Musística: Evgeny Kissin plays Beethoven Piano Concertos 1 and 3

via Musística: Evgeny Kissin plays Beethoven Piano Concertos 1 and 3.

Release date: April 8, 2014

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“Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15, was written during 1796 and 1797. Dedicated to his pupil Countess Anna Louise Barbara (“Babette”) Keglevics, its first performance was in Prague in 1798, with Beethoven himself playing the piano.” *
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_Concerto_No._1_(Beethoven)]

“The Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1800 and was first performed on 5 April 1803, with the composer as soloist. (…) It was published in 1804. (…) The composition was dedicated to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia. The first primary theme is reminiscent of that of Mozart’s 24th Piano Concerto.” *
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_Concerto_No._3_(Beethoven)]

Playlist
1 Evgeny Kissin – Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1, Part 01
2 Evgeny Kissin – Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1, Part 02
3 Evgeny Kissin – Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1, Part 03
4 Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. 37 in C minor. Evgeny Kissin, piano; London Symphony Orchestra; Colin Davis, conductor.
   

 
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 3 Title Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 3
Artists Evgeny Kissin, piano; Ludwig van Beethoven, composer; Colin Davis, conductor; London Symphony Orchestra.
Binding Audio CD
Label Imports
Release date 2014-04-08
 

Musística: Rafael Kubelík conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No.9

via Musística: Rafael Kubelík conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No.9.

Release date: Apr 8, 2014

Rafael Kubelik

“The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (sometimes known simply as “the Choral”), is the final complete symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827). Completed in 1824, the symphony is one of the best-known works of the repertoire of classical music. Among critics, it is almost universally considered to be among Beethoven’s greatest works, and is considered by some to be the greatest piece of music ever written.” *
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._9_(Beethoven)]

Playlist
1 Rafael Kubelík conducts Beethoven 9th – LIVE! From Copenhagen, with Rafael Kubelik conducting the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and chorus. The soloists are Elsie Morison, Else Brems, Ernst Haefliger, and Forbes Robinson. February 26, 1959.
2 L.V.Beethoven – (1989) Symphony No.9 in D minor “Choral”, Op.125 – Mov. 2 Scherzo: Leonard Bernstein conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with members of Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de Paris, New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra.
On 25 December 1989, Leonard Bernstein gave a concert in Berlin celebrating the end of the Wall, including Beethoven’s 9th symphony (Ode to Joy) with the word “Joy” (Freude) changed to “Freedom” (Freiheit) in the lyrics sung. The orchestra and choir were drawn from both East and West Germany, as well as the United Kingdom, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States.
3 Beethoven symphony no.9 – III. Adagio molto e cantabile – Andante moderato: Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt; NHK Symphony Orchestra
4 Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 9 – IV. Presto – Allegro assai – Klemperer (1957 LIVE): Sopran: Aase Nordmo-Løvberg; Alt: Christa Ludwig; Tenor:Waldemar Kmentt; Baß: Hans Hotter; Philharmonia Orchestra; Otto Klemperer conductor.
   


Musística: America! Vol.2 – Gershwin, from Broadway to the Concert Hall

via Musística: America! Vol.2 – Gershwin, from Broadway to the Concert Hall.

Release date: April 8, 2014

www.pianoalyon.com

www.pianoalyon.com

“The goal of the America! series from harmonia mundi is to explore the profound effect that the ”New World” has had on the world of classical music. Featuring some of the finest performers on the label, each of the three volumes focuses on a theme. Volume 2 looks at the huge impact made by George Gershwin. Subtitled From Broadway to the Concert Hall, this collection features the unique mix of classical and jazz sensibilities that was the hallmark of Gershwin’s style.” *
* [Amazon editorial review]

Playlist
1 George Gershwin: The Man I Love (Slow and in singing style) – Frank Braley
2 George Gershwin – Summertime (Lincoln Mayorga, Ferde Grofe, Al Gallodoro & Harmonie Ensemble)
3 George Gershwin – Somebody Loves Me (Frank Braley)
4 George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (Jon Nakamatsu, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Jeff Tyzik on harmonia mundi)
   

 
America! Vol.2 - Gershwin, from Broadway to the Concert Hall Title America! Vol.2 – Gershwin, from Broadway to the Concert Hall
Artists George Gershwin, Jeff Tyzik, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Jon Manasse, Jon Nakamatsu, Frank Braley, Michael Sheppard, Various Artists, Various, Steven Richman, Harmonie Ensemble New York, Lincoln Mayorga
Binding Audio CD
Label Harmonia Mundi
Release date 2014-04-08
 

Musística: Cecilia Bartoli sings Rossini’s Otello

via Musística: Cecilia Bartoli sings Rossini’s Otello.

