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Image Crepuscolo - Songs
❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
"Orkestret vrinsker, lyser, glitrer ... det er fantastisk"
- Politiken

Crepuscolo is the final song in Ottorino Respighi’s song cycle Deità silvane (‘woodland deities’), but as an album title it also stands for the twilight during the interwar years of everything that Respighi represented, as various trends such as atonality, spiky neoclassicism and futurism flourished. In reaction to these developments, Respighi in 1932 famously signed a manifesto calling for music with a ‘human content’ – something which his songs certainly live up to: as Elsa Respighi, the composer’s wife, once said it was to his songs that he ‘entrusts his heart’s hidden secrets, when he lets his soul sing freely.’ From L’ultima ebbrezza, composed when Respighi was only 17 years old, to the Four Scottish Songs from 1924, the songs recorded here attest to the variety of his musical interests, influences and styles, and are at turns lyrically operatic, expressionist, impressionist or symbolist. Respighi’s love of the Renaissance is also manifest in the Cinque canti all’antica, settings of poets including Boccaccio. Timothy Fallon and Ammiel Bushakevitz have previously released a Liszt recital described as ‘superb’ in Gramophone. They have now devised a varied program which takes in three complete groups as well as a selection of individual songs, including Respighi’s most popular songs (Nebbie, Stornellatrice) as well as less well known ones.

kr. 149,95
Image Jolas, Jolivet, Schmitt & Tomasi: French Trumpet C
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Hos Henri Tomasi, André Jolivet og Florent Schmitt er musikken vidunderlig frigjort [...]."
- Magasinet KLASSISK

During the second half of the 19th century, a French school of trumpet playing was established, with French musicians and composers at the forefront of the instrument’s musical and technical development. As a result, it was entrusted with a more prominent role within the orchestra and soon also as a solo instrument. On the present disc, Håkan Hardenberger – who like so many other leading trumpet players studied in Paris – presents some of the fruits of this development: five important French works composed between 1944 and 1977. With the support of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Fabien Gabel – who incidentally began his career as a trumpet player – he opens the disc with Henri Tomasi’s Trumpet Concerto. Often performed and recorded, it here appears on album for the first time with its original, longer ending, reconstructed from a newly discovered manuscript. Another rarity is the version for trumpet and orchestra of Florent Schmitt’s Suite, a work which is more commonly heard with piano accompaniment. Rather more frequent in concert are André Jolivet’s Concerto and the Concertino in which Hardenberger is joined by his regular chamber music partner Roland Pöntinen as co-soloist. The most recent work on the disc is Onze Lieder by Betsy Jolas, a work which has a special resonance for both soloist and conductor as it was written for their trumpet teacher Pierre Thibaud.

kr. 149,95
Image Symphony No. 7
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
[...] elegant fortolket af Noseda og Londonsymfonikerne."
- Magasinet KLASSISK

“Certain moments in history gave composers the possibility of saying something deeply personal”, says LSO Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda. “And Shostakovich speaks equally to us today”. As Noseda and the LSO continue their journey through Shostakovich’s symphonies, which span the composer’s lifetime, they take on one of his biggest creations—the Seventh. Written during the siege of Leningrad in World War II, it is shattering in scale and impact. For Noseda, “you can hear the march of the soldiers, the obsessive repetition, a loop you cannot escape,” in the relentless, pounding rhythms, the struggle towards a fragile victory.

kr. 139,95
Image Nouvelle Symphonie
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Les Musiciens du Louvre spiller rystende præcist og med knivskarp intonation, og Marc Minkowski leder alt med stort overblik og sikker tempofornemmelse."
- Magasinet KLASSISK

Marc Minkowski returns with relish to Rameau: the rich colors of the orchestra, the irrepressible dynamics, an exceptional melodic sense make the extracts of his greatest lyrical tragedies shine, like so many anthological moments. These famous overtures, these masterful symphonies, paint a shimmering portrait of Rameau Master of orchestration: it is a veritable feast of oboes, flutes, clarinets, horns and bassoons... Pyrotechnics, storms and rockets leap, and adorned with splendor night or a dazzling light, Rameau's work dazzles us again. Florian Sempey deploys his masterful and truly royal voice when he appeals to the Sun, monstrous when he plays the ogre, but of unparalleled finesse in pain and love... Leaping and mysterious, Rameau's orchestra revived by Minkowski is sumptuous, dancing, jubilant!

