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Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58


Marina Shaguch (soprano), Ingeborg Danz (alto), James Taylor (tenor), Thomas Quasthoff (bass)

Oregon Bach Festival Choir, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling

Building a Library

First Choice - June 2013

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Hänssler - HAEN98006

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Mendelssohn: Paulus, Op. 36

Mendelssohn: Paulus, Op. 36

(sung in German)


This recording has iconic artists such as: Juliane Banse (Soprano), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Michael Schade (Tenor), Andreas Schmidt (Bass), who are accompanied by the Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Prager Kammerchor, and the Tschechische Philharmonie all under the expert baton of maestro Helmuth Rilling.

“Mendelssohn's less well-known oratorio on St Paul emerges strongly here, with vigorous choral singing and committed soloists.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****

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Hänssler - HAEN98016

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 8

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 8


Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Kirill Karabits

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Jermolaj Albiker (violin)

Alejo Perez


Continuing with Haenssler’s fascinating series Les Ballets Russes, this next volume presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite.

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Hänssler - Les Ballets Russes - HAEN93289

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor


Norrington has released a series of acclaimed Bruckner performances on CD. His fresh approach injects a healthy dose of “worldliness” into these works.

“Where Norrington is fearless is in Bruckner’s on-the-spot shifts of tempo or key.” Gramophone

“As might be expected, Sir Roger employs instruments of the day, with a head-count that Bruckner might have expected and an appropriate seating plan. Bowing, phrasing and articulation are all in keeping with the manners of period and there's the usual Norrington embargo on vibrato...Excellent sound and, I suppose, good to have as food for thought, which is invariably what Norrington is all about.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

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Hänssler - HAEN93273

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Haydn - Complete Symphonies Volume 16

Haydn - Complete Symphonies Volume 16


Haydn:

Symphony No. 90 in C major

Symphony No. 92 in G major 'Oxford'


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Fey has form for his previous heavy-handed telling of Haydn's jokes but, mirabile dictu, he plays this one pretty much straight...just about the best offering yet in this occasionally exasperating but always thought-provoking series.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

“Fey is rightly more interested in recreating the spirit, drama and character that Haydn would have wanted rather than strictly the sound world...it is clear that he combines that knowledge along with his sound musical instincts in everything he does...This is really exciting playing – bold and daring and invariably seems to somehow feel ‘right’.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 19th March 2012

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Hänssler - Fey Haydn Symphonies - HAEN98629

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Schumann: Requiem, Der Königssohn & Nachtlied

Schumann: Requiem, Der Königssohn & Nachtlied


Schumann:

Requiem in D flat major, Op. 148

Nachtlied for chorus & orchestra, Op. 108

Der Königssohn, Op. 116


Ingeborg Danz, Christoph Pregardien, Sibylla Rubens, Yorck Felix Speer & Adolph Seidel

KammerChor Saarbrucken & Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Georg Grun

These are stunning recordings of three rarely performed Schumann masterworks. The Requiem is beautifully scored and inhabits a world between Fauré’s otherworldly peace and Berlioz’s thunderous Last Judgement.

“this version of Nachtlied will leave no-one in doubt that this choral-orchestral miniature is a significant find. Der Königssohn is similarly enjoyable” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“The soloists lend distinction, especially Christoph Prégardien as the young king-to-be, and Georg Grün's flexible direction doesn't undermine the pulse that each movement needs if it's to sustain any impression of coherence.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2011

“Whatever the aesthetic ambiguities of the work, Georg Grün and his musicians give the Requiem a creditable, straightforward performance. Balances tend to favour orchestral detail over a more precise choral presence...The soloists acquit themselves well.” International Record Review, September 2011

“Der Königssohn is one of four ballads that Schumann composed in 1851, which are precursors of a whole genre of narrative concert pieces in the second half of the 19th century. It may not be top-drawer Schumann, but it offers a sense of the composer creating something new.” The Guardian, 26th May 2011 **

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About Christmas

About Christmas


1. Joy to the World

2. Angels We Have Heard on High

3. Stille Nacht

4. It's Christmas Time All Over the World

5. Es kommt ein Schiff geladen

6. Kommet, ihr Hirten

7. The First Noël / A Child Is Born

8. Mary's Lullaby

9. Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier (arr. Jorg Achim Keller)

10. I Wonder As I Wander

11. Coventry Carol

12. O Tannenbaum

13. You Make It Feel Like Christmas

14. Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier (arr. Matthias Becker)


Berlin Voices

Berlin Voices is an outstanding German vocal quartet. Some of the best arrangers in the vocal jazz and pop scene have contributed to this recording and they are able to conjure up contemporary swing and fiery Latin numbers as well as contemplative, balladesque sounds from the mostly traditional Christmas songs here. Every song offers musical surprises.

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Hänssler - HAEN98609

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Christmas Season: Weihnachtsfreude

Christmas Season: Weihnachtsfreude

Favourite Christmas Songs


This collection includes many excerpts from the works of Bach, including the Christmas Oratorio performed by well known performers such as the Bach- Collegium Stuttgart conducted by Rilling and Collegium Vocale. Other seasonal pieces such as Stille Nacht are also included.

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Hänssler - HAEN98621

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Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248

Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248


Krisztina Laki (soprano), Gisela Pohl (alto), Karl Markus (tenor), Berthold Possemeyer (bass)

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben, Gerhard Wilhelm

The choir’s repertoire comprises masterpieces of sacred church music and it has enjoyed great success during the last few years, touring in Switzerland, Poland, Israel, France and many other countries. This must surely be one of the great Christmas choral masterpieces.

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Hänssler - HAEN98622

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Mozart: Violin Sonatas (complete)

Mozart: Violin Sonatas (complete)


Dmitry Sitkovetsky (violin) & Antonio Pappano & Konstantin Lifschitz (piano)

The Russian violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky is an exceptional soloist and has also recently become an exciting conductor. This budget priced CD set brings together all of his previous recordings of Mozart’s Sonatas as well as the missing ones form the cycle. Interestingly, we encounter Antonio Pappano as accompanist, rather than in his role as Music Director of the Royal Opera House.

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Hänssler - HAEN98254

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