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Chopin: Complete Nocturnes

Chopin: Complete Nocturnes


Chopin:

Nocturnes Nos. 1-21 (complete)


"Sophisticated colourist and cerebral virtuoso though he is, Nelson Goerner nevertheless brings out the moments of weakness, the hesitations, the lightning passions in the labyrinth of Chopin," wrote Diapason on the release of the Preludes in 2015 (Diapason d’Or, Choc de Classica). ‘Serenity’, ‘balance’, ‘clarity’, ‘phrasing’ are the key words that recur in reviews of the albums and concerts of the Argentine pianist, whose fifth solo release on Alpha this is. His latest venture is a complete recording of the Nocturnes, a highpoint of Chopinesque poetry. These twenty-one miniatures accompanied Chopin over a good part of his life, for he composed them between 1827 and 1848. They are tributes to Italian bel canto, expressing reveries but also complexity of feeling and a profundity that far transcends their apparent simplicity. Nelson Goerner’s feeling for melody and tempo works wonders in these pieces, which he recorded in the ideal surroundings of the Salle de Musique of La Chaux de Fonds (Switzerland).

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Handel: Messiah

Handel: Messiah

1754 version


Why yet another Messiah? ‘I went through the different scores that exist and decided on the very interesting 1754 version, which features five soloists. You must remember that, when Handel arrived somewhere to perform his oratorio, he had soloists of varying standards available to him. So he quickly revised his score accordingly... All this is directly related to the reality of Handel’s situation as a concert promoter. In those days, to earn a living from his music, a composer absolutely had to get his works performed and make a profit on the evening. The idea of not retouching a work to avoid “spoiling” or “distorting” it is a much more modern one. There must be around a dozen versions of Messiah (I won’t list them all). The 1754 version is rarely played because it calls for five soloists: two sopranos, alto, tenor and bass... I’ve opted here for an operatic interpretation, taking its cue from the drama inherent in this account of the life of Christ.’ (Herve Niquet) This deluxe edition also includes a fascinating portrait of Herve Niquet, an interview organised around thirty keywords (from ‘Dance’ to ‘Nerves’) that sheds new light on one of the most atypical conductors on today’s musical scene.

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Alpha - ALPHA362

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Max Richter: Portrait

Max Richter: Portrait


1. The Leftovers Main Titles | The Leftovers (Season 1)

2. Dona Nobis Pacem 2 | The Leftovers (Season 1)

3. November | Memoryhouse

4. The Journey, not the Destination | Black Mirror - Nosedive

5. Autumn Music 2 | Songs From Before

6. Fragment / Embers | Memoryhouse

7. On the Nature of Daylight / Written on the Sky | The Blue Notebooks / Disconnect

8. Sketchbook | Memoryhouse

9. The Consolations of Philosophy | Black Mirror-Nosedive

10. She Remembers | The Leftovers (Season 1)

11. Andante/Reflection (End Title) | Valse avec Bachir / Waltz with Bashir

12. Departure (Lullaby) / The Quality of Mercy | The Leftovers (Seasons 1-2)

13. Luminous | Perfect Sense

14. Path 19 (Yet Frailest) | From Sleep

15. Mercy

16. Winter II | Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi The Four Season


Analekta is very proud to announce the release of Portrait: Max Richter by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà. “I devote my new Portrait album to Max Richter and his impressive body of powerful and original works. I have selected sixteen works with his unique signature, which I revisit here with my violin and my orchestra, La Pietà.” - Angèle Dubeau O.C., C.Q., DFA Max Richter is one of the most influential composers of his generation.

Inspired by Bach, punk rock and ambient electronic music, he has composed works for more than 50 films, including Waltz for Bashir, Shutter Island by Martin Scorcese and Arrival by Denis Villeneuve, as well as HBO's The Leftovers television series.

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Analekta - AN28745

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Prokofiev: Violin Concertos

Prokofiev: Violin Concertos


Prokofiev:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63


Franziska Pietsch (violin)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Cristian Măcelaru

Sergei Prokofiev’s two Violin Concertos mark the beginning and the end of his exile: his early, challenging neoclassicism and the artistic route from his “nomadic life” in exile back to his home country. Ever since her career as a promising star of the GDR, Franziska Pietsch has felt at home in the music of this Russian composer, making her an ideal interpreter of Prokofiev’s virtuosic and multifaceted idiom.

