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Musique vocale sacrée - Verschenen op 27 september 2019 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Classique - Verschenen op 20 september 2019 | Alpha

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The history of coffee is fascinating! From the opening of the first establishments in Constantinople in the middle of the sixteenth century to the appearance and diffusion of the drink in Europe in the following century, coffee and coffee houses were highly fashionable. Two composers devoted a cantata to the topic. Gottfried Zimmermann opened his famous coffee house in Leipzig in 1715 and organised concerts there. Around 1735, Bach composed his famous cantata Schweigt still, plaudert nicht, which was probably performed there. It depicts the humorous dispute between a father and his daughter over her consumption of coffee. In Paris, Nicolas Bernier’s cantata Le Caffé (1664-1734) praised the beverage and its many virtues. The ‘Coffee Road’ Olivier Fortin has mapped out here makes a detour to London around 1660, where the composer Matthew Locke frequented the Turk’s Head Coffee House and promoted a string fantasia. Fortin has chosen to organise this album like a fasil, a ‘suite of pieces’ in traditional Ottoman music, with taqsims (improvisations) interspersed among the compositions and played on such instruments as the ney flute, the Arab violin and the yayli tanbur. © Alpha Classics
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Messes, Passions, Requiems - Verschenen op 20 september 2019 | CPO

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Cyprien de Rore is one of the most important representatives of Franco-Flemish musicians. Spread out across all of Europe, these musicians originating in Flanders deepened their knowledge of composition in Italy, where they took up residence in courts. After Josquin des Prés, Rore officiated at the court of the Duke of Ferrara. Later, in Venice, he followed Adrian Willaert as the Master of the Chapel of the Basilica of Saint Mark. This album brings together the mass dedicated to his protector, Ercole II d’Este (Missa vivat felix Hercules secundus) with some motets. So this programme, performed by the Weser-Renaissance choir and conducted by Manfred Cordes, is entirely in Latin. Rore's counterpoint ploughs the furrow of the prima pratica, while the care taken over the text and its harmonic language point towards the "new music" or seconda pratica. Standing at the crossroads of these two styles, Cyprien de Rore has mixed the ordinario of the mass with secular texts, creating a musical unity  – following the example set by Josquin, himself the author of a mass in honour of a Duke of Ferrara, Ercole I. A soggetto cavato provides a bridge: the vowels of the text ("Hercules dux Ferrariae") correspond to the notes (D, C, D, C, D, F, E, D), forming a melodic motif. As for the recorded motets, they were recovered in a magnificent manuscript which was kept in the Library of Bavaria. In fact, Rore was famous in the Munich court, where he went in person to copy his motets into the codex. Polyphonic gems, these pieces blossom with great lucidity. Manfred Cordes and the Bremen Weser-Renaissance ensemble clearly know their stuff: the record is simply magnificent. © Elsa Siffert/Qobuz
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Classique - Verschenen op 20 september 2019 | BR-Klassik

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Musique de chambre - Verschenen op 6 september 2019 | Genuin

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
The young Romanian violinist Ioana Cristina Goicea and her piano partner Andrei Banciu draw on the full range of their talents: on their debut album, they bring late Romantic music by Richard Strauss, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and the world premiere recording by Stan Golestan to life in full color. The two winners of the competition are perfectly attuned to each other. A technically flawless rendition serves as the basis of their interpretation and is exalted by the extraordinary artistic personality of the two Romanian musicians. The romantic exuberance creates goosebumps! © Genuin
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Classique - Verschenen op 16 augustus 2019 | Ars Produktion

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Musique de chambre - Verschenen op 9 augustus 2019 | PentaTone

