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IN THE PRESS René Jacobs nominated for Gramophone Artist of the Year 2009 “One of the recorded marvels of our time... Jacobs is a terrific guide in Mozart, drawing playing of great flair from his Freiburg band. Gardiner's Gramophone Award winning Arkiv set has held sway in Idomeneo for 17 years but I think it’s about to get a serious run for its money.” – GRAMOPHONE

Tinariwen's Imidiwan: Companions coming soon on World Village “Highlights include ‘Kel Tamashek,’ a dervish jig that’s all jagged riffs, and ‘Chabiba,’ a staggeringly beautiful anthem to youth… Tinariwen just keeps on keepin’ on, relentless and brilliant as the Saharan sun.” – THE GUARDIAN (UK)

COMING NEXT MONTH Kent Nagano conducts Saariaho Composed to a libretto by Amin Maalouf and premiered at Salzburg in 2000 in a production by Peter Sellars, L’Amour de loin was Kaija Saariaho’s first opera. This reinterpretation of the medieval narrative of the life of the troubadour Jaufré Rudel tackles a number of highly topical themes: love from afar, the virtuality of ideal love, and relations between East and West.

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In September, harmonia mundi spotlights Beethoven’s Complete Violin Sonatas played by Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov (p.4) and Schubert’s haunting song cycle Winterreise featuring Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis (p.5). Other releases on harmonia mundi include a dance and music collaboration DVD with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and violinist Midori Seiler (p. 6), a mid-priced chant collection from Anonymous 4 (p.7) and a reissue of Lully’s opera Atys to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Les Arts Florissants (p. 3). New on Hyperion this month, Angela Hewitt delights with a recital of Handel and Haydn (p.15) and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra presents Stravinsky ballets with Ilan Volkov (p.16). LSO Live offers the first recording of Verdi’s Requiem by Sir Colin Davis,(p.18) and Bartok’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle with Valery Gergiev (p.19). Also of note, SDG’s Brahms cycle with John Eliot Gardiner continues with the third symphony (p.20). On the non-classical front, World Village artist Justin Adams teams up with Lu Edmonds and Ben Mandelson as Les Triaboliques for a fascinating new project called rivermudtwilight (p.25).


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Guillemee Laurens (soprano), Agnès Mellon (soprano) Guy de Mey (tenor), Jean-François Gardeil (baritone) Les Arts Florissants, William Christie harmonia mundi • HML 5901257

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Je a n - B a p t i s t e L u l l y i s considered by many scholars to be the father of French opera. This groundbreaking, multi award-winning 1987 recording launched a revival of interest in the genre and a veritable explosion of new recordings of French baroque music in general. Lully’s Atys is a tragédie en musique based on Ovid’s Fasti. The five act opera, offering a timeless story of love and jealousy, was premiered in 1676 at the French royal court in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Over twenty years later, Les Arts Florissants’ performance of Atys remains a touchstone in the interpretation of French Baroque opera. Available for a limited time at mid-price in a deluxe CD+Book presentation, this release is timed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Les Arts Florissants.

“Few lovers of baroque opera will be disappointed with this latest recording by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. What ensures the success of this performance as much as anything is Christie’s lively rhythmic sense, and his informed handling of French music of this period... This is a major achievement.” — GRAMOPHONE


September 2009

“One of the most important productions of our day... a revelationof what early opera can offer to a modern audience.”


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Faust plays Beethoven BEETHOVEN Complete Violin Sonatas

Isabelle Faust (violin) Alexander Melnikov (piano) harmonia mundi • HMC 902025

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As well as being a virtuoso pianist, Beethoven was also a competent violinist — an experience he put to good use in his ten sonatas for violin and piano. Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov have long cherished the project of recording them all. A behind-the-scenes documentary filmed on this occasion (and included in the set on DVD) gives an insight into these artist’s careful efforts to get as close as possible to the composer’s original intentions.

“One of the world’s most interesting violinists.”

September 2009


Also available Schubert: Violin Duos

harmonia mundi • HMC 901870 (794881798629)

“Impassioned treatment from these two young musicians.” — THE BUFFALO NEWS


Padmore & Lewis team up for Winterreise Mark Padmore (tenor) Paul Lewis (piano) harmonia mundi • HMU 907484

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SCHUBERT Winterreise

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Composed in 1827 and first performed privately for members of Schubert’s circle, Winterreise initially received a mixed reception. Now acknowledged as the greatest song-cycle ever penned, the work (here played in the original keys) receives a profound and probing reading from tenor Mark Padmore and pianist Paul Lewis, and marks the launch of a Schubert recording triptych.

