Massenet: Meditation (from Thaïs)

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Min Kym: Gone - The Album

Min Kym: Gone - The Album


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: II. Adagio

Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 - Allegro

Ian Brown (piano0

Chausson:

Poème for Violin & Piano, Op. 25

Gordon Back (piano)

Elgar:

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

Gordon Back (piano)

Lalo:

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21: Rondo - Allegro

London Symphony Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Gordon Back (piano)

Paganini:

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 16 in G minor

Prokofiev:

Sonata in D major for solo violin, Op. 115: Moderato

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Gordon Back (piano)


Min Kym (violin)

Born in South Korea and raised in the UK, Min Kym began playing the violin at the age of six. At sixteen she became the youngest ever foundation scholar at the Royal College of Music; at twenty-seven, the first recipient of the Heifetz Prize. The legendary conductor George Solti praised her “exceptional natural talent, mature musicality, and mastery of the violin.” Min had her Stradivarius stolen at a sandwich shop in London in 2010 just as her career was about to kick off. The story struck high waves in media, but being traumatized Min could not play anymore. In 2013 the violin was then found under mysterious circumstances…

Min has now written a book about her story, her love to the instrument and what this incident did to her life.

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Saint-Saëns, Ravel & Gershwin: Piano Concertos

Saint-Saëns, Ravel & Gershwin: Piano Concertos


Gershwin:

Second Rhapsody

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22


Andrew von Oeyen (piano)

PKF - Prague Philharmonia, Emmanuel Villaume

Living as he does between Paris and Los Angeles, pianist Andrew von Oeyen is the ideal interpreter for this enticing programme: flanking Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody, it explores Franco-American cross-currents. Von Oeyen is partnered by the PFK Prague Philharmonia under its Music Director and Chief Conductor Emmanuel Villaume.

“Von Oeyen’s coupling of Ravel’s G major concerto with Gershwin’s rarish Second Rhapsody is welcome, particularly as it is preceded by a barnstorming account of Saint-Saëns’s No 2 in G minor.” Sunday Times, 5th February 2017

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Fantasies, Rhapsodies and Daydreams

Fantasies, Rhapsodies and Daydreams


Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Ravel:

Tzigane

Saint-Saëns:

Havanaise, Op. 83

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Vaughan Williams:

The Lark Ascending

Waxman, F:

Carmen Fantasy


Thrilling flights of fancy abound from violinist Arabella Steinbacher in Fantasies, Rhapsodies and Daydreams

Spectacular virtuoso playing, bravura passagework and show-stopping melodies are balanced with wistful lyricism and sublime tone painting in this irresistible programme of perennial favourites, played with élan by the violinist Arabella Steinbacher with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, conducted by Lawrence Foster in this new release from PENTATONE.

From the high jinks and outrageous showmanship of Franz Waxman’s Carmen Fantasie and Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, to the fearsome technical demands of Ravel’s Tzigane and the exquisite refinement of Saint-Saëns’ Havanaise and Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, this album harks back to an earlier era of violin playing.

“Great violinists like Heifetz, Kreisler, Menuhin … played virtuosic pieces in their concerts,” recalled Steinbacher in a recent interview. She lamented that such pieces are infrequently played owing to the perception that “…this kind of repertoire is ‘not serious enough’ which I find is really a pity and also not true.” For the scintillating Carmen Fantasie, Steinbacher freely admitted that Heifetz was her inspiration. When she heard, that the piece was composed for him mid-career, she was very impressed and decided to make that journey as well “...and I am very glad I did it!”

In a change of pace, the album also features the work which has topped Classic FM’s listeners’ “Hall of Fame” for the last three years running: the much-loved and achingly lyrical The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams.

Ever the listeners’ favourite, this beautiful piece with its soaring violin part has never been bettered for its sublime depiction of an English rural idyll and it seems fitting that Vaughan Williams completed it following the horrors of the First WorldWar. In a similar spiritual vein, the Méditation from “Thaïs” is included, Massanet’s most famous and imitated work which retains the power to this day to spellbind audiences.

