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Image 5CD-BOX: IX Symphonies
Beethoven's nine symphonies -- composed between 1800 and 1824 -- are true cornerstones of the classical canon. Marking an irrefutable turning point in the history of music, they transformed audiences' expectations of the symphony and influenced the genre's future development through their experimental, dramatic and expressive weight. Conductors have long been drawn to the profundity of these works: a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies is viewed as one of the ultimate challenges in the repertoire, and the performances in this set are undoubtedly among the greatest to have been recorded, illuminating the skill of the Staatskapelle Dresden and Herbert Blomstedt, one of the most distinguished conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Recordings made in Lucaskirche, Dresden, 1975-1980.

kr. 149,95
Image The Song Collection
Schuberts song cycle Winterreise is recognised as being one of his greatest works, darker and more complex than Die schöne Mullerin. Wilhelm Mullers poetry, recounting the tale of a lovesick wanderer, has admittedly never been acclaimed as more than somewhat banal; moving, at best, but hardly reaching the literary heights of Goethe. However, it takes on new heights when matched with Schuberts music, elevated to a whole new art form. Indeed, it is notably more mature than Die schöne Mullerin; Schuberts predilection for through-composition rather than a strophic structure and his masterful use of major-minor colouring reveals his confidence in his writing, as he moves decisively away from older forms based on Beethoven and Mozart, foreshadowing the Wagnerian era. Schuberts last works before his tragically early death at the age of 31 Lieder on poetry by Heine and Rellstab were gathered together by his publisher with the addition of Die Taubenpost to create chwanengesang. The composers Swan Song is therefore not so much a coherent song cycle in the style of Winterreise, but still contains some of the composers most original music, borne of Schuberts encounter with Heinrich Heines poetry, which deals primarily with the theme of loves torment. This release also includes various other Lieder chosen from the 600 Schubert composed throughout his life. Inspired by his close friendships with poets of the day, Schubert set several songs to words by Johann Mayrhofer and Franz von Schober. Although similar themes of love and loss tend to appear frequently, Schubert manages to make one love song quite unlike another, exemplifying fully why he deserves his reputation as master of Lieder writing.This release brings together old recordings by stalwart Schubert interpreters Robert Holl and Ellen van Lier, accompanied by Konrad Richter, David Lutz and Naum Grubert (a mature, thoughtful Schubertian, Gramophone).

kr. 199,95
Image Piano Music (4CD-box)
"He is the father, we are the sons," said Mozart of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. This statement reveals just how venerated a figure the latter composer was in his day - to the extent that much of Haydn's musical apprenticeship was based on the study of his works. Today he is hailed as the forefather of the First Viennese School: a composer who was instrumental in the development of the empfindsamer Stil, which sought to express 'true' or 'natural' feelings in music.

C.P.E. Bach is perhaps best known for his cultivation of the keyboard sonata; here, however, we have the opportunity to delve into a lesser-known facet of his output: Recorder Concertos and chamber music. The works abound in invention of the upmost quality, all the while exhibiting a wide emotional range and intensity of expression; from the highly virtuosic Flute Concerto in D minor Wq22 (where more space is devoted to the dialogue between flute and orchestra) to the Sonata Wq108 for harpsichord, with a flute and string accompaniment - and in which the lead instrument is relegated to a discreet role, thus echoing the transition stage in which the harpsichord gradually gave way to the ensemble score - these pieces join together in revealing the composer's forward-thinking, not to mention highly accessible, style.

Brilliant regulars Stefano Bagliano (recorder) and Federico Guglielmo (violin) are among the talented array of artists featured on this recording - all of whom perform under the ensemble name 'Collegium Pro Musica', a period performance-oriented group which has elicited much praise since its founding in 1990.

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Image Complete Organ Music, Vol. 1 (4CD-box)
Stefano Molardi is shaping his recorded survey of Bach's complete organ music as self-sufficient and musically satisfying recitals which, disc by disc, explore the diverse styles at the composer's disposal, the flexible usage to which he, the ultimate 'compleat musician', puts 'his' instrument through its paces, and the different liturgical demands which he was required to meet during the course of his career as he moved from church to court and back again. Grand Weimar- and Leipzig-composed preludes and fugues rub shoulders with intricate trio sonatas which he had initially conceived as chamber music, and between them nestle intimate chorales from his Cöthen days.

Accordingly, Molardi makes full use of the potential flexibility of his chosen Trost organ in the Stadtkirche 'Zur Gotteshilfe' in Waltershausen, deep in the provincial heart of Thuringia. This is Bach country, and although the organ has been periodically restored since it was finally inaugurated in 1755, almost 30 years after the work was begun, it retains the classic characteristics of its age and situation: a thorough restoration in 1998 returned the instrument to its original glory.

Born in Cremona, Molardi has undertaken a Renaissance career as not only organist but harpsichordist, conductor and scholar, not only at home in the rarified confines of early music but a virtuoso who has performed the complete organ works of Liszt and Franck and made an extraordinary recording of Verdi arranged for organ. These Bach discs are, perhaps appropriately, less overtly spectacular but no less imaginative in their rhythmic and coloristic response.

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Image 3CD-BOX: Complete Symphonies
"This is an unfailingly warm-hearted, fullblooded Brahmsian sound and seems to represent a genuine attempt at redirecting the modern symphony orchestra towards the sort of sound-mix Brahms himself is likely to have heard." (Christopher Howell, MusicWeb International)

Amongst the standard performances for this repertoire, here conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the current music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Great performances by 2 of the best Dutch orchestras, both were under his artistic leadership for years. This mainstream repertoire for all classical music lovers should be in your library anyhow.

A must-have for Brahms addicts.Van Zweden, with his famous string background shows his skills and brings us a very balanced performance.

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Image 6CD-BOX: Choral Works
Brahms's choral music ranges from the severe magnificence of the Fest- und Gedenk-sprüche to the ravishing opulence of the Op.17 Songs for female voices, horns and harp. Brahms conducted amateur choirs throughout his professional life, both as a useful source of income and because he enjoyed his contact with enthusiastic, amateur music-makers, not least the ladies in his various choirs. It also gave him a chance to explore music of former eras, by Bach, Schütz, Buxtehude and more, which Brahms considered a vital part of his musical heritage and which, practically speaking, he was bringing back to life in a culture that barely knew its own history. We may with some justice speak of Brahms the period-instrument pioneer.

These splendid modern performances come from a choir of a similar size to the one Brahms would have recognised, and are directed by the experienced choral trainer Nicol Matt.

Other information
- CD-ROM with notes and texts

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Image 6CD-BOX: Complete Concerti Grossi
Ensemble Violini Capricciosi / Igor Ruhadze, solo violin & leader

Virtuosity, showy improvisation and stratospherically high violin playing are the characteristics of Baroque composer Pietro Antonio Locatelli's theatrical concerti grossi for soloists and ripieno. While concerti grossi from this time could usually be divided into two types, 'da camera' and 'da chiesa' - with the former containing more dance movements - Locatelli went down his own distinct path, creating a new model more like that of Torelli. His ripieno section was larger than the traditional accompanying group, and his slow movements contained drawn-out notes over which the first violinist or harpsichordist was free to improvise. Indeed, one harpsichord passage in Op.7 is so extraordinarily virtuosic that Locatelli labelled it 'ad libitum', presumably to avoid frightening the amateur musician.

The Concerto Grosso is a popular Baroque form, in which two instrumental groups complete against each other: a small group of soloists and the tutti of the orchestral group. It is the forerunner of the solo concerto form, which features only one solo instrument.

