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Mozart: String Quartets, Vol. 1 – The Prussian Quartets

Doric String Quartet

Kammermusik - Erschienen am 1. Juli 2021 | Chandos

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Towards the end of his life, short of money and heavily in debt, Mozart had the opportunity to visit King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia – a famous patron of the arts and a keen and above-average musician. Mozart performed for the King and left with some cash and a commission for a set of six string quartets, of which these are the only three he completed. They are ground-breaking in the way in which Mozart utilised the voicing of the instruments. King Friedrich was a viola da gamba player turned cellist, and these works feature extensive melodies for the cello, usually in a high register, thus emancipating the cello from the bass line and introducing a more evenly blended texture. Firmly established as one of the leading quartets of their generation, the Doric String Quartet enjoys a worldwide reputation and has performed at festivals and concert halls around the globe. Exclusive Chandos artists, the Quartet has drawn widespread critical acclaim for its recordings and won a number of prestigious awards. © Chandos
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The Harmonious Echo: Songs by Sir Arthur Sullivan

Ashley Riches

Klassik - Erschienen am 30. April 2021 | Chandos

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Although most widely remembered for his operettas in partnership with W. S. Gilbert, Sir Arthur Sullivan was the most famous of all British composers of the nineteenth century. He was revered as a composer of oratorios, and was urged by Queen Victoria to compose a grand opera. The result, Ivanhoe, achieved 155 consecutive performances (in an opera house especially built for it). Achieving equal success in his lifetime, his substantial legacy of Songs fell into neglect in the twentieth century, but as this album demonstrates Sullivan’s endlessly fertile melodic gifts withstand comparison with those of any other song composer. David Owen Norris and his quartet of outstanding young British singers deliver this fascinating programme with terrific style and panache. © Chandos
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Dallapiccola: Il prigioniero

Anna Maria Chiuri

Oper - Erschienen am 3. Juli 2020 | Chandos

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Il prigioniero (Der Gefangene) von Luigi Dallapiccola ist ein Meisterwerk des 20. Jahrhunderts, das in den letzten Kriegsjahren (1944-48) entstanden ist. Es handelt von der Spanischen Inquisition. Das Libretto schrieb der Komponist selbst nach der Novelle La torture par l’espérance aus den Contes cruels von Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, die Dallapiccola bei einem Spaziergang am Seine-Ufer in Paris entdeckt hatte. Die dichte, kurze und prägnante Oper baut auf drei Zwölftonreihen auf, vom Komponisten "Gebet", "Hoffnung" und "Freiheit" genannt, und enthält noch einzelne tonale Reminiszenzen, die in seinen beiden anderen lyrischen Werken ganz verschwunden sind. Der Held denkt, er sei endlich frei, als er eines Nachts seine Zelle offen vorfindet und hinausgehen kann, um den Himmel und die Sterne zu betrachten. Aber die Illusion ist nur von kurzer Dauer, denn der Großinquisitor bringt ihn sofort auf den Scheiterhaufen. Eine Anspielung auf das schreckliche Drama, das sich in diesen dunklen Jahren in Europa und der ganzen Welt abspielte. Das von Hermann Scherchen beim Mai Musical Florentin uraufgeführte Werk eroberte schnell die Welt, von New York bis Buenos Aires, mit einem Erfolg, der bis heute unvermindert anhält. Mit dem vorliegenden neuen Album, das 2019 während einer Aufführung in Kopenhagen aufgenommen wurde, setzt Gianandrea Noseda seine Erkundung der italienischen Komponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts fort, nachdem er bereits Werke von Castiglioni, Petrassi, Casella und einigen anderen aufgezeichnet hat. Die kurze Oper (sie dauert weniger als eine Dreiviertelstunde) wird hier durch drei Chorwerke nach Texten von Michelangelo Buonarroti il Giovane (Großneffe des Florentiner Bildhauers) und Alcée de Mytilène, einem griechischen Dichter des ausgehenden 7. Jahrhunderts v. Chr., ergänzt. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Airat Ichmouratov: Orchestral Works

Orchestre de la Francophonie

Klassik - Erschienen am 29. Mai 2020 | Chandos

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Airat Ichmouratov hat Musik im Blut. 1973 in Tatarstan geboren und seit über 20 Jahren in Montreal zu Hause, scheint er in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten alles aufgesogen zu haben, was ihm in die Hände kam. Mehr aber noch verblüfft, wie frei er schöpferisch über Repertoire, Werke und Motive der letzten Jahrhunderte verfügt. So klingt einmal Rossini durch, ein anderes Mal Sibelius, dann wieder Tschaikowsky. Eingespielt ist das alles mit Witz und ernster Leichtigkeit. Musikalischer Eklektizismus war noch nie so unterhaltsam. © Kube, Michael / www.fonoforum.de
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Schubert: Schwanengesang, D. 957 – Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98

