The album Mirages: The Art of French Song (Champs Hill), with the baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Roger Vignoles, grew out of a Wigmore Corridor recital, recreating the intimacy and form of a live performance programme to scrumptious impact. In no space of repertoire, it appears, is Williams not comfy in addition to knowledgeable. Current Schubert song cycles (with pianist Iain Burnside) and English repertoire stand out in his diverse discography. Now, with Vignoles as an ever idiomatic and responsive accomplice, he has turned to French song.
Opening with the sensual thriller of late Fauré – 4 songs, together with Reflets dans l’eau and Danseuse – the duo steer gracefully to atmospheric ballads by Debussy’s pal André Caplet, spiky Arthur Honegger miniatures and Ravel in Spanish temper (Don Quichotte à Dulcinée). Williams’s personal idiomatic, semi-declamatory Verlaine settings, Les ténèbres de l’amour (1994), type an efficient bridge to extra Honegger, Poulenc and, in good conclusion, Debussy’s Beau Soir.
Ennio Morricone, orchestrator, conductor, trumpeter however above all composer of scores for greater than 400 movies, died in 2020, aged 91. Had he stopped his cinema profession after The Good, the Dangerous and the Ugly (1966) or The Mission (1986), he would nonetheless be well-known, his music plundered, borrowed, recreated in each style from hip-hop and reggae to jazz and classical. A brand new album, Ennio Morricone: Cinema Suites for Violin and Orchestra (Arcana), performed by his son Andrea Morricone, invitations us to enter the dreamlike ambiance of his scores as music alone, these haunting theme tunes given delicate orchestration and new color.
Carried out by his longtime collaborator, violinist Marco Serino, with the Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, it options preparations Morricone had made for the reason that Eighties, revising them late in his life. The method was interrupted by his dying and completed, in tribute, by Serino. A should for movie music devotees however fascinating, too, as a testomony.