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Pettersson: Symphony No. 14

Pettersson: Symphony No. 14

and bonus DVD with a 2-hour film about the composer; Norrköping SO/ Christian Lindberg


In their series of Allan Pettersson’s symphonies, Christian Lindberg and the NorrköpingSymphony Orchestra have arrived at the Fourteenth Symphony, completed in 1978 and given its first performance in 1981, one year after the death of the composer. As several of its predecessors, No. 14 is in one extended movement and is scored for large forces, including an expanded percussion section. But there are also important traits that set it apart. Pettersson, who had studied twelve-tone composition for René Leibovitz in the early 1950’s, never adopted the technique fully but in the present work the traces are more evident than in his other symphonies: the opening few bars contain all of the notes of the chromatic scale, and throughout the work Pettersson makes extensive use of compositional techniques associated with twelve-tone music.

In several earlier works, Pettersson had alluded to his song cycle ‘Barefoot Songs’, but in the present symphony he quotes himself extensively –the melody of Klokaroch knythänder(Wise Men and Clenched Hands) appears no less than five times in its entirety and becomes crucial to the structure of the symphony. The present disc is the sixth instalment in a series that has received distinctions such as Empfehlung (Klassik-Heute.de), Clef d’or2011(ResMusica.com),Disco exceptional(Scherzo) and Critics’ Choice(Gramophone). Included with the new recording is a bonus DVD containing a film produced by Swedish Television after the death of the composer. In the course of the film, here provided with English subtitles, we meet the composer himself, members of his family, colleagues from his time as an orchestral player and musicians uch as the violinist Ida Haendel.

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Haochen Zhang plays Schumann, Liszt, Brahms & Janacek

Haochen Zhang plays Schumann, Liszt, Brahms & Janacek


Brahms:

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Janacek:

Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 in E flat minor, JW VIII/19 'From the Street'

Liszt:

Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15


Haochen Zhang (piano)

In 2009, at the age of 19, Haochen Zhang became one of the youngest musicians ever to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then he has had a busy concert schedule, primarily in his native China and in the U.S.A. but also in Europe where he made his début at the BBC Proms in 2014. Recording has been less of a priority for Zhang, and it is only now that he releases his first studio album, recorded at the Reitstadel, the well-known audiophile venue in Neumarkt in Germany. For this recital, Haochen Zhang has devised a programme made up of works that he feels particularly close to. As he writes in his own liner notes, they ’not only speak to me in a very intimate way, but also connect with one another at a corresponding level of intimacy: as a whole they form a unique musical narrative.’ The pieces all share a reflective and introspective quality, albeit reflective in different ways. Opening the disc Schumann’s Kinderszenen were described by the composer as ‘reflections of an adult for adults’ and in the closing Op. 117 Intermezzi, Brahms also seems to be looking backwards – but with resignation rather than intimate tenderness. Framed by these two, the works by Liszt and Janá?ek contain overtly dramatic episodes, but contemplative interludes form a recurrent feature of the Ballade, and in Presentiment, the first movement of Janá?ek’s Sonata, the dark forebodings seem to rise up from the composer’s own soul.

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Mozart: Serenades Volume 1

Mozart: Serenades Volume 1


Mozart:

Serenade No. 9 in D major, K320 'Posthorn'

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Marches (2) in D major, K335

String Quartet No. 1 in G major, K80: Minuet


Die Kölner Akademie, Michael Willens

Die Kölner Akademie and Michael Willens have previously recorded Mozart’s complete piano concertos with Ronald Brautigam, earning praise for their fresh and colourful contributions to the series. The team now releases the first of four projected discs with further Mozart scores, beginning with two of the composer’s best-loved serenades. Serenades were a characteristic feature of Salzburg musical life: opening with a march and continuing with as many as eight or nine separate movements on an orchestral scale, such works will have been ringing in Mozart’s ears from childhood. Thirteen serenades of varying scope and scorings are included in Mozart’s catalogue of works, and of these the well-known ‘Posthorn Serenade’ is the ninth. It is also the last serenade that Mozart composed before leaving Salzburg for Vienna. The nickname stems from Mozart’s inclusion of a solo for post horn (‘cornodi posta’) in one of the movements, but the wind instruments play an important role throughout the serenade, with extended solos for flute and oboe.

In comparison, Eine kleine Nachtmusik – the last serenade Mozart wrote – is for strings only. It is also shorter than many of the other serenades, and was probably intended for a more intimate occasion. Mozart’s own thematic catalogue lists it as having five movements, but as the first minuet and trio (preceding the slow movement) have been lost, only four are typically performed today. In this recording a minuet from Mozart’s very first string quartet in G major, K. 80, is incorporated by way of completion of the five-movement arch.