kr. 149,95
Image Black Angels & Music for a Summer Evening
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Her er der både plads til det dramatiske og overvældende, og det enkelt smukke."
- Magasinet KLASSISK

This is ritual music filled with angels and demons, mystical incantations, amazing percussion and supernatural harmonies. The work of American composer George Crumb makes for a spectacular experience which remains etched in the memory of those who perform it as well as those who listen to it. With Black Angels and Music for a Summer Evening, B Records brings together on one album two great highlights of the Deauville Festival 2021, along with a whole host of renowned artists: pianists Théo Fouchenneret and Philippe Hattat; the members of Quatuor Hanson; and those of Trio Xenakis.

kr. 149,95
Image Suites for Two Pianos
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"... de holder balancen mellem følsomhed og sentimentalitet. (...)
Et dejligt album, det er det."
– Politiken 2022

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Det er et kæmpe musikerskab at få de fire hænder på to store flygler til at lyde som et bankende og åndende musikerhjerte. Det lykkes til overflod [...]."
- Magasinet KLASSISK

Armenian-born pianist Marianna Shirinyan and Polish pianist Dominik Wizjan began their collaboration at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where Shirinyan is a professor. On this Orchid Classics release they play both Suites for Two Pianos by Rachmaninov – works that are relatively rarely heard compared with much of the composer’s output, yet which reveal much about the evolution of his style. The Suite No.1 for two pianos, ‘Fantaisie-Tableaux’, was composed when Rachmaninov was only 20 and is unusual in his output for its programmatic movements, each one inspired by a poem and already exhibiting his characteristic virtuosity and aching expressivity. The Suite No. 2 was written seven years later in the wake of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2; he was at the peak of his powers, resulting in music that is both staggeringly demanding to play and bewitching to hear.

kr. 139,95
Image Hommage à J. S. Bach: Works for Violin Solo
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Kadesha spiller slankt og syngende [...]"
- Magasinet KLASSISK

Linn is delighted to announce a new collaboration with violinist Jonian Ilias Kadesha. This highly distinctive musician has worked with leading artists and orchestras such as Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Nicolas Altstaedt, Steven Isserlis and Patricia Kopatchinskaja to name but a few. For his debut album on Linn, he has recorded a high-flying recital of solo violin pieces spanning five centuries. One of the oldest pieces of music written for solo violin, Biber’s angelic and absolutely mesmerizing Passacaglia stands alongside Bach’s enduringly famous Second Partita, whose last movement is the starting point for the Ciaccona for Violin Solo by Swiss composer Helena Winkelman, which receives its first commercial recording here. Twentieth and twenty-first-century works by Schnittke, Kurtág and Lera Auerbach, all heavily inspired by Bach’s music, complete the program which augurs a fruitful partnership with a promising young talent.

kr. 149,95
Image Le monde selon George Antheil
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Joonas Ahonen er en perfekt musikalsk bagvæg og medspiller for Kopatchinskajas eksplosive og øjebliksprægede musikerskab."
- Magasinet KLASSISK

George Antheil called himself a ‘Pianist-Futurist’. A lover of speed, cars and airplanes, the American composer settled in the Paris of the Années Folles, where he frequented Picasso and Stravinsky, and composed works such as Sonate sauvage and Jazz Sonata, which caused a scandal: during a concert in Budapest, he even brandished a Chicago gangster-style pistol to restore silence in the hall . . . He hero-worshipped Beethoven, whose pieces he played in the first part of his recitals before moving onto his own music. In 1933, he returned to the United States where he met John Cage and Morton Feldman. Patkop and the young Finnish pianist Joonas Ahonen – whom The Times, following what the journalist described as ‘one of those concerts you remember for ever’, presented as the violinist’s ‘doppelgänger’! – pay tribute to the ‘Bad Boy of Music’.

kr. 149,95
Image Tristan und Isolde (2DVD)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"[...]inden forestillingen er til ende, er man trukket ind i præcis det psykologiske, filosofiske højspændte
kærlighedsdrama, som Wagner havde ønsket sig"
- Magasinet KLASSISK

If there is one work that has been crucial to Daniel Barenboim’s conducting career, it has to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde: he has been working on piercing its secrets for more than 35 years. In the pit of the newly renovated Staatsoper Berlin and at the head of his Staatskapelle, he once again makes magic happen. Entrusted with the stage direction, Dmitri Tcherniakov delves into the psychological aspects of the drama and gives a new realistic depth to this opus. Thanks to his demanding direction of the cast, but also to a clever use of video projections, he manages to craft intense images which effectively resonate with the rapturous and voluptuous enchantments of the score. To complete this high-level artistic crew, the Staatsoper called upon some of the finest Wagner experts: Andreas Schager, already a superb Parsifal and a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival, is Tristan, Anja Kampe is an unforgettable Isolde, and Ekaterina Gubanova thrills as Brangäne.

