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Liederen (Frankrijk) - Verschenen op 3 april 2020 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
As the symbiosis between the art of the poet and that of the composer, the French mélodie became the jewel of the salons of the ‘Belle Époque’. By placing a string quartet and a piano around the singer, Chausson’s Chanson perpétuelle, Lekeu’s Nocturne and Fauré’s La Bonne Chanson oscillate between chamber musical intimacy and orchestral ambition. Alongside these famous pioneering pieces, this programme devised by the Palazzetto Bru Zane champions a return to the art of transcription, so popular in the nineteenth century, with the aim of expanding the repertory for voice, strings and piano in order to unearth some forgotten treasures. Hence Hahn, Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, La Tombelle, Ropartz, Louiguy and Messager all appear in a programme whose guiding thread is the emotions of nocturnal abandonment: the charms of twilight, the trajectory of dreams, the terror of nightmare or the exhilaration of festive occasions. Alexandre Dratwicki has made these arrangements in the style of the nineteenth century. Appropriately enough, the programme ends with La Vie en rose, for this music offers a kaleidoscope of all the colours of human feeling. The texture of solo strings and piano sets Véronique Gens’s incomparable storytelling artistry in a new ligh. © Alpha Classics
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Piano solo - Verschenen op 27 maart 2020 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 5 étoiles de Classica
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Wereldlijke vocale muziek - Verschenen op 27 maart 2020 | MUSO

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama
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Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 27 maart 2020 | Ambronay Éditions

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 13 maart 2020 | L'Encelade

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
The programme for Pierre Gallon’s new record enjoys the high patronage of a gentleman who was famous in Parisian musical circles in the first half of the 17th century, a certain Charles Fleury Sieur de Blancrocher (or Blanrocher, Blancheroche, 1605-1652). Although he was much admired as a lutenist in his own time, he never took the instrument up professionally. We know relatively little about his life - merely that he became friends with the harpsichordist Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667)… and then that he died in rather comical circumstances, falling down his own stairs in the aforesaid Mr Froberger’s presence. Finally, he has left us a single piece, for the lute - L’Offrande (The Offering), which is to be found in two major sources from the period. When Blancrocher died no fewer than four composers each wrote a “tombeau” - a tribute piece - in memory of the lutenist. Froberger and Louis Couperin’s pieces were written for the harpsichord, whereas Dufaut and Denis Gaultier’s were for the lute. Although fairly different, all four are wonderful; indeed each of them is a major piece in its composer’s body of work, so the idea is to bring these four tombeaux together on record for the first time. They are the four cornerstones upon which the programme as a whole rests, and then laid out around them there will be various other pieces which are formally more conventional (preludes, dance suites, fantasias, etc.) composed by the same four composers in Paris in the 1650s. Although Couperin and Froberger both composed for the harpsichord, Gaultier and Dufaut were both lutenists, and so Pierre Gallon has transcribed their pieces on the record for the harpsichord, as people might have done at the time. Finally, the programme comes full circle by - quite literally - inviting Mr de Blancrocher to attend his own tribute, as the lutenist Diego Salamanca performs Blancrocher’s Allemande. © L'Encelade
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 februari 2020 | audite Musikproduktion

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 februari 2020 | Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.

Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 10 januari 2020 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique
20 years old and a brazen amount of talent: the Afro-British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has three idols. Cellists Jacqueline du Pré and Mstislav Rostropovitch and reggae legend Bob Marley, three passionate and extrovert forces. His career really took off after he performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018. His album Inspiration released the same year broke all sorts of sales records in the United Kingdom and his hometown of Nottingham even named a bus after him. As part of a partnership with the label Decca, he is back with a new recording, this time dedicated to the famous Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra headed by their new conductor, Sir Simon Rattle. A first class encounter which produces a poetic vision, almost like chamber music, of this renowned concerto. Made famous by Jacqueline du Pré’s versions (with Barbirolli then with her husband Daniel Barenboim), Elgar’s Concerto is accompanied on the track listing by other shorter pieces which were popular among soloists and music lovers alike a century ago, which the younger generation is bringing back in vogue. The album thus features arrangements of traditional music and works by Bloch, Elgar, Bridge, Fauré and Klengel. From the infinitely large to the infinitely small with the staggering virtuosity of this bright young talent. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 15 november 2019 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
It's often said that opposites attract. On that basis, Vilde Frang has gambled on bringing together Schubert and Paganini onto one record. Far from trying to measure these composers against each other in terms of virtuosity, the Swedish violinist turns a spotlight onto their shared love of song. Sandwiched between two Caprices – the first by Paganini (Capriccio, Op. 38 after the aria Nel cor più non mi sento from La Molinara by Paisiello); and the latter by Ernst (the Grand Caprice, Op. 26, in a breathtaking transcription for solo violin based on Erlkönig) – Vilde Frang's recital deploys an incredible armada of assets in service of the music. She moves from one mode of playing to the other as if it was nothing. This confounding facility makes us forget the imposing technical demands made by the scores recorded here: Paganini's of course, but also Schubert's work. And she doesn't overburden the moving fragility of, for example, the opening of the Fantasie in C major, D.934.We should take a moment to salute pianist Michail Lifits – whom we have already seen play Prokofiev alongside Alexandra Conunova for Aparté. In the second movement Allegretto, piano and violin converse cheerily, with a grace that brings out every bit of these two much-decorated musicians' even, firm temperament. The mismatched writing recalls the Scherzo from Beethoven's Frühlingssonate, Op. 24, with added Schubertian melancholy, and further underlines the complicity between our musicians.Marvellously contrasted, these works provide a choice terrain for this incredible violinist, Vilde Frang. She follows her heart and her... caprices, to create the most varied atmospheres. Her interpretation of this Erlkönig howls like an icy blast in the dead of winter and takes your breath away. Laughter turns to horror. But a deliciously perfected horror! © Elsa Siffert/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 november 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica
For several years, the young Franco-Swiss tenor has been gaining a name as a heartthrob on all the great stages of the world. Perhaps thanks to his French origins, he has the perfect diction of a Georges Thill and the vocal power of a Roberto Alagna, with whom he is often compared. On the Helvetian side, Benjamin Bernheim has the class of an Ernst Haefliger or an Éric Tappy, not to mention their modesty and simplicity of style. As part of an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, he has produced this very successful début album, which presents the roles that he is currently performing in Covent Garden, Zurich, Milan, Vienna, Chicago and Paris. Having won critical acclaim for the quality of his performances, in 2018 Benjamin Bernheim gave French audiences the original 1859 version of Faust by Gounod, at a concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, with Christophe Rousset conducting. He bided his time, making no abrupt moves and working on his roles as part of the troupe at the Zürich Opera, preparing his characters patiently, with the fine psychological sense of an actor. The beauty of his natural timbre is married to his perfect diction on this first recital, which alternates between French song (Massenet, Gounod, Godard, Berlioz), Italian opera (Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini) and the Russian repertoire (Lenski's famous aria in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin). This recording was made with the Prague PKF Orchestra, with Emmanuel Villaume conducting – in the generous acoustics of the Smetana Hall – over two sessions in 2017 and 2018. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 25 oktober 2019 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama - Le Choix de France Musique - Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 25 oktober 2019 | naïve classique

