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Just Bach

Just Bach


Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV1066: Overture

Cantata BWV68 'Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt: Mein glaubiges Herze

Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV1056: II. Largo

Cantata BWV21 'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis': Sinfonia

Cantata BWV21 'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis': Seufzer, tränen, kummer, not

Cantata BWV49 'Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen': Aria

Cantata BWV196 'Der Herr denket an uns' (Wedding Cantata): Sinfonia

Cantata BWV202 'Weichet Nur, betrübte Schatten' (Wedding Cantata)


Johannette Zomer (soprano), Bar Schneemann (baroque oboe)

Tulipa Consort

Gems from a huge oeuvre Our most familiar image of Johann Sebastian Bach is that of Cantor of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. For twenty-seven years he was responsible for the church music on Sundays and feast days in the town’s four main churches. For this purpose he composed his many cantatas, the now world-famous passions and the six motets. The enormous number of cantatas (an estimated 250) written by Bach in Leipzig, combined with their outstanding quality, is one of the most astonishing creative achievements in western culture. For their performance he selected the best choral singers from the pupils of the nearby Thomasschule and students from Leipzig University. In his Componirstube, or composing parlour, Bach handled his musical material with scrupulousness and self-assurance. In so doing, the practice of borrowing, or readapting existing music to fulfil urgent day-to-day requirements, was no unusual matter. It was also a way of drawing attention to forgotten pieces, and a sign that Bach was well aware of the enduring quality of his music. This CD presents a wonderful anthology of gems from Bach’s huge output of cantatas.

The soprano soloist takes the leading role, and expresses a wide range of human emotions from angst and deep despair to trust, joie de vivre and exuberant JUSTBACH jubilation. A comforting or cheerful oboe or cello is often at her side, and she becomes closely engaged with them in moving or lively dialogues. As an introduction, the Ouverture to the Orchestral Suite no. 1 in C major (BWV 1066) is a radiant and exuberant piece; alternating majestic and energetic episodes, Bach pays homage in his typical well-wrought style to the France of the Sun King and his court composer Lully. It forms the perfect upbeat for the cheerful aria Mein gläubiges Herze [My faithful heart] from cantata BWV 68 Also hat Gott die Welt geliebet [God so loved the world]. Bach borrowed the music from the cantata Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd [What pleases me is above all the lively hunt] (BWV 208), which he wrote twelve years earlier for the birthday of Duke Christian von Sachsen-Weißenfels. The marvel of this sunny aria is the delightful concordance between the soprano and solo cello piccolo, while both maintain their individuality. And at the end, when the opening ritornello is repeated, the joy is only greater when they are joined by the oboe and violin: Frohlocke, sing, scherze! [Rejoice, sing, be merry!]

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Wanda Luzzato

Wanda Luzzato

The Art of Violin 2


Bach, J S:

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

Sonata for solo violin No. 2 in A minor, BWV1003: Andante sostenuto

Brahms:

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100

Antonio Beltrami (piano)

Franck, C:

Violin Sonata in A major

Antonio Beltrami (piano)

Ghedini:

Divertimento in D major, for violin and orchestra

Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI, Hilmar Schatz

Handel:

Sonata in D major for violin and continuo, HWV371, Op. 1 No. 13

Antonio Beltrami (piano)

Kreisler:

Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani)

Antonio Beltrami (piano)

Margola:

Violin Sonata No. 3 'Sonata breve'

Antonio Beltrami (piano)

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI, Franco Caracciolo

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana, Niklaus Wyss

Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 4

Antonio Beltrami (piano)

Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 4

Leonardo Leonardi (piano)

Paganini:

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 5 in A minor

Pizzetti:

Tre Canti for Violin and Piano

Antonio Beltrami (piano)

Ries, Franz:

Perpetuum mobile

Antonio Beltrami (piano)

Schubert:

Sonata (Sonatina) for violin & piano in D major, D384 (Op. posth. 137 No. 1)

Antonio Beltrami (piano)

Schumann:

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121

Antonio Beltrami (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121

Leonardo Leonardi (piano)

Strauss, R:

Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18

Hans Vogt (piano)

Szymanowski:

La Fontaine de Aréthuse

Antonio Beltrami (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI, Efrem Kurtz

Veracini:

Sonate da camera, Op. 2, No. 8

Antonio Beltrami (piano)


Wanda Luzzato (violin)

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Grieg: From Holberg's Time & Melodies

Grieg: From Holberg's Time & Melodies


Grieg:

Holberg Suite, Op. 40

Two Nordic Melodies, Op. 63

Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34


Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Saulius Sondeckis

In this wholeness the album contains a rarely compiled collection of smaller masterpieces Edvard Grieg had composed for string orchestra. It is not a coincidence though that most of the pieces are transformations of initially different formats. Edvard Grieg was of course famous as a pianist and as a composer for the piano during his life. His studies at the Leipzig Conservatory with teachers such as Ignaz Moscheles and Carl Reinecke, who both were renowned as virtuoso players all over Europe, had shaped this part of his artistry. So many of his works were originally composed for the keyboard instrument which seemed to be the appropriate means of communicating the Nordic folk music idiom, which Grieg transferred perfectly well into art music.

But at the same time this type of music, lighter in character and rather easy-going was also congenial to another instrumental platform in chamber music, where the intimacy of the origin could both be kept and extended: the string section or the string orchestra. Having its origin in earlier epochs, particularly in the 18th century, the string band had mostly gone with the advent of the large romantic symphony orchestra. But as a backlash 19th century composers rediscovered the virtues of this orchestral formation, which is able to have the spirit of bygone ages revived. Intimacy and transparency of musical handwriting found a special platform here.

This was the initial situation when Grieg was asked to write in 1884 some music for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ludvig Holberg, the great Danish comedy writer, whose art was at the same time regarded by all Nordic territories as a transboundery cultural heritage. So Grieg composed a “Suite in the Old Style” with the official title “From Holberg’s Time”. Originally it is designed for piano, but the spirit of the musical character in the form of a Baroque dance suite was in a way asking for a transcription for string orchestra. The titles of the movements, the rhythms and melodies let the listener anticipate an 18th century piece of music, however the harmonic ingredients are true 19th century.

The bunch of Nordic Melodies complementing the Suite is following the same pattern. These beautiful miniatures disclose the difference between the piano and the string band version: the orchestra with its ability of grounding harmonies, playing dynamically with tones and phrases are probably even better suited to carry on the melancholy themes and moods than the piano with its more transient sustainability. So the string arrangement gives a perfect testament of what Grieg’s music with its special Nordic idiom is about: authentic varying moods full of melancholy, surprising harmony modulation, use of organ points combined with open fifths and last but not least endless melodies anticipating in some parts the Impressionism. But of course both are respectable versions in its own right.

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Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Silent Woods, Rondo & Polonaise

Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Silent Woods, Rondo & Polonaise


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

Polonaise in A major for cello & piano or cello & orchestra, B94


Mark Drobinsky (cello)

Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Saulius Sondeckis

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Schumann: Toccata, Kinderszenen & Carnaval

Schumann: Toccata, Kinderszenen & Carnaval


Lagidze:

Rondo Toccata

Schumann:

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Carnaval, Op. 9


Dudana Mazmanishvili (piano)

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Eternamente (The Verismo Album) - Vinyl Edition

Eternamente (The Verismo Album) - Vinyl Edition


Boito:

Spunta l'aurora pallida (from Mefistofele)

Joseph Calleja (tenor), Richard Novak (bass)

Donaudy:

O del mio amato ben

Giordano, U:

Vicino a te (from Andrea Chénier)

Joseph Calleja (tenor), Emmanuel Villaume (spoken voice)

Leoncavallo:

La Canzone di Fleana (from I Zingari)

Mascagni:

Regina coeli laetare (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Voi lo sapete o mamma (from Cavalleria rusticana)

Tu qui, Santuzza? (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Mascheroni:

Eternamente

Ponchielli:

Suicidio! (from La Gioconda)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Refice:

Ombra di Nube


Eternamente is described as a collection of verismo – the term used generically for Italian opera of the immediate post-Verdi era. No matter when they were composed, and no matter what their subject matter, all these operas demand great passion and commitment from their performers – and they get it from Angela Gheorghiu. “It is like my soul, it is something different, it is not the voice,” she explained in an interview with Opera magazine. “The voice is also there, it has to be there, and it has had to be prepared – but at that moment of the performance, there is more. The response is never a conscious exaggeration – it is a natural expression. I am never pretending. It is just how I am at that moment.” The character and impact of her voice was summarised thus in Gramophone: “With her smooth and dark-toned soprano, a voice at once powerfully firm and vulnerable, Gheorghiu stands out from an entire generation of talented singers. Her sound is convincingly Italianate in the great tradition; her voice, once heard, is never forgotten.”