“Padmore’s great gift, apart from his prodigious technical ability, whether to float a line with perfect legato or to enter pianissimo at the top of his range, is to sing from the soul.” — THE EVENING STANDARD

Brien: Before life & aer

harmonia mundi • HMU 907443 (093046744328)

“A truly remarkable dramatic experience.” — CLASSICSTODAY

September 2009

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A celebration of nature through dance & music harmonia mundi

4 Elements / 4 Seasons A Choreographic Concert VIVALDI Four Seasons REBEL Les Éléments

Midori Seiler (violin) Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin harmonia mundi • HMD 9909026

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“Perfect ensemble, vibrant sound and collective feeling for the music...has raised them to the very top rank of period orchestras operating today.” — GRAMOPHONE

78 Minutes / All Zones / Format 16:9 / 5.1 DTS PCM Stereo 2.0 / Subtitles: French, English, German 4 Elements / 4 Seasons combines the dance suite Les Éléments by Jean-Féry Rebel and Antonio Vivaldi’s concerto cycle The Four Seasons — two nearly contemporary works based on themes of nature — to create a fascinating choreographed concert. The result is nothing short of a new mode of performance practice that expands and enhances the audience’s connection to the traditional concert setting. Violin soloist Midori Seiler and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin are joined by Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, a long time member of the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests, who choreographed the orchestra and dances with them these early examples of program music. Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer adapted the works for two small string orchestras that are placed directly across from each other on a large stage, each with a harpsichord in the continuo group. Live concerts in Europe of 4 Elements / 4 Seasons have been met with universal acclaim and this DVD vividly captures the raw power and excitement of what is definitely a groundbreaking musical event. Includes bonus inteviews with the artists.

September 2009

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Alfred Deller - Portrait of a Voice

harmonia mundi • HMD 9909018 (794881911790)

“The most famous counter-tenor of the modern era.” — AMAZON

A special mid-priced Anonymous 4 collection

Anonymous 4 harmonia mundi • HMX 2907546

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Four Centuries of Chant


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“Few groups afford pleasures of such purity and sublimity.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES For those who love the purity of chant, for the audiences who are discovering chant (or returning to it) as listeners or as singers, and also for those who are new to the work of Anonymous 4, the celebrated vocal quartet presents a stellar collection of some of the greatest medieval chants culled from its many acclaimed recordings. This special mid-priced release documenting the history of chant, presented in deluxe packaging with in-depth liner notes, would make a perfect holiday gift selection.

The album that started it all harmonia mundi • HMU 907080 (093046708023)

“Surely this is the sound of heaven.” — AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE


An English Ladymass


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Celebrating 30 years of Les Arts Florissants

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Les Arts Florissants, William Christie harmonia mundi • HMA 1951068


Les Arts Florissants, William Christie harmonia mundi • HMA 1951095

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Originally released April 2001 - Deleted December 2007

CAMPRA French Cantatas - Arion, La Dispute de l’Amour et de l’Hymen, Les Femmes, Enée et Didon

DELALANDE Petits Motets

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Les Arts Florissants, William Christie harmonia mundi • HMA 1951416

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie harmonia mundi • HMA 1951238

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Favorite quartets by Dvorák Price Code: A11 (Suggested Retail Price: $11.98)

Talich Quartet Calliope • CAL 4617


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DVORÁK String Quartets Nos.11 & 12


Upon its original release this disc was highly praised by Gramophone, which said, “Czech ensembles have long had a lock on recommendable recordings of Dvorak’s chambers music, and here’s one that goes to the head of the list. This first recording made by the Talich Quartet in the West illustrates their absolute mastery of the works of Dvorak. More than any other ensemble the Talich manages to bring out not only the quivering immediacy of this music but also its profound roots. Sombre, full of contrast, extremely tense and dramatic, this version by the Talich Quartet is incomparable to any other, its pathos lending a very tragic colouring to the work. Amazing!”

