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The extraordinary vocal quartet Anonymous 4 returns this month with Marie et Marion, a follow-up to their hit album Love’s Illusion, which spent 29 weeks on the Billboard chart (p.9). April also features key new releases from two other superstars of early music. Jordi Savall conducts a disc of orchestral suites by Marais (p.4) and William Christie’s Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau presents a collection of gems from the French Baroque (p.21). Vocal highlights of the month include Haydn songs from tenor Werner Güra (p.10) and the solo recital début of soprano Sophie Karthäuser singing mélodies by Poulenc (p.12). The Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin’s album of Mozart Adagios & Fugues after J.S. Bach further illuminates the genius of both composers (p.11). Hyperion focuses on the Romantic period with releases of Brahms String Quintets with the Takács Quartet (p.15) and the fifteenth volume in the label’s bestselling Romantic Violin Concerto series (p.17). On LSO Live, Sir John Eliot Gardiner makes his label début with an album of masterpieces by Stravinsky (p.23). The latest Onyx releases feature violinist James Ehnes playing works by Khachaturian and Shostakovich (p.26) and violinist Viktoria Mullova reveling in the spirit of Brazil with her album of song arrangements entitled Stradivarius in Rio (p.27). Non classical priorities include Linyera by Argentinean superstar Melingo (p.40) and Soulblazz by jazz vocalist Natalia M. King who makes her Jazz Village label début (p.35).
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IN THE PRESS Mauchaut: Songs from Le Voir Dit The Orlando Consort Hyperion • CDA 67727
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Bring it Back Catherine Russell Jazz Village • JV 579001
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COMING NEXT MONTH Stephen Hough’s In the Night In the Night Stephen Hough Hyperion • CDA 67996
The latest recital album by pianist Stephen Hough takes the listener on a journey through that most intense and absorbing of nineteenth-century obsessions, the night. Hough’s thoughtful programming creates a new aural sphere for some of the most celebrated piano works in the repertoire. Hough explorations include Schumann’s troubled, reeling In der Nacht, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and two Chopin Nocturnes. Also included is Stephen Hough’s own Piano Sonata No.2, subtitled Notturno Luminoso.
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IMPORT The mysterious and madness-ridden Neapolitan court of Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa was where the first pieces for arpa doppia were created. Price Code: A22 Parthenope, one of the mythological Sirens, was (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98) said to have plunged from cliffs near Naples into the sea after her harp failed to lure Odysseus to his doom. Ever since, she has been venerated as the patron goddess of the city. This recording featuring harpist Margret Köll focuses on music from Naples during the 16th and 17th centuries and contains music by composers from da Venosa’s circle. It includes compositions of Trabaci, de Maque, Mayone and Gesualdo.
C.P.E. BACH Concertos for various instruments Jan de Winne (flute), Emmanuel Balssa (cello), Marcel Ponseele (oboe) Il Gardellino Accent • ACC 24285 IMPORT When people spoke of the “great Bach” during the 18th century, they were not referring to Johann Sebastian but to his son, Carl Philipp Price Code: A22 Emanuel, one of the chief representatives of (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98) the Empfindsamer Stil (Sensitive Style). Although he worked as a harpsichordist at the court of Frederick the Great for over thirty years, Bach’s forward-looking compositions were not appreciated by his conservative employer. Thus he composed primarily for the more open-minded Berlin salons of the nobility and the bourgeoisie. On this recording released to celebrate the composer’s 300th birthday, Il Gardellino presents a selection of Bach’s chamber concertos.
L’arpa di Partenope Harp Music from Early Baroque Naples Margret Köll (harp) Accent • ACC 24192
[PRIORITY RELEASE] MARAIS Alcione - Suites des airs à joüer
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Alcione’s first performance took place at the Théâtre du Palais Royal in Paris on February 18, 1706. Alongside Sémélé, it is the only opera composed by Marin Marais. Shortly after the première, Marais gathered together the most beautiful tunes, including the famous Tempest, and composed four instrumental suites. Le Concert des Nations and Jordi Savall revel in the rich colors of these vivid scores. Originally released on the Astrée label, Alia Vox has reissued this superb recording as part of its Heritage series. In addition to deluxe packaging and a richly documented booklet, the release has been remastered and now features state-of-the-art multi-channel audio.
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“Savall’s mastery in this music is unquestioned — he has lived with it and studied it his whole life.” —AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
Also available Marais: Pieces for Viol Alia Vox • AVSA 9872 (7619986398723)
“The performances are definitive...” —POSITIVE FEEDBACK 4
Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall Alia Vox • AVSA 9903
BRAHMS Horn Trio SCHUMANN Adagio & Allegro REINECKE Trio
Jasper de Waal (french horn), Candida Thompson (violin), Hans Colbers (clarinet), Frank van de Laar (piano) Channel Classics • CCS SA 34014 IMPORT SACD Hybrid/Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Jasper de Waal is not only the beloved principal hornist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Price Code: A21 he is also a world class soloist, giving masterclasses (Suggested Retail Price: $21.98) and playing solo concertos and chamber music recitals around the world. This release celebrates his twenty-fifth anniversary as a professional musician. The three composers featured here, Brahms, Reinecke and Schumann, do nothing to hide their fondness for the sound of the horn; their passion, is evident in all three pieces. They make wonderful use of the instrument’s potential and the typical character of its sound in combination with the other instruments.
Edinburgh Quartet Delphian • DCD 34081 IMPORT On this release by the Edinburgh Quartet, noted specialists in contemporary repertoire, the group delves into chamber music’s glorious past. Price Code: A19 Here, two of the repertoire’s most familiar works (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98) are linked by the less commonly programmed but equally virtuosic String Quartet No.2 by Prokofiev. The work portrays a Russian composer writing home from the geographical margins just as 150 years earlier Haydn had looked outwards, to the Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna of Russia and her husband the future Tsar, to whom the Op.33 set was dedicated. If the Prokofiev displays energy and folk-inflected vigor, Shostakovich demands – and receives – total expressive commitment in a work which, the composer darkly suggested to a friend, was written in his own memory.
