Category Archives: C – LISTENING

First-time listening for November 2014

25666. (Spoon) They Want My Soul
25667. (Plat­ters) Four Plat­ters and One Lovely, Vol.3
25668. (Alan Stiv­ell) Un Dewezh’ Barzh’ Ger — Journée a la Mai­son
25669. (John Ren­bourn) The Nine Maid­ens
25670. (Plat­ters) Four Plat­ters and One Lovely, Vol.4
26671. (Young the Giant) Mind Over Mat­ter
26672. (Josquin des Prez) Motet: Ave Maria Read more »

First-time listening for October 2014

25651. (White Denim) Last Days of Sum­mer
25652. (Funkadelic) Mag­got Brain
25653. (Eddie LeJe­une) Cajun Soul
25654. (Louis Jor­dan) Jivin’ with Jor­dan [4-disc set]
25655. (Beau­Soleil) From Bamako to Caren­cro
25656. (John Ren­bourn Group) The Enchanted Gar­den Read more »

First-time listening for September 2014

24629. (Oscar Moore & Carl Perkins) The Oscar Moore Quar­tet with Carl Perkins
24630. (Alan Stiv­ell) E Lan­gonned
24631. (Manic 5) It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
24632. (Veld­huis & Kem­per) Wat Heb Je Nodig
24633. (Vek­tor) Outer Iso­la­tion
24634. (Yann Tiersen) Tout Est Calme Read more »

First-time listening for August 2014

24602. (Cocteau Twins) BBC Ses­sions
24603. (Armens) Six dif­férents
24604. (Lon­don Gram­mar) If You Wait
24605. (Johannes Ock­egham) Vire­lai: “Ma bouche rit
24606. (Johannes Ock­egham) Ron­deau: “Presque transi
24607. (Johannes Ock­egham) Rondeau-Canon: “Prenez sur moi Read more »

First-time listening for July 2014

24560. (Josquin des Prez) Missa Mal­heur me bat
24561. (Josquin des Prez) Missa For­tuna des­per­ata
24562. (Nol­wenn Leroy) Bre­tonne
24563. (Wil­son Pick­ett) The Very Best of Wil­son Pick­ett
24564. (Trey Anas­ta­sio) Sur­ren­der to the Air
24565. (Soeurs Goadec) Pub­lic à Bobino Read more »

First-time listening for June 2014

24527. (Sol­dat Louis) Pre­mière bor­dée
24528. (Cole­man Hawkins) Desa­fi­nado
24529. (Armens) Une ombre
24530. (Giuseppe Verdi) Messa solenne
24531. (Giuseppe Verdi) Qui tol­lis
24532. (Giuseppe Verdi) Tan­tum ergo in F Read more »

Sibelius Quartets

"Kullervo paimenessa" (1896) by Sigfrid August Keinänen

“Kullervo paime­nessa” (1896) by Sigfrid August Keinänen

The concert-going pub­lic doesn’t asso­ciate Sibelius with cham­ber music, but he actu­ally com­posed quite a bit of it, includ­ing four string quar­tets. One of them, the Quar­tet in D Minor, Op.56, known as “Voces Inti­mae”, has made it into the stan­dard reper­toire. With it’s jaunty rhythms, pecu­liar twists and turns, and fre­netic pas­sages that must work up a sweat among the play­ers, it has won a place in the sun, though it’s not in the same league with the famous Beethoven, Bartók, or Dvořák quar­tets. It’s always been a favourite of mine, because it seems to con­vey a mood that hits me occa­sion­ally, for which there is no com­mon name. It was com­posed around the time of the stark, intro­spec­tive Fourth Sym­phony, and it shares some of its strange­ness. But Sibelius com­posed three oth­ers, sel­dom per­formed. The first, in E-flat, is a youth­ful effort with lit­tle to com­mend it. It’s just warmed-over Hay­den, con­structed by the book. But the sec­ond and third ones, in A Minor and B-flat, are lis­ten­able and enter­tain­ing. Sibelius pretty obvi­ously drew his inspi­ra­tion from Dvořák, but you can hear dis­tinc­tively Sibelian ele­ments in both. The B-flat one has evolved suf­fi­ciently to stand next to Voces Inti­mae with­out shame, and it should be played more.

First-time listening for May 2014

24501. (Penn Kazh) mesKad
24502. (Giuseppe Verdi) Aïda [com­plete opera: von Kara­jan; Tebaldi, Simion­ato, Bergonzi]
24503. (Denez Pri­gent) Irvi
24504. (Kanye West) Yeezus
24505. (Open Folk) Bre­ton­stone Read more »

First-time listening for April 2014

24487. (Bruno Mars) Doo-Wops & Hol­li­gans
24488. (Char­lie Parker) Gitanes Jazz
24489. (Mor­ton Sub­ot­nick) Sil­ver Apples of the Moon
24490. (Trey Anas­ta­sio) Trey Anas­ta­sio
24491. (Joey Dee & the Star­liters) Hey Let’s Twist! The Best of the Joey Dee & the Star­liters Read more »

First-time listening for March 2014

24442. (Jean-Philippe Rameau) Pyg­malion [com­plete opera; d. Leon­hardt; Elwes, van der
. . . . . Sluis, Van­hecke, Yakar]
24443. (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) Mos­quito
(Kiri Te Kanawa) Solo e Amore — Puc­cini Arias:
. . . . 24444. (Gia­como Puc­cini) “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca
. . . . 24445. (Gia­como Puc­cini) “Se come voi” from Le Villi
. . . . 24446. (Gia­como Puc­cini) “In quelle trine mor­bide” from Manon Lescaut Read more »