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Mozart: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2

Mozart: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K449

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K459

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

Divertimento in D major, K136

Divertimento in F major, K138


The effervescent and communicative energy of Bavouzet and Takács-Nagy is encapsulated again in this second volume of their Mozart series. These exhilarating interpretations of Mozart’s piano concertos of 1784, faultlessly supported by the Manchester Camerata, follow highly praised concerts as well as a first volume which was ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Pianist.

The two concertos presented here are among the six that Mozart composed in Vienna in an extraordinarily productive year. As Bavouzet states in an exclusive personal note, they ‘share their association with operatic and symphonic styles. The contrasts of mood in their first movements and the cantilenas which serve as second movements relate them more closely with music for the operatic stage, while their finales are conceived in purely instrumental terms and make reference to the symphonic domain. On the other hand, these two works are complete opposites as far as their use of wind instruments is concerned. In KV 449 their inclusion is ad libitum, whereas they very often play the principal role in KV 459.’

“Both concertos receive lively, stylish performances here.” Sunday Times, 3rd September 2017

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Royal Air Force 100th Anniversary

Royal Air Force 100th Anniversary


 

Queen Medley (arr. Morley)

Songs that Saw Us Through

Songs of the Early Airmen

arr. Hingley

South Rampart Street (Bauduc/Haggart)

arr. Cooney

Alford:

Holyrood

Fighter Command March

Alwyn:

Fighter Command March

Bath:

Out of the Blue

Coates, E:

Dam Busters March

Davies, Roy:

Skywatch

Davies, Walford:

March Past of the Royal Air Force

Goodwin:

633 Squadron: Main Theme

Main Titles from Those Magnificent Men ...

Luftwaffe March from Battle of Britain

Hess, N:

Ladies in Lavender – main theme

Heusen:

Come Fly With Me

Hingley:

Elegy on Royal Air Force March Past

Lockyear:

Pathfinders March

Martindale:

To Lusher with Love

Olman:

Oh Johnny

Pearce, A:

F35 Lighting II

Prima:

Sing, Sing, Sing

arr. Mundy

Richards, G:

The Jaguar

Sims, A E:

College March

Sparke:

The Way to Heaven

Stirling, S:

Global Co-operation (Peacekeepers Suite)

Stubbs, D:

Air Cadet March

Diamond Nine

Walton:

Spitfire Prelude

Battle of Britain Suite

arr. Hingley

Wiffin:

The Shining Sword


The Central Band of the RAF, The Band of the RAF College & The Band of the RAF Regiment, WG CDR Duncan Stubbs

To start the many celebrations of the centenary of the Royal Air Force, the finest of their various bands have been gathered together in this unique double album at a special price. The general collection of recordings, new or never before released commercially, includes such famous works as Goodwin’s Squadron 633 as well as tuneful marches and arrangements for military band of British classics; this is a must-have.

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Szymanowski & Karlowicz: Violin Concertos

Szymanowski & Karlowicz: Violin Concertos


Karlowicz:

Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8

Szymanowski:

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61


This SACD recording brings together some of Chandos’ greatest artists in a spellbinding programme.

It follows performances that The Guardian described as ‘a thrilling show of ferocity and feistiness’, given by the same forces in January at the Barbican. After widely acclaimed recordings of Walton’s and Lutosławski’s violin concertos, Tasmin Little again joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner, in intensely expressive interpretations of the concertos by the Polish composers Karłowicz and Szymanowski.

All were written within the space of a generation (1902, 1916, and 1933), and yet they belong to quite different worlds. One was composed at a time of national occupation, another in the throes of wartime, and yet another at a time of national renewal. The first inhabits the lyrical tradition developed by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, the second escapes towards Debussy and the exoticism of Mediterranean influences, while the third is imbued with the folk culture of the Tatra Mountains.

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Nimrod Borenstein: Violin Concerto

Nimrod Borenstein: Violin Concerto


Borenstein:

Violin Concerto

Irmina Trynkos (violin)

If you will it, it is no dream

The Big Bang and Creation of the Universe


Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

To celebrate his 80th birthday the legendary conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and the promising young violinist Irmina Trynkos, presents for the first time on record works by Nimrod Borenstein, a composer whom Ashkenazy has admired and supported for many years.

