JULY-AUGust 2011 NEW RELEASE GUIDE THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS:
CD O CD F TOHF E T M H EO N MTOHN T H William ALWYN (1905-1985)
Dramatic Overture: The Moor of Venice (arr. Philip Lane); Concerto Grosso No. 2; Serenade; Seven Irish Tunes: Suite for Small Orchestra; Concerto Grosso No. 3 WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / David Lloyd-Jones The final volume of Alwyn’s orchestral music in this landmark Naxos series. William Alwyn’s prolific output included descriptive scores, and the Dramatic Overture: The Moor of Venice, examines the turbulent central character in Shakespeare’s Othello. The Serenade and the orchestral version of Seven Irish Tunes receive première recordings here, both covering a wide range of moods. Following the previous recording of Concerto Grosso No. 1, this collection includes Concerto Grosso No. 2, scored for strings only and Concerto Grosso No. 3, a tribute to Sir Henry Wood. “Yet another enticing helping of Alwyn courtesy of David Lloyd-Jones, Naxos and the William Alwyn Foundation” Gramophone on 8.570704
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Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976)
Teizo MATSUMURA (1929-2007)
Complete Scottish Songs A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92; Who are these children?, Op. 84; Cradle Song; Oh that I had never been married; Ca’ the yowes; There’s none to soothe; O can ye sew cushions?; The Bonny Earl O’ Moray; Bonny at Morn; Dawtie’s Devotion; The Gully; Tradition; Come you not from Newcastle?; Four Burns Songs (arr. Colin Matthews) Mark Wilde (tenor) Lucy Wakeford (harp) David Owen Norris (piano)
Steeped in an atmosphere of ancient Scottish musical tradition, Benjamin Britten’s setting of texts by Robert Burns in A Birthday Hansel was his final song-cycle. Who are these children? is another late cycle to poems by William Soutar, combining darkly dramatic musical depictions of wartime life with protest songs which hark back to the composer’s youth. Acclaimed Scottish tenor Mark Wilde’s sensitivities embrace both the vibrantly dramatic and “gently mellifluous” (Manchester Evening News) qualities in this deeply expressive repertoire.
Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 2, for piano and orchestra*; To the Night of Gethsemane, for chamber orchestra *WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING Ikuyo Kamiya (piano)*, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Takuo Yuasa A contemporary of Toru Takemitsu, Teizo Matsumura combined European influences with Asian musical traditions. His tautly-constructed Symphony No. 1, a work of genuine power and intense sonic splendour, evokes the image of innumerable locusts swarming over the earth. Symphony No. 2, written over 30 years later and inspired by a poster of a pair of sumo-wrestler-like statues standing at the entrance to a famous Buddhist temple in Nara, Japan, is a soulful monologue of alternating sorrow and hope. The richly expressive symphonic poem To the Night of Gethsemane, inspired by Giotto’s fresco The Kiss of Judas, was Matsumura’s last orchestral work. Conductor Takuo Yuasa is a fine exponent of the Japanese Classics series on Naxos: “The fine performers make out a case for them and for an under-explored area of musical engagement.” Music Web International on 8.555350
Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809)
Sir Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b. 1934)
Piano Trios Piano Trio No. 26 in F sharp minor, Hob.XV: 26; Piano Trio No. 24 in D major, Hob.XV: 24; Piano Trio No. 25 in G major, Hob.XV: 25; Piano Trio No. 31 in E flat minor, Hob.XV: 31
Linguae Ignis* for cello solo and instrumental ensemble; Vesalii Icones Music-Theatre work for dancer (ad libitum), solo cello and instrumental ensemble; Fantasia on a Ground and Two Pavans (1968); Realisation for instrumental ensemble after Henry Purcell
Kungsbacka Piano Trio
The Piano Trios, written between 1784 and 1797, represent Haydn’s art at its most enjoyable and fresh. Three of the trios in this disc were dedicated to Rebecca Schroeter, who lived in London and was a close friend of the composer. The F sharp minor contains a version of the Adagio of Symphony No. 102, which it has been suggested was a favourite of hers. And the G major sports the famous ‘Gypsy Rondo’ finale (Rondo all’Ongarese), one of the most ebullient and best loved movements in the entire repertoire. The Kungsbacka is one of the world’s finest trios, and their Mozart trio set (Naxos 8.570519) received outstanding reviews; “authentically felt and absorbingly communicated.” (Gramophone).
*WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING Vittorio Ceccanti (solo cello), Contempoartensemble / Mauro Ceccanti A new disc of instrumental works from the Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Linguae Ignis is an instrumental motet for cello and ensemble, and was premièred in 2002 by the forces that perform it on this disc. This beautiful, elegiac work sees Maxwell Davies entwining two Pentecostal Plainchants around each other, and gradually generating rich dance patterns, to which the solo cello responds with eloquent reserve. Dating from much earlier, Vesalii Icones again has a strong rôle for solo cello, and also a solo dancer. It’s a set of fourteen dances, based on illustrations by Vesalius, that play out the Stations of the Cross in music of profound ritualistic expression. By contrast the Fantasia and Two Pavans provide a sardonic and provocative gloss on Purcell.
Robert Livingston ALDRIDGE (b. 1954)
Joseph HOLBROOKE (1878–1958)
Elmer Gantry (2007) An Opera in Two Acts
Violin Sonata No. 1 (‘Sonatina’), Op. 6a; Horn Trio in D (original version), Op. 28; Violin Concerto ‘The Grasshopper’ (Violin Sonata No. 2),Op. 59; Mezzo-Tints, Op. 55 No. 2 – L’Extase
Libretto by Herschel Garfein based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis Elmer Gantry: Keith Phares Sharon Falconer: Patricia Risley Frank Shallard: Vale Rideout Eddie Fislinger: Frank Kelley Lulu Baines: Heather Buck Florentine Opera Chorus (Chorus-master: Scott Stewart), Florentine Opera Company, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, William Boggs Set just before World War I, Sinclair Lewis’ incendiary novel Elmer Gantry tells a story of oldtime religion, illicit romance and revenge. Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s operatic adaptation is a “marvellous amalgam of toe-tapping accessibility” (Opera News) full of hymns, gospel songs, marches and dance, evoking the period in a score which echoes Gershwin and Copland. This all-American production combines a first-rate cast of singers and a world-class orchestra for “an intoxicating experience” (The New York Times).
