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Classical - Released August 10, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Rossini’s Stabat Mater has had some birth difficulties: the work had been commissioned by a Spanish aristocrat in 1832 but the following year, the composer had only finished half, and a sickness prevented him from pursuing. Still wishing to satisfy his sponsor—and his wallet, probably—, Rossini asked his friend and colleague Giovanni Tadolini to compose for him the remaining numbers, and in 1833 was resounding in Spain the world creation of the Stabat Mater by Rossini, who didn’t hesitate to sign the complete partition without mentioning Tadolini’s name. Such a prankster! In 1841, the work was bought out by a Parisian publisher who wasn’t aware of the deception, Rossini was even more offended that he kept all rights for himself, and after many money exactions that don’t necessarily give a good image of him, Rossini completed the partition himself, and it was given in its complete and 100% Rossini form in 1842. The public and the critics were divided: some observers, somewhat Germanic, thought that this religious music sounded a lot like an opera. This new recording of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir, with a nice array of Italian-like soloists, will delight the enthusiasts. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released May 5, 2015 | BR-Klassik

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released January 15, 2021 | BR-Klassik

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The British composer Edward Elgar wrote a great deal more than just his Pomp & Circumstance Marches: his highly diverse oeuvre encompasses symphonies, concertos, chamber works, piano music and numerous choral works (oratorios, cantatas and partsongs). On this release, partsongs by Elgar can be heard with and without accompaniment as part of a representative selection of live and studio recordings. The album begins with the song cycle From the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27; its six cheerful numbers were written while Elgar and his wife were on holiday in Garmisch in 1895. Alice Elgar had sketched verses from Bavarian folk melodies, and Upper Bavarian songs and dances can be heard in her husband’s settings. These were happy memories of carefree holidays in a region rich in music and full of fine landscapes. The Bavarian Radio Chorus, conducted by Howard Arman, sings the songs in their original version with piano accompaniment (the orchestral version came later). As a composer of English-language choral songs, Elgar is still little-known on the European mainland; in the United Kingdom, however, the situation is very different. The country has long had a lively choral scene, focusing primarily on English music – from Purcell and Handel to Hubert Parry, Charles Villiers Stanford and Elgar, all the way to Benjamin Britten and today’s contemporary composers. The program on this release has been compiled and conducted by the Englishman Howard Arman, one of today’s most knowledgeable experts on British choral music and artistic director of the Bavarian Radio Chorus, and these recordings should do much to boost the popularity of this highly appealing music on the European mainland as well. © BR-Klassik
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Classical - Released January 1, 1971 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released November 6, 2015 | BR-Klassik

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released October 20, 2017 | BR-Klassik

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Opera - Released November 15, 2019 | BR-Klassik

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released October 6, 2017 | BR-Klassik

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Classical - Released December 8, 2017 | BR-Klassik

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Classical - Released October 7, 2016 | BR-Klassik

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Classical - Released March 1, 2019 | BR-Klassik

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Classical - Released October 5, 2018 | BR-Klassik

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Classical - Released January 1, 1993 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Orfeo

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Classical - Released February 3, 2017 | BR-Klassik

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Classical - Released February 17, 2017 | BR-Klassik

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Classical - Released January 1, 1975 | Philips

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released July 1, 2015 | Andromeda

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Orfeo