Saint-Saëns: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila) (Softly awakes my heart)

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My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice

My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice

Music for the Wanamaker organ and flugelhorn


Bizet:

Carmen Suite No. 1

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Duruflé:

Requiem, Op. 9: Lux aeterna

Ubi caritas, Op. 10 No. 1

Requiem, Op. 9: Pie Jesu

Elgar:

Sospiri, Op. 70

Gounod:

Funeral March of a Marionette

Grainger:

Shepherd's Hey

Hebble:

Homage to Fritz Kreisler (Londonderry Air)

Puccini:

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)

Rimsky Korsakov:

Mlada: Procession of the Nobles

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Strauss, R:

Capriccio: Intermezzo (Moonlight Music)

Verdi:

Ave Maria (from Otello)

La traviata: Prelude to Act 1

Wagner:

Gesegnet soll sie schreiten (from Lohengrin)

(arr. for flugelhorn and organ)


Andrew Ennis (flugelhorn), Peter Richard Conte (organ)

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In the Mood for Tuba

In the Mood for Tuba


Galliano:

Tango pour Claude

Fables of Tuba

Grappelli:

Les Valseuses

Mascagni:

Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo

Mendez, R:

Romanza

Monti, V:

Csárdás

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Vanbeselaere:

Convergences

Vaughan Williams:

Tuba Concerto in F minor

Villa-Lobos:

Tristorosa


Thomas Leleu (tuba)

Thomas Leleu Sextet & Orquesta Sinfonica de Lara, Tarcisio Barreto Ceballos

As the winner of the Victoires de la Musique Classique award (the French equivalent of the Grammy Awards) in 2012 at the age of 24, named instrumental soloist 'Revelation of the Year', Thomas Leleu is the first tuba player to obtain this coveted distinction.

At only 27, he is already enjoying a remarkable career: known as the young international star of the tuba, his musicality and astonishing deftness make him a unique genius of his instrument. In his hands, the instrument takes on a contemporary shine, revealing an almost infinite range, a delicacy and complexity that have rejuvenated it. With his determination to break down the barriers between classic and contemporary music, his eclecticism and his free, fun approach to concert playing, he is the ideal emissary of his instrument.

This album is an accomplishment in the life of a young artist and foundational in the world of music - it may well mark a decisive turning point. Leleu, who has retained all of his love for the stage and his exhilarating force, has once again turned to composition, an activity for which he possesses true talent but that he had to put aside while working on his instrument.

In 2012, Leleu founded the Thomas Leleu Sextet and became a godfather of the youth development and social change organisation El-Sistema-France. He is the Melton Meinl/Weston Artist and ambassador for the Buffet Group of wind instruments. Working with the prestigious German instrument manufacturer, he helped develop the 2250 TL 'French Touch' tuba that he now plays.

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Sinful Women: Dagmar Pecková

Sinful Women: Dagmar Pecková

Recorded at the Studio of Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Bratislava, September 2014


Cherubini:

Del fiero duol che il cor mi frange (Act 3) (from Medea)

Mariotte:

Ah! Je baiserai ta bouche (from Salome)

Massenet:

Ne me refuse pas (from Hérodiade)

O mes sœurs (from Marie-Magdeleine)

Saint-Saëns:

Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Strauss, R:

Ich habe keine guten Nachte (from Elektra)

Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Stravinsky:

Nonn' erubescite, reges (from Oedipus Rex)

Wagner:

Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust (from Parsifal)


The provocative title of the new album by the feted mezzo-soprano Dagmar Pecková reflects a remarkable dramaturgic idea: that which connects the life of modern humans with the heroines of Antique mythology is the principle of sin – and forgiveness.

This is perhaps why all the featured characters are smart and strong women, some of them even endowed with supernatural abilities. Women determined to apply the boldest means so as to gain that which they long for – or to take revenge. Women betrayed by a ruse or wounded by their own love.

The very first aria featured, that of Massenet’s Marie-Magdeleine, opens the scope for the message – that the only way out of sin is forgiveness. “When you look at mezzo-soprano characters, virtually all of them can be branded sinners. Perhaps it is owing to the darker voice colour...” says Dagmar Pecková. As rendered by her on the present album, each of the “sinful women” is profoundly treated in psychological and emotional terms.

