A stunning 3CD set featuring the most popular classical singers of our time.
The greatest Christmas melodies and captivating festive songs sung by the finest singers in the world. A must-have compilation this Christmas.
Includes best-loved artists Il Divo, Susan Boyle, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, Collabro, Richard & Adam, Jonathan Antoine, Russell Watson, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and many more!
Hans Werner Henze's career is notable for his mastery of a broad range of idioms, from the post-Romantic lyricism of Cantata della fiaba estrema to the neo-classical delicacy of his chamber music to the brash modernism of Der langwierige Weg in die Wohnung der Natasha Ungeheuer. Voices, written in 1973, can be heard as a compendium of many of the types of music he had embraced.
Riccardo Eberspacher is an Italian composer, producer, and arranger whose music has previously appeared on some of the Buddha Bar and Chill Out compilations. Information on him is scarce, but this would seem to be his debut recording. If you've been puzzled by the term lounge music, or if you ever idly wondered whatever happened to the new age music movement, this CD will give you some meaningful answers. In short, it will tell you that the best of the much-maligned new age genre has become sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and international, and has evolved into what is now called lounge. The 16 generous tracks on Voices are creamy, elegant, and hip…
This album is the second release in the Naxos Czech Music Masters from Vienna series, and features the world premiere recording of Kozeluch’s magnificent coronation cantata. The coronation of Leopold II in Prague in 1791 came at a difficult time for European monarchs, although Leopold himself enjoyed a reputation as an enlightened ruler. Two musical works were commissioned for the occasion: Mozart’s opera ‘La clemenza di Tito’ and Kozeluch’s cantata ‘Heil dem Monarchen.’ The cantata, by turns celebratory, serene and darkly dramatic, was well-received and enhanced Kozeluch’s reputation in royal circles. It almost certainly played a part in his appointment in 1792 to the court of Leopold’s son and successor, the last Holy Roman Emperor Franz II.
The music of the 12th century poet and composer Hildegard von Bingen continues to exert a spell on the modern imagination, and not just among those who are (rightly) eager to seize on her as an early feminist icon. The chant melodies, rendered here with heartfelt elegance by the women’s chorus Vajra Voices under the direction of Karen R. Clark, are striking in both their shapeliness and the spiritual fervor that runs through them. To a modern listener, accustomed to hearing melodic lines combined in contrapuntal mesh or harmonic byplay, the spareness of these textures - even with the deft accompaniment of Shira Kammen on the vielle (a bowed string instrument) and medieval harp - can make them seem attenuated. But listen more closely, and Hildegard’s careful attentiveness to the liturgical texts, with all their implications, becomes ever more affecting.