Toru loved his country; particularly it's most refined traditions. He always expressed delight with our world's diversity and sadness at the passing of unique cultural traditions from which he believed other people could learn important lessons. Toru was not interested in merging cultures. On the contrary, he wanted every culture to retain its unique characteristics as parables for the enlightenment of all. He wanted peace but valued individuality above uniformity, principle above compromise. He expressed ambivalence about his November Steps; a blend of western orchestra and traditional Japanese instruments that some people saw as a bridge between East and West and a template for a world music.
Silva Screen Records presents the most comprehensive collection of Music to mark the 80th birthday of John Williams, the 5 time Oscar and 18 time Grammy award-winning world's No.1 Film Composer. This unique collection includes: 6 Compact Disc box set - 88 tracks and 7 hours of music. In the history of film music over the last six decades one name stands supreme as the most prolific and celebrated composer working in cinema today - John Williams His astounding collection of awards remains unrivalled including 47 Oscar nominations (five wins) surpassed only by Walt Disney. Add to that four Golden Globes, seven BAFTAS and twenty-one Grammys. His themes have become part of the fabric of the history of cinema, part of a cavalcade of blockbusters that include the Star Wars saga, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Jaws, Superman and many, many, more that are all included on this superb collection. The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra pay tribute over this six CD set that defines his monumental career. With 88 tracks and over seven hours of music this release is the ultimate collection of this outstanding composer who celebrated his 80th birthday on February 8th this year and has now observed a 40 year screen partnership with Steven Spielberg. (amazon).
Concerts with Maria Schneider are something special. They are stylistically not only out of the ordinary, they also manage to bring large orchestras to perform artistically at high voltage, with an energy and at a creative level which is otherwise known only in much smaller ensembles. It is not the music alone that drives the participants, but rather the serene seriousness of a band leader who demands a maximum of intensity from her compositions and passes this premise on to their interpretation. It is impossible to conceive of compositions for jazz orchestras more stringently. The instrumentalists know this too, and therefore feel called upon not only to reproduce the charts accurately but to work out all the contained hints, implications, and visions of sound down to the deepest levels. This original recording was made in May 2000 when Schneider appeared alongside the SWR Big Band. And for the SWR Big Band, those days in May 2000 are some of the highlights of their orchestral history.
Funerary Music of Carriacou Presented here are the magnificent Big Drum songs from Carriacou, Grenada, a font of African and European musical traditions. This is music for the ancestors, or “Old Parents,” performed at Tombstone Feasts held years after death and burial, when the body is finally entombed and the spirit of the departed may at last rest in peace. Caribbean Voyage Released for the first time, Alan Lomax’s legendary 1962 recordings of the rich and many-stranded musical traditions of the Lesser Antilles and eastern Caribbean: work songs, pass-play and story songs, calypso, East Indian chaupai, and steel band music, reflecting the Central and West African, French, English, Celtic, Spanish and East Indian contributions to Caribbean culture. The Alan Lomax Collection The Alan Lomax Collection gathers together the American, European and Caribbean field recordings, world music compilations, and ballad operas of writer, folklorist, and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax.
This is yet another addition to the Collegium Musicum 90's superb series of Telemann recordings. Their tone is suitably mellow, much more attuned to the baroque sensibility than any other period instruments orchestra I can think of. The works here are totally engaging. The chalumeau is a predecessor of the clarinet. It makes a woody, somewhat recorder-like sound, and, on this showing, has a limited amount of versatility.