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Classical - To be released October 29, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Let us remind the reader that The Queen's Six is a six-part, male voice a capella ensemble based in Windsor Castle, United Kingdom, living and working within the castle walls. There are worse places to work… Drawn from the ranks of the Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, they keep a busy international schedule of concert and recording engagements. Their repertoire spans sacred and secular music from the Middle Ages to the present day. This new release covers Christmas carols and songs, mainly from the English-speaking realm – Vaughan Williams, Holst, Sullivan, Jacques, Tallis, the more jazzy Richard Madden and Thomas Hewitt Jones, and even Henry VIII who, between killing two wives and within these very Windsor walls, sometimes dabbled in music-making – but also a few from abroad, in particular the famous international lore by Praetorius (Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen) and the ubiquitous Silent Night by Franz Gruber and Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont, as well as some Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn. The impeccable vocals of The Queen’s Six works miracles, both in the “serious” repertoire and in the more popular works, here presented in a highly polished polyphonic setting. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - To be released September 29, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - To be released September 29, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released September 1, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released September 1, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Born in 1927 in South Africa, the British composer John Joubert is some 90 years of age as we speak; while he may not be famous on the other side of the Channel, he is so acclaimed in Great Britain that for his 80th birthday in 2007, his Joubertiades resonated around the entire country, in particular with the numerous – and sumptuous – English choirs and their extraordinary quality. In fact most of his works are intended for choirs, but that didn’t stop him from also writing two symphonies, five concertos, half a dozen operas and a beautiful collection of chamber music. The present recording was made for the master’s 90th birthday by the Wells Cathedral Choir and its choirmaster, Matthew Owens. The name Missa Wellensis (2013) indeed suggests that the mass was specifically written for this choir, which is also the case for St Mark Passion (2015) and Locus iste (2013) on the album, proof that the multiplication of great choirs in a country automatically triggers the creation of a wide, very wide range of new works. One could only wish for the same in France… Regarding Joubert’s style, it follows the footsteps of Elgar, while developing its own language, drawing from Anglican liturgy, a few shades of jazz here and there, and a few recent British choral composers such as John Tavener. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released July 28, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released July 28, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released July 28, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released June 30, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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This new recording of Carl Philip Emanuel Bach’s (1714-1788) complete works for violin and keyboard gives us the great chance to have a complete insight on the range of his art throughout his life. The Sonatas Wq 71 and 72 date from his youth – 1731, he was then only 17 years old and still under the influence of a certain father, even if the keyboard part is entirely written, not just a continuo. The Sonata, Wq 74 was written 1745, when he was already in the service of Prince Frederick II of Prussia, the Sonata, Wq 74 of 1754 when he was taking a close interest in Silbermann’s new instruments which would pave the way for the pianoforte. Sonatas Wq 75 to 78 are dated 1763, some time before he left Potsdam for Hamburg, while the Arioso con variazioni, Wq 71 was written 1781. The double album closes with the Fantasy, Wq 80 of 1787, the ultimate maturity of a great man who at the same time helped to launch and bring to life the Sturm und Drang then Classicism, while in return he benefited from the novelties signed Haydn or Mozart. The Amsterdam-based duo Belder-Kimura signs this double album, a great performance. The earliest works are played on a harpsichord, the most recent (i.e. Wq 71 and 80) on fortepiano, given the ever more pianistic content of the keyboard part. A rare and alas somewhat neglected repertoire, which the music-lover will discover with more than some astonishment. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released June 30, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released June 2, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released June 2, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released April 28, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released April 28, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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