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Full Operas - Released January 5, 2018 | Oehms Classics

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Chamber Music - Released December 13, 2017 | Timpani

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Symphonic Music - Released December 1, 2017 | Aeolus

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Classical - Released December 1, 2017 | Aeolus

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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released December 1, 2017 | Alia Vox

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This album, In excelcis Deo, with two religious works written at the time of the Spanish war of succession, presents the Missa Scala Arentina to four choirs by the Catalan composer Francesc Valls (1671-1747) and the Mass for Two Choirs and Two Orchestras by the French composer Henry Desmarest (1661-1741), each held up as a mirror to the other. These exceptional masterpieces are tightly connected in time, one dating from 1701 and the other from 1704. The Spanish war of succession raged from 1701 to 1714 and was the last of the major wars fought by Louis XIV of France: this terrible European conflict revolved around the succession to the Spanish throne following the death of the last Spanish Hapsburg, Charles II (he was epileptic, he contracted syphilis from his mother at birth- yes, that's a thing - and he was also infertile) and, through it all, political and commercial dominance in Europe. Finally, Spain lost more or less all of its European possessions - in Italy, the Netherlands, Sardinia, and even in Spain itself, with Gibraltar falling into British hands. The Bourbons would be installed on the Spanish throne (where they still sit today), while Barcelona was "recaptured", Catalonia having taken the side of Austria and the Austrian Hapsburgs... A can of worms was opened which is still squirming today! This album, musically very ecumenical thanks to the talent of Jordi Savall, juxtaposes the works of musicians who came from countries on opposite sides of the war, whose masses were held one in Barcelona, and the other in Versailles. It is up to the listener to form their own opinion as to whether the music of the very Catholic French and the very Catholic Catalans is so different after all! © SM/Qobuz
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Solo Piano - Released November 24, 2017 | MUSO

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Finally a new album dedicated to Alkan, in this case by the Russian pianist Yuri Favorin, who has no qualms about tackling the diabolical difficulties of this composer who has been sadly neglected in our times, if only for the extravagant virtuosity his music demands. Favorin offers up two of the major works, that is, the Symphony for solo piano from 1857 – a sign of Alkan's ambition to give the work an orchestral dimension, to say nothing of its considerable staying power – and the Great sonata for piano, "The four ages of life" from 1847, which is no less monumental; faustian even (the second movement, "Quasi-Faust" is marked satanically, and with good reason), and the two final movements go from slowly to very slowly in a language that tends towards Mahler. For information, Yuri Favorin (1986) won the Queen Elisabeth Prize, and won First Prize at the Cziffra Competition in Vienna in 2003 and, two years before that, won Moscow's Nikolaï Rubinstein Prize.  His repertoire extends to the greats of romanticism and classicism up to the present day, and he is quite at home with any of Messiaen, Boulez, Dufourt or Sciarrino, and even ventures into the sphere of electro-acoustic and improvised music with his ensemble ERROR 404. © SM/Qobuz
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Duets - Released November 17, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Vilde Frang’s Homage is more than a captivating programme of short pieces for violin and piano, it is also a homage to the players of the Golden Age of the Violin, such as Fritz Kreisler, Leopold Auer and Joseph Szigeti. Vilde Frang has conceived the album as something of a homage to her illustrious predecessors. Born in 1986, she is clearly very much a violinist of today, and – as a Norwegian trained in Germany – she did not grow up in the Central and Eastern-European tradition of Heifetz, Kreisler, Auer and Szigeti. That being said, she brings her own, distinctively captivating magic to her instrument. © Warner Classics
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Classical - Released November 17, 2017 | HORTUS

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 10, 2017 | Ondine

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The main attraction of this album is to present, in addition to a few already established recorded works such as Brahms’ Nänie, Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates) and Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), the Liebeslieder Walzer in its orchestral version as imagined by the composer himself. Surprisingly while the versions for piano duet and vocal quartet have often been recorded, that is not the case for the nine waltzes selected by Brahms in 1870 for his orchestral rewriting; indeed they were only edited in the 1930s, most likely forgotten in favour of more marketable versions. Another relative rarity is the Begräbnisgesang (Burial Song) op. 13 for choir and wind, an instrumentation that made the work usable for outdoor celebrations. The excellent Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, funded in 1945 by the notorious choral conductor, accompanied by the Gävle Symphony Orchestra from Sweden perform these sumptuous pieces in a stunningly beautiful recording. © SM/Qobuz
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Duets - Released November 10, 2017 | naïve classique

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released November 10, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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From the outset it should be said that this – sumptuous – album of Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spirituale (literally Moral and Spiritual Forest) doesn’t feature the complete collection of some forty titles contained in the master’s last work published in 1640, but rather a carefully minded selection of fifteen titles to provide the broadest possible overview of the various styles as well as melodic and choral genres approached by Monteverdi, with indeed a penchant for the sacred. A complete collection would have required three to four hours… Let’s get to the point: Pablo Heras-Casado’s reading at the head of the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble is absolutely stunning, allowing ample room for the vocal and instrumental colours (because Monteverdi quite specifically described the instrumentations and alternations between vocals and instruments) and sound layers so specific to the Venetian language. Undoubtedly Heras-Casado has proven to be not only an excellent symphonic conductor, but also that he fully understand the art of vocals and the writing of the Renaissance. © SM/Qobuz
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Secular Vocal Music - Released November 10, 2017 | Aparté

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Around the Franco-Italian mezzo soprano Lea Desandre – who made her big début with William Christie in the Jardins des voix, then won the "Lyrical Revelation" prize in the Victoires de la musique in 2017 – the sopranos Nathalie Pérez and Chantal Santon-Jeffery have concocted a programme that takes in many different lyrical incarnations of Berenice of Egypt and her misadventures with the King, Antigono Gonatas, through the prism of Metastasio's Antigone, which has been set to music by well over thirty composers, some focusing more on Antigone, others on Berenice. We will hear little-known airs like those of Haydn, Mozart, Johann Christian Bach and Hasse: the principle virtue of this album is that it allows us to discover these rarities, which often call for virtuoso vocal talents, and so are perfect for the voices of the three singers presented here. A rarity among rarities, we will also find a stunning air from Marianna von Martinez who held a musical salon in Vienna which received visits from... Haydn and Mozart. © SM/Qobuz
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Chamber Music - Released November 3, 2017 | Warner Classics

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The cream of the crop of French musicians—well, okay, Swiss for the flautist Emmanuel Pahud—come together to bring us a sumptuous album devoted to Debussy’s chamber music: Edgar Moreau for the Sonata for cello and piano, Renaud Capuçon for the Sonata for violin and piano, Gérard Caussé, Marie-Pierre Anglamet and Emmanuel Pahud for the Sonata for flute, viola and harp (these three very belated sonatas are the only ones that the composer had time to finish in his planned series of “Six sonatas for various instruments by Claude Debussy, French musician”). We find the same Emmanuel Pahud performing solo for Syrinx, and the album closes with the Trio for violin, piano and cello written in a still very classic—or even conventional—style and architecture (the shadows of Franck, Massenet and Fauré undoubtedly loom) in 1880, when the composer was residing in Florence with the von Meck family. This last work was released only a hundred years later… On the piano in all the collective works, you’ll find Bertrand Chamayou. © SM
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Symphonies - Released November 3, 2017 | BR-Klassik

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Chamber Music - Released November 3, 2017 | CPO

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