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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe


Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé

Une barque sur l'océan (orchestral version)

Pavane pour une infante défunte


Sensuous, lushly evocative and intricately constructed, Maurice Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe is widely regarded as his greatest orchestral masterpiece and one of the 20th century's finest ballet scores. This vast musical fresco with its shimmering harmonies and spectacular conclusion is compellingly realised by Gustavo Gimeno and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg The album also contains the haunting and exquisite Pavane pour une infante defunte and the vividly scored Une barque sur l'ocean.

Stravinsky regarded Daphnis et Chlotias "not only Ravel's best work, but also one of the most beautiful products of French music" and it's easy to see why. Written with consummate finesse for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, this "choreographic symphony" is an intoxicating blend of warm, seductive harmonies and passionate intensity, realised on a large orchestral canvas. This is Gustavo Gimeno's third recording with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) for PENTATONE following two releases in May 2017 of orchestral works by Bruckner and Shostakovich. A further six projects are planned in the coming years. "We're very excited to make this multi-album collaboration with PENTATONE part of the artistic journey of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Gustavo Gimeno," writes Matthew Studdert-Kennedy, Head of Artistic Planning at the OPL.

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Tippet Rise OPUS 2016: Domo

Tippet Rise OPUS 2016: Domo


Abril:

Piezas amantinas (3): No. 2

Canciones de amor (7): No. 6, Pero me quedé sin ti

Tippet Rise Songs: No. 2 'Piano Maker'

Brocal:

Souvenirs

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53

Symphony No. 4 - 'Le Poème de l'extase', Op. 54

arr. for 2 pianos and trumpet

Stravinsky:

La semaine grasse


Yevgeny Subdin (piano), Emily Helenbrook (soprano), Christopher O’Riley (piano), Matt Haimovitz (cello), Jenny Chen (piano), Anne-Marie McDermott (piano), Stephen Hough (piano), Svetlana Smolina (piano), Elmer Churampi (trumpet)

New from the PENTATONE Oxingale Series, Tippet Rise OPUS 2016: Domo is a live recording birthed from the inaugural season at the Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail Montana. The center's intimate concert space is set on a 10,260-acre working sheep and cattle ranch dotted with majestic largescale sculptures—all nestled against the backdrop of the Beartooth Mountains. The inspiration of artists Cathy and Peter Halstead, Tippet Rise celebrates the concept that art, music, architecture, and nature are inextricably linked in the human experience, each amplifying the other.

In music by Scriabin, Chopin, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, and Anton Garcia Abril; and through extraordinary performances by pianists Yevgeny Sudbin, Svetlana Smolina, Christopher O'Riley, Anne-Marie McDermott, Stephen Hough, Jenny Chen and Julien Brocal; cellist Matt Haimovitz, trumpeter Elmer Churampi, and soprano Emily Helenbrook, Tippet Rise OPUS 2016 presents a cornucopia of virtuosity, fantasy, and transcendence.

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Hildegard Von Bingen: Ego Sum Homo

Hildegard Von Bingen: Ego Sum Homo


Hildegard:

O Jerusalem aurea civitatis, sequence to St Rupert

O tu illustrata

Kyrieleison

For the Creator (O Quam Mirabilis)

Conductus praemii dilatio

Cum vox sanguinis

O spectabilis viri

Nunc gaudeant

Conductus flos in monte cernitur

O Beata Infantia

Ave Maria

Divine Love (Karitas Habundat)

Conductus Deus misertus hominis

Ordo Virtutum

Psalm 8, 'Domine, Dominus noster'


Tiburtina Ensemble, Barbora Kabatkova

The dramaturgy of the project is inspired by the life philosophy of Hildegard von Bingen as is preserved in her musical and literary work. On the one hand we can perceive Hildegard as a mystic and saint woman, on the other hand as a strong abbess and politically gifted person. Those two points of view are the most important in the interpretation of her concept of human being. Her music and visions are full of humanity and divinity as well, it inspires me to call the concert programme “Ego sum homo” (I’m the man). The female vocal ensemble, Tiburtina, was established in 2008 from former members of the Schola Benedicta ensemble. It is built on its tradition and goes on to interpret western plainchant, medieval polyphonic music and contemporary music.

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Think Subtilior

Think Subtilior


Santenay

The Ensemble Santenay invites us on an enthralling journey through the French Ars Subtilior [trans “more subtle art”] repertory of the fourteenth century. These pieces with their often esoteric texts are presented here as a genuine sound project. Just as works of art are framed with the greatest care, the musicians have devised sound frames for the compositions on this album, in order to introduce them, link them with each other, take them further than usual, and above all make sure our ears and our consciousness are alert at the moment when the art makes its appearance. These sonic atmospheres are realised with the aid of sounds produced by instruments, scraps of pieces of music, sometimes a single voice. Santenay sets Medieval and Early Renaissance music on instruments typical for the period, that is, on the recorder, the vielle, the lute and the organetto. In the original manuscripts there are no indications of instrumentation; therefore it is open to the musicians to decide on the most suitable instrument for each part.

