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Street Date: July 10, 2012


With over fifty new titles, our July new release offering has something for almost every taste. Topping the list of priorities, the unstoppable conductor Valery Gergiev continues his exploration of operatic repertoire. Gergiev’s latest release for LSO Live brings together an all-star cast including Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet Angela Denoke, Dame Felicity Palmer and Matthias Goerne in a concert version of Richard Strauss’ Elektra (p.12). Hyperion’s amazing array of collections, including the beloved Romantic Piano Concerto series, has become legendary and each new volume of these in-depth surveys is eagerly awaited. The label’s newest effort focuses on the songs of Franz Liszt. Volume one in the series was met with the highest acclaim and this month sees the début of volume two, featuring the rich voice of mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager (p.10). Other classical titles of note include a selection of twelve reissues in harmonia mundi’s mid-priced hmGold series as well as SACD remasters of historic recordings by Sviatoslav Richter and Wilhelm Furtwängler. On the non classical front, we are pleased to welcome the labels of the HighNote group to our distribution family. This month sees five new releases on the HighNote and Savant labels, with artists including Tom Harrell, Larry Willis, Piero Odorici, Eric Reed and Joe Chambers. To round out the month, composer Howard Shore is featured in two priority releases. In addition to the previously released soundtrack to David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis (p.25) Shore offers a special treat for collectors and fans - a recording of his music for the video game Soul of the Ultimate Nation (p.24).


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Ravi Shankar East Meets West • EMWM 1006

Living Room Sessions - Part 1

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Born into an English musical family, organist & composer Christopher Gibbons (1615-1676) probably received early training from his famous father Orlando Gibbons. He sang in the choir of the Chapel Royal and went on to a distinguished career at Westminster Abbey and in the court of Charles II. With this showcase collection of motets, anthems, fantasias for strings and organ voluntaries (all of which are receiving their first recordings), Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music aim to rescue the composer from unjust obscurity.

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DUBOIS Piano Concerto No.2, Ouverture de Frithiof, Dixtuor

Vanessa Wagner (piano), Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth Actes Sud • ASM 09

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IMPORT Composer Théodore Dubois (1837-1924) taught at the Conservatoire de Paris from 1871 and was appointed director in 1896 — a position he held until his retirement in 1905. He combined these duties with a position as organist of La Madeleine in Paris. As performed here by the ensemble Les Siècles under the direction of François-Xavier Roth, works as varied as Ouverture de Frithiof, the strikingly original Dixtuor for double quintet or the romantic Piano Concerto prove that, while he respected tradition, Dubois was also sensitive to modern developments.

July 2012



Bach’s secular cantatas Bach Drama BACH Cantatas BWV201, 205 & 213

Céline Scheen (soprano), Clint van der Linde (counter-tenor), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Fabio Trümpy (tenor), Christian Immler (bass), Alejandro Meerapfel (bass), Les Agrémens, Choeur de chambre de Namur, Leonardo García Alarcón Ambronay • AMY 031

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IMPORT Johann Sebastian Bach was familiar with the musical styles and forms of many nations. Although known as a ‘serious’ composer, he was also a man who enjoyed the good life, intellectual debates and even Italian opera. Bach’s BWV 201, 205 and 213 are veritable miniature operas, imbued with Italian vocality, humor and joie de vivre. This boxed-set of Bach’s ‘dramas’ performed by Leonardo García Alarcón and Les Agrémens includes a bonus DVD recorded live at the Ambronay Festival in 2011 featuring Die Wahl des Herkules.

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Complete Solo Studio Recordings Harriet Cohen (piano) APR • APR 7304

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IMPORT Certainly the most glamorous of the Matthay students, Harriet Cohen was also known as a socialite as much as a pianist. Her friends included George Bernard Shaw and Ramsay MacDonald and she became notorious as the lover of the married Arnold Bax. Cohen’s repertoire favored Bach and contemporary music rather than the more popular romantic repertoire. Few of her recordings have been reissued on CD so this will be an eagerly awaited set. It includes the first ever (acoustic) recording of Bach’s D minor concerto, and the later post-war remake, and also several of the works Bax wrote for her.

