You may have already read about the Phillip John Greenwood collection of CDs, donated this year to the Pendlebury Library. We are now coming to the end of cataloguing the collection, which has added over 500 CD titles to our stock in the last few months.
The collection is predominantly orchestral and operatic music, amongst which there are some more unusual items, and also some CDs which help to extend our collection in areas where we have only a few items.
Oliver Knussen’s Higglety Pigglety Pop! & Where the Wild Things Are is a double bill of fantasy operas, based on the books by Maurice Sendak. The imaginative slip case has pop-up characters inside and beautiful line drawings. The operas were performed and recordedby the London Sinfonietta in 1999, conducted by the composer himself and issued by Deutsche Grammophon with a Pendlebury classmark of CD.C.732.
Percussion XX showcases the talents of Jonathan Faralli with a selection of compositions for percussion from the 20th Century. Featuring compositions by Hans Werner Henze, Elliott Carter, John Cage, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, this CD (Classmark CD.X.5) is a welcome addition to our small collection of percussion recordings.
Edda: Part 1 The Creation of the World (Classmark CD.D.647) by Icelandic composer John Lief, explores ancient Eddic poetry texts and his works are inspired by Icelandic folk-song and the powerful nature and ancient literary heritage of the country. This performance is sung in Old Norse, featuring Schola Cantorum and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
A recording from Hyperion provides a taste of Latin American music from the 17th and 18th centuries: The Moon, sun and all things: Baroque music from Latin America (Classmark CD.D.649) This anthology of music includes the Hanacpachap cussicuinin – the earliest printed polyphony from the continent of South America – set for four voices in Sapphic verse in the Quechua language.
Finally, Terezin / Theresienstadt is a recording which commemorates the musicians murdered in the Holocaust (classmark: CD.K.322). It includes Lieder, cabaret songs, lullabies and Erwin Schulhoff’s moving violin sonata performed by Daniel Hope. Swedish opera star Anne Sofie von Otter and baritone Christian Gerhaher sing the 25 pieces of music composed by inmates of Theresienstadt with respect and pathos.
You can see the full list of Greenwood CDs that have so far been catalogued and added to Pendlebury library stock on Newton here. Only another 80 to go!
Cosima (work experience student 3-14 June 2013) and HS