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Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232


Maria Keohane (soprano), Joanne Lunn (soprano), Alex Potter (countertenor), Jan Kobow (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass)

Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen

The Concerto Copenhagen, the leading Scandinavian ensemble for historical performance practice, is currently regarded worldwide as one of the most remarkable and imaginative orchestras in this field under its artistic director Lars Ulrik Mortensen. The orchestra’s vitality, sense of style, and communicative talent have become its trademarks.

Accordingly, we have decided to release Bach’s Mass in B minor on two SACDS (moreover, in quality surround sound) featuring this extraordinary ensemble and top-class soloists.

“To my mind, Mortensen’s special performance, which is full to the brim with insightful musicianship and has a refreshing avoidance of contrived formulas, comfortably joins Parrott (EMI), Junghänel and John Butt (Linn) as the finest examples of this kind of perspective on performing Bach’s monumental sacred masterpiece.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

“I’ll highlight ‘Confiteor’ (Credo) where the solace derived from the ‘remission of sins’ is realised in Mortensen’s performance with translucent tenderness…[Mortensen’s concertino team] is the strongest I’ve yet heard” Early Music Today, August 2016 *****

GGramophone Awards 2016

Shortlisted - Baroque Vocal

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2016

Building a Library

First Choice - February 2017

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JS Bach: Violin Concertos, BWV 1041-1043 & Oboe Concerto, BWV 1060R

JS Bach: Violin Concertos, BWV 1041-1043 & Oboe Concerto, BWV 1060R


Bach, J S:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

Fredrik From (violin)

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

Fredrik From (violin)

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

Peter Spissky (violin), Bjarte Eike (violin)

Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings BWV1060R

Antoine Torunczyk (oboe), Manfredo Kraemer (violin)


Concerto Copenhagen played its first concert in 1991 and has since developed into Scandinavia’s leading early music ensemble, joining the league of the world’s most exciting and innovative Baroque orchestras. Original interpretations and a strong ability to communicate with the audience are among Concerto Copenhagen’s hallmarks – making old music vital, relevant and contemporary.

In 1999 the internationally acclaimed harpsichordist and chamber musician, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, became the ensemble’s chief artistic director, and was awarded the coveted Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2007.

“Fredrik From plays with tremendous expression through dynamics and a cleanly detailed sense of line within authentic – largely vibrato-less playing. These performances bring out Vivaldi/Corelli Italianate qualities in these concertos which you might not have noticed elsewhere. The bassoon has the effect of pointing out the lively activity going on in the lower lines, a feature with melodic strengths all too often neglected. Even if, like me, you have heard these pieces dozens of times before, you will be made to stop and pay attention as if they were new pieces…if you are on the lookout for ‘authentic’ Bach violin concertos then this will be well worth considering.” MusicWeb International, 27th March 2015

Building a Library

First Choice - April 2016

Early Music

CPO - 7779042

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Bach - Harpsichord Concertos Volume 3

Bach - Harpsichord Concertos Volume 3


Bach, J S:

Concerto for Two Keyboards in C minor, BWV1060

Concerto for Two Keyboards in C major, BWV1061

Concerto for Two Keyboards in C minor, BWV1062

Concerto for Flute, Violin & Harpsichord in A minor, BWV1044

Concerto for Three Keyboards in D minor, BWV1063

Concerto for Three Keyboards in C major, BWV1064

Concerto for Four Keyboards in A minor (after Vivaldi), BWV1065


This release is the third volume in cpo’s series of Bach’s harpsichord concertos. A particular highlight is the Triple Concerto in A minor for Harpsichord, Flute, Violin and Strings, which recalls the harpsichord role in the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and brims with its own rhythmic and harmonic contrasts. The Concerto Copenhagen ensemble from Denmark rank as one of the world’s best orchestras performing on original instruments, and present a spirited interpretation of these works under and with their conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen.

“From the outset the music-making seems to be predicated on gracious partnership and delight in exchange…[there is] a refreshing lack of artfulness here, confirmed by each of the triple concertos delivering unaffected and energised performances” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

Early Music

CPO - 7776812

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The Art of Anne Sofie Von Otter

The Art of Anne Sofie Von Otter


Bach, J S:

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich

Fredrik From (violin)

Baroque Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus Dei

Baroque Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen

Cantata BWV54 'Widerstehe doch der Sünde'

Baroque Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen

Brahms:

Sonntag, Op. 47 No. 3

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Gluck:

O del mio dolce ardor (from Paride ed Elena)

Paul Goodwin (oboe)

The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

Grieg:

Haugtussa, Op. 67 No. 6 'Killingdans'

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Haugtussa, Op. 67 No. 8 'Ved Gjætle-Bekken'

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Haugtussa, Op. 67 No. 5 'Elsk'

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Haugtussa, Op. 67 No. 1 'Det syng'

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Med en vandlije, Op. 25 No. 4

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Handel:

Il pianto di Maria: Giunta l'ora fatal HWV 234

Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel

Tu preparati a morire (from Ariodante)

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

Hercules: When beauty sorrow's liv'ry wears

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

Mahler:

Liebst Du um Schönheit (Rückert-Lieder)

NDR-Sinfonieorchester, John Eliot Gardiner

Serenade aus Don Juan (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Ralf Gothoni (piano)

Monteverdi:

Adagiati, Poppea - Oblivion soave (L'incoronazione di Poppea)

Jakob Lindberg (theorbo), Jory Vinikour (organ)

Mozart:

Requiem in D minor, K626 - Benedictus

Barbara Bonney (soprano), Hans Peter Blochwitz (tenor), Sir Willard White (bass)

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio (from La Clemenza di Tito)

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Oh Dei, che smania è questa (La Clemenza di Tito)

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Ah, qual gelido orror...Il padre adorato (from Idomeneo)

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Offenbach:

Barcarolle (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann )

Stéphanie d' Oustrac (mezzo-soprano), Chorus Of Les Musiciens Du Louvre

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

Rossini:

Nacqui all'affanno, al pianto...Non più mesta (from La Cenerentola)

Orchestra of the Frankfurt Opera, James Levine

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Im Abendrot, D799

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Der Wanderer an den Mond D870 (Seidl)

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Im Walde D708

Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Duel scene (from Eugene Onegin)

Mirella Freni (soprano)

Staatskapelle Dresden, James Levine

Weill, K:

One Touch of Venus: I'm A Stranger Here Myself

NDR-Sinfonieorchester, John Eliot Gardiner

Speak low

NDR-Sinfonieorchester, John Eliot Gardiner

Berlin im Licht

Bengt Forsberg (piano)


Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)

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Don Giovanni (Juan): A Film by Kasper Holten

Don Giovanni (Juan): A Film by Kasper Holten


Mozart:

Don Giovanni, K527

Sung in English (translation by Kasper Holten and Mogens Rukov)


Christopher Maltman (Giovanni, aka Juan), Mikhail Petrenko (Leporello), Maria Bengtsson (Anna), Elizabeth Futral (Elvira), Katija Dragojevic (Zerlina), Peter Lodahl (Ottavio), Ludwig Bengtson Lindström (Masetto), Eric Halfvarson (Commendatore)

Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen (conductor) & Kasper Holten (director)

A truly unique filmed version of Mozart’s famous opera - an intense, vibrant and energetic take on a timeless drama, shot on location in Budapest, Hungary.

Every scene and every single detail has been adapted so that it fully exploits the film media’s great power to create emotional presence, making use of the full visual vocabulary of modern cinema, following such unorthodox inspirational sources as The Bourne Trilogy and Traffic, while at the same time maintaining the exceptional live experience of opera, since the actors really sing on set.

Juan is a famous artist and notorious playboy, thanks to his ability to become just what any woman dreams of. He turns his own life into a megalomanic work of art, playing the game of seduction like no other, driven by a manic restlessness that pushes him forward through an endless stream of conquests, betrayals, sex and eventually murder, with death lurking as the only possible outcome.

A portrayal of male sexuality in the 21st century, taken to the extreme, DON GIOVANNI reveals how the blessing of an endless appetite for life and a will to conquer the world, might in reality turn out to be the path to ruthless destruction and eventually self-destruction.

Audio: Dolby Stereo & Optional 5.1

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Feature Running Time: 102 mins

Region: 2, PAL

Contains sex and nudity

“here are sex and violence, speeding cars, and plenty of rough language. Maltman himself supplied the translation, which fits the updated setting supremely well but won’t appeal to maiden aunts...Holten has created a film that treats the opera with the respectful kind of disrespect that leaves the work’s core intact. And the performances are mostly riveting...Go on, be brave, give this adventurous Giovanni a whirl.” The Times, 29th September 2012 ****

“a pacey (if slightly cheesy) drama complete with sexy escapades, a car chase, and hospital scenes...Funnily enough, it all sort of works. This is partly because the singers are not only musically good, they can also carry the close scrutiny of the camera lens...Holten gives a lucid account of his motivations for the film in the 'Extras' section.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ****

“Holten trades too knowingly, at times, on the narrative disparities between the opera and his film. But this is much more erotic than many stagings of the piece, and by the end we really do understand the nature of Juan's unsettling sexual hold...That's ultimately due to Maltman's charismatic artistry and Holten's filming of it, both of which are sensational.” The Guardian, 13th December 2012 ****

“The well-chosen cast, led by Maltman's assured, sexy Juan, truly look and sound great...But perhaps the ultimate achievement of the Roal Opera House's Kasper Holten in his first feature film...is to make an 'opera film' that really doesn't look like singers standing around a street in costumer wondering why they're not in a theatre. Even if you're phobic about 'modern' productions, give this a go.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

“It’s all rather ingenious, and will no doubt launch a thousand undergraduate musicology essays...There’s a lot to admire in the technical achievement the film represents, and, as an exploration of the possibilities of opera as film, it’s undoubtedly fascinating; but it is so, one feels, precisely because it demonstrates the limits of that hybrid genre.” Opera, December 2012

Presto Disc of the Week

10th September 2012

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Handel: Concerti grossi Op. 3 Nos. 1-6, HWV312-317

Handel: Concerti grossi Op. 3 Nos. 1-6, HWV312-317


Concerto Copenhagen, led by Lars Ulrik Mortensen, are the leading Scandinavian ensemble specialising in historical performance practice. They are regarded throughout the world as one of the most remarkable and resourceful orchestras in their field and cpo are delighted to welcome them on board for a recording of Handel’s Concerti Grossi op. 3.

