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Haochen Zhang plays Schumann, Liszt, Brahms & Janacek

Haochen Zhang plays Schumann, Liszt, Brahms & Janacek


Brahms:

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Janacek:

Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 in E flat minor, JW VIII/19 'From the Street'

Liszt:

Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15


Haochen Zhang (piano)

In 2009, at the age of 19, Haochen Zhang became one of the youngest musicians ever to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then he has had a busy concert schedule, primarily in his native China and in the U.S.A. but also in Europe where he made his début at the BBC Proms in 2014. Recording has been less of a priority for Zhang, and it is only now that he releases his first studio album, recorded at the Reitstadel, the well-known audiophile venue in Neumarkt in Germany. For this recital, Haochen Zhang has devised a programme made up of works that he feels particularly close to. As he writes in his own liner notes, they ’not only speak to me in a very intimate way, but also connect with one another at a corresponding level of intimacy: as a whole they form a unique musical narrative.’ The pieces all share a reflective and introspective quality, albeit reflective in different ways. Opening the disc Schumann’s Kinderszenen were described by the composer as ‘reflections of an adult for adults’ and in the closing Op. 117 Intermezzi, Brahms also seems to be looking backwards – but with resignation rather than intimate tenderness. Framed by these two, the works by Liszt and Janá?ek contain overtly dramatic episodes, but contemplative interludes form a recurrent feature of the Ballade, and in Presentiment, the first movement of Janá?ek’s Sonata, the dark forebodings seem to rise up from the composer’s own soul.

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Alma Oppressa: Julie Boulianne

Alma Oppressa: Julie Boulianne

Vivaldi & Handel Arias


Handel:

Qui d'amor nel suo linguaggio (from Ariodante)

Cara speme (from Giulio Cesare)

Lotario, HWV 26: Gavotte

Salda quercia (from Arianna)

Se potessero i sospir' miei (from Imeneo)

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Con l'ali di costanza (from Ariodante)

Vivaldi:

Alma oppressa (from La Fida Ninfa)

Sovente il sole (from Andromeda liberata)

Armida al campo d'Egitto RV699: Overture

Dite, oimè! Ditelo, al fine (from La Fida Ninfa)


Julie Boulianne (mezzo-soprano)

The characters brought to life in the Baroque-era operas of great composers such as Handel and Vivaldi – protagonists whose passions, loves, misfortunes, hopes, and longings unfold before us on stage – are, in reality, musical depictions of the myriad journeys experienced by the human soul.

The magnificent mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne gives to the chosen arias all their grandeur, their grace and their beauty and the quality of the ensemble Clavecin en concert’s playing is once again irreproachable. Gorgeous!

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Analekta - AN28780

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Meditation: Gregorian Chant

Meditation: Gregorian Chant


1. Salve Mater Misericordiae

2. Tota Pulchra Es

3. Memorare

4. Inviolata

5. Gloria in excelsis Deo 3 VIII

6. Salve Mira Creatura

7. Magnificat

8. Alleluia: Qui posuit IV

9. Canticle: Benedictus

10. Hymn: Jesu Rex II

11. Antiphon: In Viam Pacis VII

12. Alleluia: Post Dies Octo VIII

13. Agnus Dei 2 I

14. Introit: Da Pacem I

15. Introit: Loquetur Dominus III

16. Clemens et benigna

17. O Virgo Pulcherrima

18. O Maria Mater Pia

19. Hymn: Vita Sanctorum I


Choeur des Moines de l'Abbaye de St-Benoît-du-Lac

L'Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac is a Benedictine monastery that was founded in 1912 in south-eastern Québec. Through their teaching, their recordings, and above all their example, the monks of Saint Benedict Abbey in Saint-Benoît-du-Lac have been, for over 80 years, staunch advocates of the Gregorian chant movement that spread from Solesmes, France in the last century.

There is peacefulness to Gregorian chant that naturally brings about an inner calm that we all desire. This compilation of previously released chants will not only help with mind focus and meditation but will also reduce stress. Relaxation guaranteed!

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Analekta - AN28790

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Elgar & Tchaikovsky: Cello Works

Elgar & Tchaikovsky: Cello Works


Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


The profoundly moving, elegiac lyricism of Elgar and the wistful charm and brilliance of Tchaikovsky are on full display in this irresistible new release from PENTATONE played with consummate virtuosity by the German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Andrew Manze.

Composed at the end of the FirstWorldWar, Elgar’s powerful Cello Concerto in E minor is one of his best-loved and most deeply-felt works. The soloist’s wrenching chords which open the work announce a mood of profound resignation and loss; gone is the youthful swagger of his earlier works, replaced instead with lonely introspection and longing, especially in the sublimely beautiful Adagio. The cello is given free rein in the vigorous final movement but the opening mood prevails as an anguished outburst from the cello brings the work to a close.

No such dejection hangs over Tchaikovsky’s delightful Variations on a Rococo Theme which ooze elegance, ineffable charm and daring displays of technical brilliance. While the Pezzo capriccioso finds Tchaikovsky in a more restrained mood, with the Nocturne and Andante Cantabile he wears his romantic heart full on his sleeve.

The cellist Johannes Moser is no stranger to these works. Winner of the top prize at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, he was also awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Described by Gramophone as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists” and by the LA Times as a musician who “…connects with the audience in a way that only great artists do”, this is Moser’s third outing for PENTATONE.

