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Opera - Released July 3, 2020 | Accent

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Violin Concertos - Released May 4, 2018 | Accent

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781) also known as "Il Divino Boemo" (The Divine Bohemian) was one of the most celebrated opera composers in Italy in the 1770s. His instrumental works - symphonies, concertos, octets, quartets, and trios - were as popular as his vocal music. Certain features of his melodic style reflect his Bohemian origins, and Mysliveček's influence on contemporaries was significant. A close friend of the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a musical influence on him, Mozart described his character as "full of fire, spirit and life". All nine of the Mysliveček violin concertos that survive in complete form were probably written in a short period during the late 1760s and early 1770s when the composer maintained close contacts with the city of Padua and the composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini. As a representative of Italian traditions that extended back to the early eighteenth century, Mysliveček’s violin concertos are all cast in three movements of the pattern ‘fast-slow-fast’. “From this music one can hear that the author was also a superb opera composer: the quickly alternating themes are well defined in character, whether sounding serious or boisterous, pleading or alluring, questioning or majestic, friendly or imperious. Figuratively, we find ourselves on the opera stage.” (Leila Schayegh) © Accent/Note-1
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Keyboard Concertos - Released March 25, 2016 | Accent

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Keyboard Concertos - Released February 24, 2015 | Accent

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Quartets - Released May 7, 2013 | Accent

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Concertos - Released February 5, 2013 | Accent

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Chamber Music - Released February 5, 2013 | Accent

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Symphonic Music - Released October 2, 2012 | Accent

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice
Haydn's three "daypart" symphonies were composed in 1761, early in the composer's employ at Esterháza castle. They are not heavily programmatic works, with only brief passages in each one suggesting, respectively, morning, noon, and evening. Historical performance techniques for symphonies of this period are hotly debated, with little definitive evidence supporting any particular solution. The early symphony has strong links to small-ensemble works like the divertimento, and veteran Dutch historical-performance specialist Sigiswald Kuijken and his group La Petite Bande seem to rely on that fact with their deployment of the 14-player orchestra heard here. It makes a certain degree of sense, and Kuijken does well by eliminating the harpsichord continuo. But clearly by the time of the Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor ("Farewell") the orchestra had bulked up considerably, and there's a strong case to be made for a somewhat larger group in Haydn's symphonies of the early 1760s. That's especially true for these three works, whose most distinctive characteristic is a profusion of solo passages for the winds and even for the double bass. Those hark back to the Baroque concerto grosso with the alternation of small and large groups of players. Here, with just one viola, cello, and bass (each violin part has two players), the contrast is lost, and the music seems rather shapeless despite precise playing from the musicians of La Petite Bande. Your mileage may vary, and there may yet come a time when Kuijken's approach is shown to be the right one. But buyers at present should compare closely with recordings of these works by the Heidelberger Sinfoniker under Thomas Fey, or the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, which uses a larger string section and, for many, will bring the music alive more effectively. © TiVo
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Duets - Released July 3, 2012 | Accent

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Concertos - Released March 6, 2012 | Accent

Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Chamber Music - Released September 28, 2010 | Accent

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Classical - Released April 1, 2009 | Accent

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Quartets - Released January 1, 2009 | Accent

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 2009 | Accent

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Chamber Music - Released April 1, 2008 | Accent

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Classical - Released April 1, 2008 | Accent

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Chamber Music - Released April 1, 2008 | Accent

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Quartets - Released April 1, 2008 | Accent

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Chamber Music - Released April 1, 2008 | Accent

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Classical - Released February 1, 2008 | Accent

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