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Tango - To be released July 9, 2021 | Claves Records

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Classical - To be released June 25, 2021 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released June 11, 2021 | Claves Records

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Concertos - Released June 4, 2021 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released April 16, 2021 | Claves Records

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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released March 26, 2021 | Claves Records

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The Mass in B minor holds a very special place in J.S. Bach’s output: a work of grandeur, an opus ultimum, it was not composed as such but is the result of an assembly of pieces written at different times and for different circumstances. Bach worked on it during the years 1748-1749, until his eyesight, which had gradually deteriorated, was completely lost. The idea of bringing together pieces drawn essentially from the vast corpus of cantatas was not unusual; a similar approach was taken by several of his contemporaries, such as Handel, and Bach himself had done so for the short masses he composed in the late 1730s. These were called parodies. Moving from the German text of the cantatas to the Latin text of the masses meant adapting the vocal lines, with additions and deletions, polyphonic and harmonic enrichments, and changes in instrumentation. Throughout his life, Bach never ceased to revisit his works with a view to improving them.
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Chamber Music - Released March 12, 2021 | Claves Records

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Tango - Released March 11, 2021 | Claves Records

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Chamber Music - Released February 7, 2021 | Claves Records

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Compositions from both East and West here bring together the powerful voices of six women composers from contrasting cultures. Their music ranges from the Romantic period via Impressionism and Neoclassicism to the present. Vivid impressions alternate with absolute music, strict sonata forms with free forms full of delicate musical poetry. The standard repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, dominated by the male “Bs” Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Bartók and others like them, is increasingly being freshened up by works either long forgotten or suppressed that were composed by women who just happen to have the same initial for their surnames, such as Grażyna Bacewicz, Agathe Backer-Grøndahl, Elsa Barraine, Amy Marcy Beach, Sylvie Bodorová, Mel Bonis, Henriëtte Bosmans, Lili and Nadia Boulanger and Joanna Bruzdowicz. Lili Boulanger and Vítězslava Kaprálová are united by a tragic fate, for both died at the age of just 24. Vítězslava Kaprálová (1915-1940) was the daughter of Janáček’s master student Václav Kaprál. She was born in Brno, and was early on recognised as a musical "Wunderkind". Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) was born and died in Paris. Although she ceased composing at 25, she made her name as a composition teacher. The Parisian composer Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) achieved overnight fame when she became the first woman to win the legendary "Grand Prix de Rome", with her cantata Faust et Hélène. She was often sick as a child, and she died on 15 March 1918, just ten days before her role model Claude Debussy. It was in Rome in 1914 that she composed the expressive, atmospheric scenes conjured up in her D’un vieux jardin, D’un jardin clair and Cortège. Henriëtte Hilda Bosmans (1895-1952) was born in Amsterdam, where she studied at the Conservatory and also privately with the composer Willem Pijper. She composed numerous songs to French texts, several solo works with orchestra, a String Quartet and the Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (1919). Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn (1805-1847) was born in Hamburg, and in 1829 married the painter Wilhelm Hensel. She died in Leipzig. Her cycle Das Jahr of 1841 comprises 12 character pieces, and was composed as a reminiscence of a trip to Italy. Stephanie Haensler was born in Baden in 1986 and studied with Robert Zimansky (violin) and Isabel Mundry (composition) at the Zurich University of the Arts. Her composition ni dónde, ni cómo is based on the text of a Chilean women’s artists’ collective, protesting about violence against women. © Claves Records
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Classical - Released January 15, 2021 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released December 18, 2020 | Claves Records

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Solo Piano - Released December 4, 2020 | Claves Records

