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Jazz and Classical Music



11.10.2019
The cosmopolitan, highly appreciated Trio Cremeloque based in Lisbon presents on this album piano trios by Beethoven, in which however the strings are replaced by oboe and bassoon. The resulting instrumental colours reveal, somewhat unexpectedly, even more the symphonic master than the original instrumentation with strings. Portuguese oboist Luis Marques, German bassoonist Franz Jurgen Dorsam and
11.10.2019
William Perry is best known as a composer of film scores, and especially for silent films from which Swordplay! raises the curtain on the swashbuckling films of Douglas Fairbanks. This sparkling selection of world premiere recordings comes from Perry’s substantial catalogue of music for the theatre and the concert hall. Toujours Provence takes us on a cinematic journey through France’s most
11.10.2019
Carl Czerny penned an astonishing amount of music, including the numerous potpourris, fantasies, teaching pieces and studies for which he became known. This recording features the delightfully entertaining Concertino in C major, Op. 210/213, as well as the highly enjoyable Rondino, a work based on an enchanting theme taken from Daniel Auber’s opera comique Le Macon. A pupil and lifelong friend of
11.10.2019
Lyon-based psychedelic jazz outfit Palm Unit follow up their recent tribute to Jef Gilson on the Supersonic Jazz label by highlighting the revolutionary side of French Jazz figurehead Henri Texier and his fascination with different folkloric traditions from around the world. The session stands as something of an ecological manifesto, recycling Henri’s original com- positions with new settings and
11.10.2019
From the Homeric invocation of ethereal opener “Atom Story,” it becomes stunningly clear that It’s Morning, the latest album from the uncategorizable UK ensemble Led Bib, is meant to take the listener on a journey. The wide-ranging and evocative set is also a testament to the distance the band has travelled on its own evolutionary path. If not the endpoint, it at least sits at a far-flung
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