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Koormuziek - Verschenen op 18 september 2020 | Delos

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 4 september 2020 | Delos

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 14 augustus 2020 | Delos

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Ambient / New Age / Easy Listening - Verschenen op 17 juli 2020 | Delos

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Koormuziek - Verschenen op 10 juli 2020 | Delos

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For the first time in history, a non-Armenian mixed choir has performed and recorded the entirety of Liturgy by the great composer and priest Komitas Vardapet. The performance by the extraordinary Latvian Radio Choir under the baton of conductor Sigvards Kļava, who are both now very familiar with Orthodox-inspired works (as demonstrated by their versions of Rachmaninov, Tchaikovski and Sviridov for Ondine), marked the 150th anniversary of Vardapet’s birth. The concert took place in a very solemn setting in Riga on September 20th, 2019, and the present recording required three years of preparation to mark the historic event – and it certainly does not disappoint! It features the full voices of the Latvian choir with their sensuality and extraordinary sense of harmonic progression, although it’s not as advanced here as it is in Rachmaninov’s works. This performance is incredibly beautiful and yet so simple and profound. Komitas completed his Divine Liturgy a few weeks before April 24th, 1915 – the date that marks the beginning of the rounding-up of Armenian intellectuals, including Komitas. It was a prelude to the large-scale genocide of Armenians by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire that ensued. While Komitas managed to survive the mass killings having been found and rescued, his soul had nonetheless been shattered and he spent the last twenty years of his life in a psychiatric hospital in Paris. This is an album to dive into head-first and return to multiple times to fully appreciate all its aesthetic energy, and some passages such as And the Mercy, Amen (track 21) and Lord, Have Mercy (track 25) are particularly poignant. The Divine Liturgy was originally composed for a male choir, however, Sigvards Kļava presents it here as an arrangement for mixed chorus (a practice that has been criticized in general so far and yet is incredibly impressive here) by Armenian Vache Sharafyan. Not to be missed! © Delos&Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz
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Opera - Verschenen op 19 juni 2020 | Delos

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 mei 2020 | Delos

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 10 april 2020 | Delos

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Opera - Verschenen op 20 maart 2020 | Delos

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 17 januari 2020 | Delos

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 10 januari 2020 | Delos

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 1 november 2019 | Delos

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 4 oktober 2019 | Delos

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 6 september 2019 | Delos

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 16 augustus 2019 | Delos

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Koormuziek - Verschenen op 9 augustus 2019 | Delos

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Born in 1986, Jake Runestad, an Illinois native, has studied with such figures as Bernard Rands, David Lang, Tania León, Christopher Rouse and Jake Heggie: all composers with very diverse aesthetics. Runestad is clearly influenced by simplicity in harmony, and classicism in textures, which he will have found in Heggie, Lang or Rands to a lesser extent. His aim as a composer of vocal works? “A desire for beauty”. The music supports lyrics inspired by the poet Todd Boss (a great friend of the composer, upon whom he left a lasting imprint), which tell authentic stories of profoundly human experiences, all within the framework of an immediate, seductive writing style, which encourages communion with others. Jake Runestad is ecumenical, for sure. The works presented here, including the very beautiful Waves which opens the album, are given a magisterial interpretation in all their harmonic splendour, and not without the naïveté which we sometimes find in the performances of Craig Hella Johnson's Conspirare ensemble, which is well-versed in contemporary music and has created many magnificent albums for harmonia mundi. How could one resist the engrossing Let My Love Be Heard, with its distant echoes of Adagio (or Agnus Dei) by Barber? © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 19 juli 2019 | Delos

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Opera - Verschenen op 12 juli 2019 | Delos

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 21 juni 2019 | Delos

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John Knowles Paine was the first American-born composer to earn widespread recognition for his larger-scale symphonic works. But his smaller-scale compositions—in particular his beautifully crafted piano pieces—have been largely forgotten. With this album’s lovely and wondrously performed music, the acclaimed pianist Christopher Atzinger seeks to redress such unjustified neglect. Being the eldest of the fabled “Boston Six” band of composers, Paine was also the first to receive advanced training in Europe. Some have called him the finest American composer of his time. And, as the nation’s first American-born music professor, the curriculum he developed at Harvard was adopted by academic music departments across the country and has profoundly influenced advanced American musical training ever since. © Delos Music
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 21 juni 2019 | Delos

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