August 2022 - New Releases

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Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Ashkan Behzadi, Mario Diaz de Leon

On the move

Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Ashkan Behzadi, Mario Diaz de Leon

STR37218
1 CD
05/08/2022
STRADIVARIUS

'Ryoanji', composed by John Cage for the Ensemble Alternance and the double bass player Joëlle Léandre, is one of the founding works of the Ensemble. Since then, the Ensemble Alternance's attention to contemporary American music has been constant through the revival of works by leading composers such as Ives, Crumb, Carter, Brown... but also creations by David Lang, Jason Eckardt... This new generation of composers is the heir to the pioneering spirit of John Cage. It is also emblematic of a melting pot society open to cultures from around the world. Although expressing themselves in resolutely different styles, the four composers featured on this recording: Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Ashkan Behzadi and Mario Diaz de Leon, have two things in common. The first is a high level of instrumental practice: one is a saxophonist, the other a pianist or an electric guitarist... evolving in a vast field of expression (from experimental, alternative and electronic music to rock or jazz). The second is Columbia University (New York), where they acquired knowhow and in-depth knowledge of music writing and where, in turn, some of them have taught or still teach.

Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Meyer, Fryderyk Chopin

Luca Fiorentini & Jakub Tchorzewski: Live in Bologna

Luca Fiorentini, Jakub Tchorzewski

STR37227
1 CD
05/08/2022
STRADIVARIUS

Luca Fiorentini and Jakub Tchorzewski’s concert was recorded on September 25, 2014 at the Oratorio San Filippo Neri in Bologna as part of the “Il Nuovo l’Antico” section of the XXXIII edition of the Bologna Festival. “Il Nuovo l’Antico” was in turn divided into two cycles: “Delizie e Tenebre” and “La Triade Polacca: Chopin-Szymanowski-Lutosławski”, conceived by the artistic director of the Festival, the Venetian musicologist Prof. Mario Messinis - former artistic director of the Biennale Musica in Venice and of the RAI Orchestras of Turin and Milan, as well as superintendent of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice - to whom this recording is dedicated. The duo Fiorentini-Tchorzewski presented a repertoire that spans more than a century, adding to the “triad” the living Polish composer Krzysztof Meyer. The cycle “La Triade Polacca: Chopin-Szymanowski-Lutosławski” was organized in collaboration with the Polish Institute of Rome.

Frédéric Chopin, Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, Georges Migot, Francis Poulenc, Jean-Jacques Werner, Georges Auric

Impressiones Nocturnes

Patricia Pagny

STR37229
1 CD
05/08/2022
STRADIVARIUS

"Tender or troubled, dark or starlit, the night has long been a source of artistic creativity. Whether it is simple music to help children fall asleep, or broader forms inspired by the nocturnal theme, this recording suggests some of the many facets of an essentially romantic element, dictated by the unconscious. Twentieth-century France was certainly one of the countries that developed this theme most, proposing a poetic content with an extensive panorama, ranging from melancholy and mystery, to pure and enchanting melody, passing through the instantaneous description of a scene or a painting, the aim of each composer being to exploit a flexible structure, favouring the alternation between highly expressive lyrical passages and other more or less animated moments. Far from the clamour of the media, Patricia Pagny has for years made a name for herself in the world of music by following an atypical path marked by important tours abroad. Her frequent appearances in Asia and Europe, the masterclasses she holds in various music centres, her position as Professor at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern, her presence on the juries of international competitions, her commitment to the promotion of the new generation of musicians, within the framework of the «Tasti’Era-Projects» programme of which she is artistic director, as well as a rich and varied discography, are all evidence of her intense activity."