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MENDELSSOHN Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hebrides Overture

Chapelle Royale, Philippe Herreweghe harmonia mundi • HMG 501502

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Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel harmonia mundi • HMG 501652

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DEBUSSY Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp; Syrinx; Chansons de Bilitis; Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (transcription for flute & piano by Gustave Samazeuilh)

Cécile Daroux (flute), Pablo Marquez (guitar) harmonia mundi • HMG 501674 July 2012

Philippe Bernold (flute), Mathieu Dufour (flute), Gérard Caussé (viola), Isabelle Morei (harp), Germaine Lorenzini (harp), Ariane Jacob (piano), Irène Jacob (narrator) harmonia mundi • HMG 501647

PIAZZOLLA Histoire du Tango


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POULENC La Voix humaine

Felicity Lo (soprano), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Armin Jordan harmonia mundi • HMG 501759

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Les Arts Florissants, William Christie harmonia mundi • HMG 501887

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CHARPENTIER Malade imaginaire

Jerry Hadley (tenor), Staats-und Domchor Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kent Nagano harmonia mundi • HMG 501840

BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto, Egmont Incidental Music

Trio Wanderer, Gürzenich Orchestra, James Conlon harmonia mundi • HMG 502131

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DOWLAND Lute Songs

Alfred Deller (counter-tenor), Robert Spencer (lute) harmonia mundi • HMG 50244

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MOZART Piano Sonatas - K.282, 330, 331, 399, 455, 457, 475 & 574 Andreas Staier (fortepiano) harmonia mundi • HMG 508388



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MOMPOU Música callada

Javier Perianes (piano) harmonia mundi • HMG 507070

July 2012

20th Century String Quartets RAVEL String Quartet in F TOLDRÀ Vistes al mar TURINA Oración del torero ZEMLINSKY String Quartet No.2

Cuarteto Casals harmonia mundi • HMG 508390


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Essential reissues CHARPENTIER David & Jonathas

Monique Zanei (soprano), Gérard Lesne (counter-tenor), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (tenor), Les Arts Florissants, William Christie harmonia mundi • HMX 2901289


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IMPORT Previously Available as HMA 1901289 (794881421329) Deleted November 2004 In spite of its sub-title of “tragédie biblique,” David et Jonathas is by no means an oratorio. But this “psychological drama” is anything but a tragédie lyrique, as conceived and popularized by Lully. With this work, Charpentier succeeds in creating a counterproposition to the Lullian model. His contemporaries praised the opera as a masterpiece. This reissue features the great William Christie leading his ensemble Les Arts Florissants in a benchmark recording, first offered in 1988.

Portrait of a Legend

Alfred Deller (counter-tenor) harmonia mundi • HMX 290261

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IMPORT The legendary countertenor Alfred Deller recorded for harmonia mundi from 1967 until his death in July 1979. The discs contained in this specially-priced collection, many of them bestsellers, caught the public’s imagination and influenced several generations of musicians. The great Nicolaus Harnoncourt proclaimed, “We had never heard a male alto before, and now this! A magnificent sound, handled with refinement, effortless, light, ideal for our old instruments; exceptionally individual and used with great expressiveness. To accompany him was sheer pleasure.” Unavailable for many years, the set is offered again here at an even more attractive price.

Saint-Saëns Organ Music series now complete hyperion

SAINT-SAËNS Organ Music Vol.3

Andrew-John Smith (organ) Hyperion • CDA 67922

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IMPORT This third volume completes Andrew-John Smith’s series of SaintSaëns’ organ music, which has been praised for the compelling brilliance of the performances, the inspired choice of instrument and the remarkable quality of the music itself. The recital ends with the formidable Fantaisie pour orgue-Aeolian, a work that makes extraordinary technical demands on the organist. The composer himself wrote that it was “unplayable by the fingers and feet.” This led to the work being condemned to obscurity and it was as recently as 1988 that it was reconstructed and published for the first time. Smith’s performance defies this edict, and the translation of the original registration to the organ of La Madeleine is a feat of ingenuity.

