Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice

August 2005

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Antony Pitts - Seven Letters

Antony Pitts - Seven Letters


Pitts, A:

Adoro te

The Lord's Prayer

The First and Last

Seven Letters

O Love

O Wisdom of God - Antiphon for Advent

O Holy of Holies - Antiphon for Advent

Amen


‘Seven shorter pieces complete the programme, the best of which are Adoro te and Amen, both of which make striking use of dynamic and spatial effects. The performances are excellent’ (BBC Music Magazine)

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Grieg: Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23

Grieg: Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23


Peter Mattei (Baritone): Peer Gynt, Camilla Tilling (Soprano): Solveig & Charlotte Hellekant (Mezzo): Anitra

Ellerhein Girls’ Choir, Estonian National Male Choir & Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

“…a very clean-cut, airy reading that avoids excessive sweetness and achieves a sense of drama as propulsive as a film score. Järvi's orchestra responds splendidly, with what sounds like a real Hardanger fiddle adding its tangy tone to the solos, and excellent vocal forces.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2005 *****

“Jarvi conducts his Estonian forces in warmly expressive, full-blooded readings...In the Hall of the Mountain King is very exciting, with a wild accelerando and vigorous vocal contributions.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Haydn: Paris Symphonies

Haydn: Paris Symphonies


Haydn:

Symphonies Nos. 82 - 87 (the Paris Symphonies)


“When the members of a Parisian concert society commissioned a set of symphonies from Haydn in the mid-1780s they would have looked forward to receiving works of the most up-to-date and sophisticated kind by the genre's acknowledged master. The arrival of a recording of the 'Paris' Symphonies by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Vienna Concentus Musicus will have aroused a similar sense of anticipation in some and, just as Haydn must have surpassed expectations with his six superb creations, so the wonders of this threedisc set are surely more than even Harnoncourt fans can have hoped for.
(Three discs? Yes, Harnoncourt takes every repeat going, which means sonata-movement second halves, full sets of repeats for minuets and trios and even a repeat for No 85's slow introduction, with the result that most of the performances come in at just over half an hour.) But if this makes for one more disc than the norm, there is certainly no danger of the music outstaying its welcome. For the pre-Revolution Parisians these were grand works of powerful and unrelenting invention, and Harnoncourt's achievement is to remind us of the fact, revealing in these underrated masterpieces a brilliance and muscle that can almost make us forget 200 years of symphonic history.
For that alone we should be thankful, but these are also just about the most enjoyable and involving Paris performances you are likely to come across. The Concentus Musicus are on superb form, serving up a sound both clear and substantial, with horns a more than usually dark flavouring. And Harnoncourt is typically alert to every message the music has for us, drawing drama, humour, tenderness and colour at all turns, leaving the listener nothing to do but gasp, smile or glow in his wake.
There is barely room here to list this set's distinguishing delights, but among the most memorable are the fooling with the placing of the final chords of No 82, the leisured unrolling of the main theme of No 84's first movement, the fiercely stabbing wind chords of No 83's finale, and the gloriously unleashed pedal notes at the climax of No 85. Furthermore, Harnoncourt treats each symphony – indeed each movement, each bar – on its own terms. Harnoncourt has shown here that there is more to the 'Paris' Symphonies than the bluff, rolling bonhomie of some interpreters – so much more, in fact, that you have to wonder if they can ever be the same again.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Harnoncourt characteristically plays up the rhetorical boldness and vivid contrasts in these colourful, worldly symphonies. The boldest movement of all, the opening Vivace assai of L'Ours, No. 82, has a swagger and brazen splendour unmatched in any rival recording... That the agent provocateur is also a closer Romantic is apparent in his tender, espressivo phrasing of the slow movements and in his habit, unfashionable today, of easing the tempo (sometimes drastically) for Haydn's 'second subjects'.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2005 ****

