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ARS SACD 38104 Price Code 449 Label Code V THE SOLO FLUTE: VOL. 4: MODERNITY (TO 1960) Claude Debussy: Syrinx - Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Sonata appassionata in F sharp minor Op 140 - Arthur Honegger: Danse de la chêvre - Pierre Octave Ferroud: Bergère captive (from: Trois Pièces) - Paul Hindemith: Eight Pieces - Leonardo de Lorenzo: Pan (from: Suite mythologique Op 38) - Joseph Lauber: Prélude (from: Prélude et Fugue Op 49) - Jean Rivier: Oiseaux tendres - Eugène Bozza: Image Op 38 - Jacques Ibert: Pièce - Edgar Varèse: Density - André Jolivet: Pour que la moisson soit riche (from: Cinq Incantations) / Pour une communion sereine (from: Cinq Incantations) - Marcel Stern: Iberica (from: Deux Pièces) - Charles Koechlin: Lento (from: 2. Sonatine Op 53) - Willy Schneider: Allegretto (from: Sonata Op 53) - Günter Raphael: Sehr launisch und schrullig (from: 675754041267 Sonata No 2 Op 46) - Johannes Driessler: Allegretto (from: Sonata Op 10) – Rudolf Escher: Largovivace (from: Sonata Op 16) - Victor Martin: Incantation II (from: Deux Incantations) – Endre Szervánszky: Scherzo (from: Fünf Konzertstudien) - Kazuo Fukushima: Requiem - Luciano Berio: Sequenza I ARTISTS: Mirjam Nastasi, flute This recording is the last of a four-part series dedicated to The Solo Flute, a collection of original music for the transverse flute published by Edition Peters. The Peters edition is the first to collect the most important pieces of the repertoire for flute solo in four volumes. In combination with the four recordings presented here, they offer a comprehensive overview over the development of the solo flute repertoire aimed at professional musicians and enthusiasts alike.
ARS SACD 38107 Price Code 449 Label Code V WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: THREE ARIAS & BALLO: FROM ASCANIO IN ALBA/SINFONIAS Symphony No 32 in G major K 318 Three arias of Ascanio and “Ballo“ from the opera Ascanio in Alba K 111 (Cara, lontano ancora Ballo: Allegretto/ Andante con moto/Gavotte /Adagio/Allegro - Al mio ben mi veggio avanti - Ballo: Allegretto/Andante grazioso/Allegretto/Allegretto - Ah, di sì nobil Alma) Symphony No 39 in E fl at major K 543 ARTISTS: Mattias Rexroth, countertenor. Staatsorchester Darmstadt, Constantin Trinks, conductor. When Empress Maria Theresa arranged the marriage of her son Ferdinand to Maria Beatrice d‘Este, it was a matter of course that the wedding festivities in Milan in October 1771 were to include two large-scale opera performances. The commission went to two musicians who could not have been 675754041250 more different: the 72 years old, highly respected opera composer Johann Adolph Hasse, and the fifteen year old wunderkind Mozart, who was responsible for composing a so-called “festa teatrale“. Mozart was also instructed to write the ballet music or “Ballo.” As fate would have it, nothing remained of this music beside the bass part. The research of Mozart specialist Wolfgang Plath enabled the Russian composer Anton Safronov to reconstruct the ballet music. The CD also includes three arias from Ascanio sung by the countertenor Matthias Rexroth and two symphonies by Mozart.
BIS SACD 1976 Label Code 419 Price Code P DVOŘÁK – SYMPHONY NO.8 Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No.8 in G major, Op. 88 Zlatý Kolovrat (The Golden Spinning Wheel), Op.109 Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66 ARTISTS: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra / Claus Peter Flor With his Seventh Symphony, Dvořák had proved that he could compose a ‘respectable’ symphony (as he himself termed it), and had done so to both critical and public acclaim. Four years later, when he began to work on its successor, he apparently felt free to return to a more familiar idiom, and after the serious Seventh – which Dvořák at one stage had considered giving 675754041038 the nickname 'Tragic' – Symphony No.8 was a lighter work, with its roots firmly planted in the composer’s beloved Czech folklore. It is probably the freest of his mature symphonies from a formal point of view, and has interesting parallels with Mahler’s First Symphony, which was premièred shortly after Dvořák had completed his own work. Imitations of the sounds of nature, pastoral subjects and fanfares feature in both symphonies, and both evoke a funeral march and a chorale. The work is here coupled with the symphonic poem The Golden Spinning Wheel, based on an epic poem by the Czech poet Karel Erben. Complete with a wicked stepmother, a dismembering and a magic spinning wheel of gold, this rather cruel fairy-tale is followed by the shorter Scherzo capriccioso. This consistently light-hearted piece was actually composed during one of the darkest periods of Dvořák’s life following the death of his mother in 1882. All of the other works written at this time – including Symphony No.7 – are characterized by a dark, even tragic mood and it is as if Dvořák in this Scherzo felt the need to once again express unrestrained joy. Claus Peter Flor and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra have just released their performance of Symphony No.7 – a recording which has received top marks (‘10/10’) on the website Classics Today France, whose reviewer described it as ‘a striking disc’ offering ‘a revitalized vision of these major orchestral works’.