Also available in the series Hyperion • CDA 67713 (034571177137)

“Deeply compelling in their interpretative ardour and musical insight.” — INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

Saint-Saëns: Organ Music Vol.2

Hyperion • CDA 67815 (034571178158)

“The combination of this artist playing this music in such an authentic setting proves to be unbeatable.” — GRAMOPHONE

July 2012

Saint-Saëns: Organ Music Vol.1


Hyperion’s Liszt song series continues hyperion

LISZT The Complete Songs Vol.2

Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano), Julius Drake (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67934

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IMPORT This second volume of Hyperion’s newest lieder series features the great dramatic and musical gifts of mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager. Internationally renowned on the opera stage, the concert hall and the recording studio, Kirchschlager is an ideal performer of these most varied, complex and emotionally charged songs. She is accompanied by the multi-Gramophone Awardwinning Julius Drake, who curates the series. The songs recorded here encompass thirty years of Liszt’s life, with texts in German, French and Italian, and contain many examples of the hidden beauties of this undervalued and unknown strand of the composer’s works. Detailed and informative notes by Susan Youens and a beautifully intimate recorded sound complete a volume which will be indispensable to any lover of song.

July 2012

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Liszt: The Complete Songs Vol.1

Hyperion • CDA 67782 (034571177823)

“Polenzani and Drake create performances that are at once thoughtful, richly atmospheric and never less than compelling.” — INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

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Gothic Voices, Christopher Page Hyperion • CDH 55364



Masters of the Rolls — Music by English composers of the fourteenth century

IMPORT Previously Available as CDA 67098 (034571170985) Deleted February 2009 This reissue from Gothic Voices and Christopher Page — acknowledged as one of the finest performances of medieval music of the last twenty years — follows their many Gramophone Award-winning albums and celebrates the anonymous English composers of the fourteenth century. The combination of Page’s tremendous scholarship, the simple beauty of the singing and the extraordinary freshness of the music is irresistible.

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WOLF Lieder nach Heine & Lenau

Stephan Genz (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano) Hyperion • CDH 55389

July 2012

IMPORT Previously Available as CDA 67343 (034571173436) Deleted October 2009 On this reissue, following on their Gramophone Award-winning debut recital of songs by Beethoven and a double album of Hugo Wolf ’s Mörike Lieder (with Joan Rodgers), Stephan Genz and Roger Vignoles return to Wolf for the much less well-known early songs to texts by Heinrich Heine and Nikolaus Lenau. It is likely that these little-known songs were recorded here for the first time.


Piano music discoveries mirare

BALAKIREV Piano Sonata in B flat minor, Islamey Etsuko Hirose (piano) Mirare • MIR 181

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IMPORT Mily Balakirev, founder and driving force of the celebrated “Mighty Handful,” spared no effort in his devotion to his followers, and thus left only a relatively modest number of works of his own. The piano occupies a preponderant place in his output, with the Russian style rubbing shoulders with influences of Chopin and Liszt. Although Islamey is quite well-known, other pieces deserve to be rediscovered.

BACH Goldberg Variations

GOULD Piano Sonata, Five Short Pieces for Piano, Two Pieces for Piano, So You Want to Write a Fugue (arr. Grynyuk) GULDA Play Piano Play

Yuan Sheng (piano) Piano Classics • PCL 0042

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Sasha Grynyuk (piano) Piano Classics • PCL 0043

July 2012

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Yuan Sheng attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky and later with Bach specialist Rosalyn Tureck. His interpretation of Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations is genuinely personal, but never artificial or self conscious. Friedrich Gulda and Glenn Gould were notorious for their eccentricities, and this selection of their original compositions for piano reflect the composers’ specific innermost urges and interests. Sasha Grynyuk, born in Ukraine, studied at the Guildhall School for Music and won its prestigious Gold Medal.

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Gergiev’s fiery Elektra Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet (soprano), Angela Denoke (soprano), Dame Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano), Mahias Goerne (tenor), London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev LSO Live • LSO 0701

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CONCERT REVIEW “With the London Symphony Orchestra playing with spectacular virtuosity and total commitment, Gergiev set the temperature at boiling point from the first explosive bar, and the effect was instantly scalding... you’d be unlikely to find a staged Elektra as well sung or played as this one.”

IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD On this new set from LSO Live, Valery Gergiev conducts Strauss’ Elektra, one of the most powerful operas in the repertoire, accompanied by a superlative cast. The work is a prime example of Strauss’ finest melodic writing. It showcases many, of what were at the time, modernist techniques such as dissonance, chromaticism and fluid tonality. The oneact Greek tragedy was reconstructed by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and his adapted text forms the libretto for the opera. The drama centers on Elektra and her determination to avenge her father’s death. The themes of death, violence, sexual repression and revenge are omnipresent. American soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet is recognized as a leading force in German and contemporary music repertoire. Angela Denoke and Dame Felicity Palmer both possess outstanding pedigrees in Strauss’ operas. They are joined by Lieder specialist Matthias Goerne, making a rare foray into operatic repertoire.


Recently released LSO Live • LSO 0688 (822231168829)

“An orchestra that is at the very top of its game under its charismatic conductor.”

July 2012

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances



Archive recordings of Stravinsky STRAVINSKY The Firebird, Les Noces, L’Histoire du Soldat Suite, Three Pieces for string quartet, Concertino for string quartet, Shakespeare Songs

Tokyo String Quartet, Musica Viva Pragensis, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Prague Radio Choir, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdenek Kosler (conductor), Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor), Vaclav Neumann (conductor) Praga • PRD 350057

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IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD This specially priced two disc celebration of the music of Igor Stravinsky features historic stereo recordings made between 1970 to 1987, all remastered for SACD. Ranging from the opulence of The Firebird to the sparse neo-classic L’Histoire du Soldat suite, the repertoire on this set provides the listener with a fascinating survey of Stravinsky’s music from the teens and twenties. Performers include the Tokyo String Quartet, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and the Czech Philharmonic led by Christoph von Dohnányi.

Praga’s Richter Edition continues GRIEG Piano Concerto Op.16 DVORÁK Piano Concerto Op.33

July 2012

Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Vaclav Smetacek Praga • PRD 350058


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IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD Praga continues their Sviatoslav Richter edition with a new SACD reissue of key recordings from the great pianist’s extensive catalog. This duo of “nationalist” concertos by Grieg and Dvorák featured only briefly in Richter’s repertoire. The uncharacteristic liberty of his playing and the sense of exultation are astounding, illuminating these iconic romantic compositions and highlighting their folkloric connections. These historic recordings have been carefully remastered for the best sonic experience, and offer a rare glimpse into this artist’s unique talents.

Furtwängler’s Eroica now on  Price Code: CA18 (Suggested Retail Price: $18.98)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwängler Tahra • FURT 2011


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BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3

IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Mono This Eroica, from the 1952-1953 season, was recorded from concerts and originally released on Tahra on CD in 2003. The recording was made during a period when Wilhelm Furtwängler was in Vienna specifically to record a series of Beethoven symphonies for EMI with the Vienna Philharmonic in the Muiskvereinssaal. During this recording session, Furtwängler gave two concerts on 29 and 30 November, the second one’s being recorded by ORF in excellent sound. This new disc reissues the Eroica, carefully remastered for SACD from the original analog tapes.

Rare recordings of Kathleen Ferrier


In Memoriam

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto) Tahra • TAH 725

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July 2012

IMPORT Why does Kathleen Ferrier, whose career lasted barely a dozen years, remain fixed in the public memory? Her voice, completely devoid of artifice, always expressed the music through her genuine musicality and strong personality. She needed no recourse to the publicity and hype that are so vital in creating and sustaining a singer’s image and career today. This disc is a special remembrance of Ferrier’s rare talent. It features a sampling of the repertoire that made her famous and includes an excerpt from her famous 1952 Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (available on Tahra 482) as well as a newly discovered Das Lied recording from the Austrian Radio from the Salzburg Festival in August 1949, and a short interview of Ferrier.




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Ella and Louis Again Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong APO • CVRJ 4017 SA

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Billie Holiday APO • CVRJ 6021 SA

July 2012

Sonny Sti APO • CVRJ 6149 SA

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Sonny Sti Blows the Blues

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Illinois Jacquet APO • CVRJ 8023 SA


The sensitive trumpet of Tom Harrell highnote

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Tom Harrell HighNote • HCD 7236

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IMPORT File in: Jazz Tom Harrell is one of the world’s most respected jazz trumpeters and composers. His original works achieve that rare balance between intricacy and musicality, being at once intellectually engaging and emotionally satisfying. Tom’s trumpet and flugelhorn playing could be called an art that conceals art; marked with a shrewd lyricism and sensitive tone that argues against technique for technique’s sake, high note grandstanding or oblique reference. In realizing this musical vision, Harrell has surrounded himself with like minded players and it is this, his working band, which has appeared unchanged on all five of his HighNote recordings. The result is a comfort level that approaches musical symbiosis that is rare in jazz today and a recording which is much more than another entry in an already impressive discography, but an event.