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Joshua Bell: The Classical Collection

Joshua Bell: The Classical Collection


Bach, J S:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E, BWV1006: Gavotte

Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Camerata Salzburg, Sir Roger Norrington

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Bernstein:

West Side Story Suite

Philharmonia Orchestra, David Zinman

Lonely Town (from On the Town)

Philharmonia Orchestra, David Zinman

Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide)

Philharmonia Orchestra, David Zinman

Serenade (after Plato's 'Symposium')

Philharmonia Orchestra, David Zinman

New York, New York (from On the Town)

Philharmonia Orchestra, David Zinman

Bizet:

Je crois entendre encore (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Borodin:

String Quartet No. 2: 3rd Movement (Notturno)

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Brahms:

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

Steven Isserlis (cello)

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8

Steven Isserlis (cello), Jeremy Denk (piano)

Corigliano, J:

The Red Violin Concerto

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop

Sonata for Violin and Piano

Jeremy Denk (piano)

Debussy:

La fille aux cheveux de lin (Leconte de Lisle)

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Beau Soir

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Donizetti:

Una furtiva lagrima (from L'elisir d'amore)

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Dvorak:

Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55 No. 4

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Falla:

Nana (No. 5 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Fauré:

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Berceuse, Op. 16

Jeremy Denk (piano)

Franck, C:

Violin Sonata in A major

Jeremy Denk (piano)

Gershwin:

Porgy and Bess Fantasy

London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams

Preludes (3)

John Williams (piano)

I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy & An American in Paris)

John Williams (piano)

Embraceable You

John Williams (piano)

Nice Work If You Can Get It

John Williams (piano)

Liza

John Williams (piano)

But Not for Me

John Williams (piano)

Sweet and Low-Down

John Williams (piano)

Love Is Here to Stay

John Williams (piano)

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Goldmark:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 28

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Massenet:

Elégie

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Maw, N:

Violin Concerto

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Roger Norrington

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Camerata Salzburg, Sir Roger Norrington

Hexenlied, Op. 8 No. 8

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Monteverdi:

Pur ti miro (I gaze upon you) from L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Orff:

Carmina Burana: In trutina

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Ponce, M:

Estrellita

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Puccini:

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Ravel:

Violin Sonata in G major

Jeremy Denk (piano)

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75

Jeremy Denk (piano)

Schubert:

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Ave Maria, D839

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Träumerei

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23: II. Langsam

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Strauss, R:

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern

Tartini:

Violin Sonata in G minor 'Devil's Trill'

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Méditation in D minor

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas

Swan Lake: Danse Russe

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas

Sérénade Mélancolique for Violin & Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields


Joshua Bell (violin)

Sony Classical International proudly presents Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that Joshua has recorded for the label over the past twenty years. Displaying the unique breadth, versatility and breath-taking virtuosity, beguiling sensitivity and sheer tonal beauty that has made Bell an icon for audiences of all ages and musical tastes throughout the world, this new collection showcases Joshua Bell in cornerstones of the violin concerto repertoire, chamber music and concert pieces.

The repertoire in this career-spanning edition includes Bell’s 2008 recording of the Vivaldi Four Seasons with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which “…scorches and sizzles without ever falling prey to pyrotechnic vulgarity,” (ClassicsToday.com), the 2014 Bach release, also with the ASMF, which was celebrated as “…original and exceptionally executed…” by Gramophone, and two of Joshua’s most popular albums thus far, Romance of the Violin and Voice of the Violin, where the violinist regales us with “honeyed arrangements” (Fanfare) ranging from Monteverdi, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and Bellini to Dvořák, Debussy and Orff, with soprano Anna Netrebko joining the violinist for “a sensitive and touching performance of Richard Strauss’ ‘Morgen’” (Fanfare).

Other highlights from the collection include British composer Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, a work written for Bell in 1993, featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Roger Norrington, conductor; The Red Violin Concerto based on themes from John Corigliano’s score to the film The Red Violin, with the Philharmonia Orchestra London and Esa-Pekka Salonen and Leonard Bernstein’s cherished West Side Story Suite, also performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra London and David Zinman.

Rounding out this boxed set are Bell’s recordings of treasured masterpieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Gershwin, Ravel, and Sibelius – accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic and Michael Tilson Thomas, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Salzburg Camerata with Sir Roger Norrington and Bell’s close friends and regular chamber music partners, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk. Bell is also featured as a conductor in riveting performances of Beethoven’s Fourth and Seventh Symphonies with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

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Petr Eben: Labyrinth

Petr Eben: Labyrinth


Eben:

String Quartet 'Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart'

Piano Trio

Karel Košárek (piano)

Piano Quintet

Karel Košárek (piano)


Petr Eben was one of the most distinguished Czech composers of the second half of the 20th century. His music gained recognition far beyond the Iron Curtain and his homeland. Best known for organ and sacred works, his chamber pieces have – unjustly – been somewhat overlooked. Eben’s music reflects his fascinating life story. His harrowing experiences in concentration camps aged just 16 resulted in anemboldening of his Christian faith, approach to people and art alike Eben’s “programme” is most evident in the String Quartet (1981), written to commission for the Smetana Quartet and inspired by the allegorical work “The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart” by the famous 17th-century Czech philosopher, educator and theologian Jan Amos Komenský, in whom he saw a model for viewing this world: “not to be attached to it, to retain a critical view and distance, yet to dedicate one’s strengths with the aim to make it better and attain its redemption”.

