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January 2016

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Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello & Piano

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2016

Shortlisted - Chamber

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - January 2016

Catalogue No:

EVCD015

Discs:

2

Release date:

30th Oct 2015

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Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello & Piano

Recorded in l’Arsenal, Metz in January 2015 by Nicolas Bartholomée & Maximilien Ciup (Little Tribeca)


Beethoven:

Variations (12) on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45

Variations (7) on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46

Variations (12) on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66

Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)


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Act III of François-Frédéric Guy's Beethoven Project. On the programme: Beethoven's complete music for cello and piano with cellist Xavier Phillips, recorded by Nicolas Bartholomée at the Arsenal in Metz. In 2008 Guy embarked on a major Beethoven project that has included recording and performing in concert all 32 Beethoven Sonatas and the 5 Piano Concertos. Guy is a dedicated chamber musician and he regularly performs Beethoven’s chamber music for strings and piano as well, with Tedi Papavrami and Xavier Phillips. As part of the Beethoven project, Guy has performed the complete cycle of 32 Sonatas in Washington, Paris, Monaco and recently at the Festival Berlioz in La Côte-Saint-André (August 2013). Born in Paris, Xavier Phillips started playing the cello at the age of 6. His encounter with Mstislav Rostropovitch proved especially fruitful since it marked the beginning of a long collaboration during which Xavier Phillips received the guidance and encouragement of the master cellist.

His eclectic and varied discography has been warmly welcomed by the critics. His last recording – dedicated to Dutilleux “Tout un monde lointain” – received tremendous reviews and was nominated three times for the Grammy Awards 2015. Xavier Phillips plays on a Matteo Gofriller cello from 1710.

BBC Music Magazine

February 2016

*****

“these are really fine, dynamic accounts, with virtuosity appropriately to the fore…Guy and Phillips succeed in plumbing the depths of the latter sonata's middle movement - the only sustained slow movement Beethoven wrote for this ensemble”

CD Review

Harriet Smith

13th February 2016

“I think this is extraordinary, it’s been a total eye-opener for me, I’ve had great pleasure from the entire set. I think what’s brilliant is that not only do the late pieces come across as total consummate masterpieces, but they bring so much to the earlier pieces as well.”

Gramophone Magazine

January 2016

“One of the finest aspects of this new set is a sense of absolute rightness about each of the tempi chosen...A wonderful recording of Beethoven’s cello and piano music, one which emphasises the equal role of each player, and how the best collaborations raise the music to a level higher still...It’s a recording that brings this sublime music into your living room in the most natural manner possible.”

MusicWeb International

February 2016

“this recording from Xavier Phillips and François-Frédéric Guy is one of the most admirable I know in this repertoire. The sound is nicely transparent and full of colour, especially in the detail of the marginally more forward cello sound.”

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Brahms & Bartók: Violin Concertos

Brahms & Bartók: Violin Concertos


Bartók:

Violin Concerto No. 1, BB48a, Sz 36

London Symphony Orchestra

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“As far as I know, the Brahms Concerto and Bartók’s First have never been coupled together before on disc,” enthuses Janine Jansen during recording sessions for this album, “but to me they seem a natural pairing. They may speak a different kind of musical language, yet they not only share a Hungarian connection, but also a profound combination of symphonic power and chamber-scale intimacy.”

Brahms’s (and Liszt’s) Hungarian inspiration stemmed directly from nineteenth-century gypsy bands, whose racy, seductive dance music cast an intoxicating spell over the sensation-hungry audiences of the time. Béla Bartók took a more radical view, and having declared passionately during his student years “All my life … I shall have one objective: the good of Hungary and the Hungarian nation”, joined his friend Zoltán Kodály collecting native Hungarian and Transylvanian folksongs in the field, noting them down on manuscript and recording them on a primitive gramophone as they went along. As time went by, the natural melodic contours and quirky rhythmic inflections of indigenous Hungarian folk music became an indissoluble part of Bartók’s own unique creative style.

