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Gramophone Editor's Choice

Månedens Udvalgte

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

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Image Mozart in London
Editor's Choice for juli 2018
A wonderful exploration of the musical life of London during Mozart's visit as an eight year old, all beautifully and engagingly performed by Ian Page and his Mozartists. A true delight!


kr. 179,95
Image Piano Concerto No. 3 & Variations on a theme of Co
a fiendish but fabulous piano concerto performed with a glorious blend of technical prowess and lyricism.

kr. 80,00
Image Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7
These two Allan Pettersson symphonies are given powerful advocacy, the rgency of the Seventh palpalble, the music, as Guy Rickards puts it, in the musicians' blood


kr. 139,95
Image String Quartet No. 3; Serenade for String Trio; Se
a superb set of Dohnányi's chamber music from The Nash Ensemble, which Andrew Farach-Colton rightly suggests should both win over discoverers, and please aficionados of his music

kr. 139,95
Image Stephen Hough's Dream Album
A personal programme - both in terms of content, but also delivery - which charms, engages and fascinates, and highlights again just what a gifted and rounded musician Stephen Hough is.

kr. 139,95
Image The Dufay Spectacle
Voices and instruments alike swiftly entice the listener with their excellence and evocative atmosphere, Gothic Voices magnificently transporting us to their 15th- century sound world.

kr. 139,95
Image Chimère
Brilliantly and compellingly communicative as ever, Sandrine Piau's latest recital draws on an eclectic series of songs, and agian benefits from a wonderful rapport with Susan Manoff.

kr. 139,95
Image A Rose Magnificat
This album contains some deeply moving singing, of music both ancient and modern - well-crafted journey leading to the exquisitely performed contemporary title track from Matthew Martin.

kr. 139,95
Image Il Borgomastro di Saardam (DVD)
Great fun, says Richard LAwrence, offereing his nod of approval to this Donizetti rarity from bergamo's Festival devoted to the music of the composer

kr. 189,95
Image The Three Clarinet Concertos
RECORDING of the MONTH JUNE 2018

Michael Collins OBE embraces the double role of conductor and soloist in this thrilling revelation of clarinet treasures by the Finnish composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell, masterly supported by the fresh and spontaneous Swedish Chamber Orchestra. A clarinettist and composer, Crusell wrote works that were altogether more ambitious than any by his contemporaries. He achieved fame for his melodic inflection, his highly nuanced technique, and his beautiful sound, for which the three concertos, featured here, interpreted by one of today’s most internationally respected clarinettists, are an ideal vehicle. The level of virtuosity indeed makes severe technical demands on the soloist, as in the Introduction et air suédois, featured in the revised version published in 1829. But in the roundness of tone and evenness in quality throughout the range of the instrument produced by Collins lies the lasting attraction of a compelling musical discourse that has ensured Crusell’s recent widespread revival way beyond the world of the clarinet and its devotees.

kr. 139,95
Image Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Gramophone CHOICE JUNE 2018

The Road to Beethoven. For the first time in their history, the Wiener Symphoniker will release a complete Beethoven symphonies cycle on CD. The Wiener Symphoniker wrote music history with the first performances of works by Bruckner, Ravel and Schoenberg. And under the baton of such illustrious music directors as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Carlo Maria Giulini or Georges Prêtre they acquired worldwide fame for their unique Viennese sound. Considering its rich, more than a century long history, it comes as a surprise that the orchestra has never before recorded a full cycle of the nine symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven which are widely considered to constitute the apex of the symphonic repertoire. This shortcoming is about to be remedied: Starting in autumn 2017, the Wiener Symphoniker will release the full cycle on 5 CDs. With a new CD of the series to be released every 6 months, the full cycle will be completed just in time for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven in 2020. The symphonies were recorded live during a critically acclaimed concert cycle in Spring/Summer 2017 in the Great Hall of the Musikverein Wien. At these concerts, the international press specifically praised Jordan’s approach to combining a traditional Viennese sound with a more contemporary, slimmed down interpretation of the material, original tempi and insights from the historically informed performance practice. Through a close reading of the score and by focusing on the content of the works, Jordan aimed to create – in his words – a “more natural, direct, humanised“ image of the famous composer.

kr. 139,95
Image Viola Concerto; Partita; Sonata for String Orchest
GRAMOPHONE CHOICE 2018 JUNE

In this third volume of Edward Gardner’s Walton series with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, James Ehnes leaves his violin to tackle the taxing soloist role in the Viola Concerto.In a recent Strad interview, Ehnes confesses: ‘This is a piece I have loved since I was a teenager, so it is wonderful that the opportunity has come my way to record it... With Walton’s Viola Concerto, none of the writing is impossible but a lot of it is close. And in a way that is exactly where you want it to be: on the edge of technical limitations. There’s a tremendous amount of excitement in that.’This album in surround sound also features two much later works: the 1957 Partita for Orchestra and the Sonata for String Orchestra, adapted in 1971 from the String Quartet in A minor of 1945 – 47. There is a striking contrast between the uncomfortable modernism of the up-and-coming young composer’s Viola Concerto and the relaxed brilliance of the mature Partita. But the Sonata shows Walton late in his life re-engaging as an arranger with his earlier manner, and so with the characteristic vein of restless unease that runs through most of his output.

kr. 139,95
Image Lecons de ténèbres
GRAMOPHONE CHOICE JUNE 2018

'None of us knew what to expect when we took the plunge into the first cycle of the Leçons de Ténèbres by Lambert. The secular work of this great master of the French XVII Century – one of the great singers and pedagogues of his time – was known to us, each one of us having performed many times his wonderful court airs. We thereupon thought that we were on known territory and able to adapt ourselves to suit his religious music, even though it seemed odd to us that these Leçons were not better known or often performed and even less recorded – this first cycle being the very first recording. But from the first working session, we understood why. It took a good three hours just to read the first Leçon – for about ten minutes worth of music! Indeed, the vocal line, abundantly ornamented with Gregorian ‘plainchant ’, is not rhythmically rigorously organised in relation to the basso continuo line. We therefore had to put in place both parts, melodic and harmonic, with a very careful and well thought out approach. Nonetheless, once we got over these initial hurdles, the music revealed itself to us in all its beauty and its singular depth, the sobriety and the expressivity of the plain-chant comes through almost as a kind of watermark behind the genius and endlessly renewed inventiveness of the ornamentation. We took on the huge task of adapting this score, which had always remained a puzzle for musicologists who in actual fact were very interested in hearing our interpretation in the light of the latest research. Several stages were necessary in order to find the best solution for performing this work whilst remaining as faithful as possible to the original source. Faced with ornamentation both prolific and virtuosic, equally precise as it is mysterious, conserving moments of unexpected liberty in the middle of a very restrained form, one of the major challenges was to find a specific vocality and an adapted continuo, taking us back to the very heart of our artistic research. It is rare, that as a musician we are to such a point interrogated by a score and each one of us by bringing his stone to the edifice, truly lived this adventure as a gift. According to witnesses at the time, we know that these Leçons by Michel Lambert were performed by three singers during the Tenebrae services but we chose the option in this recording of providing a version for male voice, to take into account the fact that our composer himself must have sung these pieces – the score, even if we know that it is not autographed, leads us to believe that it is more of an ‘aide-mémoire’ rather than a ready to be performed version – and that he sang his own court airs, even though they were written for soprano. He also played the accompaniment, probably on the theorbo – in the company of the gambist and theorbist Nicolas Hotman, of whom we have chosen a few instrumental pieces made use of as preludes, postludes, meditations and phrases in between these Leçons, which at the time were placed in the middle of liturgical services, three days before Easter... If the experience suggested here differs from that which was originally anticipated for these pieces, it’s nevertheless worth being listened to notably for the meditative state into which it plunges us. Now we can share with you our gift!'

kr. 149,95
Image Symphony No. 1 (DVD)
GRAMOPHONE CHOICE JUNE 2018

Gustav Mahler. Symphony No. 1 in D major. Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Riccardo Chailly. Including bonus: Interview with Riccardo Chailly on Gustav Mahler‘s Symphony No. 1. Gustav Mahler‘s Symphony No. 1 is an incomprehensible wonder of music history, rigorously peculiar, disturbingly new, and timelessly modern. “Wie ein Naturlaut” („Like a sound of nature“) is indicated above the frst notes of the symphony. It is both the prelude and the key to his symphonic cosmos as a whole. Mahler‘s music captures this music of the world, transforms it into a symphony in the old, comprehensive sense of the word and uses it to create his master-piece of harmony. From the connotation of militarily marches to folk songs, from dance and popular music to animal sounds: everything has its place in Mahler‘s symphonic world.Composed over the course of just a few months at the beginning of 1888 in Leipzig, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 is a true musical awakening. Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig bring Mahler’s sounds of nature to life in a riveting performance. Recorded at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, January 2015

kr. 189,95
Image Tenebrae Responsories
EDITOR'S CHOICE MAY 2018

The Tenebrae Responsories are full of poignant inner drama, something Victoria's music well embodies, and which Stile Antico powerfully capture in this highly communicative performance.



