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Crazy Girl Crazy: Music by Gershwin, Berg and Berio

Crazy Girl Crazy: Music by Gershwin, Berg and Berio

including bonus documentary DVD


Berg:

Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra

Berio:

Sequenza III for woman's voice

Gershwin:

Girl Crazy: Suite


Barbara Hannigan (soprano/conductor)

Ludwig Orchestra

Whether singing, conducting, dancing or acting, the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan is a constant source of fascination. Alpha Classics is proud to enter her world and her very first album as singer and conductor in 2017: with the Amsterdam based orchestra Ensemble Ludwig, of which she is associate artist.

Barbara Hannigan has devised a programme including Berg's Lulu Suite and Gershwin's Girl Crazy in a Suite newly arranged by the multi award- winning American composer Bill Elliott. To complement these two pieces, she has recorded Berio's spectacular Sequenza III for solo voice.

An outstanding soprano, a distinguished interpreter of the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, an all-round artist who creates a sensation on concert platforms and in opera houses throughout the world, Barbara Hannigan has enriched her palette over the past few years by devoting a portion of her activities to conducting. This album in the form of a musical portrait of the artist, is completed by a DVD of a film made by Mathieu Amalric during the rehearsals and recording sessions. It plunges into the heart of the orchestra with a very personal look at the exchanges between conductor and musicians.

Over the next few years, Alpha will accompany Barbara Hannigan in a number of projects from very varied horizons.

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Alpha - ALPHA293

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Scheduled for release on 22 September 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Sviatoslav Richter with Orchestra

Sviatoslav Richter with Orchestra


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050

only Richter recording

Oleg Kagan (violin) & Marina Vorozhtsova (flute)

Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Yuri Nikolayevsky

Haydn:

Keyboard Concerto in D major, H. 18/11

Minsk Chamber Orchestra, Yuri Tsyiruk

Scriabin:

Prometheus (The Poem of Fire), Op. 60

All-Union Radio and Central Television Large Chorus & USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov


The opportunity to see Richter in live performance is a treasure. It’s even more exciting to see him in two major works by favorite composers which do not exist in audio-only recordings.

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Parnassus - PDVD1205

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Scheduled for release on 15 September 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

The All-Star Orchestra & Gerard Schwarz: Programmes 13 & 14

The All-Star Orchestra & Gerard Schwarz: Programmes 13 & 14

Russian Treasures & Northern Lights


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43


The All-Star Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

The All-Star Orchestra gives you a front row seat to the world’s greatest music, performed by top players chosen from over 30 great American orchestras, and conducted by Gerard Schwarz. The programs feature complete performances of popular masterpieces and world premieres of new works by leading American composers. Filmed in High-Definition with multiple cameras in and around the orchestra, the All-Star Orchestra celebrates the symphonic experience in the 21st century. The first work on this release is Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The beloved orchestral showpiece is a series of imaginative portraits, including “The Glome,” the “Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks in Their Shells,” and the spectacular Finale, “The Great Gate of Kiev.” The next work is Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Excerpts from the famous ballet include: Capulets and Montagues, the Dance of the Knights, Portrait of a Young Juliet, Scene at the Ball, the Fight and The Death of Tybalt. Finally, Jan Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 is presented. The work is a pinnacle of Nordic Romanticism. The grand, expansive melodies and searing harmonies have been called the musical equivalents of fire and ice. This is the most famous of the Finnish composer’s symphonies.

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Naxos - 2110561

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The All-Star Orchestra & Gerard Schwarz: Programmes 15 & 16

The All-Star Orchestra & Gerard Schwarz: Programmes 15 & 16

British Enigmas & Mysterious Mountain


Britten:

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Copland:

Jubilee Variations on a Theme of Goossens

Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Hovhaness:

Symphony No. 2 'Mysterious Mountain', Op. 132


The All-Star Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

The All-Star Orchestra gives you a front row seat to the world’s greatest music, performed by top players chosen from over 30 great American orchestras, and conducted by Gerard Schwarz. The programs feature complete performances of popular masterpieces and world premieres of new works by leading American composers. Filmed in High-Definition with multiple cameras in and around the orchestra, the All-Star Orchestra celebrates the symphonic experience in the 21st century. The first work on this release is Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The score is dedicated to “my friends pictured within,” and each Variation represents a real person. As he was finishing the work, Elgar wrote: “The enigma I will not explain- it’s ‘dark saying’ must be left unguessed, and I warn you that the apparent connection between the Variations and the Theme is often of the slightest texture.” A musical mystery of great beauty and endless fascination. The next piece is Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. The perennial family favorite showcases- one by one- all the instruments of the orchestra. Next is Alan Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 2, opus 132 “Mysterious Mountain.” The composer wrote: “Mountains are symbols, like pyramids, of man’s attempt to know God. Mountains are symbolic meeting places between the mundane and spiritual world.” Finally is Eugene Goossens’ Jubilee Variations. This is a world premiere video recording of this unpublished 1944 work created by Eugene Goossens with contributions from ten composer friends, including Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, William Schumann, and more.

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Naxos - 2110562

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem


Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano). Veronica Simeoni (mezzo-soprano), Francesco Meli (tenor), Georg Zeppenfeld (bass)

Ballett Zürich, Philharmonia Zürich, Chor und Zusatzchor der Oper Zürich, Fabio Luisi, Christian Spuck (choreographer)

With the „Messa da Requiem“, Christian Spuck brought one of Verdi’s key works to the stage. In a large-scale co-production by the Ballett and Oper Zürich, the German choreographer and director ventured to portray an unusual interpretation of Verdi’s funeral mass in his scenic-choreographic production.