“The interpretation of the Brahms represents a true meeting of minds: Jansen possesses all the intellectual authority and expressive weight that the first movement requires, yet this is tempered by the wonderful spectrum of tone and the fluidity of pulse she can summon in the slow movement...Altogether a highly desirable disc.” The Telegraph, 24th November 2015 *****

“Jansen gives us a lyric reading [of the Brahms] of rare inwardness and beauty...it is a performance that marries meditation with motion, such is the suppleness of Jansen’s and Pappano’s feel for the concerto’s larger symphonic movement and the hand-in-glove relationship that exists between soloist, conductor and Pappano’s superbly responsive Santa Cecilia orchestra.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“[The Santa Cecilia Orchestra's] sound is rich and weighty, the better to support Jansen’s interpretation, itself heavyweight yet characteristically mercurial. Jansen’s playing glows, and the second theme of the first movement really sings; here and throughout, there is the feeling that Jansen wants every phrase to say something.” The Guardian, 7th January 2016 *****

“The Bartok is a revelation.Somehow Jansen manages to coax this music out of its accustomed reticence, but without any sense of forcing it…at last, this concerto really does sing of unrequited love, well aided by the warm and beautifully balanced recording.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 *****

“Jansen never resorts to flashy display for its own sake; and even in the midst of the [Bartók's] Allegro giocoso she finds space for some beautiful cantabile playing. I was particularly struck by some of her legato double-stopping – making this sound smooth is no mean feat, but in Jansen’s hands it sounds as natural as if it were a duet.” Presto Classical, 8th January 2016

Presto Disc of the Week

8th January 2016

Presto Discs of 2016

Finalist

GGramophone Awards 2016

Shortlisted - Concerto

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2016

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Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

and other works


Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Truls Mørk (cello)

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 119

Truls Mørk (cello)

Le carnaval des animaux

Louis Lortie (piano), Hélène Mercier (piano) & Alasdair Malloy (glass harmonica)

Africa - Fantasie for piano & orchestra Op. 89

Louis Lortie (piano)

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

Louis Lortie (piano)


The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Neeme Järvi present this unusual collection of popular works by Saint-Saëns, for orchestra and piano or cello.

Truls Mørk, this season Artist in Residence with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, is the soloist in the two contrasted cello concertos. His ‘seemingly flawless technical command’ is tested in the suave, expressive, famous No. 1 as well as in the many taxing solo passages, huge leaps, and double-stopping flourishes of No. 2.

The indefatigable duo Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier join in the posthumously published Carnival of the Animals, after a highly successful recording of Concertos by Poulenc with Edward Gardner, Disc of the Week in The Sunday Times. They offer the original version, which features a glass harmonica (normally substituted by a glockenspiel). Louis Lortie is also the soloist in the entertaining fantasia Africa, which incorporates folk tunes of the different countries in which it was composed and which is brought off with consummate zest, as well as in the most characteristic and probably challenging of the composer’s keyboard pieces, the Caprice-Valse Wedding-cake, written for the second wedding of the composer’s virtuosic pianist friend Caroline Montigny-Rémaury.

“This is one of those recordings where it seems invidious to look for faults and which just encourages you to sit back, relax, listen and wallow. Mørk brings his characteristic incisiveness and mountain-spring tone to the concertos...The Grande fantaisie zoologique receives one of its most successful performances on disc (sans narrator) with just the right balance of instrumental virtuosity, sensitive musicianship and, where the opportunity presents itself, fun.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“[Mørk's] noble command is ideal in the darkly blazing, virtuosic second concerto. One of our great lyric instrumentalists, he gives a deeply-felt, but never over-dramatised performance, a piercing tenderness underlying what can sound sentimental in the hands of a lesser artist. Bergen's beautifully-tuned winds create subtle intimacy in the idyllic Andante” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 ****

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Editor's Choice - January 2016

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Mozart: Piano Sonatas Volume 4

Mozart: Piano Sonatas Volume 4

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 5 January 2013


Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in C, K309

Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'

Piano Sonata No. 15 in F major, K533/494

Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'


Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, important landmarks in any pianists’ repertoire, are seen as both wild improvisatory melodies and challenging exercises for Mozart’s pupils. In this, the conclusion of Christian Blackshaw’s complete Mozart Piano Sonatas, recorded live at Wigmore Hall, we hear four sonatas that extend from the composer’s early years until shortly before his death.

