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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 24

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 24


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491


Following Schubert and 3 well-received volumes of Fauré for Mirare, the veteran French pianist Jean-Claude Pennetier, accompanied by the Orchestra of Radio France and Christoph Poppen now turns his hands to Mozart. With these two concertos he finds tenderness and fire in No. 21 which mirrors the anguish and inner intensity of No. 24. The two pieces prove, as Mauriac put it, that: “As long as men inhabit the earth, just a few bars of Mozart can remind us of the paradise we lost, a paradise that may still exist as long as we can hear the echoes of its laughter and tears in such divine music.”

“Two Mozart concertos in performances that on the whole rise to these incomparable works. Aged 75, Pennetier is a lively soloist, and his cadenzas are exceptional...the Paris orchestra, under Popper, is sweet-toned and crisp, with prominent woodwind.” Sunday Times, 25th June 2017

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Dusapin: Quatuor VI Hinterland & Quator VII OpenTime

Dusapin: Quatuor VI Hinterland & Quator VII OpenTime


Dusapin:

String Quartet No. 6 'Hinterland'

String Quartet No. 7 'OpenTime'


With this album coupling his Sixth and Seventh string quartets, the æon label completes its recording of all the quartets of Pascal Dusapin with the Arditti Quartet. This second release follows the earlier recording of his first five works in the genre, released in 2009. Complicity, transmission, comprehension: Pascal Dusapin’s output has been so familiar to and closely associated with these musicians since the 1980s (six of the works were composed for them) that it has become inseparable from them. The present edition reveals a trajectory that has lasted more than thirty years now and has established a coherent corpus over time. It helps the listener to grasp some of the composer’s deep-seated aspirations and the evolution of his style. The Arditti Quartet enjoys a worldwide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music. Many hundreds of string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its foundation by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974. Many of these works have left a permanent mark on twentieth century repertoire and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in music history. Over the past thirty years, the ensemble has received many prizes for its work. They have won the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis several times and the Gramophone Award for the best recording of contemporary music in 1999 and 2002. In 2004 they were awarded the ‘Coup de Coeur’ prize by the Academie Charles Cros in France for their exceptional contribution to the dissemination of contemporary music.

“Both pieces reaffirm Dusapin’s quartet cycle as among the most significant now emerging.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2017

“In both essays, intricate, repetitive figuration predominates, suggesting an aesthetic of textural relentlessness.” Sunday Times, 28th May 2017

“Quatuor VI, subtitled Hinterland, isn’t a string quartet at all, but rather a work for quartet and orchestra...The remarkable Quatuor VII, Open Time, is on a different scale. It’s a huge set of 21 variations, lasting nearly 40 minutes in the Ardittis’ magisterial performance.” The Guardian, 1st June 2017 ****

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Legrand: Concerto Pour Piano & Concerto Pour Violoncelle

Legrand: Concerto Pour Piano & Concerto Pour Violoncelle


Legrand:

Concerto Pour Piano

Michel Legrand (piano)

Concerto Pour Violoncelle

Henri Demarquette (cello)


Michel Legrand, worldwide known not only as a pianist and singer but firstly for his musicals, soundtracks and songs, presents his first recording entirely devoted to classical music. It is a testimony to hear a composer play his own work, as on this recording Michel Legrand performs his own Piano Concerto, with one of the leading French Orchestras and its new musical director – Mikko Franck. Also featuring on this album is one of the most talented cellist of his generation, Henri Demarquette, playing a new Concerto, written for him and recorded in presence of the composer.

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Eduard Lalo & Arthur Coquard: La Jacquerie

Eduard Lalo & Arthur Coquard: La Jacquerie


 

La Jacquerie


Véronique Gens (Blanche de Sainte-Croix), Nora Gubisch (Jeanne), Charles Castronovo (Robert), Boris Pinkhasovich (Guillaume), Christophoros Stamboglis (Le Comte de Sainte-Croix), Patrick Bolleire (Le Sénéchal), Enguerrand de Hys (Le Baron de Savigny)

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Choeur de Radio France, Patrick Davin

After Fiesque (1868) and Le Roi dYs (1888), Édouard Lalo embarked on the composition of what he intended as his masterpiece: a historical and moral opera set against the background of a peasants revolt. But he died unexpectedly, having completed only the rst act. His family entrusted Arthur Coquard a fervent Wagnerian like Lalo with the task of finishing the job, which he did with incontestable talent. The work multiplies references to Romantic Grand Opera, in particular with its spectacular set designs. With its concise structure and its vocal writing blending Verdian heroism and Wagnerian lyricism, La Jacquerie is a succinct, effective opera, devoid of affectation. The work had a successful premiere at Monte Carlo on 9 March 1895 and was revived in Lyon and at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in December of the same year.

“Castronovo’s Robert is all persuasive elegance and ringing high notes: you believe in him as a charismatic revolutionary, and he brings real passion to his scenes with Véronique Gens’s smoky toned Blanche, who is equally convincing as a refined aristocrat…a fascinating work, superbly done” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

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Saint-Saëns: La Muse et le Poète

Saint-Saëns: La Muse et le Poète


Saint-Saëns:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61

Renaud Capuçon (violin)

La Muse et le Poète, Op. 132

Renaud Capuçon (violin) & Gautier Capuçon (cello)

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Gautier Capuçon (cello)


Violinist Renaud Capuçon and his cellist brother Gautier are joined by the young French conductor Lionel Bringuier and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for a programme of works by Camille Saint-Saëns. It includes the lyrical, intimate and rarely heard ‘Duet for Violin, Cello and Orchestra’, La Muse et le Poète.

For this recording of three concertante works by Saint-Saëns they are joined by another leading French musician of the younger generation, the conductor Lionel Bringuier, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Though only 27, Bringuier will become Chief Conductor and Music Director of Zurich’s much-respected Tonhalle Orchestra in 2014. He recently completed six seasons as Resident Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he worked with music directors Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel. It was as a 14-year-old student that he first got to know Renaud Capuçon and this Saint-Saëns disc first began to take shape three or so years ago.

Recorded in Paris at the Salle Pleyel and the Théâtre du Châtelet, it comprises Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No 3, Cello Concerto No 1 and ‘Duet for Violin, Cello and Orchestra’, La Muse et le Poète – a work that the Capuçon brothers had never played before and which is only rarely heard.

“These two concertos might be among his more familiar works, but these sensitively imagined performances make for essential listening.” The Telegraph, 17th October 2013 *****

“The music [of La Muse] is fluent and pleasant without being memorable...The Capuçons certainly do their best to make the music worthwhile...Renaud gives a performance of the third violin concerto that is full of ripely expressive effects; Gautier's version of the cello work plunges in with almost breathless intensity” The Guardian, 24th October 2013

“In the Violin Concerto, Renaud Capucon and the conductor provide a lesson in how to generate rubato organically from the material...the soloist's tone and technique deserve the highest praise...The recording is clear and spacious.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ****

“They are all evidently fine musicians and cannot be faulted in matters of taste and technique...This is a fine disc neatly combining a rarity with first class performances of two deservedly acclaimed concertos.” MusicWeb International, 16th December 2013

“Renaud and Gautier Capucon's beautifully modulated playing...is complemented by the discreet colouring, finesse, warmth and dramatic cohesion that Lionel Bringuier draws from the [orchestra]...the freshness, passion and poignancy of the playing are compellingly revivifying.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

“A disc of Saint-Saëns's best-known concertos, with soloist Renaud Capuçon on commanding form in the Violin Concerto No. 3, and his younger brother Gautier doing the honours in the Cello Concerto No. 1. The two siblings come together for a hauntingly expressive performance of La Muse et le Poète, all of which are ably supported by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Lionel Bringuier.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical

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Dutilleux: Correspondances

Dutilleux: Correspondances


Dutilleux:

Correspondances for Soprano and Orchestra

Barbara Hannigan (soprano)

Tout un monde lointain (Concerto for cello and orchestra)

Anssi Karttunen (cello)

The Shadows of Time


This remarkable album was released on the 97th birthday of a composer who, over more than seven decades, had a profound influence on classical music. Born in 1916 and best known for his Violin Concerto, Henri Dutilleux continued the line of great masters of French music.