“This recital is something of a triumph for violinist Arabella Steinbacher. [Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy] is finger-cripplingly difficult, and…Steinbacher makes it sound like a neat-masterpiece…saving perhaps the best till last, Ravel’s Tzigane, whose opening extended cadenza simmers seductively in a twilight world ravishingly free of bar-lines and pyrotechnical display.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 *****

“The Méditation from Thaïs is done with breathtaking beauty, a turn-on for any newcomer to the violin” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2016

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The Lyrical Clarinet Volume 2

The Lyrical Clarinet Volume 2


Chausson:

Andante et Allegro (1881)

Debussy:

Petite Pièce pour Clarinette et Piano

Field:

Nocturne No. 2 in C minor

arr. McHale. Premiere Recording

Nocturne No. 5 in B flat major

arr. McHale. Premiere Recording

Nocturne No. 10 in E minor

arr. McHale. Premiere Recording

Françaix:

Tema con variazioni for clarinet & piano

Guastavino:

Sonate pour clarinette et piano

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Ravel:

Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73


Michael Collins (clarinet) & Michael McHale (piano)

After a highly praised first volume, including such sonatas as Poulenc’s and Saint-Saëns’s, the virtuoso clarinettist Michael Collins – exclusive on Chandos – presents a new collection of pieces for the Lyrical Clarinet.

This soulful tour-de-force comprises a varied repertoire from Schumann’s romantic Fantasiestücke to shorter, cheerful pieces by Debussy and Ravel, yet always showcasing the incredibly wide dynamic range of the instrument. The album also features three Nocturnes by John Field, transcribed for clarinet by Michael McHale, one of the finest Irish pianists of his generation. Very tuneful, these pieces suit the clarinet, perhaps the closest wind instrument to the human voice, remarkably well.

Michael Collins and Michael McHale have developed a strong association, on stage and on record, which adds warmth and passionate engagement to this recording.

“Gentle charm unfurls from each movement…Collins’s approach has changed little from his EMI recording. He’s a touch more expansive but his tone is still warm and rounded…[and] Michael McHale is just as responsive” Gramophone Magazine, August 2016

“Françaix’s Tema con variazioni stimulates Collins’s virtuosity, seamless line and control of dynamics. It also demonstrates the splendid piano playing of McHale, whose transcription of two John Field Nocturnes further enhances the disc’s attractions.” Sunday Times, 5th June 2016

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Janoska Style

Janoska Style


 

Melodie For Melody

Rumba For Amadeus

Musette Pour Fritz

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Piazzólla:

Adiós Nonino

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus Overture

'à la Janoska'

trad.:

Tarantella vs. Niska Banja

Waxman, F:

Carmen Fantasy


Janoska Ensemble

With their inimitable ‘Janoska style’ the four members of the Janoska Ensemble have developed a breathtakingly virtuosic and profoundly personal vision of music, which they interpret in a thoroughly modern way

For their debut album they have chosen to present a picture of Vienna as a cultural melting pot, lacing it with irony and wit and taking it beyond the confines of the Austrian capital

On “The Janoska Style” virtuoso classics by Franz Waxman, Niccolò Paganini and Pablo de Sarasate are heard alongside a Viennese work by Fritz Kreisler and operetta themes by Johann Strauss combined with the strains of a Csárdás, music from the Balkans, the world of the tango, rumba and of jazz improvisations

Their inexhaustible inventive arrangements allow the Janoska Ensemble to explore a wide range of works from popular classics to compositions that they have written themselves

Violinist Julian Rachlin says: "As an ensemble “they are a whiff of fresh air”, combining their outstanding, individual talents with their family ties. They have become successful in performing in a variety of genres in their unique ‘Janoska style’, which is creating a new hybrid genre"

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Katherine Bryan: Silver Bow

Katherine Bryan: Silver Bow


Drdla:

Serenade

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Paganini:

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 24 in A minor

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Romance in D flat major, Op. 37

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Shostakovich:

Romance (from The Gadfly)

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Vaughan Williams:

The Lark Ascending


All tracks adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan.

Silver Bow sees flautist Katherine Bryan present a fresh view on some much-loved works, together with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen. All the works, originally written for violin, feature captivating melodies that Katherine believes were crying out to be explored from the perspective of a different instrument.

The recording opens with Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending; this favourite from the classical repertoire is a perfect fit for flute, an instrument often used to depict birdsong. There are dazzling showpieces from Saint-Saëns and Sarasate plus Paganini's 24th Caprice which features flutter tongueing (Variation 5), and pop tongueing (Variation 7).

Katherine's beautiful tone is showcased on works such as Kreisler's Liebesleid and Massenet's Meditation from Thaïs. All the solo violin parts have been transcribed and adapted for flute by Katherine herself. Katherine will launch Silver Bow with a concert in London at the Royal Overseas League on 28th September.

Katherine is a rising star having appearing as a concerto soloist with leading orchestras worldwide. Katherine balances her solo career with her role as Principal Flautist with the RSNO, a position she has held since the age of 21. She has given live broadcasts on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and BBC television.

