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Classical - Released October 11, 2019 | SWR Classic

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released August 9, 2019 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Armed with over 2,000 years of history, Japan has been able to develop its own musical language, with forms of expression that are linked tightly to theatre and dance. The country's recent westernisation has contributed to the emergence of a new style which takes on board both Japanese roots and outside influences. This album offers a selection of choral works composed after 1950, in a period when many Japanese composers were gradually liberating themselves from outside influences.That was the case with Toshio Hosokawa (born in 1953) who started out writing in the "western avant-garde style", before taking inspiration from the traditional music of his homeland. The Lotus, based on the Buch der Lieder by Heinrich Heine which Schumann set to music, uses a vocal ensemble and light, discreet percussion, Japanese singing bowls and wind chimes.Töru Takemitsu (1930-1996) is thought of as one of Japan's greatest composers, both at home and around the world. While few, his choral works are very evocative and call up childhood memories, and the "sakura" (cherry blossom) of the popular songs that he arranges in his own style. His music possesses a fascinating subtlety.Michio Mamiya (born 1929) turned early in life to the study of folk music, in the manner of Bartók and Kodály. He collects and transcribes the songs of the oral tradition, which he then works into his music. Finally, Jô Kondô (born 1947) takes inspiration from the great Flemish polyphonists like Johannes Ockeghem, setting modern Japanese literary texts to music. His complex music at once reinforces and hides the ambiguities of the poem, with constant changes in rhythm and a polytextuality inherited from western medieval music. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released September 14, 2018 | SWR Classic

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Keyboard Concertos - Released June 8, 2018 | SWR Classic

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Solo Piano - Released February 9, 2018 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
More precisely: 10 April 1953 in the great hall of the Holy Orders of the baroque castle of Ludwigsburg. Clara Haskil, who sadly only had five more years left to live, albeit the happiest and most fertile of her life: with Swiss nationality and a booked-out diary, she could finally give herself over to music without worrying about survival or exile. This most prodigious period of recording gave us Mozart, to be sure, but also rarer repertoires, like Ravel or Debussy, as documented in this publication - in which, indeed, she avoids Mozart altogether! The pièce de résistance is surely the 32nd Sonata Op. 111 by Beethoven, which she plays quite differently from how we are used to hearing it: under her fingers, the fire still crackles, but Haskil knows not to make it a perpetual volcano, which would harm the discourse. Who knows whether it was her fragile health that forced her to go easy - but whatever the reason, musically at least, it is a good thing she did. The programme continues with some rather more transparent pieces from Schumann – the Abegg Variations in particular – before sojourning a while on the other bank of the Rhine with two Études by Debussy, which she plays dreamily; Sonatine by Ravel which she dreams , playfully, before closing with a choral from Bach (the Cantor who opened the proceedings), and a delicate adieu from Schumann, "Abschied" from the Waldszenen. The grande dame of the piano passes into tender silence, rather than ending the concert with virtuoso explosions. 10 April 1953 was a fine day! © SM/Qobuz
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Secular Vocal Music - Released November 10, 2017 | SWR Classic

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Solo Piano - Released October 13, 2017 | SWR Classic

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Chamber Music - Released October 13, 2017 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica
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Opera - Released June 9, 2017 | SWR Classic

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Classical - Released January 13, 2017 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 4 étoiles Classica
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World - Released April 1, 2016 | SWR Classic

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released November 6, 2015 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released March 3, 2015 | SWR Classic

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Classical - Released October 7, 2014 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica
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Classical - Released March 4, 2014 | SWR Classic

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Classical - Released October 1, 2013 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
Volume 1 of Stéphane Denève's series of the orchestral works of Maurice Ravel offers five of the composer's most popular compositions. Easily the best known is Boléro, a sophisticated study in orchestration built on a hypnotic ostinato that steadily rises to a violent climax. Right behind it in fame is La valse, which has a similarly obsessive waltz rhythm and a trajectory to an explosive conclusion. While these pieces are the most celebrated in Ravel's oeuvre, not least because of their memorable build-ups, the three remaining selections are much subtler in their orchestral effects and musical styles. Le tombeau de Couperin, based on the collection for piano, is an elegant suite displaying opulent impressionistic colors worked into Baroque dance forms. Alborada del Gracioso is the orchestral version of a dazzling and enormously difficult movement from the piano collection Miroirs, and it is a sparkling character piece that plays off the virtuosity of the original. Rapsodie espagnole is a tour de force of exotic colors and melodies based on Spanish folk music, always a source of inspiration for French composers. Denève leads the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in these 2012 performances, and the playing is vibrant and atmospheric, winning high marks for the delicate execution and carefully blended timbres that make Ravel's orchestral music marvelously transparent and magical. © TiVo
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Chamber Music - Released April 30, 2013 | SWR Classic

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Classical - Released March 26, 2013 | SWR Classic

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Ballets - Released February 26, 2013 | SWR Classic

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Classical - Released August 7, 2012 | SWR Classic

Distinctions 5 de Diapason