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Camille Thomas plays Saint-Saëns & Offenbach

Camille Thomas plays Saint-Saëns & Offenbach


Offenbach:

Barcarolle (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann )

feat. Nemanja Radulovic (violin)

Introduction, Prière et Boléro for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 22

Les Larmes de Jacqueline (No. 3 from Harmonies des bois, Op. 76)

Je suis Brésilien, j’ai de l’or (from La vie parisienne)

feat. Rolando Villazón (tenor)

Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Suite for Cello & Orchestra, Op. 16b


Camille Thomas (cello)

For her debut album on the yellow label Camille has chosen music full of youthful invention – uplifting and positive. She brings her own sensitive interpretation to the French Romantic works for cello and orchestra by Saint-Saëns and Offenbach, including the former’s First Cello Concerto, a masterpiece of its genre, and a delightful excerpt from the latter’s Harmonies des bois “Les Larmes de Jacqueline”. The album was recorded with the Orchestre National de Lille and Alexandre Bloch, and also includes guest appearances by tenor Rolando Villazón and violinist Nemanja Radulović

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DG - 4797520

(CD)

$14.00

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Chopin Evocations - Vinyl Edition

Chopin Evocations - Vinyl Edition


Star pianist & composer Daniil Trifonov burst onto the international music scene at the International Chopin Competition in 2010. He then went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition performing Chopin's 1st Piano Concerto in the final round. Daniil Trifonov stands for virtuosity, musical poetry and evocative power. He is the world’s top young pianist today - and the music of Chopin is close to his heart.

The album features world premiere recordings of both Piano Concertos in fascinating orchestrations by pianist-composer Mikhail Pletnev. Pletnev also conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in performances of exceptional detail, lyrical freedom and chamber music-like transparency.

The solo works include some of Chopin's earliest (Variations on "La ci darem la mano" Op. 2) and latest (Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66) works, together with the rarely-heard Rondo Op. 73a for two pianos, a devilishly difficult piece here performed by Trifonov together with his friend and mentor, Sergei Babayan.

The atmospheric tenth variation of Mompou's Variations on a Theme of Chopin is entitled "Evocation" and, in its poigant transformation of Chopin's famous melodies, inspired the name of this album.

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DG - 4798177

(Vinyl - 3 discs)

$44.75

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Julius Katchen - Milestones of a Piano Legend

Julius Katchen - Milestones of a Piano Legend


Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Bartók:

Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119

Beethoven:

Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Britten:

Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op. 21

Chopin:

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Dohnányi:

Variations on a Nursery Tune, Op. 25

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Mendelssohn:

Prelude & Fugue for piano in D major, Op. 35 No. 2

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

arr. F. Liszt

Scherzo in E minor, Op. 16 No. 2

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23


American pianist Julius Katchen (1926-1969) enjoyed an unprecedented world career, and almost half a century after his death he is still regarded as an unsurpassed Brahms interpreter.

As an eleven-year-old, Katchen sat on the podium as a soloist in Mozart’s D minor concerto at the invitation of Eugene Ormandy in New York. Soon he was highly praised as a performer around the world, due to his technical brilliance, coupled with boldness, a seemingly endless range of timbres, and a superior musical understanding. Besides some vital Brahms performances, many of his other recordings presented here from 12 original albums from the years 1950 to 1961 are also among the highlights of record history. These include Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and solo works by Chopin, Schumann, Schubert and Balakirev to concertos by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Bartok, and Britten.

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Documents - 600440

(CD - 10 discs)

$21.50

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Gregor Piatigorsky - Milestones of a Legend

Gregor Piatigorsky - Milestones of a Legend


Beethoven:

String Trio in D major, Op. 9 No. 2

Variations (12) on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66

Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2

Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2

Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5 No. 1

Bloch, E:

Schelomo

Boccherini:

Cello Sonata in C major, G. 17

Brahms:

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Chopin:

Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3

Debussy:

Romance

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Fauré:

Tarentelle Op. 10 No. 2

Granados:

Orientale

Grieg:

Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36

Haydn:

Divertimento (Parthia) in D major, Hob.II:D18

Hindemith:

Cello Concerto (1940)

Mendelssohn:

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49

Prokofiev:

Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: Masks

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Ravel:

Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera

Piano Trio in A minor

Rubinstein:

Melody in F major, Op. 3 No. 1

Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Shostakovich:

Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'

Walton:

Cello Concerto


Gregor Piatigorsky (1903-1976) is a singular phenomenon among the cellists of the twentieth century as a person, pedagogue and musician. He was an ideal partner to the great instrumentalists of his time: Heifetz, Milstein, Horowitz, Rubinstein, Rachmaninov, Bartok and many others.

More than two generations of young musicians were introduced to the art of cello-playing by him, in cities like Berlin, Boston, Philadelphia, Tanglewood, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore and Paris. He experienced the Russian October Revolution as the first cellist in the Moscow Bolshoi Orchestra. He came to Leipzig via Warsaw, where he studied with Julius Klengel, and went through hard times before becoming first cellist under Furtwangler in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (1924-29).

For the first time Piatigorsky’s fascinating playing during the most important stages of his career can be experienced comprehensively on the 10CDs documented in this box set.

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Documents - 600445

(CD - 10 discs)

$21.50

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Komitas: Seven Songs

Komitas: Seven Songs


Komitas:

Sept Chansons pour piano

Msho Shoror

Sept Danses pour piano

Pieces For Children


Lusine Grigoryan (piano)

Complete in itself, this solo album by Armenian pianist Lusine Grigoryan, can also be considered a companion volume to the Gurdjieff Ensemble's critically-acclaimed album of Komitas's music.

It was recorded at the same 2015 session in Lugano, directed by Manfred Eicher, and has some overlapping of repertoire. Where Levon Eskenian's versions with the Gurdjieff Ensemble explored some of the composer's sonic inspirations with folk instruments, Lusine Grigoryan conveys some of the same colours with her wide palette of piano articulation and her exploration of timbral possibilities: in her playing one can catch the flavour of the duduk, the tar, the zurna et cetera, as Komitas intended. As Levon Eskenian has noted, Grigoryan "conveys the mysterious presence typical of rustic and ritual music."

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ECM - 4812556

(CD)

$15.00

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Godard, B: Dante

Godard, B: Dante


CD2 +Book

Dante Alighieri, born in Florence in 1265, was at once a poet and an important political figure of his time. His celebrated Divine Comedy relates his supposed descent to Hell and slow ascent to Paradise. Godard’s operatic treatment of his life (1890) skilfully juxtaposes the political milieu – crowd scenes in Florence and the quarrel between Guelfs and Ghibellines – with the expression of the courtly love he feels for Beatrice, betrothed to his friend Bardi.

The most remarkable element of the opera is the integration of a ‘Vision’ that is nothing less than a synthesis of the Divine Comedy set to music. Its third act is built around a fantasy ‘Hell’ and ‘Paradise’, featuring an Apparition of Virgil, Chorus of the Damned, Infernal Whirlwind, Divine Radiance and Apotheosis of Beatrice. Godard is here at the peak of his melodic inspiration and compositional mastery, in a style that brings Gounod up to date and need not fear comparison with Massenet.

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Ediciones Singulares - ES1029

(CD +Book - 3 discs)

Normally: $36.00

Special: $32.00

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The Handel Album

The Handel Album

Jewel-case


Handel:

Se potessero i sospir' miei (from Imeneo)

Agitato da fiere tempeste (Riccardo Primo)

Deggio morire, o stelle (from Siroe)

Sì, la voglio, e la otterò (from Serse)

Ombra cara di mia sposa (from Radamisto)

Qual nave smarrita (from Radamisto)

Rompo i lacci (from Flavio)

Sussurate (from Amadigi)

Stille amare (Tolomeo)

Se parla nel mio cor (Giustino)

Pensa a serbarmi, oh cara (from Ezio)

Bel contento (from Flavio)


Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor/director)

Ensemble Artaserse

This album, which focuses on arias from Handel’s more rarely-performed operas, is the first that Philippe Jaroussky has devoted entirely to the composer – though his Erato discography already includes complete recordings of Faramondo, Partenope and, on DVD, Alcina, and arias by Handel feature on the countertenor’s Carestini: A Castrato’s Story. Praising Jaroussky in Handel, the New York Times has described him as “incomparable … thrilling of voice.”

Now, for the first time, Jaroussky brings his impeccable Handelian credentials to an entire album devoted to arias by the composer, who produced thirty-five operas for the London stage between 1711 and 1741. For all Handel’s current popularity, comparatively few of his operas are performed with great regularity. Works such as Giulio Cesare, Alcina, Ariodante, Agrippina, Serse, Rodelinda, Rinaldo, Partenope, Orlando, and Tamerlano have achieved varying degrees of currency, but, apart from an aria from Rodelinda, Jaroussky’s new album puts the emphasis on operas we are less likely to hear in the theatre or concert hall: Amadigi di Gaula; Arianna in Creta; Flavio, re di Longobardi; Giustino; Imeneo; Radamisto (represented by no fewer than four arias); Riccardo primo, re d'Inghilterra; Siroe, re di Persia and Tolomeo, re di Egitto. A number of these operas were written for the famous castrato Senesino, who created many leading roles for Handel.

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Erato - 9029575966

(CD)

Normally: $14.00

Special: $12.50

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The Handel Album: Limited Edition

The Handel Album: Limited Edition

1CD+DVD Casebound Deluxe


Handel:

Se potessero i sospir' miei (from Imeneo)

Agitato da fiere tempeste (Riccardo Primo)

Son stanco (from Siroe)

Deggio morire, o stelle (from Siroe)

Sì, la voglio Arsamene (from Serse)

Ombra cara di mia sposa (from Radamisto)

Qual nave smarrita (from Radamisto)

Rompo i lacci (from Flavio)

Sussurate (from Amadigi)

Stille amare (Tolomeo)

Se parla nel mio cor (Giustino)

Pensa a serbarmi, oh cara (from Ezio)

Bel contento (from Flavio)


Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor/director)

Ensemble Artaserse

This album, which focuses on arias from Handel’s more rarely-performed operas, is the first that Philippe Jaroussky has devoted entirely to the composer – though his Erato discography already includes complete recordings of Faramondo, Partenope and, on DVD, Alcina, and arias by Handel feature on the countertenor’s Carestini: A Castrato’s Story. Praising Jaroussky in Handel, the New York Times has described him as “incomparable … thrilling of voice.”

Now, for the first time, Jaroussky brings his impeccable Handelian credentials to an entire album devoted to arias by the composer, who produced thirty-five operas for the London stage between 1711 and 1741. For all Handel’s current popularity, comparatively few of his operas are performed with great regularity. Works such as Giulio Cesare, Alcina, Ariodante, Agrippina, Serse, Rodelinda, Rinaldo, Partenope, Orlando, and Tamerlano have achieved varying degrees of currency, but, apart from an aria from Rodelinda, Jaroussky’s new album puts the emphasis on operas we are less likely to hear in the theatre or concert hall: Amadigi di Gaula; Arianna in Creta; Flavio, re di Longobardi; Giustino; Imeneo; Radamisto (represented by no fewer than four arias); Riccardo primo, re d'Inghilterra; Siroe, re di Persia and Tolomeo, re di Egitto. A number of these operas were written for the famous castrato Senesino, who created many leading roles for Handel.

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Erato - 9029577445

(CD)

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Diana Damrau (Lucia), Charles Castronovo (Edgardo), Ludovic Tézier (Enrico), Taylor Stayton (Arturo), Kwangchul Youn (Raimondo), Rachael Lloyd (Alisa), Peter Hoare (Normanno)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Daniel Oren (conductor), Katie Mitchell (director)

Designer Vicki Mortimer

Lighting designer Jon Clark

Movement director Joseph Alford

Diana Damrau’s reputation as the world’s leading coloratura soprano has been built on her extraordinary technical virtuosity, her sensitive musicianship and her acute psychological insight. In Katie Mitchell’s sometimes radical production of Lucia di Lammermoor from the Royal Opera House, she is, as the Financial Times wrote, 'brilliantly convincing'. Award winning director Katie Mitchell took a revisionist approach to the drama, updating the action to the mid-19th century and applying a feminist slant as she added new and unexpected elements. Mitchell also made extensive use of a ‘split screen’ effect on the stage, counterpointing two different pieces of action at key moments.

Running time: 123 min. approx. (opera) + 15 min. (bonus)

Languages: Sung in Italian, with subtitles available in Italian,

French, German, English, Spanish

EXTRA FEATURES

Introduction to Lucia di Lammermoor

The sound of madness: The glass harmonica in Lucia di Lammermoor

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Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Erato - 9029579202

(Blu-ray)

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Special: $17.25

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Diana Damrau (Lucia), Charles Castronovo (Edgardo), Ludovic Tézier (Enrico), Taylor Stayton (Arturo), Kwangchul Youn (Raimondo), Rachael Lloyd (Alisa), Peter Hoare (Normanno)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Daniel Oren (conductor), Katie Mitchell (director)

Designer Vicki Mortimer

Lighting designer Jon Clark

Movement director Joseph Alford

Diana Damrau’s reputation as the world’s leading coloratura soprano has been built on her extraordinary technical virtuosity, her sensitive musicianship and her acute psychological insight. In Katie Mitchell’s sometimes radical production of Lucia di Lammermoor from the Royal Opera House, she is, as the Financial Times wrote, 'brilliantly convincing'. Award winning director Katie Mitchell took a revisionist approach to the drama, updating the action to the mid-19th century and applying a feminist slant as she added new and unexpected elements. Mitchell also made extensive use of a ‘split screen’ effect on the stage, counterpointing two different pieces of action at key moments.

Running time: 123 min. approx. (opera) + 15 min. (bonus)

Languages: Sung in Italian, with subtitles available in Italian,

French, German, English, Spanish

Audio specs: Stereo LPCM 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1, NTSC – All

EXTRA FEATURES

Introduction to Lucia di Lammermoor

The sound of madness: The glass harmonica in Lucia di Lammermoor

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DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Erato - 9029579205

(DVD Video)

Normally: $16.25

Special: $14.75

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