This album is just chock full of great piano, nice laid back vocals, organ, acoustic guitars, violins, mellotron, and solid bass and drums. The remastered mini that I have has decent sound (for 1972) and a nice gatefold with strange artwork. As with PFM the musicianship is very high, the arrangements are handled with great care and there is a nice balance between rock sections and more mellow, contemplative sections. I have read that the lyrics on both of their albums are quite good, though of course I have no way to confirm this personally. The music has a romantic and somewhat wistful sound throughout.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Anyone who loves twentieth century music, who loves English music, or who just plain loves music will love this collection of the music of Michael Tippett. Culled from previously issued but long out-of-print Philips, London, Argo, and l'Oiseau-Lyre LPs, most of these recordings were world premieres made in close consultation with the composer and in the hands of conductors Colin Davis, Georg Solti, Neville Marriner, pianist Paul Crossley, and the Lindsay String Quartet, they receive what can fairly be described as definitive performances. From the ecstatic lyricism of the Suite for Double String Orchestra of 1939 through the luminous vitality of the First Symphony of 1945, the radiant sensuality of the Ritual Dances of 1955, the blues-based modernism of the Third Symphony of 1972, to the glistening transcendentalism of the Fourth Symphony of 1977, Tippett's unique fusion of line, drive, color, and form is performed throughout with passionate dedication and absolute faith in the music's greatness.
Joseph Wölfl, once a popular composer and pianist, hailed from Salzburg. When Wölfl was born in 1773 his brilliant countryman Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was employed by the archbishop of Salzburg…
Das Alte-Musik-Ensemble Musica Fiata mit dem Vokal-Ensemble La Capella Ducale unter der Leitung von Roland Wilson ist bekannt für die historische Genauigkeit seiner Interpretationen. Für viele seiner herausragenden CDs mit unbekanntem Repertoire hat das Ensemble Preise gewonnen und ein hohes internationales Ansehen erlangt.
Auch das Kaiserrequiem von Johann Joseph Fux ist eine Entdeckung und bisher nie in einer solchen Qualität eingespielt worden.
Verve have gone through their Cadet archives to reissue Involvement, which may surprise both Klemmer's fans and sceptics. He plays in an attractively steely and forceful style, much more a characteristic Chicago sound, and a ferocious improvisation on "How Deep Is The Ocean" is a real head-turner, stoked by Campbell's vigorous rhythms. The music has a somewhat stonefaced quality to it, though it's a lot more involving than Klemmer's later work, as conventional as the basic setting is. For some reason the CD has been mastered back to front, with the tracks from side two of the LP preceding the original side one.
At the heart of Beethoven s life s statement as a composer lies the cycle of sixteen string quartets, which, to this day, has retained a special status and reverence. Since 2012, the Elias String Quartet has been immersed in its Beethoven Project, performing all Beethoven s string quartets at venues throughout the UK. In this live recording, the ensemble captures both the intimacy and grandeur of the works.