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Concerto recordings dominate this month’s top classical releases, with offerings from Channel Classics, Hyperion and Praga. Violinist Rachel Podger returns to Vivaldi, joining forces with Holland Baroque on an SACD featuring the 12 concertos of La Cetra (p.6). The 57th volume in the always surprising Romantic Piano Concerto series looks northward with a recording of works by Swedish composer Adolf Wiklund played by pianist Martin Stürfalt (p.13). Praga launches a new series of SACD remasters of recordings by Sviatoslav Richter with a disc of Rachmaninov Piano Concertos recorded before the pianist began his international career (p.21). The month’s priority releases also feature the third volume in Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s stunning series of Haydn Piano Sonatas (p.11) for Hyperion and Helicon Records’ very special release of a live recording of Mahler’s Symphony No.9 featuring the great Leonard Bernstein conducting the Israel Philharmonic (p.10). On the non classical front, the legendary Cuarteto Cedrón offers a delightful new disc of tangos and other Argentinean music (p.32).

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Armenian Easter hymns Goussan Aljanian (tenor) Ad Vitam • AV 120115

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Paques Armeniennes — Armenian Easter

IMPORT Goussan Aljanian, tenor soloist of Saint James Cathedral (Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem), is one of the world’s finest exponents of Armenian Church music. An expert in the musical and cultural aspects of the genre, Reverend Aljanian is able to bring out the unique mystical and spiritual flavors of the Armenian musical art. On this new CD from Ad Vitam, Reverend Aljanian offers the listener a selection of traditional Armenian Easter hymns.

Isoir plays Mozart concertos Price Code: CA19 (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)

Daniel Isoir (fortepiano), La Petite Symphonie Agogique • AGO 004

June 2012

IMPORT Established in 2006, the period instrument ensemble La Petite Symphonie specializes in music of the eighteenth century. Led by artistic director and keyboard soloist Daniel Isoir, the ensemble offers their own unique perspective on the music of Haydn, Mozart, and other key composers from the period. Their interpretations focus on the spirit of chamber music that is present in most of the period’s repertoire. On this disc featuring three great piano concertos by Mozart, Isoir directs from the keyboard, in this case, a copy of a fortepiano by Johann Andreas Stein, the maker preferred by Mozart.

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MOZART Piano Concertos Nos.13, 14 & 27

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A rare romantic oratorio DUBOIS Paradise Lost

Chantal Santon (soprano), Jennifer Borghi (mezzo-soprano), Cyrille Dubois (tenor), Mathias Vidal (tenor), Alain Buet (bass), Les Cris de Paris, Les Solistes des Siècles, Geoffroy Jourdain Aparté • AP 030

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IMPORT This is the first-ever recording of Le Paradis perdu, a long-forgotten oratorio by Théodore Dubois (1837-1924), composed in the early 1870s. Winner of the Concours Musical initiated by the City of Paris in 1878, Le Paradis perdu is loosely based on episodes from Milton’s Paradise Lost. It is performed here by the choir Les Cris de Paris, accompanied by soloists of the ensemble Les Siècles, conducted by Geoffrey Jordain.

Two worlds of cello music SCHUMANN Cello Concerto LISZT Première Élégie, Deuxième Élégie, Romance oubliée, Die Zelle In Nonnenwerth, La lugubre gondole

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Ophélie Gaillard (cello), Delphine Bardin (piano), Orchestre de la Radio Nationale Roumaine, Tiberiu Soare Aparté • AP 031

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IMPORT On this disc from Aparté, the acclaimed cellist Ophélie Gaillard pairs Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the complete music for cello and piano by Franz Liszt. The result is a fascinating juxtaposition of two very different worlds that combines passion with an expression of the mysteries of life. For the Schumann, Gaillard is accompanied by the National Radio Orchestra of Romania under the young conductor Tiberiu Soare. For the second half of the disc, Gaillard is joined by pianist Delphine Bardin (winner of the coveted Clara Haskil Prize).


