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Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48, Op. 11

Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48, Op. 11


Endre Koréh (Bluebeard), Judith Hellwig (Judit)

New Orchestra of London and Chorus, Walter Susskind

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Praga Digitals - PRD250349

(CD)

$14.50

Scheduled for release on 30 June 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Tribute to Zdenek Kosler

Tribute to Zdenek Kosler


Bartók:

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Borkovec:

START, symphonic allegro for large orchestra

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Honegger:

Concertino for Piano & Orchestra

Boris Krajny (piano)

Prague Symphony Orchestra

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Martinu:

Parables after the poems by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry & Georges Neveu

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Milhaud:

Symphony No. 10, Op. 382

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Stravinsky:

Petrushka

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


Zdeněk Košler , Czech conductor and accomplished disciple of Karel Ancerl, was never happier than when directing Smetana's Dalibor or Libuše, or Dvořák’s Jakobin. His love of opera did not detract from his meticulous and inspired conducting of orchestral music, whose modernity was not as readily appreciated by the general public. Although a distinguished Mozartian, he only ventured into his magic world in Solvakia. The programme presented here provides proof of his extraordinary lucidity, appreciated by connoisseurs of his Dvořák, Martinů, Prokofiev or Shostakovich. He tended to let other conductors of the Czech Philharmonic shine with Smetana, Dvořák and Suk, his achievements focusing on more challenging (non Slavic) repertoires by Wagner, Roussel or Bartók..

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Praga Digitals - PRD250377

(CD - 2 discs)

$15.25

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Beethoven's Heroic Diptych for String Quartet

Beethoven's Heroic Diptych for String Quartet


Beethoven:

String Quintet in C major, Op. 29

Walter Trampler (viola)

Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 16

Mieczyslav Horszowski (piano)

Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133


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Praga Digitals - PRD250381

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$14.50

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Janacek: Hospodine!

Janacek: Hospodine!


Janacek:

Hospodine!

Glagolitic Mass

The Diary of One Who Disappeared


Choir & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Brass of the Prague Symphony

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Praga Digitals - PRD250382

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 & Te Deum in C major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 & Te Deum in C major


Bruckner:

Te Deum in C major, WAB 45: excerpts

first part

Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin & Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra


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Hybrid Multi-channel

Praga Digitals - DSD350114

(SACD)

$14.50

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French Music: Albert Roussel

French Music: Albert Roussel


Roussel:

Suite in F major, Op. 33

Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42

Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 - Suite No. 2

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 53


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Super Audio CD

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Hybrid Multi-channel

Praga Digitals - DSD350138

(SACD)

$14.50

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Suite Cubed -Bach and Beyond

Suite Cubed -Bach and Beyond


Antoni:

Ricercata XI

Bach, J S:

Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV1012: Prelude

Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV1008: Sarabande

Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV1009: Allemande

Cello Suite No. 3 in C major BWV1009: Bourrees I & II

Cassadó:

Intermezzo e Danza Finale

Crumb, G:

Toccata from Sonata for Solo Cello

Dallapiccola:

Ciaccona from Ciaccona, Intermezzo e Adagio

Hindemith:

Mäßig schnell from Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 25 No. 3

Langsam from Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 25 No. 3

Ligeti:

Capriccio from Sonata for Cello Solo

Piatti:

Caprice in D major, Op. 25 No. 9

Sollima:

Alone


Umberto Clerici (cello)

In his debut album for ABC Classics, Italian-born cello virtuoso Umberto Clerici brings together a rich history of music for solo cello – from the Italian baroque to Bach’s Suites, and onwards to contemporary masterpieces – to re-discover the rich combination of traditions, eras and sounds that characterise Bach’s works.

Clerici’s two ‘Suites Cubed’ keep the structure of Bach’s original Suites: a series of dances, introduced by a free-form Prelude. Bach’s music forms the backbone of these new Suites, with some of the dances represented by other compositions, creating a musical world of both diversity and synthesis.

The first Suite Cubed begins with the euphoric Prelude from Bach’s Sixth Suite, before returning to the earliest surviving work for solo cello, written in 1687 by Italian composer Giovanni Battista degli Antonii. Elsewhere Giovanni Sollima’s atmospheric Alone – a true masterwork of the contemporary repertoire – leads to the folk-inspired dances of Spaniard Gaspar Cassadó; and the courtly Langsam of Paul Hindemith gives way to Bach’s elegant Bourrées.

The result is a revelatory experience: a journey through a kaleidoscope of musical colours, highlighting the range of Bach’s own music and celebrating the rich diversity of music for solo cello through the ages, brought together by Clerici’s superlative musicianship

Umberto Clerici is principal cellist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and renowned as one of the most innovative musicians and educators of his generation. On this album he plays a 1722 Matteo Goffriller from Venice.

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ABC Classics - ABC4815408

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$14.50

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Scheduled for release on 23 June 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available. (Available now to download.)

Migration

Migration


Grandage:

Black Dogs

Muthspiel:

Flexible Sky

Towner:

Migration


Slava Grigoryan (guitar)

Australian String Quartet

Guitarist Slava Grigoryan joins the Australian String Quartet in three world-premiere recordings, bringing dazzling contemporary voices to the guitar quintet genre first forged in the baroque period. Two of the quintets hail from Grigoryan’s well-established and genre-hopping guitar trio collaboration with Ralph Towner and Wolfgang Muthspiel; the other is penned by Australian Iain Grandage, one of the most original composers of the new generation.

Ralph Towner is a celebrated jazz guitarist and his quintet, Migration, inspired by the wild nature of America’s Pacific Northwest, blends the melodic and harmonic language of jazz with a classical sense of development.

