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Schumann, Kurtág & Berg: String Quartets

Schumann, Kurtág & Berg: String Quartets


Berg:

Lyric Suite - for string quartet (1926)

Kurtág:

Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánsky, Op. 28

Schumann:

String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41 No. 3


Quartet Gerhard

harmonia nova #4

‘Our quartet is a story of friendship. We know each other since our childhood and we always have shared the passion for playing music and learning.

That decided us one day, around six years ago, to make playing quartets the main endeavour of our lives - because our common ardour was strong and because the differences between our personalities make our music making more vivid.

Robert Gerhard was a Catalan composer - he was born in Valls, which is very near our birth place in Catalunya - and he was a pupil of Schoenberg at the beginning of the XXth century. Thanks to Gerhard, people like Webern, or Schoenberg himself, were visiting Barcelona very often. One can read in their correspondence how amazed they were about the city and the culture at that time, just before the civil war and fascism killed any progress in Spain.

That’s why we took the name of Gerhard, because he was a resolute man; he joined the avantgarde movement of that time and he fought for his idea of music in a way we identify with.’

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Harmonia Mundi harmonia#nova - HMN916108

(CD)

$8.00

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Bruno Philippe & Tanguy de Williencourt

Bruno Philippe & Tanguy de Williencourt


Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'

transcribed for cello and piano by Carl Czerny

Schubert:

Nacht und Träume, D827

transcribed for cello and piano

Der Jungling und der Tod, D545 (Spaun)

transcribed for cello and piano

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

transcribed for cello and piano

Ständchen 'Horch! Horch! die Lerch!', D889

transcribed for cello and piano


Bruno Philippe (cello Tononi) & Tanguy de Williencourt (Steinway piano)

harmonia nova #5

Bruno Philippe has studied with David Geringas, Steven Isserliss, Gary Hoffman, Pieter Wispelwey and Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Since October 2014, he has been studying as a young soloist at the Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. He has won many competitions and in 2017, he is laureate of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels.

During the next few months, Bruno Philippe can be seen in concertos, above all with the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt and Orchesterakademy of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

His first album, devoted to Brahms’s Sonatas, recorded with the pianist Tanguy de Williencourt for the Evidence Classic label, came out in 2015. Now in 2017 he joins the label Harmonia Mundi and releases this new album around Beethoven and Schubert’s sonatas, with Tanguy de Williencourt. Tanguy de Williencourt studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Roger Muraro, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Claire Désert, and obtained a Masters in piano and accompaniment with distinction. He is now on the Artist Diploma Programme. Studying lieder and mélodies with Jeff Cohen and Anne le Bozec, and orchestral conducting with Nicolas Brochot and George Pehlivanian, he won the 2008 Yamaha Competition, was runner-up in the 2013 Fauré Competition, and he received bursaries from the Or du Rhin, Blüthner and Meyer Foundations. He has recorded for both Evidence classics and Mirare.

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Harmonia Mundi harmonia#nova - HMN916109

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All That The Man Left Behind When He Died

All That The Man Left Behind When He Died


Daichi Fujiki (counter-tenor)

A rising star among countertenors.

A recital of classical 'standards' and famous Japanese songs.

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King Records - KKC046

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$16.50

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Tempus est Locundum

Tempus est Locundum


En mai la roussee

Como podem per sas culpas

Nas mentes sempre teer

Como Deus / A que avondou

C'est la fin, quoi que nous die

Saltarello

Danza Real

Saltarello

Ich was ein chint so wolgetan

Estampida Real

Kalenda Maia

Chansoneta tedesca

Ventanas altas

Sic mea fata


Artefactum

The work by Arte Factum, joined by Francisco Orozco, once again offers us a panorama of profane music from the late Middle Ages, together with some of the Cantigas de Santa María, compiled by Alfonso X. We have dances, estampidas and saltarellos, troubadour songs, such as the beautiful Kalenda Maia by Rimbaut de Vaqueiras, finishing the trip through time with the famous Sephardi romanza Ventanas altas, ­without forgetting Carmina Burana and the Cantigas de Santa María of King Alfonso the Wise. Thus, we travel down four centuries of European music. A long ­period of time, from the 12th to the 15th century, when purely ­instrumental music arose, a time which saw unprecedented development of musical instruments. At all times under the primacy of the human voice, the only instrument capable of conveying melody and words, we find the first instrumental dances, sadly with no indication of the type of instrument, which would lead to the first ­compositions for keyboards in Italy in the late 14th ­century. This repertoire, which consisted of melodic lines, with no indication of the instrumentation, is one of the greatest challenges facing musicians specialised in medieval music.

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Lindoro - NL3035

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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande


Christian Gerhaher (Pelléas), Magdalena Kožená (Mélisande), Bernarda Fink (Geneviève), Franz-Josef Selig (Arkel), Gerald Finley (Golaud), Elias Mädler (Yniold), Joshua Bloom ((Shepherd/Doctor)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle leads an all-star cast in this highly-anticipated new recording of Debussy s evocative opera Pelléas et Mélisande. It was captured in January 2016 during performances of an innovative collaboration between Rattle and Peter Sellars, two of the boldest creative minds in music and theatre today. Supported by the London Symphony Chorus, prepared by renowned choral director Simon Halsey, it is a moving statement of intent for Rattle s tenure as LSO Music Director. The plot, a love triangle between Prince Golaud, his wife Mélisande and his brother Pelléas, is shrouded in mystery and full of gripping twists and emotion-filled turns, ultimately ending in Pelléas untimely death. The sensuous score contains some of Debussy s most exquisite music and perfectly crystalises the atmosphere of Maeterlinck s original play. Debussy himself explained the appeal of the work: The drama of Pelléas which, despite its dream like atmosphere, contains far more humanity than those so-called 'real life documents', seemed to suit my intentions admirably. In it there is an evocative language whose sensitivity could be extended into music and into the orchestral backcloth.

Concert reviews:

***** "Watch out for the live recording on LSO Live" Richard Morrison, The Times

**** "Irresistible...the performance was being recorded for LSO Live. I shall be first in the queue to buy it." Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

**** "Rattle s relationship with this score is a long one, and it unfolds here in spontaneous, giddy arcs...picked out in gilded detail by the musicians of the LSO." Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk

**** "Rattle's conducting was immaculate... the performance has made me think about the work again, wondering how far I should prod that glorious surface to see what lies beneath." The Spectator

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LSO Live - LSO0790

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


The names of Gustav Mahler and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra are inseparable. Willem Mengelberg's pioneering work and Mahler's own guest performances with the orchestra have laid the foundations for the Dutch Mahler cult and the RCO's Mahler tradition that flourished ever since. During the past years, Daniele Gatti has conducted strong and spectacular performances of four Mahler symphonies as a guest conductor. After the Fifth, Ninth, Sixth and Third, Gatti's first Mahler symphony as chief conductor was the Second Symphony.

This recording marks the start of a new RCO Live Mahler cycle with Daniele Gatti.

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RCO Live - RCO17003

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


The names of Gustav Mahler and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra are inseparable. Willem Mengelberg's pioneering work and Mahler's own guest performances with the orchestra have laid the foundations for the Dutch Mahler cult and the RCO's Mahler tradition that flourished ever since. During the past years, Daniele Gatti has conducted strong and spectacular performances of four Mahler symphonies as a guest conductor. After the Fifth, Ninth, Sixth and Third, Gatti's first Mahler symphony as chief conductor was the Second Symphony.

This recording marks the start of a new RCO Live Mahler cycle with Daniele Gatti.

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RCO Live - RCO17108

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


The names of Gustav Mahler and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra are inseparable. Willem Mengelberg's pioneering work and Mahler's own guest performances with the orchestra have laid the foundations for the Dutch Mahler cult and the RCO's Mahler tradition that flourished ever since. During the past years, Daniele Gatti has conducted strong and spectacular performances of four Mahler symphonies as a guest conductor. After the Fifth, Ninth, Sixth and Third, Gatti's first Mahler symphony as chief conductor was the Second Symphony.

This recording marks the start of a new RCO Live Mahler cycle with Daniele Gatti.

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RCO Live - RCO17109

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Fricker: Symphonies Nos. 1-4

Fricker: Symphonies Nos. 1-4


Fricker:

Rondo Scherzoso for orchestra

Bryden Thomson

Symphony No. 1, Op. 9

Bryden Thomson

Symphony No. 2, Op. 14

Albert Rosen

Symphony No. 3, Op. 36

Edward Downes

Symphony No. 4, Op. 43

Maurice Handford

Comedy Overture

Albert Rosen


BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra

‘For me music is as exciting as a sporting event. I wish that … critics and public could get as worked up about new music as they do about football and cricket’. This cri de coeur from composer Peter Racine Fricker (1920-1990) captures the passion and conviction with which he approached his craft. Fricker was born on 5 September 1920 in Ealing, London. He was educated at St. Paul’s School, London and entered the Royal College of Music in 1937. Upon demobilisation he resumed formal composition lessons with the Hungarian émigré composer Mátyás Seiber, who had lived in England since 1935. In 1952 he was appointed musical director of Morley College (succeeding Michael Tippett) and held this post for the next 12 years. During this period he was also a Professor of Composition at the RCM. Fricker was the first British composer to make his reputation entirely after World War II. Among the first composers in Britain to be influenced by the music of Béla Bartók, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, Fricker assimilated aspects of their very different styles into a distinctive voice of his own. He proceeded to build an impressive body of work in his highly expressive, urbane and freely atonal language.

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Lyrita - REAM2136

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$15.25

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Rimsky Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan

Rimsky Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan


Albina Shagimuratova, Irina Churilova, Edward Tsanga, Mikhail Vekua, Elena Vitman

Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev

As a companion to 'The Golden Cockerel', Valery Gergiev presents a second Rimsky-Korsakov opera on the Mariinsky Label, 'The Tale of Tsar Saltan'. Rarely staged and the only complete performance available on Blu-ray or DVD, this release is part of Valery Gergiev’s mission to showcase the breadth and depth that Russian music has to offer, capturing Rimsky-Korsakov’s adventurous and magical work for posterity. This production features a cast of the Mariinsky’s finest singers, including sopranos Irina Churilova, as Tsaritsa Militrisa, and Albina Shagimuratova as The Swan-Princess; and bass-baritone Edward Tsanga, who died suddenly in early 2017, in the lead role.

Originally composed to celebrate Pushkin’s centenary, the full title of the work - 'The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of His Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan' - is indicative of the fantastical content of the opera. It is an old-fashioned Russian treat for the eyes and the ears from the country’s most long-standing musical institution. Filled with colourful music, typical of Rimsky-Korsakov’s style, it is also the source of the instantly-recognisable 'Flight of the Bumblebee', which arrives when the magic Swan-Princess changes Prince Gvidon Saltanovich into an insect.

"A rare old-fashioned Russian treat for the eyes and the ears", British Theatre Guide

"This tale, of Tsar Saltan and the others, is truly fantastic"

Classical Source

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Mariinsky - MAR0597

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