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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas & Variations

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas & Variations


Beethoven:

Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Variations (12) on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45

Variations (7) on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46

Variations (12) on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66


Gautier Capuçon (cello) & Frank Braley (piano)

Following on from last year’s live recording of the Shostakovich cello concertos, this album sees Gautier return to the studio with his friend and recital partner of many years, Frank Braley, in a programme of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Cello and Piano. In addition the album includes Beethoven’s wonderful variations on three different themes – two on arias from Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte, and the other from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus. This is the first new recording of the complete Beethoven cello works for some time and is a long-awaited release.

Gautier Capuçon has a firm reputation as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He is a regular performer with the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, NHK Symphony, and at festivals such as Verbier and Lugano, and has won several awards at the ECHOS and the Victoires de la Musique.

“Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley deliver well-honed interpretations of these masterworks, offering perfect unanimity of ensemble and admirable clarity of texture throughout. The duo is at its best in the three sets of Variations where they manage to encapsulate a wide range of contrasting moods and timbres to impressive effect” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ***

“With Beethoven there’s always room for one more interpretation, and the quality of this new set is not in doubt…such is the quality of the musicianship that there are always plenty of fresh insights…the partnership is one of Classical balance, and the result is by turns poised, polished, intimate and exuberant…undeniably a class act” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 23, 14 & 31

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 23, 14 & 31


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110


Frank Braley (piano)

This title was released for the first time in 2002.

“If you listened blind you'd say this was a souped-up Erard, but it's actually a Steinway from 1882. Braley's musicianship is superb, and he extracts unexpected revelations from these well-known works.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 ****

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Schubert - Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2

Schubert - Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2


Schubert:

Piano Trio movement in B flat major, D28

Notturno in E flat major for piano trio, D897 (Op. post.148)

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, D898

Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, D929


“There are performances that give intense pleasure, and performances that make you think. And, just occasionally, you encounter one that does both. The Braley-Capuçon-Capuçon Schubert First Trio is one of those. The playing is superb from just every angle you consider it: beguiling tone, lovely intelligent phrasing, strong but flexible rhythmic articulation, precise pitch and alert ensemble.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2007 *****

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Mendelssohn: Octet Op. 20

Mendelssohn: Octet Op. 20


Mendelssohn:

Octet in E flat major, Op. 20

Albumblatt in E minor, Op. 117

Song without Words for Cello & Piano, Op. 109

Variations concertantes Op. 17


Roel Dieltiens (cello) & Frank Braley (piano)

Ensemble Explorations

A year before writing the masterly Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Mendelssohn had already taught his elf and fairy cohorts to fly: in the Scherzo of the Octet op.20, the centrepiece of a work composed in 1825, when its composer was only sixteen! Here, in evanescent, whispering semiquavers, a host of scintillating, fleeting sylphlike figures perform an extraordinary ghostly dance. But that is only one aspect of this dazzling youthful creation, which contains many other treasures. With just four violins, two violas and two cellos, the Octet opens wide the gates to a symphonic world full of promise…

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Le Violon Roi

Le Violon Roi


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Queen Elisabeth Competition, Piano 1991: Frank Braley

Queen Elisabeth Competition, Piano 1991: Frank Braley


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

National Orchestra of Belgium, Ronald Zollman

Liszt:

Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 6)

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

Rachmaninov:

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42


Frank Braley (piano)

MUSO - MU014

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Poulenc: Chamber Works and Concertos

Poulenc: Chamber Works and Concertos


Poulenc:

Flute Sonata, Op. 164

Violin Sonata, FP 119

Oboe Sonata, Op. 185

Cello Sonata, Op. 143

Clarinet Sonata, Op. 184

Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra

Piano Concerto

Concerto in G minor for Organ, Strings & Timpani


Eric Le Sage (piano), Mathieu Dufour (flute), Kolja Blacher (violin), François Leleux (oboe), François Salque (cello), Paul Meyer (clarinet), Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Frank Braley (piano), Jean Marc Laisné (art director), Berj Zamkochian (organ), Everett Firth (timpani), Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stéphane Denève, Charles Munch

