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Qin: Violin Concerto 'The Border of the Mountains', Cello Concerto 'Dawn', Suona Concerto 'Calling the Phoenix'

Qin: Violin Concerto 'The Border of the Mountains', Cello Concerto 'Dawn', Suona Concerto 'Calling the Phoenix'


Qin Wen-chen:

Violin Concerto 'The Border of the Mountains'

Mengla Huang (violin)

Cello Concerto 'Dawn'

Li-Wei Qin (cello)

Suona Concerto 'Calling the Phoenix'

Qianyuan Zhang (suona)


A native of Inner Mongolia, Wenchen Qin grew up with the folk music of his homeland and is now one of China’s most influential composers. His violin concerto The Border of the Mountains exploits the extraordinary colors and flexibility of both orchestra and soloist, echoing nature and the songs and spirituality of the mountains. Each movement of the cello concerto Dawn is based on a fragment of text by the poet Hai Zi, while Calling for Phoenix, inspired by the series of paintings Phoenix in Fire by Xiao-he Tang and Li Cheng, is an intensely virtuosic concerto for suona, a traditional double-reed instrument. The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra regularly performs in subscription series in the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus. In addition, the orchestra appears annually at major Austrian and international festivals, having close ties with the Salzburg Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, and musikprotokoll im steierischen herbst, which provides a platform for the performance of new and experimental music. Tours to Japan and China are also a regular part of the RSO schedule.

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Dvorak: Svatební Kosile, Op. 69

Dvorak: Svatební Kosile, Op. 69


Simona Šaturová (soprano), Pavol Breslik (tenor) & Adam Plachetka (bass-baritone)

Wiener Singakademie & Orf Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cornelius Meister

Performances of Dvořák’s music in cities all over Britain helped to ensure a continued demand for the works he wrote especially for that country. He composed the cantata The Spectre’s Bride during the period May-November, 1884, with the first performance taking place in Birmingham the following year. Tradition has it that Dvořák himself conducted the choir of around 400 voices and an orchestra of 150 musicians. There were many more performances of the cantata in Great Britain and the USA during the year following its première. This helped secure Dvořák’s prominence and popularity among Anglo-American audiences, an advantage which has never really waned since.

“Simona Šaturová is pure and innocent as the girl but thrills when she throttles up. Pavol Breslik is smooth and eager as her ghostly spouse, Adam Plachetka sage-like as the narrator. A nice little discovery” Gramophone Magazine, June 2017

“With Krombholc one gets the great trio of Drahomíra Tikalová, Beno Blachut and Ladislav Mráz in a twofer coupling with Novák’s The Storm. Here are singers for whom cantata and opera are, without any crudity, fruitfully interchangeable.” MusicWeb International, 28th June 2017

“Meister, one of Germany’s rising conductors, makes a strong case for it with his Viennese forces and Slovakian and Czech soloists. Simona Saturova is steely, if occasionally unsteady, as the distraught Bride, Pavol Breslik’s lyric tenor expands into the Spectre’s strenuous music, and Adam Plachetka...is an exemplary narrator, leading the commentating chorus.” Sunday Times, 26th March 2017

“[Meister] tends to emphasise the lyrical aspects of Dvořák’s score. But there are shapely solo contributions from the ORF orchestra, and certainly some very fine expressive singing from soprano Simona Šaturová as the girl and tenor Pavol Breslik as the spectre.” The Guardian, 30th March 2017 ***

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Deqing Wen: Shanghai Prelude

Deqing Wen: Shanghai Prelude


Deqing:

Shanghai Prelude

Bruno Weinmeister (cello)

The Fantasia on Peony Pavilion

Variation of a Rose

Nostalgia

Love Song and River Chant


Deeply influenced by Chinese traditional arts and philosophy, Deqing Wen composes in a style that is vivid, emotive and accessible. In the Cello Concerto Shanghai Prelude he blends traditional Chinese music with elements of European Baroque style, while The Fantasia of Peony Pavilion draws on Kunqu, one of China’s oldest forms of opera. The graceful melancholy of Nostalgia is balanced by the intensity and power of Love Song and River Chant.

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Spohr, Nielsen, Debussy: Clarinet Concertos and Rhapsody

Spohr, Nielsen, Debussy: Clarinet Concertos and Rhapsody


Debussy:

Rhapsody for clarinet & piano (or orchestra), L. 116 'Première rapsodie'

with Karina Sposobina (piano)

Nielsen:

Clarinet Concerto Op. 57 (FS129)

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ari Rasilainen

Spohr:

Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in E minor, WoO 20

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ari Rasilainen


Dionysis Grammenos (clarinet)

Charismatic and with a fast-rising profile, Greek clarinetist Dionysis Grammenos, 23, presents his debut album, dedicated to 3 major works from the clarinet repertoire.

Grammenos’s international break-through occurred in 2008 when he won the Eurovision Grand Prix and the title of the ‘European Young Musician of the Year’ – the first wind player ever to hold that title. He has been nominated Rising Star for the 2013-2014 season by the prestigious European Concert Hall Organisation. In this context he will perform concerts in all the prestigious European venues.

In May 2014 his extensive European tour hits the UK.