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 & Violin Concerto & Schumann: Piano Quartet

Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 & Violin Concerto & Schumann: Piano Quartet


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

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

Emanuel Ax (piano)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Schumann:

Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47

Emanuel Ax (piano)

RCO Chamber Soloists


Bernard Haitink was the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's chief conductor from 1961-88, and was named honorary conductor in 1999.

This album features his 2010 live Johannes Brahms recordings with Emanuel Ax (Piano Concerto No. 1) and Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin Concerto). A brand new studio recording of Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet with Emanuel Ax and RCO principals Vesko Eschkenazy, Henk Rubingh and Gregor Horsch is offered as a makeweight.

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Elgar & Tchaikovsky: Cello Works

Elgar & Tchaikovsky: Cello Works


Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


The profoundly moving, elegiac lyricism of Elgar and the wistful charm and brilliance of Tchaikovsky are on full display in this irresistible new release from PENTATONE played with consummate virtuosity by the German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Andrew Manze.

Composed at the end of the FirstWorldWar, Elgar’s powerful Cello Concerto in E minor is one of his best-loved and most deeply-felt works. The soloist’s wrenching chords which open the work announce a mood of profound resignation and loss; gone is the youthful swagger of his earlier works, replaced instead with lonely introspection and longing, especially in the sublimely beautiful Adagio. The cello is given free rein in the vigorous final movement but the opening mood prevails as an anguished outburst from the cello brings the work to a close.

No such dejection hangs over Tchaikovsky’s delightful Variations on a Rococo Theme which ooze elegance, ineffable charm and daring displays of technical brilliance. While the Pezzo capriccioso finds Tchaikovsky in a more restrained mood, with the Nocturne and Andante Cantabile he wears his romantic heart full on his sleeve.

The cellist Johannes Moser is no stranger to these works. Winner of the top prize at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, he was also awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Described by Gramophone as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists” and by the LA Times as a musician who “…connects with the audience in a way that only great artists do”, this is Moser’s third outing for PENTATONE.

His first album of concertos by Dvořák and Lalo was widely praised for his “performance of enormous flair and effervescence” (BBC Music Magazine) and “his dazzling virtuosity, free, passionate phrasing and immense energy … that recalls Pablo Casals’ iconic 1937 recording” (Strings)

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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3


Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'


Mendelssohn's warmly lyrical and evocative Scottish symphony is paired with his confident and precocious first symphony for the first in a series of recordings in multi-channel surround sound for PENTATONE by the conductor Andrew Manze and the NDR Radiophilharmonie.

Inspired by his visits to Scotland and the Hebrides and the romantic novels of Sir Walter Scott, his outstanding Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish") is a colourful reminiscence of its rugged landscapes steeped in history,

and an affectionate homage to the proud Highlanders he met there. It was an instant success on its first performance and rivals the popularity of the overture The Hebrides, also inspired by the splendour of Scotland.

No less impressive is his masterly Symphony No. 1 in C minor, composed when he was just 15 years old. From its noisy and impetuous opening to its triumphant conclusion, this confident and adventurous work shows the influence of Mozart, Haydn and Weber but the effect is unmistakeably Mendelssohnian with fugal passages, unforgettable melodies and busy, inventive scoring.

"Whatever the exceptional Andrew Manze asked for," wrote the Leipziger Volkszeitung, "was delivered in real time: wonderfully delicate strings, spotless, yet warm-sounding woodwind ... the result was detailed and rich in contrast." Renowned for his boundless energy and scholarly knowledge and with many critically acclaimed recordings in a broad repertoire, Manze is celebrated as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation.

"Manze's take is wholly individual," wrote the Guardian. " [Brahms' symphonies] burst with life, by turns wistful, yearning, sharp-edged and blisteringly incisive ... this is the composer reinvented for the 21st century." In September 2014 Andrew Manze became the Principal Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover and immediately made headlines.

"If it continues like this," wrote the Neue Presse in November 2014, "the NDR Radiophilharmonie will soon be looked at with envy by the rest of the musical world, as what new Principal Conductor Andrew Manze is brewing up ... can be deemed sensational."

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'New World'

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'New World'


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 46 No. 3

Slavonic Dance No. 5 in A major, Op. 46 No. 5


Dvorak’s New World Symphony is counted among the most successful and distinctive symphonies ever written and it loses none of its drama or appeal on repeated playing. Inspired by American spirituals and Henry Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha, this infectiously tuneful work with its brilliantly colourful orchestration and rhythmic verve has its creative wellspring in Dvorak’s own homesickness. It was condescendingly described by his critics as a “Czech composer’s impression of the country” but its qualities were never in doubt and its inventiveness and warmth radiate from every page. From beautiful, wistful melodies, to unfettered exuberance and glorious, sustained climaxes, this extraordinary symphony has it all.