Postcard from Nalchik HAYDN String Quartet Op.33 No.2 PROKOFIEV String Quartet No.2 SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No.8
IMPORT This is the first complete recording in twenty years of Rachmaninov’s complete published songs. Delphian’s set employs seven singers, Price Code: 2A19 (3 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $39.98) hand-picked by renowned pianist Iain Burnside. All are native Russian speakers, and each song is performed in the key in which Rachmaninov wrote it, respecting both the specificity of vocal color and the carefully designed tonal and expressive trajectory within each opus. For the first twenty-five years of his career Rachmaninov regularly expressed himself in song, from Tchaikovskian beginnings to the extraordinarily personal range of vocal and pianistic utterance in his final two collections. Burnside and his singers bring these works to shimmering, crackling, and magnificent life.
SCHNITTKE Complete Piano Music Simon Smith (piano) Delphian • DCD 34131 IMPORT In 2002 Simon Smith made his recording debut on Delphian in a disc of James MacMillan’s complete piano music, paired with Stuart Price Code: 2A14 (2 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $29.98) MacRae’s Piano Sonata. Recordings of music by Haflioi Hallgrímsson and Thomas Wilson have followed. In this new, substantial outing Smith turns from music-making in Scotland to another of his lifelong loves, the music of Alfred Schnittke. This two-disc set comprises Schnittke’s entire published output for solo piano (including one piece for piano duet and another for six hands at one keyboard.) The Russian composer’s music often makes gargantuan demands of the player. Smith’s technical prowess, astonishing dynamic palette and heartfelt musicality make him its ideal exponent.
Evelina Dobraceva (soprano), Ekaterina Siurina (soprano), Justina Gringyte (mezzo-soprano), Daniil Shtoda (tenor), Andrei Bondarenko (baritone), Rodion Pogossov (baritone), Alexander Vinogradov (bass), Iain Burnside (piano) Delphian • DCD 34127
Preethi de Silva (harpsichord) First Hand • FHR 28 IMPORT Harpsichordist and fortepianist Preethi de Silva has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician in the US, the UK, Europe, Price Code: A19 and Australia. Born in Sri Lanka, she studied at (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98) London’s Royal Academy of Music and Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik, and at Yale University, where she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Considered an expert in the music of C.P.E. Bach, the Oxford journal Early Music recognized her for her “profound understanding of [C.P.E.] Bach’s idiosyncratic language.” Originally released in 1984 on the Titanic label, First Hand offers this highly acclaimed recording its début on CD in celebration of C.P.E. Bach’s 300th birthday.
The Hidden Violin Romantic Virtuoso Works for Solo Violin Vaughan Jones (violin) First Hand • FHR 29 IMPORT This recording by violinist Vaughan Jones aims to cast a spotlight on some of the remarkable, forgotten music written for the solo violin Price Code: A19 between 1840 and 1919. The long shadow of J.S. (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98) Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas looms over some of the works contained on this disc, yet many are liberated from this influence, displaying resourcefulness and an array of moods that draw the listener in. Many of the pieces have never been recorded before and some, particularly the Godard Sonata and Saint-Lubin Fantaisie, deserve to take their place beside Bach, Bartók and Ysaÿe as interesting additions to the core of the solo violin repertoire.
Keyboard Music in the Empfindsamer Style C.P.E. BACH Württemberg Sonata No.6, Variations on Folies d’Espagne MÜTHEL Arioso and 12 Variations in G major and C minor
[PRIORITY RELEASE] TAVENER Ikon of Light, Funeral Ikos, Great Canon The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips, John Tavener Gimell • GIMSE 404 IMPORT The budget priced release from Gimell features The Tallis Scholars’s landmark recording of Sir John Tavener’s Ikon of Light. The album also includes Sir John’s Funeral Ikos, the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete and a performance of The Lamb conducted by the composer. This is widely regarded as the finest recording of Ikon of Light. The work was commissioned by The Tallis Scholars and the composer attended the recording sessions. The work evolved from the close friendship of John Tavener and Peter Phillips which continued until the composer’s untimely death in November last year.
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“After 40 years Phillips is still maintaining his high standard.” —FANFARE
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Marie et Marion Motets & Chansons from 13th Century France Anonymous 4 harmonia mundi • HMU 807524 IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. On their 1994 album Love’s Illusion, the extraordinary quartet brought 13th century motets of courtly love from the Montpellier Codex to the top of the classical charts – spending 29 weeks on the Billboard Top 200. Twenty years later, they return to the source – this time exploring songs with texts that juxtapose desire for the earthly lady Marion and adoration of the heavenly Virgin Mary.
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“For sheer radiance... no one else comes close to these angels.” —BILLBOARD
Also available Secret Voices harmonia mundi • HMU 807510 (093046751067)
“You are in for a remarkable treat.” —NPR 9
HAYDN Scottish Airs, Piano Trio Hob.XV:27 Werner Güra (tenor), Julia Schröder (violin), Roel Dieltiens (cello), Christoph Berner (fortepiano) harmonia mundi • HMC 902144 IMPORT The arrangements of Scottish ‘national melodies’ (nearly 400 in all) are among the little-known gems of Haydn’s last years. Already an acknowledged master of the piano trio medium (as is proved by the inspired Trio Hob. XV:27 also included here), Haydn turned his accompaniments to these songs into miniature chamber music masterpieces brimming with vigor and wit. This recording featuring tenor Werner Güra offers a selection of these works that covers a wide expressive range, from tender love songs to songs rich with sarcastic folk humor.
