The most interesting thing about this disc may be the backstory: how a secluded order of Benedictine nuns from Avignon won a worldwide search (a sort of Nun Idol) to find the finest female singers of Gregorian Chant.
There is a brand of late 1950s music that doesn’t have quite enough charm for anyone to get nostalgic about.
Garbarek and the Hilliard repeat their hit formula.
Anikiko is the moniker of Ani
Neradilkova, a Sydney songwriter
who can fuse words and melody
with that magical ease desired
by many, but given to few.
The Donau Philharmonie Wien
is a new orchestra committed
to propagating operetta, a
genre subjected to “decades of
misinterpretation and contempt
from critics”, says the liner note.
Christopher Gunning is a British
composer whose music is perhaps
best known in Australia through the
ABC TV show Poirot.
When he’s not churning out hits for Madonna, producer William Orbit creates these amuse-bouches of electronically remixed classical.
I've always thought the legend
of the Flying Dutchman might
have been dreamed up to
describe violinist André Rieu (a
macabre stranger who travels the
world bringing doom wherever he