BIS SACD 1993 Label Code 419 Price Code P CURSE UPON IRON: WORKS FOR MALE CHOIR BY VELJO TORMIS Veljo Tormis (b. 1930): Incantatio maris aestuosi [Incantation for a Stormy Sea]; Kord me tuleme tagasi (Meie varjud) [Once We Will Reappear]; Kolm mul oli kaunist sõna [I Had Three Beautiful Words]; Vastlalaulud [Shrovetide Songs]; Pikse litaania [Litany to Thunder]; Viru vanne [The Viru Oath]; Helletused [Childhood Memory – Herding Calls]; Raua needmine [Curse upon Iron]; Muistse mere laulud [Songs of the Ancient Sea]; Hamleti laulud [Hamlet’s Songs]; Kaksikpühendus (Diptühhon) [Double Dedication (Diptych)] ARTISTS: Orphei Drängar male-voice choir / Cecilia Rydinger Alin. Elin Rombo, soprano; Magnus Sjögren, tenor; Gunnar Sundberg, tenor; Henrik Stolare, baritone; Andreas Alin, flute; Magnus Einarsson, bass drum; Folke Alin, shaman drum.
A modern shaman is how Veljo Tormis (b.1930) has been described. In his large production, chiefly composed for a cappella choir, he utilizes ancient chants and magic charms, as well as the typically Estonian runic songs, regilaulud. Indeed Curse upon Iron, his best-known score, even includes a shaman drum. Much of the music of Tormis, who began composing during the 1950s, mirrors his steadfast devotion to an Estonian identity in the face of Soviet occupation, with traditional ways of life, such as farming and fishing, resonating in pieces such as Helletused – based on ancient herding calls – Spell upon Flax (from the three Shrovetide songs) and Songs of the Ancient Sea. But there are also works, such as the two Hamlet’s Songs, that seem to echo the bleak mood of Soviet Estonia, while The Viru Oath is one of Tormis’s most overtly political compositions, written in 1980 during the so-called ‘stagnation period’ in which the thaw following Stalin’s death was halted. With Stars, from Kaksikpühendus (Double Dedication), the disc closes on a more lyrical and personal note – another strand in the composer’s rich repertoire. The informative liner notes to this selection of works for male-voice choir composed between 1962 and 1996 are by Mimi S. Daitz, author of a biography of Veljo Tormis. As she explains, even when Tormis does not use traditional tunes, he incorporates their scales and intervals into his melodies and harmonies, thus creating a unique sound. Divisions of voices into separate lines play an important part in Tormis’s orchestration of voices, and another characteristic is his rhythmic ingenuity. The various demands this places on the performers are amply fulfilled by Cecilia Rydinger Alin and Orphei Drängar, described in Choir and Organ as ‘a tremendous choir, with superb technique and an immense, expressive range’. Further variety is added by a number of guest soloists, including the internationally acclaimed soprano Elin Rombo.
COVIELLO SACD 31209 Label Code 192 Price Code V FELIX MENDELSSOHN: SYMPHONY NO. 2/PSALM 42 Symphony No. 2 'Lobgesang' (Hymn of Praise) for soloists, chorus and orchestra Psalm 42 'Wie der Hirsch schreit' (As the hart panteth) for soprano, chorus, orchestra ARTISTS: Mayer/Hagopian/Adler/Bosch/ Symphony Orchestra Aachen. The symphonic cantata ‘Lobgesang’ (Hymn of praise) is Mendelssohn’s most ambitious commissioned work, which was first performed on 26 June 1840 in Leipzig’s Thomaskirche under the direction of the composer. The occasion was the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg.
Today this work and the setting of the Psalm 42 are seen as a successful example of the symphonic conception of Mendelssohn’s sacred music. The composer wanted to bridge the distance of concert hall and church. The live recording marked the departure of Marcus Bosch as musical director of the city of Aachen, in addition, as of the 2011/ 2012 season he is music director of the city of Nuremberg.
NEOS SACD 111006 Label Code 283 Price Code F ERWIN SCHULHOFF, JEAN SIBELIUS, LEOŠ JANÁČEK: STRING QUARTETS Erwin Schulhoff (1894–1942) String Quartet No. 1 (1924) Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) String Quartet in D minor, op. 56 “Voces intimae” (1909) Leoš Janáček (1854–1928) String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” (1923) ARTISTS: Henschel Quartett; Christoph Henschel, violin. Markus Henschel, violin. Monika Henschel, viola. Mathias Beyer-Karlshøj, violoncello.
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ARS PRODUKTION 38818 Label Code 448 Price Code F IGNAZ JOSEPH PLEYEL: PARIS QUARTETS VOL.1. RARITIES FROM THE PLEYEL MUSEUM VOL.8 String Quartet in C major Ben 365 (FIRST RECORDING) String Quartet in B fl at major Ben 366 (FIRST RECORDING) String Quartet in F minor Ben 367 Rec.date: 2011 ARTISTS: Janáček Quartet Ignaz Joseph Pleyel was a pupil of Joseph Haydn and to some of his contemporaries the legitimate successor of his teacher. The three string quartets selected for this recording were dedicated to Pleyel‘s friend Luigi Boccherini. The Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung stated after the performance: “This composer combines sweetness and clarity with profound depth and rich harmonic development in such way as to create something altogether extraordinary. The musical world would do well to take note of this new phenomenon.”
