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Handel - Italian Cantatas Volume 7

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2011

Best of Category - Baroque Vocal

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - October 2010

Label:

Glossa

Catalogue No:

GCD921527

Discs:

1

Release date:

28th June 2010

Barcode:

8424562215276

Length:

71 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Handel - Italian Cantatas Volume 7

Recorded in the English Church, Den Haag and in Saint-Michel en Thiérache in January 2007 & June 2009


Handel:

Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122

Agrippina condotta a morire, HWV 110

Cuopre tal volta il cielo (HWV 98)


Roberta Invernizzi (soprano), Thomas E. Bauer (bass), Furio Zanasi (bass) & Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord & direction)

La Risonanza

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For the final volume in Fabio Bonizzoni’s survey of cantatas written by Handel during his stay in Italy, the background scenery moves – like a reflection of the Grand Tour – from Rome to Naples; probably the troubled times in a Rome besieged by Imperial troops during the War of the Spanish Succession may have encouraged the young, itinerant Saxon musician to consider that heading down south was safer and more conducive for his overall career prospects.

It was a time when Handel was conceiving the three highly-charged cantatas to be heard on this disc and he would have been aware that Naples was blessed with a bass singer, Domenico Antonio Manna, possessed of a prodigious vocal range, encompassing two octaves and a fifth. It is possible that Handel wrote two of the pieces performed on this disc – Apollo e Dafne and Cuopre tal volta il cielo – with Manna in mind, even if the former cantata was perhaps completed after Handel had reached Hannover. Carlo Vitali’s engaging booklet essay colourfully helps to summon up early 18th century Neapolitan culture and Handel’s potential place within it. Joining Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza for these modern-day realisations of the Baroque Italian musical world experienced by Handel are Furio Zanasi and Thomas Bauer for the bass roles, as well as soprano Roberta Invernizzi, an integral feature of this revelatory and muchpraised Handel series since its inception.

George Frideric Handel: Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122

Recitative: La terra e liberata! (The earth is freed!) (Apollo)

Aria: Pende il ben dell'universo (The well-being of the universe) (Apollo)

Recitative: Ch'il superbetto Amore (Let proud little Cupid) (Apollo)

Aria: Spezza l'arco e getta l'armi (Break your bow and throw away your arrows) (Apollo)

Aria: Felicissima quest'alma (Most fortunate is this soul) (Dafne)

Recitative: Che voce! Che belta! (What a voice! What a beauty!) (Apollo, Dafne)

Aria: Ardi, adori, e preghi in vano (You desire, adore and beseech in vain) (Dafne)

Recitative: Che crudel! (How cruel!) (Apollo, Dafne)

Duet: Una guerra ho dentro il seno (A war rages in my breast) (Dafne, Apollo)

Recitative: Placati al fin, o cara (Calm yourself, O dear one) (Apollo)

Aria: Come rosa in su la spina (Like the rose on its stem) (Apollo)

Recitative: Ah! ch'un Dio non dovrebbe (Ah! A God should love nothing) (Dafne)

Aria: Come in ciel benigna stella (As Neptune's star in heaven) (Dafne)

Recitative: Odi la mia ragion! (Hear my reason!) (Apollo, Dafne)

Duet: Deh! lascia addolcire quell'aspro rigor (Pray! Soften your unbending severity) (Apollo, Dafne)

Recitativo: Sempre t'adorero! (I shall always adore you!) (Apollo, Dafne)

Aria: Mie piante correte (My feet run) (Apollo)

Aria: Cara pianta, co'miei pianti (Dearest laurel, with my tears) (Apollo)

George Frideric Handel: Dunque sara pur vero, HWV 110, "Agrippina condotta a morire"

Recitative: Dunque sara ur vero

Aria: Orrida, oscura, l'etra si renda

Recitative: Ma pria che d'empia morte

Aria: Renda cenere il tiranno

Recitative: Si, si, del gran tiranno

Aria and Recitative: Come, o Dio!