This set present the complete Concerti Grossi by Pietro Antonio Locatelli, modelled on the popular concerti grossi of his teacher Corelli. The writing, as might be expected from Locatelli the devil violinist, is highly virtuosic and brilliant, inventive in harmony and counterpoint, written to impress and entertain.

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Image Folk Song Arrangements
Although Beethoven ranks as one of the most celebrated Western classical composers of all time, some of his works remain surprisingly obscure. His folksong arrangements certainly garner less attention than his original songs, but there are nonetheless several gems among the collections.The settings are in a fascinating position of straddling two very different traditions: as folk songs, the emphasis is on the melody, as they were traditionally sung unaccompanied. Beethoven, however, transposed them into the Classical tradition, carefully rescoring them with standard Western classical harmony and thereby making them accessible to new European audiences. They were designed to be easy enough for amateurs to perform, but while they are indeed less complex than Beethovens original songs, they are no less mundane; Beethovens publisher George Thomson actually complained that Beethovens bold and daring settings, with their extended introductions and at times unusual harmonies, were too difficult for his market. Beethovens English was nonexistent, and he communicated with Thomson in French.However, when setting the folk songs he was adamant that Thomson explain the meaning behind the texts, refusing to compose without understanding the context. He also referred to the folk songs as compositions rather than settings, showing how seriously he took his task. This dedication shines through in the music: Beethoven takes inspiration from the rustic melodies and simple words to conceive works that are certainly worthy of the concert hall.The recordings here have been made over the course of several years, and feature such renowned singers as Dorothee Wohlgemuth, Antonia Bourvé, Georg Poplutz and Eberhard Büchner, accompanied by the Berliner Solistenchor, Brahms Trio and members of the Radio Chorus Leipzig, with experienced conductor Horst Neumann at the helm.

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Image Complete Harpsichord Music (6 CD)
The son of the peerless Johann Sebastian, Wilhelm Friedemann was the least famous Bach of his time. Yet he is now regarded by some as the most brilliant of the Bach children, and is occasionally reported to have been his father's favourite. A master of numerous different keyboard instruments, he was not particularly prolific, and of his 100 or so known works, many remained unprinted until the 20th century.

The pieces that do survive and which feature on this recording are brilliantly virtuosic and at the same time quirkily expressive, always striving for originality in ways that ran against the established modi operandi of Bach's day. In fact, the composer was so committed to allowing the musical complexity that came naturally to him to flower fully that, unlike his more business-minded brothers, he resisted adapting his style to suit amateur musicians. In addition, his fantasias, in particular, give us a glimpse into
what must have been an impressive flair for improvisation. Alternately witty, cerebral, imaginative, emotive, dark and effervescent, and always challenging, this is not music for the faint-hearted performer.

Enter Claudio Astronio, a keyboard-player and conductor with a career that also spans jazz and pop music. For this album, Astronio has chosen to record all of W.F. Bach's keyboard works – which were never assigned to a particular instrument – on the harpsichord (with the exception of four miniatures played on the organ), rendering this recording a truly unique homage to the composer. Fanfare magazine has praised Astronio's "ability to convey the character and emotional dynamic of a vocal line" as "incredibly beautiful, sensitive and deeply touching".

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was the least famous son of the great Johann Sebastian in his time. Yet reportedly he was his father’s favourite, and he was regarded as the most original and innovative of his offspring.
Wilhelm Friedemann left relatively little music, and much was only published only in the 20th century. He was an extraordinary keyboard player, which is shown in his works for the harpsichord, a collection of sonatas, fantasias, fugues and dances. His amazing improvisation skills are reflected in his style: original, witty, clever, sometimes dark and always full of imagination they are uncompromisingly challenging, a far cry from the charming and pleasing works of his brother Johann Christian (the London Bach). This is the first complete recording of Wilhelm Friedemann’s keyboard works on 6 CD’s, a tour de force by Italian Claudio Astronio, conductor, organist, harpsichordist, musicologist, an amazing artist with an open mind, pioneer in Early Music with a fondness of pop and jazz as well. “Astronio’s ability to convey the character and emotional dynamic of a vocal line is incredibly beautiful, sensitive and deeply touching” wrote Fanfare, America’s classical magazine.

Recorded in Italy in 2015–2017.
Features previously unpublished scores from the Vilnius manuscript.
Contains liner notes and a biography of the artist.

kr. 199,95
Image 5CD-BOX: Choral Classics from Cambridge
This set of 5 CDs showcases the celebrated choral music tradition that is at the heart of Cambridge's Clare College, King's College and St John's College. Featuring a collection of popular choral favourites from composers such as Mozart, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Purcell, and an in-depth exploration of Renaissance lamentations, this set also features a recording of Evensong and Vespers at King's, evoking the college's tradition of daily choral singing.

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Image 5CD-BOX: Novecento Guitar Sonatas
A fascinating survey of 20th century sonatas written for solo guitar.Another great and original project of guitarist Cristiano Porqueddu, a point of Reference for the new generation of guitarists, bringing together a wide range of guitar sonatas by Baev, Biberian, Cavallone, Manén, Migot, Gilardino, Rózsa and Porqueddu himself. A journey through wildly differing styles, from Impressionism to Expressionism, from the simple to the complex, from the folkloristic and descriptive to absolute music.A most compelling collection placing the guitar on absolute par with other classical instruments something to be treated seriously, wrote Musicweb about Porqueddus collection of Novecento Preludes (BC 9292), and that applies also to this new set of sonatas, an important collection for scholars, guitarists and music lovers alike.Liner notes written by Cristiano Porqueddu.

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Image The Song Of A Life, Vol. 1 (5 CD)
This release marks the beginning of an exciting new series: the complete songs by Paolo Tosti. Paolo Tosti worked in poverty as a music teacher till he met the influential composer Giovanni Sgambati, who became his mentor. He introduced Tosti to Princess Margherita of Savoy, who later became queen of Italy. She was impressed by him and appointed him as royal music teacher. In 1875 Tosti went to London where his fame spread, and he was made Singing Master of the Royal Family.Tosti is known for his vast quantity of light, expressive songs, which are characterized by natural, singable melodies of a charming and sweet sentiment. They became immensely popular and Tosti made a fortune with them. This new project, a huge enterprise, is produced by the Tosti Institute in Italy, presenting an impressive line of excellent Italian singers: Monica Bacelli, Valentina Mastrangelo, Maura Menghini, David Sotgiu, Nunzio Fazzini, Romina Casucci, and many more. Pianists include Marco Scolastra and Roberto Rupo. Complete sung texts are available on the Brilliant Classics website.

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Image 5CD-BOX: Complete Piano Works
5 CD set. Almost half of the content are premiere recordings. The set includes Fanfare (1894) of which the sheet music was lost. Fortunately an old copy has been found again by Marco Rapetti in Germany.

The Russian late Romantic composer Anatoly Lyadov is somewhat overlooked compared to his famous contemporaries, although Modest Mussorgsky had tipped him for greatness: "A genuine talent! Easy, natural, daring, fresh and powerful..." Lyadov's work shows great precision and attention to detail, but he did not fulfil his potential, because he was also unreliable, very self-critical, and totally lacking in ambition.

This superb five-CD set of Lyadov's Complete Works for Piano features many first recordings, and reveals as never before his wonderful contribution to this repertoire. His piano works form the largest part of his output, and his idiomatic writing for the keyboard proves that he was an accomplished pianist. His style was firmly rooted in the European romantic tradition, particularly the music of Schumann and Chopin, but he also liked to include traditional Russian and Polish themes. He was not interested in sonata form and none of his piano works are very long. In fact his two major piano Works are sets of variations. He composed a large number of charming piano miniatures, the most famous being the enchanting Musical Snuffbox, a regular encore piece, and the delightful Marionettes.Many of these intimate, polished little jewels are minor masterpieces, and deserve to be a regular part of the piano repertoire.There are also joint compositions, such as the ingenious cycle of piano Paraphrases written together with Borodin, Cui and Rimsky-Korsakov, all members of the so-called Mighty Handful set of composers. Scriabin's harmonic vocabulary provided the model for Lyadov's later works, including the Four Pieces Op.4.

