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Music for Strings

Music for Strings


Brass:

Etchings for string quartet

Rihm:

Quartettstudie

Salonen:

Knock, Breathe, Shine

Sawer:

Parthenope for Solo Viola

Shchedrin:

Lyric Scenes for string quartet

Staud:

Towards a Brighter Hue for solo violin (2004)

Tüür:

Lost Prayers - String Quartet No. 2


Korbinian Altenberger (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola) & Tristan Cornut (violoncello)

Apollon Musagète Quartett, Armida Quartett, Quartet Amabile, Quatuor Ébène

This CD documents compositions for strings that were commissioned from contemporary composers by the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and per-formed between 2004-16 by the prestigious competition’s prizewinners - both by soloists (violin, viola and cello solo) as well as string quartets. The recorded literature thus reflects the very latest status of the compositional repertoire for precisely these performance combinations. In the Competition, a contemporary work is always obli-gatory; it has to be specially created for the competition by renowned composers, and undergoes several different interpretations during the course of the competition - an invaluable opportunity for listeners to experience the most recent works in interpre-tations that often differ greatly. Since it is not always the first-prize winners who offer the “best interpretation of the commissioned work", a special prize is conferred for particularly excellent interpretations. It is also remarkable that the various award winners have gone through an astonishing development, and are now extremely successful on the international concert stage. The highly varied programme on this CD includes compositions by R. Shchedrin, N. Brass, W. Rihm, E.-P. Salonen, E.-S. Tüür, D. Sawer and J. Maria Staud. This is a representative cross-section of the current repertoire of contemporary music for strings, providing convincing proof of the high quality of musicianship among these young performers.

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BR Klassik - 900715

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$15.00

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Complete Crumb Edition, Vol. 18

Complete Crumb Edition, Vol. 18

The Yellow Moon of Andalusia and other works


Crumb, G:

The Yellow Moon of Andalusia

premiere recording

Tony Arnold (soprano) & Marcantonio Barone (piano)

Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik

Marcantonio Barone (piano)

Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos IV)

premiere recording, revised version

Steven Beck, Susan Grace (piano four-hands)

Yesteryear

premiere recording

Tony Arnold (soprano), Marcantonio Barone (amplified piano), David Nelson, William Kerrigan (percussion)


Volume 18 of Bridge's Complete Crumb Edition features premiere recordings of two recent works (The Yellow Moon of Andalusia and Yesteryear) as well the premiere recording of the recently revised version of a Crumb classic, Celestial Mechanics. Crumb returns to his favourite poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, for The Yellow Moon of Andalusia, six settings of English translations of Lorca's work. The performance features the work's dedicatees, the brilliant American soprano Tony Arnold, and the superb pianist, Marcantonio Barone. Mr. Barone follows with Crumb's 'Thelonious Monk variations' for solo piano, Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik. Crumb was never satisfied with the ending of Celestial Mechanics and re-wrote it in 2012, recorded here for the first time. Yesteryear is a vocalise for soprano and three players, dedicated to Ms. Arnold. Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer George Crumb, now in his 88th year, continues to compose highly expressive, colourful and dramatic music. This new recording is a must-hear for all fans of a unique voice in contemporary music.

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Bridge George Crumb Edition - BRIDGE9476

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$16.00

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Telemann: Complete Trio Sonatas with Recorder and Violin

Telemann: Complete Trio Sonatas with Recorder and Violin


Telemann:

Trio Sonata in C major, TWV 42:C2

Trio TWV 42:a4 in A minor

Fantaisie in D minor, TVW 33:2

Trio Sonata in F major, TWV 42:F6

Trio TWV 42:B4 in B flat major for recorder, harpsichord & b.c.

Trio Sonata in F major, TWV 42:F3

Trio Sonata in D minor, TWV42:d7

Fantasia for harpsichord No. 8 in G minor, TWV 33:8

Trio Sonata in D major, TWV 42:D9

Trio Sonata in G minor, TWV42:g9


Steven Devine (solo harpsichord/conductor), Emma Purphy (alto recorder, voice flute) & Susanna Pell (treble viol, bass viol)

Da Camera

The specialist early-music ensemble Da Camera marks the 250th anniversary of Telemanns death with this unique recording of original trio sonatas involving recorder and viol. These are among the greatest pieces Telemann ever composed. As he wrote in 1740: "how could I possibly remember everything I composed for strings and winds? I particularly devoted myself to the composing of trios. People even flattered me as having done my best work here." The musicians of Da Camera heartily agree. The ingenuity and variety of music, structures, and instrumental ensemble, combined with fascinating notes by the recorder player Emma Murphy, make this album a must-have for everyone, from Telemann's many enthusiasts to those curious about early music.

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Chandos Chaconne - CHAN0817

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$15.00

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Louis Lortie plays Chopin Volume 5

Louis Lortie plays Chopin Volume 5


Chopin:

Mazurkas (5), Op. 7

Polonaise No. 1 in C sharp minor, Op. 26 No. 1

Mazurkas (4), Op. 33

Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 No. 2

Mazurkas (3), Op. 59

Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44

Allegro de Concert in A major Op. 46


Louis Lortie (piano)

Louis Lortie’s Chopin series is achieving landmark status, as confirmed by the increasingly enthusiastic reviews of progressive volumes. This fifth one sumptuously highlights the Polish influences in Chopin’s music, offering gems from among the mazurkas and polonaises. Relatively brief in duration and simple in structure, the mazurkas reveal other aspect of Chopin’s music: quirky melodies, strangely chromatic harmonies, oddly accented rhythms, irregular phrase lengths, and wildly contrasting keyboard textures. They represent a fascinating part of Chopin’s output, for audiences and pianists alike. The vigour of the polonaises featured here, including the first two to be published, confirms Chopin as a radical, yet idiomatic transformer of the genre. The Allegro de concert, which Chopin was said to have kept for his projected return to ‘a free Warsaw’, is another link to his beloved country.

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Chandos Louis Lortie plays Chopin - CHAN10943

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Leó Weiner: Five Divertimentos & Serenade

Leó Weiner: Five Divertimentos & Serenade


Weiner, Leó:

Divertimento No. 1 (Old Hungarian Dances), Op. 20

Divertimento No. 2 (Hungarian Folk Tunes), Op. 24

Divertimento No. 3, Op. 25

Divertimento No. 4, Op. 38

Divertimento No. 5, Op. 39

Serenade in F minor, Op. 3


Within his extended discography, Neeme Järvi has explored the work of some magnificent Eastern European composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, recently including Suchon and Scharwenka. He here reveals the delightful, witty Hungarian style of Leó Weiner, who found inspiration in the music of Bartók, his near contemporary, and taught such great figures of the Hungarian musical scene as Solti and Doráti, but also Kurtág. While ‘Hungarian style’ had been defined by Brahms and Liszt, Weiner gave it a personal slant with his clarity of scoring, featuring characterful solos for woodwinds and trumpet that have led commentators to register the influence of Bizet. Throughout these recordings of the five Divertimentos and the Serenade, some of the works new to the catalogue, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor encapsulate the freshness and fluidity of engaging, yet too rarely performed compositions.

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Chandos - CHAN10959

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Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica, Four Last Songs & Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra

Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica, Four Last Songs & Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra


Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 7 'Sinfonia antartica'

Mari Eriksmoen (soprano)

Piano Concerto in C for two pianos

Louis Lortie, Hélène Mercier (pianos)

Four Last Songs

Roderick Williams (baritone)


This is the eagerly awaited final volume in our historic series of Vaughan Williams’s Symphonies, started about twenty-five years ago by the late Richard Hickox, and recently continued by that other expert in British repertoire, Sir Andrew Davis. The album features an exceptional cast and a rare combination of repertoire. While the indefatigable piano duo Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier tackle the virtuosic Double Piano Concerto, the baritone Roderick Williams OBE offers breathtaking interpretations of the rarely heard, yet passionate Four Last Songs, in Anthony Payne’s delicate and imaginative orchestration, premiered at the BBC Proms only four years ago. Vaughan Williams based the disc’s centrepiece, the majestic Sinfonia Antartica, on music he had written for the film Scott of the Antarctic only a few years before, stunningly evoking the implacable, frozen landscape of the Antarctic. All are supported by the impeccable Bergen orchestra and choirs and recorded in surround-sound. This album is a very special one, as is the now complete series.

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Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Chandos - CHSA5186

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Kara Karayev: Seven Beauties Suite and other works

Kara Karayev: Seven Beauties Suite and other works


Karayev:

Seven Beauties: Suite from the ballet

Leyla and Mejnun

Don Quixote (Symphonic Engravings)

In the Path of Thunder: Lullaby


This set of idiomatically lyrical, rhythmic, and colourful interpretations by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits, who appears on Chandos for the first time, marks the start of a new series dedicated to lesserknown composers from former Soviet Union countries. The Azerbaijani composer, teacher, folklore authority, and artistic dynamo Kara Karayev was at the forefront of his country’s musical life for almost four decades after the end of the Second World War, recognised as among the significant composers of the post-war Soviet Union. His compositions draw their material from his nation’s folk music as well as his personal voice, which emanated from Shostakovich and Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky’s ballets, and the fantasy operas of Rimsky-Korsakov. At the dawn of Karayev’s centenary, Kirill Karabits pays homage to the composer by exploring some of his best-known works: the Persian-inspired orchestral suite The Seven Beauties (later expanded into a full-length ballet), a movement from the ballet The Path of Thunder, the exuberant Don Quixote (drawing on music for a film), as well as the symphonic poem Leyla and Mejnun, after a poem which Byron called ‘the Romeo and Juliet of the East’.

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Super Audio CD

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Chandos - CHSA5203

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Spiegel: Ragazze Quartet

Spiegel: Ragazze Quartet


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

Mendelssohn:

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13


Ragazze Quartet

‘Two works from the very heart of the string quartet repertoire, and related to one another in a special way. Mendelssohn wrote his string quartet a few months after Beethoven’s death and it clearly shows that he was strongly inspired by Beethoven’s late string quartets, specifically his opus 132. Not just the key but also the form and the thematic material show many resemblances. The two works seem to us to be a diptych; they mirror one another. The reflection isn’t a crystal clear one, but it shows the connection between two heavyweights. It's the indescribable greatness and depth of this music which years ago awoke our desire to play quartets and still drives us today. These are works which will never be 'finished'. They'll always go on developing and ripening in our minds, to be played as new at each concert.’ Ragazze Quartet.

The Ragazze Quartet plays classical and contemporary string quartet repertoire and is acclaimed for its musical enthusiasm, talent, versatility and dynamic presentation. The quartet collaborates with and performs alongside composers, musicians and artists working in a variety of disciplines and genres. While grounded firmly in the classical music tradition, the Ragazze Quartet is always in search of the ultimate crossover, where the different disciplines are approached as equals, complementing and elevating one another.

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Channel - CCS39317

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$15.50

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Mårten Jansson: Choral Works

Mårten Jansson: Choral Works


Jansson, M:

Far (Father) No. 2 from I Guds Ljus (In The Light Of God)

Mörkblå tillit (Dark Blue Trust)

Triptyk (Triptych)

The Choirmaster's Burial

Maria (IV) Här är din himmel (Mary (IV) Here is Thy Heaven)

Miss Popularis


Chantage, Classical Pop-Ups Strings, James Davey

“My music is my own and I have never tried to be original. That has always been my motto and I have only tried to use music to express all the feelings life consists of. This has led people to describe my music as both ‘so sad that it sounds like birds who have lost their wings’ and ‘the happiest classical music we ever heard’. I have also always preferred beautiful music to atonal music and that is surely the reason why the most part of my music is more on the sad side – but what a dream it would be to be able to create beautiful music that’s bubbling over with joy! My compositions consist of almost only sacred music. This is to express my own faith but also my appreciation and respect for the timeless texts that have been used across the centuries. I have also been truly blessed to work with texts specifically written for me. On this CD you will find some of these collaborations featuring poems from Einar Askestad and Kerstin Dillmar. “This new CD with a selection of my works brilliantly recorded by Chantage and Classical PopUps under the direction of James Davey. What started a little over two years ago as a simple email has now come to fruition and I am so humbled and thankful for all the work and love that the ensemble has put into this. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy it too!” - Mårten Jansson

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Chantage - CTG004

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$12.75

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Ferenc Farkas: Orchestral Music, Volume Five

Ferenc Farkas: Orchestral Music, Volume Five


Farkas:

Symphonic Overture

Elegia

Piano Concertino

Planctus et consolationes

Dances from the Mátra


Gábor Farkas (piano)

MAV Symphony Orchestra, Gábor Takács-Nagy

The Toccata Classics survey of the music of the Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas (19052000) continues with this fifth album of his orchestral music. Earlier releases have presented the lighter side of his music, with its quasi-Baroque textures and buoyant good humour, but this one shows Farkas working on a larger scale and in generally darker mood. Here he uses the full resources of the symphony orchestra in a number of powerful and dramatic works, including two movements from a symphony that he later withdrew and an orchestration of Liszts Funérailles. A lighter bonne bouche the Dances from the Mátra, rather like Kodálys Dances from Gálanta rounds things off.

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Toccata Classics Ferenc Farkas: Orchestral Music - TOCC0286

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$16.00

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