I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Now that you’ve sworn off of turkey and pie (Ha!) and you’re realizing just how much work you have to do in the last few weeks of the semester (a lot), take some much-needed “me-time” and kick back with some staff picks.
Samuel Barber loves singers. I would argue that he is the most influential American art-song composer.
Collected Songs for High Voice – M1620.B3 S33
65 Songs (For Medium/Low Voice) – M1620.B27 S59 2010
The Songs. – Cheryl Studer, soprano; Thomas Hampson, baritone; John Browning, piano; Emerson String Quartet – CD 1325/6353
Ligeti is just really cool. I don’t think this would be good study-music during the Finals period…it could be more like a soundtrack to your feelings?
Gyorgy Ligeti: A Capella Choral Works – London Sinfonetta Voices; Terry Edwards, Conductor – CD 9541
‘Tis the season! Oh, and Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto is outstanding….Martha Argerich is okay, I guess (kidding, she’s magnificent).
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, No. 1 Op. 23/The Nutcracker: Suite, Op. 71a – Martha Argerich, piano; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado, conductor; Nicholas Economou, piano (2nd work) – CD 7653