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Classical - To be released January 15, 2021 | Aparté

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Classical - Released November 27, 2020 | Aparté

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Vivaldi put the whole force of nature into this music, one of the most performed around the world, uniting us in our human condition. Alexandra Conunova gathers a chamber orchestra to share a thrilling version of this work, celebrating the joy of playing together again. © Aparté
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Classical - Released November 20, 2020 | Aparté

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Through a medley of burlesque miniatures, this album explores the Paris of the inter-war years. Sometimes tender, sometimes mischievous, "Fleurs" presents a charming musical bouquet, with the scent of freedom. © Aparté
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Classical - Released November 6, 2020 | Aparté

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Patrick Messina and Fabrizio Chiovetta take us to America, with a programme of traditional songs, jazz, Broadway melodies, avant-garde pieces… by composers from Charles Ives to André Previn. The essence of American music! © Aparté
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Classical - Released November 6, 2020 | Aparté

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How moving it can be to hear the crystal-clear voices of a boys’ choir! The Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London, has a tradition of fine choral singing that dates back over a hundred years. These pure voices are heard here in a selection of works both secular and sacred, ranging from popular pieces from films to the heavenly beauty of the Allegri Miserere. © Aparté
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Classical - Released October 23, 2020 | Aparté

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Opera - Released October 16, 2020 | Aparté

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For the French soprano Élisabeth Duparc, known as “La Francesina”, Handel composed no fewer than twelve principal roles in major works – operas and oratorios – written towards the end of his life. She took the title role in Semele, for instance, and the parts of Michal in Saul and Nitocris in Belshazzar. Nothing is known of her life: only Handel's works remain to testify to her talent and aura. They are brought to life here by the brilliant and virtuoso voice of Sophie Junker, accompanied by Franck-Emmanuel Comte's Concert de l'Hostel Dieu: sometimes mischievous ("Myself I shall adore"), sometimes penetrating ("In sweetest harmony they lived"), the soprano resurrects her model and magnificently digs out all the nuances of Handel's genius. Sophie Junker and the Concert de l’Hostel Dieu pay tribute to her here through some of her most successful roles as the composer’s muse. © Aparté
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Classical - Released September 25, 2020 | Aparté

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Betulia Liberata, K. 118, premiered in 1771, was called an azione sacra. Essentially it is an oratorio, Mozart's only one, but its libretto by Pietro Metastasio has strongly operatic qualities; there are few choruses, and those that exist are part of the action, not commentaries. The story is based on the biblical tale of the Israelite heroine Judith and her seduction and then decapitation of the enemy general Holofernes. The libretto posed many challenges for the 15-year-old composer: to name a few, the heroine does not make her appearance until well over half an hour into the music; the recitatives are complex, with intricate dialogues and the central event of the plot, Judith's story of how she happened to return home bearing Holofernes' severed head, told in one of them; and the characters are sharply delineated, with some of the despairing Israelites counseling surrender. Mozart surmounted these challenges brilliantly, and perhaps more than any other of his early works, this one points the way to the adult genius. Only the unconvincing conclusion points to Mozart's youth. Director Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques deliver a performance that catches the leaps and bounds Mozart was making here. The instrumental ensemble and the chorus Accentus are generously sized by contemporary standards, and they realize the large dimensions in which Mozart was thinking. Rousset's soloists, especially Teresa Iervolino in the title role and Pablo Bemsch as the Israelite prince Ozia, vividly realize the characters; only the voice of Sandrine Piau, as the noblewoman Amital, shows strain. Perhaps the definitive recording of Betulia Liberata, this reading is enhanced by excellent engineering from the Little Tribeca team. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 25, 2020 | Aparté

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Armand-Louis Couperin was a much younger cousin of François Couperin, born in 1727. By the time these harpsichord pieces were published around 1750, new musical currents were in the air, even in France, and Armand-Louis had the bad fortune to be one of the first composers killed in a traffic crash. He was all but forgotten for 200 years, but he has received attention lately from various harpsichordists. None has had quite the charisma of the great Christophe Rousset, whose attentions here may well propel this music back into the harpsichord repertory. Couperin's pieces have the same kind of descriptive titles familiar from the several preceding generations of French harpsichord music, but to portray him as a conservative hopelessly out of touch with trends in the middle 18th century is inaccurate. Listen to the second movement of the suite Les Quatres Nations, titled "L'Angloise," with its Alberti bass. There are many other broken-chord figurations uncharacteristic of the High Baroque French style or even of Rameau, and some pieces here might be taken for Domenico Scarlatti. Others might be called fusions of Scarlatti and François Couperin. This is an exciting prospect, and it is this fusion, this balance of elements, that is the genius of Rousset's playing. He loses neither the melodic element nor the brilliant ornamentation, and the result is compelling music that will be new to many listeners. One can't ask for much more than that. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 18, 2020 | Aparté

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Opera - Released June 26, 2020 | Aparté

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Sacred Oratorios - Released May 29, 2020 | Aparté

