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This month we bid a fond farewell to the legendary Tokyo String Quartet, who are retiring at the end of the 2012-13 concert season. One of the world’s most distinguished chamber music ensembles, the quartet was founded in 1969. The harmonia mundi label proudly presents the group's valedictory release — a disc of quartets by Dvorák and Smetana (p.9). Also new from harmonia mundi, another musical legend, lutenist Paul O'Dette, offers a selection of works by Francesco da Milano (p.8) and conductor James Gaffigan leads the world première recording of Wolfgang Rihm's Nähe fern symphony (p.7). Pianophiles will rejoice over Hyperion's key releases for May. Angela Hewitt offers a second disc of Mozart Piano Concertos and Garrick Ohlsson is featured on a disc of solo works by Griffes (p.11). The LSO Live and Mariinsky labels focus on opera this month, with a new SACD of Weber's Der Freischütz with Sir Colin Davis (p.16) and a DVD and Blu-ray of Verdi's Atilla with Valery Gergiev (p.17). Orange Mountain presents another Glass première, featuring cellist Matt Haimovitz playing the composer's second Cello Concerto (p.20) and the new, eponymous label from the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra adds another gem to the catalog a delightful reading of Beethoven's fourth and seventh symphonies (p.22) Non-classical priority titles include a new release from the eclectic French band Melissmell (p.30) and a second volume of the late, great Ravi Shankar's Living Room Sessions (p.31).
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A new concerto recording from James Ehnes
Britten & Shostakovich: Violin Concertos
J. Ehnes, Bournemouth S. O., K. Karabits Onyx Classics • ONYX 4113
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After a series of critically acclaimed recordings on Onyx Classics - most recently of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (ONYX4060) and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (ONYX4076) — virtuoso violinist James Ehnes teams up with the Bournemouth Symphon Orchestra and their charismatic music director Kirill Karabits in an album of concertos by Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich.
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A celebration of song Price Code: A19 (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)
Teodora Gheorghiu (soprano), Jonathan Aner (piano) Aparté • AP 054
Art Nouveau Lieder & Mélodies by Ravel, Strauss, Zemlinsky & Respighi
IMPORT Soprano Teodora Gheorghiu presents a song recital focusing on composers that evoke the spirit of the Art Nouveau period. Joined by pianist Jonathan Aner, Gheorghiu sings a resplendent selection of works by Ravel, Zemlinsky, Strauss and Respighi. The album’s cleverly designed cover brings to mind the artwork of Alphonse Mucha, a noted Czech painter and decorative artist whose work is emblematic of the Art Nouveau style.
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Mélodies de jeunesse Early Art Songs by Debussy & Mahler
Julie Fuchs (soprano), Alphonse Cemin (piano) Aparté • AP 050
IMPORT On this recording, 26-year-old soprano Julie Fuchs, recent winner of a Victoire de la Musique Classique for “Lyrical Revelation of the Year” and the Gabriel Dessurget prize at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival, sings a selection of early songs by Debussy and Mahler. Accompanied here by pianist Alphonse Semin, Fuchs has been celebrated in roles such as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Urgande in Amadis de Gaule and the title role in Acis et Galatée. Over the coming decade, she will certainly be one to watch.
Focus on the bassoon Capricho Music for Bassoon & String Orchestra by Gubaidulina, Olthuis, Pons & Villa-Lobos
Gustavo Núñez (bassoon), Members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Ed Spanjaard, Kees Olthuis Channel Classics • CCS SA 33813
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IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Capricho, part of Channel Classics’ ongoing series focusing on the first chair players of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, features Uruguayan bassoonist Gustavo Núñez. Considered one of the finest bassoonists of his generation, Núñez studied at the Musikhochschule Hannover and the Royal College of Music. While still a student in 1987, he was awarded the Prix Suisse at the International Competition in Geneva and the Carl Maria von Weber Prize in Munich. Núñez has held the position of principal bassoonist of the Concertgebouw since 1995. Included here are works for bassoon and string orchestra by Villa-Lobos, Gubaidulina, Dutch composer Kees Olthuis and Uruguayan composer Jaurés Lamarque Pons.
A dynamic young duo BARTÓK Rhapsodies Nos.1-2, Rumanian Folk Dances RAVEL Tzigane, Violin Sonata No.2 HUBAY Scène de la csárda No.4
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Rosanne Philippens (violin), Yuri van Nieuwkerk (piano) Channel Classics • CCS SA 35013
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Since they met at a summer music camp in Switzerland in 2001, violinist Rosanne Philippens and pianist Yuri van Nieuwkerk have been working together as a duo. They were awarded the Netherlands Programming Foundation Duo Prize at the National Violin Competition, as well as the Het Debuut at the latest Vriendenkrans/het Debuut. On this new recording, Philippens and van Nieuwkerk pay homage not just to Bartók and Ravel, but to what they call “the unbounded world of music,” and their eclectic influences such as Radiohead, Brad Mehldau and Indonesian gamelan.
Music for the feast of Pentecost gloriae dei cantores
Chants of The Holy Spirit
Gloriae Dei Cantores Women’s Schola Gloriae Dei Cantores • GDCD 057
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DOMESTIC SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD The feast of Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Twelve apostles and other followers of Jesus as described in the Bible. For this reason, Pentecost is often described by Christians today as the “Birthday of the Church.” Chants of the Holy Spirit features a selection of Gregorian chants sung by the crystal-clear voices of the Gloriae Dei Cantores Women’s Schola. The disciples waiting in the Upper Room, the rush of wind, the tongues of fire and the spreading of the Gospel are all depicted on this disc, which opens and closes with the traditional tolling of the Angelus bell. Recorded in high definition and offered as a Hybrid SACD, this recording also features a reading of the Pentecost story from the book of Acts and Dufay’s hymn Veni Creator Spiritus.
Also available Gloriae dei Cantores • GDCD 055 (709887005527)
“This is a wonderful anthology…”
The Chants of Mary
—AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE 5
Celebrating Watteau’s music harmonia mundi
La musique de Watteau The Music Lesson
Various Artists harmonia mundi • HML 5908535
Price Code: 2A14 (2 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $29.98)
IMPORT This special collection was created in celebration of an exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels commissioned by musician and conductor William Christie and contemporary artist Michaël Borremans. Watteau, la leçon de musique, invites the listener to discover the music that is ever-present in the works of Antoine Watteau, an early eighteenth-century painter known for his fêtes galantes — paintings of the upper class in idealized natural settings, often playing or listening to music. Watteau was also friends with many musicians and was able to accurately capture their movements in his work. Featuring works by Lully, Vivaldi, Couperin and other contemporaries, this release invokes the unbreakable link between art and music. Performers include René Jacobs, William Christie, Bernarda Fink and Paul O’Dette.
CAMPRA CHARPENTIER CLÉRAMBAULT CORELLI COUPERIN GEMINIANI LOCATELLI LULLY MARAIS MARTIN I COLL MONTÉCLAIR RAMEAU REBEL SCARLATTI STRADELLA VIVALDI
Selections from Idoménée Selections from Le Malade imaginaire La Muse de l’opéra ou Les Caractères lyriques Violin Sonata Op.5 No.5 Selections from the Deuxième Livre de Pièces de clavecin Ground upon the Sarabanda theme of the 7th Sonata of Corelli Concerti Grossi Op.1 - Concerto IX a quattro in D major Selections from Les Noces de Village Tombeau pour Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe; Suite Armoniosi Concerti - Chacona La Mort de Didon Selections from the Pièces de clavecin en concerts Selections from Les Éléments Cain overo Il primo omicidio - Duet “La fraterna amica pace” Orfeo “Fuor della Stigia sponda” Sonata in B flat major, RV 77
A Wolfgang Rihm world première harmonia mundi
RIHM Symphony “Nähe Fern”
Hans Christoph Begemann (baritone), Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, James Gaffigan harmonia mundi • HMC 902153
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World Premiere recording
IMPORT This release presents the world première recording of Wolfgang Rihm’s latest orchestral work, the symphony Nähe fern (Near Far), commissioned by and composed in close collaboration with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under its principal conductor, James Gaffigan. The score is divided into four parts, designed to preface Brahms’s four symphonies. True to the work’s title, each section is a homage profoundly linked with its model, yet at the same time constantly moving away from it. Nähe fern is coupled with Rihm’s setting of a Goethe poem that gave the work its title, Dämmrung senkte sich von oben. It contains the line, “Dämmrung senkte sich von oben / Schon ist alle Nähe fern” (Twilight has fallen from above, / Already all nearness is distant). Originally written for voice and piano, the song is heard here in a setting for baritone and orchestra featuring Hans Christoph Begemann.
“Hans Christoph Begemann is about as fine a Lieder singer as we have any right to expect. His voice is smooth and even throughout its range… he captivates with his story-telling ability and sense of drama.”
Also available harmonia mundi • HMC 902129 (3149020212929)
“Triumphantly mastered by this remarkable choir…”
Rihm: Astralis & other choral works
—INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW 7
Renaissance lute music from Paul O’Dette harmonia mundi
MILANO Il Divino — Lute Music
Paul O’Dette (lute) harmonia mundi • HMU 907557
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IMPORT Francesco da Milano (dubbed “Il Divino”) was celebrated as the preeminent composer of lute music in Renaissance Italy. He was widely published in his lifetime and remained popular across Europe into the 17th century. In this generous selection of his favorite works by the master, Paul O’Dette has grouped these elegant and refined compositions into proto suites, each consisting of a ricercar, a fantasia, and one or more intabulations of vocal “hits” of the day.
Dall’Aquila: Pieces for Lute
harmonia mundi • HMU 907548 (093046754822)
“If you love music for the lute, or just Renaissance music in general, this is one not to be missed.” —EARLY MUSIC AMERICA
“His burnished tone and commonsense approach to period performance are a touchstone for Renaissance and baroque lute…”
The Tokyo String Quartet bids farewell harmonia mundi
DVORÁK String Quartet No.12 ‘American’ SMETANA String Quartet No.1 ‘From My Life’
Tokyo String Quartet harmonia mundi • HMU 807429
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IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD On their valedictory release, the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet presents a pair of the group’s favorite chamber works that offer a glimpse into the private world of two Czech composers. Antonín Dvorák and Bedrich Smetana — although they were sometimes regarded as musical opposites in their homeland — together came to represent the quintessential sound of 19th-century Czech music.
“Still one of the best quartets in the world.” —SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE
Also available harmonia mundi • HMU 807558 (093046755867)
“This one gets a spot in my permanent collection.”
Brahms: Quintets Op.34 & 115
Flute concertos from 18th-century Naples Neapolitan Flute Concertos Vol.2
Carlo Ipata (flute), Auser Musici Hyperion • CDA 67884
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IMPORT Hyperion presents a second volume of flute concertos from eighteenth-centur y Naples featuring flutist Carlo Ipata and the period band Auser Musici. Their first album of this repertoire was praised not only for its impeccably stylish playing but also for the discovery of the music itself, which despite its obscurity is delightfully appealing. The works are placed in their historical context in the booklet note by Stefano Aresi, who writes, “To listen to the flute concertos of these composers is to be transported to the atmosphere of everyday musicmaking in Naples, that of the private concerts in the aristocratic palaces. They give a good idea of the extremely high average quality of the compositions habitually consumed by the cream of Neapolitan society, perfectly representing the taste of an era and the outstanding virtuosity of the performers who were regularly employed there.”
Also available Neapolitan Flute Concertos
Hyperion • CDA 67784 (034571177847)
“Ipata’s playing is impeccable in both technique and style… What a lovely disc…” —INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
Piano works of Griffes harmonia mundi hyperion
GRIFFES Piano Music
Garrick Ohlsson (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67907
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“A powerful and committed player…”
IMPORT The piano works of American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes represent a remarkable musical achievement. Griffes was active as a composer for little more than twelve years. Nevertheless, he produced pieces of great maturity that are both concise and extraordinarily powerful, showing the contemporary European influences to which he was exposed but also demonstrating a highly individual compositional voice. Roman Sketches, his most famous work, includes “The White Peacock” — an acknowledged Impressionist masterpiece — while the final movement, “Clouds,” heralds the language of modernism. Almost all of Griffes’s piano music is present here, played by his compatriot Garrick Ohlsson, who here applies the full force of his interpretive and technical prowess.
—MAIL ON SUNDAY
Also available Hyperion • CDA 67846 (034571178462)
“A daunting and elusive challenge met by Garrick Ohlsson with formidable command.”
York Bowen’s music for violin and piano hyperion
BOWEN Complete Works for Violin and Piano
Chloë Hanslip (violin), Danny Driver (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67991
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IMPORT Young virtuoso Chloë Hanslip and York Bowen specialist Danny Driver join forces to present Bowen’s complete works for violin and piano. Many of these works have never been recorded or indeed published before, and have been excavated from the archives by Driver himself. This double album is therefore a valuable resource for admirers of a composer whom Hyperion has done so much to champion through recordings. This body of work includes juvenilia, miniatures (written with an eye to academic performance during Bowen’s years as a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, but all impressive enough in quality to be concert works), his two Violin Sonatas, a Suite and a number of single-movement works. All show a superb composer of chamber music, a genuine original with a performer’s ear.
Also available Bowen: Piano Sonatas
Hyperion • CDA 67751 (034571177519)
“The ideal advocate for this glorious music, playing with razor-sharp articulation and a rich, organ-like sonority…” —GRAMOPHONE
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MOZART Piano Concertos Nos.17 & 27
Angela Hewitt (piano), Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Hannu Lintu Hyperion • CDA 67919
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IMPORT On this second release in the series, virtuoso pianist Angela Hewitt turns to two of Mozart’s greatest and most popular concertos. Together with her frequent collaborators, the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova and brilliant Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu, she presents these works in performances that are both elegantly stylish and profoundly felt. This release is completed by a personal reflection on the music written by Hewitt herself, offered in the accompanying booklet.
“Refined virtuosity, musical intelligence, and [a] thorough yet never rigid sense of style and good taste…” —CLASSICS TODAY
Also available Hyperion • CDA 67840 (034571178400)
“A terrific performance, right up there with the best. Hewitt sparkles…”
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos.6, 8 & 9
—THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS 13
Mid-priced Helios series reissues D’ALBERT Solo Piano Music
Piers Lane (piano) Hyperion • CDH 55411
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IMPORT Previously Available as CDA 66945 (034571169453) Deleted April 2012 The oblivion which has overtaken Eugen d’Albert in the second half of the twentieth century would have surprised anyone who saw his prodigious rise to fame in the 1880s and ‘90s. He was known then as one of the world’s greatest pianists, had studied with Liszt, and knew Brahms. From his teens, there began to emerge a body of composition which showed a maturity well beyond his years and seemed to produce a fusion of the then-incompatible schools of the “moderns” (Liszt and Wagner) and the “traditionalists” (Brahms and his followers). D’Albert’s piano concertos have been recorded to much acclaim by Piers Lane, who is featured on this mid-priced Helios series reissue of the composer’s works for solo piano.
PALESTRINA Missa de Beata Virgine, Missa Ave Maria
Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O’Donnell Hyperion • CDH 55420
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IMPORT Previously Available as CDA 66364 (034571163642) Deleted July 2011 This mid-priced reissue features James O’Donnell and the Westminster Cathedral Choir at the peak of their powers, performing key works of the Italian Renaissance. These two magnificent and contrasting mass settings perfectly demonstrate why Palestrina has been acknowledged as the master of this repertoire from his lifetime to the present day. Included are the Missa de Beata Virgine and the Missa Ave Maria.
Sacred works of Charpentier Price Code: A19 (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)
Dagmar Sasková (soprano), Erwin Ar os (counter-tenor), Jean-François Novelli (tenor), Arnaud Richard (bass-baritone), Les Pages & Les Chantres de Versailles, Olivier Schneebeli K617 • K617242
CHARPENTIER Judith sive Bethulia liberata, Caedes Sanctorum Innocentium
IMPORT On this live recording from the Chapelle Royale at the Chateau de Versailles, Olivier Schneebeli and Les Pages & les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles illuminate Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s admirable synthesis of Italian chiaroscuro and the radiant grace of the French Baroque. The disc presents two of the composer’s Histoires sacrées — Judith sive Bethulia liberata and Caedes Sanctorum Innocentium. Stimulated by his years of training in Rome, these works represent a kind of “sacred theatre.” They deploy unprecedented vocal and instrumental invention to portray major episodes from the Old and New Testaments, focusing on their emotional and psychological aspects.
The LSO supports young composers Price Code: A09 (Suggested Retail Price: $9.98)
The Panufnik Legacies
London Symphony Orchestra, François-Xavier Roth LSO Live • LSO 5061
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IMPORT LSO Live’s The Panufnik Legacies offers a collection of new works by ten emerging young composers. These pieces were commissioned as part of the LSO Panufnik Scheme, which began in 2005 and each year offers six composers the opportunity to write a three minute piece for the London Symphony Orchestra under the guidance of renowned composer Colin Matthews. The scheme was devised by the orchestra in association with Lady Panufnik in memory of her late husband, the composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik. This recording showcases the works of selected composers from across the first five years of the scheme. François-Xavier Roth leads the orchestra in music by Andrew McCormack, Christian Mason, Charlie Piper Flēotan, Eloise Gynn Sakura, Edward Nesbit, Jason Yarde, Martin Suckling, Christopher Mayo, Elizabeth Winters and Vlad Maistorovici.
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WEBER Der Freischütz
Christine Brewer (soprano), Sally Matthews (soprano), Simon O’Neill (tenor), London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis LSO Live • LSO 0726
Price Code: A23 (2 SACD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $23.98)
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Sir Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and chorus and a stellar cast of soloists in a concert performance of Weber’s eerily fantastical opera, Der Freischütz. Der Freischütz is heralded as one of the cornerstones of Romantic opera, drawing on traditional German folk tunes and elements of Romanticism for the first time in the history of opera. The evocative and colorful orchestration is particularly impressive in the “Wolf ’s Glen” scene — long considered the most gruesomely expressive rendering of evil ever found in a musical score. Many listeners may be familiar with this opera without even knowing it; several of the melodies have been adapted as hymn tunes and the overture is regularly performed as a stand-alone work in the concert hall.
“Viewing Weber as one of Wagner’s major precursors, Davis presents the opera on the grandest of scales, with big orchestral forces, and a pair of established Wagnerian leads in Simon O’Neill’s Max and Christine Brewer’s Agathe.” —THE GUARDIAN
Also available Verdi: Otello
LSO Live • LSO 0700 (822231170020)
“A spellbinding account…” —THE OBSERVER
Gergiev leads a stellar cast in Verdi’s Attila Price Code: A35 (Suggested Retail Price: $35.98) IMPORT All regions/ 140 Minutes/ 16:9/ 5.1 Dolby Digital Stereo
Anna Markarova (soprano), Sergei Skorokhodov (tenor), Vladislav Sulimsky (baritone), Ildar Abdrazakov (bass), Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev Mariinsky • MAR 0534
Also available on Blu-Ray Mariinsky • MAR 0538
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In c e l e b r a t i o n o f Ve rd i’s anniversary year, the Mariinsky label presents a high-definition video recording of Verdi’s Attila, led by maestro Valery Gergiev, produced by Arturo Gama and featuring acclaimed Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. A two-time GRAMMY® Award winner for his Verdi readings, Abdrazakov has quickly established himself as one of opera’s most sought-after basses. Since making his La Scala debut in 2001 at only 25, the Russian singer has become a mainstay at leading houses worldwide. Filmed in the Mariinsky Opera House, the video includes a stunning picture gallery of scenes from the performance. As is the case with many of Verdi’s operas, Attila is imbued with the spirit of Risorgimento, the national liberation movement of the Italian people against foreign rule and for the unification of Italy. Looking ahead, Attila is the first of four opera videos that are planned for release on the Mariinsky label in 2013.