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Image 5CD-BOX: Piano Variations
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Image The Romantic Cello
This invaluable survey of that most Romantic of instruments includes both the classic concertos of the era, by Dvorak and Saint-Saens, as well as a generous selection of encores and showpieces, performed by a variety of cellists from this and earlier generations. Including Zara Nelsova, in whose classic interpretation of the Dvorak one may readily hear the admiration evinced by the composer's friend Brahms who, on hearing the work, remarked that he would have composed a concerto for the instrument himself had he realised the possibilities inherent in a combination that may present certain problems of balance, pitting the mellow voice of the solo instrument against a full orchestra, but that yet may be overcome through a sensitive songfulness that came beautifully and naturally to Dvorak. Brahms, of course, can be considered to have made good his omission with the late flowering of the Double Concerto. His expansive E minor Sonata is here, alongside the deft turns of Mendelssohn's first sonata (in a performance by Luca Fiorentini on a rare Strad cello), as well as more lyrical sonatas by Chopin and Rachmaninoff, treasured by cellists for their juicy melodies and the opportunity to engage with the idioms of composers who largely wrote for the piano.The last disc opens with perhaps the most famous of all cello encores, The Swan, from Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals, which seems perfectly to capture the potential both for melancholy and for imitation of the human voice which places the cello alone among the string family.

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Image Piano Music
Repetition of motifs within a composition is nothing new: Soler's Fandango, Bach's Chaconne and Pachelbel's Canon, to name just three examples, all make use of it. But for Dutch composer Jeroen van Veen it is the most important element - the essence, as it were - of music. Rooted in tonality, and subject to the interaction and choices of the performers, it can prove immensely powerful.

Indeed, it was on this premise that van Veen launched his compositional career with two volumes of 24 Minimal Preludes; this exciting 5-CD release contains follow-up pieces to those works, ones that reflect the composer's approach to music as the structuring of LEGO® bricks - the individual components that create variation within a composition. As well as Incanto - a series of compositions for two or more keyboards in which the music develops slowly, utilising techniques such as fluctuation of speed - the release also includes NLXL, a musical illustration of Holland's landscape patterns as seen from the air, based on a book of the same name by Dutch photographer Karel Tomeï. The work is created by way of a multitrack recording with a variety of keyboard instruments, with large segments versus smaller segments of The Netherlands' landscape expressed through longer and shorter note values.

The composer himself is the main performer here, assisted by Frank Steijens on the carillon and his wife for works requiring four hands or two pianos. Described as 'the leading exponent of minimalism in Holland today', van Veen's hypnotic, trance-inducing music makes for an experience unlike any other, transporting the listener to 'another place' through ever-changing soundscapes.

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Image 5CD-BOX: Sonatas
Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord
Michelangelo Carbonara, piano
Luigi Attademo, guitar
Godelieve Schrama, harp
Mie Miki, accordion

Baroque powerhouse Domenico Scarlatti - son of the great Alessandro Scarlatti and born in 1600, the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Friderich Handel - wrote an enormous 555 keyboard sonatas. These were mostly to be performed on the harpsichord, although several sources suggest that he may have also written some for the fortepiano at the Spanish court, where he was employed from 1733. The universal appeal of these sonatas - containing Scarlatti's trademark influence of Iberian folk music and dances - is such that they have been pushed beyond the boundaries of the intended instrument, and thus the recording also boasts performances of selected sonatas on the harp and accordion, bringing these wonderful sonatas into the 21st century.

Each of the performers on the recording are leading interpreters on their instrument. The awards that the performers have won include prizes at the Schubert International Piano Competition (Michelangelo Carbonara), Leipzig Bach Harpsichord Competition (Pieter-Jan Belder), the Concours International d'Exécution Musicale (Luigi Attademo), as well as the RecordAcademy Award (Mie Miki) and the Dutch Music Prize (Godelieve Schrama) This collection boasts a handpicked selection of these for harpsichord, piano, guitar, harp and accordion.

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Image 5CD-BOX: Sonaten fur Kenner und Liebhaber
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Image 4CD-BOX: Complete Organ Music, Vol. 4
Stefano Molardi, organ


The fourth volume in Stefano Molardi's authoritative collection of J.S. Bach's organ works, this four CD release brings together some of the German composer's most famous music. Chief among these is the Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565; with its unforgettable opening bars - doubled in the octave - flourished chromaticism, pauses and arpeggios on the diminished seventh, the piece has consistently drawn much critical attention. Some scholars have debated whether it was originally written for the violin, thanks to its astonishing virtuosity and use of parallel thirds and sixths, and others have questioned whether the composition was even penned by Bach himself.

Also included on this release are the 'Neumeister' chorales; assembled by Johann Gottfried Neumeister in the 18th century, the collection wasn't actually published until the 1980s, with the result that these little recorded preludes still have plenty of room for a new interpretation.

Most impressive of all is the range of styles Bach covers in his organ works; from the northern toccata style - which the composer began to utilise after a stay in Lübeck - a working of several intricate fugues finished with a toccata style coda, to the mid German Sangerhausen style, featuring unusually dissonant harmonisations. Stefano Molardi has chosen the Thielemann organ in Gräfenhain, Thuringia, especially for this release; dating from the 1720s and therefore from the time of the composer himself, its captures the spirit of the great composer's age, lending a certain authenticity to the performances and allowing for a vast range of styles both grand and intimate.

This 4th and last instalment of Bach's Complete Organ Works by Stefano Molardi contains some of the most famous organ works by the master: the iconic Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565, the complete Neumeister Chorales, and suitably finishing with one of the most shattering and original organ works ever written: the monumental Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582.

The performances by Italian master organist Stefano Molardi have gained great international acclaim, most recently highly praised in BBC 3 CD Review. Playing on historical organs from the time of Bach (here on a magnificent 1720 Thielemann organ in Gräfenhain, Germany) he combines his scholarly historical knowledge with his deep understanding of the underlying human emotions of these eternal masterpieces.

The booklet contains excellent liner notes, as well as the full specifications of the organ used.

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Image 4CD-BOX: Canto Ostinato
Canto Ostinato by Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt is becoming one of the most important, iconic, and most frequently performed piece of Minimal Music of our time.This particular performance is the longest ever, lasting more than 4 hours. It uses the rich recourses of 4 grand pianos and organ, creating near endless possibilities of variation.Performed by the Champion of Minimal Music Jeroen van Veen and his minimal friends, who already recorded very successfully for Brilliant Classics: Arvo Pärt, Ludovico Einaudi, Satie, and two 10CD sets with the Minimal Piano Music Collection.

