In his 30 years as a music critic in New York and London, Paul Griffiths has published more than 2 million words about classical music. In this book he constructs a boiled-down narrative of musical history. The writing reflects a big-city, public, secular approach to the music Griffiths has chosen to include.
Evening Prayer: Purcell Anthems and Sacred Songs
Chanticleer, Joseph Jennings
Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Lamento: solo vocal music associated with the Bach family
Magdalena Kozena, mezzo-soprano; Musica Antiqua Koln, Reinhard Goebel
Bach: Cantatas, volume 8
Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner
Bach Hits Back, and A Cappella Amadeus
The Swingle Singers
Bernard Herrmann: Clarinet quintet "Souvenir de Voyage" and string quartet Echoes; Jerome Moross: Sonata for piano duet and string quartet.
The Texas Festival Chamber Ensemble
Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder, oratorio for soloists, five choruses and large orchestra
Simon Joly Chorale; Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Robert Craft
Totus Tuus: Choral music by Gorecki, Part, Ciurlionis, Kilar, Ramins, Vasks and Schnittke.
Chanticleer brings its usual polish, balance and tonal beauty to these intimate sacred songs. The rich harmonies are powerful as the melodic lines crunch against one another. Has anyone ever been better at such writing than Henry Purcell?
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