Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice

November 2003

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Grieg & Schumann - Piano Concertos

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2004

Winner - Concerto

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - November 2003

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Catalogue No:

5575622

Discs:

1

Release date:

22nd Sept 2003

Barcode:

0724355756220

Length:

48 minutes

Medium:

CD
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Grieg & Schumann - Piano Concertos


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

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Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16

I. Allegro molto moderato

II. Adagio

III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54

I. Allegro affettuoso

II. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)

III. Allegro vivace

Gramophone Magazine

November 2003

“However many times he has performed the Grieg, Andsnes retains a freshness and expressiveness that never sounds contrived, always spontaneous..., Andsnes is firmly supported by Jansons and the Berlin Philharmonic, with playing not just refined but dramatic too”

Classic FM Magazine

February 2012

“faster, fiercer, yet more freely expressive than his 1990 version.”

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Pärt - Triodion

Pärt - Triodion


Pärt:

Nunc dimittis

... which was the Son of ...

I am the true vine

Littlemore Tractus

Triodion

My Heart's in the Highlands

David James (countertenor)

Salve Regina

Dopo la vittoria


“Meurig Bowen's notes observe that choral pieces composed in the 1990s suggested Pärt was moving into 'more complex, exotic harmonic territory'.
Some of his music began to give a glimpse of what was described as 'an attractively post- Minimalist aspect' of the composer's recent work.
All rather premature, perhaps, since, as Bowen acknowledges, Pärt subsequently returned to a more strictly diatonic, triadic approach.
Even so, the staccato, carol-like episodes bracketing Dopo La Vittoria, commissioned in 1991 and delivered in 1997, come as a shock, but the bulk of the piece is more recognisably by Pärt, and the Nunc dimittis, with its lovely, lambent solo part for soprano Elin Thomas, evoking Allegri's Miserere, assuages all doubts.
The idea of Pärt setting Burns might surprise, but My heart's in the Highlands, with its serene, Pachelbel-like organ line and pellucid vocal by countertenor David James, is a triumph. In the hymn-like Littlemore Tractus and Salve Regina, warm melodies and bursts of colourful chords mellow Pärt's sound without detracting from its sublime, ethereal beauty. Polyphony's performance is gorgeous.”
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Anna Netrebko - Opera Arias

Anna Netrebko - Opera Arias


Bellini:

Care compagne, et voi, teneri amici ... Come per me sereno (from La Sonnambula)

Berlioz:

Entre l'amour et le devoir ... Quand j'aurai votre âge (from Benvenuto Cellini)

Donizetti:

Ancor non giunse! ... Regnava nel silenzio…Quando rapito in estasi (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Gounod:

Faust: 'Les grands seigneurs ont seuls des airs... Ah! Je ris de me voir

Massenet:

Suis-je gentille ainsi? ... Je marche sur tous les chemins ... Obéissons quand leur voix appelle (from Manon)

Mozart:

Quando avran fine omai ... Padre, germani, addio! (from Idomeneo)

Crudele? Ah no, mio bene! ... Non mi dir, bell'idol mio (from Don Giovanni)

Puccini:

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)


“A remarkable voice” The Telegraph

“This first solo recital…is a fine portrait of a lovely singer.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2003

“Netrebko projects some of the bigger parts with a power that would have been hard to predict just a few years ago.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2006

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DG - 4742402

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Edward Gregson: Concertos Volume 1

Edward Gregson: Concertos Volume 1


Gregson, E:

Blazon (1992)

Violin Concerto (1999 rev. 2001)

Olivier Charlier (violin)

Clarinet Concerto (1994)

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Stepping Out for string orchestra (1996


Premiere recordings

“He [Gregson] speaks to a large audience, without sacrificing integrity. With superb performances and sound... this is a release of vital, attractive and immensely likeable music” International Record Review

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Stravinsky: The Firebird

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Complete ballet transcribed for piano by the composer


Idil Biret (piano)

Gramophone Editor's Choice Award, November, 2003

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Naxos - 8555999

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The Gift to be Free: songs by Aaron Copland

The Gift to be Free: songs by Aaron Copland

Voices, Volume 3


Copland:

Poet's song

Pastorale

Four Piano Blues

Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2

Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

Night


Susan Chilcott (soprano), Iain Burnside (piano)

“In this excellent selection Susan Chilcott and Iain Burnside grasp the subtlety of Copland's idiom. The two sets of Old American Songs are rightly sung in an American accent in a range of styles from the soulful-nostalgic of 'Long time ago' to the knockabout comedy of 'I bought me a cat'. But 'Simple Gifts', so well known from Appalachian Spring, is taken well below the marked tempo.
Copland's settings of Emily Dickinson are given with the commanding authority that this great cycle deserves. The competition on CD consists of Roberta Alexander with Roger Vignoles, where there are minor flaws, and Barbara Bonney with André Previn, which isn't an all-Copland disc. Neither of Copland's own recordings is still available. Even in this company Chilcott is impressive, with an enviable control of the wide leaps from top to bottom.
Her breath control is so good that she can easily sustain the last note of 'I could not stop for death' for its full length, symbolising eternity. In each song every mood is right, although the recorded balance varies.
The early songs are interesting. Copland set his friend Aaron Schaffer's poem Night when he was only 18 and Debussy's impressionism still avant-garde. But Pastorale three years later, just before he went to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, shows real personality.”
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