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Image Late String Quartets
The Brentano Quartet delivers the third volume of Beethovens Late Quartets for æon, this disc featuring Opp. 130 and 133. The relation between form and language seems to haunt all the writing of his Quartet in B flat major. Indeed, the composer struggles with the enigmatic question of our intimate experience in relation to music and the sense of musical composition. On the other hand, in the Grosse Fuge, Op. 133, Beethoven the visionary proclaims his unshakeable faith in a world like a will facing menace and chaos.The pertinence of the struggle marks the structure and character of every page of the quartet, one of the composers most inspired. Impossible not to be impressed by the sharpness of the stroke, the clarity of the discourse and the intensity of the affects. Brilliant virtuosos, the superb mastery of the Brentanos has made them famous and displays its full power in the release of this final volume.

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Image Sei Suonate à Cembalo certato è Violino Solo, BWV
The violinist Chiara Zanisi works with the finest early music ensembles, notably the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman, with whom she has just finished a long tour performing the Six Brandenburg Concertos. She now devotes her first solo recording to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin. Alongside her is Giulia Nuti, among the most brilliant harpsichordists and scholars in Italy, whose solo CD Les Sauvages: Harpsichords in pre-Revolutionary Paris (DHM) won a Diapason d’Or, among other awards. The kernel from which this project grew is their strongly shared idea that, in addition to great stylistic richness and invention, Bach’s music possesses an aura of magic and an almost divine form. Thus, in this valuable and elegant reading, it is clearly their intention to underline in the simplest way the grandeur of the writing. Even the choice of sound aesthetic, beautifully realised under the supervision of Fabio Framba, opts for the ‘real’ with a ‘pure’, ‘speaking’ sound, warm and full of harmonics. The attractions of this precious version of the Six Sonatas, played on a G. Gagliano violin of 1761 and a harpsichord by K. Hill, are enhanced by a bonus track: the Cantabile, un poco Adagio from the early version of Sonata VI in G major.

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Image Masters of Baroque (4CD)
This set allows for discovering or rediscovering many of the major works of Baroque music. In 4 CDs and 66 tracks, it represents a magnificent panorama of musical Europe during that era, the brilliant heritage bequeathed us by Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Corelli, Charpentier, Marin Marias, Rameau, Purcell et al.

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Image A Century Of Russian Colours
This recording is the result of the passion the young musicians Camille Thomas (cello) and Beatrice Berrut (piano) have always felt for Russian music. Whatever its period of composition, they find in this repertoire the profundity and complexity of the Slavic soul, taking to extremes the expression of human torments. Camille Thomas: 'For this recording we immediately thought of playing Russian music. In A Century of Russian Colours, we start with a very Romantic composition, Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata op.19. The programme continues with a very rarely recorded work, bearing the marks of Soviet communism, showing fear and anguish, but also the rigour and conformism of Dmitry Kabalevsky. We end with a young composer who is very highly thought of n the musical world: Lera Auerbach, one of the last artists to be stripped of Russian nationality, who now lives in the United States and Germany.'

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Image ...mais les images restent...
Michael Jarrell claims for himself the status of a craftsman. Well aware that mastery of his art is acquired in the long term, he has often felt the need to return to the same object, considered from a different angle, when he judges that he now possesses more ef cient tools and can express his musical ideas with greater precision. Although he says he is fascinated by artists who constantly work at the same idea, he does not seek a reduction of this kind for himself, but rather moves from one work to another through a process of reactions. That attitude is illustrated by this new album in which works and performers intersect; and the artists here are the composer’s most loyal supporters.
The arborescences and ruptures, the profundity of the multiple levels of interpretation we can perceive in the pieces on the programme of this disc, make us conscious of the multiplicity of the levels of meaning present in his music. Michael Jarrell’s training as a visual artist has probably honed his sensitivity to forms still further. The impact on him of Paul Klee’s ideas, notably concerning the relationships between forms and movements, is doubtless not foreign to the way he animates the materials with which he composes.

