Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice

April 2007

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Nielsen: Orchestral Music

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2007

Finalist - Orchestral

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - April 2007

CD Review

Critics Disc of the Year - December 2007

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - April 2007

Label:

Dacapo

Catalogue No:

6220518

Discs:

1

Release date:

29th Jan 2007

Barcode:

0747313151868

Length:

72 minutes

Medium:

SACD (download also available)

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel
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Nielsen: Orchestral Music


Nielsen:

Maskarade Overture

Sir Oluf He Rides: Prelude

Snefrid (Suite for Orchestra)

Saul & David - Prelude Act 2

Rhapsody Overture: An Imaginary Trip to the Faroe Islands (FS123)

Pan & Syrinx, Op. 49 (FS87)

Amor og Digteren, Op. 54: Overture

Helios Overture, Op. 17 (FS32)

Maskarade: Dance of the Cockerels

Willemoes: Prelude to Act III


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Carl Nielsen: Maskarade (Masquerade), FS 39

Overture

Act III: Hanedans (Cockerel's Dance)

Carl Nielsen: Herr Oluf han rider (Master Oluf He Rides), FS 37

Master Oluf Rides, Op. 37: Prelude

Carl Nielsen: Snefrid Suite, FS 17

I. Prelude

II. Andante quasi sostenuto

III. Postlude: Allegro non troppo

IV. Snefrid's Sleep: Andante - Quasi allegretto - Andante

V. Funeral Music: Andante sostenuto

Carl Nielsen: Saul og David (Saul and David), FS 25

Saul og David (Saul and David), FS 25, Act II: Prelude

Carl Nielsen: En fantasirejse til Faeroene (A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes), FS 123

Rhapsodic Overture - A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes, Op. 123

Carl Nielsen: Willemoes, FS 44

Willemoes, Op. 44, Act III: Prelude

Carl Nielsen: Pan og Syrinx (Pan and Syrinx), Op. 49, FS 87

Pan and Syrinx, Op. 49

Carl Nielsen: Amor og Digteren (Cupid and the Poet), Op. 54, FS 150

Amor og Digteren (Cupid and the Poet), Op. 54: Overture

Carl Nielsen: Helios, Op. 17, FS 32

Helios Overture, Op. 17

BBC Music Magazine

April 2007

*****

“…this disc is a good reminder of just how experimental Nielsen could be: prepared to try out not just different stylistic devices but even different kinds of persona. Thomas Dausgaard conducts all these works with tremendous gusto, balanced by a fine ear for unusual, suggestive textures, or the comedic vitality that erupts in Maskarade.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“This is outstanding, and unmissable for Nielsen collectors – and not only for the less familiar items, all of which have been recorded before (not badly, either). The Danish Radio Symphony must have played the Saul andDavid and Maskarade excerpts and the Helios Overture more times than they can count. But for Dausgaard they relish every detail, without ever sounding self-conscious. To call the balance in the 'Cockerels' Dance' felicitous would be an understatement; it is revelatory. Nor is affectionate an adequate word for Dausgaard's interpretations of all the music on this disc; there is love here, and a sense of crusading mission.
The praises of the Rhapsody Overture and Panand Syrinx could be sung just as extravagantly.
As could those over the theatre music excerpts, all of which lead to or from the world of Nielsen's symphonies. Given playing of such finesse and bite (one virtually takes idiomatic understanding for granted) they all feel like gems in their own right.
Here's a Nielsen disc that comes about as close to the ideal as one could hope to hear, and it eclipses almost all others in its field. Dacapo's recording quality is top-drawer, and there is an exemplary essay from Jørgen I Jensen.”

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Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 & other works for solo instrument and orchestra

Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 & other works for solo instrument and orchestra


Saint-Saëns:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61

Etude en forme de valse (No. 6 from Six Études, Op. 52)

(arr. Ysaÿe)

Caprice andalou, Op. 122

Prélude to Le Deluge Op. 45

Wedding Cake - Valse-Caprice for piano & strings, Op. 76

Allegro appassionato for piano & orchestra Op. 70


“Right from the opening appassionato phrase on the G string, Jean-Jacques Kantorow goes for broke… Kantorow can be delicate too, while his brisk speeds… ensure that nothing sags - the second movement, which Cooper calls a 'floating barcarolle', is precisely that, and the finale fizzes with nervous energy.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2007 *****

GGramophone Awards 2007

Finalist - Concerto

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2007

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - March 2007

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2008

Orchestral Finalist

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Cage Edition Volume 36 - One11 & 103

Cage Edition Volume 36 - One11 & 103


Cage:

One11

103 for large orchestra (1991)


WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln or Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Arturo Tamayo and John Kennedy

“As new releases of John Cage go, this is probably about as major as it gets…Cage himself looks frail and died shortly after One’’ appeared. But what an extraordinary valedictory throw of the dice.” The Wire, February 2007

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - April 2007

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Bingham - Choral Music

Bingham - Choral Music


Bingham, J:

Salt in the Blood (1995)

The Darkness Is No Darkness

First Light (2001)

The Snows Descend (1997)

The Secret Garden (2004)

Wesley, S S:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace


“Judith Bingham is that seemingly rare thing in contemporary music. A composer whose music has the ability to connect and communicate with its audience on an immediate and direct level.” MusicWeb International

“Judith Bingham is a composer with a special gift for vocal setting and a wealth of experience in what can be sung: for 13 years she was a permanent member of the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Singers (for whom she is Associate Composer).
All five works on this new disc reveal a distinctive voice writing in a recognisably modern idiom which combines clarity of thought and complexity of vision. Bingham's music draws audiences in, without alienating them or com- promising her expressive integrity. Salt in theBlood (1995) is a prime example, a large musical – at times theatrical – tapestry of British seasong, weaving in existing shanties and invented hornpipes to retell the tale of two sailors' rivalry as to who was the better dancer. Bingham thinks convincingly in long spans, as her 2004 Prom commission The Secret Garden confirms (given here in a live performance). FirstLight (2001) and the brief The Darkness is noDarkness (1993) engage with the English choral tradition to an unusual degree, the latter – a reinterpretation of a Wesley hymn – in particular.
The performances all round are first rate and the recorded sound is excellent, which is no less than Bingham deserves. The BBC Symphony Chorus sing with gusto and Fine Arts Brass relish some fine brass writing, not least in TheSnow Descends (1997), an atmospheric paraphrase for brass of one of Bingham's choral works. Recommended.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2007

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Naxos - 8570346

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Janacek: The Makropulos Case

Janacek: The Makropulos Case

Sung in English (translation by Norman Tucker)


Cheryl Barker (Emilia Marty - 'E.M.'), Robert Brubaker (Albert Gregor), John Graham-Hall (Vítek), Elena Xanthoudakis (Kristina), John Wegner (Baron Jaroslav Prus), Thomas Walker (Janek Prus), Neal Davies (Dr Kolenaty), Graeme Danby (Stage Hand), Graham Clark (Count Hauk-Šendorf)

English National Opera Chorus & English National Opera Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

"Sir Charles Mackerras conducts with the energy of a man possessed, confirming his status as the world’s preeminent Janácek interpreter and producing a blistering performance from the ENO orchestra… It’s the humanity

of Janácek’s music that finally triumphs in this magnificent, insightful production." The Guardian (review from the performance)

Live recording from the Coliseum

“Mackerras's reading, recorded in live performance, is slightly more expansive than his benchmark Vienna version… but the passionately lyrical urgency and sense of mystery drive it along just as compellingly. Cheryl Barker has the right kind of imperious soprano for Emilia Marty... This doesn't outclass Mackerras's Viennese set... But this is more vivid and dramatic, and its immediacy also offers English-speaking listeners easier access to this strange but rewarding masterpiece.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2007 ****

“This is Mackerras's second recording. The first, in 1979, in his series of groundbreaking Janácek recordings for Decca (above), had the Vienna Philharmonic in radiant form accompanied a fine cast singing in Czech. It says much for the quality of the ENO Orchestra that for this new version in English the playing is equally polished, and often outshines that of the Viennese in its extra dramatic bite.
The recording brings an advantage, too – not as plushy as the Viennese version and with extra separation and clarity in a clearly focused acoustic.
Those qualities suit the work better, which, as Sir Charles points out, is 'a different kind of music': Janácek emphatically did not want to sound like Strauss or Puccini. That extra clarity and separation means the words are astonishingly clear.
Cheryl Barker rivals Elisabeth Söderström on Decca in dramatic bite and when in Act 3 Emilia is at last given a sustained solo, Barker is even more powerful, aptly abrasive and less moulded.
Though the American Robert Brubaker cannot quite match Peter Dvorsky on Decca, it is a focused, compelling performance. In some of the smaller roles the Czech singers had an advantage but their counterparts here run them close. On any count both versions have one marvelling at the score's emotional thrust and dramatic compulsion, original in every way and one of Janácek's supreme masterpieces.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Mackerras’s insight and grip are as powerful as ever, and the ENO Orchestra’s playing is remarkable...Cheryl Barker captures Emilia’s essential coldness, and the way she handles the final scenes is superb – you feel her desperation, and her imperious disdain...this performance certainly doesn’t suffer for being in English, and that in itself is quite an achievement.” Andrew McGregor, bbc.co.uk, 16th March 2007

GGramophone Awards 2007

Finalist - Opera

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2007

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Chandos Opera in English - CHAN3138

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Emil Gilels - Beethoven Sonatas

Emil Gilels - Beethoven Sonatas


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7

Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique'

Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 'March Funebre'

Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 No. 1 'Quasi una fantasia'

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale'

Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 'The Hunt'

Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

Piano Sonatas WoO 47 'Kurfürsten Sonatas' Nos. 1 & 2

Eroica Variations, Op. 35


Emil Gilels (piano)

“One can listen to Gilels’s Beethoven for hours on end without wishing a single passage to be differently phrased or moulded.” (Sunday Times)

GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - April 2007

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

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