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Maurice Guillaume | In simplicitate cordis

Various Artists

Classical - Released December 19, 2021 | Cypres

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La chanson du vent

Clotilde van Dieren

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released December 11, 2021 | Cypres

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A Christmas Journey

Aldo D. Platteau

Classical - Released November 2, 2021 | Cypres

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2021/22, a cultural season unlike any other, brings the 30th anniversary of Cypres. Musical renewal and reinvention is of the essence for any record label in today’s environment. An enterprising spirit; a constant quest for newly composed works; firm roots in the local musical landscape; representation of prestigious names and advocacy of young talent: all these are elements that constitute our particular creative formula. This fifth album in Cypres' anniversary series offers a real Christmas odyssey, a journey through time in search of our childhood memories: Tino Rossi for some, Jingle Bells for others. Composer and arranger Aldo D. Platteau has carefully selected the most beautiful existing Christmas carols and assembled them into a fresco of Seven popular and traditional Christmas scenes for choir, soloists and instrumental ensemble. These musical pictures allow us to reconnect with our traditions and give us the intimate conviction that there is a magical dimension to life - the magic of Christmas! © Cypres Records
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Dans l'air du soir

Elodie Vignon

Chamber Music - Released October 12, 2021 | Cypres

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For her third album, Élodie Vignon chooses the voice of romanticism. Like her first two Cypres albums, which presented mirrors between music and poetry, then between two French aesthetics, she proposes here a cross between the intimate Franz Liszt and the young Isaac Albéniz. Although the two romantic composers were of different origins, the two aesthetes were united by their taste for travel and their affinity with France, its language and culture. Liszt and Albéniz both met Debussy, who remains the epicenter of the recording work in which Elodie wishes to engage. "Dans l'air du soir" proposes the exploration of a period that finds its direct lineage in the piano of the beginning of the French 21st century. We first discover Albéniz's Suite espagnole, which paints a sensory and olfactory portrait of traditional Spain. Mirroring this fresco, the Liszt of the three sonnets appears sensual and spiritual at the same time, revealing a virtuosity never devoid of poetry in the three concert studies. “The sounds and the scents turn in the evening air”, and Baudelaire is never far away... ©Cypres
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Désiré Pâque: Les trios à clavier

Trio Spilliaert

Chamber Music - Released October 8, 2021 | Cypres

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This recording lifts the veil on a Belgian composer who is far too little known: Désiré Pâque. A precursor of Arnold Schönberg, his musical style is characterised by the use of an almost atonal polytonality, without being locked into one or another musical system. In terms of form, he is the inventor of a constructional procedure which he himself called "constant addition" and which consists of a permanent thematic increase, in other words the constant addition of new musical ideas, which are not subject to development, transformation or return. But the most important thing to remember about Désiré Pâque's music is his passionate temperament, which is constantly expressed. He was first and foremost a romantic composer. © Cypres
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Japanese e-mails

Nao Momitani

Classical - Released October 8, 2021 | Cypres

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2021/22, a cultural season unlike any other, brings the 30th anniversary of Cypres. Musical renewal and reinvention is of the essence for any record label in today’s environment. An enterprising spirit; a constant quest for newly composed works; firm roots in the local musical landscape; representation of prestigious names and advocacy of young talent: all these are elements that constitute our particular creative formula. Now that we are 30 years old we can confidently take pleasure in sharing our musical philosophy with you. Here is a perfect opportunity to celebrate a double anniversary, firstly the 60th birthday of composer Claude Ledoux, and secondly the 30th anniversary of Cypres! This album offers us a selection of works composed between 1994 and 2017 and chosen from a large catalogue of piano pieces. The Japanese e-mails, which give this release its title, are a message of resistance to the watchword that is ours today: e-mail. Resistance to this fast, frenetic communication, always with the hope of a reply within minutes. These meticulously crafted pieces propose to rediscover the slowness of the written letter, designed to dilate our time as hurried men. © Cypres
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Confidentes

Marie Hallynck

Chamber Music - Released May 1, 2021 | Cypres

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2021/22, a cultural season unlike any other, brings the 30th anniversary of Cypres. Musical renewal and reinvention is of the essence for any record label in today’s environment. An enterprising spirit; a constant quest for newly composed works; firm roots in the local musical landscape; representation of prestigious names and advocacy of young talent: all these are elements that constitute our particular creative formula. Now that we are 30 years old we can confidently take pleasure in sharing our musical philosophy with you. This first recording of our anniversary season provides a showcase for two gifted sisters who go back a long way with Cypres. Their joy in performing together is palpable as they present a programme that is original in its conception, intimate and deeply touching. This album contains a number of pieces that evoke memories – the musical equivalent of photos in a box in the attic. Some are original compositions for this instruments set, others have been arranged by the two sisters for the occasion. What would Frédéric Chopin have thought when he heard this arrangement of his Etude No. 7, Op. 25 sounding like a dialogue between cello and harp? This music is the very essence of life: a subtle sway of memories, flashes of light, tears, death and smiles. © Cyprès
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Sound Meditation