Rachel Podger returns to Vivaldi channel classics

VIVALDI La Cetra

Rachel Podger (violin), Holland Baroque Society Channel Classics • CCS SA 33412

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IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Since the release of her spectacular set of Vivaldi’s La Stravaganza concertos back in 2003, Rachel Podger’s recording agenda has been focused on music by Mozart and Bach. This release of the La Cetra concertos marks her very welcome return to music by the Venetian maestro, a composer with whom the violinist has a clear affinity. As with La Stravaganza, there are many jewels in this set, some of which place even higher technical demands on the soloist. Several of the concertos also include fascinating and exotic experimental effects. Podger is supported here by the young and energetic Holland Baroque Society, whose innovative performance style and keen scholarship makes them a perfect partner in this repertoire. Bringing together some of Vivaldi’s best music, played by some of the world’s finest performers, this Channel Classics disc offers listeners a joyful, energetic and inspiring musical experience.

Also available Channel Classics • CCS SA 19503 (723385195030)

“What I like most of all is her evident relish of the virtuoso demands that the music makes.”

June 2012

“Podger has one of the sweetest tones of any period-instrument violinist.”

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Romantic transcriptions eloquentia

MAHLER Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Quartesatz BUSONI Berceuse élégiaque Sara Mingardo (contralto), Musici Aurei, Luigi Piovano Eloquentia • EL 1233

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ADVANCE REVIEW

June 2012

IMPORT Although much of the repertoire on this disc was originally conceived for large orchestra, the chamber versions offered here shed new light on familiar territory. In 1918, Arnold Schoenberg founded his Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen (Society for Private Musical Performance), whose mission was to promote contemporary works. A great admirer of Mahler, Schoenberg created a chamber version of the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen for the Society, while his student Erwin Stein penned a reduction of Busoni’s Berceuse élégiaque. Reiner Riehn, who completed Schoenberg’s chamber version of Das Lied von der Erde, wrote this arrangement of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder for chamber orchestra. The disc is completed by Mahler’s rarely heard Quartettsatz for piano and string quartet. Contralto Sara Mingardo is accompanied by Musica Aurei conducted by Luigi Piovano.

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“Mingardo is a natural partner for this work with her extraordinarily rich contralto depths and interpretive capabilities. She delivers Mahler’s literally breathtakingly long lines with effortlessly poised legato control. Her vocal tone is another delight, its warm bloom creating a lovely counterfoil to the viscerality of her accompaniment... one of the most expertly compiled and emotively performed you’ll find around.” — BBC


From the vaults of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra harmonia mundi helicon

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.6, Francesca da Rimini

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich Helicon • 02.9650

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BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9 (sung in Hebrew)

Elsie Morison (soprano), Lauris Elms (contralto), Waldemar Kmen (tenor), David Kelly (bass), Tel Aviv Philharmonic Choir, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Kubelík Helicon • 02.9651

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HAYDN Nelson Mass MAHLER Kindertotenlieder

Lucia Popp (soprano), Ilse Gramatzki (alto), Maureen Forrester (contralto), Misha Raitzin (tenor), Takao Okamora (bass), Tel Aviv Philharmonic Choir, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, István Kertész Helicon • 02.9652

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These three live recordings show the breadth of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s talent and experience. From an all Tchaikovsky program with the great Mstislav Rostropovich to a recording by István Kertész pairing Haydn’s majestic Nelson Mass with Mahler’s poignant Kindertotenlieder, these Helicon label releases offer rare gems never before heard on disc. Of special note here is a Beethoven ninth with soloists Elsie Morison, Lauris Elms, Waldemar Kmentt and David Kelly featuring a finale sung entirely in Hebrew. June 2012

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SCHOENBERG A Survivor from Warsaw BRUCKNER Symphony No.7

Friedhelm Eberle (narrator), Israeli Opera Chorus, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur Helicon • 02.9654

ELGAR Violin Concerto BACH Violin Concerto BWV1041

June 2012

Pinchas Zuckerman (violin), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta Helicon • 02.9655

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Kurt Masur leads the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israeli Opera Chorus in a live recording from the orchestra’s extensive archive. Featured works are Schoenberg’s searing A Survivor from Warsaw, narrated by Friedhelm Eberle, and Bruckner’s seventh symphony, in the Hass edition. A fascinating pairing, recorded in 1995 (Bruckner) and 2006 (Schoenberg). Pinchas Zuckerman is the featured soloist on a disc of live recordings from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Zubin Mehta leads the orchestra in performances of violin concertos by Bach and Elgar, recorded in 1986 and 2006.