Praise for Ildar Abdrazakov “A sensational bass who has just about everything — imposing sound, beautiful legato, oodles of finesse…” —THE INDEPENDENT
Also available Mariinsky • MAR 0527 (822231852728)
“Essential listening no matter how many other Valkyries ride over your CD shelves…”
Wagner: Die Walküre
—BAY AREA REPORTER 17
One of Liszt’s boldest works LISZT Via Crucis
Jean-Claude Pennetier (piano), Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve Mirare • MIR 167
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IMPORT Via Crucis is one of Franz Liszt’s boldest and most original works. Its musical inspiration, which ranges from Gregorian chant to Lutheran chorales, is expressed in extremely modern harmonies that presage the coming atonal revolution. Diapason d’Or winner Jean-Claude Pennetier joins the Estonian ensemble Vox Clamantis on this program, which is completed by Liszt piano pieces on a religious theme and plainchant from the liturgy of Holy Week, one of the major sources of inspiration for Via Crucis.
Iddo Bar-Shaï plays Couperin COUPERIN Les Ombres Errantes Iddo Bar-Shaï (piano) Mirare • MIR 195
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IMPORT Grave, agile, majestic and picturesque, the keyboard output of Francois Couperin, with its array of indispensable ornaments and piquant details, enables us to follow all the impulses of the soul of “the most poetic of our harpsichord composers,” as Debussy called him. Performed here on the piano, which brings them its own special color, these harpsichord pieces, in their various moods, retain all their inimitable charm in the hands of Israeli pianist Iddo Bar-Shaï.
Music of Matthias Weckmann mirare
Conjuratio WECKMANN Concertos I-IV, Preambulum Primi toni a 5, Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein, Kommet heer zu mir alle die ihr Mühselig und beladen seÿdt, Wenn der Herr die Gefangenen zu Zion, Magnificat Secundi Toni
Maria Keohane (soprano), Carlos Mena (alto), Hans-Jörg Mammel (tenor), Stephan McLeod (bass), Maude Gratton (organ), Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot Mirare • MIR 204
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IMPORT Conjuratio, Mirare’s collection of music by German composer Matthias Weckmann, brings to light a body of work that deserves far greater attention than it has received to date. Weckmann was a student of Heinrich Schütz and rose through the ranks to become one of the leading musicians of Hamburg. He was the organist at two major churches and founded the city’s Collegium Musicum. Much of the music heard here, admirably performed by the Ricercar Consort led by Philippe Pierlot, was inspired by Weckmann’s experiences associated with a terrible epidemic of plague that decimated Hamburg in 1663. Among its victims were his wife and many friends and colleagues. These tragic events inspired him to write inspired works that evoke images of desolation and destruction, but also struggle and hope.
Also available Mirare • MIR 136 (3760127221364)
“This is in every way a powerful and imposing performance of a sacred masterpiece...”
Bach: St. John Passion
—AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE 19
Matt Haimovitz plays Glass orange mountain
GLASS Cello Concerto No.2 “Naqoyqatsi”
Matt Haimovitz (cello), Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies Orange Mountain • OMM 0087
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ADVANCE REVIEW — ALBUM OF THE WEEK “This dark score gives us Glass’s late style at its best. Weird melodic modes kink around sharp harmonic corners; the solo cello gets moments of unsettling loveliness and spectacular virtuosity.”
DOMESTIC In 2001, Philip Glass composed the music for the film Naqoyqatsi: Life as War. It was the last film in a trilogy by director Godfrey Reggio that featured only images and music. When the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra invited Glass to be a creative director for its Boundless Series during the 2011-12 season, Glass thought of his cello concerto and its possible life beyond film. The CSO commissioned the Cello Concerto No.2 — Naqoyqatsi and gave the composer the opportunity to have it reborn as a proper concerto. The resulting recording is drawn from the live performances. This dynamic seven-movement work is conducted here by long-time Glass champion Dennis Russell Davies with soloist Matt Haimovitz.
— WQXR (New York)
Glass: Symphony No.3, The Hours
Orange Mountain Music • OMM 0086 (801837008623)
“The constant ebb and flow of American composer Philip Glass’s music is like a hand gently rocking a cradle, periodically giving the crib a good, swift shake, startling the baby, then going back to a lulling rhythm. Getting these mesmerizing repetitions and startling juxtapositions right is the hallmark of Anne Manson and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s latest album.” —TORONTO STAR
Historic SACD remasters from Praga Price Code: A22 (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98)
Chorus of the Royal Opera House, London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux Praga • PRD 350073
RAVEL Rapsodie Espagnole, Pavane pour une Infante défunte, Daphnis & Chloé
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD Conductor Pierre Monteux had one of the longest musical careers in recent times, exceeded only by Pablo Casals and Leopold Stokowski. A champion of new music, he led the premières of many works, among them Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (which caused a notorious audience riot) and the work recorded here, Ravel’s glorious ballet Daphnis et Chloé. Monteux assumed the position of music director of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1961 at age 86. The historic remastered recordings on this hybrid SACD date from this period and include the Rapsodie espagnole, Pavane pour une infante défunte and the complete Daphnis et Chloé.
