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Beethoven String Quartets, Vol. 6 - Wigmore Hall Live

Elias String Quartet

Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 28 september 2018 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Beethoven String Quartets, Vol. 5 - Wigmore Hall Live

Elias String Quartet

Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 13 juli 2018 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Schubert 4 - Wigmore Hall Live

Ian Bostridge

Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 13 april 2018 | Wigmore Hall Live

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This fourth volume of the Lieder was recorded in concert on 16 May 2015 at the famous Wigmore Hall, a veritable temple of chamber music in London built by the German piano maker Bechstein. It takes us on a journey with the romantic Wanderer of the dramatic ballad Der Zwerg (The Dwarf) with the melancholy tenderness of An den Mond, the moon which is so inseparable from German romanticism, by turns baleful and benevolent. With time, Ian Bostridge's voice has deepened almost to a baritone, but he still retains that heart-rending interpretation, a unique blend of sophistication, pure poetry, and revolt. On the piano, Julius Drake offers much more than just accompaniment: he is a wholly equal partner, in a close dialogue with the singer's every gesture. He is also a music teacher at London's Royal College of Music, festival director and with the many lyrical artists who normally partner with him, he arranges Lieder concerts for Wigmore Hall, the BBC and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. This new volume offers confirmation, were it needed, that Ian Bostridge is one of the greatest performers of Lieder active today. His performances are increasingly intense, and they constantly push at the limits of this repertoire, like the Erlkönig (The Erl-King) which flirts with the expressionism of a young Schönberg. An audacious performance, which eloquently underlines the continuity that runs through art, and in particular through music. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Songs of Vain Glory - Wigmore Hall Live

Sophie Bevan

Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 19 januari 2018 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. 4

Elias String Quartet

Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 5 januari 2018 | Wigmore Hall Live

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The fourth volume in the Elias String Quartet's continuing series of the complete string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven follows the pattern of the first three installments by offering one work from each of the three periods. This gives some perspective on the development of the quartets over Beethoven's career, and the mixed programming order prevents concentration on any one phase. The String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18/2, and the String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 are placed side by side on the first disc, representing the early and late periods, while the second CD contains a middle period work, the String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59/1, "Razumovsky". The Elias Quartet's polished playing and sympathetic interpretations are all that any chamber music aficionado could wish, and the group pays special attention to Beethoven's evolution from a distinctly Classical style in No. 2 to the richer array of Romantic characteristics in Nos.7 and 12. The Elias Quartet's understanding of the music gives the performances a feeling of depth and strength, even when the music seems rather light and refined, though the chimerical moods of these works require the group to play spontaneously and with fluid expression in its repartee. Wigmore Hall Live provides marvelously clear and vibrant sound, and the venue's resonant acoustics aren't muffled by the presence of the audience. © TiVo
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Schubert: Songs - Vol. 3

Franz Schubert

Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 23 juni 2017 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Purcell / Locke / Blow / Gibbons - Wigmore Hall Live

Matthew Locke

Klassiek - Verschenen op 9 juni 2017 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Vol.3 (Live)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 9 december 2016 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2

Ludwig van Beethoven

Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 4 november 2016 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Come All Ye Songsters

Henry Purcell

Klassiek - Verschenen op 9 september 2016 | Wigmore Hall Live

The live concert album is less well developed in early music than in Classical and Romantic repertory, but here's quite a valuable corrective to that situation. Soprano Carolyn Sampson has a flexible, creamy voice and has become a favorite in music of the English Baroque, in Britain and increasingly beyond. This recital, performed in 2015 in London's Wigmore Hall, made no concessions to the mainstream nature of the venue (and the engineering staff reciprocated with fine handling of the too-large space). These are not Purcell hits; much of the music is drawn from the so-called Gresham Manuscript, which was rediscovered fairly recently, and all the music has to stand on its own. All of it is gorgeous; Sampson is in fine voice, and the exuberant variety of treatments perhaps reflects what audiences in Purcell's own time would have heard. Purcell songs are mixed with instrumental works by him and others; the program is, in short, authentic in performance and content. The list of instruments in the graphics does not reflect the extent of the variety, and the contributions of each of the instrumentalists are as great as those of Sampson. Sample The Cares of Lovers, with its gorgeous, almost piano-like theorbo sound from string player Elizabeth Kenny. The live ambience is effectively transmitted, and the recording retains the lusty applause that greets the performers at the end, and the two encores. Passionate, enthusiastic, and very highly recommended. © TiVo
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Schubert - Wigmore Hall Live

Benjamin Appl

Liederen (Duitsland) - Verschenen op 29 april 2016 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Brahms / Ravel / Poulenc - Wigmore Hall Live

Johannes Brahms

Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 5 augustus 2016 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Tippett String Quartets - Wigmore Hall Live

Sir Michael Tippett

Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 1 december 2011 | Wigmore Hall Live

Between 2013 and 2014, the Heath Quartet performed Michael Tippett's five string quartets in four concerts at Wigmore Hall, and this double CD presents the cycle with great clarity and freshness. Tippett composed these eclectic works over a period of almost 60 years, so the many changes in style and expression can be explained by that long time span, and attributed to the composer's constant search for new sources of inspiration. Obvious influences are Renaissance counterpoint, the late string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven, jazz, and the rhythmic innovations of Igor Stravinsky, though these elements are well integrated and the music is always coherent and approachable. The Heath's audience shows its appreciation at the end of each performance, but the expert recording keeps background noises to an absolute minimum and gives the ensemble something close to studio sound quality. © TiVo
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Schumann Lieder - Wigmore Hall Live

Robert Schumann

Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 26 februari 2016 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Mozart Piano Sonatas Vol. 4 - Wigmore Hall Live

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Klassiek - Verschenen op 18 september 2015 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Schubert 2 - Wigmore Hall Live

Franz Schubert

Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 1 juni 2015 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Mozart Piano Sonatas Vol. 3 - Wigmore Hall Live

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Klassiek - Verschenen op 4 mei 2015 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin - Wigmore Hall Live

Franz Schubert

Klassiek - Verschenen op 6 april 2015 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Flow My Tears - Songs For Lute, Viol and Voice - Wigmore Hall Live

Robert Johnson

Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 9 februari 2015 | Wigmore Hall Live

The title Flow my tears, taken from John Dowland's quintessential melancholy song of the Elizabethan era, leads one to expect a collection of Renaissance lute songs that's like so many others out there. In fact, British countertenor Iestyn Davies, a somewhat underrated figure in an era of flashy countertenor stars, delivers a program that's well above average, recorded live at London's Wigmore Hall in 2013 and impressively free of extraneous noise made by either the performers or the audience. Start with American composer Nico Muhly's rather unlikely Old Bones, which mixes news accounts of the discovery of the bones of Richard III with bits of poetry praising the man thought to have killed him, and fits the whole thing into a reasonable replica of the form of the longer lute songs. It has no right to work as well as it does -- Richard III was nowhere near Dowland and John Danyel chronologically -- but you are unlikely to find another contemporary composition in any style or genre that gets the sustained applause this one does. Davies varies his program with unusual music like the pungent short pieces by Danyel and the instrumental airs by Tobias Hume, and he articulates all the texts clearly and revels in their expression. A superior Renaissance song release. © TiVo
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Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1

Ludwig van Beethoven

Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 12 januari 2015 | Wigmore Hall Live