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Classical - To be released February 8, 2019 | PentaTone

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Classical - To be released February 1, 2019 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released December 7, 2018 | PentaTone

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Chamber Music - Released December 7, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released November 16, 2018 | PentaTone

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From the moment they were performed, Gioachino Rossini’s overtures have enjoyed the status of colourful, elegant orchestral showpieces. With their sweet cantilene, their rich harmonies, their brilliant orchestration, and their powerful and exciting rhythmic drive, these overtures encapsulate all that was modern, exhilarating and electrifying in Rossini’s music, yet maintain their freshness and attraction to modern audiences. This album features a collection of Rossini overtures, taken from less well-known operas such as La Scala di seta, Tancredi, La gazza ladra, Matilde di Shabran and Semiramide, as well as from the classic comic operas L’italiana in Algeri and Il barbiere di Siviglia, concluding with the preludes to Rossini’s French operas Le siège de Corinthe and Guillaume Tell, in which the composer explored musical Romanticism. The overtures are performed by the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, which has played a seminal role in the Rossini renaissance of the last three decades. The orchestra is led by its Musical Director Michele Mariotti. Being born in Rossini’s native town Pesaro, Mariotti cherishes a life-long affinity with the city’s most famous son, and is commonly considered as one of the outstanding Rossini conductors of his age. He frequently works with the world’s most prestigious opera houses. © Pentatone
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Classical - Released November 16, 2018 | PentaTone

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Opera - Released November 16, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released November 2, 2018 | PentaTone

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Lutosławski's Cello Concerto and Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain (also a cello concerto) are linked by their unique destinies. Both were led by Rostropovitch; both were started in 1967 and both were created by the patron in 1970. Both were performed "in the West": one in London, the other in Aix-en-Provence; and that's when things started to unravel for Rostropovich, who fell out of favour with Brezhnev's regime in the USSR. When the soloist left the USSR for good in 1974, Lutosławski's Concerto suffered the same fate in the East and was hardly played there for a long time. While the two works are perfectly contemporary, and the two composers as well, the difference between them couldn't be greater. Whilst Lutosławski's Concerto seems to describe chaos, with a soloist part that resembles a Don Quixote battling against an orchestra, Tout un monde lointain bathes in a fantastical light, where the cello is primus inter pares with the orchestra. Two visions, both so different, defended here with the same ardour by cellist Johannes Moser, who has worked on them and played them many times over, and his experience has produced a recording where every inflection is carefully chosen. © SM/Qobuz
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Christmas Music - Released November 2, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | PentaTone

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Does it need to be said that Schubert's First Symphony was in fact the work of a 16 year-old youth? You would never guess just by listening to it: the instrumentation, the form, the harmonic daringness, the richness of the themes, the moves from tragic to carefree which characterise his work, it's all there. Yes, Beethoven's influence makes itself felt, as does Mozart's and Hayden's, but Schubert's very personal style is apparent in all corners of this work. René Jacobs and the B’Rock orchestra – based in Belgium, and not a purely baroque outfit despite its name as they play everything up to Pärt – give a spirited interpretation, brilliantly underlining the contrasts. The album continues with the Sixth, the "little C major" of 1817-18 (as opposed to the "big", the Ninth), which brought in Rossini's influence at a time when the latter was conquering Vienna. But again, the energy unleashed in this piece carries the Schubertian hallmark, to say nothing of the almost-monumental architecture that comes close to that of his final masterpieces. The B’Rocks and Jacobs bring out the innate theatricality of this material, making every moment a celebration. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | PentaTone

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This album offers a testimony to Stravinsky’s overwhelming musical heritage, covering all the phases of his creative life. Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) is twentieth-century music ! More than any other composer, he continued to develop his compositional style throughout his seven-decade-spanning career, innovating and adopting all the most important musical trends of his century. Historically, the musical journey starts with one of the first recordings of the recently rediscovered Funeral Song (1909), composed as a tribute to his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov. The next phase in his development is represented with the raw but tremendously refined Rite of Spring (1913), Stravinsky’s most famous work that created a scandal at its Paris world premiere, and immediately turned him into a star. His Neoclassical style is showcased by Jeu de cartes (1937) and the Concerto in D (1947), whereas Agon (1957) presents Stravinsky’s original take on Schoenberg’s serialism. © Pentatone
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Classical - Released October 5, 2018 | PentaTone

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Concertos - Released September 28, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released September 21, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released September 21, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released September 7, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released September 7, 2018 | PentaTone

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