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Claude Achille Debussy (1862-1918)

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Debussy, Poulenc, Ravel & Francaix: Piano Concertos

Debussy, Poulenc, Ravel & Francaix: Piano Concertos


Debussy:

Fantasie for piano and orchestra

Françaix:

Piano Concertino in F major

Poulenc:

Piano Concerto

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major


A great program featuring the largely neglected piano concertos from some famous composers active in France between 1890 and 1951. Debussy's "Fantaisie" was created in a period of change, exploring how the piano could become a voice in the orchestra.

After an altercation with the work NOT being played at its scheduled 1890 premiere, the Fantasie had to wait until after Debussy's death for its first performance and is seldom heard in the concert hall today.

The contrast with the late romantic Debussy work, Ravel is represented with the bright, humorous G Major Concerto. Poulenc's Piano Concerto is a jewel of sounds and colors, yet still stands in the shadow of his Concerto for Two Pianos. Finally, there is Jean Françaix’s Concertino, composed for a short, witty ten-minute film. Charm and wit, and all the corresponding range of moods are at Florian Uhlig’s command; the result is an entertaining and musically ravishing CD.

“Debussy's unjustly-dismissed Fantasie and Francaix's pithy Concertino are the highlights of this programme, superbly interpreted by Florian Uhlig.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****

“What an enticing programme this is...Uhlig proves a compelling advocate and the winds of the accompanying orchestra seem to gain in confidence as the work progresses...The über-compact Françaix Concertino is perhaps the highlight here, Uhlig and the orchestra vibrantly capturing the work's myriad moods, culminating in a rip-roaring finale.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

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Debussy: Orchestral Works

Debussy: Orchestral Works


Debussy:

Rhapsody for clarinet & piano (or orchestra), L. 116 'Première rapsodie'

Dirk Altmann (clarinet)

Images for orchestra: III. Rondes de Printemps

Images for orchestra: I. Gigues

Images for orchestra: II. Ibéria

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Rhapsody for alto saxophone & piano (or orchestra), L. 98

Daniel Gauthier (saxophone)


The "Afternoon of a Faun“ together with the orchestral "Images" are among Claude Debussy’s best known and most popular compositions. Both works show different sides of the composer: "Afternoon of a Faun" is a textbook example of musical impressionism, while about the "Images", the composer himself said that his goal was to “try to achieve something different – an effect of reality”. The scores contrast well with the two Rhapsodies: the one for clarinet, called the "first" Rhapsody, was sketched out within a few weeks at the end of 1909, while the "second" Rhapsody for saxophone was only completed and orchestrated after the death of its author. The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and conductor Heinz Holliger manage to bring out the evocative, dynamic colors and peculiarities to be found in all of these works with precision.

“Holliger brings an infallible ear for timbre to bear on this programme...The range of sonority and mix of colours that Holliger draws from the Stuttgart orchestra is an especially attractive feature of this disc...Coupled with Holliger's instinctive feel for the music's natural pace and contour, these are captivating performances.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014

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Debussy: Piano Music Volume 1

Debussy: Piano Music Volume 1


Debussy:

Khamma

Toomai des Eléphants

Intermede

Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

Petite Valse

Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon


Michael Korstick is a distinguished master of late French Romantic, Impressionist and Post-French music.

This is the first volume in a new series dedicated to the solo piano works of Debussy.

The series includes many world premiere recordings.

“atmosphere, tonal colouring, acute observation of the score, subtle characterisation and, not least, a beautiful recorded sound...Altogether an auspicious start to the cycle.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2012

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Debussy: Piano Music Volume 2

Debussy: Piano Music Volume 2


Debussy:

Préludes - Book 2 (12, complete)

Le petit nègre

La Boite A Joujoux

version for piano

Berceuse héroïque

Pièce pour l'oeuvre du ‘Vêtement du blessé'

Élégie, L138


The first volume of the complete recording of Debussy's piano works by Michael Korstick has been compared favorably with those of the legendary Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. The second volume presents Book Two of the Preludes coupled with the rarely performed and recorded "La boite a Joujoux", better known in Debussy's orchestral version of this work.

