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Mozart: Il sogno di Scipione, K126

Mozart: Il sogno di Scipione, K126


Stuart Jackson (Scipione), Klara Ek (Costanza), Soraya Mafi (Fortuna), Krystian Adam (Publio), Robert Murray (Emilio), Chiara Skerath (soprano - two licenza arias)

Classical Opera, Ian Page

Classical Opera continue their continuing complete Mozart opera recording series with the one-act dramatic serenade 'Il sogno di Scipione', K126.

Composed in 1771 as a celebratory homage to Prince Archbishop Sigismund Schrattenbach of Salzburg, the Archbishop died before the piece could be performed. In the spring of 1772 Mozart amended the work so that it could be used in honour of Schrattenbach’s successor, Hieronymus Colloredo – the only necessary change was to alter the name of the dedicatee in the final recitative.

The story of Scipio’s Dream takes place in c.148 BC, while the celebrated Roman general is a guest in the palace of his ally Massinissa, King of Numidia (in modern day Tunisia). As Scipio falls into a deep sleep, he dreams that the allegorical figures of Fortuna (Fortune) and Costanza (Constancy) appear to him in Elysium and demand that he should choose one of them to follow for the rest of his days.

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Signum Classical Opera - SIGCD499

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George Li – Live at the Mariinsky

George Li – Live at the Mariinsky


Chopin:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 47 in B minor, Hob.XVI:32

Liszt:

Consolation, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Rachmaninov:

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42


George Li (piano)

This enthralling recital by the young American pianist George Li, silver medallist at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, marks his recording debut and launches a new relationship with Warner Classics. Captured at a live performance in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg, it presents a dramatically conceived programme of works by Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt: a descent into deep darkness; re-emergence into the light, and a concluding, boisterous celebration.

Li, now 21 years old, was born in Boston to music-loving parents who came to the USA from China. He started taking part in music competitions as a child and experienced something of an epiphany when, as a young teenager, he performed a Beethoven concerto with orchestra. As he told Pianist magazine: “All of a sudden I felt like I had entered a different world … It was a unique and amazing experience: for the first time I was feeling music a lot more emotionally, rather than just remembering the right notes and where to come in. Afterwards people were coming up to me and saying that listening to me had changed their lives. I was shocked. I didn’t know before that music had that kind of power. After that, I just wanted to be able to find that feeling again.”

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Warner Classics - 9029581294

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Chopin Evocations

Chopin Evocations


Barber:

Nocturne, Op. 33

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

orch. Pletnev

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev

Variations on Mozart's 'La ci darem la mano' in B flat major, Op. 2

Rondo in C major for two pianos, Op. 73

with Sergei Babayan (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

orch. Pletnev

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev

Impromptu No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 66 'Fantaisie-Impromptu'

Grieg:

No 5: Studie 'Hommage à Chopin' from Moods, Op. 73

Mompou:

Variations sur un theme de Chopin

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9 No. 12: Chopin

Tchaikovsky:

Un poco di Chopin (No. 15 from Morceaux, Op. 72)


Star pianist & composer Daniil Trifonov burst onto the international music scene at the International Chopin Competition in 2010. He then went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition performing Chopin's 1st Piano Concerto in the final round. Daniil Trifonov stands for virtuosity, musical poetry and evocative power. He is the world’s top young pianist today - and the music of Chopin is close to his heart.

The album features world premiere recordings of both Piano Concertos in fascinating orchestrations by pianist-composer Mikhail Pletnev. Pletnev also conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in performances of exceptional detail, lyrical freedom and chamber music-like transparency.

The solo works include some of Chopin's earliest (Variations on "La ci darem la mano" Op. 2) and latest (Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66) works, together with the rarely-heard Rondo Op. 73a for two pianos, a devilishly difficult piece here performed by Trifonov together with his friend and mentor, Sergei Babayan.

The atmospheric tenth variation of Mompou's Variations on a Theme of Chopin is entitled "Evocation" and, in its poigant transformation of Chopin's famous melodies, inspired the name of this album.

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DG - 4797518

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Vaughan Williams: Symphony Nos. 4 & 6

Vaughan Williams: Symphony Nos. 4 & 6


Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 6 in E minor

Symphony No. 4 in F minor


Hallé announces their latest release, continuing their series of Vaughan Williams symphonies in live recordings from the Bridgewater Hall.

The Sixth Symphony caused a sensation at its premiere in 1948 and was performed 100 times in the following two years. It was composed during a period in which Vaughan Williams was writing film scores, the experience of which had the effect of sparking his imagination in the extravagant use of the orchestra. The work is claimed by many to have an external ‘war’ programme, a fact dismissed by the composer. Either way the result is undoubtedly one of Vaughan Williams’ finest works; a tightly woven musical statement, with stunning melodies and orchestration which is at turns dramatic and expressive. The Fourth Symphony was first performed in 1925 and, echoed the relative dissonance of recent works such as the oratorio Sancta Civitas, the Piano Concerto and the masque for Dancing Job. Structurally it gives a nod to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and it includes material based on traditional forms as well as elements of self-portraiture, with music displaying the composer’s temper, humour and ribaldry.

