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The Capitalist Blues, Leyla's McCalla's second album for Jazz Village, is a powerful, personal commentary on the divided sociopolitical climate in the United States. It is a message of hope, with songs that focus on fighting the injustice happening around us. Myth Of A Man is Night Beats’ fourth studio album. Written during a particularly destructive period of the band, the album is populated by fallen angels, wanderers and vindictive lovers. Mystery Hour, Pavo Pavo’s second album, was written as band members Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg were separating after a six-year relationship. Fever, Balthazar’s fourth album, is honest, playful and the band’s most cohesive effort to date. Go Dark’s début album Neon Young features a punkedged Brutalism that conjures visions of futuristic dystopia. A classical upbringing and a fondness for jazz come to the fore on the intoxicating self-titled debut album by RYD, aka North London producer and songwriter Ryan Downie. Mercury Prize nominee Ed Harcourt’s eighth studio album, Beyond The End, presents a soft-spoken yet emotionally loquacious group of piano-led instrumentals. Jordi Savall’s latest musicological project explores the great explorer Ibn Battuta’s significance in the Muslim world. Stile Antico’s In a Strange Land collects sacred music by Elizabethan Catholic composers living in exile. Justin Doyle and RIAS Kammerchor offer an album devoted entirely to Benjamin Britten. Berlioz is the focus of two new releases by key harmonia mundi artists. François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles performs Les Nuits d’été and Harold in Italy, and pianists Jean-François Heisser and Marie-Josèphe Jude perform a transcription of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. Highlights from Hyperion’s new releases include the Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer performing Saint-Saëns, Garrick Ohlsson playing late piano works of Brahms and cellist Natalie Clein performing cello sonatas by Clarke and Bridge. Other noteworthy releases this month include the Concentus Musicus Wien performing Schubert’s 'Unfinished' Symphony, the Freiburger Barockorchester performing Corelli’s Concerti Grossi, and Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques playing François Couperin’s Les Nations.
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Leyla McCalla The Capitalist Blues
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Inspired by the divided sociopolitical climate in the United States, Leyla's McCalla's album The Capitalist Blues explores the psychological and emotional effects of living in a society where money is king, and the poor are left to fend for themselves. Despite the pessimism and cynicism the album's title evokes, these songs focus on recognizing that while we may feel overwhelmed by the injustice happening around us, we must always resist the temptation to be overcome by it. The Capitalist Blues is a clear musical departure from the folk approach of McCalla's first two critically-acclaimed albums. Comprising mostly original songs and increasingly steeped in the music of her adopted home of New Orleans and her ancestral home of Haiti, McCalla's songs span the musical spectrum from New Orleans traditional jazz to Zydeco to Haitian Rara.
Night Beats Myth Of A Man
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Fronted by Texan native Danny Lee Backwell, Myth Of A Man is Night Beats' fourth studio album. While Blackwell has always fed off the musical legacy of his Texas roots, Myth Of A Man has him pulling from the surrogate wellspring of Nashville, Tennessee. It was there that he worked with the eminent Dan Auerbach, and a murderer’s row of battle-worn session musicians. Written during a particularly destructive period for the band, the album is populated by fallen angels, blood-sucking wanderers, and vindictive lovers. But the character most present is Blackwell himself. "Myth Of A Man can be summed up as a personal display of vulnerability and guilty conscience," he explains, "Destroying the mythos of what it means to live and function in society." With its bold steps forward, Myth Of A Man serves as both a takedown and reintroduction of the band as we know it — the strongest evidence that you’ll never be able to pin Night Beats down.
Pavo Pavo Mystery Hour
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Pavo Pavo is the recording project of Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg. Mystery Hour, their second album was written as the two were separating after a six-year relationship. The album began as a means to process the breakup and became a feedback loop, influencing the alchemy of their separation process and informing their new roles in each otherâ€™s lives. The tone is set by the opening title track, a tightly built pop song driven by orchestra and choir into a celestial fadeout: I realize love is to see every side of you / but mon cheri I'm designed to be unsatisfied. "Mystery Hour" is the album's sole co-write. The remainder songs came from Oliver in his apartment in the few months after Eliza moved out. From around 25 of his demos, the two would get together at the home studio to add and flesh out ideas, Eliza singing Oliver's words back to him. At the heart of the music is the openness with which the duo continues to sing together, revealing their unshakeable friendship. The record is a meditation on relationships from different angles.
