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Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez


Rodrigo:

Concierto de Aranjuez

Fantasia para un Gentilhombre


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Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Organ Works Vol. 4

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Organ Works Vol. 4


Bach, J S:

Chorale Preludes III, BWV651-668 'Leipzig Chorales' ('The Great Eighteen')


David Goode (organ of Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge)

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Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Organ Works Vol. 3

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Organ Works Vol. 3


Bach, J S:

Fantasia & Fugue in G minor, BWV542 'Great': Fantasia

Chorale Prelude BWV717 'Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr'

Chorale Prelude BWV711 'Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr'

Chorale Prelude BWV715 'Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr'

Toccata & Fugue in F major, BWV540

Fantasia in C minor, BWV1121

Chorale Partita BWV767 'O Gott, du frommer Gott'

Fugue in G minor, BWV578 'Little'

Prelude & Fugue in C major, BWV545

Chorale Prelude BWV709 'Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend'

Chorale Prelude BWV726 'Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend'

Fantasia & Fugue in G minor, BWV542 'Great': Fugue


David Goode (organ of Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge)

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Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Organ Works Vol. 1

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Organ Works Vol. 1


Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV525

Fantasia in G major, BWV572

Chorale Preludes II, BWV645-650 'Schübler Chorales'

Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BWV533

Chorale Prelude BWV727 'Herzlich tut mich verlangen'

Chorale Prelude BWV712 'In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr'

Prelude & Fugue in C minor, BWV546


David Goode (organ of Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge)

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“One thing that immediately leaps out is the use of some quite extensive ornamentation – not merely mordents and so forth, but brillante scalic flourishes leading into cadences...The range of colours Goode draws from the Trinity College Cambridge chapel organ is also impressive...Bach's compositional genius is shown in the best possible light by Goode's thoughtful performances.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 5th February 2016

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The Sound of the Trumpet

The Sound of the Trumpet


Arban:

Variations on 'Carnival of Venice'

Bach, J S:

Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen

Charpentier, M-A:

Te Deum, H146: Prélude

Clarke, Jeremiah:

Trumpet Voluntary 'Prince of Denmark's March'

Handel:

The Occasional Oratorio, HWV62: March

Messiah: The trumpet shall sound

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351: Overture

Haydn:

Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob. VIIe:1

Hummel, J:

Trumpet Concerto in E (or E flat) major, WoO/S49

Purcell:

Trumpet Tune & Air

Scheidt:

Galliard Battaglia

Stanley, J:

Trumpet Voluntary in D major

Vivaldi:

Concerto for 2 Trumpets, Strings & Continuo in C major, RV 537


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Decca Rosette Collection - 4761644

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Byrd Edition Volume 5 - The Masses

Byrd Edition Volume 5 - The Masses


Byrd:

Fantasia MB46

Mass for four voices

Voluntary a3

Mass for three voices

Fantasia in C (Bk 25)

Mass for five voices


These intimate, dark, mystical settings are creations of great feeling, expressing the sorrow of deprivation. All three masses reach an intensity rarely equalled in Renaissance times, and culminating in Agnus Dei settings which are among the most poignantly beautiful in all music. These will remain definitive performances for many years to come. Each mass in preceded by an organ Fantasia. Suprisingly there is only one other modern issue currently to present all three masses on a single CD.

“The singing is technically polished, the tuning faultless and the overall sonority rounded and rich.” Choir & Organ

“This is incomparable music by one of the great est English composers and it was high time for someone to take a fresh look at these works in the light of more recent research and of changing attitudes to performance practice.
Byrd had composed his three settings of the Ordinary of the Mass in troubled times for the small recusant Catholic community that still remained in England in spite of persecution.
The settings would have been sung, in all probability, during festive, albeit furtive, celebrations of the old time-honoured Roman liturgy, in private chapels in the depths of the country, at places such as Ingatestone, the seat of Byrd's principal patron, Sir John Petre. Andrew Carwood has recorded them in the Fitzalan Chapel of Arundel Castle, a small but lofty building with a clear resonance that enables the inner voices of the part-writing to come through straight and clean. It hasn't the aura of King's College Chapel, but is probably easier to manage than, say, Winchester Cathedral or Merton College Chapel.
Carwood uses two voices to a part in all three Masses. In comparison with rival recordings he's alone in selecting high voices for the three-part Mass, transposed up a minor third, which introduces a note of surprising lightness and grace. He, too, is alone in taking the initiative of using an allmale choir for the four-part Mass – alto, tenor, baritone, bass. This close, low texture, together with the transposition down an augmented fourth, adds a fitting sense of gravity to the performance.
In particular, it heightens the poignancy of such passages as the 'dona nobis pacem' in the AgnusDei, with its series of suspensions in the drooping phrases leading to the final cadence.
That dimension of understanding is precisely what this recording by The Cardinall's Musick so keenly demonstrates. Theirs is a simplicity of style that belies simplistic criticism. Vibrato is used sparingly: 40 years on, some listeners might consider its constant use by a King's Choir of the late 1950s almost too overpowering. Carwood chooses his tempos with care, avoiding the modern tendency to speed everything up inordinately.
The interesting historical note on the whole background is a good pointer to what the listener may experience as the music unfolds.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Gaudeamus Cardinall’s Musick Complete Byrd Edition - CDGAU206

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Steinberg: Symphony No. 2 & Variations Op. 2

Steinberg: Symphony No. 2 & Variations Op. 2


Steinberg, M:

Symphony No. 2, Op. 8

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 2


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Chopin: 4 Ballades

Chopin: 4 Ballades


Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18

Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42

Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1

Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Mazurka No. 23 in D major, Op. 33 No. 2

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Étude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor


One of Perahia's greatest recordings, full of grace, poetry and imaginative flair. A truly magnificent portrait of a master pianist at his peak - James Jolly, Gramophone 1000th issue

“The Gramophone Good CD Guide awarded this its highest accolade, denoting "an unrivalled version, a cornerstone of the catalogue", adding that "this is surely the greatest, certainly the richest of Perahia's many exemplary recordings". Hard to disagree when faced with such consummate artistry.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2007

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Sony - SK64399

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Romantic Russia

Romantic Russia


Borodin:

Prince Igor Overture

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

(completed and orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov)

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Mussorgsky:

Khovanshchina: Prelude

(completed and orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov)

A Night on the Bare Mountain

(arranged Rimsky-Korsakov)


“A sizzling account of Borodin's Polovtsian Dances is the centrepiece here. Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture is equally electrifying, yet there is tenderness, too, in Musorgsky's Khovanshchina Prelude. Solti fires up vintage LSO/Kingsway Hall performances.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2006 *****

“This arrangement by Rimsky-Korsakov (the serene ending to the piece is nowhere to be found in Mussorgsky's original, and actually uses music from his opera Sorochintsy Fair) is the version [of Night on a Bare Mountain] most familiar to many. Georg Solti conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a vivid performance full of heaving lower strings and snarling brass.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, September 2014

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Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Organ Works Vol. 2

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Organ Works Vol. 2


Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV532

Chorale Prelude BWV721 'Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott'

Chorale Prelude BWV731 'Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier'

Prelude & Fugue in G minor, BWV535

Trio Sonata No. 2 in C minor, BWV526

Organ Concerto in G major (after Johann Ernst), BWV592

Fugue in B minor on a theme by Corelli, BWV579

Chorale Prelude BWV690 'Wer nun den lieben Gott lässt walten'

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

Prelude & Fugue in C major, BWV547


David Goode (organ of Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge)

“A compelling series-in-the-making.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2016

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