Greetings to all. It has been quiet around here (yet again) due partly to my general emotional state concerning the sudden and unfathomable direction the country is now taking and the potential (imo imminent) deterioration of our democracy out here. Of course the other half s still my upload speeds.
As I am visiting my parents I have a real treasure for you now - and then something ultra-rare later tonight when I can get back online.
Mikis Theodorakis's "Raven" for Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, 2 Harps and Strings is one of the *most* strikingly beautiful works composed during the 20th century. Truly it is breathtaking. Carolin Masur is simply heavenly here, her voice both soars and meshes with the sublime orchestral writing to perfection. While I cannot imagine a better performance, I have wondered what the great Dawn Upshaw could or would do in this role..
I am also very fond of other composer featured here, Harald Genzmer. He is one of the most underrated composers and it's really tragic as he has composed a vast body of exceptional music - everything that I have heard confirms this (ermm for me). I think I once mentioned the rare and out-of-print survey of Genzmer's works on the Thorofon label - it is a 10 disc box set that I missed when it came out and I am still without it :( On this Genuin release from 2004 he is represented by his sweet and spicey (he was a pupil of Hindemith) Harp Concerto as well as the three-movement "Fantasia for Harp".
Mikis Theodorakis is one of the most productive composers of the 20th century. His oeuvre spans more than 1,000 songs and over 100 major works, including symphonies, dramatic works, film scores, operas, oratorios, chamber music and sacred and choral works. Of his song output, in addition to his well-known large song-cycles, he has also composed seven chanson fleuve (never-ending songs or "songstreams"). Among them is the gorgeous "Raven" from 1970, with a text by Yorgos Seferis based on Edgar Alan Poe's ballad "The Raven".
|Theodorakis during the 1980s.|
Since I'm with family I'm not going to spend the time writing about Harald Genzmer and his music on this splendid disc at this time, however please visit this old post for information about him:
Unfortunately I am told that the link to that album is dead (for those who missed it..). I promise you all that I shall update EVERY dead link on my blog whenever I can afford a "real" internet connection once again.
Enjoy this sublime release!!
Part 2 (Genzmer's Fantasia for Harp, last work on the disc)
**I have not had the time to look at any comments in a long time so thank you all in advance, I will read and respond to you when I can!