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Gabriel Jackson (b.1962): 'Airplane Cantata' / Rex Lawson, pianola; BBC Singers; Hill, Morgan
Gabriel Jackson (b.1962): 'Airplane Cantata' / Rex Lawson, pianola; BBC Singers; Hill, Morgan

1 CD / Signum Records / 2014-09-09

Works: Gabriel Jackson: The Voice of the Bard, for chorus; Ruchill Linn, for chorus; Airplane Cantata, for speaker, chorus & pianola; Winter Heavens, for chorus; Choral Symphony, for chorus
Performers: Alcantara, Lynette; Bowen, Christopher; Cameron, Margaret; Charlesworth, Stephen; Jeffes, Stephen; Lawson, Rex; Poole, Elizabeth; Robinson, Olivia; Smart, Alison; Tring, Emma [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Hill, David; Morgan, James
Ensemble: ; BBC Singers

The BBC Singers continue their series of releases featuring works by their official Associate Composer - a unique chance for some of the most talented...continue...
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New Music Collections, Vol. 1: Choral - works by Anthony Payne, Birtwistle, Saxton, Britten, Finnissy, Skempton et al.
New Music Collections, Vol. 1: Choral - works by Anthony Payne, Birtwistle, Saxton, Britten, Finnissy, Skempton et al.

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-04-29

Works: Julian Anderson: Four American Choruses; Giles Swayne: Cry; Robert Saxton: I will awake the dawn; Michael Finnissy: Descriptive Jottings of London, for chorus; Richard Rodney Bennett: Spells; Benjami...
Performers: Finnissy, Michael; Howard Skempton [Composer/Accordion]
Conductors: Halsey, Simon; Poole, John; Weeks, James; Willcocks, David; Skidmore, Jeffrey; Cleobury, Stephen; Knussen, Oliver; Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: ; Bach Choir; BBC Singers; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; Ex Cathedra; Ex Cathedra (Early Music Ens.); London Sinfonietta Voices

NMC explores the rich offerings of its back catalogue in a new mid-price series called New Music Collections. (See what we did there?) Each album...continue...
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Edward Cowie (b.1943): Choral Works
Edward Cowie (b.1943): Choral Works "Gesangbuch" / BBC Singers; Endymion

1 CD / Signum Records / 2013-08-27

Works: Edward Cowie: Bell Bird Motet, for chorus; The Soft Complaining Flute, for baroque flute & chorus; Gesangbuch, for chorus & chamber ensemble; Lyre Bird Motet, for chorus
Conductors: Cleobury, Stephen; Joly, Simon
Ensemble: ; BBC Singers; Endymion; Endymion Ensemble

The opening piece of this recording - a 2011 commission for BBC Radio 3 - creates a complex musical tapestry and soundscape from the call...continue...
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Richard Blackford: Mirror of Perfection; Choral Anthems / Ying Huang: soprano; Bo Skovhus: baritone
Richard Blackford: Mirror of Perfection; Choral Anthems / Ying Huang: soprano; Bo Skovhus: baritone

1 CD / Nimbus Records / 2013-02-12

Works: Richard Blackford: Mirror of Perfection; A Westminster Te Deum, for chorus & organ; On Another's Sorrow, for chorus & organ; I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, for chorus & organ; From The Song of Songs...
Performers: Farrington, Iain; Huang, Ying; Robinson, Olivia; Skovhus, Bo [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Blackford, Richard; Hill, David
Ensemble: ; BBC Singers

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Mirror of Perfection is a response to texts by St Francis of Assisi, some of which (notably Canticle of Love III) are...continue...
Recording information: St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London, England (02/22/2012); Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (02/22/2012); St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London, England (199...continue...
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John McCabe (b. 1939): Visions - Music for Chorus / BBC Singers, Iain Farrington, organ
John McCabe (b. 1939): Visions - Music for Chorus / BBC Singers, Iain Farrington, organ

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2012-12-11

Works: John McCabe: Marian Carols (3) for voices & chorus; Mangan Triptych, for chorus; Amen/Alleluia, for chorus; Proud Songsters, for chorus; The Lily-White Rose, for voice & chorus; The Morning Watch, fo...
Performers: Charlesworth, Stephen; Farrington, Iain; Feaviour, Margaret; Fox, Jacqueline; Goater, Edward; Robinson, Olivia; Tring, Emma [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Hill, David
Ensemble: ; BBC Singers

