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Image Crazy Girl Crazy (CD+DVD)
Whether singing, conducting, dancing or acting, the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan is a source of fascination. Alpha Classics is proud to enter her world today and to present in 2017 her very first album as singer and conductor: with the Amsterdambased orchestra Ludwig, of which she is associate artist, Barbara Hannigan has devised a programme including Berg’s Lulu Suite and Gershwin’s Girl Crazy in a Suite newly arranged by the multiaward- winning American composer Bill Elliott. To complement these two pieces, she has recorded Berio’s spectacular Sequenza III for solo voice.

An outstanding soprano, a distinguished interpreter of the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, an all-round artist who creates a sensation on concert platforms and in opera houses throughout the world, Barbara Hannigan has enriched her palette over the past few years by devoting a portion of her activities to conducting.

This album in the form of a musical portrait of the artist, is completed by a DVD of a film made by Mathieu Amalric during the rehearsals and recording sessions. It plunges into the heart of the orchestra with a very personal look at the exchanges between conductor and musicians. Over the next few years, Alpha will accompany Barbara Hannigan in a number of projects from very varied horizons . . .

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Image Symphony No. 4; Alto Rhapsody; Schicksalslied
Although the symphony was the most prestigious instrumental genre of his time, Brahms avoided it for many years. In 1872, when he was already more than forty years old and was widely acknowledged for his chamber and choral music, he observed: ‘I will never write a symphony! You can’t imagine what it’s like to hear a giant treading behind you.’ The giant was of course Beethoven, at once an inspiration and a source of intimidation for composers of Brahms’s generation. Fortunately, however, he went back on his promise a few years later with his First Symphony, followed by three more composed between 1876 and 1885. The two works presented here are the Second Symphony, sometimes sombre, sometimes radiant, and the Fourth, a genuine masterpiece of the genre. This disc, recorded on period instruments under the masterly direction of Philippe Herreweghe, is released to coincide with a double anniversary: as a prelude to the Flemish conductor’s seventieth birthday, it also celebrates the twenty-fifth year of existence of one of his favourite ensembles: the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées.

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Image Goldberg Variations
Pascal Dubreuil, harpsichord

The Goldberg Variations followed the first three parts of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Clavier-Übung. The title page presents the work as a ‘Keyboard exercise consisting of an Aria with diverse variations for harpsichord with two manuals...’ Forkel, in his biography of the composer, relates that these variations were composed at the request of the Count von Keyserlingk so that his harpsichordist, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, might play a few of them during the insomnias that often disturbed the Count’s nights. But no concrete element has come down to us to verify Forkel’s remarks. The exceptional virtuosity required by this work also leads one to think that it was perhaps a sort of response to Domenico Scarlatti’s publication of 30 of his Essercizi in 1738, which also exploit, but to a lesser degree, aspects of keyboard technique not yet in common use at the time. These technical aspects as well as the sublime eloquence, the genius of the counterpoint and the inexhaustible variety of the variations combine to make this one of the summits of the genre.

With his captivating interpretation, Pascal Dubreuil completes the release of the four parts of the Clavier-Übung for Ramée (CÜ1: RAM0804, CÜ2: RAM1002, CÜ3: RAM1305).

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Image Chamber Music
Kuijken Ensemble

One quartet, three sonatas, Syrinx, and that basically sums up Claude Debussy's chamber music, as the rest does not amount to much. Pioneers of the historically informed practice movement, the Kuijken clan is mostly known for their excellent Baroque and Classical recordings, and it is therefore quite astonishing to find them tackling the chamber music of Claude Debussy, in what represents indeed the most advanced incursion in their extensive discography. In his performance remarks, Sigiswald Kuijken rejects any form of "historic or historicising or historically authentic Debussy", but the instruments that they have chosen are all either originals from his lifetime or copies thereof, and one has only to listen to the well-known Syrinx, performed by his younger brother Barthold on an Auguste Bonneville instrument of 1910 to realize that these don't come off sounding like 'modern' performances. After a long time out-of-print, we're happy to announce that this album is back with new artwork.

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Image Visions
"Admirers of Veronique Gens will know what to expect: namely powerful characterisation, emotional commitment and singing of deeply moving beauty."
Gramophone juli 2017

After an album of French songs (Néère, Alpha 215) that earned her a Gramophone Award in 2016, Véronique Gens presents her new recital, this time with orchestra, which gives her an opportunity to display the maturity of her ‘Falcon’ soprano, the central tessitura typical of French Romantic opera, which takes its name from Cornélie Falcon, who created the works of Meyerbeer and Halévy staged in the 1830s. She pays tribute here to a number of composers whose unknown operas she was the first to reveal in projects mounted by the Palazzetto Bru Zane (which also coproduced the present recording), including David, Godard, Saint-Saëns and Halévy. The programme selects arias from all the genres in vogue in the Romantic era: opera (Saint-Saëns, Halévy, Godard, Février), opéra-comique (David), oratorio (Franck, Massenet) and the cantata for the Prix de Rome (Bizet, Bruneau). A nod to Wagner and his Tannhäuser – in its French translation of the 1860s – completes this programme conducted by a longstanding colleague of the soprano, one of the leading specialists in French music, Hervé Niquet.

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Image Agitata
Gramophone Winner 2018 : RECITAL

Delphine Galou is renowned and admired for her musicality and her appealing timbre.

She has taken part in many productions of Baroque music and recordings of operas (notably by Vivaldi), but this is her first recital.

It is a programme of sacred music, motets, cantatas and excerpts from oratorios, which in the course of the 17th & 18th centuries were influenced by the increasingly fashionable genre of opera.

From the famous ‘Agitata infido flatu’ from Vivaldi’s oratorio Juditha triumphans, Stradella’s Lamentations and Porpora’s magnificent motet ‘In procella sine stella’, Delphine Galou covers a wide range of spiritual emotions.

Delphine is accompanied by the excellent Accademia Bizantina under its director and harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone.

A concerto by Gregori and a sinfonia by Caldara complete this release, which includes several world premiere recordings.

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Image Quartets Nos. 2 & 3
"One is left feeling that the hugely impressive Elias Quartet have thought about every nuance and detail of these works; add in the rich sound, and it's a very fine release indeed."

The Elias Quartet has already recorded a complete cycle of Beethoven quartets at Wigmore Hall that was extremely well received by the critics. Now Sara Bitlloch, Donald Grant, Martin Saving and Marie Bitlloch present on Alpha an album devoted to Schumann: ‘We have always had a special affection for Robert Schumann’s Third Quartet. It’s one of the first works we played together. Since then we have often come back to it, as if to a splendid and familiar region that we think we know thoroughly, but which yields up new secrets with each visit. The Second Quartet, on the other hand, was a much later and more complicated discovery for us. The writing is so personal, so unidiomatic for the instruments, so full of nuances, that to begin with we found it hard to come up with a unanimous voice for this work. The enthusiasm of the first movement can easily turn into anxiety if you push it a bit too far. In the slow movement, the texture is sometimes so bare that to convey its tenderness you have to sustain it with great fervour. The capricious Scherzo is bristling with rhythmic pitfalls and requires a diabolical mastery of the instruments, while the Finale is an endless explosion of joy!’

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Image Diabelli Variations
The pianist Martin Helmchen has now joined Alpha for several recordings. Acknowledged as one of the leading pianists of his generation, an eminent interpreter of the German repertoire, Helmchen will explore various periods and composers (including Messiaen!), but Beethoven will have a preponderant place in his forthcoming recording projects. Before the complete concertos, planned for 2020, he tackles the Diabelli Variations, ‘a climax in the life of a pianist’. He sees these variations as ‘a voyage to the very heart of the infinity of human feelings and moods, by turns profound, philosophical, satirical’. He regards the cycle as a visionary work that heralds future developments in music, containing the first stirrings of twentieth-century minimalism, atonality and abstraction. This recording is the end result of a long personal association and numerous concerts; a powerful version in which each variation emerges as a masterpiece in its own right.

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Image Cello Concerto & Piano Quintet
After making several discs of chamber music by Brahms and Schubert, the cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker now records a large-scale concerto, showing the full range of her talent. Composed between 1918 and 1919, Elgar’s Concerto op.85 was poorly received at its first performance but has since become established as one of the key works in the cello repertoire. To complete the programme, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker rejoins her chamber music partners, the violinists Carolin Widmann and David McCarroll, the violist Pauline Sachse and the pianist Martin Helmchen, in Elgar’s Piano Quintet, composed at the same time as the Concerto and premiered in London in 1919.

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Image Anime Amanti
A voice, a lute, a sigh. Nothing could be simpler and more immemorial. This expression of sentiments and emotions, of the intermittencies of the heart and the shadows of the soul, is of course as old as the world. Yet it was truly a reconquest of the Renaissance. With Caccini, the ‘new music’ at once found a miraculous melodist. He composed a Euridice, performed in 1602, two years after Jacopo Peri’s setting and five years before Monteverdi’s Orfeo. The Renaissance did not know opera, but long secreted that genre soon to be born. And it is brand-new opera that opens and closes this recording, through the voice of its first visionary, Claudio Monteverdi. His Lamento d’Arianna, the centrepiece of a lost work, expresses sorrow, regrets, revolt through the very music of the Italian language, here brought to white heat. The ‘new music’ spread throughout Italy: Merula in Cremona, Falconieri in Naples, and Barbara Strozzi, the most famous woman composer of the age, in Venice. The Italian soprano Roberta Mameli is a great lover of this music, which she performs with an outstanding feeling for words and drama. Luca Pianca offers her his artistry and his great experience. Roberta Mameli is joining Alpha for several recordings, which will guide us towards other rarities and other periods.

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Image Musique pour violon & piano
This first recording of chamber music by the composer Lucien Durosoir (1878-1955) is the first in a series intended to revive the works of this composer, who deserves to be better known. After spending the whole of the Great War fighting on the front, Lucien Durosoir retired to his native village in the Landes (south-west France), where he composed works that he never had published. The talented interpreters, Geneviève Laurence, violin, and Lorène de Ratuld, piano, bring out the beauty of these works with intelligence, respecting their intentions and capturing their spirit. We discover music that is strongly personal, expressing lyricism and tenderness, cheerfulness and humour, sensitivity and tragedy.

Geneviève Laurenceau, violon

Lorène de Ratuld, piano

Lucien Durosoir

Sonate en la mineur

1. Introduction

2. Le Lis

3. Oisillon bleu

4. Rêve

5. Nocturne

6. Légende

Cinq Aquarelles

7. Bretagne

8. Vision

9. Ronde

10. Berceuse

11. Intermède

12. Chant élégiaque

13. Prière à Marie

14. Lucien Durosoir en 1950

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Image String Quartets
The notion of "original version" is not only important for period instruments, as this production of Janacek's two quartets will show. To accompany the critical edition of the score about to be published by Bärenreiter, the Diotima Quartet, holder of the exclusive rights on this edition, has chosen to play this version, which at last conforms to the wishes of the composer. The second quartet has been recorded in the two possible formations, a quartet with alto and a quartet with viola d'amore. This disc was recorded in the mythical Aldeburgh concert hall, much loved by Benjamin Britten.

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Image Ouverture & Concerti for Darmstadt
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Image Te Deum
Stradivaria & Les Cris de Paris / Daniel Cuiller

For the first time since its premiere in the eighteenth century, Henry Madin’s Te Deum for the victories of Louis XV rang out in 2015 in the Chapelle Royale at Versailles. Stradivaria, the Baroque ensemble of Nantes directed by Daniel Cuiller, and Les Cris de Paris, the chamber choir conducted by Geoffroy Jourdain, here revive the work of this composer born in Verdun in 1698 who was sous-maître de la Chapelle du Roi from 1738 onwards. The performance of the Te Deum, the longest setting composed during the Ancien Régime, is coupled with Diligam te, Domine, one of Madin’s principal works in the style of the grand motet for large chorus. At the single concert immortalised here, the two works came back to life in a highly symbolic historic venue. They are presented today in the Alpha/Château de Versailles Collection, which now includes more than ten titles.

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Image Fantastic Sonatas: The Lost Manuscripts
La Sainte-Folie Fantastique
Arnaud De Pasquale, organ and harpsichord; Jerôme vanWaerbeke, violin; Lucile Boulanger, viola da gamba; Thomas Dunford, lute

From England all the way to Germany, the douce folie of a young ensemble!

Four musicians, among the most talented of their generation . . . A repertory of which Alpha has been one of the most fervent champions over the past few years. . . An unknown manuscript containing unpublished sonatas by Young, Abell, and other pieces by anonymous composers . . . All this plus the complicity of Thomas Dunford and Jérôme van Waerbeke: the ingredients seem to have come together for this new release, like the first disc of Lucile Boulanger and Arnaud De Pasquale, which received a Diapason Découverte and a 'Choc' de Classica, to become a major event.

1. ANONYME Sonata et Suite en la mineur 10'
2. Henry BUTLER Sonata 28 en sol min 8'
3. ANONYME Sonata 24 en reì majeur 5'
4. ANONYME Daphne (Clavecin solo) 10'
5. Aria en mi mineur 5'
6. John JENKINS Aria n°7 en la majeur Courant en la mineur 10'
7. ANONYME What if a day et Fortune (Luth solo) 5'
8. Henry BUTLER Sonata 20 en sol majeur 7'
9. ANONYME Sonata 27 en reì mineur 10'
10. Heinrich SCHEIDEMANN Courante (Clavecin Solo) 5'
11. Wilhelm BRADE Choral (Violon solo) 10'
12. Dietrich STOEFFKEN Preludio et Allemanda (Viole de gambe solo) 5'
13. Heinrich SCHEIDEMANN Balletto (Clavecin solo) 5'
14. William YOUNG Sonata 21 en reì mineur 8'
15. Dietrich BECKER Sonata en reì majeur

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Image Metamorfosi Trecento
Myth, Sallust tells us, is the relation of ‘things that never happened, but always are’. Ever since the fourteenth century, music has drunk deep from the source of myths. When composers were not dealing with sacred history, with the great morality tales of Christ, they turned to myth as to a great art and a matchless repertory of exemplary stories. Metamorfosi Trecento is a musical exploration of myths and of the polyphony of the late Middle Ages. The ancient myths, foremost among them Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and their medieval transpositions are extremely present in the repertory of the Ars Nova: Narcissus lost on a fatal voyage, the stories of Daphne’s dream, Philomela, the myth of Orpheus, Callisto . . . The lutenist Michele Pasotti and the singers and instrumentalists (fiddle, recorder, clavicymbalum, Gothic harp etc.) of the ensemble he founded in 2005, La Fonte Musica, bring these wondrous tales back to life with a beauty and artistry we wished to share with you.

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Image O fröhliche Stunden
While best known as a master of the organ and of the polyphonic Cantata, the great Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) also left us a number of Spiritual Concerts for soloists and instrumental ensemble. For this recital, Hans-Jörg Mammel has selected works from this repertoire, including amazing vocal chaconnes which bear the undisputed signature of the great composer the young Bach so much admired.

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Image Thousands of Miles (LP)
Closing the distance between classical music and Broadway, between the old world and the new, this album is born out of a stunning encounter between two performers. Kate Lindsey is an opera star whose career is skyrocketing. She has stunned audiences with her performances of Mozart and Purcell, but grew up steeped in the music of Broadway, from Gershwin to Cole Porter. Baptiste Trotignon is a multi award-winning jazz pianist who plays with big names like Brad Mehldau or Tom Harrell, but who has a long-held interest in classical music, even composing a piano concerto for Nicholas Angelich. Together, they have produced a rich and varied programme around the songs of Kurt Weill, from Nanna’s Lied to Trouble Man, as well as the classics from The Threepenny Opera and Lost in the Stars. This journey through three European languages brings the listener to the very beginnings of jazz, and features all-new arrangements and deft improvisations by pianist Baptiste Trotignon. London-based American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey joins Alpha Classics for several recordings over the coming years.

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Image De Vez en Cuando la Vida. Joan Manuel Serrat y el
‘The memories of my childhood in Argentina always bring me back to the singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat, synonymous with shared family moments . . . Serrat’s poetry and music around a barbecue in Argentina; “De vez en cuando la vida” made me cry as it has made millions of people cry in Latin America, Spain and elsewhere . . . Joan Manuel Serrat is part of our life, he is our Jacques Brel! . . . Or, if we project ourselves back to the sixteenth century, he is in a sense our little Camerata Fiorentina, that movement of Italian poets and musicians in Florence. Serrat has allowed the whole of Latin America and Spain to reappropriate the works of its poets . . . He has also been synonymous with freedom and the struggle against dictatorial regimes. ‘His song “Mediterraneo” is one of the emblematic pieces of his career. It is almost a hymn that has special resonance nowadays: “I was born in the Mediterranean”! ‘I asked my good friend Quito Gato to arrange these songs for our ensemble, Cappella Mediterranea. The orchestration retains typical seventeenth-century instruments: recorders, cornett, violins, viola da gamba, cellos, lutes, harp, harpsichord, organ, with some percussion and a double bass. ‘These period instruments allow us to travel back in time and compare Serrat’s romances with the Ensaladas of Mateo Flecha (1481-1553) – La Bomba – or a piece by Francesco Valls, a Catalan who is now forgotten yet was one of the greatest composers of seventeenth-century Spain, the polyphony of Guillaume Dufay, a composition by Juan Cabanilles that recalls a Bach Passion. The Xacaras, a satirical genre from the Spanish Golden Age (Francisco Gomez de Quevedo, Pedro Calderon de la Barca) dialogues with Serrat’s works. As does the Música callada of the Catalan composer Frederic Mompou, transcribed here for the harp.’ Leonardo Garcia Alarcon

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Image L'Astrée
It would be quite impossible to understand French baroque art of the 17th and 18th centuries without acknowledging the major social impact caused by the publication of l'Astrée, Honoré d'Urfé's, lengthy novel. Published for the first time in 1607, l'Astrée fuelled the imagination of French society for almost two centuries with allegorical fancies filled with shepherds and shepherdesses and their thwarted and impossible love stories. It remains an essential landmark in French cultural, artistic and social history, which will influence the behaviour of the monarchy and the nobility, reaching even Marie-Antoinette, who will « seriously » play at being a shepherdess at her Trianon estate. On the occasion of an international university symposium gathered in Paris in 2007, the Faenza ensemble reconstituted the musical environment of l'Astrée, the subject of this disc, recorded on the site of the creation of the novel, Honoré d'Urfé's castle, in Forez.

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Image Mélodies & Danses Anciennes De Suisse Allemande
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Image Don Quichotte
Corinne & Gilles Benizio
Le Concert Spirituel / Hervé Niquet

The Niquet, Shirley & Dino trio was formed on the occasion of Purcell's King Arthur, a show that marked the lyric stage and the world of the DVD. Five years later, their complicity has been further reinforced, and they present a work close to Hervé Niquet's heart: Boismortier's Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse.

This opera-ballet, written for Carnival and first performed in Paris in 1743, occupies a particular place in Hervé Niquet's career since it was the first work played by Le Concert Spirituel 27 years ago: 'In addition to being composed by a genius of the Enlightenment, this comic opera is a gem of music, wit and humour,' says he.

The wit of the famous Benizio couple is felicitously expressed in this story of which they have rewritten the comedy scenes, which had disappeared: 'From this succession of episodes, one more incongruous than the next, from this incredible accumulation of remarkably constructed gags (Niquet as Don Quichotte, Corinne Benizio/Shirley in a hilarious cantadora number, accompanied by Hervé Niquet with castanets, Gilles/Dino singing - not too badly! - a courtly air with harpsichord whilst the hysterical Duchess bellows in the wings), ensues a perfectly mad show' (ResMusica).

The whole thing with all the necessary strictness in reproducing the music... Worth noting: the performance of the singer-actors and the splendid costumes and sets. A total spectacle filmed at the Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles.

Bonus: a 52-minute documentary on the behind-the-scenes preparation of the production.
Format: DVD - NTSC - DVD9 - stereo
French - Subtitle French/English/ German

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Image 3CD-BOX: Louis XIV - Musiques du Roi-Soleil
On the occasion of the tricentennial of the death of the Sun King, Alpha Classics, boasting a rich catalogue of benchmark Baroque recordings and a collection in partnership with the Château de Versailles, is celebrating A reign full of music. More than any other sovereign of his time, Louis XIV (1638-1715) loved the arts and was responsible for their exceptional development. All disciplines were the object of royal attention, thanks to both the considerable means that the monarch devoted to them and to the structuring of each of the Beaux Arts in an academy. The result was a fantastic harvest of masterpieces, a unique period when most of the disciplines joined forces to work on flagship projects, with unprecedented international repercussions. The artistic France of Louis XIV set the tone for all of Europe.

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Image Calling the Muse (LP)
It’s a logbook, the one I’ve never really kept. My years of blues/rock and early music mingle here; the thousands of kilometres travelled with that theorbo of mine, the cities and the countryside, the railways, the skies, the scents, the lights; but above all, the music of the people. Partite variate sopra quest’aria francese detta l’alemana is a tablature by Piccinini of an aria also called La Monica. In North America in the late nineteenth century, railroad hoboes carved their vagabond pseudonym along the tracks, which they called their ‘moniker’ . . . Corrente VI sopra l’alemana, by the same composer, is the energetic counterpart to the noble and meditative allemande. Like a Belfry is taken from a dream... Rosemary Standley has set her words to the melody and sings them. J. H. Kapsberger’s Toccata nona is associated here with Perivoli Blue. Perivoli is a village in the south of the island of Corfu. Thanks Toumani expresses my fascination with Mandingo music. Bellerofonte Castaldi’s Arpeggiata a mio modo was one of my first challenges on the theorbo. Erik Satie’s Gnossienne no.1 arrived under my fingers without warning and made a place for itself here by fitting in so naturally that I couldn’t say no to it. This is the piece chosen by my photographer friend Richard Dumas (who did the booklet cover and portrait) to make the video clip of the album. With Kapsberger’s Bergamasca, a dance from Bergamo in Italy, the theorbo becomes a festive and agile instrument. Dans la chambre de mon theorbe. Over a passacaglia by J. H. Kapsberger, we hear the actor and author Jean-Luc Debattice reading a poem he dedicated to me. A Tea with Bach is an arrangement of the Minuet from Bach’s Cello Suite no.1. The Toccata Undicesima serves as the introduction to an improvisation: Vos luths. And invokes India. (from the article Carnet de route by Bruno Helstroffer)

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Image Musique de Chambre (3 CD)
The fruitful partnership between the Alpha label, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and the Palazzetto Bru Zane continues with this set of chamber music by Anton Reicha, performed by the musicians of the Chapel, young talents of an exceptionally high standard, ready and willing to take up the challenge of this music.

A key figure of the early nineteenth century, this Czech composer who became a naturalised French citizen did not leave his contemporaries indifferent. Both his music and his theoretical writings set zealous partisans against fierce detractors.

This 3CD set, assembling pieces from different genres and periods, gives an insight into the richness of the composer’s extremely prolific output of chamber music: it illustrates the diversity of the instrumental genres he tackled (sonatas, fugues, études and variations for piano; piano trio, string quartet, string quintet) and a compositional art characterised by perfect mastery – as one would expect from someone trained by Haydn in Vienna between 1802 and 1808 – and by the greatest originality.

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Image Cello Sonatas
Acclaimed for their interpretation of Vivaldi and Barrière's sonatas, Bruno Cocset's Les Basses Réunies return to Italian 18th century music in this recording. The programme, comprising sonatas by Francesco Geminiani, a great traveller who journeyed through Italy, France and England, calls upon a distinguished guest: theorbist and lutist Luca Pianca.

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Image Concertante Works for Violin, Cello & Piano
Soloists of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel: Elina Buksha (violin), Ori Epstein (cello), Lorenzo Gatto (violin), Nathanaël Gouin (piano), Woo Hyung Kim (violin), Vladyslava Luchenko (violin)

Liège Royal Philharmonic / Jean-Jacques Kantorow

Édouard Lalo made his mark on French music with his opera Le Roi d'Ys, but his instrumental output also has considerable historical importance, with its resolutely innovative aims for its time. More specifically, his concertante music rewards the attentive ear with a brilliant, skilfully constructed style, studded with fresh rhythmic and harmonic inventions that renew the melodic and orchestral language of the genre. Under the direction of Jean-Jacques Kantorow, himself a violinist and extremely familiar with this repertory, the Liège Royal Philharmonic places itself at the service of the virtuoso fingers of six young soloists from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel: this anthology provides an opportunity, notably, to renew acquaintance with the violinist Lorenzo Gatto - who recently released a recording of the Beethoven Concerto - in the famous Symphonie espagnole for violin and orchestra. Works such as the powerful Cello Concerto, the elegant Piano Concerto, the folk-influenced Concerto russe and Fantaisie norvégienne, and the sparkling Introduction et Scherzo on themes from Namouna complete this set, which highlights both the work of the prestigious and internationally renowned Belgian nursery for young talent, recently renovated, and a repertory championed by the Palazzetto Bru Zane, which contributed to the realisation of the project.

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Image Lettres Intimes
The Quatuor Voce, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, follows up its two recordings of Mozart with Juliette Hurel (Alpha 204) and Brahms with Lise Berthaud (Alpha 214) by inviting us on a journey to central Europe. The three works recorded here were written over a period of twenty years. Two of them allude to their composer’s love lives. Bartók’s First Quartet might be seen as Beethoven’s Quartet no.17. The intense opening Lento is a lyric-dramatic movement that transposes an unhappy experience of love. No previous quartet had come so close to the Beethovenian ideal. Janácek’s Second Quartet reflects his love for Kamila Stösslová, and is a faithful mirror of emotions in all their spontaneous and constantly shifting authenticity. Schulhoff was one of the first Jewish composers to fall victim to Nazi barbarity. Inventive, omnivorously curious, he was a virtuoso pianist who performed both jazz and serial music. His Five Pieces consist of a suite of dances in different styles, successively Alla Valse viennese, Alla Serenata, Alla Czeca, Alla Tango milonga and Alla Tarantella. (from a text by Bernard Fournier)

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Image À la gloire de Dieu et du Roi
During the reign of Louis XIV (1638-1715) sacred music took three essential forms: the largescale grand motet (specific to the French court), the smaller-scale petit motet, and organ pieces alternating with plainchant. All three forms were brought together at Versailles in the daily celebration of the king's mass. They were also the components of the important religious ceremonies that were held at the principal churches of Paris, such as Notre Dame and the Sainte-Chapelle, which maintained a body of first-rate musicians. Sacred music at Versailles included the ordinary daily office, but also the performance on special occasions of pieces such as the Te Deum. The famous 'pomp' of Versailles, as illustrated by the glorious Te Deum setting by Marc-Antoine Charpentier heard on this recording, involving soloists, a large chorus and an orchestra with trumpets and timpani, co-existed with exceptionally intimate works, such as Lalande's Miserere or the petits motets composed by Du Mont, which illustrate the most personal aspect of French sacred music of the Baroque era. Finally, organ music played a part in religious ceremonies throughout the kingdom, in the cathedrals of the provinces and in the Royal Chapel. At Versailles four organists shared the task of playing the instrument commissioned by Louis XIV, with each one taking a quarter of the year. Francois Couperin and Louis Marchand were among the most famous of the royal organists.

Tracklist :
1. Lebègue : Prélude du Premier Livre d'Orgue [Alpha 950]
2. Charpentier, Te Deum, H. 146_ I. Prélude [Ricercar 245]
3. Te Deum, H. 146_ II. Te Deum laudamus
4. Te Deum, H. 146_ III. Te aeternum Patrem
5. Te Deum, H. 146_ IV. Te per orbem terrarum
6. Te Deum, H. 146_ V. Tu de victo mortis aculeo
7. Te Deum, H. 146_ VI. Te ergo quaesumus
8. Te Deum, H. 146_ VII. AEterna fac sum Sanctis tuis
9. Te Deum, H. 146_ VIII. Dignare Domine
10. Te Deum, H. 146_ IX. In te Domine speravi
11. Couperin : Elevation, Tierce en taille [Alpha 950]
12. Dumont : Cantica Sacra : II. In Lectulo Meo [Ricercar 230]
13. Couperin : Plein Jeu, premier Couplet du Kyrie [Alpha 950]
14. Delalande : Miserere (Dumestre) [Alpha 030]
15. Marchand : Grand Dialogue [Alpha 950 Orgues à Versailles]
16. Dumont : Motet à deux voix : II. In Lectulo Meo [Ricercar 230]
17. Dandrieu : Offertoire sur les Grands Jeux [Alpha 950]
18. Charpentier : Domine Salvum Fac Regem [Alpha 050]

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Image Larmes de Résurrection
In 1623, when the Thirty Years War was raging, Europe was torn apart by the confrontation between Protestant and Catholic peoples. Schütz and Schein, close friends with a deep-rooted Lutheran faith, were thoroughly in accordance with the spirit of their time when they wrote these works imbued with frugality, humility, even austerity. Yet these two great minds were still driven by a burning passion, paradoxically very attached to Italianate style, which is very evident here. With his ensemble La Tempête, Simon-Pierre Bestion has now become established as one of the most creative interpreters on today’s musical scene, revisiting the repertory, juxtaposing works in varying styles and from different periods, as he demonstrated in his first two recordings for Alpha (The Tempest – Diapason d’Or – and Azahar – Choc de Classica). At the head of an exceptional group of performers, equally at home in medieval and contemporary music, he presents here a ‘rewrite’ for a large and colourful orchestra, featuring a Lebanese singer specialising in Byzantine chant in the role of the Evangelist: a radical new take on the ardent mysticism buried in this music, bringing it unexpected vitality and warmth.

kr. 139,95
Image Winterreise
In 1827 Franz Schubert was not in good health. At this time he was living in the house of his friend Franz von Schober. Here Schubert discovered in the pages of an almanac for 1823 the cycle of poems Die Winterreise by Wilhelm Müller.

The tenor Hans Jörg Mammel and Arthur Schoonderwoerd have recorded Winterreise for Alpha. In their performance they have stuck strictly to the tonal scheme of the autograph, which means all the lieder are sung in the keys initially planned by Schubert.

Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor; Arthur Schoonderwoerd, piano

Franz Schubert


1. Gute Nacht

2. Die Wetterfahne

3. Gefrorne Tränen

4. Erstarrung

5. Der Lindenbaum

6. Wasserflut

7. Auf dem Flusse

8. Rückblick

9. Irrlicht

10. Rast

11. Frühlingstraum

12. Einsamkeit

13. Die Post

14. Der greise Kopf

15. Die Krähe

16. Letzte Hoffnung

17. Im Dorfe

18. Der stürmische Morgen

19. Täuschung

20. Der Wegweiser

21. Das Wirtshaus

22. Mut

23. Die Nebensonnen

24. Der Leiermann

kr. 149,95
Image Trobar: Chansons d'amour, de la Vierge à la Dame
This programme of love songs presents pieces from the repertoire of the monastery of St Martial de Limoges, which includes the earliest written polyphonic compositions that influenced Bernard de Ventadour, one of the finest of the troubadour poets and probably the most important musically. Bernard's songs show an idealistic view of courtly love that is very close to the themes that appear frequently in the monastic tropes referring to the Virgin Mary.

kr. 79,95
Image Portrait(s)
This new release comes to us from the winner of the 2015 Musica Antiqua Festival in Bruges, Justin Taylor. The festival is one of the most celebrated harpsichord competitions in the world, and has honored some of the world’s best performers such as Scott Ross, Christophe Roust, Pierre Hantai, and more. + This program me of music comes from the Forqueray family, Antoine, Michel, Jean-Baptiste, and others, all of which are part of a dynasty of French composers, gambists, and organists. + This recital, in addition to painting a portrait of one of the most unique families in music, reflects on the issue of transcription. These suites, which are performed here on the harpsichord, were originally composed for the viola da gamba. This transfer from one instrument to another allows us to focus on the true originality of this music.

kr. 149,95
Image Ad Vesperas
Ensemble Cantar Lontano/Marco Mencoboni

Diego Ortiz - Ad Vesperas

Versiculus : Deus in adiutorium

Antiphona : Ave Maria

Salmo 109 : Dixit Dominus, a 4 alternatim (Diego Ortiz)

Mottectum : Beata es Virgo, a 4 (Diego Ortiz)

Antiphona : In Odorem unguentorum

Salmo 110 : Confitebor, a 4 alternatim (Diego Ortiz)

Mottectum : Dignare me laudare te, a 5 (Diego Ortiz)

Antiphona : Cum esse parvula

Salmo 111 : Beatus Vir, a 4 alternatim (Diego Ortiz)

Mottectum : Ave regina coelorum, a 6 (Diego Ortiz)

Antiphona : Speciosa facta es

Salmo 112 : Laudate Pueri, a 4 alternatim (Diego Ortiz)

Mottectum : Benedicta es celorum, a 7 (Diego Ortiz)

Antiphona : Beata Mater

Salmo 116 : Laudate Dominum, a 4 alternatim (Diego Ortiz)

Mottectum : Regina coeli, a 7 (Diego Ortiz)

Capitulum : Ab inizio et ante saecula

Himnus : Ave Maris Stella a 4 alternatim (Diego Ortiz)

Versus et responsorium : Dignare me

Antiphona : Beatam me dicent

Magnificat, octavi toni alternatim (Diego Ortiz)

Antiphona : Beatam me dicent

Oratio : Concede nos famulos

Versus et responsorium : Benedicamus Domino

Motectum : Salve Regina, a 5 (Diego Ortiz)

kr. 149,95
Image 3CD-BOX: Tancrède
A Baroque West Side Story, Tancrède tells of the absolute but impossible love between two young people brought together by their passion but separated by their origins. We are in the time of the Crusades: Tancredi is the champion of the Frankish army, and Clorinda the passionaria of the Saracen troops. In the labyrinth of sentiments, the magic wand of the sorcerer Isménor confuses the issues, luring the two heroes into the enchanted forest to better prepare their downfall. Dances, choruses and arias merge in a subtle, poetic mixture, magnified by the dialogues sung in the grand tradition of French prosody and the tragédie lyrique. With Tancrède, André Campra established himself as one of the great opera composers between Lully and Rameau.

kr. 255,00
kr. 149,95
Image LES WITCHES: Nobodys Jig
kr. 119,95
Image How pleasand 'tis to Love
Scherzi Musicali / Nicolas Achten

Few of the many recordings devoted to Henry Purcell have succeeded in capturing all the richness and diversity of musical instruments of the late 17th century. Here well-known pieces by Purcell played take on an entirely new and unexpected colouring, while also serving to highlight the theatricality of the vocal airs.

kr. 149,95
Image Vespro della beata Vergine

Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner

In 1610, Monteverdi gave his Vespers for the Virgin in Mantua before conquering the Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice. This was the first great sacred masterpiece of the Baroque. Following the brilliant Orfeo (1607), the Vespers borrow its opening fanfare and positioned Monteverdi as the leading composer of his time.

J. E. Gardiner founded the Monteverdi Choir, one of the world's finest choruses, specifically for this work, which he conducted for the first time in 1964 and subsequently recorded twice. With the present recording, where the image ideally accompanies the music, J. E. Gardiner wanted to make more perceptible the spatialisation that characterized Venetian music, by using the specific architecture and different levels of the Chapelle Royale at Versailles.

kr. 319,95
Image Carnets de voyages

The works of the French lutenist and composer Charles Tessier give evidence of his vast curiosity and extensive travels in the years around 1600. He achieved a happy balance in his works between the different cultures of his time, with popular songs and refined airs de cour, a mixture of rusticity and delicacy that reflects the tastes of the court of Henri IV.
With this recording Le Poème Harmonique and Vincent Dumestre invite us to take a look at the travels and the encounters that enriched the joyful works of this very interesting composer.

Claire Lefilliâtre, sopran

Bruno le Levreur, countertenor

Jan van Elsacker, tenor

Arnaud Marzorati, bass

Le Poème Harmonique/Vincent Dumestre
Charles Tessier

Carnets de voyages

1. Chansons turcquesques

2. Air espagnol : No ay en la tierra

3. Chanson suisseee : Mattone mie care

4. Bransle de village

5. Bransle de Lorraine

6. Junckfraw deine schöne gstalt erfreüt mich sehr (Hassler)

7. Pavana del Sgr. Guilhelmo Keudelio

8. Madonna di Coucagna

9. Vita di voria dar

10. Air de court : Me voilà hors du naufrage

11. The earle of Essex galiard (Dowland)

12. Burth foth my tears (Dowland)

13. Les Gascons

14. Chanson : Je suis par trop longtemps pucelle

15. Air de court : Quand le flambeau du monde

kr. 149,95
Image Une flute invisible

The story begins one evening and ends the following morning; it is divided into six ‘scenes’, each beginning with a piece for solo piano from Debussy's Epigraphes antiques and containing pieces by various composers, forming a conversation between a man (tenor) and a woman (soprano), with the flute sometimes joining in, sometimes performing alone.

Sandrine Piau, soprano

Hervé Lamy, tenor

Gilles de Talhouët, flute

Arthur Schoonderwoerd, piano

Une flûte invisible: Musique française à l'aube du XXe siècle

Claude Debussy

1. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'été

Andrée Caplet

2. Petite valse

Claude Debussy

3. La Flûte de Pan

4. Pour la danseuse aux crotales

Albert Roussel

5. Pan

Benjamin Godard

6. Viens

Claude Debussy

7. Pour que la nuit soit propice

8. La chevelure

Albert Roussel

9. Rossignol, mon mignon

Gabriel Pierné

10. Les trois chansons

Claude Debussy

11. Pour l'Egyptienne

Andrée Caplet

12. Rêverie

Claude Debussy

13. Le Faune (Verlaine)

Camille Saint-Saëns

14. Une flûte invisible

Claude Debussy

15. Pour un tombeau sans nom

16. Le tombeau des Naïades

17. La Flûte de Pan (Syrinx)

Andrée Caplet

18. Viens! Une flûte invisible soupire

Claude Debussy

19. Pour remercier la pluie au matin

Andrée Caplet

20. Écoute, mon coeur!

Albert Roussel

21. Ciel, aer et vens...

Camille Saint-Saëns

23. Viens!

kr. 149,95
kr. 79,95
Image Dardanus
Bernard Richter, Gaëlle Arquez, João Fernandes, Benoit Arnould, Alain Buet, Sabine Devieilhe, Emmanuelle De Negri & Romain Champion

Ensemble Pygmalion / Raphaël Pichon

Alpha's reissue of Ensemble Pygmalion's version of Dardanus, conducted by Raphaël Pichon and recorded in the majestic acoustics of the Opéra Royal at Versailles Palace. This set won multiple awards on its first release.

kr. 149,95
Image L'isle joyeuse, Images Book I, Etudes Book II & Es
Well known for his interpretations of the works of Frédéric Chopin and Serge Rachmaninov, appearing on concert platforms the world over, the great Argentinian pianist Nelson Goerner is joining the Zig-Zag Territoires label. 'Obviously, from the performer of these pieces - of all the pieces on this disc -, one will expect mastery and sensitivity. But even more is necessary: gifts of a colourist; an imagination of the settings; a vision of the sound planes and space. And also, for these pieces that are heirs to and the summary of such a glorious tradition, it also calls for broad knowledge and culture of the piano repertoire. The performer of the Etudes stands at the arrival of an itinerary, that of the keyboard "en blanc et noir". He must know everything and play almost everything. Nelson Goerner is that performer.' (Dominique Jameux)

kr. 139,95
Image Symphony No. 4 / Concerto for Orchestra
NDR Symphony Orchestra / Krzysztof Urbanski

Since 2015, Krzysztof Urbanski has been principal guest conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg, one of the leading German orchestras. They are currently preparing together the inauguration in January 2017 of Hamburg's new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, a major musical event in Germany with which Alpha Classics will be associated. Krzysztof Urbanski is also music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. A resolutely international career for a young conductor who recently earned praise from the Chicago Tribune for 'his keen musical instincts and vigorous way of translating his ideas into orchestral sound that has both shape and meaning'.

For this first recording, he was keen to celebrate a great composer, one of the most eminent of the twentieth century and a Pole like himself, who, like Stravinsky, Bartók, Berg, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, gloried in the sound material of the orchestra and displayed boundless imagination. Though less well known than his illustrious colleagues for the moment, Lutoslawski amply deserves to meet a wider public, for his music can speak as directly to connoisseurs as to simple music-lovers. We hope that this programme will help to further his reputation.

kr. 149,95
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