“A uniquely eloquent tenor...” —BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
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Also available Schubert: Willkommen und Abschied harmonia mundi • HMC 902112 (3149020211229)
“Lieder singing does not get any better than this.” —AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE 10
MOZART Adagios & Fugues after J.S. Bach Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin harmonia mundi • HMC 902159 IMPORT It has too often been overlooked that, between J.S. Bach’s death and the triumphant revival of his St. Matthew Passion by Mendelssohn, other composers had already investigated the oeuvre of this “old master.” Mozart was the most fervent among them. He once wrote to his father, “Every Sunday at twelve I go to Baron van Swieten’s and nothing is played there except Handel and Bach. I’m currently making myself a collection of Bach fugues.” On this release, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin perform Mozart’s string arrangements of Adagios and Fugues from Bach’s The WellTempered Clavier, bringing the work of two brilliant composers to life.
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“Akademie für Alte Musik is now at the forefront of period-instrument orchestras.” —INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
Also available Frederick II - Music from the Berlin Court harmonia mundi • HMC 902132 (3149020213223)
“A revealing vignette of musical life at the court of Frederick the Great... superbly played.” —BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE 11
POULENC Mélodies – Les anges musiciens... Sophie Karthäuser (soprano), Eugene Asti (piano) harmonia mundi • HMC 902179 IMPORT Francis Poulenc’s songs are among the most beautiful and accomplished in the entire French repertoire. A friend of poets like Apollinaire, Éluard, Aragon and Louise de Vilmorin, he was constantly alert to their imaginative worlds and their mystery. The voluptuous or nostalgic nonchalance, the gentle melancholy or the impertinent flippancy of these works never appear to take themselves seriously, and invariably represent the highest art. On this recording, the renowned Belgian soprano Sophie Karthäuser returns to harmonia mundi for her first recital program, performing a generous selection of Poulenc’s Mélodies.
“Sophie Karthäuser’s lyrical soprano proves ideal... the clarity of her diction sets a standard.”
—THE NEW YORK TIMES
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Also available with Sophie Karthäuser Pergolesi: Septem verba a Christo harmonia mundi • HMC 902155 (3149020215524)
“A worthy and wonderful new discovery that belongs in every Baroque collection.” —AUDIOPHILE AUDITION 12
Mark Padmore (tenor), Thomas Larcher (piano), Tamara Stefanovich (piano) harmonia mundi • HMU 907604 IMPORT Born in Innsbruck in 1963, Thomas Larcher grew up in Austrian Tyrol. He studied composition and piano in Vienna and began his musical career as an acclaimed piano soloist. For some years now, Larcher has dedicated himself primarily to composing and is today considered one of the leading composers of contemporary classical music in Austria. Larcher’s sound world is both original and captivating in its fusion of contemplative harmonies with innovative performance techniques. Written for and performed by tenor Mark Padmore, A Padmore Cycle features the composer at the keyboard. Works for solo piano performed by Tamara Stefanovich round out this program of first recordings.
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“Padmore is at the very height of his powers as an artist.” —MUSICAL TORONTO
LARCHER What Becomes, A Padmore Cycle, Smart Dust, Poems
America! Vol.1 A Land of Refuge
America! Vol.2 Gershwin From Broadway to the Concert Hall
America! Vol.3 From Modern to Pop Art
Matthias Goerne (baritone), Philippe Bernold (flute), Frederic Chiu (piano), Brigitte Engerer (piano), Oleg Maisenberg (piano), Jerusalem Quartet, Ensemble Phoenix, Munich, Joel Frederiksen, RIAS Kammerchor, Daniel Reuss
Jon Manasse (clarinet), Jon Nakamatsu (piano), Frank Braley (piano), Michael Sheppard (piano), Lincoln Mayorga (piano), Harmonie Ensemble New York, Steven Richman, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeff Tyzik
Jon Manasse (clarinet), Jon Nakamatsu (piano), Stephen Beus (piano), Spencer Myer (piano), Michael Sheppard (piano), Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier, Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson
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IMPORT The goal of the America! series from harmonia mundi is to explore the profound effect that the “New World” has had on the world of classical music. Featuring some of the finest performers on the label, each of the three volumes focuses on a theme. Volume 1, subtitled A Land of Refuge, looks at the concept of America as a place of escape from repression and tyranny. The recording’s program ranges from songs of the American Revolution to works by refugees from Nazism and Communism. Volume 2 looks at the huge impact made by George Gershwin and his unique mix of classical and jazz sensibilities. Volume 3, subtitled From Modern to Pop Art, juxtaposes works by influential contemporary composers such as John Cage and George Crumb with the more romantic flavors of works by Bernstein and Copland. 14
[PRIORITY RELEASE] BRAHMS String Quintets Nos. 1 & 2 Hyperion • CDA 67900 IMPORT The Takács Quartet is quite simply one of the world’s finest and most distinguished chamber ensembles. Here they collaborate with Britain’s greatest living viola player, Lawrence Power, who with his long association with The Nash Ensemble among others has also proved himself a remarkable chamber musician. Brahms’s String Quintets (Opp.88 and 111) both represent landmarks of the Romantic chamber music repertoire, and demonstrate the composer’s utter mastery of the genre.
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“A stunningly accomplished group of players, capable of polishing anything so that it shines with their signature burnished tone quality.” —PS TRACKS
Also available Britten: String Quartets Nos.1, 2 & 3 Hyperion • CDA 68004 (034571280042)
“A phenomenal performance that crawls right inside you.” —BAY AREA REPORTER 15
Takács Quartet, Lawrence Power (viola)
Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Thomas Dunford (lute) Hyperion • CDA 68007 IMPORT Of all English songwriters, John Dowland has enjoyed the most powerful afterlife, his voice unmistakably present in any version of his songs. The preeminent marriage of music and poetry, the nuanced shades of wit and melancholy and the extraordinary writing for both lute and voice all combine to proclaim Dowland as the father of English song. Countertenor Iestyn Davies has gained international fame through his operatic performances and recordings. Hearing him in this intimate musical setting is a revelation — as is the playing of the young lutenist Thomas Dunford.