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Image Cuerdas del Destino
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Image Caprices
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"...først og fremmest er han violinist med en eminent teknik, der giver ham lov til at gøre selv meget vanskelige og dybt origi-nale kompositioner musikalske og levende..."
Politiken januar 2018

Over and above his legendary career as leader of the Arditti Quartet, Irvine Arditti has worked on many solo projects and is still today one of the foremost interpreters of the music of our time. Over the past decade he has given the world premieres of a whole host of large-scale works written especially for him. His approach to the contemporary violin is fascinating. The works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Elliott Carter, Emmanuel Nunes and Pierre Boulez assembled in this album are among the most widely known in the recent repertory for violin, both on account of the transcendental character of the pieces themselves and the impetus they have given the instrument’s technique, but also and above all because of the accomplishment manifest in the variety of their modes of expression. Irvine Arditti’s performance of them on this disc is masterly and already sets a benchmark.

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Image Dulle Griet
Mdi Ensemble; RepertorioZero / Pierre-Andre Valade

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Image Reflecting Black
The composer William Blank (born 1957) is one with Michael Jarrell and the elderly Heinz Holliger the most important representatives of contemporary music in Switzerland. His works are characterized less by extreme complexity or random dependent or improvised passages as by a pointillism with a human face. The CD presents orchestral works from 2000 by 2009.

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Image Concerti, Capriccio & Aria
Olivier Cavé, piano

After the success of his two previous discs, devoted to Scarlatti and Clementi, pianist Olivier Cavé pursues his companionship with a Bach project. Throughout his extraordinary career, Bach never tired of copying by hand the music of others, and the sense of eclecticism that would drive him to reproduce and adapt works, namely Italian music, was his way of achieving a very personal synthesis and creation, where abstract speculation and poetry would find their place. These beautiful transcriptions were precisely at the origin of one of his master pieces, the Italian Concerto.

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Image Works for Organ
Combines two properties Bernard Foccroulle (born in 1953) is not only one of the outstanding organists on historical instruments of international renown, but also one of the most important contemporary composers in Belgium. In this production he combines these two properties in an ideal manner, making use of the special timbre of historical instruments for his own works. As of organist, I have oft been quite struck by the exceptional beauty of historic organs End of month the very pronounced personality oft Sharply contrasts with the Standardized instruments built in the 20th century. HOWEVER, some of thesis old instruments impose constraints examined (reduced compass of the manual [s], limited or non-existent pedal organ, unequal temperament, fairly limited composition of stops, etc.) thatthey allow of only a highly specific repertoire. Most of the works composed in the 20th century are simply unplayable on synthesis instruments. This is why Certain organists and composers began, in the 1980s, to generate a contemporary literature takes into account the constraints did specificities and offering splendid evidence of the past. Capriccio sopra re-mi-fa-sol what the first piece in this cycle. Subsequently, I wrote other pieces for historic instruments, almost always choosing to early composer as a point of reference. As a whole, thesis Compositions offer a contemporary look at organ music and organ building in Europe since the Renaissance.

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Image Music For Cello And Electronics
Arne Deforce, cello
Yutaka Oya, electronics

The works presented here belong among the most inventive repertoire for cello and electronics of our time. They invite us to become wondering listeners, to discover new realms of exceptional musical originality, connecting and intertwining the triangle of mind, body and soul; heart, intellect and pleasure; respiration, sensuality and thought.

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Image Encuentro
Quatuor Caliente
Gilberto Pereyra: bandoneón
Michel Berrier: violin
Cédric Lorel: piano
Nicolas Marty: double-bass
Laurent Colombani: guitar
Vincent Maillard: vibraphone

The title and contents of this new disc are full of meaning for the Caliente Quartet.

They attest to their encounter and great history with the music of Astor Piazzolla and Tango Nuevo, their (more recent) encounter with the Argentine composer Gustavo Beytelmann, from whom they commissioned two new works specifically for this recording, and finally their encounters with guitarist Laurent Colombani and vibraphonist Vincent Maillard.

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Image No Time in Eternity
Céladon Ensemble underlines the obvious artistic connections between the music of English Renaissance and contemporary music.

This release is a clever mix of genres that points out to surprising similarities between these works: we could easily believe that Tye’s Sit Fast was composed very recently.

This parentage, harmonic, rhythmic and poetic logic, opens a whole field of exploration into sound identity and tradition.