It's clear from the opening notes of the album's first and title track "Fever" that Balthazar have changed, not least due to their individual musical pursuits over the past few years. Opening with a rolling languid bass riff, "Fever" unfurls into a slinky sunset jam, a swooping string motif adding drama to the funky bustle that fanfares the five-piece into new territory with their fourth album. Honest, playful and underpinned with a carefree abandon from two extraordinary songwriters, Balthazar has fashioned their most cohesive album to date.
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Matt Berry Music For Insomniacs
Originally released in 2014, Matt Berry's Music For Insomniacs was an exploration into his love of the classic electronic experimentation of the 1970s, typified by the recordings of both Jean Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield. The critically acclaimed recording received four stars from Mojo, The Times and The Sunday Times, and the NME boasted it was "Much Too Good To Fall Asleep To." With the original vinyl release being limited to 500 units, Acid Jazz are making available a special blue vinyl reissue. A BAFTA Award winning actor, Matt is currently filming two new TV series, but will be back in the studio in 2019.
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Go Dark Neon Young
Sante Fe-via-Oakland duo Go Dark - Ashley "Crash" Gallegos and Adam "Doseone" Drucker - are bound by an incommunicable sense of purpose, the two merging completely on the scorched debut album Neon Young. Out there on the fringes, these two lone figures are working in the twilight to illuminate the world. This 21st century cyber punk touches on the sickness of modern life, emerging from digital ghettos, torn up synths and blunt, punkedged Brutalism that conjures John Carpenter style visions of futuristic dystopia â€“ except itâ€™s happening right here, right now.
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RYD, aka North London producer and songwriter Ryan Downie is inspired by the frankness of Bon Iver's work, the more experimental wing of 90s R&B â€“ think Timbaland, The Neptunes, Missy Elliot â€“ his classical upbringing and a fondness for jazz composition that all come to the fore on his intoxicating selftitled debut album. Opaque electronics matched to heart-rending songwriting, bleached out digital production underpinning the most poignant of vocals, the album is a work of solitary creativity that is constantly in flux.
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POINT OF DEPARTURE
Ed Harcourt Beyond The End
Mercury Prize nominated recording artist Ed Harcourt presents his eight studio album, Beyond The End. It sees the supremely versatile singer, writer and all-round instrumentalist bravely eschew vocals and lyrics and create a soft-spoken yet emotionally loquacious group of piano-led instrumentals. It is as if Harcourt is sound-tracking an as yet invisible film, or responding to today's ferocious shouting match of a planet with a mesmerizing, meditative calm.
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Stile Antico In a Strange Land - Elizabethan Composers in Exile
The court of Queen Elizabeth I dealt harshly with supporters of the old Catholic religion. Torn between obedience and conscience, some of England’s most talented musicians – Philips, Dering and Dowland – chose a life of exile abroad. Others chose to remain in spiritual isolation in England, comparing themselves to the exiled Israelites in Babylon. Amongst them were Robert White, whose five-part Lamentations are one of the glories of English music of any age, and William Byrd, whose anguished Catholic music is referenced in Shakespeare’s enigmatic poem "The Phoenix and the Turtle", vividly set by Huw Watkins especially for Stile Antico.
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RIAS Kammerchor & Justin Doyle BRITTEN Hymn to St Cecilia & other choral works
Under the direction of new chief conductor Justin Doyle, RIAS Kammerchor revisit one of their favorite composers - Benjamin Britten. This glorious album devoted entirely to Britain's greatest twentieth-century composer features his enchanting setting of poems by W. H. Auden written in honor of the patron saint of musicians, alongside a selection of other Britten masterworks.
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Les Siècles & François-Xavier Roth BERLIOZ Harold en Italie, Les Nuits d’été Stéphane Degout (baritone), Tabea Zimmermann (viola)
A new aesthetic calls for new forms: such is the challenge the composer set for himself in the two works presented here. In Les Nuits d’été, Berlioz pioneered - well before Mahler and Ravel - the song cycle for voice and orchestra. In Harold in Italy, scored for large orchestra and solo viola, he experimented with the symphonic genre. These period-instrument performances by François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles feature violist Tabea Zimmermann and vocalist Stéphane Degout, heard here in the composer’s own version of Les Nuits d’été for baritone.