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SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No.2, Cello Concerto No.1, Violin Concerto No.3, Introduction et rondo capriccioso Op.28
Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Isaac Stern (violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Emil Gilels (piano), Concerts Lamoureux, Jean Fournet, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, André Cluytens Praga • PRD 350077
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD On this release, part of Praga’s Reminiscences series of remastered historic recordings, four legendary artists prove the timelessness of the music of Camille Saint-Saëns. Pianist Emil Gilels, violinists Isaac Stern and Arthur Grumiaux and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich dazzle in solo concertos by this eclectic composer, written during a revival of the great classical forms in the late 1800s. Their partners in these works — conductors Eugene Ormandy, André Cluytens, Jean Fournet and Sir Malcolm Sargent — are legendary in their own right and make this SACD a must-have for any serious collector.
McGegan conducts Beethoven philharmonia baroque
BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos.4 & 7
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan Philharmonia Baroque • PBP 06
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CONCERT REVIEW “The perfect music for this conductor and this orchestra… This was fine Beethoven playing - damn fine.” DOMESTIC On this release from the orchestra’s own label, Music Director Nicholas McGegan and his period instrument Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra perform Beethoven’s fourth and seventh symphonies — key works from the composer’s middle period. Recorded live at First Congregational Church in Berkeley, these performances offer a near perfect balance of wit and profundity.
Also available Brahms: Serenades
Philharmonia Baroque • PBP 05 (852188003072)
“McGegan’s effort is wonderful... a truly treasurable disc.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
—SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE
Ginette Neveu’s last recordings frémeaux
Price Code: A18 (Suggested Retail Price: $18.98)
The Last Recordings
Ginette Neveu (violin) Tahra • TAH 745
IMPORT On October 28, 1949, former child prodigy Ginette Neveu boarded a plane in Paris with her pianist brother Jean-Paul to fly to America for a four-month concert tour. Tragically, the plane never reached its destination. These recordings of her three final concerts — September 21st in Stuttgart with her brother, September 25th under Hans Rosbaud in Baden-Baden and October 20th at the Salle Pleyel with her brother — are a musical testament to one of the greatest violinists of her era.
Organ music of Louis Marchand Price Code: A19 (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)
Frédéric Desenclos (organ) Tempéraments • TEM 316040
IMPORT On this disc, Frédéric Desenclos performs a rich anthology of the organ music of Louis Marchand, who settled in Paris at the end of Lully’s life and died one year before the first performance of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. These works reveal the full dimensions of his output, where humor courts with seriousness, innovation mixes with mastery of form, and studied compositional procedures are balanced by sheer pleasure of timbre. Desenclos is the resident organist of the Chapelle Royale at the Chateau de Versailles, organ professor at the Orleans Conservatoire and musical director of the acclaimed Ensemble Pierre Robert.
MARCHAND Works for Organ
The Doors — limited edition, audiophile remasters Infinite
The Doors APO • CAPP DOORS SA
Price Code: 6A55 (6 SACD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $335.98)
DOMESTIC SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD File in: Rock Infinite, a deluxe, limited-edition, audiophile boxed set from Analogue Productions, contains all six legendary albums by The Doors — the self-titled 1967 debut (one of rock’s most important), Strange Days, Waiting For The Sun, The Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel and the visceral L.A. Woman. Each album has been remastered in multichannel for hybrid SACD by Doug Sax and The Doors’ original engineer Bruce Botnick. The surround sound originates from 96K, 24-bit files that were mixed and mastered from the original one-inch, eight track, 15-ips analog master tapes by Bruce Botnick for Elektra’s 2006 DVD Audio release entitled Perception. For the SACDs, those files were then up-sampled without filters to DSD using the Weiss Saracon format converter and authored by Gus Skinas at the Super Audio Center. Infinite is packaged in a unique, high-quality fold-over box that contains extensive notes on each album, nineteen photographs and a 2,700-word essay by The Doors biographer Ben Fong-Torres, esteemed rock journalist and former Rolling Stone editor.
Irakere & Chucho Valdés: pioneers of Cuban music Price Code: A19 (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)
Irakere, Chucho Valdés First Hand • FHR 20
IMPORT File in: Latin The GRAMMY® award winning band Irakere are probably the most creative, influential performers from Cuba and pioneers of the modern Timba style of Cuban music. This album is the first issue on CD of the band’s legendary BBC recording at Ronnie Scott’s in Birmingham, made at a pivotal point in the group’s career. It features the great Chucho Valdés — another GRAMMY® winner — on piano in addition to the 12-piece ensemble with four vocalists. The live recording was transferred, edited and remastered in highdefinition 24-bit sound at Abbey Road Studios.
