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Evolution

Alexis Ffrench Evolution

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Evolution

by Alexis Ffrench
$19.99

Alexis Ffrench has high ambition.  This exceptional pianist and composer who trained at the Purcell School, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy wants to bring joy to a world of troubled times.  He also wants to change the way people perceive classical music and to help make it more inclusive and democratic, more relevant to the society in which we live.

 

“I was watching the Last Night Of The Proms recently and was struck by the lack of diversity in the audience” he says in the thoughtful manner in which he considers everything.  “The next day, a commentator said: “Who says classical music is dead? And I was taken aback as I feel there is no room for complacency in this regard.  Where classical music is concerned, we still have a major job to do in removing perceived barriers.  It’s incredibly important to me, and I feel we all have a duty to speak out and encourage positive change.”

 

With aspirations as bold as those, it’s clear that Ffrench has the dedication and talent to bring about such a change.

 

Ffrench displayed the skills of a musical prodigy when he was little more than a toddler: “When I Was four I stated playing on the dining room table, because we didn’t have a piano.”  he says.  He copied the actions of a pianist, even thought he had never had the opportunity to see one perform.  In his head he was performing his Dad’s Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley records.  Within a year Ffrench was jotting down string quartets in a little red book.

 

From the age of seven until he was eighteen, Ffrench played in church every Sunday and at weddings and funerals, on high days and holidays “The informed my ability to improvise.  One Christmas my dad asked if I could incorporate his favourite song, Johnny Matthis’s ‘When A Child Is Born’, into the church’s processional music.” When no thunderbolt arrived and the roof didn’t care in, Ffrench knew he was onto something.  His natural-born adroitness on the piano took him to the best music schools in the country, where his talents shone.  He could write down even the most complex musical score by ear. “When I hear music, I see it” he says.

 

His success has made Ffrench a Spotify-era anomaly: a classical musician who has had over 75 million streams.  Now this sharply-dressed man with a laser focus resolve that belies the fairy-dust in his fingers is ready to step things up.  He has signed with Modest! Management, home to a brace of all-conquering pop acts, including Little Mix, Oly Murs and Niall Horan.

 

Alexis Ffrench debut album on Sony Music Evolution sees Alexis propel himself to yet further heights.  It includes guest collaborate from international classical harpist Lavinia Meijer.


TRACKLISTING

Reborn – featuring Lavinia Meijer

At Last

Moments

Bluebird

Tomorrow Song

Exhale

Flow and Begin Again

Forgiven

Where Worlds Collide

Waiting to Breathe

Waterfalls

The Last Post (Evolution) 

Let There Be Cello

2Cellos Let There Be Cello

$19.99

Let There Be Cello

by 2Cellos
$19.99

The Croatian duo of Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, better known as 2CELLOS, return with an all-new album, Let There Be Cello. A follow-up to the 2017 release of Score, Let There Be Cello finds the pair exploring a diverse catalogue with their signature boundary-breaking playing style.

“We’ve always said we want to break down pre-conceptions about the cello and the boundaries around musical genres,” says 2CELLOS on their latest project.  “This album demonstrates that. We take inspiration from all sources, from pop smashes to timeless classical music, from classic rock through to our enduring love of film music. This album has the lot – including some 2CELLOS’ originals. There are no rules, just let there be cello!”

Co-produced by Šulić and Hauser themselves as well as Filip Vidovic, Let There Be Cello is a showcase of 2CELLOS’ exceptional talent for reinventing the music of any genre. The collection includes their take on the latest pop hits, including Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” and “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, a fan-favourite rendition that has garnered over 30 million views on 2CELLOS’ YouTube alone.  Known for bringing their explosive playing style to some of rock’s biggest anthems, 2CELLOS make no exception on Let There Be Cello, which features favourites “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor and The White Stripes’ iconic “Seven Nation Army,” which the pair most recently performed on-field to open May’s UEFA Champions League final in Ukraine.  Taking their classical instrumentation to new heights, 2CELLOS round out the newest album with everything from celebrated classics (“Imagine” by John Lennon, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen) to never-before-heard original compositions (“Concept2,” “Cadenza”) for a listening experience unlike any other.
The 2CELLOS will be on tour in Australia November 23rd Perth, November 24th Melbourne, November 26th Adelaide, November 28th Sydney, November 30th Gold Coast and December 2nd Brisbane.

TRACKLISTING

1. Concept2

2. Eye of the Tiger

3. Pirates of the Caribbean

4. Cadenza

5. Hallelujah

6. Perfect

7. Vivaldi Storm

8. Whole Lotta Love

9. Seven Nation Army

10. Asturias Meets Carmen

11. Despacito

12. The Show Must Go On

13. Imagine

14. Champions Anthem

 

An Italian Night - Live From The Waldbuhne Berlin (DVD)
Two years after the release of his highly successful album Dolce Vita, Jonas Kaufmann reaffirmed his love affair with Italian music this summer with a special concert at the Waldbühne – Berlin’s renowned stage-beneath-the-stars. In what can be seen as a wondrous zenith of his dedication to Italy and her music, the concert has become one of this year’s biggest classical music events. Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of the magical concert on DVD.   

 

“An Italian Night – Live from the Waldbühne Berlin” features popular songs and canzone as well as passionate Italian opera arias and duets from Cavalleria rusticana, where Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili joined Jonas as a charming guest-artist and duet partner. Both were supported by Jochen Rieder conducting the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

 

Those who missed the amazing atmosphere of the concert at the 20,000-seater Waldbühne can now experience the attractive mix of opera, songs and italianità that brought the audience to their feet and resulted in seven incredible encores including “Parla più piano” (The Godfather theme), “Volare” in special duet form and the mighty “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s opera Turandot. The evening’s delights also included Ponchielli’s “Cielo e mar” from his opera La Gioconda, as well as the popular songs “Torna a Surriento”, “Non ti scordar di me”, a unique solo rendition of Lucio Dalla’s “Caruso” by Anita Rachvelishvili, and a stirring duet of “Il canto” between Jonas and Anita.

 

The full 110-minute concert recording filmed by ZDF & 3sat in collaboration with concert promoter Alegria and Semmel Concerts.

 

TRACKLISTING

1. Verdi – I Vespri Sciciliani: Sinfonia

2. Ponchielli - La Gioconda, Atto II: Cielo e mar

3. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o mamma

4. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Tu qui, Santuzza?

5. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo sinfonico

6. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso

7. De Curtis - Ti voglio tanto bene

8. D'Anzi - Voglio vivere così

9. Leoncavallo - Mattinata

10. Rota - The Legend of the Glass Mountain (From "The Glass Mountain")

11. De Crescenzo - Rondine al nido

12. Dalla - Caruso

13. Bixio - Parlami d'amore, Mariù

14. Rota - La passerella di addio (From "Otto e mezzo")

15. De Curtis - Torna a Surriento

16. Musumarra - Il canto

17. De Curtis - Non ti scordar di me

18. Rota - Parla più piano (Theme from "The Godfather")

19. Ferilli - Un amore così grande

20. Gastaldon - Musica proibita

21. Tagliaferri, Valente - Passione

22. Cardillo - Catarì, Catarì (Core 'ngrato)

23. Modugno - Volare

24. Puccini - Turandot, Atto III: Nessun Dorma

RUNNING TIME – 1:54:10

 

An Italian Night - Live From The Waldbuhne Berlin (Blu-Ray)
Two years after the release of his highly successful album Dolce Vita, Jonas Kaufmann reaffirmed his love affair with Italian music this summer with a special concert at the Waldbühne – Berlin’s renowned stage-beneath-the-stars. In what can be seen as a wondrous zenith of his dedication to Italy and her music, the concert has become one of this year’s biggest classical music events. Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of the magical concert on Blu-ray.   

 

“An Italian Night – Live from the Waldbühne Berlin” features popular songs and canzone as well as passionate Italian opera arias and duets from Cavalleria rusticana, where Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili joined Jonas as a charming guest-artist and duet partner. Both were supported by Jochen Rieder conducting the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

 

Those who missed the amazing atmosphere of the concert at the 20,000-seater Waldbühne can now experience the attractive mix of opera, songs and italianità that brought the audience to their feet and resulted in seven incredible encores including “Parla più piano” (The Godfather theme), “Volare” in special duet form and the mighty “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s opera Turandot. The evening’s delights also included Ponchielli’s “Cielo e mar” from his opera La Gioconda, as well as the popular songs “Torna a Surriento”, “Non ti scordar di me”, a unique solo rendition of Lucio Dalla’s “Caruso” by Anita Rachvelishvili, and a stirring duet of “Il canto” between Jonas and Anita.

 

The full 110-minute concert recording filmed by ZDF & 3sat in collaboration with concert promoter Alegria and Semmel Concerts.

 

TRACKLISTING

1. Verdi – I Vespri Sciciliani: Sinfonia

2. Ponchielli - La Gioconda, Atto II: Cielo e mar

3. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o mamma

4. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Tu qui, Santuzza?

5. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo sinfonico

6. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso

7. De Curtis - Ti voglio tanto bene

8. D'Anzi - Voglio vivere così

9. Leoncavallo - Mattinata

10. Rota - The Legend of the Glass Mountain (From "The Glass Mountain")

11. De Crescenzo - Rondine al nido

12. Dalla - Caruso

13. Bixio - Parlami d'amore, Mariù

14. Rota - La passerella di addio (From "Otto e mezzo")

15. De Curtis - Torna a Surriento

16. Musumarra - Il canto

17. De Curtis - Non ti scordar di me

18. Rota - Parla più piano (Theme from "The Godfather")

19. Ferilli - Un amore così grande

20. Gastaldon - Musica proibita

21. Tagliaferri, Valente - Passione

22. Cardillo - Catarì, Catarì (Core 'ngrato)

23. Modugno - Volare

24. Puccini - Turandot, Atto III: Nessun Dorma

RUNNING TIME – 1:54:10

 

Piano Magic (CD)

Lang Lang Piano Magic (CD)

$14.99

Piano Magic (CD)

by Lang Lang
$14.99
After the success of last year’s compilation Romance– Sony Classical has released a new album that is very attractive and includes famous works from Lang Lang’s back catalogue. These not only show the super-star pianist‘s interpretative magic, but also his renowned finger-fireworks!

 

All works are very well known and loved -  including Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca, Liszt’s Rákóczy March Chopin’s Minute Waltz and Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer . The album also includes some of Lang Lang’s most popular tracks to date – Bach’s Air on the G-string and Liszt’s La Campanella.

TRACKLISTING

1. Mozart: Rondo alla turca

2. Chopin: “Minute Waltz” op. 64/1

3. Liszt: La Campanella S 141/3

4. Chopin: Grande Valse brillante in E-fl at major op. 18

5. Mozart: Klavierstück in F major K 33B

6. Chopin: Nocturne in E-fl at major op. 55/2

7. Liszt: Grand Galop chromatique S 219

8. Bach: “Air on the G String”

9. Liszt: “Rákóczy March” S 244/15

10. Holst: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity 

11. Chopin: “Heroic” Polonaise in A-fl at major op. 53

12. Joplin: The Entertainer

An Italian Night - Live From The Waldbuhne Berlin (CD)
RELEASE DATE: 14th September 2018

Jonas Kaufmann regarded as “The world’s greatest tenor” (The Telegraph) presented his most popular Italian repertoire live from Berlin’s outdoor amphitheater Waldbühne (Forest Stage) on Friday July 13th, 2018.

He brought-the-house-down with a succession of hits from his extremely popular “Dolce Vita” programme as well as exciting arias and duets (with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili) from the Italian opera repertoire.

Available in DVD & Blu-Ray format as well on the 28th September and in cinemas across Australia September 8 & 9.


TRACKLISTING

1. Ponchielli - La Gioconda, Atto II: Cielo e mar

2. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Tu qui, Santuzza?

3. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Ah! Lo vedi, che hai tu detto?

4. Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso

5. De Curtis - Ti voglio tanto bene

6. D'Anzi - Voglio vivere così

7. Leoncavallo - Mattinata

8. De Crescenzo - Rondine al nido

9. Dalla - Caruso

10. Bixio - Parlami d'amore, Mariù

11. De Curtis - Torna a Surriento

12. Musumarra - Il canto

13. De Curtis - Non ti scordar di me

14. Rota - Parla più piano (Theme from "The Godfather")

15. Ferilli - Un amore così grande

16. Gastaldon - Musica proibita

17. Tagliaferri, Valente - Passione

18. Cardillo - Catarì, Catarì (Core 'ngrato)

19. Modugno - Volare

20. Puccini - Turandot, Atto III: Nessun Dorma

Sketches For Me Sweetheart The Drunk (Vinyl) (3LP)

Triple 180 gram vinyl

Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk
, released 20 years ago, is a posthumous 1998 release of the material Jeff Buckley was working on before his tragic death in 1997, assembled by his friends, colleagues and family. Offering an in-depth, moving insight into the gifted singer/songwriter's unfinished follow-up to his lone masterpiece Grace, it's comprised of the studio sessions for what would have been Buckley's second album produced by Tom Verlaine (Television) and 4-track home recordings of works-in-progress. "Everybody Here Wants You" was issued as Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk's only single.

TRACKLISTING

LP1

SIDE A

1. Sky Is a Landfill

2. Everybody Here Wants You

3. Opened Once

4. Nightmares by the Sea’

SIDE B

1. Yard of Blonde Girls

2. Witches' Rave

3. New Year's Prayer

LP2

SIDE C

1. Morning Theft

2. Vancouver

3. You and I

SIDE D

1. Nightmares by the Sea

2. New Year's Prayer

3. Haven't You Heard

4. I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby (If We Wanted to Be)

Six Evolutions: Bach Cello Suites

Yo-Yo Ma will release SIX EVOLUTIONS – BACH: CELLO SUITES (Sony Classical), his third and final recording of these works, on August 17, 2018.

Bach’s Cello Suites have been my constant musical companions,” Ma says of the music. “For almost six decades, they have given me sustenance, comfort, and joy during times of stress, celebration, and loss. What power does this music possess that even today, after three hundred years, it continues to help us navigate through troubled times?”

 

Yo-Yo Ma is more convinced than ever of the suites’ ability to create shared meaning that extends far beyond the here and now. The suites’ collective vision – at once divergent and coherent, empathic and objective – reminds us of all that connects us despite an increasingly discordant public conversation.

 

Bach and his Cello Suites entered Yo-Yo Ma's life when he was four, when he learned the first measure of the ‘Prélude’ to Suite No. 1 under his father's instruction, and these works have been a through-line in his life. His Grammy Award-winning, first complete recording of the suites, was made in his late twenties. His second, INSPIRED BY BACH, was released in his early forties and recorded alongside a multi-genre, collaborative exploration of the works. Both previous recordings of the Cello Suites, also on Sony Classical, became landmarks in the history of classical discography, as well as milestones in Ma’s musical life. SIX EVOLUTIONS begins a new chapter in the cellist’s 58-year relationship with this music.

 

“Now that I’m in my sixties,” Ma says, “I realize that my sense of time has changed, both in life and in music, at once expanded and compressed. Music, like all of culture, helps us to understand our environment, each other, and ourselves. Culture helps us to imagine a better future. Culture helps turn ‘them’ into ‘us.’ And these things have never been more important."

 

The August release of SIX EVOLUTIONS also signals the beginning of a two-year, six-continent journey in which Yo-Yo Ma will devote himself to Bach’s music, playing all six Cello Suites in single sittings in familiar and unlikely locations.

 

Ma wants to share Bach’s music with an exceptionally large and diverse audience, in celebration of culture’s role in society. Accompanying each performance will be events that seek to put culture in action by bringing people and organizations together to address pressing social issues. Ma believes that at a time of rapid change, culture must play a central role in shaping our future.


TRACKLISTING CD1

1. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 - I. Prélude

2. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 - II. Allemande

3. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 - III. Courante

4. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 - IV. Sarabande

5. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 - V. Menuets I & II

6. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 - VI. Gigue

7. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 - I. Prélude

8. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 - II. Allemande

9. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 - III. Courante

10. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 - IV. Sarabande

11. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 - V. Menuets I & II

12. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 - VI. Gigue

13. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 - I. Prélude

14. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 - II. Allemande

15. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 - III. Courante

16. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 - IV. Sarabande

17. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 - V. Bourrées I & II

18. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 - VI. Gigue

 

TRACKLISTING CD2

1. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 - I. Prélude

2. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 - II. Allemande

3. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 - III. Courante

4. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 - IV. Sarabande

5. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 - V. Bourrées I & II

6. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 - VI. Gigue

7. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011 - I. Prélude

8. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011 - II. Allemande

9. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011 - III. Courante

10. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011 - IV. Sarabande

11. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011 - V. Gavottes I & II

12. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011 - VI. Gigue

13. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 - I. Prélude

14. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 - II. Allemande

15. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 - III. Courante

16. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 - IV. Sarabande

17. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 - V. Gavottes I & II

18. Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 - VI. Gigue

 

Howard Shore: Two Concerti

Lang Lang & Sophie Shao Howard Shore: Two Concerti

$19.99

Howard Shore: Two Concerti

by Lang Lang & Sophie Shao
$19.99

World-renowned for his many award-winning film scores including “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”, Howard Shore’s latest album “Two Concerti” shows that his immense compositional talents light up not only the cinema screen but the classical concert stage as well. Released on February 17, the album presents two specially commissioned works dedicated to the music of Frédéric Chopin - the piano concerto Ruin & Memory - performed by renowned pianist Lang Lang; and the cello concerto Mythic Gardens performed by award-winning cellist Sophie Shao.

 

Ruin & Memory – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra was written in celebration of Chopin’s 200th anniversary and recorded live at its world premiere at the 2010 Beijing Music Festival – whose Arts Foundation commissioned the work. Composed specifically for Lang Lang, Ruin & Memory is Shore’s musical reflection of Chopin’s time and the life he led. About the work Shore explains “The title captures a bit of Chopin’s life, about where he came from and the world he lived in, and what happened when that world was no longer there. The piece is really a love affair with the piano, the intimacy, the tactile perception of that instrument.”

 

For the companion piece Mythic Gardens – Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra was commissioned for Sophie Shao by the American Symphony Orchestra. Shore took his inspiration from the architecture of three classic Italian gardens: Cimbrone, Medici and Visconti Borromeo Litta. The composer elucidates on his various muses “Growing up in Canada, I spent many summers in Northern Ontario. The surrounding natural beauty of the area was and remains a great inspiration. I believe that it is through this love of nature that I was able to connect so well to Tolkien’s work. The natural world influences the form of my compositions when writing for the concert stage as well. However, it is the incredible musicians themselves, such as Sophie Shao and Lang Lang, whose artistry is always at the center of my creativity when composing.”