Aria: Se infelice al mondo vissi!

Recitative: Prema l'ingrato figlio

Aria: Su lacerate il seno

Recitative: Ecco a morte gia corro

George Frideric Handel: Cuopre tal volta il cielo, HWV 98

Accompagnato: Cuopre Talvolta il cielo

Aria: Tuona, balena

Recitative: Cosi fiera procella

Aria: Per pieta de' miei martiri

Gramophone Magazine

October 2010

“[Bonizzoni's] affectionate handling of ritornellos, pacing and keeness for subtlety are perfect from the outset...Bonizzoni and his string players provide assertive accompaniments to Invernizzi's journey through mixed emotions of despair, maternal love, vengefulness and defiance.”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2010

*****

“The vocalists here are electrifying...Above all, it is the instrumentalists that make this a stellar disc; their eloquence equals and at times overflows that of the vocalists. The invention of Bonizzoni's own continuo realistations is riveting.”

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Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, East Sussex, on 17th & 19th July 2009.


Lucy Crowe (Juno/Mystery), Claire Debono (Spring/First Fairy), Anna Devin (Second Fairy), Helen-Jane Howells (Eve), Carolyn Sampson (Night), Robert Burt (Mopsa), Sean Clayton (Summer), Ed Lyon (Secrecy/Adam), Adrian Ward (Autumn), Lukas Kargl (Phœbus), Desmond Barrit (Drunken Poet), Andrew Foster-Williams (Winter/Sleep/Coridon/Hymen)

Actors: Sally Dexter (Titania), Joseph Millson (Oberon), Desmond Barrit (Bottom), Susannah Wise (Hermia), Oliver Le Suer (Demetrius), Oliver Kieran Jones (Lysander), Jotham Annan (Puck)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, William Christie (conductor) & Jonathan Kent (stage director)

Jonathan Kent’s spectacular production of Purcell’s huge semi-opera is joyous, imaginative and witty. Glyndebourne, with its intimate auditorium, provides the perfect setting for a drama which is partly spoken and partly sung. Based on an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the story is lavished with a brilliance that justifies this production’s acclaim. Paul Brown’s inventive designs, Kim Brandstrup’s exquisite choreography, an excellent cast of actors and singers and outstanding playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie combine to make a seamless theatrical experience, here recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

“There are too many highlights to mention in this varied and infinitely delightful entertainment. Glyndebourne has a triumph on its hands.” The Stage

Extra features:

Interview with William Christie

Interview with Jonathan Kent

Running time 3 hours 41 mins

Region code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0 LPCM & 5.1 DTS digital

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

“Jonathan Kent's joyous Glyndebourne production burst[s] with opulent stagecraft...Kent is abetted by William Christie in the pit, a man of the theatre down to his gainfully-employed fingertips...Altogether a riotously funny, ravishingly intelligent production.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2010 *****

“Kudos to director Jonathan Kent and the entire production team of Glyndebourne's fabulous 2009 reincarnation of the music and play reunited...the production is a treat to watch...this DVD conveys an exceptionally spectacular event in the theatre.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

“a most imaginative production from Jonathan Kent that is gorgeous visually and most entertaining to watch; and the Purcell masques fit readily with the spoken narrative. The whole presentation combines charm and period musicality (with the admirable William Christie in charge)...In most respects visually and dramatically this is a triumph.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

GGramophone Awards 2010

Best of Category - DVD Performance

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - October 2010

Building a Library

First Choice (DVD) - September 2011

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - November 2010

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011

DVD of the Year

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Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, East Sussex, on 17th & 19th July 2009.