Enrique Granados, Gaspar Cassadó, Manuel De Falla, Isaac Albéniz

Evocaciones

Martina Biondi, Pietro Locatto

STR37232
1 CD
05/08/2022
STRADIVARIUS

"This program stems from the desire to plunge into a succession of short and idiomatic musical forms that can “evoke” the expressive nuances of the protagonists of the Spanish national school, which developed between the XIX and the XX century. The deep voice of the cello and the brightness of the guitar perfectly blend in this repertoire to recall the taste, the cultural world, and the expressive spirit that originated it and that underlies, in every page, the stories and the weaves of its protagonists. The first pioneers of this Iberian impressionism were the renowned pianists and composers Isaac Albéniz (18601909) and Enrique Granados (18971966). Catalans and spokesmen of a national music filtered through a more European outlook, born from their parisian stays and the rich cultural excitement of the Barcelona of that era. Both, through their pianos, manage to render a Spain seen from the outside. The popular pieces for piano (or for voice and piano, like in Elegia Eterna) collected here, evoke colors and sounds that transcend the instrument; they recall the dances, the folk songs, the nightly atmospheres, the cante jondo and the voice of the guitar itself to such an extent that the following vibrant transcriptions of guitarists like Tarrega, Llobet and Segovia sparked the popular false belief that these pieces were created for the guitar in the first place. Therefore the guitar presents itself as the ideal instrument for this repertoire since its conception, but the expressive intensity of the cello, not only perfectly marries with the tone of the six-strings, but also seems to infuse the singing with a fluidity, a richness, and a narrative intensity that no transcription for solo guitar could ever fully support."

Pietro Lazazzara

Gipsy Jazz Style

Pietro Lazazzara, Antonio Solazzo, Francesco Clemente, Maria Pia Lazazzara, Sabrina Loforese, Luigi Vania, Nicoletta di Sabato, Giuseppe Magistro

STR57925
1 CD
05/08/2022
STRADIVARIUS

"This album represents an innovative and renewed production path started in 2020 with my first album “My Art of Gypsy Jazz” published by Stradivarius Music label with which a solid collaboration has been established. Already in the previous work, my aim was to immediately highlight in the title a personal vision of the Gypsy style, starting from its stylistic peculiarities, and adding “colour” in a harmonic and stylistic combination with my experience. Despite maintaining the basic ensemble of guitars and bass, with “Gypsy Jazz Style”, it was necessary to complete my compositions, depending on the need, with the valuable collaboration of many friends / musicians who, with enthusiasm have been involved. Even the desired sounds are more modern than the previous album. Each note is meaningful!At the root of this collection of unpublished works there is the “contamination” and “inclusion” of music styles that have occurred in the journey of my artistic life. The unmistakable touch and sound of the Manouche guitar and the sound, creative and emotional impacts that Django Reinhardt had on me, have inevitably influenced my vision and my path, in summary: “Gypsy Jazz style”."

Gaspar Sanz, Luigi Boccherini, Domenico Scarlatti, Alessandro Scarlatti, Arcangelo Lori, Domenico Pellegrini, Santiago De Murcia, Giovanni Zamboni, Alessandro Piccinini, Paolo Rigano

Music for archlute, guitar and harpsichord

Paolo Rigano, Cinzia Guarino

TC 670005
1 CD
05/08/2022
TACTUS

Among the motivations of this disc, the most important one is the wish to present the various styles and periods in a clear, simple way, endeavouring to avoid superabundance and the accumulation of crossover deposits that are often heard where it seems that the music of the past cannot be self-sufficient and needs an extra chromatic and rhythmic shove in order to catch the listeners’ attention, inducing them to compare it with the commercial, repetitive entertainment repertoire. In this musical journey between Italy and Spain of the Baroque era, Paolo Rigano on the archlute and baroque guitar and Cinzia Guarino on the harpsichord are interpreting a singular anthology of pieces enriching the playing through the practice of the basso continuo that marked the entire musical period from the Renaissance to the late Baroque.

Roberto Berzero, Claudio Ferrara, Heinrich Hunterhofer, Giorgi Barozzi, Angelo Palmisano, Filippo-Maria Magi, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Pietro Mascagni, Silvia Baroni Pasolini, Nicky Pipita, Christhian Paterniti, Francesco Vitucci

Lirica da Camera sui testi di Pascoli, Moretti, Panzini, Moretti

Monica Boschetti, Omar Montanari, Andrea Jin Chen, Pia Zanca, Giacomo Carnevali

TC 950007
1 CD
05/08/2022
TACTUS

The pieces recorded here have a common characteristic: they are all inspired by lines of poets who were born in Romagna or attracted by this enchanted land. On the one hand Pascoli and Moretti, on the other Panzini, who was practically a citizen of Rimini, and Carducci, who was an enthusiastic visitor in the countryside of Cesena. Romagna is the place where their respective memorial buildings stand, ranging from those in San Mauro Pascoli and Cesenatico to the Casa Rossa in Bellaria and Villa Silvia in Lizzano, above Renato Serra’s Cesena. These four houses actually have been united by a strong project, whose goal was to give rise to a musical competition under the aegis of the four illustrious men of letters. This was the origin of the “Primo Concorso internazionale di composizione lirica da camera su testi di poeti e scrittori di Romagna”, organised by N.O.T.A. Music, a cultural association that is quite zealous and innovative in the sphere of didactic and productive activities. A selection from this competition constitutes most of the programme of the CD.

