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Henri Pousseur Was, With Bério, Boulez, Maderna, Nono And Stockhausen, One Of The Dominant Figure Of The Darmstadt School. He Has Dedicated His Life - Which Has Been Enriched By Encounters With Notable People Such As Michel Butor - To Experimentation And To Musical Teaching, And Has Developed A Language That Forms A Bridge Between Pas And Future. His Childhood Love Of Dichterliebe Inspired Him To Compose A Vast Paraphrase, As Coherent As It Is Charming, That Explores The Innermost Secrets Of Schumann's Masterpiece. The Total Commitment Of The Vast Resources Involved - Soloists, Chorus, Orchestra - Makes This Recording An Event.
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Isabelle Poulenard (soprano), Pascal Bertin (alto), Gilles Ragon (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass)
Stradivaria, Daniel Cuiller
Born in Moravia, Franz Xaver Richter worked at the Court of Kempfen then of Mannheim as "chamber composer". During this period, he composed more than 80 symphonies, concertos, as well as many chamber music works, including string quartets. In 1769 he was appointed Choirmaster at Strasbourg Cathedral. He then proceeded to produce an impressive catalogue of religious works that includes 39 masses, 50 cantatas, 3 Requiems, etc., and, in 1773, he composed Leçons des Ténèbres or The Lamentations of Jeremiah to commemorate Christ's passion during the days preceding Easter. A veritable link between Baroque and Classical, Richter was one of those composers who pioneered a new, pre-classical symphonic style, admired throughout Europe for its instrumental virtuosity, dynamic effects, varied instrumentation, and a marked use of the winds. Cypres welcomes this first project of the ensemble Stradivaria with soloists of the first rank that make this CD a real event.
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“Solomon is universally recognised as one of Handel's finest masterpieces, not only with magnificent choruses, but more importantly containing rapturous love music, nature imagery, affecting emotion and the vividly portrayed dramatic scene of Solomon's famous judgement over the disputed infant. This is in fact the only dramatic part of the oratorio; and each of the female characters appears in only one of the work's three parts. Paul McCreesh, responsive to the work's stature, employs an orchestra of about 60 (including a serpent as the bass of the wind group) and presents the oratorio in the original 1749 version, full and uncut.
It's been argued that even in so splendid a work Handel was fallible enough to include some dead wood. McCreesh, however, stoutly defends the original structural balance. In one respect, though, he does depart from Handel's intentions.
By the time Solomon was written, he was using no castratos in his oratorios, and the title-role was deliberately designed for a mezzo-soprano; but here the chance to secure the pre-eminent countertenor Andreas Scholl was irresistible. The colour of Handel's predominantly female vocal casting (only Zadok and the smaller-part Levite being exceptions) is thus slightly modified. This historical infidelity is one of the few possible reservations about the set, which is a notable achievement. McCreesh is fortunate in his cast, too. Predictably, Scholl becomes the central focus by his beauty of voice, calm authority, charm and intelligent musicianship. Inger Dam-Jensen, as Solomon's queen, sounds suitably ecstatic in the florid 'Blessed the day' and amorous in 'With thee th'unsheltered moor', and her duet with Solomon flows with easy grace. To Susan Gritton falls the sublime 'Will the sun forget to streak', with its wonderful unison oboe-and-flute obbligato.
As the high priest Zadok, Paul Agnew shines in the ornate 'See the tall palm'. A more positive and audible keyboard continuo would have been welcome, but this is a minor shortcoming, and the effect of the performance as a whole is deeply impressive, with such things as 'Will the sun', the grave interlude to 'With pious heart' and the elegiac chorus 'Draw the tear from hopeless love' haunting the listener's mind.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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Mondonville: Les Fêtes de Paphos
Sandrine Piau, Veronique Gens, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Olivier Lallouette, Peter Harvey, Christophe Rousset (Director), Olivier Lallouette (Baritone), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Tenor), Jean Fournet (Tenor), Veronique Gens (Soprano), Sandrine Piau (Soprano), James Oxley (Tenor), Peter Harvey (Baritone), Agnus Mellon (Soprano)
Les Talens Lyriques, Choeur de Chambre' Accentus, Chorus, Christophe Rousset
Michel Corboz: 300 years of Sacred Music (7CD set)
Brahms: 2 motets
J S Bach: Motets
A wonderful 7-CD set that celebrates 50 years of the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne’s existence under the baton of Michel Corbez. This set also celebrates 300 years of sacred music, bringing together some of the greatest works in a clam-shell budget priced collection.
