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Duo´s - Verschijnt op 1 oktober 2021 | Chandos

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Duo´s - Verschijnt op 24 september 2021 | La Dolce Volta

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Duo´s - Verschijnt op 24 september 2021 | CAvi-music

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Duo´s - Verschijnt op 24 september 2021 | CAvi-music

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 20 augustus 2021 | harmonia mundi

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In this debut recording for harmonia mundi, the young viola prodigy Timothy Ridout and his musical accomplice Frank Dupree celebrate the power of love, with selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, performed in Borisovsky’s popular arrangement, and with their own transcription of Schumann’s Dichterliebe. The voice of the heart and the soul of candour, here the viola displays an astonishing range of emotions and expressive colours – from boisterous to tender or introspective in the Prokofiev excerpts, while also mirroring the myriad nuances of Heine’s poems in Schumann’s sublime musical love letter to his Clara. © harmonia mundi
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 9 juli 2021 | Paraty

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 18 juni 2021 | CAvi-music

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With this album Theo Plath has have fulfilled his personal dream to revel in the music of Romanticism and Impressionism, an era otherwise mostly lost for the bassoon as a solo instrument. Theo Plath, principal of the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, plays here in this new album Saint-Saëns Bassoon Sonata alongside Plath’s own arrangements of popular chamber works by Boulanger, Debussy and Franck. © CAvi-Music
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 4 juni 2021 | Sony Classical

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Fourty years on from his first release of this complete collection, cellist Yo-Yo Ma has become a venerable, white-haired gent, as has the pianist Emanuel Ax. "Hope Amid Tears" is the title of their new album, which they recorded at Seiji Ozawa Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts. And hope certainly was in high demand in August 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic was ravaging the world, and the USA in particular. And what could be more hopeful than Beethoven's humanist message? The Five Sonatas for Cello and Piano (for piano with cello accompaniment for the first two, in fact) are drawn from three different periods of Beethoven's artistic evolution. The first two are still rooted in the eighteenth century, and represent the first important works of the classical period. The Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69, then sees the cello's horizon broaden. The instrument sets itself free, and really speaks in the first person. It is presently joined by the piano, in a style that mirrors great contemporary works such as the Fifth Symphony, the "Pastorale" Symphony, the Coriolan Overture and the "Razumovsky" Quartets.  The musical discourse is syncopated; the dialogue resembles a conversation between two people who are taking it in turns to get worked up into a passion.The last two Sonatas, Op. 102 date from a difficult time in the composer's life, when he was unwell and increasingly isolated by his deafness. These were fallow years where his productivity and creative energies seemed to be flagging. The more involved and inaccessible fugal writing style rendered many works from this period difficult to understand. The firm friendship and longstanding musical partnership between Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax have shaped this new recording. The musicians speak the same language, with the same intentions and the same phrasing, and their performance is enriched by their experience and maturity. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 19 maart 2021 | harmonia mundi

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On July 1st, 1907, Marcel Proust invited a few of his friends to a private concert he was hosting at the Ritz Hotel. In a letter he wrote two days later to Reynaldo Hahn, the host described the eclectic nature of the programme. Composers of his day were featured side by side with the masters of the past and of more recent date: Fauré, Wagner, Schumann, Chopin, and Couperin. In recreating the recital’s wide range of periods and styles, Théotime Langlois de Swarte and Tanguy de Williencourt also revive the intimacy of the Parisian fin-de-siècle salons and transport us into the fertile musical universe evoked in the pages of In Search of Lost Time. © harmonia mundi
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 12 februari 2021 | Paraty

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 12 februari 2021 | 7 Mountain Records

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Spezl (Bavarian for ‘comradeship’) is a sonorous and lively 7MNTN album from the high-regarded musicians Floris Mijnders and Jelger Blanken. The performers’ close musical friendship echos that of the composers whose works they present here: Richard Strauss and Ludwig Thuille. Strauss and Thuille remained close friends throughout their lives, studying together and sharing musical ideas. While Strauss achieved worldwide recognition as a composer, Thuille is remembered mainly as a professor of music theory and composition. This duo offers an irresistible combination: fierce and tender playing from Mijnders, complemented affectionately and sensitively by Blanken. But as in any friendship, this duo also challenges and questions each others’ musical decisions, sparking an inspired, musical dialogue. The summation is sparkling and joyful musicality, together with extraordinary ease and craftsmanship. Allow yourself getting embraced by the beguiling, intimate sound-world of this duo! © 7 Mountain Records
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 5 februari 2021 | CAvi-music

