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Beethoven: Appassionata, Les Adieux & Waldstein

Beethoven: Appassionata, Les Adieux & Waldstein

Piano Sonatas


Beethoven:

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

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

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


Olga Pashchenko (piano)

Olga Pashchenko is in the process of creating a unique place for herself in the world of the keyboard: she moves with astounding ease and skill from the harpsichord to the fortepiano, the organ and the modern piano. After a recording of Beethoven’s variations in 2015 (awarded ffff by Télérama), the young pianist has now gone to the legendary Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, a venue she knows well since she regularly gives concerts within its walls, to record three monuments of the pianistic literature – the Appassionata, Les Adieux and Waldstein sonatas – on the original Conrad Graf piano of 1824 conserved there. She utilises all the sonic possibilities and the full palette of colours of this instrument made around fifteen years after the composition of these sonatas, three of the finest in the corpus of thirty-two that Hans von Bülow called ‘the New Testament of every pianist’.

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G.A. Ristori: Cantatas for Soprano & Oboe concerto

G.A. Ristori: Cantatas for Soprano & Oboe concerto


Ristori:

Lavinia in Turno

María Savastano (soprano)

Didone abbandonata

María Savastano (soprano)

Nice a Tirsi

María Savastano (soprano)

Oboe Concerto in E flat major

Jon Olaberria (oboe)


Ensemble Diderot, Johannes Pramsohler

We are proud to announce the next recording from this innovative, creative and critically acclaimed label, Audax Records. Johannes Pramsohler and his Ensemble Diderot rediscover yet again a completely forgotten composer: Giovanni Alberto Ristori, vice-“capellmeister” under Johann Adolf Hasse at the famed Dresden court.

The princess of Saxony wrote the libretti for three cantatas; three powerful monologues by three powerful women, masterfully set to music by Ristori: Dido, abandoned by her love and in complete despair, throws herself into the flames; Lavinia, forced to leave her fiancé tries to explain her action; Nice, taken by hallucinations accuses Cupid as being very unhelpful.

These three heroines are entrusted to the breathtaking vocal technique of an award winning soprano and to an ensemble that is setting new standards in the interpretation of baroque music.

Johannes Pramsohler describes soprano Maria Savastano as: "....world class and a huge discovery. This is a fabulous recording which I am extremely proud of: the world premiere of some breathtaking cantatas for Soprano and orchestra and an oboe concerto by Giovanni Alberto Ristori who was the deputy-kapellmeister to Hasse in Dresden. "

The brilliant oboe concerto will surely enter the repertoire of oboists everywhere.

María Savastano has been hailed by La Nación as “the new Argentinean promise of classical singing.” The remarkably versatile and expressive singer was a member of the Instituto Superior de Artes del Teatro Colón and of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra national de Paris.

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Dowland - Benjamin: Seven Tears Upon Silence

Dowland - Benjamin: Seven Tears Upon Silence


Benjamin, G:

Upon Silence (1990)

Dowland:

Lachrimae Antiquae

Lachrimae Antiquae Novae

Lachrimae Gementes

Lachrimae Tristes

Lachrimae Coactae

Lachrimae Amantis

Lachrimae Verae


Sarah Breton (mezzo), Karl Nyhlin (lute)

Sit Fast

When John Dowland composes the seven pavans that form the famous Lachrimae, he gives the instrumental repertoire one of its first masterpieces. The Sit Fast consort, lead by Atsushi Sakaï, features a precious version of those timeless pages. Who says the viole should be earmarked for early music? In fact, the pure sonority of this intrument, the ideal vehicle for inner grief, inspired George Benjamin too. Upon Silence, written in 1990 for five violes and a mezzo-soprano on a poem by Yeats, extends and updates the poetics tears of John Dowland. Four centuries separate the two composers but their polyphonic writings and their longing for genuine feelings gather them in that disc, smartly recorded by the elegant Sit Fast consort.

