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Symphonic Music - To be released December 7, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - To be released November 30, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - To be released November 30, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - To be released November 23, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - To be released November 23, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - To be released November 23, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - To be released November 23, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - To be released November 23, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - To be released November 23, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - To be released November 16, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - To be released November 16, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released November 9, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released November 9, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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With the exception of one sole Rossini piece – and even then, the text isn't very Italian as it's the Cats' Duet whose only lyric is "miaow" – this whole programme is dedicated to French works, mostly vocal, with a couple for solo piano. Sophie Karthäuser and Eugene Asti have set off on a wild goose, pig, dromedary, cricket, crow, and fox hunt, keeping an eye out for many other furry, feathered and scaly beasts along the way, with Ravel, Chabrier, Offenbach, Hahn, Bizet, and Poulenc for company – all of whom have written music for creatures great and small, real and fantastical. Alright, on occasion these animals might not be animals, strictly speaking, like Satie's Statue de bronze (although the statue in question is of a frog), or The Little Shepherd from Children’s Corner by Debussy. Another rarity: there are three melodies from Poulenc's Bestiaire which have been left out of most recent editions: La Colombe, La Puce and Le Serpent. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 26, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released October 26, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Symphonic Music - Released October 26, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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For a long, long time, the Iberian Peninsula remained separate from the mainstream currents of European music, and most of the musicians and composers active in Spain and Portugal in the 18th century came from Italy or other countries. The new Spanish royal family – The House of Bourbon, established by Louis XIV of France who allowed his grandson Philip V to take to the throne – had adopted Versailles' splendour. However, they still had to reckon with the Grandees of Spain with their aristocratic tradition, privileges, morgue, precedence, freezing austerity and extreme religious faith… And so, once the succession war was over, the arts found that they had been left somewhat neglected. It was therefore down to Italy and England to lead the musical dance in Spain for a while. Scarlatti and Boccherini, of course, are the most representative names of this influence, so it is normal that this album, "Á Portuguesa" (extended to Spain, it is true), gives prominence to these two composers. The masterpiece here is, and forever shall be, Boccherini’s extraordinary Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid. The work was initially conceived for a string quintet, though is redistributed here to a string orchestra with Andreas Staier’s harpsichord. Staier remains on the harpsichord for two concertos by José António Carlos de Seixas (1704-1742), a Portuguese composer who wrote an impressive corpus of some seven hundred toccatas, as well as some beautiful concertos. England offered up some Iberian works too, including William Corbett's amusing concerto Alla Portuguesa from his collection Le Bizzarie Universali, proof that the Iberian Peninsula was still considered to be some strange place at world’s end. Charles Avison transcribed Scarlatti's sonatas into concerto grossos, of which this is one of the most striking examples. Staier is accompanied by the excellent Baroque Orchestra of Porto. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 5, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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A century after his death on 25 March 1918, many harmonia mundi artists are eager to pay tribute to Claude Debussy, the magician of melody and timbre, the great 'colourist' and father of modern music. After Rachmaninoff's Preludes, Nikolai Lugansky wanted to present a finely nuanced portrait of this composer so fond of travelling! Whether it ranges over time (Hommage à Haydn) or the most vividly imagined open spaces, this freely composed programme is concerned above all with light and colour, in works we can never tire of. © harmonia mundi
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Classical - Released October 5, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released September 28, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Faust at war. Histoire du soldat, premiered in September 1918, pays tribute to all those who died in a war that was drawing to an end. The soldier wagers his soul and his fiddle, which will not save him. The Devil always wins. Inspired by the fine text by Ramuz, Stravinsky's music evokes parades, the circus, jazz . . . Three peerless storytellers – Denis Podalydès, Didier Sandre, Michel Vuillermoz – and seven instrumentalists; they too play as if their life depended on it, instilling this recording with an energy as expressive as it is Mephistophelean. © harmonia mundi

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