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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123


Regine Hangler (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (alto), Christian Elsner (tenor) and Franz-Josef Selig (bass)

MDR-Rundfunkchor Leipzig & Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, Marek Janowski

The conductor Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin continue their critically acclaimed collaboration with Pentatone in a magnificent reading of Beethoven’s monumental Missa Solemnis, recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie in September 2016 in partnership with Deutschlandradio Kultur.

Considered by many to be his finest work, with the Missa Solemnis Beethoven updated the choral traditions of Handel and Bach with his own ineffable style to create a startlingly original and dramatic large scale work. By turns intimate and deeply moving, it’s also one of his most forward-looking works. With consummate skill, Beethoven marshals the disparate elements of liturgical, secular and operatic expression in a wholly original and compelling way. From the jubilant Gloria with its ecstatic outbursts, to the radiant Benedictus with its soaring, ethereal solo violin, it’s a riveting experience. And Beethoven constantly surprises throughout, especially in the closing Agnus Dei where the serenity is shattered by a terrifying militaristic outburst, eventually subsiding for a radiant conclusion.

Marek Janowski is no stranger to the Pentatone catalogue; his recordings with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin of the ten mature operas of Wagner were universally praised for setting new musical standards. The BBC Music Magazine described the Tannhäuser release as “…the best recording since that made in Bayreuth in 1962”. Also recorded in the superb acoustics of Berliner Philharmonie, the Parsifal release was praised by the critic Michael Tanner who wrote that the sound was “…so realistic as to be almost alarming.”

Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin are joined on this recording by the world famous MDR-Rundfunkchor Leipzig and the soloists Regine Hangler (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (alto), Christian Elsner (tenor) and Franz-Josef Selig (bass).

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Meeting of the Spirits

Meeting of the Spirits


Matt Haimovitz (cello)

Uccello

Called "one of the most original and compelling jazz albums in recent memory" (Montreal Gazette), Matt Haimovitz and Uccello's Meeting of the Spirits gets a surround-sound makeover for the PENTATONE Oxingale series. Featuring jazz milestones re-imagined for a big band of cellos, arranged by composer David Sanford, the 2010 Grammy-nominated album was hailed by All About Jazz as "a captivating recording from start to finish ...

Haimovitz and Sanford have created a work of great beauty." The cellos wail, slide, and swing in an all-new big band sound - joined by dazzling musical contributions from guitar legend John McLaughlin, percussionist Matt Wilson and Jan Jarczyk on keyboards - in works by Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu), Miles Davis, Billy Strayhorn and other jazz greats. NPR says, "This agile band of players, led by such a free spirit, makes almost everything sound fresh."

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Pentatone Oxingale Series - PTC5186659

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Getty: The Canterville Ghost

Getty: The Canterville Ghost


Alexandra Hutton (soprano), Jean Broekhuizen (mezzo-soprano), Denise Wernly (mezzo-soprano), Rachel Marie Hauge (mezzo-soprano), Timothy Oliver (tenor), Jonathan Michie (baritone), Anooshah Golesorkhi (baritone), Matthew Trevino (bass)

Oper Leipzig & Gewandhausorchester, Matthias Foremny

The Canterville Ghost was first performed in 2015 at Leipzig Opera, with Matthias Foremny conducting the Gewandhaus Orchestra and an international cast of singers. This premiere recording invites us to witness again the delightful culture clash of the Old World invaded by modern Americans, set in a haunted mansion in Victorian England.

The unhappy ghost of Sir Simon, who for centuries has tormented the mansion’s inhabitants, is no match for the new pragmatic owners. Sir Simon attempts to scare them away, but finds himself teased and terrorized by the stalwart Otis family instead. He ultimately finds peace and redemption with the help of young Virginia Otis. Getty’s libretto and music serve up the perfect balance of humor and humanity required to bring the much-loved story to life.

The American Opera Series seeks to highlight the rich and varied examples of how this imported art form has evolved in America. “Wilde’s finest poetry is in his prose, and his finest prose is in his children’s stories. Most are dark. Sacrifice and heartbreak are the themes. The Canterville Ghost looks at the sunnier side. Virginia’s sacrifice, and the ghost’s heartbreak, reach the endings we hoped. Wilde was never in better form. Not many writers could have sent up the stolid Otises or the indignant Sir Simon so richly while leaving us in on their side throughout. The Canterville Ghost is romantic comedy, though with heartbreak and redemption along the way. The dos and don’ts of romantic comedy are pretty much eternal. Wilde has given us one, in short story form, of unique beauty and genius. We laugh and cry, and are enriched. I added music, and some words, with the same intention.”