8.669032-33 (2 CDs)
WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS
Kerenza Peacock (violin), Mark Smith (horn), Robert Stevenson (piano)
Joseph Holbrooke is a fascinating and important figure in British music, and this is the first Naxos recording of his music. His Violin Sonata No. 1 – also called a Sonatina – is a bright, engaging and light-hearted work that owes something to his interest in popular song. His Violin Concerto, subtitled ‘The Grasshopper’, was published in full score and in two versions for violin and piano – including a ‘sonata’ version with a somewhat technically less demanding final movement. In this recording we present the original ‘concerto’ version. The Horn Trio took Brahms’s similar trio as a precedent, and is a work of great dignity and melodic appeal.
GURU (2006-2009) An Opera in Three Acts - Libretto by Xavier Maurel WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING Hubert Claessens (bass-baritone), Sonia Petrovna (actress), Philippe Do (tenor), Karen Wierzba (soprano), Philippe Kahn (bass), Marie-Noële Vidal (alto),
Vocal Ensemble A La Carte Budapest Studio Choir and Honvéd Male Choir, Choir-master: Kalman Strausz, Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest, Petitgirard
Franco ALFANO (1875-1954) Sonata in D for Violin and Piano*; Piano Quintet in A flat major; Nenia and Scherzino for Violin and Piano (arr. Enrico Pierangeli) WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS Elmira Darvarova (violin)*, Scott Dunn (piano)*, Mary Ann Mumm (violin), Craig Mumm (viola), Samuel Magill (cello) Alfano’s chamber music is receiving deserved recognition. The Violin Sonata is a powerful and impressive work, with elements of French impressionism, but essentially post-romantic in ethos.
Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
Antonio SOLER (1729–1783)
Suite from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 (Arranged by Vadim Vasilyevich Borisovsky)
Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 1–15
Matthew Jones (viola), Michael Hampton (piano), Rivka Golani (viola) One of Prokofiev’s best loved works today, Romeo and Juliet was initially declared ‘impossible to dance to’. The composer resorted to making Symphonic Suites of the work, subsequently arranged for viola and piano (with the composer’s full approval) by renowned Soviet performer and founder of the ‘Beethoven String Quartet’ Vadim Vasilyevich Borisovsky.
Martina Filjak (piano) Soler was music master to the princes of Bourbon in El Escorial, the palace of the King of Spain. Soler was fond of dance rhythms and guitar imitations as well as infectious and delightful modulations. Pianist Martina Filjak – ‘brilliance, sensitivity and imagination’ (The New York Times) – is a much admired international artist.
Ildebrando PIZZETTI (1880-1968)
Jean Baptiste LOEILLET DE GANT (1688-c.1720)
String Quartet No. 1 in A major String Quartet No. 2 in D major Lajtha Quartet Together with Casella, Malipiero and Respighi, Pizzetti was one of the leading composers of the generation of Italian composers born around 1880. The early String Quartet in A major has a delightfully open lyricism linked to the folk modes of the composer’s native province of Emilia, and is reminiscent in part of Dvorák’s rustic charm. From Pizzetti’s mature period, the String Quartet in D major pushes beyond traditional forms and projects an evocative and powerfully expressive individuality.
Recorder Sonatas Sonata in D minor, Op. 2, No. 3; Sonata in G major, Op. 1, No. 3; Sonata in C minor, Op. 3, No. 5; Sonata in C major, Op. 1, No. 6; Sonata in F minor, Op. 4, No. 2; Sonata in E flat major, Op. 3, No. 7; Sonata in A minor, Op. 1, No. 1; Sonata in E minor, Op. 3, No. 12
Daniel Rothert (Recorder), Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord), Vanessa Young (Cello) Little is known about Jean Baptiste Loeillet de Gant’s life, but his solo recorder sonatas have retained their popularity from their origins in the Baroque period to the present day.
GUITAR LAUREATE: Pablo Garibay
William Vincent WALLACE (1812-1864)
DOMENICO SCARLATTI (1685–1757) Sonata in E, K.380; Sonata in D minor, K.213; FRANCISCO TÁRREGA (1852–1909) Capricho árabe; MANUEL PONCE (1882–1948) Sonata III; ANTONIO JOSÉ (1902–1936) Sonata; FRANCISCO TÁRREGA Lágrima; María; Endecha; Oremus; La Mariposa
Opera Fantasies and Paraphrases
Widely acclaimed for the subtle artistry of his playing, Pablo Garibay has won numerous international competitions including the ‘JoAnn Falletta’ (USA), ‘Julián Arcas’ (Spain), Manuel M. Ponce (Mexico), René Bartoli (France) and Gevelsverg (Germany).
Fantaisie Brillante; Souvenir de Bellini; Souvenir de l’opera; Nabucco de Verdi, Va Pensiero; Variations Brilliantes; Rigoletto de Verdi; The Night Winds; Fantaisie de salon; Grande Fantaisie; Grande Duo Rosemary Tuck (piano), Richard Bonynge (piano) As an internationally admired opera composer, William Vincent Wallace was perfectly placed to provide brilliant fantasies and paraphrases from the operatic repertoire, refashioned for the domestic piano market.
Laurent PETITGIRARD (b. 1950)
Muzio CLEMENTI (1752-1832)
Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Piano Music - 6
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44 Volume 2: Exercises Nos. 25-41, Suite de trois pieces, Suite de cinque pieces
Four Piano Pieces, BB 27; Tableau 10 (from Kossuth), BB 31: Marche funèbre; Petits morceaux, BB 38 Two Elegies for Piano, Op. 8b, BB 49; Kezdok zongoramuzsikája (The First Term at the Piano), BB 66
Alessandro Marangoni (piano) Clementi’s Gradus ad Parnassum, a collection of 100 stylistically diverse pieces, stands as a monument to Clementi’s technical and expressive mastery of the instrument. Award-winning pianist Alessandro Marangoni has been acclaimed as playing “naturally and beautifully” (ClassicsToday.com / Gradus ad Parnassum Vol. 1 / 8.572325).
8.572326 Carlos de SEIXAS (1704-42) Harpsichord Sonatas 2
Débora Halász (harpsichord) José Antonio Carlos de Seixas shared a common keyboard tradition with his contemporary and colleague Domenico Scarlatti, and the question as to who most influenced the other remains unanswered.
