Secular Vocal Music - Released June 9, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Secular Vocal Music - Released May 5, 2017 | Nimbus Records

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George Benjamin’s 2006 chamber opera Into the Little Hill was commissioned by the Paris National Opera, the Ensemble Modern and a few other high-level companies. The libretto, by British playwright Martin Crimp, is an updated version of the tale of the Pied Piper, i.e. the Ratcatcher of Hamelin, with added contemporary political and social overtones: the power of music and its exploitation in today’s world. The story is told by just two singers, a soprano (embodying The Crowd, The Stranger, a Narrator, The Minister's Child) and a contralto (The Crowd, a Narrator, The Minister, The Minister's Wife), who share all the characters and narration, thus acknowledging the inherently artificial nature of sung drama even though, occasionally, particularly in heated moments, it does approach the naturalistic. The score is typical of Benjamin: spare, somewhat austere, meticulously calibrated between instruments and voices, all the more since the orchestration, limited to a 15-person ensemble, employs some highly unusual timbres, ranging from bass flute, mandolin and cimbalom to banjo, contrabass clarinet and basset-horns. The recording is conducted by the composer in person. The same remark applies to the other major work on the album, the song cycle Dream of the Song, featuring countertenor Bejun Mehta and the Concertgebouw orchestra. This is assuredly one of the most intense and emotional song cycle composed these last few years. © SM/Qobuz

Secular Vocal Music - Released April 28, 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Secular Vocal Music - Released April 7, 2017 | naïve classique

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2017 marks the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi, one of the fathers of modern music, who gave a major impulse to expressivity and individuality of expression. Rinaldo Alessandrini’s benchmark recordings of the madrigals, the Vespers, L'Orfeo etc., contributed to unani-mously establish the Roman conductor and his ensemble Concerto Italiano as the leading ambassadors of Monteverdi today. "Notte. Storie di Amanti e di Guerrieri" offers a selection of highlights from Monteverdi’s most famous madrigals and instrumental movements: Lamento della ninfa, Combat-timento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Ho’r che’l ciel e la terra, sinfonias from Monteverdi’s three operas etc. A heart-stretching pro-gram in which Rinaldo Alessandrini’s sci-ence of light, emotions and colors is at its highest.

Oratorios (secular) - Released March 24, 2017 | Signum Records

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The Gabrieli Consort continue their series of award-winning collaborations with the National Forum of Music, Wrocław, Poland with a new recording of Haydn’s great oratorio The Seasons. Using a new performing edition by Paul McCreesh this recording is the first to feature the large orchestral forces that Haydn originally called for, including a string section of 60, 8 horns and a choir of 70. The disc features solo performances from British singers Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden and Andrew Foster-Williams.

Secular Vocal Music - Released March 17, 2017 | Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo

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Secular Vocal Music - Released March 3, 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Secular Vocal Music - Released March 3, 2017 | BIS

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Secular Vocal Music - Released February 17, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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Recorded at the Cité de la Musique during the complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals mounted in partnership with the Philharmonie de Paris and the Théâtre de Caen, the last volume in our trilogy probably contains the best-loved gems of a composer who had become maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice, and finally entered the priesthood. Alongside the great operas that have survived from this period, the final madrigals methodically explore the multiple possibilities offered by the rapidly developing practice of basso continuo and by an unprecedented exploitation of solo voices. And, in that respect, the celebrated Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda forms a spectacular finale to our Monteverdian adventure!

Secular Vocal Music - Released February 3, 2017 | Decca

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Secular Vocal Music - Released January 27, 2017 | Arcana

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Secular Vocal Music - Released January 6, 2017 | Orfeo

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Secular Vocal Music - Released December 8, 2016 | Son an ero

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Secular Vocal Music - Released November 25, 2016 | Aparté

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Secular Vocal Music - Released November 10, 2016 | Arcana

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