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Bizet - L' Arlésienne Orchestral Suites

Bizet - L' Arlésienne Orchestral Suites


Bizet:

Carmen: Entr'actes

Carmen: Prelude to Act I

L'Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2

L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Op. 23

(version by Marc Minkowski)


Les Musiciens du Louvre & Chœur de l’opéra de Lyon, Marc Minkowski

Marc Minkowski, one of the most outstanding conductors of our time, has joined naïve for a long-term collaboration during which he will be surveying the music of Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart, among others. The first in this series of recordings features the works of Georges Bizet performed on instruments of the period. It brings an original approach to the music from two of his masterpieces, L’Arlésienne and Carmen.

In 1872, Bizet composed the incidental music for Daudet’s theatre play L’Arlésienne. Following the huge success of this music, he composed a suite for orchestra based on the best pieces included in the original incidental music. In 1879, four years after Bizet’s death, his friend Guiraud arranged a new orchestral suite, mainly based on Bizet’s music, but also adding new quotes from the incidental music. In 2007 Marc Minkowski selected the best pieces from the original incidental music and conceived his own fascinating suite. The program is completed with the Prelude” and three “Entr’actes” form Carmen.

“To hear Bizet played on period instruments, and in the hands of musicians steeped in the French repertoire, gives special pleasure...Iit is rare to hear the purely orchestral movements of Bizet’s operatic masterpiece delivered with such flair, colour and authentic flavour: Minkowski’s Musiciens give us a truly Mozartian approach, as the composer would have wished, to music all too often overlaid with anachronistic verismo dynamism. In the Girl from Arles music...the delicacy and brilliance of the playing evoke the unique Provençal atmosphere of Daudet’s play as vividly as the Carmen music depicts Spain. Minkowski catches to perfection the swagger and exhilaration of the famous Farandole [in both its settings]” Sunday Times, 25th May 2008 *****

“Minkowski has a ball with these suites, relishing their rich sonorities and glorious melodies, while at the same time investing them with a serious-minded sensitivity. The L’Arlésienne suites have rarely sounded so genuinely moving...The choral singing is splendid and the playing of Les Musiciens du Louvre alternates sparkle with delicacy of colour and feeling, while the recording and sumptuous packaging are first-class. This is now a clear first choice on virtually all counts for those wanting a disc combining music from Carmen and L'Arlésienne.” Gramophone Magazine

“I find it hard to know what to praise most, the vivid, taut rhythms of the various marches and dances… the sensuous orchestral colours of the quieter moments, of the passion that suddenly erupts… in the L'Arlésienne overture.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2008 *****

“Couplings of the Carmen and L'Arlésienne suites have long been a favourite, and Minkowski's new disc has the best of all worlds in demonstrating a Beechamesque flair (the opening cymbal crash of the Carmen Suite is immediately arresting) and in including three suites from L'Arlésienne, their content well thought out and lovingly prepared. They consist of the familiar First Suite (as Bizet designed it), the Second, arranged after the composer's death by Ernest Guiraud, including the borrowed Menuet from La jolie fille de Perth, and a third suite of excerpts from the original score. The collection is a delight, not least because of the beautifully elegant orchestral playing.
Minkowski's choice of tempi and crisp pointing of the woodwind are admirable – in the first Entr'acte from Carmen, for instance, and the Minuet which follows. The Farandole too, is given a splendid lift by Minkowski's virtual double-dotting, while the flute solos in both Carmen and L'Arlésienne all have a delicious delicacy. There is much pleasure too, from the sensitive phrasing and the light and shade of the playing. L'Arlésienne's famous Adagietto is very affecting at the slower pacing, and it touchingly returns before the final reprise of the exuberant Farandole, heard first with men's voices and then full choir in imitation.
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“The orchestral playing is first-rate in every way, with an especially delicate contribution from the flutes...The Carmen Suite is vivaciously colourful and, throughout, the recording is of demonstration quality.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - June 2008

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Orchestral Choice - June 2008

Naive - V5130

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Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3

Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37


'For me Beethoven is like a god. I worship him, and I admire his music. It always produces very deep emotions in me when I'm conducting it or playing it on the piano.' (Mikhail Pletnev)

“…there were times when I genuinely wondered if even five stars wasn't insulting to playing of such glorious playful penetration. …the next minute Pletnev does something that makes you howl with disbelief.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2007 ***

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Bach - Cantatas Volume 34

Bach - Cantatas Volume 34


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV1 'Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern'

Cantata BWV126 'Erhalt uns Herr, bei deinem Wort'

Cantata BWV127 'Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott'


“On March 25, 1725, Bach celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation and Palm Sunday with a special cantata, Wie schön leuchet der Morgenstern ("How beautifully shines the morning star"), a work of breathtaking atmosphere and delicate ardour. Masaaki Suzuki's poised grandeur brings considerable richness to this marvellous score, a sparkling duo of solo violins offset deftly against the full ivory texture of high horns and low oboes in the chorus, and joined by top-drawer solo singing.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2007