“The brightest star among young British countertenors.”
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Also available Arias for Guadagni Hyperion • CDA 67924 (034571179247) “A refreshingly ambitious and superbly realised recording.” —BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE 16
The Art of Melancholy DOWLAND Lute Songs
[PRIORITY RELEASE] MLYNARSKI Violin Concertos Nos.1 & 2 ZARZYCKI Mazurka Op.26, Introduction et Cracovienne Op.35 Eugene Ugorski (violin) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Michal Dworzynski Hyperion • CDA 67990 IMPORT The latest volume of Hyperion’s Romantic Violin Concerto series journeys to Poland for concertos by Emil Mlynarski and works for violin and orchestra by Aleksander Zarzycki. Mlynarski takes Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski as his models. The Violin Concerto No.1, dedicated to Leopold Auer, won a prize in the Paderewski Competition. Like most Polish composers, Zarzycki also wrote pieces in the form of the krakowiak. The Introduction et Cracovienne was well liked by violinists in Zarzycki’s own time but amazingly was not recorded until the CD era. The Mazurka, on the other hand, is the composer’s best-known work and was recorded by Oistrakh, amongst others.
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“The Russian-born phenomenon [is] able to do what the greatest performers are known forconnecting his heart with the listener’s.” —SAN DIEGO TRIBUNE
Previous release in the series Romantic Violin Concerto Vol.14 Hyperion • CDA67940 (034571179407) “An unusual pairing played with high-flying enthusiasm by the gifted Chloe Hanslip.” —AUDIOPHILE AUDITION 17
The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol.15
[PRIORITY RELEASE] Piers Lane (piano), Goldner String Quartete Hyperion • CDA 68036 IMPORT The Goldner String Quartet presents two utterly charming — yet little-known — examples of French chamber music by contemporaneous composers Pierné and Vierne. Pierné’s fame came from his conducting, and his compositions are largely forgotten today. His Piano Quintet shows the influences of Massenet and Franck. Best known for his sacred organ music, Vierne’s String Quartet shows a lighter side. It features the Intermezzo, one of the most beautiful movements in all French chamber music. Over it hovers the spirit of Berlioz’s Queen Mab Scherzo and of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, conjured up by pizzicatos, tremolos and dancing phrases that suddenly turn on a centime piece from one key to another.
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“The Goldners and pianist Lane play with complete technical command and an emotional commitment...” —AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
Also available Arensky & Taneyev: Piano Quintets Hyperion • CDA67965 (034571179650) “These are fascinating works and the performances are suitably brilliant.” —GRAMOPHONE 18
PIERNÉ Piano Quintet VIERNE String Quartet in D minor
KREISLER Violin Music
IMPORT Hyperion is delighted to welcome award-winning violinist Jack Liebeck to the label, together with his frequent collaborator, Katya Apekisheva. Liebeck presents a selection of music by the legendary Viennese violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler. Clever and mischievous, Kreisler’s works were once passed off as being written by composers of the past - until New York Times critic Olin Downes discovered the deception and it made front-page news worldwide. This selection includes Kreisler’s absurdly virtuosic arrangement of The Devil’s Trill by Tartini. Kreisler’s edition, incorporating a realization of the figured bass as well as fingerings and phrasings, provides a fearsome cadenza involving triple- and quadruple-stopping as well as two and three-note trills.
“A musician of exceptional gifts, blessed... with a glorious, mellifluous tone and interpretative insight.”
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Jack Liebeck (violin), Katya Apekisheva (piano) Hyperion • CDA 68040
WOLF Eichendorff Lieder
IMPORT Previously Available as CDA 66909 (034571169095) Deleted February 2011 This important recording featuring baritone Price Code: A11 (Suggested Retail Price: $11.98) Stephan Genz and mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink presents all of Hugo Wolf ’s settings of the poetry of Eichendorff. There are 26 songs in all, several of which seem never to have been recorded before (a fact which is hard to understand because they are very attractive). One of Wolf ’s favorite writers, Eichendorff was a German Romantic poet par excellence. His poems are full of the sounds of nature and musical imagery, with references to minstrels and other musicians. He was the poet of Schumann’s Op.39 Liederkreis, though perhaps the most well-known Eichendorff setting is Im Abendrot from Strauss’s Four Last Songs.
Countertenor Duets by Purcell & Blow James Bowman (countertenor), Michael Chance (countertenor) The King’s Consort, Robert King Hyperion • CDH 55447 IMPORT Previously Available as CDA 66253 (034571162539) Deleted February 2011 This recording of duets by the great composers Price Code: A11 (Suggested Retail Price: $11.98) of the Restoration is one of the gems of Hyperion’s catalogue. It features the celebrated countertenors James Bowman and Michael Chance at the peak of their powers, and the combination of their two voices with the sympathetic accompaniment of The King’s Consort creates something uniquely glorious. Purcell was a countertenor himself and in his writing for the voice produced some of his most felicitous music. John Blow, Purcell’s predecessor and successor as organist of Westminster Abbey, reached his compositional zenith with the extended duet on the subjects of Purcell’s tragic early death and inextinguishable influence.
