Antonio Pappano

Conductor

Antonio Pappano

Conductor Antonio Pappano has made something of a specialism of conducting opera, in particular Italian opera. His conducting debut was at the Norske Opera and he has since been music director at La Monnaie, the Belgian Royal Opera House and, most recently, Covent Garden. His recordings of Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Rossini's Guillaume Tell and Verdi's Requiem, to name just three, have won him awards and critical plaudits galore.

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Rossini: Guillaume Tell

Rossini: Guillaume Tell


Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell), Malin Byström (Mathilde), John Osborn (Arnold Melchtal), Sofia Fomina (Jemmy), Nicolas Courjal (Gesler), Alexander Vinogradov (Walter Furst), Enkelejda Shkosa (Hedwige), Eric Halfvarson (Melcthal), Michael Colvin (Rodolphe), Samuel Dale Johnson (Leuthold), Enea Scala (Ruodi)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Damiano Michieletto (director)

Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt.

Rossini’s score, here performed in its original French, is one of his most outstanding and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

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Running time: 216 minutes

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Rossini: Guillaume Tell

Rossini: Guillaume Tell


Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell), Malin Byström (Mathilde), John Osborn (Arnold Melchtal), Sofia Fomina (Jemmy), Nicolas Courjal (Gesler), Alexander Vinogradov (Walter Furst), Enkelejda Shkosa (Hedwige), Eric Halfvarson (Melcthal), Michael Colvin (Rodolphe), Samuel Dale Johnson (Leuthold), Enea Scala (Ruodi)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Damiano Michieletto (director)

Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt.

Rossini’s score, here performed in its original French, is one of his most outstanding and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

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Anna Netrebko: Verismo - Vinyl Edition

Anna Netrebko: Verismo - Vinyl Edition


Boito:

L'altra notte in fondo al mare (from Mefistofele)

Catalani:

Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (from La Wally)

Cilea:

Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Giordano, U:

La mamma morta (from Andrea Chénier)

Leoncavallo:

Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!.... Hui! Stridono lassù (from I Pagliacci)

Ponchielli:

Suicidio! (from La Gioconda)

Puccini:

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)

Signore, ascolta! (from Turandot)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

In questa reggia (from Turandot)

In quelle trine morbide (from Manon Lescaut)

Manon Lescaut: Act IV


The “Diva Assoluta del Mondo” (Opera News) is back, as you have never heard her before!

With VERISMO Anna Netrebko presents her long-awaited new studio album – the first in three years – displaying her remarkable vocal maturity and reaffirming her status as one of the leading sopranos of her generation.

For Anna Netrebko herself, it was the obvious next step; for her public it promises to be a revelation. The challenging verismo repertoire offers a fascinating portrait of Netrebko’s voice in its full maturity. Having reached the latest peak in an already sensational career, the soprano continues her vocal and artistic development in logical fashion, illuminating the stylistic and psychological complexities of verismo with her own special intensity and powers of expression.

Set to be one of the most important and anticipated classical releases of 2016.

VERISMO features Netrebko in the greatest, most irresistible hits of the Grand Italian repertoire of the fading 19th Century, with arias by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Ponchielli, Boito, Giordano, Catalani.

Showcasing brand new interpretations of some of the greatest and most popular opera arias of all time.

A winning classical music team – Anna Netrebko and Sir Antonio Pappano – now joined on record for the very first time by her husband and tenor Yusif Eyvazov.

Anna Netrebko has reached the heart of the rich, mature dramatic repertoire that allows her to showcase the sheer beauty, endless, wide range of colours and emotion in combination with her distinct and beloved timbre that sets her apart from any other artist, past or present. In many ways this album is a self-discovery for this unique artist, and is destined to reach Anna’s widest fan-base.

Verismo at the turn of the last century introduced "real life" experience to opera and left behind the romantic approach of Belcanto. Netrebko’s recent performances of Verdi’s “Macbeth” and “Il Trovatore" but also her role debut of "Manon Lescaut" in March 2014 in Rome, have shown that Netrebko is able to combine the most beautiful sound production with the harsh, sometimes brutal and scary reality of those heroines she is awaking to life for us.