BIS CD 1846 Label Code 001 Price Code P KOSHKIN – MEGARON CONCERTO Nikita Koshkin (b.1956): Megaron Concerto for guitar and string orchestra (2005); Guitar Quintet (2004); L’istesso tempo for cello and guitar (2010); Polka Papandreou for guitar and string orchestra (2006) ARTISTS: Elena Papandreou, guitar. Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Lan Shui. New Hellenic Quartet. Angelos Liakakis cello. For some fifteen years, the Russian composer Nikita Koshkin and the Greek guitarist Elena Papandreou have enjoyed a rewarding collaboration, with solo pieces such as the Guitar Sonata and Kyparissous, both from 1998, among the earliest fruits. Dedicated to Elena Papandreou, these works formed part of a solo recital released by her in 2003, along with what probably remains the composer’s most famous piece: Usher Waltz. Koshkin’s music typically combines drama with humour and parody, and regularly includes references to legends and fairy-tales, as well as to music of other periods or genres. He often uses extended playing techniques achieving avantgarde effects, but is also inspired by popular music. On the present disc, all four works are world 675754041342 première recordings, and three of them were written with Elena Papandreou in mind. The Megaron Concerto was the result of a commission from the Athens concert hall which has given its name to the concerto – a commission which inspired Koshkin to explore the concept of a dialogue between ancient Greek music and later Western music. But as the composer himself willingly concedes, his Russian roots are also discernible, in a certain depth and dramatic development which in this piece, and in the large-scale Quintet, is reinforced through the use of a string ensemble. The most recent composition in the programme is the duo L’istesso tempo from 2010, commissioned in order to supplement the limited repertoire for cello and guitar and also to accompany the other works on this recording. Its title translates as ‘the same tempo’, reflecting the circumstance that despite changes of metre and perceived changes of tempo, the duration of a quaver remains constant throughout the piece. The disc closes with Polka Papandreou, a brief and light-hearted piece performed here in a version for guitar and string orchestra.
BIS CD 1855 Label Code 001 Price Code P THE TRIO SONATA IN 18TH-CENTURY FRANCE François Couperin: L’Impériale (from Les Nations); Charles Dollé: Sonata in G minor, Op.1 No.6; Jean-Marie Leclair: Sonata No.3 in G minor, Op.13 No.6; Joseph Bodin de Boismortier: Trio in E minor, Op.37 No.2; Jean-Pierre Guignon: Sonata in D major, Op.4 No.2 ARTISTS: London Baroque With the previous installment of their survey of the trio sonata during the 17th and 18th centuries, the four members of London Baroque offered up what the website klassik-heute.de described as ‘a delightful palette full of grace and esprit’, presenting music by composers active in 18th-century England. Crossing the Channel, they have now arrived in France, and a musical environment 675754041359 undergoing rapid changes following the death of Louis XIV in 1715. The rigours of the Grand Siècle were relaxing and the stiff resistance against the Italian influences of Corelli was weakening. In 1725 François Couperin published his famous Apothéose de Lulli, in which he advocated a fusion of the Italian and French styles, and the following year saw the collection Les Nations, which included L’Impériale recorded here. In it Couperin continued his mission, combining an Italian-style sonata with a sequence of dances in the French manner. Jean-Marie Leclair and his colleague (and great rival) Jean-Pierre Guignon took this one step further – Leclair studied and worked in Turin before making his mark in France, and Guignon was in fact born in Italy, as Giovanni Pietro Ghignone, and only arrived in France when he was in his twenties. Both of these rather extravagant characters were fêted violinists as well as composers, and wrote music mainly for their own instrument in an often virtuosic style. Their complete opposite, at least in terms of life-style, was Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, who was not known as a performer, and instead managed to make a very good living by composing a large number of small-scale works aimed at wealthy amateurs.
BIS CD 1884 Label Code 001 Price Code P HAKAN HARDENBERGER PLAYS GRUBER & SCHWERTSIK: WORKS FOR TRUMPET AND ORCHESTRA HK Gruber: 3 MOB Pieces (1968/1999 – version for trumpet & chamber orchestra); Busking (2007) for trumpet, accordion, banjo and string orchestra; Kurt Schwertsik: Divertimento Macchiato, Op. 99 (2007) ARTISTS: Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet; Swedish Chamber Orchestra / HK Gruber: Mats Bergström, banjo; Claudia Buder, accordion The common denominator of the three works presented here is the soloist Håkan Hardenberger. In 1999, the celebrated trumpet player asked HK Gruber to arrange his 3 MOB Pieces for trumpet and orchestra, and eight years later Gruber wrote the concerto Busking while his long-time collaborator Kurt Schwertsik wrote Divertimento Macchiato, both on Hardenberger’s initiative. In the 1960s Schwertsik and Gruber became known as ambassadors of the ‘Third Viennese School’ – a grouping which originated as a reaction against the total serialism of Darmstadt-centred avantgarde. One of the first manifestations of this was the ‘MOB art & tone ART’ Ensemble, in which the two composers and their friends performed new music of a deliberately informal, un-solemn sort. With influences as diverse as the neo-classicism of Stravinsky, the Beatles and the cabaret music by 675754041007 Hanns Eisler and Kurt Weill, the MOB Pieces, composed in 1968, are a perfect illustration of this. Gruber’s work has always shown a strong connection with various kinds of popular music, and his concerto Busking is another example. In each of its three movements the soloist plays a trumpet in a different key, with the accompaniment of an accordion, a banjo and strings. Often the accordion and banjo join the trumpet as a solo group, with a resulting sound evocative of street musicians and New Orleans jazz. On the surface, Schwertsik has remained closer to home, by taking recourse to a form typical of the classicism of Vienna during Mozart's days. But the title Divertimento is deceptive – Schwertsik adds both melancholy and defiance to a work that appears, on the face of it, to offer easy-on-the-ear entertainment, and the five-movement work ends with an epilogue for the trumpet alone – a soliloquy almost Mahlerian in its sense of loneliness and desolation.
