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Martin-Pierre Dalvimare: 3 Sonatas

Martin-Pierre Dalvimare: 3 Sonatas


d'Alvimare:

Harp Sonata in G minor, Op. 2 No. 2

Harp Sonata in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 3

Harp Sonata in F minor, Op. 18 No. 3


Paola Perrucci (harp)

An extraordinary figure in the history of French music, Martin-Pierre Dalvimare (1771-1839) lived in Paris during the difficult years of the Revolution and of Napoleon’s reign, achieving great fame for his talent as a harpist. He composed many works for his instrument. The three harp sonatas recorded in this programme by Paola Perrucci are excellent music and technically demanding works, revealing the composing skills of a composer who moved with the times, was receptive to Beethoven’s novelties and capable of recreating on the harp a melodically and harmonically complex language. They will undoubtedly be a pleasant surprise for those who are not familiar with the harp’s expressive resources. These pieces are performed by world-renowned harpist Paola Perrucci.

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Dynamic - CDS7791

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Rossini: Stabat Mater

Rossini: Stabat Mater


Serena Farnocchia (soprano), Anna Bonitatibus (mezzo-soprano), Ismael Jordi (tenor), Alex Esposito (bass)

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Opera Vlaanderen Antwerp/Ghent, Alberto Zedda

It is difficult to talk of Alberto Zedda in the past tense. Zedda was a person of such enthusiasm that it immediately rubbed off on all those who approached him. In addition to being an excellent conductor, he was an organizer of cultural events, a highly-efficient manager, full of ideas, who put at the service of music his omnivorous culture. For Dynamic Alberto Zedda recorded live Rossini’s Otello, Semiramide and Armida. Partially written in 1831 and only completed at the end of 1841, Rossini’s Stabat Mater was premiered in Paris, at the Theatre Italien, on January 7, 1842, delivered by fine soloists: Giulia Grisi, Emma Albertazzi, Mario de Candia and Antonio Tamburini. It has always been the composer’s best-known and most popular sacred work, because of the power of its dramatic contrasts and beautiful melodies, which make of it one of the masterpieces of Italian 19th-century sacred music, worthy of a place beside Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.

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Dynamic - CDS7799

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Hypnagogia Polis

Hypnagogia Polis


Simon Legault Quintet

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Effendi Records - FND146

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Heritage and Landscape

Heritage and Landscape

inc World Premiere recordings


Lewis, P:

Heritage Suite

World Premiere Recording

English Country Pictures

World Premiere Recording

Sussex Variations

World Premiere Recording

An English Overture

An English Fieldscape

World Premiere Recording

Festival of London March

Seasonal Variations

World Premiere Recording

Battle over Britian

World Premiere Recording


Various orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Lewis

Though probably best known for his scores for over 150 TV productions of all kinds, Paul Lewis, a self-confessed composer of place, has for many decades been singing the praises of his beloved native landscape and its historical heritage in music commissioned by background music libraries that supply music to radio, TV and film studios worldwide. Heritage and Landscape is a collection of such music, composed mainly in the 1970s and 80s and recorded with various orchestras - from the Philharmonia to the Paris Studio Symphony Orchestra - under Lewis’s baton. Among such impressionistic suites as English Country Pictures and Sussex Variations are the sparkling Festival of London March, Battle Over Britain (a mini-tone poem commemorating the Battle of Britain), and the original 1971 soundtrack recording of An English Overture.

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EM Records - EMRCD039

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Vanhal: Concertos for Clarinet, Oboe & Bassoon

Vanhal: Concertos for Clarinet, Oboe & Bassoon


Vanhal:

Concerto in F major for Two Bassoons & Orchestra

Luc Loubry, Francois Baptiste (bassoons)

Concerto for Oboe & Strings

Piet Van Bockstal (oboe)

Concerto for Clarinet, Oboe & Bassoons

Michel Lethiec (clarinet), Piet Van Bockstal (oboe), Michel Lethiec (clarinet)

Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra

Michel Lethiec (clarinet)


The Prussian Chamber Orchestra, Hans Rotman

Johann Baptist Vanhal [1739 - 1813] was a very productive composer and yet we merely know one oboe, one Clarinet and two bassoon concertos. This compact disc combines those three works along with one of his three bassoon concertos. Born in Bohemia he found his field of activity in Vienna, where he became a highly appreciated composer violinist and teacher.

