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Cage: Works for Percussion Vol. 4

Cage: Works for Percussion Vol. 4


Cage:

Music for Two

The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs

Connecting Egypt to Madison through Columbus Ohio, Cage, and the History of the American Labor Movement

(Incorporating Music for Marcel Duchamp & Variations 2)

A Flower

51'15.657"

(Realization of 45' for a Speaker & 27'10.554" for a Percussionist)

Extras: Interview with Whiting and producer Alan Otte, 73 minutes


Bonnie Whiting (percussion)

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Eliasson: Complete Works For Piano & Harpsichord

Eliasson: Complete Works For Piano & Harpsichord


Eliasson:

Versione per pianoforte

Disegno per pianoforte

World Premiere Recording

Disegno 2

Disegno 3 (Carosello)

World Premiere Recording

Suolo

World Premiere Recording

Disegno per clavicembalo


Andreas Skouras (piano/harpsichord)

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Ingólfsson, Hölszky & Brass: Double Concertos

Ingólfsson, Hölszky & Brass: Double Concertos


Brass:

Zeit im Grund

Münchener Kammerorchester, Alexander Liebreich

Hölszky:

Flugmanöver

world premiere performance

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Arturo Tamayo

Ingólfsson:

Orgoras Speaks

Caput Ensemble, Guðni Franzson


Das Klarinettenduo Beate Zelinsky | David Smeyers

All the works on this CD were composed for and dedicated to Beate Zelinsky and David Smeyers, who also performed their world premieres.

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Sviatoslav Richter with Orchestra

Sviatoslav Richter with Orchestra


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050

only Richter recording

Oleg Kagan (violin) & Marina Vorozhtsova (flute)

Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Yuri Nikolayevsky

Haydn:

Keyboard Concerto in D major, H. 18/11

Minsk Chamber Orchestra, Yuri Tsyiruk

Scriabin:

Prometheus (The Poem of Fire), Op. 60

All-Union Radio and Central Television Large Chorus & USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov


The opportunity to see Richter in live performance is a treasure. It’s even more exciting to see him in two major works by favorite composers which do not exist in audio-only recordings.

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L'Opéra

L'Opéra

jewelcase version


Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Merci, doux crépuscule!

Inutiles regrets…En un dernier naufrage (from Les Troyens)

Bizet:

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

C’est toi, toi qu’enfin je revois (from Les pêcheurs de perles)

Au fond du temple saint (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Ludovic Tézier (baritone)

Gounod:

L'amour, l'amour... Ah, lève-toi soleil (from Roméo et Juliette)

Halévy:

Rachel, quand du Seigneur (from La Juive)

Lalo:

Puisqu'on ne peut flêchir (from Le roi d’Ys)

Vainement, ma bien-aimée (from Le roi d’Ys)

Massenet:

Traduire ! Ah ! Bien souvent mon rêve s’envole… Pourquoi me réveiller (Werther)

Enfin Manon, nous voilà enfin seuls ensemble... En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Toi ! Vous ! Oui ! Je fus cruelle… N’est-ce plus ma main (from Manon)

Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)

Ah! Tout est bien fini... O souverain (from Le Cid)

Meyerbeer:

Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis (from L'Africaine)

Offenbach:

O Dieu, de quelle ivresse (from Les contes d'Hoffmann)

Thomas, Ambroise:

Elle ne croyait pas, dans sa candeur naïve (from Mignon)


Read Presto's complete review of this recording here.

Jonas Kaufmann pays homage to a magnificent era of opera that defined musical splendor and elegance, in his new album of 19th-century French opera arias and duets. His selection of music for tenor spans this momentous period, starting with “Rachel, quand du Seigneur” from Halévy’s La Juive (1835), through two of Bizet’s greatest works, “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” from Carmen (1875) and “Au fond du temple saint” from Les Pêcheurs de perles (1863), by way of Gounod’s “Ah! lève-toi, soleil!” from Roméo et Juliette (1867) and ending with the latest aria “Pourquoi me réveiller” from Massenet’s masterpiece Werther (1892). Plus many more along the way. “The French operatic repertory is very close to my heart,” says Kaufmann. “This fascinating music reflects a unique period in European culture. I didn’t want to choose only highlights for this album but also works and roles that have been key experiences for me. Wilhelm Meister in Mignon, for example, was my first major French role – I sang it in Toulouse in 2001. Carmen and Werther helped to open doors for me. The fact that I sang my first Werther at the Paris Opéra of all places, as a German surrounded by a French ensemble, was undoubtedly rather risky, but I had some excellent guides to help me: répétiteurs, colleagues, conductors and, not least, the recordings of the legendary French tenor Georges Thill.”

