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Alonso Lobo: Lamentations

Alonso Lobo: Lamentations

& other sacred music


Guerrero, Francisco:

Maria Magdalena et altera Maria

Lobo, A:

Lamentations

Regina caeli, laetare

O quam suavis est, Domine

Missa Maria Magdalene


Alonso Lobo may be remembered principally for the great funerary motet Versa est in luctum, but his setting of the biblical Lamentations must also be counted among the masterpieces of Renaissance polyphony. No choir has a more distinguished tradition in such music than Westminster Cathedral Choir.

“rich and expressive accounts here by Westminster Cathedral Choir, with baritones and basses in particularly sonorous form.” The Observer, 5th June 2016 ****

“Westminster Cathedral Choir is at its best in the large-scale drama of the Credo of the Mass…though they discover a truly moving spaciousness in O quam suavis est…overall, a convincing introduction to a neglected composer” BBC Music Magazine, July 2016 ***

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Hyperion - CDA68106

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Feldman: Palais de Mari & Crumb: A Little Suite for Christmas

Feldman: Palais de Mari & Crumb: A Little Suite for Christmas


Crumb, G:

Processional

Little Suite for Christmas, AD1979

Feldman, M:

Intermission V

Piano Piece (1952)

Palais de Mari

Extensions 3


The extraordinary soundscapes conjured by Morton Feldman and George Crumb are like nothing else in the whole of twentieth-century music. Steven Osborne is the most sympathetic of guides to these rarefied worlds.

“Three brief works by Morton Feldman, from 1952, open this hypnotic recital of music by two of the 20th century’s American greats. The first explores resonance and colour, the second concentrates minds on pitch and the third is about repetition.” Sunday Times, 12th June 2016

“What’s so marvellous about the way Steven Osborne plays Feldman is how entirely alert he is to those kaleidoscopic gradations...This is a pianist whose recent solo discs have featured music by Schubert and Mussorgsky, and he brings something of their singing and robust tones even to the most hushed and abstract of Feldman’s lines.” The Guardian, 19th May 2016 ****

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Hyperion - CDA68108

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Franck: Piano Quintet & Debussy: String Quartet

Franck: Piano Quintet & Debussy: String Quartet


Debussy:

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Franck, C:

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 14

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)


Franck’s Piano Quintet and Debussy’s String Quartet make an apt and unusual coupling, each work its composer’s only, unsurpassable, contribution to the genre. Both receive authoritative performances from Marc-André Hamelin and the Takács Quartet.

“When the seasoned artistry of the Takács Quartet blends with the thoughtful brilliance of Marc-André Hamelin, a rare alchemy occurs...To Debussy’s luminous and under-appreciated String Quartet of 1893 the Takács bring all their intelligence, skill, taste and virtuosity.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016

“[The Franck has] the same big, romantic sound and emotional intensity of the violin sonata, beautifully brought out here by Marc-André Hamelin and the Takács in a stirring, virtuosic recording...there’s no questioning the Takács’s ability to play the Debussy String Quartet wonderfully. Something less corporeal, a little more elusive and vaporous, would have made it even better.” The Observer, 22nd May 2016 ***

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2016

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Hyperion - CDA68061

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Smetana: Czech Dances & On the seashore

Smetana: Czech Dances & On the seashore


Smetana:

On the Sea Shore

Czech dances for piano, books 1 & 2 (14)


Smetana’s two sets of Czech Dances—the first comprising four Chopin-esque Polkas, the second exploring other dance forms more associated with Dvořák—provide the ideal vehicle for the understated pianism of Garrick Ohlsson. The evocative tone poem in miniature On the seashore completes the programme.