Music of the roaring 20’s Price Code: A21 (Suggested Retail Price: $21.98)

Ebony Band, Cappella Amsterdam Werner Herbers Channel Classics • CCS 25109

September 2009

Kurt Weill’s orchestral suite for wind orchestra debuted shortly after the première of his Threepenny Opera. Toch’s Egon und Emilie is a satire on opera based on a charmingly mischievous libretto by German poet and humorist Christian Morgenstern. Schulhoff ’s jazz oratorio HMS Royal Oak was inspired by an actual event dating from 1928 when a violent quarrel arose among three officers about music played by a band in the officers’ mess. The Ebony Band was founded in 1990 by Werner Herbers.

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New releases in Duon’s Epoch series DELIUS Hiawatha, Suite for Violin & Orchestra, Légende for Violin & Orchestra, Double Concerto for Violin, Viola & Orchestra, Caprice and Elegy for Viola & Orchestra

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Philippe Graffin (violin) Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) BBC Concert Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7226

Dutton presents a selection of rare and unrecorded Delius with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by David Lloyd-Jones. It includes the early tone poem Hiawatha in Robert Threlfall’s performing version and a trio of concertos brilliantly performed by violinist Philippe Graffin and Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola). The program is rounded off by Sarah-Jane Bradley’s glowing reading of the viola version of the Caprice and Elegy.

ARNELL Harlequin in April, Punch and the Child, Concerto Capriccioso for Violin & Orchestra Lorraine McAslan (violin) BBC Concert Orchestra, Martin Yates Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7227

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September 2009

To complete their survey of the ballets of Richard Arnell by conductor Martin Yates, Dutton presents the first recording of the charming Harlequin in April and the first stereo recording of Arnell’s best-known ballet, the tuneful Punch and the Child. The disc is completed by the second of Arnell’s violin concertos, the Concerto Capriccioso, here brilliantly played by Lorraine McAslan.


New releases in Duon’s Epoch series Price Code: A22 (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98)

Susan Grion (soprano) BBC Concert Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7228


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Her Song - Orchestral Songs & Arias

Susan Gritton’s solo recital with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins is focused on orchestral songs by Elgar and John Ireland. This enchanting and pioneering survey marks the first time so substantial a survey of Elgar’s orchestral songs has been presented in one program. The nine John Ireland songs include the title piece Her Song from 1925, which makes a touching lyrical foil to Elgar’s exuberance.

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MAYERL Miscellany for Solo Piano Vol.2

Leslie De’Ath (piano) Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7229

The Canadian pianist Leslie De’Ath follows the success of his first Billy Mayerl anthology for Dutton, which was an ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone magazine, with a second volume of this delightfully tuneful, syncopated music. In addition to familiar numbers such as Bats in the Belfry, he ranges across Mayerl’s career from the Piano Exaggerations of 1926 to the late Waltz for a Lonely Heart of 1956. September 2009



New releases in Duon’s Epoch series MCDOWALL Laudate, Radnor Songs, A Canterbury Mass, Five Seasons

Rachel Nicholls (soprano), Katherine Allen (mezzo-soprano) City of Canterbury Chamber Choir Orchestra Nova, George Vass Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7230

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The latest volume of Dutton’s Cecilia McDowall edition presents choral music and an orchestral song cycle under the sympathetic baton of George Vass. McDowall has a distinctive style that speaks directly to listeners, instrumentalists and singers alike. of special note are her Canterbury Mass (commissioned by the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir) and two delightful, unaccompanied choral pieces including the carol Now may we singen. A lovely and distinctive collection.

Tertis Tradition - Music for Viola & Piano

Roger Chase (viola), Michiko Otaki (piano) Dutton Laboratories • CDLX 7231


September 2009

Price Code: A22 (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98)


Violist Roger Chase and pianist Michiko Otaki follow Chase’s pioneering Dutton recording of viola concertos by Stanley Bate and W H Bell (CDLX 7216) by celebrating the Tertis tradition, again playing Lionel Tertis’ own Montagnana viola. Works featured here include Bax’s Concert Piece, York Bowen’s Melodies a Sonata by Bliss, and Rubbra’s Meditation on a Byzantine Hymn ‘O Quando in Cruce’.

The Treasures of Naples Price Code: A19 (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)

Pino de Viorio (tenor) Cappella de’Turchini Antonio Florio Eloquentia • EL 0919


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Cantate Napoletane Del ‘700

Reconstructing the musical entertainment that took place in Neapolitan palaces, Antonio Florio leads La Capella dei Turchini as they continue the musical journey through the treasures of Naples they began for Opus 111. Tenor soloist Pino de Vittorio is a member of the early music ensemble Cappella della Pietá dei Turchini, also directed by Antonio Florio. With this group he has toured extensively performing Renaissance and Baroque repertory of Naples. Repertoire on the disc includes vocal and instrumental works by Giuseppe de Majo, Nicola Ugolino, Leonardo Leo, Niccolo Grillo and Nicola Fiorenza.

