We are a few weeks into Michaelmas term now, and we’ve been keeping busy at MusiCB3 with plenty of library tours and user education sessions for new students. As freshers’ week becomes a distant memory and lectures, seminars, and rehearsals begin in earnest, there will be a lot to keep everyone occupied. Don’t forget to come and ask library staff if you have any questions about using the music collections either at the Pendlebury or the UL! And if you have a moment in between everything else, remember that there are plenty of things in the library besides your reading list books to explore. For example, here are some of the newest CDs and DVDs at the Pendlebury Library…
Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall
A recording of Lang Lang‘s sold-out recital at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2013, featuring three Mozart piano sonatas and the complete Chopin ballades, followed by eight (!) encores.
The Golden Ring
Narrated and produced by Humphrey Burton, this is a BBC documentary on Sir Georg Solti‘s recording of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Filmed in 1965, during the recording of Götterdämmerung.
The Operatic Pianist
Transcriptions and fantasies on nineteenth-century opera themes and arias for solo piano, performed by Andrew Wright.
Leontyne Price sings Barber
Including the premiere performance of the Hermit Songs, recorded at the Library of Congress in 1953.
The Land of Lost Content : Twentieth Century English songs
Peter Pears sings twentieth-century English songs, with Benjamin Britten at the piano on many of the tracks.
The Well-Tempered Clavier
Angela Hewitt‘s 2008 recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.
As for live musical entertainment at the faculty, the West Road Concert Hall programme of events is already underway. Among the events coming up this term are performances by the Academy of Ancient Music, directed by James Gilchrist, and the Endellion String Quartet. And of course the free Tuesday lunchtime concert series!