Wolfgang Muthspiel also fuses two different musical genres, drawing on both “the subtleties of classical chamber music and the beauty of groove”. Described as an “interactive web of equal voices”, the work allows each instrument to shine in its own right.

Australian composer, Iain Grandage, also traverses classical, jazz and popular styles in his work. His theatrical flair comes to the fore in this guitar quintet, contemplating the mind’s mystery and complexity in music of kaleidoscopic colour.

Slava Grigoryan has developed an international reputation as a guitarist of rare virtuosity and versatility, performing on stages worldwide and cultivating collaborations with classical orchestras, jazz musicians and world artists, and most notably with his guitarist brother Leonard.

The Australian String Quartet has for over 30 years dedicated itself to musical excellence with an Australian ‘accent’, reaching out from its home at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music to audiences globally. The Quartet performs on a matched set of 18th-century Guadagnini instruments, on loan for the Quartet’s exclusive use through the generosity of Ulrike Klein and UKARIA.

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ABC Classics - ABC4815428

(CD)

$14.50

Scheduled for release on 23 June 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Ballads of the Pleasant Life: Kurt Weill, Weimar and Exile

Ballads of the Pleasant Life: Kurt Weill, Weimar and Exile


Eisler:

Lied der Bergarbeiter (Song of the Miners)

Stempellied (No. 6 from Sechs Lieder, Op. 28)

Gruß an die Mark Brandenburg (Greetings to Brandenburg March)

Korngold:

Glückwunsch

Schoenberg:

Dank, Op. 1 No. 1

Schreker:

Die Rosen und der Flieder

Stolz, R:

Schön war’s heute Abend (This Evening Was Beautiful)

Ein schöner Herbst (A Beautiful Autumn)

Ich hab’ mich tausendmal verliebt (I’ve Fallen in Love a Thousand Times)

Weill, K:

The Ballad Of The Good Life (from The Threepenny Opera)

September Song

Les Filles de Bordeaux (The Girls of Bordeaux)

Kanonensong (from Die Dreigroschenoper)

Moritat von Mackie Messer (from The Threepenny Opera)

There’ll Be Life, Love and Laughter

Tschaikowsky

Anstatt daß-Song (Instead of Song)

Song of the Free

Tango Ballad

Zemlinsky:

Lied der Baumwollpacker (from Symphonische Gesänge, Op. 20)


Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone)

Nexas Quartet

Distinguished baritone Peter Coleman-Wright steps off the world’s opera stages to present a rare recording of music close to his heart: the remarkable songs written as the Weimar Republic descended into Nazism in the 1920 and ‘30s, by composers at home in Germany and Austria who were then forced to flee into exile. These songs capture the spirit of the times: defiant, soulful and searching, but also capable of moments of exuberant joy and hope.

The music of Kurt Weill sits at the heart of the album. We meet Weill’s infamous creation Mack the Knife, who first saw the light of day in 1920s Berlin and soon became a smash hit. A prominent Jew, Weill fled Germany in 1933. In America, he found his new musical home in the theatre, collaborating with lyricists Ira Gershwin and Maxwell Anderson, including his hilarious catalogue of Russian composers “Tschaikowsky” and the timeless ode “There’ll Be Love, Life and Laughter”.

For Weill’s generation, music was the language of protest. Austrians Hanns Eisler and Alexander von Zemlinsky wrote popular songs from the perspective of the downtrodden: the miners, the cotton packers and many more besides.

Amidst all this, there were flashes of humour, and the desire to take the rare joys of life by both hands. The album closes with a series of love songs, often sentimental, always heartfelt: film composer Robert Stolz’ praise for the beauties of life’s autumn years; Arnold Schoenberg’s elegy to the exquisite agony of separation; and Franz Schreker’s melancholy tribute to transient love.

Peter Coleman-Wright is regarded as one of the world’s leading baritones, with a stellar career in the world’s leading concert halls including Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Met in New York and the Sydney Opera House; he finds the perfect foil for this music in the Sydney-based Nexas Quartet. The arrangements of these songs for baritone and saxophone quartet, created especially for this album, reflect a combination that would have been familiar to the clubs and bars where much of this music was first performed.

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ABC Classics - ABC5762204

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$14.50

Scheduled for release on 23 June 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Thousands of Miles - Vinyl Edition

Thousands of Miles - Vinyl Edition


Weill, K:

Nanna's lied (Text: Bertolt Brecht)

Barbara Song (from The Threepenny Opera)

Trouble Man

Je ne t'aime pas (text: Maurice Magre)

Big Mole

Don’t Look Now

Buddy on the Nightshift

Lonely House from Street Scene


Kate Lindsey (mezzo), Baptiste Trotignon (piano)

Closing the distance between classical music and Broadway, between the old world and the new, this album is born out of a stunning encounter between two performers. Kate Lindsey is an opera star whose career is skyrocketing. She has stunned audiences with her performances of Mozart and Purcell, but grew up steeped in the music of Broadway, from Gershwin to Cole Porter. Baptiste Trotignon is a multie award-winning jazz pianist who plays with big names like Brad Mehldau or Tom Harrell, but who has a long-held interest in classical music, even composing a piano concerto for Nicholas Angelich. Together, they have produced a rich and varied programme around the songs of Kurt Weill, from Nanna's Lied to trouble Man, as well as the classics from The Threepenny Opera and Lost in the Stars. This journey through three European languages brings the listener to the very beginnings of jazz, and features all-new arrangements and deft improvisations by pianist Baptiste Trotignon. Lindsey and Trotignon also pay homage to three composers who, like Weill, all emigrated to the United States: Alma Mahler, Zemlinsky and Korngold. London-based American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey joins Alpha Classics for several recordings over the coming years.

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Alpha - ALPHA278

(Vinyl)

$15.00

Scheduled for release on 23 June 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

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