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Eliasson: Complete Works For Piano & Harpsichord

Eliasson: Complete Works For Piano & Harpsichord


Eliasson:

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Disegno per pianoforte

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Disegno 2

Disegno 3 (Carosello)

World Premiere Recording

Suolo

World Premiere Recording

Disegno per clavicembalo


Andreas Skouras (piano/harpsichord)

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Ingólfsson, Hölszky & Brass: Double Concertos

Ingólfsson, Hölszky & Brass: Double Concertos


Brass:

Zeit im Grund

Münchener Kammerorchester, Alexander Liebreich

Hölszky:

Flugmanöver

world premiere performance

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Arturo Tamayo

Ingólfsson:

Orgoras Speaks

Caput Ensemble, Guðni Franzson


Das Klarinettenduo Beate Zelinsky | David Smeyers

All the works on this CD were composed for and dedicated to Beate Zelinsky and David Smeyers, who also performed their world premieres.

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Bob Chilcott: All Good Things

Bob Chilcott: All Good Things


Chilcott:

Nidaros Jazz Mass

Jazz Songs of Innocence

Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda

Weather Report

Marriage to my Lady Poverty

Scarborough Fair

The House of the Rising Sun

The Real of Heart

Thou, My Love, Art Fair


Alexander Hawkins (piano), Bob Chilcott (piano) Sue Greenway (saxophone), Raphael Mizraki (double bass), Jon Scott (drums)

Commotio, Matthew Berry

Read our exclusive interview with Bob Chilcott about the recording here.

Bob Chilcott is one of Britain’s most popular and respected composers and his choral music is performed worldwide. He has always embraced a broad stylistic palette and his writing for voice combined with jazz instrumentation gives these works a sense of vitality and energy. Performed by leading jazz soloists and Commotio, the distinguished promoters of contemporary repertoire, this sequence of brilliant villanelles, folk song arrangements and witty settings reveals once again the breadth of Chilcott’s musical imagination. Chilcott has enjoyed a lifelong association with choral music, as a composer, conductor, and singer. He was a chorister and choral scholar in the choir of King’s College, Cambridge and for twelve years was a member of the vocal group The King’s Singers. In 1997 he became a full time composer. A Little Jazz Mass, Requiem, and St. John Passion are among a number of works from his prolific output which are performed worldwide. He has written large-scale works, including The Angry Planet, community-based projects, pieces for children, and a significant amount of music for the church. In 2017 Chilcott was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal School of Church Music.

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Between the Seasons

Between the Seasons


Kraggerud:

Equinox - 24 Postludes in all keys for Violin and Chamber Orchestra: Postludium

the last leaf - Magnus in Memoriam

Victimae Paschali

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons


The extreme - wind, snow, cold, rainfall, thaw and heat - are vividly experienced in Kraggerud's interpretation of The Four Seasons. Henning Kraggerud manages to capture the climatic range experienced on top of the world in his music-making.

Inspired by Kremer and Desyatnikov's combination of Vivaldi and Piazzolla, Kraggerud has included four of his own works in-between the seasons. The pieces chosen evokes different connotations and new angles through which we can experience the world's most popular classical work. Kraggerud's pieces both comment and contrast Vivaldi's moods - positioned as it were between the seasons, forming an eight spoke wheel.

The album is accompanied by poetic liner notes from author Erik Fosnes Hansen, chronicling Vivaldi's life story and relating it both to the music and also the sonnets that were printed along with the original work: 'These admired and loved musical illustrations are like tapestries from a vanished era. They tell of simple, ordinary things that happen in the seasons, with all the drama that can lie in such simple and ordinary events. But just as a year has its seasons, so too does a life. So, let us look more closely at the life of this composer.'

Erik Fosnes Hansen is a Norwegian award-winning author, his work is translated into more than 30 languages.

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Garden Party

Garden Party


 

Ge Xie Mei Ling

Ancient Chinese/ Zhang Weiliang

Christiansen, A L:

Garden Party

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 47: No. 6 - Springtanz (Leaping Dance)

Lyric Pieces Op. 12: No. 4 - Dance of the Fairies

Cattle Call

Bådnlåt (No. 15 from Norwegian Folksongs (19), Op. 66)

Stumping Dance, Op. 17 No. 18

Hannibal:

Dreams

Sunset Dance

Lalo:

Fantaisie Norvégienne

Nielsen:

Humoresque-Bagatelles, Op. 11 (FS22)


Michala Petri (recorder), Lars Hannibal (guitar)

All good musical duos are conversations, and when Lars Hannibal and Michala Petri play together, they create an extraordinary, intimate space.

From their first concert in the Monastery La Cartuja de la Sierra in Andalusia, Spain in the summer 1992, they have toured through out Europe, North and Central America and Asia, giving more than 1.500 co ncerts from a repertoire spanning from the late renaissance and early baroqu e, the classical and romantic periods, to contemporary music written e specially for them.

In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, Michala and Hannibal have selected a very special program of some of the pieces they hav e have played live so many times – to share that intimate “fleeting moment” they have perfected in the live performances. Featuring musical sketche s and character pieces by Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, Edouard Lalo, Asger L und-Christiansen, Lars Hannibal and a new arrangement of an ancient Chine se melody, “Garden Party” perfectly captures the spirit of “Conversation, Com panionship and Communication” that has defined their quarter-century long musical partnership.

