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The Essential James Ehnes

James Ehnes

Classical - Released July 31, 2015 | Analekta

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A Baroque Feast (Extended)

Tafelmusik

Classical - Released December 9, 2014 | Analekta

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Amoroso: Janácek: Quartet No. 1 - Berg: Lyric Suite - Webern: Langsamer Satz

Alban Berg

Classical - Released March 19, 2013 | Analekta

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Jean-Philippe Rameau : Les Amants trahis

Hélène Guilmette

Classical - Released March 12, 2013 | Analekta

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These little-known works by Rameau are solo (and in one case duo) cantatas in the Italian manner, with alternating recitatives and arias, and a flexible language that encompasses both fiery Italianate singing and measured French expression according to the needs of the text. They date from the 1720s, prior to Rameau's operatic masterpieces, and it may be assumed from the composer's later advice to others to do similarly that he wrote them as dry runs for the larger operatic form. They are light pastoral pieces, one of them with a unique vein of comedy: the idea of the titular Les Amants trahis is that two dumped guys complain about their bad luck with their former girlfriends, one of them sadly, the other in a mocking tone. Bass-baritone Philippe Sly and soprano Hélène Guilmette (the part was originally for a countertenor) do not quite get the full force of this, but Sly, really the star of the show here, has an attractive voice that manages to achieve its full distinctiveness within the small dimensions of these pieces. Energetic harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour leads a small group of young Quebec musicians in clean, elegant accompaniments. Those interested in the still largely under-examined question of Rameau's compositional development will be rewarded here. © TiVo
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A Celebration of Excellence

Various Artists

Classical - Released March 5, 2013 | Analekta

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François Couperin : Concerts Royaux

François Couperin

Classical - Released February 12, 2013 | Analekta

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Couperin's Concerts royaux (Royal Concerts) are straightforwardly named; they were written in the 1710s for King Louis XIV and published in 1722 as an appendix to Couperin's third book of harpsichord pieces. That might make them seem like something of an afterthought, and indeed they are among Couperin's less often performed works. Partly that's because they pose performance problems; Couperin specified no instrumentation for them, saying they were suitable for performance by harpsichord or by several other instruments in groups. French Canadian harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour and a group of other veteran Montreal historical-instrument players solve those problems elegantly, offering groups of various sizes and textures matched to dances of various densities and speeds. The overall impression is much more varied than is usual with sets of Baroque ensemble pieces, and the Baroque flute of Grégoire Jeay is a standout, with perfect intonation and a wonderful dancing, delicate tone. He appears to good effect in the first of a pair of pieces that suggest the low-key charms of these works: the "Courante française" and "Courante à l'italienne" (tracks 21 and 22) from the Quatrième Concert in E minor. These are nifty little essays that contrast French and Italian styles using not only the same dance, but also closely related melodic material; the former piece is a lilting courtly melody, the latter a group of scales vigorously answering each other. The music is not really characteristic of Couperin, as he himself noted. It has little of the intense ornamentation that's usual in his works, and Beauséjour's players don't add much either. They're right to keep it simple, and in general their performances, although on the dry side, are well judged. The same can't be said of the engineering, accomplished in a suburban Montreal church; it turns music that's warm, intimate, and engaging to something chilly, distant, and often harsh. © TiVo
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Best Of

Antonio Vivaldi

Classical - Released January 29, 2013 | Analekta

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L'intégrale (The Complete Recordings)

La Bolduc

Folk/Americana - Released November 27, 2012 | Analekta

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A History Of Impressionism

Angèle Dubeau

Chamber Music - Released November 20, 2012 | Analekta

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Ave Maria

Giulio Caccini

Classical - Released November 13, 2012 | Analekta

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Orff: Carmina Burana

Carl Orff

Classical - Released November 13, 2012 | Analekta

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Around Christmas

Lewis H. Redner

Chamber Music - Released November 13, 2012 | Analekta

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Messiaen: For The End Of Time

Olivier Messiaen

Classical - Released October 30, 2012 | Analekta

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Game Music

Angele Dubeau & La Pieta

Classical - Released October 23, 2012 | Analekta

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Haydn, Op. 33

Joseph Haydn

Chamber Music - Released October 2, 2012 | Analekta

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Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky

Camille Saint-Saëns

Classical - Released September 25, 2012 | Analekta

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Dompierre: 24 Préludes

François Dompierre

Classical - Released September 25, 2012 | Analekta

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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos - Shostakovich: Preludes Op. 87

Johann Sebastian Bach

Classical - Released September 11, 2012 | Analekta

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Aquarelles

Valérie Milot

Classical - Released September 11, 2012 | Analekta

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In Dreams

Robert Schumann

Classical - Released September 4, 2012 | Analekta

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