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Classical - Released July 6, 2018 | New Focus Recordings

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While the Violin Concerto from 2016 by Michael Hersch (born 1971) seems like a frightful chaos, the work soon takes a more linear and legible turn, even though its content remains tremendously violent from end to end, even in those less frenetic passages where the melodic line seems to warn of impending danger... The work was commissioned by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who is an ardent supporter of music less ordinary, which requires nerve and endurance. As for end stages (all lower case in the title) from 2017, it explores the "end stages" of musical discourse, an apparent allusion by the composer to the illness and deaths of loved ones which have dogged him for years. The eight movements, far from fading away, give the impression of slowly closing in on themselves. The famous Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, to which the work is dedicated, performs it here. As it is wonted to do, the ensemble plays without a conductor, which is a terrific tour de force, given a score of such complexity. But as each musician is forced to listen to the other, the concentration is extreme – and it shows. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released March 16, 2018 | New Focus Recordings

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Concertos - Released February 23, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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A fiery partnership. The brainchild of Antoine Tamestit, this recording stems from a long-standing collaboration with his recital partner, Jörg Widmann. Over the course of his new viola concerto, Widmann the composer lets his soloist move freely about the stage, producing fresh orchestral colours within a novel structure: combining humour with earnestness, ferocity with delicacy, Widmann’s unfailing sense of theatre serves to highlight the work’s haunting beauty. Whether embedded in the orchestral fabric or exploring the more intimate pieces on this programme, the violist comes out a hero, hands down! © harmonia mundi
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Classical - Released January 12, 2018 | Warner Classics

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In Great Scott, the Kansas-born mezzo-soprano, one of today’s best-loved classical singers, creates a role conceived specifically with her in mind. The character she plays, Arden Scott, just happens to be an opera star, and she is the lynchpin of what Fred Plotkin of WQXR, the USA’s leading classical music radio station, welcomed as a “deeply moving and musically brilliant work” that “should enter the standard repertory just as Heggie’s two previous masterpieces – Dead Man Walking and Moby Dick – already have”. Jake Heggie, who has been described as US opera’s most successful composer, chose the celebrated playwright Terence McNally as his librettist for Great Scott. The two previously collaborated on the gripping Dead Man Walking, which has become something of a modern classic since its premiere in 2000. Joyce DiDonato first performed its central role, Sister Helen Prejean, at New York City Opera in 2002 and will do so again in concert stagings in London and Madrid in January/February 2018, coinciding with the album release of Great Scott. © Warner Classics
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released July 14, 2017 | Navona

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Chamber Music - Released June 16, 2017 | Signum Records

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Symphonic Music - Released January 13, 2017 | Naxos

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Secular Vocal Music - Released June 10, 2016 | GB Records

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Chamber Music - Released October 21, 2016 | L'empreinte Digitale

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Classical - Released October 17, 2016 | Stradivarius

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Ambient - Released September 16, 2016 | InFiné

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Classical - Released September 9, 2016 | Wergo

Distinctions Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique
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Chamber Music - Released August 26, 2016 | Cantaloupe Music

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Chamber Music - Released July 1, 2016 | Kairos

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Classical - Released June 3, 2016 | Wergo

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Classical - Released June 3, 2016 | BIS

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Chamber Music - Released April 15, 2016 | Indésens

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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released May 13, 2016 | Ondine

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Classical - Released April 29, 2016 | Klarthe

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Symphonic Music - Released March 18, 2016 | Cypres

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