In recent months I have been fueled by Beethoven. Piano sonatas, string quartets, symphonies, concertos, everything. So, my first staff pick is the excellent documentary In Search of Beethoven. There are too many prominent ensembles, conductors and pianists featured in the film to count. The documentary truly takes the viewer on a journey. It catalogs his works and gives us some insight into Beethoven’s remarkable personality and his empathy for humanity.
In Search of Beethoven: A film by Phil Grabsky ~ DVD 202
Chamber music. There’s so much of it! I think Mendelssohn is a good place to start. His piano trios are remarkable (the man DID write “Songs without Words”).
Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor was written in 1839, the year before Schumann experienced his most prolific year of songwriting. I love that Schumann viewed Mendelssohn as the Mozart of the 19th century, saying that he was the “most of illuminating of musicians”. High praise.
The Piano Trios of Felix Mendelssohn ~ CD 9069
2013 is the bicentennial of Verdi and Wagner! Orchestras and Opera companies all over the world are celebrating with seasons dedicated to performing great works, from the most famous to the lesser-known. The AUSO began the celebration in March with the overture from Die Meistersinger von Nurmberg and they will be joined by the AU Chorus in a couple of weeks to keep the party going with Verdi’s Four Sacre Pezzi.
Simon Boccanegra ~ CD 8802
Birgit Nilsson Sings Wagner Arias with Hans Hotter and Leopold Ludwig ~ CD 8173
This one’s for Robert:
Meredith Monk: Turtle Dreams ~ CD 9697
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These scores have just arrived from the bindery!
Brahms - Quintet and Quartets for Piano and Strings - M178.B73 G35 1985
Schubert - Lieder, Volume II for High Voice - M1620.S38 L54 1974 v.2
Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin (full score) - M1500.T34 E94 1997
Also, some new CDs and a DVD for your use:
Ruckblick Moderne: 20th Century Orchestral Music - CD10064
Michael Daugherty/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Route 66, Ghost Ranch, Sunset Strip, Time Machine - CD 10065
Mahler: Autopsy of a Genius - DVD 352
Filed under 20th Century, Cello, Classical, DVDs, Libary News, Library Announcements, Opera, Piano, Recordings, Romantic, Scores, Viola, Violin, Vocal
Recently, the Music Library has acquired a collection of Sixto Rodriguez’s CDs — check them out by clicking on the links below:
Don’t know much about Sixto Rodriguez? Well perhaps it’s about time you should, and the AU Library is here to help. In fact, Sixto Rodriguez has a fascinating story we believe should be shared! He is an American musician whose music never really became popular in the United States, but became extremely famous in South Africa. What is astonishing about his story is that he did not even know he had become famous in South Africa. Searching for Sugar Man is a documentary (available at the AU media services section of the library) that details the story of two of his Cape Town, South Africa fans who go on a quest to discover what had become of Sixto Rodriguez. Haven’t convinced you yet? Perhaps this fact will — this documentary just won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary as well as the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Speaking of films and music, how about checking out The Buddy Holly Story and Thunder Soul? Both are films that feature the stories of musicians who have truly shaped American music today. And the best part? Both are available at the AU music library!
Last but not least — if these aforementioned musical tastes are not your style, why don’t you check out Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen, which is also conveniently available at the AU Music Library!
So many things to listen and watch, so little time! Hope you enjoyed the blog post and come in to enjoy our selections sometime!
CD 3538 - At Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash
In honor of Johnny Cash’s birthday (2/26), I’m picking one a Johnny Cash CD from the Music Library’s collection. Here’s the transcription of part of Cash’s handwritten notes about “Folsom Prison Blues” that can be found in the liner notes:”The culture of a thousand years is shattered with the clanging of the cell door behind you. Life outside, behind you immediately becomes unreal. You begin to not care that it exists. All you have with you in the cell is your bare animal instincts.”
CD 10051 – True Bluegrass Banjo
Bluegrass music exploded with a bang in the mid 1940s, and the instrument most responsible for the growing popularity of the music was the 5-string banjo as played by the masterful Earl Scruggs. Scruggs inspired literally thousands of musicians to learn a new way of picking the banjo, and many of these artists went on to inspire countless others with this fascinating new style. This is a CD that the Music Library recently acquired. I’m obsessed with it. If you hear banjo music in Katzen–Wednesday mornings from 9:00-11:30–don’t be alarmed…I’m just jamming in the Music Library.