Jeno Jandó (piano) The early works presented here remind us that Bartók was also an influential concert pianist and thoughtful teacher. The expansiveness and exuberant sensuality of this youthful music comes as a surprise to anyone who is familiar only with the calculatedly terse works from later in Bartók’s life.
BREATHING LESSONS Music for Saxophone Quartet Elias Tanenbaum (1924-2008): Sax Quartet David Sampson (b. 1951): Breathing Lessons Dexter Morrill (b. 1938): Six Bagatelles Eddie Sauter (1914-1981): Piece for Tuba and Saxophone Quartet* Eric Ewazen (b. 1954): Rhapsody for Saxophone Quartet WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, Scott Mendoker (tuba)*
The Ultimate Opera Albums on Naxos. For full tracklists please go to www.naxos.com The Ultimate MOZART opera album
The Ultimate PUCCINI opera album
Includes key overtures and arias from: Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte
Includes key overtures and arias from: La Rondine, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Manon Lescaut, Gianni Schicchi, Tosca, Turandot, Edgar and Suor Angelica
8.578064-65 (2 CDs)
8.578066-67 (2 CDs)
The Ultimate VERDI opera album
The Ultimate WAGNER opera album
Includes key overtures and arias from: La Traviata, Rigoletto, Nabucco, Il Trovatore, Macbeth, La Forza del Destino, Aïda, Otello, Un ballo in maschera and Ernani
Includes key overtures and arias from: Der fliegende Holländer, Die Walküre, Lohengrin, Götterdämmerung, Die Meistersinger, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal
8.578068-69 (2 CDs)
8.578070-71 (2 CDs)
The Pulitzer Project
Rachel Barton Pine (violin)
Grant Park Orchestra & Chorus, Carlos Kalmar
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records’ all-time best-selling artist, has created another rare — perhaps unique — contribution to the world’s CD catalog: an album of Spanish and Latin American music written solely for unaccompanied violin. Capricho Latino, Ms. Pine’s 12th Cedille CD, offers eight world-premiere recordings: In addition to premieres of works by Roque Cordero, César Espejo, and José White, the CD brings first-time recordings of pieces composed or arranged for Ms. Pine by José Serebrier, Luis Jorge Gonzáles, and Jesús Florido; and two of her own arrangements.
The Pulitzer Prize in Music, established in 1943, is perhaps the most coveted award in American concert life. This new CD with Chicago’s Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar presents three Pulitzer Prize-winning works from the competition’s earliest years: William Shuman’s Secular Cantata No. 2, “A Free Song”; Aaron Copland’s Suite from Appalachian Spring; and Leo Sowerby’s The Canticle of the Sun for chorus and orchestra. These are the world-premiere recordings of the Shuman and Sowerby cantatas.
CDR 90000 124
Catch Light Peter Herresthal (violin) Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & BIT20 Ensemble, Rolf Gupta, Peter Szilvay & Pierre-André Valade “Catch Light” is a portrait of the outstanding violinist Peter Herresthal, and features performances of four new violin concertos specially written for him. The title track is composed by Nils Henrik Asheim, whilst the other works are by Gisle Kverndokk, Henrik Hellstenius and Jon Øivind Ness. Also featured on the disc are the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras, the BIT20 ensemble, and the percussionist Peter Kates.
Jean SIBELIUS (1865–1957)
Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
Piano Sonatas Nos. 1–9 Piano Sonata No. 5 (original version) Piano Sonatas Nos. 6–8 (“War Sonatas”) Piano Sonata No. 9 Four Etudes Toccata Sarcasms Visions fugitives
Tales of an Old Grandmother Romeo and Juliet: Ten Pieces for Piano Matti Raekallio (piano)
ODE1103-2Q (4 CDs for 2)
Johann Ludwig Bach (1677-1731)
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 Transcribed for Solo Piano by Henri Sigfridsson Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 Transcribed for Solo Piano by Karl Ekman and Henri Sigfridsson World Première Recordings Henri Sigfridsson (piano) This CD release features the popular Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 by Jean Sibelius as piano transcriptions, performed by Henri Sigfridsson on piano.
Micheal Gordon: Timber
RHEINISCHE KANTOREI · DAS KLEINE KONZERT HERMANN MAX CD 1: Trauermusik · Funeral Music CD 2: Motetten · Motets CD 3: Missa sopra · Cantatas Mária Zádori (soprano), Lena Susanne Norin (Alt / alto), Wilfried Jochens & Guy De Mey (tenors), Stephan Schreckenberger & Klaus Mertens (basses), Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Hermann Max (director)
Slagwerk den Haag 1 EP Michael Gordon is a founding member of Bang on a Can and Cantaloupe Music. Over the past 25 years, he has produced a strikingly diverse body of work, ranging from large-scale pieces for high-energy ensembles to major orchestral commissions to works conceived specifically for the recording studio.
Hillborg – Eleven Gates Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Sakari Oramo [King Tide] / Alan Gilbert [Exquisite Corpse] / Esa-Pekka Salonen [Dreaming River, Eleven Gates] As demonstrated by the four works on this disc, anyone who enters Anders Hillborg’s world of sounds is in for a surprise. Complexity rubs shoulders with directness, sensuality with humour, hypnotic meditation with pulsating rhythms, and all is combined with an original sense of form and unfaltering craftsmanship.
BIS-SACD-1406 Montéclair – Cantates à voix seule Emma Kirkby, soprano; London Baroque An almost exact contemporary of François Couperin and only some 15 years older than Rameau, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair taught the children of the first-named and debated music theory with the latter. He is credited with introducing the new contrabass to the Paris opera orchestra of which he was a member, wrote a treatise on teaching, Petite méthode pour apprendre la musique, and in 1721 opened a music shop.
BIS-CD-1865 Sibelius – The Tempest, The Bard & Tapiola Lahti Symphony Orchestra / Okko Kamu
Maxim Rysanov plays Schubert • Tchaikovsky • Bruch Maxim Rysanov, viola; Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Muhai Tang Described as ‘a prince among violists’, Maxim Rysanov was in 2010 chosen to perform at the Last Night of the Proms. On that illustrious occasion he played his own adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, in a performance described by one reviewer as so seductive that it ‘almost made one forget that it had been composed for the cello.’ For the present disc, Rysanov has chosen to record the work with the expert support of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under the conductor Muhai Tang.
