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Klassiek - Verschenen op 13 september 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Gifted with a vast talent and supported by a powerful global marketing operation, the young Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has now been catapulted into the ranks of the global piano stars. He was 15 when Deutsche Grammophon had him sign an exclusive contract; at 24, standing in for a poorly Murray Perahia, he played Beethoven's five Concertos at the head of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields for a European tour in eight different cities. There are in fact three stand-in pianists for Perahia, given he is prone to recurrent health problems. Nelson Freire, Rudolf Buchbinder and Jan Lisiecki who performed the five concertos, conducting from his keyboard, on the 2, 4 and 6 December 2018 in the Berlin Konzerthaus. This complete recording was a part of the commemorations of Beethoven's 250th birthday, which is seeing recordings rain down in a monsoon that shows no signs of stopping until Spring 2020. It will not, however, form a part of the monumental box set that Deutsche Grammophon is getting ready to release, and which will cover all the yellow label's previous recordings, in particular those which were made for the 1970 bicentenary. This new album, which adds to the hundreds of other versions, has the merit of youth, and gives a sort of overview of contemporary musical interpretations, of Beethoven in particular, at the start of the 21st Century. It presents a clean bill of health for classical music, and showcases the extraordinary quality of contemporary musicians: so there is much to celebrate. Lisiecki's Beethoven is not only joyful but also radiant, intelligent, agile, and extremely lucid. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 18 oktober 2019 | Glossa

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
The remarkable Hypermnestre by Charles-Hubert Gervais is the latest unremembered early 18th-century French opera to be recorded afresh for Glossa, and conducted by György Vashegyi. Gervais was a contemporary of Campra and Destouches, learning from Lully and paving the way for Rameau and, like Marais and François Couperin, open to the Italianising trends of “les goûts réunis”. A high-quality libretto from Joseph La Font tackles the story of Hypermnestra which proved so popular in the early eighteenth century. The Glossa recording contains both the original fifth act and the major revision of it from 1717 and Vashegyi drives the whole tragedy expertly to its bitter (and not-so-bitter!) end. Musically, this “tragédie lyrique” provides powerful opportunities for the trio of leading characters, here taken by Katherine Watson (Hypermnestre), Thomas Dolié (Danaüs, her father) and Mathias Vidal (Lyncée, her betrothed), but they are ably supported by Juliette Mars, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Manuel Núñez Camelino and Philippe-Nicolas Martin. No French opera of this time would have been complete without a generous helping of choral or instrumental music and Gervais – a master of melody, harmony and orchestration – serves these up in a dazzling set of divertissements and festive set pieces full of dances (including a massive passacaille); all this performed with great stylistic awareness and vivacity by Vashegyi’s Orfeo Orchestra and Purcell Choir. © Glossa
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 5 juli 2019 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Opera - Verschenen op 2 augustus 2019 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Koormuziek - Verschenen op 5 juli 2019 | Carus

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
A brilliant conclusion to the first Heinrich Schütz complete recording. With the "Psalmen & Friedensmusiken" (Psalms & Music for Peace), Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Dresdner Kammerchor bring this groundbreaking project to a magnificent close. The recording features mostly unknown, but particularly sumptuous and mostly multi-choral works, which Schütz wrote between 1618 and 1648 for important political occasions or thanksgiving celebrations. Groups of soloists and choristers create a colorful sound experience in interplay with strings, trombones, cornetts and viols. A truly worthy conclusion to this award-winning series. © Carus
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Wereldlijke vocale muziek - Verschenen op 25 oktober 2019 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
 Much gossip has surrounded the double murder committed by Carlo Gesualdo, who killed his young wife and her lover when he caught them in flagrante delicto. The remorse he felt for this atrocious crime is said to have inspired the Neapolitan composer to write new harmonies, using and abusing scraping and characterful chromatisms. Paul Agnew takes aim at this widespread belief, contending that "this aristocratic double murder only indirectly influenced the musician's life." In a very interesting introductory text, the "Associate Musical Director" of the Arts Florissants sets the figure of Gesualdo back into his historical context, explaining just how his tormented psychological state would have fed into his own musical evolution, alongside the musical journeys of his peers. The same line of argument is also made by musicologist Denis Morrier in his analysis of the two first Books of Madrigals, which are presented here: "At once visionary and conservative, eccentric in language and conventional in form, these works have fascinated musicians and commentators across the ages", he writes.Following the recording of 17 madrigals from Book IV to Book VI, conducted by William Christie in 1988, this new album marks the first stage of a complete recording of Gesualdo's Madrigals, which are to be performed across three seasons at the Philharmonie de Paris. Passionate, violent, dark and burning with meaning, Gesualdo's music touches the heart and speaks to us of the doubts and contradictions of the human soul. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Religieuze cantates - Verschenen op 14 februari 2020 | deutsche harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Missen, passies, requiems - Verschenen op 6 september 2019 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
Brahms’s Requiem, completed in 1868, draws on the legacy of his forerunners, Heinrich Schütz and Johann Sebastian Bach. In setting texts from the German Bible, it deliberately departs from the models of the Catholic liturgy and imposes a sorrowing yet consolatory meditation on death and the Last Judgment, in the manner of a poignant and grandiose cradle song for the dead. © harmonia mundi
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 17 januari 2020 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Concerten voor blaasinstrumenten - Verschenen op 22 november 2019 | NoMadMusic