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Image The Song of a Life, Vol. 2 (4 CD)
With this second volume of Tosti’s songs, Brilliant Classics takes listeners just half-way through a prodigious, career-long output, in which the key-notes are unfailingly memorable melody, lively charm and a gift for story-telling that rivals the very greatest song-writers past and present, from Schubert to Dylan. Many of his songs have never been recorded, so this set makes a unique contribution to the catalogue. The booklet contains an extensive introduction to the project by Francesco Sanvitale, the scholar who devised the project and in whose memory it is being gradually realised and published after his untimely death in 2014. There are a few French songs on Vol 2, reflecting Tosti’s great popularity in Paris, but most of the texts here are by Italian poets, mostly contemporaries such as D’Annunzio and Panzacchi. The discs work chronologically through the decade 1886-1895, during which time he was singing teacher to the English royal family. Perhaps in deference to his pupils, there are songs by the likes of Longfellow and Weatherly: the last disc concludes with his delicately wistful setting of In the Hush of the Night. The first volume on Brilliant Classics BC95201) of this extraordinary project won wide critical praise. ‘All the singers are careful over nuances,’ remarked MusicWeb International. ’Tosti’s songs have, through the years, been bawled out of recognition by leather-lunged tenors, and it is a blessing to hear so many beautiful pianissimos and diminuendos in this repertoire. The accompaniments are discreet and the recording is well-balanced and natural-sounding.’ This set will be an essential acquisition for all lovers of art-song. The booklet includes liner notes in English and Italian, the sung texts are available on the Brilliant Classics website. This is the second instalment of a huge enterprise, a world premiere: the recording of the complete songs by Tosti! Paolo Tosti (1846-1916) worked in poverty as a music teacher till he met the influential composer Giovanni Sgambati, who became his mentor. He introduced Tosti to Princess Margherita of Savoy, who became later queen of Italy. She was impressed by him and appointed him as royal music teacher. In 1875 Tosti went to London where his fame spread, and he was made Singing Master of the Royal family. Tosti is known for his vast quantity of light, expressive songs, which are characterised by natural, singable melodies of a charming and sweet sentiment. They became immensely popular and Tosti made a fortune with them. This new project is produced by the Tosti Institute in Italy, presenting an impressive line of excellent Italian singers: Monica Bacelli, Desirée Rancatore, Jurgita Adamonité, Piotr Lempa, Mark Milhofer, Benedetta Torre, Eugene Villanueva, the pianists include Marco Scolastra, Antonio Ballista, Luisa Prayer and Marco Moresco.

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Image Sacred Music (4 CD)
Dufay Ensemble

4 CD with sacred vocal music by a master of the Flemish School of Polyphonists, Jakobus Vaet (1529-1567).

Little is known about Vaet’s early years. We find him as Kapellmeister of the Hapsburg emperor Maximilian II in Vienna, where he was in high regard.

Vaet may be considered the link between Josquin Desprez and Palestrina. His polyphony, influenced by Clemens non Papa and Orlando di Lasso, is highly cultivated, and allows some daring dissonances. This substantial collection contains Masses, Motets, a Magnificat and a Requiem.

Excellent performances by the Dufay Ensemble, conducted by Eckehard Kiem, previously issued on the Ars Musici label, and awarded with several international prizes, among which a Diapason d’Or.

The booklet contains extensive liner notes and the original texts.

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Image Pièces de Viole, Book 5 (4CD-box)
It is surprising that so little is known about Marin Marais today, as he could be considered one of the most important French composers of the Baroque period. Born in 1656, the son of a shoemaker, Marais spent his entire life in Paris. His musical career began when he joined the choir of the Sainte-Chapelle, but when his voice broken he decided to learn the viol, studying with the renowned bass viol player Sainte-Colombe, who had a profound influence on the young Marais. Marais went on to enter the royal orchestra and the orchestra of the Académie Royale de musique, where he performed and studied composing under Jean-Baptiste Lully. He was hailed as the greatest bass viol player of his time, and is said to have played the viol 'like an angel'.

Marais's vast output for the viol (over 800 pieces!) is astonishingly varied, original and affecting - no other composer has written so many works of such high quality for the instrument. The fifth and final book of Pièces de viole showcases Marais's art at its most mature and sophisticated, and includes a wider range of musical forms and techniques than the previous four books. Although the fifth book contains many of the conventional dance forms that listeners would expect to hear in a Baroque suite, there are many remarkable descriptive pieces that justify the claim that Marais was the first composer of programme music. A particularly striking example is the 'Tableau de l'Opération de la Taille' from the final Suite: an extraordinarily detailed musical depiction of an operation to remove a gall stone that the composer underwent!

These captivating suites are brought to life in vivid performances by acclaimed chamber musicians and early music specialists Rainer Zipperling, Ghislaine Wauters and Pieter-Jan Belder.

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Image 4CD-BOX: O Magnum Mysterium
Music in 14th century Europe was dominated by the composers working in the Low Countries, or what we now call The Netherlands and Belgium and Northern France. Dufay was born in Cambrai, but went to Italy in the 1420s to work in Bologna, and eventually became a member of the Papal choir before returning to Cambrai. Josquin Desprez was from Flanders, and moved to Milan in 1460, and like Dufay became a member of the Papal choir, before moving to Cambrai. He was one of the first composers to benefit from the printing of music and his reputation traveled far and wide as a result. His music is beautifully crafted, and he attempted to convey in music the inner meaning of the words -- one of the earliest instances of a composer exploring the expressive possibilities of text and music. Ockeghem was born in Dendermonde, and he traveled to Spain and throughout Flanders. His music, like Josquin's is superbly crafted, with intricate rhythmic sections, and a seamless flow of counterpoint.

These 4CDs contain major works by these great composers of the early Rennaissance, plus works by several of their contemporaries. A CD-ROM contains extensive notes and texts.

Other information:
- Recordings made in 1973-88
- CD-ROM with notes and texts

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Image 4CD-BOX: Complete Keyboard Music
Manuel Tomadin, organ, fortepiano, harpsichord

This 4CD set contains the complete keyboard music by Domenico Alberti, a First Recording!

Domenico Alberti lived a short but very productive life, from 1710 to 1740. He was famous as a composer, cembalo player and singer (the world famous castrato Farinelli heard him sing, and recognised in him a fearful rival).

Alberti's claim to fame is his 'discovery' of the so-called Alberti-bass: the accompanying left hand chord broken in a certain way (like c-g-e-g etc). This figure forms the basis of the Viennese classical style, and was used by all composers of keyboard sonatas and sonatinas.

Alberti's Sonatas and Toccatas are in two movements, the first an allegro in free form, followed by a mellow andante in arioso style.

In order to achieve maximum variety, Manuel Tomadin performs these works on three instruments: an historic organ (1773 Francesco Dacci organ), a harpsichord and a fortepiano.

Manuel Tomadin has already recorded successfully for Brilliant Classics, notably the Leipziger Chorale by Bach (BC94456).