“Adaptations and original pieces for this superb recorder-guitar duo-the disc’s jazzy title suite, evoking the calls of three birds, is especially charming.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2017 ****

“pure musical joy; light and breezily melodic. It’s the sort of music you want to listen to over and over again. And I did.” Daily Mail, 19th August 2017 *****

“The gusto, the treble dexterity and versatility of her playing on this disc — in signally satisfying sonic combination with guitar — expels thoughts of the trivial.” Sunday Times, 13th August 2017

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Valentin Silvestrov: Moments of Memory II

Valentin Silvestrov: Moments of Memory II


Silvestrov:

Moments of Memory II

The Messenger

Farewell Serenade

Silent Music


Iryna Starodub (piano)

Kiev Virtuosi, Dmitry Yablonsky

Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov has said that ‘I do not write new music. My music is a response to and an echo of what already exists.’ This is particularly pertinent to works such as the Two Dialogues with Postscript that engage hauntingly with Schubert and Wagner, and the evocative Moments of Memory II which alludes to Chopin and yearns for an unreachable past. ‘Music is still song, even if one cannot literally sing it,’ says Silvestrov. Silvestrov was born on September 30, 1937 in Kiev. He began private music lessons at the age of 15. From 1955 to 1958 he studied music at evening school in Kiev while training to become a civil engineer. For the following six years he was enrolled at Kiev Conservatoire. Here he was a composition pupil of Boris Lyatoshinsky and also took harmony and counterpoint lessons with Levko Revutsky. His catalogue consists mainly of orchestral, chamber, vocal and piano pieces. These have been played internationally. Early works such as the Piano Quintet earned him a place among the leading avant-garde Ukrainian composers of his generation.

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Arturo Fuentes: Broken Mirrors and other works

Arturo Fuentes: Broken Mirrors and other works


Fuentes:

Broken Mirrors

Liquid Crystals

Ice Reflection

Glass Distortion


Born in Mexico in 1975, Arturo Fuentes arrived to Europe in 1997; his musical path led him from Milan to Paris, Vienna to Innsbruck, where he currently lives.In the course of these twenty years he has created a very diverse catalogue of over a hundred works, published entirely by LondonHall Editions. His work is distributed internationally, comprising of more than thirty concerts annually, and is commonly included in festivals and institutions such as the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Paris Philharmonic, and the Wiener Konzerthaus; it is also part of recording productions, of which three are monographic and a dozen are collective. Fuentes’ music dialogues with art, cinema, literature and philosophy. Most of his works are chamber music and solo pieces, including an important series dedicated to the guitar, as well as the cycle Glass distortion, included on this album, which was composed for the Diotima String Quartet, also featured on this new release.

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Nimrod Borenstein: Violin Concerto

Nimrod Borenstein: Violin Concerto


Borenstein:

Violin Concerto

Irmina Trynkos (violin)

If you will it, it is no dream

The Big Bang and Creation of the Universe


Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

To celebrate his 80th birthday the legendary conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and the promising young violinist Irmina Trynkos, presents for the first time on record works by Nimrod Borenstein, a composer whom Ashkenazy has admired and supported for many years.

The past few years have seen his compositions premiered and performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Opera House and the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Carnegie Hall in New York. Written especially for the occasion, If you will it, it is no dream was premiered by Ashkenazy to great acclaim in 2013 at the Royal Festival Hall.

While Borenstein is a supremely melodic composer, he draws attention in his work to his special use of counterpoint, which he says could be described as ‘multimelodic’, suggesting the eternal but ever-changing flow of time, in which events constantly overlap with one another. This technique is characteristic of both If you will it, it is no dream and The Big Bang and Creation of the Universe.

“These are no compromise premiere recordings of joyous and seductively perfumed works which never lose touch with the need for movement rather than stasis.” MusicWeb International, September 2017

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Steve Elcock: Orchestral Music, Volume One

Steve Elcock: Orchestral Music, Volume One


Elcock:

Symphony No. 3, Op. 16

Choses renversées par le temps ou la destruction, Op. 20

Festive Overture, Op. 7


The recording is one of the most important of the 300+ that Toccata Classics has released, in terms both of its extraordinary ‘back-story’ and the quality of the music itself. The English composer Steve Elcock (b. 1957) has been writing music since his teens but, with virtually no contacts in the musical world, told no one what he was doing- and thus has evolved a compelling symphonic style entirely his own. It combines virtuoso orchestral writing with a sense of momentum that has its roots in the Nordic-British tradition of Sibelius, Nielsen, Simpson, Brian and similar figures. His Third Symphony is a vast canvas generating fierce energy and titanic violence, leavened at times by a sardonic sense of humor. Choses renversees par le temps ou la destruction is a dark symphonic triptych where fragile beauty is constantly at threat from the forces of ignorance. The breezy, buoyant Festive Overture has a Waltonian swagger that barrels on with relentless jollity.

“Music of awesome power and majesty that has gone completely unheralded...His Choses renversées par le temps ou la destruction pits fragile beauty against brute forces of ignorance, while his Festive Overture is a breathtakingly clever pastiche of Walton and Elgar...A triumphant debut recording.” The Observer, 17th September 2017 ****

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Squillante: The Wings of Daedalus

Squillante: The Wings of Daedalus


Emanuela Luchetti (The Fate), Phillip Brown (Apollo), David Haughton (Minos), Pauline Vaillancourt (Daedalus), Alessandro Carmignani (Perdix), Alexia Justine Murray (Daimon), Cara Joan Kavanaugh (Daimon), David Haughton (Cocalus), Fides Krucker (Daughter of Cocalus)

For the first time, a CD of the ZKM electronic series is to be released that uses state-of-the-art technical procedures for sound production as an integral part of the musical staging of an opera.

The Wings of Daedalus similarly uses technology to build the sound substance. Here, not only methods of sound production or editing, but also movements of sound in space are used as a means of dramaturgical articulation. The artful integration of the voice into the quasi-orchestral/concrete musical development is striking. From a mixture of noise and pitched sounds Maurizio Squillante developed a sound libretto which functions as an inner narrator and captures the audience from the very beginning until the final notes fade away.

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