Both composers, belonging to remote eras, dealt with timbre fusion in a similar way to create a full-bodied sound, both powerful and soothing.

The intensity of a violas consort that carries a certain magic, the paradoxical expression of a voice which is solitary but also becomes a sixth instrument, one of the violas.

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Image Chiaro e scuro
An original programme with which the Swiss pianist Olivier Cavé succeeds in summarizing two universes that might, however, a priori appear remote: Domenico Scarlatti vs. Joseph Haydn. In the same album, Olivier Cavé confronts two complementary visions of the keyboard. 'With this project, I wanted to connect these two composers,' he tells us, 'for, when playing Haydn, I always had the feeling that he was familiar with Scarlatti's music.' For these two composers, the keyboard is the alphabet of a distinctive language; in a style both playful and mischievous, they composed with a bantering humour, unlimited amusement, unfailing virtuosity and a perfect sense of description.Paradoxically, the two composers meet in their slow movements, of unparalleled simplicity and amazing naturalness that give this music, generations apart, very great lyrical depth. This recording shows to what degree the impact of Scarlatti's music on Haydn's keyboard compositions is undeniable. For this project, Olivier Cavé has relied on the learned advice of the American musicologist Elaine Sisman.

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Image Music for a King
Music for a King
The Winchester Troper, 11th century
Pierre Chépélov & Joel Rust, 21st century
Discantus . Brigitte Lesne

On Easter Day in the year 1043, King Edward the Confessor was crowned in Winchester Cathedral. Nearly 10 centuries later, the six women's voices of Discantus bring back to life the nascent polyphonies that were being written at the time in England: between Gregorian chant and organized two-part pieces, here we are at the beginnings of counterpoint and the practice of discantus (descant). These compositions are drawn from the Winchester Tropary, one of the most fabulous musical testimonies of the era, with most of the pieces selected centred on the Paschal period.

In mirror are inserted, like two shimmering stained-glass windows framed in the Romanesque stone, two compositions from today, commissioned by the ensemble on texts excerpted from Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy (c.524). These works, by two young composers - a Frenchman (Pierre Chépélov, born 1979) and a Briton (Joel Rust, born 1989) -, extend the musical exchanges that existed between the great island and the continent throughout the Middle Ages.

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Image Late String Quartets
Brugt i filmen A Late Quartet. Formed in 1992, the Brentano Quartet took their name from the supposed identity of Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved" Antonie Brentano and thereby signalled that they felt a special affinity with the composer's music. Appointed in 1999 Princeton's University's first quartet-in-residence, they have, over twenty years, built a formidable reputation without making more than a handful of recordings mostly of music by modern composers. This recording of "classical" repertoire will be of great interest to their admirers, especially those in the UK where they were awarded the Royal Philharmonic Award for the Most Outstanding Debut and have appeared regularly in London's Wigmore Hall.Read more:

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Image Die Kunst der Fuge
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Image American Clarinet Concertos
Eddy Vanoosthuyse, clarinet
Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra / Paul Meyer

A tribute to American music! An opportunity to sample some of the most up-to-date American music, with two masterpieces in the concertante genre: the clarinet concertos of Elliott Carter and John Corigliano.

Presented here by leading interpreters of this music, these two pieces are emblematic of the rich stylistic diversity of the American continent.

John Corigliano's Clarinet Concerto of 1977 showcases the soloist's virtuosity. It is a highly sensitive work in which the clarinettist plays the role of a valiant hero weathering the storm, the tumultuous, tempestuous material of the orchestra, glinting like a flash of lightning among the discordant detonations of the horns and the thunderclaps of the percussion. But the tumult soon makes way for dreams, the purely melancholy power of the music of this American master, sometimes recalling the most moving moments of his Violin Concerto, which served as material for François Girard's film The Red Violin (Oscar for Best Film Score 1999).

A different style and a different way of introducing the narrative is found in Elliott Carter's Clarinet Concerto, composed twenty years later, in 1997. This piece gives the impression of a veritable musical

dramaturgy, in which each instrument is treated individually. The composer also treats the concerto itself in a new way, since he sets up an alternating dialogue between the soloist and each of the instrumental groups, which are independent of each other and laid out in a semicircle. The style of the work is characterised by both virtuosity and precision in the articulations and the accents. Elliott Carter, whose 104th birthday is celebrated this year, is unquestionably one of the most inventive composers of his time.

