Where Walton's scores for Henry V and Richard III have had extensive recordings, the one he did for Hamlet, the second of the three Shakespeare films directed by Olivier, has been rather left on one side, with the magnificent "Funeral March" and the `poem for orchestra', "Hamlet and Ophelia", the only major items to be recorded commercially. Here, thanks to the work of Christopher Palmer, a full suite of nearly 40 minutes has been assembled at last, to fill the gap.
This excellent first volume in what promises to be a two-disc collection of Poulenc's complete chamber music offers performances that compare favorably with the best available. All of the musicians are superb, but several deserve special mention. Alexandre Tharaud plays Poulenc's piano parts with great flair, wit, and a true feeling for the music's manic shifts from raucous high spirits to nostalgia and melancholy. Since all of these works feature the piano, the importance of his contribution can't be overestimated.
1998-2008 is a compilation album of Amaral with ending their 15-year contract with Virgin Records ( EMI Music) . 20 hits remastered versions plus 3 , 4 remixes , 2 live tracks and 1 track re-recorded. It is a journey through the career of Amaral , who in 2010 was awarded the National Prize for Contemporary Music , awarded by the Ministry of Culture, " for his contribution to the renewal of the current music scene , his ability to move the public 's feelings of the younger generation , his love of music and his craft and high quality artistic manifested throughout his career . " It is this path which is reflected in the 2CD - 1998-2008 and above hits, sold millions of records and awards received , represents the essence and spirit of their music.