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Image 4CD-BOX: Organ Music Vol. 2
With the second volume of this complete survey of the greatest organ music ever written, we reach the summit of Bachs output for his own instrument, the Clavierübung, a set of intricate chorale preludes structured as an organ mass and bookended by his grandest prelude and fugue, BWV552, with its magnificent French Overturestyle prelude and inexorably pressing fugue known as the St Anne toAnglophone listeners on account of the melodys superficial (and coincidental) similarity to a hymntune of the same name.But Molardi offers much more on this generous selection, which does not slavishly group works according to genre but offers satisfying juxtapositions of style and mood while concentrating on the mature Leipzig period from which derives Clavierübung III, and including more preludes and fugues of protoRomantic weight of expression, climaxing in the tragic energy of the B minor pair, BWV544, which is fully worthy of itscounterpart that ends the first part of the WellTempered Clavier. In between come more chorale preludes, mostly withdrawn and reflective in tone.Molardi plays two instruments of a size and colour that would have been wellknown to Bach himself, including a splendid Dresden instrument by the nonpareil of contemporary organbuilders, Gottfried Silbermann. With its modern recording techniques, imaginative programming, virtuosic playing and thoughtful booklet notes by Molardi himself, this cycle promises to be a definitive set of Bach organ works forour times.With the second volume of this complete survey of the greatest organ music ever written, we reach the summit of Bachs output for his own instrument, the Clavierübung, a set of intricate chorale preludes structured as an organ mass and bookended by his grandest prelude and fugue, BWV552, with its magnificent French Overturestyle prelude and inexorably pressing fugue known as the St Anne toAnglophone listeners on account of the melodys superficial (and coincidental) similarity to a hymntune of the same name.But Molardi offers much more on this generous selection, which does not slavishly group works according to genre but offers satisfying juxtapositions of style and mood while concentrating on the mature Leipzig period from which derives Clavierübung III, and including more preludes and fugues of protoRomantic weight of expression, climaxing in the tragic energy of the B minor pair, BWV544, which is fully worthy of itscounterpart that ends the first part of the WellTempered Clavier. In between come more chorale preludes, mostly withdrawn and reflective in tone.Molardi plays two instruments of a size and colour that would have been wellknown to Bach himself, including a splendid Dresden instrument by the nonpareil of contemporary organbuilders, Gottfried Silbermann. With its modern recording techniques, imaginative programming, virtuosic playing and thoughtful booklet notes by Molardi himself, this cycle promises to be a definitive set of Bach organ works forour times.With the second volume of this complete survey of the greatest organ music ever written, we reach the summit of Bachs output for his own instrument, the Clavierübung, a set of intricate chorale preludes structured as an organ mass and bookended by his grandest prelude and fugue, BWV552, with its magnificent French Overturestyle prelude and inexorably pressing fugue known as the St Anne toAnglophone listeners on account of the melodys superficial (and coincidental) similarity to a hymntune of the same name.But Molardi offers much more on this generous selection, which does not slavishly group works according to genre but offers satisfying juxtapositions of style and mood while concentrating on the mature Leipzig period from which derives Clavierübung III, and including more preludes and fugues of protoRomantic weight of expression, climaxing in the tragic energy of the B minor pair, BWV544, which is fully worthy of itscounterpart that ends the first part of the WellTempered Clavier. In between come more chorale preludes, mostly withdrawn and reflective in tone.Molardi plays two instruments of a size and colour that would have been wellknown to Bach himself, including a splendid Dresden instrument by the nonpareil of contemporary organbuilders, Gottfried Silbermann. With its modern recording techniques, imaginative programming, virtuosic playing and thoughtful booklet notes by Molardi himself, this cycle promises to be a definitive set of Bach organ works forour times.

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Image 4CD-BOX: Complete Solo Piano Music
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Image Laudario Di Cortona No. 91
Discovered around 140 years ago in the library archives of the small Tuscan town of Cortona, the Laudario di Cortona is a 13th-century manuscript containing 66 laude, or lauds: a type of vernacular song written for praise and worship. Unusually, around 46 of the lauds had been set to music, making this manuscript the oldest known collection of music written in the Italian vernacular. All the periods of the Christian calendar are represented, with lauds relating to the Nativity, Epiphany, Easter and Pentecost, showing the manuscripts continued importance throughout the year. The document originated in the Brotherhood of Santa Maria delle Laude, a group of monks devoted to Marian worship. Indeed, themes surrounding the Virgin Mary are present in many of the lauds; Ave Maria, gratïa plena (Hail Mary, full of grace), for example, or O Maria, domelia se fontana (O Mary, you are the fount of sacred learning).Performing these medieval works is the vocal ensemble Armoniosoincanto. Experienced interpreters of early music, their research has led them to offer an authentic performance of the Laudario, although they admit to some artistic license with the use of mainly female voices, which evocatively call to mind the spirit of Mary, the mother of God. They are supported by Anonima Frottolisti, a prominent vocal group on the early music scene, as well as several musicians playing on copies of authentic instruments; these include a hurdy-gurdy, a lute, a vielle (an early bowed instrument like a violin) and even a portative organ, a type of medieval organ with bellows that was designed to be carried. This is one of the few releases documenting the complete musical works of the Laudario di Cortona. Recorded in the church of the Monastero delle Suore Clarisse in Perugia, close to the manuscripts origins in nearby Arezzo, this rich and musically affective document offers a fascinating insight into the remarkable culture of medieval Italy.

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Image Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (4 CD)
Bach’s immortal 48 Preludes and Fugues in all major and minor keys was written for Clavier, and in Bach’s time that could mean any keyboard instrument: harpsichord, clavichord or organ. There is no indication in the entire score which precludes a performance on the organ. The great advantage of the organ is that the notes are sustained, which enhances the harmonic and contrapuntal writing to a great extent. The long bass notes, which on the harpsichord die out quickly, keep their strength on the organ, maintaining the harmonic power. Daniele Boccaccio is one of the foremost Italian keyboard players, he already successfully recorded his own arrangement of Bach’s violin concertos for organ, which was favorably reviewed in the press. He plays on a beautiful Francesco Zanin organ, built in 2006. This is the first recording of the Well-tempered Clavier on organ.

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Image Madrigals, Book VIII (3 CD)
Le Nuove Musiche, led by acclaimed director Krijn Koetsveld, continue with their exceptional series of Claudio Monteverdi’s complete madrigals. This time they turn their attention to Book VIII, the intriguingly entitled Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi ('Madrigals of Love and War'), published four years after Monteverdi's death. These two contrasting themes divide the book into two halves; first war, then love. There's more crossover than might be expected: the first half of warlike madrigals ends with the tragic Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, based on Torquato Tasso's poem which sees Tancredi fighting a disguised Clorinda, fatally injuring her before realising that it is a fair maiden rather than a male foe. Despite nearing the end of his life, Monteverdi still demonstrates his knack for innovation, experimenting freely with the genre of the madrigal in the new context of the basso continuo. Le Nuove Musiche’s approach to Monteverdi is an innovative one: to bring the past into the present, keeping alive the questions of the Renaissance that still permeate our musical landscape today, while seeking to maintain the highest standards of performance authenticity. Their release of Books V & VI garnered excellent reviews, including five stars in the French magazine Diapason. Claudio Monteverdi published his 8th book of madrigals in 1638, in a time when the opera as art form became steadily more popular. In order to add a theatrical character to his madrigals he named them “madrigali guerrieri e amorosi”, madrigals of war and love. They are indeed overtly dramatic in expression, in fact they may be called mini operas in its opposing characters, intense drama and programmatic writing. Highlights are the famous “Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda” (on text by Tasso) and the breathtakingly beautiful Lamento della Ninfa, one of the most moving laments ever written. The vocal ensemble Le Nuove Musiche consists of the elite of Dutch Early Music vocalists, led by eminent conductor and scholar Krijn Koetsveld. Their first Monteverdi recording, the Books 5 & 6 (BC93799) received excellent reviews in the international press, among which a “5 star” in the French Diapason. Liner notes by the conductor, complete song texts in the original language included in the booklet.

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Image 3CD-BOX: Complete Sonatas, Vol 6
Costantino Mastroprimiano, fortepiano

The final volume of Brilliant Classics' acclaimed Clementi series, this release is dedicated to the composer's last and most mature works for pianoforte: the Sonatas Opp. 40, 46 and 50, and the 12 Monferrinas Op.49.

The works embrace a period of around 20 years and were a major landmark within Clementi's output. Slow introductions abound, and although Opp. 40 and 50 were composed separately, it is highly likely that the latter was intended as a sequel to the former because of their shared stylistic detail. From Op.40 No.1's formal experimentation to the quasi-orchestral writing of Op.50 No.3, the compilation also includes various homages -- most notably Op.46, whose high level of virtuosity comprises a fitting tribute to the great pianist Friedrich Kalkbrenner.

Maestro Costantino Mastroprimiano is once again our guide, creating an absorbing programme that effectively encapsulates the achievements of Clementi's distinguished career. His consummate performances provide a fitting end to the series, one that confirms the Classical composer's status as among the greatest innovators of the keyboard.

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Image 3CD-BOX: Novecento Guitar
Cristiano Porqueddu, guitar

This collection brings together guitar preludes by Asafiev and Ponce, and includes world premiere recordings of Badings's 12 Preludes, Sauget's 3 Preludes and Farkas's Exercitium Tonale. Despite their very different styles, these composers are all linked together by a single trait: none of them were guitarists.

Originally bemoaned by patron Andrés Segovia for their fiendish difficulty, Ponce's 24 Preludes begin the compilation. Cast in each of the major and minor keys, and arranged in a circle of fifths, they are followed by Asafiev's 12 Preludes -- which, written in a single day, were probably intended as a single piece. This is also true of Bading's ensuing 12 Preludes, as confirmed by the same harmonic progression with which the work begins and ends. From the use of contrasts that appear throughout the movements, as exemplified in the strong, primitive rhythms of 'Yaya', to the air of mystery and timelessness that pervades Sauguet's offering, the compilation continues its stylistic journey, ending with Farkas's Exercitium tonale of 1982 -- a work which hints at a composer unafraid to push the performer to their limits or to be unpredictable in his use of harmony and counterpoint.

Cristiano Porqueddu, described as 'a point of reference for the new generation of guitarists', graduated from the Lorenzo Perosi International Academy in Biella, Italy. With an extensive knowledge of the technique and interpretation of 19th- and 20th-century music, he has won numerous international awards and now sits on the jury of several major guitar competitions. This is Porqueddu's sixt recording for Brilliant Classics.

Recorded between October 2010 and March 2012.

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Image 3CD-BOX: Preussische Und Württembergische Sonaten
Pieter-Jan Belder - harpsichord and clavichord

Fifth son of Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel was in his time even more celebrated than his father. His style developed during his long lifetime (1714-1788), more and more abandoning the Baroque counterpoint. New ways of musical expression were found, called "Empfindsamkeit" and "Sturm und Drang", in which the human emotions are vividly expressed in quickly changing moods and daring harmonic shifts.

The famous Preussische und Württembergische Sonaten form a landmark of a style changing from Baroque to the Classical Era. Pieter-jan Belder has a special feeling for these quirky and capricious works, keeping form and content firmly together. His extensive discography for Brilliant Classics contains nearly all Bach works, the complete Scarlatti Sonatas, and the complete harpsichord works of Ramea.

The keyboard sonatas of C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788) bear the hallmarks of a composer who lived through a significant moment in musical history; the fifth child of J.S. Bach, not only was Carl Philipp Emanuel employed at the court of Frederick the Great - whose patronage and amateur music making remain legendary to this day - he composed his works during the transition from the Baroque to the Classical period. His keyboard sonatas, in particular, are musical landmarks that epitomise the style and values of an era. The Preussische and Württembergische Sonatas, collected together on this splendid new 3-disc set, exemplify C.P.E. Bach's celebrated style of composition, while revealing the impact of the period's stylistic influences. The Empfindsamkeit and Sturm und Drang movements, in particular, can be heard in the music's thrilling and unexpected changes of mood, emphasis on expression, daring approach to harmony and diminishing reliance on traditional counterpoint.

Although there are traces of the earlier style, brought to its perfection by Carl Philipp Emanuel's father, the Preussische and Württembergische sonatas demonstrate a determined shift towards a new style, prefiguring the Classical era. Given an expert performance by the awardwinning harpsichordist and clavichord player Pieter-Jan Belder, whose interpretations highlight the expressive qualities and shifting moods of the music, these sonatas give a compelling insight into the transition from the Baroque era to the Classical period, and into a composer who was at the forefront of the stylistic movements of his day.

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Image Complete Organ Works
Important historical recordings by the composer.

In his short life (1911-40) Jehan Alain composed some of the most fresh and original music for organ.The influences of composers such as Duruflé and Dutilleux mingle with Gregorian Chant and jazz and the exotic - the latter Alain discovered at the Colonial Exposition of 1931. Interestingly, many of the organ works were conceived for other forms - orchestra in the case of the Trois Dances, String Quintet for the Suite for Organ: Introduction and Variations for example. Many of the works started life as piano pieces, or for small chamber ensemble.

This 3CD set contains recordings made in the 1930s of the composer performing his Les Fetes de l'annee Israelite and Synagogue Music - fascinating historical documents.

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Image Complete Organ Music (3 CD)
A previous Brilliant Classics release from the organist Sergio Militello (BC94483) offered an attractive taster course to the music of the most distinguished family in music history. Now, having recorded the complete organ works of both the family’s supreme craftsman and genius (BC95105), and a North-German predecessor Johann Kuhnau (BC95089), Stefano Molardi turns his attention to two earlier members of the Bach family who have inevitably been obscured by the shadow cast by Johann Sebastian. In fact as uncle to JS, Johann Christoph Bach exercised a significant influence over his musical education, as composer, organist and indeed organ-designer. Sacred vocal works such as the Requiem have been revived in recent times, but the scant surviving proportion of his keyboard music has received too little critical attention. They comprise a prelude and fugue, and three cycles of variations on chorales. The ‘free’ pieces reveal an inventive spirit, fantasy, a certain skill in handling counterpoint and the use of expressive devices which show him no less open than his nephew to the exuberant vitality of the Italian tradition represented by Frescobaldi and Monteverdi. Brother of Johann Christoph, Johann Michael was also father to the Maria Barbara who became Johann Sebastian’s first wife. He too worked in the town of Arnstadt where the 18-year-old Johann Sebastian took up his first post in what is now appropriately known as the ‘Bach Church’. Doubtless J.M. Bach’s production was no less industrious than his brother, if scarcely matching his nephew, but the only extant organ works are chorale settings – 24 of them – which elaborate flowing counterpoint over and around the familiar hymn melodies such as In dulci jubilo and Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ. On this release, Stefano Molardi plays a finely preserved instrument from 1732-37 by Franciscus Volckland in the Cruciskirche of Erfurt, just a quarter-hour’s car drive from Arnstadt. In considering the fourth volume of Molardi’s Bach survey (BC95005), Early Music Review took note of the Erfurt organ’s striking variety of tone colour, and praised his playing for its ‘considerable clarity’ and lack of histrionics, ‘without extremes of registration or tempi – just what you need for the purposes of study or reference.’ A FIRST RECORDING: the complete organ works by Johann Michael and Johann Christoph Bach! Johann Michael (1648-1694) and Johann Christoph (1642-1703) were brothers, and nephew of the great Johann Sebastian. The daughter of Johann Michael was Maria Barbara, the first wife of Johann Sebastian, and therefore mother of both Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. The Bach dynasty held a long tradition of composers and performers. Both brothers were firmly rooted in the Central German organ school, with a strong emphasis on counterpoint, while also under the Italian influence of vocal melodies and fluent lines. The greatest part of both brother’s oeuvre consists of Choralvorspiele, while Johann Christoph wrote some substantial variation cycles. Played on the historic 1732 Volckland organ of the Cruciskirche in Erfurt, Germany, by Stefano Molardi, one of the foremost organists of Italy, whose Kuhnau recording for Brilliant Classics was longlisted for the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.