The Cardinall’s Musick’s Byrd series continues Price Code: A19 (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)

The Cardinall’s Musick Andrew Carwood Hyperion • CDA 67675

September 2009

In this latest volume from The Cardinall’s Musick’s acclaimed Byrd series, the composer’s overtly Catholic agenda is clearly displayed. All of the music on this disc is drawn from the first volume of Gradualia published in 1605. The music is a world away from the dark broodings of the Cantiones Sacrae from 1589 and 1591. In these later publications Byrd achieves a fusion of styles, mixing the energy, wordpainting and rhythmic vitality of the secular madrigal tradition with the spirituality and liturgical context of words from the Mass and Divine Office.



BYRD Assumpta es Maria



Gerhardt plays Prokofiev concertos PROKOFIEV Cello Concerto, Symphony–Concerto Alban Gerhardt (cello) Bergen Philharmonic, Andrew Lion Hyperion • CDA 67705

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The two works recorded here have an interestingly close musical relationship that is belied by their radically different sound-worlds. Prokofiev’s first work for cello and orchestra was abandoned by the composer after an unsuccessful premiere, and the full score remained unpublished for years. However, a performance by Mstislav Rostropovich persuaded the composer to pen a dramatic revision of the original concerto. The resulting Symphony-Concerto is now acknowledged as one of the composer’s late masterpieces. Both works are played here by the young German virtuoso Alban Gerhardt.

Music from the ML Lutebook Flying Horse

Elizabeth Kenny (lute) Hyperion • CDA 67776

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Ownership of the ML Lutebook has been attributed to a number of court musicians since its discovery in 1912, but it was the name ‘Margaret’ occasionally scrawled throughout the copy that caught the imagination of lutenist Elizabeth Kenny. Kenny connects the manuscript with similar ones belonging to Jane Pickeringe, Margaret Board and Lady Ann Blount, where a remarkable level of virtuosity was associated with private performance by women. It includes works by Dowland, Johnson, Bacheler and others and summons up an exhilarating musical world influenced by the court. Kenny, one of today’s finest lutenists, performs this entrancing collection with aplomb and flair.

Hewi celebrates Handel & Haydn hyperion

Angela Hewi in Recital HANDEL Suites, Chaconne HAYDN Sonata, Variations

Angela Hewi (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67736

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“Hewitt has a presence that captures your attention and never relinquishes its hold, making it very difficult to divorce yourself from her music-making.” — FANFARE

Recorded and released in the anniversary year of both Handel and Haydn, Hyperion presents an effusive celebration of the two composers, performed by an artist whose renditions of 17th- and 18th-century keyboard works on the piano have received the highest possible acclaim. Angela Hewitt’s trademark clarity of line, singing tone and instinctive musicality are perfectly suited to the urbane elegance of the works recorded here. In a fascinating and personal booklet note, Hewitt takes the listener through her own childhood experiences of the works of Handel and Haydn that led her to select the works for this disc and includes an interesting discussion of historical performance practice. This is an enchanting release that will delight Angela’s legion of fans.

Recently released Hyperion • CDA 67633 (034571176338)

“Performances of great finesse and musical insight.” — TELEGRAPH

September 2009

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Vol.1



Stravinsky’s neo-classic ballet music STRAVINSKY Orpheus, Agon, Jeu de cartes

BBC Scoish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov Hyperion • CDA 67698

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Stravinsky’s ballet music contains some of the composer’s most dazzling inspirations, and his work with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes brought him to international attention before the first world war. But it was through his collaborations with Diaghilev’s protégé George Balanchine that Stravinsky evolved the individual ‘neo-classical’ style of his own that is arguably his greatest contribution to the musical language of the twentieth century. Contemporary audiences were thrilled by the innovative nature of these works. Walter Terry wrote in the Herald Tribune at the premiere of Agon that it was, “quite possibly the most brilliant ballet creation of our day.” Five of Stravinsky’s ballets have been recorded on two discs (the second to be released in January) by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under maestro Ilan Volkov. Volkov’s mastery of a range of Russian music is well-represented on Hyperion and has been greatly acclaimed on the concert platform.

