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Charpentier : Leçons de Ténèbres - Miserere

Martin Gester

Sacred Vocal Music - Released December 30, 2016 | naïve classique

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Quatuors à cordes (Volume 6)

Quatuor Buchberger

Quartets - Released January 3, 2014 | Brilliant Classics

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Quatuors à cordes (Volume 7)

Quatuor Buchberger

Quartets - Released November 28, 2013 | Brilliant Classics

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Quintettes à cordes, volume 4

La Magnifica Comunità

Quintets - Released November 26, 2013 | Brilliant Classics

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Frédéric Chopin : Préludes

Grigory Sokolov

Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | naïve classique

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Antonio Vivaldi : Gloria - Dixit Dominus

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano

Sacred Vocal Music - Released July 15, 2012 | naïve classique

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Mompou plays Mompou - Vol. 1 (Musica Callada)

Federico Mompou

Classical - Released January 1, 1974 | Ensayo

Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique - Recommandé par Classica
Federico Mompou outlived most of his generation, yet his work remained obscure and did not receive much attention until after his death in 1987. Mompou's rarefied music remained true to its origins in Catalan song and the French styles he adopted in his youth -- alternating between lyrical simplicity and impressionistic wonderment. Many of the pieces in Música callada (1959-1967) bear similarities to Satie, but the greater influence of Debussy is apparent in the music, which is often spiced with added-note harmonies and polychords of ambiguous tonality. While the Primer cuaderno is thoroughly modal and placid, the Segundo cuaderno offers more chromatic possibilities, and Mompou indulges in some unsettling, dense passages reminiscent of late Scriabin. The Tercer cuaderno and the Cuarto cuaderno are both quieter, mingling brief, song-like phrases with widely spaced pitches that are allowed to ring in sonorous haloes. Mompou's own performance of this work is controlled yet passionate, within the narrow bounds he set out in the music. The volume rarely rises to fortissimo, but even at the softest dynamics, Mompou plays in an intense reverie that is compelling. The sound of this disc is clear and full, and only a minimal amount of tape hiss is audible in the softest passages. © TiVo
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Albéniz: Piano Works

Esteban Sánchez

Classical - Released May 1, 2013 | Ensayo

Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique - 10 de Répertoire - Recommandé par Classica
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Mompou plays Mompou - Vol. 2 (Canciones y Danzas, Paisajes, etc.)

Federico Mompou

Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Ensayo

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Mompou plays Mompou - Vol. 3 (Variations Chopin, Preludes, etc.)

Federico Mompou

Classical - Released May 1, 2013 | Ensayo

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Falla: Piano Works

Esteban Sánchez

Classical - Released January 1, 1976 | Ensayo

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Fauré : Requiem (Version 1901 pour grand orchestre)

Philippe Herreweghe

Classical - Released April 16, 2013 | harmonia mundi

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De aeternitate

Carlos Mena

Classical - Released October 21, 2008 | Mirare

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Missa L'homme armé sexti toni - Chansons

Emmanuel Bonnardot

Classical - Released March 6, 2012 | Phaia Music

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Johann Sebastian Bach : Suites pour violoncelle seul (Intégrale)

Jean-Guihen Queyras

Chamber Music - Released March 11, 2011 | harmonia mundi

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Œuvres symphoniques

Mark Stringer

Classical - Released September 24, 2002 | Timpani

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Concerto pour piano n° 4

François-Frédéric Guy

Keyboard Concertos - Released October 14, 2008 | naïve classique

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Furore

Joyce DiDonato/Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset

Classical - Released October 10, 2008 | Warner Classics

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Quatuors à cordes

Quatuor Ébène

Classical - Released September 8, 2008 | Warner Classics

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Tientos, Pasacalles y Gallardas

Léon Berben

Chamber Music - Released September 18, 2008 | Aeolus

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc du Monde de la Musique
Joan Cabanilles worked for most of his life in Valencia, whose magnficent cathedral was a reminder of that trading city's glorious past. Organist Léon Berben plays an organ not in that cathedral, but an instrument in Basque country from the middle of the eighteenth century. It's a magnificent choice, and this collection of Cabanilles organ pieces would be worth the money for the graphic design alone. Check the booklet cover reproduction of the screaming faces painted on some of the organ pipes, for a start. Annotator Miguel Bernal Ripoll, whose words appear in English, French, Spanish, and German, writes that "Cabanilles appears like a Janus-headed deity with one face turned toward the past and the other definitely towards the future." This is true only in the sense in which people used to regard Gesualdo's music as modern because it was frequently dissonant. In fact, if you can imagine Gesualdo as having lived in Spain and worked as an organist, you have an idea of what the music here sounds like: it is dense, richly murky, rather tortured, and yet with extreme contrasts and bright flashes of color. The Tiento XIV partit de mà dreta de clarins (track 12) is in a military style called battalha, with trumpets and martial arpeggios seemingly ringing out over the usual polyphonic texture. The "brass" stops of Berben's organ are spectacular, with the sudden contrasts they introduce into the music beautifully engineered throughout. This is an organ disc that will make even the casual listener sit up and take notice. Most of the music is designed with the genre names of Passacalle or Tiento; the passacalles are basically the passacaglias of Baroque keyboard tradition, interpreted by Cabanilles for maximum chromaticism, but the tientos are harder to pin down; the word denotes the presence of imitative polyphony, but not much more than that, and the sizable pieces recorded here have an absorbing free-fantasy quality. Suffice it to say that the general listener interested in learning more about Spanish music of the late Baroque will find this a very satisfying package, inside and out. © TiVo