Oct 29

Schumann: The Secular Choral Works performed by Studio Vocale Karlsruhe ?????

A one time I never found much of interest in Schumann. Now that I’m re-listening to a number of his works, they are gaining a fascination. This album is no exception. The performances are charming and impeccable, very masterfully done. Each piece has its own delights, and provides for differing styles and types of works. This set is a budget set that consists of four CDs, and is a true bargain that will delight.

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Oct 29

Vaughn Williams Sacred Choral Music, performed by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge ??

These set of songs were adequately performed, but lacked brilliance and charm. It is typical of Vaughn Williams to have very predictable music, so that if one has heard one Vaughn Williams piece, you’ve heard them all. There is nothing about these choral pieces to excite the soul or transcend the realm of the ennui. I purchased this CD hoping to find in VW and British music some charm—but, British music, like British food, tends to be bland and uninteresting. The Brits have failed to produced good composers, outside of Purcell and the Beatles. The more I listen to VW, I realize that it is not a matter of missing something in the music that is subtle or complex, such as learning to appreciate the music of Wagner. The music of VW is just plain boring and uncreative.

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