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Image Fantasies, Rhapsodies & Daydreams
Spectacular virtuoso playing, bravura passagework and show-stopping melodies are balanced with wistful lyricism and sublime tone painting in this irresistible program of perennial favorites, played with elan by the violinist Arabella Steinbacher. "Great violinists like Heifetz, Kresler, menuhin...played virtuosic pieces in their concerts," recalled Steinbacher in a recent interview. She lamented that such pieces are infrequently played owing to the perception that "...this kind of repertoire is 'not serious enough' which I find is really a pity and also not true." In a change of pace, the album also features the work which has topped Classic FM's listeners' "Hall of Fame" for the last three years running: the much-loved and achingly lyrical The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams completed it following the horrors of the First World War. For this recording Arabella Steinbacher plays the "Booth" Stradivari from 1716, a generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

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Image Violin Concertos
This release arguably features the two greatest concertos ever written for the violin: performed by one of the most brilliant violinists of her generation,together with one of the finest orchestras,and under the baton of one of the world's foremost conductors.This recording of Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn violin concertos bears witness to the eminence of the collaboration between violinist Arabella Steinbacher, conductor Charles Dutoit and PENTATONE's Orchestra of the Season January-June 2015, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the result thereof.After waiting for a long time to record these concertos with the perfect collaboration,Arabella Steinbacher didn't waste any chance to shine with heart-felt enthusiasm and bravura in this recording.Her performance produced such a pure, yet fierce sound that it allowed the music to speak in an immediate, translucent way. Recorded in September 2014 in the magnificent Victoria Hall, Geneva, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande were totally at home with the repertoires and performed with great confidence;they were led by Dutoit, who was vivid, rhythmic and clear in his direction. The vigorous playing results in a vibrant sound that is captured perfectly in this multi-channel SACD recording.

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Image Violin Concertos 3, 4 & 5
Arabella Steinbacher (violin)

Festival Strings Lucerne, Daniel Dodds

Arabella Steinbacher is one of the fastest-rising stars in the world of music today. This young performer is already being hailed as one of the truly great violinists of our times, acclaimed by The New York Times for playing with 'balanced lyricism and fire'.

At the age of 8, Ms Steinbacher was already performing her first violin concerto by the composer. And since then, the work has reappeared throughout her successful career like a leitmotiv. Yet her performance has never appeared on a CD, Following repeated requests from concert audiences, it is now finally 'Zeit Fur Mozart' (= time for Mozart): the fulfilment of a long-cherished wish, not only for Arabella, but also for her many followers. For all those aficionados who want to enjoy Mozart's most playful melodies, this is sure to be a case of 'love at first listen'.

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Image Shuffle, Play, Listen
Matt Haimovitz, cello
Christopher O'Riley, piano

This is the fourth issue of the PENTATONE OXINGALE series. An out of the box double SACD album with works for cello and piano, performed by cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley, including a booklet containing an interview by way of liner notes. One of the discs contains classical music and the other contains pop music, arranged for cello and piano by Christopher O'Riley.

Which brings the interviewer in the booklet to the following question: "...continuing on this idea of polyvalence, like it or not, people and fans are going to be focusing on this aspect of it."

Matt Haimovitz: "Well, we've been discussing this for months, actually. When we're in concert we go between Stravinsky and Radiohead, and then John McLaughlin and then some Bach and Ravel. But for us it's part of the same trajectory, and it fits seamlessly and naturally in a program. For me, a classical listener will be interested in Radiohead or any of the tunes we're playing on the pop side. I think what we're doing has a sincerity to it. We're getting to the spirit of it. We're translating it in a very different way than the original, and I think they would appreciate that there are some complex things going on contrapuntally, harmonically and lyrically. There's a richness there."

Listen to this highly original album and discover the richness Matt Haimovitz is talking about.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Som lyttere er vi med på første række - I øjenhøjde med de to musikere og den kunstneriske skabelsesproces."
Magasinet Klassisk maj 2018

Acclaimed for their adventurous and wide-ranging recording projects – from Beethoven Sonatas on period instruments to genre-bending arrangements of Radiohead and Arcade Fire – the endlessly inventive duo of cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley returns to explore music of the Slavic soul. Anchored by the cello sonatas of the iconic triumvirate of Russian composers –Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich – and inspired by the subversive irony of Shostakovich’s Sonata, TROIKA also delves into more recently-written, unexpected, and popular works. Whether subtle or blatantly rebellious, each work potently reveals the strength of the artistic voice in the face of political repression in mother Russia.

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Image Arpeggione Sonata / String Quintet
Matt Haimovitz, cello
Itamar Golan, piano

Miró Quartet

The fifth album to be released in the PENTATONE Oxingale series since PENTATONE and Oxingale Records joined forces in February 2015 combines two great masterpieces of Franz Schubert - the Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D. 821 and the String Quintet in C Major, D956.

Schubert wrote the sonata D. 821 for the arpeggione, a six stringed instrument similar to the viola da gamba, invented in 1723 and falling into oblivion not much more than a decade later. With the Arpeggione no longer around the sonata is usually played on the cello or viola. In this 2001 performance Grammy-nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz is joined by renowned pianist and chamber musician Itamar Golan. Finished only a few months before his untimely death in November 1828, Schubert’s String Quintet in C major, set for the rather unusual combination of string quartet plus a second cello, received its first public performance in 1850 and was published only in 1853. Nowadays generally considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces in the chamber music repertoire, it is hard to imagine that the Quintet remained unheard for such a long time.

On this album it can be heard in a 2003 performance by Matt Haimovitz and the Miró Quartet.

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Image Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2CD)
Bach's astonishing and unsurpassed works for solo violin are glowingly realised in award-winning performances by Julia Fisher in this re-issue from PENTATONE. Bach's remarkable Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin are revered for their boundless inventiveness, technical ingenuity and emotional depth. With their brilliant preludes, stately dances and complex four-part fugues, the demands on the performer are enormous - from rapid scale passages, double stopping and arpeggios, to the skill and concentration required to create the illusion of separately moving and interweaving voices.

The set is full of surprises. Sonata No. 3 contains a colossal fugue of increasing complexity and difficulty (and at over 350 bars, one of his longest). Partita No. 3 is one of Bach's sunniest works, with the virtuoso Prelude and the charming Gavotte being regularly performed as encore pieces. Most famous of all is the legendary Chaconne from Partita No. 2, a kaleidoscopic series of variations as deeply felt and cathartic as anything Bach wrote and an incontestable milestone in classical music. Julia Fischer's recording for PENTATONE was showered with praise upon its first release in 2005. "Classic accounts by Milstein and Grumiaux have been usurped by this extraordinarily gifted newcomer" enthused BBC Music Magazine.

"Her mastery is beyond question," affirmed Gramophone magazine "her ability to trace a smooth, even line a source of pleasure itself." It also achieved the rare distinction of garnering three of France's most prestigious awards: the Diapason d'Or from Diapason; the CHOC from Le Monde de la Musique; and the highest rating from Classica-Repertoire. Julia Fischer's extensive recordings for PENTATONE have earned major recognition and awards. This reissue is launched simultaneously with an exquisitely designed LP edition. Julia Fischer plays on an Italian violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, dating from 1742.

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Image Violin Concerto (Re-release)
The entirety of Tchaikovsky's repertoire for solo violin was written during a period of amazing turbulence between 1875 and 1878. The most notable product of this anguish was his Violin Concerto in D, a work that swings widely between extremes as wide as Russian gypsy music and Western European-influenced Romanticism. Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D provides the backbone for the album and Julia Fischer brings these works to life.

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Image Overtures, Preludes & Orchestral Excerpts

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Image 3CD-BOX: Siegfried
Der Wanderer/Wotan: Tomasz Konieczny, Baritone
Siegfried: Stephen Gould, Tenor
Brünnhilde: Violeta Urmana, Soprano
Erda: Anna Larsson, Alto
Fafner: Matti Salminen, Bass
Alberich: Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Baritone
Mime: Christian Elsner, Tenor
Stimme eines Waldvogels: Sophie Klußmann, Soprano

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Marek Janowski

This is the 9th release in PentaTone's successful Wagner Edition and the third release of the cycle: "Der Ring des Nibelungen. The last "Ring recording" (Götterdämmerung) will follow in November2013. The PentaTone Edition is attracting a lot of (positive) media attention. It is becoming THE Wagner Edition of the 21st century. In April our recording of Parsifal won a BBC Music Magazine Award for technical excellence. This comes after an Editor's Choice for Flying Dutchman and Lohengrin (Gramophone), a "Recording of the Month" for Parsifal (BBC Music Magazine) a "Opera Choice of the Month" for Meistersinger and Lohengrin (BBC Music Magazine) and 3 x CD of the week for one of the albums in the Sunday Times .

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Image 4SACD-BOX: Parsifal
Evgeny Nikitin (Amfortas)
Christian Elsner (Parsifal)
Franz-Josef Selig (Gurnemanz)
Michelle DeYoung (Kundry/Stimme aus der Hohe)
Dimitry Ivaschenko (Titurel)
Eike Wilm Schulte (Klingsor)

Rundfunkchor Berlin
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Marek Janowski

This is the third release of the very successful Wagner Edition. The first release, Flying Dutchman (PTC5186400) was an Editor's Choice in the Gramophone. The second, Die Meistersinger, (PTC5186402) was the BBC Music Magazine Opera Choice of the Month in February. "It is a phenomenal achievement of Marek Janowski to have welded his immense forces into such a virtually flawless unity."

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Image Period
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Image Peter and the Wolf
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Image Orchestral Dances
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Image Symphony No. 5 / Four Sea Interludes
The Oregon Symphony
Carlos Kalmar

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Image Masses
Marcel Tyberg was an accomplished Viennese composer, conductor and pianist. Unfortunately, due to the conditions of World War II, Tyberg, only 1/16th Jewish, was sent to his death and his musical career was prematurely extinguished. When Marcel Tyberg was murdered at Auschwitz, his music was lost with him. Until now. Anticipating the Nazi movement in his region in 1943, Marcel gathered his friends in secret to share hi smusic one last time. One friend recalled, "There was a childlike joy and tenderness in him taht is only seen in great souls shortly before their return home. The tears ran down my cheeks. We all had the feeling that he will not be with us much longer." That night Marcel entrusted his compositions to a friend - including the two Masses, his only sacred manuscripts that exist today. Only a few days later, Marcel was captured in a night raid by the Nazi Gestapo and later counted among the millions murdered at Auschwitz. His music was kept by friends and eventually ended up in Buffalo, NY where the Buffalo Philharmonic began uncovering his symphonies in 2008. Tyberg's Masses reverberate the joy of a devout man and brilliant musician. Their late-Romantic structure and harmonic composition resemble other masters like Mahler and Bruckner, and their symphonic breadth encompass a vast range of human emotion. From the intimate iterations of "Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus" in both Mass settings, to the roaring organ solo in the "Sanctus" of the Messe di fascile in F major, to the painfully beautiful soprano solo in the "Agnus Dei" of the Mass in G major.

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Image Christmas
Winchester Cathedral Choir
Martin Neary

The sacred space of Winchester Cathedral has echoed to music every day for almost a thousand years, inspiring worshippers and visitors alike. Winchester Cathedral is home to a Cathedral Choir which, under the leadership of Martin Neary, was internationally regarded as one of the great choirs of England. He was Organist and Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral from 1972 to 1988, and Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey from 1988 to 1998.

As the organist at Westminster Abbey, he was the musical director of the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales, for which he was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the New Year Honours List in 1998.

Philips Classics recorded Christmas Carols in its series of Quadraphonic Recordings with the Winchester Cathedral Choir directed by Martin Neary in 1973. PentaTone has digitally re-mastered the recording using DSD technology and is now releasing this best seller in the RQR series in superb surround sound.

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Image Creating Timeless Classics
This timeless collection is pretty much every piece you would expect to be included, and then some. A good variety of music to please every palate, from an inimitable and incredibly precise performance by Julia Fischer to Mari Kodama's solo piano whose splendid movement allows you to experience the full glory of Beethoven's music.

But that's no surprise, since PENTATONE has some of the finest interpreters in its catalogue to draw from and over 150 surround-sound albums- each and every one a top-quality DSD recording.