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This album brings together two of the most exceptional chamber musicians of the contemporary scene, whose elegance and natural flair do wonders for the works of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson plays a beautiful 1837 Érard from the Collection Edwin Beunk, a similar instrument to the one that Mendelssohn owned in his Berlin residence, where the major works of this luminous programme were first performed. Johannes Moser, on the other hand, has borrowed a sumptuous Andrea Guarneri cello of 1694 from a private patron, and its fine autumnal tones can be heard here. Not only do the partners offer up what must surely be the finest version of the two cello solos by Felix Mendelssohn on period instruments, but also they allow us to reconsider to talent of the composer's sister, Fanny Hensel, thanks to two fairly short works of hers, one Fantasy in G Minor and one Capriccio in A Flat Major. A magnificent album, which makes one hope that the duo will soon start a regular collaboration with Pentatone. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/QobuzGerman-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser and Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson present a moving portrait of the Mendelssohn family with this recording of pieces by the siblings Felix and Fanny. Once composed for the popular "Sunday Sessions" at the Berlin Mendelssohn family house, these works fit into the typically nineteenth-century tradition of domestic music-making, albeit at the highest thinkable level. Beatson plays an 1837 Érard fortepiano, identical to the instrument that belonged to the Mendelssohn household when these pieces were composed. Besides Felix Mendelssohn’s two sonatas for cello and piano, his Variations concertantes, Op. 17, Lied ohne Worte, Op. 109 and Albumblatt in B Minor are featured. Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn’s Fantasia in G Minor and Capriccio in A-flat Major show what could have become of this talented female composer if societal conventions had not restricted her musical activities to the private salon. © Pentatone
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Musique chorale (pour chœur) - Verschenen op 9 augustus 2019 | SWR Classic

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Classique - Verschenen op 2 augustus 2019 | BIS

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Musique de chambre - Verschenen op 21 juni 2019 | CPO

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As the author of five string quartets (composed between 1872 and 1911), multiple symphonies and an extensive catalogue of chamber music, Friedrich Gernsheim (1839-1916) was a solitary genius who was all-too-often ignored. Born in Worms into a cultured and well-to-do Jewish family, he quickly made a name for himself thanks to his exceptional talent and maturity. At the age of sixteen, with his qualifications under his belt, he went to try his luck in Paris. It was there that he met Liszt, Lalo, Saint-Saëns, Rossini and Berlioz. Though the pull back to his country of birth was strong and he eventually settled in Cologne, where he became director of the Conservatory.He was admired by Mahler and Strauss, a childhood friend of Bruch and exchanged extensive correspondence with Brahms. The two quartets recorded on this first volume by the brilliant Diogenes Quartet immediately attract attention for their effusive and tormented elements. While the influence of Brahms and Dvořák is palpable, the pieces are perfectly unique and have not deserved to be forgotten. The rise of Nazism in the 1920s was obviously not conducive to the diffusion of his music. Instead, it is the Diogenes Quartet (founded in 1998) who get to enjoy that honour. They have prepared a complete set of these five quartets, this album being the first exciting volume. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Musique vocale sacrée - Verschenen op 14 juni 2019 | Ondine

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Classique - Verschenen op 14 juni 2019 | haenssler CLASSIC

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Classique - Verschenen op 14 juni 2019 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
The percussionist Vivi Vassileva is one of the most fascinating classical soloists of her generation, and she now releases her debut album, entitled Singin' Rhythm, on the alpha classics label. Born in 1994 to a Bulgarian family of musicians – her mother is a pianist, her father and brother are violinists, her sister plays violin too and she herself learned the instrument – Vivi was captivated by music at an early age especially when she heard some hand drummers playing on a remote, unspoiled beach at the black sea where her parents own a house. It was then that she decided to change from the violin to percussion. With her dynamic, infectious way of making music, Vivi exudes a sense of enjoyment that is in no way limited to the elaboration of rhythms or the igniting of a display of tonal pyrotechnics. Her main aim is to touch people, to tell stories expressed in terms of melodies, harmonies and rhythms. Vivi is motivated and inspired by the diversity of tonal colours and the opportunities they offer, and that is why she is so convinced that percussion is the instrument of the 21st century. However, since the repertoire for percussion is limited, Vivi Vassileva not only commissions new compositions; she arranges and composes herself, constantly on the lookout for new formations and heading up various chamber music groups. As a result, this new album features works by Guillo Espel, Eric Sammut, Oriol Cruixent and Keiko Abe, most of them premiere recordings, alongside some rarely heard or premiere arrangements and compositions by Vivi Vassileva herself. © Alpha Classics
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Musique chorale (pour chœur) - Verschenen op 14 juni 2019 | haenssler CLASSIC