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Bach Masterworks Vol. 1
Various Artists, Edith Mathis (Soprano), Ernst Haefliger (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Bass), Anna Reynolds (Contralto), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Olaf Bär (Baritone), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Timothy Mason (Cello), Petra Lang (Mezzo-Soprano), Anthony Robson (Oboe), Alison Bury (Baroque Violin), Thomas Quasthoff (Bass-Baritone), Rainer Kussmaul (Musical Director), Members of the RIAS-Kammerchor (Chorus), Trudeliese Schmidt (Contralto), Anthony Robson (Baroque Oboe), Richard Earle (Baroque Oboe), Ruth Holton (Soprano), Stephen Varcoe (Bass), Alison Bury (Violin), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet), Michael Chance (Counter-Tenor), Richard Earle (Oboe), Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Reinhard Goebel (Musical Director), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), David Thomas (Bass), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Maria Stader (Soprano), Hertha Töpper (Alto), Hertha Töpper (Contralto), Kieth Engen (Bass), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass), Valerie Darke (Oboe), Gill Ross (Soprano), Andrew Murgatroyd (Tenor), Simon Birchall (Bass), Nicolas Robertson (Tenor), Neill Archer (Tenor), Rufus Muller (Tenor), Richard Campbell (Viola Da Gamba), Deborah York (Soprano), Ulla Munch (Soprano), Julia Gooding (Soprano), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo-Soprano), Susan Bickley (Contralto), Mark Padmore (Tenor), James Gilchrist (Tenor), Peter Harvey (Bass), Stephan Loges (Bass), Stephan Loges (Bass-Baritone), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo-Soprano), Anthony Robson (Oboe d amore), Olaf Bär (Bass), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Natural Trumpet), Hans Peter Blochwitz (Tenor), Lisa Beznosiuk (Traverso), Valerie Darke (Oboe d amore), Katie Pringle (Soprano), Maya Homburger (Baroque Violin), Hanns-Martin Schneidt (Musical Director), Karl Richter (Organ)
Münchener Bach-Orchester, Münchener Bach-Chor, English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi Choir, Berliner Barock Solisten, Musica Antiqua Köln, The Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra Of St Luke's, Gabrieli Players, Die Regensburger Domspatzen, Capella Acad, Karl Richter, John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, John Nelson, Paul McCreesh
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The All-Baroque Box Vol. 2
Various Artists, Reinhard Goebel (Musical Director), Simon Preston (Organ), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord), Christophe Rousset (Harpsichord), Nathan Milstein (Violin), Nathan Milstein (Interprète Instrumental), Pierre Fournier (Cello), Trevor Pinnock (Director & Harpsichord), Simon Standage (Violin), Elizabeth Wilcock (Violin), Peter Harvey (Bass), Anthony Robson (Baroque Oboe), Richard Earle (Baroque Oboe), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Ruth Holton (Soprano), Stephen Varcoe (Bass), Alison Bury (Violin), Anthony Robson (Oboe), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet), Michael Chance (Counter-Tenor), Richard Earle (Oboe), Deborah York (Soprano), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo-Soprano), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Julia Gooding (Soprano), Susan Bickley (Contralto), James Gilchrist (Tenor), Stephan Loges (Bass), Ulla Munch (Soprano), Stephan Loges (Bass-Baritone), Paul McCreesh (Director), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Mary Nichols (Mezzo-Soprano), Ashley Stafford (Alto), Wynford Evans (Tenor), Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Carol Hall (Soprano), Jane Fairfield (Soprano), Jean Knibbs (Soprano), Collin Patrick (Alto), Andrew Murgatroyd (Tenor), Lloyd Morgan (Bass), Howard Milner (Tenor), Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute), Sophia McKenna (Oboe), Michael Thompson (French Horn), Patrizia Kwella (Soprano), Michael Chance (Alto), Valerie Darke (Oboe d amore), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo-Soprano), Bejun Mehta (Counter-Tenor), Pascal Bertin (Counter-Tenor), Jean-Michel Ankaoua (Baritone), Alan Ewing (Bass), Marijana Mijanovic (Mezzo-Soprano), Guido Larisch (Cello), Michel Maldonado (Double Bass), Pascal Monteilhet (Lute), Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord), Mirella Giardelli (Harpsichord), Charlotte Hellekant (Mezzo-Soprano), Howard Crook (Tenor), John Tomlinson (Bass), Anne Sofie von Otter (Contralto), Arleen Augér (Soprano), Trevor Pinnock (Director), The English Concert Choir (Chorus), Diana Montague (Contralto), Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Simon Birchall (Bass), Trevor Pinnock (Organ), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), James Bowman (Counter-Tenor), Simon Preston ()
Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert, The English Concert, English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi Choir, Gabrieli Players, Les Musiciens du Louvre, The English Concert Choir, Orchestra of Westminster Abbey, The Choir Of Westminster Abbey, The Academ, John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Marc Minkowski, Trevor Pinnock, Simon Preston, Christopher Hogwood
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The All-Baroque Box Vol. 1
Various Artists, Mark Tucker (Tenor), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Michael Chance (Counter-Tenor), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Julianne Baird (Soprano), Nigel Robson (Tenor), Simon Birchall (Baritone), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo-Soprano), Mary Nichols (Mezzo-Soprano), John Tomlinson (Baritone), Diana Montague (Mezzo-Soprano), Sir Willard White (Bass), Howard Milner (Tenor), Nicolas Robertson (Tenor), Jakob Lindberg (Theorbo), His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts (Chamber Ensemble), Ann Monoyios (Soprano), Marinella Pennicchi (Soprano), Alastair Miles (Bass), Bryn Terfel (Bass), Jakob Lindberg (Chitarrone), Sandro Naglia (Tenor), Jakob Lindberg (Lute), David Miller (Chitarrone), Christopher Wilson (Chitarrone), Patrick Russill (), Ian Watson (Organ), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Director), Richard Wistreich (Baritone), David Thomas (Bass), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Andrew King (Tenor), Judith Nelson (Soprano), Poppy Holden (Soprano), Timothy Roberts (Organ), Frieder Lang (Tenor), Alastair Ross (Organ), Ruth Holton (Soprano), Ashley Stafford (Counter-Tenor), Carol Hall (Soprano), Lawrence Wallington (Bass), Simon Birchall (Bass), Valerie Botwright (Double Bass), Mary Seers (Soprano), Rachel Platt (Soprano), Stephen Charlesworth (Bass), Susan Hemington Jones (Soprano), David Hurley (Falsettist), Robert "Bob The Builder" Horn (Tenor), Andrew Tusa (Tenor), Peter Harvey (Baritone), Tessa Bonner (Soprano), Timothy Wilson (Falsettist), Mark le Brocq (Tenor), Charles Daniels (Tenor), Jonathan Best (Bass), Angus Smith (Tenor), Adrian Peacock (Bass), Charles Pott (Baritone), Paula Chateauneuf (Chitarrone), Fred Jacobs (Chitarrone), Celia Harper (Double Harp), Reinhard Goebel (Musical Director), Gabrieli Consort (Chorus), Conor Biggs (Bass), Florian Heyerick (), Céline Scheen (Soprano), Goedele Heidbüchel (Soprano), Ex Tempore (Chorus), Russell Smythe (Baritone), Annick Massis (Soprano), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo-Soprano), Eric Huchet (Tenor), Patrick Henckens (Tenor), Jean-Louis Bindi (Bass), Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Sarah Leonard (Soprano), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Nigel Rogers (Tenor), Elisabeth Priday (Soprano), Kym Amps (Soprano), Timothy Wilson (Counter-Tenor), Peter Harvey (Bass), Florian Deuter (), Charles Pott (Bass), Christopher Purves (Bass), Julian Podger (Tenor), Trevor Pinnock (Musical Director), Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord), Andreas Scholl (Counter-Tenor), Ottavio Dantone (Director), Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord), Reinhard Goebel (Director), Simon Standage (Violin), Elizabeth Wilcock (Violin), Michaela Comberti (Violin), Miles Golding (Violin), Jaap Ter Linden (Cello), Trevor Pinnock (Director), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord), Paul Goodwin (Oboe), Mark Bennett (Trumpet), Jennifer Smith (Soprano), Catherine Wyn Rogers (Contralto), Trevor Pinnock (Organ), Wilbert Hazelzet (Flute), Peter Westermann (Oboe), Michael Niesemann (Oboe), Piet Dhont (Oboe), Eric Hoeprich (Chalumeau), Lisa Klevit (Chalumeau), Friedemann Immer (Natural Trumpet), Michael Schneider (2) (Recorder), Mireille Delunsch (Soprano), Françoise Masset (Soprano), Veronique Gens (Soprano), Russell Smythe (Bass), Laurent Naouri (Bass), Jean-Philippe Courtis (Bass), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Marcos Pujol (Counter-Tenor), Jean-François Lombard (Counter-Tenor)
English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi Choir, The London Oratory Junior Choir, The Consort of Musicke, Gabrieli Consort, Gabrieli Players, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, Gabrieli Consort, Musica Antiqua Köln, Ex Tempore, Les Musiciens du Louvre, C, John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Reinhard Goebel, Marc Minkowski, Trevor Pinnock
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