Lucy Crowe (Juno/Mystery), Claire Debono (Spring/First Fairy), Anna Devin (Second Fairy), Helen-Jane Howells (Eve), Carolyn Sampson (Night), Robert Burt (Mopsa), Sean Clayton (Summer), Ed Lyon (Secrecy/Adam), Adrian Ward (Autumn), Lukas Kargl (Phœbus), Desmond Barrit (Drunken Poet), Andrew Foster-Williams (Winter/Sleep/Coridon/Hymen)

Actors: Sally Dexter (Titania), Joseph Millson (Oberon), Desmond Barrit (Bottom), Susannah Wise (Hermia), Oliver Le Suer (Demetrius), Oliver Kieran Jones (Lysander), Jotham Annan (Puck)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, William Christie (conductor) & Jonathan Kent (stage director)

Jonathan Kent’s spectacular production of Purcell’s huge semi-opera is joyous, imaginative and witty. Glyndebourne, with its intimate auditorium, provides the perfect setting for a drama which is partly spoken and partly sung. Based on an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the story is lavished with a brilliance that justifies this production’s acclaim. Paul Brown’s inventive designs, Kim Brandstrup’s exquisite choreography, an excellent cast of actors and singers and outstanding playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie combine to make a seamless theatrical experience, here recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

“There are too many highlights to mention in this varied and infinitely delightful entertainment. Glyndebourne has a triumph on its hands.” The Stage

Extra features:

Interview with William Christie

Interview with Jonathan Kent

Running time 3 hours 41 mins

Region code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0 LPCM & 5.1 DTS digital

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

“Jonathan Kent's joyous Glyndebourne production burst[s] with opulent stagecraft...Kent is abetted by William Christie in the pit, a man of the theatre down to his gainfully-employed fingertips...Altogether a riotously funny, ravishingly intelligent production.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2010 *****

“Kudos to director Jonathan Kent and the entire production team of Glyndebourne's fabulous 2009 reincarnation of the music and play reunited...the production is a treat to watch...this DVD conveys an exceptionally spectacular event in the theatre.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

GGramophone Awards 2010

Best of Category - DVD Performance

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - October 2010

Building a Library

First Choice (Blu-ray) - September 2011

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - November 2010

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011

DVD of the Year

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Elîna Garanča: Habanera

Elîna Garanča: Habanera


Balfe:

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls (from The Bohemian Girl)

arr. Chicon

Barbieri, F:

Canción de Paloma (from El Barberillo de Lavapiés)

Bernstein:

I Am Easily Assimilated 'Old Lady's Tango' (from Candide)

Bizet:

Près des remparts de Séville (Séguedille) (from Carmen)

Roberto Alagna (tenor)

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Cristina Antoaneta Pasaroiu (soprano), Giuseppina Bridelli (mezzo)

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

L'amour est un enfant Bohème (first version of Habanera from Carmen)

Chapí:

Cunado está tan honda 'Romanza de Socorro' (from El Barquillero)

Falla:

Canción del amor dolido (from El amor brujo)

Nana (No. 5 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

arr. del Rey

Jota (No. 4 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

arr. del Rey

José Maria Gallardo del Rey

Lehár:

Hör' ich Zymbalklänge (from Zigeunerliebe)

Luna, P:

El Niño Judío: De España vengo

Montsalvatge:

Canción negra No. 4, Cancion de cuna para dormir a un negrito

Obradors:

El Vito (from Canciones clásicas españolas)

arr. Cuello

Ravel:

Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera

arr. Hoerée

Rey, J:

Canción del amor

Alberto Barletta, Enrico Maria Baroni, José Maria Gallardo del Rey, Geri Brown, Massimo Macri, Cesare Maghenzani, Roberto Vozmediano

Serrano, J:

Cancion de la gitana (from Le alegria del battallon)


Elîna Garanča (mezzo)

Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Coro Filarmonico del Regio di Torino, Karel Mark Chichon

Elîna Garanča’s supple, seductive mezzo is aflame with the neon hues and rhythmic dash of Romany in excerpts from beguiling Gypsy roles in opera and operetta. Stand alone numbers add to the panache of Habanera.

With gorgeous pieces eliciting every gift Elîna Garanca boasts as a musician, Habanera's instrumental accompaniments – whether RAI’s full orchestra, small ensemble or guitar – add to the sultry atmosphere.