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 11 september 2020 | CAvi-music

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This recording took place in the Studio 2 of the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, in February 2016. Dina Ugorskaja pursued the finishing process of the master with great impulse and unbelievable energy during a time when her health was abating. This project will stay simply as a singular milestone. Prokofiev and Shostakovich were ambivalent toward one another. Prokofiev accused Shostakovich of "devouring everything" (the fact that the younger composer dared to incorporate the street genres of entertainment music into his classical compositions) and affirmed that Shostakovich had no gift for melody. Shostakovich, for his part, occasionally found Prokofiev's music too crude, too clearly illustrative. Yet, in spite of the largely unfair criticism they directed toward one another, each one never let his counterpart entirely out of his sight, or, to be more exact, of his ears. Ever since the 1920s their music was featured on joint recital programmes. The young Shostakovich acknowledged Prokofiev's influence on certain of his own works. Prokofiev, when abroad, encouraged "chemical exchange between Russia and Europe" and promoted Shostakovich's works in particular, even expressing the wish that his younger colleague be allowed to perform abroad, too. Natalia Prishepenko and the late Dina Ugorskaja present stunningly personal and virtuosic performances of two of their violin sonatas. © CAvi-Music
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 24 juli 2020 | CAvi-music

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When choosing the title of this album, the two performers were immediately drawn to the title of the first piece in our recording, Dhipli Zyia by Xenakis, which simply translates as ‘a band of two folk musicians’. After delving more deeply, they discovered that Zyia derives from the ancient Greek word ‘balance’, which is such a vitally important element of chamber music, and indeed – in any relationship. Fittingly, Zyia is also another name for Hera, the Goddess of marriage from ancient Greek mythology, and this album symbolises an important part of a journey for us – not only as partners in chamber music – but also as a celebration of our friendship… The recording centres around pieces which celebrate the joy and vibrancy of folk music, opening with music by Xenakis from the Balkans in Greece, Jonian’s birthplace, then venturing north to Hungary for the Kodály, west to Switzerland/France for the Sonatina by Honegger and finally returning to Greece for a rarely performed Duo by Skalkottas. © CAvi-Music
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 3 juli 2020 | NoMadMusic

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Emmanuel Ceysson and Frédéric Chatoux have worked alongside the pit of the Paris Opera for ten years, thus they have created a magnificent musical bond. "After a dream" is their first duo project, bringing together a selection of original pieces and transcriptions, with French music and its dreamlike tones as a common thread. Alongside Fauré, Cras, Ibert and Saint-Saëns, Bach, Rossini and Gluck, the two musicians colored this program in the form of sweet reverie. © nomadmusic
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 19 juni 2020 | Sony Classical

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 15 mei 2020 | Paraty

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This first recording by the Duo Aurore is an eclectic selection of Brazilian and Argentinian repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries. The title of the album, "Iguaçu", is a reference to the magnificent Iguazu Falls located on the border between the two countries and listed as a Unesco World Heritage site. Often inspired by popular music, the repertoire is rich in harmonic and rhythmic variations. Famous works such as Libertango by Astor Piazzolla or O trenzinho do caipira by Villa-Lobos are presented alongside more recent pieces such as Nação nº 2, by the eminent Brazilian composer and pianist Hércules Gomes. © Paraty
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 17 april 2020 | harmonia mundi

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Musical instruments made to sing! This album invites you to travel from Spain to South America in the company of the greatest composers the countries of the region have produced: next to Spanish folk songs reshaped by Falla, compositions by Casals, Granados, Montsalvatge, and the beloved Ária from the Bachiana brasileira by Villa-Lobos, an Argentine tango by Piazzolla is paired with its Spanish counterpart by Albéniz (though his is in the form of a habanera). A wide-ranging programme which brings together two virtuoso soloists... who are not about to part. © harmonia mundi
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 7 februari 2020 | NoMadMusic

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In "Post-scriptum", Marina Chiche and Aurélien Pontier pay homage to the golden age in which violinists arranged, transcribed and made pastiches of short pieces to fill out the ends of their recitals. This album evokes a lost time through the rediscovery of these miniature gems of which Heifetz and Kreisler were once the most admirable ambassadors. © nomadmusic
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 31 januari 2020 | Mirare

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