Harmonie Ensemble/New York
Music For Peter Gunn
The classic TV detective series Peter Gunn, which ran from 1958 to 1961, is probably best remembered today by Henry Mancini's trendsetting score inspired by the West Coast Cool jazz style. On Music for Peter Gunn, GRAMMY®-nominated conductor Steven Richman and the sensational Harmonie Ensemble/New York, place their own stamp on Mancini’s iconic orchestrations. It follows in the footsteps of Richman’s and Harmonie Ensemble’s previous bestselling releases Gershwin by Grofé (which landed on the Billboard charts in the top ten) and Ellington/Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suites.
"It’s a daring, snazzy, almost dangerous affair."
Carol Banks Weber, The Examiner
While Dvorák’s Symphony No.6 is clearly inspired by the Symphony No.2 of his friend and champion Johannes Brahms, its middle movements are more in the Slavonic tradition. The Suite Op.98b, written when Dvorák was director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York, is an exotic patchwork of Amerindian and Afro-American music – with a pronounced Bohemian accent. In these superb performances by the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester led by James Gaffigan, both the charm and folkloric character of these works are clearly in evidence.
For more than thirty years, the career of composer Étienne Moulinié was inseparably linked with the patronage of Gaston d’Orléans (1608-60), brother of Louis XIII. In his Mélanges sur des sujets chrétiens, which he regarded as his magnum opus, Moulinié claimed the right to a compositional freedom that would “purify music and make it wholly chaste.” Some of the finest pieces from the collection feature on this recording by Sébastien Daucé’s Ensemble Correspondances, showing just how successfully the composer achieved his aim.
La Nuova Musica
David Bates leads La Nuova Musica in Sacrifices - a program of intensely dramatic oratorios from the middle Baroque. Included are Carissimi’s Historia di Jephte and Charpentier’s Sacrificium Abrahae and Le Reniement de Saint Pierre. The vocal selections are interspersed with instrumental music by Sébastien de Brossard. Since their founding in 2012, critical praise for Bates and La Nuova Musica has been unanimous. The group’s harmonia mundi label debut featured a world première on CD of the 1712 version of Handel’s Il pastor fido.