Sir Donald Tovey

Chamber Music, Vol. 3 – The Complete Cello Sonatas

Alice Neary, Kate Gould, Gretel Dowdeswell

TOCC 0497
1 CD
05/08/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

Sir Donald Tovey (1875–1940) has long been known as one of the finest writers on music in English – but he saw himself primarily as a composer. His occasionally turbulent friendship with Pau Casals was the spur for a monumental concerto and three sonatas: for solo cello, two cellos and cello with piano. The cello was the ideal instrument for Tovey’s Brahmsian musical language, with its long, singing lines unfolding in effortless counterpoint – though the huge passacaglia that ends the solo sonata also demands a virtuoso technique. The brief Bach arrangement recorded here for the first time arose when the twelve-year-old Tovey added a cello line to one of Bach’s best-known preludes, originally for lute.

Fridrich Bruk

Orchestral Music, Vol. 3

Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Maris Kupčs

TOCC 0645
1 CD
05/08/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

This third instalment of the recent symphonic output of Fridrich Bruk (born in Ukraine in 1937 but a Finnish resident since 1974) brings two works of astonishing vitality for a composer in his eighties. Both of them have social undercurrents: Symphony No. 22 is driven by ecological concerns about the pollution of the world’s oceans, and No. 23 takes its material from folk-melodies of the Ingrians, a vanishing ethnic group on the Finnish-Russian border. The orchestral writing in both pieces is passionate and wildly inventive, a kaleidoscope of colour and counterpoint, sitting somewhere between Villa-Lobos and Pettersson in its profligate abundance.

Robert Fürstenthal

Complete Choral Music, Vol. 1

Ian Buckle, Richard Casey, Philippa Hyde, Emma Roberts, Rory Carver, Felix Kemp, Borealis, Skipton Camerata, Stephen Muir

TOCC 0648
1 CD
05/08/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

Like many Austrian Jews, Robert Fürstenthal (1920–2016) fled to the USA after the German invasion of his country in 1938. Music then became his link to his homeland: ‘When I compose, I am back in Vienna’. As an amateur composer, Fürstenthal preferred to work on a small scale, and his output of songs and chamber music is considerable. But he also wrote two sizable works for chamber choir, the first of which, in this series of two albums, is book-ended by piano sonatas – all three works revealing that the tradition of Schubert and Brahms was alive in the California sun.

Henriëtte Bosmans

Early Chamber Music

Solarek Piano Trio

TOCC 0654
1 CD
05/08/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

The three works by the Amsterdam-born Henriëtte Bosmans (1895–1952) in this album all date from her early to mid-twenties. The Violin Sonata and Piano Trio are substantial pieces, both animated by the passion of youth – and, given their quality, it is astounding that they should be receiving their first recordings here. At this stage in her life Bosmans was still writing in an expansive, Romantic style, although echoes of French Impressionism, Spain and the Middle East can often be heard – and from time to time the Violin Sonata nods to Bach and Reger.

Johann Sebastian Bach

The Cello Suites, Vol. 1

Pavlos Carvalho

WHR072
1 CD
05/08/2022
WILLOWHAYNE RECORDS

There has not been a more important or influential body of cello music written before or since the 6 Bach Cello Suites. Now treated almost reverentially by cellists, for two hundred years they were virtually unknown until a young Catalan cellist, Pablo Casals, discovered them in a little shop and breathed life back into these masterpieces. For some the music is deeply spiritual, for others the pieces are closely connected with nature… or perhaps it is the ingenuity of their structure and symmetry that inspires people to be moved by the Cello Suites. Whatever the reasons, people always come back to Bach. Through, seemingly the most simple means, Bach speaks to the soul and the intellect at once. Like the best fairy tales or myths, his music is layered and can be enjoyed and understood at different levels at different times of our lives. He is everywhere and a deeply rooted part of our lives, from performances in the greatest concert halls to contemporary films, used as music of political statement, as exciting imaginative music to be explored by the greatest jazz musicians, for mothers to soothe their babies, for people to celebrate weddings or deep consolation at funerals. The profound imagination behind the cathartic simplicity of Bach’s Cello Suites makes his music a companion for life for the listener and a mystery to be constantly re-examined and explored by the performer.

