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Caprices: Irvine Arditti

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1 Sei Caprici 1. Vivace 01:29

2 Sei Caprici 2. Andante 04:38

3 Sei Caprici 3. Assai agitato 01:45

4 Sei Caprici 4. Volubile 03:18

5 Sei Caprici 5. Presto 03:17

6 Sei Caprici 6. Con brio 07:42

7 4 Louds 1. Statement - Remembering Aaron 03:14

8 4 Louds 2. Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi 05:06

9 4 Louds 3. Rhapsodic Musing 02:37

10 4 Louds 4. Fantasy - Remembering Roger 03:53

11 Einspielung l 19:01

12 Anthems l 08:04

Legendary leader of the Arditti Quartet; Irvine Arditti has worked on many solo projects and is still today one of the foremost interpreters of the music of our time.

Over the past decade he has given the world premieres of a whole host of large-scale works written especially for him.

His approach to the contemporary violin is fascinating. The works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Elliott Carter, Emmanuel Nunes and Pierre Boulez assembled in this album are among the most widely known in the recent repertory for violin.

Irvine Arditti’s performance of them on this disc is masterly and already sets a benchmark.

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Aeon - AECD1755



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Nyman: No Time in Eternity

Nyman: No Time in Eternity

1 Full fathom five - Songs for Ariel

2 Prepare to die

3 While you here do snoring lie - Songs for Ariel

4 Where the bee sucks there suck I – Songs for Ariel

5 Eliza, her name gives honour

6 Sit Fast

7 Before you can say Come and Go – Songs for Ariel

8 Ye sacred muses, race of Jove

9 No Time in Eternity

10 In Paradise

11 In Nomine

12 Send forth thy sighs

13 O Jove, from stately throne

14 Come unto there yellow sands - Songs for Ariel

15 In nomine (Crye)

16 Self-Laudatory hymn of inanna

Ensemble Céladon, Paulin Bündgen

Céladon Ensemble underlines the obvious artistic connections between the music of

English Renaissance and contemporary music.

This release is a clever mix of genres that points out to surprising similarities between these works: we could easily believe that Tye’s Sit Fast was composed very recently.

This parentage, harmonic, rhythmic and poetic logic, opens a whole field of exploration into sound identity and tradition.

Both composers, belonging to remote eras, dealt with timbre fusion in a similar way to create a full-bodied sound, both powerful and soothing.

The intensity of a violas consort that carries a certain magic, the paradoxical expression of a voice which is solitary but also becomes a sixth instrument, one of the violas.

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Aeon - AECD1757



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JS Bach: Privat

JS Bach: Privat

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV6 'Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden'

Cantata BWV27 'Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende?'

Cantata BWV36 'Schwingt freudig euch empor'

Cantata BWV49 'Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen'

Cantata BWV92 'Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn'

Cantata BWV158 'Der Friede sei mit dir'

Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011: Sarabande

Little Prelude in D major, BWV936

Chorale Prelude BWV691 'Wer nun den lieben Gott lässt walten'

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 6 in G major, BWV1019a

Georg Nigl (baritone), Anna Lucia Richter (soprano), Petra Mullejans (violin), Roel Dieltiens (cello), Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

This recording is an invitation to immerse ourselves in the musical inner circle of the Bach family,

We know little about Bach’ family life, with the exception of the famous Clavierbüchlein (Little keyboard book) that the forty-year-old composer gave as a present in 1725 to his second wife Anna Magdalena.

This manuscript is a unique document of the music the family played together containing short keyboard pieces, songs, extended arias taken from the church cantatas and chamber music.

A talented family: Bach and his two eldest sons were also excellent violinists, son-in-law Bach, J. C. Altnickol played the cello & double bass; Anna Magdalena Bach and her oldest stepdaughter both sing and the young children of the second marriage play easy pieces on their father’s various keyboard instruments.

The musicians and singers on this recording, all eminent exponents of Bach and of Baroque music in general, have come together here to bring these exceptional moments back to life.