Choral music from one of Britain's leading composers. These wide-ranging and deeply communicative settings present a rich variety of vocal colors and textures. Includes several...continue...
Recording information: St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London, England (02/19/2009/07/02/2010)....continue...
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My Dancing Day: Choral Music by Richard Rodney Bennett / BBC Singers
My Dancing Day: Choral Music by Richard Rodney Bennett / BBC Singers

1 CD / Signum Records / 2012-01-01

Works: Richard Rodney Bennett: My Dancing Day, carol setting for chorus; Gloria, Gloria, carol setting for chorus; In the Bleak Midwinter, carol setting for chorus; New Year Carol, carol setting for chorus;...
Performers: Goater, Edward; Robinson, Olivia
Conductors: Brough, Paul
Ensemble: BBC Singers

As one of Britain's most respected and versatile musicians, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett has produced over two hundred works for the concert hall, and fifty...continue...
Recording information: Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (01/19/2012/01/20/2012)....continue...
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Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew / BBC Singers
Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew / BBC Singers

2 CD / NMC Classics / 2011-09-27

Works: Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew, opera
Performers: Bundy, Michael; Cahill, Teresa; Charlesworth, Stephen; Danby, Graeme; Gibbs, Charles; Johnston, Robert; Lodge, Rebecca [Vocals]; Mirfin, Timothy; Murgatroyd, Andrew; Peacock, Adrian; Poole, Elizabeth...
Conductors: Ridder, André de
Ensemble: BBC Singers

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This project blew me away...Saxton's tonal (or modal) musical language ranges from the cinematic spectacular to rapt spirituality. And the piece is compellingly delivered...continue...
Recording information: BBC Maida Vale Studio 1 (2008-12-18_2008-12-19&2009-)....continue...
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Tippett - Choral Images / Cleobury, BBC Singers
Tippett - Choral Images / Cleobury, BBC Singers

1 CD / Signum Records / 2007-01-01

Works: Michael Tippett: Dance, Clarion Air, madrigal for chorus; Plebs angelica, motet for double chorus; The Weeping Babe, motet for soprano & chorus; Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Evening Canticles), for ch...
Performers: Adams-Barbaro, Jennifer; Charlesworth, Stephen; Farrington, Iain; Feaviour, Margaret; Fox, Jacqueline; Johnston, Robert; MacIntyre, Stuart; Menna, Sian; Murgatroyd, Andrew
Conductors: Cleobury, Stephen
Ensemble: BBC Singers

When Sir Michael Tippett first worked with the BBC Singers in 1944, the experience was such that he recalled nearly 50 years later that "It...continue...
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Chilcott: Man I Sing, etc / Chilcott, BBC Singers, et al
Chilcott: Man I Sing, etc / Chilcott, BBC Singers, et al

1 CD / Signum Records / 2007-01-01

Works: Bob Chilcott: The Making of the Drum, cantata for chorus & percussion; My Prayer, for 2 sopranos & double chorus; Advent Antiphons for chorus; Shepherd's Carol; And Every Stone Shall Cry, for chorus;...
Performers: Foulkes, Carolyn; Haslam, Micaela; Johnston, Robert; Murgatroyd, Andrew; Poole, Elizabeth; Porter, Kim; Rebello, Simone; Robinson, Olivia; Silverthorne, Paul
Conductors: Chilcott, Bob
Ensemble: BBC Singers

"All the music on this CD is accessible, concise and says something worthwhile... The choir is renowned as an expert ensemble and here they sing...continue...
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American Classics - Milken Archive - Psalms of Joy & Sorrow
American Classics - Milken Archive - Psalms of Joy & Sorrow

