APril 2011 NEW RELEASE GUIDE THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS:
CD OF THE MONTH John RUTTER (b. 1943) Gloria: Allegro vivace; Andante; Vivace e ritmico Magnificat: Magnificat anima mea; Of a Rose, a lovely Rose; Quia fecit mihi magna; Et misericordia; Fecit potentiam; Esurientes; Gloria Patri Te Deum Elizabeth Cragg (soprano), The Choirs of St Albans Cathedral, Ensemble DeChorum, Tom Winpenny (organ), Andrew Lucas A welcome new addition to the English Choral Music series on Naxos, and a glorious follow-up to the two best-selling Rutter titles in the catalogue - Requiem and Mass of the Children. The three works heard on this disc span a period of fifteen years from 1974-1990. John Rutter’s Gloria was a milestone in his career as it was the first major commission he had received from overseas, and sowed the seeds of his popularity in America. The joyous setting of the Magnificat was conceived, in the composer’s words, as ‘a bright Latin-flavoured fiesta’ and is performed here in its version for choir, organ and chamber orchestra. This delightful choral album concludes with Rutter’s setting of the Te Deum, one of the church’s most ebullient hymns of praise to the Almighty. The Choirs of St Albans Cathedral, conducted by Andrew Lucas are on fine form in this their first recording for Naxos.
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Arnold BAX (1883–1953) Winter Legends; Morning Song ‘Maytime in Sussex’; Saga Fragment Ashley Wass (piano), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, James Judd
Arnold Bax was one of the major forces in British composition between the two world wars, his music blending broad melodies and brilliant orchestral sonorities into a lush Romantic sound world. The three works on this disc were composed for the renowned pianist Harriet Cohen. Bax described Winter Legends as ‘a northern nature piece full of sea and pine forest and dark legends’. Subtitled ‘Maytime in Sussex’, Morning Song celebrated the 21st birthday of the then Princess Elizabeth. In contrast, martial overtones give the Saga Fragment, the composer’s own orchestration of his Piano Quartet of 1922, a darker hue.
William ALWYN (1905-1985) Violin Concerto; Miss Julie Suite (arranged by Philip Lane); Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion Lorraine McAslan (violin), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones
Naxos’s many highly-praised recordings of William Alwyn’s music have done much to revive excitement among today’s listeners for this British composer who is best known for his 200 or so film scores. Alwyn’s bravura Violin Concerto, the second and most substantial of his six concertos, is romantic and rhapsodic in nature. The Miss Julie Suite takes episodes from his last completed opera based on Strindberg’s tragic play, while the Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion pays tribute to the late percussionist James Blades. Juilliard School-trained violinist Lorraine McAslan has been praised by The Strad as “one of the most distinguished British violinists of her generation”.
A Choral Wedding
Jean SIBELIUS (1865–1957)
CD 1: Favourite Wedding Anthems Tracklist includes: Healey Willan Rise up my love; Gerald Finzi My lovely one; Samuel Sebastian Wesley Blessed be the God and Father; John Rutter Wedding Canticle; Benjamin Britten Jubilate Deo; Hubert Parry I was glad when they said unto me
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43; Karelia Suite, Op. 11
CD 2: Favourite Wedding Hymns Tracklist includes: All people that on earth do dwell; Dear Lord and Father of mankind; King of glory, King of peace; Tell out, my soul; Come down, O Love divine; My song is love unknown; Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven Various Artists
A new release in the Naxos wedding music series, ‘A Choral Wedding’ is a 2 CD collection of popular choral anthems and favourite hymns which have been chosen specifically as suggestions for brides and grooms planning church weddings with a choir.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Pietari Inkinen
The third volume in Naxos’s new series presents the dramatic and highly popular Symphony No. 2, which emerges from the northern mists, cultivating a pastoral atmosphere along the way, to reach a grandiose, heroic finale. One of Sibelius’s best loved compositions, the Karelia Suite presents a series of musical tableaux based on stirring episodes from Finnish history. “This first sample suggests it is going to be a cycle well worth following, for Inkinen seems a conductor of bold, sure-footed intelligence, and on this evidence the New Zealand orchestra is a fine, responsive unit, too.” The Guardian on Vol. 1
8.578196-97 (2 CDs) Pablo SARASATE (1844–1908) Music for Violin and Orchestra Vol. 3 Concert Fantasy on Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Op. 54; Navarra, Op. 33 (for two violins and orchestra); Muiñeiras, Op. 32; Nouvelle fantaisie sur Faust de Gounod, Op. 13; Barcarolle vénitienne (Gondoliéra veneziana), (version for violin and orchestra); Introduction et Caprice-Jota, Op. 41 Tianwa Yang (violin), Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Ernest MartÌnez Izquierdo
Acclaimed as ‘an uncommonly brilliant young violinist’ Tianwa Yang continues her highly praised survey of Pablo de Sarasate’s music for violin and orchestra. The Magic Flute Fantasy is a masterpiece of the genre à la Paganini, while the Gounod Fantasy (his second) is a miracle of lightness. The highly popular Navarra, the charming Muiñiera with its bagpipe effects, the bewitching Venetian Barcarolle and the Introduction et Caprice-Jota with its barcarolle-like beginning and dancing finale coming thrillingly to life on this album.
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8.572704 William MATTHIAS (1934-1992) Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 15; Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 94; Violin Sonata (1952) Sara Trickey (violin), Iwan Llewelyn-Jones (piano)
William Mathias’s eloquent and accessible style comes to the fore in these première recordings of his music for violin and piano. His unpublished Violin Sonata (1952) is a highly original and ambitious work from his student days. The First Violin Sonata is a model of clarity and concision, while the Second Violin Sonata, commissioned to celebrate the composer’s 50th birthday, is cast in four vividly contrasted – and virtuosic – movements.
