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Taneyev: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 6

Taneyev: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 6


California String Quartet

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Centaur - CRC3589

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George Small & Sarah Larson: Jazzcats

George Small & Sarah Larson: Jazzcats


George Small (keyboards), Sarah Larson (electric violin), Marc Daine (guitar), Warren Vaché (cornet), Chip Fabrizi (drums)

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Contrasts: Impressions of Hungary

Contrasts: Impressions of Hungary


Bartók:

Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, BB 116, Sz. 111

Dohnányi:

Sextet in C major Op. 37 for piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet & horn

Kurtág:

Hommage à Robert Schumann for clarinet, viola & piano, Op. 15d

Rozsa:

Sonatina for solo clarinet, Op. 27

Serly:

Chamber Folk Music

(world premiere recording)

Weiner, Leó:

Két tétel


Robert Plane (clarinet), Lucy Gould (violin), David Adams (viola), Alice Neary (cello), Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn), Benjamin Frith (piano)

Acclaimed and award-winning clarinettist Robert Plane presents a highly spiced collection of Hungarian music by Bartok, Rozsa, Weiner, Dohnanyi and Kurtag. -Includes the world premiere recording of a piece by Tibor Serly, better known as the completer of Bartok’s Viola Concerto. Plane discovered the piece quite by accident, through a chance meeting with saxophonist Chris Gradwell who had originally intended to give the UK premiere. "I couldn’t believe that such an atmospheric and infectiously witty piece had lain undiscovered for so long.” The music embraces the spirit of Hollywood, albeit tongue-in-cheek. -Plane is joined by Gould Piano Trio members Lucy Gould and Benjamin Frith in Bartok’s Contrasts (1938), which was commissioned by Benny Goodman for him to play with violinist Joseph Szigeti. The two outer rhythmic dance movements are interspersed with a slower ‘Relaxation’ with the addition of piano, which Bartok added in 1940. -The most substantial work on the album is Dohnányi’s Sextet in C major, Op.37, written in 1935, his final major chamber composition. Demanding considerable virtuosity from its players, it is very much in the post-Brahms style with which Dohnányi was most comfortable.

“The piquant harmonies and itchy rhythms of Hungarian folk music are never far away, and the performances are poised and idiomatic.” The Guardian, 21st September 2017 ****

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Tartini: 30 Sonate Piccole for Solo Violin Volume Four

Tartini: 30 Sonate Piccole for Solo Violin Volume Four

Sonatas Nos. 19-24


Tartini:

Sonata No. 19 in E minor

Sonata No. 20 in F Major

Sonata No. 21 in A minor

Sonata No. 22 in E major

Sonata No. 23 in D major

Sonata No. 24 in D minor


Peter Sheppard Skaerved (violin)

In the last years of his life, the great composer, violinist and swordsman Giuseppe Tartini labored at a cycle of sonatas for solo violin. Tartini is remembered by the general public only for his ‘Devil’s Trill’ Sonata but he is a far more important composer than that work would suggest: taken together, these sonatas form the most important composition for solo violin after Bach. At six hours in duration, it is the largest integrated work for the instrument. The music is surprisingly lyrical, and frequently has echoes of folk music from Tartini’s Istrian homeland.

Peter Sheppard Skaerved is the dedicatee of over 300 works for solo violin. His discography stretches from Telemann to many of the works written for him, and he was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. He is the leader of the Kreutzer Quartet and Viotti Lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

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Steve Elcock: Orchestral Music, Volume One

Steve Elcock: Orchestral Music, Volume One


Elcock:

