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Responde Mihi

Responde Mihi


Cappella Neapolitana, Antonio Florio

From the early Symphonia-label days of Antonio Florio and his ensemble, now renamed I Turchini, we bring back to the market an important recording of early Baroque Neapolitan liturgical music: divided into three sections (Liturgy of the Dead, Corpus Christi and Christmas), Florio presents fine works of Veneziano, Provenzale and conteporaries, all sourced from the period's active Neapolitan Conservatories and beautifully explained by scholar Dinko Fabris in the included booklet notes.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Glossa Cabinet - GCDC80023

(CD)

$11.75

Scheduled for release on 28 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Al alva Venid

Al alva Venid

Secular music from the Spanish Renaissance


Here is another crucial Glossa recording of the mid 90's brought back to life. Ensemble La Romanesca's Al Alva Venid covers some essential Spanish Renaissance repertory with an all-stars line-up, in a set of interpretations which have set deep marks and are absolute references: here is Marta Almajano in her best singing moment, here is Paolo Pandolfo confirming his superior artistry, here are Juan Carlos de Mulder and Pedro Estevan in ''de luxe'' supporting roles, and of course here is Jose miguel Moreno, the man who has probably been the finest translator of Renaissance secular Spanish music onto record of the last three decades.

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Glossa Cabinet - GCDC80203

(CD)

$11.75

Scheduled for release on 28 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Istampite

Istampite

Medieval pieces of fiddle and percussion


Jim Denley & Pedro Estevan

Sinfonye

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Glossa Cabinet - GCDC80701

(CD)

$11.75

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JS Bach: Works for flute

JS Bach: Works for flute


Wilbert Hazelzet's legendary poetry on the flute has been one of Glossa's trademarks for many years. With this double reissues of his j.S. Bach recordings, the label recovers Hazelzet at his best: on the one hand, he reimagines what Bach's output for teh solo flute could have been, by combining the Flute Partita with his own transcriptions of three Cello suites, and on the other, he teams up with his year-long artistic partner Jacques Ogg to give us yet more transcriptions of Bach's everlasting output. Here's a double recording for eternity.

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Glossa Cabinet - GCDC80804

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.75

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Wert: Madrigals

Wert: Madrigals


Giaches de Wert, a Flemish composer linked to the courts of Mantua and Ferrara, paved the way for the innovations in madrigalistic writing, that seconda prattica which became associated with Monteverdi. This recording features some of his later madrigalistic compositions, on texts of Torquato Tasso's Gierusalemme liberata and Battista Guarini's Il pastor fido. The historical La Venexiana singers deliver their best for this milestone interpretaiton of a lesser known repertory.

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Glossa Cabinet - GCDC80911

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Zelenka: Sonatas, Symphonies & Hipocondrie

Zelenka: Sonatas, Symphonies & Hipocondrie


Zelenka:

Sonata in F, ZWV181, No. 1

Sonata V in F Major ZWV181, No. 2

Sinfonia à 8 concertanti in A minor ZWV 189

Hipocondrie à 7 concertanti in A major, ZWV 187


Pasticcio Barocco & Orchestre d'Auvergne

In the text accompanying the previous volume of this anthology of Zelenka’s music (LH05: Sonatas 4, 5 & 6) by the Pasticcio Barocco Ensemble, I borrowed Pisendel’s metaphor of the almond as a guide to the music of this enigmatic composer. Upon transmitting a score to his friend Telemann, Pisendel expressed the wish that the former would “taste many, many of the sweet fruits of this almond tree”, thus creating a parallel between Zelenka’s music and the symbolism of “shell” and “kernel”; “secret” and “knowledge”. We know so little of Zelenka’s life that there is little one can add to the first text. Zelenka did not seem to want to be remembered other than by his music. The particularity of hermeticism is to keep a secret, not to reveal it.

It is probable that in using this analogy, Pisendel was hinting at alchemy. Many composers of the time practised the secrets of their art in the hermetic mode. It should be remembered that the only work printed in Zelenka’s lifetime was, in fact, an enigmatic canon (ZWV191). It is clear that historically, for a long time, reception of Zelenka’s work highlighted the idea of strangeness. How would he have responded to this? Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach for example, categorically refuted this label that had often been attached to him too. What is certain is that Zelenka was a demanding composer. At a time when the search for simplicity had arrived from Italy and taken hold in the Dresden community in which he lived, he made constant use of counterpoint. The length of certain movements is also unusual for the time: 216 bars for the finale of the first sonata, 246 for that of the second. The two sonatas, Sonata I in F major and Sonata II in G minor, conclude the recording of Zelenka’s complete sonatas for two oboes, bassoon and basso continuo by the Pasticcio Barocco Ensemble. The third sonata has been omitted because it is the only one for violin, oboe, bassoon and basso continuo and poses complex textual problems since Zelenka did not indicate a basso continuo part.

