Musística: Maria Callas Remastered – Bizet: Carmen (1964)

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Release date: September 23, 2014

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“Carmen is an opera in four acts by the French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, on 3 March 1875, and at first was not particularly successful. Its initial run extended to 36 performances, before the conclusion of which Bizet died suddenly, and thus knew nothing of the opera’s later celebrity.”
“Maria Callas (1923 – 1977), was an American soprano of Greek origin and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic gifts. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.” *
* [Wikipedia]

1 Maria Callas – Habanera – Carmen – Bizet
2 Maria Callas sings Carmen “Seguedille” in Hamburg, 1962
3 Maria Callas – Les Tringles Des Sistres Tintanient – with Nadine Sautereau & Jane Berbié; Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France; Georges Prêtre conductor
4 Bizet-Shchedrin – Carmen Suite [Part 1/2] – arr. Rodion Shchedrin; Gerard Schwarz, conductor; The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Released in 1981.

Maria Callas Remastered - Bizet: Carmen (1964) Title Maria Callas Remastered – Bizet: Carmen (1964)
Artists Jane Berbié, Nadine Sautereau, Robert Massard, Nicolai Gedda, Maria Callas, Georges Bizet, Georges Prêtre, Andrea Guiot, Choeurs Rene Duclos, Choeurs d’enfants Jean Pesneaud
Binding Audio CD
Label Warner Classics
Release date 2014-09-23

Musística: Brahms: 4 Symphonies, Piano Concertos and Violin Concerto

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Release date: September 16, 2014

Lisa Batiashvili - Anna Meuer Fotografie

Lisa Batiashvili – Anna Meuer Fotografie

“Germany’ss foremost conductor of German Romantic repertoire conducts his legendary Dresdner Staatskapelle in a complete cycle of Brahms symphonies. Recorded live through the 2012-13 season, this set presents the most coherent rendering of Thielemanns powerful, dark, layered vision of Brahms.
A counter-weight to the lighter, revisionist Chailly cycle on Decca, Thielemanns version is rooted in the great German Romantic tradition tragic and elegiac emotion with an epic sense of musical architecture.” *
Content of the DVD:
Thielemann and Pollinis performance of the ECHO award winning recording of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 & Piano Concerto No. 2
Christian Thielemanns and Lisa Batiashvillis performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto
The symphonic set is completed with a pair of favourite Brahms overtures
* [Amazon Editorial Review]

1 Lisa BatiashviliBrahms Violin Concerto LIVE
2 Christian Thielemann conducts Brahms – The Symphonies – Staatskapelle Dresden
3 Maurizio Pollini: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 album trailer – Recorded ‘live’ at the Semperoper, Dresden, in January 2013
4 Brahms – Piano concerto No 2 (Pollini, Abbado WPO) – Wiener Philharmoniker Orchester, 1977

Musística: Alison Balsom, Paris

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Release date: September 16, 2014

Trumpeter Alison Balsom

Trumpeter Alison Balsom (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“One of today’s most in-demand classical music personalities, English trumpeter and BBC Proms darling Alison Balsom shares her love of Paris on this new solo album. After becoming the first British woman to win Gramophone Magazine’s prestigious Artist of the Year award, Alison brings her glamour, poise and dazzling virtuosity to Paris with a selection of music written in and inspired by the most romantic city in the world. Accessible yet surprising at every turn, the programme ranges from 20th-century French composers (Ravel, Duruflé, Messiaen) to jazz (Django Reinhardt) and popular chanson française (Joseph Kosma), all in enchanting arrangements for trumpet.” *
* [Amazon editorial]

1 Alison Balsom: Paris (Gymnopédie No.3 – Erik Satie)
2 Alison Balsom feat. Miloš Karadaglić: Ástor Piazzolla‘s Café 1930 (Paris)
3 Alison BalsomVivaldi: Violin Concerto in A minor (clip)
4 Alison Balsom – Italian Concertos – Vivaldi, Albinoni, Giuseppe Tartini, Domenico Cimarosa

