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Symphonic Music - Released January 12, 2018 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica
The rediscovery of Stravinsky's Funeral Song, from a recording made in St Petersburg in Spring 2015, was a major event. Composed over the summer of 1908 in honour of his late teacher Rimsky-Korsakov, who died in June that year, it marked a moment where Stravinsky was working at many different types of writing, looking for a personal language. The work was first performed at a memorial concert in St Petersburg in January 1909 but thereafter it disappeared without a trace: the only evidence of its existence was in accounts of the concert and the composer's own nostalgic memories of the work he saw as "the best of my works before Firebird, and the most advanced in terms of chromatic harmonies." And here at last is the world's first ever recording of it! A stunning little treasure in which we can still hear Rimsky, and also the Stravinsky of Firebird, but perhaps also still the Stravinsky of the Rite of Spring, which was still very recent, a testimony to the composer's breakneck evolution. It was in the same year, 1908, that Stravinsky interrupted his writing of Fireworks when he heard the news of Rismsky's death in order to compose his Funeral Song; the Scherzo Fantastique was the last score by the young composer that the old master would ever get to read, although he never heard it performed. With this recording, Riccardo Chilly offers us a judicious selection of four works from the composer's youth (we also find The Faun and the Shepherdess of 1906, a little cycle of three melodies with orchestra, sung in French, here with Sophie Koch) followed by the big turning point that is the Rite of Spring, with a reading which is both clear and fiery. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 2014 | Universal Music Italia srL.

Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Universal Music Italia srL.

Distinctions 5 de Diapason

Concertos - Released July 1, 2016 | NMC Recordings

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released November 30, 2018 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Messa per Rossini is a Requiem Mass resulting from the assembly of thirteen parts written by thirteen different composers. Shortly after Rossini's death in 1868, Verdi addressed Ricordi: "To honour the memory of Rossini I would wish the most distinguished Italian composers to compose a Requiem Mass to be performed on the anniversary of his death. I would like no foreign hand, no hand alien to art, no matter how powerful, to lend his assistance. In that case, I would withdraw at once from the association. If I were in the good graces of the Holy Father, I would beg him to allow, at least this once, women to take part in the performance of this music, but since I am not, it would be best to find a person more suitable than I to achieve this end." The composition was completed in the summer of 1869, but the hearing was cancelled... due to sinister political disputes. Verdi resumed his own contribution, the Libera me conclusive, in a revised form for his own Requiem; the comparison of the two movements, the original for Rossini and the definitive for Verdi's Requiem, is a fascinating exploration of the Verdian laboratory and evolution. The other twelve composers have hardly passed the test of posterity, but it is extremely interesting to see what was then being done in the Italian sacred domain. The Mass for Rossini, which had fallen into oblivion, was only rediscovered in the 1970s and (re)created in 1988. Here we find Riccardo Chailly at the helm with the La Scala of Milan orchestra and choir as well as four leading Italian soloists. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 3, 1980 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released June 1, 1987 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Opera - Released March 9, 2009 | WM Italy

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Classical - Released December 3, 1984 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released November 5, 1990 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released April 30, 1999 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Opera - Released September 30, 1999 | WM Italy

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Classical - Released January 1, 1991 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released November 30, 2018 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released March 1, 1985 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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