Naive - V5348

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Aranjuez

Aranjuez

Concertos and Dances for Harp


Falla:

Danse Espagnole No. 1 (from La Vida Breve)

Ginastera:

Harp Concerto, Op. 25

Granados:

Valses Poeticos (7)

Rodrigo:

Concierto de Aranjuez

Tárrega:

Recuerdos de la Alhambra


RCA - 88697644362

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Christian Poltéra plays Dutilleux & Lutoslawski

Christian Poltéra plays Dutilleux & Lutoslawski


Dutilleux:

Tout un monde lointain (Concerto for cello and orchestra)

Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher

Lutosławski:

Cello Concerto

Sacher Variation


“...there's something refreshingly straightforward and robust about the approach that Poltéra and van Steen adopt. They trust the solidity of the work's construction, and vividly bring out its internal drama as a result...the energy and ebullience about [Poltera's] playing in both works is very engaging.” The Guardian, 28th January 2010 ****

“…Christian Poltéra inevitably courts comparison with the 1975 EMI disc of Rostropovich, for whom both works were written. …in technique there's nothing to choose between them. …the most notable point of difference is the more leisurely reading here of 'Miroirs', the fourth movement of the Dutilleux piece. For me this works wonderfully, and after it Rostropovich's version comes to sound slightly impatient (even though both recordings take the movement slower than the metronome mark).” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 ****

“Unity in the Dutilleux comes from a subtle eliding between animation and suspense...something Poltéra realises in full measure...In the Lutoslawski, interplay between an initially impassive soloist and an increasingly agitated orchestra unifies one of his most lucid formal designs” Gramophone Magazine, April 2010

“Poltéra, a soloist of consummate artistry, will more than satisfy the discerning listener. The BIS recording has characteristic presence and definition” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Spirits of Mozart

Spirits of Mozart


Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ian Anderson, Christiane Oelze, Amira Selim, Benjamin Schmid

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Andreij Boreyko

A crossover experience inspired by the music of Mozart: the surprising and original Spirits of Mozart. In this crossover concert, outstanding personalities from the fields of pop, jazz and classical music interpret Mozart`s compositions in their personal musical languages for a broad public of the 21st century. These performances show that the impact of Mozart`s music reaches far beyond the boundaries of classical music. Performers like Dee Dee Bridgewater, the young violinist Benjamin Schmid with jazz band and orchestra, Jethro Tull’s singer-flautist Ian Anderson and many others present Mozart arrangements in a rousing, electrifying melange of classical, jazz and pop culture.

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Mahler: Das klagende Lied

Mahler: Das klagende Lied


Simone Schneider (soprano), Taja Ariane Baumgartner (mezzo-soprano), Torsten Kerl (tenor), Adrian Erod (baritone), Camilo Diaz Delegado (tenor), Juyoung Kim (bass)

ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Singakademie, Soloists of the Tölzer Knabenchor, Cornelius Meister

Mahler's cantata Das klagende Lied continues to be a rarity on concert programmes, despite the fact that the composer is recognised today as one of music history's most preeminent figures, many of whose works form part of the standard repertoire. The significance of this large-scale symphonic choral piece is that it represents the foundation of Mahler’s more widely-known compositions. As such, it is a key component in understanding Mahler and interpreting his works. It could be said that Das klagende Lied represents a summary of all Mahler's creative output up to that point in his life. It also foreshadows the works that were to come.

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Classic Vienna: Mozart - Haydn - Gluck

Classic Vienna: Mozart - Haydn - Gluck


Gluck:

Armide Overture

Che puro ciel (Orfeo ed Euridice)

O del mio dolce ardor (from Paride ed Elena)

Haydn:

Acide e Galatea: Overture

Se non piange un infelice (from L'isola Disabitata)

Berenice, che fai? (Scena di Berenice), Hob XXIVa:10

Mozart:

Così fan tutte, K588: Overture

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

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

Ch'io mi scordi di te?... Non temer, amato bene, K505


Lena Belkina (mezzo)

ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Andrea Sanguineti

Mezzo-soprano Lena Belkina’s first album garnered high praise: “She sings Desdemona’s ‘Willow Song’ from Rossini’s Otello with lyrical intensity... Nacqui all’affanno e al pianto” from La Cenerentola is sharp-witted and brilliant”, opined Das Opernglas, while WAZ (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung) wrote: “The coloratura is splendidly placed whether she’s mobilizing Tudor fury (in Anna Bolena), questioning her heart in the Barber of Seville or letting the soul of ‘Tanti affetti’ (La donna del lago) overflow with elegant beauty.”

For her second album, “Classic Vienna”, she has recorded the most famous representatives of Viennese Classicism, Mozart (1756–1791), Haydn (1732–1809) and Gluck (1714–1787), with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andrea Sanguinetti. Her Mozart selections include the aria “Parto, ma tu ben mio” from La clemenza di Tito, “Il padre adorato” from Idomeneo and the concert aria “Ch'io mi scordi di te?”. She sings Gluck’s arias “Che puro ciel” from Orfeo ed Euridice and “Oh, del mio dolce ardor” from Paride ed Elena as well as Haydn’s aria “Se non piange un’ infelice” from L’isola disabitata and his Scena di Berenice. The programme is rounded off with the overtures from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Gluck’s Armide and Haydn’s Acide e Galatea.

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Xu Shuya: Nirvana

Xu Shuya: Nirvana


Xu Shuya:

Nirvana

Insolation

Cristal au Soleil Couchant

Echos du Vieux Champ

Yun

Shu-Ying Li (soprano) & Qilian Chen (soprano)


With worldwide acclaim and numerous awards, Xu Shuya is one of the leading composers to emerge from the Chinese ‘New Wave’. His fascination with his Chinese heritage is eloquently expressed in pieces such as Insolation, inspired by the heroic myth of Kaufu Chasing the Sun, and Yun, which unites the famous ‘Purple Bamboo Melody’ with symphonic textures and gestures. Cristal au Soleil Couchant expresses the intensity of light and colours at sundown, while Echos du Vieux Champ conjures nostalgic memories of the composer’s homeland. Shaped by spiritual concepts and the Tibetan landscape, Nirvana evokes the ‘bittersweet pleasure’ of ‘faint distant melodies, like tunes from heaven’.

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