This compilation can be enjoyed by both the curious beginner and classical aficionado. Includes music by Robert Schumann; Tchaikovsky; JS Bach; Corelli; Mendelssohn; Beethoven; Korngold; Rachmaninov

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Image Stay In Tune With Pentatone
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Image 4SACD-BOX: Götterdämmerung
Lance Ryan
Petra Lang
Matti Salminen
Markus Brück
Edith Haller
Jochen Schmeckenbecher
Marina Prudenskaya

Rundfunkchor Berlin
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Marek Janowski, conductor

This is the last release in PentaTone's successful Wagner Edition and the 4th release of the cycle: "Der Ring des Nibelungen".

The recording of Parsifal won a BBC Music Magazine Award for technical excellence. This comes after an Editor's Choice for Flying Dutchman and Lohengrin (Gramophone), a "Recording of the Month" for Parsifal (BBC Music Magazine) a "Opera Choice of the Month" for Meistersinger and Lohengrin (BBC Music Magazine). Parsifal was recently nominated for a Gramophone award.

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Image 4SACD-BOX: Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Albert Dohmen (Hans Sachs)
Robert Dean Smith (Walther von Stolzing)
Edith Haller (Eva)
Dietrich Henschel (Sixtus Beckmesser)
Peter Sonn (David)
Michelle Breedt (Magdalene)
Georg Zeppenfeld (Veit Pogner)
Matti Salminen (Night Watchman)
Tuomas Pursio (Fritz Kothner)
Michael Smallwood (Kunz Vogelsang)
Sebastian Noack (Konrad Nachtigall)
Jörg Schörner (Balthasar Zorn)

Rundfunkchor Berlin
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Marek Janowski

We are delighted to announce the second release in the Complete Wagner Edition. It is a unique project with all Wagner's operas being performed by the same forces. The first release, Flying Dutchman (PTC5186400) was a Gramophone Editor's Choice.

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Image Ruslan und Ludmilla (3CD)
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Image Der Zigeunerbaron
Nikolai Schukoff, Heinz Zednik, Renate Pitscheider and others.
NDR Radiophilharmonie / Larry Foster

Johann Strauss Jr. is the most prominent member of the famous musical Strauss family and with more than 500 dance compositions to his name, became known as ‘The Waltz King’. While conducting the world première of his operetta Der Zigeunerbaron at the Theater an der Wien on 24 October 1885, Strauss junior lived one of, if not the biggest, stage successes of his career. Der Zigeunerbaron received 87 successive performances, which made it even more successful than Die Fledermaus and during the composer’s lifetime alone, the operetta was performed in more than 140 theaters.

Originally Strauss intended to perform the 3 act operetta, on a libretto by Ignaz Schnitzer, at the Vienna Court Opera, rather than the Theater an der Wien. Even though this didn’t work out for contractual reasons, it may be seen as a reflection of the composer’s ambition to outgrow the dance hall. Der Zigeunerbaron clearly is a much more dramatic piece than Die Fledermaus and is by many considered to be a comic opera, instead of a genuine operetta. Johann Strauss junior forever stayed The Waltz King, but Der Zigeunerbaron became a success until present day. With the release of this 2-SACD album, now to be enjoyed in a splendid May 2015 recording by the NDR Radiophilharmonie and the NDR Chor conducted by Lawrence Foster.

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Image It's a Wonderful Life
Composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer knew before they ever wrote a note or a line of It’s a Wonderful Life that there are challenges in adapting a treasured classic for the operatic stage. After all, Heggie and Scheer’s hit 2010 opera Moby-Dick raised the same challenges: how could they remain faithful to the source material and still create something new, which emphasized the story’s innate operatic qualities?

For It’s a Wonderful Life, Heggie and Scheer responded by keeping the basic plot and characters from the beloved Frank Capra film version but changing the perspective. But in a departure from the film, all the action takes place from Clara’s perspective and in her realm. Seventy mirrored doors represent portals in time and space, which Clara uses to piece together the events of George’s life in an effort to understand what has brought him to this moment of despair.

Critics said the “feel good” work (Opera Warhorses) “dispels any notion that you may have about expecting the opera to duplicate the film [and has a] crazy-quilt score that may be Heggie’s most delightful concoction” (Theater Jones). As the Houston Chronicle critic summed up, “George Bailey would be proud.”

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Image Here/After
Music: Jake Heggie
Poetry: Gene Scheer

All of the pieces try to give voice to people no longer on the planet -- artists like Camille Claudel, Francis Poulenc, Wanda Landowska, Pierre Bernac, Paul Eluard -- also to people lost in the 9/11 attacks -- also voices to artworks by painters and sculptors no longer alive --- So HERE_AFTER gives a nice double play to the idea of the spiritual hereafter; that these voices are here even after the sources are gone; that we can "hear" them after they are gone

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Image Dream of Gerontius / Symphony No 1
Peter Auty (tenor),
Michelle Breedt (mezzo soprano),
John Hancock (baritone)
Collegium Vocale Gent

Royal Flemish Philharmonic,
Edo de Waart

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Image In memoriam Yakov Kreizberg
Yakov Kreizberg, conductor

Kreizberg died last year at the age of only 51 and made many recordings for PentaTone. All of Julia Fischer's concerto recordings were accompanied by him. Many of the tracks featured in this In Memoriam collection come from award winning albums and include works by Dvorak, Debussy, Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian.

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Image Piano Sonatas (2 SACD)
Mari Kodama, piano

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Image Treemonisha
The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording on multi-channel tapes, using either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time.Now - over a quarter of a century later - thanks to the arrival of the multichannel Super Audio CD (SACD), there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they deserved back then.This release is an outstanding version of Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha. Not only because this recording - which was orchestrated by the American composer and jazz musician, Gunther Schuller, in 1975 for the Houston Grand Opera - probably comes the closest to Joplin's original intention, but also because the recording's crisp and bright sound can now be cherished on 2 SACDs, complete with a full libretto in English.Joplin's uniquely beautiful and dearly inspiring score is a buoyant blend of ragtime, vaudeville and grand opera, with lots of dancing, a big portion for the chorus, and arias and ensembles of stunning beauty. The composition has an inherently American tone and it was definitely created by a true entertainer. It is 'a landmark set', as Christopher Cook put it in a review in BBC Music Magazine (August 2005).

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Image La Damnation de Faust
The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multi-channel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time.Now ? over a quarter of a century later ? and thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel Super Audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they deserved back then.Digitally re-mastered on 2 SACDs, this PENTATONE release also features a complete libretto both in French and English.The re-mastering and re-release on SACD bears witness to a perfect blend of the past and present, just as Hector Berlioz combined it in La damnation de Faust. He told the story in a fascinatingly modern manner ? so modern, that we are able to translate for our ears the extreme paradoxes of drinking song and fugue, rides to hell and heavenly apotheosis, prayer and march, into colourful, dramatic images and let our imaginations run wild.Recorded with a solid team of performers such as Edith Mathis (soprano), Stuart Burrows (tenor), Donald McIntyre (bass), Thomas Paul (bass), Judith Dickinson (solo in Dans le ciel), Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Boy Choir, together with Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa, this recording lets us relish in their prime performance of orchestral playing and singing.

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Image Orbit - Music for Solo Cell
Matt Haimovitz, cello

Orbit, a three-disc compilation of music for solo cello, all composed between 1945 and 2014 and performed by world renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz, is the second release in the PENTATONE OXINGALE SERIES. In this series PENATONE joins forces with Grammy Award-winning OXINGALE RECORDS, a trailblazing artist's label since 2000 which is equally committed to revelatory interpretations of the canonic repertoire as to riveting performances of works by recent and living composers.

Alongside his earlier 3-disc compilation on Deutche Grammophon, Orbit establishes Matt Haimovitz as one of the most prolific exponents of solo cello music in our time.

The album documents Matt Haimovitz's musical journey since the turn of the millennium, together with his partner in life and music, composer Luna Pearl Woolf. It contains nearly all of the solo contemporary works that were initially released on OXINGALE RECORDS as five thematic albums Anthem (2003), Goulash! (2005), After Reading Shakespeare (2007), Figment (2009) and Matteo (2011), as well as two newly recorded tracks: Philip Glass's "Orbit" and a new arrangement by Luna Pearl Woolf of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter". More than twenty composers are represented in this set, fifteen of them still living, and ten works are recorded for the very first time.

This impressive solo cello odyssey offers the listener a fascinating kaleidoscope of musical influences from the past sixty years, encountering a variety of composers who range in musical style from vanguards Elliott Carter and Philip Glass to young, rock 'n roll-influenced American composers, to the Italian avant-garde of Luciano Berio and Salvatore Sciarrino: a true 20th century Tower of Babel.

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Image Works for Violin
Julia Fischer and Martin Helmchen now need no introduction. Their first volume of the works of Schubert was an overnight success. The unique feature on this CD is Julia's performance as a pianist in Fantaisie in F minor D 940 Op.103, a four hand piece. She has performed in live concerts as a pianist but this is her recording debut.

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Image Brandenburg Concertos
Pinchas Zukerman , Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach

The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multi-channel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time.

Now – over a quarter of a century later – thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel Super Audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they already deserved back then.

As a result of PENTATONE’s labour of love re-recording and remastering this release, we get to experience their pulsating rhythms, instrumental vitality and successful blend of the solo concerto with group concerto, which make them a true milestone in the history of the concerto. The variety and uniqueness of their orchestrations also enable them to stand virtually alone in the entire sphere of baroque music. In them, Bach succeeded in marrying the greatest joy of music making with such learned forms as the fugue.

Now on SACD, you can indulge in Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046–1051 in the intended sound quality as when they were recorded.

kr. 117,50 (kr. 235,00)
Image The Canterville Ghost
“While my Usher House turns Poe upside down, the libretto for The Canterville Ghost follows Wilde’s short story pretty closely.” So says Gordon Getty about his second Gothic-themed one-act opera, based on the popular short story by Oscar Wilde. The opera serves as the perfect comic foil to the more sinister and disturbing tale of the previous opera, which was loosely based on Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. The Canterville Ghost was first performed in 2015 at Leipzig Opera, with Matthias Foremny conducting the Gewandhaus Orchestra and an international cast of singers. This premiere recording invites us to witness again the delightful culture clash of the Old World invaded by modern Americans, set in a haunted mansion in Victorian England. The unhappy ghost of Sir Simon, who for centuries has tormented the mansion’s inhabitants, is no match for the new pragmatic owners. Sir Simon attempts to scare them away, but finds himself teased and terrorized by the stalwart Otis family instead. He ultimately finds peace and redemption with the help of young Virginia Otis. Getty’s libretto and music serve up the perfect balance of humor and humanity required to bring the much-loved story to life. The theme of the opera is a perfect fit for PENTATONE’s American Opera Series, mirroring how European opera has been transformed by “modern Americans” into something new, while honoring the traditions of its origins. The American Opera Series seeks to highlight the rich and varied examples of how this imported art form has evolved in America. “Wilde’s finest poetry is in his prose, and his finest prose is in his children’s stories. Most are dark. Sacrifice and heartbreak are the themes. The Canterville Ghost looks at the sunnier side. Virginia’s sacrifice, and the ghost’s heartbreak, reach the endings we hoped. Wilde was never in better form. Not many writers could have sent up the stolid Otises or the indignant Sir Simon so richly while leaving us in on their side throughout. The Canterville Ghost is romantic comedy, though with heartbreak and redemption along the way. The dos and don’ts of romantic comedy are pretty much eternal. Wilde has given us one, in short story form, of unique beauty and genius. We laugh and cry, and are enriched. I added music, and some words, with the same intention.”

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Image Symphonies Nos. 6, 7 & 8
PENTATONE’s third release from Rafael Kubelik’s acclaimed Beethoven cycle of symphonies in its Remastered Classics series is his commanding reading of the sixth, seventh and eighth symphonies performed by the Orchestre de Paris, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Sometimes known as the “hymn to humour”, the genial eighth symphony sits as an intriguing gem between the imposing seventh and stupendous ninth symphonies. In a performance described as “light-footed and bristling with energy” (AllMusic), Kubelik captures the work’s essentially irreverent spirit with vibrant and colourful playing from the Cleveland Orchestra. Rafael Kubelik recorded his cycle of Beethoven symphonies in the 1970s for Deutsche Grammophon, each with a different orchestra, earning widespread praise. Although recorded in multi-channel sound, these unmissable performances have previously been available only in the conventional two-channel stereo format. Using state of the art technology which avoids the need for re-mixing, PENTATONE’s engineers have remastered the original studio tapes to bring the performances to life as originally intended: in compelling and pristine multi-channel sound. Other releases from PENTATONE in the Kubelik Beethoven cycle are the Symphonies 1 & 4 (with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) and Symphonies 2 & 5 (with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra).

