Apr 24, 2012

Spring Releases | April 24, 2012

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Spring Releases | April 24, 2012
Jeanne Lamon, Music Director
Ivars Taurins, Choir Director



George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) · Sing-Along Messiah TMK1008DVD

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, a stellar cast of soloists - soprano Suzie LeBlanc, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenor Rufus Müller, and baritone Locky Chung - and a mass audience choir made up of more than 1000 Tafelmusik fans join Herr Handel as they perform his baroque masterpiece, Messiah.  Tafelmusik's annual Sing-Along Messiah has become a revered family ritual over the past 25 years and is Toronto's largest sing-along event.  Ivars Taurins received a Gemini Award nomination for his role in this film, produced by the award-winning 90th Parallel Productions and originally telecast on Bravo!


Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) · Concertos for Strings TMK1009CD
Anner Bylsma, Violoncello

This re-release was designated as a 1992 Critics' Choice by Gramophone and presents no fewer than nine concertos: two featuring solo cello; one for solo violin and cello; one for two violins and two cellos; one for four violins; and four for string orchestra.  Featured soloists include cellists Anner Bylsma and Christina Mahler, and violinists Stephen Marvin, Chantal Rémillard and Cynthia Roberts.

"... a thrilling ensemble sound and dynamic sense to the disc."
 —American Record Guide

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) - Ayres for the Theatre  TMK1010CD
Dioclesian | The Fairy Queen | King Arthur | The Indian Queen

Although Henry Purcell lived only 36 years, he was one of the finest and most original composers of his day.  His duties were divided between the royal court and the London theatres.  Purcell penned music for 40 plays, much of which was published one year after his death in a set entitled A Collection of Ayres, Compos'd for the Theatre, and upon Other Occasions.  The four suites recorded here are taken from Purcell's four semi-operas.

"Tafelmusik are surely one of the best-equipped baroque orchestras in the world to perform this music." - Gramophone