Each sonata is bought to life through Blackshaw’s luminous tone, compelling delicacy and virtuosity, as he explores the works with fresh insight and superlative musicality. Volume Three is Gramophone Editor's Choice in the August issue.

“Donald Tovey described the sonatas as “written with his left hand” while the composer was occupied with greater things. Yet so searching and satisfying is Blackshaw’s playing, so felicitous his touch, we have no sense of inferior works, least of all the two on the second disc, the sparkling K576 and the irresistible K533, with its richly decorated, Bach-inspired slow movement.” Sunday Times, 18th October 2015

“another welcome demonstration of his immaculate tone, delicate way with pacing and exquisite taste in articulation. In four sonatas taken from across the composer’s life, there is never a note of hurry or haste, and nothing that fails to enchant.” New York Times, 11th December 2015

“permit me to join the chorus of acclaim for his elegance of phrasing, limpid tone quality (captured in a demonstration-quality recording), tastefulness of nuance and ornamentation, and imaginative response to harmony and character. Every tiniest detail here is thought through... Yet nothing is fetishised. Perfection – or something very close to it – is in the service of freedom.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“His interpretations are highly cultured and lucid, models of poise and natural spontaneity.” International Piano, January/February 2016

“The final instalment in Christian Blackshaw's Mozart sonata cycle is as musically illuminating as earlier discs in this series. Again, he gets inside the very distinctive qualities of each work, highlighting differences of emphasis that are not always apparent in other performances...Some of the most spellbinding playing is [K533's] slow movement.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2016 *****

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Editor's Choice - January 2016

Wigmore Hall Live Christian Blackshaw Complete Mozart Piano Sonatas - WHLIVE0078/2

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Néère: Hahn, Duparc and Chausson

Néère: Hahn, Duparc and Chausson


Chausson:

7 Mélodies, Op. 2

La chanson douce

Le temps des lilas

Duparc:

Chanson triste

Romance de Mignon

Phidylé

Au pays ou se fait la guerre

L'Invitation au voyage

Hahn, R:

Le printemps

Trois jours de vendange

Quand je fus pris au pavillon

Le rossignol des lilas

A Chloris

Etudes Latines (extracts)


Véronique Gens (soprano) & Susan Manoff (piano)

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Alpha is very proud to welcome this grande dame of lyric art. A great Mozartian, Gens also excels in Gluck, Berlioz and Offenbach and has sung with the greatest, from Claudio Abbado to Marc Minkowski and Frans Brüggens.

Her rich discography features a wide range of repertoire, but up until now it included only one recording of mélodies, despite the fact that she is unanimously recognized as one of the world’s most eminent ambassadresses of the French art song.

With her accompanist Susan Manoff, a connoisseur of vocal music and a tremendously sensitive pianist, she has assembled this programme devoted to songs she loves, mixing well-known gems and rarities such as the superb Néère, from Reynaldo Hahn’s Muses latines.