If the dating of these sonatas (between 1714 and 1723 depending on the author) and the place where they were composed (Vienna or Prague?) remain problematic, the same cannot be said of the two orchestral pieces on this CD: Hipocondrie à 7 con[certanti] ZWV187 and Simphonie à 8 Concer[tanti] ZWV189. The manuscript they are to be found in clearly states fatti in fretta à Praga 1723 (composed in haste in Prague). Since we know that Zelenka was present, we can imagine that the festivities surrounding the coronation of the Emperor Charles VI and the Empress Elizabeth Cristina as king and queen of Bohemia might have been the occasion for which they were written, which would explain the haste. Nevertheless, is a piece entitled Hipocondrie really suitable for a coronation? At the time however, “hypochondria” had a much broader meaning than it does today since it was applied to a spectrum of mental illnesses that also included the term “melancholia”. In form, it is a typical French-style overture with its classical instrumentation for two oboes, bassoon and strings and in three parts, slow-fast-slow. Could it be that this alternation, inherent in the French overture, between a slow introduction with dotted rhythms and a fast central fugal section, represents an invitation consider it, prompted by the title, as the two opposing poles of a single personality?

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Herissons - LH16

(CD)

$15.00

Scheduled for release on 28 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Feldman, M: For Bunita Marcus

Feldman, M: For Bunita Marcus


‘I have no problem with notes … none at all’, was Feldman’s cryptic comment on For Bunita Marcus. Throughout the seventy-two-minute duration of this extraordinary work, notes coalesce into wisps of melody which drift softly in and out of an immense silence. You are indeed, as Marc-André Hamelin writes, ‘about to enter a world unlike any other’.

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Hyperion - CDA68048

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The Romantic Piano Concerto 72 - Cipriani Potter

The Romantic Piano Concerto 72 - Cipriani Potter


Potter, C:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor

Piano Concerto No. 4 in E major

Variazioni di bravura on a theme by Rossini


Howard Shelley (piano & conductor)

Volume 72 of our Romantic Piano Concerto series comes to the rescue of yet another neglected figure with three first recordings courtesy of Howard Shelley and his Tasmanian forces. Composer, pianist, writer and educator (he was an early Principal of the Royal Academy of Music), London-born Cipriani Potter was encouraged by Beethoven and admired by Wagner.

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Hyperion - The Romantic Piano Concerto - CDA68151

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Richard Strauss: The Complete Songs 8

Richard Strauss: The Complete Songs 8


Strauss, R:

Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Wenn ..., Op. 31 No. 2

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Bruder Liederlich, Op. 41 No. 4

Nicky Spence (tenor)

An Sie, Op. 43 No. 1

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Die Ulme zu Hirsau, Op. 43 No. 3

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Fünf Gedichte, Op. 46

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Junggesellenschwur, Op. 49 No. 6

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Wer wird von der Welt verlangen, Op. 67 No. 4

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Hab'ich euch denn je geraten, Op. 67 No. 5

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Wanderers Gemutsruhe, Op. 67 No. 6

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Der Pokal, Op. 69, No. 2

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Vier letzte Lieder

arr. Max Wolff (1885-1954)

Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Sie wissen's nicht, Op. 49 No. 5

Nicky Spence (tenor)


Roger Vignoles astutely notes that Strauss’s songs cannot be played ‘without a vivid sense of the orchestral colours and textures that they imply’, so how better to conclude our series of the complete songs than with the piano-accompanied versions of the Vier letzte Lieder? These wondrous valedictions are the summation of a great composer’s love affair with the voice, written at the very end of a long creative life.

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Hyperion Richard Strauss Complete Songs - CDA68185

(CD)

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John Sheppard: Media vita

John Sheppard: Media vita

& other sacred music


Sheppard, J:

Cantate Mass

Gaude gaude gaude Maria

Media vita


Even by the standards of a time and place—Tudor England—in which masterpieces of choral polyphony appear to have been virtually an everyday occurrence, there is something uniquely and intensely compelling about the surviving works of John Sheppard. This is music designed to be sung by liturgical professionals, and none rise to its demands quite like Westminster Cathedral Choir.

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Hyperion - CDA68187

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