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Alessandro Scarlatti’s oratorio is an exciting drama of life, love and death, set in the fourth-century Roman Empire. Preferring to devote her life to God, Teodosia rejects the love of Arsenio, the son of the Roman governor, and welcomes death. St Theodosia of Tyre died at the age of eighteen, in the year 308. One cannot help but be struck by the dramatic strength and the vocal beauty of this work, performed here by a very talented casting, gathering Emmanuelle de Negri, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Anthea Pichanick, Renato Dolcini and the fiery orchestra Les Accents led by Thibault Noally. © Aparté
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Jazz - Released May 8, 2020 | Aparté

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Classical - Released March 27, 2020 | Aparté

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Classical - Released March 20, 2020 | Aparté

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After a double album dedicated to Boccherini and acclaimed by critics, Ophélie Gaillard and the Pulcinella Orchestra reveal the incredible sound palette of Vivaldi, one of the most brilliant venetian musicians. Drawing on the finest cello works of the composer, Ophélie Gaillard’s selection places great emphasis on the concerto, for one, two or even four performers. It also includes an exclusive reconstruction of the Concerto RV 788. The vocal interventions of Lucile Richardot and Delphine Galou light up the program like rays of sun through the clouds. The album alternates between moments of great emotion, sometimes even dolorous as in the Largo of the Concerto RV 416, and moments of passion and frenzy (in the Concertos RV 419 or RV 409) that evoke "The Summer" from The Four Seasons. This music thus unveils all its mysteries in the interplay of lights and shadows, giving its name to this recording. © Aparté
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Classical - Released March 13, 2020 | Aparté

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The Orchestre National d’Auvergne invite us to dive into the lyricism of the musical universe of Berg, Webern and Schreker. In the heart of Vienna, at the twilight of romanticism, Webern and Schreker embrace their beginning careers. With much spirit and expression, their works convey a surprising melodic breadth, as the first lights of expressionism loom on the horizon. On the other side, Berg’s Lyric Suite echoes Beethoven and Mahler but also reveals all the extent of the serial modernism. The Orchestre National d’Auvergne, conducted by Roberto Forés Veses, brings us to Vienna as the musicians perform this programme with an exceptional verve. © Aparté
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Classical - Released February 21, 2020 | Aparté

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After the very recent publication by tenor Nicolas Phan and pianist Myra Huang, this is another album dedicated to sisters Lili and Nadia Boulanger that sheds more light on their talent. If Lili Boulanger’s work has been starting to emerge from obscurity in recent years, that of her sister Nadia’s has remained largely unknown, partly her own fault as she stopped writing after the premature passing of her sister, whose talent for writing she thought was superior. Nadia Boulanger instead forged a name for herself through education and the discovery of new works. This new recording produced in 2018 by the Cyrille Dubois and Tristan Raës duo in the enchanting Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice presents an altogether different programme and is opposite to the previous publication: with an emphasis on Nadia. There are nine of her melodies on offer here, as well as the Heures claires cycle that she wrote for four hands with pianist-composer Raoul Pugno to whom she was very close. The Quatre chants by Lili Boulanger reflect the infinite sadness which permeates the entire catalogue, small though it may be but intensely expressive nonetheless. Two new figures of French music in the wake of Gabriel Fauré that are rising in prominence. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released February 21, 2020 | Aparté

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"Incantation" holds many mysteries. The brilliant violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft strips away the veil of its secret powers, the ones that lie inside his violin’s fascinating chant. Sometimes violent and fiery, as in Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre, sometimes tender, as in Tchaikovsky and Bruch, incantation is indeed deeply rooted in musical history, from the baroque era, with Vitali’s Chaconne, to the ‘Yumeji’s Theme’, part of the soundtrack of the film In the Mood for Love. Over and over, it kept inspiring many composers their most captivating works. Virgil Boutellis-Taft and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under’s Jac Van Steen direction, show remarkable eloquence in this magical recording: one can only fall under these spells. © Aparté
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Classical - Released January 31, 2020 | Aparté

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Chantal Santon-Jeffery and the Orfeo Orchestra, conducted by György Vashegyi, take us through a musical journey that leads straight to the French Enlightenments. Glorious time of the "sopranos légères", whose agile voices allowed all fantasies and ornaments, it’s during Louis the Beloved’s reign that French opera reaches new heights: the public hastens to every representation to delight in hearing the demoiselles vocalize with their brilliant voices. Chantal Santon-Jeffery pays tribute to these opera virtuosos with a beautiful recital that celebrates all the splendours of the repertoire, in association with the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles: with numerous unrecorded works, Chantal Santon-Jeffery brings this admirable singing back to life. © Aparté
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Classical - Released January 24, 2020 | Aparté

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For his new record, Pierre Genisson honors the legacy of the one known as the 'King of Swing' and his worldwide successes: Benny Goodman. Both composer and conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois, the clarinetist shared his musical life between jazz and classical music: He was the first to perform jazz music with black musicians in the famous Carnegie Hall in 1938. Though we know most of his jazz standards, he also contributed a lot to the development of the classic clarinet repertoire: for instance he distinguished himself performing Aaron Copland's Concerto, Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue and Riffs or Bartók's Contrasts. Bringing together these emblematic works with unforgettable hits like Sweat Georgia Brown or the irresistible Sing, sing, sing, Pierre Genisson makes Benny Goodman's star shine brighter and proves once again, alongside with the brilliant musicians of the BBC Concert Orchestra, all the extent of his talent. © Aparté

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