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Symphonic Music - Released January 4, 2019 | BIS

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Solo Piano - Released October 26, 2018 | hat[now]ART

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Chamber Music - Released October 26, 2018 | Indésens

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Chamber Music - Released October 19, 2018 | Ad Vitam records

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Symphonic Music - Released October 12, 2018 | Naxos

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Symphonic Music - Released October 12, 2018 | Naxos

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Duets - Released October 3, 2018 | Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo

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Mélodies (French) - Released September 28, 2018 | HORTUS

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released September 21, 2018 | Alpha

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The tenor Julian Prégardien joins Alpha Classics for several recording projects that will showcase every facet of his talent, notably lieder and oratorio. His first album on the label is devoted to one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of music, Winterreise in a version with orchestra composed by Hans Zender in 1993. He scored the work for orchestral forces very different from the ensembles used in the nineteenth century (including, for example, a soprano saxophone, an accordion, a harmonica, a wind machine, a guitar and a very large percussion section). Hans Zender describes his work as a ‘creative transformation’: ‘My own reading of Winterreise does not seek a new expressive interpretation, but systematically takes advantage of the freedoms that performers normally allow themselves in an intuitive way: slowing down or accelerating the tempo, transposition into different keys, emphasising and nuancing colours.’ © Outhere Music
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Classical - Released September 14, 2018 | La Dolce Volta

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Classical - Released September 14, 2018 | La Dolce Volta

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Classical - Released September 14, 2018 | La Dolce Volta

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Opera - Released September 7, 2018 | L'empreinte Digitale

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released September 7, 2018 | BIS

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Musical Theatre - Released September 7, 2018 | LSO Live

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Solo Piano - Released July 20, 2018 | Wergo

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Karlheinz Stockhausen is best remembered for his major compositions, which included the opera cycle LICHT, the massive Gruppen for three orchestras, and the groundbreaking electronic work, Gesang der Jünglinge, but his ideas were often worked out first as sketches that later took the form of piano pieces or Klavierstücke. Stockhausen composed a total of 11 such pieces for piano, and they are presented on Sabine Liebner's 2018 release on Wergo, including both versions of Klavierstuck XI. To grasp Stockhausen's elaborate procedures and frequently misunderstood intentions, which grew out of an obsession with abstraction and an aversion to conventional classical practices, some acquaintance with his numerical operations and concerns with pitch content, tone color, durations, dynamics, and other serial parameters may be helpful. Yet the various techniques that Stockhausen employed in the 1950s and early '60s are nearly impossible to comprehend aurally, and his piano music is often difficult to absorb because of its severe pointillism, harsh dissonances, and abrupt gestures. Liebner is an authority on Stockhausen, and her passionate advocacy of his music comes across in this survey, which is imposing in its length and challenging in its complexity. Adventurous listeners may attempt to digest the Klavierstücke in one sitting, though other listeners should sample a few tracks before taking the plunge.
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Concertos for wind instruments - Released July 6, 2018 | Chandos

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Quintets - Released July 6, 2018 | BIS

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What a difference between the the First Wind Quintet by Finnish composer Kalevi Aho, written in 2006 for the soloists of the Turku orchestra in Finland, and the Second of 2014, written for the soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic! Apart from the fact that the Second calls at various points for a piccolo in place of the flute, and a cor anglais in place of the oboe, this latter work seems broad, lyrical, and melodic, and in fact more classical than the First, which is a much more agitated, hammering work, full of violent contrasts and stabs of humour. Remember that Aho (born in 1949) studied with the famous Finnish master Einojuhani Rautavaara and then in Berlin with Boris Blacher. He is mainly known for works of great daring: seventeen symphonies to date, five operas, a number of quintets, quartets and several others – his catalogue is very impressive. As for his language, it rests on neoclassical touches, a solid counter-punctual base, a touch of irony here and there, such that he could be placed in the same vein as Schnittke, Mahler – and, of course Rautavaara. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet does the honours. © SM/Qobuz
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Full Operas - Released June 29, 2018 | Nonesuch

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