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Jean-François Heisser & Marie-Josèphe Jude BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique
The new Stradivari series from harmonia mundi allows listeners to explore the unique instruments lovingly preserved at the Philharmonie de Paris’s Museum of Music. Thanks to the skill and commitment of the museum's conservators, these instruments are given a new life. On this release, pianists Jean-François Heisser and Marie-Josèphe Jude perform a transcription of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique for four hands on a 1928 Pleyel Piano vis-à-vis.
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Utah Symphony & Thierry Fischer SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No.3 'Organ' Trois tableau symphoniques d'après La foi Paul Jacobs (organ) The prospect of a little-known Saint-Saëns orchestral work might not set the heart racing, but just wait until you hear his undiscovered masterpiece, La foi. So much more than a prelude to the famous 'organ' symphony, (also featured here, with Paul Jacobs at the keyboard) ample amends for a century's unaccountable neglect are made with this magnificent new recording from the Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer.
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Natalie Clein & Christian Ihle Hadland CLARKE Viola Sonata BRIDGE Cello Sonata VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Six Studies
There is a real affinity between the works of Rebecca Clarke and Frank Bridge included on this album. Paired with the contrasting and lighter Six Studies in English Folk Song by Vaughan Williams, this is a perfectly planned recital from Natalie Clein, one of the UK's leading cellists.
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Jordi Savall Ibn Battuta â€“ The Traveler of Islam
Ibn Battuta had the same significance in the Muslim world as Marco Polo in the Western countries. A relentless traveler, he deeply changed the perception of the Orient among his contemporaries and the following generations. Morocco, Mali, Egypt, Yemen, Zanzibar, India, The Maldives and China: this non-exhaustive list gives us a hint about the extraordinary journey Jordi Savall invites us on. As usual, he is surrounded by early music experts and this CD-book is lavishly illustrated.
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Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset COUPERIN Les Nations
Best known today as a composer of harpsichord music, François Couperin also penned some remarkably beautiful chamber works. Les Nations explores the different musical styles of France and Italy. Each of the piece's four suites has a subtitle - La Françoise, L’Espagnole, L’Impériale and La Piémontoise. Despite these somewhat solemn monikers, Les Nations is consistently light and charming. As a crowning finale in Couperin’s anniversary year, Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques deliver a superb performance of this gem of the French Baroque.
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Les Arts Florissants & William Chrsitie Si vous vouliez un jour... Airs sérieux et à boire Vol.2
With this second volume of airs sérieux and à boire, William Christie continues his exploration of this vast repertory of song settings of lyric and pastoral poetry, focusing on such masters of the genre as Boesset, Moulinié, Lambert, and Le Camus. Presented by his expert team of singers and instrumentalists, these exquisite miniatures – amongst which is ingeniously interspersed Charpentier’s charming Pastoraletta – reveal all the nuances of being in love. A delightful compendium enhanced by the superb artistry of the performers.
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Anton Batagov GLASS The Hours, Distant Figure
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Glass's 2002 Academy Award nominated score to the Richard Eyre film The Hours, starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore, remains a high-water mark in Glass's commercial film output. The solo piano version was embraced by pianists everywhere as some of Glass's most approachable and intimate music. Russian pianist Anton Batagov performs the score alongside the premiere recording of Glass's newest work for piano, Distant Figure (Passacaglia for Solo Piano). Batagov premiered the work in Denmark in 2017 in the presence of the composer. Distant Figure marks Glass's first work for solo piano in five years and is a melancholy tour de force.
Ning Feng ELGAR & FINZI Violin Concertos
Chinese violinist Ning Feng, prizewinner at the Hanover International, Queen Elisabeth, Yehudi Menuhin International and International Paganini Competitions, has developed an worldwide reputation as an artist of great lyricism and tremendous bravura. This program features violin concertos from Edward Elgar - the most monumental piece in British violin repertory - and Gerald Finzi - a well kept secret from 1927 that only received its first performance since the premiere in 1999.
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Garrick Ohlsson BRAHMS Late Piano Works
Brahms announced his retirement from composing on more than one occasion. This program from Garrick Ohlsson features the Fantasias Op.116, Intermezzos Op.117 and Clavierstücke Op.118. These works are among the last solo pieces Brahms wrote for piano. By contrast, the Scherzo Op.4 is the work of an eighteenyear old, and the earliest he approved for publication.