“her rich, dark chocolate and red wine tone is the main sell here, along with her satisfyingly growly low register and wall-shaking (even through your home speakers) top notes...Pappano and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia also go full pelt, swaggering, moody and full-blooded throughout.” The Times, 26th August 2016 ****

“[Manon Lescaut], along with the Riddle Scene from Turandot, is Netrebko close to her best. she could declaim the text more incisively, but there is no denying the glory of her voice, more “fleshy” in timbre and exciting at the top, or its suitability for Puccini’s Tosca and Butterfly. Pappano’s deluxe accompaniments are sumptuously played.” Sunday Times, 4th September 2016

“The results are nothing short of magnificent. In familiar excerpts by Cilea, Giordani, Puccini and more, Netrebko deploys her increasingly dark and weighty vocal tone, along with the expressive fervor that has always been a hallmark, to produce readings that excite and delight the listener.” San Francisco Chronicle, 1st September 2016

“all sung with plenty of voice and abandon...when she settles into a long extract from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, with tenor husband Yusif Eyvazov and Antonio Pappano conducting, the recital hits an impressively impassioned peak.” Financial Times, 26th August 2016 ****

“Everything’s sung with no-holds-barred abandon and emotional commitment...there’s strength and sweetness aplenty, aided by idiomatic detailed and often superbly delicate support from Pappano and his Roman orchestra...Like Cleopatra, Netrebko ‘makes hungry where she most satisfies’, and I can’t wait to see where she goes next with this repertoire.” Presto Classical, 2nd September 2016

“Extracts from 10 operas show her voice reaching an exciting maturity, its increased weight matched by even more gleam, fizz and expressive projection. She has yet to sing most of these roles on stage, but inhabits them convincingly...Pappano is, as ever, the ideal supportive conductor, and the orchestra plays as if it loves Netrebko’s every note.” The Guardian, 15th September 2016 ****

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Maddalena de Coigny), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard), Denyce Graves (Bersi), Elena Zilio (Madelon), Rosalind Plowright (Contessa de Coigny), Roland Wood (Roucher), Peter Coleman-Wright (Pietro Fléville), Eddie Wade (Fouquier-Tinville), Adrian Clarke (Mathieu), Carlo Bosi (The Incredibile), Peter Hoare (Abbé), Jeremy White (Schmidt), John Cunningham (Major Domo), Yuriy Yurchuk (Dumas)

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano (conductor & David McVicar (director)

“Kaufmann is performing the title role for the first time, and it’s hard to imagine him bettered. His striking looks make him very much the Romantic and romanticised outsider of Giordano’s vision. His voice, with its dark, liquid tone, soars through the music with refined ease and intensity: all those grand declarations of passion, whether political or erotic, hit home with terrific immediacy.” – The Guardian

Presented in its Covent Garden premiere in January 2015, this staging – directed by David McVicar and conducted by the Royal Opera’s Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano – shows a bloody tricolour daubed with the words “Even Plato banned poets from his Republic” – written by Robespierre on the death warrant of the historical Chénier, a poet and journalist sent to the guillotine in 1794 for criticising France’s post-revolutionary government. Andrea Chénier was a great success at its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896. It established Giordano as a leading member of Italy’s giovane scuola, and has remained Giordano’s most popular opera, with occasional productions at leading opera houses. This production is the first by The Royal Opera since 1984. Of Giordano’s later operas, only Fedora (1898) has attracted some continued interest.

“Captivating from start to finish, Giordano’s flawed masterpiece Andrea Chenier is presented in a sterling production under director David McVicar...Kaufmann’s voice is in superb condition, expressive and compellingly projected in his arias...[Westbroek's] voice is a substantial instrument which she manages capably, as demonstrated by her Act Three showpiece aria La mamma morta.” MusicWeb International, September 2016

“The Countess de Coigny in sumptuous purple satin is sung to great effect by Rosalind Plowright, as is Elena Zilio’s Madelon…never less than compelling on screen, Jonas Kaufmann is a perfect foil to Eva-Maria Westbroek’s Maddalena who wrings every last drop of emotion out of ‘La mamma morta’…but the man of the hour is Antonio Pappano who conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House as if all their lives depended on it” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ****

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Maddalena de Coigny), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard), Denyce Graves (Bersi), Elena Zilio (Madelon), Rosalind Plowright (Contessa de Coigny), Roland Wood (Roucher), Peter Coleman-Wright (Pietro Fléville), Eddie Wade (Fouquier-Tinville), Adrian Clarke (Mathieu), Carlo Bosi (The Incredibile), Peter Hoare (Abbé), Jeremy White (Schmidt), John Cunningham (Major Domo), Yuriy Yurchuk (Dumas)

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano (conductor & David McVicar (director)