“There should be no carping at his finely judged phrasing, his psychological acuity and, when he hits a sweet spot, sheer seductive swagger. His and Tézier’s searing delivery of the famous duet from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers is as good as any you will hear on record...As the repertoire gets heavier, so the album builds to a terrific climax.” The Times, 8th September 2017 ****

“To my mind, the finest recording he’s made in a decade...it’s the tantalising glimpses of roles which may never feature in Kaufmann’s stage repertoire that are the real plums of this album for me: Berlioz’s Énee, Meyerbeer’s Vasco de Gama and Rodrigue from Massenet’s Le Cid bear testimony to a voice that’s ageing quite spectacularly.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 15th September 2017

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15th September 2017

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L'Opéra

L'Opéra

deluxe version


Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Merci, doux crépuscule!

Inutiles regrets…En un dernier naufrage (from Les Troyens)

Bizet:

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

C’est toi, toi qu’enfin je revois (from Les pêcheurs de perles)

Au fond du temple saint (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Ludovic Tézier (baritone)

Gounod:

L'amour, l'amour... Ah, lève-toi soleil (from Roméo et Juliette)

Halévy:

Rachel, quand du Seigneur (from La Juive)

Lalo:

Puisqu'on ne peut flêchir (from Le roi d’Ys)

Vainement, ma bien-aimée (from Le roi d’Ys)

Massenet:

Traduire ! Ah ! Bien souvent mon rêve s’envole… Pourquoi me réveiller (Werther)

Enfin Manon, nous voilà enfin seuls ensemble... En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Toi ! Vous ! Oui ! Je fus cruelle… N’est-ce plus ma main (from Manon)

Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)

Ah! Tout est bien fini... O souverain (from Le Cid)

Meyerbeer:

Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis (from L'Africaine)

Offenbach:

O Dieu, de quelle ivresse (from Les contes d'Hoffmann)

Thomas, Ambroise:

Elle ne croyait pas, dans sa candeur naïve (from Mignon)


Read Presto's complete review of this recording here.

Jonas Kaufmann pays homage to a magnificent era of opera that defined musical splendor and elegance, in his new album of 19th-century French opera arias and duets. His selection of music for tenor spans this momentous period, starting with “Rachel, quand du Seigneur” from Halévy’s La Juive (1835), through two of Bizet’s greatest works, “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” from Carmen (1875) and “Au fond du temple saint” from Les Pêcheurs de perles (1863), by way of Gounod’s “Ah! lève-toi, soleil!” from Roméo et Juliette (1867) and ending with the latest aria “Pourquoi me réveiller” from Massenet’s masterpiece Werther (1892). Plus many more along the way. “The French operatic repertory is very close to my heart,” says Kaufmann. “This fascinating music reflects a unique period in European culture. I didn’t want to choose only highlights for this album but also works and roles that have been key experiences for me. Wilhelm Meister in Mignon, for example, was my first major French role – I sang it in Toulouse in 2001. Carmen and Werther helped to open doors for me. The fact that I sang my first Werther at the Paris Opéra of all places, as a German surrounded by a French ensemble, was undoubtedly rather risky, but I had some excellent guides to help me: répétiteurs, colleagues, conductors and, not least, the recordings of the legendary French tenor Georges Thill.”

“There should be no carping at his finely judged phrasing, his psychological acuity and, when he hits a sweet spot, sheer seductive swagger. His and Tézier’s searing delivery of the famous duet from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers is as good as any you will hear on record...As the repertoire gets heavier, so the album builds to a terrific climax.” The Times, 8th September 2017 ****

“To my mind, the finest recording he’s made in a decade...it’s the tantalising glimpses of roles which may never feature in Kaufmann’s stage repertoire that are the real plums of this album for me: Berlioz’s Énee, Meyerbeer’s Vasco de Gama and Rodrigue from Massenet’s Le Cid bear testimony to a voice that’s ageing quite spectacularly.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 15th September 2017

Presto Disc of the Week

15th September 2017

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Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 (Complete)


Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Emanuel Ax (piano)

World-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his long-time collaborator, pianist Emanuel Ax, are joined by violinist Leonidas Ka-vakos in their first recording together of all three of the piano trios of Johannes Brahms. Ma and Ax have built together a distinguished catalogue of Brahms recordings, but this is their first recording of the Piano Trios and their first collabo-ration with Kavakos. Of the three Brahms Piano Trios - Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8; Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87; and Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 101 – the Second and Third Trios were written and first performed in quick succession (1882 and 1883), both exam-ples of Brahms at his creative zenith. The same can be said of the First Trio: originally completed when he was twenty, in 1854, and premiered the following year, Brahms thoroughly rethought and revised it in a new version premiered early in 1890. That more elegant and concentrated version of a youthful work has become the standard for the First Trio, and it is the version performed on the recording by Ma, Ax and Kavakos. All three performers have been acclaimed for their interpretations of Brahms, as soloists and as colleagues. Between them, Ma and Ax have shared four Grammy Awards® for their recordings of Brahms’s chamber music.

