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Classical - To be released January 5, 2018 | BIS

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Classical - To be released January 5, 2018 | BIS

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Chamber Music - To be released January 5, 2018 | BIS

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Classical - To be released January 5, 2018 | BIS

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Choral Music (Choirs) - To be released January 5, 2018 | BIS

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Classical - Released December 8, 2017 | BIS

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Classical - Released December 8, 2017 | BIS

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Classical - Released December 1, 2017 | BIS

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Classical - Released December 1, 2017 | BIS

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We can only welcome the appearance of new recordings of Bach's Motets: these unique works which defy classification are also often difficult to date accurately. The common factor shared by those Motets which have survived to the present day (because many were lost) appears to be the purely choral conception of the musical discourse, from end to end, the absence of instrumentation - if they are played with instruments, the latter only back up the choral parts (excluding the BWV118, initially believed to be a cantata as it was written with a small musical accompaniment, but the form remains that of a short motet, hence the uncertainty about which classification to give it) - the deliberate archaism  of the words, and the likely funereal purpose of most of the works. The Norwegian Soloists' Choir (Det Norske Solistkor) is one of the foremost Norwegian musical ensembles and one of the best chamber choirs in Europe. The choir is just as comfortable with the classical/romantic repertoire as with contemporary music and makes frequent forays into music derived from romantic national folkloric works. The ensemble was founded in 1950 by the composer Knut Nystedt, who led it for four decades. In 1990, he was succeeded by Grete Pedersen, and she now directs the group - with the help of the Allegria Ensemble, also Norwegian - for this fine recording. © SM/Qobuz
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Chamber Music - Released December 1, 2017 | BIS

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Yes, yes, we know: Schumann's Piano Quartet and Brahms's Piano Quintet have been two of the the most-recorded pieces of chamber music for decades, and the discography boasts some runaway successes. So the four (or five, depending) soloists assembled here for the occasion are going to need to have something special up their sleeves! And they have: spirit, rugged romanticism, deep conviction - in a word, everything you need to add a beautiful stone to the Brahms-Schumann edifice. Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin has been acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as "potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century" - note the amusing caveat "potentially" - but one has to admit that he is making the most of this potential; violinist Hrachya Avanesyan took first prize at the prestigious International Yehudi Menuhin Competition in 2006, and then, two years later, at the International Carl Nielsen competition in Denmark. Violist Diemut Poppen studied with Kim Kashkashian, Yuri Bashmet, Frans Brüggen and Heinz Holliger, before launching into a particularly brilliant chamber music career... As the reader will have gathered, these musicians have got what it takes. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released December 1, 2017 | BIS

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Chamber Music - Released December 1, 2017 | BIS

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This is a highly original album: it presents Rossini's Six Sonatas for Strings in their original version for two violins, cello and double bass, alongside three "Solo Quartets" by Hoffmeister for double bass, violin, viola and cello, double bass taking on the role of the soloist! Note also that Rossini's Sonatas are the work of a young man, or rather of a child: the composer was proud to point out that he was only twelve years old when he committed it to the page. The originality of tone and conception is jaw-dropping, as are these pieces' melodic richness and architectural freedom. As for Hoffmeister, an intimate friend of Mozart and Beethoven in the Vienna at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th Century, he has left us a considerable work which has been rather neglected in recent times, although when alive he enjoyed a considerable reputation, with his 66 symphonies, 60 concertos, 50 string quartets, and numerous pieces for flute, eight operas, not to mention his sallies into the world of solo double bass. Take, for example, these adorable and very original quartets which are, if you will, little concertos for solo double bass accompanied by a string trio. One to discover! © SM/Qobuz
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Chamber Music - Released November 3, 2017 | BIS

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Chamber Music - Released November 3, 2017 | BIS

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Classical - Released November 3, 2017 | BIS

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