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Flaminis aura

Flaminis aura

Works by Tommie Haglund


Haglund:

Flaminis aura for cello and orchestra

Il regno degli spiriti for string quartet

Sollievo (dopo la tempesta) for string trio

Serenata per Diotima for strings


Ernst Simon Glaser, Julia Kretz-Larsson & Håkan Rudner

Gothenburg Symphony, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen, David Afkham & Joachim Gustafsson

This composer portrait opens with Tommie Haglund’s first score for full orchestra – the cello concerto Flaminis aura. Composed in 2001 and rewarded 13 years later with Sweden’s most important composition prize, the work is in a single movement with a slow basic pulse, and thus conforms to a recurring pattern within Haglund’s production. Its Latin title describes a state immediately prior to a religious revelation, and the music forms an exploration of both the human interior and the cosmos – towards the end of the work a tape with space sounds recorded by NASA is heard: a ‘Song of Earth’.

Performed by Ernst Simon Glaser and the Gothenburg Symphony, the concerto is followed by another composition from 2001, the string quartet Il regno degli spiriti, and the string trio Sollievo (dopo la tempesta). Both these works are here performed by the highly regarded string trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen (ZPR), joined by Julia Kretz-Larsson on second violin in the quartet. Sollievo… was composed for ZPR in 2013, and its title – ‘relief after the storm’ – refers to the end of a period of painful treatment following a back operation. With a generous playing time of close to 84 minutes, the disc closes with Serenata per Diotima from 2014, interpreted by the strings of Malmö Symphony Orchestra with substantial violin solos from Håkan Rudner. Celebrating the female philosopher of Greek antiquity, the piece was also inspired by the birth of the composer’s first grandchild.

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Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto

Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto


Strauss, R:

Oboe Concerto in D

Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe)

Serenade in E flat major for Winds, Op. 7

Sonatina No. 2 (Symphony) in E flat major for 16 wind instruments, AV 143 'Fröhliche Werkstatt'


Despite his advanced age and the chaos surrounding him, Richard Strauss remained highly productive well into the 1940s. As the Second World War was coming to an end in 1944-45, the eighty-year-old composer was working on his Oboe Concerto and Sonatina No. 2 for winds, as well as the Metamorphosen for strings. While the latter work was an explicit response to the destruction Strauss was witnessing, in the Concerto and the Sonatina the composer seemed to be turning his mind away from the events surrounding him. There is a pastoral quality to the oboe concerto, with a highly tuneful solo part and more than occasional touches of nostalgia for the 18th century. Similarly, Strauss headed the score of the sonatina with a dedication ‘to the spirit of the immortal Mozart at the end of a life full of thankfulness’.

To an extent, one might say that Strauss at the end of his life returned to the musical models of his youth. It is therefore fitting that these two works frame the Serenade in E flat major for wind ensemble, composed more than sixty years earlier in the tradition of entertainment music by Schubert and Mendelssohn. Alexei Ogrintchouk, one of today’s leading oboists, has proven himself in previous recordings for BIS ranging from Bach to Nikos Skalkottas and Antal Doráti. With sterling support from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons, he here makes light of the considerable difficulties of the solo part of the oboe concerto, and also directs his colleagues from the orchestra’s wind section in the works for wind ensemble.

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Stravinsky: Music for Violin, Vol. 1

Stravinsky: Music for Violin, Vol. 1


Rouget de Lisle:

La Marseillaise

for violin solo

Stravinsky:

Pastorale

Prélude et Ronde des princesses

Berceuse from The Firebird

Scherzo from The Firebird

Chanson Russe

Danse Russe (from Pétrouchka)

Suite for Violin and Piano

Duo concertant

Airs du rossignol et Marche chinoise


Ilya Gringolts (violin) & Peter Laul (piano)

In his autobiography, Igor Stravinsky wrote of his not having had any ‘great liking’ for the combination of strings and piano. That there nevertheless are a number of chamber works by him featuring the violin is to a large extent due to the violinist Samuel Dushkin. The two were introduced to each other by Stravinsky’s German music publisher who wanted to persuade him to compose a violin concerto. They obviously hit it off: their collaboration continued after the concerto had come into being in 1931, and they devised a recital programme to perform together on tours.