“Harrell’s soloing captivates both the hearts and the minds of his listeners.” — LOS ANGELES TIMES

“The premier trumpeter of his generation.” — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY — NEWSWEEK

July 2012

“A master of melody.”



Pianist Larry Willis in the spotlight This Time the Dream’s On Me


Larry Willis HighNote • HCD 7238

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July 2012

IMPORT File in: Jazz The art of solo jazz piano has a long and illustrious history, which actually predates the art form we have come to call ‘jazz.’ From the earliest ragtime solos of Scott Joplin through to the avant garde jazz ruminations on classical themes of Uri Caine, the list is as extensive as it is star-studded. Larry Willis sits down in the famed Fazioli piano showroom in Italy for his latest HighNote recording which highlights his inexhaustible imagination, the stunning sound of the Fazioli piano and songwriting abilities of the composers represented here. Whether it is Kurt Weill’s hauntingly beautiful “My Ship,” the pop-tinged “True Love” by Cole Porter or his own compositions, Larry Willis displays the intense creativity and impeccable taste which made him the preferred pianist of greats such as Jackie McLean, Nat Adderley, Paul Murphy, Carmen McRae, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw and others.


“In the upper echelon of modern jazz recording artists.” — ALL ABOUT JAZZ


The jazz accordion of Marcel Loeffler Price Code: CA19 (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)

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Marcel Loeffler Plus Loin • PL 4547

IMPORT File in: Jazz After his emotional tribute to Gus Viseur in 2010, Marcel Loeffler decided to record a more personal project, presenting his own compositions. On his new album Images, the accordionist demonstrates the amazing range of his skills. He is equally comfortable in waltzes, ballads or in compositions tuned in to the groove such as “Vago.” Loeffler also pays tribute to Jacques Brel in his cover of “La chanson des vieux amants.” For this new project, Loeffler is joined by his friends Gilles Coquard on bass, Jean Yves Jung on piano and Jean Marc Robin on drums.

Elisabeth Kontomanou meets Geri Allen

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Secret of the Wind

Elisabeth Kontomanou Plus Loin • PL 4548

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July 2012

IMPORT File in: Jazz On this recording Elisabeth Kontomanou and Geri Allen have cast the net far afield for appropriate pieces, not only mixing the traditional with the fairly new, but also undertaking fullscale re-imaginations of iconic R&B-driven themes like the opener, Marvin Gaye’s “God Is Love” and Curtis Mayfield’s time-honored classic “People Get Ready.” Fittingly, the album’s hymns reveal some of the stateliest singing of Kontomanou’s career; at times invention tempts her to wade far into music’s choppier waters only to have Allen’s accompaniment, a combination of churning ostinatos and deceptively sparkling chordal runs, safely row her back to shore.



The lyrical sax of Piero Odorici Cedar Walton Presents Piero Odorici


Piero Odorici Savant • SCD 2115

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July 2012

IMPORT File in: Jazz When Cedar Walton talks, the jazz world listens, and when Cedar came to Savant Records’ Joe Fields asking to make a record with a young tenor sax player from Bologna, Joe knew that this would be a major talent. Piero Odorici has established quite a name for himself in Italy and is the tenor sax of choice for, not only Cedar Walton when he is touring, but also for George Cables, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Cobb, Ray Mantilla and others. For his US recording debut, Piero is backed by the Cedar Walton Trio in eight selections made up of jazz standards with a liberal sprinkling of original tunes by each member of the band. Everyone knows it was an Italian who discovered North America. Now it is time for North America to discover this Italian tenorman, Piero Odorici.


