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    Camille SAINT-SAËNS

    Music for Wind Ensemble

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    Camille Saint-Saëns was involved in every aspect of French music during his long lifetime, and his frequent travels led to a fascinating mixture of Western music with Moorish and African elements in works such as Orient et Occident and the Suite algérienne. Saint-Saëns wrote few works for winds, but the grand biblical themes of Samson et Dalila, patriotic military traditions and the dignity of a British coronation all lend themselves perfectly to arrangement. In The Carnival of the Animals, the roaring lions are superbly evocative; while his perspectives on English and Scottish dances in ballet movements from Henry VIII are brilliantly imaginative.
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    Ludwig van BEETHOVEN

    Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

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    Igor Levit made his recording debut with a performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto when he was 20 years old, long before he became a superstar of the classical music world and a major interpreter of Beethoven’s music. The occasion was part of the series Das Meisterwerk (‘The Masterpiece’), in which Levit was accompanied by the superb Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Helmut Müller-Brühl. Evidence of what was to become the hallmark of Levit’s Beethoven style, not least his distinctive fingering technique, is already apparent in this performance, in which the youthful spirits of both composer and performer are well matched. Performed in Cologne’s Philharmonic Hall, it is the only commercially available recording to feature Levit with orchestra. The album also contains a performance of Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, with Xiaohan Wang as soloist. Both artists had secured this special performance opportunity as semi-finalists in the 2005 International Beethoven Competition Bonn.
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    Francesco CAVALLI

    Ercole amante

    £29.99
    Francesco Cavalli, a natural successor to Monteverdi, was the most famous and influential Italian opera composer during the mid-17th century. Cardinal Mazarin, chief minister to the king, commissioned Cavalli to create a Parisian spectacle to celebrate the wedding of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV and the Infanta of Spain. Ercole amante (‘Hercules in Love’) was the flattering subject chosen for this regal extravaganza combining larger-than-life characters with mythology, and genuine human emotions with natural and cosmic phenomena. The result is a sumptuous Baroque spectacle, conceived on a vast scale in this lavish production by directors Valérie Lesort and Christian Hecq.
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    Francesco CAVALLI

    Ercole amante

    £29.99
    Francesco Cavalli, a natural successor to Monteverdi, was the most famous and influential Italian opera composer during the mid-17th century. Cardinal Mazarin, chief minister to the king, commissioned Cavalli to create a Parisian spectacle to celebrate the wedding of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV and the Infanta of Spain. Ercole amante (‘Hercules in Love’) was the flattering subject chosen for this regal extravaganza combining larger-than-life characters with mythology, and genuine human emotions with natural and cosmic phenomena. The result is a sumptuous Baroque spectacle, conceived on a vast scale in this lavish production by directors Valérie Lesort and Christian Hecq.
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    Alexander CAMPKIN

    True Light • Missa Brevis • The First Kiss

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    Alexander Campkin is renowned as a leading young choral composer who has been commissioned by some of the most prestigious musical organisations in Britain. True Light reveals the energy and majestic sound world that he commands, as well as qualities of reflective intimacy. His Missa Brevis was inspired by seeing a beam of sunlight pierce a cloud of moving incense, the resultant music being built around a sustained pitch, ebbing and flowing. In The First Kiss, he sets two poignant and daring Epigrams by the Greek philosopher Strato.
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    The Art of the Modern Trumpet, Vol. 2

    GALLOIS-MONTBRUN • HUBEAU • IBERT

    £7.99
    The second volume of this series (Volume 1 is on 8.573995) visits 20th-century France, where the combination of trumpet and piano inspired music of ravishing beauty, intimacy and wit. Through the bluesy retrospection of Jean Hubeau’s Sonata, the voluptuous rhapsody of Florent Schmitt’s Suite and the avant-garde eclecticism of Antoine Tisné’s Héraldiques, this album explores the quintessentially Gallic sonorities that came to redefine the instrument’s voice for the modern era.
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    Arthur SULLIVAN

    Ballet Music

    £6.49
    Soon after his return from studies in Leipzig, Sir Arthur Sullivan wrote his second work, L’Île Enchantée. This was a ballet score on the subject of a shipwrecked mariner which debuted at Covent Garden in the form of a divertissement at the end of Bellini’s La sonnambula, where it was received with acclaim. This premiere recording restores passages Sullivan cut when presenting the work for concert performances. Thespis, a collaboration with W.S. Gilbert, is a flamboyant opera cum pantomime of which only fragments now remain - the work’s lost ballet has been rediscovered and restored by Roderick Spencer and Selwyn Tillett.
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    NXN Recordings

    Time and Mass

    £16.99
    Time and Mass challenges our perception of how a guitar sounds. Bjørn Charles Dreyer’s first solo album, recorded with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, takes a different direction from that taken during his 30-year history as a session musician or ‘hired gun’. It pulls you in its abstract way through intense emotions in a roller coaster of an album. Feelings such as sadness, anxiety, peace and chaos leave you wanting more.

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