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Anime Amanti

Anime Amanti


Caccini, G:

Dolcissimo sospiro

Belle rose porporine

Dovrò dunque morire

La bella man vi stringo

Amarilli mia bella

Falconieri:

Allemanda La Villega

La Soave Melodia

Corrente

India:

Voi Ch'ascoltate

Vorrei baciarti, o Filli

Ma che? Squallido e oscuro

Merula:

Folle e ben che si crede

Monteverdi:

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Ohime ch'io cado

Ecco di dolci raggi

Il Sol Armato

Addio Roma! (from L'incoronazione di Poppea)

Raimondi, P P:

Ricercata

Strozzi:

L'Eraclito amoroso 'Udite amanti'


Roberta Mameli (soprano) & Luca Pianca (lute)

A voice, a lute, a sigh. Nothing could be simpler and more immemorial. This expression of sentiments and emotions, of the intermittencies of the heart and the shadows of the soul, is of course as old as the world. Yet it was truly a reconquest of the Renaissance.

With Caccini, the ‘new music’ at once found a miraculous melodist. He composed a Euridice, performed in 1602, two years after Jacopo Peri’s setting and five years before Monteverdi’s Orfeo. The Renaissance did not know opera, but long secreted that genre soon to be born. And it is brand-new opera that opens and closes this recording, through the voice of its first visionary, Claudio Monteverdi. His Lamento d’Arianna, the centrepiece of a lost work, expresses sorrow, regrets, revolt through the very music of the Italian language, here brought to white heat. The ‘new music’ spread throughout Italy: Merula in Cremona, Falconieri in Naples, and Barbara Strozzi, the most famous woman composer of the age, in Venice. The Italian soprano Roberta Mameli is a great lover of this music, which she performs with an outstanding feeling for words and drama. Luca Pianca offers her his artistry and his great experience. Roberta Mameli is joining Alpha for several recordings, which will guide us towards other rarities and other periods.

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Alpha - ALPHA291

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Aires

Aires


1 Es ist vollbracht (Édouard Ferlet) 00:05:13

2 Infinité (Airelle Besson) 00:04:38

3 Pavane pour une infante défunte (after Maurice Ravel) 00:05:20

4 Soon (Stéphane Kerecki) 00:05:14

5 Manarola (Stéphane Kerecki) 00:05:37

6 L’histoire d’un enfant de Saint-Agil (Édouard Ferlet) 00:06:44

7 Valse Sentimentale Op.51 No.6 (after Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) 00:03:24

8 Windfall (John Taylor) 00:05:15

9 Les stances du sabre (Édouard Ferlet) 00:03:57

10 Pavane Op.50 (after Gabriel Fauré) 00:04:30

11 Indemne (Édouard Ferlet) 00:04:24

12 Résonance (Airelle Besson) 00:06:29


Airelle Besson, Édouard Ferlet, Stéphane Kerecki

Édouard Ferlet has already explored intriguing byways for the Alpha label: in 2015 he and Violaine Cochard recorded ‘Plucked Unplucked’, an album associating piano and harpsichord – a successful venture that will soon see a follow-up. The bassist Stéphane Kerecki has already made several recordings for Outhere, including ‘Nouvelle Vague’, a prizewinner at the Victoires de la Musique. The career of the trumpet player Airelle Besson has been on a high since 2015, when she won both the Prix Django Reinhardt of the Académie du Jazz and the ‘Révélation’ Award at the Victoires du Jazz.

These three jazz musicians met and decided to form a trio in order to combine their universes and their ambitions. Here is the fruit of their first year of companionship, a programme presenting compositions by each of them, an album wearing the colours of jazz but featuring several tracks directly inspired by great standards of the classical repertoire, including ‘Es ist vollbracht’ from Bach’s St John Passion, the Pavanes of Ravel and Fauré, the Valse sentimentale of Tchaikovsky, and Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance, which can be recognised behind the ‘Stances du sabre’. The refinement of the compositions and the playing and the musicians’ capacity for listening to each other are a source of endless pleasure and fulfilment.

