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Liszt: Songs

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Presto Disc of the Week

24th September 2011

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - January 2012

Label:

Erato

Catalogue No:

0709282

Discs:

1

Release date:

7th Nov 2011

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77 minutes

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Liszt: Songs


Liszt:

Der Fischerknabe, S.292 No. 1

Im Rhein, im schönen Strome, S272

Die Lorelei

Die drei Zigeuner, S.320

Es war einmal ein König, S73

Ihr Glocken von Marling, S.328

Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh (Wandrers Nachtlied II), S.306

Der du von dem Himmel bist (Goethe), S279

Benedetto sia'l giorno S 270a/2

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca 'Pace non trovo', S270 No. 1

Sonetto 123 del Petrarca 'I' vidi in terra angelici costumi', S270 No. 3

Freudvoll und leidvoll, S.280

Es rauschen die Winde, S294

Die stille Wasserrose, S321

Bist du!, S277

Es muss ein Wunderbares sein, S. 314

O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst


Diana Damrau (soprano) & Helmut Deutsch (piano)

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After her sumptuous album of Strauss songs with orchestra, soprano Diana Damrau marks the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth with an album of his most celebrated songs in German, French and Italian, accompanied by pianist Helmut Deutsch.

Franz Liszt: Der Fischerknabe S 292b/2

Der Fischerknabe S 292b/2

Franz Liszt: Im Rhein, im schönen Strome S 272/2

Im Rhein, im schönen Strome S 272/2

Franz Liszt: Die Lorelei S 273/2

Die Lorelei S 273/2

Franz Liszt: Die Drei Zigeuner S320

Die Drei Zigeuner S320

Franz Liszt: Es war ein König in Thule S 278/2

Es war ein König in Thule S 278/2

Franz Liszt: Ihr Glocken von Marling S 328

Ihr Glocken von Marling S 328

Franz Liszt: Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh S306

Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh S306

Franz Liszt: Der du von dem Himmel bist S 279/1

Der du von dem Himmel bist S 279/1

Franz Liszt: Benedetto sia'l giorno S 270a/2

Benedetto sia'l giorno S 270a/2

Franz Liszt: Pace non trovo S 270a/1

Pace non trovo S 270a/1

Franz Liszt: I vidi in terra angelici costumi

I vidi in terra angelici costumi

Franz Liszt: Freudvoll und leidvoll (1848) S 280/1

Freudvoll und leidvoll (1848) S 280/1

Franz Liszt: Vergiftet sind meine Lieder S289

Vergiftet sind meine Lieder S289

Franz Liszt: Freudvoll und leidvoll (1860) S 280/2

Freudvoll und leidvoll (1860) S 280/2

Franz Liszt: Es rauschen die Winde S294/2

Es rauschen die Winde S294/2

Franz Liszt: Die stille Wasserrose S 321

Die stille Wasserrose S 321

Franz Liszt: Bist du!

Bist du!

Franz Liszt: Es muss ein Wunderbares sein S314

Es muss ein Wunderbares sein S314

Franz Liszt: O lieb S 298/2

O lieb S 298/2

BBC Music Magazine

January 2012

****

“Diana Damrau has a fine line in floated high notes, and the lyrical songs (the majority of those recorded here) benefit from her sweet tone...Helmut Deutsch's accompaniments are of the highest quality, setting the mood from the very beginning of each song and managing Liszt's virtuoso figuration with apparent ease.”

Classic FM Magazine

February 2012

*****

“A gifted Lieder singer with a flawlessly even and shining sound, Damrau knows exactly how to draw the listener into the drama of each song...Deutsch proves yet again what a great accompanist he is too: his insights into the atmosphere and psychology of these works are as compelling as Damrau's.”

International Record Review

February 2012

“The particular qualities of Damrau's lustrous coloratura lend an aura of ethereal beauty to several of her interpretations...Damrau brings a languid voluptuousness to the more famous love songs...There are times when one wishes Damrau would abandon her consistently gorgeous sound production to focus instead on a more vivid characterization of the text. In terms of pure singing, these interpretations are undeniably beautiful.”