“Notwithstanding the essential simplicity of their form, Smetana imbues [the Czech Dances] with considerable sophistication. The first has a musing, reflective quality captured beautifully by Ohlsson, and the joyous effervescence of the right hand figuration in the second is suitably dazzling…Ohlsson’s performances are consistently attractive…this beautifully recorded issue will certainly not disappoint” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ****

“A large part of the flavours in these readings derives from the aplomb with which Ohlsson negotiates tempo fluctuations within individual dances, as if to the manner born. Listening to them, it’s easy to feel that Smetana’s ambition to do for the polka what Chopin did for the mazurka was fully realised…what an accomplishment to present them not only lovingly but fairly bursting with character” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

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Hyperion - CDA68062

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Mozart: Violin Sonatas

Mozart: Violin Sonatas


Mozart:

Violin Sonata No. 5 in B flat major, K10

Violin Sonata No. 9 in C major, K14

Violin Sonata No. 15 in F major, K30

Violin Sonata No. 18 in G major, K301

Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K304

Violin Sonata No. 27 in G major, K379

Violin Sonata No. 33 in E flat major K481


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here

Mozart’s violin sonatas span his entire career—the early ones are billed as piano sonatas with optional violin accompaniment—and they develop over the years into the first triumphs of the modern genre. Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien have been enthralling audiences worldwide with these works, and now the first instalment is available as a highly desirable 2-for-1 album.

“It would be hard to imagine more persuasive performances than we have here from the ever-rewarding Tiberghien-Ibragimova duo: delicate without feyness, rhythmically buoyant..., and never seeking to gild the lily with an alien sophistication.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“The fluidity of the partnership between Ibragimova and Tiberghien is key to the success of this album – in the earlier works the piano is to the fore, while in the others the balance swings more towards the violin, and in each case they’ve evidently thought about where the right midpoint lies between the two extremes.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 29th April 2016

“It is difficult to imagine [these sonatas] better played” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 *****

Presto Disc of the Week

29th April 2016

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2016

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Hyperion - CDA68091

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English Romantic Madrigals

English Romantic Madrigals


Elgar:

To her beneath whose steadfast star

Goodhart:

Lady on the silver throne

Leslie:

My love is fair

Sophie Edwards (soprano), Leilani Barratt (alto), Tom Robson (tenor), Ciaran Walshe (bass) & Stephen W Salts (bass)

Thine eyes so bright

Parry:

Who can dwell with greatness!

La belle dame sans merci

Pearsall:

Sing We and Chaunt It

Light Of My Soul

Summer is y'coming in

Great God of Love

Lay a garland

Stainer:

Disappointment

Like as a ship

Dry your sweet cheek

The castle by the sea

Flora’s Queen

Stanford:

God and the Universe

On Time


Royal Holloway Choir, Rupert Gough

The church music of Victorian England has always retained a secure foothold; not so the secular part-songs recorded here. Written to complement the Elizabethan madrigals which were then being rediscovered and performed, an unjustly neglected corner of the English vocal repertoire is revitalized by Rupert Gough and Royal Holloway Choir.

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Hyperion - CDA68140

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Liszt: The Complete Songs Volume 4 - Sasha Cooke

Liszt: The Complete Songs Volume 4 - Sasha Cooke


Liszt:

Des Tages Laute Stimmen Schweigen

Lasst mich ruhen

Was Liebe sei? (First version), S288/1

Verlassen, S336

Einst (Bodenstedt)

Ich scheide, S. 319

Was Liebe sei? (Second version), S288/2

Die Lorelei (Second version), S532

Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß (2nd version), S297/2

Was Liebe sei? (Third version), S288/3

Mignons Lied (Second Version), S275/2

Sei still, S330

Wieder mocht’ ich dir begegnen

Blume und Duft

Die tote Nachtigall (2nd version), S291/2

Il m'aimait tant, S533

Gebet, S265


Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano), Julius Drake (piano)

This fourth volume in our scholarly compendium once more charts Liszt’s life through song (including three settings spanning as many decades of a portentous love-letter the composer received in 1841). Series maestro Julius Drake welcomes the gorgeous Sasha Cooke to Hyperion.