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Image Serenade
Thomas Hampson's acclaimed portrayals of iconic roles in French operatic works have spanned the duration of his singular international career. A longtime champion of French repertoire, he has starred in the title roles of Chausson's Le roi Arthus at Opéra National de Paris; Massenet's Werther (baritone version) at The Metropolitan Opera and Théâtre National du Châtelet; Massenet's Thaïs (Athanaël) at Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Metropolitan Opera; Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Four Villains) at the Royal Opera House - Covent Garden; and Thomas' Hamlet at the Théâtre National du Châtelet. He has also performed in Massenet's Manon (Lescaut), Gounod's Faust (Valentin), Berlioz' Les Troyens (Chorèbe), and Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias (Gendarme). Additionally, Hampson has been featured on critically lauded recordings of Faust, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Thaïs, and Werther. Mr. Hampson carries the title of Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France.

With "Serenade," his first album exclusively dedicated to French song, Mr. Hampson brings his passion for works by French opera composers to the PENTATONE label. Curated with the French Literature scholar Sylvain Fort and in a first collaboration with the Polish pianist Maciej Pikulski, the track listing includes romantic and introspective as well as humorous selections by Bizet, Chabrier, Chausson, Gounod, Magnard, Massenet, and Saint-Saëns, featuring texts written by some of France's most revered writers including Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine, Rosemonde Gérard, and others.

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Image Violin Sonatas
A stunning recital of romantic sonatas from Arabella Steinbacher, whose recent disc of Mozart Violin Concertos was a Gramophone Editors Choice. Violinist Arabella Steinbacher and pianist Robert Kulek continue their great collaboration with a new PENTATONE release, the recording of César Francks Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, which joins Richard Strauss Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat, Op. 18. While Francks violin sonata is epic in character, Strauss work is full of jovial energy, hope and anticipation. This fusion of elements brilliantly demonstrates the synergy between Steinbacher and Kulek, something we have witnessed during their recital performances over the past few years. Needless to say, both artists possess superb technique. Steinbacher demonstrates her delicate yet fiery touch, most notably in the robust Franck score, while Kulek plays with resolute intonation, steadfast tempo, and broad dynamics. Steinbacher maintains her performance as an equal partner without dominating her counterpart.

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Image L'Arlesienne Suites / Masques et bergamasques
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Kazuki Yamada

This is the first album of a series of three which feature ballet/theatre/dance music. The first one comprises music by French composers amongst them the very popular Arlésienne suites by George Bizet in performances by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande which has a long standing reputation for its performances of French music.

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Image Sacred Songs of Life & Love
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Image The Barber of Neville
Jaime Martin, flute
Andrew Marriner, clarinet
Gustavo Nunez, bassoon

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Sir Neville Marriner

Howard Blake is a living composer best known for his film scores (a.o. Snowman). This album features new classical compositions by Howard Blake, all world premiere recordings.

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Image Ein Heldenleben & Macbeth
The celebrated young Colombian maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada continues his critically acclaimed series of recordings for Pentatone with this release of the evocative tone poems Macbeth and Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss, performed here with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony. These gripping works, with their intricate scoring and compelling narratives, are orchestral tours de force, demonstrating Strauss's gift for filling a huge orchestral canvas with vivd and exquisite details while maintaining a sense of drama. And they are stunningly brought to life in this recording with Pentatone's state of the art multi-channel surround sound. Strauss's brooding tone poem Macbeth is a psychological portait of the main protagonists in the play, the insecure and vacillating Macbeth and his wife, the ambitious but deranged Lady Macbeth. Strauss's often highly charged score suggests the mounting horror and dread of the ill-fated couple and their domestic unease, the work ending on a sombre ntoe following their deaths and the triumphal march of Macduff. In Strauss's striking and florid masterpiece Ein Heldenleben, there's little doubt who the real hero is but Strauss himself. While he was roundly mocked at the time for his audacity, there's also little doubt that this bold and dramatic tone poem is no mere cornucopia of orchestral effects - it's a life-affirming work which ends not in a triumphal blaze, but in a mood of quiet resignation.

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Image Symphonic Variations & Slavonic Rhapsodies
"...Hru°ša has the measure of both works' charm, their geniality, their flow. In both he segues naturally between boisterousness and melancholy yearning. There is a warm glow to his sound, a pride in the music's lyricism that non-Czechs would find hard to match..."
Gramophone januar 2017

This release is the third of Pentatone's three-album series where Jakub Hruša conducts the pKF-Prague Philharmonia in an all Dvorák program of appealing orchestral works comprising the evergreen favorite Symphonic Variations, Op. 78 coupled with the lesser-known Slavonic Rhapsodies, Op. 45. This album builds on the critical success of his earlier releases in the series. Dvorak's unfailing gift for appealing melodies, potent rhythms and colorful orchestration are put on full display.

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Image Symphony No. 4
Mahlers Symphony No. 4 portrays another side of the composer, different to the one hitherto seen by the general public. No major battles are fought in this symphony; rather, it is a portrayal of a childlike vision of life and a better world in the Hereafter. Mahlers Dutch friend and colleague, Alphons Diepenbrock, may well have provided the most fitting description of the nature of this symphony and its position within Mahlers oeuvre: [...] in his Symphony No. 4, he exclusively praises the sensations of the soul, severed from all earthly ties, from various angles either as childish yet unearthly merriment, or as the highest ecstasy attained by mystics in bygone years during the contemplation of the divine. However, one should not search for irony here. The work is like a beautiful dream, an indispensable link in the series of Mahlers nine symphonies that speak sufficiently of harsh reality, and that, according to some, will one day be considered the monumental musical oeuvre of the present day. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra lives up to its reputation for its brilliant Mahler performances and surpasses all expectations under the baton of conductor Marc Albrecht. And Elizabeth Watts performance in the final movement is surely one not to be missed. The chemistry between Watts and the orchestra is utterly pervasive. With a voice described by International Record Review as one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation, Watts sweeps the listener off their feet with this sunny, accessible symphony from Mahler. The perfect combination of immaculate performance with impeccable PENTATONE sound quality can only result in a magical musical experience.

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Image Piano Sonatas Nos. 28 & 29 (Hammerklavier)
Mari Kodama, piano

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Image Little Match Girl (The)
Nikolai Schukoff, Tenor (Poor Peter)
Melody Moore, Soprano (Joan and the Bells)
Lester Lynch, Baritone (Joan and the Bells)
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Chorus Masters: Jörn Hinnerk Andresen and Robert Blank Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Conducted by Asher Fisch and Ulf Schirmer

As is often the case in the vocal compositions of distinguished American composer Gordon Getty, many of the pieces collected in The Little Match Girl are based on, or inspired by, poetry from the nineteenth and earlytwentieth centuries. This SACD starts with "A prayer for my daughter" for chorus and orchestra, based on the poem by William Butler Yeats which is, according to Getty, " of the most admired works by one of the most admired poets of the age". It is followed by "Poor Peter" for tenor, chorus and orchestra, with lyrics by Getty himself inspired by Poe and again Yeats. Then follows the titular "The little match girl"; the heartbreaking fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, put to music more or less word-for-word in a challenging setting for the orchestra and particularly the chorus. The disc concludes with "Joan and the bells", Getty's own narrative of the trial of Joan of Arc, about which he said, "It was the genius of Shaw that inverted this safe literary tradition and brought out the spunky teenager in Joan. Jean Anouilh went farther, in The Lark, and gave her the simplicity of preadolescence. Joan and the Bells owes much to these masters, particularly Anouilh, and takes the same poetic license. It is a tale of a child's faith in an age without childhood, of a valour undeflected, and of the redemption these qualities commend."

The disc comes with a booklet containing the complete lyrics to all the pieces as well as personal comments about the music by the composer himself, which enriches the listening experience.

This recording by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks was conducted by Asher Fisch and Ulf Schirmer respectively. It features magnificent soloists such as tenor Nikolai Schukoff ("Poor Peter"),soprano Melody Moore ("Joan and the Bells") and baritone Lester Lynch ("Joan and the Bells").

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Image December Celebration
Lisa Delan, soprano
Lester Lynch, baritone

Volti Chorus; Musicians of the New Century Chamber Orchestra / Dawn Harms

December holds in its hands many worlds of celebration as the month unfolds with Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas and the eve of the New Year. Over the centuries a great deal of music has marked this time of year, but very little has been added to the canon in recent decades. Gordon Getty inspired us with his composition of delightful new Christmas carols to invite a group of American composers to celebrate the season in music. The result is a rich and tuneful recording of new holiday classics for you to share with your friends and families. We hope that you enjoy this festive and joyous music throughout the season and for many years to come.

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Image Overtures
Prague Philharmonia / Jakub Hrusa

For a large part, thanks to the effort of Johannes Brahms, who introduced him to his publisher Simrock, Czech composer Antonín Dvorák developed into a composer with an international reputation. Don't we all know his Slavonic Dances, his Symphonies or his chamber music, such as the Dumky Trio or the American string quartet? This album reveals some of the more hidden treasures of Dvorák's repertoire, namely his overtures, of which he wrote no less than thirteen. In the booklet to the album they are described as follows: All five overtures on this recording are richly and vividly scored, employing palettes of instruments broader on average than those found in Dvorák's mature symphonies and sometimes calling for special effects. For their orchestral colour but also their rich expression of poetic content, as well as their purely musical invention and structural mastery, these overtures constitute gems of special brilliance in the treasury of Dvorák's compositional bequest.The PKF - Prague Philharmonia recorded this album in January 2015 at the Forum Karlin in Prague under the baton of their 2009-2015 Music Director and Chief Conductor Jakub Hrusa.

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Image Piano Quartet, Op. 25 (version for orchestra)
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Marc Albrecht

Composer Arnold Schönberg considered it vitally important to study the techniques of other composers in order to thus penetrate more deeply into the true content of their music and he believed the best way to do this was by arranging the original compositions. And thus between May and September 1937, Schönberg penned an orchestral version of the Piano Quartet in G minor by Johannes Brahms. His first reason was personal: "I like the piece." But the other two were more of a practical nature. "It is seldom played. It is always very badly played, because the better the pianist, the louder he plays, and you hear nothing from the strings. I wanted for once to hear everything, and this I have achieved."

In this regard, conductor Marc Albrecht and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra prevail, with individual instruments and sections coming forward in carefully drawn sections. It is a fun Quartet, and one that is brilliantly played by Albrecht and the orchestra. Furthermore, Albrecht's style suits the composition, with its grand, impressive gestures and vivid colour to the music. When asked why he is so enthusiastic about the composition Marc Albrecht replies, "Schönberg's contributions made it a true orchestral work: American with a Schönberg-like sound. It is a fantastic trip through an insanely good piece."

Recorded at the orchestra's impressive residence the NedPhO-Koepel, formerly the Majella church this album also features Schönberg's own work, Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene (which translates as 'Accompaniment to a cinematic scene'). Although the work reflected the customs of silent movies, Schönberg's original score could not be used for film as it was not possible to adapt the music to the length of the scenes. The première was held in Frankfurt in 1930, without an accompanying film, and led by conductor Hans Rosbaud. Schönberg's idea was not fulfilled until 1973, when three films by Jean-Marie Straub, Jan W. Morthenson and Luc Ferrari respectively were made to accompany the score.

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Image Phenomenon
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Image Piano Sonatas Op. 2
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Image Sinfonien 1 & 2
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Image Lieder
Christian Elsner, tenor
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Given his magnificent achievement in the field of art song, and the vast volume and consistently high quality of his Lieder oeuvre, it is not surprising that Schubert's songs have been recorded numerous times. It is not surprising either that many composers, such as Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Hector Berlioz, Max Reger and Anton Webern made arrangements of Schubert's songs. What is surprising, however, is the fact that these arrangements -made by some of the greatest composers in musical history-are so seldom heard either in concert or on record.

With the release of this album, hopefully that situation will change. It combines 17 Schubert compositions, of which 13 were orchestrated by late-romantic German composer Reger Max, and four by a member of the Second Viennese School, Anton Webern. When listening to these songs, the listener will discover that these arrangements are made with such craftsmanship that they themselves became unparalleled works of art.

The performers on this SACD are the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and German tenor Christian Elsner, conducted by Maestro Marek Janowski. The album's accompanying booklet contains the lyrics to the songs both in German and English, as well as programme notes and artists' biographies.

