Poulenc’s Stabat Mater in Gramophone:"Carolyn Sampson eloquently expresses the isolation and apprehension of the solo line, and the mixed voices of the Cappella Amsterdam and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Reuss sensitively and dramatically project the sombre, fearful, abject world in which Poulenc finds himself.”iTunes: http://ow.ly/vVJQ1 Amazon:http://ow.ly/vVK6c

Poulenc’s Stabat Mater in Gramophone:

"Carolyn Sampson eloquently expresses the isolation and apprehension of the solo line, and the mixed voices of the Cappella Amsterdam and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Reuss sensitively and dramatically project the sombre, fearful, abject world in which Poulenc finds himself.”

iTunes: http://ow.ly/vVJQ1 Amazon:http://ow.ly/vVK6c

Anonymous 4's Marie et Marion is an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone! “Gorgeous music, gorgeously sung with absolute transparency.”The album debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart this week.Get it on iTunes: http://ow.ly/uyQcL or Amazon:http://ow.ly/uX7gw

Anonymous 4's Marie et Marion is an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone! “Gorgeous music, gorgeously sung with absolute transparency.”

The album debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart this week.

Get it on iTunes: http://ow.ly/uyQcL or Amazon:http://ow.ly/uX7gw

Tune in this Sunday, April 20th to hear viol master and early music star Jordi Savall on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered. Host Arun Rath caught up with Savall just before his concert last month at Walt Disney Concert Hall to discuss “Balkan - Honey & Blood,” Savall’s latest recording and his quest to explore the common threads shared by diverse cultures through musical traditions.  On ”Balkan - Honey & Blood” Savall presents an ambitious program that explores the length and breadth of a region that has had more than its share of human and historical drama. This set features nearly four hours of spellbinding music, accompanied by a lavishly documented book. Savall has structured the album around the four seasons of the year to correspond to the seasons of human life.
 
BALKAN - Honey & BloodCycles of LifeAlia Vox AVSA 9902
Tune in this Sunday, April 20th to hear viol master and early music star Jordi Savall on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered. Host Arun Rath caught up with Savall just before his concert last month at Walt Disney Concert Hall to discuss “Balkan - Honey & Blood,” Savall’s latest recording and his quest to explore the common threads shared by diverse cultures through musical traditions.  

On ”Balkan - Honey & Blood” Savall presents an ambitious program that explores the length and breadth of a region that has had more than its share of human and historical drama. This set features nearly four hours of spellbinding music, accompanied by a lavishly documented book. Savall has structured the album around the four seasons of the year to correspond to the seasons of human life.
 
BALKAN - Honey & Blood
Cycles of Life

Alia Vox AVSA 9902
Joyce Yang performs next Monday at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC with Augustin Hadelich and Pablo Villegas: http://ow.ly/vr7FU
Next, she plays with The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Marcus Center For The Performing Arts on April 25 through April 27: http://ow.ly/vTXQh

Joyce Yang performs next Monday at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC with Augustin Hadelich and Pablo Villegas: http://ow.ly/vr7FU

Next, she plays with The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Marcus Center For The Performing Arts on April 25 through April 27: http://ow.ly/vTXQh

The LAST question of our Easter contest is up on the Facebook! Answer to win a copy of Poulenc’s Stabat Mater by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir or The Seven Last Words of Christ by Cuarteto Casals. Winners will be picked randomly and announced next Monday.Don’t forget to follow our Spotify Profile and listen our Holy Week playlist.

The LAST question of our Easter contest is up on the Facebook! Answer to win a copy of Poulenc’s Stabat Mater by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir or The Seven Last Words of Christ by Cuarteto Casals. Winners will be picked randomly and announced next Monday.

Don’t forget to follow our Spotify Profile and listen our Holy Week playlist.

Tenor Mark Padmore has made the Shortlist for the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, in the Singer category! http://ow.ly/vRmxW
Winners will be announced on May 13 at The Dorchester Hotel in London and on BBC Radio 3 on May 18.
The RPS Music Awards are the most prestigious awards for live classical music. All the shortlisted nominees are prepared to take risks, and in challenging themselves, they draw us into a musical world that is dynamic, unpredictable and hugely enjoyable.

Tenor Mark Padmore has made the Shortlist for the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, in the Singer category! http://ow.ly/vRmxW

Winners will be announced on May 13 at The Dorchester Hotel in London and on BBC Radio 3 on May 18.

The RPS Music Awards are the most prestigious awards for live classical music. All the shortlisted nominees are prepared to take risks, and in challenging themselves, they draw us into a musical world that is dynamic, unpredictable and hugely enjoyable.

leadingtone:

William Byrd
"My mistress had a little dog," lament

Emma Kirkby
Fretwork

A surface reading suggests that Byrd composed this elegy as a tribute to the deceased pet of Queen Elizabeth I. But it has been proposed on lyrical, musical, and contextual grounds that this song may in fact be a thinly coded diatribe against the execution of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex. A Catholic like Byrd, Devereux doggedly maintained his loyalty to the queen all the way to the block. 

kimberlite8:

I met Jordi Savall, the major figure responsible for bringing back the viola de gamba and early music back to popular culture. He looks great for a man in his 70s. I was so nervous…

kimberlite8:

I met Jordi Savall, the major figure responsible for bringing back the viola de gamba and early music back to popular culture. He looks great for a man in his 70s. I was so nervous…

classicalmusiconspotify:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

String Quintet in C major, K515 (1787)

String Quintet in G minor, K516 (1787)

String Quintet in D major, K593* (1790)

String Quintet in E flat major, K614* (1791)

Talich Quartet, Karel Rehak (viola)

Rec: 1990, *1995

(La Dolce Volta/Calliope)

Available at last! Unrivalled performances of Mozart’s greatest non-operatic works.

classicalmusiconspotify:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Complete String Quartets

Talich Quartet

Rec: 1977-1981

(La Dolce Volta/Calliope)

Individual performances may have been bettered, but as complete cycles go this is still one of the best. And in the late quartets, in particular, the Talich Quartet is uniquely commanding and wise. This is very special.