“[Sasha Cooke’s] even, expressive voice is equal to all technical demands and rises to tremendous intensity for ‘Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass’ while offering a deeply considered account of ‘Sei still’” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 *****

“The later songs, echoing the stripped back idiom of Liszt’s late piano works, hover in territory between melody and recitative, their often hushed vocal lines barely supported by the sparest of accompaniments. Cooke is very much alive to their introversion and sadness. The way she encompasses small gradations in volume over a relatively narrow dynamic range impresses, while Drake makes every chord and phrase shiver with meaning” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

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Hyperion Liszt Complete Songs - CDA68117

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Bruch: Piano Quintet

Bruch: Piano Quintet


Bruch:

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 9

Goldner String Quartet

Swedish Dances, Op. 63

Dene Olding (violin), Piers Lane (piano) &

Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. post

Piers Lane (piano)

Goldner String Quartet


New recordings from the Goldner String Quartet are always a treat. Here, once again, they are joined by Piers Lane for the intriguing Bruch Piano Quintet; also performed are his youthful String Quartet No 1 and a catchy set of Swedish Dances for violin and piano.

“[the Goldner] relish the music's C minor sturm und drang with infectious bravado…[and] the quartet's gifted leader Dene Olding joins forces with Piers Lane in a rousing performance of the violin-and-piano Swedish Dances” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016 ****

“[The Piano Quintet] given a spirited performance here by Piers Lane and the Goldners...And in a joyful burst of melody, first violinist Dene Olding joins Lane for the beguiling Swedish Dances.” The Guardian, 27th March 2016 ***

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Hyperion - CDA68120

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Bartók: Mikrokosmos Book 6

Bartók: Mikrokosmos Book 6


Bartók:

Mikrokosmos Book VI

Piano Suite, BB 70, Sz. 62, Op. 14

Out of Doors, Sz. 81, BB89

Hungarian Peasant Songs for piano (15), BB 79, Sz. 71

Three Burlesques, Op. 8c, Sz. 47, BB55


The remarkably gifted French pianist Cédric Tiberghien turns to the music of Béla Bartók in a wide-ranging programme including the famous Op 14 Suite and the sixth (and final—most ferocious in its technical demands) book of the Mikrokosmos project.

“Possessing an instinctive feel for impressionism, and for the ebb and flow of those rhythms with their little hesitations and sudden rushes forward, Cédric Tiberghien is ideally fitted for this task…the chief glory of this recording lies in what Tiberghien does with the Peasant Songs and the sixth book of Mikrokosmos. Each of the songs is sharply characterised, and the pulse throughout follows the heartbeat” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 *****

“one of the most remarkable aspects of Tiberghien's interpretations is that they are refreshingly free of those aggressive arracks that used to pass for 'Bartok style'. He never overplays, yet there's ample dynamic variety, scrupulous attention to articulation and plenty of rhythmic verve…[he] is clearly a committed Bartok player, whose fresh ideas are remarkably consistent with the letter and spirit of the Hungarian master” Gramophone Magazine, April 2016

“Tiberghien mixes fiery flair with charm and poetry in his readings of the final volume, and his beautifully coloured playing is equally compelling in the rest of the programme.” Sunday Times, 10th April 2016

“Tiberghien has an expressive way with Bartók. Even in music that often uses the piano as a percussive instrument, his attack is never angular or dry; instead, it’s warm, personal and spacious, with a flux to the rhythms that sounds totally organic...Tiberghien is capable of magicking up vivid character within seconds.” The Guardian, 24th March 2016 *****

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Hyperion - CDA68123

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Tallis: Lamentations

Tallis: Lamentations

& other sacred music


Tallis:

Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II

In pace in idipsum

Short Service (Dorian) for 4 voices

Not every one that saith unto me

Solemnis urgebat dies

Sancte Deus

Dum transisset sabbatum

Why brag'st in malice

Salvator mundi, salva nos 1 - antiphonn for five voices

Te Deum

Veni creator: Come Holy Ghost


Superlative performances of the Tallis Lamentations make this penultimate volume in The Cardinall’s Musick cycle something rather special. Andrew Carwood’s typically inspiring commentaries further enhance an album to savour.

“By approaching Tallis with authority, the singers of The Cardinall’s Musick illuminate his complex masterpieces” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ***

“This final volume of Tallis from The Cardinall’s Musicke continues the fine form of its predecessor. Their interpretation of the English-texted works shows how effective these contrapuntally unassuming settings can be when sung with conviction…the most comprehensive survey of Tallis since the Chapelle du Roi’s and consistently the more accomplished.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“The singers reach the highest standards.” The Observer, 17th April 2016 *****

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Hyperion - CDA68121

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