The peak of Haydn's church music came near the end of his life, when Nicolaus'successor, Nicolaus II, who was much less interested in music, required from Haydn only one Mass a year in honor of his wife. The nickname recognizes the British admiral who was a hero during the Napoleonic Wars; Haydn's subtitle for this work was Missa in angustiis, or “Mass in time of distress.” Slightly darker than Haydn's other late Masses, without their bright wind scoring, this one includes some near-operatic dramatic roulades for soprano. The vocal ensemble Banchetto Musicale gives a particularly intimate performance of this deeply-felt work.
By Harry Palmer on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Trombonist Steve Wiest is the Director of Jazz Studies and Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and has played with Doc Severinsen and Maynard Ferguson. The influence of both is plain to hear on Excalibur,...
By John Schaefer on 07.20.09 in Reviews
Pianist Bruce Brubaker has earned a well-deserved reputation for his performances of contemporary works, especially those in a minimalist/post-minimalist vein. This collection pairs keyboard works by founding minimalist...
By Amelia Raitt on 10.20.08 in Reviews
Grammy-nominated trombonist Steve Wiest has made an interesting move on Out of the New, adapting songs from some of modern rock radio's biggest names (Coldplay, Green Day, Aerosmith). "Walk this Way" is esp...
By Justin Davidson on 01.16.15 in Features
She is no longer the goofy but serious alien girl with the long flowing hair; instead she’s a sage.