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Debussy: Piano Music Volume 3

Debussy: Piano Music Volume 3


Debussy:

La Damoiselle élue

Images pour piano - Books 1 & 2

Images oubliées (3) for piano

6 Epigraphes antiques

Morceau de concours

Hommage à Haydn

La plus que lente

Ballade


For his third volume of Debussy-explorations, pianist Michael Korstick shows once again his excitement at encountering this music as well as his ability to translate that excitement into compelling musical interpretations. The focus of this third release is the three volumes of the Piano “Images” from the years 1894, 1905 and 1907. They contain some of Debussy‘s most famous and popular piano works. In addition to these well-known collections Korstick has programmed the “Images oubliées” the “Six Epigraphes antiques” and a series of occasional pieces – which despite their “lesser status” in the composer’s catalogue, are among the most beautiful pieces Debussy wrote. Michael Korstick proves once again that he is a master of tonal shading and delicate nuance; it is, in other words, as if you were listening to Debussy for the first time.

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Carl Schuricht Collection Volume 2

Carl Schuricht Collection Volume 2


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Blacher:

Concertante Musik, Op. 10

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Lucretia West (alto)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: Allegro con spirito

rehearsal excerpts

Debussy:

La Mer

Liszt:

Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne, symphonic poem No. 1, S95

Oboussier:

Violin Concerto

Roman Schimmer (violin)

Raphael, G:

Sinfonia breve, Op. 67

Reger:

Variations and Fugue on a theme of Johann Adam Hiller Op. 100

Reznicek:

Donna Diana Overture

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Schumann:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'

Strauss, R:

Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53

Tchaikovsky:

Hamlet - Fantasy overture, Op. 67

Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

rehearsal excerpts

Schluss from Parsifal

rehearsal excerpts

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

rehearsal excerpts

Weber:

Euryanthe Overture

Oberon Overture

Wolf, H:

Italian Serenade in G major

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Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra , Stuttgart Southwest Radio Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart Lehrergesangverein, Carl Schuricht

A very special boxed set documenting the artistry of one of the 20th century’s greatest conductors. Includes a special bonus disc including Schuricht in rehearsal.

“There’s no question that if you admire Schuricht then you will be intrigued to hear those performances that stand as an appendix to his Parisian cycle of the Beethoven symphonies...This may be a specialist box but it continues the fine archival work that Hänssler is carrying out on behalf of the conductor.” MusicWeb International, 1st July 2013

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Hänssler - Carl Schuricht Collection - HAEN93292

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Charles Koechlin: Magicien Orchestrateur

Charles Koechlin: Magicien Orchestrateur


Chabrier:

Bourrée Fantasque

arr. C. Koechlin

Debussy:

Khamma

arr. C. Koechlin

Fauré:

Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80

arr. C. Koechlin

Koechlin:

Sur les flots lointains, Op. 130

first version

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

arr. C. Koechlin


Sarah Wegener (soprano) & Florian Hoelscher (piano)

Radio-Symphonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Heinz Holliger

The latest release in this globally acclaimed series features Koechlin’s orchestations of works by Debussy, Fauré, Chabrier and Schubert, all of which are world premere recordings. He was able to craft an intoxicating range of colours into every score.

“brilliant orchestrations” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 ****

“The performances by the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra are beautifully poised and refined, with an audible relish for Koechlin's instrumental magic.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012

“Those who regards Koechlin as purveyor of the complex and ambitious are in for a treat.” International Record Review, June 2012

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Essen Und Verwoehnen

Essen Und Verwoehnen

Classical Music For Dinner


Chopin:

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Debussy:

Reflets dans l'eau (No. 1 from Images pour piano - Book 1)

Elgar:

Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15 No. 1

Chanson de Matin, Op. 15 No. 2

Regondi:

Reverie

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

and extracts from works by Bach, Diabelli, Dvorak, Rodrigo and Schubert


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Koechlin: Chansons Bretonnes Op. 115 Book One, etc.

Debussy:

Cello Sonata

Koechlin:

Chansons Bretonnes Op. 115 Book One

Sonate pour violoncelle et piano Op. 66 (1917)


Peter Bruns (cello); Roglit Ishay (piano)

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 1

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 1


Debussy:

Jeux - Poème dansé

Dukas:

La Péri

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


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