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Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 6 (Ian Bostridge)

Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 6 (Ian Bostridge)


Brahms:

Lieder und Gesänge Op. 32

Die Kränze, Op. 46 No. 1

Botschaft, Op. 47 No. 1

Liebesglut, Op. 47, No. 2

Es liebt sich so lieblich, Op. 71 No. 1

Geheimnis, Op. 71 No. 3

Willst du, daß ich geh'?, Op. 71 No. 4

Unüberwindlich, Op. 72 No. 5

Sommerabend, Op. 85 No. 1

Mondenschein, Op. 85 No. 2

Lieder (4), Op. 96

Auf dem Kirchhofe, Op. 105 No. 4

Ständchen, Op. 106 No. 1

Meine Lieder Op. 106 No. 4

An die Stolze, Op. 107 No. 1

Salamander, Op. 107 No. 2


Ian Bostridge (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)

Ian Bostridge brings his characterful lyricism, and singing of beautiful intelligence, to a welcome sixth volume in Graham Johnson’s comprehensive series.

“Bostridge is totally convincing, particularly in his wonderfully sensitive handling of the Op 96 collection. Johnson, that poet of the piano, underpins everything with just the right level of ardour – and he writes tremendous sleeve notes.” The Observer, 23rd August 2015 *****

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JS Bach, Handel & Scarlatti: Gamba Sonatas

JS Bach, Handel & Scarlatti: Gamba Sonatas


Bach, J S:

Viola da Gamba Sonatas Nos. 1-3, BWV1027-1029

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Handel:

Sonata in G minor HWV364b

with Robin Michael (cello)

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K90 in D minor

with Robin Michael (cello)


Steven Isserlis (cello), Richard Egarr (harpsichord)

Bach wrote three wonderful sonatas for the viola da gamba (an early, slightly smaller relative of the modern cello). Lovingly recorded by Steven Isserlis and Richard Egarr, they are here joined by works by Handel and Scarlatti in a programme of haunting tranquillity.

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Tallis: Ave, Dei patris filia

Tallis: Ave, Dei patris filia

& other sacred music


Parsons, W:

Out from the deep

Tallis:

Honor, Virtus et Potestas

Candidi Facti Sunt

Homo quidam fecit cenam magnam

Ave Dei patris filia

Christ Rising Again

Litany

The Lord be with you

Benedictus (Blessed be the Lord God of Israel)

Te Deum

Expend, O Lord

E'en like the hunted hind

Venite

O Lord, open thou our lips


The Cardinall’s Musick has returned to the studio—or, more accurately, to the perpendical gothic marvel that is the Fitzalan Chapel of Arundel Castle—to record more of the Tudor masterpieces of Thomas Tallis. The programme includes three beautiful Latin Responsories, the early Votive Antiphon Ave, Dei patris filia, and the Morning Canticles of the ‘Dorian’ Service.

“The sprawling majesty of Thomas Tallis’s Ave, Dei patris filia is brought to startling life here by both the fine voices of the Cardinall’s Musick and the scholarly detective work of David Allinson...Canticles, responses, Te Deum and the Litany are all sung with an almost string-like quality of tone and perfect unanimity.” The Guardian, 16th August 2015 ****

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Parry: I was glad & other choral works

Parry: I was glad & other choral works


Parry:

I was glad

arr. Grayston Ives (b1948)

Onyx Brass

Blest Pair of Sirens

arr. Daniel Cook (b1979)

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (Repton)

arr. Grayston Ives (b1948)

Jonathan Brown (bass)

Onyx Brass

Evening Service In D Major ('the Great')

Alexander Kyle (treble), David Martin (countertenor), Mark Dobell (tenor), Robert Macdonald (bass)

Fantasia and Fugue in G major, Op. 188

Jerusalem

arr. Joseph Wicks (b1993)

Te Deum (Coronation)

arr. Grayston Ives (b1948)

Onyx Brass


The pageantry of a nation is encapsulated in the music of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Baronet, Knight and fervent supporter of the suffragette movement.

This new programme from Westminster Abbey contains some lesser-known early works alongside blazing performances of the favourites, recorded in the very building for which many of them were so skilfully crafted.