“Ilan Volkov is an utterly convincing, idiomatic interpreter.”

September 2009


Also available Janacek: Eternal Gospel

Hyperion • CDA 67517 (034571175171)

“This is a must for any Janácek fanatic.” — DAILY TELEGRAPH


Mid-priced Hyperion reissues hyperion


Spirits of England & France Vol.3

Gothic Voices, Christopher Page Hyperion • CDH 55283

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Previously Available as CDA 66783 (034571167831) Deleted March 2004

“Deeply moving and magical.” — GRAMOPHONE

GUERRERO Missa de la batalla escoutez

The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, His Majestys Sagbus & Cornes, James O’Donnell Hyperion • CDH 55340

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Previously Available as CDA 67075 (034571170756) Deleted April 2008

“These performances show that Guerrero deserves his anniversary celebration.” — BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE


The Parley of Instruments, Roy Goodman Hyperion • CDS 44381

Previously Available as CDA 67001 (034571170015) Deleted February 2009

“A wonderful collection of rich and varied, tuneful music... marvelously well recorded.” — GRAMOPHONE

September 2009

Price Code: 3A11 (Suggested Retail Price: $35.98)

PURCELL Complete Ayres for the Theatre


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Verdi’s choral masterwork VERDI Requiem

Christine Brewer (soprano) Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano) Stuart Neill (tenor), John Relyea (bass) London Symphony Chorus London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis LSO Live • LSO 0683

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Also available “An absolute gem. This is a terrific, smart, colorful Falstaff.”


LSO Live • LSO 0528 (822231102823)


Verdi: Falstaff


Concert review

“The greatest interpretations are often those where you are most conscious of the music and least aware of the conductor’s will imposed on it. Such was the case with this remarkable performance.”



September 2009

SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Sir Colin Davis’ series of choral master-works continues with Verdi’s Requiem, a work that Davis has been conducting for much of his long career. It is also his second recording of Verdi’s late works for LSO Live, having previously conducted the Grammy ® Award-winning recording of Verdi’s Falstaff in 2004. He is joined for the Requiem by four superb soloists, three of whom have appeared on Davis’ previous LSO Live recordings. Appearing on his first LSO Live recording is the outstanding Verdi tenor Stuart Neill. Davis’ award-winning recordings of Sibelius symphonies will be released in the autumn as a 5-CD box set. During September, Davis will begin recording Neilsen’s symphonies and in December will record Verdi’s Otello.

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BARTÓK Bluebeard’s Castle

Elena Zhidkova (mezzo-soprano), Willard White (bass-baritone) London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev LSO Live • LSO 0685

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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Valery Gergiev is joined by two outstanding singers for his latest LSO Live release featuring Bartók’s one-act opera. Despite being one of the greatest ever interpreters of the role of Bluebeard on stage, this is Sir Willard White’s first complete recording of Bluebeard’s Castle. His Judith is the outstanding young Russian-born, Berlin-based mezzo Elena Zhidkova. Sir Willard performs extensively around the world during 2009 including appearances at The Metropolitan Opera in New York and La Scala in Milan. Elena Zhidkova will appear with the LSO and Gergiev at the BBC Proms and make her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre. Bartók’s only opera is a dark and intense work, involving only two characters. Bluebeard’s young bride persuades him to open seven doors in his castle in order to let light into the grim interior. Behind each she finds increasingly disturbing sights, until behind the final door she discovers Bluebeard’s former wives and learns her fate.

“It is difficult to resist Valery Gergiev in full flow. He summons such reserves of power and commitment from the LSO that one cannot help but be swept along.” — GRAMOPHONE

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 LSO Live • LSO 0669 (822231166924)

“A powerful contender for top honors amid a crowded field.”

September 2009

Recently released


soli deo gloria

Gardiner’s Brahms cycle continues BRAHMS Symphony No.3, Choral Works

The Monteverdi Choir Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique John Eliot Gardiner Soli Deo Gloria • SDG 704

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Soli Deo Gloria is proud to release the third installment in their successful Brahms Symphony series featuring John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. The recordings from this series are drawn from Gardiner’s two-year Brahms and his Antecedents project which not only celebrated Brahms the composer, but traced the roots from which Brahms drew his creative inspiration. No other composer of the 19th century had such a close and informed relationship to music of the past and for this reason, great choral works by composers as varied as Bach, Schütz and Mendelssohn are performed alongside Brahms’ compositions. This album features Brahms’ grand, heroic third symphony alongside choral works including his setting of Schiller’s dirge Nänie and Goethe’s dramatic ballad Gesang der Parzen.