kr. 239,95
Image Orlando (2DVD)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Den amerikanske mezzosopran Kate Lindsey er spektakulær i den vanvittigt krævende rolle som Orlando"
- Magasinet KLASSISK

“A vivid Orlando makes history in Vienna” (New York Times International): Olga Neuwirth’s opera Orlando, based on Virginia Woolf’s novel of the same name, is the first full-length opera work by a woman celebrating its premiere at the Vienna State Opera. Olga Neuwirth, for a long time one of the great composers of the present, succeeds with this opera in creating a captivating arc across many musical genres. It’s an exciting, socially critical production by Polly Graham who puts a fantastically singing and playing Kate Lindsey in the center of the action. For Orlando Olga Neuwirth won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, it became “world premiere of the year” by Opernwelt magazine and for Die Zeit it was “the premiere of the season.”

kr. 355,00
Image Celebration of Life in Death
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Prohaska viser endnu engang sin totale beherskelse af sin stemme med både stensikker intonation og en tekstbehandling og artikulation, så man aldrig er i tvivl om blot et enkelt ord undervejs"
- Magasinet KLASSISK

Constantly in search of eclectic and meaningful programs, the soprano Anna Prohaska here celebrates ‘life in death’. An ambitious program, conceived with Robin Peter Müller and his ensemble La Folia, which takes us on a journey across the centuries and through many different countries, with French chansons of the Middle Ages (including one by Guillaume de Machaut), seventeenth-century Italian pieces by Luigi Rossi, Francesco Cavalli and Barbara Strozzi, German composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (Dietrich Buxtehude, Christoph Graupner, Franz Tunder) and the English luminaries Henry Purcell... plus John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A musical and spiritual quest that even takes in a detour to North America with a universally known song by Leonard Cohen.

kr. 149,95
Image Elektra (DVD)
Mord i familien
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Instruktør Krzysztof Warlikowski kan både det tætte kammerspil med de samspilsramte kvinder og den vilde afslutning, hvor blodet splatter ud på væggene i mange meters højde [...]"
- Magasinet Klassisk

In its 100th anniversary edition, the Salzburg Festival celebrates a real triumph with a mind-blowing new production of Elektra, one of the most famous masterpieces of opera history by the two festival founders Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The Lithuanian soprano Ausrine Stundyte as vengeful and traumatized Elektra turns the opening of the Festival into a real knockout performance! Her sister Chrysotemis is sung by her compatriot Asmik Grigorian, who made her international breakthrough as acclaimed Salome at the 2018 Salzburg Festival, and whose performance once again draws the audience into spell. Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as Klytämnestra, Derek Welton as Orest and Michael Laurenz as Ägisth complete an ensemble of top-notch singers. The staging by Krzysztof Warlikowski of this work about matricide, obsession, revenge and physical degradation is a deep psychological study of a broken family. Franz Welser-Möst brings his trademark flair to the pit where the brilliantly effervescent and then again heartrendingly gentle playing Wiener Philharmoniker create gloriously exultant Strauss moments. “To have chosen Elektra of all pieces, was audacious – and to have brought it off so well, triumphant” (The Times) “One Highlight of the centenary season.” (The Telegraph)

kr. 239,95
Image Shifting Sands (CD)
"[...] et vældig behageligt og lunt i svinget swingende jazzalbum"
- Politiken

"Top rank creativity, aptitude, and technique"
- All About Jazz, USA

★ ★ ★ ★
"Cohen’s vivacious bass improv and Shirinov’s contrastingly imperturbable lyricism glow through this fine set [...]"
- The Guardian

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"[...] gør den utilnærmelige basgud skrøbelig, menneskelig og derfor utrolig sympatisk."
- Jazzthetik

A few months ago, Avishai Cohen was releasing his symphonic album “Two Roses”, a “once in a lifetime project", he said. After a successful release and more than a hundred reviews around the world – the Israeli composer, singer and bass player returns to jazz with a dazzling new trio: Elchin Shirinov, still on the piano and, on drums, the arrival of the young and incredibly talented Roni Kaspi, who joined the band during the 2021 summer tour. This new album “Shifting Sands”, recorded in august 2021, will be release in May 2022 on naïve records and re-engages with this very special alchemy that Cohen’s music provides: fresh and expansive melodic lines, diverse and sophisticated rhythms and a musical elegance that only he can achieve. This release features 10 new tracks, including 1 different title on each format.