Symphony No. 3, Op. 16

Choses renversées par le temps ou la destruction, Op. 20

Festive Overture, Op. 7


The recording is one of the most important of the 300+ that Toccata Classics has released, in terms both of its extraordinary ‘back-story’ and the quality of the music itself. The English composer Steve Elcock (b. 1957) has been writing music since his teens but, with virtually no contacts in the musical world, told no one what he was doing- and thus has evolved a compelling symphonic style entirely his own. It combines virtuoso orchestral writing with a sense of momentum that has its roots in the Nordic-British tradition of Sibelius, Nielsen, Simpson, Brian and similar figures. His Third Symphony is a vast canvas generating fierce energy and titanic violence, leavened at times by a sardonic sense of humor. Choses renversees par le temps ou la destruction is a dark symphonic triptych where fragile beauty is constantly at threat from the forces of ignorance. The breezy, buoyant Festive Overture has a Waltonian swagger that barrels on with relentless jollity.

“Music of awesome power and majesty that has gone completely unheralded...His Choses renversées par le temps ou la destruction pits fragile beauty against brute forces of ignorance, while his Festive Overture is a breathtakingly clever pastiche of Walton and Elgar...A triumphant debut recording.” The Observer, 17th September 2017 ****

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Joonas Kokkonen: Requiem & Complete Works for Organ

Joonas Kokkonen: Requiem & Complete Works for Organ


Kokkonen:

Requiem

Suvi Väyrynen (soprano), Joose Vähäsöyrinki (baritone)

Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir, Heikki Liimola

Wedding Music

Funeral Music

Lux Aeterna

Iuxta crucem


Jan Lehtola (organ)

Joonas Kokkonen is one of the most important Finnish composers of the twentieth century. His music radiates warmth and light, but also contains moments of grandeur and rhythmic energy. His Requiem, written in memory of his first wife, is both a powerful choral symphony and a tender, moving embodiment of consolation. Originally scored for large orchestra, the Requiem is heard here in a new version for organ intended to bring the work within the reach of smaller forces. This first recording is complemented by the first complete recording of Kokkonen’s four works for solo organ. Suvi Vayrynen, soprano, has quickly emerged as one of Finland’s most exciting young singers after winning first prize in the female category at the Lappeenranta Singing Competition, Finland’s premier vocal competition. She also appeared in the first episode of the BBC4 documenary Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities, released in the UK in August 2014. Joose Vahasoyrinki, baritone, completed a M. Mus. degree in church music at the Kuopio department of the Sibelius Academy, and in spring 2010 he completed the level A examination in voice with excellent marks. Jan Lehtola can be heard on more than 30 commercial recordings. For Toccata Classics he recorded an album of the complete organ music of William Humphreys Dayas, and another or music for organ and piano. Heikki Liimola has conducted several distinguished choirs, and was nominated Choral Conductor of the Year in 1998. One of the main aims of the Klementi Institute Chamber Choir is to promote new and rarely performed choral music.

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Poldowski Re-Imagined

Poldowski Re-Imagined


Wieniawska:

L'heure exquise

Impression fausse

Le faune

Circonspection

Fantoches

En sourdine

Brume

L’attente

Bruxelles

Dimanche d’Avril

Dansons la gigue

Violin Sonata in D minor: Andante Languido

Colombine

Crépuscule du soir mystique

Cortège

Cythère

Mandoline

Effet de neige

Sur l’herbe


Jazmin Black-Grollemund (soprano), Angélique Charlopain (violin), Jérémie Decottignies (double bass), David Jackson (piano & arrangements)

Ensemble 1904

Largely neglected following her death, the music of Poldowski – alias of Iréne Régine Wieniawska – is brought back to life in this re-imagining by David Jackson, director of the Paris-based chamber group Ensemble 1904.

Featuring twenty-two settings of poems by the nineteenth-century French poet Paul Verlaine, the ensemble makes its recording debut with this alluring and compelling programme of song.

Poldowski’s complete Verlaine settings are united for the first time in vivid arrangements by David Jackson inspired by the composer herself, known to have made chamber versions of her own songs. Included is the world premiere of the recently rediscovered Nous Deux.

