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5.0 out of 5 stars Haydn's Wife, Indeed! June 29 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
That's what they sometimes called poor Boccherini in his own day. But, hey, they said worse of Beethoven, and both could cry all the way to immortality. There is some truth to the invidious comparison, though: Like the Haydn of Esterhazy, Boccherini worked in a cultural backwater (Spain), and so, untrammeled by what was happening in the great music centers of Europe, the Italian master created his own solutions to the problem of the symphony. The result may not be the capstones of the 18th-century symphonic tradition, but many of Boccherini's symphonies are stylish, highly individual, and very memorable. The four on this disk are a case in point, with the unique, concertante-style writing Boccherini imparts to the slow movements and minuets. I especially like "Symphony No. 24," whose high-spirited finale features some wonderful writing for the horns.
The horns, and all the players, that Pople leads are in virtuoso form, and as usual in late 17th- and early 18th-century music, the conductor is exemplary. Hyperion's typically fine sonics (intimate and impactive here) make this an especially desirable release.
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What does Karl Jenkins' and Adiemus' music sound like? As with many musical artists, of course, the answer to that question depends on who you ask-though they have been frequently compared to artists such as Enya, Enigma, Dead Can Dance, and Deep Forest. Because of the unique qualities of their sound, however, no direct comparison can ever be completely sufficient. The prominent sounds in the music of Adiemus are the diverse melodical chants and vocal stylings of Miriam Stockley, the harmonies of Mary Carewe and "the Adiemus singers", and the powerful backing of the London Philharmonic. Karl Jenkins himself describes the music as "an extended choral-type work based on the European classical tradition, but where the vocal sound is more akin to 'ethnic' or 'world' music"; in his words, "The sound is universal, as is the language of music [...] this music is somewhere to escape to." This was taken from the amazing Adiemus Unofficial Home Page, one of the most incredible sites on the internet and the best page in existence containing literally everything there is to know about Adiemus!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, hindered by a weak plot Jan. 30 2001
Format:Audio CD
Vaughan Williams himself realized that there were significant problems with the libretto for "Hugh the Drover." Nevertheless, that did not stop him from crafting a marvelous opera, with plenty of beautiful numbers for all involved. Bottone, Evans, and Walker all give radiant performances, and Opie and Van Allan plumb the villains' roles quite nicely, even if they are relatively thin characters.
The Corydon Singers and Orchestra also perform admirably; it is to Best's credit that in the climactic fight scene at the end of Act I (Track 22), *all* the vocal lines--ten, IIRC--can be heard.
A wonderful recording, and a must have for any fan of Vaughan Williams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bubble gum opera, but fun nonetheless..... April 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
i first listened to this opera when i was about 14. amongst all the lieder and chansons and other operas i was listening to, it was one of the few pieces of music that i could understand - it being in english and all.
this is the classic love story gone awry, set to pretty music with good, strong anthems to sing along with. the story and characters are fairly thin, but this opera is still a lot of fun.
:D
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and well-written symphonies Sept. 5 2004
By D. R. Greenfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As you can see from some of the other reviews of this album, Amazon has mixed up this album with some other works. That's par for the course; poor Luigi never did get the recognition he deserved. I suppose, as one other reviewer has inferred, he was a second-rate Haydn. Probably, Boccherini, good-natured soul that he was, would have accepted that as a complement. Having lived in Madrid, Spain for the last thirty-five years of his life, his late baroque music is infused with lively Spanish folk idioms and a sense of good-naturedness befitting a milder climate. This is the second album of Boccherini symphonies that Hyperion has released, and the recording quality is of Hyperion's usual very high standards. As the album notes state, these symphonies have delightful little melodic and harmonic surprises hidden in them at every turn. In fact, the sense of delight is scattered liberally through these symphonies. They make superlative background music to entertain while driving or just working around the house. They are not, however, pieces of music that you are going to want to sit down and really concentrate on listening to as you would some music by Beethoven. Neverthess, they are truly enjoyable works, guaranteed to lift your spirits and brighten your day.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haydn's Wife, Indeed! June 29 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
That's what they sometimes called poor Boccherini in his own day. But, hey, they said worse of Beethoven, and both could cry all the way to immortality. There is some truth to the invidious comparison, though: Like the Haydn of Esterhazy, Boccherini worked in a cultural backwater (Spain), and so, untrammeled by what was happening in the great music centers of Europe, the Italian master created his own solutions to the problem of the symphony. The result may not be the capstones of the 18th-century symphonic tradition, but many of Boccherini's symphonies are stylish, highly individual, and very memorable. The four on this disk are a case in point, with the unique, concertante-style writing Boccherini imparts to the slow movements and minuets. I especially like "Symphony No. 24," whose high-spirited finale features some wonderful writing for the horns.
The horns, and all the players, that Pople leads are in virtuoso form, and as usual in late 17th- and early 18th-century music, the conductor is exemplary. Hyperion's typically fine sonics (intimate and impactive here) make this an especially desirable release.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, hindered by a weak plot Jan. 30 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Vaughan Williams himself realized that there were significant problems with the libretto for "Hugh the Drover." Nevertheless, that did not stop him from crafting a marvelous opera, with plenty of beautiful numbers for all involved. Bottone, Evans, and Walker all give radiant performances, and Opie and Van Allan plumb the villains' roles quite nicely, even if they are relatively thin characters.
The Corydon Singers and Orchestra also perform admirably; it is to Best's credit that in the climactic fight scene at the end of Act I (Track 22), *all* the vocal lines--ten, IIRC--can be heard.
A wonderful recording, and a must have for any fan of Vaughan Williams.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bubble gum opera, but fun nonetheless..... April 13 2004
By C. Barth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i first listened to this opera when i was about 14. amongst all the lieder and chansons and other operas i was listening to, it was one of the few pieces of music that i could understand - it being in english and all.
this is the classic love story gone awry, set to pretty music with good, strong anthems to sing along with. the story and characters are fairly thin, but this opera is still a lot of fun.
:D
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