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Melos Ensemble

Works: 363 works in 753 publications in 6 languages and 8,724 library holdings
Genres: Musical settings  Live sound recordings  Music  Requiems  History 
Roles: Performer, Instrumentalist, Musician, Conductor, ens
Classifications: M1037.4.G8, 782.3238
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Most widely held works by Melos Ensemble
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

17 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just because the definitive recording of Britten's War Requiem has already been made by Britten himself is no reason not to keep recording it. For one thing, the work is simply too affecting and too important to ignore. And for another, the work is too deep and too varied to be encompassed by only one recording, even one so superlative and so sympathetic as the composer's own. Thus, one can have in principle no objections to this live 2007 recording led by Helmuth Rilling. After all, the stalwart German conductor is a highly skilled and deeply experienced choral director who clearly knows his way around monumental scores: his recordings of Bach's Passions are proof of that. But though this is a fine performance with many points to recommend it, it is not a great performance. Rilling does an outstanding job of guiding his forces through the work and a more than adequate job of aiming them toward the work's meaning. But one wants more than "more than adequate" in the War Requiem, and in Rilling's hands, the big moments and its intimate moments fail to strike as profoundly as they ought. The soloists are a mixed lot. Tenor James Taylor and baritone Christian Gerhaher have strong and steady voices, but though soprano Annette Dasch has a lovely voice, she tends to get a bit wobbly above the staff. The chorus of the Festivalensemble Stuttgart and the Aurelius S?ngerknaben are both excellent and they do wonders with the work's huge choruses. But the orchestra of the Festivalensemble, while colorful, does not have quite enough size and weight to bring off the big climaxes. H?nssler's super audio sound is definitely a plus -- the sheer size of the sound is amazing -- but not all that much of an improvement over Decca's fabulous stereo sound for Britten. In sum, then, those who don't know the War Requiem are directed toward Britten's recording, while those who do might consider Rilling's as a third or fourth choice after Hickox's or Shaw's. James Leonard, All Music Guide
War requiem op. 66 by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

53 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baritone ; Atlanta boy Choir ; Atlanta Symphony orchestra & chorus
Septet & octet by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daphnis et Chloé ; Bolero ; La valse ; Ma mère l'oye / Ravel. Jeux ; L'après-midi d'un faune by Maurice Ravel( )

3 editions published in 2009 in French and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concerto for guitar and strings by Mauro Giuliani( Recording )

13 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Septet & octets by Melos Ensemble( )

4 editions published in 2006 and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sextet ; Trios ; Sonatas : for clarinet, cello, violin by John Ireland( )

2 editions published in 2007 and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melos Ensemble : complete EMI recordings 1957-1972( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Italian and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julian Bream in concerto by Julian Bream( )

1 edition published in 2012 and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

French songs by Hugues Cuénod( Recording )

8 editions published between 1967 and 2010 in French and No Linguistic content and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide


5 editions published in 2008 and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Septet in D minor, op. 74 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel( Recording )

7 editions published between 1966 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suite, op. 29 by Arnold Schoenberg( Recording )

9 editions published in 1965 in 3 languages and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction and allegro, for flute, clarinet, harp, and string quartet by Maurice Ravel( Recording )

7 editions published between 1969 and 1983 in 3 languages and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quintet in B minor, op. 115 by Johannes Brahms( Recording )

9 editions published in 1965 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo( Recording )

18 editions published between 1964 and 1985 in 4 languages and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Songs with guitar and guitar solos
Clarinet quintet by Johannes Brahms( Recording )

1 edition published in 1983 and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
London's Melos Ensemble.

Melos Chamber Orchestra

Melos Chamber Orchestra, London.

Melos ensemble

Melos Ensemble britische Band

Melos Ensemble Chamber music group founded in 1950

Melos Ensemble groupe britannique

Melos ensemble (London)

Melos ensemble Londres

Melos Ensemble of London

The Melos Chamber Orchestra.