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Puccini: La fanciulla del West

Puccini: La fanciulla del West


Carol Neblett (Minnie), Plácido Domingo (Dick Johnson), Sherrill Milnes (Jack Rance)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Zubin Mehta

This classic recording dating from 1977 is Gramophone magazine’s top choice for the opera and can now be enjoyed for the first time in full SACD hybrid multichannel sound.

Puccini’s late opera La fanciulla del West bristles with drama and intrigue in this newly remastered classic recording with Zubin Mehta conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House and starring Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes and Carol Neblett.

“Carol Neblett is a strong Minnie, vocally distinctive and well characterised, while Plácido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes make a good pair of suitors …. Zubin Mehta conducts with real sympathy for the idiom” (Gramophone). And the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and DVDs (2003/4) enthused “Domingo sings heroically … but the crowning glory of a masterly set is the singing of Carol Neblett … Full atmospheric recording to match.”

Although recorded in multi-channel sound, these memorable performances have previously been available only in the conventional two-channel stereo format. Using state of the art technology which avoids the need for re-mixing, our engineers have remastered the original studio tapes to bring the performances to life as originally intended: in compelling and pristine multi-channel sound.

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Herzogenberg: Piano Trios Op. 24 & 36

Herzogenberg: Piano Trios Op. 24 & 36


Herzogenberg, H:

Piano Trio No. 1 Op. 24

Piano Trio No. 2 Op. 36


Heinrich von Herzogenberg’s search for selfhood finally came to fruition in his two piano trios. After highly promising successes in his native Graz with large-format works modeled on Wagner, the talented young composer experienced a creative and existential crisis from which he first recovered when he turned to Johannes Brahms. The Vienna Piano Trio documents this artistic awakening with a top quality interpretation on SACD adding a new facet to the reception of Herzogenberg’s music after its sleeping beauty’s century of slumbering.

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Vivaldi: The Folk Seasons

Vivaldi: The Folk Seasons


Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Concerto for strings No. 5, RV 114

Concerto, Op. 3 No. 8 'Con due Violini obligati', RV 522

Concerto in D major for Two Violins, RV 511


Kreeta Maria Kentala (violin), Andrew Lawrence-King (harp), Siiri Virkkala (violin)

Barocco Boreale

Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons sway listeners’ emotions by depicting how country-folk in 18th-century Italy react to the joy of Spring, the heat of Summer, Autumn wine and Winter storms. In north-western Finland, the ancient tradition of folk-fiddle playing in Kaustinen has nurtured a new generation of string players, leading to the formation of two world-class orchestras (modern and baroque) in the region. Bringing together international soloists, baroque specialists and folk-musicians, Barroco Boreale is guided by Baroque principles and Italian style, bringing to life Kreeta-Maria Kentala’s vision of the contrasts of the Finnish climate, from winter sports to midnight sun in summer. Violinist Kreeta Maria Kentala is a pioneer in the movement for Finnish early music. She performs as a soloist, an ensemble leader, and a pedagogue of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic music as well as folk music. She is active in the Folk Musician Association as a board member as well as in arranging folk music jam sessions.

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Alba - ABCD402

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Carnevale 1729

Carnevale 1729


Albinoni:

Il tuo core in dono accetto (from Filandro)

Fior ch'a spuntar si vede (from Filandro)

Giacomelli:

Mi par sentir la bella (from Gianguir)

Vanne, si, di al, mio diletto (from Gianguir)

Leo:

Soffre talor del vento (from Catone in Utica)

Ombra cara, ombra adorata (from Catone in Utica)

Orlandini:

Non sempre invendicata (from Adelaide)

Quanto bello agl'occhi miei (from Adelaide)

Scherza in mar la navicella (from Adelaide)

Vedro piu liete e belle (from Adelaide)

Porpora:

Il pastor se torna aprile (from Semiramide riconosciuta)

In braccio a mille furie (from Semiramide riconosciuta)