Live at Ronnie Scott’s, Birmingham The 1995 BBC Recording
Afro-Cuban jazz Price Code: A19 (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)
Ernesto Tito Puentes Just Looking • JLP 02
IMPORT File in: Latin For more than 20 years, Ernesto Tito Puentes has been conducting the most famous Afro-Cuban big band in France. Not only a gifted and virtuoso trumpet player, he is a well-known artist all around the world, who has played on more than 200 albums. The new album Gracias is a mix of Afro-Cuban music with a touch of jazz, featuring such excellent guests as Mario Canonge, Manu Dibango and Ibrahim Maalouf.
A jazz tribute to King Crimson A la recherche du Roi Frippé A Tribute to King Crimson
Médéric Collignon & Le Jus de Bocse Just Looking • JLP 03
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IMPORT File in: Jazz Brilliant musical explorer Médéric Collignon likes to revisit the work of those who inspired him. After Ennio Morricone and Miles Davis, the cornetist’s unbridled imagination turns to the legendary progressive-rock band King Crimson. Originally conceived as a stage project, A la recherche du Roi Frippé is now available on CD. Collignon plunged himself into the integral work of the band, studying every version to find the best and reinterpret them with his own energy. On the album he is joined by his group Jus de Bocse and a string octet, which adds a touch of the classical baroque. This is King Crimson as you’ve never imagined. As Collignon says, “Stop wondering if it is rock or jazz. Wonder if you’re ready to listen with your heart and your body.”
Saxophonist Baptiste Herbin Brother Stoon
Baptiste Herbin Just Looking • JLP 01
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IMPORT File in: Jazz Brother Stoon is the first album by up-and-coming 25-year-old saxophonist Baptiste Herbin, recorded in January 2011 at Studio de Meudon. Despite his youth, he has already displayed a striking and powerful technique and quality of tone. A student of Jean Jacques Rulhmann and Julien Lourau in his native Chartres and Jean Charles Richard in Paris, his music on this debut is an engaging tribute to the bop tradition. Each note will captivate listeners.
Hard bop at its finest Understanding
Wallace Roney HighNote • HCD 7235
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IMPORT File in: Jazz Wallace Roney’s most famous mentor was, of course, Miles Davis, and it can’t be denied that Davis’ work and example still influence his music. However, Roney has latched on to the spiking, probing, darker side of Miles’ legacy, which seems better suited to his musical temperament than does the winsomely lyrical playing of his famous colleague. Roney’s latest recording is hard bop at its finest and features the concentrated power coupled with devastating power and originality for which Roney’s bands have become known. The band’s set list on Understanding is as unique and through-provoking as its playing, offering tunes by Roy Brooks, Duke Pearson, McCoy Tyner as well as some originals by both band members and the leader.
Also available High Note • HCD 7116 (632375711627)
“Roney has begun his journey into his own territory... One can feel the trumpet player breaking free from the shackles of contemporary jazz on this master work.” —ALL ABOUT JAZZ
A stalwart of the New York jazz scene Grace
JD Allen Savant • SCD 2130
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Price Code: A22 (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
IMPORT File in: Jazz With its dexterous solos, melodic tapestries, imaginative textures and complex rhythms, JD Allen’s extraordinary Grace sculpts a musical monument to his creative spirit. Each of the album’s eleven compositions resonates with the clarity of an artist who has reached a clear turning point. It is no wonder that Allen’s latest work has received a flood of critical attention including a nomination along with Sonny Rollins for Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association. Far from new to the jazz world, Allen has been a stalwart of the New York scene for more than a decade, lending his astute playing to a string of headline jazz names, from Betty Carter to Cindy Blackman. Joined here by pianist Eldar Djangirov, bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Jonathan Barber, Allen explores new territory with works that challenge preconceptions and expand the expressive potential of jazz composition.
“Allen and company make music that’s searching, searing and personal. It may not be easy, breezy and catchy on first listen, but Allen’s music demands your full attention.” —DOWNBEAT
The groovy jazz of Stéphane Huchard Panamerican
Stéphane Huchard Jazz Village • JV 570019
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IMPORT File in: Jazz On Panamerican, Stéphane Huchard paves his way from Paris to the Big Apple, sharing the ride with New York’s finest. Joined by musicians from the heart of Brooklyn — pianist Jim Beard, saxophonist Chris Cheek, bassist Matt Penman and guitarist Nir Felder — Huchard lays his cards out flat with original compositions of subtle elegance. Several tracks step to the beat of that most Parisian of percussionists, the Argentinian Minino Garay, while pianist Éric Legnini, who directed and mixed the album, puts the icing on the cake with his eminently groovy experience.
The magic of Melissmell discograph
Droit dans la Gueule du Loup Melissmell Discograph • 6150042
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IMPORT File in: World / France Droit dans la Gueule du Loup (walking straight into the lion’s den) is an album overflowing with anger, tears, splendors, sorrows, strength and wonders. It is anything but a safe collection of inoffensive songs. Armed with the words of songwriter Guillaume Favray, Melissmell wanders on through a world of verist melancholies and dark poetry. This new album features pianist Matu (Mano Solo, Indochine) and guitarist Daniel Jamet (Mano Negra, Mano Solo). Christine Ott also joins the three of them, playing Ondes Martenot on three songs.
