One of the best music critics in America weighs in on the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s outstanding SACD series. DPS cites the Debussy/Dutilleux disc conducted by music director Mariss Jansons an all-Berg program conducted by Daniele Gatti, and I’m also mighty impressed…
… from the dawn of the electrical recording era: Vaughan Williams’s wonderful arrangement of the Gloucestershire Wassail as recorded in 1926 or 1927 by the English Singers, courtesy of Mickey Clark.
Looks like the YouTube police pulled it. Good thing I kept the audio track!
… Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville was making recordings with the phonautograph. A century and a half later, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory devised a way to play them back. Read the article here.
With a little help from Avie Records‘ Simon Foster, remarkable producer Malcolm Bruno, and a few friends – including Anonymous 4 alumna Ruth Cunningham – New York Polyphony, a quartet of gentlemen who bring a highly individualistic sound and passionate musicality to a millennium of vocal music, have issued their first CD: a program of music for the festive season. You can order a copy here.
Full disclosure: I’m marketing advisor to Avie’s US distributor.