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
After "Waiting for Clara", which focused on the music of Brahms and Schumann, this second album on NoMadMusic from the clarinetist Julien Hervé looks back another few years, to the apex of Classical style, with Mozart’s Quintet and Concerto. After discovering the instrument later in his life, Mozart fell entirely in love with it and dedicated these sublime pieces to it. This hedonistic, luminous programme, recorded live, offers us the opportunity to discover - or rediscover - two of the greatest masterpieces in the clarinet repertoire. © NoMadmusic
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Concerten voor viool - Verschenen op 10 januari 2020 | Sony Classical

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Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 3 mei 2019 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
Here’s a remarkable recording showcasing a little known aspect of Brahms’ genius: his sacred choral music. As a choirmaster in Detmold, Hamburg and Vienna, he left behind an enormous amount of choral works, both sacred and secular. Composed based on extracts from Hölderlin’s famous epistolary novel Hyperion, the Song of Destiny (Schicksalslied) opens this splendid album with an atmosphere reminiscent of A German Requiem. The first two verses picked by Brahms invoke the carefree and peaceful world of Ancient Gods, while the third ends with a dramatic illustration of human destiny. This contrast is a recurring theme throughout Brahms’ literary choices, and makes up the backbone of this recording.Conducted with great suppleness and inwardness by Gijs Leenaars, the works featured in this great album evoke Ancient Greece, a leitmotiv of German romanticism, as well as a form of angst towards life, with unanswered existential questions regarding suffering and pain inflicted by an all-powerful God. This programme alternates between works for a cappella choirs (the excellent Berlin Radio Choir showing an exceptional range of nuances) and others intended for orchestras (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin). © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 24 januari 2020 | B Records

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 3 januari 2020 | BR-Klassik

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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 15 november 2019 | Accentus Music

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
It would be a fool’s errand to look for foreshadowings of Bruckner’s future greatness in this Requiem, which he wrote at the age of 24. Copying from one’s models is a formative experience for young artists, who needs must pass through that stage in order to learn their own art and find their own vocabulary. Taking in various influences, including the clear mark of Mozart, this budding composer finds his way to a mysticism which would go on to be the motor of all his future works, especially his nine fabulous symphonies, all of which are monuments to divinity.Here is a Bruckner who is already finding his own path, brought to life by the soloists, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and the splendid Berlin RIAS Kammerchor, with an inspired Łukasz Borowicz conducting; the programme is rounded off by a few isolated liturgical pieces. Note also the stunning Aeuqale, two short pieces for three trombones written by the young composer for the funeral of his aunt Rosalie Mayrhofer in 1847, and which anticipate the harmonic strategies that would become so typical of Bruckner’s writing for brass sections in his later great works. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Balletten - Verschenen op 7 juni 2019 | BIS

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Symfonische gedichten - Verschenen op 7 februari 2020 | BR-Klassik

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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 1 november 2019 | Carus

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
During his lifetime Hans Fährmann was known as “the Richard Strauss of the organ.” Today the compositions of this composer and organist, who was born in 1860 in Beicha, Saxony, are largely unknown. Frieder Bernius has now devoted himself to Fährmann's sacred vocal works and has found the SWR Vokalensemble to be the ideal partner for these late romantic a cappella works, whose demanding harmonies also demand professional ensembles. The SWR vocal ensemble has mastered this challenge brilliantly. For Frieder Bernius, a conductor always on the lookout for exciting choral literature, Fährmann’s compositions represent “an indispensable and very welcome enrichment of the late romantic repertoire.” How true! © Carus-Verlag
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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 10 januari 2020 | Solo Musica

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Concerten voor klavier - Verschenen op 4 oktober 2019 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
Following two stunning projects with his spouse, the cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Martin Helmchen started a solo collaboration with the label Alpha Classics, publishing a remarkable version of the Variations Diabelli, one of the best in recent years, and certainly better than the one by Gorini on the same label. As part of the year of Beethoven, he has teamed up with conductor Andrew Manze for a complete recording of the Concertos by the Master of Bonn. This first volume sets the tone.From the first movement of the Second Concerto, we are gripped by the speed of the ensemble, the resurgence of a revitalised musical spirit, a supreme musicality: in sum, a celebration of the feverish creativity of the Master of Bonn. After this allegro which is truly "con brio", a major contrast is achieved with the Adagio where Martin Helmchen's singing is reserved, with a lyrical tenderness that recalls Mozart's later Concertos. But there is also something profoundly modern here, in that accumulated sense of waiting, of "suspense" and suspension, which are the hallmarks of the young Beethoven.In the Emperor, recorded at the Berliner Philharmoniker, Helmchen's piano continues to bring opposites together – this mix of impetuosity and tender lyricism – without ever feeling forced. The lively, sensitive orchestra, conducted by Manze, provides a sweeping breadth that Martin Helmchen must have long dreamt of. Amidst the whole swelling ocean of Beethoven, this new release is not to be missed. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz