Claudio Abbado was undeniably the supreme Mahler conductor of our time. With his Lucerne Festival Orchestra he has set new standards in the field of classical music, especially in the interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler. The core of the orchestra is provided by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, itself an élite body of players. Soloists like violinist Kolja Blacher, clarinettist Sabine Meyer, oboist Albrecht Mayer, violist Wolfram Christ, cellist Natalia Gutman, the Hagen Quartet and members of the Alban Berg Quartet to name just a few, make the Lucerne Festival Orchestra a star-studded ensemble.
Scarlatti's cantatas are veritable miniature operas in which his writing for the voice highlights the expressive powers of the various affects of love: love the pleasure-seeker, love the tyrant, love the traitor and love the combatant. Voice and instruments unite in an inventive spirit of virtuoso rivalry, laying bare the passions of the soul.
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge is experiencing another vintage year of musical and vocal excellence. In this latest CD for Hyperion, its trademark sound, immaculate yet energetic and joyful, is employed in the service of a fascinating selection of sacred choral works from the twentieth century.
Recorded live by at the Antibes Jazz Festival on 25 July 1969, three weeks before the start of the "Bitches Brew" sessions, with the kernel of that band - Miles, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette. The set list shows the transitional nature of the repertoire - it includes everything from "Round Midnight" and "Milestones" which Miles had first recorded in the 1950s; Shorter's classic "Footprints" from the mid-1960s, and radically different compositions such as Joe Zawinul's "Directions," Shorter's "Sanctuary," and Davis' self-credited "Its About That Time," which had yet appear on studio recordings. (Oddly enough, the original studio recording of "Directions," for years a Davis concert staple, would not be released until 1980.)