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« One hot summer day, I headed due south from London and crossed France and Spain on my road bike. Challenging it was, yet beautiful, emotional and colourful all at once — while pedalling thousands of kilometres, the journey brought me closer to my innermost core. Upon my return home, I wished to express all the intense feelings and sensations I experienced on the road in my own way — the language of music. The metamorphosis was already underway when I became aware of the duende and after digging a bit deeper, I immediately sensed that it was this feeling which touched me on my journey, giving me strength and letting me connect with people and their land more profoundly ». « There is a duality at play between the repetition of recording and the spontaneity and unpredictability of duende — and to summon duende, the process had to be as free and fluid as possible: all sessions built up to a final complete ‘recital’-take to capture the spirit of live creation. This was masterfully recorded by Jean-Martial Golaz — a magician of sound who effortlessly played the timeless acoustics of La Salle de Musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds to create a soundscape from another time. We intuitively found the golden balance to bring out the whispers of burning wind to the cries of flamenco from the old Steinway dating back to 1966 — the very same piano on which the great chilean pianist Claudio Arrau recorded Debussy’s Images in 1979. The soul of the piano was both conjured up and tamed by Corinne Wieland — a consummate piano technician. My gratitude goes out to both of them — this team gave me the wings to take off and be free.» Teo Gheorghiu / © Claves Records
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Concertos - Released December 4, 2020 | Claves Records

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The two Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Flute and for two Cellos by Antoine Reicha show an astonishing balance between innovation and reflection. They bear witness to an outstanding virtuosity and art of composition, which revolutionise forms through spectacular, enthusiasm-provoking lines of execution and through novelties of writing that impact their deeper structures. A composer who established a link between the Enlightenment and Romanticism, Vienna and Paris, Joseph Haydn and César Franck (one of the last among his many pupils), Reicha can no longer be reduced to his theoretical and didactic dimension alone: his extensive work, still too little known, continues to surprise us. © Claves Records
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Classical - Released November 27, 2020 | Claves Records

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Born in Peseux (Neuchâtel), Samuel Ducommun, a composer from Neuchâtel, studied organ first with Louis Kelterborn then Charles Faller, harmony with Charles Humbert, counterpoint and composition with Paul Benner. He later became a disciple of Marcel Dupré. Organist from 1934 in Corcelles (NE), then at the «Stadtkirche» in Biel, he moved to Neuchâtel in 1942 where he became organist at the Collegiate Church, singing teacher in schools, piano teacher at the Cantonal High School, and head of organ, harmony, analysis, counterpoint and composition classes at the Music Conservatory. As a concert artist, Samuel Ducommun has performed in many cities in Switzerland, France and Germany. In addition to the classical and romantic repertoire, his programmes have widely featured the music of the 20th century, which he has championed. As a composer from his teenage years, he produced a considerable body of work in which the organ is of course favoured, either alone or accompanying the voice or various instruments. Several religious and secular cantatas, symphonic or concertante works, and numerous chamber music scores involving various instrumental formations complete the catalogue of his works. The style and spirit of his compositions are of French inspiration, their architecture often calling upon classical forms (fugue, passacaglia, sonata form, for example). Loyal to tonal music, sometimes of modal expression, Samuel Ducommun employs polytonality or even atonality without any preconceived theory. He has managed to find his own personal musical language, which neither wants to imitate anyone nor deny his origins. © Claves Records
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Classical - Released October 23, 2020 | Claves Records

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C. P. E. Bach and his keyboards für Kenner und Liebhaber allow us to enter into a forgotten world of sound where various keyboard instruments, especially those strings that are struck, mix and mingle, revealing new colours and accents. C. P. E. Bach's work explores this broad expressive palette that enables him to evoke successively, or sometimes abruptly, the affable and tender grace of the songs to the dry anguish of break-ups, joyful liveliness to sad melancholy. With three keyboards - a clavichord, a Pantalon and a fortepiano -, exceptional witnesses of this sensitive and resonant universe, Pierre Goy succeeds in unveiling to us the whole teeming, whimsical and innovative dimension of works imbued with deep humanity, born of the great art and true freedom with which C. P. E. Bach successfully combined improvisation and composition. © Claves Records
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Classical - Released September 25, 2020 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released September 11, 2020 | Claves Records

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Opera - Released September 4, 2020 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released June 25, 2020 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released June 12, 2020 | Claves Records

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