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Ólafur Arnalds: Island Songs

Ólafur Arnalds: Island Songs

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Ólafur Arnalds

Island Songs is the innovative brainchild of BAFTA award winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, alongside acclaimed film director Baldvin Z (BBC’s Trapped, Life in a Fish Bowl).

Ólafur will travel to 7 towns across Iceland where he will collaborate with 7 local artists, and at each location he will create, record and perform a new composition with the artist. He will deliver the audio and video the following day. Mercury Classics will release one audio track and one live performance video, each Monday.

Island Songs is a real-time interactive project that will evolve in the digital space, hosted via a bespoke website. Arnalds’ dedicated fanbase will be able to follow him on his travels via Facebook live-streams, Snapchats, Instagram, Twitter and Apple Connect.

Ólafur’s journey will also be chronicled by acclaimed film director Baldvin Z. The 7-week period will result in an hour-long music film, including conversations exploring music, history and identity, to create a powerful musical portrait of their native land. Marketing and promotional plans for phase two will be shared in the summer.

This is the most ambitious project that Ólafur has ever undertaken, creatively and logistically.

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Mercury - 4812857

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Blake, Dan: The Dust Moves

Blake, Dan: The Dust Moves


Dan Blake (saxophone)

Mivos Quartet

Dan Blake's concert-length work for string quartet and saxophone with projected animations, with the esteemed Mivos Quartet. The DVD presents both live footage and with the animations, and a download code for the audio only.

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Infrequent Seams Records - DVDIS1006

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Scheduled for release on 14 October 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

JS Bach & Telemann: Sacred Cantatas (CD+DVD Deluxe)

JS Bach & Telemann: Sacred Cantatas (CD+DVD Deluxe)

Limited Edition


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV170 'Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust'

Cantata BWV82 'Ich habe genug'

Telemann:

Der am Ölberg zagende Jesus TVWV 1:364

Jesus liegt in letzten Zuegen TVWV 1:983


For his first album devoted entirely to works sung in German, star countertenor Philippe Jaroussky has chosen four religious cantatas: two by J.S. Bach (including the much-loved ‘Ich habe genug’) and two by Georg Philipp Telemann. Jaroussky is accompanied by the Freiburger Barockorchester, which also joined him for live performances at Berlin in 2015 as part of the singer’s season as artist-in-residence at the city’s historic Konzerthaus.

In late 2015 Jaroussky performed these works before a capacity audience at Berlin’s historic Konzerthaus, where he was artist-in-residence in the 2015-16 season; this concert marked the first time he had sung in German to a German audience. “The voice of an angel” were the words of the Berliner Tagesspiegel, which also made clear that Jaroussky had the vocal means to express the drama of Telemann’s ‘Mount of Olives’ cantata. The Berliner Morgenpost, meanwhile, highlighted the singer’s readiness to venture into new areas of repertoire, describing him as “perhaps the most adventurous of today’s countertenors”. The writer also praised Jaroussky’s “exquisitely fine legato” and evoked the way his “plaintive descant glowed over the inky-black accompaniment” in the Telemann. The instrumental ensemble in Berlin, as on this recording, was the Freiburger Barockorchester, which gave its first concert nearly 30 years ago and is established as one of the finest ensembles in the field of historically informed performance.

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Erato - 2564649159

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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Recorded Live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 31 March and 1 & 3 April 2016


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Liszt:

Orpheus, symphonic poem No. 4, S98

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture (Dresden version)


With the release of this live recording of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, RCO Live celebrates the start of its collaboration with Daniele Gatti as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's seventh chief conductor on 9 September 2016. His unconventional take on this spectacular score evokes the astonishment audiences must have experienced at the time of the 1830 premiere. It is exactly this sense of surprise and freshness – founded on a thorough knowledge of the score – and the sheer joy of making music together that prompted the members of the RCO to choose Daniele Gatti as their new chief conductor.

The Bluray and DVD formats include Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture (Dresden version, 1845) and Franz Liszt's 'Orpheus' (1854).