“Gardiner’s Brahms will appeal to those who want performance to spring from intellectual curiosity and musicological investigation.” — AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

Also available September 2009

Brahms: Symphony No.1


Soli Deo Gloria • SDG 702 (843183070220)

“This is a recording of powerful drama, firmly directed and with a truly spectacular sonic palette.”


Brahms: Symphony No.2

Soli Deo Gloria • SDG 703 (843183070220)

“Makes you listen to the music with fresh ears.” — CLASSICSTODAY

A major new contemporary music series Earle Brown Contemporary Sound Series Vol.1


The Manhaan Percussion Ensemble John Cage (conductor), Paul Price (conductor) Christoph Caskel (percussion), David Tudor (piano) Aloys Kontarsky (piano), Bernhard Kontarsky (celesta) MEV (Ala Bryant, Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski, Richard Teitelbaum & Ivan Vandor) AMM (Cornelius Cardew, Lou Gare, Christopher Hobbs, Eddie Prévost & Keith Rowe) Wergo • WER 6928

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Price Code: 2A23 (3 CDs for the Price of 2, Suggested Retail Price: $47.98) 3 CDs for the Price of 2 Wergo’s Earle Brown Contemporary Sound Series focuses on the extraordinary world of contemporary and avant-garde music that flourished in Europe, the United States, Latin America and Japan in the 1960s and early 1970s. Recorded between 1960 and 1973, the original eighteen LPs that comprise this series have been highly sought after in the secondary market since 1978 when they were discontinued. These rare and historically important recordings of international avant-garde music have been carefully digitized and remastered by the Earle Brown Music Foundation. Brown was a major force in the world of contemporary classical music He studied mathematics and engineering at Northeastern University, and attended the Schillinger House School of Music for techniques of composition and orchestration. His work with new notations, scoring methods and performance attitudes led to his development of graphic, improvisational and “open-form” scores. Wergo will release six 3-CD sets of these recordings between now and 2011. Each set will contain three CDs in jewel boxes including the original liner notes and cover art.

Content list CD 2 • Stockhausen - Kagel Karlheinz Stockhausen: Zyklus / Refrain Mauricio Kagel: Transición II CD 3 • Live Electronic Music Improvised MEV: Spacecraft AMM

September 2009

CD 1 • Concert Percussion for Orchestra Amadeo Roldán: Ritmicas Nos. 5 & 6 Lou Harrison: Canticle No. 1 William Russell: Three Dance Movements Henry Cowell: Ostinato Pianissimo William Russell: Three Cuban Pieces John Cage and Lou Harrison: Double Music John Cage: Amores


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Oj wi fajn

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File in: World / Jewish The extraordinary energy of Klezmer music, combined with the inherently musical flavor of the Yiddish language, can portray the full range of human emotion in a unique way that is hard to match. On Oj wi fajn, Trielen, an unusual ensemble of wind instruments, is joined by the talented singer Jutta Carstensen for an exhilarating collection of Yiddish and Klezmer music, rich with ornamentation and improvisatory spontaneity.

Palestine’s beloved poet

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Mahmoud Darwich (speaker) with Didier Sandre (French translation), Samir Joubran, (oud), Wissam Joubran (oud) Actes Sud • AT 34133

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File in: World / Europe / Palestine Mahmoud Darwich is a man who, from the kingdom of the verb, pronounced a word, a letter, a note, a sentence, enchanted us and brought us back to hope, his hope, he who embodied the nationalism, the revolution, the faith in the earth, the holy earth of his beloved his Palestine. Mahmoud Darwich was as sensitive to the music of his accompanists as their ears and hearts were to his poetry.

WORLD The magical music of Greece Price Code: A22 (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98)



Secret Love

Georgia Dagaki Network • 495124

File in: World / Europe / Greece Georgia Dagaki was born near Rethymnon on the northern coast of Crete, but at an early age she moved to Athens where she studied music, focusing on singing, the fiddle-lyre and the piano. Dagaki first performed on the lyre when she was 16. She has played at many festivals and has opened for stars such as Eric Burdon. On Secret Love, Dagaki’s unique and entrancing voice is accompanied by her own remarkable instrumental work on the Greek fiddle-lyre.