Franziska Pietsch now presents an album featuring both Violin Concertos of the Russian composer, Alongside Cristian Măcelaru and the Deutsches SymphonieOrchester Berlin she presents a thrilling new recording. The two violin concertos represent two phases in, and two sides of, Prokofiev’s life and work. The first was written during an era of early successes, stylistically and temporally close to his Symphonie classique, but not premiered until he was in exile. The second mirrors the itinerant existence of his life as a musician in exile, but also his longing to return to Russia. Franziska Pietsch, the “Anne-Sophie Mutter of East Germany” (W. Dulisch) From promising star of the GDR with a burgeoning solo career to boycott, via a new beginning, chamber music and leading orchestras, back to being a soloist and enriched by a transformed understanding of her own role: with this recording of the Prokofiev Violin Concertos, Franziska Pietsch has come full circle. Thanks to her intensive engagement with chamber music and her experience as a concertmaster, Franziska Pietsch’s performances as a soloist are not only world-class, but also characterised by an exceptional sense of chamber-like intimacy.

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Audite - AUDITE97733

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Fantasia: Rautavaara, Szymanowski & Ravel

Fantasia: Rautavaara, Szymanowski & Ravel


Rautavaara:

Fantasia

Ravel:

Tzigane

Szymanowski:

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35


Superstar violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today’s most in-demand classical performers. Beloved by audiences around the world, with a reputation for groundbreaking recital programs and important commissions, Fantasia marks her 35th studio album and is one of her most important projects to date.

Meyers has been Billboard’s Top Selling Classical Instrumentalist of the year and has had numerous albums reach the Number 1 spot on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart. Her latest album captures the rare combination of incredible virtuosity and poetic color with iconic works by Ravel, Einojuhani Rautavaara’s last major work, written for Meyers, and Karol Szymanowski’s sensuous Violin Concerto No. 1.

The title track, Fantasia is legendary Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s premiere posthumous recording and last major work for violin and orchestra. Ms. Meyers traveled to Finland and worked with the composer on it shortly before he died. Karol Szymanowski’s sensuous Violin Concerto No. 1, dedicated to Polish virtuoso violinist, Paul Kochanski, is a dazzling display of exotic melodies, and Ravel’s iconic Tzigane is a virtuoso showpiece that conjures Hungarian gypsy music, and premiered almost a century ago.

“Anne Akiko Meyers is the coolest thing to happen to the violin since Stradivari.” – The Denver Post

“Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the most adventurous soloists on the international scene today.” – Chicago Classical

“Playing that flows from the heart” – The New York Times

“Vigorous mastery, unflinching technical skills and stylish elegance.” - Los Angeles Times

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Sviridov: Piano Trio & Piano Quintet

Sviridov: Piano Trio & Piano Quintet


Sviridov:

Piano Trio in A minor

Piano Quintet in B minor

Artur Chermonov (violin), Vladimir Babestiko (viola)

The Blizzard: Romance


Beethoven Trio Bonn

Georgy Sviridov’s most impressive musical works featured the human voice: romances, cantatas, oratorios, and hymns. His instrumental chamber music is less well-known, but makes up a valuable and essential portion of his musical legacy. If we divide music into three types according to Boethius, we can affirm that musica humana is well and alive in Sviridov’s musica instrumentalis. The result is actually a new synthesis, equivalent to what we conventionally call musica mundanа, “universal music”. With that term we certainly do not mean World Music – which has resulted from cultural globalization – since Sviridov, quite to the contrary, was a down-to-earth, authentic Russian composer. All of this confirms the time-honoured, well-known truth that the world only starts interesting itself for an artist when his art draws its authentic roots from folk culture.

Sviridov wrote most of his piano pieces and instrumental music at a time when he was bringing his unmistakeable individual style and unique artistic approach to full fruition. Today, that style is admired as a harmonious blend between Russian folk music traditions, “universal music”, and certain progressive 20th-century ideas (which Sviridov only applied quite selectively). The period when he wrote the larger portion of his instrumental output corresponded with a time of great historical distress. He finished his studies under Shostakovich at Leningrad Conservatory in June 1941, shortly after Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. During the very first days of the war, Sviridov was enrolled in a military academy. Later on that same year, he was dismissed from the army due to extreme myopia and transferred to the city of Novosibirsk, where the Leningrad Philharmonic had been evacuated…….