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Image 3CD-BOX: Organ Music Vol. 3
Here Stefano Molardi adds to his definitive survey of Bachs complete organ music an extensive assortment of chorale preludes, concertos after other composers and some of the largest works in the great composers sizeable organ repertoire.Rather than organising the music by collection, Molardi provides great variety in his recording by juxtaposing the delicacy of works like the Trio in D minor BWV583 with the imposing Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV538 and a selection of chorale preludes from the Orgelbüchlein (smallscale works, many under one minute in duration). The brilliant Pièce dorgue BWV572 and the Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C BWV564 show off Bachs compositional finesse in the French and Italian styles respectively. The fascinating Canonic Variations BWV769a (recorded here in the Leipzig manuscript version) were written as a kind of entrance exam for the highlyregarded Mizler society; Bach proves his ability in a rigorous mathematical structure which remains musically exciting. Molardi plays the Zacharias Hildebrandt organ of the St. Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen, which has a close affinity with Bachs organ music: the composer was friendly with Hildebrandt, who lived in Leipzig from 1734. The thrilling sound and variety of tonal colour offered by this instrument allows us to hear the music as closely as possible to how Bach himself might have known it.

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Image Scarlatti: vol. IX
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Image Complete Organ Music (3 CD)
Gaetano Valeri is a composer who has only fully come to public attention over the course of the last three decades, thanks to the interest generated by a growing body of musicological research. Prolific and inventive, Valeri wrote a huge number of pieces for orchestra, organ, harpsichord and piano.

Writing at a time of musical transition, Valeri had one foot firmly in his own era –which we would now regard as Classical – following the teachings of the Viennese school, and with some of his pieces bearing the hallmarks of Haydn's and Mozart's influence. At the same time, he remained attached to the then outmoded but still charming galant style, more prone to lavish ornamentation, popular earlier in the 18th century.

Valeri was also very much a composer rooted in the land in which he lived – the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy. He wrote many works with specific organs in mind, as can be seen in the use in his scores of rare stops found particularly in the local area. On this recording, Paolo Bottini plays on carefully chosen instruments from churches in the same region, built by the same organ-builder, and with many features in common with those on which the composer would have played, in order to give us an authentic impression of what the music might have sounded like in Valeri's time. At the same time, Bottini makes some of his own decisions regarding sonic balance and use of stops independently of the composer's indications, creating a distinctive rendering of Valeri's music for organ.

Bottini is a multi-keyboardist with a particular interest in historical organs. He is an "expert player" (Arkiv Music) who delivers "engaging" performances” (Music Web International), with a varied discography across a number of Italian record labels. This is his second recording for Brilliant Classics.

The first recording of the complete organ works by Valeri.
Gaetano Valeri (1760-1822) was born in Padua, Italy, bred and raised in the “Keyboard School of the Veneto region”. A true “classical” composer he absorbed the style of Haydn and Mozart, while still under the influence of the Galant Style of Galuppi, Alberti and Turini.
Valeri’s organ works contain indications of the use of certain stops, which were specific of the organs built in his time in the Veneto, by for instance the famous organ builder Callido.
Valeri’s organ works form a happy mix of the Classical and Galant, strict forms containing beautiful cantabile melodies and lavish ornamentation.
Italian organist Paolo Bottini chose two beautiful historic organs from Valeri’s time, the full specification of which are included in the booklet, which also contains scholarly written liner notes by the artist.

Recorded in Italy in 2015–2017.
Features full organ specifications for all five organs played.
Contains liner notes written by the performer and a biography of the artist.

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Image Complete Piano Trios & String Quartets (3 CD)
Matteo Fossi, piano
Quartetto Savinio

Robert Schumann came relatively late to composing chamber music, having composed his first 23 opus numbers exclusively for the piano. In his piano works he could give his boundless fantasy free reign, chamber music however demands a stricter and more disciplined structure, and this Schumann solved in his own unique way. His chamber music, while never losing its intimacy of expression and full flight of imagination, is rooted in strong, often classical frameworks, a perfect synthesis of form and content.

This set contains the 3 string quartets and the 3 piano trios, masterpieces in their genre, and still slightly undervalued by the general audiences.

The Italian string quartet Quartetto Savinio (“the only worthy heir of the Quartetto Italiano” l’Unità) is joined by pianist Matteo Fossi in performances of deep understanding and passion. They already recorded chamber music by Dvorak and Shostakovich for DECCA.

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Image Palestrina
Hans Pfitzner's musical legend Palestrina was first performed during the height of the First World War, a period when sensitive minds such as Pfitzner's felt uneasy about the cultural scene of bourgeois society.Even then, when the headlong descent into Nazi tyranny was still a long way off, the composer saw himself as an artist representing an era that was rapidly drawing to its close. He therefore projected his own situation onto the historical personality of the 16th-century composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, who was credited with saving the art of contrapuntal church music during the Council of Trent.

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Image 3CD-BOX: Piano Music
Alfredo Casella is considered to be the leading representative of the generazione dellottanta (generation of the 80s): a group of Italian composers born around 1880, including Ottorino Respighi, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Gian Francesco Malipiero, Giorgio Gedini and Franco Alfano, who sought to prove that there was far more to Italian music than opera and concentrated primarily on orchestral, chamber and instrumental music. Casella was a controversial and often misunderstood figure much has been made of his connections with fascism and his decision to remain in Italy under Mussolini but he was probably just a staunch Italian nationalist who passionately believed in bringing his countrys glorious musical heritage to the fore (he was largely responsible for the rediscovery of Vivaldis music in the 20th century).

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Image 3CD-BOX: Harpsichord Music
D'Angle Bert's harpsichord music at the court of the Sun King Jean-Henri d Anglebert (1629-1691) lived and worked as a harpsichordist at the court of Louis XIV. As an important representative of the typical French style of the Ancien Régime constructed his virtuosic music artfully counterpoint and rich with elaborate decorations . This 3-CD box set of the Italian early music expert Francesco Cera contains d Angle Bert's complete oeuvre for harpsichord, the core of the four suites of the Pièces de clavecin (1689) and the transcriptions contained therein and Variations on overtures, dances and interludes from Lully's operas exists. These are some pieces handwritten obtained come. Cera, an outspoken expert on the French and Italian repertoire of the 17th and 18th century, earned in the past for his CDs much praise. In this production, he plays on a modern copy of a 1691 built by Vincent Tibaut harpsichord. The pictures were taken in May 2013 in the Palazzo Cagnano Italian Laureana Cilento; The booklet contains introductory notes to the works and a biography of the artist.

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Image Le Nozze di Figaro
In a letter to his father on 13 October 1781, Mozart wrote, 'Why do Italian comic operas give such pleasure everywhere -- in spite of their miserable libretti...?' Because the music reigns supreme: when one listens to it all else is forgotten. Why an opera is sure of success when the plot is well worked out, the words written solely for the music and not shoved in here and there to suit some miserable rhyme... The best thing of all is when a good composer, who understands the stage and is talented enough to make sound suggestions, meets an able poet, that true phoenix.'Two years before he had met Lorenzo da Ponte, Mozart's frustration with the present condition of opera had reached boiling point. The collaboration between the two men produced three of the greatest operas in the repertoire -- Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. Adapting the second play in Beaumarchais' trilogy, da Ponte skilfully navigated a risky path through the plot that had lead to Emperor Joseph II (da Ponte had become court poet thanks to an introduction from Antonio Salieri) banning it. Themes of greedy aristocrats and officials lording it up over the common man who struggled to make ends meet was dangerous stuff when the French Revolution was being observed with horror by the crowned heads of Europe. Mindful of this, da Ponte produced a wonderful libretto, informing the Emperor of its revised 'non-offensive' content at every turn. Mozart was under no such constraints, and his wonderful score when set to da Ponte's words restores the daring satire and social commentary of the play in perhaps the most perfect opera ever composed. The premiere took place in Vienna in 1786.