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“[Verlaine's texts] exactly suited the floaty, Debussy-influenced harmonies, lush piano writing and undemonstrative lyrical lines favoured by Poldowski...All 22 of her Verlaine settings (including one, Nous deux, only recently rediscovered) are included on this recording, which features the appropriately husky timbre of the American soprano Jazmin Black Grollemund.” The Times, 1st September 2017

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Weinberg & Prokofiev: Fifth Symphonies

Weinberg & Prokofiev: Fifth Symphonies


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Weinberg:

Symphony No. 5 in F minor, Op. 76


Sinfonia Iuventus, Gabriel Chmura

The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra’s debut album for Warner Classics brings together two Fifth Symphonies, both written in dangerous times under Soviet oppression.

Prokofiev and the Polish-born Weinberg experienced both the authorities’ favour and persecution. Their works reflect the concessions they made to the oppressive doctrine, but also their (mostly allusive) opposition to that doctrine. History has given them justice, and the true beauty of their music has stood the test of time. Liberated from the ideological context of those dark times, their works continue to delight audiences around the world. While Prokofiev’s fame has been well established for decades, the music of Mieczysław Weinberg (widely regarded as the third great Soviet composer alongside his close friend Shostakovich, and Prokofiev) has only recently experienced a renaissance – especially in the composer’s native Poland, which he always considered his home.

The Orchestra is a veritable geyser of energy – a robust sound imbued with youthful power combined with intensive emotions and lightness of phrase. The programme of the album consists of two 5th Symphonies – in F Minor Op. 76 by Mieczysław Weinberg and in B-Flat Minor Op. 100 by Sergey Prokofiev.

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Elgar & Vaughan Williams: Sea Pictures

Elgar & Vaughan Williams: Sea Pictures


includes

Elgar:

Sea Pictures, Op. 37

Canto Popolare (In Moonlight)

Pleading, Op. 48 No. 1

Oh, soft was the song, Op. 59, No. 3

Speak, Music, Op. 41, No. 2

Vaughan Williams:

Four Poems by Fredegond Shove

Four Last Songs


Claire-Louise Lucas (mezzo), Jonathan Darnborough (piano)

Both Elgar and Vaughan Williams wrote songs throughout their creative lives, Elgar writing over 60 and Vaughan Williams over 90, including many fine works in each case. Despite their differences in musical style and choice of text – interestingly there is almost no overlap between the list of poets set by Elgar and those set by Vaughan Williams – they approach their texts with similar sensitivity and craftsmanship. As a result, their songs are beautifully moulded to the natural speech rhythms and inflections of the poetry that they set, producing some of the most beautiful songs in the English repertoire.

Recorded 2–5 April 2002

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Claudio - CB52582

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Telemann: Die dicken Wolken scheiden sich - Festmusik für Altona

Telemann: Die dicken Wolken scheiden sich - Festmusik für Altona


Telemann:

Die dicken Wolken scheiden sich, TVWV deest

Nunc auspicato sidere, TVWV deest


barockwerk hamburg, Ira Hochman

The discovery of Telemann’s previously unknown Altona Jubel-Music von 1760 in an omnibus manuscript is remarkable in several respects. It was returned to Hamburg State and University Library in 1998 from Armenia, where it had been deposited for wartime safekeeping. ‘Already immediately after the first performance of the work in Altona’s principal church on 16 October 1760, an unknown reporter writing in the Altonaer Mercurius judged that it was “a superbly beautiful composition”. It is an outstanding composition ranking with the best works that Telemann composed during his last years. Until a few years ago it was also not known to what an astonishing degree Telemann had been active as a composer in Altona (at least twelve festive compositions written from 1741 to 1764), which then belonged to Denmark, or that at the time there was even a noteworthy musical scene in Altona. The two-part composition consisting of sixteen numbers to the text of an unknown poet honours King Frederick V of Denmark on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the hereditary sovereignty of the Danish royal house.’ - Jürgen Neubacher, University of Hamburg

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CPO - 5550182

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