Ti-Coca: Haiti’s star troubadour Price Code: A21 (Suggested Retail Price: $21.98)

September 2009

File in: World / Caribbean / Haiti Ti-Coca is one of the few professional twoubadous (troubadours) in Haïti. A twoubadou is a singer-composer, usually singing in Creole, telling tales of Haitian life, frequently mischievous and ribald. Ti-Coca and Wanga–Nègès, his lively four-piece band of double bass, accordion, banjo and percussion, have been together since 1976. They specialize in words to make you listen and music to make you dance.

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An international musical blend Petite planète

Trio Ifriqiya World Village • 479034

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File in: World / Africa / Algeria Fayçal El Mezouar was trained at the music school El Kordobia in Tlemcen, Algeria. For this trio, he has gathered around him jazz pianist and improviser Didier Fréboeuf and drummer Emile Biayenda, founder of the band Les Tambours de Brazza. Their music blends many styles including Arab-Andalous, traditional, jazz and contemporary. It highlights a kind of common musical language where elements from the Orient, Africa and Europe cross paths.

The best of African music

September 2009


Musiques Métisses – Afrique Atlantique


Bonga, Teofilo Chantre, Akendengue, Césaria Evora, King Ayisoba, Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara, Les Espoirs de Coronthie, Ba Cissoko, Malouma, Mamadou Barry, Gangbé Brass Band, Lura, Sally Nyolo, Sia Tolno, El Hadj N’Diaye, Anne Marie Zié, Meiway, Bembeya Jazz Marabi • 46830

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File in: World / Africa The latest offering in Marabi’s Musiques Métisses series focuses on the continent’s west coast. From Nouakchott to Luanda, from the island of Cape Verde to the shores of Central Africa, traditional African music has crossed paths with Western music to give rise to highly creative musical combinations. Afro beat, reggae, hip-hop, rock’n blues, morna, makossa, samba, mbalax, coladera, saudade & rumba — the music of the future is taking shape along the coasts of Africa and in its port towns.


String band music for the 21st century Les Triaboliques World Village • 468088

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File in: World / Dusk-Core / Twi-Fi Les Triaboliques are full of surprises, but the biggest of all is that it took this long to happen. rivermudtwilight, the breathtaking collaboration from multi-instrumentalists Ben Mandelson, Lu Edmonds and Justin Adams is the culmination of a decades-long, indefatigable quest by these voracious visionaries to absorb and utilize the planet’s panoply of sound. Having exercised their skills individually within numerous diverse settings, it was perhaps inevitable that this “meeting of the ancient guild of post-punk, Anglo, globetrotting string players reveling in idiosyncrasy,” as Adams describes it, would eventually come to fruition. The album comprises eleven exquisitely rendered tracks — most composed by the British trio — that employ a battery of conventional and exotic instruments, multilingual vocals and a seamless merger of international influences. These diablos of dusk-core offer new distressed string band music for the 21st Century. The Desert, the Delta, the Steppes and the Underground — all are united in what Mandelson likes to call “Triabolique Twi-Fi.”

“Justin Adams is probably the most influential catalyst of AfricanWestern musical crossovers of the last couple of decades” — THE INDEPENDENT

Also available Desert Road

World Village • 468009 (713746800925)

“Conjuring a cross between Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder, Adams’ atmospheric flourishes are sparse but sure.” Soul Science

World Village • 468076 (713746807627)

“The music of northern Mali overheated to a high sizzle, a half-invented, half-folkbased crazy genre for global nomads.” — THE BEAT

September 2009




All–star Zydeco Zydeco Feeling

Major Handy featuring Buckwheat Zydeco APO • CAPO 2023

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September 2009

File in: Cajun & Zydeco Zydeco Feeling is among the strongest frontto-back offerings in the APO Records catalog. Accordion wizard Major Handy offers raw, bare emotion, building and smoldering, the performance on each song seemingly inspiring the next, and all from an artist few outside of southwest Louisiana will have ever heard. Handy is an artist of uncommon power and energy, someone who lays into each of his songs, not “overplaying,” mind you, just flat giving it. Buckwheat Zydeco, the most commercially successful of today’s Zydeco artists, leads the backing band here. Buckwheat, known best on accordion, instead plays his first and still favorite instrument, the Hammond B3 organ. Ace guitarist Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal, unquestionably the best Zydeco guitarist of the last 30 years, is also onboard, blistering when appropriate without ever stepping on the groove. And top-call bassman Lee Allen Zeno anchors it all, capping what’s truly an all-star cast.