“ravishing performances from Gens and her superbly insightful pianist Susan Manoff; much of the music lies in Gens' clean but voluptuous lower-middle register, and her palette of wonderful autumnal colours coupled with her unfussy but keen responsiveness to the texts make for a very special disc indeed.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 20th November 2015

“Néère, which opens the disc and provides its title, has a grave, austere beauty that Gens captures perfectly...nothing in these performances is overdone; Gens allows the lyric beauty of each song to speak for itself, with the minimum of interference and the maximum of tonal beauty.” The Guardian, 10th December 2015 ****

“Gens, as one might expect, is exceptional in this repertoire. Most of the songs are about erotic anticipation and tristesse, and her dark, slightly smoky tone adds to the sensuality of it all. She sings as much off the text as the line, but nothing is nudged or forced in an overtly interventionist way... ‘A Chloris’ is one of the best there is, and Hahn’s ‘Néère’, which gives the disc its title, leaves you open-mouthed with its beauty.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

Presto Disc of the Week

20th November 2015

Presto Discs of 2015

Finalist

GGramophone Awards 2016

Winner - Solo Vocal

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Vladimir Horowitz: Return To Chicago

Vladimir Horowitz: Return To Chicago


Chopin:

Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3

Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

Liszt:

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)

Soirées de Vienne: valse-caprice No. 6 (after Schubert), D427 No. 6

Moszkowski:

Étincelles, Op. 36 No. 6

Mozart:

Adagio in B minor, K540

Rondo in D major, K485

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K135 in E major

Schumann:

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Träumerei

Scriabin:

3 Pieces for piano, Op. 2: Etude in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor

Horowitz Interview with Norman Pellegrini

Horowitz Interview with Thomas Willis


Vladimir Horowitz. Even more than twenty-five years after his death, his name still conjures up magical imagery. An artist of extraordinary pianistic abilities, Horowitz came to define an era, when performing artists put their personal stamp on everything they did. And Horowitz did it like no one else, before or since.

This CD set is taken from one of those concerts, a recital from Orchestra Hall, Chicago, on October 26, 1986. Here we hear him in his element, before a live audience. We may not be able to attend a Horowitz recital anymore, but this is the next best thing – with a little imagination, we can become part of the audience ourselves, and it’s just thrilling.

Horowitz performed in Chicago thirty-seven times in all, including twenty-seven solo recitals, starting in the year 1928. He was very popular there, and that popularity caused him to give repeat performances four times in the 1960s and 1970s, in order to reach as many patrons as possible. By 1986, he’d come up with perhaps a better plan: a concert that would be broadcast, as a gift to the city of Chicago. This concert marks the final time Horowitz played in Chicago.

“No one could imitate anything Horowitz did, and that’s particularly true of his Scarlatti, which combines lightness of action and the subtlest of pedalling...Schumann’s Arabeske, new to his DG output though by no means new to his discography as a whole, has a pearlescent beauty, a reactivity that gives new tints to the main theme each time it reappears...this is another compelling addition to the vast Horowitz legacy.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“Recorded by WFMT’s engineers in 1986 during the pianist’s Indian summer, this fly-on-the-wall glimpse of Horowitz live is both welcome and enjoyable. Scarlatti and Mozart glitter; Schumann and Liszt compel: this is vintage stuff.” Classical Music, January 2016 ****

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Editor's Choice - January 2016

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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (complete)

Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (complete)


With his seven symphonies the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius marks a high point in the symphonic repertoire of the 20th century. The music evokes the ghostliness of the Finnish landscape, carries an inner strength and depth and proves itself full of technical finesse that still poses a challenge for both conductors and performers. For Sibelius “a symphony is not a ‘composition’ in the ordinary sense. Rather, it is a declaration of faith at different stages of one’s life.”

On the occasion of Jean Sibelius’ 150th birthday this DVD edition offers the live recordings of the composer’s seven symphonies by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in the new Helsinki Music Centre under the direction of Hannu Lintu. Each symphony is preceded by a documentary and an introduction, giving a new and modern perspective to the legendary Finnish composer and his symphonies.

Special Features

This edition includes introductions for each symphony. These documentary sections of the programs, hosted and narrated by Hannu Lintu, the conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, can also been seen in an hour long separate program.

The short film series “Sort Of Sibelius!” demolishes the myth of Jean Sibelius.

These stories are about Sibelius, not about his music. The commentator is one of the most famous Finnish composers of our time: Kaija Saariaho. Each short story uses in its expression codes of different film genres. Animation replenishes the narration.

