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Classical - Released November 30, 2001 | INA Mémoire vive

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc du Monde de la Musique - Recommandé par Répertoire - Recommandé par Classica
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Symphonic Music - Released November 4, 2008 | INA Mémoire vive

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - Diamant d'Opéra
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Jazz - Released November 3, 2009 | INA Mémoire vive

Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica - Elu par Citizen Jazz
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Jazz - Released November 2, 2010 | INA Mémoire vive

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles Jazzman - Choc de Classica
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Full Operas - Released October 2, 2008 | Phoenix Edition

Distinctions 9 de Classica-Répertoire - Exceptional Sound Recording
Franz Schubert never achieved the success as a composer for the stage that the aspired to, and even since his genius has been fully recognized, his dramatic works have not found their way into the repertoire. This is due not so much to the quality of the music, which is often very high, but to the fact that Schubert devoted himself to a form, thesingspiel, which wasn't quite an opera, but a play with interpolated musical numbers that fell quickly out of style and has never made a popular comeback. Several Mozart singspiele, particularly Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Die Zauberflöte, have remained in the repertoire due to the large percentage of musical numbers they contain, their dramatic appeal, and their extraordinary music, criteria that Schubert's work doesn't meet. It's good, though, to have excellent recordings such as this one, to allow listeners to become familiar with the composer's neglected dramatic work. The music is very much in the Classical style, with a strong Mozartian flavor. Schubert's contemporaries found this music too serious for the light subject matter, but to modern ears it seems delightfully elegant, and often playful. The overtures to these short works are particularly attractive, and certainly merit consideration for inclusion in orchestral concerts. Schubert's vocal writing is, as would be expected, masterful and gratifying. The pieces receive crisp, spirited performances by Christoph Spering, conducting Chorus Musicus Köln and Das Neue Orchester, who sing and play with the care and energy to present these pieces in the best possible light. The vocal soloists are consistently fine. Soprano Aga Mikolaj and tenor Andreas Karasiak are especially persuasive, and Mikolaj's silvery tone and her security in the stratospheric reaches of her role are impressive. Phoenix's sound is clean, bright, and vibrant. The CD should be of strong interest to any Schubert fan and anyone intrigued by operatic literature from off the beaten path. © TiVo
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Film Soundtracks - Released August 8, 1989 | Warner Records

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
Elfman uses every trick in his even then massive arsenal to create arguably one of his best scores. Nominated for an Academy Award and winning a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition (other than Jazz), BATMAN runs through a full range of moods and ultimately triumphs as a unique action-film score. Bringing along some of his tools from BEETLEJUICE, primarily to enhance The Joker’s sinister attitude, Elfman accentuates Tim Burton’s vision of a reluctant, tragic hero defending a darkened, Gothic metropolis overrun by crime. However, it is in the romantic subplot that Elfman justly comes into his own. He tempers piano and soft violins with an underpinning sense of danger that surrounds every scene in the film. © TiVo
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Jazz - Released August 27, 2010 | ACT Music

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
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Classical - Released October 27, 2016 | La discothèque idéale de Diapason

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released November 16, 2012 | Sony Classical

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released April 30, 2015 | L'Encelade

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Full Operas - Released May 1, 2008 | Da Capo

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Vocal Recitals - Released September 3, 2002 | L'empreinte digitale

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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The French air de cour or court air was a genre of lute- or guitar-accompanied song that flourished during the years on either side of 1600. It is strict and rather sparse compared with the music being made in Italy at the time, and it shows little influence from Italian experimentation with declamation and with the strongly harmonic conception of the bass that would evolve into the basso continuo. The music is restrained and, for the modern listener, pleasant enough, with the composer represented here, Etienne Moulinié, apparently trying to work out new wrinkles on a small set of fixed forms. Moulinié was one of the most famous composers in this genre and his songs offer quite a bit of variety -- starting with the fact that he set texts in Italian and Spanish as well as French, and sometimes drew on the dance rhythms that were to lay the foundations for Baroque ground forms. This recording employs a variety of soloists, and the meaty voice of soprano Maria Cristina Kiehr commands special attention. Yet there's a sameness to the pieces that keeps the recording from being very interesting to anyone but specialists in music of the period. For the most part the music is not very expressively sung. One piece, Stelle homicide (Homicidal Stars) is also included on the Accent label's Echo de Paris disc of French love songs of the seventeenth century; sample the pair for an idea of the very restrained approach of this one. It's never unpleasant or poorly executed, but there's a bouncy feel to the music that eventually becomes monotonous. The booklet goes into a great deal of scholarly detail about the texts (some of them, one learns, had hidden political meanings) but leaves them untranslated except for the first line or two -- another sure mark of a disc aimed at specialists rather than at ordinary listeners. © TiVo
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Jazz - Released September 1, 2006 | ACT Music

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
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Classical - Released September 11, 2010 | harmonia mundi

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Dance - Released June 6, 2011 | NRK Music

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Classical - Released January 21, 2011 | Sony Classical

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 25, 2013 | pinkflag

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Classical - Released January 15, 2012 | Aeolus

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Classical - Released August 2, 2010 | Stradivarius

Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
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French Music - Released January 1, 2011 | Marianne Mélodie

Booklet Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography