Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 & Selected Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 & Selected Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'

Lucerne Festival In Summer 2015


Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Urlicht (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Der Tambourg'sell (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)


Andris Nelsons conducted the Lucerne Festival Orchestra for the third time in August 2015, the orchestra’s second summer without founder and guiding spirit Claudio Abbado. The first half of his concert was already a highlight: the baritone Matthias Goerne seemed completely at home in a selection of songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. His warm, dark voice allows him to capture the somber and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else. Its shaded timbre is most perfectly suited to the work’s melancholy and nocturnal moods, where one can directly experience how an artist of this caliber can bring music to the edge of the abyss. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra, renowned for its unique Mahler sound, had last played Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in the summer of 2004 with Abbado – a flowing, transparent, and ethereal interpretation. Nelsons finds a completely different approach to the work. His Mahler is fiery, expansive, and powerful. In spite of the introductory funeral march, his reading is more positive than tragic, radiating an intense vitality. It is breathtaking to observe the orchestra’s response to Nelsons’s energetic, physical, and emotional conducting style. The relationship between orchestra and conductor is one of giving and taking, nothing else.

Picture Format Blu‐ray: NTSC 16:9, Full HD

Sound Formats Blu‐ray: DTS HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 123:12 min

Disc Format: BD 25

Subtitles: German (Original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

“A high- octane, viscerally intense performance of the fifth symphony beautifully filmed and recorded here for Accentus” Classical Music, October 2016 *****

“[The Lucerne Festival Orchestra’s] magnificent playing here is suffused with the memory of their creator, Claudio Abbado, and re-energised with the new-found dynamism of the visionary Latvian…Nelsons and his orchestra are predictably joyous and the coming-together of the earlier chorale and delirious helter-skeltering strings is ridiculously exciting” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

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Nostalgia

Nostalgia


Ginastera:

Canción al Arbol del Olvido

Triste

Guastavino:

Pampamapa

Encantamiento

Ives, C:

Songs My Mother Taught Me

The Indians

Tom Sails Away

Down East

Ann Street

The Housatonic at Stockbridge

Mahler:

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht (No. 1 from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

Ich atmet' einen linden Duft (Rückert-Lieder)

Ich hab' ein gluhend' Messer (No. 3 from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Piazzólla:

Los Pajaros Perdidos


Stephanie Houtzeel (mezzo-soprano) & Charles Spencer (piano)

Socrates is said to have declared: "I am neither an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world." He described himself as cosmopolitan - as somebody who wanted to avoid the stark choice of being either a member or an outsider of a particular state by positioning himself in the overarching order of the cosmos. The mezzo-soprano Stephanie Houtzeel might accordingly describe herself as cosmopolitan. Born in Kassel, she was raised in the vicinity of Boston, initially studying political science and French, and then music at the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School in New York (where she was the first winner of the Juilliard's Vocal Arts Debut Award); since the autumn of 2010, she has been a member of the Vienna State Opera. This is her first recorded recital, with a programme that's carefully constructed in dramatic terms and cosmopolitan in essence. It's a journey between three metropolises: Vienna, New York and Buenos Aires.

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Sir John Barbirolli conducts Nielsen & Mahler

Sir John Barbirolli conducts Nielsen & Mahler


Mahler:

Symphony No. 7

Nielsen:

Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 (FS97)


BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra & Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

The Barbirolli Society’s latest release isa 2-CD set of the complete concert given in the Free TradeHall, Manchester on 20October 1960,with the combined forces of theHallé and BBC Northern SymphonyOrchestras. The concert consisted of Nielsen’s Symphony No.5 and Mahler’s Symphony No.7.

Michael Kennedy, writing in 2000, stated: ‘Performances of the (Mahler) Seventh were much rarer then than they are today, and Mahlerian scholars and enthusiasts flocked to Manchester for the event, among them Deryck Cooke who was profoundly impressed by Sir John’s ability to make the work’s structure cohere. This was an especially significant comment coming from Cooke, who harboured many doubts about the symphony and confessed to finding it most ‘problematical’.’