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Bernstein conducts Mahler’s Ninth Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein Helicon • 02.9656

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MAHLER Symphony No.9

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IMPORT This rare gem from the archives of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra features a live recording with the great conductor Leonard Bernstein. Mahler was one of the composers that Bernstein focused on with great intensity in the last years of his life. This performance of Mahler’s deeply emotional ninth symphony adds a new facet to our understanding of the special relationship between these two greats of musical history. The performance was recorded live at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv in August, 1985.

CONCERT REVIEW June 2012

“Bernstein, one of the great Mahler conductors, presents the 9th Symphony with penetrating insight into its musical and emotional depth... the audience responded with an outburst of ovations which lasted for some 20 minutes, calling Bernstein back on the stage time and again.” — Israel Evening News

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Hamelin’s elegant Haydn sonatas hyperion

HAYDN Piano Sonatas Vol.3

Marc-André Hamelin (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67882

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IMPORT Hyperion presents a third double-volume release in Marc-André Hamelin’s much -p rai s ed s eri es of Haydn’s keyboard sonatas. Haydn wrote around sixty keyboard sonatas and this selection of eleven focuses on those from the 1770s, including the great C minor sonata from the composer’s ‘Sturm und Drang’ period, with its dynamic contrasts and virtuoso demands. These are bookended by three from Haydn’s earliest output from the 1750s, most likely penned for his young female pupils to play, and the D major sonata written during the second of the mature composer’s triumphant London visits in 1794. In all these fascinating, idiosyncratic works, Hamelin wears his renowned virtuosity lightly, while playing with understated wit and the elegant, immaculate musicianship that has come to define one of the greatest pianists of our time.

‘Marc-André Hamelin’s virtuosity is in a different league altogether.” — INTERNATIONAL PIANO

June 2012

Also available Hyperion • CDA 67554 (034571175546)

“These beautifully recorded performances can’t be recommended too highly.” — BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

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Hyperion • CDA 67710 (034571177106)

“One of the outstanding releases of the Haydn celebratory year.” — INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW


Renaissance gems from The Brabant Ensemble Price Code: CA19 (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)

Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice Hyperion • CDA 67933

IMPORT Jean Mouton was a Renaissance French composer and choirmaster, much acknowledged but more rarely recorded, who wrote a body of music that is both technically inventive and immediately appealing. Here Stephen Rice and The Brabant Ensemble perform a selection of Mouton’s eight-part music, two four-part motets, and his only five-part Mass setting, the Missa Tu es Petrus. Sheer compositional skill aside, all these works demonstrate Mouton’s vivid and original imagination.

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MOUTON Missa Tu es Petrus & other works

The St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir sings Mozart

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MOZART Missa solemnis, Vesperae solennes de Dominica K321, Regina caeli K108

Lynda Russell (soprano), Lina Markeby (mezzo-soprano), James Oxley (tenor), David Wilson-Johnson (baritone), Simon Johnson (organ), Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Paul’s Mozart Orchestra, Andrew Carwood Hyperion • CDA 67921

June 2012

IMPORT After almost a decade, Hyperion is delighted to welcome back the world-famous St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir under its new director of music Andrew Carwood. Joined by the St. Paul’s Mozart Orchestra and a quartet of renowned soloists, Carwood leads sparkling performances of a selection of Mozart’s sacred music. Although they were commissioned to be sung at church services in Salzburg, all these compositions are suffused with Mozart’s typically unerring sense of dramatic pacing and a sensuous, operatic treatment of solo lines, as well as crisp and energetic choral writing.