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Christian Ferras: The Complete HMV & Telefunken Recordings

Christian Ferras: The Complete HMV & Telefunken Recordings


Bach, J S:

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

Yehudi Menuhin (violin/conductor)

Bath Festival Orchestra

Bando:

Hungarian Concerto

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Alain Lombard

Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'

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

Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2

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

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'

Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

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

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Berg:

Violin Concerto 'To the Memory of an Angel' (1935)

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Georges Prêtre

Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Winds of the Orchestre de la Société des concerts du Conservatoire

Brahms:

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

Paul Tortelier (cello)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Kletzki

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Susskind

Chausson:

Concert in D major for piano, violin and string quartet, Op. 21

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Parrenin Quartet

Debussy:

Violin Sonata in G minor

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Enescu:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25 'dans le caractère populaire roumain'

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Fauré:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 2 in E minor, Op. 108

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Franck, C:

Violin Sonata in A major

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Lalo:

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Susskind

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Philharmonia Orchestra, Constantin Silvestri

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K218

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, André Vandernoot

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, André Vandernoot

Ravel:

Tzigane

Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Philharmonia Orchestra, Constantin Silvestri


This 13-disc set brings together, for the first time, all the recordings that the French violinist Christian Ferras made for HMV and Telefunken including several first releases on CD. Amongst his musical partners featured in the set are Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Tortelier, Georges Prêtre, Constantin Silvestri and others.

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Rossini: Guillaume Tell

Rossini: Guillaume Tell


Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell), John Osborn (Arnaud), Malin Byström (Mathilde), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Hedwige), Matthew Rose (Walter Furst), Frédéric Caton (Melchtal), Elena Xanthoudakis (Jemmy), Carlo Cigni (Gesler), Carlo Bosi (Rodolphe), Celso Albelo (Ruodi), Dawid Kimberg (Leuthold), Davide Malvestio (Un Chasseur)

Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Guillaume Tell, premiered in Paris in 1829, was Rossini’s grandest opera and also his last, although the composer lived for almost 40 more years. Based on Friedrich Schiller’s epic play Wilhelm Tell, it tells of heroic resistance to Austrian oppression in 14th-century Switzerland. “The piece is an immense architectural challenge for a conductor,” says Antonio Pappano, “but I was just swept off my feet by its sheer energy and daring.”

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Eternamente (The Verismo Album)

Eternamente (The Verismo Album)


Boito:

Spunta l'aurora pallida (from Mefistofele)

Joseph Calleja (tenor), Richard Novak (bass)

Donaudy:

O del mio amato ben

Giordano, U:

No! se un pensier torture (from Siberia)

Vicino a te (from Andrea Chénier)

Joseph Calleja (tenor), Emmanuel Villaume (spoken voice)

Leoncavallo:

La Canzone di Fleana (from I Zingari)

Ed ora conoscetela (from La Boheme)

Mascagni:

Regina coeli laetare (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Voi lo sapete o mamma (from Cavalleria rusticana)

Tu qui, Santuzza? (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Mascheroni:

Eternamente

Ponchielli:

Suicidio! (from La Gioconda)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Parigi! E la citta dei desideri (from La Rondine)

Refice:

Ombra di Nube


Eternamente is described as a collection of verismo – the term used generically for Italian opera of the immediate post-Verdi era. No matter when they were composed, and no matter what their subject matter, all these operas demand great passion and commitment from their performers – and they get it from Angela Gheorghiu. “It is like my soul, it is something different, it is not the voice,” she explained in an interview with Opera magazine. “The voice is also there, it has to be there, and it has had to be prepared – but at that moment of the performance, there is more. The response is never a conscious exaggeration – it is a natural expression. I am never pretending. It is just how I am at that moment.” The character and impact of her voice was summarised thus in Gramophone: “With her smooth and dark-toned soprano, a voice at once powerfully firm and vulnerable, Gheorghiu stands out from an entire generation of talented singers. Her sound is convincingly Italianate in the great tradition; her voice, once heard, is never forgotten.”

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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

2 CD Hardback, cloth-bound book + dust jacket


Theo Adam (Dutchman), Anja Silja (Senta), Martti Talvela (Daland), Ernst Kozub (Erik), Annelies Burmeister (Mary) & Gerhard Unger (Steersman)

BBC Chorus & New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer

Released in 1968

Newly remastered from the original tapes

‘This performance is as perfect as we have any right to demand. Klemperer’s magisterial interpretation of the opera has a blazing intensity, the orchestra plays superbly and the cast give of their considerable best.’ Gramophone

‘With this remaster of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, the listener is plunged into a stormy world of wind and water. The sound effects introduced for the first time by EMI on this recording are very effective, and the dramatic impact of the performance of Anja Silja as Senta is indisputable. This recording, made in the winter of 1968 at Abbey Road’s Studio One, utilises the Ambiophonic system whereby numerous speakers were added to the walls of the studio to increase reverberation and improve the overall acoustic of the studio. The LP master tapes used for this remaster derive directly from the original four-track masters therefore preserving sound and balance as approved by Klemperer at the time the recording was made, including the spectacular sound effects.’ Ian Jones, Remastering Engineer at Abbey Road Studios

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