“Odorici’s tone is smooth and full bodied much like a fine Cabernet Sauvignon from his native Bologna... one of the better lyrical players to come along in years.” — CRITICAL JAZZ


Eric Reed gets to the heart of Monk savant

The Baddest Monk

Eric Reed Savant • SCD 2118

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ADVANCE REVIEW “Monk is smiling. The CD is a bitch. Your love and respect for my father oozes from every track. You really get it!!” — T.S. MONK

July 2012

IMPORT File in: Jazz Pianist Eric Reed has claimed that Monk’s music makes it possible “to travel way out there, if you’re willing to go where it can take you.” On The Baddest Monk, Reed and his colleagues prove more than willing. The Monk classics recorded here illustrate the breadth of Reed’s thought on one of the most idiosyncratic of jazz composers. This is not another Monk tribute album, dragging out the usual suspects for another tired line-up but it is rather a vital, living and insightful re-examination of Monk, both the man and his music, as seen through the imagination of a group of sympathetic and like-minded artists. Reed and his ensemble are able to penetrate to the very core the Monk’s writing, dismantle its component parts and reassemble them so that they contain not only the essence of Monk, but that of the players themselves.



Discover the unsung talents of Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra


Joe Chambers Savant • SCD 2120

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July 2012

IMPORT File in: Jazz Joe Chambers has been described as one of the great drummers to come out of the ‘60s — a master of dynamics, percussive color and polyrhythmic density. He has performed with most of the modern jazz giants, including Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, Donald Byrd, Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie and the Max Roach M’Boom Ensemble. Chambers has recorded close to 300 albums as a sideman and 10 as a leader. This stellar ensemble, recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola features top New York jazz and studio musicians such as Craig Handy, David Weiss, Conrad Herwig, Xavier Davis and others. On Moving Pictures Orchestra, Joe Chambers displays a passion for jazz that reaches beyond the confines of the studio or bandstand, beyond genre and characterization and extends into the culture itself.


“When discussing major unsung drummers of the last four to five decades, you’d have to include Joe Chambers at or near the top of the list.” — AUDIOPHILE AUDITION


Nostalgia discoveries from Duon IMPORT / File in: Nostalgia

Jackie Gleason Dutton • CDLK 4471

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Movie Themes - For Lovers Only; The Last Dance For Lovers Only

Jackie Gleason Dutton • CDLK 4473

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Latin Village; The Versatile Martin Denny

Martin Denny Dutton • CDLK 4454

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The Best of Everything; Hear This Frank Cordell Dutton • CDLK 4469

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dutton hyperion

Romeo and Juliet - A Theme for Lovers; Music Around the World For Lovers Only

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From Russia with Love; Warning Shot

Si Zentner Dutton • CDLK 4470

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Strings Afire; Exciting Sounds Herman Clebanoff Dutton • CDLK 4474

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A Taste of Honey; Another Taste of Honey

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July 20012

Martin Denny Dutton • CDLK 4472



Howard Shore Collector’s Edition Soul of the Ultimate Nation

howe records

Howard Shore Howe Records • HWR 1006

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DOMESTIC File in: Soundtrack How a rd Sh o re began writing the score for the massive multiplayer online role-paying game, Soul of the Ultimate Nation (SUN) in the summer of 2004. In November of that year, Shore was in Moscow conducting The Lord of the Rings Symphony at the Kremlin with the National Philharmonic of Russia and Victor Popov’s Academy of Choral Arts. Following the Moscow concerts he traveled with the orchestra and chorus for another three concerts in Tokyo. “I was still composing the music for SUN at this time and while in Japan I decided I wanted to write the piece specifically for this orchestra and chorus,” said Shore. “I wanted the chorus to sing in ancient Korean as a way to express the world of SUN. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring together the western and eastern concepts at play. The pieces were composed as tone poems to express the different characters, cultures and the world of this wonderfully detailed game.” The game SUN has gradually made its way around the world although the music has only been released in parts of Asia.

July 2012

Also available



Howe Records • HWR 1001 (899158002017)

The Betrayal

Howe Records • HWR 1002 (899158002024)

“Howard Shore’s score provides unobtrusive strength.”

“The film is lyrical, expansive, unbearably beautiful with a melting violin score by Howard Shore.”




