This Week’s Acqusitions…
…are all of a musical variety. (In other words, instead of contributing to the rapid increase in the size of my library this week, I bought CDs.)
My order from my classical music club came in, and here’s what I got:
Angela Gheorghiu, Mysterium. The Romanian soprano sings a variety of oft-performed sacred music, but the opening four pieces are all Romanian religious music I’ve never heard before. Lovely.
Kiri Te Kanawa, Kiri. Another famous soprano sings a variety of her favorites, from Puccini arias to Gerswhin, Bernstein, and other modern masters. Great stuff.
Moscow Liturgical Choir, Russian Easter Liturgy. I don’t own much Russian choral music (off the top of my head I think the only other recording I have is of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers).
King’s College Cambridge Choir and the Cambridge Classical Players, Mozart, Vespers. Another way to celebrate Mozart’s birthday.
San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, Brahms, Ein Deutsches Requiem. A nice companion to Verdi’s Requiem, which I also enjoy listening to.
Gothic Voices, hildegard von Bingen, A Feather on the Breath of God. I do like Hildegard. I own a lot of medieval chant and polyphony; my favorite group is Anonymous 4.
And, lest you think that I only listen to choral music, my last new CD: Evgeny Kissin plays Chopin (The Four Ballades, Berceuse, Barcarolle, and Scherzo #4).
It was lovely to sit at home this afternoon listening to my new music while I worked. It was a bad day to be outside–raw and wet.