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Symphonies - Released July 6, 2018 | Decca

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Symphonies - Released June 8, 2018 | Decca

Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Symphonic Music - Released May 11, 2018 | Decca

Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Ballets - Released May 11, 2018 | Decca

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Solo Piano - Released April 6, 2018 | Decca

Hi-Res Distinctions 5 de Diapason
Born in 1975, the Italian pianist Robert Prosseda is without equal when it comes to discovering rare works, like previously unseen pieces by Mendelssohn; or compositions for piano by Salieri, Rossini or Caetani. And here he is with Charles Gounod's works for keyboards, after having exhumed the composer's Concerto pour piano-pédalier et orchestre, which he first performed in concert in 2011. Gounod's music for keyboards makes up about fifty pages, or rather uneven importance. He wasn't very interested in the piano, and many compositions are sketches or short pieces for his own use. For this album, Prosseda has selected the most substantial part of this corpus, with a charming Veneziana to open, followed by the equally famous Marche funèbre pour une marionnette in its excellent original version. The six Romances sans paroles are a welcome discovery, as are the Préludes et fugues which served as preliminary studies for Bach's Clavier bien tempéré and in which Gounod used "a clear writing for two voices, lifted by a chromatism that pushes the artist onward", as Gérard Condé put it in his monumental biography of Gounod (Fayard). The Sonate pour piano à 4 mains (with Enrico Pompili) in a Schubertian style is a pleasant youthful work, probably written in 1839 at the age of 21, during his stay in Rome in the Villa Medici. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 26, 2018 | Decca

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Classical - Released November 29, 1988 | Decca

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Duets - Released August 12, 2016 | Decca

Distinctions 5 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released May 16, 2016 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2002 | Decca

A sort of cross between Sex and the City and the Kronos Quartet as they might be remixed by Paul Oakenfold (actually Orion and the Beatmasters do most of the producing), Bond is a string quartet of toothsome beauties at least as concerned with their hair and makeup as their playing whose work on Shine is heavily augmented with dance beats. It's a formula that sits them atop the classical crossover charts, up there with Sarah Brightman and Josh Groban, and why not? As with their peers, the music is only ersatz classical, containing classical tunes here and there mixed in with classical-sounding new compositions. And the elaborate dance programming makes the music highly, well, programmable. Leadoff track "Allegretto" was quickly tapped for an upscale television commercial, a mark of success in this market previously achieved by the likes of Moby. Here and there among the oddly familiar melodies are actually identifiable ones. "Strange Paradise" is a much modified version of the same theme from Borodin's "Polovetsian Dances" in his opera Prince Igor that became the show tune and pop hit "Stranger in Paradise" from the musical Kismet; "Kashmir" is the Led Zeppelin song; "Libertango" comes from Astor Piazzolla; the bonus track, "Bond on Bond," is, inevitably, Monty Norman's James Bond movie theme; and "Space" sounds like the theme from every movie ever set in a Middle Eastern desert (although here it sounds like it comes from a Middle Eastern disco). The CD booklet, full of fashion-style photography, outdoes anything from Britney Spears, and, of course, there's nary a musical instrument in sight. The music may be the least of it, but as marketing, Bond is hard to fault. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Classical - Released November 1, 2015 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 1975 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Decca

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 1998 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2015 | Decca

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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released January 1, 2013 | Decca

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released January 1, 1975 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Decca

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