The album is a tribute to the composer by his former composition pupil, conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director Laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Dutilleux’s Correspondances (2003), a song cycle for soprano and orchestra, setting texts by Rainer Maria Rilke, Prithwindra Mukherjee, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Vincent van Gogh, has never been recorded. The composer asked his former pupil to record the work, while he could still attend the sessions – which he did – making this World Premiere recording a document of historical significance

Joining the superb Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France is star soloist, soprano Barbara Hannigan, today’s most highly regarded interpreter of 20th/21st century classical vocal music

The album also includes new recordings of Tout un monde lointain for Cello and Orchestra (1970) and the orchestral piece The Shadows of Time (1997).

“Salonen does these three masterpieces (1997’s The Shadows of Time and the 1970 cello concerto Tout un monde lointain are the others) magnificent justice. In the 2003 title work, a close engagement with texts (by Rilke et al) is formidably reflected in Barbara Hannigan’s soprano singing.” Sunday Times, 10th February 2013

“Here is an oeuvre, not only of precise, masterly workmanship, but infused with emotional warmth and, beyond that, with profound passions, evidenced not least in Dutilleux's sympathy for the persecuted...Hannigan is simply superb - faultless pitching, crystal clear words, a shining tone and total empathy with the composer's message...Throughout, Salonen and the orchestra do the composer's music proud. Bravo to all for a quite exceptional disc.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 *****

“Hannigan has made the music very much her own...a wonderful 97th birthday present for a musician who has patiently extended older French traditions of civility and high polish into an age of aesthetic meltdown.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

“Hannigan’s singing is heartbreaking...[Karttunen] may not be as dramatic as [Rostropovich], but he gives an eloquent account. His playing high in the register is particularly beautiful and he captures all the detail...It is rather early to say, but I am confident this CD will be at or near the top of my list of recordings of the year.” MusicWeb International, 13th June 2013

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Winner - Contemporary

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Choral & Song Choice - May 2013

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Pécou - Symphonie du jaguar & Vague de Pierre

Pécou - Symphonie du jaguar & Vague de Pierre


Pécou:

Symphonie du jaguar

Vague de Pierre

Jonathan Stockhammer


An irresistible energy irradiates the entire sound material of Thierry Pécou's orchestral music, right down to the silences. This almost spiritual celebration of rhythm is extremely rare in contemporary composers. Impelled by their rhythmic drive, the Symphonie du Jaguar and Vague de pierre explore the mysteries of the pre-Columbian mythologies of Maya Mexico and the literary painters of ancient China.The Symphonie du Jaguar refers to the cyclic course of time and the trajectory of the sun (Kin), in its incarnation as the daystar, and in the form of a red jaguar in its journey into the bowels of the earth where it is regenerated. Here there are five cardinal points - east, west, north, south, and centre, symbolised respectively by the four solo instruments (clarinet, trombone, violin and cello) and, in the centre, the female chorus; at the end of the work, the clarinet and trombone emit calls in the five directions. Whereas the Symphonie du Jaguar was inspired by Mayan civilisation, Vague de pierre - 'Stone wave', a literal translation of 'Shi Tao', the name of a Chinese literary painter of the late Manchu dynasty - is underpinned by an external source, the writings of François Cheng and François Jullien on art and philosophy in China. Born in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1965,Thierry Pécou has received many prizes for his compositions, which have been commissioned by leading institutions and performers. He frequently performs his own works at the piano, as director of Zellig, a flexibly sized ensemble devoted to new music of which he is the founder, or as soloist with orchestra in his piano concertos (Tremendum and L'Oiseau innumérable).