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Etcetera - KTC1603

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The Complete Piano Works of John McCabe

The Complete Piano Works of John McCabe


McCabe, J:

Impromptus (3) for Piano

Bagatelles (5) for Piano

Paraphrase On Mary Queen Of Scots

Afternoons And Afterwards

Lamentation Rag

Snowfall In Winter

Tunstall Chimes

Epithalamium

Berceuse


Jane Ford (piano)

John McCabe's contribution to 20th and 21st Century music in every genre except the grandest of opera is hard to overvalue, for its variety, quality and boundless invention within a consistent self-contained aesthetic. It is often thoughtful or delicate but can achieve great, organically generated, expressive force, seen nowhere more clearly than in the keyboard works. The piano music overall is a hugely rewarding treasure house for performers interested in contemporary repertoire: it contains things that disturb, things that beguile, things that intrigue, things of complexity, things of startling simplicity and virtuosic tours-de-force. While never holding back from making great demands on players' technique or relishing sonoric possibilities, bravura writing is the outcome of thematic development or structural working rather than indulgence in gratuitous pyrotechnics. The greatest masterpieces, are broad in outline, meticulous in detail; the lightest trifles effective and engaging; all are original in concept, technicality and articulation, distinguished by clarity of vision, process and expression, powerful without rhetoric or light without triviality. The commonality of intent in McCabe's kaleidoscopic expressive range lies not in the genre - he was not a slave to genre - but in the mind and imagination of the composer.

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Prima Facie - PFCD054

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Andri Joel Harison

Andri Joel Harison


 

Die kleine Fledermaus - Paraphrases on Themes from the Operetta

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 'March Funebre'

Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D664

Strauss, J, II:

Wiener Bonbons Walzer, Op. 307

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314


Andri Joel Harison (piano)

The young multi-talented Andri Joël Harison was born in Vienna in 1995 and started showing interest in piano playing at the age of just 13 months. Later he also took great interest in composing and conducting, and consequently is getting his training now at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. His second recording spotlights on the variety of styles of the musical genres of Viennese classical and romantic music. The album contains pieces like Beethoven’s Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 26, the Sonata in A major Op. post. 120 D 664 by Franz Schubert, the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt and the waltzes “An der schönen blauen Donau” Op. 314 and “Wiener Bonbons” Op. 307 by Johann Strauss (Son) in arrangements by Harison. “Die kleine Fledermaus” are paraphrases by Andri Joël Harison on themes by Johann Strauss from the famous operetta “Die Fledermaus.” Andri Joel Harison has already won numerous awards as a soloist as well as with chamber ensembles. He is currently studying orchestral conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and additionally intends to focus on his own compositions as well as his own arrangements. His performances include guest appearances in numerous renowned theater and concert halls.

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Gramola - GRAM99139

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Chopin: Waltzes Nos. 1-17

Chopin: Waltzes Nos. 1-17


Martin Ivanov (piano)

Frederic Chopin counts among Johann Strauss Sr. and Joseph Lanner as one of the significant cofounders of the modern form of the waltz during the first half of the 19th century. In contrast to the orchestral variants, the contributions by Chopin – composed like most of his works for his own instrument, the piano – are suited rather for the concert than the dancing hall. With his debut album the young Bulgarian pianist Martin Ivanov, who already at an early age was critically acclaimed in numerous international competitions, presents the waltzes by Chopin. Although most of the waltzes are written in different major keys and therefore tend to convey a cheerful, bright and entertaining impression, a few are set in minor keys which allow a glimpse of that certain melancholy that is characteristic of Chopin’s oeuvre as a whole. Martin Ivnov was born in 1990 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria into a family of musicians and started to study piano at the age of just four. In the period between 2001 and 2009 he took part in 50 piano competitions in Bulgaria and abroad, always with great success, in particular at the following competitions: Young Virtuosos 2004, International Competition for Young Pianists Ettlingen 2004, Franz Schubert 2005, and LISMA Competition 2013.

