Novi Singers —
Novi Sing Chopin ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1971. New Copy ...
About January 4, 2018 (delayed)
Two of Poland's greatest musical assets – together on one CD – as the groovy groovy Novi Singers turn their talents towards the work of Frederic Chopin – singing his compositions in a jazzy harmony style that's quite similar to the 60s classics of The Swingle Singers! The approach is really great – as Chopin's warm and romantic style of writing is a perfect match for Novi's magical vocal harmonies – with just the right mix of flourishes and melody to really show off their amazing talents. Novi are singing here in all-acapella style – and titles include "Preludium Des Dur Op 28 Nr 15", "Ballada F-Moll Op 52", "Grande Valse Brillante Op 34 Nr 2", "Mazurek E Moll Op 41 Nr 2", and "Scherzo H-Moll OP 20" – not the catchiest titles in the world, but some really great music. CD
A beautiful tribute to the genius of Mstislav Rostropovich – one of the greatest cellists of the 20th Century, and a musician who really helped transform the role of the instrument in classical music! This package brings together music from three decades of recording – some of Rostropovich's key moments, in a 3CD set that features extended presentation of the material – which includes Dvorak's Concerto For Cello & Orchestra In B Minor and Tchaikovsky's Variations On A Rococo Theme For Cello & Orchestra – both recorded in 1968 with Herbert Von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. CD2 features a performance of Saint Saens Concerto For Cello & Orchestra No 1 with Grigory Stolyarov conducting the Soviet Symphony Orchestra Of The All-Union Radio, followed by duets with pianist Martha Agerich on Chopin's Sonata For Piano & Cello In G Minor, and duets with Rudolf Serkin on Brahms' Sonata For Piano & Cello No 1 In E Minor. CD 3 features a beautiful performance of Alexander Glazunov's Chant Du Menestral with the Boston Symphony, conducted by Seiji Ozawa, a reading of Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile that has Rostropovich conducting the Berlin Philharmonic, and other works by Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Borodin, Paganini, Popper, and Prokofiev. CD
Beautiful acoustic work from pianist Mikio Masuda – a Japanese keyboardist that most folks know for his electric material of the 70s, but who's equally great here in an all-piano mode from the 80s! There's a warmth and glide to Masuda's style that clearly shows an approach he learned from the electric years – but the acoustic instrumentation also underscores a greater depth in his music – a balance of subtle elements with an inherent sense of soul at the core, augmented by work from Hideo Kawahara on bass, Shingo Okudaira on drums, and Tatsuji Yokoyama on percussion. The whole thing recalls some of our favorite acoustic piano trio sets from the Japanese scene of a few years before – and titles include "Little Waltz", "Istanbul", "That's So Nice", "Passion Flower", "Impromptu Of Blue", and a great version of Chopin's "Prelude No 4". CD
Some of the most famous melodies in classical music – all served up here from core recordings in the Decca Records catalog, then reworked by a host of contemporary producers and studio talents! Make no mistake – these aren't dance tunes, and the mixers aren't out to dismantle the melodies – and instead, the approach is a bit like that great 80s moment when Mark Stewart & The Maffia built a song around the music of Eric Satie – who's featured here, alongside Debussy, Pachelbel, Beethoven, and Chopin! The package is one that's very much in keeping with some of the more contemporary, more electronic reworkings from Deutsche Grammophon – and titles include "Gynopedie No 1 (Cagedbaby rmx)", "Gnossienne No 2 (Raf Rundell rmx)", "Moonlight Sonata (Dusty Kid rmx)", "Prelude No 15 (Third Son rmx)", "Canon In D Major (Hardway Brothers rmx)", "Clair De Lune (Vito Gatto rmx)", "Gynopedie No 3 (Lixo rmx)", and "Adagio (Soul Mekanik rmx)". CD