“Kaufmann is performing the title role for the first time, and it’s hard to imagine him bettered. His striking looks make him very much the Romantic and romanticised outsider of Giordano’s vision. His voice, with its dark, liquid tone, soars through the music with refined ease and intensity: all those grand declarations of passion, whether political or erotic, hit home with terrific immediacy.” – The Guardian

Presented in its Covent Garden premiere in January 2015, this staging – directed by David McVicar and conducted by the Royal Opera’s Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano – shows a bloody tricolour daubed with the words “Even Plato banned poets from his Republic” – written by Robespierre on the death warrant of the historical Chénier, a poet and journalist sent to the guillotine in 1794 for criticising France’s post-revolutionary government. Andrea Chénier was a great success at its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896. It established Giordano as a leading member of Italy’s giovane scuola, and has remained Giordano’s most popular opera, with occasional productions at leading opera houses. This production is the first by The Royal Opera since 1984. Of Giordano’s later operas, only Fedora (1898) has attracted some continued interest.

“Captivating from start to finish, Giordano’s flawed masterpiece Andrea Chenier is presented in a sterling production under director David McVicar...Kaufmann’s voice is in superb condition, expressive and compellingly projected in his arias...[Westbroek's] voice is a substantial instrument which she manages capably, as demonstrated by her Act Three showpiece aria La mamma morta.” MusicWeb International, September 2016

“The Countess de Coigny in sumptuous purple satin is sung to great effect by Rosalind Plowright, as is Elena Zilio’s Madelon…never less than compelling on screen, Jonas Kaufmann is a perfect foil to Eva-Maria Westbroek’s Maddalena who wrings every last drop of emotion out of ‘La mamma morta’…but the man of the hour is Antonio Pappano who conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House as if all their lives depended on it” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ****

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Anna Netrebko: Verismo

Anna Netrebko: Verismo


Boito:

L'altra notte in fondo al mare (from Mefistofele)

Catalani:

Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (from La Wally)

Cilea:

Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Giordano, U:

La mamma morta (from Andrea Chénier)

Leoncavallo:

Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!.... Hui! Stridono lassù (from I Pagliacci)

Ponchielli:

Suicidio! (from La Gioconda)

Puccini:

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

In questa reggia (from Turandot)

In quelle trine morbide (from Manon Lescaut)

Manon Lescaut: Act IV

Yusif Eyvazov (tenor)

Signore, ascolta! (from Turandot)


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

The “Diva Assoluta del Mondo” (Opera News) is back, as you have never heard her before!

With VERISMO Anna Netrebko presents her long-awaited new studio album – the first in three years – displaying her remarkable vocal maturity and reaffirming her status as one of the leading sopranos of her generation.

For Anna Netrebko herself, it was the obvious next step; for her public it promises to be a revelation. The challenging verismo repertoire offers a fascinating portrait of Netrebko’s voice in its full maturity. Having reached the latest peak in an already sensational career, the soprano continues her vocal and artistic development in logical fashion, illuminating the stylistic and psychological complexities of verismo with her own special intensity and powers of expression.

Set to be one of the most important and anticipated classical releases of 2016.

VERISMO features Netrebko in the greatest, most irresistible hits of the Grand Italian repertoire of the fading 19th Century, with arias by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Ponchielli, Boito, Giordano, Catalani.

Showcasing brand new interpretations of some of the greatest and most popular opera arias of all time.

A winning classical music team – Anna Netrebko and Sir Antonio Pappano – now joined on record for the very first time by her husband and tenor Yusif Eyvazov.

Anna Netrebko has reached the heart of the rich, mature dramatic repertoire that allows her to showcase the sheer beauty, endless, wide range of colours and emotion in combination with her distinct and beloved timbre that sets her apart from any other artist, past or present. In many ways this album is a self-discovery for this unique artist, and is destined to reach Anna’s widest fan-base.

Verismo at the turn of the last century introduced "real life" experience to opera and left behind the romantic approach of Belcanto. Netrebko’s recent performances of Verdi’s “Macbeth” and “Il Trovatore" but also her role debut of "Manon Lescaut" in March 2014 in Rome, have shown that Netrebko is able to combine the most beautiful sound production with the harsh, sometimes brutal and scary reality of those heroines she is awaking to life for us.

