…The present recording proposes his Mass N°2 in E minor in its 1882 revised form, as well as the Motets. Marcus Creed, who has also recorded extraordinary versions of Brahms’ choral works, once again delights us. The perfect tonal balance the Vokalensemble of Stuttgart radiates is a marvel at every moment. Bruckner’s sacred music thereby seems eternal. Here is a Super Audio CD of rare musical pertinence: a summit.
Bellinis rare Oper "La Straniera" entstand unter großem Zeitdruck und kann deshalb nicht die dramatische Wirkung entfalten, wie es etwa "Norma" tut. Auch ist das Libretto nicht das Beste. Dennoch findet sich hier viel zauberhafte, mitreißende Musik, sodass sich die Anschaffung besonders für den Liebhaber lohnt. Diese Aufnahme hier einer (konzertanten?) Aufführung von 1969 profitiert vor allem von einer jungen Montserrat Caballe, die einfach alles gibt. Der Klang ist nicht perfekt, etwas dumpf und unscharf in den Höhen, aber auf jeden fall noch hörbar.
Nicola Porpora, a contemporary of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Haydn (and a very young Mozart) is best remembered today as a famous singing teacher and opera composer. During his long career (he lived to age 81) he suffered many employment-related difficulties and disappointments that caused him to move frequently. Naples (where he was born), Venice, Dresden, and Vienna (where he taught Haydn) all enjoyed Porpora's reputable presence, and he even spent a period in London at the behest of a group seeking to unseat Handel and his opera company from its preeminent position. In addition to his operas and vocal music, Porpora wrote instrumental works such as the six violin sonatas featured here, which are drawn from a set of 12. Although anyone familiar with Italian Baroque and early Classical-style solo violin music will discover nothing particularly original on this generally fine recording, if you enjoy that genre and period you'll find much here to indulge and satisfy your taste.