CD 9834 – Harmonium The Klinghoffer Choruses – John Adams
This CD is a great introduction to contemporary opera. John Adams is also the composer of my favorite contemporary opera–Dr. Atomic. The Death of Klinghoffer tells the story of the 1984 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro by four Palestinian commandos and the subsequent killing of Leon Klinghoffer, a Jewish American passenger, whose body was thrown overboard in the wheelchair to which he had been confined. Sounds like a pretty interesting opera to me.
CD 6753 – Ruffo
Ruffo Titta, (he reversed his names for the stage) was born in Pisa. Coming from a large and poor family, Ruffo had an unhappy childhood and received no education. From an early age he assisted his father as a blacksmith, but because of continued friction between them, Ruffo left home. By the age of eighteen he had discovered his fine baritone voice and was admitted to the Santa Cecilia in Rome, becoming a pupil of the celebrated teacher, Persichini. He’s a very interesting musician.
CD 6771 – Legendary Tenors & CD 6772 – Legendary Baritones
These two CDs are fantastic if you want to listen to the progression of styles of singing. If you’re a baritone looking for new repertoire, I recommend listening to “Legendary Baritones.” If you’re a tenor looking for new repertoire, I recommend you listen to “Legendary Tenors.” Both CDs can be very informative.
Medici.tv – Virtual Classical Concert Hall
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Medici TV, you should take some time out of your busy schedule and go watch an opera…or a symphonic concert.
Filed under 20th Century, Baroque, Bluegrass, Classical, Contemporary, Databases, Folk, Links, Opera, Staff Picks, Uncategorized
The Opera America Song-Book ~ M1507.O64 2012
The G. Schirmer Piano Collection: 33 Works by 25 Composers from 20th and 21st Centuries ~ M21.G25 2012
Michael Daugherty ~ Trail of Tears for flute and chamber orchestra (2010) ~ M1020.D38 T73 2012
Gyorgy Ligeti ~ Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1985-88) ~ M1010.L54 C66 2005
Gyorgy Ligeti ~ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra ~ M1013.L54 C66 2002
Franz Liszt ~ Etudes D’Execution Transcendante ~ M25.L25 E88 2004
Matthias Pintscher ~ Funf Orchesterstucke (1997) ~ M1045.P56 S78 1997
Matthais Pintscher ~ tenebrae for viola, small ensemble and live electronics ~ M1014.P56 T46 2001
Matthias Pintscher ~ Thomas Chatterton, opera (1994-8) ~ M1500.P56 T56 1998
Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians ~ M1528.R45 M87 2000
Heitor Villa-Lobos ~ Douze Etudes pour guitare seule ~ M127.V55 E88 2011
Paul Chihara: Viola Concerto and Music for Viola, Vol. 2 ~ CD 10054
Advent at Ephesus: Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles ~ CD 10050
Kurtag 80, conducted by Zoltan Kocsis ~ CD 10052
Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies ~ CD 10049
Starfucker ~ CD 10055
True Blugrass Banjo ~ CD 10051
Austin Peralta: Endless Planets ~ CD 10056
The Complete Atomic Basie ~ CD 10057
Filed under 20th Century, Baroque, Chamber Music, Contemporary, Flute, Jazz, Libary News, Library Announcements, New Arrivals, Opera, Piano, Pop/Rock, Recordings, Scores, Viola, Violin, Vocal
To me, ’tis the season for Opera. For some reason I feel like I’m being bombarded with it. Are all of the HD Live-from-the-Met broadcasts contributing to a sort of comeback for the art? This live 1955 recording of Lucia di Lammermoor features Maria Callas in the role that she was born to perform. From its thematic depiction of the Scottish highlands in the overture through its perfect mad scene and finale, this is an unforgettable recording.
Lucia di Lammermoor – Donizetti - CD 8254
No plot could be more devastating and tragic than Lucia’s, right? Wrong. Enter Susannah. If you’re not familiar with this mid-20th century American masterpiece you’re in for a wild ride.
Ready the Kleenex.
Susannah – Carlisle Floyd – CD 8401
The World So Wide – Dawn Upshaw – CD 7897
I was looking for a recording of Copland’s The Tenderland and I came across Dawn Upshaw, which doesn’t surprise me at all. Upshaw is a controversial artist. Her distinct and lyrical voice is especially light for the repertoire in which she specializes yet she is unarguably a defining voice of her generation.
