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JS Bach: Privat

JS Bach: Privat


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV6 'Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden'

Cantata BWV27 'Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende?'

Cantata BWV36 'Schwingt freudig euch empor'

Cantata BWV49 'Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen'

Cantata BWV92 'Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn'

Cantata BWV158 'Der Friede sei mit dir'

Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011: Sarabande

Little Prelude in D major, BWV936

Chorale Prelude BWV691 'Wer nun den lieben Gott lässt walten'

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 6 in G major, BWV1019a


Georg Nigl (baritone), Anna Lucia Richter (soprano), Petra Mullejans (violin), Roel Dieltiens (cello), Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

This recording is an invitation to immerse ourselves in the musical inner circle of the Bach family,

We know little about Bach’ family life, with the exception of the famous Clavierbüchlein (Little keyboard book) that the forty-year-old composer gave as a present in 1725 to his second wife Anna Magdalena.

This manuscript is a unique document of the music the family played together containing short keyboard pieces, songs, extended arias taken from the church cantatas and chamber music.

A talented family: Bach and his two eldest sons were also excellent violinists, son-in-law Bach, J. C. Altnickol played the cello & double bass; Anna Magdalena Bach and her oldest stepdaughter both sing and the young children of the second marriage play easy pieces on their father’s various keyboard instruments.

The musicians and singers on this recording, all eminent exponents of Bach and of Baroque music in general, have come together here to bring these exceptional moments back to life.

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Dvorak: Piano Quartets Nos 1 & 2

Dvorak: Piano Quartets Nos 1 & 2


Dvorak:

Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op 23

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat, Op. 87


Miguel Da Silva (viola)

Busch Trio

Mathieu van Bellen and Ori Epstein are joined by one of their former teachers at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, the violist Miguel da Silva, a founder member of the famous Quatuor Ysaÿe.

The musicians, who share with us their passion for this repertory and their pleasure in playing together.

Part of a series of the Czech composer’s complete chamber music with piano.

The Piano Quartet no.1 in D major op.23 of 1875 was one of the first works in which the young Dvořák, inspired by Schubert, laid the foundations of the compositional style which he would conserve for the rest of his life. Fourteen years later, he composed the Piano Quartet no.2 in E flat major op.87, completed under pressure from his publisher.

This work, influenced by Brahms, is one of the masterpieces of his maturity.

Two further recordings will complete this quadriptych of the Czech composer’s keyboard trios, quartets and quintets.

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Crazy Girl Crazy: Music by Gershwin, Berg and Berio

Crazy Girl Crazy: Music by Gershwin, Berg and Berio

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Berg:

Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra

Berio:

Sequenza III for woman's voice

Gershwin:

Girl Crazy: Suite

arr. Hannigan and Elliott


Barbara Hannigan (soprano/conductor)

Ludwig Orchestra

Read our exclusive interview with Barbara Hannigan about the recording here, and our complete review of the recording here.

Whether singing, conducting, dancing or acting, the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan is a constant source of fascination. Alpha Classics is proud to enter her world and her very first album as singer and conductor in 2017: with the Amsterdam based orchestra Ensemble Ludwig, of which she is associate artist.

Barbara Hannigan has devised a programme including Berg's Lulu Suite and Gershwin's Girl Crazy in a Suite newly arranged by the multi award- winning American composer Bill Elliott. To complement these two pieces, she has recorded Berio's spectacular Sequenza III for solo voice.

An outstanding soprano, a distinguished interpreter of the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, an all-round artist who creates a sensation on concert platforms and in opera houses throughout the world, Barbara Hannigan has enriched her palette over the past few years by devoting a portion of her activities to conducting. This album in the form of a musical portrait of the artist, is completed by a DVD of a film made by Mathieu Amalric during the rehearsals and recording sessions. It plunges into the heart of the orchestra with a very personal look at the exchanges between conductor and musicians.

Over the next few years, Alpha will accompany Barbara Hannigan in a number of projects from very varied horizons.

“Hannigan opens this album with a reminder, in no shy terms, of what a stupidly seductive vocalist she is. She flits, warbles and giggles through Berio’s high-wire Sequenza III from 1965; she has a way of making everything just float...her fierce musicianship is never in doubt...her effortless style is bewitching.” The Guardian, 15th September 2017 ****

“What strikes me about Hannigan’s performance [of the Sequenza] is its lucidity: the overall effect here is of a personality gradually warming into focus rather than disintegrating before our ears...Hannigan and Elliott play up the affinity between Berg’s jazz-inflected score and the big band sound-world of Girl Crazy so that the link (which could sound contrived on paper) comes across as entirely natural.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 22nd September 2017