Conductor Karel Mark Chichon contributes taut yet elastic leadership that enhances the charm and variety of Elîna Garanca’s selections.

On this album, the ‘dialects’ derived from Gypsy musical language include Bizet’s Carmen, Chueca’s Tango de la Ermenegilda, Bernstein’s Candide, Lehar’s Hör ich Zymbalklänge and unknown gems like Obradors’ El vito (see the exceptional music video) making for a musically enlightening and delightful program.

Every generation has its “must see” Carmen. In 2010, the list of definitive gypsy seductresses – glittering with names like Baltsa, Bumbry, Calvé, Farrar, and Stevens – is enriched by the addition of Elīna Garanča.

After her triumphant success as Carmen in Riga, London, and Munich, Elīna Garanča, “the Carmen of our day” (News, Austria), has taken the NY Metropolitan Opera by storm in January 2010. This production was filmed live and the 2 DVD Set in 5.1 DTS surround sound will be released simultaneously.

The Wiener Zeitung said it all when it observed of Garanča’s Carmen that “the role and the singer are perfectly matched”.

“Smoochy, smoky, with lambent top notes” The Times, 28th August 2010

“Garanča's voice has been described as "creamy", "silken" and "lustrous" (her chest register is superbly produced) but it also has a surprisingly rounded maturity. What sets her apart, however, is the unteachable ability to send shivers down the spine and make grown men salivate.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

“Her voice impresses, though one notices that the sound has brightened of late, and that a newly found ease at the top has come...The shift allows her to interpolate a showy, but thrilling top B into Carmen's Seguidilla, and to tackle De España Vengo, the big soprano number from Luna's El Niño Judío, with abandoned ease.” The Guardian, 9th September 2010 ***

“Garanča may be Lithuanian but her mezzo-soprano has Mediterranean sensuality and warmth.” The Telegraph, 13th September 2010 ****

“Garanča gorgeous voice comes as a fantastic package: it caresses the ear with its velvety warmth, tingles the spine with its ringing bright overtones, and impresses the imagination with its well-supported evenness from top to bottom.” Classic FM Magazine, November 2010 ***

“Garanča's is a medium-scale mezzo approach, elegant and devoid of ugly lurches into chest voice.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ****

“a brilliantly conceived album which shows off the agile and seductive voice of Garanča to the full...You can hear a lot of flamenco influence throughout this disc and the accompaniments vary between full orchestra, small ensemble and guitar.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 23rd August 2010

Presto Disc of the Week

23rd August 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2010

DG - 4778776

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Guerrero: Missa Congratulamini mihi

Guerrero: Missa Congratulamini mihi

and other works


Crecquillon:

Congratulamini mihi

Guerrero, Francisco:

Missa Congratulamini mihi

Dum esset rex

Maria Magdalena et altera Maria

Post dies octo

Regina caeli a 4

Ave Maria

Regina caeli a 8


The award-winning Cardinall’s Musick have finally completed their Byrd series, and now look outside the British isles to a composer who had to wait for a long time for his genius to be fully recognised, although he was well known to his contemporaries, and produced a considerable output. Guerrero was born in 1528 in Seville, the city that was to remain at the centre of his entire life. His early training came from his brother Pedro and it is thought that he was a chorister at the magnificent Cathedral in Seville with its sumptuous music foundation. Guerrero himself states that he studied with Morales, and it was Morales who recommended the young musician for the post of maestro de capilla at Jaén Cathedral in 1546 – a short-lived appointment.

The main work on this disc is the gloriously sunny and joyful Missa Congratulamini mihi. Based on an Easter motet by Crecquillon (also recorded here), it is full of the voluptuous exuberance of the Paschal season. The five-part texture, with two treble parts, adds to the shining sound.