Release date: April 8, 2014

Rossini's Otello: Opera in the Heights

Rossini’s Otello: Opera in the Heights

“The Moorish general and military hero Otello returns to Venice victorious in battle. His secret marriage to Desdemona, a nobleman’s daughter, is revealed, and forces organize against him because of jealousy of his military and personal success. Leading this charge is the wily manipulator Iago, Otello’s lieutenant. Iago pours poisonous lies into Otello’s ear about Desdemona’s trumped-up infidelity.
Things go from bad to worse until the tragedy’s final moment. Even though Rossini’s Otello was written 70 years before Verdi’s version, Verdi’s Otello is the one performed frequently, while Rossini’s has become somewhat of a rarity.” *
* [http://houston.culturemap.com/eventdetail/opera-heights-presents-otello/]

Playlist
1 Gioacchino Rossini, Overture to Otello – Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, Ludwig Carrasco (conductor)
2 Rossini Otello: John Osborn (Otello), Cecilia Bartoli (Desdemona), Peter Kalman (Elmiro), Javier Camarena (Rodrigo), Muhai Tang (musical director), Zurich Opera Orchestra.
3 Joyce DiDonato: Rossini – Otello, ‘Assisa appiè d’un salice’
   

 
Rossini: Otello Title Rossini: Otello
Artists Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano), John Osborn (tenor), Muhai Tang (musical director), Orchestra La Scintilla.
Binding DVD Audio
Label Decca
Release date 2014-05-06
 

Musística: Blow and Purcell: Countertenor Duets

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Release date: April 8, 2014

© www.bbc.co.uk

© www.bbc.co.uk

“Henry Purcell was born in London in 1659 and probably never left the city. He spent most of his career working as organist at Westminster Abbey. Yet in his 36 years, he made a huge contribution to Britain’s musical culture.
Perhaps one of England’s greatest composers, he may well have been writing music when he was only 8-years-old and developed a mature compositional style very early on.
He is remembered particularly for his consummate skill in the fields of theatre music and opera, composing one of the earliest surviving examples of opera in the English language (Dido And Aeneas) as well as a vast quantity of sacred music, and numerous court odes and domestic songs.”*
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2009/01_january/13/composer2.shtml]

Playlist
1 “Sound the Trumpet” (Henry Purcell) – Michael Chance, James Bowman, Ensemble Sonnerie
2 Purcell – In vain the am’rous flute: Ode for St Cecilia’s Day. Anders J. DahlinRichard Croft; Les Musiciens du Louvre; Marc Minkowski
3 Alfred & Mark Deller, John Blow: Ah, heaven, what is’t I hear
4 John Blow: An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell (1/3) – Robin Blaze, Jason Darnell
   

 
Blow & Purcell: Countertenor Duets Title Blow & Purcell: Countertenor Duets
Artists James Bowman, Michael Chance, The King’s Consort, Robert King, John Blow, Henry Purcell
Binding Audio CD
Label Hyperion
Release date 2014-04-08
 

Musística: Sophie Karthäuser sings Poulenc: Melodies – Les anges musiciens

via Musística: Karthäuser sings Poulenc: Melodies – Les anges musiciens.

Release date: April 8, 2014

Sophie Karthäuser © DR

“Francis Poulenc’s songs are among the most beautiful and accomplished in the entire French repertoire. A friend of poets like Apollinaire, Eluard, Aragon and Louise de Vilmorin, he was constantly alert to their imaginative worlds and their mystery. The voluptuous or nostalgic nonchalance, the gentle melancholy or the impertinent flippancy of these works never appear to take themselves seriously, and invariably represent the highest art. On this recording, the renowned Belgian soprano Sophie Karthauser returns to harmonia mundi for her first recital program, performing a generous selection of Poulenc’s Melodies.”*
* [Editorial review @ Amazon]

Playlist
1 Francis Poulenc: Deux Poemes de Louis Aragon – Arianne Abela Senior Recital
2 Sophie Karthäuser et Café Zimmermann “Ach, ich fühl’s” W.A. Mozart
3 Hôtel (Banalités, Poulenc): Sarah Champion, mezzo soprano; Nico de Villiers, piano
4 Poulenc, Fiançailles pour rire (Mireille Delunsch, soprano)
5 Francis Poulenc at the piano: Denise Duval soprano – From “La courte paille”: “Les Anges musiciens” and “Quelle aventure!”
   

 
Poulenc: Melodies - Les anges musiciens Title Poulenc: Melodies – Les anges musiciens
Artists Sophie Karthäuser, Eugene Asti, Francis Poulenc, None
Binding Audio CD
Label Harmonia Mundi
Release date 2014-04-08
 

Musística: Copland: Piano Concerto, El Salon Mexico, Old American Songs

via Musística: Copland: Piano Concerto, El Salon Mexico, Old American Songs.

