Joseph Marx’s distinctive style is characterized in these songs by dazzling, colourful harmonies and a remarkable melodic richness that, coupled with his sensitive setting of the texts, results in some of the composer’s finest works for voice and orchestra. Recurring themes of love and longing are encapsulated in one of Marx’s earliest songs, ‘Hat dich die Liebe beruhrt’, and moods of cheerful serenity, profound earnestness and amusing operetta-like lightness are all explored elsewhere. This programme of premiere recordings includes the cycle Verklartes Jahr, a high point in Marx’s vocal oeuvre, and the intoxicating expression of his love for Italy in ‘Auf der Campagna.’
The Definitive Collection covers most of Angela Bofill's best-known singles and album tracks, including "I Try," "This Time I'll Be Sweeter," "Angel of the Night," and "Let Me Be the One." This collection also includes several worthwhile songs that didn't make it onto her previous retrospective, The Best of Angela Bofill, such as "Too Tough," "Baby I Need Your Love," "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," and "Can't Slow Down." As with the other collection, the emphasis is still on Bofill's earliest work; while she did indeed record many of her definitive songs during that time, some tracks from her more recent albums would have been a welcome addition for completeness' sake. Even though this compilation still isn't a total look at Bofill's artistry, The Definitive Collection does offer the most comprehensive look at her work available.
Ten years ago Angela Hewitt recorded a version of The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I which dazzled the critical world and record-buying public. It was followed shortly afterwards by Book II which was similarly received. Now, fresh from her Bach World Tour - in which she performed the complete Well-Tempered Clavier from August 2007 until the end of October 2008 in 58 cities in 21 countries on six continents - Angela has made an entirely new recording of this most iconic of keyboard works.