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    September CD of the Month

    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford - Choral Music

    £8.99
    Elizabeth Cragg | Catherine Hopper | Robert Murray | David Soar | The Bach Choir | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra | David Hill

    Choral music was central to Charles Villiers Stanford's life as a composer. Balancing solemnity with rapturous affirmation, The Resurrection was his first major choral work, written while he was studying under Carl Reinecke in Leipzig and anticipating Mahler's use of Klopstock's eponymous poem in his 'Resurrection' Symphony. The dramatic, at times almost operatic and Wagnerian Stabat Mater is a cantata with two purely orchestral movements suggestive of a large-scale symphony, while Song to the Soul contains some of Stanford's most exhilarating utterances, though it was never performed in his lifetime. Directed by David Hill, The Bach Choir is recognised as one of the world's leading choruses, building upon a tradition that combines musical excellence with creativity and innovation.
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    Gerald Finzi

    A Finzi Anthology

    £29.99
    More than any other composer, Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) has come to embody the lyrical pastoralism so associated with English twentieth-century music. This anthology includes eight critically acclaimed recordings of Finzi's works. The themes of fragility and transient existence are expressed in three early song anthologies with words by Thomas Hardy, Finzi's favourite poet. Intimations of Immortality is a deeply touching lament for the passing of the freshness of childhood, while the tender Dies Natalis is a setting of texts by the 17th century poet Thomas Traherne. Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice takes the listener through a feast of moods and textures and ends with one of the most sublime Amens in all choral music. Finzi's enchanting Clarinet Concerto was completed in 1949 in response to a commission from the Three Choirs Festival and the Cello Concerto, with its elegiac slow movement, was composed when Finzi learned that he was suffering from an incurable illness and is one of his finest works.
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    Tchaikovsky

    Piano Concerto No. 2

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    Eldar Nebolsin | New Zealand Symphony Orchestra | Michael Stern

    Tchaikovsky has long maintained his position as among the most popular of all composers, his unequalled gift for melody and colourful orchestration given added depth through a rich Russian soulfulness. The Second Piano Concerto has always lived under the shadow of the famous First but, played here in the composer's original version, is full of life-enhancing character and emotion.
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    Granados

    Orchestral Works Vol. 3

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    Dani Espasa | Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra | Pablo González

    In the last of this three volume series devoted to Granados's orchestral music, two very different compositional strands are explored. The early Suite oriental reveals his sense of vivid orchestral colour and melodic imagination, couched in the exotic language of the time. Written in a more pared-down style, the one-act 'lyric poem' Liliana, a collaboration with the writer Apel·les Mestres, is a four-movement suite in which Granados conjures up a vivid, mythical world.
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    Michael Nyman

    The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

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    Matthew Treviño | Rebecca Sjöwall | Ryan MacPherson | Nashville Opera |Dean Williamson

    Michael Nyman's one-act chamber opera The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat takes as its subject Dr P, a man suffering from visual agnosia, or 'mental blindness', and is adapted from the neurological study in the book of the same name by Oliver Sacks. For Nyman, Dr P 'requires music as a lifeline, cue, clue, cure', living as he does in a world lacking visual meaning. It is through his musical gifts that Dr P reclaims meaning from chaos, Nyman's tautly conceived masterpiece providing a perfect medium through which the moving drama can be explored.

The Music of Brazil

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    Guitar Music from Brazil (Graham Anthony Devine/ Norbert Kraft) (Naxos: 8.557295)
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    Brazilian Adventure [Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore] [HYPERION : CDA68114]
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    BRAZILIAN PORTRAIT: VILLA-LOBOS AND THE GUIITAR MUSIC OF BRAZIL  (Gerald Garcia) (Naxos: 8.550226)
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    Brazilian Samba [Cristiane Roncaglio, André Bayer, Hartmut Preyer] [Capriccio: C5195]
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    Saudade [Choral Music For Brazil] [Vinzenz Weissenburger] [Rondeau Production: ROP6049]
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    MILHAUD: Saudades do Brazil / La muse menagere / L'album de Madame Bovary (Alexandre Tharaud/ Joël Perrot/ Madeleine Milhaud) (Naxos: 8.553443)
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    Brazilian Sentiments [Cristiane Roncaglio, André Bayer, Cristian Peix] [Capriccio: C5159]
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    Brazilian Guitar Quartet Box (Delos: DE 6013)
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    Lobos: Brazil Guitar Quartet (Brazilian Guitar Quartet) (Delos: DE 3409)
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    Sao Paulo Samba (Brazilian and Latin American Orchestral Works) [DVD] [2008] (EuroArts DVD: 2057348)
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    SPIRIT OF BRAZIL
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    Violin Music in Brazil (Various Composers) (Nahim Marun) (Dynamic: CDS354)

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