A critically acclaimed film version of the sweet-and-spicy operetta classic.
Opera legends Anna Moffo and René Kollo star in this delightful romantic comedy about a Budapest cabaret singer in love with a young aristocrat. Audiences everywhere have been captivated by Kálmán's gloriously tuneful hit numbers, an irresistible mix of spicy Hungarian rhythms and the graceful strains of the Viennese waltz. This wildly popular 1915 operetta even scored a smash on Broadway as The Riviera Girl.
Grechaninov was born in Moscow a year before Sibelius and also died in New York a year before Sibelius. He was taught by Rimsky-Korsakov. His music did not migrate far from his roots and continued to write in that style well after the 1917 revolution had led to exile first in France and then in the USA. A prolific composer in all the usual genres, his reputation seems to rest mainly on choral music and to be rather tainted by suggestions of lack of originality. Certainly, by comparison with his near contemporary Sibelius, his style did not develop much, meaning it is rather hard to believe the fourth quartet was written as late as 1929. But, listening to this disc, I sometimes found the music hard to place and was not continually reminded of other composers, surely one sign of an original voice. There are four Grechaninov string quartets and this offering completes the Utrecht Quartet’s cycle. The previous disc was well-received by Michael Cookson three years ago (see review). Both works are in four movements with the slow movement placed second. They are fairly conventional but well-crafted and pleasant listening.
This 31 CD box set is being released to celebrate what would have been her 100th birthday in December 2015. The set contains all the recital programmes of song, opera and operetta tha t she recorded for EMI between 1952 and 1974, and also included two live recitals.
All the recordings have been newly remasteredto the highest standards by various studios including Abbey Road.
Over the past 15 years, Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem has assembled a relatively small but profound body of work. A skilled improviser who refuses to be part of the historical authenticity argument, Brahem works from the same trio setting that performed on Le Pas du Chat Noir in 2002, with pianist François Couturier and accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier. The dialogue between these players is, despite the sparseness of the music and the considerable space employed, intense. The deep listening necessary in the improvised sections allows for a natural flow of ideas to emerge from silence. The compositions themselves are skeletal, with repeating, slowly evolving vamps and lyric lines.
Quand ce livre parut pour la première fois en 1975, c'était aussi la première fois que le génocide subi par le peuple arménien en 1915 était relaté en français. Ce fait historique a pourtant encore bien du mal à trouver sa place dans l'histoire du XXe siècle, même si depuis quelques années un mouvement puissant l'a fait reconnaître de tous…