DVD, PCM 2.0, DD 5.0

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38


Dame Janet Baker (The Angel), John Shirley Quirk (The Priest & The Angel of the agony) & Peter Pears (Gerontius)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, Sir Adrian Boult

Sir Adrian Boult was a supreme interpreter of Elgar’s music, winning accolades and awards for performances and recordings. Boult championed his music throughout his conducting life following the composer’s prophetic words in a letter to Boult in 1920, ‘I feel that my reputation in the future is safe in your hands’.

Boult only made one recording of The Dream of Gerontius, in 1975, of which the Penguin Guide enthused, ‘Boult’s total dedication is matched by his powerful sense of drama…the spiritual feeling is intense throughout’ while The Gramophone Guide ended their review with ‘Boult directs with commendable energy and typical humanity. A document to be treasured.’

This DVD represents the only existing film of Boult conducting The Dream of Gerontius filmed in Canterbury Cathedral in 1968.

The performance features a stellar cast of soloists: Dame Janet Baker, a leading interpreter of The Angel in The Dream of Gerontius, who recorded the role twice, in 1964 in Sir John Barbirolli’s famous recording, and in 1986 under Sir Simon Rattle; John Shirley Quirk who, with Boult, recorded a definitive interpretation of Peter in The Kingdom and about whom Boult said” J.S.-Q. […] was perfection and I don’t think any of the old guard could surpass [him]”; Peter Pears, who recorded the work in 1972 under the direction of his close friend Benjamin Britten.

The film uses the original BBC master which is far superior to the poor copies which have been in circulation over the years.

This was the first classical music production filmed in colour, for which Brian Large, “an understanding musician as well as a brilliant producer” in Boult’s words, had secured eight out of the nine colour T.V. cameras existing in the UK at that time. This DVD also features a 60-minute documentary on Sir Adrian Boult as a bonus. This film was produced in 1989 by the BBC to celebrate Sir Adrian Boult’s 100th anniversary.

The booklet includes a note written by Andrew Neil, from the Elgar Society, as well as a long extract from Sir Adrian Boult’s biography in which Boult gave his extended insight on the filming. The booklet also includes the sung text in English.

DVD format: NTSC

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 100 mins (feature); 60 mins (bonus)

Subtitles: None

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: English

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ica classics - ICAD5140

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$28.25

Scheduled for release on 30 September 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'


Simona Saturova (soprano), Mihoko Fujimura (alto), Christian Elsner (tenor) & Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

MDR Rundfunkchor, GewandhausChor, GewandhausKinderchor & Gewandhausorchester, Herbert Blomstedt

Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the musical city of Leipzig are closley intertwined with each other: Felix Mendelssohn, Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester, made the work and indispensable part of the concert hall repertoire and Arthur Nikisch, one of his successors, established in 1918 the worldwide tradition of performing this groundbreaking and pioneering work at the end of the year. The phenomenal Herbert Blomstedt, Gewandhauskapellmeister from 1998 to 2005, once again conducted Beethoven's Ninth in Leipzig for the 2016 New Year celebrations.

With his former orchestra, of which he has been Conductor Laureate since 2005 and with whom he enjoys a close friendship, he achieves a gripping interpretation of this monumental work. Under the direction of Blomstedt, together with his excellent musicians, the choirs, and an outstanding quartet of soloists led by the magnificent voice of Christian Gerhaher, the utopia of global freedom and humanity in Friedrich Schiller's Ode to Joy, penned in Leipzig in 1785, grows to overwhelming dimensions.

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

Sound formats: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 74:13 min

Disc format: DVD-9

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

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Accentus Music - ACC20381

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Puccini: Turandot

Puccini: Turandot

finale composed Hao Weiya


China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra & Chorus, Daniel Oren

Turandot, the late gem of Italian opera, is a celebration of the sounds and the mythical figures intimately associated with Chinese culture. The dramatic punch of the libretto inspired Giacomo Puccini to imagine a sound world of unusual splendour. The score features original Chinese melodies, Asian pentatonic scales and colourful orchestration with percussion writing that is strongly reminiscent of Asian music.