 

Howard Shore is one of today’s most prolific and accomplished composers - his compositions are performed in concert halls around the world by the most prestigious orchestras and his numerous film scores are heard in cinemas across the globe. His scores for "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit" series have garnered him three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, as well as numerous critic’s and festival Awards. Other film scores include “Maps to the Stars”, “The Fly”, “Dead Ringers”, and “Crash” - all by the director David Cronenberg - and six films by Martin Scorsese. His off-screen accomplishments include: an opera of “The Fly” that premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, A song cycle “A Palace Upon the Ruins” featuring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, and “Fanfare” for the Wanamaker Organ and Brass in Philadelphia. http://www.howardshore.com/

 

Chinese pianist Lang Lang is one of the world’s most prolific and highest-profile performing and recording artists. His spectacular career has taken him from his home town of Shenyang in China to the world’s largest stages including performing at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games. He performs for Presidents, Grammy Award Show audiences and sold-out concert halls alike. He is passionate about bringing classical music to wider audiences and launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation to cultivate tomorrow’s top pianists and champion classical music education and growing young audiences.  http://langlang.com/

American cellist Sophie Shao is winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions in recent years. She gave the UK premier of Mythic Gardens with the BBC Concert Orchestra and her passionate performances have been noted as “eloquent, powerful” (The New York Times) and “deeply satisfying.” (The Washington Post). http://www.sophieshao.com/


TRACKLISTING

PERFORMED BY LANG LANG
1. Ruin & Memory - I. Andante Nobile
2. Ruin & Memory - II. Largo
3. Ruin & Memory - III. Prestissimo

PERFORMED BY SOPHIE SHAO
4. Mythic Gardens - I. Cimbrone (Moderato)
5. Mythic Gardens - II. Medici (Largo)
6. Mythic Gardens - III. Visconti Borromeo Litta (Presto)


 

Dolce Vita (DVD)

Jonas Kaufmann Dolce Vita (DVD)

$19.99

Dolce Vita (DVD)

by Jonas Kaufmann
$19.99

In support of the album release comes the accompanying DVD “Dolce Vita” with a 60-minute live concert from Turino’s beautiful Teatro Carignano, as well as a 60-minute documentary-style film.

 

In the documentary "My Italy" Jonas presents a personal reflection on his life-long connection to Italy – a tribute to the land and culture that nurtured his love of music and has produced winning melodies for the tenor voice like no other. It also shows rare childhood footage.

TRACKLIST

A LIVE CONCERT PERFORMANCE

1. Caruso (Lucio Dalla)

2. Passione (Ernesto Tagliaferri, Nicola Valente, Libero Bovio)

3. Parla più piano (Nino Rota, Gianni Boncompagni)

4. Torna a Surriento (Ernesto de Curtis, Giambattista de Curtis)

5. Musica proibita (Stanislao Gastaldon)

6. Ti voglio tanto bene (Ernesto de Curtis, Domenico Furnò)

7. Fenesta ca lucive (Guillaume Louis Cottrau)

8. Rondine al nido (Vincenzo de Crescenzo, Luigi Sica)

9. Il canto (Romano Musumarra, Luca Barbarossa)

10. Core ’ngrato (Salvatore Cardillo, Riccardo Cordiferro)

11. Voglio vivere così (Giovanni d’Anzi, Tito Manlio)

12. Mattinata (Ruggero Leoncavallo)

 

60-minute live concert, recorded in June 2016 live at Teatro Carignano - Torino, Italy

 

Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

RAI National Symphony Orchestra Torino

Jochen Rieder, conductor

 

MY ITALY - A TV Documentary

Presented by Jonas Kaufmann

60-minute documentary-style TV film presented by Jonas exploring his life-long connection to Italy and its culture, interspersed with songs taken from the live Turino concert. Presented in German with English subtitles.

 

Timing – 2:00:08

L'Opera (2LP)

Jonas Kaufmann L'Opera (2LP)

$49.99

L'Opera (2LP)

by Jonas Kaufmann
$49.99

Jonas Kaufmann pays homage to a magnificent era of opera that defined musical splendor and elegance, in his new album of 19th-century French opera arias and duets. His selection of music for tenor spans this momentous period, starting with “Rachel, quand du Seigneur” from Halévy’s La Juive (1835), through two of Bizet’s greatest works, “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” from Carmen (1875) and “Au fond du temple saint” from Les Pêcheurs de perles (1863), by way of Gounod’s “Ah! lève-toi, soleil!” from Roméo et Juliette (1867) and ending with the latest aria “Pourquoi me réveiller” from Massenet’s masterpiece Werther (1892). Plus many more along the way.

 

“The French operatic repertory is very close to my heart,” says Kaufmann. “This fascinating music reflects a unique period in European culture. I didn’t want to choose only highlights for this album but also works and roles that have been key experiences for me. Wilhelm Meister in Mignon, for example, was my first major French role – I sang it in Toulouse in 2001. Carmen and Werther helped to open doors for me. The fact that I sang my first Werther at the Paris Opéra of all places, as a German surrounded by a French ensemble, was undoubtedly rather risky, but I had some excellent guides to help me: répétiteurs, colleagues, conductors and, not least, the recordings of the legendary French tenor Georges Thill.”

 

What can be heard on Jonas Kaufmann’s new album is the musical heritage of a time when Paris, newly created by Georges Eugène Haussmann, became the center of the modern world in the 19th century. At that time the opera houses of Paris were the places to “see and be seen”. Their large, luxurious foyers offered fabulous opportunities for the public to gather and socialize. Their opera productions presented the audience with unheard-of exotic locations and staged spectacles beyond compare – the premiere of Halévy’s La Juive reportedly involved more than a dozen horses on stage!  At that time, the Parisian opera also fostered a creative exchange between German and French cultures. German composers such as Meyerbeer and Offenbach flocked to Paris and developed their international careers from there. Likewise, French composers were deeply influenced by German literary works – basing operas such as Massenet’s Werther and Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust on “best-sellers”; Kaufmann has selected scenes from both works for his new album. Often new operas would travel to German opera houses and beyond, after a successful run at the Paris Opéra.

 

This Franco-German connection is particularly appealing for Kaufmann: “Offenbach’s Hoffmann is, I think, an ideal symbiosis between German profundity and French imagination. And Jules Massenet captured the psychological depths of Goethe’s Werther with so many shades and hues that it’s beyond reproach. So in this respect I feel fully at home in it.”

 

This recording was made with Kaufmann’s award-winning “hometown” orchestra The Bavarian State Orchestra based in Munich, with whom he performs year-round, conducted by Bertrand de Billy who is an expert in the selected repertoire. Baritone Ludovic Tézier is Kaufmann’s duet partner in “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, and soprano Sonya Yoncheva joins Kaufmann for two scenes from Massenet’s Manon.

 

Jonas recently was in Sydney performing with Opera Australia in Wagner’s Parsifal at the Sydney Opera House.