Presto Disc of the Week

22nd September 2017

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Reicha: Musique de Chambre

Reicha: Musique de Chambre


Reicha, A:

String Quartet in E major, Op. 95 No. 1

String Quartet in F major, Op. 92 No. 1

Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 101 No. 2

Trio for Three Cellos in E flat

Piano Sonata in E major

Étude No. 29, Op. 97 'L'Enharmonique'

Andante maestoso

Piano Sonata in F major ‘Sur la Flûte Enchantée’

Fugue No. 9 ‘Cercle Harmonique’

Variations on a theme by Gluck, Op. 87


Solistes de la Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth

The fruitful partnership between the Alpha label, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and the Palazzetto Bru Zane continues with this set of chamber music by Anton Reicha, performed by the musicians of the Chapel, young talents of an exceptionally high standard, ready and willing to take up the challenge of this music.

A key figure of the early nineteenth century, this Czech composer who became a naturalised French citizen did not leave his contemporaries indifferent. Both his music and his theoretical writings set zealous partisans against fierce detractors.

This 3CD set, assembling pieces from different genres and periods, gives an insight into the richness of the composer’s extremely prolific output of chamber music: it illustrates the diversity of the instrumental genres he tackled (sonatas, fugues, études and variations for piano; piano trio, string quartet, string quintet) and a compositional art characterised by perfect mastery – as one would expect from someone trained by Haydn in Vienna between 1802 and 1808 – and by the greatest originality.

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Agitata

Agitata


Brevi:

O spiritus Angelici - Per il Santissimo Sacramento

Caldara:

Sinfonia No. 12 'La Passione di Gesu Signor nostro'

Gregori, G:

Concerto Grosso, Op. 2 No. 2

Jommelli:

Prigionier che fa ritorno (from Betulia liberata)

Porpora:

In procella sine stella

Stradella:

Et egressus est – Lamentazione per il Mercoledì Santo

Torelli:

Lumi, dolenti lumi - Cantata a voce sola per il Venerdì Santo

Vivaldi:

Agitata infido flatu (from Juditha Triumphans)


Delphine Galou is renowned and admired for her musicality and her appealing timbre,

She has taken part in many productions of Baroque music and recordings of operas (notably by Vivaldi), but this is her first recital.

It is a programme of sacred music, motets, cantatas and excerpts from oratorios, which in the course of the 17th & 18th centuries were influenced by the increasingly fashionable genre of opera.

From the famous ‘Agitata infido flatu’ from Vivaldi’s oratorio Juditha triumphans, Stradella’s Lamentations and Porpora’s magnificent motet ‘In procella sine stella’, Delphine Galou covers a wide range of spiritual emotions.

Delphine is accompanied by the excellent Accademia Bizantina under its director and harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone.

A concerto by Gregori and a sinfonia by Caldara complete this release, which includes several world premiere recordings.

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Alpha - ALPHA371

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527


Jean-Sébastien Bou (Don Giovanni), Robert Gleadow (Leporello), Myrtò Papatanasiu (Donna Anna), Julie Boulianne (Donna Elvira), Julien Behr (Don Ottavio), Steven Humes (Commendatore), Anna Grevelius (Zerlina) & Marc Scoffoni (Masetto)

Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Jérémie Rhorer

Third and last instalment in the ‘Live at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées’ series of Mozart operas conducted by Jérémie Rhorer. After Die Entführung aus dem Serail and La Clemenza di Tito comes Don Giovanni, recorded in 2016.

Of the performances (directed by Stéphane Braunschweig), during which Radio France recorded the present discs, Le Figaro wrote: ‘Jérémie Rhorer expertly conducted his orchestra “Le Cercle de l’Harmonie”.

On the stage, Jean-Sébastien Bou sang and acted the title role impeccably. He was seconded by his valet Leporello, superbly played by the Canadian Robert Gleadow.

A thrilling production both musically and intellectually.

The cast is completed by the ardent Myrtò Papatanasiu in the role of Donna Anna, the lovely voice of Julie Boulianne as Donna Elvira and the elegant timbre of Julien Behr as Don Ottavio, not forgetting the magnificent Commendatore of Steven Humes and the lively Zerlina and Masetto of Anna Grevelius and Marc Scoffoni.

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Water & Fire – Händel Revisited

Water & Fire – Händel Revisited


Handel:

Water Music Suites Nos. 1-3, HWV348-350 (highlights)

arr. Smits & Sleichim

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351: excerpts

arr. Smits & Sleichim

Messiaen:

Le Verbe (second part, from: La Nativité du Seigneur)

Rebel, J-F:

Les Elémens: Le Cahos

arr. Sleichim


Reitze Smits (organ), BL!NDMAN (sax), Koen Maas (soprano saxophone), Pieter Pellens (soprano saxophone), Eric Sleichim (alto saxophone), Piet Rebel (tenor saxophone), Raf Minten (baritone saxophone)

Eric Sleichim

“WATER & FIRE - Handel revisited”, presenting Handel’s most iconic music arranged for 5 saxophones and grand organ.