Strauss – Ein Heldenleben Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Dorothea Röschmann, soprano The first recording by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for BIS centred on Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, a work which stands squarely on the threshold between Classicism and Romanticism. Nézet-Séguin’s interpretation brilliantly demonstrated this ambivalence, as the reviewer in CD Review on BBC Radio 3 remarked: ‘A Fantastic Symphony that relishes in the transparency and the delicacy of Berlioz’s scoring while remaining true to its vivid imagination and dramatic punch’.
Armenian Rhapsody Alexander Chaushian, cello; Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra / Eduard Topchjan; Emmanuel Hovhannisyan, duduk; Vache Sharafyan, piano
To many, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra has become synonymous with excellence in Sibelius repertoire. Its numerous recordings with the previous chief conductor Osmo Vänskä have received countless distinctions and awards, and the orchestra is universally regarded as having a very special affinity for the music of their great compatriot. On the present disc it is Okko Kamu, Vänskä’s successor as chief conductor, who wields the baton.
Recorded in the Armenian capital of Jerevan, this disc offers a rare opportunity to sample music by Armenian composers, here represented by three works for cello and orchestra. Naturally Khachaturian is among the selected composers, with his impassioned and expansive Concerto-Rhapsody from 1963 as the disc’s opening work.
Bach/Karg-Elert: Complete Organ Transcriptions Sverker Jullander (organ of Vasa Church, Gothenburg) Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877–1933) was Professor of Composition at the Leipzig Conservatory and bestknown as Germany’s foremost champion of the Kunstharmonium, ‘art harmonium’, which at that time was a full concert instrument and for which he made over 400 transcriptions.
Reinhard Oppel: Piano Music Volume 1 First Recordings Heejung Kang (piano) Reinhard Oppel (1878–1941) was a central figure in inter-War Germany, as composer, teacher and theoretician; he was a close friend and colleague of the music theorist Heinrich Schenker. Both World Wars played a central role in his life and career.
Symphony No. 4 in E flat major (last version of 1879/80, WAB 104); Symphony No. 7 in E major (1881-83, WAB 107) Sinfonieorchester Basel, Mario Venzago This CD marks the beginning of a major project called ‘A Different Bruckner’ for Cpo and Mario Venzago as they set out to record the complete Symphonies of Anton Bruckner. Venzago has assigned each symphony a specific orchestra of very different size, culture, and tradition. The Basel Symphony Orchestra begins the series with Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7.
Carl ORFF (1895-1982) Ein Sommernachtstraum (Midsummer Night’s Dream) A play with music after the translation of A. W. Schlegel Andreas Haun, Barbara Böhler, Christian Arndt Sanchez, Andechser Orff-Akademie des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters, Christian von Gehren In collaboration with the Orff Andechs Festival, Cpo present Carl Orff’s Ein Sommernachtstraum (Midsummer Night’s Dream).
777615-2 (2 CDs)
777657-2 (2 CDs)
George ONSLOW Complete Piano Trios Vols. 3 & 4
Christian SINDING (1856-1941)
CD 1 Piano Trio op. 20; Piano Trio op. 3,1; Piano Trio op. 14,1 CD 2 Piano Trio op. 26; Piano Trio op. 14,3; Piano Trio op. 3,3
Violin Concerto No. 3 op. 119; Legend op. 46; Romance op. 100; Violin Concerto No. 1 op. 45; Violin Concerto No. 2 op. 60; Suite op. 10; “Abendstimmung” op. 120
Cpo’s George Onslow Complete Piano Trios series demonstrates that the rediscovery of this virtuosic, dramatically expressive, emotionally intimate, and finely crafted music is long overdue. “Well-worth investigating for those with a taste for unusual 19th-century repertoire”. (Classic FM Magazine on Vol.2)
777232-2 (2 CDs) Adrien Francois SERVAIS (1807-1866) Works for Violoncello & Orchestra “Souvenir de Spa” op. 2, Fantasy; “Fantaisie et Variations brillantes sur la Valse de Schubert” op. 4; “Le Barbier de Séville” op. 6; Violoncello Concerto in B minor op. 5
The Works for Violin & Orchestra
Andrej Bielow (violin), NDR Radiophilharmonie Frank Beermann Christian Sinding is one of the few Norwegian composers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who gained recognition with their music outside their native country.
777114-2 (2 CDs)
Baroque Music from Ecuador Ensemble Villancico; Direction: Peter Pontvik
This release contains previously unrecorded repertoire of Latin American baroque music from the Seventeenth century.
Wen-Sinn Yang (violoncello), Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Terje Mikkelsen The romantic works for Violoncello and Orchestra heard on this disc are distinguished by charm and extreme technical demands.
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Concertos for piano & violin
Lorraine HuntLieberson. A Tribute
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano Freiburger Barockorchester Gottfried von der Goltz, violin & cond
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
Three years before the Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, Felix Mendelssohn wrote this amazing Concerto for (forte) piano and violin, built on the Classical model but brimming with new, even iconoclastic ideas.
Excerpts from Bach, Handel, Purcell
As a tribute to the artistry of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1954-2006), this retrospective gathers together many of the finest recordings of arias and duets made during her acclaimed association with harmonia mundi. “A riveting singer known for her fearsome vocal and dramatic power, whether in opera or the cantatas of Bach…” – The Los Angeles Times
HMU907471.72 (2 CDs)
Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Complete Symphonies Vol. 1
Sergeï Rachmaninov / Piotr Ilyitch Tchaïkovski: Quatuors Quatuor Elysée “As a pianist, composer and conductor, Rachmaninov, like Ravel, occupies a distinctive place in the history of music. Rachmaninov’s musical language is easily recognisable and accords primacy to melody: his music touches us by its heart-rending vulnerability and absolute sincerity. True rarities, the two unfinished string quartets are scores from his youth and totally unknown as works by Rachmaninov and have been very little recorded. LIDI 302227
Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven : Quatuor Zemlinsky String Quartet Masterworks of the First Viennese School Quatuor Zemlinsky
Defined imposed by Haydn with his 64 “Streichquartette”, the string quartet became an opera without words with Mozart (HaydnQuartette) and already went beyond its da camera framework with Beethoven as of 1800.
Mr Tomkins : Lessons Of Worthe Bertrand Cuiller “Lessons of Worthe” : the value judgments of the excellent composer Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) have stood the test of time. He left us an important manuscript with his personal list of English masterpieces for keyboard. Part of this selection is presented here, played on three different instruments - a claviorganum, an English harpsichord, and a Spanish harpsichord.
Ludwig van Beethoven : Eroica Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Wilhelm Furtwängler This SACD is the first of a series dedicated to Furtwängler’s live concerts: we “begin the festivities” with the famous Vienna Eroica recorded in December 1944. We then proceed with the Bruckner Eighth, recorded two months earlier; the famous Brahms concert in Hamburg (October 1951); and the Berlin concerts (Beethoven Symphonies). Since we own the original analogue tapes, we decided that the Super Audio CD serves as the ideal format to ensure optimal sound quality.
Mahler: Symphony No.2 Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 8. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tails
Khachaturian: Concerto Rhapsody Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations Schumann: Cello Concerto
London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra New Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society, Goldsmith’s Choral Union, Harrow Choral Society, Rae Woodland, Janet Baker
London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, USSR State Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Evgeny Svetlanov, Benjamin Britten, Sir Colin Davis, George Hurst
Widmung: Piano Works by Liszt Nino Gvetadze (piano) Georgian pianist Nino Gvetadze won the Press Prize and Audience Award of the 2008 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition. This recording is the logical result of her recital work focussing on the music of Liszt during this period. Includes two Liszt transcriptions of Schumann and Schubert pieces plus the Sonata which was dedicated to Robert Schumann.
Forqueray: The Complete Works for Harpsichord Ketil Haugsand (harpsichord) This 2-CD set performed on the harpsichord by the eminent keyboard player Ketil Haugsand features music written for the viola da gamba by Antoine Forqueray, a popular musician in the court of Louis XIV, arranged by his son, the composer Jean-Baptiste Forqueray.
The Digital Bachedition with an i-Pod touch® 32 GB!
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Roger Norrington (conductor)
On the occasion of Helmuth Rilling’s 75th Birthday hänssler CLASSIC has released the Bach ipod on a 32-GB iPod touch, the industry’s most respected mp3-Player! The perfect gift for the musical connoisseur: The Bach iPod contains more than 170 hours of music! Operation and search functions are very user-friendly. A MUST for every music-lover!
Sir Roger Norrington returns “home” in a program of music by that most English of composers, Edward Elgar! A rare recording of Elgar’s neglected masterwork, In the South (Alassio) op. 50 A symphonic spectacular that will delight every classical music enthusiast!
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J. S. Bach: The complete Cantatas Box (71 CDs / 2 Booklets / 1 CD-ROM)
Helmuth Rilling’s landmark edition of Bach’s Complete Cantatas is available once again as an integral collector’s edition! Timeless performances featuring many of Europe’s finest singers at the height of their careers! An attractive new display box with complete documentation and interactive CD ROM containing complete booklet notes and texts. At the center of Bach’s amazing output stand the more than 200 surviving cantatas. While these works are rightly regarded as timeless masterpieces, the majority were performed only once or twice. Bach’s church cantatas were composed during just 20 years – beginning with Cantata 150 written ca. 1705 in Arnstadt and concluding with the second surviving cycle of cantatas for the entire church year complete in Leipzig in 1725.
Amy Schwartz Moretti: Kaleidoscope Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin), Elizabeth Pridgen (piano) Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti is recognized for her musical elegance and grace. Her playing has been described as “breathtakingly rich in tone and color” (St. Petersburg Times). Praised by The American Record Guide as a “brilliant soloist” and The Oregonian for “a performance that glowed with inner warmth...” she has received numerous accolades for her musical artistry and technique. Many of her performances have been streamed online and broadcast on FM radio, including Performance Today. Her extensive solo and chamber music appearances have taken her across the United States and abroad, performing in such venues as New York’s Weill Recital Hall, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Tampa’s Morsani Hall, Gonfalone Oratory in Rome, Italy, and Edinburgh Castle.
DSL92126 The Lviv Lute
Sarmatica - Oleg Timofeyev (lute)
Christopher Brellochs (saxophone) with Paul Cohen
Raw passion and ancient energy electrifies the first release from Sarmatica on Sono Luminus. Led by world renowned guitarist Oleg Timofeyev, Sarmatica truly embodies the excitement of the music and the rich culture that developed it.
Saxophonist Christopher Brellochs breathes new life into forgotten musical works with the Sono Luminus release of Quiet City. This world premiere recording resurrects the unpublished score of Aaron Copland’s incidental music for the Irwin Shaw play Quiet City, in a new adaptation by Christopher Brellochs.
Hillborg – Eleven Gates
Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA
Anders KOPPEL (b. 1947) Concertos
Salve Regina; Assumpta est Maria; Missa Assumpta est Maria; Ave Regina caelorum; Song of Songs: nos. 9-11; Tota pulchra es, amica mea; Vulnerasti cor meum, soror mea; Sicut lilium inter spinas; Diffusa est gratia; Assumpta est Maria; Ave Maria The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Opera Omnia, Vol. 3 - Preludes and Fugue / Double Concerto Nicholas Daniel, Lucy Wakeford Nicholas Daniel & Ernst Kovacic (conductors) Preludes and Fugue and Double Concerto, works of maturity, though not yet of old age, are above all music for adults, whose appraisal requires thought, patience and restraint. One can fall in love at first sight at any age. Be discouraged. But to form a friendship at a mature age – one needs to ‘spend time’ with one’s object of interest.
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra; Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra; Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Matthias Aeschbacher, conductor Anders Koppel is to a rare degree a composer of his time. With one foot firmly planted in the classical European musical tradition and the other in world music, rock and jazz, Anders Koppel’s career as a composer can be seen as one long continuous mission to unite these cultures in a contemporary musical idiom.
Joseph Haydn Symphonies No. 6, 7, 8 “Le Midi” In the case of Haydn’s symphonies, most titles were given to them by the audience, the critics or the biographers, but the titles of the “time of day” symphonies seem to have been the composer’s original idea. In the preserved autograph of Symphony No. 7 in C major we can find the heading Le midi written in Haydn’s own hand. The other two symphonies in this cycle are known only from copies, but the heading in the original is viewed as a sufficient proof of the authenticity of the three titles.
IDIL BIRET: Archive Editon 9/10 Hector BERLIOZ (1808-1869) arr. Franz LISZT (1811-1886) CD 1 Symphonie fantastique, S. 470 CD 2 Harold en Italie, S. 472* “Idil Biret’s reading of the Symphonie fantastique (WEA Finnadar SR9023) is, in many-respects the most remarkable thing of its kind in the repertoire… This is not a record that Berliozians or Lisztians will want to miss, for the Turkish pianist Idil Biret, a pupil of Cortot and Kempff, here confirms the favourable impression she made in this piece at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London during April of this year”. Max Harrison (Gramophone - UK 1979)
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Niccolò Machiavelli The Prince
The Council of Justice
Read by Nigel Carrington
Read by Bill Homewood
The Prince is a treatise that systematically charts the best strategies for successful governing. It unapologetically places realism above idealism, showing would-be kings how to get what they want while appearing to be generous and honourable, and advocates that the means — cruelty, duplicity and horror —justify the ends of secure monarchical rule. But it can also be read as the work of a secret republican subtly undermining the despotism of the ruling Medici family.
In his Four Just Men series, Edgar Wallace comes up with something different: the ‘villains’ are not necessarily bad people, and the pursuers of justice, the Four Just Men, as they call themselves, are acting outside the law. They argue that their actions are for the public good, and dispassionately eke the ultimate revenge — death — on their victims. In their turn, the Four Just Men are pursued by the police, but somehow remain our heroes. The Four Just Men, in this second of Wallace’s ingenious series of thrillers, pit themselves against The Red Hundred, an organisation dedicated to international anarchy, led by the charismatic and beautiful assassin, the Woman of Gratz.
Best of Latin America Vol 2 Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba…
Traditional music and songs from various different regions of Serbia. Exhilarating and fiery dances, lovely ballads, played with accordion, flute, violins and drums. Many colour photos including the various regional costumes, plus extensive information about each of the songs and the customs they refer to in English, German, French and Spanish.
A sparkling album of lively and spicy Latin American songs and instrumentals. Passionate pieces and beautiful ballads from Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia… A rich variety of styles! Information in four languages.
Lincoln Abbey : Precious & Rare The complete 1956-1958
The complete set of Abbey Lincoln’s early recordings consists of three original albums together with some other rare pieces. The two CDs have been carefully remastered and the 32-page booklet includes some superb contemporary documents, a text in English and French, as well as a detailed discography.
Ray Anderson, Han Bennink & Christy Doran: A B D Ray Anderson, trombone & tuba Han Bennink, drums Christy Doran, guitars & delay devices Listening to Anderson’s four compositions, Doran’s piece, four free improvisations, and an Ellington tune, from the two sessions strike me as collages of a sort, bringing together very different aesthetics, directions, and materials, for a direct confrontation. Not a confrontational confrontation, mind you. A very amenable comparing, contrasting, and combining of sensibilities, the very thing that makes creative music tick. – John Corbett
BRONK 2 BRONK: Staffan Astner (guitar), Sven Lindvall (bass), Per Lindvall (drums) The Bronk members are Staffan Astner on guitar and the brothers Sven and Per Lindvall. The band has played with the entire Swedish rock and pop elite. On Bronk 2 they have the opportunity to play their own material and they really create dynamic and exciting tunes that are often based on simple, straightforward riffs. Bronk’s roots are in Rhythm’n’Blues, and it’s emphasized by the three invited guest stars: Eric Bibb, Sven Zetterberg and Bengt Skogholt.
Serbia, Traditional Music Sveti Sava
Tineke Postma The Dawn Of Light She belongs to the ‘crème de la crème’ of the Dutch jazz scene and Challenge Records is very happy to be able to work with her: saxophoneplayer Tineke Postma. The Dawn Of Light is her new quartet album and debut on Challenge Records. It features a guest performance of Esperanza Spalding on the wonderful track “Leave me a place underground”!
David Fettmann Quartet Prelude David Fettmann’s debut album as band leader showcases the multifaceted skill of this musician. The album, comprised principally of original compositions takes us into a world void of artifice, one of pure lyricism where “pop” songs intertwine saemlessly alongside themes influenced by contemporary jazz. It was only natural that he be surrounded by his three friends and musicians Sebastian Sternal, Sebastien Maire, and Julien Jolly to accompany him on this musical adventure.
DMCHR 71091 Stefan Schultze Large Ensemble A man beyond categories: German Stefan Schultze plays piano in his own Stefan Schultze Trio as well as in the Octoposse octet. He teaches kids at schools in jazz and improvised music with his mobile project School Jazz is Cool Jazz. With his multimedia project Raw Rough Ready, he combines music with dance and video performances. And now: the Stefan Schultze Large Ensemble! This is probably the most logical step in the still young, but quite diversified career of Stefan. It’s adventurous to set up a big band in these rough times, but Stefan grabbed the chance and formed the Stefan Schultze Large Ensemble.
The Ghost The King & I Rob van Bavel / Vincent Koning / Frans van Geest The trio has a natural sense of swing, and this program gives GK&I plenty of room to show off their virtuosity and improvisational skills. George Gershwin wrote countless songs that have been performed by jazz musicians and are still part of the standard repertoire, including “Summertime,” “The Man I Love” and “Embraceable You.”
DBCHR 74051 Geoff Goodman Jazz & Haiku Haiku is a Japanese poetry genre, the strict structure of which contrasts to the often dreamy, often jovial contents. A Haiku is composed of 5+7+5 (i.e., a total of 17) “on”; each “on” corresponds approximately to a syllable in our language. A haiku superficially often has a statement that almost seems banal. Its philosophical significance can only be deemed when the reader or listener deals with it actively and lets his or her thoughts Run freely, inspired by the haiku.
DMCHR 71089 Gerardo Rosales - Afro Cuban Jazz Quintet
Maria Jameau & Blue Brazil Gema Maria Jameau & Blue Brazil is a soulful world music quintet based in Sonoma County, California. Comprised of longtime performing artists, Bob Afifi (flute), Nate Lopez (bass & guitar), Jacob Harris (percussion), Pablo Rodriguez (guitar and vocals), and Maria Jameau (award-winning lead vocals and percussion), Blue Brazil creates sounds that make the spirit dance and the mind relax. While the musical backgrounds among them range from latin, jazz, r & b, and funk to Spanish flamenco, north Indian and eastern European, Maria Jameau & Blue Brazil performs a mix of Brazilian, African, Latin and French music that enchants the soul.
