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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 1 april 2014 | Naxos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice - La Clef du mois RESMUSICA
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 3 november 2014 | Halle Concerts Society

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 3 november 2017 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Qobuzism - 5 étoiles de Classica
Aside from Elgar’s fascinating and obligatory Falstaff composed in 1913 (a Symphonic Study according to the partition, but in reality a symphonic poem in the grand tradition of Strauss— about whom Elgar probably thought when he wrote his masterpiece, and the rather present solo cello cannot help but remind us of Strauss’ Don Quixote, composed sixteen years earlier), the album distinguishes itself by a few melodies with orchestra from the same Elgar, a repertoire unfortunately too often neglected and yet of breathtaking beauty (we hear, in a pinch, the Sea Pictures performed from time to time, but that’s all folks). And when you know that it’s the now very famous baritone Roderick Williams on the mic, we can only applaud the initiative of Andrew Davis and the BBC Philharmonic to feature these splendors once again. Elgar proves to us here that, far from just being a great master of large symphonic-vocal soundscapes in the form of oratorio (we obviously think about The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles and The Music Makers), he handles the miniature with genius. Roderick Williams, one of the most beautiful voices of today’s British scene, grasps these rarities with a joy that is as rare as these pieces. The album closes on a hilarious wink, the Smoking Cantata, a cantata with a ginormous orchestration but that lasts… only 49 seconds, and whose text is limited to: “Kindly, Kindly, kindly do not smoke in the hall or staircase”. It’s the best British humor! Qobuz technical commentary on sound qualityThe sound quality for this wonderful orchestration is refined; the level ratios are well-judged; and the distances between the consoles are just right, in this airy piece of mixing that renders the lines exceptionally clear. Clear and enveloping reverberation never hides the discourse: the result is a rare evenness between the different families within the orchestra. The tutti certainly aren’t lacking any liveliness, thanks to the remarkably assured dynamic, and when the percussion gets going we discover a beautifully-proportioned hall, which gives the sound room to develop without constraints. Without falling into the very (too?) popular trap of ultra-proximity, and because the acoustics allow it, Chandos has produced a mix which really respects the score, the performance, and the sound scene... what a relief! © SM/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 januari 2013 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Hi-Res Audio
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 26 oktober 2010 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Hi-Res Audio
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 19 mei 2017 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 23 maart 2018 | Onyx Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Toneelmuziek - Verschenen op 10 augustus 2018 | PentaTone

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 3F de Télérama - Gramophone Editor's Choice
Composed by Stravinsky in 1933 in the wake of the French oratorio fashion whose figureheads are Milhaud (Les Choéphores) and Honegger (Le Roi David, Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher), and his own Oedipus Rex, Perséphone sanctifies the French period of the Russian composer, after he left Switzerland and before he settled definitely in the United States. Ordered by Ida Rubinstein, to whom music history already owed Debussy’s Martyre de Saint-Sébastien and Ravel’s Boléro, this melodrama, profane in its story and hybrid regarding its musical form, glorifies spring -without it being a new “Consecration” in its language) on a text by André Gide, thus prolonging the emotion created by the novel Si le grain ne meurt. The three acts of the work (Perséphone enlevée, Perséphone aux enfers, Perséphone renaissante) are close to human nature and psyche with an empathy reinforced by Stravinsky’s music. Conceived for a tenor (Eumolpe), a narrator, a mixed chorus, a chidren’s chorus and an orchestra, this work, so original in the production of its author, has however never found its audience. People long blamed Stravinsky for wringing the neck of the prosody of Gide’s text without understanding that it was however one of its more sensitive works, possessed with a melodic verve, a clear lyricism and a warmth for which he wasn’t known for. Under Esa-Pekka Salonen’s inspired and aerial baton, Perséphone finds here a second youth which might finally allow it to impose itself to a new generation of music lovers. This “strange profane mass” (as described by Marcel Marnat) is probably one of the most touching works of a composer that is always looking for new springs. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 november 2018 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice - 5 étoiles de Classica
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 6 april 2018 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 5 augustus 2016 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 25 februari 2014 | Zig-Zag Territoires

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice - Hi-Res Audio
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 20 januari 2015 | Signum Records

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 oktober 2012 | SDG

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Exceptional sound
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 7 juni 2011 | Audite

Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 4 maart 2016 | CPO

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 oktober 2012 | Accent

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 februari 2011 | ATMA Classique

Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 4 november 2016 | Toccata Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 10 juni 2016 | Dacapo SACD

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 4 étoiles de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik