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Mendelssohn - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Mendelssohn - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54


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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


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Mondonville: 6 Sonatas Op. 3

Mondonville: 6 Sonatas Op. 3


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Glazunov & Kabalevsky: Violin Concertos

Glazunov & Kabalevsky: Violin Concertos


Glazunov:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Kabalevsky:

Violin Concerto in C major, Op. 48

Tchaikovsky:

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42

Valse-scherzo in C major for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano), Op. 34


“Its effortless invention and Prokofievian charm lend it genuine appeal (Kabalevsky). Gil Shaham’s brilliant account of the piece with Mikhael Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestral Orchestra should win it many friends” Penguin Guide

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Gibbons: Church Music

Gibbons: Church Music


Gibbons, O:

The First Song of Moses - Song 1 from George Wither's Hymnes and Songs of the Church (1623)

Second Preces and Responses

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo (Second Service, morning)

This is the Record of John

See, see, the Word is incarnate

Glorious and powerful God

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Short Service)

Almighty and everlasting God

O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not

Hosanna to the son of David

O Lord increase my faith

O clap your hands

God is gone up


“The artistry of the performers perfectly matches Gibbons's demands in this Critics' Choice disc. Limpid clarity, sensitivity to text and earnest delivery reveal the subtleties of the composer's writing.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2007 ****

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Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra


Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

3 Village Scenes, BB 87b, Sz. 79

Kossuth Symphonic Poem Sz21


“It is the flavour of this Concerto for Orchestra that wins the day. Just sample the subtle portamento that spices the string line at bars 52-3 (2'36'') of the first movement, and the sombre colouring near the end of the movement, at 8'58''. Fischer is a dab hand at shaping and inflecting the musical line, and his characterisation of the 'Giuoco delle coppie' – paced, incidentally, at the prescribed crotchet=94 – is second to none. He invests the 'Elegia' with the maximum respectable quota of passion and the 'Intermezzo interrotto' dances to a few added accents and the finale is a riot of sunshine and swirling skirts, except for the mysterious – and notoriously tricky – più presto coda, with its rushing sul ponticello string choirs, which Fischer articulates with great care. One senses that the players are being driven to the very limits of their abilities, which only serves to intensify the excitement.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Among recent rivals, only Zoltán Kocsis and his excitingly transformed Hungarian National Philharmonic begin to show comparable insights but not even they can match Fischer and company for keen observation, tingling spontaneity, adrenalin-fuelled virtuosity (the finale's main presto shoots off like a rocket), heartache (unforgettably plangent strings in the Elegia - here, as elsewhere, some tastefully judged portamento proves a boon), wicked humour and attractive local colour...” Gramophone Magazine, December 2005

“This is a very rewarding disc. It contains what is surely one of the finest recorded accounts of the Concerto for Orchestra while the remainder of the programme is stimulating and valuable. The recorded sound is very good, the notes are serviceable.” MusicWeb International, March 2015

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English Madrigals

English Madrigals

Works by Gibbons, Wilbye and Morley


Gibbons, O:

The Silver Swan

O That The Learned Poets

I weigh not Fortune's frown

I tremble not at noise of war

I see ambition never pleased

I feign not friendship where I hate

How art thou thralled?

Farewell all joys

Dainty fine bird

Fair ladies that to love

'mongst thousand good

Now each flowery bank

Lais now old

What is our life?

Ah, dear heart

Fair is the rose

Nay let me weep

Ne'er let the Sun

Yet if that age

Trust not too much fair youth

Morley:

Arise, awake, you silly shepherds sleeping

Besides a fountain

No, no, no, Nigella

Singing alone

With my love my life was nestled

O mistress mine

Stay heart, run not so fast

Fire and lightening

Phyllis, I fain would die now

Hard by a crystal fountain

In every place

O Grief, even on the bud

Absence, hear thou my protestation

Deep lamenting

Sleep slumbring eyes

Hark! Alleluia

Wilbye:

Weep, weep, mine eyes

Lady when I behold

Thus Saith My Cloris Bright

Adieu, sweet Amaryllis

Die hapless man

Alas! what a wretched life

When shall my wretched life?

Of joys and pleasing pains

My throat is sore

Cruel, behold my heavy ending

Thou art but young

Why dost thou shoot?

Sweet honey-sucking bees

Yet sweet take heed

Ye that do live in pleasures

O wretched man

Ah! Cannot sighs nor tears

Draw on, sweet night

Stay, Corydon, thou swain

Softly, o softly drop my eyes


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Wagner: Highlights from The Ring

Wagner: Highlights from The Ring


Wagner:

Lugt, Schwestern! Die Weckerin lacht in den Grund (from Das Rheingold)

Zur Burg führt die Brücke (from Das Rheingold)

Der Männer Sippe (from Die Walküre)

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Der Augen leuchtendes Paar (from Die Walküre)

Siegfried: Waldweben

Nun sing! Ich lausche dem Gesang (from Siegfried)

Heil dir, Sonne! (from Siegfried)

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Fliegt heim, ihr Raben (from Götterdämmerung)


Helen Donath (Woglinde), Edda Moser (Wellgunde), Anna Reynolds (Flosshilde), Donald Grobe (Froh), Gundula Janowitz (Sieglinde), Helga Dernesch (Brünnhilde), Jess Thomas (Siegfried), Thomas Stewart (Wotan)

Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

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Georg Philipp Telemann - Wind Concertos

Georg Philipp Telemann - Wind Concertos


Telemann:

Concerto TWV 51:D2 in D major for transverse flute, strings & b.c.

Wilbert Hazelzet (flute)

Septet (Concerto) TWV 44:43 in B flat major for 3 oboes, 3 violins & b.c.

Peter Westermann, Michael Niesemann, Piet Dhont (oboes)

Concerto TWV 52:d1 in D minor for 2 chalumeaux, strings & b.c.

Eric Hoeprich, Lisa Klevit (chalumeaux)

Concerto TWV 51:D7 in D major for trumpet, strings & b.c.

Friedemann Immer (trumpet)

Concerto TWV 52:e1 in E minor for flute, recorder, strings & b.c.

Michael Schneider (recorder), Wilbert Hazelzet (flute)

Concerto TWV 53:D5 in D major for trumpet, violin, cello, strings & b.c.

Friedemann Immer (trumpet)


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Paganini: Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1 Nos. 1-24 (complete)

Paganini: Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1 Nos. 1-24 (complete)


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