The centrepiece was Duo concertant which Stravinsky completed in 1932 as his only original composition for violin and piano. Rather than looking for common ground between the two instruments, Stravinsky aimed to emphasize their individuality in a work that he himself claimed was ‘determined by my love of the pastoral poets of antiquity and their scholarly art and technique’. The other pieces on this disc are, with one exception, arrangements of Stravinsky’s own works including The Firebird, Petrushka and Le rossignol. The majority were made for and in collaboration with Dushkin, but a few come from the 1920s and were intended for the violinist Paul Kochanski.

One of these is the Suite for violin and piano, arranged from the ballet Pulcinella – material that Stravinsky revisited in the 1930s in order to make a new version for Dushkin. (The resulting Suite italienne will appear on the second and last volume of Stravinsky’s music for violin, together with the violin concerto and other works.) With this programme, and in the company of the eminent Russian pianist Peter Laul, the highly virtuosic and temperamental violinist Ilya Gringolts makes his return to BIS, the label for which he made his début recording in 1999.

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John Pickard: 16 Sunrises & Symphony No. 5

John Pickard: 16 Sunrises & Symphony No. 5


Pickard:

Symphony No. 5

Sixteen Sunrises

Concertante Variations

Toccata (after Monteverdi)


Born in 1963, John Pickard is best known for a series of powerful orchestral and instrumental works and previous recordings on BIS of his music have received critical acclaim in reviews such as Gramophone (‘simply stunning’), American Record Guide (‘superb works in wonderful readings’) and BBC Music Magazine (‘an absolute triumph).

The present disc brings together some of Pickard’s most recent orchestral compositions, in performances by two of his long-time collaborators: the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Martyn Brabbins. The opening work is Symphony No. 5, which was composed in 2014 with these performers in mind. Lasting some thirty minutes, the symphony is in a single continuous movement. It requires no less than three timpanists who are placed at the back of the orchestra to the right, left and centre, leading to some dramatic antiphonal exchanges. The symphony is followed by Sixteen Sunrises, the result of the composer’s wish to compose a piece ‘filled with light’. The title of the piece refers to the number of sunrises that can be observed during a twenty-four-hour period from the International Space Station (ISS), as it orbits the earth. Musical depictions of sunrises are normally gradual processes, but viewed from the ISS, a sunrise occurs in a matter of seconds, and it is the idea of suddenly shifting from darkness to light (and back again) that formed the basis of the shape of Pickard’s piece.

In contrast to these two works, the Concertante Variations have been described by the composer as ‘a light-hearted divertimento that poses no profound questions’. It is a concise concerto for wind quintet, strings and timpani, cast in the form of a theme and variations. The disc closes with Pickard’s transcription of the well-known Toccata that Monteverdi used first in his opera Orfeo and later in the Vespers.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 'Polish'

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 'Polish'


London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ken-ichiro Kobayashi

London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi is recording the complete survey of Tchaikovsky's Symphonies.

The long and under-rated Third is the protagonist of this new SACD.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'


Wiener Phiharmoniker

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Praga Digitals - DSD350140

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Mallorca Edition Historic Organs

Mallorca Edition Historic Organs


Includes:

Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti

Sonatas, Fugues & Fandango by Padre Antonio Solèr

Complete Organ works of José Lidon

Organ Works by Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia

Organ Works by Pablo Bruna

and a bonus SACD containing Mirjam Wiesemann in conversation with Gerhard Grenzing, as well as with Martin Schmeding (at the great Bosch organ in Santanyí)


The Jordi Bosch Organ of St. Andreu in Santanyí (Mallorca) built in 1762 by one of the most important organ builders of the Iberian region. Jordi Bosch, is one of the most beautiful 10 organs in Europe. Its history, unique sound and architectural form make it a legendary instrument (25 pipes per key).

Following their highly acclaimed 17-part Max Reger Edition the multi-award-winning organist Martin Schmeding and Ingo Schmidt-Lucas from Cybele Records have set a comprehensive recording project on six SACDs. In addition to the music, two conversations are included on SACD6: Mirjam Wiesemann talks with organ builder Gerhard Grenzing and with Prof. Martin Schmeding at the historic Jordi Bosch Organ in Santanyí.

In Santanyí works by Padre Antonio Soler, Domenico Scarlatti and José Lidón were recorded on 3 SACDs, in Campos works by Aguilera de Heredia (1 SACD) and in Sencelles works by Pablo Bruna (1 SACD). Each composer will be introduced in detail on a separate SACD.

