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The Great Conductors: Thomas Beecham Conducts Sibelius (Remastered 2017)

The Great Conductors: Thomas Beecham Conducts Sibelius (Remastered 2017)


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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


Read our exclusive interview with John Butt about the recording here.

The sonic grandeur of Monteverdi's spectacular masterpiece is expertly realized in this recording by John Butt and Dunedin Consort.

Together with the virtuoso players of His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and a star-studded line up, including Peter Harvey, Joanne Lunn and Nicholas Mulroy, Dunedin Consort delivers the perfect recording to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth.

The raison d'être for this recording was reinforced following a performance of the Vespers at the 2016 Lammermuir Festival which wowed the critics: The Herald called it superbly stylish...an exhilarating performance whilst The Scotsman stated it is hard to imagine a more exquisite, deeply felt performance.

In direct contrast to the more typically lavish stagings John Butt's preference for single part performance brings a welcome sense of intimacy to Monteverdi's most famous work.

In eschewing the pomp and circumstance John Butt's approach delivers a fresh, modern performance that allows the individuality of the soloists to shine.

“The Dunedin Consort’s 10 voices combine to make a magnificent choral sound in Lauda Jerusalem, yet have the flexibility for the melismatic writing of their solos in Pulchra es and Duo Seraphim.” Sunday Times, 3rd September 2017

“[Butt’s] flexible approach to the vexed question of the proportional speeds between duple and triple sections produces some surprisingly languid effects…but a dance-like vitality elsewhere…using just ten singers creates a great transparency of texture” BBC Music Magazine, October 2017 *****

“a brisk bright sounding performance and if you miss the grandeur of the larger forces you gain in clarity, transparency and rhythmic flexibility as well. And the standard of solo singing is outstanding, beautifully ornamented. It's typical Butt, he'll have you rethinking how Monteverdi's Vespers might sound and it's a well matched recording as well.” Record Review, 9th September 2017

“a virtuoso display of individual talents.” Financial Times, 8th September 2017

“If you want some Monteverdi in your life, you can’t do better than this new recording of his Vespers from the Edinburgh-based choir the Dunedin Consort, under their music director John Butt, a man of many talents: a first-class musicologist, a communicator with a gift for explaining complex points, and an excellent conductor.” Daily Mail, 25th September 2017

“Gone are all plainsong antiphons and other contextual additions; what is presented instead is a varied collection of individual pieces of sacred music. This is a shock, though the recording sounds fresh and clear, emphasising transparency without a big reverberant acoustic.” The Guardian, 24th September 2017 ****

“Any recording by Butt is an event. And this one, recorded with a small, hand-picked choir of ten voices, is special even by his elevated standard.” Classic FM, 25th September 2017

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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 'Lobgesang'

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 'Lobgesang'


Bringing his acclaimed Mendelssohn cycle to a rousing conclusion, Sir John Eliot Gardiner presents the composer’s symphony-cantata, 'Lobgesang', in his first ever performance of the work. Three world-class soloists join the LSO and his own Monteverdi Choir for this recording for LSO Live. Mendelssohn wrote that the piece "lies very near my heart", and with its stately grandeur and religiosity, plus its sheer magnitude, twice the length of any of his other symphonies, it stands amongst his most impressive works. Posthumously categorised by editors as his second symphony, it is also known as ‘Hymn of Praise’.

In an interview for The Arts Desk, John Eliot said: "It’s a piece I’ve been looking at for years, and I’ve never conducted it. I was a bit sceptical at first, thinking that it was the torso of a symphony with a cantata bolted on. But it isn’t. It’s a delight. It has a lot of the inventiveness and sheer melodic flow of the young Mendelssohn and it’s perfectly calibrated and constructed."

Presented as a Pure Audio Blu-ray and SACD Hybrid package - which includes master quality audio and downloadable content - this is the perfect end to Gardiner's exploration of Mendelssohn. Summing up his feelings at the end of the project, he said: "My admiration for Mendelssohn has gone up enormously, as a result of really digging deep into these symphonies...it’s so rewarding with this group of players, they’re willing to go to the nth degree, in terms of detail of phrasing and articulation, and that’s a joy."

