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Classical - To be released March 2, 2018 | haenssler CLASSIC

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Opera - Released February 16, 2018 | Orfeo

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Opera - Released January 26, 2018 | WM Italy

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Classical - Released January 26, 2018 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released January 12, 2018 | SWR Classic

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These are three concerts recorded by SWR (Stuttgart radio), in public, at Schwetzingen and Ludwigsburg  on 27 March 1954, 12 March 1960 and 26 May 1963 respectively. The SWR master tapes have been painstakingly remastered, as you might well imagine. At it seems that this is the first time that these concerts have been put on the market! But all that work, unfortunately, can't improve the tuning on the piano in the first 1954 concert, even if that problem is negligible when set against the quality of Claudio Arrau's playing and interpretation. For this first concert, the stand-out works are Beethoven's "Appassionata" Sonata, Schumann's Carnaval, and in the second we find Pour le piano by Debussy - in a delicious, dreamy tone that never gets misted over - followed by Jeux d'eau and a superbly spirited and quirky Alborada del grazioso by Ravel. The 1960 concert, played on a better instrument, was dedicated to Chopin: two Ballades, the fantasmagorical Sonata in B minor, and then the 24 Preludes. Finally, the 1963 concert - the longest yet, running for 90 minutes -  was recorded in a hall with very different, slightly reverberating, acoustics, on a piano that really meets the artist's needs. The highlights are... really, the whole programme! We are treated to Sonata Op. 101 by Beethoven, Brahms's Handel Variations and the no-less-imposing Carnaval by Schumann - which makes up the second part of the concert, and for which the microphones were placed rather further away... These are three documents which are fundamental to an understanding of the art of this monumental pianist, who at the time of recording was at the height of his power. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 12, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 12, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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These are the recordings of Mozart created by Ferenc Fricsay at the head of the Berlin RIAS orchestra, now known at the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, of which he was the musical director from 1948 to 1954, and then from 1959 to his premature death in 1963. More precisely, these recordings date from 1951 and 1952, still in mono (high-fidelity music lovers take note); the majority having been recorded in the studio, the last few in concert. They cover almost all the symphonies of Mozart's youth, from No. 1 to No. 9, and No. 23 and No. 27; as well as a number of serenades and cassations, and some rather less-usual concertos - the Concerto for bassoon, and the Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds – and an air from the Noces with Suzanne Danco as well as a duet from Don Giovanni with Danco and Rita Streich. The impeccable sound recording by Radio Berlin, even in mono, attests to the immense musical talent and vitality of the conductor, a student of Bartók (whom he would always faithfully champion) and Kodály, who disappeared at the unreasonably-young age of 48. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 5, 2018 | APR

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Classical - Released December 8, 2017 | Claves Records

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The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (OCL), founded in 1942 by violinist Victor Desarzens, has continued to spread its wings to become one of today’s most sought-after chamber orchestras in Europe. The OCL’s latest tour de force was the appointment in 2015 of US citizen Joshua Weilerstein, one of the most promising young directors of the new generation, as its artistic director. The OCL is a classical orchestra (an orchestra with about forty instrumentalists) influenced by the Mannheim school, covering a vast repertoire ranging from early Baroque to contemporary music. From its beginnings, the OCL was invited abroad, participating at the the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence from the second edition on. The concert tours first in Germany and then in the United States were a resounding success, as were its more recent performances at the Theatre of Champs Elysées in Paris or at the BBC Proms in London, the Musikverein in Vienna and the BBC Proms in London. Among the OCL’s recent guest appearances, it is worth mentioning the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Rostropovich Festival in Moscow and the Istanbul Festival. In 2017-2018, the OCL will performe for the first time at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Wiener Konzerthaus. The OCL’s concerts showcase the work of great soloists of the past and of rising stars, including pianists from Clara Haskil, Alfred Cortot, Walter Gieseking and Edwin Fischer to Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu, Martha Argerich and Nikolai Lugansky; violinists from Arthur Grumiaux to Frank Peter Zimmermann; cellists from Paul Tortelier to Truls Mørk; and flutists from Jean-Pierre Rampal to Emmanuel Pahud. The biggest names have contributed to its renown, and continue to do so, which is testimony of the trust they place in the OCL. © Claves Records
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Classical - Released December 8, 2017 | JPK Musik

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Chamber Music - Released December 8, 2017 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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Classical - Released November 24, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Opera - Released November 23, 2017 | Sirius

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Classical - Released November 17, 2017 | Cobra Entertainment LLC

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Classical - Released November 17, 2017 | Universal Music