The past few years have seen his compositions premiered and performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Opera House and the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Carnegie Hall in New York. Written especially for the occasion, If you will it, it is no dream was premiered by Ashkenazy to great acclaim in 2013 at the Royal Festival Hall.

While Borenstein is a supremely melodic composer, he draws attention in his work to his special use of counterpoint, which he says could be described as ‘multimelodic’, suggesting the eternal but ever-changing flow of time, in which events constantly overlap with one another. This technique is characteristic of both If you will it, it is no dream and The Big Bang and Creation of the Universe.

“These are no compromise premiere recordings of joyous and seductively perfumed works which never lose touch with the need for movement rather than stasis.” MusicWeb International, September 2017

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Sir Donald Tovey: Chamber Music, Volume Two

Sir Donald Tovey: Chamber Music, Volume Two


Tovey:

Variations on a Theme by Gluck, Op. 28

Sarah Brooke (flute)

Piano Quintet in C, Op. 6

Olga Dudnik (piano)


Ormesby Ensemble

The exploration of Sir Donald Tovey’s music on Toccata Classics continues with two highly contrasted chamber works. The bright, classically oriented Variations on a Theme by Gluck, Op. 28 for flute and string quartet written in 1913 receives only its second-ever recording here, and it is the only one currently available. The Piano Quintet from thirteen years earlier is an expansive, Brahmsian work of symphonic scale: it is almost an hour in length. It is receiving here its first ever recording. The Ormesby Ensemble- here Susan Brooks, flute; Olga Dudnik, piano; Robert Atchison and Jacqueline Hartley, violins; Bill Hawkes, viola; David Jones, cello- was founded by Robert Atchison in 2008 as an extension of the work of the London Piano Trio. The group specializes in works for all sizes of chamber ensemble, with a preference for highlighting works by less well-known composers. The group has performed at a number of festivals, making frequent appearances at the London International Festival. An earlier recording of chamber music by Donald Tovey was released on the Guild label in 2010.

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John Joubert: St. Mark Passion, Missa Wellensis & Locus Iste

John Joubert: St. Mark Passion, Missa Wellensis & Locus Iste


Joubert:

St. Mark Passion

Missa Wellensis

Locus Iste


Peter Auty (tenor), Benjamin Bevan (baritone), Richard May (cello), David Bednall (organ)

Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens

In celebration of John Joubert’s 90th birthday, Wells Cathedral Choir, with its director Matthew Owens, present a new recording of recent choral works from this prolific veteran composer.

Featuring works commissioned for and first performed by the cathedral choir at Wells, this programme has at its heart the extended St Mark Passion, a profound and heartfelt retelling of the well-known passion story. Completing the album are the expansive Missa Wellensis and Joubert’s vivid and powerful setting of Locus iste.

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Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony & Carnival of the Animals

Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony & Carnival of the Animals


Saint-Saëns:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

Daniele Rossi (organ)

Antonio Pappano

Le carnaval des animaux

Martha Argerich (piano) & Antonio Pappano (piano)

Le carnaval des animaux

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narrated in French by Annie Dutoit (Martha Argerich’s daughter)


Martha Argerich and Antonio Pappano (as pianist rather than conductor) lead the fun in Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with Members of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. The entire orchestra assembles under Pappano’s baton for another of Saint-Saëns’ most celebrated works, the magnificent ‘Organ’ Symphony, No 3.

The pianists are perhaps the most exotic of all the creatures in the Carnival of the Animals. A very rare and treasurable pairing has been made by Warner Classics for this new recording of Saint-Saëns’ enchantingly witty suite: Martha Argerich, often described as the world’s finest example of the pianist species, and Antonio Pappano, a particularly fine specimen of the conductor-pianist.

