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A noble and melancholy instrument

A noble and melancholy instrument


Beethoven:

Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17

Dukas:

Villanelle

Glazunov:

Reverie, Op. 24 for French horn

Rossini:

Prelude, Theme & Variations

Saint-Saëns:

Romance, Op. 67

Schumann:

Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70

Strauss, F:

Nocturno, Op. 7


Alec Frank-Gemill (horn) & Alasdair Beatson (piano)

The 19th century saw huge developments in the design of many musical instruments. In some cases changes were adopted more or less universally: the fortepiano that Mozart knew, a five-octave instrument constructed entirely of wood, had by around 1900 grown into the modern grand piano with over seven octaves and a cast-iron frame. With other instruments, progress was less streamlined. As late as 1865, the natural, valveless horn of Beethoven's time remained the instrument of choice for Brahms when he wrote his famous Horn Trio, and when valves began to be introduced, makers and musicians in Germany, France and Vienna favoured different solutions, offering different results in terms of sound and requiring different playing techniques. The present disc is a unique combination of recital and history lesson, with a young British team performing music from between 1800 and 1942 on no less than eight different historic instruments: four horns and four pianos. This gives us the opportunity to hear the works on instruments that the different composers would have recognized, whether Beethoven's Sonata in F major (a natural horn from 1800 and a fortepiano from 1815) or the Villanelle by Paul Dukas from 1906 (an early 20th-century cor à pistons and a Bechstein from 1898). Both notable performers on modern instruments, Alec Frank-Gemmill and Alasdair Beatson here revel in the sonic possibilities offered by the historic instruments with results that are as delighting as they are enlightening.

“[the playing and musicians are of] a high calibre, virtuosic and technically flawless, but with real emotional depth. And such is the variety here, there is bound to be at least one piece that steals your melancholy heart.” The Herald (Glasgow), March 2017

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4 X Anders Eliasson

4 X Anders Eliasson


Eliasson:

Notturno (1981) for bass clarinet, cello and piano

Senza risposte (1983) for flute, violin, cello and piano

Fogliame

Trio (2010) for violin, vibraphone and piano


Norrbotten NEO

Born in a provincial Swedish town in 1947, Anders Eliasson started playing the trumpet at the age of 9 and soon after formed his own jazz band. In his teens he began to study classical music, however, and aged 19 he was accepted into the composition class at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. Here modernism reigned supreme, and Eliasson felt out of touch with a style that he later described as petrified and intellectualized. His own idea of music was completely different, and he went so far as to say that he did not, in point of fact, compose music but merely assisted in its birth. Eliasson first came to wider notice during the second half of the 1970s, with his Disegno per quartetto d’archi and Canto del vagabondo for boy soprano, choir and orchestra. But as he himself acknowledged, it was in the early 80s that he truly began to find his own voice, for instance with chamber works such as Notturno and Senza risposte. During the rest of Eliasson’s career, it would be compositions for large forces that attracted the greatest attention, in Sweden and abroad: from Symphony No. 1 (1986), which received the Nordic Council Music Prize, to the great oratorio Dante Anarca and Symphony No. 4, premièred by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2007. He continued writing chamber music throughout his life, however, and the Trio from 2010 was to become one of his last works. Specializing in contemporary music, the seven members of Norrbotten NEO have devised a programme that includes the first recordings on CD of Notturno and the Trio for violin, vibraphone and piano, and at the same time offers the possibility of following a unique voice in contemporary music over the course of four decades.

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Pärt: Live

Pärt: Live


Pärt:

Collage on B-A-C-H

Robert King

Seven Magnificat Antiphons

Peter Dijkstra

Cecilia, vergine romana for mixed choir and orchestra

Ulf Schirmer

Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

Ulf Schirmer

Litany

Marcello Viotti


Arvo Pärt, who was born in Estonia in 1935, has succeeded in bringing sacred music back to a broader audience, and away from the confines of the church service, more than almost any other contemporary composer. The meditative character of his works, and his return to the simplest and most basic musical forms, convey moments of intense spirituality. Even before his emigration from the Soviet Union to Austria and then to Germany, Pärt had already invented what he termed the tintinnabuli style of composition (from the Latin word for a bell). He produced an early and important example of this style in 1977 with the "Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten", scored for string orchestra and bell, and it is also a key feature of the three great choral works that form the greater part of this new BR-KLASSIK CD "Arvo Pärt: Live", namely the "Seven Magnificat Antiphons" for mixed choir a capella, the large-scale oratorio "Cecilia, vergine romana" for mixed choir and orchestra, and the vocal work „Litany – Prayers of St John Chrysostom for Each Hour of the Day and Night” for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra. Also included on this CD is the "Collage on B-A-C-H" for strings, oboe, harpsichord and piano. Composed in 1964, before Pärt's aesthetic reorientation, it is one of his most famous works. Despite its radical reduction of means of expression, Pärt's music demands the greatest care in execution from those performing it – and this has been masterfully realized in the present recording by the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, whose combined and homogenous sound is a direct result of their regular cooperation. Ulf Schirmer, Marcello Viotti und the choir's current artistic director Peter Dijkstra here demonstrate their deep familiarity with the subtle sound-world of Arvo Pärt.These live recordings were made at Munich concerts in July 2000, February and December 2005, and January and October 2011, all of which received public and critical acclaim.

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Maestro Corelli’s Violins

Maestro Corelli’s Violins


Montanari:

Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 2

Concerto No. 6 in E flat major, Op. 1

Concerto No. 7 in E major, Op. 1

Valentini, Giuseppe:

Concerto in A minor, Op. 7, No. 11


The musical influence of the famous Arcangelo Corelli is witnessed in this set of recordings of unjustly neglected concertos by three of his pupils.

The variety of these works is captured by the period instruments of the critically acclaimed baroque ensemble Collegium Musicum 90 under the direction of its founder, Simon Standage, who is also soloist here.

The album reveals Corelli’s influence, from a style of execution that was of vital importance to the development of violin playing to a compositional manner that, in establishing the pre-eminence of the violin, proved central to the development of the modern genres of sonata and concerto. Under its exclusive contract with Chandos, Collegium Musicum 90 has made more than sixty CDs, forty of them with Simon Standage.

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Strauss in St Petersburg

Strauss in St Petersburg


Smirnitskaya:

Erste Liebe, Op. 14

Strauss, J, II:

Newa-Polka Francaise, Op. 288

Persischer Marsch, Op. 289

Russischer Marsch

Grossfurstin Alexandra, Op. 181

Olga-Polka, Op. 196

Alexandrine-Polka francaise, Op. 198

Abschied von St. Petersburg, Walzer, Op. 210

Bauern-Polka, Op. 276

Grossfursten-Marsch, Op. 107

Vergnügungszug, Op. 281

Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333

Kronungs-Marsch, Op. 183

Hofball-Quadrille, Op. 116

An der Wolga - Polka mazurka, Op. 425

St. Petersburg (Quadrille on Russian Themes), Op. 255

Auf zum Tanze! Polka schnell, Op. 436

Russischer Marsch-Fantasie, Op. 353

Alexander, Op. 33

Pizzicato Polka


This is a double-anniversary disc, offering a rare collection of lively works to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra as well as the eightieth birthday of its principal conductor, Neeme Järvi.

Cheerful marches and dances here trace the career of Johann Strauss II as it manifested itself in his much acclaimed seasons in St Petersburg, at the ‘Russian summer’ concerts in the Vauxhall pavilion in Pavlovsk, where he appeared for eleven seasons (1856 – 65 and 1869), ten of them consecutively. It is an unmissable start to a year-long celebration for Neeme Järvi that will include concerts, promotions, and other CD releases.

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Antheil: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

Antheil: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1


Antheil:

Symphony No. 4

Symphony No. 5 'Joyous'

Over the Plains

Premiere Recording


Alongside its ongoing much-lauded Copland series, the BBC Philharmonic embarks on a new American journey, this time with its chief guest conductor, John Storgårds.

Known as the ‘bad boy of music’, George Antheil began his career with a reputation as an enfant terrible, composing shockingly avant-garde works such as his ever-popular Ballet mécanique, inspired by the dynamism and dissonances of Stravinsky’s early ballets. Although he is well-established on the film music scene, too, it is his symphonic output – sampled here – that today survives in the concert hall.

This new series documents the evolution of his musical style, which moved towards a fundamentally tonal and melody-based idiom, Antheil joining the growing ranks of famous US symphonists. The war-inspired Fourth Symphony and ‘joyous’ Fifth clearly represent this compositional shift, breaking with what the composer called the ‘now passé’ modernism.

Also here is the premiere recording of the Texas-inspired Over the Plains, memorable for its allusions to cowboy music and offering some unexpectedly dramatic and atmospheric twists along the way.

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Haydn: Piano Sonatas Volume 6

Haydn: Piano Sonatas Volume 6


Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Hob.XVI:2

Piano Sonata No. 34 in D major, Hob.XVI:33

Piano Sonata No. 35 in A flat major, Hob.XVI:43

Piano Sonata No. 36 in C major, Hob.XVI:21

Piano Sonata No. 43 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:28


The highly acclaimed series of Haydn’s complete piano sonatas with multi-award winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has now reached Volume 6.

This set opens with the most imposing of Haydn’s early sonatas, No. 11, and follows it with two lesser-known ones, both from the late 1770s, that were published without the composer’s approval: Nos 34 and 35. Each of Nos 36 and 43, the last two featured here, opens a new group of six sonatas, and a new world in Haydn’s compositional style. Future volumes will continue to explore the huge variety of style and expression found in Haydn’s sonatas. As usual, the pianist conveys his personal views in the booklet notes, praising ‘the generally very short phrases typical of Haydn, the abundant touches of humour, the surprises, the embellishments’, and adding: ‘The five sonatas in this programme are not among the most well known. But what treasures they conceal!... I am delighted to dedicate this disc to Professor Ernő Nemecz with whom I have shared a love for Haydn’s music for thirty-five years.’

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Rutter: Magnificat

Rutter: Magnificat


Rutter’s Magnificat for soprano soloist, choir, and orchestra was written in 1990. The text, based on the prayer ascribed by St Luke to the Virgin Mary on learning that she was to give birth to Christ, is extended by the interpolation of Marian prayers and poems chosen by the composer.

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The Selva morale e spirituale Collection

The Selva morale e spirituale Collection

Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth


Without doubt, Monteverdi was the greatest of the early baroque composers. He revolutionised the music of the theatre and the church with his dramatic and imaginative use of voices and instruments and with his daring harmonies and rhythms. Next to his Vespers of 1610, the Selva morale e spirituale of 1641 is his most significant and virtuosic collection of sacred music.

This boxed set, released to celebrate Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary, includes all three volumes of The Sixteen’s celebrated recordings of the anthology.

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Coro Monteverdi Selva Morale e Spirituale - COR16156

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Gade: Chamber Works, Vol. 3

Gade: Chamber Works, Vol. 3


Gade, N:

Octet in F major, Op. 17

Ensemble MidtVest

Unfinished String Quartet in F major

Danish String Quartet

Allegro in A minor for string quartet

Danish String Quartet


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