TRACKLISTING

LP1 Side 1

1. GOUNOD · ROMÉO ET JULIETTE - “L’amour! … Ah! lève-toi, soleil!”

2 JULES MASSENET · WERTHER - “Traduire… Ah! bien souvent … Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?”

3 AMBROISE THOMAS · MIGNON - “Elle ne croyait pas, dans sa candeur naïve”

4 GEORGES BIZET · CARMEN - “Je le veux! Carmen, tu m’entendras! … La fleur que tu m’avais jetée”

 

LP1 Side B

1 GEORGES BIZET · LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES - “C’est toi, toi qu’enfin je revois! … Au fond du temple saint”

2 ÉDOUARD LALO · LE ROI D’YS - “Puisqu’on ne peut fléchir … Vainement, ma bien-aimée”

3 JACQUES OFFENBACH · LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN - “Ô Dieu, de quelle ivresse”

4 GIACOMO MEYERBEER · L’AFRICAINE - “Pays merveilleux! … Ô paradis”

 

LP 2 Side A

1 JULES MASSENET · MANON - “Enfin, Manon, nous voilà seuls ensemble! … En fermant les yeux, je vois là-bas”

2 JULES MASSENET · MANON - “Toi! Vous! … N’est-ce plus ma main que cette main presse”

3 JULES MASSENET · LE CID - “Ah! tout est bien fini! … Ô souverain, ô juge, ô père”

 

LP 2 Side B

1 FROMENTAL HALÉVY · LA JUIVE - “Rachel, quand du Seigneur”

2 HECTOR BERLIOZ · LA DAMNATION DE FAUST - “Merci, doux crépuscule!”

3 HECTOR BERLIOZ · LES TROYENS - “Inutiles regrets! Je dois quitter Carthage!”

 

SCORE (CD)

2Cellos SCORE (CD)

$14.99

SCORE (CD)

by 2Cellos
$14.99

2CELLOS, music’s most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, go to the movies for their new Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks album Score, available on March 17, 2017.

 

Bringing 2CELLOS’ game-changing sound and style to the most popular melodies ever written for classic and contemporary movies and television, Score finds Croatian cellists Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser exploring a more traditional sound-world. Joining them here – to provide the ideal aural backdrop to their virtuosity – is the London Symphony Orchestra, with conductor/arranger Robin Smith at the helm. Šulić and Hauser also co-produced Score with Nick Patrick (Elvis Presley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Russell Watson, Il Divo, Plácido Domingo).

 

Themes that drove some of the biggest blockbusters in film and television history are featured in fresh new treatments – including an arrangement of Ramin Djawadi’s melodies that score Game of Thrones, Oscar-winning themes from James Horner’s Titanic (“My Heart Will Go On”), John Williams’ Schindler’s List and Vangelis’s Chariots of Fire, as well as “For the Love of a Princess” from Braveheart (also by Horner); “May It Be” from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (introduced in the film by Enya); and the inspiring “Now We Are Free” from Gladiator, by the film’s composer Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard and Klaus Badelt.

 

The vocal beauty of the cello’s sound is also a perfect match for a brace of romantic themes, which include the Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer song “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Ennio Morricone’s beautiful themes for Cinema Paradiso and Malena; Nino Rota’s love theme for The Godfather; Francis Lai’s Oscar-winning theme from Love Story; Hans Zimmer’s theme from Rain Man; and Stanley Myers’ haunting “Cantilena” heard in The Deer Hunter.

 

The 2CELLOS Sydney concert at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra last December was recorded and will be played on Foxtel ARTS on March 31st at 7.30pm. 

 

TRACKLISTING

1. Game of Thrones Medley (Game of Thrones)

2. May it Be (Lord of the Rings)

3. For the Love of a Princess (Braveheart)

4. Love Story (Love Story)

5. Cinema Paradiso (Cinema Paradiso)

6. Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

7. Love Theme from The Godfather (The Godfather)

8. My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)

9. Rain Man Theme (Rain Man)

10. Cavatina (Deer Hunter)

11. Malena (Malena)

12. Schindler’s List Main Theme (Schindler’s List)

13. Titles from Chariots of Fire (Chariots of Fire)

14. Now We are Free (Gladiator)

Romance

Lang Lang Romance

$9.99

Romance

by Lang Lang
$9.99

Romance showcases Lang Lang’s innate yet sophisticated feeling for nuance and reflection. Carefully selected from his Sony Classical discography, the selections achieve a fulfilling programmatic unity through subtle contrasts in mood and style. The slow, yearning repeated note themes of Liszt’s Liebestraum No. 3 and Chopin’s “Aeolian Harp” Etude naturally lead into Hans Zimmer’s captivating main soundtrack theme from the film Gladiator. Similarly, the juxtaposition of Chopin’s C-sharp minor Nocturne, Liszt’s Consolation No. 3 and the Adagio from Beethoven’s Sonata op. 2 no. 3 and Bach’s Air on the G String illuminates the common ground between four proudly individual composers. Romance casts fresh light on Lang Lang’s lyrical gifts, revealing the artist behind the phenomenon.

TRACKLISTING

1. Liszt - Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, S. 541 / 3

2. Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: III. Air, "On the G String" (Arr. for Piano)

3. Chopin - Nocturne Op. Posth., KK IVa, No. 16 (20a), in C-Sharp Minor

4. Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker, Op. 71: No. 14, Pas de deux, Var. II "Danse de la Fée Dragée"

5. Chopin - Études, Op. 25: No. 1 in A-Flat Major

6. Zimmer - Gladiator Rhapsody (From "Gladiator")

7. Bach - Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: X. Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Choral)

8. Tchaikovsky - The Seasons, Op. 37a: VI. June: Barcarolle

9. Frédéric Chopin - Études, Op. 25: No. 5 in E Minor

10. Liszt / Schubert - Ave Maria, S. 558/12

11. Chopin - Etude, Op. 10, No. 3

12. Liszt - Romance "O pourquoi donc" in E Minor, S. 169

13. Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2: II. Adagio

14. Chopin - Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

15. Dudley - Poldark Prelude

16. Liszt - Consolation No. 3 in D-Flat Major, S. 172

17. Tchaikovsky - The Seasons, Op. 37a: I. January: At the Fireside

 

NEUJAHRSKONZERT 2018 / NEW YEAR’S CONCERT 2018 (BLU-RAY)

Riccardo Muti & Vienna Philharmonic NEUJAHRSKONZERT 2018 / NEW YEAR’S CONCERT 2018 (BLU-RAY)

$24.99

NEUJAHRSKONZERT 2018 / NEW YEAR’S CONCERT 2018 (BLU-RAY)

by Riccardo Muti & Vienna Philharmonic
$24.99

Few concerts can claim to generate such tremendous international interest as the New Year’s Concert from Vienna. Under the baton of the world’s leading conductors, the Vienna Philharmonic rings in the New Year with a gala concert from the magnificent setting of the Golden Hall in Vienna’s Musikverein. The event is broadcast to over 90 countries all over the world and watched by more than 50 million viewers.