kr. 139,95
Image Francesca da Rimini (DVD)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"This is undeniably a work well worth encountering and it could hardly be delivered more convincingly than it is here."
- BBC Music Magazine

★ ★ ★ ★
"With this Francesca da Rimini, the Berlin Opera reaches an unattained level of quality."
- ConcertoNet.com

"I have nothing but praise for the cast."
- American Record Guide

Riccardo Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini is a four-act opera set during the Renaissance period. The plot concerns an arranged marriage between Francesca and Giovanni, also known as Gianciotto, who is impersonated by his handsome brother Paolo, and with whom Francesca falls passionately in love. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Italian Tristan’, the opera ends in betrayal and a double murder. The production of this rarely performed opera from the Deutsche Oper Berlin proved to be a huge critical success.

kr. 189,95
Image Concertos
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"One of the most sparkling and inspired interpretations of Variations On A Nursery Tune I have heard.’"
- Pizzicato

Of the works Ernst von Dohnányi wrote for the stage, only his ballet pantomime The Veil of Pierrette received any particular acclaim. His concert music, meanwhile, was much more warmly received. With this already sixth recording of his late romantical, sensual music, deeply rooted in the Austro-German classical tradition, Capriccio presents three of his concerts. Apart from two piano concertos and two violin concertos, Ernst von Dohnányi wrote three more, which are concertos in all but name Variations (for piano and orchestra), Concertino (for harp and chamber orchestra), and Konzertstück (for cello and orchestra); the names subtly hinting at their specific character.

kr. 139,95
Image Ariadne auf Naxos (2CD)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Christian Thielemann sharply delineates each of the work’s crazy-quilt strands while weaving them together into an integral whole."
- Opera News

This live recording of Ariadne auf Naxos in October 2014 took place not only at the site of the opera premiere of the version of the opera that we are best familiar with these days, but it also testifies Christian Thielemann’s first conducting engagement of a scenic performance of a Strauss opera at the opera house on the Ring. The cast includes Soile Isokoski as Ariadne, Johan Botha – in one of his latest performances before his untimely death – as Bachus, Daniela Fally as Zerbinetta, Sophie Koch as the composer, Jochen Schmeckenbecher as the music teacher and Peter Matic as the dancing master. Many attendees of the premiere of Strauss‘ first version of Ariadne - which was intended to succeed Moliere’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme and for this reason was six hours long – felt that they had just been part of a first-rate funeral. It had become obvious that this third cooperational work with Hugo von Hofmannsthal needed some restructuring. As a consequence, the Moliere piece was replaced with the Prologue, and premiered four years later on 4 October 1916 at Vienna’s Court Opera (today’s State Opera). In March 2021, Ariadne returns to the Vienna State Opera’s playing schedule.

kr. 239,95
Image Nachtstucke und Arien



★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"The ORF Symphoniker and Marin Alsop succeed well in making audible Henze’s intention, the pain, sarcasm and terror inherent in the etchings. This also applies to the aspect that the introduction, theme and seven variations each have their own character, which the performers bring out."
– Pizzicato

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"[...] som ville Hans Werner Henze sige: »Lyt, kærligheden findes«."
- Magasinet Klassisk

Hans Werner Henze was initially an avant-garde composer but Nachtstücke und Arien symbolised his departure from dodecaphonic writing, to the annoyance of his contemporaries Boulez, Nono and Stockhausen at Darmstadt. With this new direction Henze’s music became highly rhapsodic, as heard in the challenging but lyrical solo cello that suggests the intimate texts of the Englische Liebeslieder. Referring to Goya, Los Caprichos captures the strangeness of this artist’s visions with long-breathed melodic lines and fleeting changes of texture, from military-sounding bustle to moments of profound stillness. Marin Alsop is chief conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, which she leads at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, and on recordings, broadcasts and tours. Her discography includes acclaimed Naxos recordings of symphonies by Brahms with the London Philharmonic, Dvor?ák with the Baltimore Symphony, and Prokofiev with the São Paulo Symphony. The first and only conductor to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Alsop received the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award and was the first woman to conduct the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. She is director of graduate conducting at the Peabody Institute and holds honorary doctorates from Yale University and The Juilliard School.

