BBC Music Magazine
Wunderkinds and a post-classical hero
This month’s round-up features small but perfectly formed releases...
It’s amazing to think the Vienna Boys’ Choir has been making music for over five centuries. Indeed, the repertoire on Sacred Choral Music (Capriccio C7317) will likely have been performed by its members when it was still new music. This seven-disc set takes in recordings made in the 1990s and features works by Handel, (Messiah), Haydn (The Creation), Mozart (Coronation Mass, Requiem and Ave Verum), JS Bach (Cantata BWV 21) and Bruckner (Motets). A bonus disc of Christmas pieces is a sparkling addition to this otherwise no-frills release. Presentation is everything in Jóhann
Jóhannsson – Retrospective I (DG 483 6582), a handsomely-bound collection honouring the life and work of the late Icelandic composer. A remarkable artist whose creative work pushed musical boundaries, Jóhannsson died in 2018 aged just 48. In this, the first of two planned volumes, we’re presented with seven albums – including a previously unreleased documentary score, White Black Boy – plus commemorative essays and a selection of photographs.
Tedd Joselson – The Complete Album
Collection (Sony 19075903272) sees his recordings for RCA released on disc for the very first time. Recorded between 1963 and 1978, this selection largely features the pianist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy. Joselson famously auditioned for the conductor aged 17 and was immediately snapped up, despite having never competed or performed professionally. His contract with RCA was signed while he was still at Juilliard. Russian repertoire dominates alongside Romantic sonatas by Liszt, Chopin and Ravel, all presented over six discs.
Manfred Cordes’s Early Music ensemble Weser-renaissance is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the milestone is marked with
Renaissance im Norden (CPO 5552652). The four-disc box gathers together volumes of its series originally released from 2012-14, which took in music written for the courts of northern Germany. The ensemble, under Cordes, performs works by Johann Grabbe, Michael Praetorius, Moritz Landgraf von Hessen, William Brade and Thomas Simpson.
The Vienna Boys’ Choir has been making music for over five centuries