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Into the Light / Muraji, Christophers, The Sixteen


Release Date: 06/12/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000903402   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Juan de AnchietaJohann PachelbelTomás Luis de VictoriaHeitor Villa-Lobos,   ... 
Performer:  Kaori Muraji
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Into the Light is something of a departure for Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, the British mixed ensemble specializing in vocal music of the Renaissance. In this album they join forces with guitarist Kaori Muraji in a program made up of a variety of risky-sounding arrangements, including an abbreviated choral version of Pachelbel's Canon in D to a text by Oscar Wilde, and a section of Borodin's Polovtsian Dances with guitar accompaniment, in addition to a few unaltered Renaissance works. Perhaps it should not be surprising that a group as distinguished as the Sixteen and a conductor of such impeccable taste as Christophers is able to bring off this kind of daring enterprise with such success. There is no cheesiness in evidence at all, Read more and even the most dubious ventures, such as Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5, originally for voice and eight celli, arranged here for chorus and guitar, are fully persuasive. This is largely due to the skillful and ingenious arrangements of Bob Chilcott, a fine composer in his own right. Credit also must go to the Sixteen and Christophers for their beautifully nuanced and vocally pure performances. Muraji's playing is self-effacing or flamboyantly virtuosic, as the music requires, and she shines in several solos. Among the most effective pieces are the Pachelbel/Wilde Canon, the Villa-Lobos, and a lusty arrangement of Gaspar Fernandez's A negrito de cucurumbé. Decca's sound is clean and ideally balanced. This might be classified as a crossover album, a genre that flirts with the possibility of being unsatisfactory to audiences on either side of the divide it's intended to straddle, but this is the rare album that ought to be pleasing to both.

– Stephen Eddins, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Con amores, la mi madre by Juan de Anchieta
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
2.
Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3.
O quam gloriosum by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
4.
Preludes (5) for Guitar, W 419: no 3 in A minor, Arpeggins - Allegro moderato by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Brazil 
5.
Preludes (5) for Guitar, W 419: no 4 in E minor, Lento by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Brazil 
6.
Dame albricia mano Anton by Gaspar Fernandes
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Mexico 
7.
Preludes (5) for Guitar, W 419 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Brazil 
8.
Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Voice and Piano: Aria by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1945; Brazil 
9.
Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880-1905; Spain 
10.
Romancero Gitano, Op. 152 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951 
11.
Psalm Tunes (9) for Mister Parker: no 8, God grant with grace "Tallis Canon" by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1567; England 
12.
Alma Redemptoris mater by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
13.
Canciones (10) populares catalanas: no 6, Canço del lladre by Miguel Llobet
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1918; Spain 
14.
Prince Igor: Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Kaori Muraji (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 

Sound Samples

Con Amores, La Mía Madre
Canon (Rosa Mystica)
O Quam Gloriosum
O Quam Gloriosum
Prelude No.1 In E Minor
Prelude No.3 in A minor ("Flow my Tears")
Prelude No.2 In E
Prelude No.4 in E minor ("Weep you no more sad fountains")
Prelude No.5 In D
Villancico (A negrito de cucurumbé)
Bachianas brasileiras No.5: Aria (Cantilena)
Recuerdos De La Alhambra
Seven Poems by Federíco García Lorca: Procesión
Seven Poems by Federíco García Lorca: Paso
Seven Poems by Federíco García Lorca: Saeta
God Grant We Grace (Canon)
Alma Redemptoris Mater
Alma Redemptoris Mater
Catalan Folk Songs: Canço de lladre
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances ("Our Revels are ended")

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