The unprecedented expansion of music in the age of enlightenment
The eighteenth century is probably the most extraordinary period of transformation Europe has known since antiquity. Political upheavals kept pace with the innumerable inventions and discoveries of the age; every sector of the arts and of intellectual and material life was turned upside down.
2000 2-CD set featuring 39 classic timeless hits from the millennium including Queen, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Wings, David Bowie, The Who, Elton John, The Beach Boys, Simon And Garfunkel, Derek & The Dominoes, Prince, U2, Bon Jovi, Blondie, Oasis, Lenny Kravitz, Simple Minds, Supertramp, Dire Straits, Tina Turner, Bob Marley, UB40, Kate Bush, Phil Collins, Roxy Music, Rod Stewart, Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, Abba, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Pet Shop Boys, George Michael, Massive Attack, Texas.
Nothing like some Scooby-Doo to keep you in the festive mood.Scooby and the gang have their first musical mystery in “Scooby Doo: Song of the Vampire.” It begins when they take a sing-a-long road trip into bayou country to attend the “Vampire-Palooza Festival” – an outdoor fair dedicated to all things Draculian. At first it looks as if they’re in for some fun and lots of Southern snacks, but events soon turn scary when a real live vampire comes to life, bursts from his coffin and threatens all the townsfolk. On top of that, this baritone blood sucker seems intent on taking Daphne as his vampire bride! Could the vampire be a descendant of a famous vampire hunter who is trying to sell his book? Or perhaps he’s the local politician, who has been trying to make his name in the press by attacking the vampires as downright unwholesome. The answers are to be found in a final song-filled showdown in the swamp in which our heroes unmask one of their most macabre monsters yet.
A two-CD set devoted to the Lutheran liturgical repertory from Martin Luther himself to Heinrich Schütz. The first disc comprises compositions specific to the Lutheran liturgy: Deutsche Messe, Deutsches Magnificat, Deutsche Passion (the first German polyphonic Passion, by Joachim von Burck) and even a reconstruction of a Deutsches Requiem drawn from polyphonic works that set the same texts as those Brahms was later to use for his Deutsches Requiem.
I believe that this was Andrew Lawrence-King's first recording (1986) – a sterling effort which is ample proof of why he went on to become a well-established figure in his field. He has appeared on numerous recordings, including many with Jordi Savall's Hesperian XX, and is currently the director of the Harp Consort. The program is both musically interesting and eminently listenable; and given Lawrence-King's credentials (he won an Organ Scholarship to Selwyn College, Cambridge and completed his studies at the London Early Music Centre), his understanding of the material is unquestionably comprehensive. His technical execution is equally impressive.