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Brahms, Koechlin, Kahn &: Horn Trios

Brahms, Koechlin, Kahn &: Horn Trios


Brahms:

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

Duvernoy:

Horn Trio No. 1

Horn Trio No. 2

Kahn, R:

Serenade, Op. 73

Koechlin:

4 petites pieces for Violin, Horn and Piano, Op. 32


Felix Klieser (horn), Andrej Bielow (violin), Herbert Schuch (piano)

Felix Klieser first began to take a serious interest in the Horn Trio of Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) at the age of thirteen. Back then he was just a junior student at the College of Music and Drama in Hanover. He bought several different recordings of the work, including one featuring the hornist Peter Damm, whom he was later to meet at a master class in Dresden. “I picked up quickly that Felix was extraordinarily talented. He was able to elicit from the horn a soft, warm sound, a distinctly Romantic horn tone,” says the former horn-player of the Dresden Staatskapelle in high praise of Klieser in the booklet text to the young musician’s new CD entitled “Horn Trios”, released on the Berlin Classics label on September 29, 2017. “The Brahms Trio is the pride of the horn literature,” according to Peter Damm, a view he shares with Felix Klieser. That led him to seek out other such works, perhaps even unknown literature from the horn trio genre. He came across the French composer Frederic Nicolas Duvernoy (1765–1838), who was hornist at the Paris Opera, Faure pupil Charles Koechlin (1867–1950) and the Mannheim-born Robert Kahn (1865–1951) who was hounded by the Nazis. The result is a programme of works spanning nearly 100 years of development of the horn trio, which bring Felix Klieser a further step towards his goal: to place the horn centre stage as a colourful and profoundly Romantic instrument. Such a plan requires the right chamber music partners, whom Felix Klieser has happily found: at the piano sits the outstanding and sensitive Herbert Schuch, while the violin is played by the Ukrainian ARD competition winner Andrej Bielow. “It was a wonderful experience for us to learn these pieces, some of them quite new to us, thereby expanding the scope of the chamber music genre in an exciting way,” enthuses Felix Klieser.

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Daquin: Nouveau livre de noëls, Op. 2

Daquin: Nouveau livre de noëls, Op. 2


Adriano Falcioni (organ)

Born into a family of Italian origins, Louis‐Claude Daquin lived in France during the reign of Louis XIV. He studied with Louis Marchand, and in 1739 was named organist of the Chapelle Royale. In 1755, he was also appointed organist at Notre‐Dame Cathedral. His most important composition for organ is the Nouveau Livre de noëls, a collection of variations on traditional French Christmas songs.

The “Noëls” are very attractive organ pieces, depicting in musical terms the history of the birth of Christ, and expressing the warm, intimate and pastoral atmosphere of Christmas Time.

Played by Adriano Falcioni on the magnificent historic Cavaillé‐Coll organ of the Gellone Abbey in St‐Guilhem le Désert, built in 1782 and perfectly suited for the recording of Daquin’s Noëls.

The booklet provides all information on the organ, including its disposition.

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Brilliant Classics - 94895BR

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Boccherini: Arie Accademiche for Soprano and Orchestra

Boccherini: Arie Accademiche for Soprano and Orchestra


Boccherini:

Aria accademica 'Se d'un amor tiranno' G557 for soprano, concertante cello and orchestra

Arie Accademiche Nos. 1‐5 (G544 ‐ 548)


Sandra Pastrana (soprano), Guillermo Pastrana (cello)

Orchestra dell’Istituto Superiore di Studi & Musicali Luigi Boccherini di Lucca, GianPaolo Mazzoli

Luigi Boccherini is considered to be one of the most prolific composers of chamber music. The high quality of his dramatic output is shown in his moving Stabat Mater and in 15 Concert Arias, for soprano and orchestra.

The Italian texts of the Arie Accademiche are by the famous Metastasio, and are based on classic mythology. The fluid melodic invention and the arresting dramatic effects confirm that Boccherini is well able to stand in the company of his famous contemporary operatic composers.

Beautifully sung by soprano Sandra Pastrana, who sang regularly with Riccardo Muti, Gianluigi Gelmetti and other famous conductors. The booklet contains liner notes as well as the sung texts.

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G. Gabrieli: Complete Keyboard Music

G. Gabrieli: Complete Keyboard Music


Roberto Loreggian (organ & harpsichord)

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Brilliant Classics - 95345BR

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