BIS CD 1899 Label Code 001 Price Code P ITALIAN VIRTUOSI OF THE CHITARRONE Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger: Arpeggiata; Canzona; Bergamasca; Canario; Passacaglia; Toccata; Gagliarda con due partite; Corrente con partite; Preludio; Toccata; Capona; Colascione; Kapsperger Bellerofonte Castaldi: Fantasia detta Pegasea; Arpesca gagliarda; Cecchina corrente; Arpeggiata a mio modo; Cromatica corrente; La Follia; Furiosa corrente Alessandro Piccinini: Toccata cromatica; Romanesca con partite variate; Corrente; Toccata; Partite variate sopra La Folia aria romanesca; Aria di fiorenze; Corrente ARTISTS: Jakob Lindberg, chitarrone Its overall length (upwards of 160 cm) and great number of strings (up to 16 courses) makes the chitarrone one of the more spectacular instruments of the early baroque. The name probably means ‘large kithara’, after the instrument played by the Classical Greek poets, and it was first 675754040994 developed as a bass lute in order to accompany singing and recitative – indeed it appears to have become the favourite instrument in Italy for accompanying the voice by 1600. It also enjoyed a short-lived but rich flowering as a solo instrument, however, to which the three virtuosi of the album title all contributed greatly, as performers as well as composers. Between 1604 and 1640, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (also known as Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger), Alessandro Piccinini and Bellerofonte Castaldi published a number of collections of chitarrone music, from which Jakob Lindberg has chosen some favourite dances, arias, toccatas and passacaglias. Combined into seven suites, they provide rich opportunity to enjoy the particular timbre and the special playing techniques of this splendid instrument, the chitarrone. Highly regarded both for his live performances and his many recordings, Jakob Lindberg has a long-standing interest in the many varieties of lutes, including lute mandorée, orpharion and archlute, and has now dedicated himself to researching their relative – research which informs both the performances and Lindberg’s own liner notes.
BONGIOVANNI 2562 Label Code 002 Price Code C FRANCESCO PAOLO TOSTI: L’EXTASE – FRENCH SONGS Lextase La Fille D’O-Taiti ARTISTS: William Matteuzzi, tenor. Ayako Kotani, pianoforte.
BONGIOVANNI HOC 068/69 Label Code 483 Price Code M/P GIACOMO PUCCINI: LA BOHEME Live recording, Barcelona, 1954
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ARTISTS: Cast; Renata Tebaldi, Gianni Poggi, Manuel Ausensi, Giulio Neri. Ugo Rapalo, conductor.
BONGIOVANNI HOC 070/71 Label Code 483 Price Code M/P GIUSEPPE VERDI: IL TROVATORE Live recording, Parma, 1961
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ARTISTS: Cast; Franco Corelli, Ilva Ligabue, Mario Zanasi, Adriana Lazzarini. Arturo Basile, conductor.
CEMBAL D’AMOUR 168 Label Code 341 Price Code B SHEHORI PLAYS SCHUBERT, VOL. 1 Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Four Impromptus Op. posth. 142 Deutsch-Verz. 935 (1827) Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. posth. Deutsch-Verz. 960 (1828) Recorded 5 June, 1997, New York ARTISTS: Mordecai Shehori, piano “Mr. Shehori’s readings are a fascinating reminder that the largely vanished performance style he has espoused took in not only bombastic, flashy playing, but also the gentlest and sweetest of pianissimos.” The New York Times
DORON 4016 Label Code115 Price Code C YEHUDI MENUHIN & PAUL COKER Brahms: Sonata in G major Franck: Sonata in A major Ravel: Piece en forme de Habanera Kreisler: Liebesleid Recorded in Berne, Switzerland, 1983 ARTISTS: Yehudi Menuhin, violin. Paul Coker, piano.
DUX 0716 Label Code 413 Price Code D KAROL SZYMANOWSKI SONGS Karol Szymanowski Słopiewnie op. 46 Pieśni kurpiowskie op. 58 ARTISTS: Piotr Sałajczyk - piano, Dagmara Świtacz - soprano
DUX 0734 Label Code 413 Price Code D WOJCIECH KOCYAN PLAYS ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Robert Schumann Carnaval Op. 9 (1834/1835) Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26 (1839/1840) Gesange der Frühe. Fünf Klavierstücke Op. 133 (1853) ARTISTS: Wojciech Kocyan – piano
DUX 0846/7 2 CD SET Label Code 413 Price Code D VERDI: JOAN OF ARC ARTISTS: Chóri Orkiestra Opery Wrocławskiej - dyr. Ewa Michnik, Nikolay Dorozhkin - tenore, Mariusz Godlewski - baritone, Anna Lichorowicz - soprano
EURIDICE 64 Label Code 489 Price Code D A FLUTE IN THE ICE Various composers including Clemens non Papa (1510-1555), Adriaensen (1554-1604), Terzi (15801620), van der Howe (1567-1620), Lasso (1532-1594) van Eyck (1590-1657) ARTISTS: Lux Borea: Jan van Elsacker, tenor. Paul Wahlberg, flute. Varpu Haavisto, trable and bass viol. Thor-Harald Johnsen, lute. Hakon Morch Stene, percussion. A Flute in Ice is based on the discovery in 1871 of the explorer W.Barentsz’s cottage in Novaja Zemlja from his last expedition in 1596. Here a renaissance flute was found, together with a songbook and a drum stick. Performed on a replica of the flute, with drums, lute and viol, the listener can hear the music that perhaps was the last that the great explorer heard, and has lain forgotten for 400 years.