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Image Klaviersonaten
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Image Symphony No. 7
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 Requiem without words.It is hard to escape the incredible pull of Symphony No. 7, knowing the background to its composition and its general significance. Shostakovich began to work on the actual composition in July 1941 in Leningrad, where he wrote the first three movements under constant attack from the enemy; and after his evacuation from the city besieged by German troops, he completed the Finale and the instrumentation in Kuibyschev in December 1941.This outstanding work achieves its true dimensions thanks to the sophisticated and polished conductor Paavo Järvi conducting the Russian National Orchestra in this recording. Needless to say he elevates the composition to an even higher level.The round and open sound of PENTATONE's multichannel recording on SACD assures an honest yet captivating listening experience. Even before the war, hardly a family could be found in Leningrad that had not suffered a loss: the father, the son; and if not a family member, then a close friend. Everyone had someone to mourn. But you had to cry softly, under your blanket. You could not let anyone see you: everyone was afraid of everyone else. We were crushed, suffocated by grief. It choked us all, including me. I had to turn it into music, I felt it was my duty and obligation. I had to write a requiem for all those who had died, for all those who had been tortured. (Extract from Shostakovich's posthumously published memoirs: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich).

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Image On My Journey Now - Spirituals & Hymns
ABOUT Life affirming, defiant and uplifting, there is nothing quite like the extraordinary power and simplicity of American Spirituals to move and inspire, abundantly demonstrated here by the acclaimed American operatic baritone Lester Lynch in this new release from PENTATONE of familiar and well-loved spirituals and hymns. Conceived under conditions of tremendous hardship, these emotionally charged songs speak of the indomitable human will to live and to triumph over despair against the odds. Defiant and jubilant, they communicate the unquenchable longing for freedom and salvation. “I have dreamed of recording this album from the inception of my career,” writes Lester Lynch in the accompanying album notes. “To realize that dream at this particular moment in time, to record these songs of freedom … echoes the spiritual tradition and revolutionary act of those who raised their voices in song against brutality and inequality.” Lester Lynch personally chose and arranged the songs in this release, each with a particular accompaniment—piano, organ, acoustic guitar, violin, trumpet, harmonica, drum, and djembe (a West African goblet drum). From the rhythmic By An’ By and Ev’ry Time I Feel De Spirit, to the richly melodic Amazing Grace and Deep River, the 24 songs constantly astonish and delight for their range and depth and their unfailing power to move. “Music speaks to and heals the human spirit,” writes Lynch. “These songs have had a profound effect on American history. I sing them to honor those who struggled (and died) for freedom, and it is my hope that they will spark the light of freedom anew for every listener.” Lester Lynch is joined on this recording by Victor Simonson (pianist and arranger), Brian Farrell (keyboards and arranger) and the ART Singers and Oakland School of the Arts Ensemble (Choral Director, Alexander Taite).

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Image Klaviersonaten op.30-32
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Image Meeting of the Spirits
Called “one of the most original and compelling jazz albums in recent memory” (Montreal Gazette), Matt Haimovitz and Uccello’s Meeting of the Spirits gets a surround-sound makeover for the PENTATONE Oxingale series. Featuring jazz milestones re-imagined for a big band of cellos, arranged by composer David Sanford, the 2010 Grammy-nominated album was hailed by All About Jazz as “a captivating recording from start to finish … Haimovitz and Sanford have created a work of great beauty.” The cellos wail, slide, and swing in an all-new big band sound – joined by dazzling musical contributions from guitar legend John McLaughlin, percussionist Matt Wilson and Jan Jarczyk on keyboards – in works by Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu), Miles Davis, Billy Strayhorn and other jazz greats. NPR says, “This agile band of players, led by such a free spirit, makes almost everything sound fresh.”

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Image Highlights from Russian Operas Vol.2
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Image Orchesterwerke
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Image Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ
Russia’s foremost composer Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev’s compositions are noted for their deep spirituality and commitment. With this new release from PENTATONE, he brings the same sense of awe and wonder to the music of Bach in a series of riveting performances, including the achingly beautiful solo cantata Ich habe genug and the ever-popular Orchestral Suite No. 2. The programme also contains Alfeyev’s breath-taking arrangements of Bach’s organ masterpieces Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ and the colossal Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor. Bach’s deceptively simple choral prelude, the plaintive Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 is a masterpiece of humility and restraint. In Alfeyev’s masterly arrangement, the voice of the supplicant is moved between different sections of the orchestra, underscoring the universality of the prayer. Bach’s most famous solo cantata, the haunting Ich habe genug, BWV 82, radiates a profound sense of resignation with its gentle swaying rhythms and exquisite writing for solo oboe; its central aria, Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen, is an oasis of calm and transcendence with its warmly uplifting bass solo. In a somewhat lighter vein, Bach revels in his mastery of the French style in his Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067, an irresistible collection of dances – both aristocratic and popular – which closes with a mischievous Badinerie. Resplendent with orchestral colour and powerful, full-throated brass, Alfeyev’s arrangement for full orchestra of the mighty Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582 for organ is an enthralling conclusion to a compelling programme. “Bach’s music is not a museum piece. Living in modern times, we have full rights to use the full scale of modern means of expression in order to translate to the listener the outstanding grandeur and timeless beauty of his music.” (Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev)

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Image Out of the Shadows
On this remarkable recording, a century's worth of treasures emerge from the shadows of both memory and history. The discovery of these songs began years ago, when soprano Lisa Delan was a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Delan's teachers, some of whom were contemporaries of the composers, recognized the artistic value of several of these works. These songs honor the universality of the human experience - love, loss, faith, joy, sadness, nostalgia - in uniquely American settings.

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Image Flute Quartets Nos. 1-4
Graceful, refined and irresistibly charming, the Flute Quartets occupy an exquisite place in Mozart’s incomparable chamber music. This light, airy music with its vivid contrasts, delicious textures and irrepressible wit is brought to life by the soloists of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in this new release from PENTATONE. Mozart may have disparaged the flute as an instrument but he shows no signs of weariness in these exemplary works which positively overflow with youthful optimism. The young unemployed Mozart wrote three of the flute quartets following a commission from the Dutch amateur flautist Ferdinand Dejean in Mannheim. Around the same time he also started work on his famous Concerto for Flute and Harp. The Flute Quartet in D K285 is a breezy affair written in concertante style which brims with attractive melodies. Its sublimely affecting slow movement was described by the biographer Alfred Einstein as “perhaps the most beautiful accompanied flute solo that has even been written”. The simple, unhurried Flute Quartet in G K285A contains a delightful interplay of instruments, while the Flute Quartet in C K285B has a charming theme and variations with a spirited finale. The playful Flute Quartet in A K298 is a later work perhaps written for a group of friends; it contains borrowings from other composers artfully woven into the engaging and witty score. The result is, of course, utterly winning. Ulf-Dieter Schaaff is the principal flautist with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, a position he combines with a career as a soloist and as an internationally sought-after teacher. He is joined by his colleagues Philipp Beckert, Andreas Willwohl and Georg Boge (violoncello). In their first recording for PENTATONE, they chose an unconventional seating arrangement (with violin and flute on the outer flanks) in order to create a novel spatial effect in the music. They play these quartets not as a “Concerto for Flute and String Trio” but as chamber music written for equal partners.

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Image Klaviersonaten
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Image Morceaux de Fantaisie op.3
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Image Sinfonie 9
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Image AKOKA: Reframing Messiaen's Quartet for the End of
This release fits into the PENTATONE Oxingale series, which was established when PENTATONE and Oxingale Records joined forces in February 2015. In their “brilliantly inventive” (The New York Times) live recording, clarinetist David Krakauer and cellist Matt Haimovitz’s AKOKA lift Messiaen's transcendent 1940-41 work Quartet for the End of Time out of the polite context of a chamber music performance, placing it in a dramatic 21st century setting that drives home its gravity and impact. AKOKA was inspired by the wartime experience of Jewish clarinetist Henri Akoka, who premiered the Quartet for the End of Time with Messiaen himself at the German prisoner-of-war camp in which they were both interred. Henri Akoka's vibrant personality and the story of his survival, with all its twists and turns, is the inspiration for this recording, which brings out the human aspect of this composition, seen through the eyes of one individual caught up in terrifying events beyond his control. Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is bookended by Akoka, Krakauer’s highly improvisational, Sephardic-tinged piece, and Meanwhile… a re-mix by hip-hop/klezmer artist Socalled, who joins the ensemble on electronics. As the forces of fundamentalism, intolerance and violence intensify in today's world, this mounting of Messiaen’s great work is all the more timely.

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Image Sinfonien 5 & 8
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Image The White Election
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Image Symphonies No. 1 & 4
The latest release in the Remastered Classics series from PENTATONE is Rafael Kubelik’s sprited and acclaimed reading from the 1970s of Beethoven’s first and fourth symphonies, performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Delightful, infectious and witty, Beethoven’s first symphony is a paean to the classical symphonies of Haydn and Mozart shot through with very Beethovenian touches, such as the opening Adagio which starts in the wrong key and the final movement which struggles to get started at all. These peculiarities taken with the felicity and inventiveness of his writing make this a happy and evergreen work.
Overshadowed by the monumental third and the dramatic fifth symphonies, Beethoven’s cheerful and optimistic fourth has been described as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” for its mix of engaging melodies, lurching rhythms, pungent dissonances and its vigorous orchestral writing. While structurally and harmonically more complex than the first symphony, it too is cast in the classical mould with a palpable nod to Haydn in the rousing final movement.
Rafael Kubelik recorded his acclaimed cycle of Beethoven symphonies in the 1970s for Deutsche Grammophon, each with a different orchestra to dazzling effect. Although recorded in multi-channel sound, these unmissable performances have previously been available only in the conventional two-channel stereo format. Using state of the art technology which avoids the need for re-mixing, PENTATONE’s engineers have remastered the original studio tapes to bring the performances to life as originally intended: in compelling and pristine multi-channel sound.
Further releases from this memorable cycle are planned this year in the Remastered Classics series: Symphonies 2 & 5 (October) and Symphonies 6, 7 & 8 (November).

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Image Roussel, Debussy & Poulenc
★ ★ ★ ★
"...Dette er den fjerde indspilning med dansemusik, som han har lavet med Orchestra de la Suisse Romande for Pentatone, og en af de mere interessante. Ansermets orkester har stadig upåklagelige træblæsere, nu med større tyngde end det var kendt for. Pentatones indspilning understreger den dybde, men de kan også prale af en utrolig klarhed, hjulpet af akustikken i den udsmykkede Victoria Hal i Genéve..."
Magasinet Klassisk februar 2017

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Image Highlights From Russian Operas
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Image Symphony No. 2
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Marek Janowski

This is the penultimate release in PentaTone's Bruckner Symphonies cycle with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

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Image Overtures to Bach
This new release, Overtures to Bach, pairs each new work with the Prelude from the suite it introduces, with Haimovitz performing on cello and cello piccolo. Philip Glass simply and eloquently prepares the audience for the first Sutie with his Overture, encouraging an open and calm frame of mind. Overtures to Bach spans more than time, linking us to far-flung corners of our musical world and offering an entree into six distinct compositional voices. Then as Philip Glass writes, "Just let Bach's music begin. It's there for the listening."

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Image Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Arabella Steinbacher, violin

Russian National Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko

The forces of the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko need no introduction, but add to this the huge talent of violinist Arabella Steinbacher, this recording is one to listen out for. Arabella has already established herself as a performer on the international stage, and is appearing at the Royal Festival Hall later this season. Here she performs both of Prokofiev's Violin Concertos, and couples it with the Sonata for Violin Solo in D Major Op. 115. Her previous releases for PentaTone have received fantastic praise and have all been Gramophone Editor's Choices.

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Image Russian Dances
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / Kazuki Yamada

An SACD album to get carried away with, from the first to the last second, with some of the most enchanting and characteristic dances, composed by some of the greatest Russian composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Combined on the album are Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a, Alexander Glazunov’s ConcertWaltzes Nos. 1 and 2, Dmitri Shostakovich’ The Golden Age Ballet Suite, Op. 22 and Igor Stravinsky’s Circus Polka, composed for a young elephant. Recorded at Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland in July 2015, this album is another result of the very fruitful relationship developed between the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and PENTATONE over the last decade. At this occasion the OSR is conducted by Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada, who was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra in 2012 after a very successful European debut with them in 2010. Kazuki Yamada equally holds the position of Principal Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Designate of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and he regularly appears as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras, receiving critical acclaim.

This is the third PENTATONE album of a series of three which feature ballet, theatre, and dance music performed by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande lead by Kazuki Yamada. The first one comprises music by French composers, amongst them the very popular Arlésienne suites by George Bizet. The second features the music of the German-speaking countries inspired by “la fin de siècle”, in the interwar period.

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Image Violin Concertos
Breathtaking virtuosity flows seamlessly with expansive lyrical passages and fiendish passagework in this commanding performance by Arabella Steinbacher of the restless and technically demanding violin concertos of Britten and Hindemith in this new release from PENTATONE, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Britten’s haunting and mesmerising violin concerto is considered one of the century’s finest. The three contrasting movements are replete with grand theatrical gestures, unabashed lyricism, and show-stopping pyrotechnics, and the work closes with an austere passacaglia of other-wordly beauty and power. Following the work’s enthusiastic reception at its premiere in 1940 at Carnegie Hall, Britten declared “So far, it is without question my best piece”. “Britten and Hindemith completed their concertos at about the same time,” writes Steinbacher, “both are absolutely bursting with emotional turmoil, persisting precariousness, and latent despair.” Steinbacher feels a particular affinity with the Hindemith concerto. “Every artist introduces his own life experiences and personal feelings into his interpretations ... with the Hindemith concerto, I have an extremely close, even private connection, as my father knew Hindemith rather well.” Steinbacher’s previous recordings for PENTATONE have received widespread praise. For her playing in the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky violin concertos, Gramophone commented “one could hardly wish for a more expressive account of both concertos”; for the Korngold and Bruch Violin Concertos, Gramophone noted Steinbacher’s “easy virtuosity with concern to find the right tone and nuance for every phrase”. And BBC Music Magazine said of her last album, Fantasies, Rhapsodies, Daydreams, that it was “recorded in glowing sound that feels astonishingly lifelike ... this recital is something of a triumph”.

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Image Ballet Suites for Piano Duo

Ugens Album på P2 - uge 8 2017
Klaver-søstrene Kodama har skabt et album med kendt Tjajkovski-musik – gennem samarbejde og indædt diskussion.

Læs mere om P2s anbefaling HER

Blændende klaverkunst fra Kodama-søstrene i sjældne arrangementer af Tchaikovskys evergreen balletter.

For første gang indspilles Arenskys transskriptioner af Nøddeknækkeren - og dette af søstrene Mari og Momo Kodama i funklende form.

"Tjajkovskij var faktisk den første komponist som kombinerede en bred palet af balletmusik med en herlig historie – før da var det mere en samling af småstykker. I alle tre værker er der både folkelig og populær musik til stede. Han har en særlig evne til at sætte levende farver og struktur på et stort lærred… det gør hans orkesterværker til noget meget specielt” mener Kodama søstrene.

Søstrene Mari og Momo har hver deres internationale karrierer. Momo specialiserer sig i de franske og japanske komponister, samt dem fra det 20. og 21. århundrede – hun er generelt rost for sin ”attraktive, lyriske klang” og ”tekniske kunnen”. Mari har etableret et internationalt rygte for sin dybe musikalitet og fine virtuositet. Hun har indspillet mest for plademærket Pentatone – herunder en meget rost komplet Beethoven klaversonate cyklus.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5
Dating from the 1970s, Rafael Kubelik’s incisive and acclaimed reading of Beethoven’s second and fifth symphonies is the latest release in the Remastered Classics series from PENTATONE, performed with panache by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. For a work that was written during an unhappy period of his life, Beethoven’s second symphony nevertheless bristles with infectious humour and vitality. Its striking innovations startled contemporary audiences, from the imposing opening to the capricious scherzo and the witty, energetic finale, but Beethoven’s indebtedness to the classical symphonies of Haydn and Mozart are still quite apparent. Goethe described Beethoven’s turbulent fifth symphony as “very great, quite wild; it makes one fear that the house might fall down.” Its visceral energy is announced right from the start with its famous opening notes whose hammer blows drive the development of the symphony – from the dark, brooding drama of the opening movement to the spectacular and radiant outburst in the triumphant final movement. It’s one of Beethoven’s most riveting and compelling works and one of his deservedly most popular. These recordings form part of the acclaimed cycle of Beethoven symphonies Rafael Kubelik made for Deutsche Grammophon in the 1970s, each symphony performed by a different orchestra. Although recorded in multi-channel sound, these winning performances have previously been available only in the conventional two-channel stereo format. Using state of the art technology which avoids the need for re-mixing, PENTATONE’s engineers have remastered the original studio tapes to bring the performances to life as originally intended: in compelling and pristine multi-channel sound. A further release from this memorable cycle is planned this year in the Remastered Classics series, the masterly Symphonies 6, 7 and 8, due out in November 2017.

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Image Haffner Serenade
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Image Ballades & Fantasies
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
"Kosjukhin får klangen til at eksplodere som lysende kugler, hvis indhold flyder ud over tangenterne."
Politiken juni 2017

Bold, turbulent defiance sit alongside pained introspection and bittersweet reverie in this penetrating recital of Brahms piano works by the acclaimed young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin in his eagerly awaited second recording for PENTATONE.

By turns placid, sparse, restive and impassioned, the highly personal and contemplative late piano pieces of Brahms have been described as "the mirrors of his soul". The seven pieces comprising the Fantasias, Op. 116 are quite different in mood but are nevertheless intricately constructed to produce poetic miniatures of great depth and sonority, requiring sensitive artistry to convey their sense of unity and poignancy.

Brahms is in a more full-bloodied and demonstrative mood with the four character pieces in the much earlier Ballades, Op 10. But these too show moments of transcendent beauty as in the closing ballade where the tenor melody is woven into the mellifluously undulating pianissimo accompaniment. And in the rarely heard Theme and Variations, Op. 18b, Brahms makes a sumptuous and instantly seductive arrangement of the second movement of his own String Sextet, producing an arresting and magisterial work with exquisite tone colorations and a hushed, sublime ending.

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Image Sinfonien 6+8
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Image Symphony No. 3
One hundred and eleven musicians celebrating a large-scale symphony that sounds like Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, or Arnold Schoenberg. In fact, the composer of this symphony, Alfred Schnittke, had precisely these composers (and many others) in mind back in 1981. Whereas he initially mirrored certain styles from figures as Mahler, Mozart, Bach, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, he was soon also borrowing concepts from trivial music, folklore, jazz, tango, as well as many other styles. He himself described his compositional technique, but an aesthetic programme: a serious effort to break through the vicious circle of the self-satisfied and self-sufficient avant-garde music. Alfred Schnittkes 3rd Symphony testifies all this searching, this in-betweenness. The four-movement work an opening Moderato, followed by an Allegro, a long movement marked Allegro pesante, with the briefer finale marked Adagio was commissioned for the ceremonial opening of the new Gewandhaus in Leipzig. He used the prestigious commission from Leipzig as a moment to confront not only the multi-layered historical past, but also the weakened current state of affairs while remaining highly respectful of the achievements of both the past and the present. Released on SACD by Pentatone, this symphony is recorded with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Jurowski states, He (Schnittke) was not alone in his capacity of seismograph of the cultural nightmares of his/our present. The conductors insightful, unique reading and his collaboration with an orchestra who are on top form undeniably produced nothing less that a magnificent tribute to Schnittkes great and intricate score.

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Image Symphony No.1
In 1899, Scriabin began writing his most ambitious composition to date: the First Symphony. The work still reflects the influence of the traditional fourmovement formal scheme. The first movement, in sonata form (Allegro dramatico), is followed by a slow movement (Lento), a scherzo (Vivace) and an Allegro, again in sonata form. But Scriabin also framed the symphony with an introductory movement in a slow tempo and a monumental choral finale with a text of his own composition, and it is this movement that can be said to occupy the work's interpretational centre of gravity. The First Symphony documents a search for salvation and unification, both of which can only be found in art: "May your mighty and free spirit reign all-powerfully on earth; and humanity, lifted up by you, perform a noble deed. Come all nations of the world and let us sing praises to art!"

Le Poème de l'extase debuted in New York on 10 December 1908, after a performance in Russia had to be cancelled due to the difficulty of the score. However, when the Russian première finally did take place, on 1 February 1909, it wound up being a true spectacle. The then young composition student, Sergei Prokofiev wrote, "Myaskovsky and I sat next to each other and consumed the Poème de l'extase with the greatest of interest, although, at different moments during the performance, we were entirely confused by the newness of the music. We had expected something surpassing the divine Poème, which we both knew well and loved. But both the harmonic and thematic material of the work, as well as its contrapuntal voice-leading, resembled nothing we had ever heard before." Conductor Mikhail Pletnev surpasses the extreme with his Scriabin interpretation and draws what he needs from the Russian National Orchestra ?? the Moscow-based ensemble he founded in 1990. This results in a near-perfect performance of both works. Blessed by the orchestra's warm, vibrant playing, this CD is a real pleasure for everyone who adores the esoteric and unorthodox work of Scriabin. It is definitely THE Symphony No. 1 and Poem of Ecstasy to own: an ideal performance with sonic audio quality to match.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 53, 64 & 96
Whether it’s a confident swagger or a balletic grace, a beguiling folk-melody or a quicksilver rondo, there is always something new to discover in the endlessly inventive symphonies of Haydn, especially in these firm favourites played by the Oregon Symphony under Carlos Kalmar in this new release. While Haydn wrote only one “Surprise” symphony, there are surprises to be enjoyed aplenty here. From the bewildering Largo in Symphony No. 64 with its unexpected turns and derailments, to the ceremonial elegance and ear-tickling melodies of Symphony No. 53 or the mock-heroics and propulsive rhythms of Symphony No. 96, Haydn’s irrepressible and dazzling ingenuity constantly delights and astonishes. “There is no one who can do it all,” wrote Mozart, “to joke and to terrify, to evoke laughter and profound sentiment – and all equally well, except Joseph Haydn.” This is Carlos Kalmar’s fourth album for PENTATONE with the Oregon Symphony. Their album Music for a Time of War, earned two Grammy nominations (Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical) and was widely praised by music critics. Gramophone said of their album This England “Kalmar’s Oregon performance certainly pulls no punches … a total success, gripping in mood and hot on specific instrumental detail,” adding, “sound-wise, you couldn’t ask for more; nor could anyone expect finer recording from PENTATONE.” And in 2016, their critically acclaimed album of 20th century American orchestral works The Spirit of the American Range earned a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance. Carlos Kalmar, a Uruguayan national, is in his fourteenth season as Music Director of the Oregon Symphony. He is also the artistic director and principal conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. His Carnegie Hall debut in May 2011 with the Oregon Symphony, was noted by New York critic Alex Ross as “one of the most gripping events of the current season”.

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Image Elgar & Tchaikovsky
Gramophone Choice i Maj 2017
A most unusual account of the Elgar Concerto, one that's both musically grippign and recorded at relatively close quarters.

Altogether a wonderful CD, then both major works granted recordings that are amont the finest we've heard in recent years, the Elgar certainly as recommendable as either Sol Gabetta or Isserlis

The profoundly moving, elegiac lyricism of Elgar and the wistful charm and brilliance of Tchaikovsky are on full display in this irresistible new release from Pentatone played with consummate virtuosity by the German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Andrew Manze. Composed at the end of the First World War, Elgar's powerful Cello Concerto in E minor is one of his best-loved and most deeply-felt works. The soloist's wrenching chords which open the work announce a mood of profound resignation and loss - gone is the youthful swagger of his earlier works, replaced instead with lonely introspection and longing, especially in the sublimely beautiful Adagio. The cello is given free rein in the vigorous final movement but the opening mood prevails as an anguished outburst from the cello brings the work to a close. No such dejection hangs over Tchaikovsky's delightful Variations on a Rococo Theme which ooze elegance, ineffable charm and daring displays of technical brilliance. While teh Pezzo capriccioso finds Tchaikovsky in a more restrained mood, with the Nocturne and Andante Cantabile he wears his romantic heart full on his sleeve. The great Russian writer Leon Tolstoy is said to have wept when he heard the Andante Cantabile and its sumptuous theme shows Tchaikovsky's unerring gift for haunting melodies. It remains a special gem in the repertoire. The cellist Johannes Moser is no stranger to these works. Winner of the top prize at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, he was also awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Variations on a Rococo Theme. Described by Gramophone as "one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists" and by the LA Times as a musician who "...connects with the audience in a way that only great artists do", this is Moser's third recording for Pentatone.

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Image Schlagobers; Jeux; Melodien
This album presents extraordinary works of three twentieth-century composers with diverse cultural backgrounds, underlining the versatility and legacy of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in its centenary year. Richard Strauss’ Schlagobers (Whipped Cream, 1924) is a playful ballet set in a Viennese Konditorei, of which the orchestral suite is featured on this album. With its lively mix of Viennese waltzes and modern harmonies, light-versed tunes interspersed by sudden outbreaks of ravishing beauty, all brilliantly orchestrated, it can be considered a further exploration of the composer’s “Rosenkavalier style”. Claude Debussy is featured with Jeux, Poeme danse (1912), another piece created for a ballet performance, built around an erotic nocturnal search for a lost tennis ball that Pierre Boulez characterized as a “Prelude à-l’Apres-midi d’une Faune in sports clothes”. Debussy’s Jeux has been a major source of inspiration for post-war avantgarde composers such as Boulez and Stockhausen, and, therefore, the transition from Jeux to Gyorgi Ligeti’s Melodien, fur Orchester (1971) is not jarring. Melodien has the unmistakable mix of sensuous yet eerie soundscapes that makes most of Ligeti’s works so filmic and appealing. This album adds a significant chapter to the PENTATONE discography of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which already contains the complete Bruckner Symphonies with Marek Janowski, three dance-oriented albums with Kazuki Yamada, and concerto recordings with renowned soloists such as Arabella Steinbacher, Johannes Moser and Denis Kozhukhin. On this album, the OSR’s new chief conductor Jonathan Nott makes his PENTATONE debut.

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Image De Profundis
DE PROFUNDIS Compositions for orchestra and choir Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev is one of the most widely performed of all living Russian composers. Each of his new compositions constitutes a milestone in contemporary musical history. His ability to imbue his music with profound religious content, to unite diverse cultures and styles, to invent new ways of musical expression while remaining faithful to the centuries-old classical tradition, and to utter most profound themes using a simple and comprehensible musical language, singles him out among present-day composers.His most widely performed work, the St Matthew Passion (2006), has received worldwide recognition. Following its premiere in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in March 2007, it has been performed more than seventy times in different countries by the most distinguished soloists, choirs and orchestras. Invariably it receives standing ovations from audiences at each concert.This SACD features five works by Metropolitan Hilarion that were produced over a thirty-year period and performed by the excellent Russian National Orchestra. As the first Russian orchestra to ever win a Grammy award, the orchestra demonstrates a superior performance in this recording.As The Moscow Times once positioned it, 'RNO played with a power, beauty and finesse currently unmatched by any other Moscow orchestra'.

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Image Sinfonien 4 & 7
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Image Symphony No. 6 / 2 Slavonic Dances
Houston Symphony / Andrés Orozco-Estrada

"After all, is there anything in Dvorak's symphonies more rambunctious than the third movement? In this orchestra's hands, it booms. So, too, does the joyously rustic finale, where the players aren't afraid to get their boots dirty..."
Gramophone (august 2016)

Antonín Dvorák dedicated his Symphony No. 6 in D major to Hans Richter, who was the director of the Vienna Philharmonic and who had asked him to write the symphony. When Dvorák finished the symphony in October 1880, Richter seemed to be very enthusiastic about the work. However, the planned premiere in December 1880 got postponed several times and out of frustration Dvorák had the symphony premiered in Prague by a different orchestra in March 1881. Only to be performed by the conductor it was dedicated to in 1882 in London, where it became a great favorite with the English public.

The symphony combines elements of the symphonic tradition of Brahms, whom Dvorák admired greatly, with influences of Czech folk music. The same Czech folk music which earlier on inspired Dvorák to write the Slavonic Dances op. 46 and op. 72 which brought him as well as Czech music world fame. On this album Dvorák’s Symphony No. 6 is paired with Slavonic Dance op. 72, No. 3 and Slavonic Dance op. 46, No. 8, recorded in September 2015 by the Houston Symphony under the direction of Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the orchestra’s music director since 2014.

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Image Grand Tour - Baroque Road Trip
From London to Venice via Leipzig and The Hague, with Grand Tour – Baroque Road Trip, Simon Murphy and the New Dutch Academy take a fascinating journey through Europe in a sumptuous programme of Baroque musical treasures. Using authentic instruments in an immersive acoustic, these vivid performances not only celebrate the glories of the Baroque but also the sheer joy of making music. “We've aimed to create a musical experience where you can really feel the human physicality involved”, writes Simon Murphy, “…and the earthy and raw, textured and gritty, sometimes rustic aspects of this Baroque craft of music making.” This musical journey takes in works by Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi and van Wassenauer. In the two irresistible concertos by Vivaldi – the famous Concerto for Lute, Strings and Basso Continuo in D and the infectiously bubbly Concerto for Flautino, Strings and Basso Continuo in C – the outer movements radiate a sunny optimism, balancing slow movements of great tenderness and beauty. Noted for its somewhat unusual scoring, the rhythmic bounce and swing of Bach’s delightful Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 in B flat is given here an extra fillip with the addition of a lute to the basso continuo. The delicious interplay between the ensemble parts continues with van Wassenauer’s characterful Concerto Armonico no. 1 in G which Murphy notes “could be nicknamed the ‘Dutch Brandenburg 3’”. And in his operas, Handel never really strays far from Italy, demonstrated here with the delicious arias Tornami a vagheggiar (from Alcina) and Brilla nell'alma (from Alessandro). Described by De Volkskrant as “a musician with guts: a conductor with the passion and conviction of a born missionary”, Simon Murphy has a reputation for bringing fresh perspectives to the classic symphonic repertoire and is the founder and artistic director of the award-winning New Dutch Academy. This Baroque orchestra was described by BBC Music Magazine as “a big band playing on period instruments” and praised for its “sumptuous ... swinging rhythms ... stylish ornamentation ... inventive extemporisation.” “This album takes its inspiration from the sheer delight and excitement of 18th century musical travellers”, writes Simon Murphy in the album notes, “there is such a palpable excitement as they embark on their musical adventure … I hope you enjoy the album and feel inspired by it.” This is Simon Murphy and the New Dutch Academy’s sixth release for PENTATONE.

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Image Joan and the Bells
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Image Belle époque
Belgian clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe revives the golden glow of a bygone age on her PENTATONE debut album Belle époque, together with the Orchestre National de Lille and its music director Alexandre Bloch. The programme is built around treasures of French turn-of-the-century music such as Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie, Pierné’s Canzonetta and Widor’s Introduction et Rondo (the latter two in arrangements by Jelle Tassyns). Belle époque also offers works that display a spiritual kinship to the age, such as Brahms’s first clarinet sonata, arranged by Luciano Berio, and a world-premiere recording of Paris-based contemporary composer Manfred Trojahn (Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre). Annelien van Wauwe is a former BBC New Generation Artist and winner of the renowned Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2018. She kickstarts an exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE with this first solo album. The Orchestre National de Lille and Alexandre Bloch release their second PENTATONE album, after their 2018 recording of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, crowned with a Diapason d’or.

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Image Sinfonie 100/Sinfonia Concert
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Image Bassoon Concertos
Gustavo Nunez, bassoon
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

It would be no exaggeration to name Antonio Vivaldi as the "pioneer of the bassoon concerto". The first milestone in the emancipation of the bassoon, until the beginning of the 17 century exclusively used as a basso continuo instrument, for which the part wasn't even written out, was a series of nine virtuoso bassoon sonatas published by Giovanni Antonio Bertoli in 1645. Then came Antonio Vivaldi, who didn't only write probably the first solo concerto for bassoon ever composed, but who also created the largest group of works ever written for the instrument until then: 39 solo concertos, all of excellent quality. There was only one instrument for which Vivaldi wrote more concerti, namely the violin. It is most likely an indication of Vivaldi's fondness of the bassoon. Unfortunately there are no historical sources to determine for whom Vivaldi wrote the bassoon concerti, but given their technical demands and the quality of the musical writing, one can assume they were written for an accomplished virtuoso. Perhaps they were composed for one of the members of the orchestra of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned and orphaned children in Venice, where Vivaldi was violin teacher and music director for more than 30 years. Under his direction the orchestra became one of the most famous ensembles in Europe.

This album combines six bassoon concerti by Vivaldi, performed by Uruguayan bassoonist Gustavo Núñez, who holds the position of principal bassoonist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and who is considered one of the best bassoonists of his generation. He is accompanied by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, by many considered as one of the world's most admired chamber orchestras.

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Image Tour De France Musicale
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Image Symphony No 4
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Marek Janowski, conductor

This is the last release in PentaTone's Bruckner Symphonies cycle with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

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Image Till Eulenspiegel/Don Juan
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Image Symphony No. 1
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Image Piano Trios Nos. 2 & 5
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Image Streichquintett op.77
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Image Symphony No. 3
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Image Symphony No. 6
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Image Spirit of the American Range
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Image Orchesterstücke/Orchesterlieder
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Image Symphonia Domestica
SACD hybrid board. The latest album by Marek Janowski and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra was listen to great performance in Japan tour of March 2015 will be released. And home symphony of R. Strauss, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2014, "(the transitory day) four time of the day" for the male chorus is. Janowski, director of artistic director of the Berlin Hohibiki than 2002, played in Berlin Philharmonic Saar an important opera and musical drama 10 work out of the Bayreuth staged works of Wagner as a concert format performance in 2010-2013, The live recording disk got any high evaluation. Works of R. Strauss also very good, we have to record such as An Alpine Symphony (PTC5186339) of the Orchestra with Lieder and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated to solo the Soire-Isokosuki so far. This recording is also a performance that gives elation on hand to hear the music to three-dimensional a pulsation is attractive of Janowski. R. depicting the Strauss own home "Symphonia Domestica" is composer Nikake 1902-03 years, was premiered in New York in 1904. It is one of the dedicated to his wife and son Paurine masterpiece. To those album jacket has R. Strauss of family photos are used. On the other hand, in 1927 composer, "when four of the day (transience of the day)", which was premiered in the next 1928, in Vienna, Schubert association with the work that has been dedicated to the conductor Keldorfer, male four-part chorus ( It is played poetry) and by the orchestra by Eichendorff. This work, which is composed of four songs of "morning", "noon", "dusk", "evening of the day" of Eichendorff of poetry "wandering song", the luxurious orchestration seems R. Strauss Although recording what less attractive It is. (© disk Union / King is based on the International of providing material) [Contents] R. Strauss: 1. Symphonia Domestica OP.53 (transience of the day) four when 2. the 1st OP.76 [performer] Marek · Janowski (conductor) Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin broadcasting male voice choir (Chorus Conductor: Michael Glaser) [2] [recording] in October 2012 [1] in June 2014 [2] House Death Rundofunkusu, RBB ( Berlin)

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Image Wesendonck Lieder & Arien
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Image The Rite of Spring & The Firebird (Suite)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony / Andrés Orozco-Estrada

All Igor Stravinsky needed to establish his worldwide reputation were three ballet works, composed in Paris between 1910 and 1913: L'Oiseau de Feu, Petrushka and Le Sacre du Printemps. It was in this period that the impresario Serge Diaghilev brought his Ballets Russes to Paris and invited the very best dancers, painters, choreographers and composers to work with his ensemble. After Diaghilev heard Stravinsky's Feu d'Artifice in St. Petersburg and immediately recognised the potential of the music for ballet purposes, he commissioned Stravinsky to write the L'Oiseau de Feu. Its premiere at the Paris Opera was an enormous success and marked the beginning of the spectacular collaboration between Stravinsky and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, which brought forth Petrushka and Le Sacre du Printemps.

This album combines the Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) and the 1919 L'Oiseau de Feu, (The Firebird Suite). The Frankfurt Radio Symphony (hr-infonieorchester), one of the first radio symphony orchestras in Germany, founded in 1929, is under the direction of its Chief Conductor, Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Born in Colombia and trained in Vienna, he is one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation, currently holding not only the position of Chief Conductor in Frankfurt, but also the position of Music Director of the Houston Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Image Concerto for 2 Violins / Double Concertos
Vesco Eschkenazy, violin director
Tjeerd Top, violin
Alexei Ogrintchouk, oboe)

Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra

The performers on this recording of popular Bach works are the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and its principals (as the soloists). According to "Gramophone" the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is the best orchestra in the world. In other words: better quality than this you won't find.