With his concerts and recordings he has managed to spread and project therhythms of Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Peru, Curacao, Surinam: Gerardo Rosales. He and his Afro Cuban Jazz Quintet conquer the world with this Challenge Records release! They play Chano Pozo’s music with a new sound and vision, 70 years after its creation.
Philip Catherine plays Cole Porter John Kelman of All About Jazz wrote about Catherine: “Catherine [has the] ability to reference traditional markers from Reinhardt to Wes Montgomery, while sounding like nobody but himself.” This pure musician releases his touching vision of Cole Porter on Challenge Jazz with “The Cole Porter Songbook”.
Chano Pozo is one of a handful of Cuban percussionists who came to the United States in the 1940s and 50s. Other notable congueros who came to the U.S. during that time include Mongo Santamaria, Armando Peraza, Francisco Aguabella, Julito Collazo, Carlos Vidal Bolado and Modesto Duran.
Curtis Fuller The Story of Cathy & Me This CD is a reflection of how Curtis is going on without his dear wife of so many years. If how he survives with the memory of her burning in his heart as he does what he was inescapably meant to do all of his life, play his trombone just as she would have wanted him to do. When she was with him she vigorously and ambitiously supported and encouraged him as a major pinion in his success-filled life.
Mirella Freni (soprano) featuring Plácido Domingo, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Herbert Von Karajan & Luciano Pavarotti Mirella Freni is one of the most remarkable soprano singers in the world of opera. She has been winning over audiences for half a century with her ever fresh and youthful vocals and with a voice quality which remains undiminished.
Verdi: Falstaff Live Recording from The Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, 2010
Bernd Weikl (Sir John Falstaff), Adelheid Fink (Mrs. Alice Ford), Wioletta Hebrowska (Mrs. Meg Page), Carlos Aguirre (Ford) & Yanyu Guo (Mrs. Quickly) Orchestra of The Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, Uwe Sandner (conductor) & Bernd Weikl (director)
EVAILLANT, D.: Petite Danseuse de Degas (La) (Paris Opera Ballet, 2010) (Deluxe Edition) (NTSC)
Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites
LA PETITE DANSEUSE DE DEGAS (Mediabook + Full Ballet DVD Deluxe Edition)
Dagmar Schellenberger (Blanche), Anja Silja (Madame de Croissy), Barbara Dever (Mère Marie de l‘Incarnation),Laura Aikin (Soeur Constance de Saint-Denis) & Christopher Robertson (Le Marquis de la Force) Teatro Alla Scala, Riccardo Muti (conductor) & Robert Carsen (director)
Music by Denis Levaillant Original idea by Patrice Bart & Martine Kahane The Little Dancer – Clairemarie Osta The Etoile Dancer – Dorothée Gilbert The Ballet Master – Mathieu Ganio The Subscription Holder – José Martinez The Man in Black – Benjamin Pech The Mother – Elisabeth Maurin The Caf’conc’ Singer – Stéphanie Romberg The Violinist – Emmanuel Thibault
Live Recording from Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, 2004
Rimsky Korsakov: Le Coq d’Or
Dvorak: Sacred Music
Live Recording from Théâtre Musical De Paris - Châtelet, 2002
Live Recordings from The Alte Oper Frankfurt, 1993
Albert Schagidullin (King Dodon), Ilya Levinsky (Prince Guidon), Andrei Breus (Prince Afron), Ilya Bannik (General Polkan), Olga Trifonova (Queen of Shemakha) & Yuri Maria Saenz (Golden Cockerel) Orchestre de Paris & Chorus of The Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Kent Nagano (conductor) & Isao Takashima (director)
Prague Symphony Orchestra and Chorus & Prague Philharmonic Choir, Petr Altrichter, Jiří Bělohlávek & Libor Pešek
The works of the quintessentially Czech composer Antonín Dvořák are, above all, enjoyable and perennial favourites of the Romantic repertoire.
A PIANO EVENING WITH MARTHA ARGERICH (Live recording from the La Roque d’Anthéron Piano Festival, 2005) Works by PROKOFIEV, SCHUMANN, BEETHOVEN Martha Argerich (piano), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello) Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky For a significant number of people, she is simply the greatest pianist of our time. No matter what repertoire she plays, she sounds, as they say, “in her element”. Indeed, her playing is entirely lacking in vanity, yet never remotely anonymous. Nor can one even speak of ‘Argerich’s Beethoven’ – or ‘Argerich’s anything else’, for that matter, since her playing of every work – of every theme or section within a work – is conceived so intensely from within that it doggedly resists categorization.
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Mirella Freni: A Life Devoted to Opera
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Veslemøy synsk Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) the national romantic and Olav Anton Thommessen (1946-) the modernist come together here in the tale of “Haugtussa” and her life, her love and her path through the Underworld to redemption. The story of Veslemøy - or Haugtussa - has literary parallels to Dante’s “Divina Commedia” and Pushkin’s “Eugene Onegin”, and is one of the greatest works of Norwegian literature.
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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114 Kristine Opolais (Rusalka), Klaus Forian Vogt (The Prince), Gunther Groissbock (Vodnik), Janina Baechle (Jezibaba), Nadia Krasteva (The Foreign Princess) Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Tomáš Hanus (conductor) & Martin Kušej (stage director) This highly acclaimed production from the Bayerische Staatsoper was a veritable sensation and the performance of up-and-coming Latvian soprano, Kristīne Opolais was rightly hailed by the press as “one of the most vivid and striking accomplishments seen on an opera stage in a long time” (Vienna’s leading daily “Der Standard”).
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SIMON CHRISTENSEN & BILL MORRISON TRIBUTES - Pulse
Christina Åstrand, violin Kundi Bombo, ensemble Bill Morrison, director Peter Navarro-Alonso, saxophones Simon Christensen, composer; percussion, zither, electronics
Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – The Salzburg Concerts West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim The concerts on this DVD and Blu-ray had been recorded at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, during the orchestras Salzburg residency. The ensemble “proved its status as a first-class orchestra that has no need to shy from comparisons with the philharmonic ‘top dogs’ from Vienna or Berlin” (Munich’s Abendzeitung).