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Hyperion’s amazing Romantic Piano Concerto series hyperion harmonia mundi

Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.57 WIKLUND Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2; Konsertstycke Op.1

Martin Sturfält (piano), Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze Hyperion • CDA 67828

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IMPORT Volume 57 in Hyperion’s inexhaustible Romantic Piano Concerto series turns up another discovery — the music of Swedish composer Adolf Wiklund. These little-known but lusciously tuneful works are characterized by big-boned symphonic gestures reminiscent of Rachmaninov, all tempered with the Nordic clarity of Grieg. Wiklund’s two piano concertos are central to his output, and in fact they enjoyed considerable popularity in Sweden until as recently as fifty years ago, when modernist sensibilities deemed them unfashionable. These glittering performances from Martin Sturfält and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, directed by brilliant violinist-turned-conductor Andrew Manze, are bound to bring this unfairly neglected music back into general currency.

“A brilliant pianist with plenty of power.” — AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

June 2012

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Hyperion • CDA 67843 (034571178431)

“Howard Shelley attacks it all with gleeful extravagance. It’s great fun.” — THE GUARDIAN


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Arias for Guadagni

Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen Hyperion • CDA 67924

IMPORT British countertenor Iestyn Davies is one of the fastest rising stars on the concert and opera circuit. Following his highly acclaimed recording of Porpora cantatas, he returns for a second solo album with a selection of arias written for Gaetano Guadagni — the first ‘modern’ castrato, famed all over Europe for the lyric purity of his voice and his powerful, naturalistic acting style. Not only did he enjoy a close artistic relationship with Handel, but Guadagni effectively created the role of Orpheus in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. For this recital, Davies is joined again by the renowned period-instrument band Arcangelo, directed by Jonathan Cohen.

Essential reissues

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MENDELSSOHN String Quintets

Raphael Ensemble Hyperion • CDH 55377

June 2012

MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition PROKOFIEV Ten Pieces from Romeo & Juliet, Toccata Nikolai Demidenko (piano) Hyperion • CDH 55306

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Acclaimed Mozart at mid-price

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MOZART String Quintets Nos.1-6

Talich Quartet La Dolce Volta • LDV 109

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La Dolce Volta presents two more essential reissues from the back catalog of the now defunct Calliope label. Originally released in the 1990s, the Talich Quartet’s highly-acclaimed set of Mozart’s complete String Quintets became an immediate staple of the catalog. Infrequently recorded or performed, these amazing works exemplify Mozart’s amazing command of texture, drama and emotional power in a chamber music setting. The Ensemble Philidor is featured in a collection of Mozart’s colorful music for wind instruments. From the early Divertimento K213 to the sheer perfection of the ‘Gran Partita’ Serenade, these works are integral to understanding Mozart’s genius.

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CHAMINADE Piano Trio No.2 DEBUSSY Piano Trio LENORMAND Piano Trio

Trio Chausson Mirare • MIR 163

IMPORT In his Dictionnaire de musique of 1844, Léon Escudier described the trio as, “the most perfect of all compositions.” Here, alongside the Trio of Claude Debussy, Trio Chausson gives a new lease of life to two rare works of great interest by unjustly neglected French composers, René Lenormand and Cécile Chaminade, whom Georges Bizet called “mon petit Mozart.”

Youthful works of three prodigies

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Intuition ARRIAGA String Quartet No.3 MOZART String Quartet No.6 SCHUBERT String Quartet No.4

Modigliani Quartet Mirare • MIR 168

June 2012

IMPORT The Modigliani Quartet presents a program of youthful works by three great musical prodigies when they were only seventeen-years-old. In his sixth quartet, Mozart’s prodigious maturity is expressed in pre-Romantic music that shifts from laughter to tears in the blink of an eye. Schubert’s fourth quartet comes from a time in the composer’s career when he was just forming his own personal style. Arriaga, the ‘Spanish Mozart,’ died at age twenty, three years after the composition of his third quartet. In it, Romantic freshness mixes comfortably with Classical formality. To explain the inspiration for this album the group said, “The sincerest tribute we could pay these three marvelous composers would be to allow ourselves to be guided by the sublime intuition they possessed at this moment in their lives.”

