The Armenian monk Soghomon Soghomonian, better known by his priest’s name of Komitas, collected hundreds of folksongs around 1900 during the course of his travels through the Armenian highlands between Van Lake, the Black Sea and the southern Caucasus. These songs, handed down orally over the centuries, express all the archaism of this ancient people’s unmistakeable culture – a culture than was nearly extinguished in the genocide of the Armenians during the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1917…
Known to opera audiences worldwide, Camilla Tilling is also a dedicated recitalist. On two previous BIS releases, the Swedish soprano and her musical partner Paul Rivinius have interpreted Strauss as well as Schubert, to critical acclaim: 'Tilling takes her place among the leading Strauss sopranos of the day' (Sunday Times); 'a Schubert recital of rare pedigree' (Gramophone). On her present offering she turns northwards, interpreting songs by Grieg, Sibelius and Wilhelm Stenhammar. The disc takes its title from an early song by Stenhammar, I skogen ('In the forest'), and many of the selected songs are either played out in or depict natural settings, in a manner we are familiar with from Nordic composers.
Here is a side of Handel unfamiliar even to those knowledgeable about his music. Most of this CD is devoted to miscellaneous songs in English‚ many of them published in his time on song sheets‚ or in journals‚ or given to friends‚ or intended for use in the theatre. They are‚ generally‚ in a more popular vein than his familiar music‚ and often in the style used by such composers as Arne or Boyce‚ or lesser men‚ in their English songs. The best of them‚ to my taste‚ are the theatre songs: ‘I like the amorous youth’ is a specially charming piece‚ and ‘Love’s but the frailty of the mind’‚ a Congreve setting made for the admired actresssinger Kitty Clive‚ is an exquisite and touching little song‚ especially when sung as beautifully as it is here by Emma Kirkby.
…The mischievous “I’ll show you mine” Cover, perhaps best stored spine outwards, should not be allowed to detract from a musical treat.
The ex-Blumfeld-singer released the album Songs From The Bottom Vol. 1. The album that was produced with Swen Meyer contains cover versions of artists like Britney Spears, Lana Del Rey, Radiohead, The Verve and many more. Jochen Distelmeyer will promote the album on an extensive tour. Jochen Distelmeyer is a German singer and songwriter…
Happy Traum's long association with Bob Dylan makes him the perfect instructor to teach these seven fingerstyle arrangements of Dylan favorites. The detailed, in-depth lessons are designed for both early intermediate and more experienced players who will gain important guitar technique along with first-hand historical insights.
If you're ready to go beyond the basics and add new material to your set list, this package is for you! Happy teaches: "C.C. Rider," "Step It Up and Go," "Move to Kansas City," "New Stranger Blues," "Boogie-Woogie Blues," "Careless Love," "You're Gonna Quit Me Baby," "Bad Luck Blues," "Diddy Wah Diddy," more. Along the way you'll learn to add walking basses, bass melody lines, up-the-neck note and chord positions and a variety of improvisational techniques. Intermediate. Includes note/tab booklet. 2 hours.