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Stephan Genz (baritone), Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano) Roger Vignoles (piano) Hyperion • CDH 55435
RAMEAU Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau Daniela Skorka (soprano), Emilie Renard (mezzo-soprano), Benedetta Mazzucato (mezzo-soprano), Zachary Wilder (tenor), Victor Sicard (baritone), Cyril Costanzo (bass) Les Arts Florissants, William Christie Les Arts Florissants • AF 002 IMPORT With Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau, William Christie invites us to take a pleasant walk in the beautiful garden of French vocal music from the XVIIIth Century. Featured composers include Rameau and his contemporaries, and the repertoire ranges from opera highlights and profane cantatas to instrumental interludes. Christie’s program presents a vivid overview of the music that was played in Versailles at the peak of its splendor. The album’s vocal soloists are young singers who took part in Le Jardin des Voix (The Garden of Voices) - a biannual musical academy led by William Christie and Paul Agnew that is designed to unveil the most promising talents of the coming generation.
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“Avuncular compassion and infinite wit.” —THE GUARDIAN
Also available Handel: Belshazzar Les Arts Florissants • AF 001 (3760138170972) “The performance is a revelation, sung and played with remarkable theatrical finesse, beautifully packaged...” —LOS ANGELES TIMES 21
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IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Includes 8 SACDs, 4 CDs & 1 DVD Sir Colin Davis was instrumental in the success and development of LSO Live, including winning the label’s first GRAMMY® Award. He also played a huge part in the preeminence of the orchestra across the globe for more than fifty years. This unique limited edition collection of thirteen discs is the 100th release on LSO Live. It includes previously unreleased material from the label’s archive and versions of two much loved recordings released on high-resolution SACD for the first time. Never before seen private correspondence and photos from Davis’s archives accompany the discs. The anthology is completed with a bonus DVD documentary by Reiner Moritz. This portrait includes his last public statements, and contributions from Sir David Attenborough, Sir Simon Rattle and Roger Wright.
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“Music is one of the great inventions of the human mind. It is the greatest comfort yet invented on this planet.” —SIR COLIN DAVIS
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (first release on SACD) Dvorak Symphony No.9 (first release on SACD) Berlioz Overture Les Francs Juges (previously unreleased) Berlioz Te Deum (previously unreleased) Sibelius Oceanides (previously unreleased) Vaughan Williams Symphony No.4 (previously unreleased) Berlioz Les Troyens Elgar Enigma Variations, Introduction & Allegro Sibelius Symphony No.2, Pohjola’s Daughter Tippett A Child of our Time Walton Belshazzar, Symphony No.1 Reiner Moritz Documentary (previously unreleased)
Sir Colin Davis Anthology London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis LSO Live • LSO 0766
[PRIORITY RELEASE] STRAVINSKY Oedipus Rex, Apollon musagète
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD On this, his first release for LSO Live, Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, the Monteverdi Choir and top flight soloists including Jennifer Johnston and Stuart Skelton in a recording featuring Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Apollon musagète. French actress Fanny Ardant, who has appeared in more than fifty motion pictures, takes the role of narrator. The rich string harmonies and textures in the ballet score of Apollon musagète are pleasantly mesmerizing. In contrast, the dramatic and hauntingly compelling opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex is composed of an assemblage of monumental and powerful sounds, with magnificent vocals from the choir and soloists.
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CONCERT REVIEW “An electrifying LSO performance under John Eliot Gardiner, who obtained razor-sharp rhythms and cracked-ice wind and brass sonorities from his players.” —THE EVENING STANDARD 23
Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), Stuart Skelton (tenor), Gidon Saks (bass-baritone), Fanny Ardant (narrator), Monteverdi Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner LSO Live • LSO 0751
American Journey BARBER Adagio for Strings BERNSTEIN Serenade HERRMANN Psycho Suite GERSHWIN Three Preludes for Piano IVES The Unanswered Question Tai Murray (violin), Jean-François Heisser (piano, conductor), Orchestre Poitou-Charentes Mirare • MIR 244 IMPORT Although still strongly influenced by the traditions of western Europe, 20th Century American music was also a testing ground for new techniques. From the refined neo-classicism of Bernstein’s Serenade to Herrmann’s expressionistic score to Psycho, from the vitality of Gershwin’s Preludes to the philosophical musical innovations of Ives to the poetic lyricism of Barber’s Adagio, this unique recording presents five facets of the musical history of the New World. American violinist Tai Murray is joined by the Orchestre Poitou-Charentes led by Jean-François Heisser, who is also the soloist in the Gershwin.
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“A violinist with more than technique on her mind…”
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Also available Ysaye: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin harmonia mundi • HMU 907569 (093046756925) 10/10! “The modern reference for these works.” —CLASSICS TODAY 24
Road 66 Shani Diluka (piano), Natalie Dessay (soprano) Mirare • MIR 239
FONTANA Sonate a violino ed altri strumenti... Stradivaria, Daniel Cuiller Mirare • MIR 214 IMPORT Giovanni Battista Fontana, born in Brescia around 1571, lived in Venice, Rome and Padua, where he died in the plague epidemic Price Code: A23 of 1630. His music displays a superb mastery (Suggested Retail Price: $23.98) of counterpoint, expressive slow movements, complex ornamentation and elegantly vivacious dance movements. Nicknamed ‘dal Violino’ and described as ‘one of the most singular virtuosos the age has seen,’ Fontana’s compositions are an outstanding example of Baroque instrumental music in its early years. On this release, Daniel Cuiller leads the ensemble Stradivaria in a selection of Fontana’s sonatas.
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IMPORT Pianist Shani Diluka, born in Monaco of Sri Lankan parents, studied piano in Paris and is considered one of the rising stars of Europe. Price Code: A23 Her clever and thought-provoking new release (Suggested Retail Price: $23.98) entitled Road 66 pays tribute directly to Jack Kerouac and indirectly to a uniquely American film genre, the road movie. As with all road trips, the destination is less important than how you get there. From Bill Evans to John Adams to Cole Porter, over 18 tracks featuring 14 composers, Diluka takes the listener on a musical and initiatory odyssey across the New World.