HEILO 7268 Label Code 070 Price Code D NORDIC WOMAN ARTISTS: Lena Willemark, Mari Boine, Annbjørg Lien, Bára Grímsdóttir, Tuva Livsdatter Syvertsen, Suden Aika, Valravn, Unni Løvlid, Kirsten Bråten Berg, Adjágas, Ragga Gröndal & The Icelandic Folk Ensemble, Phønix, MeNaiset, Garmarna, Heiða Árnadóttir, SUO, Ranarim and Tone Hulbækmo. Nordic Woman is a compilation album created by Norwegian-Pakistani/Afghan music producer and activist Deeyah featuring female artists from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland who draw their inspiration from the various and distinctive styles of traditional Nordic music. Nordic Woman is the first music collection in an ongoing WOMAN series dedicated to celebrating women's voices and musical heritage from around the world. Each album, Deeyah explains, is a journey through traditional music forms as expressed through women"s voices and women"s artistry, and is an exploration of women"s experiences and circumstances, drawing attention to women"s position in the world today, their accomplishments, struggles and the barriers they still face.
"It was natural for me to start the series with a tribute to women’s creativity in the place I was born. Growing up in a Nordic country, and seeing what was possible for women to achieve, has not only formed an essential part of my artistic perspective, but has informed my own personal commitment to women"s rights," said Deeyah, "so the first release in this series had to be Nordic Woman."
HERITAGE 213 Label Code 485 Price Code A ENGLISH CHORAL MUSIC Works by Bliss, Bax, Tippett, Vaughan Williams, Berkeley, Britten, Ireland, Howells, Finzi, Rawsthorne & Rubbra. ARTISTS: Cambridge Chamber Choir, Timothy Brown, conductor. Cambridge University Chamber Choir performs three twentieth-century English song cycles for mixed choir, including the rarely-recorded A Garland for the Queen. A Garland was composed to commemorate the Queen’s coronation in 1953 by a selection of the finest English composers including Finzi, Bliss, Bax, Tippett, Vaughan Williams, Howells and Ireland. The two works by Benjamin Britten, AMDG and Sacred and Profane, are virtuoso show pieces for mixed choir.
HERITAGE 231 Label Code 485 Price Code A AMERICAN SONG Elliot Carter: Three Poems of Robert Frost, ‘Voyage’ Aaron Copland: In Evening Air, ‘Night Thoughts’ John Cage: Five Songs for Contralto George Gershwin: ‘I got Rhythm’, ‘A Foggy Day’, ‘They All Laughed’ Virgil Thomson: Two by Marianne Moore ‘Portrait of F.B. (Frances Blood)’ ARTISTS: Meriel Dickinson, mezzo-soprano. Peter Dickinson, piano.
675754041373 NEOS 11203 Label Code 273 Price Code F JOHANNES KALITZKE (*1959): DIE BESESSENEN Opera in four acts (2008–2009) Libretto by Christoph Klimke after the eponymous novel by Witold Gombrowicz Work commissioned and produced by Theater an der Wien Live recording of the world premiere, 19 February 2010  First Act 22:47  Second Act 17:20  Third Act 21:02  Fourth Act 14:01 total time: 75:11 ARTISTS: Maya (soprano) Hendrickje van Kerckhove. Madame Ocholowska (mezzo-soprano) Noa Frenkel. Cholawicki (baritone) Leigh Melrose. Leszczuk (tenor) Benjamin Hulett. Prince Holszanski (male alto) Jochen Kowalski. Skolinski (bass) Manfred Hemm. Maliniak (baritone) Rupert Bergmann. Stage director Kasper Holten. Klangforum Wien. Vera Fischer / Wolfgang Zuser, flutes. Markus Deuter, oboe. Bernhard Zachhuber / Olivier Vivarès, clarinets. Lorelei Dowling, bassoon. Gerald Preinfalk / Lars Mlekusch, saxophone. Christoph Walder, horn. Anders Nyqvist, trumpet. Andreas Eberle, trombone., József Bazsinka jun., tuba. Annette Bik / Gunde Jäch-Micko / Sophie Schafleitner / Fani Vovoni, violin. Dimitrios Polisoidis / Andrew Jezek, viola. Benedikt Leitner / Andreas Lindenbaum / Nikolay Gimaletdinov, violoncello. Dario Calderone / Maximilian Ölz, double bass. Christopher Brandt, electric guitar. Virginie Tarrête, harp. Krassimir Sterev, accordion. Lukas Schiske / Björn Wilker, percussion. Florian Müller, piano. Alfonso Alberti, keyboards. Peter Böhm & Florian Bogner, sound design. Johannes Kalitzke, conductor.
