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Opera - Verschenen op 15 januari 2021 | Glossa

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Today's music lovers associate L’Orfeo first and foremost with Claudio Monteverdi's famous opera from 1607, while the version by Luigi Rossi (1597-1653), premiered four decades later, has remained less well-known. Rossi had served as a musician first for the noble families Borghese and Barberini in Florence and Rome, respectively, before he moved to France in 1646, where he became the most respected composer at the court of Cardinal Mazarin. His L'Orfeo, with a libretto by Francesco Buti, was premiered on 2 March 1647 at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris. It was one of the first operas ever performed in France. The premiere was magnificently staged, full of magnificent sets and machinery, with over 200 people employed to work on the scenery. The performance lasted about six hours and was a great success for Rossi. Twenty years after the first recording by Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, Elena Sartori and her ensemble Allabastrina present now the second recording of this opera. The total playing time is slightly under four hours, almost Wagnerian proportions. Sartori uses exclusively Italian forces (17 solo singers and choristers), with the Baroque experts Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (Orfeo) and Emanuela Galli (Euridice) in the main roles. © Glossa
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Opera - Verschenen op 8 januari 2021 | CPO

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An essential opera composer amid Monteverdi's successors, Antonio Cesti, like Francesco Cavalli, left a body of work that was gradually rediscovered, notably thanks to the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, in the very city where Cesti worked at the court of the Habsburg Archduke Ferdinand. After the success of L'Argia, and then of Orontea, the festival now exhumes the Dori, composed in 1657 and presented to mark three-hundred-fifty years since the composer's death. The libretto, a pretext for much cross-dressing, tells the story of the Persian prince Orontes mourning the (presumed) death of his beloved Dori, who is actually living at his court disguised as a man, while the Egyptian prince Tolomeo, dressed as a woman, has a crush on Dori's sister, Arsinoe, who is pledged to marry Orontes... At the head of many soloists and his Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone conducts through the many twists and turns of this very long opera (six hours reduced to three for modern ears and attention spans!) taking the various forms of accompanied recitatives, ariosos, ritournelles, vocalisations and some well-rounded ensembles. A new discovery allowing a better knowledge of the Florentine composer whose career mainly played out in the Austrian Tyrol. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 8 januari 2021 | CPO

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Since Friedrich Ernst Fesca, the father of Alexander Fesca, had received an excellent education as a violinist, it is not surprising that his masterfully elaborated string quartets contributed significantly to the establishment of his outstanding reputation as a composer. Until 1818 he published a total of twelve quartets, and two others followed in 1819 and then again in 1824-25. For a decade Fesca was one of the most-reviewed quartet composers, and it is documented that he was one of the most performed such composers for an even longer period of time. On this second volume the quality and originality of his string quartets again are revealed above all in the balance with which he combines mellow harmony, contrapuntal expertise, and formally integrated virtuosity. The eight quartets are interpreted by the Amaryllis Quartet, which at the very latest since its triumph with the finalists’ prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia in 2011 has numbered among the leading string quartets of its generation. Pearls for friends of chamber music who delight in discovery! © CPO
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 10 december 2020 | Danacord Records

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Messiaen Quartet Copenhagen comprises four experienced chamber, solo and orchestral musicians: violinist Malin William-Olsson, cellist Carl-Oscar Østerlind, pianist Kristoffer Hyldigand clarinetist Viktor Wennesz. Formed in January 2018, the quartet has already become established as a vibrant and versatile group, regularly broadcasting on Danish Radio P2 and collaborating with internationally recognized musicians such as violinists Ray Chen and Carolin Widmann. Messiaen Quartet Copenhagen has performed at many festivals throughout Denmark and Sweden and completed a critically-acclaimed tour of Sweden organized by “Musik i Syd” in January 2020. © Danacord
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 9 december 2020 | 2L

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 10 december 2020 | Danacord Records

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Danish cellist, Carl-Oscar Østerlind (born 1984) is one of his generation's most versatile musicians. He has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a “superb cellist” and was recently awarded the Danish Arts Council's career grant “Den Unge Elite”. In 2010 he won the Danish String Competition and was a top prizewinner of the “Ljunggrenska Competition” in Sweden. Carl-Oscar Østerlind appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals such as Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, Piatigorsky Cello Festival, Verbier Festival, Ipalpiti Festival, Prussia Cove's “Open Chamber Music” and Bergen Festspillene. As a concerto soloist, he performed in front of orchestras in Denmark, Sweden, USA and Mexico. © Danacord
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 4 december 2020 | Pan Classics

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Opera - Verschenen op 6 december 2020 | Danacord Records

The first (almost) complete recording of Nielsen's comic masterpiece, plus a previously unreleased fairy-tale rarity, under the inspirational baton of the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra's founder-conductor. Launy Grøndahl knew both Carl Nielsen and Knud Jeppesen personally: he conducted their music with unrivalled sympathy and passion. His 1954 recording of Maskarade is full of native wit and simple joys, while Aesop's fable of The Eagle and the Beetle is dramatized as a typically Danish morality-tale of revenge on the high and mighty. © Danacord
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 10 december 2020 | Danacord Records

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The present album is the first ever release of rare recordings from the Finnish Radio with the greatest Danish female pianist of all time. During the 50s and 60s, Finnish radio made broadcasts of the pianist France Ellegaard in a wide range of repertoire from little-known 18th-century chamber music to Romantic concertos by the "Finnish Rachmaninov", Selim Palmgren. Newly remastered and issued here for the first time in any format, these recordings capture Ellegaard at the peak of her powers, in command of a formidable dynamic range and touching everything she plays with lyrical insight. © Danacord
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 15 januari 2021 | Archipel

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 4 januari 2021 | Danacord Records

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 4 januari 2021 | Danacord Records

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 januari 2021 | Archipel

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 18 januari 2021 | Sterling

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 30 november 2020 | G.O.P.

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 10 januari 2021 | Lindberg Lyd AS

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 21 januari 2021 | Alexandre Bak - Classical Music Reference Recording

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 22 januari 2021 | Music to Meditate

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 23 januari 2021 | Relaxing Sounds For Studying

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 januari 2021 | Release Stress During Sleep Loops