The NCPA's production of Puccini's highly popular opera is a compelling feast for the senses. Chinese composer Hao Weiya gave this Turandot a new finale, performed for the first time in Beijing. In this captivating staging by director Chen Xinyi and under the musical direction of Daniel Oren an excellent cast offers a unique musical experience.

Bonus: The making of Turandot

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

Sound formats: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 127:20 min

Running time (Bonus): 13:18 min

Disc format: DVD-9

Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Korean (not for bonus), Chinese

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Accentus Music - ACC20338

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Zhu Shaoyu: You and Me

Zhu Shaoyu: You and Me

A Peking Opera


Meng Guanglu, Shi Yihong & Li Mingyan

Beijing Opera House Orchestra, Zhu Shaoyu

Zhang Yimou, the renowned Chinese film director and winner of the Golden Globe Award (Red Cornfield, Red Lantern, Hero, House of Flying Daggers), is staging his first Peking opera at the NCPA, spectacularly fusing the traditional and modern together for his production of You and Me. The result is an overwhelming feast for the senses. Lavish and colourful costumes, unique music composed and conducted by Zhu Shaoyu, and a world-class ensemble that features the greatest stars of the Peking opera, including Meng Guanglu, Shi Yihong and Li Mingyan, turn You and Me into an unforgettable experience.

You and Me is based on the age-old tale from the Zuo legend ‘Lord Zheng defeats Duan in Yan’ - a story about deceit and the power of filial love. Zhang Yimou recounts the story using the stylistic elements of the Peking opera, which in turn he makes accessible for an entirely new audience.

Bonus: Tradition versus Modernity - A documentary about Peking opera and the making of You and Me

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

Sound formats: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 140:02 min

Running time (Bonus): 34:52 min

Disc format: DVD-9 (double DVD)

Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German

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Accentus Music - ACC20310

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$45.00

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Helmut Lachenmann - String Quartets

Helmut Lachenmann - String Quartets


Lachenmann:

Gran Torso, for string quartet

String Quartet No. 2 'Reigen seliger Geister'

String Quartet No. 3 'Grido'


Stadler Quartett

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Neos - NEOS51001

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$35.75

Scheduled for release on 30 September 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Peter King plays the Klais Organ of Bath Abbey

Peter King plays the Klais Organ of Bath Abbey


Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV599 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

Chorale Prelude BWV600 'Gott, durch deine Guete'

Chorale Prelude BWV601 'Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottessohn'

Chorale Prelude BWV604 'Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ'

Chorale Prelude BWV606 'Von Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her'

Chorale Prelude BWV608 'In dulci jubilo'

Chorale Prelude BWV615 'In dir ist Freude'

Boëly:

Fantasia and Fugue in B flat major, Op. 18

Eben:

Moto ostinato from 'Sunday Music'

Mendelssohn:

Prelude in E minor

Fugue in E minor

Messiaen:

Les Anges (from La Nativité)

Reubke:

Organ Sonata on the 94th Psalm

Saint-Saëns:

Fantaisie en mi bémol

Vierne, L:

Pièces de fantaisie, 4th suite, Op. 55: No. 4, Naiades


Peter King (organ)

Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey, having been the Abbey’s Director of Music for thirty years (1986–2016), performs a wide-ranging concert, demonstrating the virtuosity and versatility of both player and instrument in the beautiful acoustic of Bath Abbey. Extra features include a demonstration of the organ, a brief account of the Abbey’s history, and a talk about the music performed. A CD audio-only recording of the organ concert is also included.

Peter King, is President of the Incorporated Association of Organists (2015–17). He holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Bath. Together with Nicolas Kynaston, he was responsible for the design and installation of the Abbey’s Klais Organ. His twelve CDs on the new instrument have been highly acclaimed by the critics.

Extra features:

A brief history of Bath Abbey

The Klais Organ of Bath Abbey

The Music

DVD Video in 5.0 and stereo 16.9 widescreen, REGION FREE, NTSC, DVD-9, DOUBLE LAYER, SINGLE-SIDED DISC, Audio CD in stereo

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Regent - REGDVD003

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