Salzburg Opening Concert 2010 BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4 BOULEZ: Notations for Orchestra BRUCKNER: Te Deum Elīna Garancva, Dorothea Roeschmann, Franz Josef Selig, René Pape, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus State Opera Vienna, Daniel Barenboim The concerts on this DVD and Blu-ray had been recorded at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, during the orchestras Salzburg residency. The ensemble “proved its status as a first-class orchestra that has no need to shy from comparisons with the philharmonic ‘top dogs’ from Vienna or Berlin” (Munich’s Abendzeitung).
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Adam Laloum live at Verbier Festival Recorded at Verbier Festival, 2010 Adam Laloum (piano) The French pianist, Adam Laloum, winner of the 2009 Clara Haskil competition, is quickly becoming an international star, described by Le Monde as ‘A young pianist, yet already a great artist and poet.’ Age is certainly no barrier for Laloum, who has already played at many of the major venues in Europe. His impressive debut at the 2010 Verbier Festival is shared here in a live recording. Laloum’s sensitive and expressive playing is perfect for this program of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century works for solo piano, which includes pieces by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Debussy.
Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House, February 2011) Eva-Maria Westbroek, Alan Oke, Gerald Finley, Susan Bickley, Loré Lixenberg, Peter Hoare, Rebecca de Pont Davies, Dominic Rowntree, Allison Cook, Andrew Rees, Grant Doyle, Wynne Evans, Richard Jones, Antonio Pappano Flamboyant and foul-mouthed, Anna Nicole makes a provocative addition to opera’s chronicles of bad, sad girls. Anna Nicole Smith, the Playboy model who married an octogenarian billionaire, became a grotesque star of reality TV before dying, destitute and drug-riddled, at the age of just 39. After the work’s 2011 premiere at the Royal Opera House, the New York Times hailed “an engrossing, outrageous, entertaining and, ultimately deeply moving opera ... an improbable triumph for Covent Garden”. DVD - Picture format: 16:9 Anamorphic • Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS • Region code: All Regions
OABD7088D (Blu-ray) OA1054 (DVDs) JANÁCEK Jenuo fa (Teatro Real, October 2009) Mette Ejsing, Miroslav Dvorsky, Nikolai Schukoff, Deborah Polaski, Amanda Roocroft, Károly Szemerédy, Miguel Sola, Marta Mathéu, Marta Ubieta, María José Suárez, Sandra Ferrández, Elena Poesina, Marina Makhmoutova, Stéphane Braunschweig, Ivor Bolton The vulnerable young woman at the heart of Janácvek’s breakthrough opera is a signature role for the English soprano Amanda Roocroft. Here, in Stéphane Braunschweig’s clear but deeply affecting production, she is partnered by the Slovak tenor Miroslav Dvorsky, as the man through whom she finds redemption, love and hope. The complex figure of the Kostelnicka becomes both tormentor and tormented in this fearless interpretation by the great dramatic soprano Deborah Polaski. DVD - Picture format: 16:9 Anamorphic • Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS • Region code: All Regions Carmen EN/FR/DE/ES / The Miserly Knight EN/FR/DE/ES/IT
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A Musical Tour of Bavaria Bavaria, in south Germany is a region of great variety. The places seen here start with the Bavarian Forest and its traditional craft of glassblowing. Other scenes are of the great palace at Regensburg and the fine baroque monastery church of ‘St George and St Martin’ at Weltenburg. Music for the tour is by Telemann. The music here includes a Suite for recorder and strings, and two concertos from his Tafelmusik, one for three violins and the other for two horns. Aspect Ratio 4:3 NTSC – No Region Coding DTS 5.1 • Dolby Digital 5.1 • PCM Stereo 2.0
2110537 SWITZERLAND A Musical Visit to the Museo Vela at Ligornetto The Museo Vela is in the Swiss-Italian canton of Ticino. The galleries house remarkable collections of works belonging to the Vela family, Lorenzo, Vincenzo and his son Spartaco. The principal part of the collection includes the works in gesso of Vincenzo (1820-1891), figures later reworked in stone. The Museo Vela houses the largest such exhibition in the world. Music for the visit is by Chopin, with his piano Preludes, written principally during the winter of 1838–39 that he spent in Mallorca with his mistress, the writer George Sand. Other music included is Chopin’s Variations brillantes, written in 1833, based on a melody from an opera by Hérold and Halévy. Aspect Ratio 4:3 NTSC – No Region Coding DTS 5.1 • Dolby Digital 5.1 • PCM Stereo 2.0
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Schumann: A Portrait
Recorded at the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2009
Commemorating the 155th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s death (8 June 1810 - 29 July 1856), this film by Ernst Burger reveals his human side through a chronicle of his life from 1828 to his death in 1856. While the music features prominently, Burger’s focus on his biography and personality truly brings him to life. Contemporary depictions are interspersed with excerpts from his music performed by Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic, Vladimir Ashkenazy, András Schiff, Zoltán Kocsis, Hermann Prey and Daniel Barenboim with Sergiu Celibidache and the Munich Philharmonic, among many others. Though ending on a note of sadness, we are left with profound gratitude for the genius who left us so many musical masterworks.
Live Performances by Alim & Fargana Qasimova, Ibrahim Keivo, Salar Aghili, Hanir Shariatzadeh & Yulduz Turdieva Morgenland Chamber Orchestra, Nader Mashayekhi Documentary by Frank Scheffer and Günter Wallbrecht. In this colourful documentary East meets West at the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2009 Musicians from the Middle East encounter the Western tradition of music and showcase their own beautiful musical traditions, in a programme that interweaves concert recordings and rehearsal footage with in-depth interviews with the performers. “World music” in the truest sense of the word.
With the voices of Michael Tregor (Robert Schumann), Sophie von Kessel (Clara Schumann) and Joachim Höppner.
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2066728 Falla: Noches en los jardines de Espana
Joaquín Achúcarro (piano) Berliner Philharmonie Sir Simon Rattle
A film by Peter Rosen
Eric Bogosian (narrator)
Written by Bill van Horn and Solomon Volkov
In 2000 Joaquín Achúcarro was named ‘Artist for Peace’ by UNESCO in recognition of his extraordinary artistic achievements.
This film is about the life of Khachaturian - a composer creating in the darkness of a tragic era. As we will see, like most Soviet citizens, he hid a complex private life behind a mask of Communist loyalty.
This DVD presents an evocative recital of Spanish-inspired music, given by Achúcarro in Madrid, and a triumphant performance of Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, recorded in Berlin.
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harmonia mundi s.a
Soli Deo Gloria