Saturday, 27 September 2014

Música Barroca Mexicana II

Here the second of the "Música Barroca Mexicana" series. Though less spectacular than the first volume (with special mention to the sonatas for flute, cello and continuo), this cd gives once again a sample about sacred music in New Spain, and the glorious it was manifested.

One feature that covers both volumes is the fact that were recorded in churches (San Agustín of Valleristhal, Moselle, France), so that the sound echoed by the walls helps to perceive a deeper sensation of being insitu.

Enjoy :)

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Música Barroca Mexicana I

Back in 2004 when I had just became interested in classical music (Still I didnt grasp any special attachment to baroque music), I bumped into a magazine in whose front were the picture of  Horacio Franco been given an award of gay merit "Premio al mérito gay" in Mexico. Few months later I was given away as part of Christmas gifts between highschool buddies this marvel of recording whose charming I will never give up. 

Thanks very much Luis Angel Franco, I' will never forget your friendship once you offered me.

Enjoy :)

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Aires del Virreinato II

Baroque's music world is full of neglected musician, thus making music even more interesting in a certain sense in which it resembles a totally new music coming out from an exotic period of time where the ways of being and thinking are just now present in books.

Enjoy :)

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Mexican Baroque (Music from New Spain)

With this Jewel of Music Composed During the Domination of Spain over the Americas I start a cycle of Mexican Baroque and in general, hispanoamerican music in the viceroyalty time, composed of more or less 15 releases  that complement some early posts of this kind of music (Search back to previous posts). Each day "I swear" will be posted one till we ran out all of them. You are welcome to download and listen this astonishing music made a half world apart from the main music centers of Europe.

Enjoy :)


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Cantatas - W. F. Bach

W. F. Bach was the most neglected of the three main Bach's offspring musicians. The other two were C. P. E. Bach and J. C. Bach. His writing in the genre of the "cantatas" is quite alike to his father J. S. Bach, but is not merely that W. F. is copying his father, but making that style his own and filling it with all of his talent and rendering his cantatas true masterpieces.

Enjoy :)

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Combattimento - Monteverdi

This album wasn't  a sure bet, since Haïm didnt use plain voices for the recording, as for the repertoire is intended. In its place, she uses the voices from 19th century opera well known singers as are Villazón and Ciofi, in fact, for this recording Villazón was completely new about baroque affairs, it is perhaps this fact that gives another touch specifically to "Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda" where his declamatory is just exceptional (of course his singing too), while Ciofi impregnates with great sentiment the beautiful lament-song "Ohimé ch'io cado, ohimé". Lehtipuu's career  spans various perios of music, including baroque, nonetheless his voice never quits being operatic.

At the end this recording overpassed my expectations because I naively thought this could'nt be a so serious baroque interpretation, but it was, at least from a different point of view.  

Enjoy :)

Monday, 8 September 2014

Selva Morale e Spirituale - Monteverdi

The "Selva Morale e Spiritule" (Moral and spiritual jungle) it is in fact a wide stylistically speaking  jungle of sacred compositions spanning around 30 years, the time Monteverdi was appointed as Musical Director at St Marc. This includes Masses, Psaulms, Motets, Madrigals, etc., in a wide musical spectrum range  that only Monteverdi could achieved in his time.

I must say nevertheless that this is MY FAVORITE ALBUM EVER, and I believe also that this masterpiece represents the peak of Cantus' Cölln discography. The sublime chanting aside with extraordinary instrumental accompaniment that supports the emotional status of this art has reached deep in my soul a place to stay all my life, and more if it's possible. 

Enjoy :)
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Friday, 5 September 2014

German Organ Music

The so known said that states: "Never judge a book by its cover", never ceases to amaze me. In fact this recording is one of my favorites for the organ, I can listen it again and again and never get bored. Its brillian execution by Joseph Payne, an not so known organist as it's Bolliger or Gillian Weir, but not less virtuoso at all. Virtuoso not just in the sense of having a brave technique, but to have likewise a great intuition that allows to go deeper in the scores. That is what makes the music be the music captivating by itself .

Enjoy :)

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Historic Organs from 5 Centuries

Im really delighted upon posting this cd interpreted by Albert Bolliger. A man deeply fascinated by the world of organs, whose long career has given fruits all along his life and the places he is being at. 

The series "Historic Organs" unveils his true art, the ties his mind has with the organ, making up an extraordinary interpretation in all the different organs he has played, just briefed in the present disk. Just as example is the so tender interpretation of the BWV 754  "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier" which has no paragon and that I love.

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Organ Music - Bach Family

The nearly two hundred years, the Bach's made their mark on musical history through the efforts and achievements of around 50 family members, some of them essentially instrumentalists, and others whose main focus was composition. The best known of them was Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), who began to make a detailed record on his family's history, a task that was later completed by his son Carl Philipp Emanuel (1714-1788). From this it appears that for at least seven generations the family, which originated in Slovakia before moving permanently to Thuringia, had always comprised several musicians.

Because I wanted to provide an overall view of the genius of the Bach family over the centuries, I sought out scores of proven authorship with the aim of bringing stylistic  and historic changes to the fore. The anthology is an eloquent testament  to the unusual concentration of musical talent in a single family. From chorale to variations, from prelude to fugue, from rondo to toccata, the listener is thus able to witness the development of different musical forms and inventions from the 16th to the 20th century.    Sergio Militello 

Enjoy!  :)

Monday, 1 September 2014

Organ Works - Bach

Absolutely beauty, powerful interpretation and astonishing sound. When it comes to the organ, Bach's music deserves a keen understanding. His music expresses not only Bach's music skills, but his own self as something astral covering every single note so that when it listened, shivering. It is a so diligent music that is in many senses self-understandable, and will-less we are just free-sheets  at the mercy of the even the smallest wind. But it can be the opposite as can be noted in the so famous Toccata and Fugue BWV 565 whereupon by force we are lead off our minds.

Enjoy :)