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Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn

Trio Chausson

Chamber Music - To be released January 28, 2022 | Mirare

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Schubert: The String Quartets

Quatuor Modigliani

Quartets - Released January 21, 2022 | Mirare

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Schubert le Voyageur: La Folle Journée 2022

Various Artists

Classical - Released January 21, 2022 | Mirare

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Chut ! Je rêve avec Schubert

Various Artists

Chamber Music - Released January 21, 2022 | Mirare

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Schumann - Brahms - Dvořák

Geister Duo

Classical - Released January 14, 2022 | Mirare

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Two is better than one. What’s better than a pair of hands for playing the piano? Two pairs of hands! Considered 'intimate', the four-handed piano genre has long been confined to inner circles; played in front of friends but rarely in concert. There are of course some famous exceptions (almost always sibling pairings), such as the Labèque sisters, the Walachowski sisters or, among the younger generation, Lucas and Arthur Jussen. It is therefore all the more refreshing to see two ‘independent’ pianists, David Salmon and Manuel Vieillard, making their mark on the world of chamber music by performing the piano duo repertoire on the biggest stages.Graduates of the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, Manuel Vieillard and David Salmon are concert performers of the highest level. Between meeting during their studies at the CRR in Paris and the beginning of their international career, a musical symbiosis was born, with the desire to form a "real" duo - not just to meet for concerts. The wish certainly came true: after almost ten years of collaboration, the duo won first prize in the prestigious ARD International Music Competition (Munich). They have now delivered their first album, released on Mirare: Schumann - Brahms - Dvořák, a fine selection of romantic pieces on which the colours of the piano shine through two-fold.Although the composers chosen are among the most famous of the Romantic era, this album offers up innovative and little-known pieces that have rarely been performed or recorded to date. From the very first of these, Schumann's Images d'Orient (Bilder aus Osten, op. 66), you can clearly feel the complicity and complementarity attitudes of the two instrumentalists. The piece carries us away with its changing moods, taking us through all emotions. The romantic and melancholic atmosphere is also wonderfully captured on Brahms' Variations on a Theme of Schumann, Op. 23, in which the composer pays tribute to his colleague and mentor. The album ends with Dvořák's piano cycle From the Bohemian Forest (Ze Šumavy), op. 68, a masterpiece of the four-hand piano repertoire masterfully performed by Salmon and Vieillard, whose unique artistic symbiosis shines through once again. Without doubt, two is better than one! A beautiful Qobuzissime to start off the new year! © Lena Germann/Qobuz
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Lettres Intimes

Plamena Mangova

Classical - Released November 12, 2021 | Mirare

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The title of Bulgarian pianist Plamena Mangova's new album, 'Lettres intimes', has absolutely nothing to do with Janáček's quartet of the same title. Here it covers a programme dedicated to the friendship between the Schumann couple, Clara and Robert, and the young, blond angel from northern Germany: Johannes Brahms.The intimate letters evoked by this title refer rather to German musical notation where the notes are written as letters, so therefore differ from the Latin system (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti), which is based on the beginning of each verse of the Hymne à Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and reputedly devised by the Tuscan Benedictine monk Guido d'Arezzo at the beginning of the 11th century. German notation allows for all sorts of secret combinations and messages, often amorous, which can only be interpreted by the receiver. The most famous of these combinations is undoubtedly that of B.A.C.H. (B flat, A, C, B natural) with which the composer could sign his works.The works which figure in this programme are intertwined, like this symbiotic trio of composers who so respected and admired each other. Clara Schumann, a pianist adored throughout Europe (her reputation was such that her husband took umbrage) inspired the two men and interpreted their music, which she continued to play throughout her long performing life. In this very well thought-through programme, youth joins maturity, verging on death in a surprising concatenation of dates and emotions. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Schubert: Winterreise

Edwin Crossley-Mercer

Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released October 29, 2021 | Mirare

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Händel - Scarlatti

Pierre Hantaï

Classical - Released October 22, 2021 | Mirare

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Pierre Hantaï's daring musicality, almost like a black sun, invites the listener to careful and repeated listening. To further confound us, the French harpsichordist mixes here his two main preoccupations of recent years, Scarlatti and Handel, who follow each other like brothers, hand in hand: the flamboyant world of the one clashes with the tragic brilliance of the other. There is little point in returning to the indisputable qualities of Hantaï's playing in each of these repertoires: from his laughing, mischievous, extreme, dense Scarlatti bursts the joy of a visionary composer; and his Handel, with an unknown fullness of sound, is imbued with a tender lyricism.The Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430, with the famous final Variation on the air of the "Harmonieux forgeron", surely represents the high point of this recital. The polyphonies, carried by singularly intense phrasing (Allemande), radiate with a clarity that is as luminous as it is poignant, and on the harpsichord, the Air and Variations has probably never been performed with such fluency and sense of contrast. What a sense for the line in the statement of the theme! Suddenly one thinks: isn't it time for Pierre Hantaï to immerse himself again—on record—in the work of Johann Sebastian Bach?This is essential listening. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz
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Beethoven: Irish Songs

Maria Keohane

Music by vocal ensembles - Released October 15, 2021 | Mirare

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"Sweet Erin, lov’d Erin, the pride of my song; still brave be the sons, and still fair be the daughters", sings Irish-Swedish soprano Maria Keohane in one of the Irish Songs set to music by Beethoven and largely arranged by Philippe Pierlot, who also conducts his Ricercar ensemble, while also singing a few of the melodies himself.Not a lot of people know that Beethoven was an excellent arranger of popular songs. This production, which is very different from the rest of his work, includes one hundred and seventy-nine arrangements of Scottish, Irish and Welsh songs made at the request of a Scottish publisher who wanted to bring together the most beautiful British melodies. Subsequently, Beethoven expanded this work with melodies from all over the continent. Originally conceived with piano accompaniment with the additions from violin and cello, they are presented here with instruments closer to the folk traditions in which they originated.Beethoven obviously went much further than merely arranging harmonies, and wrote preludes and postludes of his own, which matched the spirit of the melody at hand. In this refreshing album, Beethoven/Pierlot arrangements are interspersed with traditional melodies found in other collections. This diversity of approach to this folk music is judiciously reproduced by Maria Keohane and the musicians who surround her, giving this ancestral music a tone of poignant nostalgia. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Pancho Vladigerov: Impressions

Etsuko Hirosé

Classical - Released October 15, 2021 | Mirare

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For a little-known, or even unknown, composer to have a chance of emerging from oblivion, they need to be played by exceptional performers, which is what we have here with this new recording by the excellent pianist Etsuko Hirosé, whose talent has long been widely recognised.Born in Japan, she now lives in France, where she studied under Bruno Rigutto and Nicholas Angelich, before receiving valuable advice from Alfred Brendel. And on this recording, she has put all her art and talent at the service of the Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov (1899-1978) on an album entirely dedicated to him. Admired by Richard Strauss and Shostakovich, the music of this composer, "multicoloured, imaginative and full of life" according to Etsuko Hirosé, skilfully blends the most diverse elements between Western music and jazz, with a touch of "Hollywood" music.In 10 Impressions, Op. 9 which was composed in 1920, Vladigerov recounts his own quest for love in this cycle with evocative titles such as languor, embrace, caress, elegance, confession, passion... At the keyboard of a superb Bechstein with velvety tones, Etsuko Hirosé knows how to give all their intimate and secret character to these magnificent pieces. The Bulgarian Suite, Op. 21 of 1926 draws its inspiration from the rich reservoir of national folklore to create 'triumphant musical dynamite that will explode and spread throughout the world', in the words of one particularly enthusiastic music critic. This proud and patriotic work is followed in this programme by the Prelude in F minor, Op. 15 No. 1, composed by an eighteen-year-old who dreamed of meeting Rachmaninov and who here clearly confesses his admiration for his great Russian elder. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Rachmaninov: Œuvres pour piano

Luis Fernando Perez

Classical - Released October 8, 2021 | Mirare

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With this seventh album for Mirare—the sixth being his Ibéria by Albéniz released in August 2020, was a reworking of his Verso version which came out in the mid-2000s—Madrid pianist Luis Fernando Pérez tackles the music of Russia, specifically Moments musicaux, Op. 16 and a selection of four preludes from Op. 23 augmented by the famous Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2.Rachmaninov's music has few champions who take care to really bring out its polyphonic and harmonic density. Pérez grabs the keyboard close, embracing it: it radiates harmonies, registers explode, and there is a dazzling precision in the attacks—an impressive signature talent of his. So, yes, the tempos will seem rather restrained to some (as, for example, in the Andante cantabile, Op. 16 No. 3), but no one else can so fully render the rich polyphonic fabric that Sergei Rachmaninov deploys in these eleven pieces.The programme's opening, the Andantino, the first and most difficult number of the Moments musicaux, Op. 16, immediately sets the tone; this is not going to be a virtuoso, spectacular or demonstrative Rachmaninov. With an almost imperturbable regularity of tempo and an admirable sense for song (throughout the second part, with its garlands of sixteenths), Luis Fernando Pérez wants above all to reveal, under his Spanish sun, the composer's dark lyricism, his tragic and resigned dramatism, expressed through piano alone. This is thrilling and deserves a listen right away. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz
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Schumann: Études symphoniques, Op. 13 - Études sur un thème de Beethoven, WoO 31 & Geistervariationen, WoO 24