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Falla: Noches en los jardines de Espana

Falla: Noches en los jardines de Espana

Recorded at the Barbican, January 2011


Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Josep Pons

Fantasía Bética

Canción

Homenaje 'Pour le Tombeau de Paul Dukas'

Nocturno

Mazurka in C minor

Serenata Andaluza


In order to carry out this exciting project, Javier Perianes and Josep Pons returned to the original sources: manuscripts held in the Archivo Manuel de Falla in Granada.

A rising star both in his native Spain and, more recently, much further afield, the young pianist Javier Perianes was in London, in January, for his debut concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, recorded here. The repertoire is a piece Perianes knows well, de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and the conductor is someone he knows and respects hugely, Josep Pons. Perianes continues to champion neglected Spanish composers and his most recent CD, of sonatas by Manuel Blasco de Nebra, has been a minor revelation.

“Falla has not found so persuasive an interpreter among his compatriots since the late, great Alicia de Larrocha. Perianes...relish[es] the dance rhythms and melodic sensuousness of the solo part as much as Pons and the BBCSO savour the colours and atmosphere of his Debussy- and Ravel-inspired orchestration. It is a rare treat to encounter a pianist so inside the idiom of Falla’s seldom-heard works” Sunday Times, 4th September 2011

“Perianes brings colour and flair to Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, matched by the rhythmic piquancy of the orchestra...A highly attractive disc.” The Telegraph, 2nd September 2011 ****

“In the Nights in the Gardens of Spain...both pianist and orchestra revel in its colouristic opportunities. Perianes employs the subtlest of rubatos here, teasing us with little delays and hurry-ups before joining the orchestra on the main beats. Thanks to the conductor these are firmly under control, affording a satisfying interplay between fantasy and rigour.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“what immediately impresses is the sharpness, the steeliness of Josep Pons’s accompaniment. He too loves [Noches] but never wallows in it...Perianes spent time consulting Falla’s autograph scores before making these recordings; it’s hard to imagine them being bettered.” The Arts Desk, 29th October 2011

“This is a disc to lift the spirits. Whether the music is sultry, strenuous or sunny, Javier Perianes plays with an infallible ear for style, atmosphere and colour...in the Nights in the Gardens of Spain the BBC Symphony Orchestra joins Perianes for a performance of panache and captivating flair and freshness.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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Liszt: Piano Concertos

Liszt: Piano Concertos


Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125


Barenboim and Boulez celebrate Liszt’s 200th birthday with gripping readings of the Concertos no. 1 in E flat major and no. 2 in A major.

“The pairing of the cool Boulez with the more expressive Barenboim might seem a mismatch of styles; but with Boulez wielding the baton over Barenboim's Staatskapelle Berlin as the pianist tackles these two pillars of Liszt's musical temple, a magical balance is achieved that allows the music's character to surge forth with no recourse to the easy victories of cliché.” The Independent, 7th October 2011 ***

“It’s easy to garland these virtuoso concertos with tinsel and vulgarise the emotions. Barenboim, with Boulez’s assistance, will have none of it. He phrases his fingerings with lyrical finesse, while Boulez’s passion for clarity reaps large rewards in the play of colours and instrumental balance. Like restored paintings with the nasty varnish removed, the concertos emerge reborn, and newly powerful.” The Times, 21st October 2011

“blessed with an awe-inspiring partnership with Boulez, Barenboim reaches out to a symphonic granduer and musical range undreamt of by lesser musicians. Time and again he shines a wholly personal light on music that has all too often encourages (notably on the competition circuit) a facile alternative to quality...he makes Liszt's musical possibilities stretch far into the horizon.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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Grieg & Liszt: Piano Concertos

Grieg & Liszt: Piano Concertos


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125


A concerto album from Stephen Hough is always a significant event. For this new recording Stephen travelled to Bergen – Grieg’s home town – to join forces with Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Grieg and Liszt that are set to become landmark recordings of all three concertos.

Grieg’s A minor Piano Concerto, with its plethora of great tunes, is one of the most popular of all Romantic works, while Liszt’s two highly original concertos present unique challenges to both pianist and orchestra. These performances are exciting, magisterial and highly coloured, with breathtaking virtuosity harnessed to poetic refinement and finesse – hallmarks of Stephen’s playing that have already helped his concerto recordings to win two Gramophone ‘Record of the Year’ accolades.

Stephen Hough and Andrew Litton continue the astonishing success of their collaboration in Rachmaninov’s concertos, Hyperion’s fastest-selling recording. The Bergen players provide freshly idiomatic support in the Grieg and revel in the sumptuous scoring of the Liszt. The results are thrilling, and this deserves a place in any music lover’s collection, no matter how familiar the music.