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Alpha - ALPHA298

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$15.00

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Telemann: Paris Quartets

Telemann: Paris Quartets


Nevermind

After their first recording on Alpha, ‘Conversations’, featuring rarely heard pieces by Quentin and Guillemain, Anna Besson (flute), Louis Creac’h (violin), Robin Pharo (viola da gamba) and Jean Rondeau (harpsichord) continue to introduce the public to the riches of a repertory that has been too long ignored, with this recording of Georg Philipp Telemann’s Nouveaux Quatuors parisiens.

At the height of his glory, the German composer left Hamburg in 1737 to spend time in Paris and appreciate the city’s vibrant musical life. There he composed a new set of quartets that came to be called the ‘Paris Quartets’ and in which he celebrated the union of the European styles of his time, at the zenith of the Baroque. The four musicians and friends of Nevermind pursue their exuberant conversation, as virtuosic and eloquent as ever.

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Alpha - ALPHA299

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Les Maitres Du Baroque

Les Maitres Du Baroque


This box gives you a chance to admire some of the most glittering jewels left to us by the Baroque era. Its fifteen discs outline an exciting panorama of musical Europe during that period, an inspired heritage performed by the finest soloists and ensembles: Vivaldi’s Gloria by Le Concert Spirituel and Hervé Niquet and his Four Seasons by Gli Incogniti and Amandine Beyer; Bach’s B minor Mass by Pygmalion and Raphael Pichon, the Solo Cello Suites by Bruno Cocset, the Brandenburg Concertos by Café Zimmermann and the Goldberg Variations by Céline Frisch; Charpentier’s Te Deum by Le Poème Harmonique and Vincent Dumestre; Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas by MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis; Rameau harpsichord pieces by Blandine Rannou; Albinoni sonatas by Ensemble 415 and Chiara Banchini; and much else. A veritable treasure trove containing the indispensable works of the Baroque by today’s leading artists.

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Alpha - ALPHA372

(CD - 18 discs)

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Beethoven/Liszt: Complete Symphonies

Beethoven/Liszt: Complete Symphonies


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

transcribed for solo piano by Franz Liszt


Yury Martynov (piano)

This set brings together the five separate discs containing Franz Liszt’s transcriptions of Beethoven’s nine symphonies performed by the pianist Yury Martynov. Reducing these complex works for piano solo was an enormous challenge for Liszt, who nevertheless succeeded in recreating their prodigious character and their incredible power. ‘An event on a period piano, thanks to which we rediscover the colours... of the orchestra’ (Pianiste): the piano combines the whole orchestra, sometimes even with vocal soloists and chorus, bringing their voices together in a single instrument.

The energy and the textures of the symphonies are laid bare and magnified in the interpretation of Yury Martynov on a Blüthner piano dating from 1867 and an Érard piano of 1837, both from the collection of Edwin Beunk: the Russian pianist reveals ‘details usually obscured in orchestral performances, which come to light thanks to his meticulous phrasing and colouring of every bar’ (The Guardian).

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Alpha Yury Martynov Beethoven/Liszt cycle - ALPHA374

(CD - 6 discs)

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Life Reflected

Life Reflected


Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Alexander Shelley

Life Reflected is a stunningly original live experience: a celebration of youth, promise and courage, revealed in the compelling and diverse portraits of four exceptional Canadian women: Alice Munro, Amanda Todd, Roberta Bondar and Rita Joe. Alexander Shelley, Music Director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, brought together four remarkable Canadian composers to collaborate with Creative Producer and Director, Donna Feore, and an ensemble of extraordinary performers to create this unique symphonic experience.

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Analekta - AN288702

(CD)

$15.50

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Encount3rs

Encount3rs


Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Alexander Shelley

Encount3rs is an unprecedented project, event and recording which has resulted in remarkable new one-act ballets and original orchestral scores. This new album consists of the music from this landmark NAC commission which pairs three of Canada’s outstanding choreographic talents with three of the country’s most exciting composers. Alberta Ballet’s eminent and prolific Jean Grand-Maître joined forces with multiple award-winning new music visionary Andrew Staniland; Ballet BC’s trail-blazing Emily Molnar met her musical match with innovative composer Nicole Lizée; and Guillaume Côté, gifted dancer and choreographic associate with the National Ballet of Canada, was perfectly paired with noted emerging composer Kevin Lau.