Roderick Williams

Klassik - Erschienen am 1. Mai 2020 | Chandos

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Baritone Roderick Williams, in mid-career, decided to finally take on the monuments of Schubert's songs, and the results have been impressive. This release may be the high point for those wanting just one release, for it adds, as a curtain-raiser, the beginning of the whole Romantic song cycle tradition, Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98. This cycle, although it is not far from Schubert in many ways, has a different relationship between voice and piano, with the latter more prominent. Williams and accompanist Iain Burnside adjust to this difference seamlessly, and the program as a whole reveals many colors in Williams' baritone voice. It's worth remembering that Schubert's Schwanengesang, D. 957, was not a song cycle or even intended as a single set: Schubert, who had no plans to die young after its completion, planned to publish the songs by individual poets, Ludwig Rellstab and Heinrich Heine, separately. There is no fixed narrator, and the Heine songs which Williams places at the end, are of a more intense nature. This is one of the more variegated and specific Schwanengesang performances around. Overall though, Williams keeps a rein on his voice, with Wagnerian flavors shut out, and everything fits into the chamber dimensions for which it was intended. Top-notch Schubert and Beethoven from one of the most important baritone voices of our time. © TiVo
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Music of the Angels

Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

Klassik - Erschienen am 27. März 2020 | Chandos

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Bliss : Mary of Magdala, The Enchantress, Meditations

Sir Andrew Davis

Klassik - Erschienen am 1. November 2019 | Chandos

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The music of Sir Arthur Bliss has been growing more popular, especially in Britain, since it became acceptable not to regard British music of the 20th century as a path up a mountainside leading to Benjamin Britten at the pinnacle. This Chandos release, with Sir Andrew Davis conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, is a good place to start to try out some of Bliss' music. All of the music comes from the later part of his career, after World War II, and the program includes a work that most, including the composer himself, count as one of his strongest: the Meditations on a Theme of John Blow, F. 118. The work, sonically sumptuous, is recorded here for the first time in the SACD format, and audiophiles may find they want the album for that reason alone. Even for ordinary mortals, this is a beautiful performance of a work that is at once inventively structured (Bliss retains the section title of Blow's vocal work but assembles the full theme only in his finale) and quite passionate by British standards. The other two works on the album are vocal and are well worth hearing. In the first track, "Bring me the laurel leaves," from The Enchantress, F. 157, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly is in fine form. The work is an adaptation of the Second Idyll of Theocritus, even in the 1950s, not a tale in common circulation, but its representation of a woman resorting to sorcery to get her man back is compactly and powerfully represented. The finale Mary of Magdala, F. 31, is a sacred cantata on the biblical episode wherein the title character becomes the first to behold the risen Christ; the work testifies to Bliss' fine and subtle dramatic sense. The performances are crisp and have a feeling of confident familiarity. A strongly recommended album for those with a general interest in English music. © TiVo
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Tchaikovsky Plus One, Vol. 2

Barry Douglas

Klassik - Erschienen am 1. November 2019 | Chandos

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Antheil : Orchestral Works, Vol. 3

John Storgårds

Klassik - Erschienen am 1. November 2019 | Chandos

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In this their third volume of orchestral works of Antheil, John Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic present a collection of scores spanning the whole of Antheil’s compositional life. Written in the early 1920s, the First Symphony is full of Antheil’s enthusiasm for the mechanical, and takes strong leads from the prevailing sound of the jazz era as well as a nostalgic look back to its predecessor, ragtime. Antheil regarded this work as ‘a young symphony with the feeling of summertime in eastern America in it’. For it he drew heavily on his experiences of his home town of Trenton, and the nearby Delaware River. His ballet score Capital of the World dates from the mid-1950s, and was based on a short story by Hemmingway. The Golden Bird was originally conceived as a solo piano piece, and in his translation of the piece from piano to orchestra Antheil demonstrates an ability equal to Ravel’s to think simultaneously in two musical media. The concert overture McKonkey’s Ferry is based on a painting of George Washington and his continental army crossing the Delaware River at Christmas 1776 at McKonkey’s Ferry, near Trenton – an event that proved a turning point in the Revolutionary war. © Chandos
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Terterian : Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Kirill Karabits

Klassik - Erschienen am 1. November 2019 | Chandos

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Smyth: Mass in D Major & Overture to "The Wreckers"

The BBC Symphony Orchestra

Klassik - Erschienen am 27. September 2019 | Chandos

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Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Op. 11, Sz. 48

Mácsai Pál

Oper - Erschienen am 30. August 2019 | Chandos

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Voyage (Ravel, Brahms, Villa-Lobos, Paganini, Poulenc, Ibert, Donizetti, Fauré...)

Lisa Friend

Kammermusik - Erschienen am 30. August 2019 | Chandos

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A Bohemian in London

Duo Dorado

Kammermusik - Erschienen am 2. August 2019 | Chandos

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A Life in Music: Vintage Tommy Reilly

Tommy Reilly

Klassik - Erschienen am 2. August 2019 | Chandos

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Gerard Schurmann: Film Music

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Klassik - Erschienen am 5. Juli 2019 | Chandos

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Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25, D. 795

Roderick Williams

Klassik - Erschienen am 5. Juli 2019 | Chandos

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Schubert: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 4

Barry Douglas

Klassik - Erschienen am 31. Mai 2019 | Chandos

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Il cembalo transalpino

Sophie Yates

Klassik - Erschienen am 3. Mai 2019 | Chandos

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Grieg, Lang & Others: Choral Works

Paul Robinson

Chorwerk (für den Chor) - Erschienen am 3. Mai 2019 | Chandos

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