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Paris

Paris


Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 3, Le vent dans la plaine

Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin

Préludes - Book 2: No. 12, Feux d’artifice

La plus que lente

Enescu:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 24/1

Ravel:

Valses nobles et sentimentales


The Grande Dame of the Russian Piano School releases her newest Album PARIS with works by Ravel, Enescu and Debussy; a program that takes us back in time and makes us live, even if for just a moment, in the Ville Lumière, strolling the streets of Montmartre.

Between vey well known works like Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and some Préludes by Debussy, she offers us the less known, rhapsodic 1st Sonata in F Sharp minor by Georges Enescu, a work that has accompanied her since the age of 18, when she won the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest. But above all, with this album, Elisabeth Leonskaja stays once more true to her commitment as a musician, never imposing herself on the music she plays.

Enescu’s F sharp minor Sonata is a sphinx which, this pianist persuades us, has real secrets at every turn. If his first movement felt like an improvisation, it was one with miraculous modulations and hints of themes that he could have developed, had he so chosen. A presto whirls us into the streets before a tolling, entombed finale which eventually comes up for air.

Around it we needed the concentrated flights of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and three Debussy Préludes. The Ravel was all about the subtlest of waltz-rubatos – they would be writ large in the Brahms – while Leonskaja kept her bigger, blueprint sonorities in check for Enescu. With perfect symmetry, her second encore would restore us to French 3/4 in a serious take on Debussy’s La plus que lente. Refreshingly, there was not a hint of dry ice in either of these phantom ballrooms, nor in Debussy’s wind that sweeps majestically across the plains. His Girl with the Flaxen Hair was more an imperious Mona Lisa than a Greek kore; we would have to wait for the Brahms sonata for Leonskaja’s hypnotic way with seemingly simple meditations

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20th Century: The American Scene

20th Century: The American Scene


Cage:

Six Melodies

Carter, E:

Four Lauds for solo violin

Copland:

Violin Sonata

Ashley Wass (piano)

Corigliano, J:

Sonata for Violin and Piano

Ashley Wass (piano)


Tai Murray (violin)

The twentieth century will go down in history as the century that radically changed our society: two devastating world wars and an economic system that was to take hold, at staggering speed, of the philosophy, aesthetics, and moral values on which humanity had hitherto been founded. As a result, the arts in general and the musical world in particular were so powerfully affected that, today, we can find no parallel in past centuries. Thus the twentieth century will be remembered as the century of diversity, when the confluence of so many different schools of thought gave birth to the most varied techniques and compositional styles, unhesitatingly burying all vestiges of post-Romanticism. Inevitably, the American musical landscape, consistently inheriting European trends, was imbued with this ‘experimental’ feel, leading to a diverse musical scene that breathes the air of Nadia Boulanger’s Paris with Aaron Copland and Elliott Carter, ‘moves away’ from sound with John Cage, and employs the full range of stylistic possibilities with John Corigliano; an America that adapts the old language to derive completely new and fresh music from elements inherited from the past. In a country where ‘classical’ music is not a native art, it became imperative to create music with an identity of its own that would reflect the thoughts and feelings of a people and to develop a school of American composers.

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Secrets

Secrets


Debussy:

Trois chansons de Bilitis

La mer est plus belle

Le Son du cor

L'échelonnement des haies

Duparc:

Au pays ou se fait la guerre

Lamento

Élégie

Chanson triste

Fauré:

Mirages, Op. 113

Ravel:

Shéhérazade

Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera

Say:

Gezi Park 3


Marianne Crebassa (mezzo), Fazil Say (piano)

Mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa and pianist Fazıl Say share some tantalising, captivating and sensuous Secrets in this album of songs, centred on Debussy’s Trois Chansons de Bilitis, Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Fazıl Say’s own Gezi Park 3 – which he and Crebassa premiered in 2014. Describing the recording sessions, Marianne Crebassa says: “Sometimes we worked in a kind of trance … there were some moments when nothing seemed to exist around us …”

Secrets includes Debussy’s discreetly erotic Trois Chansons de Bilitis, settings of texts by Pierre Louÿs that were inspired by ancient Greek literature, and Ravel’s sumptuous Shéhérazade, three contrasting songs that conjure up exotic moods rather than retelling the stories of the 1001 Nights. They are joined by a work by Fazıl Say that is inspired by his native Turkey, but which moves away from the spirit of legend and fantasy: Gezi Park 3 belongs to a series of works that he composed in response to the momentous civil protests that took place in in Istanbul in June 2013. Say and Crebassa gave its premiere in Bremen in September 2014, where it was heard as a ‘Ballad for mezzo-soprano, piano and orchestra’. Crebassa’s part is a wordless vocalise and the work is recorded here in a version for voice and piano.

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Régine Crespin 1927-2007 – a tribute

Régine Crespin 1927-2007 – a tribute

released to mark the 10th anniversary of her passing


Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust: D'amour l'ardente flamme

Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7

Les Grecs ont disparu…Malheureux Roi (from Les Troyens)

Chers Tyriens (from Les Troyens)

Ah! Je vais mourir (from Les Troyens)

Bizet:

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Près des remparts de Séville (Séguedille) (from Carmen)

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Boito:

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

Bolling:

Dites-le avec des fleurs

Canteloube:

Lo fiolaire

Lou coucut

Debussy:

Trois chansons de Bilitis

Duparc:

L'Invitation au voyage

Testament

Chanson triste

Le Manoir de Rosemonde

Élégie

Phidylé

Fauré:

Soir Op. 83 No. 2

Le secret Op. 23 No. 3

Au bord de l'eau, Op. 8 No. 1 (Prudhomme)

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Clair de Lune, Op. 46 No. 2

Gluck:

Divinités du Styx (from Alceste)

Gounod:

Ô ma lyre immortelle (from Sapho)

(two performances)

Plus grand dans son obscurité (from La Reine de Saba)

Il était un roi de Thule (from Faust)

Halévy:

Il va venir (from La Juive)

Lifermann:

Hector

Mascagni:

Voi lo sapete o mamma (from Cavalleria rusticana)

Massenet:

Marie-Magdeleine: Ô mes sœurs

Werther! Werther!…Je vous écris de ma petite chambre (from Werther)

Hérodiade: excerpts

Offenbach:

Vous souvient-il, ma belle (from La Vie parisienne)

C’est ici l’endroit redouté des mères (from La Vie parisienne)

O mon cher amant, je te jure (from La Périchole)

Ah! quel dîner je viens de faire (from La Perichole)

Tu n'es pas beau, tu n'es pas riche (from La Périchole)

Ponchielli:

Suicidio! (from La Gioconda)

Poulenc:

Chanson d'Orkenise

La Courte Paille: 3. La Reine de coeur

Hotel

La Courte Paille: Le Carafon

C

Fêtes galantes

Mes chères filles (from Dialogues des Carmélites)

Mes filles, voilà que s'achève (from Dialogues des Carmelites)

Puccini:

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)

Tosca: excerpts

sung in French

Rancurel:

La Tantina de Burgos

Ravel:

Shéhérazade

Reyer:

Salut splendeur du jour (from Sigurd)

Rossini:

Ils s'éloignent enfin (from Guillaume Tell)

Roussel:

Coeur en Péril

Sauguet:

Berceuse créole

Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, Op. 135

Verdi:

D'amor sull'ali rosee (from Il Trovatore)

Mia madre aveva...Piangea cantando...Ave Maria (from Otello)

Tacea la notte (from Il Trovatore)

Morrò, ma prima in grazia (from Un Ballo in Maschera)

Mia madre aveva...Piangea cantando...Ave Maria (from Otello)

Ecco l'orrido campo … Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa (from Un ballo in maschera)

Una macchia è qui tutt'ora (from Macbeth)

O don fatale (from Don Carlo)

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)

Ritorna vincitor! (from Aida)

Wagner:

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Allmächt’ge Jungfrau! (from Tannhäuser)

Einsam in trüben Tagen (from Lohengrin)

Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen (from Lohengrin)

Der Männer Sippe (from Die Walküre)

Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust (from Parsifal)

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Wolf, H:

In der Frühe (No. 24 from Mörike-Lieder)

Der Gärtner (No. 17 from Mörike-Lieder)

Das verlassene Mägdlein (No. 7 from Mörike-Lieder)

