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Mozart & Haydn: Symphonies & Horn Concertos

Mozart & Haydn: Symphonies & Horn Concertos


Haydn:

Symphony No. 7 in C major 'Le Midi'

Horn Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob.VIId:4

Mozart:

Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K495

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183


Radek Baborak (horn & conductor)

Czech Sinfonietta

The horn player and conductor Radek Baborák is one of the most outstanding figures on the classical music scene. Since beginning his solo career over twenty-five years ago, his extraordinary musical performances have enthralled audiences in the most important cultural venues around the world. He has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, Vladimir Askhenazy, James de Priest and Marek Janowski.

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Exton - OVCL00441

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G Minor Op. 13 'Winter Reveries' & Overture 1812

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G Minor Op. 13 'Winter Reveries' & Overture 1812


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 'Winter Daydreams'

1812 Overture, Op. 49


London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi

Here is the first instalment of a complete Tchaikovsky's Symphonic output by Exton.

London Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by one of currently reference conductor on Japanese scene: Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi.

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Exton - OVCL00548

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stefan Blunier

The Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn concludes its complete recording of the symphonies of the composer whose name it bears with an absolutely rousing performance.

The spirited Seventh Symphony brings together everything that General Music Director Stefan Blunier has demanded of his musicians from the very beginning of this cycle: emotional depth, gripping rhythms, frenetic energy, and powerful tension holding the audience in suspense even after the last chord has faded away.

Why does the BOB recording of Beethoven’s symphonies now complete have such a marvellous impact? Two reasons: because of the first-class interpretation and because it is the first cycle to be recorded in its entirety in three-dimensional 2+2+2 sound on Super Audio CD, setting a discographic milestone guaranteed to please audiophile music fans – and not only them.

Stefan Blunier’s recording of seven rarely heard overtures along with this cycle rounds off this top-quality musical treat with a master’s touch.

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MDG Gold Stefan Blunier Complete Beethoven Symphonies - MDG9371995

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Adam Schoenberg: American Symphony

Adam Schoenberg: American Symphony


Schoenberg, Adam:

American Symphony

Finding Rothko

Picture Studies


Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern

SAN FRANCISCO: Says Schoenberg: “I have dreamt of having an orchestral disc of my music since first becoming a composer. This is an extraordinary gift, and I am thrilled to be sharing my music with all of you. The three pieces that you will soon experience embody my growth from student to professional composer. They each explore different styles, but my artistic voice remains consistent throughout.” Recently named one of the Top 10 most performed living classical composers by orchestras in the United States, ADAM SCHOENBERG’s (b. November 15, 1980) music is “invigorating” (Los Angeles Times), and full of “mystery and sensuality” (The New York Times). This most recent season included performances and premieres at the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Hollywood Bowl.

We are proud to present these new works, 2 of them commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony (American Symphony and Picture Studies). The collaboration between Schoenberg and MICHAEL STERN is extraordinary. Schoenberg states: “He is the first conductor to champion my music. He understands it, embraces it, and gives it an emotional dimension that would otherwise not exist. I also must thank the musicians of the Kansas City Symphony. This is an orchestra that plays with tremendous vigor, spirit, and emotion.“ The performances were brilliantly captured by GRAMMY® award winners Keith O. Johnson (engineer), David Frost (producer) and GRAMMY® nominee Sean R. Martin (engineer). Release formats include hybrid SACD (contains 5.1 Surround Sound, Stereo SACD and Stereo CD with HDCD encoding), playable on all CD and SACD players, as well as digital release in standard and high resolution.

The Kansas City Symphony is the region’s only full-time professional symphony orchestra. Led by Music Director Michael Stern since 2005, the Symphony has experienced impressive artistic growth, garnering national and international acclaim. The orchestra’s 80 full-time musicians are area residents, and each season they reach more than a million people through their concerts, educational programs and community outreach performances. They also serve as the orchestra for the Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet.

For over 40 years, Reference Recordings has been one of the most innovative and respected independent labels in the music business. Reference Recordings releases have been highly praised for their dedication to high quality sound in the service of great music. Founder Tam Henderson (1998 GRAMMY® nominee for Producer of the Year), was joined in 1978 by engineer Keith O. Johnson. Some 140 projects later, RR is still recording what many consider to be the finest-sounding classical, jazz and blues discs in the world.

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Reference Recordings - RR139SACD

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Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245

Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245


Veronika Winter, Franz Vitzthum, Andreas Post, Christoph Schweizer, Thomas Laske

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben & Handel's Company, Rainer Johannes Homburg

Johann Sebastian Bach revised his St. John Passion several times. Which one to choose? Rainer Johannes Homburg selected the last version for this performance with his Hymnus Choirboys of Stuttgart and Handel’s Company.