Eric Sleichim (founder/leader of Bl!ndman) and Dutch organ player Reitze Smits arranged the Water Music suite and Music for the Royal Fireworks, for saxophone quintet (BL!NDMAN [sax] + Eric Sleichim (once again on alto for this album) and grand organ. Saxophone(s) and organ have already been combined several times in new music. The sound, as well as the dynamics of the instruments, mix splendidly, in the louder passages as well as in the quieter parts. The monumental character of Handel’s orchestral score is emphasized in this unique instrumentation.

Handel’s iconic orchestral suites flank the opening movement of Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les Elémens, a musical punch-in-the-face long ahead of its time.

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Noa Wildschut plays Mozart

Noa Wildschut plays Mozart


Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolić

Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K261

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolić

Violin Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K454

Yoram Ish-Hurwitz (piano)


Noa Wildschut (violin)

The young Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut has been described as “a miracle of musicality”, while Anne-Sophie Mutter has singled her out as “undoubtedly one of the musical hopes of her generation”. For her debut as a Warner Classics recording artist, Noa has chosen a programme of Mozart that combines concertante and chamber works. As she says: “I’m showing two sides of Mozart – and also two sides of myself.”

“Mozart’s music has such a feeling of purity,” Noa says. “and the Fifth Violin Concerto is so gorgeous. Of all his violin concertos, this is the one that contains the most humour. It’s almost like a kind of opera, with all those different characters, really, a story is being told.” Noa herself composed the cadenzas she plays in the concerto, with some help from Dutch composer Max Knigge. “Max came up with the concept, and I invented some things around it … it really became something by us together. It has been written in a way that does justice to Mozart, including lots of little jokes.”

The album release coincides with the release date of the documentary ‘Zusjes’ (Sisters), about Noa and her family, which will run in cinemas in Holland in autumn 2017. Worldwide release of the documentary is planned for early 2018.

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Duets - Rolando Villazón & Ildar Abdrazakov

Duets - Rolando Villazón & Ildar Abdrazakov


Bizet:

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

Je suis Escamillo, torero de Grenade! (from Carmen)

Boito:

Son lo Spirito che nega (from Mefistofele)

Strano figlio del caos (from Mefistofele)

Donizetti:

La vostra ostinazione...Prender moglie? (from Don Pasquale)

Sogno soave e casto (from Don Pasquale)

Ardir! Ha forse il cielo ... Ecco il magico liquore ... Va, mortale fortunate (from L'Elisir d'amore)

Gounod:

Mais ce Dieu, que peut-il pour moi? (from Faust)

Me voici! (from Faust)

Hermann, Florian:

Ochi chyornye (Dark Eyes)

Ildar Abdrazakov (bass)

Lara, Augustin:

Granada

Rolando Villazón (tenor)

Verdi:

Propizio ei giunge! (from Simon Boccanegra)

Vieni a me, ti benedico (from Simon Boccanegra)


Three exceptional artists join forces for an operatic treat! Star tenor Rolando Villazón, who was just named artistic director of Salzburg Mozart week, Ildar Abdrazakov, one of the most sought-after young basses in the operatic world (Vanity Fair), who is debuting on Deutsche Grammophon with this album and the in-coming music director of the Metropolitan Opera Yannick Nézet-Séguin – a conductor full of vim and vigor – with Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.

Following Rolando’s and Yannick’s latest successful collaboration in DG’s Mozart opera cycle (Le Nozze di Figaro), this recording includes a wide range of beautiful French/Italian duets for tenor and bass presented with dedication and passion!

Rolando and Ildar go back to 2009 when they first performed together in a production of "Lucia di Lammermoor" at the Met. They re-unite to sing a colorful variety of beautiful opera duets from nineteenth century drammi giocosi and opéras comiques, such as the beloved “Au fond du temple saint” from Les pêcheurs de perles (Bizet) or “Ah, quando fia… Se inclinassi a prender moglie” from L’italiana in Algeri (Rossini) as well as the duet “Je suis Escamillo” from Bizet’s famous opera Carmen.

Besides the renowned repertoire the artists also recorded two tracks with special arrangements referring to their personal life: the legendary Granada, standing for Rolando’s Latin heritage, Ochi Chernye as a tribute to Ildar’s home country Russia.

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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto and Rococo Variations

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto and Rococo Variations


Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


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