Famously conducted the world premieres of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and other prominent works including Petrushka, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, and Debussy's Jeux. Monteux was the principal conductor of the French repertoire at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
John Cage’s innovative work and unorthodox ideas profoundly affected Western music during the latter half of the 20th century, and this second of two volumes (volume 1 can be heard on Naxos 8.559773) concludes Katrin Zenz’s survey of his complete works for flute. The earlier chromatic compositions include an astonishing variety of playing techniques and a bewildering rhythmic complexity, while the elements of chance in the later works result in music that is always undergoing kaleidoscopic processes at once arbitrary and intensely focussed in form and expression.
Decca, the opera company, presents a premium collection of the 100 most beautiful Opera tracks on 6 CDs. Enjoy classic arias and overtures, performed by the greatest opera stars of all time. Artists include Pavarotti, Bartoli, Fischer-Dieskau, Tebaldi, Calleja, Sutherland, Bergonzi, Ghiaurov, Freni, Nilsson, del Monaco, Domingo, Horne, Te Kanawa, Solti, von Karajan, Terfel, Price, Caballe, Kaufmann, Gheorghiu and more.
The British post-rock favourites return, better late than never. Yndi Halda have never been in a hurry. Born in Kent but now based in Brighton, their first and till now last release saw songs stretch into 20-minute symphonic slow-blooms with shades of Tortoise, Mono and the Erased Tapes stable, in a scene and on a label then full of frenzied math bands. That mini-album’s title also riffed on a vast, endless span of time: Enjoy Eternal Bliss read its sleeve, their band name translated from Old Norse. Neither the group nor their cult fan base, however, saw its follow-up taking a whole decade to surface.