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Shostakovich & Martinu: Cello Concertos

Shostakovich & Martinu: Cello Concertos


Martinu:

Cello Concerto No. 2

Shostakovich:

Cello Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 126


The two cello concertos by Dmitri Shsotakovich were both written for his friend Mstislav Rostropovich but whereas the first is rhythmic and virtuosic, teh second is subdued and introverted. Composed in 1966, it is often regarded as a watershed work, heralding Shostakovich's final stylistic period marked by a certain sombreness and a trend towards more transparent scoring. The op. 126 concerto has become somewhat overshadowed by its older, more accessible sibling, something which also applies to the second work on this disc, for completely different reasons. Having compmleted his Cello Cocnerto No. 2 in 1945, Bohuslav Martinu was unsuccessful in his attempts to interest a leading cellist in promoting it. When the composer furthermore reworked his first cello concerto in 1955, the new version effectively obliterated all traces of the 1945 concerto, which didn't receive its first performance until 1965, six years after Martinu's death. The work is melodious with lyrical qualities, and many have interpreted it as an expression of the nostalgia the composer experienced as an exile in the U.S.A. during the last winter of the World War II.

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Mellits: String Quartets Nos. 3-5

Mellits: String Quartets Nos. 3-5


Mellits:

String Quartet No. 3 'Tapas'

String Quartet No. 4 'Prometheus'

String Quartet No. 5 'Waníyetu'


Quatuor Debussy

Sometimes out of time, sometimes disorientating and hectic, Marc Mellits’ music skillfully mixes sleek and diaphanous textures with wild sections. In the wake on the American repetitive composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass, the energy of his works reminds us of rock music. Indeed, his three string quartets take us on board in an adventurous sonic journey : Tapas, Prometheus and Waniyetu are finally recorded together in a world premiere by Evidence Classics thanks to the Debussy Quartet, faithful consort of Marc Mellits.

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Evidence Classics - EVCD033

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Dowland - Benjamin: Seven Tears Upon Silence

Dowland - Benjamin: Seven Tears Upon Silence


Benjamin, G:

Upon Silence (1990)

Dowland:

Lachrimae Antiquae

Lachrimae Antiquae Novae

Lachrimae Gementes

Lachrimae Tristes

Lachrimae Coactae

Lachrimae Amantis

Lachrimae Verae


Sarah Breton (mezzo), Karl Nyhlin (lute)

Sit Fast

When John Dowland composes the seven pavans that form the famous Lachrimae, he gives the instrumental repertoire one of its first masterpieces. The Sit Fast consort, lead by Atsushi Sakaï, features a precious version of those timeless pages. Who says the viole should be earmarked for early music? In fact, the pure sonority of this intrument, the ideal vehicle for inner grief, inspired George Benjamin too. Upon Silence, written in 1990 for five violes and a mezzo-soprano on a poem by Yeats, extends and updates the poetics tears of John Dowland. Four centuries separate the two composers but their polyphonic writings and their longing for genuine feelings gather them in that disc, smartly recorded by the elegant Sit Fast consort.

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Evidence Classics - EVCD034

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Max Richter: Infra

Max Richter: Infra


1 Infra 1 4:05

2 Journey 1 2:10

3 Infra 2 4:27

4 Infra 3 3:02

5 Journey 2 2:13

6 Infra 4 2:46

7 Journey 3 2:51

8 Journey 4 4:40

9 Journey 5 1:13

10 Infra 5 5:16

11 Infra 6 2:53

12 Infra 7 1:46

13 Infra 8 3:22

Bonus Track

14 Sub Piano 0:50


Max Richter (piano & electronics) & Louisa Fuller / Natalia Bonner (violins)

After Songs from Before and The Blue Notebooks, DG is releasing the third in a row of Max Richter’s Retrospective catalogue – Infra, now on Vinyl and CD!

Scored for piano, electronics, and string quartet, Infra is an expansion of a 25-minute piece Richter wrote for a collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor and visual artist Julian Opie.

The original ballet was a response to the London bombings on 7/7. Richter explains: “The piece is about traveling, and in a way, [the songs] are quite existential, a meditation on the political state of London at that time and the tragedy of those events. We all knew people who had been affected by it or killed. Music is a social activity, and by definition, making any kind of statement is a political act.”

