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Quote from: knight66 on April 05, 2012, 11:21:33 PMHere is a great favourite of mine:Here is my review from the vocal recital thread.'This disc combines 17 century pieces with Sicilian folk songs. The progress of the disc revolves around Mary's meditations looking at her child; she sees the pain of the future. The second part of the programme takes in the fulfillment of Mary's visions in the Crucifixion and finally, the resurrection.The singing is divided between Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky and the male quartet Barbara Furtuna, who provide an earthy tang to set against the pellucid sounds made by the others. There is enormous pleasure here, the orchestra is made up of about 25 musicians playing such as baroque guitars, psalterion, dulcimer, viole de gambe etc. Rich, but never overwhelming. There is some extemporisation. Possibly the most famous piece here is Merula's 'Hor ch'e tempo di dormire' a hypnotic piece where the accompaniment rests on two notes, back and forth rocking as Mary envisions the child in her arms in his final pain. It is a remarkable piece. In this version, the musicians have provided some quite violent harmonies at the ends of some verses. It works, Rial's light soprano is a beautiful instrument; but although I enjoy this version, I prefer the austerity of the original as voiced by the plangent tones of Sarah Mingardo.But there is so much to beguile here. It is not a procession of miserable and dolorous music any more than you might extract from Bach's music when covering the painful parts of the journey.This is an original and marvelous progression of pieces, Rossi, Cazzati, Biber and many others. The colours glow, the melodies are sinuous. A really beautiful disc of mainly little known music.'Try this to get a flavour of the sounds........http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11POTypBh2I&feature=channel
Quote from: knight66 on April 05, 2012, 11:34:43 PMFor Pergolesi's setting of the same texts I also suggest two versions. These are in great contrast to one another. One is a DG recording made in 1985 with the LSO, Margaret Marshall and Lucia Valentini Terrani. This is of course far from HIP; but the performances are really beautiful and moving. Marshall phrases wonderfully and for certain moments I don't know of another performer to equal her. It is not slushy and romantic, but certainly full in the sound of the accompaniment. In the extract you can hear what I so like about Marshall's singing. An underrated artist.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2SxIMkFCq8Here is the entire recording. Do try Marshall's entry at 13.12http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-YpfSsDTXc
Quote from: Opus106 on April 05, 2012, 11:53:49 PMYou are a very convincing writer, Mike.
Quote from: knight66 on April 06, 2012, 08:47:06 AMYou have flummoxed me. How do the plagues in Egypt tie up with Easter?
Quote from: Marc on April 06, 2012, 10:35:05 AMAnd he's right, you knøw. It's a beautiful disc indeed!
Quote from: Opus106 on April 06, 2012, 10:42:48 AMIt has already joined their Monteverdi disc in the wish-list. (Do be wary of Mike's posts, though. One of them even made me listen to and appreciate vocal big-band Bach from the 50s or thereabouts! )
Quote from: Marc on April 06, 2012, 10:38:30 AMhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passover
Quote from: Opus106 on April 06, 2012, 10:42:48 AM(Do be wary of Mike's posts, though. One of them even made me listen to and appreciate vocal big-band Bach from the 50s or thereabouts! )
Quote from: knight66 on April 06, 2012, 11:06:41 AMYes, you are right. The connection to Passover is there OK in the 'Last Supper'.
Quote from: Marc on April 06, 2012, 11:21:31 AMYes, Jesus was eating matzo with his disciples.But I actually meant to say that Easter/Pascha/Pesach/Passover is originally a Jewish/Hebrew feast, 'christianized' by the Christian church. Jesus became the Christian Passover Lamb, slaughtered for man's sake.
Quote from: knight66 on April 06, 2012, 12:07:45 AMSomeone asked whether there are pieces in English apart from the Messiah. Well, there is Stainer's Crucifixtion.Please note: I point to it, I do not recommend it. The extract above gives a very good flavour of what it is like. Tripple the speed and it is just as turgid and vapid. Pietistic; if I have spelt the word correctly. The work is paralised with respect and I would not sit through it again unless I was paid to; well paid.
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