Claire Désert

Classical - Released September 24, 2021 | Mirare

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From one recording to the next, French pianist Claire Désert continues her exploration of Schumann’s piano works with a new album focussed on the variation genre. She explores the manifold, elusive moods found in the “Symphonic Studies”, the “Etudes in Variation form on a Theme of Beethoven” and the “Geistervariationen” (Ghost Variations), like a diary of the composer. From a tribute to Beethoven to the ultimate variations composed right before sinking into the Rhine, it is all Romanticism that is sung by Schumann's piano, with its breaks and ideals. © Mirare
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Chants Populaires

Lukas Geniušas

Classical - Released September 24, 2021 | Mirare

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A Russian rural scene narrated by a bard, characters from traditional Hungarian songs, folk tunes from Bucovina with enigmatic titles and melodies - this summarizes the musical journey proposed here by Russian-Lithuanian pianist Lukas Geniušas. These scores are inspired by Central and Eastern European folklore and embody the junction of two musical art forms that have been in constant dialogue over the centuries. Tchaikovsky’s Dumka (inspired by traditional Ukrainian or Polish ballads with a mournful tone) is encapsulating the album’s character. © Mirare
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Liszt: Joies de l'âme

Claire-Marie Le Guay

Classical - Released September 10, 2021 | Mirare

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Visions fugitives

Nathalia Milstein

Classical - Released September 3, 2021 | Mirare

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Taking Prokofiev's Visions fugitives as its starting point, this programme explores five contrasting universes of miniatures and presents a journey through the infinitely rich palette of the ephemeral. Liszt, Bartók, Chopin, Arzoumanov and Prokofiev revealed themselves in these short and sometimes apparently lightweight works, granting us access to their inner worlds, which each of us is free to explore through our own prism of the imagination. © Mirare
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Regards de femmes

Marie-Catherine Girod

Classical - Released August 27, 2021 | Mirare

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Was the golden age of the piano that of defeat for female composers ? If they occupied an important place in ancient and baroque music, the bourgeois society which emerges from the Enlightenment limits their access to the conservatory and to the quarry. Marie-Catherine Girod explores this key moment and reveals to us the talent of the resistance fighters of the classical and romantic periods, and of the first modernism, those whose history has retained the name, such as Fanny Mendelssohn or Clara Wieck-Schumann, or of whom she is rediscovery today, like Louise Farrenc, Mel Bonis, Héléne de Montgeroult, Amy Beach or Lili Boulanger. © Mirare
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Beethoven 1802, Heiligenstadt

Jonas Vitaud

Classical - Released May 14, 2021 | Mirare

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It is 1802, and realising that he has become irreversibly deaf, Beethoven is going through a personal crisis of unprecedented intensity. Mulling suicide in his Heiligenstadt hideaway, he decides however to confront his destiny, and the works he produces in that crucial year reflect this evolution that is a path towards hope. This is what Jonas Vitaud demonstrates with brio through a choice of works putting into perspective the underlying despair of "The Tempest" Sonata, the calming of Opus 33 and Opus 34, and the flamboyant optimism of the "Eroica" Variations. © Mirare
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Beethoven: Trios à cordes, Op. 9

Trio Arnold

Chamber Music - Released February 26, 2021 | Mirare

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Mozart - Beethoven

Liya Petrova

Concertos - Released February 26, 2021 | Mirare

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Albéniz: Iberia

Luis Fernando Perez

Classical - Released August 28, 2020 | Mirare

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Isaac Albéniz's Suite Iberia took the composer some four years to complete, finishing it only shortly before his death. Consisting of 12 dance movements spread across four "notebooks", Iberia is a work culminating a career of capturing the essence of Spanish music and folklore. Successful performance of the suite relies on the performer having an innate and unwavering understanding of the Spanish musical idiom, exquisite detail, and nuance of ornamentation, and the ability to savor every note and every chord. Spanish-born pianist Luis Fernando Perez is certainly up to this challenge, having received the majority of his early training in his homeland. Perez's technical acumen cannot be faulted, and his steadfast adherence to the original score is quite laudable. From a musical standpoint, Perez's performance is equally satisfying. His pacing is spacious and leisurely; he plays with panache and ease throughout, brilliantly capturing the dance characteristics of each of the 12 movements. The most notable quality Perez lacks that one of his mentors - Alicia de Larrocha - possessed in abundance is a rich, warm sound. His instrument at times seems too clean, too edgy. A bit more resonance and depth, particularly in the lower half of the instrument, would be beneficial. © TiVo