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Keyboard discoveries from Piano Classics

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas Op.106, Op.2 No.3 Georg Friedrich Schenck (piano) Piano Classics • PCL 0027

The Bartok Album BARTÓK Sonata, Three Folk songs from the District Csík, Suite Op.14, For Children Book 2, Six Romanian Dances, Mikrokosmos Book 6 — Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm

ALKAN Grande Sonate, Symphony for Solo Piano

Vincenzo Maltempo (piano) Piano Classics • PCL 0038

Klára Würtz (piano) Piano Classics • PCL 0035

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CHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2, Berceuse, Nocturne, Variations Katia Skanavi (piano) Piano Classics • PCL 0039

LISZT Anneés de pelèrinage - Books I & II

Enrico Pace (piano) Piano Classics • PCLD 0026

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SHOSTAKOVICH Complete Piano Music

Boris Petrushansky (piano) Piano Classics • PCLM 0028

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Music from the two Viennese schools HAYDN The Seven last Words of Christ on the Cross

SCHOENBERG Pierrot Lunaire Op.21, Suite Op.29

Various artists Pavel Hula (conductor) Praga • PRD 250276

Prazák Quartet Praga • PRD 250291

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These discs by the Prazák Quartet feature works by two famous Viennese composers. The first focuses on works by Arnold Schoenberg — the Sprechstimme melodrama Pierrot Lunaire,, and the Suite, one of the first twelve-tone pieces in sonata form. Haydn’s Seven Last Words of our Savior on the Cross was written for performance at a Good Friday service in 1786. Totally unprecedented in form, conception and content, the work is a prime example of Haydn’s genius.

Variations for cello BEETHOVEN Seven Variations WoO 46, Twelve Variations Op.66 GEMROT Ludwigsgruß - Variations on a theme of Beethoven, Variations on a theme of Dvorák MARTINU Variations on a Slovak folk song, Variations on a theme of Rossini

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Jeremy Findlay (cello), Per Rundberg (piano) Praga • PRD 250293

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This hybrid multichannel SACD from Praga features a collection of ‘Rococo’ variations for cello and piano. In works that span several centuries, cellist Jeremy Findlay is featured in a program of works rich with virtuosity, humor and inventiveness. Two variations by Beethoven based on themes by Mozart are juxtaposed against works by modern composers Jirí Gemrot and Bohuslav Martinu based on themes by Beethoven, Dvorák and Rossini. Findlay is ably accompanied by pianist Per Rundberg in a disc that will appeal to any fan of cello music.


Richter plays Rachmaninov praga

RACHMANINOV Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2, Preludes

Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling Praga • PRD 350056

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IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD In celebration of their twentieth anniversary, this essential release from Praga focuses on the artistry of the great Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter. In an all-Rachmaninov program, Richter is heard in the first two Piano Concertos accompanied by the great conductor Kurt Sanderling in live performances recorded in the 50s — well before he began touring internationally. Praga’s hybrid SACD pairs remastered monophonic recordings of the concertos with four of Richter’s favorite Preludes recorded in stereo during his first tour of North America in 1960. Praga has employed the best of today’s cutting-edge restoration techniques to present these important historical recordings in all their original glory.

“A pianist of transcendent abilities.” — ALL MUSIC GUIDE June 2012

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Rare music by Debussy DEBUSSY Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien

Isabelle Huppert (narrator), Sophie MarinDegor (soprano), Kate Aldrich (mezzo-soprano), Christine Knorren (mezzo-soprano), Choeur de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Daniele Gai Radio France • FRF 007

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IMPORT Claude Debussy’s Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien is a five-act musical mystery play that was produced in collaboration with poet and dramatist Gabriele d’Annunzio and designed as a vehicle for the great ballerina Ida Rubinstein. Unfortunately, in spite of Debussy’s transcendent score, the work’s first production was not only unsuccessful, it was attended by scandal — the Archbishop of Paris requested Catholics not attend because the dancer playing St. Sebastian was a woman and a Jew. This new recording featuring the Orchestre National de France conducted by Daniele Gatti is a rare event.

June 2012

tahra

Historic piano recordings

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SCHUMANN Piano Concerto CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1

Clara Haskil (piano), Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Rafael Kubelík Tahra • TAH 736

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IMPORT In 1951, Clara Haskil signed an exclusive contract with Philips, which led to a series of recordings that only rarely satisfied her and which, according to those who heard her on stage, only give a blurred image of her talent. By chance, a number of live recordings have greatly increased Haskil’s discography. This disc offers two such recordings, a Schumann concerto from 1955, and a Chopin concerto from 1960. Composers-Performers Group under the direction of Alcides Lanza.