Released to coincide with the twin anniversaries of Liszt’s birth (200 years ago) and Stephen’s own 50th birthday (in November), this recording is an apt celebration of both.

“Does the world really need another recording of the Grieg piano concerto? The answer has to be an emphatic yes when the soloist is the barnstorming Stephen Hough, a pianist with the fascinating ability to take a venerable work, strip it of its patina and present it as though for the very first time. This is a wonderfully alert performance, mixing novel tempi with awesome technique and breathtaking, tingling tension.” The Observer, 30th October 2011

“one of the Liszt bicentenary’s prime releases, from Britain’s greatest living magician of the keyboard...this release is witness to [Hough's] mastery in the mainstream Romantic concertos...Hough highlights [Grieg's] Concerto’s debt to Liszt, with its grandiloquent gestures and exhibitionist virtuosity...His vivaces glitter, his agitatos thrill with dramatic éclat, yet essentially he appreciates the songs-without-words that permeate these bravura works.” Sunday Times, 1st January 2012

“These two like-minded musicians manage to bring to these much-recorded works not merely thrilling virtuosity and lyrical depth but a Mendelssohnian lightness of touch where needed...Litton, himself a fine pianist, is one of the best orchestral accompanists on the planet, following Hough's every nuance with pin-point precision and lovingly shaping the many woodwind and string solos.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2012 *****

“what Stephen Hough excels at is the quick transformation, the mercurial shifts from comedy to heartfelt sincerity. He’s also a fantastic chamber player, and the Second Concerto’s quieter moments are gorgeous here. There’s some particularly lovely playing from the Bergen orchestra’s principal cello” The Arts Desk, 14th January 2012

“Introspective (but never lost in introspection) one minute, of the most refined bravura the next, he expresses a personality all his own, brilliantly alert to mercurial changes of mood and clearly riding on the crest of a wave of success. With technique honed to a state of diamond-like brilliance, he gives us rapier-like cadenzas and glissandos..that flash like summer lightening.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“[Hough] seems to get just the right balance of bravura, muscle and abandon with spontaneity, lightness and wit. He is well supported by the Bergen Philharmonic under Andrew Litton.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 24th October 2011

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Brendel Plays Liszt

Brendel Plays Liszt

The Debut Recording


Liszt:

The Christmas Tree Suite

Grandes Études de Paganini (6), S. 141

Reminiscences de Lucia di Lammermoor, S397

Miserere du Trovatore, S433


Alfred Brendel exhibits a technical tour de force in his recording of Liszt’s Paganini Etudes. But it is the coupling, the rarely recorded Christmas Tree Suite, which is of historic interest as it was Brendel’s first ever recording , made at the age of 20. This release is essential listening for both lovers of Brendel and the romantic piano repertoire.

“[in the Christmas Tree Suite] in particular, challenged by such unsettling ambiguity, Brendel plays with an imaginative insight and delicacy given to very few pianists. How hauntingly he conveys a work moving from innocence to experience...The recorded sound may be primitive but nothing can dim such musical quality” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


Erika Sunnegårdh (soprano), Ricarda Merbeth (soprano), Christiane Oelze (soprano), Lioba Braun (alto), Gerhild Romberger (alto), Stephen Gould (tenor), Dietrich Henschel (baritone) & Georg Zeppenfeld (bass)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is arguably the grandest and most ambitious piece of symphonic music ever written. The composer himself regarded it as his opus summum, and an incredible number of participants at the hugely successful Munich première in 1910 earned it the nickname “Symphony of a Thousand”. At Leipzig’s International Mahler Festival 2011, Riccardo Chailly commanded almost 500 musicians, and the overwhelming result of their joint effort inspired the Leipzig-based and internationally renowned artist Neo Rauch to the painting for the cover of this DVD.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 92:19 min

Disc Format: DVD 9

FSK: 0

Subtitles: German, English, French

“these are red-blooded performances. The Italian conductor has long been a respected Mahlerian, capable of welding the symphonies’ huge structures and quixotic moods into a coherent musical statement...They also convey the physical thrill of the “live” experience, with Erika Sunnegardh risking all in the high soprano lines” Financial Times, 15th October 2011 ****