Sony Un siècle de musique française - G010003457479A

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100 Best Relaxing Classics

100 Best Relaxing Classics


Various Artists (musicians), Hélène Grimaud (piano), Stephen Kovacevich (piano), Andrew Keener (producer), Steven Isserlis (cello), Mike Clements (tonmeister), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano), Katharine Copisarow (executive producer), Simon Rhodes (tonmeister), Yuri Egorov, David R. Murray (producer), Youri Egorov (piano), Mark Vigars (tonmeister), Andrew Swinnerton (oboe), Christiane Baumann (soprano vocals), Paavo Järvi, National Male Choir of Estonia (vocals), Camilla Tilling (soprano vocals), Alexandre Tharaud (piano), François Eckert (producer), Gerard Lesne (counter-tenor vocals), Giovanni Scaramuzzino (mandolin), Nicolas Bartholomee (producer), John Aler (tenor vocals), Hans Richter-Haaser (piano), Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris (chorus), Samson François (piano), François-René Duchâble (piano), Veronique Gens (soprano vocals), Bernarda Fink (contralto vocals), Mikhail Pletnev (piano), Nikolai Lugansky (piano), Wilhelm Hellweg (producer), Jean Chatauret (engineer), Diana Damrau (soprano vocals), Daniel Barenboim (piano), Suvi Raj Grubb (producer), Johann Nikolaus Matthes (tonmeister), Anne Queffélec, John West (producer), Anne Queffelec (piano), Jacqueline du Pré (cello), Ronald Kinloch Anderson (producer), Ronald Kinloch Anderson (produced by), Sir John Barbirolli (lead vocals), Jacqueline Du Pre (lead vocals), London Symphony Orchestra (lead vocals), Maria Callas (soprano vocals), Michel Plasson (vocals), Jean-Philippe Collard (vocals), Paul Tortelier (cello), Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Sharon Isbin (guitar), Steve Barnett (producer), Mike Hatch (tonmeister), Tasmin Little (violin), Martin Roscoe (piano), Tzimon Barto (piano), Mikhail Rudy (piano), Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles, Daniel Zalay (producer), Roger Vignoles (piano), Nelson Freire (piano), Kun Woo Paik (piano), Truls Mork (cello), Arne Akselberg (producer), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), Dawn Upshaw (soprano vocals), Barbara Hendricks (vocals), Borodin String Quartet, Misha Milman (cello), Borodin Quartet (string quartet), Christian Zacharias (piano), Michael Stille (producer), Hartwig Paulsen (engineer), Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano vocals), Natalie Dessay (soprano vocals), Fabio Biondi (violin), Frédéric Briant (Musica Numeris) (tonmeister), Alain Lanceron (executive producer), John Fraser (producer), Ian Watson (organ), Stuart Eltham (tonmeister), Richard Amner (harpsichord), John Tomlinson (bass vocals), Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano vocals), Lella Cuberli (soprano vocals), Martha Argerich (piano), Michel Legrand (piano), Sally Matthews (soprano vocals), Philharmonische Virtuosen Berlin, Jane Gilchrist (soprano vocals), Simon Gibson (organ), Fergus Thirwell (vocals), Andrew Davis (organ), Delphine Haidan (mezzo-soprano vocals), Etienne Collard (producer), Walter Legge (producer), Dr. Michael Stille (EMI) (producer), Michel Portal (clarinet), Cherubini-Quartett (string quartet), Etiénne Collard (engineer), Boris Berezovsky (piano), Nicholas Angelich (piano), Frédéric Briant (engineer), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Frank Braley (piano), Gautier Capuçon (cello), Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Maxim Vengerov (violin), Itamar Golan (piano), Pierre Laniau (guitar), Sam Landman (vocals), Nicole Tibbels (soprano vocals), Marat Bisengaliev (mezzo-soprano vocals), Catrin Finch (harp), Nikolaj Bloch (guitar), Sally Herbert (violin), Libera (vocals), Robert Prizeman (chorus), Tönu Kaljuste, Paul Schaefer (piano), Peter Rostal (piano), George Martin (produced & engineered by), Chloë Hanslip (violin), David Groves (producer), Tony Harrison (producer), Arne Akselberg (tonmeister), Simon Foster (producer), Sean Lewis (tonmeister), Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano), Jean-Philippe Collard (piano), Bruno Rigutto (piano), Eric Macleod (producer), Tini Mathot (producer), Adriaan Verstijnen (remixer), Adriaan Verstijnen (engineer), Libera (chorus), Ian Tilley (producer), Fiona Pears (violin), Annette Isserlis (production), Guy Johnston (cello), Jo Cole (cello), Simon Woods (producer), Christopher Hooker (oboe), Duke Dobing (flute), Edward Saklatvala (tenor vocals), Thomas Harries (tenor vocals), Simon Kiln (engineer), Aldo Ciccolini (piano), Tim Handley (producer), Jordi Savall (viola da gamba), Ton Koopman (harpsichord), Martin Sauer (producer), Anne Decoville (remixer)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Il , David Zinman, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Antonio Pappano, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Michel Corboz, Paavo Jarvi, Bernard Labadie, Sir Neville Marriner, Gérard Lesne, Fabio Biondi, Bernard Haitink, Istvan Kertesz, Eugene Ormandy, Nikolaus H

