The selections on this album of music by Estonian "holy minimalist" Arvo Pärt come from different phases of his career. One, the Solfeggio, dates from 1963, before Pärt abandoned serialism for his minimalist experiments; it was revised and simplified a good deal in 2008, however. The centerpiece (and finale), the Stabat Mater, was composed in 1985, and several of the shorter pieces date from the 2000s. The repertoire is divided between sacred choral pieces and short secular pieces of various kinds, all culminating in the giant, hypnotic, and virtually symmetrical Stabat Mater.
"These performances are notable for the blending of piano and strings into impeccably balanced textures. It’s an approach that’s better suited to the subtle Piano Quartet, a masterwork that owes much to classical models, than to the Piano Quintet. (…) These highly recommendable performances (…) join many other polished, modern accounts such as Takács/Hamelin and Mandelring/Le Guay that have been praised in these pages…" ~Fanfare
Pour ce 9ème album, le saxophoniste français Sylvain Beuf réunit autour de onze nouveaux titres originaux, et pour la première fois dans une formation «électrique» : le guitariste Manu Codjia, le bassiste Philippe Bussonnet et le batteur Julien Charlet. Un quartet de choc auquel se sont adjoints pour l'occasion les trompettistes Nicolas Folmer et Alex Tassel ainsi que le percussionniste ivoirien Thomas Guei.
Since 1996, during the height of the Provençal summer, the beautiful, historic city of Arles has hosted the Festival Les Suds - a joyous musical alchemy that combines singing, music and dance and both explores and redefines the cultural heart of southern Europe (and beyond). Over the course of a week, music from around the world resounds like a universal language. This deluxe, greatest hits package from World Village features highlights recorded over the festival's last decade.
This CD is the third harmonia mundi recording of music by Thierry Pécou (b. 1965), whose acclaimed 'Symphonie du Jaguar' won a Diapason d'Or in 2010. This composer of Caribbean descent has consistently extended his sources of inspiration to Latin America and notably in the direction of Mexico, of which we hear echoes in 'L'Arbre aux fleurs' and 'Soleil-Tigre'. But it is Brazil that lies at the origin of the 'carnival' concerto 'Tremendum', the main work in the programme, presented here in a new version specially made by Pécou for Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon.
This album confirms it, Virginie Teychené is a musician with a voice. She strolls through her imaginary museum dedicated to jazz singer-songwriters and brings her own light to each of its rooms. A grazing light in Familiar Dream, a bright light in Tight, the light of dawn in I'm Gonna Go Fishing and that of dusk in Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. The contributions of her co-musicians are intense due to their restraint; Gérard Maurin's weightless double-bass arrangements, Stéphane Bernard's chiaroscuro piano playing, Jean-Pierre Arnaud's dance-like drumming, and last but not least, Éric Le Lann's inspired trumpet playing, all make Bright and Sweet an exemplary jazz album, where all the miniatures that make it up are in fact merely beginnings.
Purcell was not just a creature of the theatre - his genius with the human voice also extended to sacred and secular songs. Among his least well-known works, many of Purcell's sacred songs remained in manuscript and known only to a select few. It is possible that they were intended solely for an elite audience at court. Published by Henry Playford, Harmonia Sacra was a two-volume anthology of devotional song containing compositions by Purcell and several of his contemporaries.