Concert reviews:

"Gardiner brought his LSO Mendelssohn series to a rousing conclusion...performed with enormous conviction and swagger, delivering old certainties of sacred and secular pride in a way to make your eyes prick." Classical Source

"His [Michael Spyres's] German diction was furthermore crystal clear. Soprano Lucy Crowe gleamed in the middle passage...while mezzo Jurgita Adamonyté’s voice effused a luminous quality." Bachtrack

“fine soloists … I like the discipline of the Monteverdi Choir and the comparatively lean sound of the LSO” Record Review, 2nd September 2017

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Midsummer Nocturne

Midsummer Nocturne


Masaé Gimbayashi-Barbotte

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Sviatoslav Richter plays Beethoven

Sviatoslav Richter plays Beethoven


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22

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

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 'The Hunt'

Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

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

Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Eroica Variations, Op. 35

Variations (6) for Piano on an Original Theme in F major, Op. 34

Variations (6) on an original theme 'Die Ruinen von Athen', Op. 76

Rondo in C major, Op. 51 No. 1

Rondo in G major, Op. 51 No. 2

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

USSR-State Symphony Orchestra, Hermann Abendroth

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in B flat major, WoO 6

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5 No. 1

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102 No. 1

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)


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Die Himmel Rühmen

Die Himmel Rühmen

Best of Sacred Chorals


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Bach, J C F:

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Bach, J S:

Dir, dir, Jehova, will ich singen, BWV299

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Cantata BWV192 'Nun danket alle Gott'

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Cantata BWV93 'Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten'

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Cantata BWV100 'Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan'

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Cantata BWV137 'Lobe den Herrn, den mächtigen König der Ehren'

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Schaffs mit mir, Gott, BWV514

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Cantata BWV85 'Ich bin ein guter Hirt'

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Cantata BWV207a 'Auf, schmetternde Toene'

Gächinger Kantorei, Windsbacher Knabenchor

Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

Cantata BWV137 'Lobe den Herrn, den mächtigen König der Ehren'

Gächinger Kantorei, Windsbacher Knabenchor

Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

Gächinger Kantorei, Windsbacher Knabenchor

Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

Motet BWV230 'Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden'

Gächinger Kantorei, Windsbacher Knabenchor

Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

Beethoven:

Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur ('Die Himmel rühmen des Ewigen Ehre'), Op. 48 No. 4

Gächinger Kantorei, Windsbacher Knabenchor

Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

Ebeling:

Die güldne Sonne

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Eccard:

Herr Christe tu mir geben

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Grieg:

Ave Maris Stella

Gächinger Kantorei, Windsbacher Knabenchor

Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

Luther:

Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her

Gächinger Kantorei, Windsbacher Knabenchor

Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

Mendelssohn:

Sehet, welch eine Liebe hat uns der Vater erzeiget (from Paulus)

Gächinger Kantorei, Windsbacher Knabenchor

Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 'Lobgesang'

Gächinger Kantorei, Windsbacher Knabenchor

Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

Mozart:

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Gächinger Kantorei, Windsbacher Knabenchor

Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

Schubert:

Deutsche Messe, D872: Sanctus

Gächinger Kantorei, Windsbacher Knabenchor

Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

Schulz, J A P:

Der Mond ist aufgegangen

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Silcher:

So nimm denn meine Hande

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Vulpius:

Die helle Sonn leucht jetzt herfür

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm

Hinunter ist der Sonne Schein

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben

Gerhard Wilhelm


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Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Recorded 1951


Margarete Baumer (Marschallin), Tiana Lemnitz (Octavian), Ursula Richter (Sophie), Kurt Böhme (Ochs), Hans Löbel (Faninal), Franz Sautter (Valzacchi), Emilie Walter-Sacks (Annina), Werner Liebing (Ein Sänger), Angela Kolniak (Marianne Leitmetzerin), Erich Handel (Ein Notar)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Rudolf Kempe

The combination of Der Rosenkavalier and Dresden has always been very special. The work was premiered at the Semperoper in 1911 – and was an immediate sensation. The dress rehearsal alone received more comprehensive press coverage than the Kaiser's birthday on the same day, with reporters racing to wire the wonderful success to their papers. The Deutsche Reichsbahn scheduled special trains to bring ardent music lovers from other places to the city on the Elbe. There was perhaps a feeling that it would be the last European operatic event before the First World War broke out ... Not least the work itself contributed to the nostalgic fin-de-siècle atmosphere. Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal had written a "comedy for music" in which the Rococo era of Maria Theresia's Vienna was revived – not for historical reasons, but as a reflection on their own apocalyptic mood. Everything seems so genuine in this piece and yet it is all an illusion. From the solemn presentation of the rose (a Hofmannsthal invention) to the Viennese waltz mania, it is a musical anachronism – which makes its timelessness all too clear. The work was premiered in January 1911, not in Vienna, but in opera-loving Dresden, where Strauss's "personal conductor" general music director Ernst von Schuch conducted the Dresden LISH Hofkapelle (today's Staatskapelle), which Strauss deemed to be "the best opera orchestra in the world". The Staatskapelle musicians still play their idol's work from the original orchestral parts of the premiere.

