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Secular Vocal Music - Released November 10, 2017 | Warner Classics

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This project originated, Sabine Devieilhe says, from her desire to tackle Lakmé. In fact, Delibes was able to compose for her heroine some of the most memorable pages for coloratura soprano, starting with the hugely famous "air des clochettes" [Bell Song]. And as Western ears at the time were eager for musical and poetic voyages, and sensations from far-off lands, we find these same Oriental fantasies with Maurice Delage, who himself went on a grand tour of India, where he found modal colours, but also in Madame Chrysanthème by Messager or Rossignol by Stravinsky, to say nothing of the Egypt of Thaïs as portrayed by Anatole France and Massenet. Sabine Devieilhe, who won the "Lyrical revelation" prize at Victoires de la musique classique in 2013 before winning "Lyrical artist of the year" at the same ceremony – certainly not an unfair judgement of this particular artist – started her recording career with recordings of Rameau, Bach and Mozart, before launching into the lyrical repertoire from more recent years… And with great success! © SM/Qobuz
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Solo Piano - Released October 27, 2017 | Sony Classical

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The third album from Lucas Debargue with Sony Classical, this is a very original programme - the previous album offered a mixture of Bach, Beethoven and Medtner - which combines two Schubert sonatas (D.874, 1823, and D.664, 1819, respectively) and the ambitious Piano Sonata No. 2 (1910-11) from Szymanowksi, with post-Regerian momentum. Lucas Debargue, who sent shockwaves at the last Tchaikovsky competition, opens his new work with Sonata in A Minor, and gives it some truly tragic, wintry tones,  in the style of certain Russian pianists (Richter, Sofronitzky, etc.): a black and white keyboard, lit up by a recording effort that in no way dulls the harmonics. The cheeriest Sonata in A Major - which was a favourite of Wilhelm Kempff - has a similarly staid character, rather reserved. To be honest, this album seems to owe more than a little to Sviatoslav Richter. If Schubert was one of Richter's "obsessions", the Piano Sonata No. 2 from Szymanowksi was also at the heart of the Russian pianist's repertoire, who performed it several times in concert (e.g. at Parnassus, the concert for the centenary of Szymanowksi's birth on 26 November 1982 in Warsaw). A convulsive, tortured work, it is made up of two amply developed movements, which are very dark, dense and complex, including a theme and variations, crowned by a tremendous fugue. © TG/Qobuz
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Opera Extracts - Released October 27, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Concertos for wind instruments - Released October 24, 2017 | Indésens

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Full Operas - Released October 20, 2017 | Warner Classics

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This 1968 recording of The Flying Dutchman was made in the studio under the baton of the venerable Ottom Klemperer who, incidentally, was approaching his 83rd birthday - he had just five years left to live. This record is simply a dream come true, with Theo Adam, Martti Talvela, Anja Silja and Annneliese Burmeister supported by the New Philharmonia and the BBC choir. Klemperer is known for his fairly rapid tempos, even if the singers themselves lend longer durations to the music, as the work is not short on quasi-recitatives. In this vein, this "almost" short work (short by Wagner's standards at least) offers a measured reading, very much oriented towards comprehension of the text and clarity of the orchestra. It goes without saying that it has been the subject of a meticulous remastering, so that it really doesn't feel like you are listening to a recording from half a century ago. Orchestral colours, balance between stage and orchestra, precise vocal presence: these all make for an unmissable, historic recording. © SM/Qobuz « This performance is as perfect as we have any right to demand. Klemperer’s magisterial interpretation of the opera has a blazing intensity, the orchestra plays superbly and the cast give of their considerable best.» Gramophone ‘ With this remaster of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, the listener is plunged into a stormy world of wind and water. The sound effects introduced for the first time by EMI on this recording are very effective, and the dramatic impact of the performance of Anja Silja as Senta is indisputable. This recording, made in the winter of 1968 at Abbey Road’s Studio One, utilises the Ambiophonic system whereby numerous speakers were added to the walls of the studio to increase reverberation and improve the overall acoustic of the studio. The LP master tapes used for this remaster derive directly from the original four-track masters therefore preserving sound and balance as approved by Klemperer at the time the recording was made, including the spectacular sound effects.’  Ian Jones, Remastering Engineer at Abbey Road Studios
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Full Operas - Released October 20, 2017 | Warner Classics

