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11.10.2019
Tchaikovsky wrote over 100 lyric art songs or Romances, a sequence of diaries of the soul that embrace moods from euphoria to despair. They were unusually important to him, and he, or his editors, commissioned piano transcriptions by eminent musicians such as Laub and others, all of which were revised by Tchaikovsky. These poetic and melodically beautiful songs, many of which are here recorded
11.10.2019
Ensemble Unmeasured presents a cross-section of Henry Purcell’s astonishing writing for solo voice and continuo, showing the emotional range, depth, immediacy, and richness of his music. Ensemble Unmeasured is a new, flexible ensemble dedicated to making old music sound new. It takes its name from the unmeasured preludes and toccatas of the 17th century, but also refers to the magic of music
11.10.2019
It is a sound garden inspired by the night, nature and spirituality to represent safe spaces for a digitalised and a conflicted society. It provides a "breathing space" from the crowds and brings the listener on a journey through the different moods of the night being calm, meditative, mysterious and even of turmoil. The Night Garden is a metaphor of using music and art as a 'safe space' of
11.10.2019
Jacques Casterede’s distinguished career was centered in Paris, but with musical roots in the early twentieth-century traditions of neo-Classicism and Les Six- the wide variety of scope and intent in his work was never meant to compete with the radical avant-garde. The balletic Flutes en vacances has become one of his most popular pieces, while Ciels (‘Skies’) was a competition piece for the
11.10.2019
In 1904 Max Reger wrote what was to be the first in a major sequence of variations on themes by his great predecessors. The Variations and Fugue on a Theme by J.S. Bach was written for piano but its richness and virtuosity exceed the scope of the instrument. Ira Levin’s orchestration clarifies the structure, intensifies climaxes and reduces its length. The Four Tone Poems explore the paintings of
10.10.2019
This recording, devoted to Dowland, seems to open a door onto a secret garden, one tended and cultivated by two artists already well known for opera and song recitals that distil the chamber music principle into its most intimate essence of expressive sound: soprano Mariana Flores and lutenist Hopkinson Smith. Here they give us a Dowland programme straight from the heart, drawing on five of the
10.10.2019
For his new album, Christoph Sietzen has recorded fascinating works by Bach, Albéniz, Piazzolla, Glass, Francisco Tárrega and Arvo Pärt. In his very personal selection, the percussionist selected pieces in which he and the listener find silence: "Opening" of Glassworks by Philip Glass, the famous "Asturias" by Isaac Albéniz, Bach's "Sarabande" and the "Gigue" (from the Lute Suite in E minor) -
10.10.2019
Anna Gann (soprano) and Naoko Christ-Kato (piano), the two musicians of Gernsheim Duo, present sensational finds on their GENUIN CD. The 22 lieder by Friedrich Gernsheim, which they interpret with high sensitivity and insight, are recorded here for the first time. The composer is one of those Jewish musicians who was influential before the Holocaust and is almost forgotten today. The Gernsheim
10.10.2019
The two musicians Lenka Matĕjáková (violin) and Dariya Hrynkiv (piano) possess Slavic sound in their blood. You can hear this in the glowing recordings of their debut CD, which is dedicated exclusively to Czech composers. The two prizewinners of numerous competitions follow the stylistically diverse paths of works by Antónín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Josef Suk and Bohuslav Martinů down to the
10.10.2019
For Bryce Dessner, music is an expansive and borderless territory. As a composer of classical music, film scores and in the band The National – of which he is founding member and guitarist – the breadth and level of his creative output is extensive. In 2017, he first heard Ensemble Resonanz perform his music during his residency at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. This album assembles four of Dessner’s