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Bach - Cantatas Volume 30

Bach - Cantatas Volume 30


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV51 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen'

Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn, BWV1127

(aria discovered in June 2005 – first complete recording)

Cantata BWV210 'O holder Tag, erwunschte Zeit' (Wedding Cantata): Spielet, ihr beseelten


“Solo soprano and trumpet… have long made Bach's cantata 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen' a favourite with audiences. …this new performance with Carolyn Sampson and trumpeter Toshio Shimada is likely to prove appealing. Sampson's voice has bell-like clarity and an expressive warmth which serves Bach's writing... uncommonly well.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2006 ****

“Of Bach's 12 sacred solo cantatas, Jauchzet Gott stands as a virtuoso concert piece without peer.
No other work – with the possible exception of the secular cantata O holder Tag – pushes the soprano voice to such dazzling limits of coloratura. While Bach is thought to have used the work for a Trinity Sunday, perhaps in 1730, its provenance would appear to lie in the same celebratory context as O holder Tag (an aria of which is included as a 'bonus' track here), where courtly entertainment and panegyric often encouraged Bach to impress a potentially influential audience.
Carolyn Sampson joins a notable and plentiful list of fine sopranos who have tackled the work on record. She sails through it with controlled authority, encouraged by Masaaki Suzuki's spacious approach to tempi until, that is, the Choral and Alleluja where she and the admirable solo trumpeter (Toshio Shimada) pick off each fiendish run with a brilliant, almost nonchalant ease. Still, this is not a performance where Suzuki seeks to liberate the musicians towards true exultance: perfection is all but achieved, but rather as a geometric proof than the kind of genuine uplift we get from Stich-Randall, Giebel or Stader. Sampson's performance still remains highly accomplished and her natural poetic instincts are wonderfully realised in the recitative 'Wir beten' and the delectable but slight Alles mit Gott. Suzuki presents all 12 verses in a 48-minute marathon which no manner of variation and embellishment can sustain: maybe it's rather too much of a good thing.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Adams, J: I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky

Adams, J: I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky

Opera with a libretto by June Jordan


Jeannette Friedrich, Lilith Gardell, Darius De Haas, Jonas Holst, Martina Muhlpointner, Markus Alexander Neisser & Kimako Xavier Trotman

The Band of the Holst-Sinfonietta, Klaus Simon

“John Adams's stylistic range is vast, yet even in such a diverse output, I Was Looking at the Ceilingand Then I Saw the Sky (1995) stands apart. Conceived, in the composer's words, as 'a Broadwaystyle show', it draws its musical inspiration from popular song, moving from doo-wop to gospel, from pop ballad to the blues. The text, a poetic piece of social and political commentary by June Jordan, introduces us to seven young Angelenos whose intertwined lives are transformed by the 1994 Northridge earthquake. There's no recitative, no spoken dialogue; the story is told through song and ensemble. This posed a problem when Nonesuch issued a composer-conducted recording of excerpts in 1998, cutting seven of the 22 vocal numbers. Here, Naxos gives us the complete score.
It hard to state that the narrative flows a whole lot more smoothly when the show is heard in its entirety. There are still quite a few jarring gaps, although one certainly gets a better sense of the characters as well as a heightened sense of drama. Missing from the Nonesuch recording, for example, was the crucial post-earthquake scene involving Tiffany, Mike and Rick – the score's longest number.
As for the performance: the Freiburg-based Holst-Sinfonietta Band plays its intricate part with tightly coiled energy for conductor Klaus Simon; the mostly German cast copes reasonably well with the different American dialects (only Lilith Gardell's Tiffany fails to convince); and although the women's voices can turn shrill Adams Opera when pressed, all the singers sound fresh and youthful. Indeed, Martina Mühlpointner may not have the extraordinary tonal richness of Audra McDonald (Nonesuch) but her wideeyed rendition of 'Consuelo's Dream' – one of the piece's prettiest and most effective numbers – is also deeply affecting. Not all the songs in Ceiling/Sky are as successful as this one but I'd guess that there's enough here to make this daring experiment in American musical theatre attractive to more than just Adams's fans.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Byrd - 3 Masses