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2006-10-31

Works: George Rochberg: Psalms (3) for Unaccompanied Choir; Jacob Druckman: Sabbath Eve Service "Shir shel yakov"; Ursula Mamlok: Cantata "Blessed is the man"; Yehudi Wyner: Friday Evening Service; Miriam G...
Performers: Bikel, Theodore; Bischof, Justin; Bowers-Broadbent, Christopher; Evans, Joseph [Tenor]; Finkelstein, Meir; Leonard, Sarah; Mason, Patrick; Miller, Aaron David; Mizrahi, Alberto; Potton, Hugh
Conductors: Brewer, Michael; Adler, Samuel; Itai, Avner; Corp, Ronald; Rickenbacher, Karl Anton; Gunzenhauser, Stephen; Gardner, Patrick; Levin, Neil
Ensemble: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra; BBC Singers; Carmina Choir; Laudibus; London Chorus; New York Cantorial Choir; Rochester Singers; Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir; Schola Hebraeica; Slovak Radio Symphony Orch...

Unique among liturgies in their singular blend of majestic grandeur, loft sentiments, and poignant simplicity, the Psalms embrace virtually every basic human emotion and mood,...continue...
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American Classics - Milken Archive - Herman Berlinski
American Classics - Milken Archive - Herman Berlinski

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2006-08-29

Works: Herman Berlinski: From the World of My Father, Suite no 1, for orchestra; Shofar Service, for shofar, voice, choir, 2 trumpets & organ; Burning Bush; Symphonic Visions for orchestra
Performers: Bowers-Broadbent, Christopher; Christopher, Ted; Ghigi, James; Harbach, Barbara [Composer/Organ]; Keavy, Stephen; Roseman, Tim
Conductors: Schwarz, Gerard; Itai, Avner
Ensemble: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra; BBC Singers; Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Herman Berlinski-whose colorful life included musical development in Leipzig and Paris, a stint in the French Foreign Legion, and a distinguished career as a composer,...continue...
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McNeff: Four Tales from Beatrix Potter / Staunton, et al
McNeff: Four Tales from Beatrix Potter / Staunton, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-01-24

Works: Stephen McNeff: The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, for narrator & orchestra; The Tale of Peter Rabbit, for narrator & orchestra; The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, for narrator & orchestra; The Tale of Samuel...
Conductors: Rundell, Clark
Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra; BBC Singers

These four tales were adapted for stage by Adrian Mitchell, one of Britains favorite poets and dramatists. This premiere recording of Beatrix Potters tales of...continue...
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Tavener: Fall And Resurrection / Richard Hickox; Patricia Rozario; Michael Chance; Martyn Hill [DVD]
Tavener: Fall And Resurrection / Richard Hickox; Patricia Rozario; Michael Chance; Martyn Hill [DVD]

1 DVD Video / BBC Opus Arte / 2005-08-16

Works: John Tavener: Fall and Resurrection
Performers: Chance, Michael; Hill, Martyn; Richardson, Stephen; Rozario, Patricia
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: BBC Singers; City of London Sinfonia; St. Paul's Cathedral Choir

Run Time: 98 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC/PAL, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): DD 5.1 Surround,
Subtitles: English
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Weinberg: Piano Concerto no 2, etc / Rickenbacher, et al
Weinberg: Piano Concerto no 2, etc / Rickenbacher, et al

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2005-06-21

Works: Jacob Weinberg: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C Major; Quartet for Strings Op. 55; Shabbat Ba'aretz (Sabbath in the Holy Land Service), Op. 41
Performers: Bowers-Broadbent, Christopher; Mason, Patrick [Baritone Vocal]; Osorio, Jorge Federico
Conductors: Rickenbacher, Karl Anton; Kiesler, Kenneth
Ensemble: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra; BBC Singers

"...All of the artists involved in this release are top-drawer. Jorge Federico Osorio makes a strong case for the Piano Concerto, even though I have...continue...
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Alexander Levine: Kolokola / James Morgan, BBC Singers
Alexander Levine: Kolokola / James Morgan, BBC Singers

1 CD / Albany Records / 2005-04-01

Works: Alexander Levine: Kolokola
Conductors: Morgan, James
Ensemble: BBC Singers
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Britten: Death in Venice / Hickox, Chance, Langridge
Britten: Death in Venice / Hickox, Chance, Langridge

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2005-03-22

Works: Benjamin Britten: Death in Venice, opera, Op. 88
Performers: Adams-Barbaro, Jennifer; Allen, Ildiko; Batchelor, Julia; Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Bowley, John; Chance, Michael; Charlesworth, Stephen; Charrier, Paul; Fallas, Richard; Feaviour, Marg...
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: BBC Singers

"...Maybe Richard Hickox is getting bored with praise, but here's some more. This is another major achievement for him, taped last year in Blackheath Concert...continue...
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Davies: One star, at last;  Tavener, etc / Cleobury, Quinney
Davies: One star, at last; Tavener, etc / Cleobury, Quinney

1 CD / Signum Records / 2005-01-01

Works: Bo Holten: Nowell sing we now; Steve Martland: Carols (3), for chorus; Carl Rütti: I Wonder as I Wander, for choir & organ; Judith Weir: Illuminare, Jerusalem; Judith Bingham: The Shepherd's Gif...
Performers: Adams-Barbaro, Jennifer; Bron, Eleanor; Feaviour, Margaret; Foulkes, Carolyn; Haslam, Micaela; Johnston, Robert; MacKenzie, Neil; Porter, Kim; Priestley-Smith, Pamela; Quinney, Robert
Conductors: Cleobury, Stephen
Ensemble: BBC Singers

This Christmas CD includes eight new carols several premiere recordings, and a selection of music serious and light-hearted, contemplative and joyful by some of the...continue...
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Ancora - Saxton: Caritas, Violin Concerto, etc / Masson
Ancora - Saxton: Caritas, Violin Concerto, etc / Masson

2 CD / NMC Classics / 2004-10-01

Works: Robert Saxton: Music to Celebrate the Resurrection of Christ; I Will Awake the Dawn; Concerto for Violin; In the Beginning; Caritas
Performers: Bell, Galloway; Best, Jonathan; Bryson, Roger; Budd, Bruce; Cookson, Brian; Davies, Eirian; Gwynne, David; Hibberd, Linda; Little, Tasmin; Ormiston, Linda; Ventris, Christopher; Wilson, Paul
Conductors: Bedford, Steuart; Poole, John; Bamert, Matthias; Masson, Diego
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra; English Chamber Orchestra; English Northern Philharmonia; Opera North Chorus
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American Classics - Amram: Symphony, etc / Wilkins, et al
American Classics - Amram: Symphony, etc / Wilkins, et al

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2004-07-01

Works: David Amram: Symphony; Shir L'erev Shabbat; The Final Ingredient
Performers: Blumberg, Jesse; Bowers-Broadbent, Christopher; Glenn, Thomas; Kent, Mark; Oliphant, Tyler; Pfaltzgraf, Brian; Phan, Nicholas; Selig, Deborah; Troxell, Richard; Wang, Pei Yi; Williams, Sarah Elizabeth
Conductors: Wilkins, Christopher; Kiesler, Kenneth
Ensemble: BBC Singers; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra

David Amram is celebrated as one of America's most adventurous composers. 'Songs of the Soul' is a passionate affirmation of life with all of its...continue...
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American Classics - Weisgall: T'kiatot, etc / Schwarz, et al
American Classics - Weisgall: T'kiatot, etc / Schwarz, et al

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2004-06-01

Works: Hugo Weisgall: T'kiatot; Psalm of the Distant Dove, for voice & piano; Choral Etudes (4) for a capella chorus; A Garden Eastward, cantata for high voice & orchestra
Performers: Bryn-Julson, Phyllis [Soprano Vocal]; Martinez, Ana Maria; Okerlund, Kristen; Ovitsky, Steven A.; Schwendener, Paul
Conductors: Schwarz, Gerard; Itai, Avner; Mester, Jorge
Ensemble: BBC Singers; Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacion Catalunya; Seattle Symphony Orchestra

"Here there is no Holocaust-invoking dramatic work and hardly any settings of traditional music. There is, however, in the 'Choral Etudes' a set lovely and...continue...
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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Matheson, Bruscantini, Ligi, et al
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Matheson, Bruscantini, Ligi, et al

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2004-05-01

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Performers: Bruscantini, Sesto; Elvin, William; Howell, Gwynne; Hudson, Paul; Ligi, Josella; Turp, Andre
Conductors: Matheson, John
Ensemble: BBC Singers