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Mieczysław KARŁOWICZ (1876–1909)
PUPILS OF CHOPIN: Violin and Piano Works Karol Mikuli (1819-1897) Grand Duo in A major, Op. 26
Symphony in E minor, Op. 7, ‘Odrodzenie’ (‘Rebirth’); Bianca da Molena (The White Dove); Incidental Music, Op. 6
Thomas Dyke Ackland Tellefsen (1823-1874) Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 19 Violin Sonata No. 2 in E minor, Op. 37
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit
Carl Filtsch (1830-1845) Allegretto con variazioni Voytek Proniewicz (violin), Alexander Jakobidze-Gitman (piano)
Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Joseph HAYDN (1732–1809)
Duo Concertant for Violin and Piano Sonata for Two Pianos Requiem Canticles Abraham and Isaac: A Sacred Ballad for Baritone and Chamber Orchestra Élégie for Solo Viola Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky: Bluebird Pas de Deux
Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, ‘Kleine Orgelsolomesse’ in B flat major (Hob.XXII:7; 1774); Missa, ‘Theresienmesse’ in B flat major (Hob.XXII:12; 1799) Trinity Choir, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Jörg Michael Schwarz, J. Owen Burdick, Jane Glover
Jennifer Frautschi (violin), Jeremy Denk (piano), Ralph van Raat and Maarten van Veen (pianos), Sally Burgess (contralto), Roderick Williams (bass), David Wilson-Johnson (baritone), Richard O’Neill (viola), Simon Joly Chorale, Philharmonia Orchestra, Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble, Robert Craft
Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918)
Sebastian CURRIER (b. 1959)
Early Works for Piano Duet
Printemps – Suite Symphony in B minor Le triomphe de Bacchus Suite (excerpts) L’enfant prodique –Scène lyrique (excerpts)
Piano Sonata Departures and Arrivals Scarlatti Cadences Brainstorm Laura Melton (piano)
Adrienne Soós and Ivo Haag Piano Duo
Franz LISZT (1811- 1886)
Bernardo STORACE (fl. 1664)
Wagner and Weber Transcriptions
WAGNER TRANSCRIPTIONS: Overture to Tannhäuser, S442/R275; O du mein holder Abendstern (O Star of Eve); Recitative and Romance from Tannhäuser, S442/R275; Two pieces from Tannhäuser and Lohengrin, S445/ R278: No. 1; Einzug der Gäste auf der Wartburg (Entry of the Guests on the Wartburg); Am stillen Herd in Winterszeit from Die Meistersinger, S448/ R281; Walhall (Valhalla) from Der Ring des Nibelungen, S449/R282
(Selections from the 1664 Collection Selva di varie compositioni) Ciaccona; Passagagli in C minor; Ballo della Battaglia; Toccata; Variation on La Monica; Partite sopra Il cinque Passi; Passagagli sopra A la mi re; Aria sopra la Spagnoletta; Corrente; Capriccio sopra il passo e mezzo; Follia; Altro passo e mezzo
WEBER TRANSCRIPTION: Overture to Weber’s Der Freisch¸tz, S575/R289 Steven Mayer (piano)
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Fanfare, Capriccio and Rhapsody
American Music for Percussion Vol. 1
Ron Nelson (b. 1929): Fanfare for the Kennedy Center; Medieval Suite Fisher Tull (1934-1994): Sketches on A Tudor Psalm Warren Barker (1923-2006): Capriccio for Saxophone Quartet and Band
Joan Tower (b. 1938): DNA Felicia Sandler (b. 1961): Pulling Radishes Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962): Splendid Wood Robert Xavier RodrÍguez (b. 1946): El día de los muertos Gunther Schuller (b. 1925): Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards
Andrew Boysen (b. 1968): Symphony for Winds and Percussion No. 1 Fisher Tull: Rhapsody for Trumpet and Winds Chicago Saxophone Quartet, Vince DiMartino (trumpet), Indiana State University Faculty Winds, Indiana State University Wind Orchestra, Kent State University Wind Ensemble, John Boyd
New England Conservatory, Percussion Ensemble, Frank Epstein, Gunther Schuller
David GOMPPER (b. 1954)
Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897–1957)
Violin Concerto, Ikon, Flip, Spirals
Wolfgang David (violin), Peter Zazofsky (violin), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Emmanuel Siffert
8.559637 Kamran INCE (b.1960) Symphony No. 5 ‘Galatasaray’; Hot, Red, Cold, Vibrant; Requiem Without Words; Before Infrared Tülay Uyar (soprano), Levent Gündüz (tenor), Anil Kırkyıldız (boy soprano), Turkish Ministry of Culture Choir, Selva Erdener, Ethnic Voice, Olça Kuntasal (soprano), Güvenç Dağüstün (baritone),
Songs Vol. 1 Drei Lieder, Op. 22; Unvergnglichkeit,Op. 27; Songs of the Clown: Five Songs from Twelfth Night by Shakespeare, Op. 29; Vier Lieder, Op. 31; Zwlf Lieder, “Op. 5” So Gott und Papa will; Sechs Einfache Lieder,Op. 9, Nos. 4–6; Angedenken Vesper; Reiselied; Der Geniale Britta Stallmeister (soprano), Uwe Schenker-Primus (baritone), Klaus Simon (piano)
8.572027 Alexandre TANSMAN (1897-1986) Clarinet Concerto; Concertino for Oboe, Clarinet and Strings; Six Movements for Strings
Jean-Marc Fessard (clarinet), Laurent Decker (oboe), Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk
8.572553 Lawrence DILLON (b. 1959) Violin Music
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
Mister Blister; Façade (1983); Bacchus Chaconne (1991); Violin Sonata, ‘Motion’; Spring Passing (1997); Fifteen Minutes; The Voice
String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, Op. 112 String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 153
Danielle Belén (violin), David Fung (piano), Juan-Miguel Hernandez (viola), Stan Muncy (marimba)
Fine Arts Quartet
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Florent SCHMITT (1870–1958)
Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899)
Piano Quintet, Op. 51 58:26 À tour d’anches, Op. 97
The Complete Orchestral Edition Waltzes, Marches, Polkas, Polka-Mazurkas, Quadrilles, Galops, Romances, Overtures, Preludes
This unique collection brings together for the first time ever the entire orchestral output of Johann Strauss II. The Strauss Edition, originally 52 separate releases on the Marco Polo label, represented a milestone in recording history. It is celebrated by this beautiful boxed set.
8.505226 (52 CDs)
Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911)
Symphony No. 8 ‘Symphony of a Thousand’
Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)
Kubiak, Klosinska, Boberska, Rappé, Marcinec, Bentch, Drabowicz, Nowacki, Warsaw Boys Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Antoni Wit AUDIO Presented in HIGH DEFINITION 24-BIT 96 KHZ 5.1 Surround • DTS-HD Master Audio PCM Stereo 2.0 • Total Running Time: 1:20:51
The Medium (Opera in Two Acts) Evelyn Keller (Monica), Marie Powers (Madame Flora (Baba), Beverly Dame (Mrs Gobineau), Frank Rogier (Mr Gobineau), Catherine Mastice (Mrs Nolan)
The Telephone (Opera in One Act) Marilyn Cotlow (Lucy), Frank Rogier (Ben) Orchestra conducted by Emanuel Balaban
WALTON: Violin Concerto Philharmonia Orchestra, William Walton SAINT-SAÀNS: Havanaise, Op. 83 RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg SINDING: Suite, Op. 10 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred Wallenstein CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: Violin Concerto No. 2 ‘The Prophets’ Recorded at Sound Stage 9, Republic Pictures Studios, Hollywood, 28 and 19 Oct 1954. Reissue Producer and Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn
Idil Biret Beethoven Edition Vol. 19: Complete Piano Sonatas, Concertos and Symphony Transcriptions Piano Sonatas Vol. 10
Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54 Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier)
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Cho-Liang Lin (violin), Sejong, Anthony Newman (harpsichord and organ)
Jascha HEIFETZ (1901-1987)
Gian Carlo MENOTTI (1911-2007)
Recorded in New York, Oct 1947 Reissue Producer and Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn
Concerto No. 1 in E major, ‘La primavera’ (Spring), RV 269; Concerto No. 2 in G minor, ‘L’estate’ (Summer), RV 315; Concerto No. 3 in F major, ‘L’autunno’ (Autumn), RV 293; Concerto No. 4 in F minor, ‘L’inverno’ (Winter), RV 297; Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, ‘La tempesta di mare’; (The Storm at Sea), RV 253; Concerto No. 6 in C major, ‘Il piacere’ (The Pleasure), RV 180
Tokarev Plays LISZT – His Early Recordings Nikolai Tokarev, piano Looking back at the precision and dedication of the Russian pianist Nikolai (Kolya) Tokarev when he was performing at 14 or 15, we can only rejoice and marvel at his virtuosity. Even in his early teens, he would play recitals featuring Liszt’s Etudes d’exécution transcendante (all 12 of them!), transcriptions of operas like Rigoletto, Tannhäuser and Reminiscenses de Don Juan, as well as the Grandes Etudes de Paganini, the concert study Waldesrauschen and the Mephisto Waltz No 1.
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William Lindsay Gresham
Read by Adam Sims
Read by Roy McMillan
Nightmare Alley is American author William Lindsay Gresham’s first and best-known work. The novel most admired by noir fiction fans was published in 1946, adapted into a film in 1947 starring Tyrone Power and subsequently printed as a graphic novel by Spain Rodriquez. During the 1940s Gresham worked as an editor for a genuine crime pulp magazine in New York, during which period he wrote this book; characters range from hustlers to Machiavellian femme fatales in a dark world of show business. Stan Carlisle is an ambitious ‘carny’ who eventually becomes a spiritualist for the rich and gullible. It appears that the world is at his feet, but not everything is as it seems…
The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s epic story of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura. Heaven’s Command, the first volume, takes us from the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The story moves effortlessly across the world, from the English shores to Fiji, Zululand, the Canadian prairies and beyond. Totally gripping history!
NA0034 Unbridged (17 CDs) NA0035 Abridged (6 CDs)
Mervyn Peake Gormenghast Read by Rupert Degas Continuing to mark 100 years since Mervyn Peake’s birth, Naxos AudioBooks releases the second novel in the cycle series. Gormenghast follows protagonist Titus (now the 77th earl of Gormenghast) from the age of seven to seventeen, and describes his desire to break free from the physical and psychological constraints of the castle. Meanwhile, the Machiavellian Steerpike continues his dastardly rise to power, but will he succeed?