JAZZ

A star of the Italian jazz scene bonsaï

Joyful

Flavio Boltro 5et Bonsaï • BON 120501

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IMPORT File In: Jazz For his new album Joyful, Flavio Boltro joined forces with the great Italian saxophonist Rosario Giuliani, a favorite sideman for many of the greatest bands, in addition to being an acclaimed solo performer. Boltro and Giuliani brought together an all-star quintet of jazz masters including drummer André Ceccarelli, pianist Pietro Lussu and Darryl Hall on bass. The album’s nine tracks feature Boltro originals and covers of standards by Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Harold Arlen and Sting.

June 2012

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JAZZ

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The incomparable Ray Charles

Genius + Soul = Jazz Ray Charles APO • CAPP 2 SA

Ray Charles & Bey Carter

Ray Charles & Bey Carter APO • CAPP 385 SA

Ray Charles Live in Concert

Ray Charles APO • CAPP 500 SA

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DOMESTIC SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD File In: Jazz

DOMESTIC SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD File In: Jazz

DOMESTIC SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD File In: Jazz

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Ibrahim Maalouf completes a jazz triptych

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productions

Diagnostic

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Ibrahim Maalouf M’ister Productions • IBM 3

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File In: Jazz Ibrahim Maalouf is a jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger. Born in Beirut and now living in France, Maalouf was Classically trained, earning prizes at most of the major classical trumpet competitions in the world. His music blends a wide variety of styles and influences into a heady mix that defies easy categorization. Diagnostic marks the third and final chapter in a musical triptych Maalouf began in 2007 with Diasporas, his first album, and enriched with Diachronism some two years later.


BLUES

A Milteau retrospective Blowin’ in the Past

harmonia mundi chant du monde

Jean-Jacques Milteau Chant du Monde • 2742176

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IMPORT File In: Blues Blues harmonica player Jean-Jacques Milteau has travelled many different roads in both the geographical and musical sense of the term. From China to South Africa, from Nashville to New Orleans, from Ireland to Mexico, he is a musician whose curiosity knows no bounds. He welcomes new acquaintances and is always ready for any musical experience that might cross his path. In 1973, Milteau released his first recording for Le Chant du Monde, as part of the label’s “Special Instrumental” collection. The label also released Blues Harp in 1980 and Just Kiddin’ in 1983. This double album retraces those first recordings and explores how Milteau subsequently became a blues legend and a worldwide ambassador of the blues harmonica.

— NOVA MAGAZINE

June 2012

“An authentic Bluesman, and a passionate sensualist... his relationship with his harmonica verges on trance...”

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WORLD

Psychedelic Balkan soul asphalt tango

Demoni

Also available in LP

Koarashky & The Rain Dogs Asphalt Tango • ATR 3312

Asphalt Tango • ATR 3412

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File In: World / Europe / Bulgaria Kottarashky opened the door to hitherto undiscovered spaces of Balkan music with his first album Opa Hey! in 2009. His tribal digital dance music went far beyond either the mash up culture of contemporary global producers or the art collages of modern sound architects. Kottarashky’s next mission was to somehow transform his tracks into live performances. Influenced by artists such as Tom Waits, Jimi Hendrix and Dr. John, Kottarashky formed The Rain Dogs — a weird band combining sampler tools and keyboard with traditional clarinet, guitar, bass and drum set. Demoni’s eleven fresh tracks take us into a whole new universe of advanced Balkan funk and blues.