kr. 149,95
Image Copland conducts Copland (DVD)
EDITOR'S CHOICE MAY 2018


A chance to see Aaron Copland conducting his own works - 'a great watch, and a rewarding listen as well' writes our reviewer Christian Hoskins.








kr. 139,95
Image Piano Sonatas
EDITOR'S CHOICE MAY 2018

If last month's interview with Paul Lewis whetted your appetite for what we hope may be a long Haydn sonata journey, this well chosen first set won't disappoint!



kr. 149,95
Image Piano Sonatas Nos. 13 & 21
EDITOR'S CHOICE MAY 2018

An intriguing concept, about which our critic had his doubts, though none at all about these thrilling performances, bursting with a gripping theatricality.



kr. 139,95
Image Quartets Nos. 2 & 3
EDITOR'S CHOICE MAY 2018

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



kr. 139,95
Image Reflections
EDITOR'S CHOICE MAY 2018

There's a sensitive, beguiling grace to Julien Brocal's playing throughout this recital, which seems to effortlessly convey a captivating world of colour and mood.


kr. 149,95
Image Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4
EDITOR'S CHOICE MAY 2018

An enjoyable cycle reaches its conclusion in considerable style - the rapport between Lars Vogt and his Nortern Sinfonia feels natural and joyous after a rewarding journey.



kr. 139,95
Image The Bells & Symphonic Dances
EDITOR's CHOICE APRIL 2018

SERGEI RACHMANINOV. THE BELLS - SYMPHONIC DANCES.




kr. 139,95
Image Pieces de violes
EDITOR's CHOICE APRIL 2018

Marin Marais possesses the grace, elegance and wit so appealing in the goût français of the eighteenth century. The character pieces of his last two books depict portraits, landscapes and little genre scenes in painterly fashion, and are an unsurpassed highpoint of the viol repertory.

kr. 139,95
Image Violin Sonatas, Vol. 5
EDITOR'S CHOICE 2018 APRIL

The fifth and final instalment of this landmark series cements both artists’ reputations as two of the leading Mozartians performing today.




kr. 139,95
Image Psalms of Repentance; Magnificat & Nunc dimittis
EDITOR'S CHOICE MARCH 2018

Possibly the best recording yet of one of the choral repertoire's most technically challenging works, says critic Ivan Moody of this powerful Schnittke recording



kr. 139,95
Image Diabelli Variations
EDITOR's CHOICE 2018 APRIL
The pianist Martin Helmchen has now joined Alpha for several recordings. Acknowledged as one of the leading pianists of his generation, an eminent interpreter of the German repertoire, Helmchen will explore various periods and composers (including Messiaen!), but Beethoven will have a preponderant place in his forthcoming recording projects.

kr. 139,95
Image Catalogue d'Oiseaux (3 SACD)
EDITOR's CHOICE 2018 APRIL
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Aimards indspilning er præcis, storslået, klar og alligevel i besiddelse af den mystiske dybde, der kendetegner al Olivier Messiaens musik og gør selv et hyper-naturalistisk værk som ’Catalogue d’Oiseaux’ til en metafysisk oplevelse
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A fascinating work, the demands it makes on performer and listener both great but rewarding, is brilliantly explored by a pianist, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, with a deep knowledge by the music of Messiaen Gramophone

kr. 399,95
Image Four Pieces, Four Pianos
EDITOR's CHOICE 2018 APRIL

Alexander Melnikov imagined this programme where four monuments from the piano repertoire are interpreted in their original instrumental environment, Graff, Erard, Bösendorfer and Steinway.

kr. 139,95
Image Venezia Millenaria 700 - 1797 (2 SACD + Book)
EDITOR's CHOICE 2018 APRIL

Over 1,000 years, from the Byzantine Empire to the Napoleonic Wars, Venice played a key role in shaping the Western music.


kr. 335,00
Image Les Funérailles Royales de Louis XIV (DVD)
EDITORs CHOICE 2018 APRIL

The funeral of Louis XIV mirrored his reign: grandiose and filled with pathos. Raphaël Pichon has chosen the setting of the Chapelle Royale in Versailles, built ‘for the use’ of the Sun King, to present a musical reconstruction of the event, with chiaroscuro lighting designs by Bertrand Couderc. Solemn grands motets like the De profundis and Dies irae of Michel-Richard de Lalande and the poignant Marche funèbre pour le Convoy du Roy by André Danican Philidor are juxtaposed with rarely heard music by Jean Colin, Louis Chein and Charles d’Helfer. An outstanding performance by Pygmalion, filmed on the occasion of the tercentenary of the event, in November 2015.

kr. 149,95
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