This edition celebrates and marks the 50th anniversary (December 6, 1960) of the death of the great Romanian-born pianist.
Squeeztone Recording Artists, the Cedarsqueezers are proud to announce thier second CD "El Chupacabra," to be released on July 30, 2010. Featuring an array of top musical talent from Austin and San Antonio, including Lloyd Maines, Grammy Award winning producer of the Dixie Chicks critically acclaimed CD "Home."
This is a terrific album. Anyone who already loves Ryan Farish will not be disappointed by his latest work. This album is a little different from previous albums in that there is more guitar…
There is no complete surviving score for Vivaldi's Ercole su'l Termodonte, but there is enough existing material that modern scholars have been able to reconstruct it primarily by making new settings of the lost recitatives. The first production of the opera since Vivaldi's time was at Spoleto in 2006 in a version by Alessandro Ciccolini, which was released as a DVD. Conductor Fabio Biondi made a version introduced in Venice in 2007, which is recorded on this 2010 Virgin CD. Biondi's recording has the advantage of two international superstars in the leading roles, tenor Rolando Villazón and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and soprano Diana Damrau is nearly in their league. Villazón's earthy voice is usually associated with 19th century and verismo Italian repertoire, but he has an acute sensitivity to Baroque vocal style, and his robust, almost baritonal tenor is entirely appropriate for a larger-than-life character like Hercules. DiDonato excels as Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, singing with her characteristic brilliance and warm humanity.