Auguste Chapuis, Henriette Renié, Henri Büsser, Marcel Tournier, Jacques Pillois, Odette de Montesquiou, Marcelle Soulage

Fresque Marine: Forgotten French Treasures for Harp, Vol. 1

Alexander Rider

WHR074
1 CD
05/08/2022
WILLOWHAYNE RECORDS

An abundance of brilliant French harpists at the dawn of the last century led to composers in that country being galvanised to write for the harp as a solo instrument. Works by Debussy, Fauré, Ravel and Pierné are still the staple repertoire of harpists, but there exists much more music unjustly neglected and, until now, almost forgotten. Fresque Marine brings this music once more into the light, using the intimate and rich tones of an original French Erard concert harp, such as the composers would have heard in their aural imagination. The recital features music by such well-known harpist composers as Renié and Tournier, but also celebrates less well-known composers, particularly pieces by female composers, all brought forth in a kaleidoscope of subtle colours.

Ludwig van Beethoven

The Complete Violin Sonatas

Christopher White, Melanie Reinhard

WHR076
3 CD
05/08/2022
WILLOWHAYNE RECORDS

Christopher White and Melanie Reinhard have been performing the Beethoven Violin Sonatas together for over thirty years, from when they first met in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory of Music. They have become a staple of their recitals in combination with other repertoire. Although the ten sonatas are mostly early works and not his most significant (compared to the string quartets for example) they are a charming and varied set of compositions. It is a shame that often one only hears the select (and famous) few such as the Spring or Kreutzer sonatas because some of the lesser-known sonatas (for instance Op. 12 No. 2 in A major or the glorious slow movement in the sixth sonata) deserve a much wider audience.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Partita No. 2 in D minor

Petteri Iivonen

YAR84177-787V
1 LP
19/08/2022
YARLUNG RECORDS

After living a number of years in the United States, GRAMMY® and ICMA Nominated Finnish violinist Petteri Iivonen returned to Europe where he became concertmaster of the Finnish Opera orchestra in Helsinki before moving to Paris to serve as concertmaster for the Paris Opera. Petteri’s ability to play in many styles with sincerity and his natural lyrical facility with his instrument made him the ideal candidate to work with luminary conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen in Helsinki and now Gustavo Dudamel at Paris Opera. Petteri commands his instrument with ease. While much of his playing is exceptionally beautiful, it is not beautiful for the sake of being pretty. I have heard few violinist’s with Petteri’s ability to control color and timbre, and even fewer who use this ability for such musical and appropriate ends. Petteri plays a Ferdinandus Gagliano violin in this recording, built in 1767. We recorded this performance during a live concert in Alfred Newman Hall at the University of Southern California. We chose a legendary Austrian AKG C-24 stereo microphone with the original brass surround CK12 tube, Midwood vacuum tube preamplifiers and no mixer recording to Agfa-formula 468 tape. The signal path was as short as we could make it, with as few electronics between performer and final product as we could manage. We hope you enjoy the results.

Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer – Ernest Chausson

Sasha Cooke, Colburn Orchestra, Yehuda Gilad

YAR84179-148V
1 LP
19/08/2022
YARLUNG RECORDS

Opera News heralded mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke’s debut album on Yarlung Records and described her onstage “attractive, erotic stage presence.” Writing in Opera News specifically about this recording Eric Myers continues “Chausson’s heartfelt Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer is a magnificently over-the-top work, one that can be hugely effective when performed by a singer of Cooke’s intelligence and restraint. … her voice rides beautifully atop Chausson’s churning Symbolist score.” The New Zealand Herald describes Sasha’s voice as “bewitchingly lustrous.”

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

The Golden Cockerel

Nina Minasyan, Margarita Neksarova, Andrey Popov, Dmitry Ulyanov, Mischa Scelomiansky, Orchestra et Choeurs de l’Opéra National de Lyon, Daniele Rustioni

2110731 / NBD0150V
1 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY
12/08/2022
NAXOS
NAXOS AUDIOVISUAL

Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq d’or) is based on a Pushkin folk tale, but the opera’s Orientalism, comedy and sultry elements go far beyond its original influence. The composer saw in the story of a Tsar, punished for his cowardice and despotism, an opportunity to employ satire to condemn Russia’s autocratic ruler, Nicholas II. This new production premiered in May 2021 and was staged by the Australian director, Barrie Kosky, a specialist in Russian opera. Critics hailed the ‘glorious’ singing of Dmitry Ulyanov and the ‘exquisite’ performance of Nina Minasyan calling the event ‘a triumphant evening for all concerned’ (Bachtrack.com).