 

In 2018 Riccardo Muti will conduct the prestigious New Year’s concert for the 5th time (1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004). Together with Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti is one of the most engaged New Year's Concert conductors since the era of Lorin Maazel. The conductor’s close artistic relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra celebrates 47 years, 500 concerts and dates back to 1971. In 2011, this exceptional bond was awarded with the Honorary Membership in the Vienna Philharmonic.

REPERTOIRE: FULL TRACKLISTING TBC

Johann Strauß II: Der Zigeunerbaron: Einzugsmarsch

The Gypsy Baron: Entrance March

 

Josef Strauß: Wiener Fresken op. 249*
Viennese Frescoes

 

Johann Strauß II: Brautschau op. 417*
Bridal Parade

 

Johann Strauß II: Leichtes Blut op. 319
Light of Heart

 

Johann Strauß I: Marienwalzer op. 212*
Maria Waltz

 

Johann Strauß I: Wilhelm Tell Galopp op. 29b*

 

Franz von Suppé: Boccaccio Overture*

 

Johann Strauß II: Myrthenblüten op. 395*
Myrtle Flowers

 

REPERTOIRE: FULL TRACKLISTING TBC

Alphons Czibulka: Stephanie-Gavotte op. 312*

 

Johann Strauß II: Freikugeln op. 326
Magic Bullets

 

Johann Strauß II: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald op. 325
Tales from the Vienna Woods

 

Johann Strauß II: Festmarsch op. 452
Festival March

 

Johann Strauß II: Stadt und Land op. 322
Town and Country

 

Johann Strauß II: Un ballo in maschera op. 272
Ein Maskenball · A Masked Ball

 

Johann Strauß II: Rosen aus dem Süden op. 388
Roses from the South

 

Josef Strauß: Eingesendet op. 240
Letter to the Editor

 

NEUJAHRSKONZERT 2018 / NEW YEAR’S CONCERT 2018 (2CD)

Riccardo Muti & Vienna Philharmonic NEUJAHRSKONZERT 2018 / NEW YEAR’S CONCERT 2018 (2CD)

$19.99

NEUJAHRSKONZERT 2018 / NEW YEAR’S CONCERT 2018 (2CD)

by Riccardo Muti & Vienna Philharmonic
$19.99

Few concerts can claim to generate such tremendous international interest as the New Year’s Concert from Vienna. Under the baton of the world’s leading conductors, the Vienna Philharmonic rings in the New Year with a gala concert from the magnificent setting of the Golden Hall in Vienna’s Musikverein. The event is broadcast to over 90 countries all over the world and watched by more than 50 million viewers.

 

In 2018 Riccardo Muti will conduct the prestigious New Year’s concert for the 5th time (1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004). Together with Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti is one of the most engaged New Year's Concert conductors since the era of Lorin Maazel. The conductor’s close artistic relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra celebrates 47 years, 500 concerts and dates back to 1971. In 2011, this exceptional bond was awarded with the Honorary Membership in the Vienna Philharmonic.

REPERTOIRE: FULL TRACKLISTING TBC

Johann Strauß II: Der Zigeunerbaron: Einzugsmarsch

The Gypsy Baron: Entrance March

 

Josef Strauß: Wiener Fresken op. 249*
Viennese Frescoes

 

Johann Strauß II: Brautschau op. 417*
Bridal Parade

 

Johann Strauß II: Leichtes Blut op. 319
Light of Heart

 

Johann Strauß I: Marienwalzer op. 212*
Maria Waltz

 

Johann Strauß I: Wilhelm Tell Galopp op. 29b*

 

Franz von Suppé: Boccaccio Overture*

 

Johann Strauß II: Myrthenblüten op. 395*
Myrtle Flowers

 

REPERTOIRE: FULL TRACKLISTING TBC

Alphons Czibulka: Stephanie-Gavotte op. 312*

 

Johann Strauß II: Freikugeln op. 326
Magic Bullets

 

Johann Strauß II: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald op. 325
Tales from the Vienna Woods

 

Johann Strauß II: Festmarsch op. 452
Festival March

 

Johann Strauß II: Stadt und Land op. 322
Town and Country

 

Johann Strauß II: Un ballo in maschera op. 272
Ein Maskenball · A Masked Ball

 

Johann Strauß II: Rosen aus dem Süden op. 388
Roses from the South

 

Josef Strauß: Eingesendet op. 240
Letter to the Editor

 

Charles Munch Conducts Berlioz (10CD)

Charles Munch Conducts Berlioz (10CD)

by Charles Munch
$49.99

The new release brings together the complete RCA Berlioz recordings of Charles Munch Conducting the Boston Symphony, including both the mono and stereo versions of the Fantastic Symphony and Romeo and Juliet as well as the hard-to-find Summer Nights with Victoria de los Angeles. Discographiesneatly articulated the special Munch-Berlioz affinity: "This Alsatian-born conductor's mercurial temperament was uniquely suited to the composer's stark, abrupt changes of affect, which juxtaposes passages of febrile intensity with others of simple, aching lyricism. Berlioz's brilliantly orchestrated palette of Berlioz's brilliant orchestral palette ... Yet Munch's most singular asset can be heard in his Berlioz phrase ... as collectors already know, he always was at his best in Berlioz TRACKLIST, and no doubt these performances will continue to take place in the


future.

CD1

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 17

1 Part I, Fights - Tumult - Prince's intervention

2 Part I, Old sleeping hatreds

3 Part I, First transports that no one forgets!

4 Part I, Soon Romeo's pale daydream

5 Part II, Romeo alone

6 Part II, Sadness

7 Part II, Far Sounds of Concert and Ball

8 Part II, Big party at Capulets

9 Part II, Serene Night

10 Part II, Love Scene

11 Part II, Scherzo - The Queen Mab

 

CD2

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 17

1 Part III, Juliet's Funeral Convoy

2 Part III, Romeo at the tomb of Capulets

3 Part III, Summoning - Juliet's Awakening

4 Part III, delusional joy

5 Part III, Last anxieties and death of the two lovers

6 Part III, What! Romeo back!

7                   Part III, Je vais dévoiler le mystère

8                   Part III, Pauvres enfants que je pleure

9                   Part III, Jurez donc par l'auguste symbole

 

Les nuits d'été, Op. 7

10                 I. Villanelle

11                 II. Le spectre de la rose

12                 III. Sur les lagunes

13                 IV. L'absence

14                 V. Au cimetière (Clair de lune)

15                 VI. L'ile inconnue

 

16                 Les troyens, H. 133: Chasse royale et orage

 