Ich hab in Penna einen Liebsten (No. 46 from Italienisches Liederbuch)

Anakreons Grab (No. 29 from Goethe-Lieder)

Verschwiegene Liebe (No. 3 from Eichendorff-Lieder)


Régine Crespin (soprano)

Inimitable in her native French, but equally superb in German and Italian, Régine Crespin was one of the reigning prima donnas of her era. Few sopranos could match her in encompassing epic heroism and intimate refinement, noble tragedy and suggestive wit, opera and operetta, art song and jazz. Her sensuous tone, verbal acuity and stylish phrasing illuminate this collection of her most important recorded recitals and substantial highlights from Les Troyens, Tosca (sung in French) and Hérodiade. They all provide indisputable evidence that Crespin, who was born in Marseille in 1927 and died in Paris 80 year later, was one of the greatest singers that France has produced.

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Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca

Live from the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, 2017


Kristine Opolais (Floria Tosca), Marcelo Álvarez Mario Cavaradossi), Marco Vratogna (Baron Scarpia), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Cesare Angelotti), Peter Rose (Il Sagrestano), Peter Tantsits (Spoletta), Douglas Williams (Sciarrone), Walter Fink (Un carceriere)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Chor Wien & Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe, Sir Simon Rattle

Philipp Himmelmann (stage director)

Raimund Bauer (set design)

Kathi Maurer (costume design)

For the Easter Festival 2017 in Baden-Baden, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker draw their inspiration from Tosca, the most brilliant of all the Puccini operas. And that is deservedly so, since Tosca is not merely a work of art, but also a gripping suspense-packed story – Puccini at its best. In a spectacular staging by Philipp Himmelmann, this production offers a fresh, sexy view on this beloved classic.

Kristine Opolais changes into the well-behaved pristine prima donna and shows how to wrap the men on stage round her finger, as she performs with fierce and full physical commitment. Marcelo Álvarez sings with powerful, but smooth tenor. Marco Vratonga’s modern take on Scarpia convinces with brutal elegance and a great voice.

BD Picture: 1080i Full HD – 16:9

BD Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Language/subtitles:

Italian/ English, German, French

Region code: All (A1/B2/C3)

Running time: 180 mins

Production: April 2017

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Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca

Live from the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, 2017


Kristine Opolais (Floria Tosca), Marcelo Álvarez Mario (Cavaradossi), Marco Vratogna (Baron Scarpia), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Cesare Angelotti), Peter Rose (Il Sagrestano), Peter Tantsits (Spoletta), Douglas Williams (Sciarrone), Walter Fink Un (Un carceriere)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Chor Wien & Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe, Sir Simon Rattle

Philipp Himmelmann (stage director)

Raimund Bauer (set design)

Kathi Maurer (costume design)

For the Easter Festival 2017 in Baden-Baden, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker draw their inspiration from Tosca, the most brilliant of all the Puccini operas. And that is deservedly so, since Tosca is not merely a work of art, but also a gripping suspense-packed story – Puccini at its best. In a spectacular staging by Philipp Himmelmann, this production offers a fresh, sexy view on this beloved classic.

Kristine Opolais changes into the well-behaved pristine prima donna and shows how to wrap the men on stage round her finger, as she performs with fierce and full physical commitment. Marcelo Álvarez sings with powerful, but smooth tenor. Marco Vratonga’s modern take on Scarpia convinces with brutal elegance and a great voice.

DVD Picture: 16:9 – NTSC

DVD Sound: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Language/subtitles: Italian/ English, German, French

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 180 mins

Production: April 2017

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Mendelssohn: Motets & Piano Trio

Mendelssohn: Motets & Piano Trio


Mendelssohn:

Warum toben die Heiden Op. 78 No. 1

Flemish Radio Choir, Herve Niquet

Kyrie eleison (8 voices)

Flemish Radio Choir, Herve Niquet

Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, Op. post.

Flemish Radio Choir, Herve Niquet

Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

Pekka Kuusisto (violin), Peter Wispelwey (cello), Alasdair Beatson (piano)

Richte mich, Gott Op. 78 No. 2

Flemish Radio Choir, Herve Niquet

Heilig, heilig ist Gott, der Herr Zebaoth Op. post.

