It might be the quietest time of year at the Pendlebury over the summer, but there are still plenty of new items arriving for library stock. These include a lot of new books for updated module reading lists, and books for new courses that are beginning in the coming academic year. As well as these, there is also a steady trickle of new audio visual resources being added to the catalogue, some bought and some donated. As these are kept in closed access, new audio visual arrivals can be less obvious than the new books and scores (which are often visible on the dust-jacket display just inside the library), and so it seems only fair that they should have their moment in the spotlight. These are a few of the latest DVDs and CDs we have welcomed into the fold…
Dangerous moonlight / RKO Radio Pictures; directed by Brian Desmond Hurst.
” As Hitler’s army invades Poland, a celebrated Polish composer and pianist is tricked into fleeing to England. Torn between his patriotism and his love for music, he decides to forsake his musical career and join a British bomber squadron to avenge the death of his countrymen.”
The plot of this film revolves around the ‘Warsaw Concerto’ which was composed for the film by Richard Addinsell. An arrangement of this piece for two pianos can be found at 883.E.A1
Selected partsongs of Hamish MacCunn
Partsongs recorded by Queens College Vocal Ensemble, by the Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn, who died 100 years ago this month.
The UL holds a biography of MacCunn by Jennifer Oates at M509.c.201.1
Fidelio / Beethoven
The Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
“Claus Guth’s strikingly experimental new production drew fervent reactions at its premiere at the 2015 Salzburg Festival. On an elegantly spartan set – suggestive of Freud’s ‘salon of the unconscious’ – the opera is reworked with amplified noises and ambient sounds substituting for the traditional dialogue and the inclusion of hand-signing doppelgangers who shadow some of the lead characters.”
Vocal score at classmark: Pb.261.77B.F3
Rusalka / Dvořák
The Metropolitan Opera conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin,
“Dvořák’s enchanting fairy tale of the water nymph Rusalka” with Renée Feming in the title role.
Score at classmark: Pb.260.84D.R1
L’Italiana in Algeri / Rossini
“Combining musical refinement and madcap invention, L’italiana in Algeri was Rossini’s early triumph, a sparkling buffa that Richard Strauss was ‘mad with enthusiasm for’ and which narrates one girl’s fearless determination to rescue her captive lover from the evil clutches of the Bey of Algiers.”
Vocal score at classmark: Pb.261.79R.I2
In a nutshell / Percy Grainger
A collection of Grainger’s music performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Simon Rattle. Reviewed in Gramophone here.
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