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Hallé Elder Vaughan Williams Series - CDHLL7547

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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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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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Lux Memoriaque - Light & Remembrance

Lux Memoriaque - Light & Remembrance


Bednall:

Pater superni luminis

Hugill:

Populus Sion

Lee, Jonathan:

Meditation for Holy Week

Leech, P:

In Flanders Fields

We will remember them - Per mare, per terram

Do not stand beside my grave and weep

Sicut cervus

Dormi Jesu

Set me as a seal

Whitehead, L:

Christe, redemptor omnium

Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Creator alme siderum


Harmonia Sacra, Peter Leech

From the very earliest days of their formation in 2009 Harmonia Sacra has been strongly committed to the performance of new choral works and the support of both established and emerging choral composers. Almost every one of the choir’s concerts has included contemporary works, with names such as John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, Eric Whitacre, James Macmillan and David Bednall featuring prominently. Every year, on Advent Sunday, in the ethereal acoustics of thechurch of St Thomas the Martyr, Bristol, the choir performs a very popular Advent Reflections evening concert, the programmes of which typically comprise appropriate seasonal choral music, as well as world premieres of new contemporary choral works. The long-term relationship which the choir has forged with Lawrence Whitehead, in particular, has produced three works which, together with the majority of items on this CD, are recorded here for the first time. These have been juxtaposed with new works by Robert Hugill, Jonathan Lee, David Bednall and Peter Leech, many of which are set to texts which deal with the subjects of heavenly light and remembrance, hence the title of the CD. The choir is extremely grateful to Adrian Farmer for providing the inspiration for this project, which is dedicated to the memory of the very fine organist and composer Christopher Manners LRAM, who died suddenly in 2013.

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Nimbus - NI6349

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$15.50

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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006


Miriam Fried (violin)

Miriam Fried has been recognized for many years as one of the world's preeminent violinists. A consummate musician - equally accomplished as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician - she has been heralded for her ‘fiery intensity and emotional depth’ (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery. Her supreme blend of artistry and musicianship continues to inspire audiences worldwide. Miriam Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe and has been a frequent guest with the principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony. Recital tours have taken her to all of the major music centers in North America and to Brussels, London, Milan, Munich, Rome, Paris, Salzburg, Stockholm and Zurich. Chamber music plays an important role in Ms. Fried's musical life. She was the first violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet for ten years and collaborates regularly with her son, pianist Jonathan Biss. During he 2015-16 season, Ms. Fried returned to the Bach solo Sonatas and Partitas. She recorded a series of lectures addressing performance questions relating to these works. The lectures are now availabl eon iclassical-academy.com.

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Nimbus - NI6351

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$21.75

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Sawyers: Symphony No. 3, Songs of Loss and Regret & Fanfare

Sawyers: Symphony No. 3, Songs of Loss and Regret & Fanfare


Sawyers:

Symphony No. 3

English Symphony Orchestra

Songs of Loss and Regret

April Fredrick (soprano)

English Symphony Orchestra

Fanfare

English String Orchestra


Kenneth Woods

‘To me the symphonic ideal is one of ‘becoming’, of almost organic growth. It is a journey through a myriad of musical ideas that are as closely argued as any philosophical treatise.’ - Philip Sawyers

This programme reveals Philip Sawyers as a composer at the height of his powers whose music ranges across a relatively wide spectrum of harmonic intensity, from the very direct and straightforward tonal language of the Fanfare to the twelve-tone pyrotechnics of the Third Symphony. However, regardless of whether we look to the modal harmonies of Songs of Loss and Regret or the multi-layered serial counterpoint of the finale of the Third Symphony, we still find a unifying sense of a strong and individual artistic personality. - Kenneth Woods

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Nimbus - NI6353

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The Baroque Bohemians

The Baroque Bohemians


anon.:

Sweet Uhorovska

arr. Summerhayes

Slow Road To Uhrovska

arr. Summerhayes

Biber:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major

Byrd:

Gypsies Round

Campra:

Le Carnaval de Venise: La Bohémienne

Handel:

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

arr. Summerhayes as 'Lascia Ch’io Czardas'

Mielczewski:

Canzona

Nicholson, R:

Jews Dance

Telemann:

Concerto TWV 52:e1 in E minor for flute, recorder, strings & b.c.: Largo

Concerto TWV 52:e1 in E minor for flute, recorder, strings & b.c.: Presto

Vivaldi:

Concerto, Op. 3 No. 6 'Con Violino Solo obligato', RV 356


Piers Adams (recorders), David Wright (harpsichord), Adam Summerhayes (violin/guitar/melodion/gemshorn), Angela East (cello)

Telemann believed that a composer could gain a lifetime’s inspiration from gypsies’ improvisations, but exactly what gypsy music might be is hard to pin down. Whether it is Spanish, Romanian or Hungarian ‘gypsy’ tunes that we hear, musicologists from each country tell us that we are, in fact, enjoying the country’s own folk-tunes through the distorting prism of gypsy players. Jewish Klezmer music is also conflated with gypsy music: one of the earliest famous gypsy players was in fact a Jewish fiddler. The Roma themselves were recently pinned down by DNA evidence to having originated as a low caste tribe of musicians from Northern India called the Doma or Rom. Since they first appeared in 14th century Hungary, they spread through Europe, becoming must-have players for village dances, for aristocrats and for the courts. Although written source material is by its very nature limited, the Uhrovska Collecion – a Slovakian fiddler’s songbook from 1730 – provided a starting point for this disc, out of which we have explored, speculated and re-imagined the multilayered relationships between folk and court music.

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Red Priest - RP014

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$14.75

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