Flemish Radio Choir, Herve Niquet

Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt, Op. 69 No. 2

Flemish Radio Choir, Herve Niquet

Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58: Adagio

Peter Wispelwey (cello), Alasdair Beatson (piano)


CD’s rarely contain both chamber and choral music, but in the case of Felix Mendelssohn, the juxtaposition is justified. For which is the more Bach-inspired? The a cappella works which breathe Bach in every note, or the Piano Trio no. 2 with the choral Herr Gott dich loben wir, which also motors Bach’s cantata 130? An exceptional trio featuring violinist Pekka Kuusisto, cellist Pieter Wispelwey, and pianist Alasdair Beatson, as well as the acclaimed Flemish Radio Choir and conductor Hervé Niquet, bring homage to the composer who gave second life to Bach, and grace and poetry to the romantics.

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Boccherini: Stabat Mater (1st version, 1781, for soprano & string orchestra), G.532, etc.

Boccherini:

Stabat Mater (1st version, 1781, for soprano & string orchestra), G.532

Magali Leger (soprano)

String Quintet Op. 45 No. 1 in C minor, G355


Ensemble Rosasolis

Luigi Boccherini produced only a modest amount of sacred music. We know, however, that he wrote sacred works throughout his life. The work which most of all represents Boccherini’s vocal output in the eyes of the wider public is the Stabat Mater G. 532. It is the original version of the Stabat Mater composed in 1781and scored for soprano and string quintet which is recorded here.

The Quintet op. 45 No.1 featured on this disc is an unfamiliar work. It was written during March 1792, at which time Boccherini was employed as composer to the court of King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia. Referred to as an “Opera Grande” according to Boccherini’s classification, the piece is considered to be one of the maturest works of Boccherini’s German period: at a time of significant development in the string quintet, the composer attains a rare harmonic and melodic balance in which the two cellos, never doubling one another, attain an almost symphonic autonomy that erases all trace of their one-time continuo role.

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Schubert & Liszt: Piano Works

Schubert & Liszt: Piano Works


Liszt:

Der Müller und der Bach (No. 2 from Müllerlieder von Franz Schubert, S565)

Trockne Blumen (No. 4 from Sechs Melodien von Franz Schubert, S563)

Schubert:

Hungarian Melody in B minor D817

Adagio in E major, D612

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

4 Impromptus, D899

Kupelwieser-Walzer D I


Naruhiko Kawaguchi (piano)

The winner of the International Bruges Musica Antiqua Competition, Naruhiko Kawaguchi has made a name for himself thanks to his sensitive and nuanced interpretations and his expressive style of fortepiano playing. In this album, the young artist has put together a programme devoted to Schubert and performed on a period instrument. You will (re)discover such works as the Ungarische Melodie D817, the Adagio D612, the Wanderer-Fantasie, D760 and the Four Impromptus D899, as well as Franz Liszt’s solo piano arrangements of some of his lieder – Trockne Blumen, Der Müller und der Bach and Meeresstille. Always keen to get involved with talented young musicians, Outhere Music has been a partner of the MAFestival for several years now and offers one of its winners the chance to make a recording – which will be released this year on the Fuga Libera label. Naruhiko Kawaguchi is a new example of Outhere’s wish to promote promising young artists and aid their career development.

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Les poètes maudits

Les poètes maudits


Lore Binon (soprano), Inge Spinette (piano)

In 1884, Paul Verlaine published an anthology entitled Les poètes maudits, a work paying homage to French Parnassianism and giving meaning to the concept of the poète maudit (accursed poet), so specific to the period towards the end of the nineteenth century and to the angst of its writers. Their names – Verlaine, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, de Lautréamont, Corbière, de Nerval and Mallarmé – and their existential malaise are reflected in the works of the musicians of their time.

This is Inge Spinette’s fifth release with Fuga Libera, and this time she is joined by the talented soprano Lore Binon. In this album, the duo focus on the enduring link between poetry and music, applying their talents to works by Claude Debussy and Reynaldo Hahn, in dialogue with the American composer George Crumb. They create a perfect alchemy in which the hues of these composers are revealed in all their delicate nuances.

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