kr. 119,95
Image Bach Before Bach
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"[...] et vigtigt nedslag i violinhistorien."
- Magasinet Klassisk

In the Europe of the first half of the seventeenth century, instrumental music became a source of sonic and expressive experimentation. Influenced by vocal rhetoric, composers sought to replace words with a new musical language. The virtuosity of the instrumentalists developed, as did invention, improvisation and the search for surprising sonorities. Along with the organ or the harpsichord, the violin was the instrument of choice for experimenting with these new techniques. Italian and German composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries such as Farina, Schmelzer, Mealli, Buxtehude, Biber, Pisendel and Bach vied with each other in imaginativeness... The violinist Chouchane Siranossian and the harpsichordist Leonardo García Alarcón – both loyal Alpha Classics artists – have chosen to explore this repertory, here including Bach’s sonatas BWV 1019, 1021 and 1023 among other pieces.

kr. 149,95
Image 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano & Oskolki
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Skønhed midt i kaos."
- Magasinet Klassisk

A renaissance artist for modern times, Lera Auerbach is a widely recognized conductor, pianist, and composer. She is also a published poet and an exhibited visual artist. All of her work is interconnected as part of a cohesive and comprehensive artistic worldview. Born in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains at the gateway of Siberia, Lera Auerbach has become one of today’s most sought after and exciting creative voices. Her performances and music are featured in the world’s leading stages – from Vienna’s Musikverein and London’s Royal Albert Hall to New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Auerbach’s exquisitely crafted, emotional, and boldly imaginative music reaches to global audiences. Orchestral collaborations include the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Munich’s Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Vienna’s ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester, among many others. Auerbach’s works for orchestra are performed by the world’s leading conductors, including Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Neeme Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Charles Dutoit, Andris Nelsons, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, and Marin Alsop, to mention only a few.

kr. 149,95
Image Enigma
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Ingen, der er interesseret i moderne nordisk musik, bør være foruden indspilningerne [...]."
- Magasinet Klassisk

If you would, coax your mind back to a time when you believed ducking your head beneath the covers was ample defense against the bogeyman. Do you remember, in the haze of half-sleep, seeing something or someone in your room that didn’t belong? As you breathlessly flicked on the light, you were relieved to find it was only a chair lopsided with laundry, or a vacuum propped against the doorframe. That faint halo of light, surrounding this once sinister and now innocuous object, that is the penumbra – that permeable border between light and dark. This is the space where Enigma lives. We’ve all been living in an in-between of sorts for the last year, haven’t we? Nothing quite as poetic as the blend of blinding light and unfath- omable dark one encounters with an eclipse, an early touchstone for this composition it is worth noting. But we’ve done quite a bit of living in the grey area, which is maybe broader than we thought. The thing is, traveling to Virginia to record this album was in some ways the first glint of hope on the horizon...well...that there was still a horizon. This album is the result of a multi-year alchemy between the singular writing of composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir and the playing of three-time GRAMMY nominees Spektral Quartet. The first string quartet composed by Thorvaldsdottir, Enigma is simultaneously colossal and introspective, moving between heart-wrenching chord progressions and the scrapes and clicks of extended string techniques. A piece of profound emotional magnitude, Enigma provokes considerations of our relationship to the vast cosmos that surrounds us – and the infinite universe within.

kr. 99,95
Image The Fiery Angel (DVD)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Det østrigske radioorkester leverer et brillant og kirurgisk præcist orkesterspil [...]."
- Magasinet Klassisk

Renata is obsessed with the love for the “fiery angel”. Ruprecht, in love with Renata, wants to free her from the madness, but all his efforts are in vain. She goes to the monastery, but here too she is being haunted by the image of the fiery angel. The Inquisition accuses Renata of witchcraft and sentences her to death. Prokofiev's Fiery Angel is one of the outstanding operas of the 20th century. With her production, director Andrea Breth moves the action from 16th century Germany to the sterile environment of a modern psychiatric ward. The atmosphere of this prison-like place is somber. “Musically gripping, scenically intense” (Wiener Zeitung) / A scenic sensation” (Kurier) / “Aušrine Stundyte succeeds in her singing balancing act between eruptive power and vulnerability” (Die Presse)

kr. 239,95
Image The Snow Queen (DVD)
★★★★★ Kristeligt Dagblad
Men den tekniske kvalitet af denne indspilning – og det gælder både lyd og billede – er så eminent, at man oplever det, som om man selv er til stede i Bayerisches Staatsopers smukke sal.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Gerdas parti er drabeligt, og den canadiske sopran Barbara Hannigan gestalter det perfekt."
- Magasinet Klassisk