Metric & Howard Shore team up for Cosmopolis howe records

Cosmopolis Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Metric, K’naan, Howard Shore Howe Records • HWR 1008

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DOMESTIC File in: Soundtrack The soundtrack for Cosmopolis reunites  REMINDER:STREETDATE JUNE  composer Howard Shore and the band Metric for another cinematic collaboration. While writing the score for David Cronenberg’s film adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis, Shore conceived of a particular live sound to achieve his vision and invited Metric to perform the score and co-write three songs. The music was recorded in November 2011 at the band’s own Giant Studios in Toronto, produced by Howard Shore and Metric guitarist Jimmy Shaw, and mixed by John O’Mahony at Liberty Studios in Toronto and Electric Lady Studios in NYC. The result is an atmospheric, urban soundscape of analog synths and layered guitars featuring the hypnotic vocals of Metric lead singer Emily Haines. The Cosmopolis soundtrack also features “Mecca” by Somali Singer/Rapper K’naan with lyrics by the artist and Don DeLillo.

Also available Howe Records • HWR 1005 (899158002055)

“This Symphony highlights Shore’s remarkable achievements.” — FILM SCORE MONTHLY


Howe Records • HWR 1007 (899158002079)

“Hugo rises and falls on three-time Oscar winner Howard Shore’s lustrous score.” — VARIETY

July 2012

The Lord of the Rings Symphony



World music from Asia and the Middle East daqui

Nen Nen Sui Sui

Mieko Miyazaki, Guo Gan Daqui • 332050

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IMPORT File in: World / Asia The duo of Mieko Miyazaki and Guo Gan are based in France. After both musicians left their respective countries of origin, it created the backdrop for a meeting that would have never taken place if neither had left the Far East. And yet, the Japanese koto and Chinese erhu were made to meet just as the guitar of Django Reinhardt with the violin of Stephane Grappelli.

July 2012

institut du monde arabe

So Bouzouk


Issa Institut du Monde Arabe • 321095

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IMPORT File in: World / Middle East / Lebanon Issa’s recent musical creations give a whole new dimension to his music, when his compositions and arrangements combine his unique expression with those from other horizons, other musical languages. He has developed these convergences with several musical genres — from flamenco to jazz by choosing musicians who are also interested in developing new musical languages. Improvisation, which is still a vital part of this musical genre, stimulates their capacity to explore new forms.






Kellylee Evans

Plus Loin

Aug 8

Hilton Beach


Community Hall

Oct 13




Oct 14



Black Sheep Inn

Nov 29



Salle La Basoche

Nov 30



Theatre de la Ville

Sept 19

Quebec City


Le Cercle

Sept 20



Theatre Rialto

Sept 21



The Hoxton

Fanfare Ciocarlia

Asphalt Tango

Marcio Faraco

Le Chant du Monde

Jul 1-3



Savoy du Métropolis

Gerald Finley


Jul 18



Koerner Hall

Jul 22



Wesben Arts Festival Theatre

Aug 6



Dominion-Chalmers United Church

Aug 11



Place des Arts

Sept 28

Quebec City


Palais Montcalm

Sept 29



Maison Symphonique de Montréal

Marc-André Hamelin


Angela Hewi


Jul 16



Thousand Islands Playhouse, Springer Theatre

Emel Mathlouthi

World Village

Jul 14



Vancouver Folk Festival

Jul 17



Cabaret du Mile End

Alexander Melnikov

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Jul 17



Église de Saint-Paul-de-Joliee

Nash Ensemble


Jul 28



Dominion-Chalmers United Church

Aug 2-3



Koerner Hall

Paul O'Dee

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Aug 9



The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Gianmaria Testa

Le Chant du Monde

Jul 3

Québec City


Palais Montcalm

Jul 4



Theatre Maisonneuve

Tokyo String Quartet

harmonia mundi

Nov 1



Dominion-Chalmers United Church

Trinity College Choir


Jul 13



Elora Festival

Jul 14



St. Mark's Anglican Church

Jul 15



Elora Festival

Jul 18

Parry Sound


Festival of the Sound

Concert Calendar • CANADA


July 2012


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harmonia mundi distribution • new releases July 2012  
harmonia mundi distribution • new releases July 2012  

This catalog features titles that will be available online and in stores in Canada as of July 10, 2012.