The release follows Max Richter’s latest album “Three Worlds: music from Woolf Works”, which likewise features music from his score to Wayne McGregor’s ballet Woolf Works.

With Infra Max Richter also responded to, amongst other things, Winterreise, Schubert’s masterful, mournful gothic era song cycle based on Wilhelm Muller’s bleak monodramatic poems set in a brutal winter about a questing, misunderstood wanderer whose heart, and memory, is frozen in grief.

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DG - 4797006

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Max Richter: Infra - Vinyl Edition

Max Richter: Infra - Vinyl Edition


1 Infra 1 4:05

2 Journey 1 2:10

3 Infra 2 4:27

4 Infra 3 3:02

5 Journey 2 2:13

6 Infra 4 2:46

7 Journey 3 2:51

8 Journey 4 4:40

9 Journey 5 1:13

10 Infra 5 5:16

11 Infra 6 2:53

12 Infra 7 1:46

13 Infra 8 3:22

Bonus Track

14 Sub Piano 0:50


Max Richter (piano & electronics) & Louisa Fuller / Natalia Bonner (violins)

After Songs from Before and The Blue Notebooks, DG is releasing the third in a row of Max Richter’s Retrospective catalogue – Infra, now on Vinyl and CD!

Scored for piano, electronics, and string quartet, Infra is an expansion of a 25-minute piece Richter wrote for a collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor and visual artist Julian Opie.

The original ballet was a response to the London bombings on 7/7. Richter explains: “The piece is about traveling, and in a way, [the songs] are quite existential, a meditation on the political state of London at that time and the tragedy of those events. We all knew people who had been affected by it or killed. Music is a social activity, and by definition, making any kind of statement is a political act.”

The release follows Max Richter’s latest album “Three Worlds: music from Woolf Works”, which likewise features music from his score to Wayne McGregor’s ballet Woolf Works.

With Infra Max Richter also responded to, amongst other things, Winterreise, Schubert’s masterful, mournful gothic era song cycle based on Wilhelm Muller’s bleak monodramatic poems set in a brutal winter about a questing, misunderstood wanderer whose heart, and memory, is frozen in grief.

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DG - 4797007

(Vinyl)

$24.00

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Walton: Violin Concerto, Partita & Hindemith Variations

Walton: Violin Concerto, Partita & Hindemith Variations


Walton:

Violin Concerto

Anthony Marwood (violin)

Partita for Orchestra

Variations on a Theme by Hindemith

Spitfire Prelude & Fugue


Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra follow up their definitive account of the symphonies (on CDA67794) with another outstanding album of Walton. From the sunlit Mediterranean lyricism of the Violin Concerto to the rousing Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, this is the composer at the height of his power.

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Hyperion - CDA67986

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Machaut: Sovereign Beauty

Machaut: Sovereign Beauty


Machaut:

Tres bonne et belle

Foy porter, V22

Dame, ne regardes pas, B9

J'ay tant / Lasse! Je sui / Ego moriar pro te

Se quanque amours, B21

Dame, a qui m'otri de cuer, V12

De desconfort, B8

Quant j'ay l'espart

Comment qu'a moy

De Bon Espoir / Puis que la douce / Speravi

Un Lay de consolation


The latest instalment in a series which continues to garner the highest critical plaudits. The Orlando Consort bring their customary virtues of ‘supreme text-sensitivity and beauty of tone’ (Early Music Today) to another recital showcasing the breadth of Machaut’s musical and poetic inventiveness.

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Hyperion - CDA68134

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Donald Swann: Songs

Donald Swann: Songs


Swann, D:

A collection of songs

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Five colourisations of Emily Dickinson

Dame Felicity Lott (soprano)

Two sonnets by Edna St Vincent Millay

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Stopping by woods

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

Two poems by Thomas Hardy

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Four lyrics from In memoriam

John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone)

Two poems by Christina Rossetti

Dame Felicity Lott (soprano)

Dark rose of my heart

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

An invite to eternity

Roderick Williams (baritone)

The harlot’s house

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Six songs to poems by William Blake

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Ya vas lyubil 'I loved you once'

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

She is all harmony, all wonder

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Some people's dreams

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

Marguerite

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

A red, red rose

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

It was a lover, and his lass

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

See, dearest, how the rose

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

Arcades

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

We'll go no more a-roving

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Longing

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

Oh, why are the roses so pale?

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

Old songs of lost love

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

In the mist

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

Raiders' dawn

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

The youth of the heart

Roderick Williams (baritone)

He wishes for the cloths of heaven

Dame Felicity Lott (soprano)

Bilbo's Last Song

Roderick Williams (baritone), Dame Felicity Lott (soprano)


Christopher Glynn (piano)

Swann but no Flanders: this economically priced collection celebrates the unique talents of a gifted songwriter whose settings of poets from Burns to Betjeman are ripe for revival. The quartet of distinguished singers is luxury casting.

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Hyperion - CDA68172

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Charles Villiers Stanford: Choral Music

Charles Villiers Stanford: Choral Music


Stanford:

For lo, I raise up, Op. 145

Te Deum (from Service in C major, Op 115)

Lighten our darkness

Benedictus (from Service in C major, Op 115)

O for a closer walk with God, Op. 113 No. 6

Jubilate (from Service in C major, Op 115)

Magnificat in B flat for double choir, Op. 164

Fantasia and Toccata in D minor, Op. 57

Eternal Father, Op. 135 No. 2

St Patrick's Breastplate


A programme spanning the variety and sheer emotional range of Stanford’s Anglican choral music (with a notable contribution from Owain Park in the Fantasia and Toccata for organ). You are unlikely to hear quite so stirring a rendition of ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate’ for some time to come…

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Hyperion - CDA68174

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In Schubert's Company

In Schubert's Company


Akhunov:

In Schubert’s company for viola & orchestra

Riga Sinfonietta

Der Erlkönig for viola & orchestra

Riga Sinfonietta

Desyatnikov:

Wie der Alter Leiermann for violin & orchestra

(arr. viola M.Rysanov)

Riga Sinfonietta

Schubert:

Polonaise in B flat major, D580

(arr. viola M.Rysanov)

Riga Sinfonietta

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

Yakov Katsnelson (piano)

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Riga Sinfonietta

Sonatina (Sonatina) in G minor, D408 (Op. posth. 137 No. 3)

(arr. viola M.Rysanov)

Yakov Katsnelson (piano)

Der Leiermann (No. 24 from Winterreise, D911)

(arr. viola & orchestra D.Tabakova)

Riga Sinfonietta

Tabakova:

Fantasy Homage to Schubert for viola and string orchestra

Riga Sinfonietta


Maxim Rysanov (viola/director)

‘I am not superstitious. Especially numerology which never occurred to me as something attractive, or something that had ever play a role in my life or had freakish power over something. Nevertheless, when I started collecting repertoire for this album, which is dedicated to Schubert's 220th anniversary, some works on the disc accidentally appeared to be connected. Schubert's 5th symphony was recorded in Riga just about 200 years after it was composed. Franz was 20 years old when he wrote it.

Leonid Desyatnikov's "Wie der alte Leiermann", for violin and orchestra, which I decided to arrange for the viola especially for this project, was composed 20 years ago for Schubert's 200th anniversary.

Spooky...

On a more serious note, Schubert touches me deeply. Not only with his music and his sensitive soul, but also his life story is fascinating to me. Composer, elementary school teacher, poet, philosopher, pianist, singer, violinist, violist!...

With this album, I present myself as a commissioner of new music, arranger, solo performer and conductor. I would like to believe I am 0.22% closer to understanding Schubert’ writes Maxim Rysanov.

Schubert’s sunny 5th Symphony, 3rd Violin Sonata and Polonaise for violin & orchestra, are joined by three contemporary composers who each draw on Schubert’s music for their compositions. A darker, tormented Schubert from his final years is the source for their works – Winterreise, Erlkönig and the late Fantasy for violin & piano providing the inspiration. The haunting beauty of Schubert’s music continues to exert a powerful influence on performers, composers and music lovers alike.

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Onyx - ONYX4183

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