Jim Oliver, Emmy Award-winning performer, and Jorge Alfano, world music multi-instrumentalist, envelop you in a sensual and warm musical ambiance. The Musical Massage Series features instrumental works that immerse the listener in an ambiance of relaxation, deep healing, and rejuvenation. This is music that was created to be heard, felt, and absorbed. A sonic massage for the mind, body, and soul…
In a previous issue of Fanfare, I wrote an article about Franco Alfano suggesting that his music was unfairly neglected. It was the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Cyrano de Bergerac with Placido Domingo that ignited my curiosity and sparked a thorough exploration of Alfano’s music. The more I heard of it, the more highly I regarded it. Alfano is most well known, unfortunately, for his completion of Puccini’s Turandot, a thankless task if ever there was one.
Henry Fogel, FANFARE
Protest as she may – and she does, claiming in the liner notes that #1's is "not a greatest hits album! It's too soon, I haven't been recording long enough for that!" – it's hard to view #1's, Mariah Carey's first compilation, as anything other than a greatest-hits album. Carey was fortunate enough to have nearly every single she released top the pop charts. Between 1990's "Vision of Love" and 1998's "My All," all but four commercially released singles ("Anytime You Need a Friend," "Can't Let Go," "Make It Happen," "Without You") hit number one, with only a handful of radio-only singles ("Butterfly," "Breakdown") making the airwaves, not the charts. That leaves 12 big hits on #1's, all number ones…
"This Grammy winner, one of the most successful versions of Puccini's final opera, offers Nilsson's first recording of the title character, and Bjoerling's last operatic portrayal on disc, including a heroic, for-the-ages "Nessun dorma". The extraordinary orchestration, befitting a story set in ancient China, benefits from the new DSD remastering."
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the relationship between Luciano Pavarotti and Decca a fitting occasion to marvel once again at the sheer quality of the voice of the 20th Century s greatest tenor.
This 27 CD survey reviews the totality of Pavarotti s remarkably intense first decade with Decca. Everything the artist recorded for the company from signing his contract until 1973 is here, allowing critics and collectors and opera lovers once more to appreciate his exceptional achievement in that first decade for the Decca label.