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 18 oktober 2019 | Accent

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 4 oktober 2019 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
Who was Louis Gaulard Dumesny? Dumesny was not the first haute-contre historically speaking, but he was the first to have become famous in his lifetime. Sources agree that he was a cook when Lully discovered him. He made his debut in 1677 and everyone was amazed by his acting, the power of his voice and also his ability to learn everything by ear, since he could not read music. A few centuries later, Reinoud Van Mechelen, star tenor of the international Baroque scene, has decided, with his ensemble A Nocte Temporis, to pay tribute to this ‘haute-contre’ register, a high tenor voice (not to be confused with the countertenor!), by devoting three recordings to it, paying tribute in turn to Lully, Rameau and Gluck. The first part of this trilogy therefore contains the finest operatic airs and suites by Lully, featuring excerpts from Isis, Persée, Armide, Amadis, Acis et Galatée and Achille et Polyxène, but also pieces by Marin Marais (Alcide), Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Médée), Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (Céphale et Procris), Henry Desmarets, Pascal Colasse, Charles-Hubert Gervais and André Cardinal Destouches. © Alpha Classics/Outhere
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Trio´s - Verschenen op 4 oktober 2019 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique
In Russia, the piano trio is the most prestigious format for the musical homage. It lends a work an elegiac character, which is often made clear in the movement's title or indications. The Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 pours itself out in a generous Pezzo elegiaco, a passionate meeting of cello and violin. There follow a succession of deliciously inventive variations on a folk theme, appearing one after another like so many matrioshkas. The performers (Vadim Gluzman on violin, Johannes Moser on cello and Yevgeny Sudbin on piano) are at home with this music, which they play with a hot intensity. In the fifth variation, the piano finds sounds which we love, with a sober accompaniment of sustained pedal notes on strings. The musicians dig a little further into this deliciously nostalgic mood with the Trio in F Sharp Minor by Arno Babadjanian. This latter moulds the sound with magnificent grandiloquence. Its lyricism, with folk accents, speaks in a Romantic language, in a taut harmonic environment. We're holding our breath up until Tango by Alfred Schnittke, arranged for the occasion of this recording for the label Bis by Yevgeny Sudbin. Here, the nostalgia reaches its zenith. But the performers can't weaken on this piece that demands musicians be at once supple – it is a dance, after all – and robust. And these are qualities shared by all these artists, including Vadim Gluzman, with a charm worthy of David Oïstrakh, the first performer of the Babadjanian's Trio. © Elsa Siffert/Qobuz
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 27 september 2019 | Ricercar

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 20 september 2019 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
Alternating between transcendentally inspired secular music and sacred music embodied in theatrical fashion, Geoffroy Jourdain invites us to explore the multiple expressions of human passions: this new adventure of Les Cris de Paris, built around several settings of the ‘Crucifixus’ (including Lotti’s extraordinarily intense versions), urges us to follow a bold Via Dolorosa to the very heart of Venetian Baroque music. © harmonia mundi
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Liederen (Duitsland) - Verschenen op 6 september 2019 | audite Musikproduktion

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
The grace and natural charm of her iridescent, silvery soprano voice was inescapable: Edith Mathis shaped the Mozart sound of her time. But her performances of the Bach passions, Haydn oratorios, as Ännchen in Weber’s Der Freischütz or as Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier were met with equal enthusiasm. She also set the benchmark as a song recitalist, including in the summer of 1975 in her home city of Lucerne. © Audite
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Concerten voor blaasinstrumenten - Verschenen op 16 augustus 2019 | Fuga Libera

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
Jean-Luc Votano, principal clarinet of the Liège Royal Philharmonic (OPRL), here presents a work by a ‘classic’ figure of the twentieth century, the Kammerkonzert for clarinet, string quartet and string orchestra of Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1930), along with two compositions of the twenty-first: Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto, of which Votano gave the Belgian premiere with the OPRL, and Fantasme - Cercles de Mana by Johan Farjot. The latter work, scored for clarinet, viola, cello and orchestra, here receives its world premiere before being performed to a concert hall audience. An album that admirably reflects the virtuosity and musicality of one of the OPRL’s principal soloists. © Fuga Libera/Outhere
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 12 juli 2019 | Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.

Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or