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Gramola - GRAM99146

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Liszt: Sonate h-Moll - 1965 & 1971

Liszt: Sonate h-Moll - 1965 & 1971


Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

1965 recording

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

1971 recording


Three events were decisive for Paul Badura-Skonda’s beginnings: Furtwangler and Karajan hired the still unknown musician for their concerts in Vienna in 1949. By standing in for the sick Edwin Fischer at the Salzburg Festival in 1950 he became an international star. Major tours as a soloist followed. Further highlights in his career were his first tour of Japan, where he appeared in Tokyo alone 14 times, and the first, highly successful tour through the Soviet Union in 1964, which was followed by many other tours. In 1979, Paul Badura-Skoda was the first Western pianist to perform in China after the Cultural Revolution. In the Mozart jubilee year 1991, he played the cycle of all Mozart’s sonatas in Paris, Vienna Munich, Madrid, Tokyo, Hong Kong, etc. Paul describes his performance of the B minor Sonata by Franz Liszt from March 29, 1965 in the Carnegie Hall in New York as “one of the most inspired achievements of my career as a pianist.” To confront a perficious and nasty critique two weeks before in the same venue, Badura-Skoda played as unleashed, with an enormous energy, fuelled in part by internal fury. This concert recording which is to an extent owed to that heat of the moment is being published now, featuring a second interpretation of the same Sonata, a studio recording made in the Mozartsaal of the Vienna Konzerthaus six years later. This version is more controlled and, in the calmer passages, more internalized and contemplative than the New York interpretation. Let it be up to the listener to decide which of the two versions is the preferred one.

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Gramola - GRAM99147

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SWR NEWJazz Meeting 2016

SWR NEWJazz Meeting 2016

Sound Portraits From Contemporary Africa


To help artists develop exciting projects that are difficult to realize under existing conditions is the goal of the SWR NEWJazzMeeting. This legendary sound laboratory for jazz of the SWR was founded in 1966 by Joachim-Ernst Berendt and takes place every year. The idea: musicians who always wanted to perform with one another but who, for a variety of reasons, have so far not been able to do so, develop a concert programme in the broadcaster’s studios that the SWR then presents in several concerts in its transmission area. In the course of its fifty-year history, the SWR NEWJazz Meeting has in this way served as a driving force for new trends in jazz. “I see a particular value in exploring the music of my South African homeland and making it fit for the future.” Kyle Shepherd, born in 1987, is the most innovative and important pianist of the contemporary South African jazz scene. His sound boldly makes reference to the roots of township jazz and the Goema Beat of his hometown of Cape Town. Nevertheless, he refuses to be put into a pigeonhole; his horizon extends far beyond his beloved Cape Jazz. “It’s cool to choose the African thing in conceptual questions. But just as cool to choose something else.” Kyle Shepherd, the most innovative and important pianist of the contemporary South African jazz scene, is the curator of the 2016 SWR NEWJazz Meeting. At his wish, four young jazz musicians from South Africa and the Benin-born guitarist and singer Lionel Loueke (who since 2001 has been living in the United States) met in November 2016 at the SWR’s Baden-Baden radio studios. The musicians named their project “Sound Portraits From Contemporary Africa”. The African improvisers experimented for five days and developed a concert programme that they then presented on a tour in the SWR broadcasting area.

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Jazzhaus Records - JAH468

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