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Bingen: Femina Forma Maria & Marienlieder des Villarenser Codex

Bingen: Femina Forma Maria & Marienlieder des Villarenser Codex


Hildegard:

Ave Maria

O clarissima mater

O splendidissima gemma

Hodie aperuit

Quia ergo femina mortem instruxit

Cum processit

From This Wicked Fall (Cum Erubuerint)

O Frondens Virga et al

O quam magnum

Ave generosa

O virga ac diadema

O tu suavissima


Ensemble Mediatrix, Johannes Berchmans Göschl

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Irene Dalis: Recital

Irene Dalis: Recital

Works by Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gluck, Bizet


Bizet:

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Irene Dalis (Carmen)

Parle-moi de ma mère (from Carmen)

Heinz Hoppe (Don José), Chloe Owen (Micaëla)

Près des remparts de Séville (Séguedille) (from Carmen)

Irene Dalis (Carmen), Heinz Hoppe (Don José)

Votre toast je peux vous le rendre 'Toreador Song' (from Carmen)

Karl Schmidt-Walter (Escamillo)

La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

Irene Dalis (Carmen), Heinz Hoppe (Don José)

Melons! Coupons! (from Carmen)

Irene Dalis (Carmen), Chloe Owen (Micaëla/Frasquita)

Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (from Carmen)

Chloe Owen (Micaëla)

C'est toi! (from Carmen)

Irene Dalis (Carmen), Heinz Hoppe (Don José)

Giordani, G:

Caro mio ben

Gluck:

Grands dieux soutenez mon courage… Ah ! Divinités implacables (from Alceste)

Handel:

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Es blaut die Nacht (Julius Caesar)

Ochs, S:

Arioso (Dank sei dir, Herr)

Rossini:

Bel raggio lusinghier (from Semiramide)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Printemps qui commence (from Samson et Dalila)

Verdi:

O don fatale (from Don Carlo)

Wagner:

Einsam wachend...Habet acht! (from Tristan und Isolde)


Irene Dalis (mezzo-soprano)

Artur Rother

Despite her modest discography, Irene Dalis was a singer of global renown. She played the Nurse in the American premiere of Richard Strauss’s opera Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow) in San Francisco in 1959 and did the same at the British premiere in London in 1966. She continued her stage career until 1977. She subsequently taught singing at her own studio. An ‘Honored Citizen of the City of San José’, she started to direct the city’s opera company in 1984 and continued to do so for nearly 30 years. She retired from her office in 2014 and died after a brief illness. Since the two studio recordings reissued here are all that remains of her heyday as a singer, this recital, which was first released in 1960 (with the tracks in a different order), and the rare medley of Carmen pieces are to be treasured all the more.

The recital was transferred onto CD by remastering two LPs pressed by TELEFUNKEN (one a German edition; the other British). The Carmen medley was transferred by means of a mono LP pressed by TELEFUNKEN in Germany. By using modern technology, the remastering studio was able to eliminate nearly all the distortions on the original LPs. This sole surviving recital by the singer is highly coveted among collectors and music-lovers after decades of searching and is thus, alongside the Carmen medley, a valuable account of a great artist who can now be heard again.

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Fumiko Miyachi: Transitional Metal

Fumiko Miyachi: Transitional Metal


Miyachi:

Two Shakespeare Songs

Ag47 (Silver)

C12

L.S. No. 1

L.S. No. 2

Ag79 (Gold)

Co27 (Cobalt)


Fumiko Miyachi & Kate Halsall (piano duet)

This is the first showcase portrait album of the very talented Fumiko Miyachi's music for piano duo (played with Halsall), piano solo, chamber ensemble and brass band. Much of the music here is inspired by the Periodic Table of the Elements and displays a crispness, neatness and efficiency of writing, often with a high rhythmic drive and clarity of texture. The album also includes two fascinating settings of Shakespeare Sonnets and the performers are all now or recently associated with the vibrant young community of musicians in Birmingham, England.

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