Musística: Anne Akiko Meyers plays American Masters

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Release date: October 30, 2014

Anne Akiko Meyers with the Santa Barbara Symphony

Anne Akiko Meyers with the Santa Barbara Symphony

“This album explores deep connections between the composers and the performers on the recording. The American Masters, Anne Akiko Meyers 5th recording for eOne Music, features two world premier recordings: a Violin Concerto written for her by Mason Bates and the exquisite Lullaby for Natalie by John Corigliano, composed on the occasion of the birth of Annes first child, Natalie. Also included is Samuel Barbers seminal Violin Concerto, a work with which Anne made her recording debut at the age of 18. The musical DNA of Samuel Barber flows deeply throughout the entire program. Barber was Coriglianos mentor, and Corigliano mentored Mason Bates. Bates Violin Concerto, which was co-commissioned by the Pittsburgh, Nashville, Detroit, Richmond and Chicago Symphony Orchestras in just the last two seasons. Four Generation of friendship and shared ideas are captured in this recording, with liner notes written by Corigliano himself. This new recording follows closely on the heels of Annes recent release, The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, which debuted earlier this year at #1 on the Billboard Classical chart, and continues to have a presence on the chart to the time of the release of The American Masters.” *
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1 Anne Akiko Meyers Premieres the Barber Violin Concerto with the Slovenian Philharmonic in 2006. George Pehlivanian conducts.
2 World Premiere of John Corigliano‘s ‘Lullaby for Natalie’ for Anne Akiko Meyers
3 Composer of the Year Mason Bates & violinist Anne Akiko Meyers discuss the upcoming PSO concert
4 Encore viewing of Mason Bates and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performing Bates’ “The B-Sides.” Aired live from Orchestra Hall, November 26, 2011 at

American Masters Title American Masters
Artists Anne Akiko Meyers, Samuel Barber, John Corigliano, Mason Bates, Leonard Slatkin, London Symphony Orchestra
Binding Audio CD
Label Entertainment One Music/ENT. ONE MUSIC
Release date 2014-09-30

Musística: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 11

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Release date: September 30, 2014

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

“Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is recognised today as one of the world’s finest interpreters of Haydn’s piano works, International Piano having described him as ‘Haydn’s greatest contemporary keyboard exponent.’ In the first five volumes of his ongoing series devoted to Haydn’s sonatas he has been applauded for his intelligent musicianship, crisp technique, and sheer sense of joy in the music. In this concerto recording he performs in partnership with the conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy, the two united by an admiration for Haydn’s infectious good humour and art of the unexpected.
Of the twelve keyboard concertos carrying Haydn’s name, the third, fourth, and eleventh, recorded here, are the best known. The publication history of the rest casts doubt on their authenticity; many imitations were attributed to Haydn by publishers wanting to cash in on his wild popularity in Europe during his life.
The concertos in F and G major are early works, in an early style, simply constructed with graceful and clear keyboard writing. One finds plenty of Haydnesque charm and spirit in these scores, both of which also feature specially touching slow movements. By contrast, the Concerto in D major is a work of the composer’s maturity, full of strikingly dramatic contrasts and characteristic wit. The infectious Hungarian Rondo finale brings the concerto to a rousing conclusion and surely accounts for much of its enduring popularity.” *
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1 French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet records for Chandos the Ravel piano concertos and Debussy‘s Fantasie for piano and orchestra with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier.
2 Joseph Haydn – Piano Concerto in F major, Hoboken XVIII:3
3 Arturo Benedetti MichelangeliHaydn Concerto in G major –
4 Joseph Haydn – Piano Concerto in D Major (1782) Alicia de Larrocha, piano and the London Sinfonietta conducted by David Zinman.

Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 11 Title Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 11
Artists Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Franz Joseph Haydn, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Manchester Camerata
Binding Audio CD
Label Chandos
Release date 2014-09-30

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.” *
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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
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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.” *
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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