Choral Music on Record

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Alan Blyth
Cambridge University Press, May 31, 2007 - Music - 320 pages
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Following the successful volumes of Song on Record, this book surveys all the recordings of major choral works from the Monteverdi Vespers to Britten's War Requiem. Discussion of the various interpretations on record is preceded, in each chapter, by informed criticism of the work concerned, including--where appropriate--a clarification of editions, revisions, etc. (all the many changes in Messiah are, for instance, described in detail). The coverage of recordings is exhaustive and its value is enhanced by a detailed discography, with up-to-date numbers of each recording. Each contributor is an authority within his or her specialist area and collectively, their insights and observations of leading music critics make the book invaluable to record collectors, music lovers and anyone with an interest in changing tastes and styles of musical performance. Alan Blyth, formerly with The Times (London) is now the music critic of The Daily Telegraph. He is on the editorial board of Opera, the editor of the three-volume Opera on Record and two-volume Song on Record (CUP), as well as author of Remembering Britten and Introduction to Wagner's Ring.
 

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In the tradition of his earlier publications ( Song on Record , 2 vols., Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1988; Opera on Record , Beaufort Bks., dist. by Kampmann & Co., 1984), Blyth has compiled an informative ... Read full review

Contents

Vespers 1610
1
St John Passion
10
St Matthew Passion
24
Mass in B Minor
46
Messiah
61
Requiem Mass
102
The Creation
114
The Seasons
132
Grande Messe des Morts Te Deum LEnfance du Christ
175
Requiem Mass
186
A German Requiem
206
Requiem
215
The Dream of Gerontius
227
Belshazzars Feast Tippett A Child of Our Time Britten War Requiem
236
The Wedding Symphony of Psalms
249
Glagolitic Mass
258

Missa Solemnis
139
Elijah
151
Stabat mater Petite messe solennelle
164
Discographies
264
Index
299
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