“In 'Symphonie Du Jaguar', South American animist myths are brought to life with startling shifts and clashing tonal colouration, including shrill, declamatory vocals, blaring horns, and a dense, thunderous barrage of percussion” The Independent, 15th January 2010 ***

“Pécou serves up a meta-collage...The voices intone and chatter, and Pécou nudges his instrumental soloists away from cosy classical politeness with resourceful extended techniques.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2010

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21st Century Cello Concertos

21st Century Cello Concertos


Amy:

Cello Concerto

Orchestre de Paris, Gilbert Amy

Mantovani, B:

Cello Concerto

Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, Günther Herbig

Schoeller:

The eyes of the wind [cello concerto]

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Alexander Briger


Jean Guihen Queyras (cello)

Three composers, three masterworks of our time, performed by three orchestras - and a central figure, the moving spirit behind this fine project devoted to the concertante cello: Jean-Guihen Queyras, voted Artist of the Year 2008 in Diapason.Three sometimes very different, yet at the same time highly complementary ways of conceiving the concerto in the 21st century. Long a soloist with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Jean-Guihen Queyras was profoundly influenced by working with Pierre Boulez. His discography, distinguished by a musical eclecticism, includes works by Haydn (on period instruments) as well as Dvorák and 20th-century composers.

“In all three pieces, Queyras is wonderfully committed.” The Guardian, 29th May 2009 ***

“Amy's "Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre" opens with bold, broad solo strokes, and builds to a more animated conclusion in which Queyras's cello deftly rides a passage of marimba and percussion.” The Independent, 22nd May 2009 ****

“While inhabiting diverse worlds of sound, these three cello concertos share a common thread in the refined, comprehensive artistry of Jean-Guihen Queyras. The Canadian-born Frenchman has come to the fore as a versatile cellist, persuasive in the Classical and Romantic repertoire as much as in the modern milieu he experienced as a member of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Whether in the emphatic drama of Bruno Mantovani’s Concerto of 2003, the more rarefied atmosphere of Philippe Schoeller’s The Eyes of the Wind (premiered in 2005) or the multifaceted athletics of Gilbert Amy’s Concerto (which was completed in 2000), Queyras draws out the character and colour of each piece in the most compelling way.” The Telegraph, 1st June 2009 *****

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Debussy: Fantasie pour piano et orchestre & Britten: Piano Concerto

Debussy: Fantasie pour piano et orchestre & Britten: Piano Concerto


Britten:

Piano Concerto, Op. 13

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Marek Janowski

Debussy:

Fantasie for piano and orchestra

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Marek Janowski

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Renaud Capuçon plays Three Modern Concertos

Renaud Capuçon plays Three Modern Concertos

World Premiere performances & recordings


Dusapin:

Aufgang

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Myung-Whun Chung

Mantovani, B:

Jeux d'eau pour violon et orchestra

Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris, Philippe Jordan

Rihm:

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra 'Poem of the painter'

Wiener Symphoniker, Philippe Jordan


Renaud Capuçon (violin)

Firmly established as one of the world’s greatest violinists, Renaud Capuçon career both on the stage and as a recording artist has spanned a wide gamut of concerto repertoire, chamber music and recitals. He has a reputation for impeccable performances and fine interpretations of classics and lesser-known repertoire, from his most recent albums with critically-acclaimed readings of the Bach Violin Concertos and the Vasks Violin Concerto, and a recital disc with Khatia Buniatishvili, to the Beethoven / Korngold and Brahms/Berg concertos, Renaud has become known for the breadth of his repertoire, his world-class chamber music partners, and the quality of his playing.

Celebrating his 40th birthday this year, Capuçon presents three world-premiere recordings of violin concertos written for and dedicated to him by three of today’s most exciting composers: Wolfgang Rihm, Pascal Dusapin and Bruno Mantovani - with the Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris, Wiener Symphoniker and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the conductors Myung-Whun Chung and Philippe Jordan.

“All three of these violin concertos were composed expressly for Renaud Capuçon, and all take his fiercely impassioned lyrical playing as their starting point...But it’s Pascal Dusapin’s Aufgang that provides the real substance here, and comes the closest to a traditional three-movement concerto.” The Guardian, 2nd November 2016 ****

“The more exciting music is often in the orchestra, but it’s a tribute to Capuçon’s skills that, like both of the other works it is completely under his skin” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

“Rihm’s Gedicht des Malers is his sixth violin concerto, and imagines the soloist as an artist’s brush, painting a portrait of Ysaÿe. It packs a remarkable series of moods into its 15 minutes…it is sumptuously played, and Rihm gives the soloist space for that, in language that is comfortably aristocratic” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

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Finalist - Contemporary

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