“The quality of their playing is never in doubt, and the ensemble is faultless. There’s tremendous authority in the assertive movements...but there could be something more personal in the more wistfully introspective ones.” The Guardian, 21st September 2017 ****

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Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988


Glenn Gould (piano)

Glenn Gould‘s legendary 1955 Goldberg Variations. The original album in state-of-the-art ‘Direct Stream Digital’ (DSD®) remastering from the original analogue tapes. Original LP cover artwork redesigned from the original negative films of the session photos. Booklet with original liner notes and session photos. In 1956, Columbia Records released a recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations that introduced the musical world to Glenn Gould. The young Canadian pianist's joyous, quicksilver interpretation not only influenced subsequent generations of musicians, it also entirely altered Bach's public image. Today, this recording is still considered one of the ten most significant and successful classical recordings of all time.

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Molter: Concertos for trumpets & horns

Molter: Concertos for trumpets & horns


Molter:

Sonata grossa in D major 3 Natural trumpets, timpani, oboes, strings & B.

Concerto pastorale in G major

Concerto in D major for trumpet, strings and continuo, MWV IV:12

Sinfonia in D major MWV VII, 71 2 horns, strings & Basso continuo

Divertimento in F alto chalumeau, tenor chalumeau, 2 horns in F & bassoon

Tendrement 1:27 Alt chalumeau, bass chalumeau & 2 horns in C

Concerto in D major for 2 trumpets & orchestra, MWV IV/11


Jean-François Madeuf (natural trumpet, natural horn) & Daniela Dolci (harpsichord, organ, direction)

Musica Fiorita

Johann Melchior Molter is a composer well-known among enthusiasts of music for winds, but generally his output is performed on modern instruments. Extensive research in the field of historically informed performance practice theoretically allows for the faithful reconstruction of the original sound of this music, but there exist only very few trumpetists today who are able to play on the required natural, valveless instruments. Jean-François Madeuf is one of these, extracting a warm, noble sound which make these concertos a very pleasurable listening experience.

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu


Marlis Petersen (Lulu), Daniela Sindram (Gräfin Geschwitz), Rachael Wilson (Eine Theater-Garderobiere/Ein Gymnasiast/Ein Groom), Rainer Trost (Der Maler/Ein Neger), Bo Skovhus (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper), Matthias Klink (Alwa), Martin Winkler (Ein Tierbändiger/Ein Athlet), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Der Prinz/Der Kammerdiener/Der Marquis), Elsa Benoit (Eine Fünfzehnjährige), Christian Rieger (Der Medizinalrat/Der Bankier/Der Professor), Pavlo Hunka (Schigolch), Christoph Stephinger (Der Theaterdirektor)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

Lulu, Alban Berg’s hauntingly mysterious opera in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, has been one of the major events of the 2015 Bayerische Staatsoper season : an ideal setting for conductor Kirill Petrenko first-ever DVD recording ! A sensuous and impenetrable opera, Berg’s masterpiece depicts the burning and sometimes bestial intensity of human relationships through the figure of Lulu, the true femme fatale, bearer of an enigma that haunts us way beyond the end of the opera. Venenous, sibylline, deathly for who approaches her, the dangerous Lulu destroys the established and bourgeois order she evolves in, carrying away with her all certainty, just like the audacious and demanding musical language Berg invented to give form to this unreachable character. Frank Wedekind’s work proved indeed to be an extremely fertile ground for the dodecaphonic composer’s imagination, and gave birth to one of the most singular and ambitious work of art of the twentieth century. With the privilege of a dream cast, gathering Berg’s best interprets, this new production of Lulu is conducted by Kirill Petrenko, and staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov. A visionary genius considered as the contemporary stage ‘enfant terrible’, it is with a shattering realism that he directs those characters, hostages to their own passions and darkest fantasies, and reveals the complexity of this great human and social tragedy. Marlis Petersen is Lulu, a role she was then singing for the ninth time, and which awarded her, for this production, the title of ‘singer of the year’ by German magazine Opernwelt

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