Musiques Nouvelles

Classical - Released January 22, 2021 | Cypres

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New Shamanic Music

Musiques Nouvelles

World - Released January 22, 2021 | Cypres

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Simone de Bonefont: Missa pro Mortuis

Huelgas Ensemble

Classical - Released April 1, 2020 | Cypres

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It's rare to see a recording of Renaissance polyphony hit the classical best-seller charts, but this one has, and even from a cursory listen, it's easy to see why. The music on the album is almost completely unknown, and the performances by the venerable Huelgas Ensemble are gorgeous. On top of this, the sound, recorded live at Belgium's Park Abbey, is wonderfully clear. For Renaissance fans, the big news here will be the Missa pro mortuis, or requiem mass, of composer Simone de Bonefont (born ca. 1500). This composer will be unfamiliar even to serious Renaissance music lovers. He was from the Auvergne region, far out of the French mainstream, and only four of his compositions have survived. What's heard here suggests that it's worth looking around for more: the style of the mass is unique, with the top line often in chant-like long notes (although it is not a cantus firmus mass) while the other voices add more elaborate polyphony beneath. Certain turns of phrase, especially in the Offertorium, are illustrated with dissonance striking for mid-16th century France, and the text is treated with notable formal freedom. General listeners have much to celebrate too. The album closes with four separate settings of the same text, "Media vita in morte sumus." The grim idea that in the middle of life we are already dead, attributed to a monk called Notker the Stutterer, is familiar for those from theologians to ordinary Mexicans selling Day of the Dead figures in a marketplace, but it's susceptible to a variety of musical treatments, and combining multiple settings of the same text is not as common on Renaissance recordings as one might think it would be. Listen to each of the four settings, one of which is in German (Martin Luther himself translated the text). Each one has a different flavor, concluding with the magnificently somber version by Nicolas Gombert. This is a recording of High Renaissance choral music that will be treasured by those who acquire it. © TiVo
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Légende arménienne

Akhtamar Quartet

Chamber Music - Released February 1, 2020 | Cypres

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The miniatures of Komitas have the merit of being able to condense in a few minutes all aspects of Armenian musical culture. Each of them is an invitation to travel, allowing us to discover the soul of a country through its music, both joyful and nostalgic. Thanks to his arrangements for string quartet, Serguey Aslamazyan gives these miniatures their nobility and amplifies their emotional impact without distorting the message they convey. This message of peace and hope is also the one that Eugénie Alécian wishes to transmit to us with Un quatuor arménien, a powerful work narrating a country that never stops dancing and singing despite the intense pain. © Cyprès
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D'ombres

Elodie Vignon

Classical - Released February 1, 2020 | Cypres

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"D'ombres..." This program is a continuation of the first album dedicated to Debussy's Études, which revealed pianist Elodie Vignon to the public. Dutilleux has a close relationship with Debussy in his sensory approach to music. Composed just after the Second World War, his Piano Sonata reminds us, in some aspects, of Claude Debussy's Pour le piano, also composed after another Great War. The composition of the Three Preludes, spread over a period of fifteen years, testifies to the composer's desire to change his style and syntax, making it less linear and traditional. Claude Ledoux emerges from the shadows and delivers a work that seeks to translate the world in which we live, a world of silence and sound in perpetual transformation. © Cyprès
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Clarinetti all’opera

Various Composers

Opera - Released November 4, 2019 | Cypres

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Pierre Slinckx: C#1

Pierre Slinckx

Classical - Released October 1, 2019 | Cypres

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Pierre Slinckx: M#1

Pierre Slinckx

Classical - Released October 1, 2019 | Cypres

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Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu: Fugitives

Muhiddin Dürrüoglu

Chamber Music - Released September 27, 2019 | Cypres

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Pascal Dusapin: Penthesilea

Pascal Dusapin

Opera - Released September 13, 2019 | Cypres

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Boesmans : Fin de nuit, Violin Concerto...

Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège

Concertos - Released September 13, 2019 | Cypres

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The Sunnyside of Ô-Celli

Ô-Celli

Chamber Music - Released June 28, 2019 | Cypres

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Still Schubert

Quatuor Alfama

Chamber Music - Released June 1, 2019 | Cypres

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