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« This magnificent 1956 recording, conducted with genius by Karajan and with a cast such as dreams are made of, has an unparalleled status and is unlikely to be challenged for many a year. » Gramophone « This remastering comes from the original analogue tapes and has been transferred at high resolution digital quality to capture the very best sound from the tapes. In consultation with the original engineer Chris Parker, we have slightly adjusted the balance of the Trio (in Act 3) to reflect the quality of sound that was desired but not achieved at the time of recording. This recording was originally made as a mono recording by Douglas Larter, with a stereo test version engineered by Chris Parker. It is this stereo test version which has been used for this remastering. Despite the early experimental nature of this new ‘stereo’ technology, this recording is captured in astonishingly vivid sound and is a testament to the experience, understanding and skill of both the musicians and engineers of the time.» Simon Gibson, Remastering Engineer at Abbey Road Studios  
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Mélodies (French) - Released October 20, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 13, 2017 | Warner Classics

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For true fans of Christian Ferras (1933-1982), this box set of recordings (mono and stereo) made between 1957 and 1962 is an absolute treasure chest. In the company of his good friend Pierre Barbizet, Georges Prêtre, Malcolm Sargent, Menuhin for Bach's Double and several other big names of her era, this follower of George Enesco offers up a superb selection of great concertos and great sonatas, from before the famous recordings with Karajan that covered of the lion's share of the Ferras concert repertoire. Ferras had a searing career – these recordings were made by a man aged 24 to 29 years old! His glory years ran until the end of the 1960s, before meeting with an inexorable descent into the hell of alcoholism and depression (which would drive away the big labels, the orchestras and the public) – a descent which he would end with a ten-storey fall from his Parisian apartment on 14 September 1982. The world had lost one of the greatest violinists of his time, but his legend would never die. Naturally, all these recordings have been subject to a most careful remastering, based on the original matrices. © SM/Qobuz
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Keyboard Concertos - Released October 13, 2017 | La Dolce Volta

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Classical - Released October 10, 2017 | NoMadMusic

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At a time when the Parisian audience was rather looking for the thrills of the great opera, and that the string quartet genre seemed a thing confined to Germany (and the 1870 war certainly didn’t help relationships with France, including the musical ones), César Franck’s Quartet (1890) acts as a free spirit. “I wanted a very long, expressive phrase, with a single origin, without repetition, without turning back on itself,” wrote the composer to a friend. This treasure of romantic music thus requires multiple listening sessions in order to perceive all the details from this “fleeting” line, which reflects in the veiled memory of the first measures—it’s the very essence of the cyclic principle, which was so dear to Franck. With his quartet, he opens the door to Debussyan forms (hey, Debussy himself also wrote for one quartet only, same for Ravel) and a French-style modernism—even if it’s sometimes tinged with some Brahms, curiously. For the second piece of the album, the excellent Quatuor Zaïde (founded in 2009, awarded with many international prizes, an ensemble that you may have heard at the Berliner Philharmonie, at the Barbican and at Wigmore Hall in London, at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, no less…) enlists the pianist Jonas Vitaud and the mezzo Karine Deshayes for Chausson’s Chanson perpétuelle, a masterwork from 1899—a dark, ample and desperate piece of music, which is even more singular when you know that the composer didn’t have anything to complain about at the time. He incidentally wrote: “I am writing a lugubrious song. [...] It’s about a violent despair of love. I am not at all in this frame of mind. So what, sincerity? A joke? Or I am preparing myself a trick… Not at all. I’ve found it. I feel the pain I would have if I found myself in that position and I feel it even more because I find myself happier.” © SM/Qobuz
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Opera Extracts - Released October 6, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Symphonic Music - Released September 29, 2017 | Aparté

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Solo Piano - Released September 29, 2017 | La Dolce Volta

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Solo Piano - Released September 29, 2017 | La Dolce Volta

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Solo Piano - Released September 29, 2017 | La Dolce Volta

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