Two worlds, two visions, given a magnificent performance by the clarinet of Eddy Vanoosthuyse under the baton of Paul Meyer.

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Image String Quartets Nos. 6 & 7
With this album coupling his Sixth and Seventh string quartets, the æon label completes its recording of all the quartets of Pascal Dusapin with the Arditti Quartet. This second disc follows the earlier recording of his first five works in the genre, released in 2009. Complicity, transmission, comprehension: Pascal Dusapin’s output has been so familiar to and closely associated with these musicians since the 1980s (six of the works were composed for them) that it has become inseparable from them. The present edition reveals a trajectory that has lasted more than thirty years now and has established a coherent corpus over time. It helps the listener to grasp some of the composer’s deep-seated aspirations and the evolution of his style.

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Image Gone
There are certain types of music that affirm and triumph. Others suggest a distance, a gentle journey towards far-off lands. Jérôme Combier is of this race of vagabonds. His music plunges the listener into a deep, rarefied atmosphere, dense with multiple, ghostly apparitions that set the imagination free. Here and there, a line of shadows interferes between the real voices, as if coming out of nowhere. Straight away, Combier’s music does away with the references of pitches, the distinction between sounds, breaths and friction, gone into more deeply with the electronics and closely connected to rainfalls of sand, murmurs of the wind… The electronics have this function, eroding the sonority borne by the instruments, diluting harmonies and scales in gentle saturations, sounds loaded with grain. The works brought together in this album, performed by the nec plus ultra of the music of our time, immerse us in a diaphanous glow. This is a rare recording of the highest quality!

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Image String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Arditti Quartet

Born in Catalonia and Arnold Schönberg's sole Spanish student, Roberto Gerhard is, after Manuel de Falla, the boldest and most brilliant representative of the music of his country. Forced into the exile by the Spanish civil war, he became a British citizen and spend his last years in Cambridge. Although they never met, the connection with the Arditti Quartet seems to have been preordained, as illustrated by this superb recording of what can be considered the composer's masterworks.

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Image Solitude
The supernatural drifts of the compositions brought together in this recording, served by the power and playing technique of Séverine Ballon, reveal unexpected facets of expressiveness in the contemporary cello. Fully engaged in the renewal of its repertoire, Séverine Ballon especially favours conversing and working with the composers, in the intimacy of the 'sound factory'. Having initiated numerous creations to which this recital admirably bears witness, here she offers us a tailor-made programme in the heart of the compositional procès. Once again, what could have been likened to risk-taking allows Séverine Ballon to affirm, forcefully and with conviction, her artistic identity, her commitment and her very particular place in the world of the contemporary cello.

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Image Chansonnier du roi (Le)
Alla Francesca / Brigitte Lesne

Mentioned by Dante amongst 'the most illustrious poets of his time, Thibaut de Champagne (1201-1253), also called 'Thibaut the Songwriter', was one of France's greatest trouvères (or 'musician-poet' in langue d'oïl).

He left us some sixty songs, cultivating highly varied musical genres: songs of love and of the crusades, pastourelles, hymns to the Virgin, jeux-partis... Count of Champagne and King of Navarre, grandson of Marie de France and great-grandson of Eleanor of Aquitaine, he was chosen by the Holy See and numerous barons to lead a new crusade in 1239. A seal from 1226 portrays him on horseback, brandishing his sword.

This disc proposes an anthology of his compositions, all coming from the very famous songbook copied at the end of the 13th century: the 'King's manuscript'. As a counterpoint to the songs and in harmony with them, it also presents motets and instrumental dances representative of the musical repertoires of the period.