Also included are a number of Easter motets. Maria Magdalena et altera Maria and Post dies octo are highly descriptive, narrative works, highly contrasted in mood and texture. The four other pieces on this disc show various facets of Guerrero’s mastery. Dum esset rex (in honour of Mary Magdalene) is similar to a spiritual madrigal whilst the eight-part Ave Maria is a sonorous double-choir plea to the Virgin. The two settings of Regina caeli (the Marian antiphon to be sung during Eastertide) both use a plainsong cantus firmus as their starting point. The older sounding, four-part version uses a minor-mode motif whilst the eight-part setting uses the more traditional plainsong melody woven into an exuberant and joyful Easter statement.

“All are delivered with the combination of superb ensemble, and perfectly characterised vocal lines that is the persistent hallmark of this outstanding group; the sound is rich, full and gently resonant.” The Guardian, 6th August 2010 ****

“[Cardinall's Musick] encounters little difficulty in these well-written pieces...the singers are at their balanced best in Guerrero's Ave Maria for double choir, and their confident, perky attack on the rollicking Osanna of the Congratulamini Mass is delightful.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****

“Carwood has nurtured the group to its current status as a leading exponent of Renaissance music, retaining the essential quality of individual vocal timbres that contribute to a refined, characterful mix and with a polish that is second to none...the entire disc, with various shorter pieces as complements, is captivating in its fluency and expressive power.” The Telegraph, 13th August 2010 *****

“This latest addition to Guerrero's discography is especially to be welcomed for his fine Mass on a motet by Thomas Crecquillon...Like its model it is a joyful, extrovert piece, to which Andrew Carwood's singers respond with an equal measure of buoyancy and vigour.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

GGramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - Early Music

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2010

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John Tavener: Iepo Oneipo (Sacred Dream)

John Tavener: Iepo Oneipo (Sacred Dream)


Tavener:

Song for Athene

The Lamb

As one who has slept

Birthday Sleep

Three Holy Sonnets

world premiere

Schuon Hymnen


The Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland, Hilmar Örn Agnarsson

The Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland are once again reunited with the music of John Tavener. Back in 2004 they performed many of these pieces at a concert in Iceland with one piece Schouen Hymnen being specially commissioned by the choir. This stunning choral discs brings new recordings of established favourites along with the world premiere of Three Holy Sonnets.

“New recordings of Song for Athene and The Lamb would hardly seem to be very high priorities for anybody these days but when they are sung by an outstanding, rich-toned choir and interspersed with fascinating works...the Tavener connoisseur will certainly sit up and take note.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

“The choir does full justice to Tavener's textures, investing shimmering high passages with a celestial weightlessness and bringing out the richness for lower voices” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2010

Smekkleysa - SMC16

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Lang Lang: Live In Vienna (Limited Edition Deluxe Version)

Lang Lang: Live In Vienna (Limited Edition Deluxe Version)

Deluxe Special Edition includes hard cover book and bonus behind-the-scenes DVD.


Albéniz:

Evocación (from Iberia, book 1)

El puerto (from Iberia, book 1)

Féte-dieu à Séville from Iberia

Beethoven:

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

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

Chopin:

Étude Op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major 'Aeolian Harp'

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83


Lang Lang (piano)

2 CD & DVD.

Lang Lang’s first recording for Sony, the start of a new exclusive long-term partnership - recorded live at Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein in 2010.

Lang Lang:

Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, 28- year-old Lang Lang began playing the piano at the age of 3, gave his first public recital aged 5, and won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition at the age of 13. Since then he has become a global phenomenon, playing sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world.

Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over 5 billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, and he has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to take up the piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." More recently, Lang Lang was chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo. He has performed at prestigious events including at The White House and The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

Continuing his presence on the world stage, Lang Lang was featured at the 2008 Grammy Awards and the 2009 Classical Brit Awards, pairing up with jazz great, Herbie Hancock, for an astounding performance that was broadcast live to 45 million viewers worldwide.

