When CURVED AIR fell apart in 1972-1973 Darryl Way formed a new band called WOLF or DARRYL WAY'S WOLF who carried on much in the same style as CURVED AIR. The band compromised of Darryl Way (naturally) on violin and keyboards, Ian Mosley on drums (later to be in TRACE, STEVE HACKETT's band and of course MARILLION), John Etheridge on guitar (later to be a member of SOFT MACHINE) and Dek Messacar on bass (later to be a member of CARAVAN)…
The title of this exceptional disc, “Night Music”, should not be taken to mean that the performances are in any way dark, mysterious, droopy, sluggish, or otherwise conventionally “nocturnal”. Rather, the term evokes its 18th century musical meaning: a time for fun, relaxation, parties, entertainment both indoors and out, and of course, romance. Indeed, “Romantic” is perhaps the best way to describe these virtuosic, impulsive, and extravagantly expressive performances by the inimitable Andrew Manze and his team of crack “authentic-instrument” players.
Deluxe three disc (two CDs + DVD) edition of her 1993 debut album includes a bonus CD of b-sides, rarities and outtakes plus a bonus DVD that contains a documentary featuring on-the-road, backstage, soundcheck and live footage recorded during the Tuesday Night Music Club tour, 1993 -95. Tuesday Night Music Club, the beloved debut album from Sheryl Crow, and has sold more than eight million copies worldwide since its release in 1993. The acclaimed piece of work has yielded six international hit singles and won three Grammys.
Three of the works on this valuable Musgrave release were previously available on Collins Classics although the disc has been generously topped up with Memento Vitae, Concerto in Homage to Beethoven, recorded within weeks of the other works but not previously released. The admirable playing time of 79:34 is all the more pleasing given that all of the Ancora discs will be available at mid-price. All four of the works on the disc demonstrate two significant traits in Musgrave’s fertile output over the years, namely an inherent sense of drama that can ………..Christopher Thomas @ musicweb-international.com
Hugo Wolf is best known today for his extraordinary and highly popular Lieder; his small body of compositions for orchestra and chamber ensemble are, sadly, performed and recorded far less. However, the works for string quartet recorded on this disc reveal the seriousness with which Wolf approached this small-scale genre.