CD3

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24

1                   Part I, Le vieil hiver

2                   Part I, Les bergers laissent

3                   Part I, Mais d'un éclat guerrier

4                   Part I, March hongroise: (Rákóczy March)

5                   Part II, Sans regrets j'ai quitté

6                   Part II, Christ vient de ressusciter!

7                   Part II, Hélas! doux chants du ciel

8                   Part II, O pure émotion!

9                   Part II, A boire encor!

10                 Part II, Oh! qui'il fait bon

11                 Part II, Certain rat

12                 Part II, Amen. Amen

13                 Part II, Vrai Dieu, messieurs

14                 Part II, Une puce gentille - Chanson de Méphistophélés

15                 Part II, Assez! fuyons ces lieux

16                 Part II, Voici des roses

17                 Part II, Dors, heureux Faust, dors!

18                 Part II, Ballet of the Sylphes

19                 Part II, Margarita!

20                 Part II, Villes entourées

21                 Part III, La retraite

22                 Part III, Merci, doux crépuscule!

23                 Part III, Je l'entends!

24                 Part III, Que l'air est étouffant!

25                 Part III, Autrefois un roi de Thulé  - The King of Thule

26                 Part III, Esprit des flammes

 

CD4

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24

1                   Part III, Menuet des follets

2                   Part III, "Maintenant" - "Devant la maison"

3                   Part III, Grands dieux

4                   Part III, Allons, il est trop tard!

5                   Part IV, D'amour l'ardente flamme

6                   Part IV, Au son des trompettes

7                   Part IV, Nature immense (Invocation à la Nature)

8                   Part IV, A la voûte azurée

9                   Part IV, Dans mon coeur retentit (La course à l'abîme)

10                 Part IV, Has! Irimiru Karabrao!

11                 Epilogue, Alors l'enfer se tut

12                 Epilogue, Laus! Hosanna!

 

13                 Béatrice et Bénédict, H. 138: Overture

14                 Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21, H. 101

15                 Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76: Overture

 

CD5

L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Part I

1                   Dans la crèche

2                   Qui vient?

3                   Toujours ce rêve!

4                   Seigneur!

5                   Les sages de Judée

6                   La voix dit vrai, seigneur

7                   Eh bien!

8                   O mon cher fils

9                   Joseph! Marie!

10                 Overture

 

L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Part II

11                 Il s'en va loin de la terre (L'adieu des bergers à la Sainte Famille)

12                 Les Pèlerins étant venus

 

L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Part III

13                 Depuis trois jours

14                 Dans cette ville immense

15                 Entrez, entrez, pauvres hébreux

16                 Sur vos traits fatigués

 

CD6

L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Part III

1                   Trio pour deux flûtes et harpe

2                   Vous pleurez, jeune mère

3                   Ce fut ainsi que par un infidèle

 

Harold en Italie, Op. 16

4                   I. Harold aux montagnes

5                   II. Marche des pèlerins

6                   III. Sérénade

7                   IV. Orgie des brigands

 

8                   Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9, H. 95

 

CD7

Requiem, Op. 5

1                   Requiem et Kyrie

2                   Dies irae

3                   Quid sum miser

4                  Rex tremendae

5                   Quaerens me

6                   Lacrymosa

7                   Offertorium

8                   Hostias

 

CD8

Requiem, Op. 5

1                   Sanctus

2                   Agnus Dei

 

Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14

3                   I. Reveries: Passions

4                   II. A Ball

5                   III. Scene in the Country

6                   IV. March to the Scaffold

7                   V. Dream of the Witches' Sabbath

 

CD9

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17

1                   Part I, Combats - Tumulte - Intervention du Prince

2                   Part I, D'anciennes haines endormies

3                   Part I, Premiers transports que nul n'oublie

4                   Part I, Bientôt de Roméo la pâle rêverie

5                   Part II, Roméo seul

6                   Part II, Tristesse

7                   Part II, Bruits lointains de concert et de bal

8                   Part II, Grande fête chez les Capulet

9                   Part II, Nuit sereine - Le jardin de Capulet, silencieux et désert

10                 Part II, Scéne d'amour

11                 Part II, La reine Mab, ou la Fée des songes

12                 Part III, Jetez des fleurs pour la vierge expirée

13                 Part III, Roméo au tombeau des Capulets

14                 Part III, Invocation

15                 Part III, Réveil de Juliette - Joie délirante, désespoir - Dernières angoisses et mort des deux amants

 

CD10

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17

1                   Part III, Quoi! Roméo retour!

2                   Part III, Je vais dévoiler le mystère

3                   Part III, Pauvres enfants que je pleure

4                   Part III, Jurez donc par l'auguste symbole

 

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

5                   I. Rêveries -  Passions

6                   II. Un Bal

7 III. Scene in the fields

IV. March to torture

9 V. Dream of a Sabbath Night

 

10 Beatrice and Benedict, H 138: Overture

John Williams Plays Bach (4CD)

John Williams Plays Bach (4CD)

by John Williams
$29.99

The famous Bach recordings of two outstanding instrumentalists are also featured in this new release. Describing the 1982 recording of the Solo Suites by, arguably, the world’s favourite cellist, the Penguin Guide wrote that Yo-Yo Ma’s playing “has a characteristic rhythmic freedom and favours the widest range of dynamic. The improvisatory effect is seemingly spontaneous and these performances are very compelling indeed, for Ma seems right inside every bar of the music. The first-class recording is very real and natural.” This Grammy-winning cycle forms the heart of Sony’s new 6-CD Yo-Yo Ma reissue, which also has the American cellist performing Bach’s three Viola da Gamba Sonatas with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper; transcriptions of Bach chorales and orchestral works plus cello concertos by Boccherini in collaboration with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra; and, for good measure, concertos and other works by Boccherini and Johann Christian Bach with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under Pinchas Zukerman. The Australian guitarist John Williams has long been universally recognized as “a true master”, to quote the Guardian. The centrepiece of Sony’s new reissue of his Bach recordings is formed by the Suites for solo lute. Also contained on these 4 CDs are Williams’s inspired transcriptions of the E major Violin Concerto (with the English Chamber Orchestra), preludes and fugues, chorales and movements from various suites. “John Williams is a superb technician,” wrote MusicWeb International, “and justifiably deserves the accolades heaped on him during his long career. His rendition of these works is most authoritative and executed with admirable fluidity.”