“her rich, dark chocolate and red wine tone is the main sell here, along with her satisfyingly growly low register and wall-shaking (even through your home speakers) top notes...Pappano and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia also go full pelt, swaggering, moody and full-blooded throughout.” The Times, 26th August 2016 ****

“all sung with plenty of voice and abandon...when she settles into a long extract from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, with tenor husband Yusif Eyvazov and Antonio Pappano conducting, the recital hits an impressively impassioned peak” Financial Times, 26th August 2016 ****

“Everything’s sung with no-holds-barred abandon and emotional commitment...there’s strength and sweetness aplenty, aided by idiomatic detailed and often superbly delicate support from Pappano and his Roman orchestra...Like Cleopatra, Netrebko ‘makes hungry where she most satisfies’, and I can’t wait to see where she goes next with this repertoire.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 2nd September 2016

“The results are nothing short of magnificent. In familiar excerpts by Cilea, Giordani, Puccini and more, Netrebko deploys her increasingly dark and weighty vocal tone, along with the expressive fervor that has always been a hallmark, to produce readings that excite and delight the listener.” San Francisco Chronicle, 1st September 2016

“[Manon Lescaut], along with the Riddle Scene from Turandot, is Netrebko close to her best. she could declaim the text more incisively, but there is no denying the glory of her voice, more “fleshy” in timbre and exciting at the top, or its suitability for Puccini’s Tosca and Butterfly. Pappano’s deluxe accompaniments are sumptuously played.” Sunday Times, 4th September 2016

“Extracts from 10 operas show her voice reaching an exciting maturity, its increased weight matched by even more gleam, fizz and expressive projection. She has yet to sing most of these roles on stage, but inhabits them convincingly...Pappano is, as ever, the ideal supportive conductor, and the orchestra plays as if it loves Netrebko’s every note.” The Guardian, 15th September 2016 ****

“[We get] as sense of a real person engaged in a real drama, of Manon and Des Grieux in the direst of straits, as Netrebko and her tenor (and husband), Yusif Eyvazov, tug at the heart strings. His voice is pleasingly grainy…[and Netrebko] sounds in good voice, too: darker, richer in tone than previously on disc and full across the range.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

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Anna Netrebko: Verismo

Anna Netrebko: Verismo

Deluxe Fan Pack


Boito:

L'altra notte in fondo al mare (from Mefistofele)

Catalani:

Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (from La Wally)

Cilea:

Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Giordano, U:

La mamma morta (from Andrea Chénier)

Leoncavallo:

Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!.... Hui! Stridono lassù (from I Pagliacci)

Ponchielli:

Suicidio! (from La Gioconda)

Puccini:

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

In questa reggia (from Turandot)

In quelle trine morbide (from Manon Lescaut)

Manon Lescaut: Act IV

Yusif Eyvazov (tenor)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)

bonus track

Signore, ascolta! (from Turandot)


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Chopard Edition - Limited Super Deluxe CD and DVD, including :

- Three performance clips 'Live From Tokyo' - La mamma morta, Un bel di, Io son l'umile ancella

- CD bonus track - Tu che di gel sei cinta

- Chopard silk scarf

- 3 art prints

The “Diva Assoluta del Mondo” (Opera News) is back, as you have never heard her before!

With VERISMO Anna Netrebko presents her long-awaited new studio album – the first in three years – displaying her remarkable vocal maturity and reaffirming her status as one of the leading sopranos of her generation.

For Anna Netrebko herself, it was the obvious next step; for her public it promises to be a revelation. The challenging verismo repertoire offers a fascinating portrait of Netrebko’s voice in its full maturity. Having reached the latest peak in an already sensational career, the soprano continues her vocal and artistic development in logical fashion, illuminating the stylistic and psychological complexities of verismo with her own special intensity and powers of expression.

Set to be one of the most important and anticipated classical releases of 2016.

VERISMO features Netrebko in the greatest, most irresistible hits of the Grand Italian repertoire of the fading 19th Century, with arias by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Ponchielli, Boito, Giordano, Catalani.

Showcasing brand new interpretations of some of the greatest and most popular opera arias of all time.

A winning classical music team – Anna Netrebko and Sir Antonio Pappano – now joined on record for the very first time by her husband and tenor Yusif Eyvazov.

Anna Netrebko has reached the heart of the rich, mature dramatic repertoire that allows her to showcase the sheer beauty, endless, wide range of colours and emotion in combination with her distinct and beloved timbre that sets her apart from any other artist, past or present. In many ways this album is a self-discovery for this unique artist, and is destined to reach Anna’s widest fan-base.