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Image Sonatas Opp. 44 & 91, Suites Op.35
Recordings of de Boismortier are apt to give unfailing pleasure: his music is as grateful on the ear as it is sympathetic to play, always effortlessly stylish, rarely aspiring towards profundity, centred around the recorder and flute of which he was an accomplished performer, capturing to perfection the elegant aesthetic of the French Baroque style. This set shares those qualities, with the additional appeal of comprehensiveness. No survey of the French Baroque would be complete without Boismortier, but few performers have committed to disc more than a Sonata or Suite here and there, cherry-picking from the composer’s prolific output of over one hundred published opus numbers, most of which contain six separate works. Agreeable melodies apparently poured out of Boismortier; the Op.35 Suites and Op.44 Sonatas were written in 1731 and 1733 respectively, during a golden period of composition for him, and a highly profitable one, since he had acquired a royal warrant to engrave and publish all his own work. The Op.91 Sonatas date from the beginning of the 1740s, shortly before he became music director at the Théâtre de la foire in Paris. Here Boismortier achieved a perfect, an almost seamless blend of the French and Italian styles. Jed Wentz is a scholar and flutist who has made many critically acclaimed recordings for Brilliant Classics, most of them with his own ensemble, Musica ad Rhenum, which consists of a flexible line-up of no less stylish and experienced early- music performers. On this recording he is joined by gambist Cassandra Luckhardt, cellist Job ter Haar and harpsichordist Michael Borgstede. As usual Wentz contributes his own wide-ranging essay to the booklet, including research which makes clear that a dogmatic, score-bound performance will not do for Boismortier any more than it would for Brahms. Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1789-1755) was a highly successful French composer of instrumental and vocal music, the first independent composer without patron, publisher of his own works (which made him extremely wealthy). Jed Wentz, a superb musician as well as an excellent scholar, did extensive research into the performance practice of the French Baroque music, and based on written contemporary sources that “not even four bars have the exact duration, one is slowing down and the other is speeding up.. The musician who knows his art has grasped the character of an air after four bars, and abandons himself to it: it is the pure pleasure of the harmony that suspends him; here he wants the chords to be struck, there he wants them to be veiled..”(Diderot, 1748). Not only Jed Wentz practices what he preaches, he does so with total authority and naturalness, while always projecting his own pleasure and fun in playing these delightful sonatas. Seconding Jed Wentz are cellist Job ter Haar and eminent harpsichord player Michael Borgstede. Jed Wentz wrote his own illuminating liner notes in the booklet.

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Image 4CD-BOX: Matthäus Passion
"The choir of King's College are on top form, too, are the excellent obbligato performances from the Brandenburg Consort." (Gramophone, 2003)

Bach composed his St Matthew Passion in 1727. Only two of his five Passion settings have survived - the St Matthew and the St John. The St Mark survives in a realisation after the manuscript was destroyed in a bombing raid in the Second World War. Of the other two works there is no trace. The work was premiered in Leipzig where Bach was kapellmeister at the Thomaskirche. Revised several times by the composer, it was often performed during his lifetime, but not heard outside Leipzig until 1829 when Mendelssohn performed an edited and modified version in Berlin. Today we take a dim view of the 19th century tampering with a work like the St Matthew Passion. However, Mendelssohn's pioneering work in bringing the music of Bach to a wider public was responsible for the reappraisal of the composer, and the restoration of masterpieces such as the St Matthew Passion to the repertoire.

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Image Russian Ballets (3 CD)
Towards the end of the 19th century, ballet was declining in popularity in Western Europe but acquired an increased significance in Russia. This was thanks in part to the music for dancing which had been part of native operas ever since Glinka founded a school and tradition with Ruslan and Ludmila and A Life for the Tsar. However, it was also due to a succession of gifted French choreographer such as Marius Petipa that the St Petersburg ballet flowered. Minkus, Delibes and Adam, among many others, were commissioned for scores by Petipa, but it was with Tchaikovsky that ballet music would alter radically, away from its incidental, accompanimental role and towards a symphonic status which is recognized by the ballets on this compilation being at least as famous for their music as their dancing. Petipa was responsible for commissioning the composer’s most familiar ballet – perhaps the best-loved ballet of all, The Nutcracker, on which the composer exercised all his mastery of timing and orchestration. Although Serge Diaghilev was the great innovator in commissioning and choreographing music for dancing at the turn of the last century, his example was ignored in Russia under Soviet rule. The great state companies in Leningrad and Moscow continued the 19th century tradition of full-evening ballets to which these examples by Prokofiev (Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and the more rarely encountered Stone Flower) and Khachaturian (Spartacus and Gayaneh) belong. ‘Dancing,’ said the Danish choreographer August Bournonville, ‘is an expression of joy, a desire to respond to the rhythm of the music.’ That joy is amply illustrated by the suites from eight ballets in this compilation, which would make an invaluable introduction to the artform.

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Image 3CD-BOX: Complete Music for Saxophone
SAXOPHONES: David Brutti
FLUTE: Mario Caroli
PIANO: Filippo Farinelli
ORCHESTRA: Orchestra Città Aperta

Charles Koechlin, music theorist as well as composer, was a significant figure in the vibrant early 20th century whirl of Parisian culture. After studying under as Jules Massenet and Gabriel Fauré, the latter being an enormous influence on his music, Koechlin co-founded the Société musicale indépendante in 1909 and many years later became president of the Féderation Musicale Populaire. Starstruck by Hollywood, Koechlin often found inspiration in its legendary figures and dedicated many pieces to actresses such as Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow and Lilian Harvey.

Koechlin's compositional style contains elements of impressionism, and his developing interest in the saxophone can be closely linked to his enthusiasm for 1930s cinema. Twenty years later, the publication of his Traité de l'orchestration, in which he praised the saxophone for its sonority and agility, coincided with that of a set of 15 studies for the instrument. These studies, of varying length and character, feature in this collection, alongside works such as the Deux Sonatinas, Septuor pour instruments à Vent, and the celebrated Epitaphe pour Jean Harlow.

Formed in 2001 by David Brutti and Filippo Farinelli, the Duo Disecheis explores 20th-century and contemporary chamber music. Having performed at many prestigious festivals and venues throughout Europe, the duo has achieved enormous success in international competitions and has collaborated with composers such as Paolo Baioni, Stefano Trevisi and Dimitri Nicolau. Joining the duo on this recording is the Atem Saxophone Quartet, which has received critical acclaim for its performances at numerous chamber music and jazz festivals.

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Image Jazz & Ballet Suites, Film Music
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Image Complete Symphonic Poems
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Image 3CD-BOX: La Finta semplice
Stories of Mozart's precocious musical talent are well known, forming an integral part of our understanding of this legendary composer. However, while many listeners will be familiar with early works like the Pieces and Minuets for piano, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the charming opera buffa La finta semplice, composed by the 12-year-old Mozart in 1769 at the suggestion of Emperor Joseph II. The work gives an incomparable insight into Mozart's development as an operatic composer, and listeners of this splendid recording will be rewarded by the outstanding quality of the music and interpretation.

The libretto of La finta semplice spins a tale of love and deception centred around a crafty scheme concocted by Captain Fracasso, who must gain the approval of his host Don Cassandro before he can marry Giacinta, Cassandro's sister. To soften his host, Fracasso introduces him to his own sister, Rosina, the 'pretend simpleton' of the opera's title, and the plot follows a series of witty twists and turns, all given ample expression in the delightful score.

One of only a few recordings available, and one that has consistently drawn critical praise for the quality of its performances and interpretation, this addition to the Brilliant Classics Opera Collection will prove fascinating listening for any fans of Mozart's mature operas, the seeds of which are evident here. Full of light, elegant arias, skilfully-crafted ensembles and amusing comic numbers, this is an opera of character and instant melodic appeal, which demonstrates the young composer's remarkably assured understanding of how to use the orchestra to great dramatic effect.

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