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Melos Ensemble

Works: 378 works in 793 publications in 6 languages and 11,061 library holdings
Genres: Musical settings  Requiems  Live sound recordings  Music  Art music  Cantatas  Monologues (Music)  Concertos  History 
Roles: Performer, Instrumentalist, Musician, Conductor, ens
Classifications: M2010.B75, 784.2
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Most widely held works by Melos Ensemble
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

22 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 703 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 )

54 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text in Latin and English
Sonata for violin and piano by César Franck( Recording )

12 editions published between 1977 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ravel: Introduction et Allegro pour flûte, clarinette, harpe et quatuor à cordes / Debussy: Sonate pour violon et piano / Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe / Franck: Sonate en la majeur pour violon et piano
The essential Julian Bream by Julian Bream( )

5 editions published in 2008 and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Septet & octet by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Septet & octets by Melos Ensemble( )

4 editions published in 2006 and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clarinet quintet in A major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

3 editions published between 1983 and 2001 and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fuchs: Quintett Es-Dur für Klarinette, zwei Violinen, Viola und Violoncello, op.102 / Weber: Quintett für Klarinette, zwei Violinen, Viola und Violoncello, op.34
Concerto for guitar and strings by Mauro Giuliani( Recording )

13 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 2007 and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symphonies nos. 5 & 6 ; Hymnus amoris ; Sleep ; Wind Quintet by Carl Nielsen( )

1 edition published in 2001 in Latin and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Joyce settings by Mátyás Seiber( )

2 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Septet in D minor, op. 74 ; Quintet in E-flat, op. 87 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel( )

2 editions published in 1966 and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction et allegro by Maurice Ravel( )

3 editions published between 1962 and 1998 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moderne Klassiker( )

and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four pieces for clarinet and piano( )

1 edition published in 2010 and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melos Ensemble : complete EMI recordings 1957-1972( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Italian and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piano quintet, op. 57( )

and held by 219 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.