Ecoute s’il pleut
Discograph • 3243452 (3700426916486)
“New to the French scene, Melissmell is a name you’ll probably remember. In fact, you probably won’t need to remember it, since it’s obvious that we’ll hear it often. A masterful disk and one of the revelations of 2011.” —LORDS OF ROCK
Ravi Shankar’s GRAMMY® winning series Living Room Sessions Part 2
east meets west
Ravi Shankar East Meets West • EMWM 1009
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DOMESTIC File in: World / India In October 2011, at the seasoned age of 91, Ravi Shankar invited his longtime tabla accompanist, Tanmoy Bose, to his home in Encinitas, California for an informal recording session. Over four days, they worked in Shankar’s living room, recording seven different ragas. The resulting music is pure Shankar — a pairing of deep musical experience and brilliant technique performed with the energy and passion he brings to his live concerts. The first four of these sessions, released in 2011, won a GRAMMY® award for Best World Music Album. The Living Room Sessions Part 2 is no less noteworthy, with three of the last session recordings made by Maestro Ravi Shankar before his death in December 2012. Shankar’s playing is characterized by such intensity, clarity, and delight that it reveals, once more, the maestro’s musical genius as something to reckon with, even in his tenth decade.
“One of the great figures of 20th century music... his unique legacy and immense contribution to the history of Indian music is destined to outlast us all.” —SONGLINES
Also available East Meets West • EMWM 1006 (666449767524)
“It’s absolutely stunning and may be the best of Ravi Shankar’s literally hundreds of recordings.”
The Living Room Sessions — Part 1
—NO DEPRESSION 31
Houria Aïchi honors the past accords croisés
Houria Aïchi Accords Croisés • AC 148
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IMPORT File in: World / Algeria On Renayate, Algerian Berber artist Houria Aïchi honors such great female Algerian singers as Meriem Fekkaï, Fadèla Dziria, Remitti, Baggar Hadda and Cherifa. Moved by their struggles and courage, Aichi also includes a song of Sraoui, or traditional chant, to acknowledge the anonymous singers. The album features accompaniment by Mohamed Abdennour (mandolin), Ali Bensadoun (ney), Smaïl Benhouhou (piano) and Amar Chaoui (percussion).
Cavaliers de l’Aures. Houria Aichi & L’Hijaz Car Accords Croisés • AC 126 (794881888221)
“Houria Aichi learned these songs from her grandmother, together with the vocal techniques needed to sing them, including a hurried half-yodel to denote the urgency of her desire. The conservatoire-trained band puts its expertise on traditional instruments to stirring use.” —THE INDEPENDENT
Le Chant du Monde’s mid-priced Masters of Tango series El Simpático Masters of Tango
Juan d’Arienzo Chant du Monde • 2742312
Carlos Gardel Chant du Monde • 2742301
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Champagne Tango Masters of Tango
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Pedro Laurenz Chant du Monde • 2742314
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Aníbal Troilo Chant du Monde • 2742323
Osvaldo Fresedo Chant du Monde • 2742309
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Una Gota de Rocío Masters of Tango
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Patria Mía Masters of Tango
Francisco Canaro Chant du Monde • 2742303
chant du monde
Si Soy Así Masters of Tango
Sacred music of the Turkish people The Ceremony of the Bektashi Djem The Tradition of Abdal Musa
Müzaffer Görgülü, Ali Koca, Süleyman Can, Ilhami Eris, Ali Tören, Süleyman Bicer, Suuleyman Ucar, Hasan Ucar, Irgat Dogan, Ali Eris Ocora • C 560248
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IMPORT File in: World / Turkey This release celebrates the Bektashi ceremony of the djem, which features semah sacred dancing and sung poetry accompanied on the saz lute. The djem is both a liturgy commemorating the founding myths of the Bektashi faith and a fraternal agape (ritual feast) uniting an entire community. Music, listened to with great intensity, is a link between all that permeates this entire ritual. In these recordings from the Turkish region of Antalya, two ‘choirs’ are present: one, conducted by Müzaffer Görgülü, recorded in 2004; the other, conducted by Süleyman Can, in the ‘mother’ house (the house of the ancestral djem) in 2011.
Trinity-St. Paul's Centre
October 10, 12
Roy Thomson Hall
Calgary Folk Music Festival
May 22-23 & 25
Roy Thomson Hall
National Arts Centre
Le Domaine Forget
Enmax Hall - Winspear Centre
Chant du Monde
Ottawa Jazz Festival
St. Jude's Anglican Cathedral
Lord of the Rings: In Concert
Jack Singer Concert Hall
National Arts Centre
The Lyric Theatre
Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival
Atlin Arts & Music Festival
Rozsa Centre (University of Calgary)
Tokyo String Quartet
Dog My Cat
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