Dvorak’s evergreen Slavonic Dances Op. 46 (of which two are heard in this recording) are equally popular with audiences. Responsible for establishing Dvorak’s international reputation, these utterly charming pieces overflow with appealing melodies and catchy rhythms, their freshness and simplicity concealing their artful construction.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation. Music Director of the Houston Symphony and Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, he is also Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been widely praised for his style and command, Die Presse remarking “The orchestra was on top form, displaying precision and clarity in equal measure … packed with drama and finely balanced under Andrés Orozco-Estrada’s direction.” (August 2016)

This is Orozco-Estrada’s fifth recording for PENTATONE. His earlier discs of Dvořák symphonies were described as “Vivid and colourful, overall well balanced” (Pizzicato) “an interpretation full of theatricality, with a sure sense of the monumental” (Gramophone).

Future releases from PENTATONE with Orozco-Estrada in 2017 include Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Houston Symphony, and Richard Strauss’s opera Salome with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Donaueschinger Musiktage 2015

Donaueschinger Musiktage 2015


André:

über

Jörg Widmann (clarinet)

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO des SWR, François-Xavier Roth

Borowski:

Sérac

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Peter Eötvös

Filidei:

Killing Bach

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, François-Xavier Roth

Haas, G F:

Oktett für 8 Posaunen

Trombone Unit Hannover

Pasovsky:

Pulsus alternans

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Peter Eötvös, Gregor Mayrhofer

Prins:

Mirror Box Extensions

Nadar Ensemble


Jörg Widmann (clarinet)

Trombone Unit Hannover, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Nadar Ensemble, SWR Experimentalstudio, Peter Eötvös, François-Xavier Roth, Gregor Mayrhofer

The Donaueschinger Musiktage is a festival for new music that takes place every October in the small town of Donaueschingen in south-western Germany. Founded in 1921, it is one of the oldest festivals for contemporary music in the world, and among the best-known and most prestigious.

Donaueschinger Musiktage 2015 presents the German premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas's "Oktett", a work commissioned by Trombone Unit Hannover

The world premiere of Johannes Boris Borowski's "Sérac" is a work commissioned by SWR; played bySinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, conducted by Peter Eötvös.

The world premiere of Stefan Prins's "Mirror Box Extensions" is a work commissioned by SWR; performed here by the Nadar Ensemble.

The world premiere of Mark Andre's "über" is a work commissioned by SWR and features Jörg Widmann on clarinet and the Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, conducted by François-Xavier Roth.

The world premiere Francesco Filidei's "Killing Bach" is a work commissioned by SWR and features Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, conducted by François-Xavier Roth.

The world premiere of Yoav Pasovsky's "Pulsus alternans" is a work commissioned by SWR; features Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, conducted by Peter Eötvös and Gregor Mayrhofer.

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Nikolaus Brass: String Trios

Nikolaus Brass: String Trios

World Premiere Recordings


Brass:

Morgenlob For Violin, Viola And Violoncello

Glanz String Trio No. 2

Zeichen, Zeichnungen – Drawings String Trio No. 3


Trio Coriolis

Nikolaus Brass, born in Lindau in 1949, initially studied medicine and took private composition lessons with Peter Kiesewetter at the Munich Academy of Music. He concluded his medical studies at the Free University of Berlin. He studied composition with Frank Michael Beyer and later privately with Helmut Lachenmann. Between 1978 and 1986 he regularly attended the Darmstadt Summer Courses, where he also met with Morton Feldman.

After being invited to the Gaudeamus Muziekweek in the Netherlands, he began publishing his compositions in 1981. Since then he has had numerous premieres at the most important New Music festivals, such as the Donaueschingen Festival, musica viva Munich, Ultraschall Berlin, ECLAT Stuttgart, Klangspuren Schwaz or Witten Days for New Chamber Music.

Since its foundation, the TrioCoriolis has dedicated itself to the entire repertoire for string trio. The ensemble regularly performs both in classical halls and at festivals for New Music (Klangspuren Schwaz, ECLAT Stuttgart and musica viva in Munich).

Nikolaus Brass has received numerous awards, including the Music Prize of the State Capital Munich in 2009. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.

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Kazakh Classical Music

Kazakh Classical Music


includes

Zhaiym:

String Quartet

Zhubanova:

String Quartet No. 1

String Quartet No. 2


The Kazakh State String Quartet

The «Kazakh State String Quartet» named in honour of Gaziza A. Zhubanova, was founded in 1988. It has won numerous prizes at international competitions and was elected best ensemble of the «Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia» in Madrid. The members of the quartet received a Master of Arts (musical performance and chamber music) in Basel, Switzerland, in 2012 after studies with Prof. Rainer Schmidt (successor at the Walter Levin chair). The two string quartets of the important composer and music teacher Gaziza Zhubanova (1927-1993), as well as the quartet debut of the highly promising up-and-coming composer Arman Zhaiym (* 1983), are the focus of this new cultural bridge building production - realized on the 25th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan in December 2016. These works are framed by important original compositions by Kazakh composers arranged for string quartets.

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