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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Early English Vocal Music
« Last post by sanantonio on Today at 03:52:46 AM »

John Sheppard is not as well known as the others mentioned in this thread, but he deserves mentioning. 

"Sheppard’s music explores a unique sound world. His stock-in-trade substitutions of the sixth degree of the chord for the 5th, harmonic false relations, soaringly high treble parts, insistent imitation, melodic outlines of unusual intervals, and particularly his love of burying plainchant melodies deep within the choral texture, are devices that can be found in many mid-Tudor composers. But no other composer uses combinations of these devices as strikingly or as memorably as Sheppard. His minimalistic method of wilfully chipping away at the same melodic motifs is the very antithesis of seamless polyphony. Sheppard wants you to hear what he’s up to. His huge musical arches are anything but divine. You can hear, even feel, them being built around you. And they are decorated with designs that more resemble improvised cartoons than carefully sculpted drawings. This is humanistic music through and through."
The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by James on Today at 03:47:58 AM »
The Hallow
2015 ‧ Horror ‧ 1h 37m

A family who move into a remote milllhouse in Ireland find themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.

General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Harry's corner on Today at 03:40:24 AM »
Before I order this lot I would like to invite some comments from people that know them or have knowledge about performers.
Thank you!

4 boxes in total from Ricercar.

The Diner / Re: One Word Posts
« Last post by LKB on Today at 03:34:52 AM »
The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by LKB on Today at 03:33:04 AM »
2001: A Space Odyssey.

Open the pod bay doors,

General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 03:32:27 AM »
Josquin: Missa Pange lingua [Phillips]....

I have this on both vinyl and CD. It is a wonderful work and performance.
I want to like Perlemuter's performance more than I actually do.

I'm aware that, because of his association with Ravel himself, Perlemuter's approach has unassailable authority, but it's the combination of distant sound quality and surprising wrong notes that rules it out of contention for me.

As a historic document, Perlemuter's recording is invaluable. But it's simply not something I want to listen to repeatedly.

With Ravel's piano music, there seem to be two distinct schools of playing: there's the dreamy/poetic way, and then there's the diamond-hard/deadly-accurate way. I prefer the latter. I like a close-miked piano, with playing that could be termed straight, or non-interpretive. (Or putting it another way, it's music that's played with clarity.)

However, there is an interpretation I've heard that sits somewhere between those two extremes. It's by Werner Haas, and I like it a lot. The recording is a little bass-heavy, but Haas' playing is wonderfully clear-eyed. He has a definite view of how Ravel's music should be played, and I'm with him all the way.

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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by LKB on Today at 03:28:03 AM »
Update: I've just reached the choir entrance and it one of the softest and most intense I've ever heard.
What a great choir they have in Amsterdam!

That choral entrance is treacherous as hell. I sang the bass part for the first time in 1980, and most recently three years ago.
When everything comes together, it's the most fun I've ever had out of bed.  ;D


Disc 1 of this set by Olivier Vernet:

Assorted pieces by Louis Couperin, Henry Du Mont, Jean-Baptiste Lully and Lebègue.
François Couperin's Messe pour les Couvents


Yay, I am still in the first listening with this box, but I can honestly say it is a success from beginning to end.
Cantatas BWV 56, 82, 158, 84
Carolyn Sampson, Peter Kooij
Bach Collegium Japan

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