The poetic music of Abed Azrié doumtak

Abed Azrié chante/sings Adonis Abed Azrié Doumtak • DOM 004

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INCLUDESBONUSCD IMPORT File In: World / Middle East / Syria From the start of his career, Abed Azrié has been drawn to poetic language and text, which he considers to be an “aesthetic memory of mankind.” He works with the rich poetic sources that encapsulate this memory, and that have been transmitted to us through history. In poetry, Azrié searches for a world where passion combines with wonder, meditation, dream and mystery. On this album, Azrié lends his deep, tender and expressive voice to the verse of Adonis, one of the greatest contemporary Arab poets. The set includes a bonus DVD with a recital recorded in May 2011 at the Institut du Monde Arabe. 24


WORLD

Legends of the tango Corazón de Piel Afuera / Godino

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Cuarteto Cedrón Chant du Monde • 2742182

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IMPORT File In: World / South America / Argentina The famed Cuarteto Cedrón, legends of Argentinean music and as synonymous with tango as the better-known Astor Piazzolla, offer an intriguing ‘double’ album, with each one focusing on a different poetic outlook. The fourteen tracks of the album’s first section, entitled Corazón de piel afuera, are dedicated to music set to eleven texts by Miguel Ángel Bustos. The second section, entitled Godino, consists of twelve new songs by Cuartero Cedrón on texts by Raúl González Tuñón, Luis Alposta, Evaristo Carriego, Francisco Urondo, the Spanish poet Pedro Atienza, Julio Huasi, David Álvarez Morgade and an anonymous poem, plus a fascinating cover of the bolero “Somos” by Mario Clavel.

“The present and the future of the tango” — LA NACION June 2012

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WORLD

ocora

Ethnic explorations

Georgia: Sacred & Secular Polyphony Ensemble Basiani Ocora • C 560240

Senegal: Tijâniyya & Murîdiyya — Sufi Brotherhood Chant Various Artists Ocora • C 560241

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IMPORT File In: World / Asia / Georgia

IMPORT File In: World / Africa / Senegal

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Martinique: Bèlè, Tradition & Création

Edmond Mondésir Ocora • C 560249

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IMPORT File In: World / Caribbean / Martinique

June 2012

Ocora presents three new fascinating enthnic music collections. Offered in a deluxe, hardbound book format, these sets are reference quality. With intimate links to everyday and spiritual contexts alike, the sophistical polyphony of Georgia — performed here with passion and invention by the Ensemble Basiani — evokes a distant musical past even as it surprises by its modernity. The music of Senegal is featured in a set containing religious music from the two main Sufi brotherhoods (the Tijâniyya and the Murîdiyya, founded respectively in the 18th and 19th centuries). The Bèlè tradition evokes distant Africa with its mix of song, dance and drums and has become an emblem of Martinique. With a contemporary flair, Edmond Mondésir pays homage to masters of the genre.

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Label

Date

City

State

Venue

Bratsch

World Village

June 12

Montréal

QC

Les Francofolies

C.J. Chenier

World Village

Feb 15-16

Winnipeg

MB

Winnipeg Convention Center

Choir of Trinity College

Hyperion

July 13, 15

Elora

ON

Elora Festival

July 14

Niagara on the Lake

ON

St. Marks Anglican Church

Jul 18

Perry Sound

ON

Festival of the Sound

Paul O'Dee

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Aug 9

Oawa

ON

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Marcio Faraco

Chant du Monde

July 1-3

Montréal

QC

Savoy du Métropolis

Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov harmonia mundi

May 26-27

Vancouver

BC

Telus Studio Theatre

Gerald Finley

July 18

Toronto

ON

Toronto Summer Music Festival

July 22

Cambellford

ON

Westben Arts Festival Theatre

Aug 6

Oawa

ON

Dominion-Chalmers United Church

Hyperion

Angela Hewi

Hyperion

May 18

Oawa

ON

National Arts Center Benefit

Marc André Hamelin

Hyperion

May 23-24

Quebec

QC

Orchestre Symphonique de Québec

Emel Mathlouthi

World Village

Jul 14

Vancouver

BC

Vancouver Roots Festival

Jul 17

Montréal

QC

Festival Nuits d'Afrique

Jul 28

Oawa

ON

Dominion-Chalmers United Church

Aug 2-3

Toronto

ON

Toronto Summer Music Festival

Jul 3

Québec

QC

Palais Montcalm

Jul 4

Montréal

QC

Theatre Maisonneuve

Nov 1

Oawa

ON

Oawa Chamberfest

Nash Ensemble

Gianmaria Testa

Tokyo String Quartet

Hyperion

Chant du Monde

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Concert Calendar • CANADA

Artist

June 2012

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