Gaudeamus, Paul Halley, director
DMP SACD 09 TT: 51:30 (5.l channel)
This program was recorded in May 1998 at Trinity College Chapel
in Hartford, CT. It features the 31-member vocal ensemble known as
Gaudeamus directed by Paul Halley in 13 acappella sacred selections
ranging from Tallis through Messiaen. These are very fine
performances, beautifully recorded, with the multi-channels capturing the
chapel's rich acoustics; it is unfortunate the chapel's organ and bells
weren't used in some of the repertory - in surround sound this would have
been impressive. Here's another SACD disk with limited playing time.
MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante
in E Flat, K. 364. Concerto in D for Violin and Piano, K. Anh.
56 (reconstructed by Philip Wilby)
Midori, violin; Nobuko Imai, viola; NDR Symphony Orch/Christoph Eschenbach, pianist-conductor
SONY SS 89488 TT: 58:334 (5 channel)
This fine CD features Wilby's reconstruction of a Concerto for Violin and Piano
of which Mozart completed only 120 bars. It surely is a pleasant work,
unauthentic though it may be, superbly played here, as is the more familiar K.
364. I find the multi-channel sound extraordinary in every way, beautifully
balanced with warm, natural textures, the soloists nicely placed. Recommended.