Verismo at the turn of the last century introduced "real life" experience to opera and left behind the romantic approach of Belcanto. Netrebko’s recent performances of Verdi’s “Macbeth” and “Il Trovatore" but also her role debut of "Manon Lescaut" in March 2014 in Rome, have shown that Netrebko is able to combine the most beautiful sound production with the harsh, sometimes brutal and scary reality of those heroines she is awaking to life for us.

“her rich, dark chocolate and red wine tone is the main sell here, along with her satisfyingly growly low register and wall-shaking (even through your home speakers) top notes...Pappano and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia also go full pelt, swaggering, moody and full-blooded throughout.” The Times, 26th August 2016 ****

“all sung with plenty of voice and abandon...when she settles into a long extract from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, with tenor husband Yusif Eyvazov and Antonio Pappano conducting, the recital hits an impressively impassioned peak.” Financial Times, 26th August 2016 ****

“Everything’s sung with no-holds-barred abandon and emotional commitment...there’s strength and sweetness aplenty, aided by idiomatic detailed and often superbly delicate support from Pappano and his Roman orchestra...Like Cleopatra, Netrebko ‘makes hungry where she most satisfies’, and I can’t wait to see where she goes next with this repertoire” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 2nd September 2016

“The results are nothing short of magnificent. In familiar excerpts by Cilea, Giordani, Puccini and more, Netrebko deploys her increasingly dark and weighty vocal tone, along with the expressive fervor that has always been a hallmark, to produce readings that excite and delight the listener.” San Francisco Chronicle, 1st September 2016

“[Manon Lescaut], along with the Riddle Scene from Turandot, is Netrebko close to her best. she could declaim the text more incisively, but there is no denying the glory of her voice, more “fleshy” in timbre and exciting at the top, or its suitability for Puccini’s Tosca and Butterfly. Pappano’s deluxe accompaniments are sumptuously played.” Sunday Times, 4th September 2016

“Extracts from 10 operas show her voice reaching an exciting maturity, its increased weight matched by even more gleam, fizz and expressive projection. She has yet to sing most of these roles on stage, but inhabits them convincingly...Pappano is, as ever, the ideal supportive conductor, and the orchestra plays as if it loves Netrebko’s every note.” The Guardian, 15th September 2016 ****

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Elgar: Symphony No. 1 & In the South

Elgar: Symphony No. 1 & In the South


Elgar:

Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55

In the South (Alassio), Op. 50


Recorded live in the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, 21, 23 & 24 January 2012 (Op.55) & 18 March 2013 (Op.50).

Antonio Pappano, who studied piano and conducting, first attracted the attention of Daniel Barenboim, becoming his assistant at the Bayreuth Festival. After working in Barcelona and Frankfurt, he made his debut at Den Norske Opera in Oslo in 1987, becoming music director there in 1990.

From 1992 to 2002 Pappano was music director of La Monnaie, the Belgian Royal Opera House. In 2002, he was named music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, his current contract there running to 2017. Pappano has also been principal guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2005 became music director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Pappano was knighted in 2012 and was also made a Knight Grand Cross of Italy’s Order of Merit. Pappano’s opening London season in 2012 featured him conducting Elgar for the first time with, according to the critics, a ‘searing’ account of Symphony No.1. As part of his preparation of the score, he listened to Elgar’s own 1930 recording.

“Sir Antonio Pappano directs a gutsy, intrepidly characterful and consistently stimulating account of Elgar's magnificent First Symphony…no Elgar aficionado will regret seeking out this supremely enjoyable release…let's hope the Second Symphony will not be long in following.” Classical Ear, October 2016 *****

“Pappano is nothing if not dynamic and wholehearted in his approach to this wonderful piece…the swagger of the Italians can be irresistible and the euphoric close of the symphony elicits a suitably noisy response.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“[Under Pappano] the musicians play with a fervent commitment and warmth, even if they don’t have an Elgar tradition. Pappano paces the music with a broad, expansive tread, paying great attention to instrumental detail...But it’s the performance of In the South that benefits most from the musicians’ Italianate temperament.” Sunday Times, 28th August 2016

“Pappano has created a very fine orchestra indeed, one of true international quality. Its playing is not particularly Italianate, but then nowadays it’s rare for one of the world’s great orchestras to have an instantly identifiable sound...Pappano approaches Symphony No 1 and In the South as what they are – important works in the European late-Romantic tradition.” The Guardian, 17th August 2016 ****

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Brahms & Bartók: Violin Concertos

Brahms & Bartók: Violin Concertos


Bartók:

Violin Concerto No. 1, BB48a, Sz 36

London Symphony Orchestra

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“As far as I know, the Brahms Concerto and Bartók’s First have never been coupled together before on disc,” enthuses Janine Jansen during recording sessions for this album, “but to me they seem a natural pairing. They may speak a different kind of musical language, yet they not only share a Hungarian connection, but also a profound combination of symphonic power and chamber-scale intimacy.”