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Terra - String Quartets by Bartók, Ginastera & Halffter

Terra - String Quartets by Bartók, Ginastera & Halffter


anon.:

Panxoliña para o Nadal de 1829

Bartók:

String Quartet No. 2, Sz 67 (Op. 17)

Ginastera:

String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20

Halffter, R:

Ocho tientos, Op. 35

Schubert:

Ländler (3) in B


Cuarteto Quiroga

“All music is folk music; I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song.” The great Louis Armstrong’s lighthearted but lucid remark irrefutably under- mines the postmodern tendency to label every phenomenon and com- partmentalize – generally for some underlying ideological or commercial reason – the various different ways in which humanity expresses itself artistically. This reductionist trend has hit music particularly hard, with many styles having been undeservedly corralled into marginal spaces. The assumption seems to be that if bagpipes are involved it has to be “folk” music, if it’s a djembe then it’s “world” music, and guitars of course mean “POPular” music, but a Schubert-transcribed Ländler or a Haydn minuet automatically equates to “serious” or “classical” or “art” music. This assumption neatly sidesteps the fact that all composers were people – not animals, vegetables or minerals – and were therefore born into a particular sociocultural context and a particular place, ethnicity or nation. Had they been born elsewhere and nurtured by a different cultural substrate, their music would, inevitably, have been different. The musical works presented on this CD are not only the product of a particular place (true of every piece ever written, without exception), but also intentionally and unapologetically display their roots, taking folk-based materials as the earth from which they draw the neces- sary nutrients to cultivate bold, new avant-garde idioms.

The journey begins with Bartók, a universal reference for all 20th and 21st-century composers as regards this approach to composition, and places him alongside two truly fascinating gures of the Hispanic music world: Alberto Ginastera, an Argentinian of Catalan origins, and the Madrid born Rodolfo Halffter, who left Spain for exile in Mexico at the end of the Civil War. The intriguing thing about the three works featured here is the amount they have in common, in terms of sonority, aesthetic and gesture, despite the fact that they stem from three different worlds. Comparing and contrasting these pieces is a fascinating listening experience – above all, because it highlights their shared humanity, derived from their musical contact with the fertile Earth, mother to us all and source of our dreams and passions. Their speci c features reveal the universal nature of the different popular cultures of the world, whose diversity is the real treasure that humanizes all of us.

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 and Etudes-Tableaux Nos. 1, 2 & 5 (Vinyl edition)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 and Etudes-Tableaux Nos. 1, 2 & 5 (Vinyl edition)


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Moscow Philharmonic, Kyril Kondrashin

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 1 in C minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 2 in A minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 5 in E flat minor


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Ashkenazy plays JS Bach & Chopin - Vinyl Edition

Ashkenazy plays JS Bach & Chopin - Vinyl Edition


Bach, J S:

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21


“Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2, recorded in 1965 with the LSO under David Zinman has great sensitivity and distinction of phrase.” Gramophone Magazine

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 - Vinyl Edition

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 - Vinyl Edition


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b


“. . . in one word is superb. The range of Ashkenazy’s tone is tremendous…Sir Georg Solti’s accompaniment is right on the spot and his Chicago orchestra is recorded with a fine depth of sound” Gramophone Magazine.” Gramophone Magazine

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David Bednall: Sudden Light

David Bednall: Sudden Light

Choral Works


Bednall:

Lux orta est iusto

Rise up, my love

Te lucis ante terminum

Three Songs of Love

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Welcome All Wonders XI: Tribus miraculis ornatum