NA0062 (4 CDs)
Heroines in Music The French Lieutenant’s Woman; Hotel Du Lac; Pride And Prejudice Suite; Cranford Suite Philharmonia Orchestra, Carl Davis Carl Davis’s score for The French Lieutenant’s Woman won both BAFTA and Novello Awards in 1981. The film made international stars of Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons, supported by the soaring romanticism of the music. Anita Brookner’s 1983 Booker Prize winning Hotel du Lac was the inspiration for this 1986 BBC dramatization starring Anna Massey and Denholm Elliott. This new ‘Nocturne’ takes the raw materials of Carl Davis’s original score and shapes them into a touching and moody distillation of the original novel. Voted No. 1 in the Radio Times ‘People’s Favourite Competition’, the 1995 series of Pride and Prejudice changed the face of dramatizations of classic novels. Carl Davis’s witty and expressive score matched the brilliance of Jane Austen’s scintillating text. Cranford, filmed in 2007 and 2009 starring Judi Dench and Eileen Atkins, is the source for this new suite of selections from Carl Davis’s panoramic score based on Mrs Gaskell’s charming novel.
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Piano Concerto No.1 • Piano Concerto No.2 • Piano Quintet in G minor Martin Helmchen (piano), Pieter Schoeman, Vesselin Gellev (violin). Alexander Zemtsov (viola), Kristina Blaumane (cello), Paul Beniston (trumpet), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski Shostakovich’s energetic piano concertos feature striking and attractive themes, with sudden changes of mood between the burlesque and haunting, perfectly captured in these live recordings with pianist Martin Helmchen and the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski. The Piano Quintet displays perhaps an even greater range of styles within a work of unusual purity written under the looming shadow of war. Martin Helmchen is a former member of the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme
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Sergei Prokofiev Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-9
Romeo and Juliet · Visions fugitives Sarcasms · Other works for piano
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Symphony in F sharp Tänzchen im alten Stil Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra John Storgårds, conductor
Matti Raekallio, piano This 4-CD collector’s box features Matti Raekallio with piano solo music by Sergei Prokofiev, including the nine sonatas. Also included are the famous Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Visions fugitives, and Sarcasms, as well as further cycles and popular piano pieces. A previous release of the complete sonatas (ODE 947-3) was hailed by David Hurwitz as “maybe the finest complete survey of the sonatas available”.
This Erich W. Korngold disc couples the monumental Symphony in F sharp with the world première recording of a rare discovery piece, Tänzchen im alten Stil. The 50-minute Symphony in F sharp major is Korngold’s only symphony, written in a late Romantic style. Composed between 1947-1952, it is dedicated to the memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt (who died in 1945). Dimitri Mitropoulos wrote in 1959 about this masterpiece: “All my life I have searched for the perfect modern work. In this symphony I have found it.”
Einojuhani Rautavaara Aleksis Kivi - Opera in Three Acts Finnish National Opera Orchestra Mikko Franck, conductor This DVD Video features the three-act opera Aleksis Kivi (1996) by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. This release pays tribute to lead role performer Jorma Hynninen on the occasion of his 70th anniversary in 2011. Written by the composer, the libretto tells the story of Finland’s national author Aleksis Kivi (1834-1872) and draws on many of Kivi’s own poems and texts. Aleksis Kivi wrote the first significant novel in the Finnish language (Seitsemän veljestä / “Seven Brothers”), but during his short lifetime he suffered from moral and artistic condemnation by literary rivals. He died, insane and impoverished, at age 38.
Musik Ekklesia: The Vanishing Nordic Chorale Sono Luminus presents nothing less than a revelation of the Scandinavian musical soul: chorale settings by Northern Europe’s greatest composers performed by some of America’s finest period performers. In The Vanishing Nordic Chorale, Musik Ekklesia brilliantly refracts the nordic chorale tradition through the prism of history, yielding a kaleidoscope of nuanced color and florid display. Four hundred years ago, individuals traveled — if they traveled at all — only by the strained effort of foot and beast, wind and sail.
Toby Twining: Eurydice Several niche markets to appeal to: indie rock, nerdy science crowd, vocal jazz, a cappella and choral Eurydice is the incidental music composed for Sarah Ruhl’s play of the same name, produced in 2008 for the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, PA and directed by Blanka Zizka, with an overall audience of 10,000.
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Long Duo: Concertos for Two Pianos Long Duo: Beatrice Long and Christina Long (pianists) Eskisehir Greater Municipality Symphony Orchestra, Patrick Souillot
Sono Luminus is proud to present this program of three rarely heard concertos for two pianos and orchestra. The three works were composed during a twenty-year period between 1926 and 1946 and display virtuosity and lyricism that is highlighted so beautifully by the powerhouse Long Duo on piano.
Julia Wolfe: Cruel Sister Ensemble Resonanz Cruel Sister was commissioned by the Munich Chamber Orchestra in 2004. The piece recounts a grisly tale of sibling rivalry, inspired by a haunting English ballad. Fuel is a collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison that examines the impact of globalization. Commissioned by Ensemble Resonanz, a Hamburg-based group of 18 musicians, Fuel was premiered in 2007 as a multi-media performance.
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BRAHMS • MENDELSSOHN
An Alpine Symphony
Henryk Szeryng, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink
‘The lyricism of the first two movements is polished and intimate (the high-lying cantilene especially finely drawn) … The new performance … is spaciously conceived, with Haitink precisely and punctiliously attending to the soloist’s every need. In the first movement the broad tempo is offset by the brilliance of Szeryng’s playing; in the finale everything is gratifyingly alert, stylish and unrushed.’ Gramophone, October 1996
‘This outstanding interpretation, visionary and noble, is backed by a recording which concentrates not on brilliant highlights but on a fully balanced and rounded sound quality to do justice to the superb playing of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The luxuriant and beautifully flexible strings, with their rich tone in all sections, sound as natural as at a live performance, while brass and woodwind are equally faithfully captured by the microphones.’ Gramophone, April 1986
String Quartets Nos. 4, 11 & 14
Magnificat • Missae breves
Hagen Quartet ‘… in the fifth-movement Humoresque of the Eleventh the limelighted second violin – Rainer Schmidt, the quartet’s febrile and everimpressive outside influence – brings so much forceful tone to the swelling of his two repeated notes that it sounds for all the world as if two violins are playing in unison, not just the one … the joint approach to chants and combats, not to mention Lukas’s extraordinary handling of the glissandos in the second movement, bring an urgently vocal quality to the work.’ Gramophone, September 1995
RIAS Chamber Chorus, C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra, Peter Schreier ‘How beautifully moulded … is the unassuming fugal opening of the F major Mass, followed by an exuberant and brilliantly executed Gloria … Bonney shows exemplary control in “Qui tollis”, as she does so affectingly in the gliding equivalent in the A major Mass. Gramophone, February 1995
8802057 (2 CDs)
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Solo Piano Pieces
Petite Messe solennelle
Byron Janis, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra ‘The solo pieces are also attractive. Janis is a very expert player, and covers a variety of moods with success … the little Valse oubliÈe is charming, as is the deeply romantic Petrarch Sonnet. The Falla “Miller’s Dance” is no less colourful, while the Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 … has great panache, not least in the hair-raising octave passages.’ Gramophone, September 1991
The Ambrosian Singers, Claudio Scimone
‘Scimone is excellent in the opening and closing movements of the work; the choir is first-rate and the reading has an appropriate blend of grace and expressiveness, and restraint. This is very evident in the playing of Craig Sheppard who shapes the lovely and ingenious “Preludio religioso” most beautifully.’ Gramophone, December 1984
8802059 (2 CDs)
Rued LANGGAARD (1893-1952) Works for Piano Vol. 2 This solo piano album presents his wondrous world through a handful of significant world première recordings, representing a cross-section through Langgaard’s life as a composer - from the little thoughtful childhood piece Album Leaf to his very last piano piece – Piano Piece, E major – from 1951. Alongside key works like Adorazione and Music of the Abyss, this album also presents the first complete recording of the cycle Summer Holiday in Blekinge which was left unfinished by the composer.