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Alpha - ALPHA241


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Crazy Girl Crazy: Music by Gershwin, Berg and Berio

Crazy Girl Crazy: Music by Gershwin, Berg and Berio

including bonus documentary DVD


Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra


Sequenza III for woman's voice


Girl Crazy: Suite

arr. Hannigan and Elliott

Barbara Hannigan (soprano/conductor)

Ludwig Orchestra

Read our exclusive interview with Barbara Hannigan about the recording here, and our complete review of the recording here.

Whether singing, conducting, dancing or acting, the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan is a constant source of fascination. Alpha Classics is proud to enter her world and her very first album as singer and conductor in 2017: with the Amsterdam based orchestra Ensemble Ludwig, of which she is associate artist.

Barbara Hannigan has devised a programme including Berg's Lulu Suite and Gershwin's Girl Crazy in a Suite newly arranged by the multi award- winning American composer Bill Elliott. To complement these two pieces, she has recorded Berio's spectacular Sequenza III for solo voice.

An outstanding soprano, a distinguished interpreter of the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, an all-round artist who creates a sensation on concert platforms and in opera houses throughout the world, Barbara Hannigan has enriched her palette over the past few years by devoting a portion of her activities to conducting. This album in the form of a musical portrait of the artist, is completed by a DVD of a film made by Mathieu Amalric during the rehearsals and recording sessions. It plunges into the heart of the orchestra with a very personal look at the exchanges between conductor and musicians.

Over the next few years, Alpha will accompany Barbara Hannigan in a number of projects from very varied horizons.

“Hannigan opens this album with a reminder, in no shy terms, of what a stupidly seductive vocalist she is. She flits, warbles and giggles through Berio’s high-wire Sequenza III from 1965; she has a way of making everything just float...her fierce musicianship is never in doubt...her effortless style is bewitching.” The Guardian, 15th September 2017 ****

“What strikes me about Hannigan’s performance [of the Sequenza] is its lucidity: the overall effect here is of a personality gradually warming into focus rather than disintegrating before our ears...Hannigan and Elliott play up the affinity between Berg’s jazz-inflected score and the big band sound-world of Girl Crazy so that the link (which could sound contrived on paper) comes across as entirely natural.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 22nd September 2017

Presto Disc of the Week

22nd September 2017

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Alpha - ALPHA293

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O spiritus Angelici - Per il Santissimo Sacramento


Sinfonia No. 12 'La Passione di Gesu Signor nostro'

Gregori, G:

Concerto Grosso, Op. 2 No. 2


Prigionier che fa ritorno (from Betulia liberata)


In procella sine stella


Et egressus est – Lamentazione per il Mercoledì Santo


Lumi, dolenti lumi - Cantata a voce sola per il Venerdì Santo


Agitata infido flatu (from Juditha Triumphans)

Delphine Galou is renowned and admired for her musicality and her appealing timbre,

She has taken part in many productions of Baroque music and recordings of operas (notably by Vivaldi), but this is her first recital.

It is a programme of sacred music, motets, cantatas and excerpts from oratorios, which in the course of the 17th & 18th centuries were influenced by the increasingly fashionable genre of opera.

From the famous ‘Agitata infido flatu’ from Vivaldi’s oratorio Juditha triumphans, Stradella’s Lamentations and Porpora’s magnificent motet ‘In procella sine stella’, Delphine Galou covers a wide range of spiritual emotions.

Delphine is accompanied by the excellent Accademia Bizantina under its director and harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone.

A concerto by Gregori and a sinfonia by Caldara complete this release, which includes several world premiere recordings.

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Alpha - ALPHA371


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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Jean-Sébastien Bou (Don Giovanni), Robert Gleadow (Leporello), Myrtò Papatanasiu (Donna Anna), Julie Boulianne (Donna Elvira), Julien Behr (Don Ottavio), Steven Humes (Commendatore), Anna Grevelius (Zerlina) & Marc Scoffoni (Masetto)

Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Jérémie Rhorer

Third and last instalment in the ‘Live at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées’ series of Mozart operas conducted by Jérémie Rhorer. After Die Entführung aus dem Serail and La Clemenza di Tito comes Don Giovanni, recorded in 2016.

Of the performances (directed by Stéphane Braunschweig), during which Radio France recorded the present discs, Le Figaro wrote: ‘Jérémie Rhorer expertly conducted his orchestra “Le Cercle de l’Harmonie”.