“the work that truly sends shivers up and down the spine in this programme is the anthem “I Was Glad”...Parry clearly knew the abbey’s acoustics...and the way that the words and music fill the resonant architectural expanses while, under James O’Donnell’s knowledgeable direction, remaining sharply focused is another thrilling facet of this performance.” The Telegraph, 23rd August 2015 ****

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Leo Ornstein: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2

Leo Ornstein: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2


Ornstein:

Piano Quintet, Op. 92

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 99


The young pianist-composer Leo Ornstein went from wowing the ladies with his virtuosity to writing a Violin Sonata in 1915 of such atonal violence that it frightened even him.

By the time of the two works recorded here his style was more rounded. The mix of enfant terrible and Lisztian piano-slayer is now tempered by an intense lyricism, the rhythmic energy balanced by searing poetry.

In the exhilarating hands of Marc-André Hamelin and the Pacifica Quartet these performances fizz with exuberance. A real treat.

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Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Volume 5

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Volume 5


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110


Angela Hewitt has been much praised in her earlier recordings of Beethoven’s piano sonatas—displaying ‘exquisite taste’—and now turns her ‘uncluttered clarity of thought and inspired structural pacing’ to four more works spanning the composer’s career. As ever, Angela’s accompanying notes provide fascinating insights into both the music and her performances.

“Hewitt comes to the music with expertise honed in the Baroque repertoire, Bach especially. Her Beethoven rarely sounds susceptible to Dionysiac forces, whether passion or fury. For the Apollonian virtues of grace and clarity, though, she is an ideal guide.” Financial Times, 1st August 2015 ****

“Here is a stimulating well-contrasted programme. Each sonata benefits from Angela Hewitt's beautifully clean-cut pianistic commant, in which every score marking is placed within a precisely articulated interpretative overview.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

“this fifth volume, for the most part, offers interpretations characterised by intelligent virtuosity and cultivated artistry...everything comes together for Hewitt in a most inspired Op. 110. It abounds with long-lined breadth, careful dynamic scaling, assiduously worked-out tempo relationships and heartfelt poetry.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

“she is still probably best known for her Bach. So perhaps it’s no surprise that it’s when Beethoven slips into Bach-style fugues in the final movement of Op 110 that Hewitt sounds most masterful. Elsewhere she is incisive and thoughtful too, even if the two earliest works here, Op 2 no 2 and Op 10 no 1, demand a certain lightness of touch that they don’t quite get.” The Guardian, 20th August 2015 ****

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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Schoenberg: Gurrelieder


Barbara Haveman (soprano), Claudia Mahnke (mezzo), Brandon Jovanovich (tenor), Gerhard Siegel (tenor), Thomas Bauer (baritone), Johannes Martin Kränzle (speaker)

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Domkantorei Köln, Männerstimmen des Kölner Domchores, Vokalensemble Kölner Dom, Chor des Bach-Vereins Köln, Kartäuserkantorei Köln, Markus Stenz

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

The Gürzenich-Orchester of Cologne has a pedigree second to none—counting Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss among those who have entrusted it with premieres of their works—and when you hear this new recording the reasons for this are clear. Devastating brass combines with mellifluous winds and strings in a performance of Schoenberg’s late Romantic masterpiece.

Markus Stenz conducts a fine line-up of soloists and marshalls the massed choirs in this most epic of works.

“a good resumé of Stenz’s qualities, his confidence in handling massive forces and his affinity with music composed on the cusp of modernism; he’s at his best in passages such as the orchestral interlude that precedes the Song of the Wood Dove...and the Wild Hunt of the Summer Wind.” The Guardian, 25th June 2015 ***

“This superb performance crowns Stenz’s tenure as Cologne’s general music director, with opulent playing from the Gürzenichers and six Cologne and Dutch choirs. Brandon Jovanovich’s thrilling Waldemar and Claudia Mahnke’s plangent Wood Dove are the pick of a fine team of soloists.” Sunday Times, 28th June 2015

“Live recording’s cast is swept along with élan by conductor Markus Stenz.” Financial Times, 26th June 2015

“The star of the set is undoubtedly tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Waldemar; his baritonal timbre suits the piece well, particularly the relatively low writing given to him for his first entry, but his top notes ring when necessary...the Cologne woodwind are on top form, as indeed is everyone in this fine new recording of a wonderfully colourful and dramatic piece.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 29th June 2015