“How good to see Riccardo Chailly so radiant at the end of this great event. It's an exhilaration he earns through sheer work as well as injecting the adrenalin at most of the right moments...Chailly holds the attention between movements and makes you realise how many soloists within the orchestra have to sing, too. His leader, the superb Sebastian Breuninger, assists him between blazes...Chailly's rendering leads the field on DVD.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“Michael Beyer’s direction on this Accentus DVD is unobtrusive in the best possible way...The clarity and force of the choral sound is remarkable, especially that of the cheerful-looking GewandhausKinderchoir. You’ll reach the end of Part One spiritually transfigured...It’s an overwhelmingly affirmative experience, and Chailly brings out the joy as well as the solemnity.” The Arts Desk, 5th November 2011

“In exchanging ceremonial pomp and adrenaline-rush for an unforced, unmannered, surprisingly lyrical approach, Chailly unearths a wealth of rarely heard contrapuntal detail and secures a rare unanimity of response. The solo singers and here purely local choral forces are on the same exalted level as his venerable band whose dark transparency and unique, late-Romantic sound are, he believes, perfect for these scores.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


Erika Sunnegårdh (soprano), Ricarda Merbeth (soprano), Christiane Oelze (soprano), Lioba Braun (alto), Gerhild Romberger (alto), Stephen Gould (tenor), Dietrich Henschel (baritone) & Georg Zeppenfeld (bass)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is arguably the grandest and most ambitious piece of symphonic music ever written. The composer himself regarded it as his opus summum, and an incredible number of participants at the hugely successful Munich première in 1910 earned it the nickname “Symphony of a Thousand”. At Leipzig’s International Mahler Festival 2011, Riccardo Chailly commanded almost 500 musicians, and the overwhelming result of their joint effort inspired the Leipzig-based and internationally renowned artist Neo Rauch to the painting for the cover of this Blu-ray.

Picture Format Blu-ray: Full HD

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Running Time: 92:19 min

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“these are red-blooded performances. The Italian conductor has long been a respected Mahlerian, capable of welding the symphonies’ huge structures and quixotic moods into a coherent musical statement...They also convey the physical thrill of the “live” experience, with Erika Sunnegardh risking all in the high soprano lines” Financial Times, 15th October 2011 ****

“Michael Beyer’s direction on this Accentus DVD is unobtrusive in the best possible way...The clarity and force of the choral sound is remarkable, especially that of the cheerful-looking GewandhausKinderchoir. You’ll reach the end of Part One spiritually transfigured...It’s an overwhelmingly affirmative experience, and Chailly brings out the joy as well as the solemnity.” The Arts Desk, 5th November 2011

“How good to see Riccardo Chailly so radiant at the end of this great event. It's an exhilaration he earns through sheer work as well as injecting the adrenalin at most of the right moments...Chailly holds the attention between movements and makes you realise how many soloists within the orchestra have to sing, too. His leader, the superb Sebastian Breuninger, assists him between blazes...Chailly's rendering leads the field on DVD” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“In exchanging ceremonial pomp and adrenaline-rush for an unforced, unmannered, surprisingly lyrical approach, Chailly unearths a wealth of rarely heard contrapuntal detail and secures a rare unanimity of response. The solo singers and here purely local choral forces are on the same exalted level as his venerable band whose dark transparency and unique, late-Romantic sound are, he believes, perfect for these scores” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra

Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra


Beethoven:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Piano Concerto in E flat major, WoO 4

Piano Concerto in D major, arranged by the composer after the Violin Concerto, Op. 61a

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in B flat major, WoO 6

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

with Tasmin Little (violin) & Tim Hugh (cello)

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

with Opera North Chorus


Howard Shelley (piano and conductor)

Opera North Orchestra

The piano remained the main instrument of Beethoven throughout his life, and this specially priced 4-CD box set represents his entire and sizeable output for piano and orchestra, starting with the early Piano Concerto in E flat,

WoO 4 – a work of tremendous energy and great technical demands, which Beethoven wrote when he was just twelve years old – and ending with Piano Concerto No. 5, the only one that Beethoven never performed himself in concert, due to his developing deafness.