Bel piacer saria d'un core (from Semiramide riconosciuta)

Vinci, Leonardo:

Nave altera che in mezzo all'onde (from L'abbandono di Armida)


Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)

Il Pomo d'Oro, Stefano Montanari

The Carnival of Venice in 1729 was quite unlike any other. Over a period of two months, opera houses went into a frenzy of competition to show off the most famous singers of the day, including the legendary castrato Farinelli who made his astonishing Venetian debut. Several of the most fashionable composers rose to the occasion, writing ravishing music for spectacular productions which often pitted the singers against each other in breathtaking displays of virtuosity. The results were sensational; one tour de force followed another in an atmosphere of fevered excitement and the adoring public lapped it up.

"The excellent musicians of the fantastic period-instrument ensemble ... get it all perfectly right: every tone, every phrase, coloratura and accompaniment" (SUddeutsche Zeitung).

The critically acclaimed II pomo d'oro is an Italian baroque ensemble founded in 2012 with a special focus on opera with authentic performances on period instruments. They have recorded 15 albums including the world premiere recording of Leonardo Leo's Cantone in Utica.

Ann Hallenberg is a much in-demand Swedish mezzo-soprano and has recorded over 40 CDs, her solo CD Agrippina winning the award for best operatic recital at the International Opera Awards in May 2016.

The baroque violinist and conductor Stefano Montanan' is a much sought after guest conductor with both modern and period orchestras. He is regarded as one of the finest baroque violin virtuosos of his generation. His recording of Corelli's Violin Sonatas op.5 won a Diapason d'Or and he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording of Purcell's O Solitude with Andreas Scholl for Decca.

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Glanert: Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch

Glanert: Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch

World premiere recording


David Wilson-Johnson (voice), Aga Mikolaj (soprano), Ursula Hesse von den Steinen (mezzo-soprano), Gerhard Siegel (tenor), Christof Fischesser (bass) & Leo van Doeselaar (organ)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Netherlands Radio Choir, Markus Stenz

Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 5 November 2016.

The famed painter Hieronymus Bosch portrayed medieval life brimming with symbolism, fantasy and riddles. Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the artist’s passing, the RCO commissioned Detlev Glanert to write a requiem for soloists, choir, organ and orchestra. The composition translates the demonic nature of Bosch’s paintings with textual counterparts into music. Glanert combines traditional requiem texts with excerpts from the manuscript collection Carmina Burana – each movement of the Requiem is accompanied by a poem about the seven deadly sins.

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Enrique Granados: La Guitarra Poetica

Enrique Granados: La Guitarra Poetica


Granados:

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 1 'Galante'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 2 'Orientale'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 3 'Fandango'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 4 'Villanesca'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 5 'Andaluza'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 6 'Jota'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 7 'Valenciana'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 10 'Melancólica'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 12 'Arabesca'

Tonadillas: No. 7, La maja de Goya

Tonadillas: No. 8, El mirar de la maja

Valses Poeticos (8)


Stephen Marchionda (guitar)

During his lifetime Enrique Granados was highly valued above all for the poetry of his piano playing – and his compositions also breathe the same poetic spirit. Stephen Marchionda honors the composer on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth with a highly personal selection from these works. His own arrangements for the guitar create an illuminating link to Granados’ roots in Spanish folklore.

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Barber: Organ Works

Barber: Organ Works


Barber:

To Longwood Gardens

Three Chorale Preludes

Partite diverse sopra ‘Straf‘ mich nicht in deinem Zorn‘ I

Partite diverse sopra ‘Straf‘ mich nicht in deinem Zorn‘ II

Prelude and Fugue in B minor

Suite for Carillon

Chorale for a New Organ

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

(arr. for organ)

Wondrous Love Op.34

Chorale Prelude on 'Silent Night'


Rudolf Innig (Schuke-Organ, Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Detmold)

Samuel Barber began his compositional career as a genuine child prodigy. At the age of nine he knew that he wanted to be a musician, and a year later he wrote his first opera – or at least the first act, after which the cook, his librettist, ran out of ideas! He initially worked as an organist, and even though he later focused on other areas, organ compositions are found throughout his oeuvre. Rudolf Innig’s complete recording of these works offers enthralling insights into the development of Barber’s full and rich life as a composer.

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