“Excellent performances throughout from orchestra, soloists and choruses – rarely have the lush textures of Schoenberg’s late-Romantic cantata sounded this fresh.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

Presto Disc of the Week

29th June 2015

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2015

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Lassus: Missa super Dixit Joseph & motets

Lassus: Missa super Dixit Joseph & motets


Lasso:

Confitemini Domino

Missa super Dixit Joseph

Dixit Joseph undecim fratribus suis

In me transierunt irae tuae

O Mors, quam amara

Deus, Qui Sedes

Si bona suscepimus

Deus, canticum novum

Veni dilecte mi

Fallax gratia

Timor et Tremor


The six sublime singers of Cinquecento have for seven years now been championing the lesser-known masters of the Austrian court. Now they turn to one of the greats: Lassus. The Missa super Dixit Joseph is based on one of Lassus’ own motets and combines the composer’s characteristic flair for vibrant text-setting with the nascent polychoral style of which he would become an early master.

Glorious performances of the Mass and a diverse range of motets comprise a most satisfying album which culminates with the famous Timor et tremor.

“[Cinquecento's reading is] finely detailed and vocally sure-footed [with a] secure sense of architecture…close attention is rewarded with deepening appreciation.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

“Cinquecento, pure-toned but never over-polished, are willing to take risks, which gives this ethereal music energy and life.” The Observer, 26th July 2015 ****

“With just one voice to a part, polyphonic lines are sharply etched and perfectly weighed throughout…an all-male ensemble, their sound is robust and plangent.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

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American Polyphony

American Polyphony


Barber, S:

Agnus Dei

Reincarnations, Op. 16

Twelfth Night

To Be Sung on the Water, Op. 42

Heaven-Haven: A Nun Takes the Veil Op. 13, No. 1

The Virgin Martyrs Op. 8 No. 1

Let Down the Bars, O Death Op. 8 No. 2

Bernstein:

Missa Brevis

David Allsopp (countertenor), Christopher Lowrey (countertenor) & Robert Millett (percussion)

Copland:

Four Motets

Thompson, R:

Alleluia

Fare Well 'When I lie where shades of darkness'


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

An all-too-rare new recording from Polyphony and Stephen Layton presents highlights from the choral repertoire by four twentieth-century American giants: Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Randall Thompson. Framed by Thompson’s understated favourites Alleluia and Fare Well, the programme includes Bernstein’s Missa brevis, Copland’s early set of four motets, and—of course—Barber’s inimitable Agnus Dei.

Stephen Layton talks to Presto's David Smith about American Polyphony here.

“Stephen Layton’s Polyphony are an always impressive choir of startling purity and clarity.” The Observer, 21st June 2015 ****

“The peerless choir offer meticulously blended and shaped performances of 20th-century a cappella American choral works.” Sunday Times, 28th June 2015

“This is the finest performance of Barber's Agnus Dei I've heard by any choir, live or on record…a wonderful recital, not to be missed.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2015

“If ever anyone was under the misapprehension that American choral music begins and ends with the Agnus Dei, this disc is the perfect riposte. A delightful selection, beautifully performed.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 6th July 2015

“This is an atmospheric anthology, fastidiously chosen and delivered by this fine choir.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

Presto Disc of the Week

6th July 2015

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - August 2015

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Debussy, Bartók & Prokofiev: Études

Debussy, Bartók & Prokofiev: Études


Bartók:

3 Studies, BB 81, Sz. 72, Op. 18

Debussy:

Études pour piano (12) (complete)

Prokofiev:

Four Etudes, Op. 2


Garrick Ohlsson has an unbeaten reputation as the master of the miniature. In this new recital he presents three sets of Études: the twelve by Claude Debussy (so ferocious in their demands they were shunned even by elite pianists for decades), as well as Prokofiev’s revolutionary opus 2 and a set of three lesser-known works by Bartók. In all Ohlsson excels.

“His powerful technique motors through Prokofiev’s four miniatures with tremendous confidence, relishing their naughty-boy dissonances, and he treats the Lisztian flourishes that occasionally surface in the modernist currents of Bartók’s three pieces with suitable flamboyance. There are some fine moments in the Debussy set, too.” The Guardian, 23rd July 2015 ****

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