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Mozart: Flute Quartets Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Mozart: Flute Quartets Nos. 1-4 (complete)


Ulf-Dieter Schaaff (flute), Philipp Beckert (violin), Andreas Willwohl (viola) & Georg Boge (violoncello)

Graceful, refined and irresistibly charming, the Flute Quartets occupy an exquisite place in Mozart's chamber music. This light, airy music with its vivid contrasts, delicious textures and irrepressible wit is brought to life by the soloists of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

The Flute Quartet in D K285 is a breezy affair written in concertante style which brims with attractive melodies. Its sublimely affecting slow movement was described by the biographer Alfred Einstein as "perhaps the most beautiful accompanied flute solo that has even been written". The simple, unhurried Flute Quartet in G K285A contains a delightful interplay of instruments, while the Flute Quartet in C K285B has a charming theme and variations with a spirited finale. The playful Flute Quartet in A K298 is a later work perhaps written for a group of friends; it contains borrowings from other composers artfully woven into the engaging and witty score. The result is, of course, utterly winning.

Ulf-Dieter Schaaff, principal flautist with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin is joined by his colleagues Philipp Beckert (violin), Andreas Willwohl (viola) and Georg Boge (violoncello). In their first recording for PENTATONE, they chose an unconventional seating arrangement (with violin and flute on the outer flanks) in order to create a novel spatial effect in the music.

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Pentatone - PTC5186567

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Handel: Parnasso in Festa, HWV73

Handel: Parnasso in Festa, HWV73


David Hansen (Apollo), Robin Johannsen (Clio), Kangmin Justin Kim (Orfeo), Jenny Högstrom (Calliope), Silke Gäng ( Cloride), Francesca Ascioti (Euterpe), Luca Tittoto ( Marte)

La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel, Andrea Marcon

Andrea Marcon and La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel sparkle in this new release of Handel's forgotten masterpiece Parnasso in testa, recorded shortly before their hugely successful Netherlands premiere of the opera in November 2016.

Handel’s sumptuous work from 1734 celebrates the marriage of Princess Anne and Prince William of Orange. It's packed with breathtaking arias, duets and choruses, all written with verve, drama and Handel’s sense of occasion. The renowned Baroque specialist Andrea Marcon gives it the attention it deserves with an outstanding vocal cast around his period-instrument group La Cetra. Opera News described Robin Johansen's performance in the Netherlands premiere as "[a] revelation ... superbly agile and fresh-sounding—but also expressive. The demanding role of Apollo is undertaken by rising star David Hansen, described by The New Yorker as "...a pure-voiced young Australian who is typical of a new breed of matinee-idol countertenors". And a performance at the Handel Festival in 2014 drew rave reviews "Altogether, with the virtuosic playing of the inspired Cetra orchestra under Maestro Marcon, so finely balanced with the stunning chorus and soloists, this concert performance of an infrequently performed serenata became ... one of the high points of the festival." (Opera con Brio)

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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe


Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé

Une barque sur l'océan (orchestral version)

Pavane pour une infante défunte


Sensuous, lushly evocative and intricately constructed, Maurice Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe is widely regarded as his greatest orchestral masterpiece and one of the 20th century's finest ballet scores. This vast musical fresco with its shimmering harmonies and spectacular conclusion is compellingly realised by Gustavo Gimeno and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg The album also contains the haunting and exquisite Pavane pour une infante defunte and the vividly scored Une barque sur l'ocean.

Stravinsky regarded Daphnis et Chlotias "not only Ravel's best work, but also one of the most beautiful products of French music" and it's easy to see why. Written with consummate finesse for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, this "choreographic symphony" is an intoxicating blend of warm, seductive harmonies and passionate intensity, realised on a large orchestral canvas. This is Gustavo Gimeno's third recording with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) for PENTATONE following two releases in May 2017 of orchestral works by Bruckner and Shostakovich. A further six projects are planned in the coming years. "We're very excited to make this multi-album collaboration with PENTATONE part of the artistic journey of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Gustavo Gimeno," writes Matthew Studdert-Kennedy, Head of Artistic Planning at the OPL.

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Tippet Rise OPUS 2016: Domo

Tippet Rise OPUS 2016: Domo


Yevgeny Subdin, Emily Helenbrook, Christopher O’Riley, Matt Haimovitz

New from the PENTATONE Oxingale Series, Tippet Rise OPUS 2016: Domo is a live recording birthed from the inaugural season at the Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail Montana. The center's intimate concert space is set on a 10,260-acre working sheep and cattle ranch dotted with majestic largescale sculptures—all nestled against the backdrop of the Beartooth Mountains. The inspiration of artists Cathy and Peter Halstead, Tippet Rise celebrates the concept that art, music, architecture, and nature are inextricably linked in the human experience, each amplifying the other.

In music by Scriabin, Chopin, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, and Anton Garcia Abril; and through extraordinary performances by pianists Yevgeny Sudbin, Svetlana Smolina, Christopher O'Riley, Anne-Marie McDermott, Stephen Hough, Jenny Chen and Julien Brocal; cellist Matt Haimovitz, trumpeter Elmer Churampi, and soprano Emily Helenbrook, Tippet Rise OPUS 2016 presents a cornucopia of virtuosity, fantasy, and transcendence.

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Pentatone Oxingale Series - PTC5186660

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Mahler: Song Cycles

Mahler: Song Cycles


Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)


Marc Albrecht conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra with the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in a persuasive new recording of Mahler’s incomparable orchestral song cycles Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder and the Rückert-Lieder.