Howard Shelley was awarded an OBE for services to classical music at the 2009 New Year Honours. He here conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North from the piano. Shelley has recorded extensively for Chandos over the years, and he has combined the role of solo pianist and conductor on numerous occasions, most recently with the Orchestra of Opera North in Piano Concertos by Schumann, Saint-Saëns, and Grieg (CHAN 10509), but also with the London Mozart Players, recording works by Cramer, Hummel, Mendelssohn, and Mozart. All his recordings have received superb reviews.

Beethoven wrote the Triple Concerto on this disc in 1803 during a lull in the composition of his opera Fidelio. Works for violin, cello and piano were fairly common at the time – but combining them with orchestra was, as Beethoven himself observed, something entirely new, and no other concerto of this kind from this period is known today.

In this work, Howard Shelley is joined by the violinist and exclusive Chandos artist Tasmin Little, who won the Critics’ Choice Award at this year’s Classic BRITS, and by the cellist Tim Hugh, of whom The Times said: ‘Mr Hugh is much more than just a Cellist, he is a musician with a compelling insight into the creative urge behind the notes.’

“this is svelte, affectionate orchestral playing, with a particularly seductive principal oboe. And Shelley knows just when to step back when Beethoven’s solo line slips into note-spinning mode, letting his Leeds players sing....This is a wonderful box. It’s easily the equal of starrier sets from the past - Barenboim, Kempf, Perahia etc. Buy it.” The Arts Desk, 21st January 2012

“there are several reasons to shout about it...there's Shelley himself: a pianist whose quiet musicality and unobtrusive virtuosity shine through everything he touches...Throughout the set, there's a humanity to Shelley's music-making; it's particularly affecting in the B-flat Concerto, which he imbues with warmth as well as wit...this is a major new cycle, an important addition not only to the catalogue but also to Shelley's exceptionally fine discography.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“all concerned seem to be at one with a composer who is often harder to gel with than we like to think...For most listeners, Shelley’s Beethoven-as-is approach, with clarity the hallmark, will be a positive virtue, though that doesn’t mean that there’s any lack of power” MusicWeb International, June 2012

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Chopin: Etudes Opp. 10 & 25

Chopin: Etudes Opp. 10 & 25


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25


Recorded September 1960.

This outstanding recording of the complete Chopin Études by Maurizio Pollini is being published for the first time by Testament.

It was made by EMI at Abbey Road a few months after Pollini had won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Pollini had already recorded for EMI the Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor with the Phiharmonia Orchestra conducted by Paul Kletzki, a recording universally acclaimed as a classic. Peter Andry, who produced the recording of the Études, later recalled Pollini’s play-through of the first set as a spine-tingling experience: “This was pianism of the very finest kind” he said. “Rarely had I heard such perfection. He seemed to play these demanding works effortlessly. I remember the occasion even now as one of my greatest musical experiences.”

The recording reproduces with striking immediacy and clarity a performance that captures the 18-year-old pianist’s sensitive and sympathetic emotional response to these works. It is very different to the large-scale and grandiose DG recording made a decade or so later by Pollini as a more mature artist in a venue with a more reverberant acoustic.

Critics and pianists who have already heard this recording by the young Pollini have all been astonished by its musicality and spontaneity, qualitities that go right to the heart of Chopin’s genius in writing these challenging but musically inspired compositions. It is a unique addition to Pollini’s extensive recorded catalogue and shows this great artist at the very beginning of his professional career as a musician of the highest calibre.

“It's utterly superb: there's a freshness about Pollini's playing, a spontaneity that's absent from his more magisterial later Chopin, and his technique is even more dazzling, too. If there's a more naturally musical and immaculate recording of the Studies than this 1960 account, then I have yet to hear it.” The Guardian, 20th October 2011 *****

“it is surely astonishing that Pollini could reject his early superfine brilliance,his aristocratic musicianship, his patrician ideal in the Chopin Etudes...What superb articulacy in, say, Op. 10 Nos 2, 4 and 5, and what awe-inspiring assurance and uncanny technical perfection in the treacherous double notes of No 7...All lovers of great piano-playing will need to add this to their collection” BBC Music Magazine, January 2012

“this earlier account is a quite extraordinarily revelatory experience...Recorded when he was just eighteen years old, this exceptional recording has such a clarity and a feeling of freshness about it...Quite why Pollini didn’t want this recording to be released is a bit of a mystery, but I must say I’m very glad that Testament has issued it, and I would go as far as to say that in many ways I actually prefer it to the DG recording.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 12th December 2011