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100 Best Relaxing Classics

100 Best Relaxing Classics


Hélène Grimaud (piano), Stephen Kovacevich, Steven Isserlis (cello), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano), Yuri Egorov, Youri Egorov (piano), Andrew Swinnerton (oboe), Christiane Baumann (soprano vocals), Camilla Tilling (soprano vocals), Alexandre Tharaud (piano), Gérard Lesne (counter-tenor vocals), Gérard Lesne (director), Giovanni Scaramuzzino (mandolin), John Aler (tenor vocals), Hans Richter-Haaser (piano), Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris (chorus), Samson François (piano), François-René Duchâble (piano), Véronique Gens, Veronique Gens (soprano vocals), Bernarda Fink (contralto vocals), Mikhail Pletnev (piano), Nikolai Lugansky (piano), Diana Damrau (soprano vocals), Daniel Barenboim (piano), Anne Queffélec, Anne Queffelec (piano), Jacqueline du Pré (cello), Maria Callas (soprano vocals), Paul Tortelier (cello), Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne, Sharon Isbin (guitar), Tasmin Little (violin), Martin Roscoe (piano), Tzimon Barto (piano), Mikhail Rudy (piano), Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles, Roger Vignoles (piano), Nelson Freire (piano), Kun Woo Paik (piano), Truls Mørk, Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), Truls Mork (cello), Dawn Upshaw (soprano vocals), Borodin String Quartet, Misha Milman (cello), Borodin Quartet (string quartet), Christian Zacharias (piano), Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano vocals), Natalie Dessay (soprano vocals), Fabio Biondi (violin), Ian Watson (organ), Richard Amner (harpsichord), John Tomlinson (bass vocals), Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano vocals), Lella Cuberli (soprano vocals), Martha Argerich (piano), Michel Legrand (piano), Sally Matthews (soprano vocals), Philharmonische Virtuosen Berlin, Jane Gilchrist (soprano vocals), Simon Gibson (organ), Andrew Davis (organ), Delphine Haidan (mezzo-soprano vocals), Michel Portal (clarinet), Cherubini-Quartett (string quartet), Boris Berezovsky (piano), Nicholas Angelich (piano), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Frank Braley (piano), Gautier Capuçon (cello), Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Maxim Vengerov (violin), Itamar Golan (piano), Pierre Laniau (guitar), Nicole Tibbels (soprano vocals), Marat Bisengaliev (mezzo-soprano vocals), Catrin Finch (harp), Nikolaj Bloch (guitar), Sally Herbert (violin), Libera (vocal ensemble), Chris Dodd (percussion), John Anderson (musicians), Robert Prizeman (keyboards), Steven Geraghty (keyboards), Tönu Kaljuste, Paul Schaefer (piano), Peter Rostal (piano), Chloë Hanslip (violin), Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano), Jean-Philippe Collard (piano), Bruno Rigutto (piano), Ian Tilley (keyboards), King's College Choir, Cambridge, Cambridge King's College Choir (chorus), Aldo Ciccolini (piano), Ton Koopman (harpsichord), Jordi Savall (viola da gamba)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Il , David Zinman, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Antonio Pappano, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Michel Corboz, Paavo Järvi, Bernard Labadie, Sir Neville Marriner, Fabio Biondi, Bernard Haitink, Istvan Kertesz, Eugene Ormandy, Gérard Lesne, Nikolaus H

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Mozart & Weber: Clarinet Quintets

Mozart & Weber: Clarinet Quintets


Mozart:

Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581

Prazák Quartet

Clarinet Trio in E flat major, K498 "Kegelstatt-Trio"

Frank Braley (piano) & Vladimir Mendelssohn (viola)

Weber:

Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34, J182

Prazák Quartet


Pascal Moraguès (clarinet)

Joined here by clarinetist Pascal Moraguès, the Prazák Quartet performs three chamber masterpieces for the clarinet. The first two works, composed by Mozart and dedicated to fellow mason Anton Stadler, are the famous Kegelstatt-Trio and Clarinet Quintet. The trio was said to have been written in no more time than it took to play a game of skittles, and the Clarinet Quintet is one of the most beautiful works ever written by the composer. The disc is completed by Weber's Clarinet Quintet, which was dedicated to German soloist and composer Heinrich Josef Bärmann.

“compelling … virtually self-recommending.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

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