1 Chançon ferai, que talenz m'en est pris - chanson d'amour (Thibaut de Champagne) 5'52
2 Onques n'amai - motet (Anonyme) 1'25
3 De fine amor vient seance et biautez - chanson d'amour (Thibaut de Champagne) 6'28
4 Qui loiaument sert s'amie - motet (Anonyme) 1'42
5 J'aloie l'autrier errant - pastourelle (Thibaut de Champagne) 5'15
6 Nus hom ne puet ami reconforter - chanson d'amour (Thibaut de Champagne) 7'01
7 Septime estampie real - danse (Anonyme) 3'12
8 Dame, merci, une rien vos demant - débat (Thibaut de Champagne) 4 '49
9 En talent ai que je die - chanson historique (Hue de la Ferté) 2'58
10 Pour conforter ma pesance faz un son - chanson d'amour (Thibaut de Champagne) 2'21
11 L'autrier par la matinee - pastourelle (Thibaut de Champagne) 3'24
12 Dou tresdouz non a la virge Marie - chanson pieuse (Thibaut de Champagne) 5'35
13 Au tans plein de félonie - chanson de croisade (Thibaut de Champagne) 3'16
14 Danse real - danse instrumental (Anonyme) 2'21
15 Seignor, saichies qui or ne s'en ira - chanson de croisade (Thibaut de Champagne) 4'33
16 Quinte estampie real - danse (Anonyme) 3'47

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Image Der Geograph, Les Voix humaines, Concerto I, Dornr
Marked by the experiments of Luigi Nono or Helmut Lachenmann, and by his practice of seventeenth and eighteenth century music, French composer Brice Pauset is pursuing an original path, marked by his rhetorical questioning of earlier forms of music. This is music in tune with our own culture and, at times, would transmit its evidences. The vocal issue remains central, even in Brice Pauset’s catalogue: “The voice as an instrument,” he writes, “the voice as identity (and it then literally becomes human), and finally, the voice as an instrument of identity. It is only at this moment that the musical and political can carry on a dialogue, and that music can attempt to express its time.” Performed by the WDR Sinfonieorchester & Chor Koln, Ensemble Recherche, and Arditti Quartet, this is an album of great intensity served by first-rate performers!

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Image Late String Quartets
Brentano String Quartet

Founded in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet of New York is particularly recognized for its interpretations combining perfect technique with peerless musicality: a Class A ensemble. Their previous volume, devoted to Beethoven's late quartets (named 'Editor's Choice' by Gramophone magazine), served as the soundtrack for Yaron Zilberman's film A Late Quartet, which brings together a galaxy of stars including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken... Benefiting from this first success, our musicians are now continuing the undertaking with the Op. 135 and 132.

A pure crystal of intelligence and brilliance that will doubtless mark a milestone. USA premiere of the film 'A LATE QUARTET' on November 2nd 2012. « Perhaps this is the greatest gift that Beethoven has given us. He grapples with the vicissitudes of our inner and outer lives, in full acknowledgement of our native suffering, and through the transformative power of art leads us to recognition of beauty and faith in humanity.

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Image Piano Sonata No. 2 / Chopin Variations
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What is fascinating in the music of Pascal Dusapin, it is the unrestrained energy that radiates from his music, the compact and radical intensity of the sound structures and the clear sense of form of the music in which a singular expressivity is achieved, where the voice of the ‘other’ — the otherness of the cello or clarinet — is expressed. Arne Deforce is renowned for his passionate and exceptional performances of contemporary and experimental music. His inventive programmes explore new musical forms of expression in which the act of an uninhibited creative listening is privileged. In this album, his interpretation is filled with a pure energy, an authentic and personal sound universe that is developed in highly expressive structures of sound and performed with an unbelievable energy that is both ferocious and joyous.

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Image String Quartets, Op. 54, Nos. 1-3
Quatour Ysaÿe
Guillaume Sutre, Luc-Marie Aguera, Miguel da Silva, François Salque

Formed in l984 while its members were still students at the Paris Conservatoire, the Ysaÿe Quartet is named after the violinist and composer Eugene Ysaÿe (1858-1931), who was a powerful influence on the musical world of his day. The Ysaÿe captured international attention when it became the first French quartet ever to win the Grand Prize at the Evian (now Bordeaux) International String Quartet Competition in 1988. An extraordinary 1989 debut at the Salzburg Festival resulted in immediate re-engagement for the following summer and in January l992, the ensemble established itself as one of Europe's pre-eminent ensembles with highly acclaimed cycles of the six Mozart quartets dedicated to Haydn in both Salzburg and Vienna. Since then, the Quartet has been invited to play throughout the world and has made recordings for the harmonia mundi, Philips and Decca labels. The members of the Quartet are on the faculty of the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where they have established a special class for string quartets. Their repertoire is strongly based in the first Viennese School and this is the first CD of Joseph Haydn in what is to be a complete cycle of the 68 quartets for Aeon. It will be recorded over the next five years in conjunction with their appearances in this repertoire at the Festival de Besançon.

