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

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


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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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Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


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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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Naxos American Classics Opera Classics - 8669003-04

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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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Decca Rosette Collection - 4767090

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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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Decca Rosette Collection - 4767091

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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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Philips Rosette Collection - 4767072

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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 (from L'éventail de Jeanne, Op. 95)

Marche nuptiale (from Les mariés de la tour Eiffel, Op. 70)

Fugue du Massacre (from Les mariés de la tour Eiffel, Op. 70)

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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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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DG Rosette Collection - 4762194

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Spanish Guitar Favourites

Spanish Guitar Favourites

Works by Boccherini, Falla, Romero, Sor and Torroba


Boccherini:

Fandango from Quintet No. 4 in D G448 'Fandango'

Falla:

Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo)

Giménez:

La boda de Luis Alonso: Malaguena

El baile de Luis Alonso: Intermedio

Praetorius, M:

Bransle de la Torche

Ballet

Volta

Romero, Pepe:

Malaguenas

Fantasia Cubana

Sor:

L'Encouragement, Op. 34

Torroba:

Estampas

Turina:

La Oración del torero, Op. 34


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Philips Rosette Collection - 4762265

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