[PRIORITY RELEASE] KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartets Nos.7 & 8
IMPORT Acclaimed violinist James Ehnes is featured in two roles on this release. He is the soloist in Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto and leads the Ehnes Quartet, making its Onyx debut, in two works by Shostakovich. The Khachaturian is an instantly accessible work, infused with the music of the composer’s native Armenia. Shostakovich’s fifteen String Quartets form the most important body of music in the genre after those of Beethoven. The eighth is one of the most impressive and popular in the canon. The terse, highly emotional seventh is dedicated to the composer’s wife Nina, who had died in 1954.
“A phenomenal violinist and extraordinary musician...”
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Also available Britten & Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Onyx • ONYX 4113 (880040411321) “These performances are on fire: it’s hard to imagine where you are likely to find another burning brighter.” —OPUS ONE REVIEW 26
James Ehnes (violin), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth, Ehnes Quartet Onyx Classics • ONYX 4121
[PRIORITY RELEASE] Stradivarius in Rio
IMPORT With the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, Brazil and everything Brazilian is going to be in the news for quite some time. Viktoria Mullova’s new album Stradivarius in Rio captures the spirit of the country and its music to perfection. Working with musicians from Rio and London, Mullova has selected thirteen wonderfully evocative songs from some of the great composers of Brazilian popular music including Caetano Veloso and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Her stunning new arrangements bring a new perspective to these incredibly popular songs.
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“Virtually flawless...” —BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Also available Bach: Concertos Onyx • ONYX 4114 (880040411420) “Against the warm breathing of the strings, her thoughtful playing pulled me into the private place this album is musically about.” —POSITIVE FEEDBACK 27
Viktoria Mullova (violin), Matthew Barley (cello), Paul Clarvis (percussion), Luis Guello (percussion), Carioca Freitas (guitar) Onyx Classics • ONYX 4130
Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano) Barry Banks (tenor) Christopher Maltman (baritone) The Hallé, Mark Elder Opera Rara • ORC 50 IMPORT Opera Rara’s recording of Donizetti’s one-act opéra-comique, Rita (Deux hommes et une femme), is a double first – the first studio recording of the newly restored critical edition of the score (in the original French) and the label’s first project with the critically acclaimed Hallé, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Written in 1841 to a French libretto by Gustave Vaëz, Rita was never performed in Donizetti’s lifetime. This one-disc set comes with a fully illustrated booklet with a complete libretto and English translation. Soloists include Katarina Karnéus (Rita), Barry Banks (Pepé) and Christopher Maltman (Gasparo).
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Also available Donizetti: Belisario Opera Rara • ORC 49 (792938004921) “Nothing but praise for Sir Mark Elder’s vigorous and sensitive direction.” —GRAMOPHONE 28
DONIZETTI Rita (Deux hommes et une femme)
Philip Glass (organ), Dorothy Pixley-Rothchild (violin) Orange Mountain • OMM 0093 DOMESTIC This new release from Orange Mountain Music presents Philip Glass’s first concert ever in what the composer considers his “debut.” The concert took place in May 1968 at the Film Makers Cinematheque in New York City. The performance was the first “all-Glass” concert ever and featured solo works and duets with visual elements. This recording captures two of the solo works on the program including Philip Glass himself performing How Now for solo organ and Strung Out for solo amplified violin performed by the legendary Dorothy Pixley-Rothchild for whom Glass had previously written a violin concerto in 1960. It was soon after this concert that Glass started his own ensemble for which he wrote many new works.
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Also available Glass: Visitors - Original Score Orange Mountain • OMM 0089 (801837008920) “Haunting.” —THE BUFFALO NEWS 29
GLASS How Now, Strung Out
Mark Atkins (didgeridoo), Michael Riesman (organ) Orange Mountain • OMM 0094 DOMESTIC Voices for Organ & Didgeridoo was commissioned by the City of Melbourne to relaunch the Melbourne Town Organ in 2001. This piece was the first collaboration between Glass and didgeridoo player Mark Atkins. The two would later work together on Orion. This world première recording is performed and produced by Michael Riesman, organist and music director of the Philip Glass Ensemble. The second half of the album is dedicated to a new published edition of Glass works arranged for organ by Riesman including pieces from Powaqqatsi, Glassworks, and Naqoyqatsi. Riesman performs on a privately owned instrument in New York State.
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Recently released Glass: Galileo Galilei Orange Mountain • OMM 0091 (801837009125)
GLASS Voices for Digeridoo and Organ, Organ Suite
COPLAND Piano Concerto, El Salón México, Appalachian Spring, Old American Songs
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD This release in Praga’s Reminiscences series, which features audiophile SACD remasters of historic Price Code: A23 recordings, focuses on the music of American (Suggested Retail Price: $23.98) composer Aaron Copland. Four major works are included, ranging from the 1926 Piano Concerto to the composer’s Old American Songs, composed in 1952. Baritone William Warfield is the featured soloist in the songs (with composer conducting), while Copland himself plays the lead in the concerto. Also included are the popular and much loved El Salón México and Appalachian Spring.
DEBUSSY Chamber Music - Prélude à l’après-midi d’un Faune, Cello Sonata, Rêverie, Violin Sonata, La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin, Piano Trio No.1 Prazák Quartet, Kinsky Trio Prague Praga • PRD 250302 IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD Better known for his works for orchestra or solo piano, Claude Debussy also composed a Price Code: A23 wealth of beautiful chamber music. This disc (Suggested Retail Price: $23.98) featuring the Prazák Quartet and the Kinsky Trio Prague (and invited guests) offers a selection of six works, ranging from the Piano Trio No.1 to a fascinating chamber arrangement of the always popular Prélude à l’après-midi d’un Faune. This audiophile quality multi-channel SACD from Praga presents these works in the best sonic quality possible.