The Snow Queen is Hans Abrahamsen’s first opera, composed to a self-penned libretto, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s eponymous fairy tale. Following an in-depth study of the topic of snow and a life-long obsession with Andersen’s fairy tales, Abrahamsen composed the opera between 2014 and 2018. Hans Abrahamsen’s music, with its smooth transitions and subtly modified repeats, lends the lyrics both depth and lightness. He is keen to point out the range of avenues for interpretation available. ” It’s possible to read the fairy tale in a variety of ways. It contains many mysteries which are open to numerous interpretations.” Accompanying Barbara Hannigan is a top-class ensemble of singers, including Peter Rose, Katarinya Dalayman and Rachael Wilson. Cornelius Meister is the musical director, currently general music director at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Director Andreas Kriegenburg’s production of The Snow Queen is a touching story by adults, for an adult audience, offering a journey into the innermost regions of the human soul. Recorded during the premiere run in the presence of the composer and in close collaboration with him, this release captures an important work of new musical theatre.



kr. 279,95
Image Kodaly & Ligeti: Lux Aeterna - Choral Works
"[...] it’s hard to imagine better performances than they receive here."
- Barry Forshaw

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"[...] a haunting prayer for peace that must have seemed as urgent in 1938 as it does now."
- BBC Music Magazine

★ ★ ★ ★
"DR Vokalensemblet, der består af 18 professionelle sangere, dirigeres af dets faste leder siden 2014, den 70-årige englænder Marcus Creed, og sangerne gør det ikke overraskende eminent"
- Kristeligt Dagblad

"It is precisely this choir, this wonderful, supple vocal ensemble, ready for the subtlest nuances and managing the most differentiated colors, that lifts Ligeti’s and Kodaly’s music above what one is accustomed to hearing."
- Pizzicato

"Endnu et stærkt udspil fra DR’s eliteensemble."
- Information

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"[...] one of the great choral recordings of our time."
- Fanfare (US) 1st


★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"[...] fremragende udgivelse."
- Magasinet Klassisk

I det meste af det 20. århundrede var de to giganter af ungarsk musik Bartok og Kodaly. Efter hans eksplosion ind på den internationale scene i midten af ??60'erne blev Gyorgi Ligeti, en elev af Kodaly, tilføjet til denne liste. Kodaly var en af ??de mest betydningsfulde tidlige skikkelser inden for etnomusikologi. Han komponerede også flittigt for kor.
Alle Kodaly-værkerne på dette program var påvirket af folkemusik og kortlægger komponistens udvikling fra senromantikkens verden til minikantaten Matrai kepek (Matra-billeder), inklusive en glitrende fremførelse af Esti Dal (Aftensang), hans mest elskede korværk.
Det meste af musikken, som Ligeti komponerede til a cappella-kor, blev skrevet i midten af ??50'erne, mens han stadig var i Budapest. Ved siden af ??talrige folkesangs-arrangementer, som Mátraszentimrei Dalok, var der stykker som Éjszaka – Reggel (Nat – Morgen), som allerede rykkede de soniske grænser med klynger og onomatopoiske lyde. Ligetis modne stil kan høres i den glitrende og med rette berømte Lux Aeterna, mens afdøde Drei Phantasien (på tekster af Friedrich Holderlin) af Ligeti selv beskrives som "emotionelle, "onomatopoetiske", overdrevne, 16-stemmige stykker (ikke mikropolyfoniske!)" er et eksempel på hans sene postmodernistiske stil. Til dette helt særlige og krævende repertoire er både lærer og elev i gode hænder hos Det Danske Vokalensemble og dirigent Marcus Creed.

Audiofile vil også blive rigt belønnet med den levende billeddannelse og "så virkelig som det kan blive" soniske tilstedeværelse. En Dolby Atmos -udgivelse er ved at blive planlagt

kr. 139,95
Image Fidelio (DVD)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"[...] har sjældent lydt så indtagende og vedkommende som her."
- Magasinet Klassisk

"Tobias Kratzer’s new staging rips Beethoven’s only opera in two to bring contemporary resonance… the singing is superb"
– The Guardian

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, David Butt Philip plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout, with highlights including the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s aria, which conjures hope from the depths of despair. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

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