The works of the Spanish early classics and the Organ of Santanyí in German-speaking countries is under- represented in relation to their great importance.

After the restoration of the Jordi Bosch Organ and the reconstruction of the mixture and trombone in the 1980s, Gerhard Grenzings son Daniel Grenzing performed a thorough cleaning and tuning of the instrument in 2011 so that the recordings shine in its full glow.

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Linn Super Audio Collection Vol 10

Linn Super Audio Collection Vol 10


1. Williams/Ascher: Rainbow Connection

- Joe Stilgoe

2. Britten: Young Apollo, Op.16

- Lorenzo Soulès, Markus Däunert & Aldeburgh Strings

3. J.S. Bach: 'Flößt, mein Heiland, flößt dein Namen' from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

- John Butt & Dunedin Consort

4. Graupner: IV. Allegro from Concerto for flute d’amore, oboe d’amore and viola d’amore in G major, GWV 333

- Monica Huggett & Irish Baroque Orchestra

5. Maxwell Davies: Farewell To Stromness

- Sean Shibe

6. Stravinsky: Airs by a Stream (excerpt) from The Soldier's Tale

- Oliver Knussen & Royal Academy of Music Mason Ensemble

7. Sibelius: Symphony No.6, Op.104: III. Poco vivace

- Thomas Søndergård & BBC National Orchestra of Wales

8. Liszt: Grande fantaisie sur des thèmes de l’opéra Niobe de Pacini – Divertissement sur la cavatine I tuoi frequenti palpiti, S419 (excerpt)

- Chiyan Wong

9. Anonymous: Les Manches Vertes

- Elizabeth Kenny & Theatre of the Ayre

10. Anonymous: Dou way, Robyn / Sancta mater gratiae

- Gothic Voices

11. Dowland: Mr Henry Noell his Galliard from Lachrimae or Seven Tears

- Elizabeth Kenny & Phantasm

12. Sweelinck: Variations on 'Mein junges Leben hat ein End', SwWV 324

- Trevor Pinnock

13. Handel: Overture from Il pastor fido, HWV 8a

- Peter Whelan & Ensemble Marsyas

14. Mozart: Adagio from Serenade in B-flat major, K361 'Gran Partita'

- Trevor Pinnock & Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble

15. Berlioz: Serment de réconciliation from Roméo et Juliette, Op.17, H79

- Alastair Miles, Robin Ticciati & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Swedish Radio Choir


Having reached its ten-year milestone, Linn’s Super Audio Collection series remains as popular as ever.

Comprising tracks from across the award-winning label’s most recent releases, Linn Super Audio Collection Volume 10 encompasses music from Phantasm, Joe Stilgoe, Dunedin Consort and Ensemble Marsyas.

Dip into Linn’s jazz catalogue to share Joe Stilgoe’s enthusiasm for the silver screen with a track from his second movie themes album, Songs On Film: The Sequel.

Making their Linn debut in the last year were young pianist Chiyan Wong with an impressive Liszt recital, Irish Baroque Orchestra, guitarist Sean Shibe and Theatre of the Ayre.

The critics enthused about Bach’s Christmas Oratorio by Dunedin Consort with The Guardian calling it ‘one of the finest accounts now available’, whilst Phantasm’s Dowland recording earned several five star reviews with Gramophone remarking that it ‘has all the hallmarks of a classic recording’.

Oliver Knussen added to Linn’s impressive roster of conductors with a dazzling account of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale; his performance sits alongside those by Robin Ticciati, Trevor Pinnock and Thomas Søndergård who returned to conduct Berlioz, Mozart and Sibelius respectively.

The iconic Gothic Voices brought their thirty years performing experience to bear as they created their trademark evocative sound world on Mary Star of the Sea.

Whether you are discovering Linn for the first time or compiling your 2017 wish list, this collection is for you.

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French Music: Albert Roussel

French Music: Albert Roussel


Roussel:

Suite in F major, Op. 33

Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42

Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 - Suite No. 2

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 53


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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 & Serenade for String Orchestra

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 & Serenade for String Orchestra


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48


London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ken-ichiro Kobayashi

Here is the second installment in the ongoing series devoted by Exton to Tchaikovsky’s symphonic output. Each symphony is coupled with a ‘minor’ orchestral work.

Here the ‘Little Russian’, probably the least known of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, is coupled with the famous Serenade, op.48.

Once more, great SACD recording from Exton.

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