Brahms’s (and Liszt’s) Hungarian inspiration stemmed directly from nineteenth-century gypsy bands, whose racy, seductive dance music cast an intoxicating spell over the sensation-hungry audiences of the time. Béla Bartók took a more radical view, and having declared passionately during his student years “All my life … I shall have one objective: the good of Hungary and the Hungarian nation”, joined his friend Zoltán Kodály collecting native Hungarian and Transylvanian folksongs in the field, noting them down on manuscript and recording them on a primitive gramophone as they went along. As time went by, the natural melodic contours and quirky rhythmic inflections of indigenous Hungarian folk music became an indissoluble part of Bartók’s own unique creative style.

“The interpretation of the Brahms represents a true meeting of minds: Jansen possesses all the intellectual authority and expressive weight that the first movement requires, yet this is tempered by the wonderful spectrum of tone and the fluidity of pulse she can summon in the slow movement...Altogether a highly desirable disc.” The Telegraph, 24th November 2015 *****

“Jansen gives us a lyric reading [of the Brahms] of rare inwardness and beauty...it is a performance that marries meditation with motion, such is the suppleness of Jansen’s and Pappano’s feel for the concerto’s larger symphonic movement and the hand-in-glove relationship that exists between soloist, conductor and Pappano’s superbly responsive Santa Cecilia orchestra.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“[The Santa Cecilia Orchestra's] sound is rich and weighty, the better to support Jansen’s interpretation, itself heavyweight yet characteristically mercurial. Jansen’s playing glows, and the second theme of the first movement really sings; here and throughout, there is the feeling that Jansen wants every phrase to say something.” The Guardian, 7th January 2016 *****

“The Bartok is a revelation.Somehow Jansen manages to coax this music out of its accustomed reticence, but without any sense of forcing it…at last, this concerto really does sing of unrequited love, well aided by the warm and beautifully balanced recording.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 *****

“Jansen never resorts to flashy display for its own sake; and even in the midst of the [Bartók's] Allegro giocoso she finds space for some beautiful cantabile playing. I was particularly struck by some of her legato double-stopping – making this sound smooth is no mean feat, but in Jansen’s hands it sounds as natural as if it were a duet.” Presto Classical, 8th January 2016

Presto Disc of the Week

8th January 2016

Presto Discs of 2016

Finalist

GGramophone Awards 2016

Shortlisted - Concerto

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2016

Decca - 4788412

(CD)

$13.50

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Prokofiev & Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos

Prokofiev & Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos


Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23


Beatrice Rana talks to Presto Classical's Katherine Cooper about the recording here.

At just 22, Beatrice Rana has already made a big splash on the international scene. Winning the 1st Prize and all special prizes at the Montreal International competition in 2011 at the age of 18, was followed in June 2013 with winning the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the prestigious Van Cliburn competition. She is already a seasoned performer, having made her orchestral debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Santa-Cecilia Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, RAI Symphony Torino, Dresdner Philharmonie, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Filharmonica della Scala, performing in halls including the Zurich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Laeiszhalle, and Walt Disney Hall.

In a testament to her musical maturity and the high quality of her playing, she is accompanied on her debut Warner Classics release by Italy’s finest orchestra, the Orchestra Dell’accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia, under their Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano. This album is a tour de force, demonstrating the very best of Italian musicianship today.

“[the Prokofiev] presents formidable technical challenges, all of which are surmounted almost with nonchalance, the pianist's focus resolutely serving the score, not the mechanisms involved in performing it. She has a particularly rewarding sense of rhythm, high sprung, light and incisive and entirely secure…[there is] no doubt that this is a young pianist to be watched” BBC Music Magazine, February 2016 *****

“Rana is fierce! And not only as a pianist but as a fully developed artist of a stature that belies her tender years. You don’t want to miss her concerto debut, held aloft in inimitable style by Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. This is a Prokofiev Second to conjure with: shapely, subtle, nuanced, musical in every detail.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2015

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2015

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month

Warner Classics - 2564600909

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$10.25

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