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THEN with Stockholm Chamber Brass
July 9, 2014
Here is the first SA-CD from world-class Stockholm Chamber Brass. "Then" contrasts the brass music of the Renaissance with performances now by a state-of-the art modern brass quintet. Of course, this involves using a great deal of arrangements, but back in the Renaissance, in the absence of ...
Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol. 3 - Suzuki
July 7, 2014
Now that all the sacred cantatas by Bach have been issued, BIS has turned to the seemingly less popular set of secular cantatas. A motley collection they are, 20-odd scattered remains from what was certainly a much larger assemblage written throughout his career; they must have been a significant ...
The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs - Hillier
June 28, 2014
A "Golden Age" is a term indicating a period in a country's history which is particularly rich in cultural development, particularly artistic expression. In the case of Denmark, this is applied to the first half of the 19th century, replete with famous talents such as Hans Christian Andersen, Søren ...
Aria - Vegard Landaas, Anders Eidstein Dahl
June 27, 2014
Everybody likes a good tune. Here is an ingenious programme of mostly little-known melodies, performed by a soloist with accompanist. Unusually for "classical" music, the solo instrument is a saxophone and it is accompanied by another wind instrument - the Main organ of Bragernes Church, in Drammen, ...
Nørgård: Symphonies No. 1 & 8 - Oramo
June 24, 2014
Sakari Oramo has built a fine rapport with the Vienna Philharmonia Orchestra since replacing Lorin Maazel in a Sibelius concert several years ago. Apart from Sibelius, the VPO have played little Nordic music, nor are they renowned for frequently having contemporary music in their repertoire. To ...