"The differences between the two versions are most striking in the first half of the opera. The 1857 'Boccanegra' has a short instrumental prelude where...continue...
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American Classics - Ben-Amots: Celestial Dialogues, etc
American Classics - Ben-Amots: Celestial Dialogues, etc

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2004-04-01

Works: Ofer Ben-Amots: Hashkivenu-Song of the Angels, a short choral cycle for chorus & organ; Celestial Dialogues, for voice (cantor), clarinet, percussion & strings; Shtetl Songs, for voice & piano; Psalm...
Performers: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra; BBC Singers; Ben-Ze'ev, Re'ut; Bowers-Broadbent, Christopher; Hladik, Petr; Kiesler, Kenneth; Krakauer, David; Lee, Richard; Mikeska, Rostislav; Mizrahi, Alberto; Musto,...
Conductors: Kiesler, Kenneth; Rickenbacher, Karl Anton; Seinerov, Eva; Seinerova, Eva
Ensemble: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra; BBC Singers; Permonik Children's Chorus

'Celestial Dialogues' combines two great Jewish musical traditions: a klezmer clarinet solo - driving from the haunting virtuoso typical of traditional eastern European Jewish bands...continue...
Personnel: Alberto Mizrahi (cantor); David Krakauer (clarinet); John Musto (piano); Chris Bowers Broadbent (organ); Rostislav Mikeska, Petr Hladik (percussion).

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Bernstein: Kaddish, Chichester Psalms, Missa Brevis /Slatkin
Bernstein: Kaddish, Chichester Psalms, Missa Brevis /Slatkin

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2004-03-23

Works: Leonard Bernstein: Symphony no 3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra; Chichester Psalms; Missa Brevis, for alto, chorus & percussion (or 7 violins & percussion)
Performers: Baker, Simon; Benjafield, Richard; Brannick, Chris; Murray, Ann
Conductors: Slatkin, Leonard
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Oratory School Schola

This disc contains the premiere recordings of the extended Missa Brevis and Symphony No. 3 'Kaddish' with a new text, written and narrated by Bernstein's...continue...
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Bernstein: Kaddish, Chichester Psalms, Missa Brevis /Slatkin
Bernstein: Kaddish, Chichester Psalms, Missa Brevis /Slatkin

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2004-03-23

Works: Leonard Bernstein: Symphony no 3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra; Chichester Psalms; Missa Brevis, for alto, chorus & percussion (or 7 violins & percussion)
Performers: Baker, Simon; Benjafield, Richard; Brannick, Chris; Carter, Roger; Castle, Andrew; Loosley, Clare; Murray, Ann; Richardson, Lindsay
Conductors: Slatkin, Leonard
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Oratory School Schola

"Here, all on a single generous disc, we get the best of Leonard Bernstein's choral works, beautifully performed by English forces under a renowned American...continue...
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Holten: The Marriage of Heaven & Hell / Holten, BBC Singers
Holten: The Marriage of Heaven & Hell / Holten, BBC Singers

1 CD / Dacapo / 2004-02-01

Works: Bo Holten: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, for 12 soloists or 12 part choir, a cappella (after poems of Willia; Den forste sne (First Snow), for 8 part choir; Alt har sin tid (A Time for Everything)...
Performers: Bott, Catherine [Soprano Vocals]; Haslam, Micaela; MacKenzie, Neil
Conductors: Holten, Bo
Ensemble: BBC Singers

Bo Holten's choral songs with English texts by William Blake show how excitingly a composer of today can write on the firm ground of tradition....continue...
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American Classics - Bernstein-A Jewish Legacy / Adler, et al
American Classics - Bernstein-A Jewish Legacy / Adler, et al

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2003-10-01

Works: Leonard Bernstein: The Firstborn, incidental music for voice & chorus (withdrawn); Invocation and Trance, for voice & orchestra (or 2 pianos) (from "Dybbuk"); Psalm 148, for voice & piano; Rinah, Heb...
Performers: Barr, Jean; Blochwitz, Hans-Peter; Bowers-Broadbent, Christopher; Boyd, Bonita; Gnage, Patrick; Gottlieb, Jack; Miller, Aaron; Reaux, Angelina; Smith, Jason; Snyder, Barry [Piano]; Sokol, Michael; St...
Conductors: Adler, Samuel; Itai, Avner
Ensemble: ; BBC Singers; Rochester Singers