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Penderecki conducts Penderecki, Vol. 2

Penderecki conducts Penderecki, Vol. 2

Choral Music


Penderecki:

St Luke Passion: excerpts

Veni Creator

Bede Cie Wiebil

Izhe Xeruvimy

Dies Illa for 3 soloists, choir and orchestra: excerpts

O gloriosa virginum

My Tez Pastuszkowie

Kaczka pstra

Missa Brevis

Magnificat: Sicut locutus est

Kaddish: Prosimy Cie

A Polish Requiem: Agnus Dei

Benedictum Dominum

Symphony No. 7 'Seven Gates of Jerusalem': De Profundis

Powialo Na Mnie Morze Snow, Pt. 3: XIX. Grob Potockiej

Trzy Utwory W Dawnym Stylu: I. Aria


The first album from the series Warsaw Philharmonic: Penderecki conducts Penderecki was widely acclaimed and garnered several awards, including a GRAMMY (Best Choral Music Album) along with major prizes from the Fryderyks, O!Lśnienie (the Onet.pl website) and many others. These accolades affirm that the release of this album is not only a historic event – the composer conducting his own works for the first time recording with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir – but also serves as a reminder that classical music is a great source of pride for Poland and a major attraction on the international scene.

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Chopin: Nocturnes

Chopin: Nocturnes


Chopin:

Nocturne No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Nocturne No. 3 in B major, Op. 9 No. 3

Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2

Nocturne No. 6 in G minor, Op. 15 No. 3

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Nocturne No. 9 in B major, Op. 32 No. 1

Nocturne No. 11 in G minor, Op. 37 No. 1

Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Nocturne No. 14 in F sharp minor, Op. 48 No. 2

Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55 No. 1

Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1

Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.

Nocturne No. 21 in C minor, BI 108


Fazil Say (piano)

Over the last 25 years, Fazıl Say has firmly established himself as a musician to be reckoned with – as a pianist, director and composer.

He is particularly noted for interpretations of Mozart, and it was with a recording of the complete sonatas that he made his debut recording for Warner Classics. Following the release in spring 2017 of 4 Cities with long-time recital partner, cellist Nicholas Altstaedt, he now turns to another composer/performer, Frederic Chopin, arguably the greatest of the 19th century.

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Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2016

Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2016


Bach, J S:

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 4 in C minor, BWV1017

Tedi Papavrami (violin) Martha Argerich, piano

Beethoven:

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

Martha Argerich (piano)

Orchestra e Coro della Svizzera italiana, Diego Fasolis

Berg:

Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments

Nicholas Angelich (piano ) Renaud Capuçon, violino

Brahms:

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

Nicholas Angelich (piano ) Renaud Capuçon, violin David Guerrier, horn

Busoni:

Violin Concerto, Op. 35a

Renaud Capuçon (violin)

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Alexander Vedernikov

Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Stephen Kovacevich (piano) Martha Argerich, piano

Falla:

Danse Espagnole No. 1 (from La Vida Breve)

Danse Espagnole No. 2 (from La Vida Breve)

Sergio Tiempo (piano), Karin Lechner (piano)

Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Martha Argerich (piano), Sergey Babayan (piano)

Nisinman:

Hombre Tango

Ensemble ReEncuentros

Ravel:

Gaspard de la Nuit

Martha Argerich (piano)

Piano Concerto in G major


The annual Progetto Martha Argerich at the Lugano Festival, is well-established as one of the world’s most important music festivals.

The latest instalment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival, this is the 14th annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young artists join seasoned performers, including Martha Argerich herself, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestral repertoire, both well-known and rarely heard.

The 15th annual festival, which ran from 7-30 June 2016, featured international soloists such as Nicholas Angelich, Stephen Kovacevich, and Renaud Capuçon as well as many of her young protégés, including Karin Lechner and Sergio Tiempo, and her daughter Lyda Chen. The festival also celebrated the occasion of Martha’s 75th birthday, and she features on many of the performances on this highlights collection, including Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.

“[Argerich] recorded Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit in the studio in the 1970s, and hearing her play it 40 years later with the same dazzling security and clarity is an extraordinary privilege...There are other treats, notably a wonderfully warm account of Brahms’ Horn Trio...and a feisty, muscular one of Berg’s Chamber Concerto.” The Guardian, 7th September 2017 ****

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