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Vivaldi: Violin Concertos

Claudio Scimone

Concertmuziek - Verschenen op 3 april 2020 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Rossi : La lyra d'Orfeo & Arpa Davidica

Christina Pluhar

Wereldlijke vocale muziek - Verschenen op 8 november 2019 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Christina Pluhar has long been interested in the vocal music of the 17th century, in particular that of composer Luigi Rossi born around 1597 in the beautiful province of Puglia. He was the titular composer to the Medicis in Florence before taking a job with Cardinal Barberini in Rome. In France, Cardinal Mazarin commissioned him to produce the first Italian opera written specifically for the French court. In a manner of speaking, Rossi is at the root of the productions that another Italian, Lully, would later write for Louis XIV.In 2005, Christina Pluhar had recorded the Lyra d'Orfeo, taken from Rossi's desk drawer, with her ensemble L'Arpeggiata, with the voice of Veronique Gens in all its splendour. But a legal problem arose which prevented its production as a record for nearly 15 years. With the lawsuit ongoing, Christina Pluhar completed her project with Arpa Davidica, a new original compilation of works by Luigi Rossi, which she and her assistants discovered in various libraries.Pluhar has selected a series of virtuoso, theatrical pieces geared closely to the lyrics, as Rossi would set to music the most beautiful poems of his day. Taking on the best voices of the moment, Cécile Scheen, Giuseppina Bridelli, Philippe Jaroussky, Jakub Józef Orliński and Valer Sabadus, Christina Pluhar has pulled out all the stops to bring enchanting and incredibly musically-rich material back to life. The few indications relating to the instrumental accompaniment left on the manuscripts leave the performers almost total freedom. They can imagine all sorts of instrumental combinations to link complicated melismas with the virtuosity of the vocal lines that the composer intended. The interpretation also works as a complete recreation. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Barbara

Alexandre Tharaud

Klassiek - Verschenen op 29 september 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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For this double album, pianist Alexandre Tharaud invited a spectacular array of guest performers to join him in paying tribute to the great French singer-songwriter known simply as Barbara. One of the icons of the poetic chanson française, Barbara shares a place of honour with two other ‘B’s’, Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens. Among her most celebrated songs are ‘Ma plus belle histoire d'amour’, ‘Göttingen’, ‘Dis, quand reviendras-tu?’, ‘Mes hommes’ and ‘Nantes’. It is 20 years since Barbara died, aged 67, on November 24th 1997. Alexandre Tharaud’s idea for this album dates back to the day of her funeral. He, like many other fans, went to the cemetery in Bagneux on the outskirts of Paris. After the crowds and TV cameras had departed, a group of devotees remained at her grave and joined in an impromptu rendition of her songs. “I realised then that Barbara would live on through our voices,” says Tharaud. “I was young, but the recording studio was already central to my life. That morning, at Bagneux Cemetery, I vowed to make an album dedicated entirely to the music of Barbara. I needed time, and singers … The guests on this album are not those anonymous mourners, but dear friends I have invited to lend their own unique voices to this tribute” . For Hommage à Barbara, Tharaud has assembled a rich and imaginative line-up of performers from a variety of generations and diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds. While there is inevitably a Gallic bias among them, many of their names are well known around the globe. Among them are: actress-singers Juliette Binoche, Vanessa Paradis and Jane Birkin; rock star Radio Elvis; singer-songwriters Bénabar, Juliette, Dominique A, Tim Dup, Jean-Louis Aubert and Albin de la Simone; singers Camélia Jordana, Rokia Traoré, Hindi Zahra and Luz Casal; actor-director Guillaume Gallienne; Erato violinist Renaud Capuçon, clarinettist Michel Portal and the Modigliani string quartet. Alexandre Tharaud himself plays on nearly all the tracks – not just piano, but also electronic organ and keyboards, celesta and bells. Barbara was born in Paris in 1930 as Monique Serf, but she adopted her stage name from her grandmother, Varvara Brodsky, who had been born in Odessa. Her family was Jewish, and she was forced into hiding during World War II. Her suffering as a child was compounded by her sexually abusive father who eventually deserted the family when she was in her teens. She had some conservatory training as both a singer and pianist, but soon began to make her living as a performer, and spent a formative period working in Brussels in the early 1950s. She returned to Paris, where she became friends with the Belgian-born Jacques Brel and built a reputation in the clubs of the Latin Quarter, notably L’Écluse on the banks of the Seine. Her career began to take off in the early 1960s when she attracted attention with songs that she had written herself. Barbara became an important and much-loved figure, sometimes known as ‘La Dame en noir’, a reference to her penchant for elegant black dresses. If her signature number was ‘Ma plus belle histoire d'amour’, her song ‘Göttingen’, named after the city in Saxony, became an anthem of reconciliation for France and Germany; indeed, on the 40th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty in 2003, the then German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, quoted the song in his speech at Versailles. She was a favourite of François Mitterrand, France’s President from 1981-1995, developed a creative collaboration with the actor Gérard Depardieu, and in 1986 performed with ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov in a glittering gala at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. In the course of the 1980s she became active in the fight against AIDS and lent her name to a number of human rights causes. For all her fame and success, she had a difficult private life and suffered from debilitating ill health in her latter years, though she continued to write and record songs, releasing her last album in 1996. © Warner
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Mendelssohn

