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Rutter: Psalmfest
The Choirs of St. Albans Cathedral
Royal Philharonic Orchestra
Andrew Lucas, conductor

Naxos 8.573394

The psalms of David have been a source of inspiration to composers for centuries, each text forming a poetic shape the equivalent of a gothic arch, and expressing a rich range of intensely human and timeless emotions. Recorded here for the first time in its complete form, John Rutter’s Psalmfest is a collection of nine settings opened up for concert performance with full orchestra while remaining true to the emotional and spiritual sense of the texts. The remaining psalm settings were written for special occasions, including the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2008.



Purcell: Theatre Music, Vol. 2
Aradia Ensemble
Kevin Mallon, conductor

Naxos 8.573280

Despite his immersion in the composition of sacred music, Purcell retained a lifelong interest in the theatre- an aspect of his ouvre that has been neglected. Among the authors of the five works on this recording were two of the most celebrated of the age- John Dryden and William Congreve- and for their ‘semi-operas’ Purcell produced incidental music and songs of vitality, wit, and imaginative text-setting that offer an intriguing look at the world of Restoration drama.



Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39
Boris Giltburg, piano
Naxos 8.573469

Pianist Boris Gildburg sees Rachmaninov’s Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 as cinematic short stories or colourful tone paintings. In contrast, the unashamedly beautiful Moments musicaux are concentrated explorations of a single idea or mood, from struggle and pain towards light and genuine joy. In these collections, which contain some of the composer’s most affecting music, Rachmaninov shows himself to be a master of the meticulously crafted short-form genre.




Bach: Cantates pour la Pentecôte
Montreal Baroque
Eric Milnes, conductor

ATMA Classique ACD2 2405

Seven Sundays after Easter Sunday, the religious holiday of Pentecost begins. Pentecost focuses on the idea that Jesus was not sent to judge the world, rather, he was sent to save it. Bach’s cantatas BWV 68, 173, 174, and 184 were all written for this holiday, and all are featured on this new release. This release is the sixth album in ATMA’s venture to record the sacred cantatas of Bach alongside the Montreal Baroque Festival. Using the latest scholarship on the original performances of Bach’s works, this cycle has been performed with historical techniques in mind. For example, the choral sections are performed by the four soloists with one singer per part.



1753: Œuvres du livre d'orgue de Montréal, Lebègue, Nivers, Marchand et d'Anglebert
Yves-G. Prefontaine, organ
ATMA Classique ACD2 2717

This is the first recording that has been made on the extraordinary Juget-Sinclair Op. 35 organ located in the Chapelle du Musee de l’Amerique francophone in Quebec City. This splendid instrument was recreated after scrutinizing investigations of historic French organs. Made in classic 18th century French style, the organ is pitched at A=392, and features a suspended mechanism and low air pressure. Performing on this outstanding organ is the titular organist and maître de chapelle at Grand Seminaire de Montreal, Yves-G. Prefontaine. Yves-G. Prefontaine has decided upon works by Nicolas Lebegue, Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers, Louis Marchand, and Jean Henry D’Anglebert for this program.



Staniland: Dark Star Requiem
Various artists
Centrediscs CMCCD 22716

Dark Star Requiem came to be after a commission from the Luminato Festival and Tapestry New Opera. The work premiered in 2010 at the Luminato festival in Koerner Hall, Toronto, Canada. The work is an operatic oratorio with music by composer Andrew Staniland and text by poet Jill Battson. It is scored for four singers, piano trio, percussion, and chorus. The topic of all of the poems in the work used is HIV/AIDS and how it affects the lives and worlds of those who live with the disease or love someone living with the disease. Performers on this recording include soprano Neema Bickersteth, mezzo soprano/alto Krisztina Szabo, baritone Peter McGillivray, and bass-baritone Marcus Nance. These vocalists are joined by The Elmer Isler Singers, The Gryphon Trio, and percussionists Ryan Scott and Mark Duggan.



Revueltas: Redes
PostClassical Ensemble
Angel Gil-Ordonez, conductor

Naxos Records 2.110372

An iconic product of the Mexican Revolution, Redes (1935) combines the talents of a master composer, Silvestre Revueltas, and a master cinematographer, Paul Strand. Its marriage of music and the moving image attains heights of epic grandeur. The co-directors are Fred Zinnemann (en route to Hollywood) and Emilio Gomez Muriel. Because dialogue rarely overlaps music, it is possible to re-record Revueltas’s galvanizing score and discover musical riches inaudible on the original monaural soundtrack. As the Redes concert suites by Revueltas and Erich Kleiber omit much, the present DVD is the world premiere recording of Revueltas’s full score, one of the highest achievements in the history of film music.



David Braid, piano
Epoque String Quartet

Steinway & Sons STNS30061

Jazz pianist and composer David Braid presents his latest project, Flow, an album of compositions for piano and string quartet. Although the Canadian composer is greatly respectful of the Western Art Music Tradition, he draws much inspiration from Eastern philosophical ideas. Braid believes the Chinese concept of qi (energy flow) and the Greek concept of pneuma (spirit or soul) are expressions of the same foundation of ‘true inspiration.’ The Epoque String Quartet performs the five works featured on this album. Founded in 1999, the Prague-based ensemble masterfully fuses jazz, rock, and funk music with classical and contemporary traditions.



Bach: Goldberg Variations
Zhu Ziao-Mei, piano
Accentus ACC30372

Zhu Xiao-Mei first recorded the Goldberg Variations two decades ago. Since then, she has performed the work several hundred times all over the world.; Zhu Xiao-Mei says of the work, “In this work, Bach gave musical expression to life in all of its infinite facets. I love them above all else, each day a little more, and I have always wanted to share this love with others.”; The work is cyclical, beginning and ending in the same way. “It is also about the idea that there is no ending. And so there is hope.” (Xiao-Mei)



Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen
Friedrich Gulda, piano
MPS 0300723MSW

Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations are, without a doubt, an integral part of great piano literature. Here, pianist Friedrich Gulda interprets the works. When Gulda recorded these works in the 1960s, he joined forces with producer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer to create a unique sound. Brunner-Schwer hung the microphones directly over the strings of the piano to give Gulda a presence that feels as though he is live. Joachim Kaiser wrote of Gulda’s performances, “Gulda’s remarkable qualities take him far beyond mere virtuosity and the capacity for brilliant piano playing. Gulda plays the most articulate, fascinating, natural, and purest Beethoven of the century.




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