TRACKLIST

CD1

Lute Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 (Arr. J. Williams for Guitar)

1                  I. Passaggio - Presto

2                  II. Allemande

3                  III. Courante

4                  IV. Sarabande

5                  V. Bourrée

6                  VI. Gigue

 

Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-Flat Major, BWV 998

7                  I. Prelude

8                  II. Fugue

9                  III. Allegro

 

Lute Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 997

10                I. Preludio

11                II. Fuga

12                III. Sarabande

13                IV. Gigue

14                V. Double

 

CD2

Lute Suite in G Minor, BWV 995 (Arr. J. Williams for Guitar)

1                  I. Prelude - Presto

2                  II. Allemande

3                  III. Courante

4                  IV. Sarabande

5                  V. Gavottes I & II

6                  VI. Gigue

 

Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BWV 1006a

7                  I. Prélude

8                  II. Loure

9                  III. Gavotte en Rondeau

10                IV. Menuetts I & II

11                V. Bourrée

12                VI. Gigue

 

13                Prelude in C Minor, BWV 999 (Arr. J. Williams for Guitar)

14                Fugue in G Minor, BWV 1000 (Arr. J. Williams for Guitar)

 

CD3

Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042 (Arranged by John Williams for Guitar and Orchestra)

1                  I. Allegro

2                  II. Adagio

3                  III. Allegro assai

 

4                  Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante (Arranged by John Williams for Guitar)

5                  Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne (Transcribed for Guitar by John Williams)

 

Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BWV 1004

6                  I. Prelude

7                  II. Loure

8                  III. Gavotte

9                  IV & V: Menuetts I and II

10                VI. Bourrée

11                VII. Gigue

 

12                Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude (Transcribed for Guitar by John Williams)

13                Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: Bourrée I & II (Transcribed for Guitar by John Williams)

 

Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-Flat Major, BWV 998

14                I. Präludium

15                II. Fuge

16                III. Allegro

 

CD4

1                  Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: I. Chorale (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

2                  Fugue in G Major, BWV 577 "Gigue" (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

3                  Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: III. Adagio (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

 

Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530 (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

4                  I. Vivace

5                  II. Lento

6                  III. Allegro

 

7                  Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971: I. - (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

8                  Pastorale in F Major, BWV 590: III. Adagio (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

9                  Trio in G Major, BWV 1027/4a (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

10                French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817: I. Allemande (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

11                English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: VI. Bourrée II (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

12                English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808: Gavotte I & II (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ by John Williams)

13                French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: VII. Gigue (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ by John Williams)

 

David Zinman Conducts Mahler Symphonies (15CD)

In recent decades, the outstanding American conductor David Zinman has elevated Zurich’s venerable Tonhalle Orchestra into one of the world’s elite ensembles. Their complete set of the Beethoven symphonies has achieved benchmark status, and the complete Zinman/Tonhalle Mahler cycle, reissued here, has also been widely acclaimed. “This is not Mahler for head bangers or hifi freaks,” wrote MusicWeb International, “although this set is definitely in the ‘demonstration’ class – because Zinman never loses sight of the music’s architecture, of the balance between Mahler at his most intimate and at his most extrovert.” Reviewing the Third Symphony, ClassicsToday declared: “This is pretty sensational … Zinman reveals himself here as a fearless Mahlerian who stands with the best.”

Claudio Abbado Conducts Mozart (5CD)

Claudio Abbado Conducts Mozart (5CD)

by Claudio Abbado
$34.99

Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic once again defy the inexorable progress of period performance in exhilarating accounts of Mozart using modern instruments,” opined Gramophone. The new 5-CD reissue of these recordings from the early 1990s includes several favourite symphonies, the Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, the Masonic Funeral Music, a serenade and divertimento as well as the C minor Mass, of which “Abbado’s performance is wide-ranging, delivering most satisfyingly on every aspect of this hugely varied score. He has an impressively unified team at his disposal, with a superb quartet of singers: in fact Bonney and Auger are as well matched as you could reasonably expect to find in the impossibly demanding Domine Deus duet” (Music-Web International).

TRACKLIST

CD 1

 

1                    March No. 1 in D Major, K. 335 (320a)

 

Serenade No. 9 in D Major, K. 320 "Posthorn"

2                    I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con spirito

3                    II. Menuetto - Allegretto - Trio

4                    III. Concertante - Andante grazioso

5                   IV. Rondeau - Allegro ma non troppo

6                    V. Andantino

7                    VI. Menuetto - Trio I - Trio II

8                    VII. Finale - Presto

 

9                    March No. 2 in D Major, K. 335 (320a)

 

Divertimento No. 11 in D Major, K. 251, "Nannerl Septet"

10                   I. Molto allegro

11                   II. Menuetto - Trio

12                   III. Andantino

13                   IV. Menuetto - Tema con variazioni

14                   V. Rondeau - Allegro assai

15                   VI. Marcia alla francese

 

CD 2

Symphony No. 23 in D Major, K. 181

1                    I. Allegro spiritoso

2                    II. Andantino grazioso

3                    III. Presto assai

 

Sinfonia concertante in E-Flat Major, K. 364

4                    I. Allegro maestoso

5                    II. Andante

6                    III. Presto

 

Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 "Linz"

7                    I. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso

8                    II. Andante

9                    III. Menuetto - Trio

10                   IV. Presto

 

CD 3

Symphony No. 28 in C Major, K. 200

1                    I. Allegro spirituoso

2                    II. Andante

3                    III. Minuetto. Allegro

4                    IV. Presto

 

Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201

5                    I. Allegro moderato

6                    II. Andante

7                    III. Menuetto

8                    IV. Allegro con spirito

 

Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 "Haffner"

9                    I. Allegro con spirito

10                   II. Andante

11                   III. Menuetto

12                   IV. Finale. Presto

 

CD 4

Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297 "Paris"

1                    I. Allegro assai

2                    II. Andantino

3                    III. Allegro

4                    II. Andante (1st Version)

 

5                    Maurerische Trauermusik, K. 477

 

Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183

6                    I. Allegro con brio

7                    II. Andante

8                    III. Menuetto - Trio

9                    IV. Allegro

 

Serenade No. 9 in D Major, K. 320 "Posthorn"

10                   I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con spirito

11                   V. Andantino

12                   VII. Finale. Presto

 

CD 5

Great Mass in C Minor, K. 427 (417a)

1                    I. Kyrie - Andante Moderato

2                    II. Gloria - Allegro vivace

3                    II. Gloria - Laudamus te - Allegro aperto

4                    II. Gloria - Gratias agimus tibe - Adagio

5                    II. Gloria - Domine - Allegro moderato

6                    II. Gloria - Qui tollis - Largo

7                    II. Gloria - Quoniam - Allegro

8                    II. Gloria - Jesu Christe - Adagio

9                    III. Credo - Cum sancto spiritu

10                   III. Credo - Allegro maestoso

11                   III. Credo - Et incarnatus est

12                   IV. Sanctus

13                   V. Benedictus - Allegro comodo

 

Pierre Monteux - The Complete RCA Stereo Recordings (8CD)