Katherine was a prize-winner at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London, the Young Concert Artists Competition in New York and was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year for three consecutive competitions. Katherine s debut was nominated for an International Classical Music Award and her latest recording was named a Gramophone Choice.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter: The Silver Album

Anne-Sophie Mutter: The Silver Album


Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2

Brahms:

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Hungarian Dance No. 2 in D minor

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Debussy:

Beau Soir

Arr. Jascha Heifetz

Fauré:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13

Kreisler:

Schön Rosmarin

Caprice Viennois, Op. 2

Liebesleid

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Transcribed by M. P. Marsick. New Recording

Mozart:

Violin Sonata No. 33 in E flat major K481

Penderecki:

La Follia per violino solo

Dedicated to Anne-Sophie Mutter. First performance 14 December 2013, Carnegie Hall, New York. World-premiere recording

Previn:

Violin Sonata No. 2

Commissioned by Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Klavier-Festival Ruhr. Dedicated To Anne- Sophie Mutter. World-premiere recording

Ravel:

Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera

New Recording


This special 2 CD collection celebrates 25 years of Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis performing and recording together. The celebrated violinist says: “Meeting Lambert was a stroke of luck for me. It quickly became clear how perfectly we breathe and phrase together. With Lambert I can do anything.” Ever since, the two of them have explored the musical worlds of many different composers in a wonderful artistic partnership.

With 40 minutes of new music, which she will be featuring on her tour concerts, and some of her most famous encores this album is a must-have for all Anne-Sophie Mutter fans.

“it is possible to say that Orkis finishes Mutter's sentences and that they play as a single voice...it is undeniable that this is a disc of strong identity and integrity.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

“A glorious selection from the 25-year partnership of Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis - with new recordings of Penderecki's virtuosic violin solo La Follia and Andre Previn's Second Sonata.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 *****

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Meditations: Oboe & Harp at the Opera

Meditations: Oboe & Harp at the Opera


Brod:

Fantasie on the Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor, Op. 57

arr. S. Christ for oboe and harp

Donizetti:

Andante sostenuto in F minor - aus einem verschollenen Oboenkonzert

arr. S. Christ for oboe and harp

Godard, B:

Berceuse from Jocelyn

arr. C. Moinet for oboe and harp

Honegger:

Antigone: Interlude

Ibert:

Entr'acte for flute (or violin) & guitar (or harp)

arr. C. Moinet for oboe and harp

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

arr. C. Moinet for oboe and harp

Pasculli:

Omaggio a Bellini für Englischhorn und Harfe

arr. S. Christ for cor anglais and harp

Fantasia on themes from Donizetti's 'Poliuto'

arr. S. Christ for oboe and harp

Schubert:

Die Zauberharfe (The Magic Harp), D 644: Andante

arr. C. Moinet for oboe and harp

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Hirtenreigen auf einer Schalmei (Shepherd's pipe song)

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

arr. C. Moinet for cor anglais and harp


Céline Moinet (oboe & english horn) & Sarah Christ (harp)

Some of the most famous scenes in the Romantic opera repertoire, revisited by two outstanding soloists, in an unusual instrumental combination (oboe and harp) that is nevertheless perfectly in keeping with the opera house. Alongside the evergreen ‘Meditation’ from 'Thaïs', Céline Moinet and Sarah Christ have assembled a multitude of composers and works to produce a programme that is sheer enchantment.

“[Moinet] has compiled her visiting card with considerable ingenuity and a minimum of barrel-scraping...[She] is flawless throughout: her sound is a delight, her techique impeccable and her stamina - especially in Pasculli - superhuman...Oboe, harp and recording are here all perfect: this is a joyous and frankly outstanding disc.” International Record Review, May 2014

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Violinissimo: Great Violin Encores

Violinissimo: Great Violin Encores


Albéniz:

Tango (No. 2 from Espana, Op. 165)

Erich Gruenberg (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Elgar Howarth

Falla:

Danse Espagnole No. 1 (from La Vida Breve)

Erich Gruenberg (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Elgar Howarth

Godard, B:

Berceuse from Jocelyn

Josef Sakonov (violin)

London Festival Orchestra

Granados:

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 6 'Jota'

Erich Gruenberg (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Elgar Howarth

Heuberger:

Gehen wir ins Chambre séparée (from Der Opernball)

Josef Sakonov (violin)

London Festival Orchestra

Hubay:

Scène de la csárda No. 4 'Hejre Kati', Op. 32

Josef Sakonov (violin)

London Festival Orchestra

Korngold:

Intermezzo (from Much ado about nothing)

Josef Sakonov (violin)

London Festival Orchestra

Kreisler:

Liebesfreud

Erich Gruenberg (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Elgar Howarth

Liebesleid

Erich Gruenberg (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Elgar Howarth

Caprice Viennois, Op. 2

Erich Gruenberg (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Elgar Howarth

Concerto in C minor

Erich Gruenberg (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Elgar Howarth

Recitative & Scherzo Caprice, Op. 6

Erich Gruenberg (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Elgar Howarth

Schön Rosmarin

Erich Gruenberg (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Elgar Howarth

Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3

Erich Gruenberg (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Elgar Howarth

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Josef Sakonov (violin)

London Festival Orchestra

Monti, V:

Csárdás

Josef Sakonov (violin)

London Festival Orchestra

Ponce, M:

Estrellita

Josef Sakonov (violin)

London Festival Orchestra

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Josef Sakonov (violin)

London Festival Orchestra

Sternhold:

Fêtes tziganes

Josef Sakonov (violin)

London Festival Orchestra

Tchaikovsky:

Valse sentimentale, Op. 51 No. 6

Josef Sakonov (violin)

London Festival Orchestra

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

Josef Sakonov (violin)

London Festival Orchestra


Two “Phase 4” recordings reappear in their entirety on this double-CD of violin bon-bons. Josef Sakonov’s is of virtuoso violin pieces (including Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen) and sentimental miniatures by Godard, Tchaikovsky, Ponce and others. This is the first international release of the complete original LP on CD. Erich Gruenberg’s recording centres around Fritz Kreisler – as both composer and arranger. Only a handful of these pieces have appeared on CD before, and, as with the Sakonov recording, the Phase 4 LP is here rendered complete. These are outstanding performances, a must for lovers of the lighter side of the violin repertoire.

“Viennese born and bred, Erich Gruenberg has a head start in recapturing the appeal of these Kreisler sweetmeats … he extracts the last ounce of sentiment … apt period flavour” Gramophone Magazine, 1977

“Here is a rich, resonant recording … containing beautiful tone from one of the two Guarnerius violins which at one time belonged to Ferdinand David… The program is a mixture of sentiment and fiery brilliance” Gramophone Magazine, March 1973 (Sakonov)

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Homage To Pavlova

Homage To Pavlova


Asafyev:

Papillons

Catalani:

Loreley: Danza delle ondine

Czibulka:

Love's dream after the ball, Op.356

Delibes:

Naila: Intermezzo

Drigo:

Le reveil de Flore (excerpts)

Kreisler:

The Dragonfly

Kurpinski:

Polish Wedding: Mazurka

Lincke:

Glow Worm Idyll (Lysistrata)

Luigini:

Ballet égyptien

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Rubinstein:

Danses des fiancées de Cachemir, from Feramors

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b: December (Christmas)

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Mélodie in E flat major


While Richard Bonynge has long been associated with opera, particularly with that of the Bel Canto age, he has been one of the most active revivers and conductors of ballet in the 20th and 21st centuries. His recordings of the major Romantic classical ballet scores have been critically acclaimed, but he has also been responsible for making – often – the single recording of many ballet masterpieces that disappeared from view, and in doing so, showing just how worthy was their revival. There were three classic ballet ‘bon-bon’ LPs he recorded in the 1960s – Homage to Pavlova, Pas de deux and The Art of the Prima Ballerina. All are now reissued on Decca Eloquence.

Homage to Pavlova, a lavish 2-LP set, here appears as per the original LP coupling, with illustrations and detailed notes. For more than twenty years – roughly between 1909 and 1931 in which year she died – Anna Pavlova’s name was synonymous with ballet for hundreds of thousands who saw her dance but who had never heard of the great, contemporaneous Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and would not have understood it if they had; and for millions of others who never saw her but for whom her name was a household word. Pavlova’s debut was recorded by Valerian Svetloff, one of the foremost critics of the time with the praise: ‘Slender and graceful as a reed, and as supple, with the ingenuous face of a girl of southern Spain, ethereal and light, she seemed like a fragile and elegant Sèvres statuette … Here was something individual, something that was not learned at school. In the solo variation one already felt something more, something that made it possible for one, without posing as a prophet, to foresee in the youthful dancer a great future artist.’

“Delibes’s Naïla Intermezzo … has one catching one’s breath […] John Georgiadis makes a superb showing in his solo items. […] Bonynge savours every item, and the LSO responds loyally. The recording is predictably excellent.” Gramophone Magazine, November 1972

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