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Image Liaisons Magnétiques (Les)
Ensemble Variances & Ensemble Resonanz / Jonathan Stockhammer

To those who want to listen to him, Thierry Pécou relates the world, its expanse, beauty, and chaos, too, with the suffering of men and their mutilated memories. The trance of the Bahian candomblé, the Mozartian melodic sweetness, the virtuosic orchestration, the pre-Columbian musical archaeology: all these differences intermingle without getting lost in the Tout-monde that Thierry Pécou shares with us.

With the virtuosos of his Ensemble Variances, he takes us off into his Tout-monde (to borrow the lovely expression by the Martiniquais writer Edouard Glissant), cultivating his relations with the Other or the Elsewhere without diluting himself. This is the full meaning of the homage he pays to Henri Dutilleux in Les liaisons magnétiques, to pre-Columbian Mexico with Soleil-Feu, or to the vitalist philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, which is the background of Les Machines désirantes. He visits Indonesian gamelans in his Sextet, without overlooking a festive, sensual detour by way of the islands of the Caribbean with Salsa d'Elissa and Dominica Reggae.

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Image Quatuors Op. 33 & 42
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Image Harmonie & Turcherie
Zefiro / Alfredo Bernardini

Harmonie & Turcherie: around the year 1800, Western music was experiencing a merging of two phenomena. On one hand was the success of a particular ensemble of wind instruments, boosted by the foundation of the royal and imperial Harmonie by Emperor Joseph himself in Vienna in 1782, the core of its repertoire being arrangements of famous opera arias; on the other, the fashion for orientalism, reflected in different expressions of the arts: painting, sculpture, architecture and music.

The typical octet of the Harmonie, consisting of pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns and bassoons, was therefore reinforced by louder wind instruments such as trumpets, trombones, a contrabassoon or a cimbasso, as well as an array of percussion instruments - together, they could evoke the military bands of the highly feared Janissaries.

That sound fascinated the most eminent composers of the time, including Haydn (Joseph and his younger brother Michael), Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti (Gaetano and his elder brother Giuseppe, active at the Ottoman court), Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Spohr, all of whom wrote small, little-known masterpieces for this particular band. Zefiro presents us with a varied programme by these composers, alternating Turkish marches with chamber music works in a more operatic and deeper vein, thus revealing the versatility and colours of period wind instruments.

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Image Occhi belli, occhi neri
Soledad de la Rosa, soprano
Ensemble Mare Nostrum
Andrea De Carlo

One of the most productive and versatile of Italian composers, Marco Marazzoli is remembered today principally for his part in the development of Roman opera. Or maybe not even that, seeing that his output is represented in current record catalogues by only a few scattered entries, amongst which the recording of La Fiera di Farfa by Vincent Dumestre (Alpha 172) is the most significant. And yet Marazzoli, who lived in the shadow of three great popes, is one of the most significant Roman composers of the mid-seventeenth century.

Besides which, his compositional skill, the originality of his style and the freshness of his melodies put him on a par with the greatest names of the Baroque era. For his debut album on the Arcana label - after three successful recordings issued on Ricercar and Alpha - Andrea De Carlo and his Ensemble Mare Nostrum explore one of the most noteworthy areas of his output: the secular cantata.

The scale of his production (379 items!) places Marazzoli among the big names in the history of the genre. The characteristics that distinguish these works are the stunning originality of the melodic lines that anticipate the great arias that will appear years later, and a great variety of form, style and subject. A good singer himself, he probed the vocal skills of his performers, which is why his music requires a sophisticated vocal technique for works where legato, coloratura, and extreme vocal ranges combine to delight the listener.

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Image Six Violin Sonatas, Op. 4
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Image Ayres & Songs from Orpheus Britannicus; Harmonia S
It is an important moment in the life of a singer when she is able to confront the standard repertory. After years spent studying theatre and music in Shakespeare's England under the guidance of musicologist Philip Brett, Jill Feldman recorded two programmes of Henry Purcell's music in 1992, reissued here as a double CD. Many of the ‘Ayres and Songs’ from Orpheus Britannicus are connected to the English theatrical tradition. In the earliest piece on this CD, ‘From Silent Shades’, and the latest, ‘From Rosy Bow'rs’, we hear one theatrical tradition – placing the voice of truth in the mouth of a madman. In the same way, we hear the wisdom of Touchstone in As You Like It, of Feste in Twelfth Night, and of King Lear's Fool. This programme, superbly accompanied by lutenist Nigel North, searches for that wisdom throughout. In the Harmonia Sacra recording, Purcell’s sacred hymns are interspersed with his complete organ works played by Davitt Moroney, with whom Jill Feldman had collaborated ever since their meeting in 1975 as part of Philip Brett’s ensemble at Berkeley in California. The organ is an exquisite instrument built by Purcell’s contemporary, Thomas Dallam (1677), which resides in the small village of Guimiliau in Brittany.

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Image Pieces de Clavessin en Manuscrits
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Image Hildebrandston: 15th-Century German Songbooks
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Image Musikalisches Opfer
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Image Laudarium
It was the St. Francis of Assisi, who developed the Lauda except as a religious liturgical song. The edition with two albums released again presents some of these medieval Laude, in which is revealed the popular piety of the Middle Ages in a musical way. For his productions, the special ensemble La Reverdie took into account the time the first pieces of a Florentine manuscript. The Lauda, a musical-poetic genre first developed by Saint Francis of Assisi, is the oldest Historically and remains one of the most remarkable expressions of Italian popular musical culture from the Middle Ages to our day. In this double CD set presents a rich and La Reverdie VARIED anthology of Italian monophonic Laude from the two principal sources of this repertoire: the manuscripts of Cortona (about 1270) and Florence (1320), centered on the main themes common to both: the cult of the Virgin Mary and the devotion of the Saints. Along with recorded performances of many pieces from the Florence manuscript never before recorded, the two CD set includes a presentation booklet with detailed introductory essays Illustrating the methods of musicological research Involved in the reconstruction of this repertoire, as well as its continuing social, historical, cultural and religious Significance, upon Which La Reverdie Has founded its unique interpretive approach.

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Image Missa Galeazescha. Music for the duke of Milan
During the reign of Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza (1444-76), Milan experienced an extraordinary musical era. In the 1470s, the Duke set out to form a ‘famous and worthy choir’, recruiting a ‘goodly number of singers from beyond the Alps and from various countries’. He soon assembled a musical ensemble that boasted some of the most celebrated musicians in the Franco-Flemish polyphony of the day, from Italy and beyond.

The Duke brought into being a new kind of polyphonic mass, a cycle of motets called missales to replace the traditional ordinarium, with texts attributing special importance to the worship of Our Lady of Grace and Mercy, much beloved by the Sforza family.

A masterpiece of the genre is the so-called Missa Galeazescha for five voices, composed by Loyset Compère and performed here by an ensemble inspired by the impressive size of Galeazzo Maria Sforza’s cappella. This recording brings together four vocal instrumental groups.

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Image Venetian Oboe Concertos
Using a rare original instrument made by Giovanni Maria Anciuti (the most remarkable woodwind instrument maker active in Italy in the first half of the eighteenth century) and dated 1730, Alfredo Bernardini offers us a reference anthology of Venetian Baroque oboe concertos, ranging from favourites like Marcellos Concerto one of the most performed oboe concertos in the repertoire to true rarities like Bigaglias, recordedhere for the first time.The new oboe invaded all European countries by the year 1700, just a few decades after its invention in France. All composers and listeners were fascinated by its flexibility, versatility and a sound that came very close to the human voice. In the same period Venetian composers developed the solo-concerto, a new musical form that would become a privileged standard until our modern times, in which one instrument is in the foreground in a larger group mostly consisting of strings and basso continuo. The two novelties were very soon associated and the amount of Venetian concerti for oboe written between 1715 and 1735 make an impressive milestone in the repertoire of this instrument.

