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Schubert: Impromptus (Inspiration)

Schubert: Impromptus (Inspiration)


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Erato - 9029577707

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Haydn: Cellokonzerte Nr. 1 & 2 (Inspiration)

Haydn: Cellokonzerte Nr. 1 & 2 (Inspiration)


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Erato - 9029577709

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Händel Goes Wild

Händel Goes Wild

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Improvisation – Canario

Handel:

Alcina: Act 3 Sinfonia

Venti turbini (Rinaldo)

Valer Sabadus (countertenor)

Semele: O, Sleep Why Dost Thou Leave Me?

Nuria Rial (soprano)

Semele: Where'er you walk

Nuria Rial (soprano)

Cara sposa (from Rinaldo)

Valer Sabadus (countertenor)

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)

Pena tiranna (from Amadigi)

Valer Sabadus (countertenor)

Piangerò la sorte mia (from Giulio Cesare)

Nuria Rial (soprano)

Verdi prati (from Alcina)

Valer Sabadus (countertenor)

Tu del ciel ministro eletto (Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno)

Nuria Rial (soprano)

Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (from Alcina)

Valer Sabadus (countertenor)

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

instrumental

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Valer Sabadus (countertenor)

Vivaldi:

Concerto in G minor RV157


With Händel Goes Wild Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata once again embark on some musical time travel, this time in the company of soprano Nuria Rial, countertenor Valer Sabadus and jazz clarinettist Gianluigi Trovesi. The album features sumptuously reimagined versions of some of Handel’s most celebrated operatic arias. “All baroque composers used strict forms,” explains Christina Pluhar, “but those forms would also allow the singers and musicians to improvise and add ornament freely.” Highlighting the composer’s dynamism and temperament, she says: “Handel must have been pretty wild himself.”

George Frideric Handel now joins Purcell, Monteverdi and Cavalli on the list of composers who have inspired an album by Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata.

The title of this new album refers first and foremost to the imaginative treatment his music receives from L’Arpeggiata, but Christina Pluhar reminds us that “Handel must have been pretty wild himself,” quoting this famous anecdote: “At a rehearsal for his opera Ottone, when the celebrated soprano Francesca Cuzzoni refused to sing the aria ‘Falsa immagine’, he became so furious that he grabbed her round the waist and threatened to throw her out of the window.”

Fortunately, the ‘wildness’ on this album is purely pleasurable. Händel Goes Wild is in the beguiling vein of Music For A While – Improvisations on Henry Purcell, released by L’Arpeggiata on Erato in 2014. Praising that album, BBC Music Magazine wrote: “Long experienced in fusing Baroque with jazz-inspired performance styles, L'Arpeggiata's approach breathes new life into the Restoration composer, whose ground basses are akin to riffs, his melodies folk-like in their raw simplicity ... Baroque instruments and a jazz-style combo mix to intriguing effect

“I wouldn’t say wild exactly, but Handel does go a bit off-road on this polished jam session from L’Arpeggiata...It’s sometimes hard to know who is winning – and, for anyone who doesn’t hate this disc immediately, that will be part of the appeal.” The Guardian, 21st September 2017 ***

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Erato - 9029581169

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Händel Goes Wild

Händel Goes Wild

(casebound deluxe)


 

Improvisation – Canario

Handel:

Alcina: Act 3 Sinfonia

Venti turbini (Rinaldo)

Valer Sabadus (countertenor)

Semele: O, Sleep Why Dost Thou Leave Me?

Nuria Rial (soprano)

Semele: Where'er you walk

Nuria Rial (soprano)

Cara sposa (from Rinaldo)

Valer Sabadus (countertenor)

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)

Pena tiranna (from Amadigi)

Valer Sabadus (countertenor)

Piangerò la sorte mia (from Giulio Cesare)

Nuria Rial (soprano)

Verdi prati (from Alcina)

Valer Sabadus (countertenor)

Tu del ciel ministro eletto (Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno)

Nuria Rial (soprano)

Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (from Alcina)

Valer Sabadus (countertenor)

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Valer Sabadus (countertenor)

Vivaldi:

Concerto in G minor RV157


With Händel Goes Wild Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata once again embark on some musical time travel, this time in the company of soprano Nuria Rial, countertenor Valer Sabadus and jazz clarinettist Gianluigi Trovesi. The album features sumptuously reimagined versions of some of Handel’s most celebrated operatic arias. “All baroque composers used strict forms,” explains Christina Pluhar, “but those forms would also allow the singers and musicians to improvise and add ornament freely.” Highlighting the composer’s dynamism and temperament, she says: “Handel must have been pretty wild himself.”

George Frideric Handel now joins Purcell, Monteverdi and Cavalli on the list of composers who have inspired an album by Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata.