NEOS 11205/6 2 CD SET Label Code 273 Price Code F THOMAS BLOMENKAMP: ORCHESTRAL WORKS - CHAMBER MUSIC - PIANO MUSIC CD 1 Fünf Stücke für großes Orchester (2007) Sept Desserts Rythmiques for wind quintet (2006) Toccata, Tombeau und Torso for piano quartet (2009) Barkarole for piano (1988) CD 2 Nocturne for piano (1998) Musik für Violine, Violoncello, Klavier und Orchester (2003) Trio Opus 8 Suite für Violoncello solo (2010) Animato, Adagio und Agitato for piano quintet (2010)
675754041137 ARTISTS: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker · John Fiore, conductor. Bläserquintett der Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. Ruth Legelli, flute · Gisela Hellrung, oboe · Adolf Münten, clarinet. Egon Hellrung, horn · Martin Kevenhörster, bassoon. Rivinius KlavierQuartett. Siegfried Rivinius, violin · Benjamin Rivinius, viola. Gustav Rivinius, violoncello · Paul Rivinius, piano. Stefan Irmer, piano. Trio Opus 8; Eckard Fischer, violin · Mario De Secondi, violoncello · Michael Hauber, piano. Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie · Frank Beermann, conductor. Nikolaus Trieb, violoncello. Lambertus-Klavierquintett. Franziska Früh, violin · Cristian-Paul Suvaiala, violin · Ralf Buchkremer, viola. Nikolaus Trieb, violoncello · Thomas Blomenkamp, piano.
NEOS 11217 Label Code 273 Price Code F FRIEDRICH CERHA: STRING QUARTETS NO.S 3 & 4 String Quartet No. 3 (1991/1992) String Quartet No. 4 (2001) Eight Movements after Hölderlin Fragments ARTISTS: Stadler Quartett.Frank Stadler, 1st violin. Izso Bajusz, 2nd violin. Predrag Katanic, viola. Peter Sigl, violoncello. Ulrike Jaeger, viola [08–15]. Sebestyén Ludmány, violoncello [08–15]
PAVANE 7545 * WORLD PREMIERES! Label Code 037 Price Code MP GEORGE ONSLOW (1784-1853): CHAMBER MUSIC Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, opus 14 Duet for Violin and Piano in F major, opus 15 * Sonata for Cello and Piano no. 1 in F major, opus 16* ARTISTS: Portici Trio, - Piano Trio. Stéphane De May - piano. Luc Tooten - cello. Damien Pardoen violin.
RAUM KLANG 3107 Label Code 313 Price Code D MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT MORNING (INSTRUMENTARIUM LIPSIENSE VI) ARTISTS: Leipziger Concert and guests. Ladies in rustling gowns and gentlemen in evening dress to be "musical morning entertainment" and appeared to listen to a varied program of music by Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Clara Wieck, Bernhard Heinrich Romberg and others. But not only the selection of the pieces is very diverse on this Sunday, but also the choice of instruments, including traditional piano, strings, guitar, clarinet, vocals, flute and glass harmonica sound and small oddities like the csákány (a "walking stick flute") or the Orphica, a portable little piano that could be played the way and is ideal for vocal accompaniment suitable.
Many of these romantic original instruments are still in the collection of Leipzig's musical instrument museum. Heard they are now on the release of surround sound that provides an impression that very Sunday matinees, as they could have taken place at Mendelssohn's time. Sunday's Finest Entertainment!
REGIS 1389 Label Code 207 Price Code M/P BEETHOVEN: PIANO CONCERTO NO.3 Piano Variations ARTISTS: Alfred Brendel, piano. Brendel’s Beethovian credentials are displayed in this Regis release. The third piano concerto is coupled with four of his most popular sets of variations, including the Eroica, God Save the King and Rule Britannia. Accompaniment is given by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Heinz wallberg. ‘Brendel plays with a mixture of heart and head that is most satisfying, to which he adds countless touches of pianism that delight... Brendel does nothing to startle; what he does do is far more important, he constantly throws light on the music by an interpretation that is clearly born of much thought... and a deep understanding.’’ Gramophone of Third Piano Concerto.
REGIS 9010 9 CD SET Label Code 207 Price Code M/P BEETHOVEN: THE PIANO SONATAS ARTISTS: Wilhelm Kempff, piano. Regis presents classic recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas at an exceptional price. Wilhelm Kempff’s mono set is often regarded as superior to his later stereo set and appears here, newly transferred and organised sequentially, in a beautifully packaged 9 CD wallet box. UK RRP. 20 GBP. “Wilhelm Kempff was the most inspirational of Beethoven pianists. Those who have cherished his earlier stereo cycle for its magical spontaneity will find Kempff's qualities even more intensely conveyed in this mono set, recorded between 1951 and 1956." Gramophone
SIGNUM UK 285 Label Code 303 Price Code D JONATHAN DOVE: THERE WAS A CHILD ARTISTS: CBSO Children's Chorus, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Joan Rodgers, soprano, Toby Spence, tenor. Simon Halsey, conductor. Jonathan Dove wrote There Was a Child as a tribute to a friend’s son who died tragically young. Filled with both joyous celebration and heartfelt emotion, it’s a big, warm-hearted modern masterpiece in the spirit of Britten and vaughan Williams – following in an evergreen english tradition and featuring the combined forces of the CBSO and CBSO Chorus, Youth Chorus and Junior Chorus with soloists Joan Rodgers and Toby Spence.