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Image Sinfonien Nr.3+4
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Image Mahler Song Cycles
Marc Albrecht conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra with the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in a persuasive new recording of Mahler’s incomparable orchestral song cycles Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder and the Rückert-Lieder. Richly lyrical, poignant and soul searching, Mahler’s orchestral songs deal with the familiar themes of love, life, resignation and loss, exquisitely realised on an orchestral canvas which combines haunting and compelling sonorities with strident, unsettling dissonances. While not as ambitious as his symphonies, they are as deeply-felt and often regarded as the key to the larger-scale works. The eloquent sadness of the Kindertotenlieder is expressed though the rather bare orchestration and the entrancing use of solo instruments, culminating in a blissfully serene conclusion. With Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, the restless mood swings are matched with fluctuating, vividly textured orchestral colours. And for the most lyrical song cycle, the Rückert-Lieder, the delicately woven orchestral textures are ravishing in their effect, especially in the incomparable Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, a song of which Mahler said “It is truly me”. “What makes Albrecht’s Mahler so unique? His approach has integrity, is intelligent and sensitive … Albrecht leads the Mahler that makes you love Mahler.” (NRC Handelsblad). Marc Albrecht is Music Director of the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Dutch National Opera. Acclaimed for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss and Mahler, as well as for his commitment to contemporary music, Albrecht is a regular guest at Europe’s most prestigious opera houses and orchestras. The world renowned mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is acclaimed for her performances of Strauss, Mahler, Berlioz, Mozart, Handel and Bach; she performs throughout the UK, Europe and the US and has a busy recital schedule. The Guardian noted “Alice Coote's many admirers will be grateful to have her performance in Mahler’s great song-symphony documented in a carefully made studio recording [for PENTATONE], for she has emerged over the past few years as one of the finest mezzo interpreters of Das Lied von der Erde around … exquisitely coloured; every word matters, and the sadness that pervades the mezzo songs in particular is conveyed without it ever becoming self-conscious or sentimental.”

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Image Piano Concertos
Highly acclaimed for her unique style, colourful tone and dazzling virtuosity, 25-years old Nareh Arghamanyan is one of the promising talents of her generation.She has given debuts with orchestras such as Vienna Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalleorchester Zurich, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, RTÉ Dublin, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Vancouver and Utah Symphonies. She performed at the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Laieszhalle Hamburg, Herkulessaal Munich, Konzerthaus Vienna, Musikverein Vienna, Piano Festival Lucerne, Lincoln Centre New York, Kimmel Centre Philadelphia and Gardner Museum Boston.

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Image Das Lied von der Erde
Alice Coote, mezzosoprano
Burkhard Fritz, tenor

Netherlands Philharmonic
Marc Albrecht

Das Lied is considered the most personal of Mahler's works. It represents a synthesis of the two great pillars in Mahler's oeuvre, the symphony and the song. On the face of it, it is cycle of six orchestral songs. But at the same time, it features three protagonists: not just the two solo voices, but the orchestra as well, and its formal structure is symphonic in nature. The two soloists on this recording are the best known for this work. They sing it all over the world with top orchestras to fabulous reviews and PentaTone is delighted to welcome them to their label. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has a splendid reputation for its Mahler performances mainly under previous Music Director Harmut Haenchen.

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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 15 & 27
Martin Helmchen
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Gordan Nicolic

In september 2007 PentaTone released the first album of Martin Helmchen on PentaTone. It was also a disc with Mozart concertos (No.24 and No. 13).

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Image Bearbeitungen für Blasinstrumente
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Image Piano Concerto No. 2
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Image Rondo Capriccioso/Variations
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Image Concertos
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Image Sinfonie 2
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Image Dido & Aeneas
Original 1973 kvadrofonisk optagelse af Philips Classics, remastereret i 2015

Josephine Veasey, Helen Donath, Delia Wallis, Elizabeth Bainbridge, Gillian Knight, Thomas Allen, John Shirley-Quirk, Frank Patterson

Academy of St Martin in the Fields & John Alldis Choir / Colin Davis

Da Henry Purcell skrev sin eneste opera: 'Dido and Aeneas' i den anden halvdel af det 17. århundrede, var der ingen tradition for opera i England.Stilistisk tæt på, og opstået af den engelske 'Masque', et festlist underholdning ved hoffet, hvor man sang, dansede, spillede skuespil og musik, skabte Purcell en monumental barok opera. 'Dido and Aeneas' betragtes som en af de vigtigste operaer mellem Claudio Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea og W.A. Mozart’s senere mesterværker. I dag er den stadig ofte opført og den kendte aria af Henry Purcell: ‘When I am lead in earth’, kan tælles som en af de mest kendte opera arier i historien.

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Image Youth Symphonies, Vol. 3
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Image Streichquartette op.59 1
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Image Piano Concerto No. 1
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Image Streichquartette op.59 2 & 3
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Image Streichquartette op.76
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Image Sinfonien 1+2
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Image Music for Violin and Piano
Ikke alene var Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) en af de største og mest indflydelsesrige violinister i sin tid, han var også en fremragende komponist. Både Kreislers originale kompositioner og hans arrangementer af andre komponisters værker udgør stadig en integreret del af mange violinkoncertprogrammer. Denne SACD præsenterer en 1981 kun-Kreisler-solistkoncert udført af violinisten Shlomo Mintz sammen med pianisten Clifford Benson. Her er en af de kvadrofoniske optagelser, foretaget af Deutsche Grammophon i 70'erne og begyndelsen af 80'erne, som endelig kan nydes i den lydkvalitet, den skulle have haft lige fra starten. Mintz's upåklagelige teknik og fremragende virtuositet og Kreislers dejlige hjertevarmende kompositioner og arrangementer kan nu nydes fuldt ud.

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Image Violin Concerto No. 1
Pinchas Zukerman, violin / conductor
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Members of The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

The seeds had already been planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording on multi-channel tapes, using either four or eight channels. But it was not meant to be, as imperfections in the playback equipment at the time made it impossible for musical connoisseurs to enjoy these recordings in the way the artists, producers and engineers who created them intended - the new recording technology was clearly way ahead of its time. Now with the advent of the Super Audio CD, there is finally a system that makes it possible to release these magnificent recordings in the quality they deserve. There is finally a system that enables these magnificent flowers to come into full bloom.

The latest flower to unfurl its petals is this SACD of Joseph Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major and his Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major. The pieces are performed by one of the 20th century's leading violinists, Pinchas Zukerman, former Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Ronald Leonhard, oboist Barbara Winters and bassoonist David Breidenthal, together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. These are outstanding performances of often neglected repertoire by the great Classical master, finally realised in the finest sound quality.

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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 14 & 26
The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multi-channel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time. Now over a quarter of a century later thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel super-audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they already deserved back then. As a result of Pentatones labour of love re-recording and re-mastering this release, we get to experience how Mozart laid the foundation for the series of so-called great concertos with his Concerto in E flat, K.449. from the K.357 piano concerto. The juxtaposition of conventional passage work and contrapuntal episodes in the piano emphasises the sketchy, as yet unperformed character of the work. Though the wealth of melodic ideas is primarily intended for its effect on the audience rather than as a compositional innovation, it doesnt diminish the charm. Now, on SACD, you get to indulge in the Mozart Piano Concertos K.449 and K.537 in the intended sound quality as when they were recorded.

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Image Années de Pèlerinage
The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording on multi-channel tapes, using either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time. Now over a quarter of a century later and thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel Super Audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they deserve. One of those precious recordings comes in the form of the Franz Liszts Années de Pèlerinage II & Deux Légendes, which ranks among his most important works. Franz Liszt, the prodigious pianist, didnt only draw his inspiration from art forms such as literature and visual arts, but also sought to collect them in a synaesthetic sense as a composer. Wilhelm Kempffs performance in this recording reflects all of those features engaged in detail in an exemplary manner. Referring specifically to Kempffs non-bombastic Liszt, (Arthur) Brendel called them the greatest we have. In Kempff's hands, the pieces do indeed turn into a pilgrimage as the two Franciscan pieces integrate seamlessly into the journey. Get ready to follow the pilgrimage as it takes place.

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Image Quintets
James Levine, piano
Lynn Harrell, cello
LaSalle Quartet

Hvilken fornøjelse! To af de mest storslåede kammermusiksammensætninger nogensinde skrevet – Schuberts Strygekvintet i c-dur og Schumanns klaverkvintet i e-dur – sammensat i én SACD.

Det vides ikke, hvornår Schubert skrev sin strygekvintet. Han nævner kompositionen i et brev til hans forlag dateret mindre end syv uger før hans tidlige død. Dette er det eneste tegn på, hvornår værket blev til. Derfor kan det antages, at det er et af de sidste værker, han nogensinde har komponeret. Man kan også antage, at han aldrig selv har hørt det udført: næsten ufattelig, når man tænker på det.

Efter en juridisk kamp med sin klaverlærer, Friedrich Wieck, som var far til hans elskede Clara Wieck, havde Robert Schumann og Clara endelig ret til at gifte sig den 12. september 1840. De første år af deres ægteskab var de lykkeligste af Schumanns liv, som projiceredes udbrud af musikalsk kreativitet. Da Schumann indtil da næsten udelukkende havde skrevet til klaver-solo, begyndte han nu at udvide sit omfang. Schumann skrev et stort antal mesterværker inden for en periode på kun fire til fem år, som f.eks. hans berømte sangcykler (Liederkreis Op. 39, Frauenliebe und -leben og Dichterliebe) til sin første symfoni, en klaverkoncert, strygekvartetter og en klaverkvintet, skrevet til sin unge brud. I modsætning til Schubert og hans strygekvintet skulle Schumann have hørt sin klaverkvintet ofte i hans levetid, da Clara, der var glad for mesterværket dedikeret til hende, regelmæssigt udførte det til offentligheden.

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Image Cello Sonata / Violin Sonata / Syrinx
Michael Tilson Thomas, piano
Boston Symphony Chamber Players

How fortunate that, with modern technology, the most subtle of nuances in a performance can be successfully captured in a recording. The music of the great French master Debussy - who revolutionised and pushed the boundaries of tonal harmony, as well as discovered new sound and expressive possibilities for musical instruments - is reproduced in this high resolution quality recording like never before.

The three chamber music works represented here were all written in the last three years of Debussy's life and are a fusion of the styles he used to adopt throughout his composing career. The cavalier and Moorish flavour of the Cello-Piano Sonata, the subtly seductive Violin Piano Sonata and the beautifully transparent Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp are masterfully performed by members of the legendary Boston Symphony Orchestra, with the great Michael Tilson Thomas at the piano. As an added bonus, we have the mystical Syrinx for solo flute which completes this beautiful album.

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Image Mörike Lieder
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

This album contains 18 of the 53 Mörike Lieder by Hugo Wolf, performed by legendary artists Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Sviatoslav Richter. The Gedichte von Eduard Mörike is one of the five major song cycles that brought great recognition to the nineteenth-century composer, Hugo Wolf. The 18 songs included in this recording rank amongst the composer's most outstanding works. Despite Wolf's own regret of being recognised as a great lied composer, he developed the Lieder genre to its highest level. The undeniable influence of Wagner and, to some extent the "Second Viennese School", is self-evident in Wolf's music. By pushing the boundaries of tonality and dramatic effect, Wolf was able to achieve an unprecedented level of tension in the Lieder genre.

The epic collaboration between Fischer-Dieskau and Richter began in 1965 at the Aldeburgh Festival. Their great mutual respect has been well documented. Nonetheless, during their collaboration Sviatoslav Richter and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau only recorded works by three different composers: Schubert, Brahms and Wolf. It was about recording Wolf that Richter said: "On this occasion it seems as though we really entered into the spirit of these songs; we'd rehearsed sufficiently and felt not only confidence, but real friendship towards each other." According to Richter, their collaboration with Hugo Wolf's Lieder was the most creative and satisfying. These legendary artists bring their uncompromising attention to detail and unity of vision to produce musicmaking of great power and beauty. This re-release of the 1973 Deutsche Gramophone recording of the Mörike Lieder allows us to experience the work of these 20th century musical giants in an unprecedented way and to enjoy the Mörike Lieder like never before.

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Image Guitar Concertos
The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multi-channel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time. Now over a quarter of a century later thanks to the arrival of the multichannel Super Audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they already deserved back then. This release is a delicious offering of Villa-Lobos clear and expressive works, unique pieces reflecting the transitional period between the Classic and the Romantic at Giuliani, bound together with the melodious and lush works of Castelnuovo-Tedesco. How mind blowing it is to be able to enjoy the compositions from one of the most underrated guitar maestros of all time next to the creations of one of the leading guitar virtuosi of the early 19th century, tied up together with the works of one of the most fascinating modern composers all in one recording. Now on SACD, you get to indulge in the Mauro Giuliani, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Heitor Villa-Lobos: Guitar concertos in the intended sound quality as when they were recorded.