Lang Lang has made it his mission to share classical music around the world, with an emphasis on training children and young musicians through education, outreach programs, master classes and financial support. He launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in New York with the support of UNICEF. In May 2009, Lang Lang and his three chosen young scholars from the foundation performed together on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition to his numerous commitments, Lang Lang holds the title of the first Ambassador of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. His role in this groundbreaking project created by YouTube and Google reflects his devotion to building new audiences and bringing classical music to young people worldwide. A brand in himself, Lang Lang has become the face of numerous global campaigns. Steinway has created five versions of the “Lang Lang Steinway” designed for early music education - the first time in Steinway’s 150-year history that an artist’s name has been used to produce pianos. He is a global brand ambassador for the entire Sony Corporation, including its Electronics arm, with whom he anticipates achieving innovative and creative possibilities for the future. Lang Lang also holds brand partnerships with Audi Automobiles and Aegon's worldwide financial services, amongst others.Lang Lang’s performance clothes are provided by Versace.

In February 2010, Lang Lang joined Sony Music Entertainment as an exclusive recording artist.

“the first movement of his Appassionata is gracefully conceived, and he brings a properly Beethovenian authority to the variations of the slow movement, before seguing gracefully into whirlwind finale...But the chief appeal of this CD lies in the fact that it's pulsatingly live...Lang Lang dares, and wins” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****

“It's hard to imagine a programme to better display the pianist's prodigious range.” The Independent, 20th August 2010 ****

“...let me say at once that the youthful excess and rampant exhibitionism of much of Lang Lang's earliest work is today transformed into playing which for the greater part is as stylish and perceptive as it is brilliant...Clearly everyone is having a ball and, make no mistake, doubting Thomases should take time off to listen to a major talent.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

“He is intense and focused in the "Appassionata", sharp and lively in Beethoven's early C major sonata. His Albéniz is thrillingly colourful, his Prokofiev vivid and pungent...the technical command is peerless and the emotional warmth envelops us. He is surely the Horowitz of our generation.” The Observer, 12th September 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2010

Sony - 88697719002

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Lang Lang: Live In Vienna (Standard Version)

Lang Lang: Live In Vienna (Standard Version)


Albéniz:

Evocación (from Iberia, book 1)

El puerto (from Iberia, book 1)

Féte-dieu à Séville from Iberia

Beethoven:

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

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

Chopin:

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Étude Op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major 'Aeolian Harp'

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83


Lang Lang (piano)

Lang Lang’s first recording for Sony, the start of a new exclusive long-term partnership - recorded live at Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein earlier in 2010.

Lang Lang:

Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, 28- year-old Lang Lang began playing the piano at the age of 3, gave his first public recital aged 5, and won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition at the age of 13. Since then he has become a global phenomenon, playing sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world.

Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over 5 billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, and he has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to take up the piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." More recently, Lang Lang was chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo. He has performed at prestigious events including at The White House and The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

Continuing his presence on the world stage, Lang Lang was featured at the 2008 Grammy Awards and the 2009 Classical Brit Awards, pairing up with jazz great, Herbie Hancock, for an astounding performance that was broadcast live to 45 million viewers worldwide.

Lang Lang has made it his mission to share classical music around the world, with an emphasis on training children and young musicians through education, outreach programs, master classes and financial support. He launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in New York with the support of UNICEF. In May 2009, Lang Lang and his three chosen young scholars from the foundation performed together on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition to his numerous commitments, Lang Lang holds the title of the first Ambassador of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. His role in this groundbreaking project created by YouTube and Google reflects his devotion to building new audiences and bringing classical music to young people worldwide. A brand in himself, Lang Lang has become the face of numerous global campaigns. Steinway has created five versions of the “Lang Lang Steinway” designed for early music education - the first time in Steinway’s 150-year history that an artist’s name has been used to produce pianos. He is a global brand ambassador for the entire Sony Corporation, including its Electronics arm, with whom he anticipates achieving innovative and creative possibilities for the future. Lang Lang also holds brand partnerships with Audi Automobiles and Aegon's worldwide financial services, amongst others.Lang Lang’s performance clothes are provided by Versace.