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Musique de chambre - Verschenen op 7 juni 2019 | Orfeo

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Classique - Verschenen op 7 juni 2019 | audite Musikproduktion

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Andrea Lucchesini’s career continues discreetly in the shadow of more mediatized Italian pianists. The star pupil, like Nelson Goerner, of the great Maria Tipo, Lucchesini has invested a lot of his time into concerts and recording. After becoming known for his interpretations of Luciano Berio’s music, in particular his concerto Echoing Curves directed by the composer himself, he has recorded the integrity of Beethoven’s sonatas for the label Stradivarius.Over the last few years, Lucchesini has concentrated on Schubert, “my great love”, he calls him. These two very different composers on the cusp of romanticism fascinate Andrea Lucchesini who presents here his first volume dedicated to the late works of Schubert. These works were written at a time when the composer of Lieder returned to composing sonatas amidst greats like Beethoven who also coincidentally lived in the same town.For Lucchesini, Schubert remains an enigma. The man left behind almost no written documents, he never stayed put in one precise residence and no one could understand his shyness, agitation, nor his latent homosexuality. “Rediscovering his final works”, says Andrea Lucchenini, “showed me the difference between the artist who entertained his friends and the composer who worked in solitude without any prospect of being published nor played.” Such solitude that longs to break free can be heard clearly in this album, particularly in the interpretation of Andantino of Sonata D. 959 through which troubling phantoms move. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classique - Verschenen op 17 mei 2019 | Wergo

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Classique - Verschenen op 10 mei 2019 | Berlin Classics

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We are standing in a picture gallery of music. All around us we can hear snippets of the great works for string quartets, along with unfamiliar things to delight the ear; it is truly a music-lover’s paradise. "Chiaroscuro" forms the conclusion of a rather special trilogy of albums by the Schumann Quartet and at the same time marks a journey’s end. After the quartet searched their own roots with their first album "Landscapes" and engaged with their namesake Robert Schumann on the follow-up album "Intermezzo", they are now completing their journey with the new album "Chiaroscuro". As of today there is a second foretaste of the upcoming album: Shostakovich's "Elegy" from string quartet 15. The piece can be heard from today on all common platforms. © Berlin Classics
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Musique de chambre - Verschenen op 3 mei 2019 | PM Classics Ltd.

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Classique - Verschenen op 3 mei 2019 | CPO

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Mostly known outside of his country for his very popular Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 (Midsommarvaka), Hugo Alfvén is a multi-talented creator. An accomplished watercolourist (he had in fact considered becoming a full-time painter), and a gifted writer, he finally decided on pursuing a career in music. Born in Stockholm in 1872, this polyglot and avid traveller throughout Europe studied the violin in Brussels to join his hometown’s Royal Swedish Opera, before conducting choirs and orchestras across the continent. Alfvén became one of his country’s main composers, along with his contemporary Wilhelm Stenhammar. His music draws from late Romanticism, relying on skilled and colourful arrangements à la Richard Strauss. He is often considered as a figurehead of Swedish music, very much like Sibelius for Finland.In fact, the very first measures of his orchestral suite The Mountain King (Bergakungen) are instantly reminiscent of Finlandia, with its spectacular crescendo opening the ballet scene. His Symphony No. 3, composed in 1905 during a trip to Italy − a country that invariably mesmerises Scandinavians − is a genuine ode to happiness. Dedicated to Marie, a young woman he loved passionately and who would become his first wife, this score is gentle, positive, joyful and simply celebrates the appreciation of being in the world.The Swedish Rhapsody No. 2 (Uppsalarapsodi) was written for the 200th anniversary of the birth of famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, the father of biodiversity who identified over 10,000 plant and animal species. Like Brahms did a few years prior in his Academic Festival Overture, Alfvén uses numerous student songs in this joyful piece, tightly woven into the symphonic thread. © François Hudry/Qobuz