Amazon MP3 Downloads; Brahms Requiem
The Web is a great place to get music of all kinds – and I prefer the classical variety. I used to belong to emusic, and was happy with them until I got my new 64-bit laptop which they didn’t have a downloader for. I bitched and bitched and bitched – to no avail. I bailed with them still owing me some downloads. Dealing with dysfunctional companies is part of the pain of being on the Web.
I switched to Amazon’s MP3 Downloads, which have more variety and better quality. I do miss the emusic suggestions I used to get every week where their editors suggested new things I might be interested in. The Amazon one is far too general and concentrates on popular music.
About this time, just by accident, I heard of Brahms Requiem. I looked it up on Amazon – five albums were offered, from $3.68 to $8.99 – including one by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! I picked Robert Shaw, who I have admired for a long time – you can’t beat his choral work and the soloists are top-notch.
As I was writing this, I looked closer at the Mormon Tabernacle version, and discovered it was a English translation by Robert Shaw – and that this Choir and the conductor also used his techniques. I bought it too.
Mr. Shaw himself passed on just before this recording was made.