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    Handel Messiah / Beecham

    Ps Please don't tell my HIP friends or they'll never speak to me again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Handel Messiah / Beecham

    Ps Please don't tell my HIP friends or they'll never speak to me again!

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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    Händel - Messiah

    Coro della Radio Svizzera
    I Barocchisti
    Diego Fasolis (conductor)

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    The first few disks of the HM box set:

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    We few, we happy few, we band of chipmunks....

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    Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K626


    Edith Mathis, Hans Haselböck, Julia Hamari, Norbert Balatsch & Wieslaw Ochman

    Konzertvereinigung, Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm
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    APOKALYPSIS
    Oratorio in Ancient Greek, from the Revelation to St. John, for 5 soloists, women's chorus, brass, double basses & percussion
    René Clemencic
    Wolfgang Bankl - bass baritone
    Christian Bauer - tenor
    Johannes Chum - tenor
    Clemencic Consort Orchestra
    René Clemencic - conductor, composer
    Jeffrey Gall Counter - tenor
    Bernhard Landauer - counter tenor
    Women of the Vienna Chamber Choir

    Arte Nova
    P.M. Summer
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    Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

    Gundala Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Walter Berry, Horst Laubenthal, Anton Diakov

    Wiener Singverein, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin & Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
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    Machaut Messe de Nostre Dame Schola Machaut Rebecca Stewart


    A concert review:
    The overall subject of this year's festival is "10 centuries of polyphony". One of the earliest and also one of the most famous pieces of polyphony is certainly the Messe de Nostre Dame by Guillaume de Machaut. It may be not that frequently performed live, but it has been recorded quite a number of times. It was the subject of workshops given by Marcel Pérès and Rebecca Stewart. In the afternoon the mass - placed in the context of a devotional mass to the Virgin Mary - was performed by the 'Schola: Machaut', directed by Rebecca Stewart. The performance therefore reflected Ms Stewart's view on this work. I doubt if many music lovers who know Machaut's mass pretty well, would have recognized it from the performance, if they hadn't known beforehand that it was this mass which was going to be performed. The interpretation was different from any performance I have ever heard.
    The first thing striking me was the very slow tempo: the whole performance lasted about an hour, whereas the recording by the Taverner Consort, for instance, which also performs the mass within a liturgical setting, takes about 45 minutes.
    One of the characteristics of this mass is the alternation of long and short notes. In her programme notes Rebecca Stewart writes: "For him [Machaut] his French language was inseparable from his French music. Such uniquely French qualities as the short-long phrasing and the principle of levée (in which the supposedly unaccented short syllable - or in music, tone - is given more emphasis than the long syllable) may be found at every rhythmic level in the mass. This phenomenon produces a specifically French cadence within a phrase in which the 'normal' alternation of ebb and flow is virtually absent. The result is a musical tension which slowly but inexorably increases until the end of each section and movement."
    I found this particularly striking in the largely homophonic and declamatory Gloria and Credo, where the contrast to the settings of the concluding 'Amen', in which Machaut makes use of the 'hoquetus' technique, was much stronger than I have ever heard before.
    Another remarkable aspect of this performance was the use of dynamics: it isn't very often that crescendi and diminuendi are used in music of the renaissance. In addition, there was a regular sliding from one note to another or towards a single note, as well as stressing single notes within a phrase, in particular in the plainchant. A most peculiar effect. And then there was the specific colouring of the voice, which is difficult to describe, but is certainly most unusual in performances of this kind of music. It is impossible for me to tell whether this is the right way to perform this great work. I needed some time to get used to this way of singing. In this performance the Messe de Nostre Dame became less straightforward, less 'robust' and more intimate than in other performances. In my experience the mass had a stronger emotional impact than usual. Others may feel differently, but one thing is for certain: provoking interpretations like this are an invaluable part of the festival.

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    ENGLISH ROYAL FUNERAL MUSIC
    Henry Purcell, Thomas Morley, Thomas Tomkins, Thomas Weelkes
    Vov Luminis
    Lionel Meunier - direction

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    Verdi:Requiem

    Leontyne Price (soprano), Rosalind Elias (mezzo-soprano), Jussi Björling (tenor), Giorgio Tozzi (bass)

    Wiener Philharmoniker, Singverein der Gesellscaft der Musikfreunde, Wien, Fritz Reiner

    Verdi; Quattro Pezzi Sacri;
    Yvonne Minton (mezzo-soprano)

    Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Master Chorale, Zubin Mehta

    Reiner's opening of the Requiem is very slow and atmospheric...Yet as the work proceeds the performance soon sparks into life, and there is some superb and memorable singing from a distinguished team of soloists. THe recording has a spectacularly wide dynamic range” Penguin Guide, 2010 **/*
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    Bruckner: Mass No. 1 in D Minor

    Edith Mathis, Marga Schiml, Wieslaw Ochman, Karl Ridderbusch, Elmar Schloter
    Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin & Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks,
    Eugen Jochum
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    Rossini: Stabat Mater

    (1831/32 Original Version) with sections by Giovanni Tadolini. Orchestration by Antonino Fogliani

    Majella Cullagh (soprano), José Luis Sola (tenor) & Mirco Palazzi (bass)

    Giovanna d'Arco

    Orchestration by Marco Taralli

    Marianna Pizzolato (mezzo-soprano)

    Camerata Bach Choir, Poznan & Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Antonino Fogliani
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    Bruckner: Mass No. 1 in D Minor

    Edith Mathis, Marga Schiml, Wieslaw Ochman, Karl Ridderbusch, Elmar Schloter
    Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin & Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks,
    Eugen Jochum
    Great Minds, My Friend, I was listening to this two days ago, I just didn't post it on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JosefinaHW View Post
    Great Minds, My Friend, I was listening to this two days ago, I just didn't post it on here.
    It's such a impressive work, genius almost.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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    ETA Hoffmann: Missa in D Minor & Miserere

    Miserere in B flat minor, AV42
    Missa in D minor, AV18

    Sibylla Rubens (soprano), Jutta Boehnert (soprano), Rebecca Martin (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Cooley (tenor), York Felix Speer (bass)

    WDR Rundfunkchor Koln, WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Rupert Huber
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