On Good Friday, the text is the account of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ as set forth in St. Matthew's Gospel. In 1729, Bach approached the task of setting it to music with the most ambitious scheme ever devised. The story is told in recitative form by a tenor representing the Evangelist. Other vocal soloists represent the main participants in the drama, with the voice of Jesus Himself always surrounded by a 'halo' of strings. Choruses illustrate and reflect on the action, with moments such as the crowd demanding Jesus' crucifixion bringing forth some of Bach's greatest choral writing. Chorales, based on familiar hymn tunes, allowed the faithful to participate in the drama. Bach's St. Matthew Passion continues to rank as one of the supreme achievements of European music. This 3CD set brings it to you in its entirety by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Herbert Von Karajan. Release Date: N/A
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Documentary about influential American rock and roll singers The Everly Brothers. The programme takes a look at their career focusing on the period between the late 1950s and early 1960s as the brothers rose to stardom with hits including 'Bye Bye Love' and 'All I Have to Do Is Dream'. As well as featuring new interview footage with surviving brother Don and archive interviews with Phil, the film also includes insight from fellow artists such as Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards and Graham Nash. Running Time: 145 minutes Region: Region 2 Subtitles: German|French|English|Portuguese|Spanish Release Date: 9 Sept. 2016
In a career that spans more than a half century, pianist and composer Jacques Loussier has built an enormous body of work by blurring the lines between classical and jazz and selling more than six million albums worldwide in the process. Telarc celebrates Loussier's 80th birthday (on 26 October 2014) with the release of two collections that provide a cross section of his masterful fusion of classical tradition with the jazz idiom. 'My Personal Favorites: The Jacques Loussier Trio Plays Bach' and 'Beyond Bach: Other Composers I Adore' are two specially priced 2CD sets, each with tracks chosen by Loussier himself as personal favourites. Beginning in 1959 with his Play Bach Trio, and later with alternate lineups that explored numerous other classical artists, Loussier and his various collaborators forced musicians and audiences of both jazz and classical music to re-evaluate the boundaries - and indeed...
To mark the hundredth anniversary of Frank Sinatra s birth, a deluxe 4 CD set of his complete recordings with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Includes 20 page booklet These tracks, taped for RCA Victor between 1940 and 1942, include an array of great soloists such as trumpeter Bunny Berrigan. To the original master tapes issued on 78 rpm collection as fourteen rare sides and alternate takes appearing here for the first time on a single set, thus completing the Sinatra/Dorsey studio output Release Date: N/A
Stars Of is a superb new nostalgic series within the My Kind Of Music brand focusing on top quality multi-artist compilations covering a broad range of genres available on 3CD deluxe box-sets. Each collection is wonderfully compiled to include 60 hit singles by original popular artists, all presented in a striking contemporary package, offered at a value for money price point. Release Date: N/A
To coincide with the announcement of a new Chris Rea European tour in 2010, Rhino UK releases a newly remastered collection "Still So Far To Go - The Best Of Chris Rea" on October 5th 2009. Included in the package will be 2 brand new studio recordings, `Come So Far, Yet Still So Far To Go'and the ballad `Valentino'. Revisit the musical journey of one of the UK's foremost singer / songwriters / guitarist as "Still So Far To Go...The Best Of Chris Rea" definitively chronicles the incredible career of Middlesbrough's greatest export and finest son. Release Date: N/A
TRAFFIC The Collection (2001 UK 17-track CD with the classics Freedom Rider Rock And Roll Stew & Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush picture sleeve) Release Date: N/A
A celebration of the perpetually popular musical genre known as Dixieland Jazz. On two discs across 41 tracks Reader's Digest presents a definitive collection of this much loved musical styling. From it's birthplace as America's first truly popular music in New Orleans through to its chart topping early sixties triumph in the UK this collection has it all. Familiar refrains such as Alexander's Ragtime Band, When The Saints Go Marching In and Beale Street Blues. Artists of the stature of Chris Barber, Sydney Bechet and Kenny Ball. A marvellously compiled journey through the history of one of the twentieth century's greatest genres. One of the wonder aspects of jazz is that it just doesn't date. These tunes have been in the repertoire for over ninety years in some cases and show no signs of going out of fashion yet for jazzers!
The Complete Billy May Sessions (CD)