Christian Gerhaher is the outstanding Lieder singer of our time. His recordings of the art songs and song cycles by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Mahler possess reference status, and have been awarded many major prizes. In the UK alone his awards include the 2009 BBC Music Magazine Award for Vocal Performance, a Gramophone award in 2006, and in 2011 he won the Olivier Outstanding Achievement in Opera award.
It starts, appropriately enough, with Charles Ives's The Unanswered Question, which seems to hold its breath, and occasionally exhale in brief bursts of panic, as the new century unfolds. It ends with Dmitri Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony Op. 110a (based on his String Quartet No. 8), whose alternating sequences of anguish, alarm, and derision come as close as possible for absolute music to indicting its bloody history - eight CDs and over 30 works later.
Nonesuch Records releases The Art of Instrumentation: Homage to Glenn Gould, by violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, on September 25, 2012, which would have been Gould’s 80th birthday. The album comprises 11 pieces and arrangements by contemporary composers that quote from or are inspired by works, mostly by Bach, that Gould famously recorded during his career; two Arnold Schoenberg pieces also are drawn upon in one piece.
Three important pieces of music, loosely linked by the programmatic theme of "exile" are addressed by Camerata Bern under the direction of Thomas Zehetmair. "Verklärte Nacht" is the second ECM New Series appearance for the distinguished ensemble, who previously recorded music of Sándor Veress for the label. Here, too, Veress's attractive "Transylvanian Dances bridge compositions by two of the great architects of modern music, Arnold Schönberg and Béla Bartók.
Exclusive compilation featuring Two CD from such artists as, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Ray Conniff, Rosemary Clooney, Billy Holiday, Dyens, Tchaikovsky, De Grassi and many more.
This CD is a good one with which to approach Nikos Skalkottas (1904-49) if his music is unfamiliar to you and you prefer orchestral to instrumental music. Unless you are totally allergic to serial music I would also recommend playing the three works in reverse order for an exciting plunge into the deep end!……Peter Grahame Woolf @ musicweb-international.com
Kultdirigent Nikolaus Harnoncourt dirigierte im Sommer 2007 für die "styriarte" zwei bejubelte Auführungen von Joseph Haydns "Jahreszeiten" im Grazer Stephaniensaal. Die Interpretation des Ausnahmemusikers mogelt sich an den naiven und biederen Elementen des Werkes nicht vorbei, sondern bietet einen liebevoll im Detail ausgemalten, kontraststarken und spannungsreichen Bilderbogen: Mit wild brausenden Winterstürmen, brütender Sommerhitze, heftigem Gewitter und ausschweifendem Winzerfest, eingebunden in ein Konzept, das die gedankliche Tiefe hinter den idyllischen Genrebildern ebenso hervorkehrt wie das kompositorische Raffinement…