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Stanislaw Moniuszko: Halka

Capella Cracoviensis

Klassiek - Verschenen op 22 oktober 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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If this opera is a rarity outside of the Poland which gave birth to it, Halka by the father of Polish opera, Stanisław Moniuszko, is in the repertoire of its country of origin, but known only in the corrected version of 1858. This album, recorded in concert in the wake of Krakow's Opera Rara Festival, presents for the first time the original 1848 version, which is more interesting in its elements and concentrated drama.This popular opera tells the sad story of a young mountain girl in love with Janusz, an aristocrat who seduces her, fathers a child on her, and then abandons her to marry Zofia, a young woman of his own social class. Desperate, Halka does not accept the break-up, loses her child and refuses the love of her childhood friend Jontek, who is passionately in love with her. There follows a long wandering in the Tatras where an hallucinating Halka, after having initially considered setting fire to the church during the wedding ceremony, gives up her incendiary project and prefers to commit suicide... This confrontation of the social classes is an excellent pretext for Moniuszko to use the melodies and dances extracted from popular traditions, such as the mazurka, the polonaise and the dumka.Composed in 1846 in the wake of the 'People's Spring' after the Krakow Uprising, Halka soon became the standard-bearer for the Polish uprising against Russia. An essential work in the Polish repertoire, it here benefits from a first-rate cast and the excellence of the Capella Cracoviensis, one of the best "historically aware" ensembles in Poland today. This ensemble, consisting of a choir and an orchestra, has performed successfully at the most important festivals with such renowned guest conductors as Evelino Pido, Christophe Rousset, Paul Goodwin and Paul McCreesh. Moniuszko's first opera, Halka, is nonetheless a masterpiece. It is replete with romantic melodies and harmonies following in the tradition set by Auber and Donizetti, and would be a worthy inclusion in the repertoire of all opera companies. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Time Travel

Lautten Compagney

Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 oktober 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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It took some nerve to think of coupling Henry Purcell with the Beatles. The Lautten Compagney ensemble has done just that. Good for them! Since our era has now become so fond of this kind of cross-programming, there is a risk of it not going beyond pure provocation. Very happily for us, the orchestra's expertise in the Baroque repertoire, combined with its skill in arrangement and orchestration, allows the listener to navigate between the two eras with considerable pleasure.Henry Purcell died in 1695 at the early age of thirty-six, leaving behind a catalogue of over five hundred works. In the course of his short life, the composer tried his skill at all genres: opera, cantatas both secular and religious, keyboard works, chamber music... His death was viewed as a national tragedy, and it was not until the end of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century that England again harboured musicians of such renown, with Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Britten. Closer to our time, the Beatles ruled the world of rock'n'roll and pop for a mere decade. For Bernard Schrammek, the Lautten Compagney's conductor, the master of the English Baroque and the four Londoners “share much more than their nationality, their popularity, their productivity and their irrepressible youth”. Each has excelled in the art of polyphony and in writing memorable melodies.Asya Fateyeva's saxophone acts as a common thread running through this two-part programme. The guest musician builds a bridge between the two eras, and the instrument on which she plays, close to the one invented by Adolphe Sax, adapts to each arrangement and regales our ears with equal pleasure.The greatest success of this Lautten Compagney's latest recording is, above all, the delicate and natural dialogue taking place between the end of the 17th century and the 1960s. Purcell's work contains the rustic power of rock, and the finesse of the Beatles' compositions retain the sensitive spirit of the great Purcell. © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz
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Because (Arr. for baroque orchestra and saxophone)

Lautten Compagney

Klassiek - Verschenen op 24 september 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Bonduca, Z. 574: No. 4, Air (Arr. for baroque orchestra and saxophone)

Lautten Compagney

Klassiek - Verschenen op 3 september 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Elgar-Britten-Warlock-Jenkins: Very British

Metamorphosen Berlin

Klassiek - Verschenen op 13 augustus 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Another Girl (Arr. for baroque orchestra and saxophone)

Lautten Compagney

Klassiek - Verschenen op 13 augustus 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Hildegard von Bingen: Canticles of Ecstasy

Sequentia

Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 januari 1994 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Hildegard von Bingen: Symphoniae - Geistliche Gesänge

