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Great is the Lord

Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

Klassiek - Verschenen op 16 april 2021 | Aparté

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The prestigious Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London, returns to its prime vocation with music from the liturgical choir tradition: gems covering almost 350 years of British music, from Purcell to Britten (the enchanting Rejoice in the Lamb), via John Ireland, Gustav Holst and others. With harmonies that sometimes create a feeling of unreality, expression moving between the grandiose and the mysterious, and an atmosphere that is truly captivating. © Aparté

Pfleger: The Life and Passion of the Christ

Orkester Nord

Klassiek - Verschenen op 2 april 2021 | Aparté

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Halfway between the style of Heinrich Schütz and the more modern style of Buxtehude and Johann Sebastian Bach, the music of the glorious unknown Augustin Pfleger (1635-1686) is fascinating in many ways, starting with a powerful spirituality. The author of Concerts spirituels and numerous cantatas relating the life of Christ, Pfleger's work is religious first and foremost. Martin Wahlberg has drawn from this source to design this programme, whose connecting thread is the life and passion of Christ. It takes the listener through some significant works.The programme offered here by Martin Wahlberg, his musicians and his singers, is a valuable testimony to the practices of Northern Europe. Based on Pfleger's religious cantatas, it has been articulated to form a dramatic whole through the use of regional instruments that were very fashionable in the past and forgotten today, such as the ancient psalter inherited from the Middle Ages, a positive organ and a consort of viols. Recorded in 2018 in Norway, it is a sonic panorama of Baroque Scandinavia and seems to continue the tradition of previous centuries. © François Hudry / Qobuz
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Cellopera

Ophélie Gaillard

Opera - Verschenen op 5 maart 2021 | Aparté

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Cellists rarely think of themselves as "prima donnas", and yet this is Ophélie Gaillard's gambit on this album, which is perhaps a questionable choice. The answer may be found on the cover showing the cellist opening the heavy red curtain of an opera stage with an amused look. It's a hint at the fact that it takes a good dose of courage and nerve to tackle the greatest pages of the operatic repertoire, from Don Giovanni to the operetta Toi, c'est moi, via the hits of Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini (E lucevan le stelle!!!), but also Tchaikovsky (Lenski's great aria in Eugene Onegin) or the famous O! du mein Holder from Wagner's Tannhäuser.During a rehearsal of Don Giovanni at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the solo cello of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra suddenly had to replace an absent singer, under the direction of Daniel Harding. It was at that moment that Ophélie Gaillard developed the idea of this original programme of operatic arias without words. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Puccini: Tosca

Ophélie Gaillard

Opera - Verschenen op 19 februari 2021 | Aparté

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Haydn: Stabat Mater - Symphonies 84 & 86

Julien Chauvin

Klassiek - Verschenen op 12 februari 2021 | Aparté

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Le Concert de la Loge and Julien Chauvin continue the Haydn adventure with the "Paris" Symphonies No. 84 and No. 86. The conductor and his period instruments orchestra complete the programme with the beautiful Stabat Mater, one of Haydn’s most performed ones during his lifetime. Composed in 1767 during the "Sturm and Drang" period, the Stabat Mater’s strikingly sober and plain expression (« Fac me vere tecum flere ») doesn’t exclude some outstanding passages, as in the « Sancta Mater, istud agas ». © Aparté Music
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Tango

Pascal Contet

Tango - Verschenen op 5 februari 2021 | Aparté

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With "Tango", the accordionist Pascal Contet steps off the beaten path to explore the repertoire of Piazzolla's precursors. He bears homage to the greatest tango titles with a set of contemporary arrangements, rounding things off with two original works, Stras Medianoche and Valentino Suite. In partnership with Paul Meyer, Contet invites himself into the pantheon of a musician who never stopped reinventing the tango, the "sad thought that is danced". © Aparté
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Salieri: Armida

Christophe Rousset

Klassiek - Verschenen op 22 januari 2021 | Aparté

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Recorded from 10th to 13th July 2020 at the Philharmonie de Paris, this Armida teaches us a little more about Antonio Salieri, so loved during his lifetime and so maligned later, especially because of his obscure relationship with Mozart that the nineteenth century invented and that Milos Forman's film has given more life to in our time.First performed in Vienna in 1771, this "dramma per musica" which marked Salieri's debut in opera seria in the Austrian capital, is presented here as a world premiere thanks to the tireless curiosity of Christophe Rousset who gives a very lively, lyrical and theatrical interpretation with four singers, The Talens Lyriques and the excellent Chamber Choir of Namur.The discovery of this other outing of the famous heroes of Jerusalem Delivered  by Tasso deepens the gulf separating great craftsmen from geniuses like Mozart, whose later operatic productions were of a completely different level. Nevertheless, one can enjoy Salieri's colourful and well-decorated melodic contours, the drama and nostalgia that often pervade his work. After Les Danaïdes, Les Horaces and Tarare, Christophe Rousset happily continues his exhumation of Salieri's works. Here this youthful Armida is still following the bright trail of Gluck. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Accents

