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Mendelssohn, Grieg & Hough: Cello Sonatas

Mendelssohn, Grieg & Hough: Cello Sonatas


Grieg:

Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36

Hough:

Sonata for cello and piano left hand 'Les adieux'

Mendelssohn:

Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58


Steven Isserlis (cello) & Stephen Hough (piano)

Grieg’s sole Cello Sonata has long been a favourite of performers and audiences, if not of musical theorists, and here receives an impassioned vote of confidence from Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough at the head of a programme which takes the listener forwards in time to Hough’s own Sonata for cello and piano left hand and back to Mendelssohn’s ever-popular Cello Sonata No 2. A spirit of passionate romanticism unifies the whole.

“everywhere their reading [of the Grieg] glints with conviction...Isserlis is matchless in the way he tugs at the simple melody to heart-rending effect...[The Hough is] unafraid to breathe an air of nostalgia...but the results are refreshingly personal...The performance couldn't be more persuasive and the two players are beautifully recorded.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“If any reminder were needed that Steven Isserlis is at the top of his game, this is it...Their opening Allegro agitato is a thrilling tour de force, Isserlis sinewy and febrile, Hough's sound lucid and full-bodied with an ideal recorded balance.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2015 *****

“Isserlis supplies the rush of emotion to Stephen Hough’s accompaniment.” Financial Times, 17th July 2015

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Mendelssohn & Bargiel: Octets

Mendelssohn & Bargiel: Octets


Bargiel:

Octet in C minor Op. 15a

Mendelssohn:

Octet in E flat major, Op. 20


Divertimenti

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Mendelssohn - Choral Music

Mendelssohn - Choral Music


Mendelssohn:

Verleih' uns Frieden Op. post.

Kyrie eleison in A major (1946)

Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, Op. post.

Ave Maria, Op. 23 No. 2

Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)

Mitten wir im Leben sind Op. 23 No. 3

Heilig, heilig ist Gott, der Herr Zebaoth Op. post.

Six Motets, Op. 79

Three Psalms, Op. 78

Hear My Prayer

Anne Dawson (soprano)


“Singing of an exceptionally high quality.” Gramophone Magazine

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Mendelssohn - Complete Music for Cello

Mendelssohn - Complete Music for Cello


Mendelssohn:

Cello Sonata No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 45

Variations concertantes Op. 17

Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58

Assai Tranquillo

Song without Words for Cello & Piano, Op. 109


'Chamber-music playing of the highest order, empathetic and warm-hearted' (Birmingham Post)

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Mendelssohn: Music for Organ

Mendelssohn: Music for Organ


Mendelssohn:

Three Preludes and Fugues for Organ, Op. 37

Organ Sonatas Nos. 1-6, Op. 65

Andante in F

Allegro maestoso in C

Andante in D

Fugue (allegro) in E minor

Fugue (lento) in F minor

Allegro in B flat

Allegro, Chorale and Fugue in D minor


John Scott (organ of St Paul's Cathedral)

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Mendelssohn - Sacred choral music

Mendelssohn - Sacred choral music


Mendelssohn:

Aus tiefer Not Op. 23 No. 1

Ave Maria, Op. 23 No. 2

Mitten wir im Leben sind Op. 23 No. 3

Hear My Prayer

Warum toben die Heiden Op. 78 No. 1

Richte mich, Gott Op. 78 No. 2

Zum Abendsegen Op. post.

Kyrie eleison in A major (1946)

Heilig, heilig ist Gott, der Herr Zebaoth Op. post.

Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, Op. post.

Verleih' uns Frieden Op. post.

Hear My Prayer


John Robinson (organ)

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, David Hill (Director of Music)

“Outgoing, excitingly resonant, spirited singing” Gramophone Magazine

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Mendelssohn - Songs & Duets Volume 1

Mendelssohn - Songs & Duets Volume 1


Mendelssohn:

Ich wollt' meine Lieb' ergösse sich, Op. 63. No. 1

(Heine) Op 63 No 1

Pagenlied

Eichendorff

Venetianisches Gondellied, Op. 57 No. 5 'Wenn durch die Piazetta'

(Freiligrath, after Moore)

Das erste Veilchen, Op. 19a No. 2

(Ebert)

Reiselied 'Bringet des', Op. 19a No. 6

(Ebert)

Abschiedslied der Zugvögel, Op. 63 No. 2

(Fallersleben) Op 63 No 2

Der Blumenkranz 'By Celia's arbour all the night'

