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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)

“Moser plays the composer’s original version [of the Variations], and sets off at a brisk trot – rococo is not going to be a byword for prissy. But the lightness is balanced by a gently yearning lyricism, and he shapes the minor-key variation into one long, seamless line...throughout, Andrew Manze and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande are supportive at every turn.” The Guardian, 23rd March 2017 ***

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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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Eduard Nápravnik: Complete Piano Trios

Eduard Nápravnik: Complete Piano Trios


Nápravník:

Piano Trio No. 1 in G minor, Op. 24

Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor, Op. 62

Mélancolie


Spyros Piano Trio

For more than fifty years Eduard Nápravník conducted at the Imperial Opera in the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. The legendary renown of this theatre very much goes back to the “Nápravník Era.” The Spyros Piano Trio demonstrates on the recording premiere of Nápravník’s two piano trios that the gifted orchestral conductor was also an outstanding composer – all of this on this SACD now being released on MDG.

Born in 1839, he conducted the premieres of operas such as Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Nevertheless, in his own works one is occasionally reminded of Verdi.

The members of the Spyros Trio, Tatiana Korsunskaya, Bartek Niziol, and Denis Severin, came together by chance to perform chamber music by Louise Adolpha Le Beau. The resultant MDG recording immediately received rave reviews and in 2015 was awarded the coveted ECHO Klassik prize.

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Musica Baltica Vol. 2: Friedrich Wilhelm Markull - Organ Works 1

Musica Baltica Vol. 2: Friedrich Wilhelm Markull - Organ Works 1


Andrzej Szadejko (organ)

When Friedrich Wilhelm Markull died at the age of seventy-one in 1887, posthumous tributes honored him as a “most highly knowledgeable musician and a most highly outstanding organist and composer for the church, school, and salon and of classical orchestral works.” For more than fifty years Markull had played a significant role in Danzig’s music culture. It was in a very dismal state when he began his activity there, but he built it up ex nihilo and brought it to a great flourishing. Andrzej Szadejko has chosen a first attractive selection from Markull’s countless organ compositions and recorded these works on the historic Bucholz organ at the Church of St. Nicholas in Stralsund – a welcome continuation of our very promisingly inaugurated Musica Baltica series.

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Crossing - Works for Viola da Gamba & Organ

Crossing - Works for Viola da Gamba & Organ


Kortekangas:

Offertorium

Crossing the Five Rivers

Messiaen:

L'Ascension (organ version)

Nuorvala:

Solo per viola da Gamba


Varpu Haavisto (viola da gamba), Karl Vuola (organ)

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Poems & Pictures

Poems & Pictures


Liszt:

Der Müller und der Bach (No. 2 from Müllerlieder von Franz Schubert, S565)

Auf dem Wasser zu singen (No. 2 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558)

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Ravel:

Gaspard de la Nuit


Leticia Gomez-Tagle (piano)

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Schumann: Piano Works

Schumann: Piano Works


Schumann:

Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Waldszenen, Op. 82

Gesänge der Frühe (5), Op. 133

Endenicher Sterbechoral 'Wenn mein Stundlein vorhanden ist'


Florian Glemser (piano)

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Nordic Suites

Nordic Suites


Bridge:

Suite for Strings, H 93

Grieg:

Holberg Suite, Op. 40

Holst:

St Paul's Suite, Op. 29 No. 2

Nielsen:

Little Suite in A minor for strings, Op. 1 (FS6)


Ensemble Esperanza

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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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