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Machaut: A burning heart

Machaut: A burning heart


Machaut:

Hé, dame de vaillance

Cinc, un, trese

De souspirant/Tous corps qui de bien amer/Suspiro, M2

Helas, pour quoy se demente et complaint

Esperance qui m'asseüre, B13

Pas de tor en thies pais

Se mesdisans

Une vipere

Tuit mi penser

Plus dure que un dyamant

Vos dous resgars, douce dame, m'a mort

Se je me pleing, B15

Qui plus aimme/Aucune gent m'ont demandé/Fiat voluntas tua, M5


A third collection of songs on the theme of courtly love by Guillaume de Machaut. Throughout this series, the members of The Orlando Consort are proving the most committed of guides to the music and mores of fourteenth-century France.

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Hyperion - CDA68103

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Reger: Songs

Reger: Songs


Reger:

Mein Traum, Op. 31 No. 5

Unbegehrt, Op. 31

Flieder, Op. 35 No. 4

Volkslied, Op. 37 No. 5

Glückes genug, Op. 37 No 3

Zwischen zwei Nächten, Op. 43 No. 1

Meinem Kinde, Op. 43 No. 3

Wiegenlied, Op. 43 No. 5

Sag es nicht, Op. 43 No. 8

Am Dorfsee, Op. 48 No. 6

Träume, träume, du mein süßes Leben!, Op. 51 No. 3

Zwei Gänse Zur weißen Gans sprach einst vertraulich eine graue, Op. 55 No. 8

Viola d'amour, Op. 55

Waldseligkeit, Op. 62 No. 2

Sehnsucht, Op. 66 No. 1

Morgen!, Op. 66 No. 12

Kindergeschichte, Op. 66 No. 12

Aeolsharfe, Op. 75 No. 11

Hat gesagt - bleibt's nicht dabei, Op. 75 No. 12

Du meines Herzens Krönelein, Op. 76 No. 1

Volkslied aus Franken – Waldeinsamkeit, Op. 76, No. 3

Wenn die Linde blüht, Op. 76 No. 4

Glück, Op. 76 No. 16

In einem Rosengärtelein, Op. 76 No. 18

Des Kindes Gebet, Op. 76 No. 22

Die Mutter spricht, Op. 76 No. 28

Das Wölklein, Op. 76 No. 33

Mittag, Op. 76 No. 35

Schelmenliedchen, Op. 76 No. 36

Mariä Wiegenlied, Op. 76 No. 52

Mausefangen, Op. 76 No. 58

Oben in dem Birnenbaum, Op. 76/59

Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe!


Sophie Bevan (soprano) & Malcolm Martineau (piano)

The sunset glow of Max Reger’s late Romanticism is perfectly suited to the lustrous soprano voice of Sophie Bevan, here making her Hyperion debut in a programme of thirty-three of his songs. Malcolm Martineau accompanies.

“His music doesn’t deserve its neglect, even if his settings of Meinem Kinde and Morgen won’t displace Strauss’s...[Bevan] is characterful in the song quoting Mendelssohn’s Wedding March ironically, as Mother advises her daughter to remain single.” Sunday Times

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Hyperion - CDA68057

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Taverner: Missa Mater Christi sanctissima & Western Wynde Mass

Taverner: Missa Mater Christi sanctissima & Western Wynde Mass


Taverner:

Mater Christi Sanctissima

Missa Mater Christi sanctissima

Mass 'The Western Wynde'


Two of the undisputed choral masterpieces from sixteenth-century England, by one of the greatest English composers: John Taverner’s Missa Mater Christi sanctissima and Western Wynde Mass. The five hundred years since the works’ genesis are but as a watch in the night in these sublime performances from Westminster Abbey Choir and James O’Donnell.

“These are very sound, lucid performances in every sense…in comparison with the Taverner Consort, James O’Donnell’s reading of Western Wynde is rather softer-centred, but…a work as resourcefully inventive as this both sustains and deserves such contrasting approaches” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

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Hyperion - CDA68147

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The Romantic Piano Concerto 68 - Moszkowski

The Romantic Piano Concerto 68 - Moszkowski


Moszkowski:

Piano Concerto in B minor, Op. 3

Schulz-Evler:

Russian Rhapsody, Op. 14


Ludmil Angelov (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Kiradjiev

The first recording of Moritz Moszkowski’s long-lost—and eagerly awaited—early Piano Concerto makes for a particularly important addition to the Romantic Piano Concerto series. The coupling is another rarity (and recorded premiere): the Russian Rhapsody by Adolf Schulz-Evler.

“[the Moszkowski] is given an unstintingly engaged and engaging performance by pianist, conductor, and the BBC Scottish SO…Angelov’s experience of Chopin serves him well, helping him make the most of writing that abounds in a sense of rhapsody and silvery filigree. Add to that an exuberant virtuosity and a penchant for spinning a good tune, and you have a worthwhile addition to the series” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

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Hyperion - The Romantic Piano Concerto - CDA68109

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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 ***

“Nothing will prepare listeners for the beauty of Lobo’s Lamentations…this, for me, is as good as it gets both in terms of performance and in terms of a school of polyphony beyond the works of Victoria” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

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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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Mozart: Violin Sonatas Volume 1

Mozart: Violin Sonatas Volume 1


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.

“Gough pitches the performances exactly right through, allowing the music to speak for itself without undue intervention. Press too hard on these delicate miniatures and they smudge into outright vulgarity, something Gough and his young singers avoid with some impeccably judged interpretations, executed with equal skill” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

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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.

“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

“[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 *****

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Hyperion Liszt Complete Songs - CDA68117

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