An attractive and intelligently annotated set, devoted to Fauré’s chamber music with piano; the sole drawback concerns generally astringent sound quality in these 1969/70 recordings. Pianist Jean Hubeau features in all but one of these performances. An uncommonly perceptive, adroit, and lucidly compelling artist, his readings of the large-scale piano quintets, Opp. 89 and 115, are superb. He is partnered by the Quatuor Via Nova, who contribute their own serenely idiomatic account of Fauré’s three-movement string quartet, Op. 121. Hubeau’s impressively understated pianism adds distinction to refined performances of the piano quartets, Opp. 15 and 45, and the particularly fine D minor Trio, Op. 120.
Sayat Nova is the greatest Armenian troubadour (ashough) that has ever existed. This great musician and poet is remembered by Armenians as Sayat Nova, the King of Songs, an homage to his stature and prestige. The known body of songs attributed to Sayat Nova numbers around 220, written in three different languages, 31 of which are in Armenian; but the true volume of his work may have reached the thousands. This is a 2 CD set and is the first to feature all of his 31 Armenian songs in one production. It is performed by the Sayat Nova Ensemble of Armenia with Tovmas Poghosyan as the artistic director and produced by Hamazkayin Music Committee of Los Angeles, CA.
About SAYAT NOVA - The great Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova was born in 1712 in the village of Sanahin, not far from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Named Haroutiun Sayatian at birth, the great musician and lyric poet is remembered by Armenians as Sayat Nova or King of Songs, an homage to his stature and prestige. In his early teens, the Sayatian family moved to Tbilisi, which was an important center of Armenian culture, music, and literature. During this period Sayat Nova started to compose, play, and sing…
24bit digitally remastered reissue. Comes housed in a cardboard sleeve. This release compiles two wonderful LPs presenting Zoot Sims playing bossa nova songs, as well as jazz standards in a bossa nova mood arranged by Manny Albam and Al Cohn: New Beat Bossa Nova (Colpix SCP435), and its sequel, New Beat Bossa Nova Vol. 2 (Colpix SCP437). Recorded in 1962, these were among the first albums to combine bossa nova and jazz. Both LPs feature the outstanding guitarist Jim Hall as a soloist.