A detailed book about Sibelius’ life and work.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Language: Finnish

Subtitles: English, German, French, Korean, Japanese (Symphonies, Introductions, Documentary)

Blu-ray Disc: 3 x 50 GB (Dual Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Total running Time: 584 mins

Running Time: ca. 254 mins Symphonies / ca. 195 mins Introductions / 58 mins Documentary / 80 mins Bonus

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“Lintu has always had an interesting analytical perspective on the symphonies but he delves even further here...To describe this as an important snapshot of orchestral Helsinki in 2015 is to belittle the touching gift that is Finns offering us their greatest music with such undemonstrative heart and soul.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Sibelius: 7 Symphonies

Sibelius: 7 Symphonies


Sibelius:

Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (complete)


With his seven symphonies the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius marks a high point in the symphonic repertoire of the 20th century. The music evokes the ghostliness of the Finnish landscape, carries an inner strength and depth and proves itself full of technical finesse that still poses a challenge for both conductors and performers. For Sibelius “a symphony is not a ‘composition’ in the ordinary sense. Rather, it is a declaration of faith at different stages of one’s life.”

On the occasion of Jean Sibelius’ 150th birthday this DVD edition offers the live recordings of the composer’s seven symphonies by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in the new Helsinki Music Centre under the direction of Hannu Lintu. Each symphony is preceded by a documentary and an introduction, giving a new and modern perspective to the legendary Finnish composer and his symphonies.

Special Features

This edition includes introductions for each symphony. These documentary sections of the programs, hosted and narrated by Hannu Lintu, the conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, can also been seen in an hour long separate program.

The short film series “Sort Of Sibelius!” demolishes the myth of Jean Sibelius.

These stories are about Sibelius, not about his music. The commentator is one of the most famous Finnish composers of our time: Kaija Saariaho. Each short story uses in its expression codes of different film genres. Animation replenishes the narration.

A detailed book about Sibelius’ life and work.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Language: Finnish

Subtitles: English, German, French, Korean, Japanese (Symphonies, Introductions, Documentary)

DVD Format: 5 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Total running Time: 584 mins

Running Time: ca. 254 mins Symphonies / ca. 195 mins Introductions / 58 mins Documentary / 75 mins Bonus

FSK: 0

“Lintu has always had an interesting analytical perspective on the symphonies but he delves even further here...To describe this as an important snapshot of orchestral Helsinki in 2015 is to belittle the touching gift that is Finns offering us their greatest music with such undemonstrative heart and soul” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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WF Bach: Harpsichord Concertos

WF Bach: Harpsichord Concertos


Bach, W F:

Harpsichord Concerto in A minor, F45

Sinfonia in F major, F. 67 'Dissonant'

Harpsichord Concerto in D, F41

Sinfonia in D minor, F. 65 'Adagio & Fugue'

Sinfonia in D minor, F. 65 'Adagio & Fugue'

Harpsichord Concerto in E minor, F43


Maude Gratton (harpsichord)

Il Convito

Overshadowed by his father, Johann Sebastian, and his brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian, the music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach provides a bridge between the high art of the first and expressive tendencies of Sturm und Drang. His Harpsichord Concertos, as performed here by Maude Gratton [of the Ricercar Consort] and Il Convito, offer a very successful synthesis of these two trends.

