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Ethelbert Nevin

[August 2014.]


Intavolatura di liuto.” Michelagnolo GALILEI: Sonates (6) and Toccatas (2) from Il primo libro d’intavolatura di liuto (1620). Vincenzo GALILEI: Var. pieces (1566, 1568). Anthony Bailes (lute). Ramée RAM 1306 (1 CD) (

Finely played lute music from a musical dynasty. The telescope on the cover belonged to Michelagnolo’s older brother Galileo. YES.


Marin MARAIS: Alcione: Suites des Airs à joüer (1706). Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall (cond.). AliaVox AVSA9903 (1 SACD) (

Sparkling SACD reissue of operatic dance suites taped in 1993 from a composer renowned for viol music. Who knew he wrote treble notes? YES.


Veni Creator Spiritus: Kantaten und Chorsätze.” Carl ORFF: Veni Creator Spiritus (1930); Der gute Mensch (1930); Fremde sind wir (1930); Von der Freundlichkeit der Welt (1930; rev. 1973); Vom Frühjahr, Öltank und vom Fliegen (1931); Aus “Sirmio,” Tria Catulli Carmina (1931); Aus “Catulli Carmina” (1930); Sunt Lacrimae Rerum – Cantiones seriae (1956); Laudes Creaturarum quas fecit Beatus Franciscus ad Laudem et Honorem Dei (1954). Carl Orff Chor, Arthur Groß (cond.). Wergo WER 4006-50 (1 CD) (

Chugging rectangles for chorus, pianos and percussion. I feel unclean after listening, as if I had been spying upon perverted rites. MAYBE.


Unsuk CHIN: Rocaná (2008); Violin Concerto (2001)*. Viviane Hagner* (vln), Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano (cond.). Analekta AN 2 9944 (1 CD) (

Despite gestures that recall the best of Boulez or even Chin’s teacher Ligeti, both works are disappointingly colorless and bland here. NO.


Philippe HERSANT: Poèmes chinois (2003)1; Der Wanderer (2002)2; Le chemin de Jérusalem (2003)3; Psaume CXXX, “Aus tiefer Not” (1994)4. J.S. BACH: ChoraleAus tiefer Not,” BWV 38 (1724)5. Corine Durous1,2 (pno), Christine Plubeau3,4 (viola da gamba), Michel Bourcier4,5 (org), Choeur de chambre Les Eléments1,2,4,5, Joël Suhubiette (cond.). Virgin Classics 7243 5 45636 2 1 (1 CD) (

Among several choral pieces, there is a modest and wonderful piece for solo viola da gamba inspired by cathedral floor designs. MAYBE.


John ADAMS: The Gospel According to the Other Mary (2012). Cast includes: Kelley O’Connor, Tamara Mumford, Russell Thomas, Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, Nathan Medley. Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel (cond.). Deutsche Grammophon DG 479 2243 (2 CDs) (

Peter Sellars directed this modern Passion oratorio. Its two hours afforded multiple moments for me to become reacquainted with my watch. NO.


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