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Classical - Released December 8, 2017 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Opera - Released December 1, 2017 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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The opera Dorilla in Tempe, which was first performed in Venice in 1726, exudes a delightful rural atmosphere. The libretto tells a bucolic story set in a valley of Thessaly. Between amorous twists and a huge sacrifice, the various misadventures of Dorilla offer Vivaldi the occasion to deploy a luminous sound palette where hunting horns and flutes often support choruses and soloists. He resumed the work in 1728, still in Venice, then again in 1732 in Prague and one last time in 1734 at "his" theatre - Sant’Angelo. Only this 1734 version has reached us, and so it serves as a basis for present recordings. It is a "pasticcio", for which Vivaldi used various composers - Hasse, Giacomelli, Sarri and Leo in this case - whose melodies replace some of his own; about a third of them are borrowed from colleagues in fact. It was never Vivaldi’s intention to recycle on the sly: the principle of "pasticcio" was the most widespread at the time and very popular with the public. The particularly rare vocal timbres are noticeable: they are made up of almost exclusively deep voices, including three mezzos and one baritone and even two deep castratos, nowadays replaced by contraltos who are much easier to dig up. The entire score gives off a mad energy; a delightful peculiarity adorns part of the opening, in which Vivaldi takes over one of the movements with his Four Seasons with the addition of a choir - proof that even though this music is rich at the base, it can still be further enriched, provided your name is Vivaldi! Diego Fasolis and his ensemble I Barrochisti offer us here one of the very, very rare discographical performances of this neglected masterpiece. © SM/Qobuz

Secular Vocal Music - Released April 7, 2017 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama - Diapason d'or / Arte - Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année
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2017 marks the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi, one of the fathers of modern music, who gave a major impulse to expressivity and individuality of expression. Rinaldo Alessandrini’s benchmark recordings of the madrigals, the Vespers, L'Orfeo etc., contributed to unani-mously establish the Roman conductor and his ensemble Concerto Italiano as the leading ambassadors of Monteverdi today. "Notte. Storie di Amanti e di Guerrieri" offers a selection of highlights from Monteverdi’s most famous madrigals and instrumental movements: Lamento della ninfa, Combat-timento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Ho’r che’l ciel e la terra, sinfonias from Monteverdi’s three operas etc. A heart-stretching pro-gram in which Rinaldo Alessandrini’s sci-ence of light, emotions and colors is at its highest.

Quartets - Released February 26, 2016 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Classical - Released July 15, 2013 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique - 4F de Télérama - RTL d'Or - Hi-Res Audio
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Concertos - Released September 7, 2009 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Cantatas (secular) - Released September 1, 2014 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released August 26, 2013 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - Hi-Res Audio
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This lovely release presents some little-known works by Leos Janácek, whose known oeuvre grows more impressive with each passing year. The title Brumes d'enfance (Mists of Childhood) is not the name of a work (although one short piano suite is called "In the Mists"), nor even a general mood title, but rather a thematic indicator: most of the music involves childhood in one way or another. One wishes for more recitals of this kind, combining works for various forces in a single idea, and the format would have been familiar to Janácek's own audiences. The ingenious little Rikadla (Nursery Rhymes) of 1926 are settings of children's verses that appeared in a Czech newspaper. The Elegie na Smrt Dcery Olgy (Elegy on the Death of My Daughter Olga) carries the emotional weight of the program: two of the composer's children died before reaching adulthood. Several of the works are from Janácek's own youth, and although they don't specifically treat childhood they are choral works rooted in folk song and storytelling. The French chorus Accentus, known for its virtuoso vocal arrangements of instrumental repertory, applies its celestial sound effectively to more down-to-earth stuff. These early works are particularly interesting: they sounded little like Dvorák's interpretation of musical folklore, which would have been Janácek's model at the time, and instead have a dramatic conception that points the way toward Janácek's own operas. The only work that doesn't readily fit the theme of childhoood is the impressionistic little piano suite V Mlhách (In the Mists), but it's clear why it was included: it seems to fit spiritually with the rest of the music, which shows a more lyrical side of this great composer. The entire album reflects his distinctive voice, and it is highly recommended indeed.

Sacred Vocal Music - Released July 15, 2013 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique - 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Hi-Res Audio
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released July 15, 2013 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama
There are several uses for Brahms' transcription of Ein Deutsches Requiem scored for soloists and chorus but with the orchestral parts arranged by the composer for two pianos. It can be useful to choirs without access to an orchestra and thus broaden the availability of the work. It can be useful to scholars studying how Brahms solved the problems of transcription and thus broaden the understanding of one of the great German nineteenth century composers. But as an arrangement, Brahms' is not itself particularly successful. Two pianos cannot compete with the long lines of the strings, the colors of the winds, the heroism of the horns, and the fateful tread of the tympani, and all that's left here is a black and white snapshot of a great work. While it may be useful to have a recording of Brahms' arrangement available, this 2003 recording by Laurence Equilbey directing Accentus with soprano Sandrine Piau, baritone Stéphane Degout, and pianists Brigitte Engerer and Boris Berezovsky is itself not especially useful. Despite the absence of an orchestra, the textures are thick to the point of opacity. Part of it is that Accentus has more weight than gravity and more density than clarity. Part of it is that Equilbey is slow to the point of turgidity and sluggish past the point of torpidity. And part of it is that Engerer and Berezovsky are terrific virtuosos with stunning recordings of Chopin and Rachmaninov behind them, but they are too much for their parts and instead of sounding like two pianos substituting for an orchestra, they sound like two virtuosos trying to sound like two orchestras. Piau is pleasant and Degout is doughty, but the performance has sunk long under its own weight before either of them open their mouths.

Classical - Released February 25, 2013 | naïve classique

Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique - 10 de Répertoire - 4F de Télérama
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Classical - Released February 25, 2013 | naïve classique

Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc du Monde de la Musique - 4F de Télérama
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Classical - Released December 3, 2012 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released October 22, 2012 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Record of the Year - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released October 10, 2011 | naïve classique

Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Classical - Released February 1, 2010 | naïve classique

Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Symphonic Music - Released January 18, 2010 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama

Sacred Vocal Music - Released November 9, 2009 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
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