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New In the Recordings Collection (November 2010)

Handel Cantatas on Glossa

Handel, Cantate Italiane, vol. 1, CD 37786

Handel, Cantate Italiane, vol. 1, CD 37786

We recently acquired the first 6 volumes in a wonderful series of Handel’s Italian cantatas on the Spanish Glossa label. These early works were written between 1706 and 1710 and contain a wealth of musical material that the composer would draw on later for his operas. Fabio Bonizzoni leads La Risonanza with vocal soloists including Roberta Invernizzi, Romina Basso, Yetzabel Arias Fernández, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Nuria Rial, Emanuela Galli, Raffaella Milanesi and Salvo Vitale.

Find them here: Loeb Music Library CD 37786-37791.

Ken Vandermark… Resonance


Ken Vandermark. Resonance, AC 36775
Ken Vandermark. Resonance, AC 36775

A new jazz arrival is this 10-CD box set of composed and improvised music by Ken Vandermark and musicians he assembled in Poland along with Not-Two Records owner Marek Winiarski. A rich array of compositions for full ten-piece band and various small group configurations, this box highlights sets and concerts recorded in Krakow during a 6 day period in November of 2007.

Find it here: Loeb Music Library AC 36775.

Levine… 40 Years at the Met!

James Levine Celebrating 40 Years at the Met, DVD 1752-1763

James Levine at the Met, DVD 1752-1763

We just received the Met’s 21-DVD collection celebrating the career of James Levine with eleven complete operas and three concert programs recorded from 1978 to 2003. Some highlights of the set include a powerful performance of Wozzeck with Katarina Dalayman and Falk Struckmann (DVD 1753), Renata Scotto in Don Carlo and in all three Il Trittico operas (DVD 1761 and DVD 1756), and Astrid Varnay’s last appearance at the Met in Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (DVD 1762).

Find them here: Loeb Music Library DVD 1752-1763.

The Neos label…

York Höller, Sphären; Der ewige Tag, CD 37845

York Höller, Sphären; Der ewige Tag, CD 37845

In the past few months the library has acquired a number of new recordings of contemporary music on the Munich-based Neos label. These include quartets by Helmut Lachenmann (CD 37847), Wolfgang Rihm’s Vigilia (CD 37811), and CDs featuring the works of York Höller, David Philip Hefti, Jörg Widmann, Dieter Schnebel, and Georg Friedrich Haas.

Find them here: recordings on the Neos label.

-Peter Laurence

New in the Recordings Collection (June 2010)

New Finnish CDs

Jukka Tienssu. nemo - Puro - Spiriti. CD 37559

Jukka Tienssu. nemo – Puro – Spiriti. CD 37559

We recently acquired a group of Finnish titles on the Alba label including two recordings with music by composer Jukka Tiensuu (CD 37559 and CD 37560). Complementing our collection of his scores, these recordings include a piano concerto entitled Mind, selections from Alma for orchestra and electronics, and a piece for accordion and orchestra called Spiriti. And on the subject of accordions, the instrument figures prominently in the musical activity of Finland from its love of Tango to its International Accordion Festival held each year in Ikaalinen.

Explore further: recordings of Finnish tango from our collection.

Tom Jobim

Tom Jobim. Waters of march. DVD 1706

Tom Jobim. Waters of march. DVD 1706

Originally from Brazilian label Biscoito Fino, this rich three-part DVD program (DVD 1704, 1705 & 1706) chronicles Jobim’s life and music through a mix of documentary material, interviews and live performances. Taken primarily from a 1990 show, performances feature Jobim on vocals and piano, with a band that includes cellist Jaques Morelenbaum and the occasional special guest: see Chico Buarque in Part 3/She’s a Carioca/Ela è Carioca doing “Ela Desatinou”. Part 1 (No More Blues/Chega de Saudade) also contains material from a 1995 performance with Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil and Paulinho da Viola, and Part 2 (Waters of March/Águas de Março) presents beautiful footage of a place dear to Jobim, Rio’s Botanical Gardens.

Royal Swedish Opera Archives

Die Walküre. Royal Swedish Opera Archives. CD 36758

Die Walküre. Royal Swedish Opera Archives. CD 36758

We’ve just received several CDs on the Caprice label featuring unpublished house and live recordings from the Royal Swedish Opera. A series highlight so far is a complete performance of Die Walküre (CD 37658) taken from 1955 and 1956 in which Birgit Nilsson sings her first Brünnhilde. Another issue offers Mozart opera arias and excerpts (CD 37659) recorded between 1952 and 1967 with performances by Nilsson, Elisabeth Söderström and others. More titles in this series — Strauss, Berlioz and Verdi (including Björling in Trovatore from 1957) — are on the way.

– Peter Laurence

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