Dalla caduta dell’Impero romano alla scoperta dell’America passando per il fatidico anno Mille: i secoli del Medioevo costituiscono un enorme mosaico fatto di guerre e invasioni, ordini monastici e scismi religiosi, signorie e città-stato, vette poetiche e rivoluzioni artistiche.
Les idées reçues ont le cuir dur : la lettre de cachet, sous l’Ancien Régime, passe aujourd’hui encore pour l’exemple même du bon plaisir royal servant à enfermer nobles infidèles ou grands vassaux désobligeants. Symbole de l’arbitraire, elle serait un acte public cherchant à éliminer l’ennemi du pouvoir sans autre forme de procès — au point que l’histoire a fait d’elle le symbole de la prise de la Bastille.
Composed in 1783, Thrice Betrothed, Never Wed was the young Cherubini’s fifth opera and his first opera buffa. While it echoes its era—Paisiello, Cimarosa, Haydn, and early Mozart—it displays an almost Rossinian rhythmic bite and a few harmonic touches that look forward to the dramatic masterpieces of Cherubini’s Paris years (Lodoiska, Medée, Les deux journées, Anacréon, the C-Minor Requiem). Despite decades-long exploration of Cherubini, I have never encountered the opera before; this claims to be its first recording. The plot is filled with the expected inanities: disguises, mistaken identities, and Commedia dell’arte shenanigans. Don Pastacchio is the thrice-betrothed nobleman who is left standing when the music stops. After many false starts and red herrings, the other six characters finally match up into couples.
Complété par quatre-vingt-cinq synopsis de films, cet ouvrage parvient à recréer, tout en l'analysant, l'atmosphère propre au cinéma d'Asie centrale soviétique.
A fantastically hip performance from trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a never-heard live set, recorded for radio at a time when he was really stretching out! The group is as compelling as the performance – and features the excellent Sonny Red on alto, hitting some of those incredibly edgey notes he'd play with Donald Byrd – plus a young Cedar Walton on piano, John Ore on bass, and Hugh Walker on drums – the latter an overlooked genius on the kit, who gave us some great work with John Patton and Harold Mabern! This group is featured in a 1966 performance that takes up most of the CD – with long performances of the titles "Jung Fu", "Spring Is Here", "Somewhere In The Night", "Straight Ahead", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile" – with a few interview snippets by announcer Alan Grant. Grant also presents the remaining three tracks on the set – material from a 1962 date that is equally great, but also shows just how much Dorham had evolved in the four years that led up to the later recording. Kenny blows trumpet with Joe Farrell on tenor, Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Stu Martin on drums – on "Woody N You", "If I Should Lose You", and an incomplete performance of "Au Privave".