Quatuor Arod

Klassiek - Verschenen op 22 september 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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For their first recording, the Arod Quartet has selected Mendelssohn, one of the pillars of the quartet's art, in particular his masterpiece, the Fourth Quartet in E Minor of June 1837 - more Mozartian than Beethovian in its structure and development, to be sure, even if it bears Mendelssohn's hallmark from the first note to the last. To find the influence of the deaf genius, we have to look in the Second Quartet Op. 13 of 1827, a work written shortly after Beethoven's death, the full extent of whose innovations Mendelssohn was only just discovering. The Arod Quartet continues its album with Four Pieces for Quartet, assembled posthumously and numbered Op. 81 by Mendelssohn's successor at the Gewandhaus, Julius Rietz, and based on four disparate pieces from various eras. Finally, the album closes with the Arod's re-interpretaton of a Lied, sung here by Marianne Crebassa, whose theme takes in several passages from Beethoven note for note, a real homage from the young composer to his illustrious elder. It’s worth noting that the Arod Quartet, only founded in 2013, has shot to global prominence, having performed at the Paris Philharmonic, the Louvre Auditorium, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Metz Arsenal, and further afield the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Zurich Tonhalle, London's Wigmore Hall, as well as in Tokyo, Finland, Switzerland... the list goes on! © SM/Qobuz
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Barbara

Alexandre Tharaud

Klassiek - Verschenen op 29 september 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Mendelssohn

Quatuor Arod

Klassiek - Verschenen op 29 september 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Elina Garanca sings Mozart & Vivaldi

Elina Garanca

Klassiek - Verschenen op 12 mei 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Eternal Stories

Quatuor Ébène

Klassiek - Verschenen op 2 mei 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Meyerbeer - Grand Opera

Diana Damrau

Klassiek - Verschenen op 5 mei 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Eternal Stories

Quatuor Ébène

Klassiek - Verschenen op 5 mei 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Meyerbeer - Grand Opera

Diana Damrau

Klassiek - Verschenen op 5 mei 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Mozart: "Coronation" Mass & Vespers

Accentus - Laurence Equilbey

Klassiek - Verschenen op 14 april 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Mozart: "Coronation" Mass & Vespers

Accentus - Laurence Equilbey

Klassiek - Verschenen op 21 april 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, "Classical"

Philippe Jordan

Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 april 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Beethoven: Chamber Music for Winds

Les Vents Français

Klassiek - Verschenen op 12 oktober 2016 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Beethoven: Chamber Music for Winds

Les Vents Français

Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 7 april 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion (St John Passion)

Marc Minkowski

Klassiek - Verschenen op 24 maart 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Brahms: String Sextets (Live from Aix Easter Festival 2016)

Renaud Capuçon

Klassiek - Verschenen op 3 maart 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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La storia di Orfeo

Philippe Jaroussky

Klassiek - Verschenen op 3 maart 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Si, Si, Si, Si ! - Rossini: Opera Arias & Duets (Live)

Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Klassiek - Verschenen op 3 maart 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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