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Gramophone Editor's Choice

Månedens Udvalgte

Gramophone udvælger hver måned en række nye klassiske udgivelser, der har lige netop det ekstra, som gør dem til noget særligt.
Nedenfor finder du nogle af de albums, som har fået det prestigefyldte stempel: Gramophone Editor's Choice.

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Image Daphnis & Chloé
Editor's Choice i Gramophone Juni 2017

Daphnis and Chloé' is conceived as a ballet in one act and three parts, and tells the story of the love between the shepherd Daphnis and the shepherdess Chloé. A warlike tableau is framed by two pastoral ones: in the first, Daphnis and Chloé acknowledge their mutual love following a dance contest that provokes the jealousy of each of them in turn.

The interruption of a group of pirates, who abduct Chloé, puts an end to the rejoicing. The second tableau depicts the pirate camp; the captive girl is commanded to dance for her abductors. In the final tableau, Chloé is restored to Daphnis through a miracle of the god Pan, whom the nymphs have called on for help. After miming the tale of Pan and Syrinx, the young lovers let their joy burst forth in a General Dance of dazzling orgiastic virtuosity.

The orchestral forces are the largest Ravel ever employed and he adds a mixed chorus that sometimes hums and sometimes sings. As we have come to expect, François-Xavier Roth, in his début for harmonia mundi, has gone through Ravel's much-amended score with a fine-tooth comb and subsequently showed himself capable, in a ‘historically informed’ performance, of reproducing with the musicians of Les Siècles all the transparency and stylistic precision one could wish for in Ravel’s masterpiece.

"Daphnis et Chloé is part of the large-scale project we embarked on with Les Siècles in 2009: the odyssey of the Ballets Russes. To celebrate the centenary of that incredible artistic adventure, we wanted to reconstruct the Parisian orchestra that premiered these works in order to restore their original colours...As with each work of the Ballets Russes that we’ve played so far, we noticed just how remarkably the instruments of Ravel’s time, those French-built instruments typical of the early twentieth century, do justice to this music and make it meaningful!" FXR [from the booklet essay]

kr. 139,95
Image Faust Symphony
Editor's Choice i Gramophone Juni 2017
Liszt was obsessed with the legend of Faust, he also composed several pieces based on literary works by Goethe and Lenau on the same subject. Among these compositions, Liszt’s main symphonic work, the Faust Symphony, which he continued elaborating over several decades, is the most outstanding. In this recording the Symphony is performed on the piano (like the Piano Sonata in B minor, which is related in its poetic programme to the Symphony) in the transcription of Carl Tausig, one of Liszt’s favourite students.

kr. 139,95
Image Stabat Mater & Cantatas
Editor's Choice i Gramophone Juni 2017

Two of Bach’s finest cantatas, both for solo alto, composed in Weimar (1714) and Leipzig (1726) respectively, are here coupled with the delicious agony of grief that is Pergolesi’s 'Stabat mater', an acknowledged masterpiece by one of the 18th century’s most influential composers. Bach so admired the composition of his Neapolitan colleague that he made his own ‘parody’ of it to a German text. On this recording, La Nuova Musica, in its 10th anniversary year, and its two eminent soloists display equal mastery of both idioms.

Counter-tenor Tim Mead is praised for his “alluring...consistently excellent” interpretations (The New York Times). With his “rich, mellifluous sound” (Guardian), he is recognised as one of the finest across the generations of counter-tenors. Described as having a voice of bell-like clarity with an impeccable vocal technique and powerful stage presence, Lucy Crowe has established herself as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation.

kr. 139,95
Image Elgar & Tchaikovsky
Gramophone Choice i Maj 2017
A most unusual account of the Elgar Concerto, one that's both musically grippign and recorded at relatively close quarters.

Altogether a wonderful CD, then both major works granted recordings that are amont the finest we've heard in recent years, the Elgar certainly as recommendable as either Sol Gabetta or Isserlis

kr. 139,95
Image St Matthew Passion
APRIL 2017 - Recording of the month

JS Bach St Matthew Passion
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists /
Sir John Eliot Gardiner

"Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s leadership and vision – from his use of primarily choir soloists to his conveying of the work’s overall journey – make for an immensely moving St Matthew Passion. " Gramophone

A new live recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion BWV 244), recorded in Pisa Cathedral during the Anima Mundi Festival as part of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra’s 2016 tour.

kr. 239,95
Image Ouvertures
APRIL 2017

JS Bach Orchestral Suites
Zefiro / Alfredo Bernardini ob

"These Bach overtures grab the listener’s attention with a thrilling theatricality and sense of joyful drama, all wonderfully directed by Alfredo Bernardini."

kr. 139,95
Image Tone Poems, Vol. 5
APRIL 2017

R Strauss Tone Poems, Vol 5
SWR Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden and Freiburg / François-Xavier Roth

"Dramatic detail, effervescent energy and excellent sound make this a super addition to François-Xavier Roth’s SWR Symphony Orchestra Strauss series."

This is the fifth and final installment of the Strauss Complete Tone Poems Cycle performed by the Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg under their chief conductor Francois-Xavier Roth.

kr. 139,95
Image Complete Piano Trios
APRIL 2017

D Matthews Complete Piano Trios
Leonore Piano Trio

"These are imaginative and captivating contemporary chamber works. Lyrical lines are played with a poignancy and delicacy by an ensemble who thoroughly believe in the music." Gramophone

David Matthews (b. 1943) has become one of the UK’s leading composers, both of symphonic and chamber music.

kr. 139,95
Image Violin Sonatas, Vol. 3
APRIL 2017

Mozart Violin Sonatas, Vol 3
Alina Ibragimova vn Cédric Tiberghien pf

"This is developing into a delightful series – Vol 3 sees Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien find immense charm and character in these sonatas from across Mozart’s life."

The third of the ongoing series from the ‘nigh-on ideal’ partnership (Gramophone) of Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien. As before, the programme mixes the early—two works by the precocious ten-year-old—with the mature, and includes Mozart’s final violin sonata.

kr. 139,95
Image Piano Music, Vol. 4
APRIL 2017
Brahms ‘The Complete Piano Music, Vol 4’
Jonathan Plowright pf

"Jonathan Plowright continues his Brahms series in impressive style – virtuosity and thoughtfulness both to the fore."

kr. 139,95
Image Music for the 100 Years War
APRIL 2017
‘Music for the 100 Years’ War’
The Binchois Consort / Andrew Kirkman

"The excellent presentation – both in terms of the Binchois Consort’s very fine performance and the album’s thoughtful packaging – vividly conjure a historical period."

Music of predominantly royal association spanning the reign of Henry V, the Battle of Agincourt and its aftermath, and the coronations in England and France of the boy king Henry VI. The Binchois Consort under Andrew Kirkman bring this music vividly to life, while the copiously illustrated booklet is a pleasure in itself.

kr. 139,95
Image Arien
APRIL 2017
Mozart Arias
Anett Fritsch sop Munich Radio Orchestra / Alessandro De Marchi

"Fully formed characters seems to leap straight out of this delightful recital of Mozart arias, all convincingly portrayed by the German soprano Anett Fritsch."

It is not often that a young vocal artist releases a debut album that is so "complete" or so convincingly conceived and finished to such a high polish as is the ase with Anett Fritsch...

kr. 149,95
Image Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 & 6
MARCH 2017 - Recording of the month

"Tchaikovsky symphonies in this slot, two months in a row? I make no apology (besides, they’re different symphonies) – Petrenko’s now complete cycle is an achievement well worthy of praise." (Gramophone)

Petrenko’s Tchaikovsky promises to be one of the most important orchestral releases of 2017. Universal praise from reviewers for the first volume of Symphonies 1, 2 and 5 bodes well for this eagerly-awaited release: Gramophone gave Volume One an Editor’s choice and it reigned as a top 10 UK Classical chart title for 7 weeks in 2016.

kr. 179,95
Image Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 70
MARCH 2017 (release 10th of March)
Beach. - Chaminade.
Howell Piano Concertos
Danny Driver pf BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Rebecca Miller

"A nice parallel to this month’s Specialist’s Guide, three unfamiliar works, by women (a first in Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series), given strong advocacy." (Gramophone)

kr. 139,95
Image 2 Sonatas for 2 Pianos
MARCH 2017
Liszt. Saint-Saëns - Works for Two Pianos
Ludmila Berlinskaya, Arthur Ancelle pfs

"A hugely enjoyable opportunity to hear one of the most familiar and formidable piano sonatas in an unfamiliar form – great virtuosity, with the added challenge of collaboration!" (Gramophone)

kr. 139,95
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