Byrd - 3 Masses


Byrd:

Mass for three voices

Mass for four voices

Mass for five voices


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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major


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Recorder Sonatas

Recorder Sonatas

works by Vivaldi, Corelli, Marcello, Bigaglia, Bononcini & Sammartini


Bigaglia:

Sonata a Fluta di quartre e Basso in A minor

Bononcini, G B:

Divertimento da Camera No.6 for Recorder and Continuo in C minor

Corelli:

Violin Sonata Op. 5 No. 9 in A major

arr. For recorder and continuo

Marcello, B:

Sonata for Recorder and Continuo in F major, Op. 2, No. 1

Sammartini, G:

Sonata for Recorder and Continuo in G major, Op. 13, No. 4

Vivaldi:

Sonata for Recorder in G minor, RV 58


Michala Petri (recorder), George Malcolm (harpsichord)

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Dame Janet Baker - Grandi Voci

Dame Janet Baker - Grandi Voci


Bach, J S:

Vergnugte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust (Contented rest,beloved inner joy) from Cantata No. 170

Cavalli:

Ardo, Sospiro E Piango (La Calisto)

Chausson:

Chanson perpétuelle, Op. 37

Delage:

Quatre Poèmes hindous

Purcell:

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

But Death, Alas! (Dido And Aeneas)

With Drooping Wings (from Dido and Aeneas)

Rameau:

Cruelle mère des amours (from Hippolyte et Aricie)

Ravel:

Trois poemes de Stephane Mallarmé

Trois chansons madécasses


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French Ballet Music of the 1920s

French Ballet Music of the 1920s

L’Éventail de Jeanne, ballet in one act by ten French composers; Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel, ballet in one act by members of the group Les Six


Auric:

Rondeau

Overture 'Le 14 Juillet'

Ritournelles

Delannoy:

Bourrée

Ferroud:

Marche

Honegger:

Marche funèbre

Ibert:

Valse

Milhaud:

Polka

Marche nuptiale

Fugue du Massacre

Sortie de la Noce

Poulenc:

Pastourelle

Discours du Général - Polka pour deux cornets à pistons

La Baigneuse de Trouville

Ravel:

Fanfare

Roland-Manuel:

Canarie

Roussel:

Sarabande

Schmitt, F:

Kermesse-Valse

Tailleferre:

Valse des dépêches

Quadrille


“The zany exuberance of Les mariés, concocted by five of Les Six in the 1920s, is infectiously captured in this colourful reissue, as is L'éventail, a contemporaneous ten-composer collaboration.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2005 ****

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Kathleen Ferrier - Favourite arias by Bach and Handel

Kathleen Ferrier - Favourite arias by Bach and Handel


Bach, J S:

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris

Grief for sin

St Matthew Passion, BWV 244

All is fulfilled

St John Passion, BWV 245

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus Dei

Handel:

Samson: Return, O God of hosts

Messiah: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion

Judas Maccabaeus: Father of Heaven

Messiah: He was despised


“… the daunting task of synchronising old and new accompaniments has been carried out with undoubted success and for that all concerned deserve to be congratulated.” Gramaphone Magazine - October 1960

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Brahms: Solo & Duet Piano Music

Brahms: Solo & Duet Piano Music


Brahms:

Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 Nos. 1-21 (complete)

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Ballades (4), Op. 10

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5

Waltzes (16), Op. 39

Beatriz Klein (piano)

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Variations on a theme by Schumann in F sharp minor, Op. 9


Walter Klien (piano)

“this collection makes an admirable way to explore Brahms's most familiar and rewarding piano repertoire. Klien's performance of the F minor Sonata is unsurpassed, with all the spontaneous buoyancy of youth. He is equally at home in the classicism of the Handel Variations and the romanticism of Brahms/Schumann” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 23 and 31

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 23 and 31


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique'

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110


Emil Gilels (piano)

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