Psyche Overture; Prelude in g; Vos mepris chaque jour; Sarabande in g; Marche pour la Ceremonie des Turcs
Jean-Baptiste Lully; Jean-Henri d'Anglebert; Michel Lambert; Jacques Chambonnieres; Lully
Guillemette Laurens, mezzo-soprano; Capriccio Stravagante/Skip Sempé, harpsichord and dir. Music from the Versailles Court
The French court of the 17th century was famous for its 'pleasures', among which music occupied a position of stature. Music accompanied every aspect of courtly life, from dawn til day's end, and whether in the background, for intimate reflection, for part of a huge public ceremony, the foremost composers of the land were employed to fill the air with 'the sound of music'. Harpsichordist and researcher Sempe relishes the grand jesture and the subtle nuance equally, and this lavish repertoire benefits not only from his insights but from a superb recording. 10:04 p.m.
Les Toreadores and Danse Boheme, fr Carmen; Bajo de la Palmera
GEORGES BIZET; ISAAC ALBENIZ
Dagoberto Linhares, Maya Le Roux Obradovic, Raymond Migy, guitars; Pascal Stauffer, per. Fandangos y Zarzuelas
Intriguing light-fingered arrangements for guitars and percussion, featuring an ensemble of Swiss musicians 'playing at gypsy'... and doing it rather well. Fun! 10:16 p.m.
Concerto for Concertina & Strings, Op. 44 (1966); Little Overture for Wind Quartet, Op. 59 (1982); Allegretto, fr Sonata Romantica for Double-bass & Piano, Op. 18 (1952); Allegro scherzando, fr Sonata for Flute & Piano, Op. 52 (1974)
Wim Wakker, concertina; Latvian National Symphony Orchestra/Vakhtang Jordania, conductor; Cohn Ensemble Players
18010 & 18006
Born in New Jersey, and working in and around New York City, Mr. Cohn has been a prolific and kind-hearted friend to all instrumentalist, as he seems to have written challenging yet thoroughly agreeable works for everything imaginable. The double-bass sonata conveys an affecting 'romance', and the concertino proves breathlessly entertaining. The recorded sound is warm and inviting. What a wonderful adventure here. 10:31 p.m.
Pavan, The Funerals; Pass'e mezzo Antico; Pass'e mezzo della Paganina; Ballo alla Polacha; Canzona, La Balzana
ANTONIO INCERTO; GIORGIO MAINERIO; GIOVANNI PICCHI; FLORIANO CANALE;
Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orchestra/Skip Sempé, director Venezia Stravagantissima
This time, Sempe's band takes us back to the chambers of nobleVenetian power-brokers, and the extravagance is in no way diminished. 11:02 p.m.
The Snow Prelude (No. 15); Nightbook
Ludovico Einaudi, piano; ensemble
Inspired by the luminous minimalism of early 20th century composer Eric Satie and, in a way, by the dance entertainments of Renaissance Italy, modern-day Italian composer Einaudi has created a kind of chamber entertainment for the 'new age' consciousness. 11:21 p.m.
Uppsala Chamber Soloists
Inspired by Schoenberg, and retaining much of that composers tortured yet touchingly transformational harmony, Lampel's score was a gift to these players who donated their talents to his first summer music festival in Sweden in 2001. A wonderful reward, for them and us. 11:35 p.m.
Behold, the tabernacle of God; Ecce beatam lucemn
William Harris; Jonathan Dove
Choir of Exeter College, Oxford; Alistair Reid, director; Richard Moore, organ Choral Music from Exeter College, Oxford
An ensemble of young women and men, the Exeter College ensemble maintains the high standards of Ox-Bridge choirs, and mixes 'standards' by Harris and Howells with some new scores (several in first recordings) by present-day composers such as Jonathan Dove. 11:46 p.m.