The Sunday Times
Henze is best known for bulky stage works, but his catalogue includes much chamber music, of which this disc provides an enjoyable selection. Two items are operatic spin-offs: Ein kleines Potpourris aus der Oper "Boulevard Solitude" is three movements for flute, vibraphone, harp and piano, and is followed by a violin-and-piano Sonatina, based on his children's opera Pollicino. The sturdily dissonant Toccata mistica, for piano (Ciro Longobardi), is linked to the oratorio The Raft of the Medusa, and Neue Volkslieder und Hirtengesänge, scored for bassoon, guitar and string trio, to music Henze wrote for Oedipus Rex. Carillon, Récitatif, Masque is a glistening little opus for mandolin, guitar and harp.
Véritable histoire et description d'un pays habité par des hommes sauvages nus, féroces et anthropophages situé dans le nouveau monde nommé Amérique inconnu dans le pays de Hesse avant et depuis la naissance de Jésus-Christ jusqu'à la dernière année. "Admirablement présenté, avec toutes les illustrations de l'édition originale, un des témoignages les plus sensationnels et certainement le plus pittoresque que nous possédions sur les Indiens du Nouveau Monde à l'époque de la découverte." …
Like his father, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi is an internationally renowned classical music conductor of Estonian heritage with a deep catalog of recordings. Born on December 30, 1962, in Tallinn, Estonia, he and his family moved to the United States in 1980. His education includes studies at the Tallinn School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. For a decade he served as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra prior to being named music director of the Orchestre de Paris.
Hans Rott was a friend of Gustav Mahler's and Hugo Wolf's in their conservatory days, and his career was to end sadly, like Wolf's, in madness probably brought on by syphilis. While traveling by rail to take up a job as a choral director, his mind gave way and he claimed that Brahms had rigged the train to explode. He never reported for work, obviously.