Paris Title Paris
Artists Alison Balsom, Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, Ástor Piazzolla, Miloš Karadaglić, Eddy Marnay, Oliver Messiaen, Michael Legrand, Eddie Barclay, Joseph Kosma, Django Rheinardt, The Guy Barker Orchestra, Guy Barker
Binding Audio CD
Label Warner Classics
Release date 2014-09-23

Musística: Leif Ove Andsnes plays Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 Emperor

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Release date: September 16, 2014

Between the towel and the mighty fjord - Norway's biggest pianist: Leif Ove Andsnes

Leif Ove Andsnes: Between the towel and the mighty fjord – Norway’s biggest pianist

“The celebrated Norwegian pianist completes his multi-annual collaborative journey with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, dedicated to Beethoven’s five piano concertos.
The Beethoven Journey is a four-year collaborative project between celebrated pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Together they have recorded all of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos, as well as the Choral Fantasy, with Andsnes not only playing but also directing the orchestra.
The New York Times has called Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won acclaim worldwide; the Wall Street Journal named him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.” Andsnes gives recitals and plays concertos in the world’s leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras, besides being an active recording artist. An avid chamber musician, he served as co-artistic director of the Risor Festival of Chamber Music for nearly two decades, and was music director of California’s 2012 Ojai Music Festival. He was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in July 2013.” *
* [Amazon product description]

1 Leif Ove AndsnesLudwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto no. 1 in C major, op. 15, III. Rondo – Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Terje Tønnesen
2 The Beethoven Journey – Leif Ove Andsnes
3 Beethoven – 5th Piano Concerto ‘Emperor’ (Zimerman, Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker)
4 Beethoven: Choral Fantasy / Abbado · Berliner Philharmoniker

Musística: Philip Glass: Heroes Symphony No.4

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Release date: October 14th, 2014

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

“”Heroes” Symphony, like The Low Symphony of several years ago is based on the recording of the same name made by David Bowie and Brian Eno in the late 70s. During that period David and Brian were attempting to extend the normal definition of pop and rock and roll. In a series of innovative recordings in which influences of world music, experimental ‘avant- garde’ were used, they were re-defining the language of music in ways which can be heard even today.
Almost twenty years later, I have gone back to their original material, using it as a point of departure and inspiration, much as composers of the past have based their work on their contemporaries. Using themes from Heroes I have made a new composition which hopefully will reintroduce this music to today’s listeners.
I mentioned the new work I was doing to Twyla Tharp, the American choreographer with whom I had worked on In the Upper Room, a dance work for her company. She suggested I think of Heroes as a ballet score for her new dance company. We suggested this to David, who immediately shared Twyla’s enthusiasm for the Idea. Accordingly, I set Heroes as a six movement work, each movement based on a theme from Heroes, with an overall dramatic structure that would be suitable for dance. The result is a symphonic ballet – a transformation of the original themes combined with new material of my own and presented in a new dramatic form. ” *
* [Philip Glass 1997]

1 Heroes ~ David Bowie & Brian Eno, reinterpreted – Philip Glass
2 Philip Glass – Symphony No. 4 ‘Heroes’ – 03 Sense Of Doubt
3 Philip Glass – Sons of the Silent Age – From the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno. Performed by The American Composers Orchestra. Dennis Russell Davies, principal conductor.
4 Philip Glass: Symphony No. 4 “Heroes”, Movement 6 “V2 Schneider” (live with Philip Glass appearance) – The Bruckner Orchestra Linz conducted by Dennis Russell Davies perform the final movement. Recorded in Linz on June 26th, 2009.
5 David Bowie – Heroes (A Reality Tour)

Philip Glass: Symphony No.4 Heroes Title Philip Glass: Symphony No.4 Heroes
Artists Sinfonieorchester Basel, Dennis Russell Davies, Philip Glass, David Bowie (composer), Brian Eno (composer)
Binding Audio CD
Release date 2014-10-14