Virgin Classics assembled an all-star team of chamber musicians to put together this five-disc set of Gabriel Fauré's complete music for strings and piano. Only the String Quartet, Op. 121, by the Quatuor Ebène, was previously released. Fauré's chamber music - with the exception of a couple of short works for cello and piano - isn't as well known outside of France as that of Debussy and Ravel, although the two piano quartets are widely admired.
Walton has been heralded as the most important composer of the 20th century. I knew little of his work and wanted to 'hear' for myself. His musical range is impressive and I feel that he has influenced many contemporary composers.
Winner of a Diapason d'Or and a Choc du Monde la Musique. The greatest recording of the organ works of Buxtehude by specialist Bernard Foccroulle, who uses five historic and modern instruments to shed a new light on the richness and variety of this repertory.
Joseph Kerman was a leading musicologist, music critic, and music educator from the 1950s to the 2000s. He reshaped our understanding and appreciation of Western classical music with his first book, Opera as Drama (1956), to his last, Opera and the Morbidity of Music (2008), including his studies on Bach, Beethoven, William Byrd, concertos, and more. He was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, where he served two terms as chair of the Music Department. He wrote Listen together with his wife, Vivian Kerman.
Limited UK box set from the British Alt-Rock trio consisting of 3/4ths of Goth legends Bauhaus: Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins. Under-appreciated in Europe, Love And Rockets were capable of a far more colorful sonic palate than the darker sounds of their previous incarnation, as these CDs attest. The box contains digitally remastered and expanded editions of the albums Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven (1985), Express (1986), Earth Sun & Moon (1987), and Love & Rockets (1989) along with a fifth disc consisting of 18 non-album tracks.
The first hits package from iconic singer/songwriter Mylene Farmer, 2001 release Mots, showcases her musical evolution from French pop chanteuse to feisty rock chick to futuristic dance diva. A celebration of her 17-year career, the two-CD collection includes 27 of her most popular singles and B-sides compiled in chronological order, from her 1989 debut "Maman a Tort" to 2001's "L'Histoire D'Une Fee, C'est…" alongside three new compositions, "C'est Une Belle Journee," "Pardonne-Moi," and the title track collaboration with Seal.