La Traviata – Giuseppe Verdi – CD 3576
Anna Netrebko is another of our contemporaries who is constantly criticized for her timbre and overtly sexualized performances and I really love her gusto. I’m going to propose that La Traviata is perhaps the best we have heard from this powerful singer yet.
Well hello there! You came just in time, we have some new CDs to show you
Look! There they are:
The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Vol. 1 ~ CD 10027
The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Vol. 2 ~ CD 10028
Santa’s got Mojo 2 ~ CD 10029
Jeff Holmes Quartet ~ Of One’s Own ~ CD 10030
Michael Feinberg ~ The Elvin Jones Project ~ CD 10031
Dream Girls ~ Original Broadway Cast Album ~ CD 10032
Benny Andersson ~ Kristina ~ CD 10033
Herbie Hancock ~ Secrets ~ CD 10034
Dan Visconti ~ Lonesome Roads ~ CD 10035
Black Manhattan Vol. 2 ~ CD 10036
Benjamin Broening – Eighth Blackbird – Trembling Air – CD 9978
Victor Herbert – Eileen: A romantic comic opera – CD 9976
Joel Hoffman – Three Paths: 9 Pieces for Piano…the first time and the last CD 9977
George Walker – Great American Concert Music – CD 9979
CanAm Piano Duo – This is the World – CD 9980
Charles Bestor – Eric Berlin, trumpet – The Sound of Time – CD 9981
Ragtime Concert feat. Bob Becker, Xylophone – CD 9975
New Sheet Music!
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Stimmung for six vocalists, Nr. 24 M1529.5.S76 S75 1969
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kurzwellen for six players, Nr. 25 M1470.S76 K8 1969
Louis Andriessen – Disco for Violin and Piano – M221.A63 D5 1995
Philip Glass – Four Movements for Two Pianos – M214.G48 M68 2011
Mario Davidovsky – Capricio for Two Pianos – M214.D250 C2 1965
John Cage – Music Walk – M25.C34 M875 1960
Filed under 20th Century, Chamber Music, Contemporary, New Arrivals, Opera, Percussion, Piano, Recordings, Scores, Symphony, Uncategorized, Vocal
Christian Atunde Adjuah ~ CD 9960
John Luther Adams ~ Four Thousand Holes ~ CD 9961
Chic ~ Risque ~ CD 9962
Mumford and Sons ~ Babel ~ CD 9963
Mohammed Fairouz ~ Sumeida’s Song ~ CD 9964
A Christmas Story: The Musical ~ CD 9965
Nice Work If You Can Get It ~ Original Broadway Cast ~ CD 9966
Vision Quartet ~ Conicality ~ CD 9967
Sherban Lupu ~ Inner Visions ~ CD 9968
Berio ~ Recital 1 for Cathy ~ CD 9969
Orlando Jacinto Garcia ~ Celestial Voices ~ CD 9970
Pierre Boulez ~ Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite ~ CD 9972
Jumbo ~ DVD 332
Love Me or Leave Me ~ DVD 334
Lullaby of Broadway ~ DVD 335
Young Man with a Horn ~ DVD 337
Calamity Jane ~ DVD 338
My staff picks are all over the place this week.
DVD 327 - The Audition: This is a great DVD for those who enjoy opera or are training to be opera singers. The documentary offers a look at the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, where each year thousands of hopefuls face their fears and compete for a cash prize, the chance to sing on the Met stage–and the opportunity to launch a major operatic career.
CD 9808- Intuitivo: The music on this CD was composed by AU’s own Fernando Benadon. Professor Benadon describes this CD as “A collage of free improvisations. My goal was to shape the players’ raw individual ideas into a spontaneously ‘coherent’ whole, all the while preserving and highlighting their unique subtleties of time and timbre.”
DVD 166 – Def Leppard/Hysteria – I really enjoy listening to Def Leppard when I’m not listening to classical music. This is a really great track-by-track review of Def Leppard’s Hysteria album.
CD 5138 – Elvis at Sun (Studios) - I’m pretty sure this has been on my staff picks before, but I can’t get enough Elvis. Take this CD home and listen to it over the weekend!
I also encourage everyone to check out Medici TV so you can watch Dr. Atomic!!! Use our databases!!!