Best of 2018: Orchestral CDs

Best of 2018 – Orchestral CDs   In ictu oculi Kenneth Hesketh BBC Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Christoph Mathias Mueller Paladino   Three large orchestra works by British composer Kenneth Hesketh are attractively scored in multifaceted, often muscular, fashion. Hesketh’s unabashed exploration of emotionality, imbued with strongly etched motives and intricate formal designs, providesContinue reading “Best of 2018: Orchestral CDs”

Best of 2018: Orchestral CDs with Voices

Best of 2018: Orchestral CDs with Voices   Requiem John Harbison Nashville Symphony Chorus and Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor Naxos Records   John Harbison’s Requiem Mass had a long and fragmented gestation, but it certainly sounds of a piece. This debut recording by Nashville Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, led by Giancarlo Guerrero, emphasizesContinue reading “Best of 2018: Orchestral CDs with Voices”

Messiaen – Poemes pour Mi (CD Review)

Olivier Messiaen Poèmes pour Mi Bruun Hyldig Duo (Hetna Regitze Bruun, soprano; Kristoffer Hyldig, piano) Naxos CD 8.573247 Hetna Bruun is billed as a soprano here, but she routinely sings as a mezzo. Given that Olivier Messiaen’s song cycle Poèmes pour Mi was composed for a Wagnerian soprano, Marcelle Bunlet, to sing, Bruun’s voice has the perfectContinue reading “Messiaen – Poemes pour Mi (CD Review)”

The Song of the Stars (Naxos CD)

The Song of the Stars British Music for Upper Voice Choir Naxos CD 8.573427 Wells Cathedral School Choralia, conducted by Christopher Finch; Eleanor Turner, harp; Elliot Launn, piano Occupying as it does an important niche in choral literature, the CD Song of the Stars demonstrates the vitality and importance of Naxos Records’s “no stone leftContinue reading “The Song of the Stars (Naxos CD)”