The theme for my staff picks? Music that sings.
Folksongs: Dvořák, Grainger, Larsson, Hahn, Kodály, Britten / Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg. CD7893
I have been surrounded by folk-songs lately as the AU Chorus and Chamber Singers are preparing two very nostalgic programs for the fall concert series’ featuring folk music arrangements from all over the place .
Beethoven: String Quartet in Bb Major, Op. 130
This is my favorite of Beethoven’s late string quartets. The contrasts, the Cavatina, the Grosse Fugue, what’s not to love?
Lully: The Tragedy of Armide CD5031
I was so excited to find Armide performed by Opera Lafayette with our very own Nancy Snider! If you don’t know about Opera Lafayette, a D.C.-based period instrument ensemble focused on French baroque opera, be sure check out their website & current season!
The King’s Singers: Chanson D’amour CD 868
These are just fun! Gotta love the great sound and smart arrangements that the King’s Singers present.
Gorecki: Symphonie no. 3, Op. 36 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” CD 6037
In my opinion this is one of the most astonishing and beautiful works of our time. Written in 1976, the “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” is a wonderful listen, especially in this recording with Dawn Upshaw wailing away.