This profundity and inspiration is based on the soloist’s own professional experience and is also the fruit of the collaboration with the accompanying Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, under the uncompromising and masterful baton of Aleksandar Marković.

Love, sin and forgiveness. An insight into the mysterious female soul!

“Dagmar Peckova's voice has evolved from strong and stylish Mozartian into a richly powerful instrument whose darkly sensuous hues are ideally suited to the lusher late Romantics…her hollow-toned, haunting Klytaemnestra is the finest performance here.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

“Vocally Peckova's dark contralto-ish mezzo is in good shape throughout...Tone and supportive vocal colour seem to count more for her than pure text...Throughout the programme we hear superbly and cleanly executed run-throughs, but it is oftem Markovic's players who provide the real dramatic thrust (try the end of Elektra here).” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

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Treasured Classics

Treasured Classics

Works for Violin & Piano


Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 2 in D minor

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice: Mélodie

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Kreisler:

Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani)

Rondo (after Mozart)

Spanish Dance

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Shostakovich:

Romance (from The Gadfly)

Tchaikovsky:

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

Vladigerov:

Bulgarian Suite, Op. 21: Chant

Wieniawski:

Légende in G minor, Op. 17


Devorina Gamalova (violin/viola) & Krassimir Taskov (piano)

This new CD from the enterprising label Discovery Music and Vision includes a popular collection of highlights and virtuoso short form compositions for violin and piano and four new arrangement premieres for viola and piano. Devorina Gamalova is a recent winner of the prestigious “Crystal Lyre” award in Bulgaria.

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Gala Mariinsky II

Gala Mariinsky II

Live recording from Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg, May 2, 2013


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Bizet:

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Gounod:

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Mozart:

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Prokofiev:

Montagues And Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Verdi:

Nel dì della vittoria … Ambizioso spirto … Vieni t'affretta! … Or tutti sorgete (from Macbeth)

Wagner:

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)


Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Olga Borodina, Plácido Domingo, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Ildar Abdrazakov, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, Sergei Semishkur (Opera), Olga Esina, Kim Kimin, Anastasia Kolegova, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alexander Sergeyev, Vladimir Shklyarov, Oxana Skorik, Diana Vishneva (Principal Dancers and Soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet), Yuri Bashmet (viola), Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Denis Matsuev (piano)

Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is one of the most prestigious opera and ballet venues in the world. Built in 1860 and named in honour of Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Czar Alexander II, it is home to the famous Mariinsky Ballet as well as numerous international stars and ensembles. After the turn of the millennium it was painstakingly restored; and since 2013, St. Petersburg’s Theatre Square has been crowned with the “Mariinsky II” an imposing new arts and performance venue. At its inauguration on May 2, 2013, the highly gifted conductor Valery Gergiev led a veritable who’s who of the classical music world. Featuring gems from opera, orchestral music and ballet, and with modern dance interludes, the programme encompassed the history of the legendary venue from its beginnings to the present day. This broad historical span was symbolically represented by a bridge connecting the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky II. Arthaus Musik is now offering you a unique opportunity to own an enduring reminder of this unique performance, in which stars including Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Olga Borodina, Vladimir Shklyarov and René Pape supported by the Mariinsky Theatre chorus, orchestra and ballet celebrate the spirit of this illustrious establishment.

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“The ballet excerpts highlight stunning technical control over bravura…the basses generally win the day, Mikhail Petrenko offering a sonorous ‘Ey Ukhnem!’ and Evgeny Nikitin an imposing Boris Godunov…[and] Olga Borodina walks away with the vocal honours for her voluptuous Dalila.” Classical Music

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Gala Mariinsky II

Gala Mariinsky II

Live recording from Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg, May 2, 2013


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Bizet:

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Gounod:

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Mozart:

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Prokofiev:

Montagues And Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Verdi:

Nel dì della vittoria … Ambizioso spirto … Vieni t'affretta! … Or tutti sorgete (from Macbeth)

Wagner:

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)


With Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Plácido Domingo, Alexei Markov, Anna Netrebko, Yevgeny Nikitin, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Sergei Semishkur (Opera), Olga Esina, Kim Kimin, Anastasia Kolegova, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alexander Sergeyev, Vladimir Shklyarov, Oxana Skorik, Diana Vishneva (Principal Dancers and Soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet), Yuri Bashmet (viola), Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Denis Matsuev (piano)

Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is one of the most prestigious opera and ballet venues in the world. Built in 1860 and named in honour of Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Czar Alexander II, it is home to the famous Mariinsky Ballet as well as numerous international stars and ensembles. After the turn of the millennium it was painstakingly restored; and since 2013, St. Petersburg’s Theatre Square has been crowned with the “Mariinsky II” an imposing new arts and performance venue. At its inauguration on May 2, 2013, the highly gifted conductor Valery Gergiev led a veritable who’s who of the classical music world. Featuring gems from opera, orchestral music and ballet, and with modern dance interludes, the programme encompassed the history of the legendary venue from its beginnings to the present day. This broad historical span was symbolically represented by a bridge connecting the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky II. Arthaus Musik is now offering you a unique opportunity to own an enduring reminder of this unique performance, in which stars including Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Olga Borodina, Vladimir Shklyarov and René Pape supported by the Mariinsky Theatre chorus, orchestra and ballet celebrate the spirit of this illustrious establishment.

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The Britannic Organ, Vol. 9: Welte's organists and Edwin Lemare

The Britannic Organ, Vol. 9: Welte's organists and Edwin Lemare


Bossi, M E:

Chant du soir, Op. 92 No. 1

Ave Maria, Op. 104, No. 2

Buck, D:

Concert Variations on 'The Star-Spangled Banner', Op. 23

Eddy:

Festival Prelude and Fugue, 'Old Hundredth'

Farnam:

Toccata on O Filii et Filiae

Faulkes:

Festival March, Op. 128 No. 1

Friml:

California Suite, Op. 57: Orange Blossoms

Gounod:

La Reine de Saba: Cortege

Guilmant:

Sonata No. 1 in D minor for organ, Op. 42

Marche funèbre et chant séraphique, Op. 17

Caprice in B flat major, Op. 20 No. 3

Harker, F F:

In the Twilight, Op. 43 No. 1

Humperdinck:

Hänsel & Gretel Overture

Lemare:

Rondo Capriccio in A - A Study in Accents, Op. 64

Andantino in D flat Op. 83 No. 2 (‘Moonlight and Roses')

Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 50: Scherzo

Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 50: Adagio patetico

Rheinberger:

Sonata No. 3 (Pastorale), Op. 88

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Sandiford Turner:

Scherzo in F minor

Thiele, L:

Theme and Variations in A flat major


The recording studio of the Welte firm on 5th Avenue with the organists Clarence Eddy, Samuel Atkinson Baldwin, Lynnwood Farnam, Richard Epstein & Edwin H. Lemare

The firm of M. Welte & Söhne maintained a branch in New York from 1865 until 1917 under the name of M. Welte & Sons. It had been established by Emil Welte (1841–1923, son of the company‘s founder); he lived in the USA permanently, only rarely visiting Freiburg. A recording studio with a grand piano for making piano recordings and a recording organ could be found at the best address on 5th Avenue. Piano recordings of the Welte firm were thus not only made in Freiburg im Breisgau from 1905 until 1932, but also in New York.

“the organ’s roll player mechanism provides us with two CDs of quite incredible testimony by organists whose playing was never captured by microphones” Choir & Organ, May 2015 *****

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Singers of the Paris Opera - Denise Scharley 1917-2011

Singers of the Paris Opera - Denise Scharley 1917-2011


Bizet:

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Près des remparts de Séville (Séguedille) (from Carmen)

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Carreau! Pique! La mort! (from Carmen)

Massenet:

Il faut nous séparer (Werther)

Werther! Werther!…Je vous écris de ma petite chambre (from Werther)

Va! Laisse couler mes larmes (from Werther)

Ne me refuse pas (from Hérodiade)

Vous etes mon seigneur (from Don Quichotte)

Menotti:

Afraid, am I afraid? (The Medium)

Poulenc:

Dialogues des Carmélites: Une cellule de l'infirmerie

Saint-Saëns:

Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse (Samson et Dalila)

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Tchaikovsky:

Countess's Scene (from Pique Dame)


Denise Scharley (mezzo)

With her unique mezzo contralto voice, Denise Scharley was able to make an impression in all the great roles of her repertoire. Admired by Francis Poulenc, Scharley remains in the opinion of many, unmatched to this day in the role of the Prioress in Les Dialogues des Carmelites.