Why? It combines the carefree expressivity of Bach’s initial years at St.Thomas, eliminating unnecessary second thoughts from his middle years, with an experienced and mature master’s instrumental tonal sophistication – which Homburg fully exploits.

The richly coloured continuo group, here even including a contrabassoon, makes us sit up and listen. Get ready for an enthralling listening experience and vibrant performance by this prizewinning traditional choir!

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MDG Scene - MDG9021985

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Musica Baltica Vol. 1: Baroque Cantatas From Gdansk

Musica Baltica Vol. 1: Baroque Cantatas From Gdansk


Freislich:

Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt

Cantata post sacrum coenam - Gott ist die Liebe

Das ist meine Freude

Grain:

Hertzlich lieb hab ich dich o Herr

Meder:

Singet, lobsinget mit Herzen und Zungen

Pucklitz:

Kehre wieder

Ich will in allen Sachen


Goldberg Vocal & Goldberg Baroque Ensembles

When Danzig, today’s Gdansk in Poland, was an independent and prosperous centre of trade and commerce, it also enjoyed the status of a magnificent and multifaceted music centre.

However, many of the sources documenting its rich cultural heritage are no longer extant, most of them destroyed by war. Andrzej Szadejko has researched the historic holdings of the Library of the Danzig Academy of the Sciences and made surprising discoveries.

On this WORLD PREMIERE recording he leads the Goldberg Baroque Ensemble in performances of seven Baroque cantatas in every way equaling the originality and mastery of works by much more famous composers of those times.

The Goldberg Baroque Ensemble takes its name from Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, certainly Danzig’s most famous musical son and the Bach pupil whose name was immortalized by is teacher’s famous variations.

At the annual Goldberg Festival the ensemble performs in Gdansk’s Trinity Church, a structure with opulent acoustics optimally rendered on this multidimensional high-resolution SACD recording.

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MDG Scene - MDG9021989

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D. Scarlatti: Sonatas

D. Scarlatti: Sonatas


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K438 in F major: I. Allegro

Keyboard Sonata K239 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K513 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K44 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K474 in E flat major

Keyboard Sonata K475 in E flat major

Keyboard Sonata K432 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K87 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K245 in B major

Keyboard Sonata K447 in F sharp minor

Keyboard Sonata K322 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K323 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K492 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K455 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K478 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K435 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K78 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K427 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K135 in E major


Eri Mantani (piano)

Antonio Scarlatti was hired as the Spanish Queen María Bárbara’s personal fitness coach. In order to perfect her keyboard artistry, the monarch had the talented Neapolitan composer write countless exercises for her.

The Japanese pianist Eri Mantani has assembled a fascinating personal selection from the 555 extant “Sonatas” that really have nothing in common with dull études – a debut album bursting with energy that could not be more entertaining.

The queen must have had considerable capabilities as a keyboard artist: gigantic leaps, highly virtuosic runs, and crossing of the hands that even today challenge every keyboard performer’s technique.

Eri Mantani knows how to generate this Mediterranean flair on the mighty Steinway D. This sound picture, crystal-clear even in stereo, should be fully relished in 3D – which makes this fine Super Audio CD a sumptuous audiophile experience.

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MDG Scene - MDG9041987

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Giaches de Wert: Divine Theatre

Giaches de Wert: Divine Theatre

Sacred Motets


Wert:

Gaudete in Domino

Hoc enim sentite in vobis

Saule, Saule

Vox in Rama

Amen, amen dico vobis

Egressus Jesus

Peccavi super numerum

O crux ave

Ascendente Jesu

Virgo Maria hodie ad coelum

Quiescat vox tua

Deus iustus, et salvans

O altitudo divitiarum


Franco-Flemish composer Giaches de Wert wrote a considerable amount of sacred music during the late Renaissance, but little of it was published during his lifetime. Only three books of motets were released in 1566 and 1581. Stile Antico's new album introduces us to another side of this composer who, though Flemish-born, spent most of his life in Italy, primarily in Mantua, where he was to remain for the rest of his life, though not without maintaining connections (both musical and, during the mid-late 1580s, romantic) with the court at Ferrara, where the lively musical life must have been a welcome distraction from his not-always-happy existence at the Mantuan court. The unique and dramatic style of these remarkable motets cannot fail to ravish explorers of this 'divine theatre'.