36 dancers, the choir and supplementary choir of the Opernhaus Zürich as well as four highly acclaimed soloists joined together under the direction of Fabio Luisi for 13 wide-ranging scenes dedicated to one of the most fundamental themes of humanity. Christian Spuck does not seek a mere religious interpretation of the liturgical text. Instead, he is interested in focusing on people who, in their vulnerability and helplessness, are in the search for comfort. In poetic tableaux he deals with basic human emotions and focuses on the feelings of fear, rage, pain, sadness and the search for redemption.

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Accentus Music - ACC20392

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Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244


Benedikt Kristjánsson (Evangelist), Krešimir Stražanac (Jesus), Gerlinde Sämann (soprano), Isabel Jantschek (soprano), Benno Schachtner (alto), Paul Schweinester (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass)

Gaechinger Cantorey, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Friederike Rademann (choreography and artistic direction)

In its choreographed version of the St. Matthew Passion, the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart offers new dimensions to Bach‘s musical drama.

And, for the one hundred schoolchildren who delved into Bach‘s monumental work and learned to dance as an artistic form of self-expression, it was an opportunity to experience the power of his music first hand. The interplay of professional musicians and young amateurs turned into a creative bridge for all involved.

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Accentus Music - ACC20408

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Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen

Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen


A film by Michael Stillwater Co-produced by Doris Laesser Stillwater

With commentaries by Robert Geary, Paul Mealor, Dana Gioia, Paul Salamunovich, Alex Shapiro, Ola Gjeilo, various

Featuring performances & soundtracks by Volti, Con Anima Chamber Choir, S.F. Choral Society, Aberdeen Choral Society, The Dale Warland Singers, Polyphony & Britten Sinfonia, The Singers/Minnesota Choral Artists .

Morten Lauridsen reaches into his listeners to brighten what is most ancient, sacred, and beautiful in the human soul, and reveals that it lives within each of us. What we hear in his music is the echo of our own longing– for wonder, for love – embraced and gently, reverently set down in a place of peace. This film does a powerful thing in opening up Lauridsen himself, so that the irresistible connection to and affection for his work becomes even more profoundly personal.” (Tamsin Smith, Social Entrepreneur & Writer)

This film celebrates the life and music of the artist whom musicologist Nick Strimple describes as ‘the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic’. Exploring the relationship of art, nature and spirituality, “Shining Night” reveals the composer through the lens of his love for silence and solitude together with his passion for music and literature, with commentaries from composers, conductors, singers and friends.

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Hänssler - HC16013

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


The names of Gustav Mahler and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra are inseparable. Willem Mengelberg's pioneering work and Mahler's own guest performances with the orchestra have laid the foundations for the Dutch Mahler cult and the RCO's Mahler tradition that flourished ever since. During the past years, Daniele Gatti has conducted strong and spectacular performances of four Mahler symphonies as a guest conductor. After the Fifth, Ninth, Sixth and Third, Gatti's first Mahler symphony as chief conductor was the Second Symphony.

This recording marks the start of a new RCO Live Mahler cycle with Daniele Gatti.

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RCO Live - 1433701941

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Nothing but the hours

Nothing but the hours


1 Geoffrey Cox: No escape

Geoffrey Cox | Philip Thomas piano

2 Geoffrey Cox and Keith Marley: A Film About Nice

Geoffrey Cox | Keith Marley

3 Geoffrey Cox and Keith Marley: Cider Makers

Geoffrey Cox | Keith Marley


Double DVD set with three films by Geoffrey Cox and Keith Marley: No Escape, A Film about Nice, Cider Makers and extras: Introducing: w.c. lowry and I’m Not Elvis. Music by Geoffrey Cox, performance by Philip Thomas.

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Huddersfield Contemporary Records (HCR) - HCR04DVD

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Christopher Ventris (Parsifal), Petra Lang (Kundry), Falk Struckmann (Gurnemanz), Kurt Rydl (Titurel/Klingsor), Alejandro Marco Buhrmester (Amfortas)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Chorus of the Dutch National Opera, Iván Fischer (conductor) & Pierre Audi (director)

Iván Fischer makes his DNO debut. He conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Pierre Audi, artistic director of DNO and the Holland Festival, directs his first new DNO production since Saint François d'Assise (2008). For Parsifal Audi once again joins forces with the British sculptor Anish Kapoor (décor). Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester previously sang the role of Amfortas at the Opéra National de Paris and the Bayreuther Festspiele. Kurt Rydl (Titurel/Klingsor) made previous DNO appearances as Hagen/Hunding in Der Ring des Nibelungen and as Heinrich in Lohengrin. Kurt Rydl has been an honorary member of the Wiener Staatsoper since 1999. Falk Struckmann has frequently sung the role of Amfortas, but now makes his first DNO appearance in his role debut as Gurnemanz. The title role is sung by Christopher Ventris, who previously appeared at DNO as Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer. Petra Lang (Kundry) previously sang Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde and Venus in Tannhäuser at DNO.

“Of the singers, Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester is great as Amfortas, Falk Struckmann is a tireless and moving Gurnemanz, while Petra Lang is wild, sometimes in the wrong way, as Kundry.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2017 ***

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Challenge Classics - CC72619

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