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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released May 31, 2017 | Alpha

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After an album of French songs (Néère) that earned her a "Gramophone Award" in 2016, Véronique Gens presents her new recital, this time with orchestra, which gives her an opportunity to display the maturity of her ‘Falcon’ soprano, the central tessitura typical of French Romantic opera, which takes its name from Cornélie Falcon, who created the works of Meyerbeer and Halévy staged in the 1830s. She pays tribute here to a number of composers whose unknown operas she was the first to reveal in projects mounted by the Palazzetto Bru Zane, including David, Godard, Saint-Saëns and Halévy. The programme selects arias from all the genres in vogue in the Romantic era: opera (Saint-Saëns, Halévy, Godard, Février), opéra-comique (David), oratorio (Franck, Massenet) and the cantata for the Prix de Rome (Bizet, Bruneau). A nod to Wagner and his Tannhäuser – in its French translation of the 1860s – completes this programme conducted by a longstanding colleague of the soprano, one of the leading specialists in French music, Hervé Niquet. © Alpha Classics
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Classical - Released May 26, 2017 | Ricercar

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Chamber Music - Released May 26, 2017 | Alpha

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Classical - Released May 26, 2017 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Chamber Music - Released May 26, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released May 26, 2017 | Aparté

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Classical - Released May 26, 2017 | Arcana

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Classical - Released May 19, 2017 | naïve classique

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Though less well-known than his operas, his symphonies and concertos, Tchaikovsky’s piano music nonetheless contains at least essential works of his, i.e. the cycle The Seasons Op. 37b, and the Grand Sonata Op. 37. Composed at a period of crisis in the composer’s personal life, they illustrate two quite different aspects of his style: on the one hand we have the fashionable worldliness of The Seasons, pieces that almost belong to the genre of salon music; on the other hand, we see him ambitiously grappling with the large format of the classical sonata, in the tradition of his illustrious predecessors. Composed between December 1875 and May 1876, the cycle of The Seasons was written like some kind of musical calendar for the year 1876, to a commission by the publisher of the monthly review Le Nouvelliste, the idea being to issue a piano piece every month. Composed in 1878 when the classical sonata – which composers deemed to be too restrictive – was largely abandoned in favour of free-form pieces, Tchaikovsky’s Grand Sonata in G major upheld the ancient four-movement structure. The pianistic writing of the Grand Sonata conveys a sense of forceful power that seems to go beyond the tonal dimensions of the piano and conjure up the multiple sound resources of a symphony orchestra, as might be expected from someone of the composer’s power. In a letter to his younger brother, Tchaikovsky complained about the difficulties he faced in writing his sonata: “I'm working on a sonata for piano... [and its composition] does not come easily. I worked unsuccessfully, with little progress. I'm again having to force myself to work, without much enthusiasm. I can't understand why it should be the case that, in spite of so many favourable circumstances, I’m not in the mood for work. I'm having to squeeze out of myself weak and feeble ideas, and ruminate over each bar. But I keep at it, and hope that inspiration will suddenly strike.” Tchaikovsky isn’t particularly a piano composer; and the only recording of him that Nikolai Lugansky had made up till now was of the First Piano Concerto; even though the pianist had played several of his works for the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1994. He has been described by Gramophone as ‘the most trailblazing and meteoric performer of all’ for his extraordinary depth and versatility. © SM/Qobuz

Solo Piano - Released May 12, 2017 | Naxos

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Classical - Released May 12, 2017 | Ondine

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Classical - Released May 12, 2017 | L'Encelade

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Throughout this first album, harpsichordist Yannn Moulin (a disciple of Olivier Beaumont, Kenneth Weiss, Pierre Hantaï, Skip Sempé and Blandine Verlet - a group with a range of knowledge and experience of immense breadth and depth), offers us the chance to discover the richness and diversity of the languages that Frescobaldi mastered over the course of his life's work. He has chosen two quite different instruments: a harpsichord inspired by the Italian design, created by Philippe Humeau in 2012, and a virginal from Jean-François Brun, a direct copy of an unsigned Italian instrument from 1626. In terms of the Humeau harpsichord, the manufacturer himself explains that this is by no means a simple copy, but a wholly modern work, a sort of pure extrapolation, based on some typically Italian traditions but above all a work of his own imagination - fed by forty years of experience in the field! In this extravagant music, light and dark alternate, with lively and cheery dances, while the composer is developing an ever-more chromatic, ever-more dissonant language, with an evocative power which keeps the listener hooked, as they lose themselves in harmonic meanders which are full of surprises for contemporary Romans, Tuscans and Florentines. Yoann Moulin's performance does full justice to this feast. © SM/Qobuz
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Symphonic Music - Released May 5, 2017 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | Mirare

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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | Alia Vox

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With the release of this new recording dedicated to Heinrich Isaac, in memory of the 500th anniversary of his death, ALIA VOX pays tribute to one of the greatest Renaissance composers. Isaac was born in Brabant but spent most of his life travelling around Europe, first to the court of Burgundy, the Austria, and finally Italy and Germany. At the invitation of Lorenzo the Magnificent in 1488, he moved to Florence, the city he continued to call home through all his subsequent travels, and where he became a highly regarded and much admired member of the Medici court. Some years after Lorenzo’s death in 1492, he also became the principal composer at the court of emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg until his own death, and, whatever his extensive travels from one court to another, spent most of his time in Florence. The programme of this album is conceived as a “life in music” that could illustrate, within the short space of a recording, the immense richness and creative diversity of this great Renaissance composer. ALIA VOX also offers a short chronological evocation of some of the key events in his life, as well as the key moments in history for which his music was composed or performed; these works include A la battaglia, which illustrates the battle between Genoa and Florence for the control of Sarzanello castle, and Quis dabit capiti meo aquam, a deeply moving lamento on the occasion of Lorenzo’s death. And since the musical journey begins with Isaac’s own birth, Jordi Savall and the musiciens of the ensembles La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI have had to slightly bend the chronological musical narrative, choosing to illustrate the early years Isaac’s life with some of his owb most beautiful compositions (naturally written several years later). A special mention goes for the song Innsbruck, ich muß dich lassen written 1484, and later adopted by the Reformation under the shape and name of the chorale O welt, ich muß dich lassen which Bach himself used in both his Passions. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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