"Leonard Bernstein had a deep understanding of the emotional substance of music, and this understanding is present in every piece on this recording. It is...continue...
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American Classics - Introducing American Jewish Music
American Classics - Introducing American Jewish Music

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2003-09-01

Works: Dave Brubeck: Gates of Justice; Leonard Bernstein: Hashkiveniu; Anonymous: Hudl Mitn Shtrudl; Darius Milhaud: Études for String Quartet, Op. 442; Service sacré, Op. 279; Julius Chajes: ...
Performers: Adler, Bruce; Bloch, Robert; Blochwitz, Hans-Peter; Bowers-Broadbent, Christopher; Clement, Richard; Feldon, Barbara; Feldshuh, Tovah; Fisk, Eliot; Guttman, Jim; Jolley, David; Krakauer, David; Marti...
Conductors: ; Gloyd, Russell; Itai, Avner; Jaffe, Elli; Levi, Yoel; Papadopoulos, Marios; Schwarz, Gerard; Wirth, Gerald; Levin, Neil; Cullen, Joseph
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Baltimore Choral Arts Society; Barcelona Symphony Orchestra; BBC Singers; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Coro Hebraeico; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Dave Brub...

The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music is a vast recorded panorama of the rich body of Jewish music, both sacred and secular, that has...continue...
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James Macmillan: Birds of Rhiannon / Macmillan, BBC Singers
James Macmillan: Birds of Rhiannon / Macmillan, BBC Singers

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2002-09-24

Works: James MacMillan: Magnificat, for chorus & orchestra; Nunc dimittis, for chorus & orchestra; Exsultet, symphonic fanfare (2 versions); Màiri, for a cappella chorus; The Gallant Weaver, for a capp...
Performers: Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Bourne, Richard; Charlesworth, Stephen; Davidson, Geoffrey; Feaviour, Margaret; Haslam, Micaela; Johnston, Robert; MacKenzie, Neil; Meynell, Eleanor; Murgatroy...
Conductors: MacMillan, James
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; BBC Singers

This new CD contains premiere recordings of James MacMillan's music for chorus and orchestra. The 'Birds of Rhiannon' defies easy classification. MacMillan calls it a...continue...
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The Mask of Orpheus
The Mask of Orpheus

3 CD / HBDirect Imports / 2002-01-28

Works: Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus, opera
Performers: Angel, Marie [Soprano Vocals]; Bronder, Peter; Ebrahim, Omar; Garrison, Jon [Tenor Vocal]; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Owens, Anne-Marie; Rigby, Jean
Conductors: Davis, Andrew
Ensemble: BBC Singers
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Complete Webern / Boulez
Complete Webern / Boulez

6 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2000-05-09

Works: Anton Webern: Passacaglia for orchestra, Op. 1; Movements (5), version for string orchestra, Op. 5; Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6; German Dances (6) for orchestra (arr. from Schubert); Im Sommerwin...
Performers: Aimard, Pierre-Laurent; Cascioli, Gianluca; Dutton, Lawrence [Viola]; Finckel, David; Finley, Gerald [Bass-Baritone Vocals]; Hagen, Clemens; Kremer, Gidon; Maisenberg, Oleg; McCormick, Mary Ann; Oelz...
Conductors: Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Singers; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Ensemble InterContemporain

This landmark set is the first and only complete edition of Webern's works. Among the composers of the Second Viennese School, Anton Webern always had...continue...
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Nash: Symphony no 1, Apollinaire Choruses / Brabbins, et al
Nash: Symphony no 1, Apollinaire Choruses / Brabbins, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 1999-04-30

Works: Peter Paul Nash: Symphony no 1; Apollinaire Choruses
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn; Joly, Simon
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra

"Nash has many good ideas of his own - long spanning melodic arches in eccentric, unpredictable rhythms; gentle woodwind shimmerings that drift by like clouds...continue...
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Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus / Davis, BBC Singers, et al
Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus / Davis, BBC Singers, et al