A review of the concert from which this recording was taken: "Jonathan Dove’s There Was a Child is a major addition to the choral repertoire, and will surely be taken up by societies up and down the country, perhaps with reduced orchestration for economy’s sake. Emotionally soul-baring, sharing an umbilical cord with Finzi’s Intimations of Immortality and even Dies Natalis, this panorama of a young life draws texts from so many fine poets and therefore demands consummate clarity of presentation.” -Birmingham Post
SIGNUM UK 289 Label Code 303 Price Code D LET THE BRIGHT SERAPHIM Works by J.S. Bach, Telemann, A. Scarlatti and G.F. Handel. ARTISTS: The Armonico Consort; Elin Manahan Thomas soprano. Crispian Steele-Perkins trumpet. Christopher Monks musical director. The Armonico Consort return to disc on Signum (following their highly-regarded Naked Byrd CD series) with a new disc celebrating the glorious combination of soprano and trumpet in baroque music – featuring the soaring talents of Elin Manahan Thomas and Crispian Steele-Perkins. Widelypraised for their imaginative and inventive programming, this disc features works by JS Bach (Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen), GP Telemann (Trumpet Concerto in D major), Alessandro Scarlatti (Su le sponde del Tebro) and a special compilation of works by Handel devised by Crispian SteelePerkins.
SIGNUM UK 293 Label Code 303 Price Code D MY DANCING DAY: CHORAL MUSIC BY SIR RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT ARTISTS: BBC Singers, Simon Brough conductor. As one of Britain’s most respected and versatile musicians, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett has produced over two hundred works for the concert hall, and fifty scores for film and television, as well as having been a writer and performer of jazz songs for over fifty years. This disc of compositions and arrangements performed by the BBC Singers showcases some of his most popular and beguiling works for choir and voice, drawn from classical and jazz music and featuring his ever-popular work “A Good-Night.” This new release on Signum with the BBC Singers follows two other composer-led discs: Remoter Worlds (SIGCD144), featuring the music of Judith Bingham, and Choral Images (SIGCD092), featuring the music of Sir Michael Tippett.
SIGNUM UK 295 Label Code 303 Price Code D THE WORD UNSPOKEN ARTISTS: Gallicantus, Gabriel Crouch, director William Byrd, favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, was a confirmed and practising catholic who worshipped in defiance of the Queen. His status and perhaps even his life was preserved thanks partly to the undeniable mastery of his music, and to the fact that he was careful to maintain an output of music appropriate for a Protestant Rite (simple and English) as well as a Catholic one (florid and Latin). Byrd was by no means the only major Catholic composer working in England during these years. Furthermore, there were English composers whose faith drove them to work abroad, as well as foreign composers who offered sympathy and encouragement to English catholics. Included in this latter category was the Flemish composer Phillipe De Monte who entered into a fascinating compositional correspondence with Byrd. Verses of Psalm 136 ‘Super Flumina Babylonis’ (containing many allegorical references to the plight of catholics unable to practice their faith openly) were set 635212029527 to music and exchanged, in what is now seen as an encoded message of mutual support and friendship between brothers in faith. The texts reveal the Catholic community’s sense of isolation (“How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” – Quomodo Cantabimus) and bereavement (“Jerusalem is wasted” – Ne Irascaris), and the elaborate, poetic nature of the encoded messages distributed within it through music.
TALANTON 90009 Label Code 477 Price Code D JOSEPH HAYDN - INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC ON THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF OUR REDEEMER ON THE CROSS ARTISTS: Laetitia Quartet Joseph Haydn wrote this Passion music as a commission from the bishops of Cadiz, Spain. To be heard after each reading of the individual bible passages is a piece of music that helps internalize “The Seven Last Words of Our Redeemer on the Cross.” Because of the meditative nature, it was a challenge for Haydn to compose varied and characteristic movements. However, he succeeded in a subtle manner. Haydn himself considered the work to be one of his most successful, and even during the last stages of composing it, he made an arrangement of the original orchestral work for string quartet.
The latter version is to be heard on this TALANTON release by Leipzig’s Laetitia Quartet, which is made up of musicians from the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the MDR Symphony Orchestra. The biblical texts are read by Johannes Jenichen. A welcome change from the numerous Baroque Passion settings, yet, at the same time, a Haydn rediscovery for the whole year!
WIDESCREEN 148 2 CD SET Label Code 475 Price Code Y VERDI: ATTILA 1962 live recordings
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ARTISTS: Cast: Boris Christoff, Guelfi, Roberti, Limarilli. Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bruno Bartoletti, conductor.
WIDESCREEN 178 2 CD SET Label Code 475 Price Code Y PUCCINI: MADAMA BUTTERFLY 1962 RCA Victor Production
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ARTISTS: Cast: Leontyne Price, Richard Tucker, Philip Maero Orchestra e Coro Dell’Opera di Roma, Erich Leinsdor, conductor.
WIDESCREEN 181 2 CD SET Label Code 475 Price Code Y SCHUBERT – FRANCK – MUSSORGSKY-RAVEL Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 Franck: Symphony in D minor Mussorgsky-Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition 1958-1962 RAI Original Productions
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ARTISTS: Sergoi Celibidache, conductor.