Richly lyrical, poignant and soul searching, Mahler’s orchestral songs deal with the familiar themes of love, life, resignation and loss, exquisitely realised on an orchestral canvas which combines haunting and compelling sonorities with strident, unsettling dissonances. While not as ambitious as his symphonies, they are as deeply-felt and often regarded as the key to the larger-scale works.

The eloquent sadness of the Kindertotenlieder is expressed though the rather bare orchestration and the entrancing use of solo instruments, culminating in a blissfully serene conclusion. With Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, the restless mood swings are matched with fluctuating, vividly textured orchestral colours. And for the most lyrical song cycle, the Rückert-Lieder, the delicately woven orchestral textures are ravishing in their effect, especially in the incomparable Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, a song of which Mahler said “It is truly me”.

“What makes Albrecht’s Mahler so unique? His approach has integrity, is intelligent and sensitive … Albrecht leads the Mahler that makes you love Mahler.” (NRC Handelsblad).

Marc Albrecht is Music Director of the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Dutch National Opera. Acclaimed for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss and Mahler, as well as for his commitment to contemporary music, Albrecht is a regular guest at Europe’s most prestigious opera houses and orchestras.

The world renowned mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is acclaimed for her performances of Strauss, Mahler, Berlioz, Mozart, Handel and Bach; she performs throughout the UK, Europe and the US and has a busy recital schedule.

The Guardian noted “Alice Coote's many admirers will be grateful to have her performance in Mahler’s great song-symphony documented in a carefully made studio recording [for PENTATONE], for she has emerged over the past few years as one of the finest mezzo interpreters of Das Lied von der Erde around … exquisitely coloured; every word matters, and the sadness that pervades the mezzo songs in particular is conveyed without it ever becoming self-conscious or sentimental.”

“Her mezzo is rich and multicoloured, imbued with an intrinsic intensity and emotional complexity...In some ways, then, this disc presents the sort of performances one would expect: deeply personal, vocally idiosyncratic...It's not always beautiful...but there's never any doubting the emotional truth.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2017

“With conductor Marc Albrecht drawing eloquent playing by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, her performance has a focus that’s compelling, as well as all the individuality you’d expect. Higher up, she sounds full of light and warmth...but all her voice’s many facets are harnessed to convey meaning.” The Guardian, 13th July 2017 ****

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JS Bach: Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ

JS Bach: Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ

Religious & Secular Works


Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Cantata BWV82 'Ich habe genug'

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV1067

Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor, BWV582


Stephan Genz (baritone)

Russian National Orchestra, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev

Russia’s foremost composer Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev’s compositions are noted for their deep spirituality and commitment. With this new release, he brings the same sense of awe and wonder to the music of Bach in a series of riveting performances, including the achingly beautiful solo cantata Ich habe genug and the ever-popular Orchestral Suite No. 2. The programme also contains Alfeyev’s breathtaking arrangements of Bach’s organ masterpieces Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ and the colossal Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor. Bach’s deceptively simple choral prelude, the plaintive Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 is a masterpiece of humility and restraint and Alfeyev’s masterly arrangement underscores the universality of the prayer. Bach’s most famous solo cantata, the haunting Ich habe genug, BWV 82, radiates with its gentle swaying rhythms and exquisite writing for solo oboe; its central aria, Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen, is an oasis of calm and transcendence with its warmly uplifting bass solo. Bach revels in his mastery of the French style in his Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067, an irresistible collection of dances – both aristocratic and popular – which closes with a mischievous Badinerie. Resplendent with orchestral colour and powerful, fullthroated brass, Alfeyev’s arrangement for full orchestra of the mighty Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582 for organ is an enthralling conclusion.

“Bach’s music is not a museum piece. Living in modern times, we have full rights to use the full scale of modern means of expression in order to translate to the listener the outstanding grandeur and timeless beauty of his music.” (Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev).

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Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra & Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra & Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta


Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Rafael Kubelik

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

Seiji Ozawa


Bela Bartok's brilliant orchestral tour de force, the Concerto for Orchestra is coupled with his spine-tingling Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta in these newly 'Remastered Classics' recording with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rafael Kubelik and Seiji Ozawa.

Bartok's at times breezily energetic Concerto for Orchestra was an instant hit on its premiere given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1944 and it has remained popular ever since. It's a compelling work, bursting with Central European folk melodies, North African rhythms, shimmering harmonies and vivid orchestration that culminates in a strident final movement guaranteed to bring the house down. In a darker vein, Bartok's earlier Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta is a powerful and eerily atmospheric work which has been used in film soundtracks to great effect, notably in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.

Rafael Kubelik recorded the Concerto for Orchestra several times throughout his career but it was this 1974 recording with the Boston Symphony Orchestra that has been singled out for especial praise, Gramophone magazine commending Kubelik's "sheer animal excitement and biting intensity ... with the rhythms pointed to bring out the wit, above all the peasant-like jollity ... This is a performance to keep making you smile with delight."

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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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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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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.

“Her range, with astonishing evenness of tone and voluptuous colouring, extends from contralto to soprano, and her sublime artistry keeps the attention...Her technical bravura leaves one almost breathless...Hallenberg’s alchemy turns this accomplished music to 24-carat gold.” Sunday Times, 2nd July 2017

“Hallenberg dazzles with sensational virtuosity and warm tone that is straight as a die, and Il pomo d’oro supports brilliantly.” The Observer, 9th July 2017 *****

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