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Image Estro Poetico-Armonico
With a selection from Benedetto Marcello’s Estro poetico-armonico, a monumental musical setting of the first fifty psalms, the first edition of which was accompanied by letters of praise from such musicians as Telemann, Mattheson and Bononcini, L’Amoroso finds an original way of celebrating its initial passion, the Italian repertory with viola da gamba, of which the ensemble has made a speciality at the instigation of Guido Balestracci. The artistic project here renews the group’s ties with the centrality of melody, the dialogue between voices and instruments, and experimentation with vocal sound. The two singers, the ductile and sensitive soprano Caroline Pelon and the alto Melodie Ruvio with her deep tone-colours, appear in both solo and duet formation. A sonata from the composer’s op.2, testifying to the taste for the viola da gamba typical of Baroque culture in Venice, completes this recording, a new collaboration between the ensemble and Outhere that also marks the debut of L’Amoroso and Guido Balestracci on the Arcana label.

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Image Vertù contra furore (3CD)
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Image Sonatas for Cello and Continuo
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Image Lux in tenebris
One of the most talented singers of the new generation brings to light four gems for soprano and orchestra belonging to the great eighteenth -century tradition of Neapolitan sacred music.

The three composers are representative of as many generations of an industrious dynasty: Francesco Feo (1691-1761) was the uncle of Gennaro Manna (1715-79), who in turn was the uncle of Gaetano (1751-1804). Comparison between their scores allows us to observe the extraordinary development from the austerity of the late Baroque to the elegance of the galant style.

The Lamentations by the two Mannas were part of the liturgy of Holy Thursday (Officium tenebrarum), whereas Feo’s La sinderesi, a sorrowful meditation on sin and contrition, belongs to the form of the spiritual cantata and points to a private devotional environment. The short and bright Gloria by Gennaro Manna crowns the programme, symbolising the final achievement of a dimension of redemption and eternal salvation. All the pieces are characterised by the typically Neapolitan taste for purity of voice, with restrained virtuosity and radiant expressivity.

This is the third instalment of the new series devoted to Neapolitan music, in collaboration with the Neapolitan Centro di Musica Antica - Fondazione Pietà de’ Turchini.

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Image Water Musick; Wassermusik
Zefiro has already proved its strong affinity with Georg Philipp Telemann’s music, and the ensemble’s recording of his Ouvertures a 8 (Arcana A 371) was awarded a Gramophone Editor’s Choice. As Julie Anne Sadie pointed out, ‘the much-vaunted lean muscularity of the Ensemble Zefiro performances favours the wind instruments and, when joined with one-to-a-part strings, produces a freshly balanced sonority that alters our experience of these works’. The 250th anniversary of Telemann's death offers now a neat incentive to re-release this successful recording – originally issued on the Ambroisie label – on which his Wassermusik, generally referred to as Hamburg Ebb and Flow, is coupled with Handel’s more familiar aquatic suites. Both are occasional pieces composed within a few years of each other, the former written to celebrate the centenary of the Admiralty in Hamburg, and the latter for royal water parties on the Thames. Unlike Handel’s work, Telemann’s suite attempts to evoke images of water, aided by references in the titles to scenes and characters associated with the sea, and may therefore be considered as ‘programme music’.

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Image Toccate per Cembalo
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Image Se Con Stille Frequenti
In the Baroque period, the duetto da camera, usually conceived for two equal voices and continuo, was an important form of vocal chamber music, of which innumerable examples are found in the works of composers associated with Venice, the leading protagonist in the history of this genre. Venetian Sara Mingardo is joined by a large group of young, talented solo female voices (Silva Frigato, Lea Desandre…) in this amazing project, where masterpieces by the leading composers of the time have been entrusted to the voices best suited to highlight the respective particular musical content. Included in this recording are several previously unpublished and unperformed works, which have been newly transcribed and edited by the harpsichordist Edward Smith. At the heart of the programme, Sara Mingardo leaves her colleagues for a moment to appear as soloist in Fuggi pur, o crudele by Francesco Lucio, a splendid and typical lamento recorded here for the first time and destined to become a big hit.

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Image The Two Christmas Cantatas
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