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SUPRAPHON MD 5873 Label Code 333 Price Code M/P BLUE EFFECT & GUESTS LIVE ARTISTS: Blue Effect. Radim Hladik, guitar. Jan F. Obermayer, keyboard. Viktor Sodoma , vocals. The band’s remarkable performance at Prague’s Lucerna Music Bar in 2007 was a truly unique event. Forty years after the Matadors had released their first album, all the surviving original members, stars of the Czech big beat scene of the mid-1960s, got back together again on stage. In the packed venue, the guitarist Radim Hladik, the keyboard player Jan F. Obermayer and the vocalist Viktor Sodoma unfurled a set of classic numbers with the aroma of rhythm & blues and typical Czech melody. 70 minutes of top-notch music in top-notch sound!
SUPRAPHON MD 6002 Label Code 333 Price Code M/P THE MATADORS: CLASSIC ARTISTS: The Matadors A new compilation of music by one of the most legendary Czech rock bands of the 1960s! The CD captures The Matadors’ complete musical legacy exclusively performed by the classic line-up. Bezloja, Black, Hladik, Obermayer and Sodoma were, and still are, considered stylistic pioneers, as well as and export article – as evidenced by their regular inclusion on foreign compilations capturing the sound of the era.
80 Minutes Of Time-Proven Quality With A Refreshed Sound!
SUPRAPHON BG 5592 2 CD SET Label Code 334 Price Code BG BLUE EFFECT: THE BEAT HALL OF FAME ARTISTS: Blue Effect
On May 16, 2004, the station Radio Beat inducted three Czech legends into the new Beat Hall of Fame: Vladimir Misik, Jiri Schelinger (in memoriam) and the band Blue Effect, whose profile double CD was released immediately afterwards. The first of the discs was compiled on the basis of Radio Beat listeners voting for their favorite songs, the second was put together by the band’s frontman Radim Hladik and the journalists Radek Diestler and Vojtech Lindaur. It features five rarity concert recordings made in 1973, the composition Golem from the long-unavailable LP Stare Povestie Ceske (Old Czech Legends) and, most notably, a large part of the studio recordings of a series of musical settings of Jiri Wolker’s poems, which the band recorded for Pilsen’s Alfa theater in 1979. The extensive booklet comes with unique photographs, a detailed calendar, the producers’ notes and texts written by the band’s contemporaries Ondrej Konrad and Vojtech Lindaur. And what’s more, over sixty minutes off recordings are appearing on CD for the very first time!
SUPRAPHON BG 5822 6 CD SET Label Code 334 Price Code BG MICHAL PROKOP & FRAMUS FIVE ARTISTS: Michal Prokop & Framus An exclusive collection of six landmark albums in Czech rock history! The box set contains a set of celebrated Framus Five works plus numerous bonuses, as well as a wide-ranging interview in which Michal Prokop discusses with Ondrej Bezr the music, the era and the people. The band’s lineup, including guests, is a roll-call of the era’s finest musicians, rock or otherwise.
SUPRAPHON BG 6012 Label Code 334 Price Code BG VLADIMIR MISIK: DÉJÀ VU BOX II
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ARTISTS: Vladimir Misik & Etc… The second part of last year’s acclaimed Vladimir Misik 4-CD collection! The first four, truly legendary Misik albums are followed by a quartet of vintage recordings dating from the end of the 1980s and first half of the 1990s. The classic repertoire from the previous two decades is supplemented by more recent songs created at the time of the newly-gained freedom, a period that saw a deluge of foreign music that ensured after the Velvet Revolution. Yet amid this, Misik could draw upon a bold songwriting and band continuity. His rock songs are as immaculately penned as ever, although the arrangements may seem to be more acoustic, electric, and electronic. Although Etc… undergo occasional lineup changes, the band’s hallmark sound remains largely unchanged.
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DORON 1021 Label Code115 Price Code C RAGGAS IN GAZALS VOL. 2 Jo Tum Ko Ham Se Masti Yeh Husn Mein Zindagi Hai Sharab Hamney Pateh Sharab Ke Main Jaam Raha Tha Mere Khat Ka Jawab Chand Se Surat Meri Talash Ho Tum ARTISTS: A.K. Sardar, vocals. Music director, Kaku Bharatiya.
NAVRAS 8504 Label Code 255 Price Code D FROM THE NCPA ARCHIVES: PT. NIKHIL BANERJEE Raga Maluha Kalyan Raga Nat Bhairav Recorded December 1975 ARTISTS: Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Sitar. Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, tabla. Described as a Treasure trove of Indian classical music, the NCPA Archives has over 5000 hours of music of the ‘who’s who’ of classical music – both in the Hindustani and Carnatic styles.
According the artists themselves, the work recorded on the archives features some of their best works, recorded at the prime of their careers. This wonderful ‘khazana’ is being presented to the music loving public for the first time.
TALIK 5 Label Code 490 Price Code D IN THE FOOTPRINTS OF RUMI ARTISTS: Rumi Ensemble, Salar Aghili. Javid Afsari Rad, santur. Pejman Haddadi, tombak and percussion. Reza Samani daf and dayereh. Davood Varzideh, ney. Shahram Gholami, oud. Berit Cardas, violin. Elisabeth Lie, violin. Gro Lovdahl, viola. Emery Cardas, cello. Marius Flatby, double bass. In 2007 the world celebrated the 800th anniversary of the birth of the great Sufi poet Rumi. Hundreds of years after his death, the poetry of Rumi still speaks to the hearts of people like never before and his poems are read all over the world. Javid Afsari Rad from Esfahan, Iran, has composed music which transfers the thoughts of Rumi to music through an ensemble consisting of the foremost Iranian musicians and a Norwegian string quintet.
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