3 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-07-16

Works: Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus
Performers: Allen, Stephen; Angel, Marie; Booth, Juliet; Bronder, Peter; Dames-Longworth, Philippa; Ebrahim, Omar; Folwell, Nicholas; Garrison, Jon; McCormack, Elizabeth; Morgan, Arwel Huw; Opie, Alan; Owens, An...
Conductors: Davis, Andrew, Sir
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra

"...In his operas, the vocal lines sit with remarkable ease on both the voice and the words with none of the chalk-on-blackboard quality that pervades...continue...
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James Galway's Christmas Carol / Royal Philharmonic
James Galway's Christmas Carol / Royal Philharmonic

1 CD / RCA Records / 1997-09-22

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068; Sheep may safely graze (after Bach's The Hunt Cantata, BWV 208); Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248; Charles Gounod: Ave Maria; Franz Xa...
Performers: Birch, John; Galway, James
Conductors: Galway, James; Griffiths, Barry
Ensemble: BBC Singers; Canterbury Children's Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Stainer: Crucifixion / Kay, Hill, George, BBC Singers, et al
Stainer: Crucifixion / Kay, Hill, George, BBC Singers, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 1997-04-22

Works: John Stainer: God so loved the world
Performers: BBC Singers; George, Michael [Vocals]; Hill, Martyn [Tenor Vocals]; Margaret Phillips, Margaret [Organ]; Singers, Leith Hill Festival
Conductors: Kay, Brian
Ensemble: BBC Singers

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Stainer's Crucifixion unfolds with a seamless ease, never jolting the listener with gratuitous theatricality or the type of rhetorical intensity which the...continue...
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Alma Brasileira - Music of Villa-Lobos / Tilson Thomas
Alma Brasileira - Music of Villa-Lobos / Tilson Thomas

1 CD / RCA Records / 1997-01-14

Works: Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no 4, for piano & orchestra, A. 424; Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos; Bachianas Brasileiras no 7, for orchestra, A. 432; Bachianas Brasilei...
Performers: BBC Singers; Coleman, Damon; East, Alexander; Fleming, Renee; Freudigman, Kenneth; Meir, Eran; Ritchie, Brad; Smits, Pamela; Vos, Robert; Zappi, Sofia
Conductors: Thomas, Michael Tilson
Ensemble: BBC Singers; New World Symphony

"...By far the best known of the Bachianas Brasileiras is, of course, No. 5, whose Aria demonstrates the composer's ability to spin a haunting long-flowing...continue...
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Poulenc: Gloria, Stabat Mater / Tortelier, Watson, et al
Poulenc: Gloria, Stabat Mater / Tortelier, Watson, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 1995-05-23

Works: Francis Poulenc: Gloria in G major; Stabat Mater, for soprano, chorus & orchestra, FP 148
Performers: Watson, Janice
Conductors: Tortelier, Yan Pascal
Ensemble: BBC Singers

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We are immediately struck, at the start of the Gloria, by the radiantly warm but clean orchestral sonority: only later does an...continue...
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Pierre Boulez Edition - Schoenberg: Moses und Aron, etc
Pierre Boulez Edition - Schoenberg: Moses und Aron, etc

2 CD / Sony Classical / 1993-07-13

Performers: Angas, Richard; Cassilly, Richard; Hermann, Roland; Knight, Gillian; Langridge, Philip; Manning, Jane; Noble, John; Palmer, Felicity; Reich, Gunter; Rippon, Michael; Watts, Helen; Wicks, Dennis; Winf...
Conductors: Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Ensemble InterContemporain; Orpheus Boys' Choir
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Music For All Occasions
Music For All Occasions

1 CD / RCA Records / 1993-01-12

Works: Mildred J Hill: Happy Birthday to You; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture; Anonymous: Crowley's Reel; Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39; Richard Rodgers: ...
Performers: Galway, James; Krips, Alfred
Conductors: Fraser, Donald; Ormandy, Eugene; ; Fiedler, Arthur; Bennett, Robert Russell; Shaw, Robert; Beecham, Thomas, Sir; Galway, James
Ensemble: BBC Singers; Boston Pops; Canterbury Children's Choir; English Chamber Orchestra; National Philharmonic Orchestra; Philadelphia Orchestra; RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra; Robert Shaw Chorale; Royal Ph...
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