“When the members of a Parisian concert society commissioned a set of symphonies from Haydn in the mid-1780s they would have looked forward to receiving works of the most up-to-date and sophisticated kind by the genre's acknowledged master. The arrival of a recording of the 'Paris' Symphonies by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Vienna Concentus Musicus will have aroused a similar sense of anticipation in some and, just as Haydn must have surpassed expectations with his six superb creations, so the wonders of this threedisc set are surely more than even Harnoncourt fans can have hoped for.
(Three discs? Yes, Harnoncourt takes every repeat going, which means sonata-movement second halves, full sets of repeats for minuets and trios and even a repeat for No 85's slow introduction, with the result that most of the performances come in at just over half an hour.) But if this makes for one more disc than the norm, there is certainly no danger of the music outstaying its welcome. For the pre-Revolution Parisians these were grand works of powerful and unrelenting invention, and Harnoncourt's achievement is to remind us of the fact, revealing in these underrated masterpieces a brilliance and muscle that can almost make us forget 200 years of symphonic history.
For that alone we should be thankful, but these are also just about the most enjoyable and involving Paris performances you are likely to come across. The Concentus Musicus are on superb form, serving up a sound both clear and substantial, with horns a more than usually dark flavouring. And Harnoncourt is typically alert to every message the music has for us, drawing drama, humour, tenderness and colour at all turns, leaving the listener nothing to do but gasp, smile or glow in his wake.
There is barely room here to list this set's distinguishing delights, but among the most memorable are the fooling with the placing of the final chords of No 82, the leisured unrolling of the main theme of No 84's first movement, the fiercely stabbing wind chords of No 83's finale, and the gloriously unleashed pedal notes at the climax of No 85. Furthermore, Harnoncourt treats each symphony – indeed each movement, each bar – on its own terms. Harnoncourt has shown here that there is more to the 'Paris' Symphonies than the bluff, rolling bonhomie of some interpreters – so much more, in fact, that you have to wonder if they can ever be the same again.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Awards 2005

Winner - Orchestral

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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer


Simon Estes (Der Holländer), Matti Salminen (Daland), Lisbeth Balslev (Senta), Robert Schunk (Erik), Anny Schlemm (Mary), Graham Clark (Steuermann)

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Woldemar Nelsson

(First-time release on DVD)

“This is a Senta-centred production, realised as the repressed heroine's dream. On those terms, it is brilliantly carried through, acted with immense conviction. The musical side is good, not outstanding.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2005

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Boyce: Symphonies Nos. 1-8, Op. 2

Boyce: Symphonies Nos. 1-8, Op. 2


“While Trevor Pinnock (see above) or Christopher Hogwood might justifiably retain benchmark status, Kevin Mallon and his Canadian period-instrument Aradia Ensemble offer a nicely judged and pleasantly played alternative, vibrantly conveying the difficult blend of dancelike wit and muscular energy in Boyce's music.
Apart from the list of participants being wildly incorrect (a choir where none exists, horns overlooked, no organ and uncredited harpsichord) the only mild reservation is that the over-reverberant recorded sound conceals occasional problems with intonation and washes everything in a mushy soup that does not always assist transparency and clarity.
However, the acoustic lends an attractive bloom to the horns in Symphony No 4, and the effect of the resonant trumpets and timpani in Symphony No 5 is invigorating. If you are curious about Boyce's orchestral music, then this is an ideal place to start.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Naxos - 8557278

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Voyage à Paris

Voyage à Paris

Chansons Françaises


Chabrier:

Villanelle des petits canards

L'ile heureuse

Chausson:

Chanson d'Ophelie

Hébé, Op. 2 No. 6

Le temps des lilas

Duparc:

Lamento

Fauré:

Mandoline, Op. 58 No. 1 (Verlaine)

Chanson d'amour, Op. 27 No. 1

Le secret Op. 23 No. 3

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Hahn, R:

Quand je fus pris au pavillon

A Chloris

Le rossignol des lilas

Poulenc:

Les chemins de l'amour

Métamorphoses: C'est ainsi que tu es

La Dame d'Andre

Hotel

Mon cadavre est doux comme un gant

Violon

Fancy

Nous voulons une petite soeur

A sa guitare

Voyage a Paris

Chanson d'Orkenise


Lynne Dawson (soprano) & Julius Drake (piano)

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