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Analekta - AN288712

(CD - 2 discs)

$23.00

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André Mathieu: Concerto No. 3

André Mathieu: Concerto No. 3


Gershwin:

An American in Paris, tone poem

Mathieu, A:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 25

Alain Lefèvre (piano)


This new album by the great pianist and composer Alain Lefevre unveils the results of three years of hard work by Jacques Marchand, George Nicholson and Alain Lefevre aimed at restoring Andre Mathieu’s famous Concerto No. 3. Presented as a world premiere in February 2017 in Buffalo, where it was performed by Alain Lefevre and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of the renowned JoAnn Falletta, the reconstituted Concerto No. 3 was enthusiastically received by the audience. Recorded at those performances, the album Andre Mathieu: Concerto No. 3 accurately conveys the brilliance of Alain Lefevre and the enthusiasm of the musicians, aware as they were of sharing a highly emotional and one-of-a-kind moment. JoAnn Falletta had previously collaborated with Alain Lefevre in presenting works by Mathieu – in New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2013, among other settings. It was in the fall of 1942, 75 years ago, that young Quebec prodigy Andre Mathieu, just 13 years old and at the peak of his glory, began writing his Concerto No. 3, which he would finish the following summer. In 2008, George Nicholson discovered the original score of Andre Mathieu’s Concerto No. 3 written in the Quebec composer’s own hand. The differences, which were noteworthy, between this original score and the Concerto de Quebec, the well-known, modified, version of the work, were the starting point for an enormous undertaking aimed at restoring this masterwork of Mathieu’s. The new album also contains George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and premiered in 1928, the work translates into music the vivid impressions of an American visiting Paris, strolling the city streets and soaking up the exuberant atmosphere of the French capital.

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Analekta - AN29299

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Trios For Harp

Trios For Harp


Valérie Milot (harp), Stéphane Tétreault (cello) & Antoine Bareil (violin)

Valérie Milot, Stéphane Tétrault and Antoine Bareil, three young and well established musicians, are collaborating for the first time to carry out a major recording project. Focused primarily on French music from the first half of the 20th century, this CD reveals the subtle blend of sonorities formed by the harp, cello, and violin through the major works by Jacques Ibert and Henriette Renié. The trio also performs a dazzling, encore-worthy Passacaglia for violin and cello by Handel/Halvorsen and a sweet, introspective finale in the form of a transcription of a Schubert lied.

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Analekta - AN29888

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Croce: Motetti & Cantiones Sacrae

Croce: Motetti & Cantiones Sacrae


VOCES Suaves, Francesco Saverio Pedrini

Venice, July 1603: Giovanni Croce, known as ‘il Chiozzotto’, a priest at the church of Santa Maria Formosa, was appointed maestro di cappella of St Mark’s basilica, one of the most prestigious posts in the musical world of the time.

A controversial biography, many aspects of which have not yet been elucidated, and a musical output of excellent quality constitute the appeal of this composer born in Chioggia, who is still overshadowed today by his famous successors. Yet Giovanni Croce proves to be an extraordinary figure, halfway between the conservative Venetian school of Gioseffo Zarlino and the modernism of Claudio Monteverdi. He makes masterly use of double chorus and of such special devices as echo effects, while maintaining a fine transparency in his counterpoint that links him with classical polyphony.

Two exceptional young Swiss ensembles, the vocal group Voces Suaves (which has won several prizes for its first two recordings) and the instrumental ensemble Concerto Scirocco, combine here in the magnificent surroundings of the palatine basilica of Santa Barbara in Mantua, where they have the advantage of the outstanding Antegnati organ built in 1565, to honour Giovanni Croce and his contemporaries and introduce us to other aspects of the glorious musical activity at St Mark’s.

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Arcana - A439

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