• March 2011 Acquisitions

    6 Mar 2011, 01:58 by lookbackbore

    John Tavener: Total Eclipse (Harmonia Mundi SACD)
    John Zorn: Archery (3CD)
    John Zorn: Lacrosse (2CD)
    Amon Düül II: Dance Of The Lemmings
    Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Fantasy SACD)
    Silvia Torres: Silvia Torres
    Mozart: Posthorn Serenade / Nannerl Septet (Abbado "gold" disc)
    Prince: Ultimate Prince (2CD)
    Madness: The Peel Sessions
    Handel: Messiah (Highlights) (Living Stereo)
    Robert Shaw: Hallelujah! And Other Great Sacred Choruses (Living Stereo)
    Villa-Lobos / Antil / Ginastera (Everest)
    SCHIDLOF QUARTET: Schumann Piano Quintet
    Morton Gould: Blues In The Night (Living Stereo)
    The Carpenters: Voice Of The Heart (Remastered Classics)
    Barry Manilow: Live
    John Coltrane: Standard Coltrane (Analogue Productions SACD)
    Paganini Ensemble: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
    John Coltrane: The Coltrane Legacy (LD)
    Nina Hagen: My Way (12")
    Tomita: Firebird (LP)
    Stevie Nicks: I Can't Wait (12")
    Al Stewart: The Early Years (2LP)
  • Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, op. 66

    25 Aug 2007, 18:02 by evewasframed


    The War Requiem was written for the reconsecration of Coventry Cathedral (the old cathedral is pictured at left), and was first performed there 30 May 1962. Coventry Cathedral had been destroyed during the Battle of Britain in World War II. Britten was commissioned to write a piece for the ceremony marking the completion of a new cathedral, designed by Basil Spence, built along side the the ruins of the original millenium-old structure. Since the work was to be performed inside the new cathedral, it was a good acoustic challenge for Britten. The ceremony was comprised of several works, including Tippett's opera King Priam.

    The War Requiem was not meant to be a pro-British piece or a glorification of British soldiers, but a public statement of Britten's anti-war convictions. It was a denunciation of the wickedness of war, not of other men. The fact that Britten wrote the piece for three specific soloists -- a German baritone (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau)…
  • American Voices 2

    3 Jun 2007, 01:28 by DudeTheMath

    The Richard Zielinski Singers are back in the studio this weekend, recording the second in what we hope will be an annual series, American Voices 2. We plan to release it in October, when it will be available (like American Voices) on CDBaby and iTunes.

    Any atmospheric sound effects can be attributed to Tropical Storm Barry, which made landfall this morning!

    We're laying down tracks by Randall Thompson, Robert Shaw and Alice Parker, Moses Hogan, and Eric Whitacre, among others.

    Rick (or "Z") is a perfectionist, who beats us when we hit a wrong note (well, it feels like that when he stops the choir and glares at you). If you've recorded with a group of four, or even twelve, imagine trying to get a complete take with forty musicians all getting it exactly right. From a mathematical perspective, if any one musician's chance of making a mistake is p, the chance of none of us making a mistake is (1-p)^40; if p is as small as half a percent, there's nearly a twenty percent chance someone will err; if p is two percent…