The title of this new album refers first and foremost to the imaginative treatment his music receives from L’Arpeggiata, but Christina Pluhar reminds us that “Handel must have been pretty wild himself,” quoting this famous anecdote: “At a rehearsal for his opera Ottone, when the celebrated soprano Francesca Cuzzoni refused to sing the aria ‘Falsa immagine’, he became so furious that he grabbed her round the waist and threatened to throw her out of the window.”

Fortunately, the ‘wildness’ on this album is purely pleasurable. Händel Goes Wild is in the beguiling vein of Music For A While – Improvisations on Henry Purcell, released by L’Arpeggiata on Erato in 2014. Praising that album, BBC Music Magazine wrote: “Long experienced in fusing Baroque with jazz-inspired performance styles, L'Arpeggiata's approach breathes new life into the Restoration composer, whose ground basses are akin to riffs, his melodies folk-like in their raw simplicity ... Baroque instruments and a jazz-style combo mix to intriguing effect”

“I wouldn’t say wild exactly, but Handel does go a bit off-road on this polished jam session from L’Arpeggiata...It’s sometimes hard to know who is winning – and, for anyone who doesn’t hate this disc immediately, that will be part of the appeal.” The Guardian, 21st September 2017 ***

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Erato - 9029581170

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Seiji Ozawa at the Matsumoto Festival

Seiji Ozawa at the Matsumoto Festival

Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

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

Martha Argerich (piano)


Seiji Ozawa is not only a world-famous Japanese conductor, but also a founder and director of the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, home of the Saito Kinen Orchestra, which in 2015 was renamed the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival (OMF). In this all-Beethoven program, Ozawa conducts the popular Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7, performed with his fellow colleagues of the Saito Kinen Orchestra.

Picture: 1080/60i Full HD – 16:9

Sound: PCM Stereo, DTSH-HD Master Audio 5.1

Language/subtitles: n/a

Region code: All (worldwide)

Running time: 82 mins + 30 mins bonus

Production year: 2016

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EuroArts - 8024264024

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Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 9 & 14

Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 9 & 14


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 'Rasumovsky No. 3'

String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131


Aris Quartett

To his audience back then, Beethoven must have been radical, stormy, piercing - overwhelming! Even the smallest loudspeaker jumps to the Aris Quartet, grabbing the listener and not letting go – pretty amazing for an ensemble whose members’ combined age is not yet 100! The multiple prizewinners of the 2016 International ARD Competition are among the absolute shooting stars of the quartet scene and, with their GENUIN album, they show why: cutting edge middle and late Beethoven – definitely worth listening to! The Aris Quartett was founded in 2009 on the initiative of Hubert Buchberger, Professor of Chamber Music at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. At the time, Anna Katharina Wildermuth (violin), Noemi Zipperling (violin), Caspar Vinzens (viola), and Lukas Sieber (cello), were still high school students, but already studying their respective instruments as junior students at the music university. Begun as an experiment, this meeting between the four young musicians proved to be a genuine stroke of luck. Zipperling writes: “It was truly a wonderful accident that he chose us in particular. Otherwise it probably never would have occurrec to us to play chamber music in this combination, since at the time we didn’t know each other at all.” Eight years later, the Aris Quartett is one of the most striking quartets of the younger generation.

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Genuin - GEN17478

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Immortal Bach

Immortal Bach


Bach, J S:

Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV1009

Bocca:

Esegesi

Boccadoro:

Power Station

Cage:

Third Construction

Nystedt:

Immortal Bach (Komm, süsser Tod, BWV478)

Xenakis:

Rebonds B


Simone Rubino (percussion)

When Simone Rubino plays Johann Sebastian Bach on the marimba, his music seems to be released of temporality, more so than in its original form. It sounds like the music of the spheres: ancient and brand new ... and more than ever when the prizewinner of numerous competitions (including the International ARD Competition) combines Bach with works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Virtuosic, iridescent pieces for marimba, vibraphone and much more. The finest structures and shades are transparent, for example, in "Esegesi" by Roberto Bocca, which is presented here as a world premiere recording. Percussion pleasure at its finest, and not just for fans of drums and Bach. “What should one praise more: the incredible dexterity with which he executes thunderous rolls on the drums, tom-toms and bongos, makes the claves clang or dances along the xylophone? Or the sensitivity with which the gongs, chimes and cymbals blend with the high strings and delecate woodwinds?” (Isabel Herzfelt, Der Tagesspiegel)

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Genuin - GEN17479

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JS Bach: Keyboard Concertos BWV 1052-1054

JS Bach: Keyboard Concertos BWV 1052-1054


Bach, J S:

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1053

Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV1054


Schaghajegh Nosrati (piano)

Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin

Once again, Schaghajegh Nosrati captivates us from the very beginning in her second GENUIN album: Here too she plays Bach, and, following her recording of the "The Art of Fugue," she has now put three of Bach's piano concertos on the program. Her piano sound speaks to us and Nosrati relays stories with her performance, of which great colleagues like AndrAs Schiff mention with respect. Nosrati's partner in these narrations is the flexible and elastic Deutsche Kammerorchester Berlin, which richly supports the velvety piano sound. Youthfulness and maturity: an ideal combination for Bach! Born in Bochum (Germany) in 1989, Schaghajegh Nosrati learned to play piano at age four. In 2007 she attended the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hannover as a young student of Prof. Steen-Nokleberg and was a full-time student in the piano class of Prof. Oakden from 2008 to 2015. After receiving her Master’s degree in 2015 she has been studying in the solo performance class of Prof. Ewa Kupiec. “It is very rare that a young musician is dedicated to the music of Bach as Schaghajegh Nosrati is. She understands and plays this great music with astonishing clarity, purity and maturity.” (Sir Andras Schiff)

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Genuin - GEN17482

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Funeralissimo

Funeralissimo

A lively tribute to funeral music of different cultures


 

Allerseelen Jodler

anon.:

Turceasca (Tanz aus dem Balkanraum)

Bach, J S:

Sonata for solo violin No. 2 in A minor, BWV1003: Andante sostenuto

Calderón, R:

Lamento Mexicano

Glière:

No. 3 from Eight Pieces for Violin & Cello Op. 39

Müller, A F:

Hede Nyuie

Piazzólla:

Oblivion

Porumbescu:

Balada, Op. 29

Rehfeldt:

Totentanz

Seress:

Gloomy Sunday

Stradella:

Pieta, Signore

trad.:

Londonderry Air

Bonny at Morn

Raga

Dort oben, vor der himmlischen Tür

St. James's Infirmary Blues

Tsintsadze:

Miniatures (12): No. 5, Suliko


Matthias Well (violin), Maria Well (cello), Zdravko Zivkovic (accordion)

The violinist Julia Fischer pays tribute to her musical godchild Matthias Well, the 2017 winner of the Fanny Mendelssohn Sponsorship Prize, in the preface to his GENUIN debut album: She writes about his cheerfulness, his artistic seriousness, and his inquiring mind – all characteristics that breathe in Wells' album "Funeralissimo" from the very first moment to the very end. And it is a release that tells the story of the cessation of breath, bringing together funeral music from all epochs and continents. Music that is always at the edge of the unspeakable, unplayable, incomprehensible – and therefore comes across as being so alive. An album that goes beyond all norms in every respect - absolutely worth listening to! German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability. Her “pure and fine-spun tone, blessed with seemingly infinite shadings” (The Chicago Tribune) combined with rare “technical brilliance” (The Guardian) make her one of the most-sought after soloist before the public today.

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Genuin - GEN17486

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Handel: Lucio Cornelio Silla, HWV10

Handel: Lucio Cornelio Silla, HWV10


Sonia Prina (Silla), Martina Belli (Claudio), Sunhae Im (Metella), Vivica Genaux (Lepido), Roberta Invernizzi (Flavia), Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (Celia), Luca Tittoto (Il Dio)

Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi

No Handel opera is as enigmatic as 'Silla'. His fourth London opera, it was composed in 1713 to a libretto by Giacomo Rossi, also the librettist of the composer’s first great London triumph, 'Rinaldo'(1711). And that is just about the extent of any certainty on the subject. It might have been premiered in 1713 in London in a private concert at the Queen’s Theatre, but even this remains unconfirmed.

This is one of Handel’s few historical operas, being concerned with Plutarch’s account of the latter part of the life of Lucius Cornelius Silla, who after taking Rome became a tyrannical despot who murders his opponents, before suddenly retiring to his country estate to enjoy his leisure. The libretto may be perceived as weak, however Handel utilised a significant part of it in his next opera, 'Amadigi di Gaula'.

Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante join an overwhelming vocal cast headed by the fantastic Sonia Prina in the title role, with Martina Belli, Sunhae Im, Vivica Genaux, Roberta Invernizzi, Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli and Luca Tittoto, all excelling in their respective parts. Biondi’s ensemble perform with their trademark elegance and precision in a recording made in the Konzerthaus in Vienna over three days in January 2017.

“Wow, what music! Fabio Biondi’s experienced cast...now has this idiom totally sorted, and with the glassy, dancing playing of Europa Galante the whole thing shoots along. Maybe it will never see the stage, but it suits the CD player.” The Observer, 10th September 2017 ****

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