Recordings

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Le Memorie Dolorose

Music by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Olde Focus Recordings FCR914
Released: April 2019
TENET Vocal Artists & ACRONYM

Two excellent early-music ensembles have joined forces to make the first commercial recording of a Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s sepolcro, set in the tomb of Christ.

“The recording is luminous. The singers of TENET Vocal Artists, both solo and tutti, exude a sense of refined pathos and rhetorical gesture apropos for the work’s original intimate courtly setting. The instrumentalists of ACRONYM more than match them in emotiveness; the continuo is warm, resonant, and supportive, the full ensemble beautifully unified.”

—Karen Cook for Early Music America)

“The singing is glorious and the instrumental playing (including violinipiccoli and lirone!) outstanding. The whole has a very relaxed sense of pace – nothing seems rushed or over-dramatised. If anything, in fact, at points I wanted a little more anguish and pain in the voices; but I stick by my overall impression of the performance – the fact that I listened to it back-to-back three times should give an idea."

—Brian Clark for Early Music Review

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Sumeida’s Song

Music by Mohammed Fairouz
Bridge Records (BRIDGE 9385)
Released: April 2012
Mimesis Ensemble
Scott Dunn, conductor

Sumeida's Song, Fairouz’s first opera, follows the return of Alwan from Cairo to his village in Upper Egypt. Upon his return, Alwan defies his family's expectation by refusing to fulfill an age-old blood feud. Instead, he vows to end the violence and bring light and enlightenment to his village.

“As Alwan, Mischa Bouvier is authoritative and grand, with a soothing, cavernous baritone that can soar to heights of lyric beauty, as on the line 'I ask God to calm your agitated soul.'"

—Joshua Rosenblum for Opera News

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Carousel

Music by Richard Rodgers
BSO Classics
Released: August 2012
Boston Pops Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor

A mix of Broadway veterans and Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows perform in this Rodgers & Hammerstein hit musical. Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in a live performance at Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed.

Carousel has probably never been performed by a bigger or a better orchestra, and the sheer sound of the magnificent overture, as led by Keith Lockhart, sweeps you away and deposits you in the world of Carousel body and soul. And the cast is uniformly and individually excellent.”

—Richard Dyer for Tanglewood

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O barbaro Amore

Music by Agostino Steffani
Musica Omnia (MO0711)
Released: August 2018
Jory Vinikour, musical direction

Harpsichordist Jory Vinikour leads a superb group of singers and instrumentalists in a recording of several Steffani duetti da camera (chamber duets).

“Amidst the bursts of enthusiastic rediscovery that have introduced Steffani and his work to modern audiences, his music has been revitalized by no artists more gifted than Deborah Fox, Jennifer Morsches, and Jory Vinikour. Directing these performances from the harpsichord, Vinikour paces each piece with masterful command of its musical and poetic nuances, both emphasizing the unique qualities of each duet and persuasively creating context within the cumulative narrative of the ten duets in succession.”

—Joseph Newsome for Voix des Arts

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