Aaron Copland (piano), William Warfield (baritone), New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland Praga • PRD 350086
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9
IMPORT This version of Beethoven’s choral symphony is a first release. It was originally broadcast in Copenhagen during a live concert conducted Price Code: A18 by Rafael Kubelik in February 1959. It is the (Suggested Retail Price: $18.98) conductor’s fastest recorded version and quite possibly his best. It is characterized by a rather lively tempo, a second movement with thundering timpani and a raging beginning of the fourth movement. Among the soloists is the famed Australian soprano Elsie Morison, whom Kubelik would go on to marry a few years later.
Hermann Abendroth à Varsovie BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos.3 & 7 MOZART Symphony No.40 Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Hermann Abendroth Tahra • TAH 763 IMPORT Hermann Abendroth has been called “The Other Furtwängler.” The moniker is apt, as is the comparison. Abendroth was one of the Price Code: 2A15 (2 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $31.98) greats, and although his fame has not reached the heights of Furtwängler, his artistry is no less deserving. This release features live recordings from the early 1950s made with the Warsaw Philharmonic obtained from the sound archives of the Polish Radio. The repertoire is vintage Abendroth. Included are Beethoven’s Symphony No.3 and Mozart’s Symphony No.40 - two towering masterworks.
Elsie Morison (soprano), Else Brems (contralto), Ernst Haefliger (tenor), Forbes Robinson (bass), Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelík Tahra • TAH 752
HENZE Symphonies Nos.2 & 10
IMPORT Wergo’s recorded traversal of the complete symphonies of Hans Werner Henze is now complete with this release of Symphonies Nos.2 and Price Code: A24 10. Fifty years passed between Henze’s second (Suggested Retail Price: $24.98) symphony and his tenth, which was to be his last. The second was commissioned in 1949 by the South German Radio and was his first large-scale 12-tone composition. Henze’s tenth was a liberation – from Beethoven as a model, but also from the dark mood of the ninth. Conductor Marek Janowski, who celebrated his 75th birthday in February 2014, leads the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in definitive recordings of these modern German masterpieces.
EÖTVÖS Kosmos, Sonata per sei, Psalm 151 in memoriam Frank Zappa GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, Schlagquartett Köln, Paulo Álvares (keyboards) Wergo • WER 6784 IMPORT Hungarian composer and conductor Peter Eötvös is perhaps best known as the director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, a post he Price Code: A24 held from 1979 to 1991. This release from Wergo (Suggested Retail Price: $24.98) features three major works. Kosmos was written in response to Yuri Gagarin’s famous space flight of March 1961. Sonata per sei is a reworking of material originally developed in his 2006 piano concerto written to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Bartók’s birth. When Frank Zappa died in 1993 at only 42, Eötvös responded with grief and anger. He said, “One really cannot praise God, but must protest.” Since none of the 150 psalms in the Bible deals with protest, Eötvös composed his Psalm 151.
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski Wergo • WER 6725
Let No Man Write My Epitaph Ella Fitzgerald APO • CVRJ 4043 SA
Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster APO • CVRJ 6066 SA DOMESTIC SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD File in: Jazz Verve’s 1957 album Coleman Hawkins Encounters Price Code: A40 Ben Webster is nothing less than a jazz masterpiece. (Suggested Retail Price: $40.98) In the words of Nat Hentoff, Hawkins and Webster were “larger than life.” Formidable, even forbidding presences, they revealed a depth of feeling in their playing that spoke of their vast life experiences, as great writers or painters speak through their work. This is a supremely melodic and deeply sensitive record. The two legendary saxophonists display a warmth and lyricism that eschews complicated rhythms and harmonies and plays straight to the heart. This high resolution SACD remaster from Analogue Productions lets all the beauty of the sound of the original master be heard.
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DOMESTIC SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD File in: Jazz Let No Man Write My Epitaph was a 1960 movie Price Code: A40 starring Ella Fitzgerald as a singing piano (Suggested Retail Price: $40.98) player. For it, she recorded a selection of her greatest hits, backed only by pianist Paul Smith. Many of the songs never made it into the film score, but all were later released on Verve as this companion album. Generally considered one of Ella’s greatest recordings, the album hits at a depth of emotional understanding that critics often complained was missing in Ella’s reading of jazz lyrics, and once again establishes her as one of the supreme interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Always considered sonically superb, this Super Audio remaster from Analogue Productions presents Ella’s classic album in the best possible audio quality.
[PRIORITY RELEASE] Natalia M. King Jazz Village • JV 570031 IMPORT File in: Jazz Raised in Brooklyn, Natalia M. King began her musical career in Los Angeles in 1993 with the Mojo Monks, a hard-edged blues-rock trio. After tiring of the LA scene, King sold everything she possessed, bought herself an acoustic guitar and a one way plane-ticket to France. She never looked back. After being ‘discovered’ thanks to a documentary made by French television group Canal+, King’s success was assured and she cut two albums for Universal in the early 2000s. After hiatus from the studio, King returns in style with Soulblazz, an album of twelve blazing new tracks, most of which are originals. Her songs blend the spirituality of soul, the intensity of the blues and the aestheticism of jazz and the energy of her rock roots. You will undoubtedly hear shades of Nina Simone, Thelonious Monk and Janis Joplin.