In February 2010, Lang Lang joined Sony Music Entertainment as an exclusive recording artist.

“The first movement of his Appassionata is gracefully conceived, and he brings a properly Beethovenian authority to the variations of the slow movement, before seguing gracefully into whirlwind finale...But the chief appeal of this CD lies in the fact that it's pulsatingly live...Lang Lang dares, and wins.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****

“It's hard to imagine a programme to better display the pianist's prodigious range.” The Independent, 20th August 2010 ****

“...let me say at once that the youthful excess and rampant exhibitionism of much of Lang Lang's earliest work is today transformed into playing which for the greater part is as stylish and perceptive as it is brilliant...Clearly everyone is having a ball and, make no mistake, doubting Thomases should take time off to listen to a major talent.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

“He is intense and focused in the "Appassionata", sharp and lively in Beethoven's early C major sonata. His Albéniz is thrillingly colourful, his Prokofiev vivid and pungent...the technical command is peerless and the emotional warmth envelops us. He is surely the Horowitz of our generation.” The Observer, 12th September 2010

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David Matthews: Winter Passions

David Matthews: Winter Passions


Matthews, D:

Terrible Beauty, Op. 104

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

Clarinet Quartet

String Trio

String Trio No. 2

Winter Passions

Stephan Loges (baritone)


"The Nash Ensemble is still the best champion that any composer could hope to have" The Times

"The Nash Ensemble performances, as one would expect, are devoted and full of insight" Daily Telegraph

The world premiere of David Matthews’ Dark Pastoral, based on a surviving fragment of Vaughan Williams’ Cello Concerto, will be performed at the 2010 Proms by Steven Isserlis.

David Matthews spent three years as an assistant to Benjamin Britten at Aldeburgh in the late 1960s. We are delighted to welcome back one of the world’s finest chamber groups, The Nash Ensemble, to the label in this collection of world premiere recordings by the composer David Matthews. Matthews’ soundworld is rooted in the English romantic tradition of Elgar and Vaughan Williams and this is evident in the dramatic settings of Pushkin (Winter Passions), Shakespeare (Terrible Beauty) and TS Eliot (Marina), all stunningly performed by baritone Stephan Loges and mezzo Susan Bickley.

The ravishing Terrible Beauty, op. 104, for mezzo-soprano and seven players (flute, bass clarinet, harp and string quartet) was composed in 2007 and is largely set of Enobarbus’s famous eulogy of Cleopatra in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, describing her progress down the River Cydnus to Tarsus in a gilded barge, attended by servants dressed as sea nymphs and watched by all the citizens of the town. In Winter Passions Matthews conjures up a Russian scene with use of traditional Russian folksong and pizzicato on the strings sounding like the strumming of a balalaika.

“The writing has many of David Matthews's familiar strengths: a fine sensuous imagination, adventurous harmony that makes clear aural sense, an equally clear sense of organic development of ideas...It's hard to imagine this music played, sung, or recorded better.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2010 *****

“Matthews's ability to write music which is not merely "upbeat" but expressively wide-ranging and emotionally exuberant is heard here at its best...[his] bold eloquence takes on an evocative late-Romantic quality...that moves forward with rapt determination. Performance values are of the highest throughout this disc.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

“Loges [is] powerfully eloquent...In Terrible Beauty, Matthews vividly juxtaposes seductress evocations by Homer of Hera (sung by Bickley, with harp accompaniment) and Shakespeare of Cleopatra. Winter Passions is a fine baritone cycle of three of DM Thomas’s Pushkin translations.” Sunday Times, 20th June 2010 ***

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Bach - Cantatas Volume 46

Bach - Cantatas Volume 46


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV102 'Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben'

Cantata BWV19 'Es erhub sich ein Streit'

Cantata BWV45 'Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist'

Cantata BWV102 'Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben'


“The real glories of these four cantatas are their opening choruses, and Suzuki is fully alive to their different characters...I found it difficult to resist the temptation to turn the volume up for some of these choruses - for the sheer thrill of it” International Record Review, July/August 2010