Sequentia

Klassiek - Verschenen op 5 december 1989 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Symphoniae is a reissue of the 1985 Sequentia LP Symphoniae: Spiritual Songs, an epochal recording that did much to set off the whole Hildegard boom -- if one can use that word to describe the audiences for music by a medieval German abbess. It is largely the work of Sequentia co-director Barbara Thornton, who died in 1998; her creative partner Benjamin Bagby is heard on harps and on other instruments. She sings solo and leads small groups of other female singers. "Symphoniae" was a word Hildegard herself applied to a collection of her own music. For those who have gone on to investigate other treatments of Hildegard's music, ranging from hyper-authentic to new age inspirational, it will be good to check in with the musicians who were really the first to spot the tremendous relevance of this woman-centered chant. And for those who are looking for a good place to start with Hildegard of Bingen, this disc is still easy to recommend. In both music and liner notes it gives a feel for the key traits of Hildegard's music: its wide, sudden melodic swings, its rhapsodic quality, the unusual locutions and involved, imaginative metaphors in her poetry, and some great imagery that could almost have come out of 1970s feminist literature. In the words of one commentator, Hildegard "used extremes of register as if to bring heaven and earth together," and Sequentia's singers pick up this momentum effectively. A responsory in praise of St. Ursula and her 11,000 martyred Virgins (actually, there may have been only 11) has become especially well known in the years since this album was released. Many of the pieces praise saints and other figures from Christian history and liturgy (often women), and some become mystical in their intensity. Musically the album takes liberties with what is known of medieval performance practice, but not to an objectionable degree. Some of the chants are sung solo, other responsorially between soloist and choir in the usual manner. On some pieces the performers add vocal harmonies according to the principles of medieval organum singing, something not notated by Hildegard but certainly in the air in her time and place. There are also several pieces done instrumentally, and some of the chants are accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble. The reason often given (and alluded to here) is that Hildegard's writings mention musical instruments as a link to the divine. It's a stretch from that idea to the instrumental accompaniment of music that is usually heard for voices alone, but the results here are lovely. For everyone from medievalists to ordinary mystics, Symphoniae offers worthwhile listening. © TiVo
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Hildegard von Bingen: Voice of the Blood

Sequentia

Klassiek - Verschenen op 31 oktober 1995 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Hildegard von Bingen: Celestial Hierarchy

Sequentia

Klassiek - Verschenen op 13 mei 2013 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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It is largely due to the work of the German ensemble Sequentia that the name and music of Hildegard of Bingen are popular today even among listeners with little background in medieval music. Sequentia moved on to experimental recordings of lesser-known chant repertories and such things as Icelandic sagas, but it has continued to record Hildegard's music, and the present release marks the conclusion of the group's recordings of her complete works. This is a remarkable accomplishment by any standard, and the entire thing has been done both logically and convincingly. Sequentia's great gift has been its ability to put the great German nun's chants in context, to show that text and music united in her music as much as in that of any other great composer. The chants here begin with Mary, who for Hildegard was at the top of the celestial hierarchy of the title, but the program soon moves into a variety of other figures, including St. John the Evangelist, the Apostles, martyrs, and angels. Soon you are listening to each chant and where the soaring melismas come in relation to the text in order to divine its author's attitudes toward the figures involved, and as usual with Sequentia this is a much more effective device than a program that attempts to replicate liturgies of the time. It may be that the group of choristers on this album is a bit less smooth than on the very best Sequentia releases, but the group's virtues are fully intact after 35 years, and the Hildegard set as a whole is something to treasure. © TiVo
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Capriol Suite/I. Basse-Danse

Metamorphosen Berlin

Klassiek - Verschenen op 9 juli 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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En Albion: Medieval Polyphony in England

Huelgas Ensemble

Klassiek - Verschenen op 2 juli 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Making the most of the vocal and stylistic near-perfection of his Huelgas Ensemble, Paul van Nevel explores English polyphony between 1300 and 1400. The authors of this late medieval music are unknown, as these pieces have come down to us anonymously, unlike many works on the continent, whose composers are known and often highly revered. But in spite of the anonymity, this material which was written around the time of the Hundred Years' War had a great influence on the music of those distant times. The dozen sacred and secular a capella pieces presented here come from various sources preserved in the United States (New York), England (London, Oxford, Durham) and France (Tours, Chantilly). With their strange chromaticism and extreme, complicated modulations, the composers of Albion paved the way for a new musical style. This new album consists of mostly unknown and unrecorded pieces that add to the knowledge of an era that is still largely undiscovered. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Praetorius dances

Capella de la Torre

Klassiek - Verschenen op 18 juni 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Exulta Syon - En ai je bien trouvé

Huelgas Ensemble

Klassiek - Verschenen op 18 juni 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Bach: Dialoge

Dorothee Oberlinger

Klassiek - Verschenen op 11 juni 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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La Capricieuse, Op. 17 (Arr. for Cello & Strings)

Metamorphosen Berlin

Klassiek - Verschenen op 11 juni 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Virgo salvavit hominem

Huelgas Ensemble

Klassiek - Verschenen op 4 juni 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Terpsichore, Musarum Aoniarum: Ballet, TMA 268

Capella de la Torre

Klassiek - Verschenen op 28 mei 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Suite in C Minor, BWV 997 (Arr. for Lute & Recorder)/IV. Gigue & Double

Dorothee Oberlinger

Klassiek - Verschenen op 28 mei 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Palladio: I. Allegretto

Metamorphosen Berlin

Klassiek - Verschenen op 21 mei 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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