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Lindberg conducts Sandström Indri/Cave Canem (1988); Éra (1979–80); Ocean Child (1999/2004); En herrgårdssägen (A Manor Saga), suite for orchestra (1987/2004) Iceland Symphony Orchestra / Christian Lindberg Jan Sandström (b. 1954) is among the most frequently performed Swedish composers on the international scene today. His ‘Motorbike Concerto’ for trombone and orchestra is for instance one of the most played Swedish orchestral works of all times, with more than 600 performances since its première in 1989. The Motorbike Concerto was the first major result of the collaboration between Sandström and the trombone virtuoso Christian Lindberg.
Claude Delangle, soprano/alto saxophone Taipei Chinese Orchestra / En Shao On his several discs for BIS, the French saxophonist Claude Delangle has given ample proof of his musical curiosity. Besides core repertoire, he has recorded some of the earliest saxophone works, composed for the instrument’s inventor Adolphe Sax, as well as uncompromisingly contemporary music by composers such as Scelsi, Berio and Hosokawa. Eager to widen his horizons he has collaborated not only with pianists and orchestras, but also with singers or percussionists, exploring fields such as Argentine tango or Japanese chamber music.
The Sibelius Edition Volume 12 (Symphonies) Lahti Symphony Orchestra / Osmo Vänskä
The first chapter in the BIS Sibelius Edition contained some of the Finnish master’s most celebrated works, his Tone Poems. In the ten volumes that have been released after that, we have presented various less known aspects of Sibelius: the composer of chamber works and piano music, the miniaturist, even as the author of an opera. With the present instalment, the 12th and penultimate, we return to a genre for which he is particularly celebrated, namely the symphonic.
BIS-CD-1933/35 (5 Discs for the Price of 3)
YSAYE, E.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 27, Nos. 1-6 Wojciech Koprowski The cycle of six Sonatas for solo violin Op. 27 is one of Eugène Ysaÿe’s greatest accomplishments in the field of composition. The impulse for writing this cycle – unprecedented in many ways – came from the Bach recital of a young Hungarian violinist, Joseph Szigeti. In a relatively short period in July 1923, during his stay on the Belgian coast, Ysaÿe completed his sonatas and dedicated each of them to a different young violin virtuoso.
ACD147 TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 5
BIS-CD-1790 La Spagna Atrium Musicæ de Madrid / Gregorio Paniagua On its first release as a double LP, this legendary 1980 recording was described as ‘a rousing sonic spectacular’ in the US audiophile magazine The Absolute Sound (TAS). Setting off on a sonic journey through Europe, Gregorio Paniagua and his legendary ensemble Atrium Musicæ de Madrid took the famous theme known as La Spagna, used widely by composers across Europe for several centuries, as their point of departure.
Chamber Music (Polish) KILAR, W. / MALECKI, M. / CZARNECKI, S. Radoslaw Nur Wojciech Walczak The album you are holding in your hands is not only the debut of OPiUM String Quartet, but also the first-ever CD recording of three out of the four presented compositions: those by Maciej Małecki and Sławomir Czarnecki, which have never been released on record. These world premieres are complemented by the popular old favourite – Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, originally written for string orchestra, but arranged here for string ACD163 quartet by Krzysztof Urbański.
AUGUSTYN, R.: String Quartets Silesian String Quartet
Polish Symphony Orchestra Iuventus
Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op. 64 follows the classical four-part model: Movement One – Andante – Allegro con anima, Two – Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza, Three – Valse. Allegro moderato, Four – Finale. Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace.
Works featured on this recording – composed over a period of thirty years – convey a compelling insight into the artistry and individuality of Rafał Augustyn’s music. It is enough to listen attentively to Dedication, in order to understand that Augustyn’s text never equivocates, expounds or illustrates. It simply has to be there – as an integral element of the work, of equal length and value in relation to the rest of the musical material.
Jerzy Semkow, conductor
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Indésens New Releases Having appeared on the most famous stages around the world for the past 20 years, Eric Aubier has risen his trumpet to the rank of ambassador of French music. He pursues with the 1948-1956 period famous concertos. Désenclos, with his range of contrasts mingled with sensuality, Tomasi the impressionist, with his endless pallet of tones – so close to Ravel – and Jolivet, famous for his sound and rhythm inventivity, make this album an essential piece.
INDE 001 Bar code: 3760039830807
Five Great French Trumpet Concertos Tomasi - Jolivet - Desenclos - Chaynes Orchestre National de l'Opera de Paris Eric AUBIER, Marius CONSTANT
There was a real alchemy at the end of 19th century in France, between composers as Debussy, Fauré, Taﬀanel, and stringed instrument makers. They gave the ﬂute its letters patent, setting a bright footstone in the history of French music, with a promising future (Messiaen, Poulenc, Jolivet…) Vincent Lucas, former soloist of Berliner Philharmoniker and now principal soloist of the Orchestre de Paris, and Emmanuel Strosser oﬀer here a poetical “Promenade”, expressive and colorful, throughout an enchanting repertory. Vincent LUCAS & Emmanuel STROSSER : French Music for Flute and Piano
1ST Prize Munich ARD competition 2008 The bassoon’s ﬁrst golden era in France was the17th and 18th centuries. At the end of the 19th, the musical landscape changes completely thanks to virtuosos, wind instrument makers and composers. Debussy, Ravel or Stravinsky, totally changed the orchestral pallet and accomplish raising winds to the top rank. Marc Trenel is one of the embassadors of the bassoon in France today, principal bassoon at the Orchestre de Paris and Zürich Tonhalle Orkester, he perpetuates the French spirit, performing on a German instrument.
This program of chamber music is representative of the exceptional quality of repertoire available for this instrument that is still relatively unknown. The wide scale of expressive and technical possibilities of this instrument, displayed by these exceptionally talented musicians, sheds light on the Art of the French Trombone in the 20th Century.
French Trombone Sonatas - Jean Raﬀard Tomasi Dutilleux Ropartz Boutry...
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Those pieces as belonging to the same unit; ﬁrst of all because of their common estimation, and secondly because of their similar stylistic characteristics. The qualities of these pieces, lie not only in their technical aspect ; but also because they belong to an esthetical ﬁeld linked to the neo-classical movement that was still in vogue at the time.
INDE 004 Bar code: 3760039830838
Henri DUTILLEUX Pages de jeunesse - Youthful pages Orchestre de Paris & Pascal Godart
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FRANCIS POULENC - Intégrale 2CD Musique de chambre avec vents Solistes de l'Orchestre de Paris Claire Désert & Emmanuel Strosser
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Impressionism is probably the most fascinating period of modern art. At the time, impressionist paintings were considered so outrageously modern, that it took thirty years for them to be, if not appreciated, at least accepted. Music at the turning of the century, seemed to have followed the same path : it’s at the very end of the 1890 ties that the ﬁrst early signs of modern music could be heard. It seemed indeed that a new age was appearing – amongst whom Claude Debussy is the symbol for France.
INDE 005 Bar code: 3760039830845
With his very ﬁrst album dedicated to the most demanding works of today repertory, Romain Leleu, opens the Révélations Collection, destined to make the public discover the most talented new artists of the young generation. His exemplary technique, expressive tone, and his already mature musicality, have made him the 2008 Indésens trumpet Revelation.
INDE 008 Bar code: 3760039839312
Marc TRENEL - French Music for Bassoon Saint-Saëns, Koechlin, Pierné, Tansman, Bernaud, Boutry, Bitsch Marc Trénel, fagott & Pascal Godart, piano
For the great fan of colors Francis Poulenc, having a predilection for wind instruments is not surprising. Hence, as usual, it is life that triumphs in Francis Poulenc’s music. Its ﬁrst merit is to be human. It belongs to no school, does not obey the rules of a system, but in which we can individually see ourselves.