She also had the temperament of a tragic actress as she demonstrates on this CD as Carmen, Charlotte from Werther (Massenet) and Dalila from Saint-Saens.

An interesting document of her most famous performances.

“Scharley's warm, firm mezzo pours forth over its whole range, shown well in 'Va! Laisse couler mes larmes' (Werther), for example…a fine voice it is, worthy of collecting.” International Record Review, March 2015

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Callas à Paris I (1961)

Callas à Paris I (1961)


Bizet:

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Près des remparts de Séville (Séguedille) (from Carmen)

Charpentier, G:

Depuis le jour (from Louise)

Gluck:

J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (from Orphée et Eurydice)

Divinités du Styx (from Alceste)

Gounod:

Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce rêve (from Roméo et Juliette)

Massenet:

De cet affreux combat…Pleurez, mes yeux ! (from Le Cid)

Saint-Saëns:

Printemps qui commence (from Samson et Dalila)

Samson, recherchant ma présence…Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse (from Samson et Dalila)

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Thomas, Ambroise:

Ah, pour ce soir...Je suis Titania (from Mignon)


Callas never sang a role in French on stage, though she had studied French repertoire as a student and one of her most famous roles, Cherubini’s Medea, had originally been written in French as Médée. From the early 1960s she made her home in Paris, where in 1961 she recorded this recital of French-language arias for both soprano and mezzo-soprano, composed in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. ‘The recital … is a tour de force of sympathetic interpretation,’ wrote Gramophone after her death. ‘The range is astounding, so much so that hearing the record is both an inspiring and upsetting experience; not merely because of the sense of the early loss of so great an artist [as Callas], but because the plights of these great human archetypes – Orpheus, Alceste, Carmen, Dalila, Chimène and Juliet – are themselves so uplifting and disturbing as Callas presents them to us … Records like this change people’s lives.’

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Maria Callas: Pure

Maria Callas: Pure


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Bizet:

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Catalani:

Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (from La Wally)

Cilea:

Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Donizetti:

Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce! … Spargi d'amaro pianto (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Giordano, U:

La mamma morta (from Andrea Chénier)

Gluck:

J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (from Orphée et Eurydice)

Puccini:

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)

Rossini:

Una voce poco fa (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Verdi:

È strano! è strano!...Ah! fors è lui...Sempre libera (from La Traviata)

D'amor sull'ali rosee (from Il Trovatore)

Ave Maria (from Otello)


Maria Callas (soprano)

One of the 20th century’s most legendary and enduring icons, Maria Callas was both a glamorous diva and a global superstar who captivated audiences worldwide with her vivid and passionate performances. This disc features Callas in a glittering selection of opera favourites that showcase her unique voice and her heart-breaking portrayal of tragic heroines.

Opera singers come and go, but just a few – the legends – live on. And Maria Callas was the greatest legend of them all, though not just for the wonder of her voice. She changed the way people thought about opera, but she also became famous as the glamorous celebrity who fell in love with Aristotle Onassis, leaving her elderly husband to live with him on his yacht Christina and enjoy the high life with the international jet set. Of course it ended badly. She lived her life like one of her own tragic heroines who (as women tend to do in opera) sing, suffer and die. And her own death came at just 53, after a dazzling but short career that took in heavy roles alongside decorative, nightingale-like ones – ignoring the established rules of vocal health and probably explaining why her voice finally gave out as it did. But in that time she did extraordinary things, using the muscle of those heavy heroines to empower the nightingales with strength and depth of feeling nobody had thought to offer them before. She gave them credibility as drama. Her performances were absolute and self-exposing: she held nothing back. And she was even tougher on herself than she could be on others – which is why her voice was never quite the flawless instrument singers are meant to cultivate. Her personality was far too volatile and too self-sacrificing in its love affair with risk. In the mythology of opera, though, that’s what the audience demands. We want the diva to be both a goddess and a slave: to give her life for art. We thrill to the dimension of that sacrifice. And Callas dutifully obliged.

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