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Patricia Petibon: Melancolia

Patricia Petibon: Melancolia

Spanish Arias and Songs


 

Adiós Granada

Rafael Calleja Gómez & Tomas Barrera Saavedra

with Daniel Manzanas, Joël Grare

Bacri:

Melodias de la Melancholia, Op.119b

Falla:

Vivan los que rien! (from La vida breve)

Giménez:

La tempránica: Zapateado 'La tarántula é un bicho mú malo'

Granados:

Ay majo de mi vida!: No. 1, La maja dolorosa

orchestrated by Rafael Ferrer

Tonadillas: No. 8, El mirar de la maja

orchestrated by Rafael Ferrer

Montsalvatge:

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

Canción negra No. 5, Canto negro

Nin:

El Vito (from Cantos populares españoles)

with Daniel Manzanas, Joël Grare

Simeon:

Cancíon de Marinela

Torroba:

Peterna

trad.:

Ogundé - uaréré

adapted by Wieland Reissmann

with Susan Manoff, Joël Grare

Turina:

Poema en forma de canciones, Op. 19: No. 3, 'Cantares'

Villa-Lobos:

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5: Aria (Cantilena)


Patricia Petibon (soprano)

Orquesta nacional de España, Josep Pons

Unique for her dramatic flair, expert musicality, and interpretive powers, soprano Patricia Petibon indulges in her love of Luso-Iberian music. From zarzuela to art song, folk song, the Aria Cantilena of Brazil’s Villa-Lobos, and the traditional Afro-Brazilian Ogundé uareré, Patricia Petibon also samples the new. She includes the world-premiere recording of Nicolas Bacri’s song cycle, which was written in dedication to her.

Patricia Petibon adds spice by teaming up with flamenco musicians for one-of-a-kind performances of the zarzuela hit Adios, Granada and the folk tune El vito. Beloved favorites are not neglected: Petibon’s take on La tarántula, Marinela, Canto negro, and La petenera sparkle with light and life.

“A remarkable achievement: a fan letter to Spanish music (not excluding South America or an excursion to Villa-Lobos's Brazil) including a new commission from Nicolas Bacri. It's carried out with aplomb...Petibon is especially effective in the zarzuela numbers...Throughout, Petibon's acting and character skills evidently lift each interpretation...Hugely recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“a more apt title is would be hard to imagine...This is in every respect a superlative disc and demonstrates yet again that in Patricia Petibon we have a singer with a real gift for vivid and colourful performances supported by an impeccable technique and real all-round artistry. This is not the best thing she has ever done, simply because just about everything she does is exceptional.” International Record Review, January 2012

“There's a pleasingly rich core to Petibon's voice besides the coloratura heights she's renowned for. She performs with total commitment and without fear and this injects everything she sings with tremendous character.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2012 ****

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Dohnányi & Penderecki: Sextets

Dohnányi & Penderecki: Sextets


Dohnányi:

Sextet in C major Op. 37 for piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet & horn

Penderecki:

Sextet for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano


Ensemble Kheops: Muhiddin Dürrüoglu (piano), Graf Mourja (violin), Lise Berthaud (viola), Marie Hallynck (cello), Ronald Van Spaendonck (clarinet) & Hervé Joulain (horn)

A great team of soloists united by their love for chamber music, two masterpieces in the rare repertoire of sextets for piano, wind and strings: this is a regal menu.

Dohnanyi has place of honour: giant of Hungarian culture, emulator of Brahms, contemporary of Bartók and one of the great victims of his country’s historical upheavals.

His fascinating Sextet illustrates the quality, creativity and vitality of his writing. Penderecki also composed a sextet for the same instruments at the end of last century. Ever since its premiere at the Musikverein in Vienna, this work has imposed itself as a cornerstone in the catalogue of the great Polish master.

“A really meaty coupling, this...As for the Ensemble Kheops, no praise could be too high: unbelievably, they sound as if they were born to play both works. They're not only technically superb but wholly convincing interpreters, and the crystal-clear recorded sound matches their playing in its excellence.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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Dvorák: Love Songs, Op. 83, Cypresses & Piano Quintet

Dvorák: Love Songs, Op. 83, Cypresses & Piano Quintet


Dvorak:

Liebeslieder (8), Op. 83

Adriana Kucerova (soprano) & Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

Cypresses for string quartet, B152

Thymos Quartet

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

Thymos Quartet


Three romantic works by Dvorák from the 1880’s receive soulful performances by the Paris-based Thymos Quartet, pianist Christoph Eschenbach, and soprano Adriana Kucerova.

