“Gramophone Good CD & DVD Guide”

“Gramophone Good CD & DVD Guide”
VIOLIN CONCERTO Gian Carlo Menotti Jennifer Koh, violin Spoleto Festival Orchestra/Hickox Chandos CHAN 9979 Gian Carlo Menotti's lyrical VIOLIN CONCERTO [is] one of his most popular instrumental works…Hickox draws from the Festival Orchestra [a] warmly persuasive reading...[in a] powerfully convincing committed performance....The vigorous finale features a jaunty main theme and ends with virtuoso fireworks rounding off a piece that deserves resurrecting not just on disc but in the concert-hall too. The young composer writes with a sure hand…The brilliance of the work seldom diminishes and its texture, though cast in a modern mold, is soft and warm. - Alice Eversman, News of Music, Washington Post FALL AND RESURRECTION John Tavener Patricia Rozario, soprano; Michael Chance, countertenor Martyn Hill, tenor; Stephen Richardson, bass BBC Singers St. Paul's Cathedral Choir City of London Sinfonia/Hickox Etcetera DVD KTCD 109 This could be called Tavener's Creation, an oratorio-like account of the Biblical tale beginning with the representation of primordial Chaos. It takes the story much further than Haydn....But, like Haydn's, this is a warmly mature work, epitomizing its composer's style and personality....Tavener's richly exotic textures are beautifully evoked by Hickox and his forces....If you like Tavener, you need not hesitate. These excerpts are just a small taste of the new 2006 Gramophone Classical Good CD & DVD Guide. Edited by contemporary music scholar David Roberts and distributed by the Music Sales Group, this 19th edition of the Guide (initially published in 1923) remains an essential listening reference for music lovers. Compiled from "Gramophone Magazine," the Guide features over 3500 up-to-date reviews of CDs and DVDs (along with alternate recommendations), as well as a host of extras that appeal to the new listener as well as the seasoned audiophile. New this year is a step-by-step guide to downloading MP3 files, which joins the Guide's critically praised Suggested Basic Library listing; music history review; composer biographies (drawn from Grove's Concise Dictionary of Music), and a ratings system for recommended repertoire and performances of exceptional distinction.

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