Ensemble K

Klassiek - Verschenen op 15 januari 2021 | Aparté

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K, a multicultural orchestra under the direction of the Italian-Brazilian conductor Simone Menezes, is bringing out its first album. Born out of the awareness that classical music was exported throughout the world and took on multiple influences in the last century, K’s project seeks to find the original accents of the works it performs. Their goal: to tell each story in its original language. © Aparté
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Hersant: Rondes de nuit

Ophélie Gaillard

Klassiek - Verschenen op 11 december 2020 | Aparté

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Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni

Alexandra Conunova

Klassiek - Verschenen op 27 november 2020 | Aparté

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Vivaldi put the whole force of nature into this music, one of the most performed around the world, uniting us in our human condition. Alexandra Conunova gathers a chamber orchestra to share a thrilling version of this work, celebrating the joy of playing together again. © Aparté
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Fleurs

Melody Louledjian

Klassiek - Verschenen op 20 november 2020 | Aparté

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Through a medley of burlesque miniatures, this album explores the Paris of the inter-war years. Sometimes tender, sometimes mischievous, "Fleurs" presents a charming musical bouquet, with the scent of freedom. © Aparté
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In Paradisum

Iestyn Evans

Klassiek - Verschenen op 6 november 2020 | Aparté

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How moving it can be to hear the crystal-clear voices of a boys’ choir! The Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London, has a tradition of fine choral singing that dates back over a hundred years. These pure voices are heard here in a selection of works both secular and sacred, ranging from popular pieces from films to the heavenly beauty of the Allegri Miserere. © Aparté
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Songs

Fabrizio Chiovetta

Klassiek - Verschenen op 6 november 2020 | Aparté

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Patrick Messina and Fabrizio Chiovetta take us to America, with a programme of traditional songs, jazz, Broadway melodies, avant-garde pieces… by composers from Charles Ives to André Previn. The essence of American music! © Aparté
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Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, Miroirs, Sonatine, Valses

Michel Dalberto

Klassiek - Verschenen op 23 oktober 2020 | Aparté

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La Francesina, Handel's nightingale

Sophie Junker

Opera - Verschenen op 16 oktober 2020 | Aparté

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For the French soprano Élisabeth Duparc, known as “La Francesina”, Handel composed no fewer than twelve principal roles in major works – operas and oratorios – written towards the end of his life. She took the title role in Semele, for instance, and the parts of Michal in Saul and Nitocris in Belshazzar. Nothing is known of her life: only Handel's works remain to testify to her talent and aura. They are brought to life here by the brilliant and virtuoso voice of Sophie Junker, accompanied by Franck-Emmanuel Comte's Concert de l'Hostel Dieu: sometimes mischievous ("Myself I shall adore"), sometimes penetrating ("In sweetest harmony they lived"), the soprano resurrects her model and magnificently digs out all the nuances of Handel's genius. Sophie Junker and the Concert de l’Hostel Dieu pay tribute to her here through some of her most successful roles as the composer’s muse. © Aparté
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Mozart: Betulia liberata

Les Talens Lyriques

Klassiek - Verschenen op 25 september 2020 | Aparté

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Armand-Louis Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin

Christophe Rousset

Klassiek - Verschenen op 25 september 2020 | Aparté

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Beethoven: Op. 109, 110, 111

Fabrizio Chiovetta

Klassiek - Verschenen op 18 september 2020 | Aparté

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By the time Beethoven came to compose the last three of his 32 piano sonatas, written, he said, “in a single breath” and conceived as a unified whole, he was almost completely deaf. Dense and complex, these innovative works, marking indelibly his farewell to the genre, pose many challenges, which are taken up here with mastery by Fabrizio Chiovetta. © Aparté
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Aparté baroque

Various Artists

Opera - Verschenen op 26 juni 2020 | Aparté

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A. Scarlatti : Il Martirio di Santa Teodosia

Les Accents

Klassiek - Verschenen op 29 mei 2020 | Aparté

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Alessandro Scarlatti’s oratorio is an exciting drama of life, love and death, set in the fourth-century Roman Empire. Preferring to devote her life to God, Teodosia rejects the love of Arsenio, the son of the Roman governor, and welcomes death. St Theodosia of Tyre died at the age of eighteen, in the year 308. One cannot help but be struck by the dramatic strength and the vocal beauty of this work, performed here by a very talented casting, gathering Emmanuelle de Negri, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Anthea Pichanick, Renato Dolcini and the fiery orchestra Les Accents led by Thibault Noally. © Aparté