO's longstanding commitments to engaging with young people and promoting new music, the first series includes world premieres of five new works embracing classic children's tales by Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, playful Klezmer tales and one of the oldest surviving folk stories from ancient Egypt."Bonneville's involvement is key to getting the project […]
From Copland's Desk to NPR's Tiny DeskWhere better to have a “Tiny Desk (at Home) Concert” than around Aaron Copland’s not-so-tiny desk? On Friday, November 13 (the day before what would have been the iconic composer’s 120th birthday), National Public Radio’s popular series began streaming a short program of Copland’s instrumental works direct from his longtime home.In Copland’s own studio, artists from the internationally-acclaimed Music from Copland House (MCH) ensemble performed selections from his Duo for Flute and Piano, composed in that very room; Sonata for Violin and Piano, written on a Hollywood studio backlot while the Oscar-winning composer was working on his film score for The North Star; and Three Moods for Piano, one of his earliest published works. Renowned MCH artists featured are flutist Carol Wincenc, violinist Curtis Macomber, and pianist (and Copland House Artistic and Executive Director) Michael Boriskin.This “Tiny Desk (at Home) Concert” posted at 5:00am […]
Also, Tragic Overture. Herbert Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester. Pentatone PTC 5186 850.By John J. PuccioFirst, the good: The music is beyond reproach, the Brahms First being among the most-recognizable symphonies in the classical world. The conductor, Herbert Blomstedt, is beyond reproach at age ninety-one when he made this recording and one of the world’s leading ensemble directors as well as one of the world’s leading authorities on the music of Brahms. The orchestra is beyond reproach, the Gewandhaus Orchestra being one of the oldest orchestras (some would argue THE oldest) in the world and certainly one of the grandest. And the record company is beyond reproach, Pentatone having given us any number of fine albums since their founding in 2001.The bad? Well, that may be even more a matter of opinion. Pentatone chose to record the music live. Usually, that means a close-up recording with occasional audience noise and inevitable applause. I […]
Includes Arabeske, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana. Nino Gvetadze, piano. Challenge Classics CC 72855. by Bill Heck I admit that, in the past, I’ve not been much of a Schumann fan. Much of his music has seemed to me just a progression of notes, revealing nothing in particular. I listen to Bach, marveling at the structure, but structure surely isn’t Schumann’s strong suit. I can listen to Tchaikovsky and hear echoes of the composer’s joys and longings, but did not hear those echoes in Schumann’s compositions. Just what was it that others saw – or rather heard – in Schumann’s piano works?It turns out, at least for the works on the recording reviewed here, that I was listening to the wrong performances. Oh, I suppose that it could be age that has made me more patient, more receptive to Schumann’s approach. Or it could be the phase of the moon […]
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano; Hilde Rössl-Majdan, mezzo soprano; Otto Klemperer, New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus. HDTT (2 discs).By John J. PuccioThe German-born American conductor Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was one of the few people recording well into the stereo age who actually knew and worked with Gustav Mahler. And of all the Mahler recordings he made, he apparently thought most highly of the Second Symphony, which he recorded several times. Among these recordings, it is probably this 1961-62 release that stands out for the excellence of both its performance and its sound, so it’s good to hear it so well remastered by HDTT (High Definition Tape Transfers).Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) wrote his Symphony No. 2 between 1888 and 1894 and premiered it in 1895. Because it references his personal view of the virtues of an afterlife and a resurrection, the composer called it the “Resurrection Symphony.” In a survey of conductors carried out […]
By Karl W. NehringAfter being closed for many months because of the pandemic, a few days ago my favorite public library partially reopened. I stopped by to see what might be available and was pleasantly surprised by the amazingly large number of new classical CDs in the rack. I greedily grabbed 10 to check out, but by some strange machinations of moral reasoning I concluded that to take home 10 was just too darn greedy, so I wound up reconsidering my choices carefully and ended up walking out the door with a mere nine CDs and a 10% better opinion of myself. With neither the time, space, nor motivation to offer full reviews, I thought it would be at least useful to publish some brief remarks and recommendations concerning these recently become available releases; I hope this proves to be of at least some minor usefulness to our Classical Candor […]