On the stage, Jean-Sébastien Bou sang and acted the title role impeccably. He was seconded by his valet Leporello, superbly played by the Canadian Robert Gleadow.

A thrilling production both musically and intellectually.

The cast is completed by the ardent Myrtò Papatanasiu in the role of Donna Anna, the lovely voice of Julie Boulianne as Donna Elvira and the elegant timbre of Julien Behr as Don Ottavio, not forgetting the magnificent Commendatore of Steven Humes and the lively Zerlina and Masetto of Anna Grevelius and Marc Scoffoni.

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Alpha Live at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées - ALPHA379

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Grandissima Gravita

Grandissima Gravita

Music by Pisenel, Tartini, Verachini & Vivaldi


Sonata for Violin and harpsichord in C


Sonata for Violin and continuo in A minor, Op. 2 No. 5


Sonata for violin and continuo in G minor, Op. 2 No. 5

Sonata accademica in D minor, Op. 2 No. 12


Violin Sonata, Op. 2 No. 2 in A major, RV 31

This CD brings together the compositions by four violinist-composers.

United by a reverence for Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), and in particular his Opus 5, these works explore the imagination of form that was the Sonata for violin and continuo.

Weaving together stylised dances and the preludic tradition, we are transported to a world of musical alchemy - the violinist creating ex nihilo textures and melodies that entrance and amaze.

Rachel Podger: “The four composers’ connections read like a popular comedy! Violin virtuosos Francesco Maria Verachini andJohann Georg Pisendel had an argument which resulted in Veracini flying into a rage and throwing himself from first floor a balcony, damaging his foot and limping forever after. Verachini amazed Giuseppe Tartini with his astonishingly smooth bowing technique, whereupon Tartini locked himself away to practice. Pisendel studied with Tartini and Antonio Vivaldi...”

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Lieder of the Reformation

Lieder of the Reformation


Gagliarda 'El tu tu'…Pavana 'La monina'



Hassler, H L:

Ach Schatz, ich sing und lache

Mein Gmuth ist mir verwirret

Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist


Wach auff, wach auff O menschen Kind

Verba mea auribus

Motette Sine textu 23

Domini est terra

Lechner, L:

Ach herzigs Hertz

Ach Lieb, ich muß dich lassen

Dieweil Gott ist mein Zuversicht


Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott

Aus tiefer Not schrey ich zu dir

Neusidler, H:

Was wird es doch des Wunders noch


Allemande - Tripla

Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein

Ach Gott und Herr


Was wird es doch

Ich stund an einem morgen

Sabine Litzenberger (mezzo soprano), Joel Frederiksen (bass), Caroline Ritchie (Renaissance gamba), Baptiste Romain (Reanaissance violine) & Marc Lewon (lute, viola d'arco)


Martin Luther, the great German Reformer, has had not only a lasting theological effect; he also had a big influence on the musical development of his time. He demanded the use of the German language for hymns sung at church services, and thereby created the basis for the early German Lied. Sabine Lutzenberger, a fine early music expert, and her Per-Sonat ensemble present a broad overview of sacred and secular songs from this era.

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Christophorus - CHR77410



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Sinigaglia & Illersberg: Violin Concertos

Sinigaglia & Illersberg: Violin Concertos

The Art of Violin 3


Violin Concerto in G major

Orchestra Filarmonica Triestina, Ottavio Ziino


Violin Concerto in A major, Op.20

Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della RAI, Ferruccio Scaglia

Alfonso Mosetti (violin)

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Rhine Classics - RH003



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Brahms: Double Concerto & Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Brahms: Double Concerto & Beethoven: Violin Concerto

The Art of Violin 4


Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

recorded 1964

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta


Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

recorded 1963

Gregor Piatigorsky (cello)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein


Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

recorded 1950

Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra, Donald Voorhees


Passacaglia for Violin & Cello/Viola (after Handel)

recorded 1963

Gregor Piatigorsky (cello)


Danza Española No. 2: Habanera, Op. 21, No. 2

recorded 1950

Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra, Donald Voorhees

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Rhine Classics - RH004

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