“Think about a young man in love – this is what they are about", wrote Dvorák to his publisher when he was preparing Cypresses for string quartet. The title is taken from a volume of poems by Gustav Pfleger-Moravsky which inspired the composer’s earlier burst of song writing in 1865, eight of which later became the cycle Love Songs Op. 83, and 12 of which were arranged for string quartet, five of them presented here. Recalling youthful love letters that are preserved and cherished, Love Songs and Cypresses combine beautiful melodic simplicity with the technique of a composer who was, by the mid-late 1880s, at the height of his powers. Cypresses in their string quartet form were premiered on 6 January 1888, on a bill which also featured the first performance of the Piano Quintet, Op 81.

The Paris-based Quatuor Thymos – named after an ancient Greek term meaning “spiritedness” – comprises four First Prize winners from the Paris and Lyon conservatoires. Following acclaimed performances throughout France and in other European capitols, they were invited to perform at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago by Christoph Eschenbach. This recording brings the foursome together with the eminent pianist, who also accompanies the Slovakian soprano Adriana Kucerova whose star is rapidly in the ascendant.

“[Eschenbach] is still a magnificent player, as witness his ability to make Dvorak's occasionally awkward piano writing sound like spun silk...the Quintet sounds utterly enchanting in this gloriously unhurried reading.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2012 ****

“A great programming idea, this...[Kucerova is] a vocal epitome of amatory responsiveness...Throughout the entire performance there's no mistaking the leader of the pack: one is always aware of listening to an excellent quartet and an exceptional pianist. Absolutely no harm in that!” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“The playing in the quartet arrangements and the Quintet is very fine, but not everyone will respond to an interpretation which, in search of an expressive edge, often adopts abrupt changes of tempo” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ***

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JS Bach: Organ Works Vol. I

JS Bach: Organ Works Vol. I


Bach, J S:

Trio Sonatas Nos. 1-6, BWV525-530


Robert Quinney (Frobenius Organ of The Queen’s College, Oxford)

Continuing its work with the rising stars of the early music world, CORO is delighted to be releasing a brand new recording by one of The Sixteen Orchestra’s principal members - organist Robert Quinney.

Recorded at The Queen’s College, Oxford, on the beautiful Frobenius Organ (one of the most notable instruments of its kind in the country), the Trio Sonatas are among Bach's most popular and appealing organ works. Complied in the composer’s later years, perhaps as studies for his eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann, the Trio Sonatas are a unique set of works in the organ repertory. Bach transferred to the organ the Italian trio sonata with its two treble voices and bass continuo; for the organ works, Bach uses right hand, left hand, and pedal.

Robert Quinney is Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey and played at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April. In addition to his daily work at the Abbey, he maintains a busy freelance schedule as a soloist and ensemble player, and is also Director of Oundle for Organists, whose residential courses offer inspiring tuition for young organists. His double compact disc The Grand Organ of Westminster Cathedral, recorded in 2004, was Instrumental Disc of the Month in BBC Music, earned a 5-star review in the French journal Diapason, and was an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone.

“Alongside his impeccable performances, Quinney’s greatest achievement is to produce music-making which really communicates itself to the listener’.” GRAMOPHONE

“The sound is fluting, crystalline, limpid, yet not without power and profundity. Adapting the Italian chamber-music genre, the trio sonatas are each in three movements, yet with an individual cast. Perfect they may be, but intimate, too, the disc a pure unfolding of pleasure.” Sunday Times, 25th September 2011

“Quinney embraces the transparency of Bach's trios with an ear for their variety, sparkle and cogency. The Frobenius organ at Queen's College, Oxford, provides him with an enticing palette of sounds, while its mechanical security allows Quinney's lucid and carefully articulation to emerge without compromise.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“Needless to say, Quinney delivers finger- and foot-perfect performances...[He] projects the first movements with a light touch, allowing their intricate, tuneful beauty to shine brightly...With all the repeats observed, this makes for a very full disc but one which is highly satisfying.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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