“Spirited, elegant and lively performances, recorded in appropriately vivid sound, of music by the ever-intriguing figure of WF Bach, the eldest son of Bach...What Gratton and Il Convito convey so persuasively in their assuaging and elegant performances is that, beyond Wilhelm Friedemann’s capricious figures, mental robustness and vulnerability cohabit as a kind of conceit.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

GGramophone Awards 2016

Shortlisted - Baroque Instrumental

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2016

Mirare - MIR162

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Mozart: Double Piano Concertos

Mozart: Double Piano Concertos


Mozart:

Concerto for Three Pianos & Orchestra, K242 (Version for Two Pianos)

Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra No. 10 in E flat, K365

Sonata for Piano duet in D major, K381


Lucas Jussen (piano), Arthur Jussen (piano)

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

“It’s not quite that only their mother can tell them apart, but on hearing them play these two duet concertos, even she might struggle...The Jussen boys have found perhaps the perfect collaborator in Sir Neville Marriner, who has conducted more Mozart than most; the Academy acquit themselves well.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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My Armenia

My Armenia

Dedicated to the 100th Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide


Babadzhanian:

Pictures (6)

Bagdasarian:

Rhapsody

Nocturne in A Major

Khachaturian:

Song-Poem

Sabre Dance from Gayane

Usundara from Gayane

Mirzoyan:

Introduction & Perpetuum mobile

Vardapet:

Krunk

Tsirani Tsar (The Apricot tree)

Seven Folk Dances for solo piano

Garun-a (It is spring) for solo piano


Sergey Khachatryan (violin) & Lusine Khachatryan (piano)

Dedicated to the 100th Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, My Armenia offers a very personal, touching and brilliant tribute to Armenian music by Sergey and Lusine Khachatryan. Sergey and Lusine are regular duo partners. Together, they have given recitals at London's Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Madrid Auditori Nacional, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Brussels Bozar, Luxemburg Philharmonie and New York Carnegie Hall.

'My Armenia' offers a large and heartstretching overview of the finest Armenian composers, especially those who have successfully mixed Western Europe and folk influences, such as Komitas or Khachaturian.

“Komitas’s glory lay in his choral arrangements of folk songs, but is represented here by the two arrangements for violin and piano and seven for piano solo: each has a truthful simplicity and charm, suggesting voice and rudimentary accompaniment with bare octaves and skipping rhythms...The other pieces do at least reflect the excellence of Armenia’s conservatoire culture, as do Sergey and Lusine Khachatryan…The pleasure of their musicianship is this CD’s real selling point.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2015

“Komitas reveals himself as the Armenian equivalent of Bartók: someone who could take the simplest folk material and turn it into sophisticated polyphony...The Khachatryans eagerly embrace Komitas’s voice, by turns white-hot and icy cold. But perhaps the main achievement of this disc is the way it profiles a melting-pot of influences through the works of just five composers.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Editor's Choice - January 2016

Naive - V5414

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Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini

Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini


Christina Vasileva, Martin Muhle, Juan Orozco, Adriano Graziani, Kim-Lillian Strebel, Benedicte Tauran, Sally Wilson & Marija Jokovic

Freiburger Kammerchor, Opern- und Extrachor des Theater Freiburg, Vokalensemble der Hochschule fur Musik, Freiburg & Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Fabrice Bollon

It is a story made for the stage: Francesca da Rimini is a deceived woman-in-love who disregards her arranged marriage, decides that she has the perfect right to true love, and ends up murdered.

Dante originally wrote a few verses on this subject, but some decades later Boccaccio expanded the sketch into a tale containing all the ingredients of a genuine tragedy. In 1901 Gabriele D’Annunzio drew on this material to pen a scandalous fin de siècle drama. The music publisher Ricordi recognized this plot’s potential as a music drama and commissioned the young Riccardo Zandonai to compose the music for it. The premiere in 1914 was a sensational success. The music adheres closely to the rhythm of the language and for the rest forms an iridescent backdrop saturated with colour and engaging in intensive depiction of the elements of setting and plot.

“This new CPO set, the first, as far as I’m aware, to present the score uncut, fills an important gap, giving us a well-engineered modern account of the work...But it’s also an excellent achievement on its own terms....[the cast] sing powerfully, reliably and impressively. Christina Vasileva’s soprano is up to the challenge of Francesca...Fabrice Bollon conducts the score with a sure touch and is particularly adept at bringing out its moments of beauty.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

GGramophone Awards 2016

Finalist - Opera

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2016

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