RELEASES (by year)

  1. WANDERING SHADES (Les Ombres Errantes): The Final Harpsichord Works of François Couperin. Katherine Roberts Perl, harpsichord

    WANDERING SHADES (Les Ombres Errantes): The Final Harpsichord Works of François Couperin. Katherine Roberts Perl, harpsichord

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    WANDERING SHADES (Les Ombres Errantes): The Final Harpsichord Works of François Couperin. Katherine Roberts Perl, harpsichord.

    1) Prelude 7: Mesuré - lent

    25th Ordre: 2) La Visionaire (Gravement et marqué), 3) La Misterieuse (Modérément), 4) La Monflambert (Tendrement, sans lenteur), 5) La Muse Victorieuse (Audacieusement), 6) Les Ombres Errantes (Languissamment)

    24th Ordre (selections): 7) Les Vieux Seigneurs - Sarabande grave (Noblement), 8) Les Jeunes Seigneurs (Légérement            Cy-devant les petits Maitres), 9) Les Dars – homicides (Gayement et coulé), 10) La Divine - Babiche ou les amours badins (Voluptueusement, sans languer), 11) La Belle Javotte (Tendrement autre fois l’Infante), 12) L' Amphibie - Mouvement de Passacaille (Noblement)

    26th Ordre: 13) La Convalescente, 14) Gavote, 15) La Sophie, 16) L'Epineuse, 17) La Pantomime (Gayement et marqué, et d’une grande précision)

    18) Prelude 6: Mesuré

    27th Ordre: 19) L'Exquise – Allemande, 20) Les Pavots (Nonchallamment), 21) Les Chinois, 22) Saillie (Vivement)

     Harpsichord: French Double Manual after N. Dumont, Paris, 1707 by John Phillips, Berkeley, California, 1987.


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  2. That Devilin' Tune: A Jazz History, 1900-1950. Allen Lowe (book)

    That Devilin' Tune: A Jazz History, 1900-1950. Allen Lowe (book)

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    A comprehensive history of jazz from 1900-1950 that moves away from the clichés of most jazz works, looks at both the famous and the obscure, and presents the most detailed look available on the pre-history of jazz as well as its relationship to both country music and the blues. It also has perceptive discussions of minstrelsy and the post-Sudhalter issue of white and black influences on the development of jazz and improvised music.

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    In their stunning debut recording, the women's vocal ensemble, Vajra Voices, directed by contralto Karen R. Clark, performs works by the German Benedictine abbess and mystic, Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179). Joined by multi-instrumentalist, Shira Kammen, Vajra Voices presents performances of passion, radiance, strength and depth.


    "One cannot help but be deeply moved by the exquisite rendition of Hildegard's music by Vajra Voices.  Their singing brings Hildegard into the room with all her passion and power and the Spirit arrives too along with angels eager to wake us up. “ 

    –– Matthew Fox, author of HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century, ILLUMINATIONS OF HILDEGARD OF BINGEN, and Hildegard of Bingen's Book of Divine Works: With Letters and Songs.

    “The chant melodies, rendered here with heartfelt elegance by the women’s chorus Vajra Voices under the direction of Karen R. Clark, are striking in both their shapeliness and the spiritual fervor that runs through them.”

    — Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, April 20, 2016

    “The Vajra Voices, 7 in all, are a Berkeley-based all-female group who have Hildegard’s music at the centre of their repertory. Their strengths, apart from beautiful voices, include precise articulation and the confidence to be simple in expression. Voices blend beautifully, and Karen R Clark has a contralto well-suited to the spiritual depths of the music – a truly splendid voice.

     Listen either to the opening or the final pages, and one is touched by a depth and beauty.

    All in all, this recording belongs with the very best Hildegard collections, one for late night reflectiveness.”

    — Michael Wilkinson, MusicWeb International, July 26, 2016

    "...Vajra Voices, under the direction of Karen R. Clark, offers a very fine survey of nearly every genre of chant represented in Hildegard’s repertory—antiphons, responsories, hymns, and sequences. Clark herself has a beautiful voice that shows flexibility and nuance through the very broad range that Hildegard covers in her chants. Her performance of the antiphon ‘O Quam Magnum Miraculum Est’ to Shira Kammen’s vielle accompaniment is gorgeous."

    —Peter Loewen, American Record Guide, September/October 2016

    "The seven women of Vajra Voices – richly voiced, contrasted individuals who shine as soloists or conspire without egotism in vivid, full-blooded ensemble – sing out with tremendous intensity. Led by the wide emotional spectrum of Karen R. Clark’s contralto, the shimmering resonance of their elegantly paced performances with entirely credible phrasing and selection of note lengths, coloured at times by instrumental accompaniment, vocal drones, and oganum (sparing and tasteful), is delightful. Lovely, thoughtful, and inspiring instrumentals adorn this, the most convincing Hildegard disc I’ve yet heard from the USA."

    Rebecca Tavener, Choir & Organ, September/October 2016

     "A special vocal group is required to do justice to Hildegard’s music, and we have it here in Vajra Voices, an ensemble of seven women dedicated to mediaeval and modern music “in a singing style inspired by Hildegard von Bingen that is clear, sweet and strong”. The group’s name comes from the Sanskrit word for strength of spirit “as symbolized by the thunderbolt of clarity and the indestructible nature of the diamond’. Contralto Karen Clark is the director, and the only instrumental accompaniment is by Shira Kammen on several kinds of mediaeval harp, and a stringed instrument called the vielle, played with a bow.

     The group lives and performs in San Francisco, with this recording done in St. Ignatius Catholic Church there in August 2015. It is their first and it was crowd-funded (KickStarter) on the independent classical and jazz label Music and Arts Programs of America. The recording quality, and booklet and packaging are top quality. I end with a hearty recommendation for this album, and a quotation from Hildegard, one of the earliest feminists:

     “Woman may be made from man, but no man can be made without a woman.”"

    — Paul Kennedy, Audiophile Audition, November 4, 2016

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  4. CD-1289 Front Cover

    CARLO GRANTE PLAYS RAVEL: Miroirs (Mirrors). Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess). Gaspard de la nuit: Trois poèmes pour piano d'après Aloysius Bertrand.

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    RAVEL: Miroirs (Mirrors). Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess). Gaspard de la nuit: Trois poèmes pour piano d'après Aloysius Bertrand CARLO GRANTE, piano. Total time: 58:05. Audio engineering, editing and mastering: Gerhard Kanzian, KVK – SOUNDSTUDIO, Vienna. Liner notes by Carlo Grante and Alexander Eccles. UPC # 0-17685-12892-9.

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