Release date: April 8, 2014

“If you have ever been to Mexico you probably know why a composer should want to write a piece of music about it. Nevertheless, I must admit that it came as something of a surprise when I left Mexico in 1932, after a first visit, to find myself with exactly that idea firmly implanted in my mind. It isn’t as if I had never been away from home before. I had done my share of wandering about, and had even ventured as far as old Fez in Morocco without bringing back any musical souvenirs. But there must have been something different about Mexico. Or perhaps it wasn’t just Mexico—perhaps my piece might never have been written if it hadn’t been for the existence of the Salón México.”
[Aaron Copland]

Playlist
1 Copland: clip from the movie El Salón México (1996) part 8/8: Edith Gonzalez, Demián Bichir, Steven Brown, Blanca Guerra, Gerardo Camarena, Alberto Estrella, Manuel Ojeda, María Rojo, Tiare Scanda, Román Valenzuela
2 Leo Smit plays Aaron Copland Piano Concerto: Radio Rome Symphony Orchestra;
Aaron Copland, conductor
3 Copland: El Salón México ∙ hr-SinfonieorchesterCarlos Miguel Prieto
4 Copland / Appalachian Spring (1945 Suite): 1/2. Antal Doráti conducts the London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded by Mercury in 1961.
5 Two songs by Aaron Copland; William Warfield, bass-baritone
   

 
Copland: Piano Concerto, El Salon Mexico, Old American Songs Title Copland: Piano Concerto, El Salon Mexico, Old American Songs
Artists Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Maurice Abravanel, Antal Doráti, New York Philharmonic, William Warfield
Binding Audio CD
Label Praga
Release date 2014-04-08
 

Musística: Karajan: Best of Maestro

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Release date: April 8, 2014

Herbert von Karajan. © Universal Classics.

Herbert von Karajan. © Universal Classics.

Karajan: Best of Maestro includes music from the baroque (Vivaldi), to the 20th century (Jules Massenet), with works of Mozart, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Respighi, and Bizet.

Playlist
1 Mozart / Karajan, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, 1958: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550 – Movement 1
2 Anne-Sophie Mutter 4 Seasons Vivaldi Spring I Allegro
3 Johann Strauss I – Radetzky March – Karajan
4 Georges Bizet / Herbert von Karajan, 1958: Carmen, Suite No. 1 – Prelude, Act 1
   

 
Best of Maestro Title Best of Maestro
Artists Herbert von Karajan (conductor), Tchaikovsky (composer), Mozart (composer), Vivaldi (composer), Wagner (composer), Johann Strauss I (composer), Johann Strauss II (composer), Ottorino Respighi (composer), Georges Bizet (composer), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)
Binding Audio CD
Label Imports
Release date 2014-04-08
 

Musística: Donizetti: Rita – Deux Hommes et Une Femme

via Musística: Donizetti: Rita – Deux Hommes et Une Femme.

Release date: April 8, 2014

Katarina Karnéus - Photo: Mats Bäcker

Katarina Karnéus – Photo: Mats Bäcker

“Rita, ou Le mari battu (Rita, or The Beaten Husband) is an opéra comique in one act, composed by Gaetano Donizetti to a French libretto by Gustave Vaëz. The opera, a domestic comedy consisting of eight musical numbers connected by spoken dialogue, was completed in 1841 under its original title Deux hommes et une femme (Two Men and a Woman). Never performed in Donizetti’s lifetime, Rita premiered posthumously at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 7 May 1860.” *
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_(opera)

Playlist
1 L’Opéra Royal de Wallonie – Liège: Donizetti – Rita, ou Le mari battu. Conductor: Claudio Scimone; Rita – Priscille Laplace; Peppe – Aldo Caputo; Gaspar – Alberto Rinaldi
2 Kasper Holten’s Don Giovanni (Juan, Christopher Maltman) – Official UK trailer (October 2012)
3 Katarina Karnéus sings Mahler‘s Ruckert Lieder, Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft
4 Tchaikovsky‘s famous 1812 Overture (Part 1) performed by the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Mark Elder at the Royal Albert Hall during the Nations Favourite Prom 2004
   

Donizetti: Rita - Deux Hommes et Une Femme Title Donizetti: Rita – Deux Hommes et Une Femme
Artists Katarina Karnéus, Barry Banks, Christopher Maltman, Mark Elder, Gaetano Donizetti
Binding Audio CD
Label Opera Rara
Release date 2014-04-08
 

Musística: Selected Works for Orchestra – Augusta Read Thomas

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Release date: April 8, 2014

Augusta Read Thomas

Augusta Read Thomas

“For nine years from 1997, Augusta Read Thomas was composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, and three of the pieces on this disc were composed either for that great orchestra or its sibling new-music ensemble, MusicNow.” *
* www.theguardian.com

Playlist
1 Augusta Read Thomas 2nd violin concerto “Carillon Sky” – Mei-Fang Wang violin
2 Augusta Read Thomas: Handmade Sounds
3 The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays Of Paradise and Light by Augusta Read Thomas
4 Music Now! Ensemble – In C by Terry Riley – 15 minute excerpt – Totnes
   

Selected Works for Orchestra Title Selected Works for Orchestra
Artists Augusta Read Thomas, Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, MusicNOW Ensemble
Binding Audio CD
Label Nimbus Records
Release date 2014-04-08