“This selection of motets, mostly for five or six voices, is unexpectedly rich in imagination, variety, and often sheer joyful energy, and the performances boast a high-quality technical brilliance.” Financial Times, 20th January 2017 ****

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Harmonia Mundi - HMM807620

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Ligeti: Concertos

Ligeti: Concertos


Ligeti:

Cello Concerto

Christian Poltéra (cello)

Chamber Concerto for 13 instruments

Melodien for orchestra

Piano Concerto

Joonas Ahonen (piano)


BIT20 Ensemble, Baldur Brönnimann

Described as ‘one of the most innovative and influential among progressive figures of his time’, György Ligeti (1923 – 2006) was able to constantly reinvent himself. In his earliest works, written in Communist Hungary, the musical language is often an extension of that of Bartók’s and he kept his most daring compositions to himself. Escaping Hungary in 1956 he was able to revel in the freedom to experiment – with electronic techniques as well as elaborate serialism – but he was forever sceptical of schools and steered his own course throughout life. The 1960s and early 70s were a highly productive period, which saw works such as Lux Aeterna and Lontano, as well as three of the works on the present disc. In the Cello Concerto and the Chamber Concerto, Ligeti in different ways explores the idea of the concerto as something collective, rather than polarised between the one and the many. The Cello Concerto is striking, and even provocative, in that the soloist often seems to aspire to silence and even absence rather than virtuosic display. The Chamber Concerto, on the other hand, dazzles because here all 13 players are unmistakably present, all essential to the design and character of the whole. Like the Cello Concerto – and the Piano Concerto – Melodien can be performed by large orchestra, but also, as on the present recording, with a single string player per part, becoming a natural pendant to the Chamber Concerto. The disc closes with the Piano Concerto from 1988, which Ligeti had begun sketching eight years earlier but was only able to proceed with after having composed his first set of studies for piano solo. Ligeti himself described the five-movement work as a statement of his ‘aesthetic credo’. Performing these complex scores is the Norwegian specialist ensemble BIT 20 under the Swiss conductor Baldur Brönnimann, with soloists Christian Poltéra and Joonas Ahonen, making his first appearance on the BIS label.

“Brönnimann and the ensemble...are vivid advocates of Ligeti’s music. They provide a reminder that even at its most magically elusive it retains a strong rhythmic spine...Poltéra threads his way with great subtlety through the textures that gather around him in the Cello Concerto.” The Guardian, 25th January 2017 ****

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BIS - BIS2209

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Consolation: Forgotten Treasures of the Ukrainian Soul

Consolation: Forgotten Treasures of the Ukrainian Soul


Barvinskyi:

Allegretto pastorale, Op. 1 No. 2

Filippenko:

Toccata

Kolessa:

Carpathian Dances (3)

Kosenko:

Étude No. 8 Op. 8 - Consolation

Klavierstucke (3), Op. 9: No. 1 'Trost'

Romance Op. 7 No. 2 - They Stood in Silence

I Stood and Listened to Spring

Romance Op. 7 No. 10 - I Am Sad

Lyatoshinsky:

Shevchenko Suite: Andante sostenuto - Poco più mosso ed agitato

Lysenko:

Dumka-Shumka, Second Piano Rhapsody on Ukrainian Folk Themes, Op. 18

Album from the Summer of 1901, Op. 39, No. 3

It Makes No Difference to Me

Meytus:

Allegro

Revutsky:

Präludien (3), Op. 4: No. 1 in D flat

Präludien (4), Op. 7: No. 2 in B flat minor

Silvestrov:

Bagatelle, Op. 1 No. 1

Skoryk:

Melody


Natalya Pasichnyk (piano), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Luthando Qave (baritone), Emil Jonason (clarinet), Christian Svarfvar (violin), Olga Pasichnyk (soprano)

In Ukraine, as in many other parts of Europe, the late nineteenth century saw the emergence of a national spirit which resulted in a movement to explore and cultivate popular culture. But the country would have to wait until 1991 for independence, and in the meantime this national spirit could only find musical expression in the more intimate forms. Some of the most authentic examples of Ukrainian art music can therefore be found in chamber music and in song. With this disc, the Swedish-Ukrainian pianist Natalya Pasichnyk, her sister Olga and their Swedish colleagues offer the listener a way into this shadowy world – the beautiful, melancholy and emotive world of Ukrainian chamber music. Except for Valentyn Sylvestrov, the composers featured will be mostly unknown to an international audience, yet they invite the listener to share a journey into a soundscape that is both exotic and strangely familiar. The title of the disc, Consolation, is derived from a rhapsodic piano piece by Viktor Kosenko which perfectly captures the inward-looking mood of much of Ukrainian music, but the first sound which meets the ear of the listener is a loosely strummed chord, like the sound of a lute: in his Dumka-shumka from 1877, Mykola Lysenko imitated the sound of the Ukrainian lute, the kobza. Lysenko is a central figure in Ukrainian art music, and is also represented here with the song Meni odnakovo, a setting of a poem by Taras Shevchenko, the poet who for many embodies the spirit of Ukrainian independence.

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