“On March 25, 1725, Bach celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation and Palm Sunday with a special cantata, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern ('How beautifully shines the morning star'), a work of breathtaking atmosphere and delicate ardour. Masaaki Suzuki's poised grandeur brings considerable richness to this marvellous score, a sparkling duo of solo violins offset deftly against the full ivory texture of high horns and low oboes in the chorus, and joined by topdrawer solo singing. If Gardiner brings more immediate emotion and Koopman a little more élan, Suzuki captures the moment with sustained warmth and intensity.
Equally striking in this volume of pieces from the unfinished chorale-cantata cycle (the second 'Jahrgang') is the graphic immediacy of Bach Collegium Japan; there have been occasions recently when rhetorical projection has become rather too smoothed over, neutral and objectivised. Not so in Nos 126 and 127, the former leaving no stone unturned in its spiky outbursts (trumpet fanfares in wrathful and unusual minor keys) to reflect the 'murderous intent of Pope and Turks'! The evocative Quinquagesima work Herr JesuChrist, wahr' Mensch und Gott is a pre-Passiontide lament of sublime quality and, again, Suzuki hits the mark with heightened characterisation and, especially, meticulous care with 'Die Seele ruht'. There are not many extended arias here but this masterpiece for soprano, solo oboe and two punctuating recorders and pizzicato continuo (for 'Sterbeglocken' – knells of death) is exquisitely performed by Carolyn Sampson. All in all, a disc to be cherished.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Buxtehude - Harpsichord Works 1

Buxtehude - Harpsichord Works 1

Opera Omnia 1


Buxtehude:

La Capricciosa - 32 Variations on the ‘Bergamasca', BuxWV 250

Suite in C, BuxWV 230

Suite in F, BuxWV 238

Suite in D, BuxWV 233

Courant simble in A minor, BuxWV 245

Suite in E, BuxWV 235

Aria: More Palatino, Variatio 1 – 12, BuxWV 247

Suite in C, BuxWV 228

Gigue Suite in G, BuxWV 242

Suite in C, BuxWV 226

Suite in A, BuxWV 243

Suite in D, BuxWV 234

Suite in D, BuxWV 232

Suite in D [ed. E. Roger, 1710]

Suite in C, BuxWV 231

Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BuxWV163


Ton Koopman (harpsichord)

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Challenge Classics Buxtehude Opera Omnia - CC72240

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Régine Crespin: Shéhérazade

Régine Crespin: Shéhérazade


Berlioz:

Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7

Debussy:

Trois chansons de Bilitis

Poulenc:

Chanson d'Orkenise

Hotel

La Courte Paille: Le Carafon

Chansons villageoises: Les gars qui vont à la fête

Deux Poems de Louis Aragon: 1. "C"

La Courte Paille: 3. La Reine de coeur

Ravel:

Shéhérazade


Recorded: Geneva, September 1963; Kingsway Hall, May 1967

“Sumptuous of tone, supremely sensitive, Crespin was born to illuminate the art of French song. Whether floating the seductive allure of Ravel or revelling in the wit of Poulenc these recordings were and remain classics.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2006 *****

“Ravel's magically sensuous writing finds the ideal interpreter in Regine Crespin...The sheer richness of tone of the singer's tone does not prevent her from bringing out the delicate languor required by an exquisite song like The enchanted flute...This is ravishing...This CD is one of the great glories of recorded music.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

“eloquence, amplitude, and a veritable masterclass in how to sing in French!” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, March 2014

“I would go so far as to say that this is one of the finest recordings of the human voice ever made...Nothing stands between you and her incomparable way with the text of each song...Ernest Ansermet's contribution is as distinguished as Crespin's. He knows the music inside out.” Classics Today

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First Choice - September 2007

Decca - Originals - 4757712

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Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Recorded at Servatiuskirche auf dem Streichen, Chiemgau


Wen-Sinn Yang (violoncello)

Sound - Wilhelm Meister, Executive Producer - Korbinian Meyer, Directed for TV and Video by Ruth Käch

Recording Date: 2005

Place of recording: From the Servatiuskirche auf dem Streichen, Chiemgau

Running Time: 175 min

Picture Format: 16:9

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Menu Languages NTSC: GB

Subtitle Languages NTSC: F, GB, SP

(also included are two CDs with the complete audio recording of the suites)

“There's real feeling in his music making, a sense of genuine connection with the spirit of the music ... his cello sings with almost human expressiveness” Classics Today

“…the austere visual dimension can have the effect of focusing one's listening, not least as the interior of the 12th-century Servatiuskirche auf dem Streichen at Chemgau makes a fitting backdrop both for the music and for Yang's vision of it. Just as the church manages somehow to be both beautiful and austere, so Yang is unafraid to let fundamental full tone achieve a powerful sonority in places, while at the same time keeping his readings light with some adroitly detailed articulation.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2006

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Arthaus Musik - 101419

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Herbert Von Karajan - In Rehearsal and Performance

Herbert Von Karajan - In Rehearsal and Performance

Recorded in Vienna, November 1965 and in Berlin, January 1966


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120


Subtitles: German, English, French

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EuroArts In Rehearsal & Performance - 2072118

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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)


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DG Rosette Collection - 4765299

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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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Decca Rosette Collection - 4765310

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Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (Complete)

Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (Complete)


Recorded at the Spiegelsaal, Castle Coethen, 23–26 March 2000

“.what is probably the world's top Baroque orchestra ... It is conceivable, however, that no troupe could perform with the exuberant aplomb and skill of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Their playing is buoyant, technically spot-on and alive with effortlessly controlled energy... we should be grateful for every second in the company of an orchestra like this.” Gramophone Magazine

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EuroArts - 2050316

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