“Some ‘truly remarkable music-making’, as critic Rob Cowan puts it in Replay.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - July 2016

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The Art of Scherchen

The Art of Scherchen


Auber:

Fra Diavolo Overture

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4, BWV1066-1069

English Baroque Orchestra

Musical Offering, BWV1079

English Baroque Orchestra

Mass in B minor, BWV232

Pierrette Alarie (soprano), Nan Merriman (mezzo-soprano), Leopold Simoneau (tenor), Gustav Neidlinger (bass), Willi Boskovsky (violin)

Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Vienna Academy Choir

Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Magda Laszlo (soprano), Hilde Rössel-Majdan (contralto), Petre Munteanu (tenor), Richard Standen (bass) , Vienna Academy Choir

Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Wellington's Victory, Op. 91 (Battle Symphony)

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85

Maria Stader (soprano), Jan Peerce (tenor), Otto Wiener (baritone), Vienna Academy Choir

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Chabrier:

Rapsodie (from España)

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Dukas:

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Falla:

Dance of Terror (from El amor brujo)

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo)

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Gabrieli, G:

Canzon Primi Toni a 8

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Glière:

Symphony No. 3 in B minor, Op. 42 'Il'ya Murometz'

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Haydn:

Symphony No. 100 in G major 'Military'

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor 'Farewell'

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Hérold:

Zampa - Overture

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Honegger:

Three Symphonic Movements

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Prélude pour 'La Tempête' de William Shakespeare

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Pastorale d'été

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Chanson de joie

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Khachaturian:

Gayane Suite

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Mazeppa, symphonic poem No. 6, S100

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Hunnenschlacht, symphonic poem No. 11, S105

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Hungarian Rhapsodies, S359 Nos. 1-6

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mimi Coertse (soprano), Lucretia West (mezzo-soprano), Vienna Academy Chamber Choir

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Symphony No. 5

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Symphony No. 7

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Mozart:

Requiem in D minor, K626

Sena Jurinac (soprano), Lucretia West (contralto), Hans Leffler (tenor), Frederick Guthrie (bass) , Vienna Academy Choir

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Orff:

Entrata

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20: The Evil God and the Dance of the Pagan Monsters

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Ravel:

Boléro

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Reznicek:

Donna Diana Overture

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Rossini:

Guillaume Tell Overture

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Stravinsky:

Petrushka (1911 version)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Firebird Suite

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Vienna State Opera Orchestra


This set highlights the vast repertoire of the great conductor and features Scherchen's highly influential recordings of Mahler's Symphonies 1, 2, 5, 7 and 10 (Adagio).

With remarkably good sound and exceptional conducting, these Westminster recordings are a must for any collector of Scherchen's works and discerning classical music lovers in general. They feature some of the best interpretations of classic and more adventurous masterpieces from Bach to Honegger, from Beethoven to Stravinsky, from Gabrieli to Khachaturian.

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Frederica von Stade: The Complete Columbia Recital Albums

Frederica von Stade: The Complete Columbia Recital Albums


includes

Berlioz:

Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7

Canteloube:

Songs of the Auvergne

Danielpour:

Elegies

Sonnets to Orpheus

Debussy:

La Damoiselle élue

Ariettes Oubliées (6)

Heggie:

Paper Wings

Songs to the Moon (8)

Honegger:

Petit Cours de Morale

Humperdinck:

Hansel and Gretel Excepts

Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Massenet:

Chérubin: excerpts

Cendrillon: excerpts

Monteverdi:

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (highlights)

Offenbach:

La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein: excerpts

La Perichole (Highlights)

Pomme a’Api: excerpts

Poulenc:

La courte paille

Ravel:

Cinq mélodies populaires grecques

Shéhérazade

Deux mélodies hébraïques

Trois chansons madécasses

Satie:

La statue de bronze

Daphénéo

Le chapelier

DISC 1: Columbia M 33307 - Arias & Duets - J. Blegen/F. von Stade (1975)

DISC 2: Columbia M 34206 - French Opera Arias (1976)

DISC 3: Columbia M 35127 - Song Recital (1979)

DISC 4: Columbia M 35138 - Italian Opera Arias (1979)

DISC 5: Columbia M 35863 - Mahler Songs (1979)

DISC 6: CBS M 36665 - Ravel: Scheherazade - Melodies – Chansons (1981)

DISC 7: CBS IM 37231 - Live! (1982)

DISC 8: CBS IM 37299 - Canteloube: Chants D’Auvergne Vol I (1982)

DISC 9: CBS IM 39098 - Berlioz: Les nuits d’été, La damoiselle élue (1984)

DISC 10: CBS IM 37837 - Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergne Vol. II – Tryptique (1986)

DISC 11: CBS MK 44609 - Flicka - Another Side of Frederica von Stade (1990)

DISC 12: Sony SK 48235 - Carnegie Hall Christmas (1992)

DISC 13:RCA 09026681162 - Offenbach Arias and Overtures (1995)

DISC 14: Sony 09026627112 - Voyage à Paris (1995)

DISC 15: Sony SK60850 - Danielpour: Elegies; Sonnets to Orpheus (1998)

DISC 16: Opera Arias (Compilation)

DISC 17: Collaborations (Compilation)

Note: Frederica von Stade’s album “Songs of the Cat”, originally released by High Bridge CD HBP 17399 in 1991 and distributed by RCA Red Seal on CD 09026 611612 is not part of this collection.


Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano)

Frederica von Stade – The Complete Columbia Recital albums brings together for the first time all recital Albums von Stade recorded for Columbia Masterworks from 1974 to 1994. Within this editon 3 albums make their first appearance on CD.

• 17 CD original jackets edition

• The first ever collection of her complete Aria and Recital Albums for Sony Classical

• 2 CDs with selected arias from her opera recordings and collaborations

Sony - 88875183412

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Stereo · Recorded In 1967


“There is no more irony, sarcasm, no resentment whatsoever. There is only the majesty of death,” said Otto Klemperer of the closing Adagio of Mahler’s 9th Symphony, a work he had first conducted in Berlin in 1925. More than 50 years later, and soon after the sessions for this recording, his mighty interpretation of the symphony at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the New Philharmonia Orchestra was greeted with a standing ovation.

This version contains the new 24-BIT digital remastering used for the Klemperer Edition.

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Bamberg Symphony Orchestra: The First 70 Years

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra: The First 70 Years

Limited Edition


includes

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Grieg:

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Mozart:

Serenade No. 7 in D major, K250 'Haffner'

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, K412 (K386b)

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K477

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Pfitzner:

Palestrina: Prelude to Act 1

Schumann:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring'

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

Má Vlast: Z ceských luhu a háju

The Bartered Bride (extracts)

Strauss, J, II:

Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

Künstlerleben, Op. 316

Strauss, R:

Waltz Sequence No. 1 (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Metamorphosen

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Vier letzte Lieder

Don Juan, Op. 20

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1


This 17CD Limited Edition Set encompasses the 70-year history of one of Germany’s leading orchestras, and presents no fewer than 5 CDs of world premiere recordings by luminaries such as Kertész, Sinopoli, Blomstedt as well as definitive recordings by all the famous conductors who shaped the orchestra’s distinctive bohemian style. Apart from DG’s own repertoire, this set contains recordings licensed not only from various radio stations, but also from numerous classical labels that the orchestra has worked with over the decades (among them Warner, Sony, Tudor and Orfeo). Highlights include some rare historical recordings going back as far as 1940 when the Bamberg Symphony was still the -Deutsches Philharmonisches Orchester Prag”.

-BOOKLET: new liner notes by the renowned journalist Wolfgang Sandner, plus many rare colour photographs

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DG - 4795805

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The Art of Hermann Scherchen

The Art of Hermann Scherchen


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

The Art of Fugue, BWV1080

Mass in B minor, BWV232

St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85

Wellington's Victory, Op. 91 (Battle Symphony)

Gabrieli, G:

Canzon Primi Toni a 8

Glière:

Symphony No. 3 in B minor, Op. 42 'Il'ya Murometz'

Handel:

Water Music

Concerto in D (HWV 335a)

Messiah

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

Haydn:

Symphony No. 44 in E minor 'Mourning'

Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor 'Farewell'

Symphony No. 49 in F minor 'La Passione'

Symphony No. 55 in E flat major 'Schoolmaster'

Symphony No. 80 in D minor

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Symphony No. 92 in G major 'Oxford'

Symphony No. 93 in D major

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Symphony No. 95 in C minor

Symphony No. 96 in D major 'Miracle'

Symphony No. 97 in C major

Symphony No. 98 in B flat major

Symphony No. 99 in E flat major

Symphony No. 100 in G major 'Military'

Symphony No. 101 in D major 'The Clock'

Symphony No. 102 in B flat major

Symphony No. 103 in E flat major 'Drum Roll'

Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

Honegger:

Three Symphonic Movements

Prélude pour 'La Tempête' de William Shakespeare

Pastorale d'été

Chanson de joie

Khachaturian:

Gayane

Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsodies, S359 Nos. 1-6

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Mazeppa, symphonic poem No. 6, S100

Hunnenschlacht, symphonic poem No. 11, S105

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 7

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Mozart:

Requiem in D minor, K626

Orff:

Entrata

Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

Symphonic Suite from ‘Semyon Kotko’, Op. 81bis

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Stravinsky:

Petrushka

Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Torelli:

Trumpet Concerto in D major

Vivaldi:

Concerto for 2 Trumpets, Strings & Continuo in C major, RV 537


English Baroque Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Radio Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen

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Nocturnal Variations

Nocturnal Variations


Berg:

Vier Lieder, Op. 2

Britten:

Evening, Morning, Night from Ronald Duncan's 'This Way to the Tomb'

At Night (from The Turn of the Screw)

Um Mitternacht

At the mid hour of night

Mahler:

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Um Mitternacht (Rückert-Lieder)

Urlicht (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Schubert:

Nachtstück, D672 (Mayrhofer)

Rosamunde, D797: Romance 'Der Vollmond Strahlt auf Bergeshöh'n'

Abendstern, D806

Die Sterne, D939 (Leitner)

Im Abendrot, D799


Ruby Hughes (soprano) & Joseph Middleton (piano)

Soprano Ruby Hughes releases her debut solo recital disc with pianist Joseph Middleton, an anthology of night songs by Mahler, Britten, Berg and Schubert. Ruby Hughes introduces the programme:

I have always been fascinated by the various moods of night, from the astonishing drama of storms and sunsets to the tranquillity of darkness: a time for contemplation, meditation, sleep and dreams.

Night has at times evoked darker, more foreboding thoughts and philosophical questions concerning death and existence. Alone at night, the state of mind can be awestruck and frightening under the dark canopy of the universe. At other times it feels safe and calm.

These four composers (Schubert, Mahler, Berg and Britten) have been favourites of mine from a very young age. I love their melodies and modulations, their subtlety and passion as well as their genius for setting and enhancing profoundly moving words. They all composed so lyrically for the voice. Their night songs have at times an otherworldly sense of mystery, as in for example Mahler’s Urlicht, Schubert’s Im Abendrot and Abendstern, Berg’s Warm die Lüfte and Britten’s Um Mitternacht. Their songs also work brilliantly when programmed together, revealing influences such as Schubert’s on Mahler, and Schubert’s and Berg’s on Britten.

Alban Berg’s songs achieve a wonderful blend of his modernist musical language with all he inherited from the romantics (i.e. Schubert through to Mahler). Britten too has the power to combine ancient and modern influences to superb effect.

A BBC New Generation artist in 2011–2013, Ruby Hughes held a Borletti Buitoni Trust award, was shortlisted for a 2014 Royal Philharmonic society Music award, and was winner of the first prize and audience prize at the 2009 London Handel competition.

“Ruby Hughes's singing is exceptional - light and delicate yet true.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2016

“A truly outstanding disc from this talented young duo” MusicWeb International, 26th May 2016

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - July 2016

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Vadym Kholodenko plays Tchaikovsky, Balakirev, Chaplygin, Kurbatov

Vadym Kholodenko plays Tchaikovsky, Balakirev, Chaplygin, Kurbatov


Balakirev:

Sonata in B flat minor (1905)

Chaplygin:

Little Cyprian Music, Op. 37

Kurbatov:

Lost in Darkness, Op. 34

Mahler:

Symphony No. 7 in E minor: Nachtmusik: Andante amoroso

digital-only bonus track

Purcell:

Ground in C minor, ZD221

digital-only bonus track

Tchaikovsky:

Six Piano Pieces Op. 21


Firma Melodiya presents a solo album of young Russian pianist Vadym Kholodenko.

“…An already mature and bright artist who at his best achieves the heights that could be compared with … the great pianists,” as the famous pianists Dmitri Alexeyev described the young musician after his convincing victory at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Competition in the United States where he received the Grand Prix.

Vadym Kholodenko who won his first competition at the age of twelve today performs with the leading Russian musicians of all generations and gives recitals at the most prestigious venues of Europe, Asia and America.

Kholodenko is a musician of a versatile repertoire, from the Viennese classics to jazz. He combines romantic elation and ability to carry away and lead his audience with deep intellectualism and impeccable virtuosic and technical qualities. He is able to structure a complicated piece and arrange his concert programmes in an ideal manner. Critics have noted the cogency of the pianist’s interpretations of work written in different ages and periods.

The programme of the artist’s debut album on Firma Melodiya is also unusual. Piano cycles of Balakirev (Sonata No. 2) and Tchaikovsky (Six Pieces on a Single Theme, Op. 21) who were representatives of the St. Petersburg and Moscow branches of Russian composing school of the 19th century, respectively; works written by contemporary composers – Evgeny Chaplygin’s Little Cyprian Music (2003) inspired by the songs the composer heard in Cyprus; and a minimalist suite Lost in Darkness (2014) by Alexey Kurbatov. The works of Balakirev, Tchaikovsky, Chaplygin and Kurbatov were recorded in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in November 2014 and August 2015.

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