His first album of concertos by Dvořák and Lalo was widely praised for his “performance of enormous flair and effervescence” (BBC Music Magazine) and “his dazzling virtuosity, free, passionate phrasing and immense energy … that recalls Pablo Casals’ iconic 1937 recording” (Strings)

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Catharsis

Catharsis


Ariosti:

Spirate, o iniqui marmi...Voi d'un figlio tanto misero (from Coriolano)

Caldara:

Ah, frenate il pianto imbelle (from Temistocle)

Conti:

In te, sposa Griselda, mi uccido...Cara sposa (from Griselda)

Handel:

Admeto: Introduzzione

Orride larve ... Chiudetevi, miei lumi (from Admeto)

Hasse, J A:

Viver vogl’io sempre per te mio dio....Or mi pento (from La conversion di Sant’Agostino)

Orlandini:

Ciò che donò la frode...Alza al ciel pianta orgogliosa (from Adelaide)

O del mio caro ben...Già mi sembra al carro avvinto (from Adelaide)

Sarro:

Sorte nemica...Quando onor favella al core (from Il Valdemaro)

Torri:

Vorresti col tuo pianto (from Griselda)

Vivaldi:

Gelido in ogni vena (from Il Farnace, RV711)


Around the year 1600, a group of Florentine aristocrats, inspired by ancient Greek drama, gave birth to opera. It was intended to move and glorify human passions in such a strong way that the spectator's soul would be cleansed of these passions in a process that Aristotle called 'catharsis'. Xavier Sabata, in his 3rd solo album for Aparté, grasps the cathartic mettle.

Sabata has rapidly established a reputation as one of the leading countertenors of his generation. Born in Avià, Catalonia, he trained as an actor at Barcelona’s Institut del Teatre, perfecting his vocal technique at the Escola Superior de Musica Catalunya and at the Musikhochschule, Karlsruhe, where his teachers were Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai.

After early successes working with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, he now also appears with such ensembles as Europa Galante and Collegium 1704 with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, René Jacobs, Jordi Savall, Fabio Bonizzoni, Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Minasi and Harry Bicket.

The Greek conductor George Petrou studied piano in Athens and at the RCM and RAM in London. He has gradually turned to conducting and is establishing a flourishing international career. He is the artistic director of the renowned Athens based Orchestra Armonia Atenea, with which he tours and records extensively, performing both on period or modern instruments.

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Aparté - AP143

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Buxtehude: Sonates en trio

Buxtehude: Sonates en trio

Manuscrits d'Uppsala


anon.:

Viola da gamba Solo in D-Moll

Becker, D:

Sonata and Suite in D major

Buxtehude:

Sonata in A minor, BuxWV272

Sonata in G minor, BuxWV261

Sonata in D BuxWV 267

Sonata in B flat major, BuxWV273


Florence Bolton & Benjamin Perrot

La Rêveuse

Dietrich Buxtehude was a key figure of the north German instrumental repertory for violin and viol. It was he who firmly established the prestige of the German trio sonata by introducing into it the stylus phantasticus, that highly contrasted and dramatic instrumental language in which imagination and virtuosity reign supreme.

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Mirare - MIR303

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Zara Levina: The Piano Concertos

Zara Levina: The Piano Concertos


Levina:

Piano Concerto No. 1

Piano Concerto No. 2


Maria Lettberg (piano)

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Ariane Matiakh

Zara Alexandrovna Levina, born 1906 in Alexandrovsk (Ukraine), witnessed two world wars, the Revolution as well as the collapse and totalitarian reconstruction of her homeland. She was under the constant ideological pressure of the existentially threatening state censorship, which was particularly exerted by the notorious RAPM (Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians) in the 1920s and 1930s, driving her to the brink of a creative and health disaster. However, Zara Levina was able to retain her own and unmistakable voice in her music. She died in Moscow on 1976 as a respected and much-performed composer beloved of musicians such as David Oistrakh, Maria Grinberg, Victor Knuschewitzki and the public alike. Vocal works like her romances meanwhile belong to the salient repertoire of Russian music.

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Capriccio - C5269

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Liszt: Grandes études de Paganini & Transcendental Etudes after Paganini

Liszt: Grandes études de Paganini & Transcendental Etudes after Paganini


Liszt:

Grandes Études de Paganini (6), S. 141

Études d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini (6), S.140

Variations sur Le Carnaval de Venise (Paganini) S700a


Wojciech Waleczek (piano)

What a man, what a violin, what an artist! […] And his expression, his manner of phrasing, and finally his soul!’ Franz Liszt, 1831 (about Paganini)

The transcriptions and arrangements of Paganini’s études represent a special case and, besides a bow before the great colleague, demonstrate demands on extreme technical skills. In his études, the pianist Liszt is quite evidently endeavouring to place alongside the Devil’s violinist Niccolò Paganini a Devil’s Pianist, which he completely succeeds in doing. In general, recourse is taken to the second version (1851) today, as it seems to be in keeping with Liszt’s definitive desire. However, all the more interesting on this CD is a direct comparison with the earlier version (1838), which exhibits an even more dense notation and difficulties transcending technical borders.

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Capriccio - C5276

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Schnittke: Hieronymus Bosch Fragments, Piano Concerto, Sonata for Violin & Suite in the Old Style

Schnittke: Hieronymus Bosch Fragments, Piano Concerto, Sonata for Violin & Suite in the Old Style


Schnittke:

Suite in the Old Style

Sonata for Violin and Chamber Orchestra

Vladimir Spivakov (violin)

Concerto for piano and strings

Alexander Ghindin (piano)

Five Fragments on Pictures by Hieromus Bosch

Dmitri Kortchak (tenor)


Moscow Virtuosi, Vladimir Spivakov

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45


MariAnne Häggander (soprano), Siegfried Lorenz (baritone)

Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig, Herbert Kegel

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