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àNOUsGARO - Inédits et Incontournables
IMPORT File in: Jazz Both the drummer André Ceccarelli and the singer David Linx often shared the stage with Price Code: A21 the famous French poet Claude Nougaro many (Suggested Retail Price: $21.98) times. Ten years after his death, they decided together with two other great French musicians, Diego Imbert (double bass) and Pierre-Alain Goualch (piano) to pay him tribute. On àNOUsGARO, the musicians explore what Nougaro would have liked and might have done. It includes unreleased songs given from Nougaro to Linx and songs like “Sermon me,” “Shaman” and “L’Amour Sorcier” that are responses to Nougaro’s famous songs.
David Linx, Andre Ceccarelli, Diego Imbert, Pierre-Alain Goualch Just Looking • JLP 07
Something Came With The Sun Isabel Sörling M’ister Productions • MIS 1
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IMPORT File in: Jazz Isabel Sörling is one of the few singers whose voice is recognizable right from the first note. She Price Code: A23 is an assertive, original personality who travels (Suggested Retail Price: $23.98) all over the world, exploring a wide range of musical styles. After winning awards with her group Isabelsörlingfarvel, Sörling came to the attention of trumpeter and producer Ibrahim Maalouf in 2010. Sensing a connection, she offered him a repertoire of songs that she had been keeping aside in the hope of finding a suitable musical environment. Maalouf and Sörling arranged these tunes and refined them together in the studio. The result is Something Came With The Sun - an album that is sure to get the attention of jazz critics everywhere.
Jaro Milko and the Cubalkanics Asphalt Tango • ATR 4614
IMPORT File in: World / Balkans There’s a point where the rhythm of the cumbia, the sounds of Cuban and Balkan music all come together. It is a place where surf guitar, Cuban son and the powerful bite of Gypsy brass dance side by side. Jaro Milko first put the Cubalkanics together four years ago, pairing his own guitar with organ, drums, percussion and trombone. The fivepiece band fuses his vision into a unique, delicious whole on their debut Cigarros Explosivos! The album’s offbeat syncopation offers a nod to ska while keeping its feet dancing in Latin America. The cumbia beat underpins the music, pushing it along, while Milko’s guitar is the real powerhouse, bringing color and drive and adding to every track, and completing the package.
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Daniel Lavoie Chant du Monde • 2742285 IMPORT File in: World / Canada Conceived especially for Canadian singersongwriter Daniel Lavoie by Laurent Guardo, Price Code: A18 a true musician of today, La Licorne captive (The (Suggested Retail Price: $18.98) Captive Unicorn) was ten years in the making. Guardo binds the album together with an alchemist’s touch and an ear for sounds that are quite simply out of this world, bringing us to an imaginary crossroads where acoustic guitars meet lutes, udus, tablas and violas da gamba. Beckoning us to follow, we too are soon made captive, entranced by the unicorn – forever spellbound.
chant du monde
La Licorne captive Un projet musical de Laurent Guardo
L’Ombre d’une source
IMPORT In parallel with his internationally recognized work as a musician, Titi Robin has continually sought out practical ways to deepen his Price Code: A18 exploration of the literary and the poetic. A (Suggested Retail Price: $18.98) leading instrumentalist and an exemplary creative artist, Robin’s new album is the fulfillment of a long-term ambition. “A dialogue so intensely in tune it becomes a single song,” is how Robin describes L’Ombre d’une source (The Shadow of a source), which was conceived for and with the magnificent Michael Lonsdale, an actor blessed with one of the most beautiful voices in theater and film. For this extraordinary album, music is language, and poetry, soaring on the wings of the voice, wholeheartedly embraces its own musicality.
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Titi Robin, Michael Lonsdale World Village • 479091
Adnan Joubran World Village • 479084 IMPORT File in: World / Middle East On his first solo album, the youngest of Le Trio Joubran has chosen to collaborate with three musicians hailing from a variety of cultural backgrounds: the Indo-French tabla player Prabhu Edouard, the French cellist Valentin Moussou and the Spanish saxophonist and flautist Jorge Pardo. Borders Behind, which reveals Adnan Joubran as a talented composer, embraces the world. Radiating both tenderness and strength, suffused with the heady perfumes of jazz, all spun together by the intricate touch of Joubran’s oud, it is as if we were listening to the soundtrack to our imaginations.
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“Among the most inventive musicians in the Arab world.” —THE GUARDIAN
Also available The First Ten Years World Village • 479072 (3149026008120) “This lavish box-set... takes things to a jaw dropping level…. we’ll just have to hope that the next ten years live up to the expectations raised by this auspicious retrospective.” —SONGLINES 39
[PRIORITY RELEASE] Melingo World Village • 479089 IMPORT File in: World / Argentina This new collection of songs from the Argentinean singer-actor Melingo could be the soundtrack to a shady underworld, conjuring up as it does a chiaroscuro labyrinth of mirrors where time stands still. Offbeat love songs, sparkling with glints of the blues and tangos of old, vagrants’ tales sprinkled with snatches of bossa nova and candombe, atmospheric melodies summoning up musical spirits, now of Duke, now of Zappa, all plunging us into Melingo’s surreal universe. In the company of his band of itinerant musician-poets, he is a free-spirited, definition-defying artist at the very zenith of his powers. Part rocker, part flamboyant crooner, with a touch of the comedian, as well as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, he bewitches us with intoxicating dreams.
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“Melingo is broadening the scope of his native music while ensuring that its cultural identity remains intact. ” —ALL ABOUT JAZZ
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD File in: Pop / Rock Phoebe Snow died at the age of 60, but her art will live forever. Snow’s debut album, reproduced here on SACD in a special mastering by Cohearent Audio’s Kevin Gray, presents a masterful set of nine tracks, most of which were written by the then 23-year old singer, who was renowned for her elastic contralto and jazz scat vocal. Including her best-known smash hit “Poetry Man,” this album became as legendary as her career, which spanned decades.
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“A phenomenon unto herself.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
Phoebe Snow APO • CAPP 2109 SA
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