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Cupertinos & Luís Toscano CARDOSO Requiem
Published in Lisbon in the first half of the seventeenth century, Manuel Cardoso's extant works comprise five volumes of sacred choral music. For their Hyperion Records debut, Luís Toscano and the vocal ensemble Cupertinos present a selection of Cardoso's finest compositions.
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Concentus Musicus Wien & Stefan Gottfried SCHUBERT Symphony No.7, Lieder Florian Boesch (bass-baritone)
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The renowned Concentus Musicus Wien, now led by the talented conductor Stefan Gottfried, presents a fascinating recording of Schubert’s 'Unfinished' Symphony. It offers a stylistically faithful reconstruction of Schubert's beloved masterpiece. The third movement was completed by composer Nicola Samale and musicologist Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs, and an Entr'acte borrowed from Rosamunde is its remarkably satisfying finale. A selection of Schubert songs orchestrated by Brahms and Webern completes the program, and spotlights the immense talent of bass-baritone Florian Boesch.
Freiburger Barockorchester CORELLI Concerti Grossi Gottfried von Der Goltz
Violinist Gottfried von der Goltz leads the Freiburger Barockorchester in a true hit of the baroque repertoire, Corelli’s Concerti Grossi. The enlarged continuo forces used here feature a rich palette, full of life and bursting with color. Gottfried von der Goltz sought investigated all evidence supporting the presence of these additional timbres. These passionate musicians rediscover a brand new Corelli, pioneer in orchestral music.
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La RĂŞveuse London Circa 1700 - Purcell and his generation Daniel Medina de la Rosa, Erasmo Medina Medina
La RĂŞveuse expolres London at the end of the seventeenth century. This great European capital at the height of its economic expansion was extremely attractive to the foreign musicians who settled there in large numbers. It provided a most favorable context for the development of instrumental music, fuelled by the final flowering of the English tradition and by the latest European innovations.
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Modigliani Quartet Portraits
Modigliani, one of the greatest portrait painters, is the inspiration for this journey through a variety of pieces with a unique character. The Modigliani Quartet linger on the contour, the lines and the singular melodic design of each of these works, unearthing a portrait of themselves along the way.
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Ensemble Organum & Marcel Pérès Compostela - Ad Vesperas Sancti Iacobi
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Since the ninth century, the routes to Santiago de Compostela leading to the sanctuary of St. James have attracted countless pilgrims and exercised a potent mystique. What has received less attention is the music originally sung during the services in honor of the saint. Thanks to Marcel Peres’s in-depth study of the Codex Calixtinus, preserved at the Cathedral of Santiago, this recording can present a reconstruction of the musical gems contained in the rare twelfth-century manuscript which attests to multiple stylistic influences encountered on this indispensable and all-embracing pilgrimage.
Ensemble Organum & Marcel Pérès Le Chant des Templiers - Chant of the Templars
Long an object of fascination, the Knights Templar left behind few documents related to the musical activities of their order. Nevertheless, with the drive of a keen musical archaeologist, Marcel Pérès and his Ensemble Organum were able to reconstruct the oldest of the sources: a rare manuscript dating from the middle of the twelfth century and originating at the basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the site at which the rituals of the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitaller initially took shape.
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Philip Glass The Spirit of the Earth Daniel Medina de la Rosa, Erasmo Medina Medina
As part of his lifelong quest to unravel the mysteries of music, Philip Glass has traveled the world collaborating with musicians of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. In 2012, he journeyed into the mountains of Mexico to connect with the Wixarika people. The product of that collaboration, The Concert of the Sixth Sun, allowed us a glimpse into the Wixarika's indigenous world. The Spirit of the Earth is a new collaboration between Philip Glass, Daniel Medina de la Rosa, and Erasmo Medina Medina that delves further into the mysteries of the Wixarika culture.
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Suso/Glass Quartet Introducing the Suso/Glass Quartet
Philip Glass and kora player Foday Musa Suso have been playing music together for thirty years. A meeting between the two in New York in the 1980s led to their collaboration on Glass's score for Powaqqatsi. They are joined here by Asher Delerme on percussion and Leo Heiblum on tabla to form the Suso/Glass Quartet.
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This catalog features titles that will soon be available online and in stores in the USA and Canada. Street dates as indicated per title. Re...
Published on Dec 3, 2018
This catalog features titles that will soon be available online and in stores in the USA and Canada. Street dates as indicated per title. Re...