Welcome All Wonders XIII: But peaceful was the night

Tota pulchra es

Everyone Sang

Sonnet 98

A Wedding Prayer

Sudden Light

The Argument of His Book

Welcome All Wonders II: Allelulia


The Epiphoni Consort, Tim Reader

There is something in the music of David Bednall that speaks of the English genius; it is present in his harmonic language, in its extended diatonic chords and shimmering polytonal beauty, and there too in the folk-like melodies of many of the works on this recording. His art grows from the ground of native tradition, that of the Anglican cathedral and collegiate choir and its revival in the decades since the First World War; it owes a debt to those who ‘collected’ English folksong, while it was still there to collect; and it connects with the richness of English lyrical poetry. A disciple of Vaughan Williams, Finzi or Howells? His music also harbours traces of Messiaen, Duruflé and Vierne. The Epiphoni Consort and their director Tim Reader are passionate advocates of Bednall’s music, and this enterprising debut recording – opening with the ravishing depiction of luminosity that is his 40-part motet Lux orta est iusto – serves to highlight why Bednall is well on his way to becoming one of the UK’s best-loved living choral composers. The Epiphoni Consort was established in 2014 to bring together singers who have advanced vocal and choral training but other primary careers. It has since developed a reputation for creative programming with a commitment to the music of living composers. In 2015, the choir was winner of Tenebrae’s Locus Iste Competition, following which they joined Tenebrae on stage at St James’, Spanish Place. The Consort performed at Sir Terry Pratchett’s memorial at the Barbican and made its first TV appearance in 2016 in a BBC4 documentary, The Joy of Rachmaninov. In 2017 it featured in the BBC2 documentary Terry Pratchett: Back In Black.

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Dreams & Fancies: English Music for Solo Guitar

Dreams & Fancies: English Music for Solo Guitar


Arnold:

Fantasy for Guitar, Op. 107

Berkeley, L:

Sonatina for Guitar, Op. 52, No. 1

Britten:

Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70

Dowland:

Preludium

Forlorn Hope Fancy (Fantasie No. 2)

Fantasia

Walton:

Five Bagatelles for solo guitar


Sean Shibe (guitar)

Read our exclusive interview with Sean Shibe about the recording here.

Barely half a century ago, the guitar was such a rarity in the concert hall that even an outstanding player like Julian Bream was remarkable as a pioneer as much as for his exceptional technique and musicality. Today, by contrast, the field is richly populated – thanks not only to Bream’s own inspiring example to younger players but also to the vastly increased repertoire, so much of which he also instigated.

Yet even in this new heyday for the instrument, Sean Shibe – whose full album debut here nests among four of those Bream-commissioned works a clutch of Dowland pieces from a previous Elizabethan Golden Age – stands out as a truly uncommon talent. ‘I want to hear his interpretation of Britten’s Nocturnal over and over,’ wrote David Nice in an awed recent concert review. ‘This, for me, is the definitive performance.’ Born in Edinburgh, in 2012 Shibe became the first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and the only solo guitarist to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (London) in 2015.

“Shibe is another Bream, or something close. His playing unites finesse and poetry, and beautifully suggests a continuity of idiom.” Sunday Times, 23rd July 2017

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Klaus Florian Vogt (Parsifal), Elena Pankratova (Kundry), Ryan McKinny (Amfortas), Georg Zeppenfeld (Gurnemanz), Karl-Heinz Lehner (Titurel), Gerd Grochowski (Klingsor)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Hartmut Haenchen, Uwe Eric Laufenberg (dir.)

Last year’s “Tristan Und Isolde” was the successful first installment of an exclusive, multiyear partnership between Deutsche Grammophon and the Bayreuth Festival, in which the Yellow Label became the exclusive audiovisual partner of the mythical Wagner festival, releasing each edition's new production on DVD/Blu-ray (see press release attached)

This year, we are proud to release on DVD/Blu-ray the celebrated production of “Parsifal” which was premiered on 25 July 2016, directed by Uwe Eric Laufenberg and conducted by Hartmut Haenchen

Hartmut Haenchen in his belated Bayreuth debut conducts from his own edition of the score

With Klaus Florian Vogt “as a powerfully heroic Parsifal (…), the beautiful gold, silver piercing iron of Elena Pankratova’s voice as Kundry” (…), Georg Zeppenfeld as a slim Gurnemanz providing unparalleled vocal command (...) and Ryan McKinny as a noble and agonised Amfortas.” (Telegraph)

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