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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Complete Music For Soprano And Guitar

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Complete Music For Soprano And Guitar


Joanna Klisowska (soprano, Giulio Tampalini (guitar)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) wrote his song cycle “The Divan of Moses Ibn Ezra” in the last years of his life, a work of reflection on the human condition. Moses Ibn Ezra (1055-1138) was a Jewish poet who took refuge in Spain after the conquest of his land by the Berber Almoravids, an obvious and deep inspiration for the Jew Castelnuovo-

Tedesco who experienced the same fate of exile when moving in 1939 to the USA, fleeing the Nazi threat.

The song cycle “Divan of Moses Ibn Ezra” is in English, a translation of the original Hebrew poetry. The work is divided in 5 parts, and describes the stages of human life and its fate: “Songs of Wandering”, “Songs of Friendship”, “Wine and the delights of Sons of Men”, “the World and its Vicissitudes” and “the Transience of the World”. The musical tone is elegiac, sometimes melancholy, a bittersweet reflection on a long life full of glory and despair.

A beautiful interpretation by soprano Joanna Klisowska, specialist in Early Music and 20th century repertoire, and master guitarist Giulio Tampalini.

The booklet contains excellent liner notes written by the famous composer Angelo Gilardino, in both English and Italian.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Brilliant Classics - 95282BR

(CD)

$8.00

Scheduled for release on 4 August 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Pilati: Chamber Music For Violin, Cello & Piano

Pilati: Chamber Music For Violin, Cello & Piano


Pilati:

Sonata in F minor for violin and piano

Preludio, Aria e Tarantella

Folk tunes

Suite for Strings and Piano: Sarabanda

Pezzi (2) for violin and piano

Caccia for violin and piano

Echoes of Napels: Tammurriata

Sonata in A minor for cello and piano

Inquiétude - Melodic Etude for cello and piano

Bagatelles


Francesco Manara (violin), Luca Signorini (cello) & Dario Candela (piano)

Mario Pilati (1903-1938) was an important figure in Italian musical life in the 20-ties and 30-ties of the 20th century. After winning the prestigious Coolidge Prize his works were also performed in the USA, a.o. by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Koussevitsky.

Pilati’s style has its roots in the Late-Romantic language of Mahler and Richard Strauss. His compatriot Respighi’s influence is shown in his fondness for modal writing, whereas also neo-classical inspirations can be traced.

This 2CD set contains Pilati’s complete output for violin and piano and cello and piano. Prominent is the substantial and brooding Violin Sonata in F minor, the Cello Sonata in A minor and lighter fare such as the Bagatelles for piano.

Played with dedication and obvious love for the music by 3 italian musicians: Francesco Manara (violin), Luca Signorini (cello) and pianist Dario Candela.

The booklet contains an extensive composer portrait as well as commentary on the works written by Laura Esposito Pilati.

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Brilliant Classics - 95352BR

(CD - 2 discs)

$10.00

Scheduled for release on 4 August 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Durante: Concertos For Strings

Durante: Concertos For Strings


Durante, F:

Concerto No. 1 in F minor

Concerto No. 2 in G minor

Concerto No. 3 in E flat major

Concerto No. 4 in E minor

Concerto No. 5 in A major

Concerto No. 6 in A major

Concerto No. 7 in C major

Concerto No. 8 in A major “La Pazzia”


Ensemble Imaginaire, Cristina Corrieri

Francesco Durante (1684-1755) was the most important representative of the Neapolitan School in the first half of the 18-th century, “the greatest harmonist in Italy, that is the world” wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his Dictionnaire de Musique. His pupils include Pergolesi, Jommelli and Paisiello.

Although Durante was foremost a composer of sacred music he is widely known for his famous 12 Concertos for Strings. These 3- or 4-movement concertos are highly skillful works in which the Baroque polyphony is infused with Neapolitan Galante Style elements, as well as certain unusual melodic, rhythmic and harmonic twists, foreshadowing the Sturm und Drang style.

The Italian Ensemble Imaginaire is specialized in the exploration of Neapolitan Baroque music. They play on period instruments and have based their performance on a new critical survey of the original manuscript scores.

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Brilliant Classics - 95542BR

(CD - 2 discs)

$10.00

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Calace: Music For Mandolin Quartet

Calace: Music For Mandolin Quartet


Motus Mandolin Quartet

Raffaele Calace (Naples 1863-1934) is without doubt the most important figure in the history of the Neapolitan mandolin. Born into a family of luthiers he took over the workshop of instrument manufacturing, developing in the course of the years several new instruments, like the Concerto Mandolin, the Mandocello or the Liuto Cantabile and the Archlute, a sort of plucked double bass to be used in mandolin orchestras. Needless to say he was also considered one of the greatest mandolin virtuosos of his time, performing in Europe, the USA and Asia, where he played for the Japanese Emperor. He also founded an important publishing house, the Edizione Raffaele Calace.

This new recording features original works by Calace, highly attractive character pieces with titles like Tarantella, Fantasia Poetica, Idillio, Elegia and Danza Spagnola.

Played with total dedication and amazing skill by the Motus Quartet, consisting of two mandolins, a mandola and a liuto cantabile.

The booklet contains an extensive text on the composer and his works, in English and Italian.

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Brilliant Classics - 95494BR

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$8.00

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Giuliani, G F: Nocturnes (12) for Clarinet and Harp

Giuliani, G F: Nocturnes (12) for Clarinet and Harp


Luigi Magistrelli (clarinet) & Elena Gorna (harp)

Giovanni Francesco Giuliani (not to be confused with Mauro Giuliani, the famous guitar composer) lived from 1760 till 1818, active as violinist, composer and teacher in Florence, which went through a huge boom of theatrical and musical creativity due to the efforts of Pietro Leopoldo as Gran Duke of Tuscany.

The 12 Nocturnes (or Notturnos) for clarinet and harp were found in the New York Public Library and were only recently discovered. They are charming pieces in Galante style, consisting of two movements: a slow introduction of great melodious beauty and a brisk and brilliant allegro. The accompaniment of the harp provides a velvety harmonic sonority which contributes to the pleasing character of the music.

These first recordings are played by Italian clarinetist Luigi Magistrelli, who already discovered many musical gems for his instrument, and harpist Elena Gorna.

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Brilliant Classics - 95541BR

(CD)

$8.00

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Valeri: Complete Organ Music

Valeri: Complete Organ Music


Paolo Bottini (organ)

The first recording of the complete organ works by Valeri.

Gaetano Valeri (1760-1822) was born in Padua, Italy, bred and raised in the “Keyboard School of the Veneto region”. A true “classical” composer he absorbed the style of Haydn and Mozart, while still under the influence of the Galant Style of Galuppi, Alberti and Turini.

Valeri’s organ works contain indications of the use of certain stops, which were specific of the organs built in his time in the Veneto, by for instance the famous organ builder Callido.

Valeri’s organ works form a happy mix of the Classical and Galant, strict forms containing beautiful cantabile melodies and lavish ornamentation.

Italian organist Paolo Bottini chose two beautiful historic organs from Valeri’s time, the full specification of which are included in the booklet, which also contains scholarly written liner notes by the artist.

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Brilliant Classics - 95559BR

(CD - 3 discs)

$11.75

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Campion: Music For Baroque Guitar

Campion: Music For Baroque Guitar


Campion, F:

Gavotte en Rondeau

Préludes

Fugues

La Montléon - Courante la Victoire

Allemande

Les soupirs

Sarabande Rondeau

Gigue la Somptueuse

Les Ramages

Tombeau Rondeau

Tombeau de Mr. De Maltot

Air

Passacaille


Bernhard Hofstötter (guitar)

François Campion was born around 1685 in Rouen, France. In 1705 his “Nouvelles Découvertes Sur la Guitarre” was published in Paris. With this work Campion positioned himself, with Robert de Visée, as one of the finest representatives of the French guitar at the close of the 17th century.

In his works Campion firmly establishes the guitar as a polyphonic instrument capable of producing complex harmonies and counterpoint, which is shown in the 4 complete fugues on this recording. The other works feature popular dance forms of the time: allemande, courante, sarabande and gigue, expressing the full range of French charm, grace and brilliance.

Austrian lutenist and guitarist Bernhard Hofstötter plays a unique historical guitar built around 1640 by the famous instrument maker Matteo Sellas.

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Brilliant Classics - 95276BR

(CD)

$8.00

Scheduled for release on 4 August 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

WF Bach: Complete Harpsichord Music

WF Bach: Complete Harpsichord Music


• Fantasias

• Fugues

• Sonatas

• Polonaises

• Solo Concerto

• Suite

• 8 fugues


Claudio Astronio (harpsichord)

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was the least famous son of the great Johann Sebastian in his time. Yet reportedly he was his father’s favourite, and he was regarded as the most original and innovative of his offspring.

Wilhelm Friedemann left relatively little music, and much was only published only in the 20th century. He was an extraordinary keyboard player, which is shown in his works for the harpsichord, a collection of sonatas, fantasias, fugues and dances. His amazing improvisation skills are reflected in his style: original, witty, clever, sometimes dark and always full of imagination they are uncompromisingly challenging, a far cry from the charming and pleasing works of his brother Johann Christian (the London Bach).

This is the first complete recording of Wilhelm Friedemann’s keyboard works on 6 CD’s, a tour de force by Italian Claudio Astronio, conductor, organist, harpsichordist, musicologist, an amazing artist with an open mind, pioneer in Early Music with a fondness of pop and jazz as well. “Astronio’s ability to convey the character and emotional dynamic of a vocal line is incredibly beautiful, sensitive and deeply touching” wrote Fanfare, America’s classical magazine.

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Brilliant Classics - 94240BR

(CD - 6 discs)

$20.00

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Handel In Italy: Cantatas, Arias & Serenata

Handel In Italy: Cantatas, Arias & Serenata


This set presents an extensive collection of works which George Frideric Handel wrote during his short but astoundingly fruitful stay in Italy. Here he met the great composers of the day, imbuing the rich Italian style, full of drama, cantabile and instrumental brilliance.

The set’s focus is on the secular Cantatas, all of them mini-operas in scale and substance, dealing with human emotions of love, jealousy, hope and despair. The influence of Handel’s stay in Italy can be found in many of his great operas and oratorios he later wrote in London.

Apart from the Cantatas the set includes a selection of Italian Duets, and the Serenata Aci, Galatea & Polifemo. · Excellent performances in Historically Informed Performance Practice, by Contrasto Armonico, Musica Perduta and specialist vocal soloists.

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Brilliant Classics - 95496BR

(CD - 14 discs)

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