Both the Piano Quintet (1992) and the Piano Trio (1986) clearly reveal their creator – Eben the superlative pianist. In them, the composer did not strive to make the instruments chime, opting instead for juxtaposing the sounds of the piano and the strings. The renowned Martinů Quartet (whose releases include the highly acclaimed CD of Sergey Taneyev’s complete quintets, SU 4176-2) and the pianist Karel Košárek have undertaken Eben’s quintet’s premiere recording and the quartet’s first modern-time recording since that made by the legendary Smetana Quartet.

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 20

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 20


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

version for string quartet

Doležal Quartet


Jan Bartos (piano)

Recorded in Prague at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum on 1 May 2013 (1-3) and at the Martinů Hall of the Music and Dance Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts on 21 May 2016.

“Jan Bartoš is one of my most impressive and most exciting young colleagues. In Jan Bartoš, virtuosity is coupled with deeply serious musicianship.” When such appreciation is voiced by the legendary pianist Alfred Brendel, we should prick up our ears. In addition to Brendel, Bartoš has been most markedly influenced by his friend and teacher, the phenomenal Czech pianist Ivan Moravec.

Numerous accolades from international competitions, acclaimed performances at major concert venues all over the world (including Carnegie Hall) and collaboration with renowned orchestras and conductors have been further milestones on Bartoš’s journey through the musical landscape.

With regard to the two mentors, his having opted for Mozart’s music for his Supraphon debut album comes as no surprise. Although referred to by some as “naïve” and “overly simple”, Jan Bartoš uncovers the deepest layers of the architecture of and the emotions encoded in Mozart’s works. Together with the conductor, the late Jiří Bělohlávek, the pianist guides the listener through the ominous, demonic even, Concerto in D minor like through a mystery story. The more joyous nature of the Concerto in A major is further highlighted by the transparent texture of its chamber version for string quartet. The two concertos unveil the nooks and crannies of Mozart’s multi-layered music, in a topnotch performance quality.

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Scriabin: Symphony No. 2 & Piano Concerto

Scriabin: Symphony No. 2 & Piano Concerto


Scriabin:

Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20

Kirill Gerstein (piano)

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 29


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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Vol. 1

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Vol. 1


Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 No. 1

Violin Sonata No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 No. 3

Violin Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30 No. 1

Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3


Chloë Hanslip (violin), Danny Driver (piano)

Chloë Hanslip and Danny Driver are approaching the culmination of a complete Beethoven Violin Sonata cycle where each concert is both broadcast live by the BBC on Radio 3, and recorded by Andrew Keener and Phil Rowlands for Rubicon. Beethoven’s ten violin sonatas represent the supreme challenge for a violin and piano duo, and the drama, visceral excitement and many intimate moments of these masterpieces is superbly captured in these live performances.

Chloë and Danny’s traversal of the ten sonatas concludes on 17 October, with Nos 9 ‘Kreutzer’ and 10, and both the BBC and Rubicon will be there to capture the moment. The Rubicon series will comprise three volumes to be released over the next year.

Chloë Hanslip has established herself as an artist of distinction on the international stage, performing in many of the world’s great venues with some of the greatest orchestras in the world, under conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Andrew Davis, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Michail Jurowski and Jeffrey Tate. She has recorded for Warner Classics and Hyperion and won an ECHO Klassik Award for Best Newcomer in 2003, and a Classical Brit in 2003 for best Young British Classical Performer. Her wide- ranging repertoire includes concertos by Schoeck, Adams, Brett Dean and Vieuxtemps, and sonatas by Bowen and Medtner.

Danny Driver appears regularly in major venues around the world and his recordings have been praised – most notably his recording of piano concertos by Amy Beach, and Chaminade. His recordings range from Handel Suites, CPE Bach, Schumann through to Morton Feldman and Adès, via Benjamin Dale and York Bowen. He is one of the UK’s most respected and versatile pianists : "bold exuberant and precise" said The Guardian, "impeccable technique and muscianship", Gramophone.

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JS Bach: Magnificat in E flat and Missa in F

JS Bach: Magnificat in E flat and Missa in F


Bach, J S:

Magnificat in E flat major, BWV243a

Mass in F major, BWV233

Cantata BWV151 'Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt'


Hannah Morrison (soprano), Eleanor Minney (mezzo), Reginald Mobley (countertenor), Hugo Hymas (tenor), Gianluca Buratto (bass)

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

A new live recording of Bach’s Lutheran Mass in F Major (BWV223), Cantata "Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt (BWV 151) and Magnificat in E flat (BWV243a), recorded in London at the end of a European tour in December 2016.

All notes and texts are included in English, German and French translations.

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