Leoš Janáček

Jenůfa

Asmik Grigorian, Elena Zilio, Nicky Spence, Yaritza Véliz, David Stout, Saimir Pirgu, Karita Mattila, April Koyejo-Audiger, Angela Simkin, Jeremy White, Helene Schneiderman, Jacquelyn Stucker, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera Chorus, Claus Guth, Henrik Nánási

OA1351D / OABD7302D
1 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY
26/08/2022
OPUS ARTE
THE ROYAL OPERA

"Award-winning director Claus Guth’s acclaimed production of Jenůfa is a striking representation of an oppressed society ‘infused with heart-warming humanity’ (Evening Standard ★★★★★). Two courageous women struggle for fulfilment against the backdrop of a claustrophobic rural community. With music inspired by the traditional folk melodies of his native Moravia, Janáček’s score movingly captures Jenůfa’s progression from hope to despair to eventual radiant happiness, while her stepmother, the Kostelnička, is one of opera’s most complex maternal figures. Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási conducts Asmik Grigorian in her much-anticipated Royal Opera House debut in the title role, alongside Karita Mattila as the Kostelnička and a star cast."

William Shakespeare

The Comedy of Errors

Antony Bunsee, Guy Lewis, Jonathan Broadbent, Rowan Polonski, Greg Haiste, Hedydd Dylan, Avita Jay, Sarah Seggari, Zoe Lambert, Nicholas Prasad, Riad Richie, William Grint, Phillip Breen

OA1358D
1 DVD
26/08/2022
OPUS ARTE
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

"A father ends up in the wrong country on the wrong day as a government makes hasty proclamations about travel. A lonely son, while searching for his brother, loses himself. Across town a wife starts to realise her husband is not the man she thought he was (but rather likes it). Will anything ever be the same again? Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fairy tale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, is directed by comedy master Phillip Breen."

Alessandro Scarlatti

Griselda

La Lira di Orfeo, Coro Ghislieri, Rosetta Cucchi, Raffaele Pe, Carmela Remigio, Francesca Ascioti, Mariam Battistelli, Krystian Adam, Miriam Albano, Carlo Buonfrate, Roberta Chirulli, Vanessa Liberto, Serena Rizzi, George Petrou

37935 / 57935
2 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY
19/08/2022
DYNAMIC

Alessandro Scarlatti is one of the key figures of Italian Baroque opera and the influential Neapolitan school in particular. Griselda is the last of Scarlatti’s operas to have survived intact to the present day. Its narrative is set in motion by the marriage of the King of Sicily to a poor shepherdess; the ensuing complications of love and the tensions between country and court delivering an entertainment full of lyrical charm and lively action. Performed by a superb team of Baroque specialists and acclaimed singers, this production is set in Puglia’s magnificent Palazzo Ducale and celebrates the 300th anniversary of Griselda’s prémiere.

Anton Bruckner

Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7

Wiener Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann

806908 / 807004
2 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY
19/08/2022
UNITEL EDITION

"On the occasion of the Bruckner bicentenary, the Wiener Philharmoniker recorded its first ever complete Bruckner cycle under the baton of Christian Thielemann. In addition to the well-known canon of nine symphonies, the two earliest Bruckner symphonies in F minor and D minor, which are a world premiere on DVD and Blu-ray, were also recorded for the first time in the orchestra's history. This uniquely complete edition from the Musikverein and Salzburg Festival, featuring 11 symphonies, also includes extensive conversations with Christian Thielemann about each symphony and insights into his rehearsal work. “With the First, they [...] provided an hour of happiness. [...] An overwhelming event, entirely of philharmonic sound”. (Kronen Zeitung) // “Thielemann conducted Bruckner's Seventh as a human drama in philharmonic splendour”. (Die Presse). BONUS: Discovering Bruckner with Christian Thielemann. PROGRAM: Bruckner: Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 7"

Ludwig van Beethoven

Missa solemnis

Rosa Feola, Alisa Kolosova, Dmitry Korchak, Ildar Abdrazakov, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti

806508 / 806604
1 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY
19/08/2022
UNITEL EDITION

Since the death of Herbert von Karajan in 1989, the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts around Ascension Day (15 August) have firmly been in the hands of Riccardo Muti. Always sold out, they are among the highlights of every festival summer. For this year’s concert and on occasion of his 80th birthday, the maestro was acclaimed for his interpretation of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, a piece he has never conducted before. “Muti is a master in conveying extremes: monumentality, where it is compositionally intended, and highest internalization alternate with each other in a dense interplay.” (FAZ) // “Muti mastered the work and presented it as stringently as perhaps no one else can do it today.” (Die Presse)