Frühlingslied 'Durch den Wald, den dunkeln', Op. 47 No. 3

Gruss, Op. 63 No. 3

Reiselied 'Der Herbstwind', Op. 34 No. 6

Frühlingslied 'In dem Walde', Op. 19a No. 1

Frühlingslied 'Der Frühling naht mit Brausen', Op. 71 No. 2

Herbstlied 'Ach, wie so bald verhallet der Reigen', Op. 63 No. 4

Im Herbst, Op. 9 No. 5

Minnelied 'Leucht't heller als die Sonne', Op. 34 No. 1

Auf der Wanderschaft Op. 71 No. 5

Lieblingsplätzchen, Op. 99 No. 3

Volkslied, Op. 63 No. 5

Jagdlied 'Mit Lust tät ich ausreiten', Op. 84 No. 3

Wenn sich zwei Herzen scheiden, Op. 99 No. 5

Da lieg' ich unter den Bäumen, Op. 84 No. 1

Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein, Op. 63 No. 6

Bei der Wiege, Op. 47 No. 6

Altdeutsches Frühlingslied 'Der trübe Winter ist vorbei', Op. 86 No. 6

Scheidend, Op. 9 No. 6

Mendelssohn, Fanny:

Ferne Op. 9 No. 2 (Tieck)

(Droysen)

Verlust (Text: Heinrich Heine)

Die Nonne


Sophie Daneman (soprano), Nathan Berg (baritone), Eugene Asti (piano)

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Mendelssohn - Songs & Duets Volume 2

Mendelssohn - Songs & Duets Volume 2


Mendelssohn:

Die Liebende schreibt (Goethe) Op. 86 No. 3

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

Allnächtlich im Traume (Heine) Op. 86 No. 4

Im Kahn (Heine) unpublished

Wasserfahrt, Op. 50 No. 4

(Heine)

Die Freundin (von Willemer) unpublished

Suleika (Goethe/von Willemer) Op. 34 No. 4

Morgengruss (Heine) Op. 47 No. 2

O Jugend, o schöne Rosenzeit (Rhenish folksong) Op. 57 No. 4

Abendlied 'Wenn ich auf dem Lager' (Heine)

Ich hör ein Vöglein (Böttger) Nachlass

An die Entfernte (Lenau) Op. 71 No. 3

Das Schifflein (Uhland) Op. 99 No. 4

Der Blumenstrauss (Klingemann) Op. 47 No. 5

Es lauschte das Laub so dunkelgrün (Klingemann) Op. 86 No. 1

Das Ährenfeld (Fallersleben) Op. 77 No. 2

Erntelied (folksong) Op. 8 No. 4

Sicheln schallen (Hölty) unpublished

Herbstlied (Klingemann) Op. 84 No. 2

Sonntagsmorgen (Uhland) Op. 77 No. 1

Winterlied (Swedish folksong) Op. 19a No. 3

Neue Liebe, Op. 19a No. 4

(Heine)

Der Verlassene ('Nacht ist um mich her')

Hirtenlied (Uhland) Op. 57 No. 2

Lied aus Ruy Blas (Hugo) Op. 77 No. 3 Duet

Frühlingslied (Robert) Op. 8 No. 6

Wartend – Romanze (Anonymous) Op. 9 No. 3


Sophie Daneman (soprano), Stephen Loges (baritone), Engene Asti (piano)

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Mendelssohn - Songs & Duets Volume 3

Mendelssohn - Songs & Duets Volume 3


Mendelssohn:

Gruß, Op. 19a No. 5

(Heine)

Sonntagslied (Klingemann), Op. 34, No. 5

Entsagung (Droysen), Op. 9, No. 11

Die Sterne schau'n in stiller Nacht (Schlippenbach), Op. 99 No. 2

Frühlingslied 'Es brechen im schallenden Reigen' (Klingemann), Op. 34 No. 3

Schilflied, Op. 71 No. 4

(Lenau)

Altdeutsches Lied, Op. 57 No. 1

Keine von der Erde Schönen (Byron)

Schlafloser Augen Leuchte (Byron)

Suleika (Goethe/von Willemer) Op. 34 No. 4

Der Mond, Op. 86 No. 5

(Geibel)

Wie kann ich froh und lustig sein? (Kaufmann)

Abendlied 'Das Tage Werk ist' (J H Voss), Op. 8 No. 9

Morgenlied (Voss/anon.), Op. 86, No. 2

Im Frühling, Op. 9 No. 4

Romanze (aus dem Spanischen)

Tröstung (Fallersleben)

Pilgerspruch (Fleming), Op. 8, No. 5

Minnelied im Mai 'Holder klingt der Vogelsang', Op. 8 No. 1

Nachtlied (Eichendorff)

Mendelssohn, Fanny:

Wenn ich in deine Augen sehe (Heine)

Sehnsucht (Schreiber)

Suleika und Hatem (Goethe)

Das Heimweh (Robert)

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (Heine)

Aus meinen Tränen spriessen (Heine)


Sophie Daneman (soprano), Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Stephan Loges (baritone), Eugene Asti (piano)

“There is much to recommend in this collection. First of all, the songs themselves, some deeper than others, are sweet and forthright, and shown to their best advantage by the equally sweet and forthright playing of Eugene Asti. Displaying a remarkable ease at the keyboard and a deep sense of these pieces, he seems to be the inspiring and unifying force behind the entire enterprise” Fanfare

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Mendelssohn - Songs & Duets Volume 4

Mendelssohn - Songs & Duets Volume 4


Mendelssohn:

Frühlingsglaube Op. 9/8

Katherine Broderick (soprano)

Der Verlassene ('Nacht ist um mich her')

Stephan Loges (baritone)

Seltsam, Mutter, geht es mir

Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano)

Der Wasserfall 'Rieselt hernieder, schäumende Fluten!'

Katherine Broderick (soprano)

Glosse 'Mitleidsworte, Trostesgründe'

Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano)

Four Songs

Finnur Bjarnason (tenor)

Am Seegestad', in lauen Vollmondsnächten

Stephan Loges (baritone)

Durch Fichten am Hügel

Hannah Morrison (soprano)

Ich denke dein, wenn durch den Hain

Stephan Loges (baritone)

Tanzt dem schönen Mai entgegen

Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano)

Faunenklage 'Er ist zerbrochen, der schönste Krug'

Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano)

Im Grünen (wds. Voss)

Katherine Broderick (soprano)

Reiselied 'Ich reit' ins finstre Land hinein'

arr. Eugene Asti

Stephan Loges (baritone)

Abschied 'Es wehn die Wolken über Meer'

Stephan Loges (baritone)

Hüt du dich 'Ich weiß mir ein Mädchen hübsch und fein'

Hannah Morrison (soprano)

Die Nachtigall 'Da ging ich hin und dachte nicht an Liebe'

Hannah Morrison (soprano)

Gruss 'O könnt' ich zu dir fliegen'

Finnur Bjarnason (tenor)

Warum sind denn die Rosen so blass?

arr. Eugene Asti

Katherine Broderick (soprano)

Rausche leise, grünes Dach

Katherine Broderick (soprano)

Erinnerung 'Was will die einsame Träne?'

Hannah Morrison (soprano)

Maienlied Op. 8/7

Katherine Broderick (soprano)

Hexenlied, Op. 8 No. 8

Katherine Broderick (soprano)


Eugene Asti (piano)

Mendelssohn seems to have finally hit the big league in this bicentenary year of his birth. Critical reappraisals of his music have confirmed this somewhat elusive composer as an important Romantic figure, and probably the greatest child prodigy of all time. Hyperion’s contribution to the composer’s rehabilitation includes the acclaimed series of Songs and Duets, now reaching Volume 4.

It is remarkable to realize that compositions by a major composer in the Western canon could go unpublished and unheard for more than 150 years, but that was the sad situation with Mendelssohn—until recently. The pianist Eugene Asti has gathered together 46 previously unknown songs from various stages of this composer’s sadly truncated life. Through much of the previous century, his songs were often judged against the example of Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms and found wanting, but Mendelssohn’s aesthetic of song was very different from those of his contemporaries. What the newly published works reveal is a willingness to experiment with novel song forms and highly expressive harmonies, some of which go beyond the graceful and vocally grateful melodies, limpid textures, and strophic forms for which he is best known.

For this disc, Eugene Asti has gathered together a dazzling selection of singers, including some of the most exciting young artists working today. Katherine Broderick, the winner of the coveted 2007 Kathleen Ferrier Prize, has a uniquely beautiful voice, its bloom and agility belying its considerable power.

“Loges – and Asti’s committed piano-playing … provide consistent pleasure” Sunday Times

“Stephan Loges satisfies most consistently with his understanding, beauty of tone and care for legato. Asti is the admirable pianist throughout and in two of the items is responsible for the completion of songs left unfinished” Gramophone Magazine

“What a concentration of talent in one place! … The enterprise is crowned by a barnstorming account from Katherine Broderick of 'Hexenlied'” International Record Review

“Hyperion’s series of Mendelssohn’s neglected vocal pieces continues to spread enchantment, thanks in part to young British talent...Some of the repertoire is modest, but duds are rare, genius is frequent and Mendelssohn’s charm almost constant.” The Times, 3rd July 2010 ****

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