Born in the countryside and working in a port town on the coast of the Black Sea, Romanian wedding violinist Ion Petre Stoican wanted to break into the Bucharest market, which was dominated by a coterie of influential lautari families. He'd tried working there once before but it was hard to build a reputation for yourself when you were just another musician in from the provinces. Luck came unexpectedly when he noticed a man behaving in a suspicious way and handed him over to the police. The man turned out to be a foreign spy. By way of a reward, Stoican was given the chance to record an album with the state-operated label, Electrecord. "The most important Gypsy musicians from the Bucharest Lautari scene" (to quote the CD case) became his backing band, and the album had the effect that he must have hoped for: he made his reputation in Bucharest and played there until the end of the '80s. He died not long after the fall of Ceauşescu in 1989.
Faut-il présenter celui que l on a surnommé, à tour de rôle, le « Chêne autrichien » pendant ses années de culturisme, puis « Schwarzy » pendant sa carrière d'acteur et, plus récemment, « Gouvernator » pendant ses deux mandats à la tête de la Californie ? …
El renombre de Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) y la extraordinaria calidad de su música, ha ensombrecido a grandes figuras de la polifonía española del esplendoroso siglo XVI. Un siglo que se iniciaba con maestros de la talla de Anchieta y Peñalosa, seguía con Morales y Guerrero para culminar con Victoria, Ambrosio Cotes y Alonso Lobo.
Este último es, sin duda, uno de los más grandes, y aunque no se implicó en las novedades aportadas por la naciente homofonía o la policoralidad del barroco, su arte supo asimilar las nuevas propuestas expresivas, siempre con un dominio de la trama vocal equiparable al de los mejores polifonistas de su época.
This is one of the monuments of recorded music, a magnificent undertaking. Everything Moroney touches comes up sparkling; it is perfect in every detail: musical, academic, technical, you name it.
This disc received the 2000 Gramophone magazine award for "Best Early Music Recording."
Delve into the world of 17th-century England, with music written for kings and nobles during the tumult of the Civil War, and tunes which reverberated in town houses and taverns throughout the country. In their new album for ABC Classics, Australian Baroque trio Latitude 37, performing on instruments that the composers themselves would have known, bring to life the music of the 17th-century English Civil War – including the world-premiere recording of a lost work. The album also features a selection of guest artists hand-picked from Australia’s finest musicians.
Active in Venice and Padua at the beginning of the 15th century, Johannes Ciconia was undoubtedly the most important composer of this transitional period. Born in Liège and trained in the principles of the French and Italian Ars Nova, he played a considerable role in the musical development that led little by little towards the Renaissance.