Created in 2003, Or Notes Brass has already won prestigious chamber music competitions’ awards in Paris, Lyon, Munich, Passau. Their ﬁrst album is largely dedicated to the great Russian composer Shostakovich. It is presenting his Jazz Suite n°1 as well as a world premiere from the French composer Boudet. The musical culture of Or Notes Brass soloists, their endurance and incredible vigor, as well as their full, frank, straightforward and reﬁned dedication, perfectly serve this ﬁnest repertoire. OR NOTES BRASS QUINTET plays CHOSTAKOVITCH LANDOWSKI GREGSON BACH... Trumpets : Anthony Chevillon & Julien Lair French horn : Pierre Rémondière Trombone : Étienne Lamatelle Tuba : Sylvain Thillou
INDE 009 Bar code: 3760039839329
Romain LELEU & Julien Le Pape Album Victoire de la musique Brandt Goedicke Enesco Honegger...
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The CD1 was recorded in Sept. 2009 at Florence Delaage’s place. She plays the personal piano belonging to Alfred Cortot: a STEINWAY B n°91814 built in 1896. In perfect state, the piano has never been modiﬁed, and strictly respects Cortot’s adjustments. The CD2 was recorded in March 2009 at Temple Saint-Marcel (Paris) on a STEINWAY D n°499495 built in 1986.
Florence Delaage joue sur le piano de Cortot
INDE 020 2-CD Bar code: 3760039839152
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BALADE IMPRESSIONNISTE E. AUBIER Françaix Ravel Enesco Ibert Gaubert Debussy Shchedrin St-Saëns Scriabin Chabrier
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The Complete Chamber Music works with winds, demonstrates that Saint-Saëns is the origin of the worldwide famous “French winds tradition”. In the evening of his life, aged eighty-ﬁve, Saint-Saëns came back to wind sonatas. Although being very classical, the three 1921 sonatas announce the “Groupe des Six”neo-classicism, and particularly Poulenc. In that respect, even at the very end of his life, Saint-Saëns stands as an innovator.
INDE 021 2-CD Bar code: 3760039839145
Camille SAINT-SAENS - Intégrale 2CD Musique de chambre avec Vents Solistes de l'Orchestre de Paris Laurent Wagschal - Pascal Godart Nominé VICTOIRES DE LA MUSIQUE 2011
Tuba is the brass instrument which has most evolved during the last decades, in terms of its manufacturing as well as its repertoire. Considered for long as an accompaniment and set at the far end of the orchestra, the tuba nevertheless withholds soloist qualities: a mellow sound, rich colors, and great power. This album highlights its polyvalence.
ART OF THE TUBA by Fabien Wallerand Korngold Hindemith Popper Stevens Szentpali Romahnyi Godard Wallerand
Congratulations to the Anemos quartet. Their music and sound are remarkable ! Thanks to their strong complicity and motivation, they have created magniﬁcent works. Their latest CD deserves great success!” Michel Becquet : International soloist, professor at the Lyon and Lausanne conservatoires. ANEMOS TROMBONE QUARTET Bruckner, Nyman, Wagner, Arban, Lefrançois, Piazzolla, Apon, Pryor... Coup de Coeur "Pêché de Classique"
Music like ﬂavours, have no frontiers. They all travel in total freedom and that is precisely what I wanted to express in “le Chant libre”, ﬁrst album fully dedicated to my own compositions. The liberty I was given to achieve this project is a true gift for which I thank Jean Battault for having suggested an inspiring idea linked to my passion: gastronomy ! Thierry Caens.
INDE 023 2-CD Bar code: 3760039839176
With his ﬁrst album inspired by his Pays-Basque enthusiast and jovial roots, Emmanuel Curt shows percussions’ extent and polymorphism. His soloist friends from the major Parisian orchestras and excellent young chamber musicians, join-in to play exclusive new works, specially composed for him. Multicolored and festive percussion for pure pleasure!
INDE 024 Bar code: 3760039839183
Emmanuel CURT (percussions) A las Seis de la Tarde Corea - Ravel - Mantovani - Escaich - Pelegri - Benedetti
INDE 028 Bar code: 3760039839220
Meditation for trombone & organ
INDE 025 2-CD Bar code: 3760039839190
Eiichi CHIJIIWA, violon solo SOLO MIGRATION Enescu - Taïra - Stravinksy - Ysaÿe - Milhaud Honegger Xenakis - Martinon
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Thanks to its composers, to its speciﬁc instrument manufacturing, to the Boehm technological innovation and the development of the clarinet tuition, France has an international reputation since the nineteenth century. This album's repertory stretches out over a hundred years, illustrating the instrument's endless resources, as well as one of today's most brilliant soloist's talent.
Paris has always fascinated and welcomed “migratory” musicians, some among which have contributed to French culture, despite having ever been considered as French. Their contribution to French music is undeniable. The rich melting pot of this album shows the large range of styles and sounds produced by a violin. Four major themes: a tribute to J.S. Bach, a neoclassical style, inﬂuence from home-country, and composition “à la française”.
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LE CHANT LIBRE Thierry CAENS, trompette & compositions & l'Orchestre Typique
The ancestor of the trombone – the sackbut, already had its chromatic capacities and brassy tones during the medieval era. Whereas its quite usual to associate organ and brass, the organ and trombone alliance is rarer. However the ancestor of the trombone – the sackbut, was often used for sacred music with choir and other instruments during the Renaissance. Therefore, the trombone and organ alliance is quite natural and their dialogue is totally harmonious. This recording emphasizes each musicians qualities, Jacques Mauger’s smooth sound as well as his virtuosity, and Michael Matthes’es dexterity and extreme precise way of playing.
At the beginning of the 21st century, Aubier & Escaich rejuvenate the repertoire with new works but also with abundant orchestrations of famous themes. The tones are alternatively bright and intimist, the atmospheres joyful or contemplative, with large intermissions where Escaich shows his impressive improvising talent. Finally, the duet performs a wonderful medley of famous Christmas songs, Spirituals and JS Bach Choral and other famous romantic tunes as Ave Maria or Agnus Dei... UNLIMITED ! special edition 2CD music for trumpet & organ Eric AUBIER & Thierry ESCAICH Bach Bizet Clarke Mozart Franck Spiritual Bacri Escaich Jolivet Tomasi Improvisations
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ART of CLARINET by Philippe BERROD Debussy Pierné Rossini Saint-Saëns Poulenc Mantovani(World Premiere) Collection Ecole Française des Vents
Recorded in 2010, Florence Delaage is performing on personal Alfred Cortot's Steinway piano. She was the last and favorite student of Maestro Cortot.
CHOPIN: 24 preludes played on Cortot's piano
INDE 031 Bar code: 3760039839251
BAROQUE TROMBONE CONCERTOS ALBRECHTBERGER L.MOZART HAENDEL WAGENSEIL Jacques MAUGER - I Solisti Azzuri TUT 005 Bar code: 3760039831149
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George ANTHEIL (1900–1959)
The Brothers A One Act Opera Libretto: George Antheil, based on the Biblical story of Cain and Abel Rebecca Nelsen (soprano), Ray M. Wade Jr. (tenor), William Dazeley (baritone), E. Mark Murphy (tenor), Piotr Prochera (baritone), Bochumer Symphoniker, Steven Sloane Première recording Antheil wrote his one act opera The Brothers in 1954. The libretto, penned by Antheil himself, drew on the biblical story of Cain and Abel. Its setting is the working-class world of post-war America. The recording features a superb cast that includes the young American soprano Rebecca Nelsen and leading English baritone William Dazeley. The Bochumer Symphoniker is conducted by their music director, the American born Steven Sloane. “But CPO, following its admirable series of the six symphonies, has provided a truly sensational contribution to the Antheil revival.” Gramophone on Antheil: Piano Concertos (777 109-2)
777545-2 Aga Mikolaj sings Strauss & Mozart Aga Mikolaj (soprano), WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Karl Sollak
Johann Gottlieb GRAUN (1702/3–1771) Carl Heinrich GRAUN (1703/4–1759) Concerti Cappella Academica Frankfurt, Berit Johansen Tange (piano)
Ana Mikolaj sings a selection of popular works by Richard Strauss and Mozart on this CPO recording. The prize-winning Polish soprano has been a student of Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, who worked closely with her on the preparation and interpretation of certain roles and of certain composers, notably Mozart and Strauss.
This disc presents a programme of Concerti by the brothers Johann Gottlieb and Carl Heinrich Graun. These Concerti, performed by Cappella Academica Frankfurt, are full of colour and contain all the stylistic idioms of the transitional period between the Baroque and Classical periods.
Ferdinand RIES (1784-1837)
Paul GRAENER (1872-1944)
Works for Piano Trio Hyperion-Trio, Albrecht Poehl (baritone)
“Die Braut voon Messina” op. 162 Overture; Overture “Don Carlos” op. 94; Große Festouvertuere und Siegesmarsch op. 172; Ouverture bardique WoO 24; Ouverture dramatique “L’Apparition” WoO 61 WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Howard Griffiths
Paul Graener, a German composer who moved to London and obtained British citizenship, later became a member of the Nazi party. He never renounced his British citizenship and his music merits broad attention. His music is anything but martial or nationalistic; it is the work of a late romanticist with a strong inclination toward French impressionism.
Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Trios & Quartets
Works of the RENAISSANCE, arranged for four saxophones Berliner Saxophon Quartett
Epoca Barocca On this CD the Epoca Barocca, an ensemble of proven baroque specialists, turns to the Trios and Quartets of Telemann.
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Music by Palestrina, Isaak, Susato, Scheidt, Frescobaldi, di Lasso, Gabrieli, Dowland, Flecha, de la Torre and Desprez
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From Cairo to Sao Paulo
Fado de Lisboa - Fado Music of Lisbon
- Bellydance Greats from
Sung by Francisco Fialho and Matilde Larguinho, accompanied on guitarra portuguesa (long-necked lute) and viola (guitar)
Exuberant, exhilarating and infectious dance compositions by Hossam Ramzy. Hossam’s percussion is accompanied on keyboards, bass, mizmar, quarter tone accordion, nay, kawala and quarter tone saxophone.
and new Lisbon style Fado
A gorgeous album of traditional
The booklet contains information in English, German, French and Spanish.
The CD booklet contains artist biographies as well as original lyrics plus explanatory notes and translations in English, German, French and Spanish
Gypsies of Romania
India - Classical Music Sounds of the Veena
This is the Gypsy life Taraful din Baia
Gypsy music, lively and upbeat with an irresistible drive, but also romantic and wistful songs and instrumental pieces. Most of the music is from Transylvania and the Banat, where Serbian influence is present. Original lyrics with English translations plus information in four languages
Raag Ahiri, beautifully and masterfully performed on the vichitra veena, an ancient Indian instrument, by Dr. Mustafa Raza; accompanied by Sarvar Sabri on tabla. Raag Ahiri is one of the rarest ragas of Indian classical music and is always played during the morning hours. Info in four languages
Psllat Ecclesia Medieval Norwegian sequences Schola Solensis Halvor J. Østtveit, conductor Ragnhild Hadland, soloist What we call Gregorian chant is old music. By the 13th century most of it was already composed. It is the church’s oldest musical treasure, and is the word of God spoken, and prayers prayed, in a language where the word is lifted and born on wings of exquisite beauty.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Septett op. 20 Sextett op. 71 Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
Crystalline Signe Bakke, piano
A GLITTERING WORLD OF SOUND - Karen Tanaka is one of the leading Japanese composers of her generation. The purity of sound, the sensuality and intensity in her music has gained her a large audience, and the release of this recording will make much of Tanaka’s piano composition available on one album. Pianist Signe Bakke gives us an interesting overview of the complexity and yet the integrity of Tanaka’s music as it has evolved through the twenty years of her career that this disc covers.
JOHANN WILHELM HERTEL Con spirito Concerti & Sinfonie Sergio Azzolini, Fagotto Capriccio Barockorchester
SACD Hybrid Surround-Sound 5.1 Original Multichannel Recording
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Russ Lossing Trio : Oracle Russ Lossing, piano Masa Kamaguchi, bass Billy Mintz, drums Russ Lossing continues to collaborate and create at a voracious pace… Though this disc marks a recording debut, this particular trio has been active for the past six years, operating out of the musical hotbed that exists around a handful of cross-pollinating venues in Brooklyn, New York. As Lossing describes it: “That’s where we developed our particular language as an ensemble in terms of the interdependence, functionality, and expressiveness of each individual within the whole.
Steve Lacy Five : Blinks Zürich Live 1983 Steve Lacy, soprano saxophone Steve Potts, alto & soprano saxophones Irène Aebi, cello, violin & voice Jean-Jacques Avenel, double bass Oliver Johnson, percussion
On Blinks, the listener hears the Steve Lacy group winning one of these games (kicking ass and taking names, as a friend of mine puts it), caught live 1983 in the big hall at the Rote Fabrik, Zürich.
Johannes Brahms : Symphony no. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 Symphony no. 3 in F, Op.90 Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Zubin Mehta, conductor Johannes Brahms is one of Maestro Zubin Mehta’s favourite composers. During the 50 years that he has been the Music Director of the IPO, Mehta has conducted many hundreds of performances of Brahms’ symphonies and concerti. During the 80’s, Zubin Mehta made studio recordings with the IPO of the four Brahms symphonies Sony. These recordings were released to mediocre reviews from some of the music critics.
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Diabelli Variations 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli op.120 Paul Lewis, piano Published in June 1823 and dedicated to Antonie Brentano, the 33 Variations op.120 were described by Diabelli himself as “a great and important masterpiece, worthy to be ranked with the imperishable creations of the old Classics [and to occupy] a place beside Sebastian Bach’s famous masterpieces of the same type”.
Johannes Brahms : Piano Concerto no. 2 Camille Saint-Saens : Piano Concerto no. 2 Yefim Bronfman, piano Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Zubin Mehta, conductor Yefim Bronfman is, without doubt, one of the greatest pianists alive today. He has also been a regular – and very welcome – guest with the IPO for over three decades. The deep friendship between Bronfman, Maestro Mehta and the IPO makes itself felt in these wonderful performances captured in concert - the Saint-Saëns from 1991 and the Brahms from 2009.
Rose of Sharon 100 years of American Music (1770-1870) Joel Frederiksen Ensemble Phoenix Munich “This program is like an American quilt – the individual parts are unique and very different from one another, but it comes together to form one rich tapestry. I would like to give our audience a picture of some of the rich traditions that developed out of our European heritage, but flourished and grew in their own unique way in the New World.” – JOEL FREDERIKSEN
Stories : Berio and friends Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier Paul Hillier leads Theatre of Voices in a fascinating programme centred on Luciano Berio: “Although not all these composers actually knew each other, I think of them as a group of mutual friends with shared interests and predilections. If there is a link between them it is perhaps the influence of John Cage, though it could almost equally have been the personality of Cathy Berberian.”
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Liszt : The Organ Works Mazeppa - Les Preludes Orphee - Promethee Olivier Vernet, organs Laurent Cabasso, piano Although Franz Liszt’s organ music is still relatively unknown, the widely-differing genres it represents nevertheless include some genuine masterpieces. two of the works are on a grand scale: the variations on Ad nos, ad salutarem undam and the Prelude and Fugue on the name of BACH, as well as a third piano piece, transcribed by the composer for organ (Variations on Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen).
LID1-0104226-11 (6 CDs)
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Johann Sebastian Bach : Cello Suites The complete suites for solo cello Ophélie Gaillard, cello
In his six Suites for unaccompanied violoncello, J. S. Bach invented a style that is specific to that instrument, while exploring all its technical possibilities to the full. Over the years, the Suites have become a monument of the cello repertoire, to which all cellists return regularly.
Sébastien de Brossard: La Rêveuse Sébastien de Brossard, an enthusiastic collector of music, pedagogue and author of the first dictionary of music, was also a very talented composer. This champion of Italian music and great connoisseur of the music of Carissimi probably took the Roman master as the model for his two oratorios. Leandro, a dramatic work in Italian, is a miniature masterpiece and one of the earliest cantatas by a French composer.
Robert Schumann : Carnaval Op. 9 Frédéric Chopin : Ballade/ Nocturne / Scherzo / Fantaisie
Richard Strauss : Piano Quartet Op.13 Cello Sonata Op.6 Prazak Quartet Michal Kanka, cello Miguel Borges Coelho, piano
Scores from the dawn and inestimable maturity of a master of the orchestra and German opera, from Salome to Rosenkavalier. In his youth (1881-86), he left chamber music worthy of a young prodigy and, in 1940, bequeathed a final page of magic and deadly charm : the Sextet-overture to Capriccio.
Slavka Pechocova, piano
An improbable series of portraits/masks and Carnival scenes, animated by a Czech pianist who imposes a lively, naturally virtuoso style but without vain outpourings and languor that would denature these pieces from 1843-46, the very essence of the Romantic piano, alongside Liszt.
PRD/DSD 250283 harmonia mundi s.a
Ludwig van Beethoven : Piano Concerto no. 4, Op.58 Frédéric Chopin : Piano Concerto no. 2, Op.21 Youra Guller
After two previous releases (TAH630-deleted and TAH650), we follow our releases of previously unissued recordings by the pianist Youra Guller, accompanied by the Orchestre National de France under the baton of Inghelbrecht.
Lopez Nussa Harold : El Paìs Maravillas Harold Lopez Nussa, piano Felipe Cabrera, double-bass Ruy Adrian Lopez Nussa, drums, vibraphone & cajon Special Guest David Sanchez, saxophone Not yet 30, Harold Lopez Nussa was born in Havana in a family of musicians who offered him a double French and Cuban education. After a solid classical training at the conservatory, winning numerous contests, he then opens up to the popular music. Jazz becomes his passion. And from the age of 20 he is fully dedicated to Jazz; playing solo, trio or quartet in the Havana clubs. WVF479061
Ben Schoeman - Liszt Youra Guller Ben, the only South African to ever win the UNISA International Piano Competition, returned to South Africa just before Christmas for his first solo CD recording. This disc, featuring works by Liszt in commemoration of the composer’s 200th birthyear, will again show his lyrical piano playing and solid technique. Ben will return to South Africa in a few weeks time for an extended CD-release tour. The schedule includes two performances at the Oudtshoorn KKNK, a recital in the Endler Hall on April 9, a concert at UNISA on April 10, as well as a recital in Bloemfontein. Ben’s CD is released on the TwoPianists Debut label and will also be available in the UK and Scandinavia.
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Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812)
KANTATEN · CANTATAS
Piano Concerto in G minor op.49 Piano Concerto in B flat major op.22 Tableau ‘Marie Antoinette’ Op. 23
CD 1: Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis / Let us cast off the works of darkness · Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste / The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710 – 1784)
Andreas Staier, fortepiano Concerto Köln
CD 2: Dies ist der Tag /This is the day Erzittert und fallet / Tremble and fall
“...the most honest, politest and most excellent man among all composers …“
Johann Sebastian Bach’s eldest son was organist and musical director in Halle from 1746-64. The music directorate in Halle was similar in many respects to J.S. Bach’s position in Leipzig.
No less a person than the old Joseph Haydn praised with these words Jan Ladislav Dussek after having seen him in London in 1792, where Dussek worked as a composer and performer.
C5083 (2 CDs) Carl Heinrich Graun Friedrich II “Der Grosse“ Montezuma
Johann Adolf Hasse Cleofide Opera Complete Recording
Opera Complete Recording
After many years of absence this famous World Premiere Recording of Hasses 1731 in Dresden performed opera is now back and available for international sale. With a well known cast like EMMA KIRKBY, AGNÈS MELLON, DEREK LEE RAGIN and the conductor WILLIAM CHRISTIE this recording is a “must“ for all Baroque Opera Lovers.
Together with Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Heinrich Graun was the chief representative of Italian Opera in Germany in the 18th century. The story of “Montezuma“ accords with the historical fate of the last ruler of the Aztecs. The text is by King Frederick II, Graun had a close friendship to him and became chief of the circle of Berlin composers. “Montezuma“ can be seen as Frederick’s countersignature to his own fate, which made him into a martial war-prince. C7085
Sir Adrian Boult conducts Elgar & Brahms
Shura Cherkassky Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 Saal 2, Funkhaus, Cologne, 21 January 1951 Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 17 April 1970 Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Zdenek Macal
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 Royal Albert Hall, 17 August 1976 Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36 Royal Albert Hall Centenary Concert, 29 March 1971 George Thalben-Ball (organ) plus: John Douglas Todd interviews Sir Adrian Boult (extract from 85th birthday broadcast) BBC STUDIOS, 25 MARCH 197
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983), one of the great British conductors of the 20th century, who studied under the legendary Arthur Nikisch in Berlin which make his Brahms interpretations so special.
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka Saal 2, Funkhaus, Cologne, 21 January 1951 plus: BONUS: RACHMANINOV (1873–1943) Polka de W.R Rameau/Godowsky: Tambourin VILLA BERG, STUTTGART, 3 MARCH 1953 Chabrier: Bourrée Fantasque ICAC5020 MUNICH 1951
Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts Debussy & Mahler
Royal Opera House, 30 June 1955
Debussy: La Mer Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 24 October 1960 Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 31 October 1960 Lucretia West (mezzo-soprano)
Renata Tebaldi (Tosca), Ferruccio Tagliavini (Cavaradossi), Tito Gobbi (Scarpia), Michael Langdon (Angelotti), Howell Glynne (Sacristan), David Tree (Spoletta), Ronald Lewis (Sciarrone), Noreen Berry (Shepherd) & Rhydderch Davies (Jailer) Covent Garden Chorus & Orchestra,
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Dimitri Mitropoulos
Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896–1960), a most distinguished Mahlerian, was one of the great conductors of his generation, the music director of the New York Philharmonic and a frequent guest conductor of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics as well as La Scala, Milan.
This June 1955 performance of Puccini’s Tosca marked Renata Tebaldi’s first appearance with the Covent Garden Company. The roles of Cavaradossi and Scarpia were filled by two of Italy’s finest singers, Ferruccio Tagliavini (Cavaradossi) and Tito Gobbi (Scarpia).
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Telemann: Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst Volume III
Mario Lavista: Complete String Quartets
The cantatas for high voice, recorder and basso continuo II
Bergen Barokk: Mona Julsrud (soprano), Frode Thorsen (recorder), Hans Knut Sveen (harpsichord, organ), Thomas C. Boysen (theorbo), Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (cello) First Recordings This is the third volume in the highly acclaimed first complete set of recordings of the 72 cantatas from Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst, published in Hamburg in 1726. The Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst was the first complete set of cantatas for the liturgical year ever to be published, and copies were to be found across Germany. J. S. Bach’s nephew wrote in 1758 that Telemann’s church music ‘is by now so much appreciated that there cannot be many Protestant churches in Germany where they do not perform Telemann’s annual cantata series’.
The influences on the work of Mario Lavista (b. 1943), Mexico’s leading contemporary composer, range from mediaeval, religious and folk music to modernism. His music has a powerful sense of atmosphere and colour – the Second String Quartet, Reflejos de la noche, is played entirely on harmonics – and a vigorous rhythmic drive reminiscent of the quartet-writing of Shostakovich.
Tellefsen: The Complete Works for Solo Piano
A tribute to the Northern Winds
Einar Steen-Nøkleberg (Steinway grand and Érard grand piano, London 1853)
The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet Ole Kristian Ruud, conductor
The complete solo piano works of Chopin’s only proper pupil Thomas Tellefsen are given world premiere performances by the Norwegian pianist Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, whose recordings of the complete piano music of Grieg, Sæverud and Kjærulf are considered to be among the best in the catalogue.
PSC1239 (4 CDs)
The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces is among the foremost military orchestras, with international acclaim for its high musical level. A Tribute to the Northern Winds is a collection of great Scandinavian original works – including a trumpet concerto featuring the phenomenal Tine Thing Helseth.
Alfred Brendel On Music: Three Lectures 1. “Does Classical music have to be entirely serious?” 2. “Musical Character (s) as exemplified in Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas” 3. “Light and Shade of Interpretation” “What a delight. And the lecture ‘The Light and Shade of Interpretation’ was a revelation – not least of the light and shade of Mr. Brendel.’ The Telegraph on Brendel’s lecture at the Wigmore Hall, London, Dec 2010 Alfred Brendel (narrator and pianist) The 2 DVD-set of legendary pianist and one of the greatest musical thinkers of our age, Alfred Brendel contains 3 lectures, which he illustrates on the piano with musical excerpts from Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Handel, Schubert and more.
703408 (2 DVDs) Carlos Kleiber: I am Lost to the World The Ultimate Documentary Carlos Kleiber, the eccentric and reclusive conductor has achieved cult status in music circles and has built a loyal fan base. The film uncovers some of the mysteries and tries to clear up preconceptions of one of the most elusive conductors: what were the real reasons he cancelled that often? It sheds light on the relationships with his family, including his father and mother, traces the developments of his career and covers the ‘mythologizing’ that started during the lifetime of the maestro. Carlos Kleiber has always been a major mystery to the world and probably even to himself too. He disposed to close the door to his closest family circle for any biographers and his children indeed respect his wish. This is why the filmmaker had to do his research amongst the conductor’s musical companions, collaborators and friends. The film includes never seen before film footage, interviews with Ricardo Muti, Otto Schenk, Dr. Otto Staindl, friend and attending physician of Carlos Kleiber, members of the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Münchener Philharmoniker and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Many of them own letters or small notepads by Kleiber, documentary reproductions, photographs or private video copies of rehearsals and concerts.
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Don Quichot: Live Recording From The Amsterdam Music Theatre, 2010
Traces To Nowhere A Film By Eric Schulz With Plácido Domingo, Brigitte Fassbaender, Otto Schenk, Veronika Kleiber, Michael Gielen, Manfred Honeck
Anna Tsygankova, Matthew Golding, Dutch National Ballet, Peter De Jong (Maxi) as Don Quichot and Karel De Rooij (Mini) as Sancho Panza, Holland Symfonia, Kevin Rhodes, Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorski Don Quichot – an audience favourite of prestigious companies worldwide – is a dazzling display of high spirits, virtuosity and Spanish temperament. The leading Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has drawn inspiration for his production from the libretto of the first version of Don Quichot by Marius Petipa, created in 1869.
With Plácido Domingo, Brigitte Fassbaender, Otto Schenk, Veronika Kleiber, Michael Gielen & Manfred Honeck… Carlos Kleiber On the 11th July 2004 Carlos Kleiber got into his car and drove from Munich, via the Alps, to his holiday home in the remote Slovenian village of Konjsica. There he wrote a final letter to a friend in which he bid farewell to the world. A short time later the conductor, increasingly plagued by illness and suffering, was found dead.
101 561 (DVD) 101 562 (Blu-ray) Dancer’s Dream The Great Ballets of Rudolf Nureyev Four Documentaries Dedicated to the Great Ballet Productions by Rudolf Nureyev. Raymonda • Romeo & Juliet • Sleeping Beauty La Bayadère
François Roussillon, Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa, Les Etoiles, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris, Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris.
101 553 Kiss Me Kate: Live from the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, 2002 Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Sam & Bella Spewack The Performance Company, Brent Barret, Rachel York, Nancy Anderson, Michael Berresse, Kathleen Marshall, Michael Blakemore
Brush up your Shakespeare - April sees the long-awaited release on DVD of the London production of Cole Porter‘s Kiss Me Kate, revived for Broadway in 2001. It‘s one of Porter‘s best-known musicals showcasing some of his greatest songs and based on Shakespeare‘s The Taming Of The Shrew.
107 209 (4 DVDs) Joseph Haydn
Die Schöpfung (The Creation): Live Recording from the Alte Universität, Vienna, 1982
Coppélia: Live Recording from the Opéra National De Paris, 2001
Arleen Auger, Peter Schreier, Walter Berry, Gabriele Sima, Roland Herrmann, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Collegium Aureum, Gustav Kuhn
Arthur Saint-Léon, Pierre Lacotte, Claude Bessy, Swanilda Charline Giezendanner, Franz Mathieu Ganio, Coppélius Pierre Lacotte, École De Danse And Opéra National De Paris, David Coleman
This March 1982 performance of The Creation took place in the Great Hall of the Old University in Vienna - precisely where, on 27 March 1808, the composer had appeared for the last time in public to attend a gala performance of this work under the direction of Antonio Salieri.
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On the programme this evening is Coppélia, or the girl with the enamel eyes by Léo Delibes. The excitement among the girls is great because today they will be performing in the (reproduced) scenery and costumes which at the premiere on 25 May 1870 had delighted Emperor Napoleon III and the Empress.
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Die Frau Ohne Schatten: Live Recording from the Aichi Prefectural Art Theatre, Nagoya, Japan, 1992
Ivan the Terrible: Live Recording from the Opéra National De Paris, 2003
Peter Seiffert, Luana Devol, Marjana Lipovek, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Alan Titus, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Ennosuke Ichikawa, Setsu Asakura
Yuri Grigorovich, Nicolas Le Riche, Eleonora Abbagnato, Karl Paquette, Le Corps De Ballet Opéra National De Paris, Vello Pähn, Yuri Grigorovich, Simon Virsaladzé
Arthaus presents a rare document of an early nineties operatic highlight: the Japanese premiere of Wolfgang Sawallisch’s last production at the Bavarian State Opera.
Arthaus presents one of the most fascinating choreographies to have emerged from Russia during the last decades: Yuri Grigorovich’s original ballet dramatizing Ivan the Terrible‘s reign as Czar of Russia.
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Der Fliegende Holländer
Renée Fleming, Joseph Calleja, Thomas Hampson, Eddie Wade, Richard Wiegold, The Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Richard Eyre, Antonio Pappano
Robert Lloyd, Catherine Naglestad, Marco Jentzsch, Marina Prudenskaja, Oliver Ringelhahn, Juha Uusitalo Chorus of The Netherlands Opera, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Harmut Haenchen, Martin Kuej
Verdi’s best-loved work, is performed here by a star cast in a revival of Richard Eyre’s highly acclaimed 1994 production. Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts La traviata for the first time at Covent Garden.
Austrian director Martin Kušej’s pioneering vision brings a challenging and provoking insight to Wagner’s opera of love and redemption, with his singular ability to connect characters and their actions to the score.
OA1040D (DVD) OABD7076(Blu-ray)
OA1049D (DVD) OABD7084 (Blu-ray)
Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869)
Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848)
Marino Faliero Azione tragica in Three Acts (1835 edition) Libretto by Giovanni Emanuele Bidera
Burkhard Fritz, Maija Kovalevska, Laurent Naouri, Brindley Sherratt Mikhail Petrenko, Kate Aldrich Wiener Philharmoniker Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor Valery Gergiev, Andreas Schüller
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Giorgio Surian, Rachele Stanisci, Ivan Magrì, Luca Grassi, Luca Dall’Amico, Leonardo Gramegna, Orchestra and Chorus of the Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti, Bruno Cinquegrani
2.110616-17 (2 DVDs)
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The Berliner Philharmoniker in Tokyo
Claudio Abbado conducts Brahms & Dvořák
Dvořák: Symphony No 8 Weber: Oberon Overture Shostakovitch: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Violin Concerto op.77 Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” Beethoven: “Egmont” Overture Verdi: Overture to “Les VÍpres siciliennes”
Hilary Hahn (violin), Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons Recorded live at the Suntory Hall, Tokyo, 26 November 2000
Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado Recorded live at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo, 1 May 2002
Introducing Haydn Symphony No. 94
Introducing Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons
Karita Mattila, Violeta Urmana, Thomas Moser, Eike Wilm-Schulte, Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericsson Chamber Choir, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado
Recorded live at the Hagia Eirene, Istanbul 2001 Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9 Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 Region code: 0 Running time: 27 mins (documentary) + 27 mins (performance)
Recorded live at the Philharmonie Berlin, 2000 Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9 Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 Region code: 0 Running time: 26 mins (documentary) + 69 mins (performance)
Introducing Berlioz Symphony Fantastique Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons Recorded live at the Hagia Eirene, Istanbul 2001 Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9 Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 Region code: 0 Running time: 29 mins (documentary) + 53 mins (performance)
harmonia mundi s.a
Soli Deo Gloria
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