“The trio texture of two oboes d'amore and bass opening the soprano aria of BWV 19 is exquisite, their tone excellently matched by Hana Blažíkova as she enters to expand the texture to a quartet.. Another fine disc in Suzuki's ongoing journey, particularly when the forces are reduced to chamber scale.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****

“The Japanese ensemble is at its very best in the sprung and textural luminosity of Herr, deine Augen, whose juxtaposition of dance and remorseful chromatic inflection bursts with character. A high-water mark in the series as we approach the home straight.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

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Lang Lang: Live In Vienna

Lang Lang: Live In Vienna

DVD version includes special photo gallery of pictures from the performance.


Albéniz:

Evocación (from Iberia, book 1)

El puerto (from Iberia, book 1)

Féte-dieu à Séville from Iberia

Beethoven:

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

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

Chopin:

Étude Op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major 'Aeolian Harp'

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83


Lang Lang (piano)

Lang Lang’s first recording for Sony, the start of a new exclusive long-term partnership - recorded live at Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein earlier in 2010.

Lang Lang:

Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, 28- year-old Lang Lang began playing the piano at the age of 3, gave his first public recital aged 5, and won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition at the age of 13. Since then he has become a global phenomenon, playing sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world.

Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over 5 billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, and he has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to take up the piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." More recently, Lang Lang was chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo. He has performed at prestigious events including at The White House and The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

Continuing his presence on the world stage, Lang Lang was featured at the 2008 Grammy Awards and the 2009 Classical Brit Awards, pairing up with jazz great, Herbie Hancock, for an astounding performance that was broadcast live to 45 million viewers worldwide.

Lang Lang has made it his mission to share classical music around the world, with an emphasis on training children and young musicians through education, outreach programs, master classes and financial support. He launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in New York with the support of UNICEF. In May 2009, Lang Lang and his three chosen young scholars from the foundation performed together on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition to his numerous commitments, Lang Lang holds the title of the first Ambassador of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. His role in this groundbreaking project created by YouTube and Google reflects his devotion to building new audiences and bringing classical music to young people worldwide. A brand in himself, Lang Lang has become the face of numerous global campaigns. Steinway has created five versions of the “Lang Lang Steinway” designed for early music education - the first time in Steinway’s 150-year history that an artist’s name has been used to produce pianos. He is a global brand ambassador for the entire Sony Corporation, including its Electronics arm, with whom he anticipates achieving innovative and creative possibilities for the future. Lang Lang also holds brand partnerships with Audi Automobiles and Aegon's worldwide financial services, amongst others.Lang Lang’s performance clothes are provided by Versace.

In February 2010, Lang Lang joined Sony Music Entertainment as an exclusive recording artist.

“The first movement of his Appassionata is gracefully conceived, and he brings a properly Beethovenian authority to the variations of the slow movement, before seguing gracefully into whirlwind finale...But the chief appeal of this CD lies in the fact that it's pulsatingly live...Lang Lang dares, and wins” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****

“It's hard to imagine a programme to better display the pianist's prodigious range.” The Independent, 20th August 2010 ****

“...let me say at once that the youthful excess and rampant exhibitionism of much of Lang Lang's earliest work is today transformed into playing which for the greater part is as stylish and perceptive as it is brilliant...Clearly everyone is having a ball and, make no mistake, doubting Thomases should take time off to listen to a major talent.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

“He is intense and focused in the "Appassionata", sharp and lively in Beethoven's early C major sonata. His Albéniz is thrillingly colourful, his Prokofiev vivid and pungent...the technical command is peerless and the emotional warmth envelops us. He is surely the Horowitz of our generation.” The Observer, 12th September 2010

“Immaculate pianism: Lang Lang inhabits each composer's world as though born into it. The delight of this DVD lies in his glorious assurance, expressed in face and body as well as fingers.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 *****

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