“Concerto Copenhagen's performances ooze abundantly with charm, wisdom and warmth...Mortensen's fluent playing of the tricky quick organ solos in the concluding Allegro are articulated flawlessly. Such classy moments make this one of the most endearing artistic interpretations of Op. 3 in recent years.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

GGramophone Awards 2012

Finalist - Baroque Instrumental

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2012

Early Music

CPO - 7774882

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Weyse: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7

Weyse: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7


Weyse:

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, DF 117

Symphony No. 7 in E flat major, DF 123


Classico - 220600

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Schütz - Weinachtshistorie & Auferstehunghistorie

Schütz - Weinachtshistorie & Auferstehunghistorie


Schütz:

Weihnachts-Historie, SWV435

Auferstehungshistorie, SWV50


Jakob Bloch Jespersen (bass), Johan Linderoth (tenor), Adam Riis (tenor) & Else Torp (soprano)

Ars Nova Copenhagen, Concerto Copenhagen & Sirius Viols, Paul Hillier

The second volume of ARS NOVA Copenhagen & chief conductor Paul Hillier’s series showcasing the passions and oratorios of Heinrich Schütz features the Christmas Story and the Resurrection History, two masterly examples of the early vocal Baroque before the time of Bach, who admired Schütz.

ARS NOVA and a team of talented Danish soloists are accompanied by players of the acclaimed ensemble Concerto Copenhagen and the viola da gamba ensemble Sirius Viols, founded by and featuring Hille Perl, one of the world’s leading viola da gamba players.

“The performance is first-rate throughout. Natural, tractable voices create characterful images - in the Christmas Story, Else Torp an ethereal angel, Jakob Bloch Jespersen a sneering Herod. The major roles of Evangelist are well narrated, in both Historien, with a natural speech rhythm paced to match the changing moods. A disc to cherish.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 *****

“Ars Nova Copenhagen reaffirms its status as an outstanding vocal ensemble with luminous and pure choral singing. Its members also provide excellent solos...Hillier paces and shapes Schütz's music to perfection...Schütz recordings of such ardent beauty are much too rare, so this is not to be missed.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

“The splendid Ars Nova Copenhagen, directed by the sensitive Paul Hillier, provide here totally compelling recordings of Schutz's inspired settings of the Christmas Oratorio and the History of the Resurrection...the solo singing is very fine, especially the radiant-voiced soprano, Else Torp.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

GGramophone Awards 2010

Finalist - Baroque Vocal

Early Music

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Handel: Partenope, HWV 27

Handel: Partenope, HWV 27


Andreas Scholl (Arsace), Inger Dam-Jensen (Partenope) & Tuva Semmingsen (Rosmira)

Royal Danish Opera & Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen

A major contribution to ‘Handel Year’: countertenor star Andreas Scholl returns to the Decca label in Handel’s comedy Partenope

“the finest countertenor of his generation” Opera News

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Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese

“Mortensen's magnificent direction brings out the full measure of excitement, pathos and emotion in Handel's score...[the production] conveys an enormous amount of what makes Partenope very special” Gramophone Magazine, May 2010

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Anne Sophie von Otter sings Bach Arias

Anne Sophie von Otter sings Bach Arias


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV54 'Widerstehe doch der Sünde'

Cantata BWV197 'Gott ist unsre Zuversicht'

Cantata BWV99 'Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan'

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich

Cantata BWV30 'Freue dich, erlöste Schar'

Sinfonia from Cantata BWV35 'Geist und Seele wird verwirret'

Cantata BWV74 'Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten'

Cantata BWV12 'Weinen, Klagen, sorgen, Zagen': Sinfonia

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus Dei

Et misericordia

Cantata BWV60 'O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort'

Cantata BWV117 'Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut'


Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) & Lars Ulrik Mortensen (conductor and organ) with Karin Roman (soprano), Anders J. Dahlin (tenor), Tomas Medici (tenor) & Jakob Bloch Jespersen (bass-baritone)

Concerto Copenhagen

Born to sing J. S. Bach, Anne Sofie von Otter brings elegant style, richness of voice, and career-long commitment to Baroque music to this glorious recording of alto and soprano arias she herself selected. Featuring beloved staples like the moving “Erbarme Dich” from the St. Matthew Passion and the “Agnus Dei” from the B minor Mass, this follow-up to her successful release of Music for a While includes lesser-known repertoire to entice the most jaded lover of voice, Baroque or Bach. Lars Ulrik Mortensen leads Concerto Copenhagen, the acclaimed Scandinavian Baroque ensemble, in instrumentations of fascinating variety unusual in Bach solo vocal albums

DG Archiv - 4777467

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