JAZZ New Blue Note SACD remasters apo

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Somethin’ Else

Cannonball Adderley APO • CBNJ 81595 SA

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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: Jazz One of the best known record dates in the history of modern jazz, the chemistry betweenCannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones and Art Blakey on Somethin’ Else is amazing. Their reworkings of “Autumn Leaves” and “Love For Sale” are masterpieces. Miles’ title tune and Nat Adderley’s “One For Daddy-O” are classics.

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Dexter Gordon APO • CBNJ 84112 SA

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September 2009

SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: Jazz Dexter Gordon considered this his finest album and few would disagree. With the perfect rhythm section of Sonny Clark, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins, this tenor giant reinvents standards like “Three O’Clock In The Morning,” “Second Balcony Jump” and “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry” and introduces his most famous composition “Cheese Cake.”


JAZZ Beyond Manouche chant du monde

Les routes du swing

Caragoss Chant du Monde • 2741771

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File in: Jazz Caragoss, a quartet of variable instrumentation (two guitars, a violin, a double bass, with occasional vocals) has built up a large repertoire, reflecting the tastes of each of its members to perfection. Manouche swing, bossa, trance, ballads and French chanson are just a few of the various forms of expression used during this band’s musical voyage as it pursues its route through bold, original titles that don’t recognize the limitations of each genre.

September 2009


The best of 70’s British jazz-rock


Creatures of the Night; Silent Promise Turning Point Dutton Vocalion • CDSML 8448

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File in: Jazz Turning Point was one of the finest British jazz-rock ensembles of the mid-late 1970s, co-founded by leading British bassist Jeff Clyne and vocalist Pepi Lemer. Jeff has an extremely distinguished pedigree in the world of jazz, having played in groups led by Stan Tracey, Tubby Hayes and Dudley Moore, and on film scores by greats such as Roy Budd (1972’s ‘Fear is the Key’ being a fine example). In 1976 he formed the five-piece Turning Point and they cut their first album, Creatures of the Night, in 1977 for the Gull label, followed the next year by Silent Promise, and Vocalion is proud to present them here on CD for the first time.

JAZZ Two generations of Indo Jazz fusion Etudes & Radha Krishna

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Praise for Etudes & Radha Krishna

“The meeting of Indian, jazz and western classical flavours yields passages of unexpected and touching beauty.” — THE TELEGRAPH (UK)

The Teak Project

Jonathan Mayer, Justin Quinn, Neil Craig First Hand • FHR 02

Praise for The Teak Project


Price Code: A20 (Suggested Retail Price: $20.98)

File in: Jazz Indian-born violinist and composer John Mayer’s groundbreaking recordings from the 1960’s with his band Indo-Jazz Fusions probably gave birth to the term “world fusion.” For this CD, the brand new First Hand label has remastered some of Mayer’s finest work. Even though Etudes was recorded in 1969, it still sounds remarkably current. In many ways, this kind of fusion has made a comeback in recent years. Radha Krishna is an unflinchingly erotic musical play, featuring excellent sax work from Tony Coe. The Teak Project is a mesmerizing modernday incarnation of John Mayer’s work, featuring none other than his own son, Jonathan Mayer, a virtuoso sitar player. He is joined by Justin Quinn on guitar and Neil Craig on tabla for a disc rich in hypnotic jazz improvisations. Their musical influences range from British folk to Indian classical to modern jazz.

September 2009

“An understated and highly listenable blend of Indian classical, folk and jazz elements which shows how far the fusion phenomenon has come in 40 years.”



Concert Calendar • CLASSICAL September 2009








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Colin Currie

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James Ehnes

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Isabelle Faust

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Iván Fischer John Eliot Gardiner Alban Gerhardt

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Susan Graham

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Marc André-Hamelin


Angela Hewi


Stephen Hough


Steven Isserlis

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Katia & Marielle Labèque Dejan Lazic Paul Lewis London Symphony Orchestra; Bernard Haitink Wu Man Anthony Marwood Jon Nakamatsu Garrick Ohlsson Steven Osborne

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Mark Padmore Philharmonia Baroque; Nicholas McGegan Dorothea Röschmann Andreas Scholl Andreas Staier

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Cedric Tiberghien Tokyo String Quartet

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harmonia mundi usa new releases September 2009  

This catalog features titles that will be available online and in stores in the USA as of September 8, 2009.

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