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Image Hamburg Symphonies
The English Concert / Trevor Pinnock

"Seldom has a musical composition of a more exalted, saucy, and humorous character poured forth from such an ingenious soul." This is what the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung reported following a private performance of the works of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. We should not forget that while we now consider Johann Sebastian Bach as one of the greatest musical geniuses, even during his lifetime the name "Bach" was principally associated with his second son, Carl Philipp Emanuel.

From the total of 19 Symphonies that C.P.E. Bach wrote, six are released on this album. These six String Symphonies, commissioned in 1773 by Bach's patron Gottfried van Swieten, perfectly represent the late 18th century Sturm und Drang movement in music. They are performed by world renowned harpsichordist and conductor Trevor Pinnock and "his" (The) English Concert, the orchestra he founded in 1972 and led for the next thirty years, and with which he pioneered performance on historical instruments.

The recording was made at the Henry Wood Hall in London in October 1979 and will now be added to PENTATONE's revealing REMASTERED CLASSICS Series. This SACD will give the listener a chance to enjoy in full detail the ground-breaking work of Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert.

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Image Rite of Spring (The)
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas

According to the official police report, 27 people were injured and the distinguished Théâtre des Champs-Elysées was almost completely ruined. This was the result of the tumultuous 1913 première of Le Sacre du printemps for which ballet impresario Sergej Djagilev commissioned Igor Stravinsky to write for his Ballets Russes. The audience was shocked by Stravinsky's barbaric and savage music and Nijinsky's revolutionary choreography.

However, it didn't take more than three performances to turn Le Sacre du printemps into a huge success and not more than a year for Stravinsky to become a highly respected composer in Paris. A century later, it is clear that Stravinsky is one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and his Le sacre du printemps a benchmark composition in Western music.

While working on Le sacre du printemps, Stravinsky also wrote a cantata for male choir and orchestra entitled Le roi des étoiles (Zvezdóliki), based on a poem by symbolist poet Konstantin Balmont and dedicated to Claude Debussy. Musicologists have interpreted the work as a kind of Christian counterpoint to the pagan images of Russia in Sacre.

This Super Audio CD combines these two fascinating Stravinsky compositions, recorded in 1972 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Men's Chorus Of The New England Conservatory Choir (track 1) and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. As with all releases in Pentatone's Remastered Classics series, these 1972 quadraphonic recording tapes are now finally presented in the quality they deserved right from the start.

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Image Violin Concertos
Shlomo Mintz, violin
Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Claudio Abbado

Russisk-fødte, israelske violinist Shlomo Mintz fremførte sin debutkoncert med Israels filharmoniske orkester i en alder af 11 år. Kort efter udførte han Paganinis første violinkoncert, da Itzhak Perlman blev syg, og gjorde sin Carnegie Hall-debut i en alder af 16.

En omfattende europæisk turné i 1977 etablerede hans internationale ry, og derefter fulgte en række optagelser for Deutsche Grammophon. Det første album, der blev udgivet, var en 1980-optagelse af Mendelssohn og Bruch violinkoncerter med Claudio Abbado som leder af Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mendelssohn og Bruchs violinkoncerter: to genistreger slået sammen. Felix Mendelssohns Violinkoncert i e-mol op. 64 er et godt eksempel på en komposition, der virkelig har alt: Det skiller sig ud som et absolut mesterværk. Max Bruchs Violinkoncert nr. 1 i g-mol op. 26 viser en slående lighed med Mendelssohns koncert på flere måder. Det er for eksempel et af de værker, som den reelle violin-virtuose har i sit "ready repertoire" som en selvfølge. Og ligesom Mendelssohns e-mols værk er denne koncert meget populær blandt både violinister og publikum.

Denne genudgivelse er en del af PENTATONE's REMASTERED CLASSICS-serie. Endnu en kvadrofonisk optagelse, der endelig får chancen for at stå i fuld flor, og som nu kan nydes i den lydkvalitet, den fortjente fra starten.

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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 5
The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multi-channel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time. Now over a quarter of a century later thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel super audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they already deserved back then. As a result of Pentatones labour of love re-recording and remastering this release, every music aficionado can hear the significance of each musical detail. This release clearly demonstrates that brilliance and virtuosity are no longer a means to show off the skills of the pianist, but now serve to convey individual expressive gestures. Another crucial innovation concerns the relationship between soloist and orchestra: the symphonic principle of the large orchestral work (i.e. with the additional expression and sound-world of the clarinets, trumpets and timpani) and the concertante principle of the solo concerto are interwoven. The soloist and the ensemble enter a yet unheard of intimacy: no longer are they simply forces set against one another; they have become partners representing the social principles of both the collective and the individual. Beethoven give great piano concertos give evidence not only of outstanding pianistic skills, but also of an iron will with regard to taking great strides forward in the composition. Now on SACD, you can indulge in the Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 5 in the intended sound quality as when they were recorded.

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Image Handel Variations & Ballades
The incomparable, soul-searching playing of the veteran Russian pianist Nelly Akopian-Tamarina is captured in a rare studio recording for PENTATONE with a luminous performance of Brahms’s towering Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24 and the introspective Four Ballades, Op. 10. In a distinguished tradition of playing stretching back to the great Russian school of Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Medtner through her teacher, the acclaimed virtuoso Alexander Goldenweiser, Nelly Akopian-Tamarina is an exemplar of an exquisitely crafted and poetical style of playing which is subtle, probing, deeply lyrical and utterly spellbinding. Winner of the 1963 Robert Schumann International Competition for Pianists and Singers and recipient of the coveted Robert Schumann Prize in 1974, her career was nevertheless blocked by official censorship in the Soviet Union during the 1970s such that she made her London debut only in 1983 with a programme of Schumann and Brahms. Her public appearances are all too infrequent but sought after and cherished by aficionados; for an all Brahms recital in 2008 she was praised for her “luminous fortissimi, ice-edged chords, fine pianissimos, deliberated textures, intricate pedalling, and expansive, singing melodies” (Ates Orga). For this new release, Akopian-Tamarina approaches the programme with her customary sensitivity and poetic insights to give performances of rare subtlety and perfection. “Classically framed romantic miniature fantasies, intricate, entwining studies in embroidery, decoration and voicing”, she writes of the Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, “the twenty-five variations navigate the theme to a coronation of fugal triumph, immeasurable and immortal”. Elsewhere she compares the Four Ballades to the passing of the seasons “The First, Winter … icy and unforgiving … The Second, Spring, is an awakening … the first buds blushing into life. The Third, Summer, as brief as youth … The Fourth, Autumn, is a symphonic poem, drawing to a close the dissonance of life’s pain, touching the untouchable.” “The piano sound made by the Moscow-born Nelly Akopian-Tamarina was not only distinctive, but almost tangible … a playing tradition going back to the giants of the past, to Rachmaninov, Moiseiwitsch, Scriabin and what we imagine of Liszt … a fragile, poetic creation in every fold of her dress and with each flick of the wrist.” (The Sunday Times, December 2010). This recording, her first for PENTATONE, was made in the warm acoustic of the Snape Maltings in England.

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Image String Quartets Nos. 10 & 13
Det tyvende århundrede har hørt fabelagtige strygekvartetter, som the Busch Quartet, the Budapest String Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet, the Borodin Quartet og the Guarneri Quartet. The Quatetto Italiano er med sikkerhed et eksempel på en en af disse top echeloner. Musikerne mødtes og spillede sammen for første gang i 1942, og kvartetten blev grundlagt i 1945. Den musikalske udvikling er gruppen var påvirket af den tyske dirigent Wilhelm Furtwängler, som de mødte ved Salzburg Festivallen i 1951. De nåede toppen af deres karriere i de sene 1960’ere og start 1970’ere. Da de i 1980 ikke spillede sammen mere, havde de optaget de komplette kvartetter af Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Schumann og Webern, og mange flere.

Trods sit korte liv (Schubert døde i en alder af 31), sin meget hårde selvkritik og dét, at han målte sig selv op imod Beethoven – komponisten der var betragtet som en institution i de tidlige 19. århundredes Wien – er Schubert sammen med sine talrige sange og symfoniske repertoire kendt for at have skrevet 20 strygekvartetter. Fjorten af dem var færdiggjort og han nemt deles ind i tidlig-, midt- og senperiode kvartetter.

Denne nye udgivelse i PENTATONE’s REMASTERED CLASSICS serien afslører en optagelse af Quartetto Italiano, originalt optaget af Philips i Januar 1976. På dette album fremfører Quartetto Itatialo Schuberts Strygekvartet Nr. 10 D87, som kommer fra hans midtperiode, samt hans Strygekvartet Nr. 13 D804, også kaldt Rosamunde fra den sene periode. Et mesterværk og en af de mest fantastiske kvartetter gennem tiden.

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Image Orchestral Works
Seiji Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Maurice Ravel orchestral works

Valses nobles et sentimentales,
Ma Mére l'Oye,
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Menuet antique

The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multi-channel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time.

Now – over a quarter of a century later – thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel Super Audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they already deserved back then.

As a result of PENTATONE’s labour of love of re-recording and remastering this release, we get to witness and experience all of the images from different moods and places that Ravel intended to arouse with his impressionistic pieces. In this release, we are spoiled with his works such as Le tombeau de Couperin, Menuet antique, Ma mère l’oye, Valses nobles et sentimentales and Une barque sur l’océan. As Ravel is famous for his melodies, exquisite orchestration and imaginative instrumental textures, PENTATONE is equally known for its superior audio quality, and this handsome collection of orchestral works on SACD is surely one not to be missed.

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Image Concerto for Orchestra & Music for Strings, Percus
Bela Bartók’s brilliant orchestral tour de force, the Concerto for Orchestra is coupled with his spine-tingling Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta in these newly ‘Remastered Classics’ recording with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rafael Kubelik and Seiji Ozawa. Bartók’s at times breezily energetic Concerto for Orchestra was an instant hit on its premiere given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1944 and it has remained popular ever since. It’s a compelling work, bursting with Central European folk melodies, North African rhythms, shimmering harmonies and vivid orchestration that culminates in a strident final movement guaranteed to bring the house down. In a darker vein, Bartók’s earlier Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta is a powerful and eerily atmospheric work which has been used in film soundtracks to great effect, notably in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Rafael Kubelik recorded the Concerto for Orchestra several times throughout his career but it was this 1974 recording with the Boston Symphony Orchestra that has been singled out for especial praise, Gramophone magazine commending Kubelik’s “sheer animal excitement and biting intensity ... with the rhythms pointed to bring out the wit, above all the peasant-like jollity … This is a performance to keep making you smile with delight.” Although recorded in multi-channel sound, these memorable performances have previously been available only in the conventional two-channel stereo format. Using state of the art technology which avoids the need for re-mixing, PENTATONE’s engineers have remastered the original studio tapes to bring the performances to life as originally intended: in compelling and pristine multi-channel sound.

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Image Violin Concertos
Accardos gengivelse af Beethoven-violinkoncerten og hans mesterlige undersøgelse af Bruchs violinkoncerter, udgivet i 1977-78 på Philips Classics, blev rost af kritikere for det strålende spil og for Masurs følsomme og nuancerede akkompagnement. Den tyske dirigent, Kurt Masur, var berømt for sine dybtegående og søgende fortolkninger af det romantiske repertoire og en af de mest kritikerroste og beundrede ledere fra slutningen af det 20. århundrede.

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Russian National Orchestra / Mikhail Pletnev

Back in 1990, highly respected both nationally and internationally, Russian pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev formed the first independent orchestra in the history of his country, the Russian National Orchestra. Many of Russia’s finest musicians joined him in the launch of this ensemble, which achieved a towering stature among the world’s orchestras within a short period and which Pletnev continues to serve as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Twenty-five years ago, the first recording the RNO ever made was of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, the Pathétique. This album combines Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Coronation March (1883), Capriccio Italien , Op. 45, Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32, Romeo and Juliet (1880) and Marche Slave, Op. 31. It completes the Tchaikovsky cycle including the integral symphonies and the Manfred Symphony, the RNO recorded for PENTATONE between 2011 and 2014, under the baton of its artistic director Mikhail Pletnev.

At the occasion of the orchestra’s 25th anniversary in 2015, the cycle was re-released as a 7-SACD box-set. With a musical content varying from virtuoso fireworks to ravishing lyricism, one could say this disc is a true coronation of the first 25 years of this magnificent orchestra.

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