These Decca recordings of Vaughan Williams's complete symphonies appear in a boxed set for the first time ever, and they feature such august personages as sopranos Isobel Baillie and Margaret Ritchie, baritone John Cameron and speaker John Gielgud!
Adrian Boult conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Apart from his popular Canciones negras, written more than half a century ago, the compositions of the now 87-year-old Montsalvatge (in 1999) have made little impact on the musical public in general: many of his works remain unrecorded – the opera Puss in Boots, the Indian Quartet, the five Invocaciones al Crucificado and the virtuoso Harpsichord Concerto, to name only four. But there are two Montsalvatges – one with a more traditional manner, and a later more trenchant, experimental and individual. From his earlier period comes the Sinfonia Mediterranea, composed three years after the Canciones negras; its lack of fashionable ‘modernity’ tempted him at one time to consider rejecting it completely. I’m glad he didn’t, for it’s an attractive (if slightly overlong), warmly romantic work that includes melodies of a popular cast.
Tuner consists of drummer Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) and multi-instrumentalist Markus Reuter (centrozoon). "Pole" is a ground-breaking modern rock album best described as an amalgamation of the sounds of Tool, Peter Gabriel, NIN, King Crimson and the daring attitude and power of contemporary art. The album features stellar performances by Peter Kingsbery (vox), SiRenee (vox), Chrysta Bell (vox), Lisa Fletcher (vox), Laura Scarborough (vibes) and Pamelia Kurstin (theremin).