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Image ELGAR-PAYNE: Symphony No. 3
Elgar's Symphony No. 3 was commissioned by the BBC in 1932, but the work was left far from complete at the time of the composer's death in February 1934. The various pages of manuscript have been the subject of speculation ever since, offering tantalising hint of a later masterpiece. Anthony Payne's elaboration of the sketches into full-scale symphonic form now realises the potential of Elgar's conception, bringing these rich fragments to life at last.

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Image Richard Wagner: Die Walküre
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Salzburg Easter Festival presents a 'Re-creation' of Die Walküre: of Herbert von Karajan’s musico-theatrical vision of the 19th century masterwork, with which the legendary Maestro opened the very first Easter Festival in 1967. The top-ranking ensemble of singers performs in the faithfully reconstructed scenery of the original production with impressive video backdrops inspired by the original glass paintings. Christian Thielemann, who has been assistant of Karajan in his beginnings, counts among the world’s foremost Wagner conductors, '… there is an absolute polish to this performance that is exceptional' writes the financial Times about the conductor and orchestra. The critics are full of praise for this 'musically ravishing Walküre' (Frankfurter Allgmeine) and its ‘excellent ensemble of soloists'.

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Image Gloria in excelsis Deo: Celebrating the completion
Although Bach Collegium Japan makes regular appearances abroad, many of those who have been impressed and moved by the ensemble's recordings of Bach's sacred cantatas will have had few opportunities to experience them in concert. The present Blu-ray disc offers a chance of seeing, as well as hearing, the BCJ and Masaaki Suzuki on their home ground: the Shoin Chapel in Kobe where the entire series of cantatas – 55 discs – was recorded during the years 1995 to 2013.
Made in connection with the final recording in the cantata project, the film includes performances of three complete cantatas, as well as interviews and special features. Masaaki Suzuki, members of the ensemble, and of the recording team, tell us about the experiences that they have had and the close connection with Bach's music that has evolved during the process.

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Image AUERBACH:LITTLE MERMAID
In The Little Mermaid, Hamburg Ballet Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier blends dance, dramatic storytelling and spectacle into a stunning interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable. The talented, award-winning Russian composer, Lera Auerbach, presents a dramatic score that evokes both atmosphere and emotional tone. With choreography, sets and costumes all by Neumeier, this ballet – as much theater as it is dance – reveals the depths of the choreographer’s imagination. Neumeier elevates a fantasy into a sophisticated portrayal of psychological transformation and the resilience of the spirit, human or otherwise. “Neumeier‘s place in the ballet world is as singular as his interpretation of the tale.“ (San Francisco Chronicle)



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Image Hélène Grimaud – Woodlands and Beyond …
Together with photographer Mat Hennek, French star-pianist Hélène Grimaud, comes up with a multimedia concert project at the Grand Hall of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. Grimaud’s virtuous piano performance is accompanied by Hennek’s highly praised photo series 'Woodlands', which depicts genuine portraits of trees. Grimaud’s piano recital includes works by romantic and impressionistic composers. They are connected by seven 'Transitions', written exclusively for Grimaud by British composer and DJ Nitin Sawhney. The motives of Hennek’s Woodlands series create an extraordinary visual backdrop, which in combination with Grimaud´s pianistic 'impeccable clarity and articulation' (Hamburger Abendblatt) and the Elbphilharmonie’s splendid acoustics grants a concert experience of a special kind.

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Image Partners in Time - From Bach to Bartók
“I have nothing but praise for Tasmin Little's acutely judged sonority as well as the actual beauty of her tone.” Gramophone

The internationally renowned violinist, Tasmin Little, was recently awarded the prestigious 2008 Classic FM / Gramophone Award for Audience Innovation in recognition of the overwhelming success of ‘The Naked Violin’ – the world’s first free classical CD download. Spurred on by the success of this pioneering recording she has created a further imaginative CD concept ‘Partners in Time’ with the pianist John Lenehan. ‘Partners in Time’ looks at the music written for violin and piano throughout history and reveals the way in which different composers wrote for this partnership. The recording features works by Kreisler, Bach, Mozart, Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Bartók in a varied recital programme that has the feeling of a live concert.

This new release is the first in a series of recordings for BIS which will form a sustained programme of audience development for the violin’s superb and varied repertoire.

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Image Mahler: Symphony No. 1
This remarkably original work, with its recurring quotations from the composer's own songs, notably Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) and Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy's Magic Horn), is the perfect expression of one of Mahler's most quoted sayings, "The symphony is a world; it must contain everything". The opening movement, filled with sounds that Mahler remembered from his childhood, depicts "Nature's awakening from the long sleep of winter", and is followed by an exuberant scherzo and trio based on a Landler. The disturbing slow movement funeral march, based on the children's song Frere Jacques, is unlike anything that had been heard before, and the symphony concludes with music of thrilling dramatic intensity.

Marin Alsop has been Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007, a relationship now extended to 2015. Currently Conductor Emeritus of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Laureate of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, since 1992 she has also been Music Director of California's prize-winning Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

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Image Johann Sebastian Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 9 -
Most of Johannes Sebastian Bach’s secular cantatas were written for specific political, academic or private festive occasions. In the case of Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde, BWV 201, however, it may well be that Bach composed it for his own sake: the message conveyed in the work can be interpreted as a defence of Bach’s own artistry and musical attitudes against the trend of the time towards easier fare. Subtitling the cantata ‘dramma per musica’, Bach sets an episode from Greek mythology in which Phoebus (Apollo) and Pan enter into a musical contest. Phoebus, the god of the arts, presents a beautifully balanced and technically accomplished aria, while Pan sings a rustic dance tune. The judges offer Phoebus the prize, but the verdict isn’t unanimous – King Midas prefers Pan’s catchy ditty, for which Phoebus punishes him by giving him donkey ears. On this amply-filled disc Bach’s praise of high art is followed by another tribute, now to Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. It is likely that Augustus never knew that the same music had been used 10 years earlier to congratulate a Leipzig academic on his promotion: Auf, schmetternde Töne… BWV 207a is based almost entirely on Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten, BWV 207. But Bach was something of the recycler’s recycler, and already BWV 207 included music from the First Brandenburg Concerto, with a choir added to the forces, and trumpets and timpani replacing the horns.

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Image Andreas Haefliger - Perspectives 7
Since 2004, Andreas Haefliger has been devising a series of recital programmes named Perspectives, presenting them in concert and on disc. Each programme focusses on one or two Beethoven sonatas, juxtaposed with works by other composers (ranging from Mozart to Berio) which in some way or other interact with Beethoven's music, and with each other. The seventh instalment in the series was premièred at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017, and was described by one reviewer as 'inspiringly commanding, thoughtful, lucid and sheerly beautiful' (The Herald, Glasgow). Perspectives 7 opens with Alban Berg's Piano Sonata, Op. 1, a highly concentrated work in which most of the music can be traced back to the two opening gestures. This is followed by Liszt's impressionistic Legende No. 1 'St. Francis of Assisi: The Sermon to the Birds', in which we seem to hear a flock of birds chirp warble and sing. At the core of the programme is Beethoven's Op. 101 Sonata – a work which in Haefliger's opinion points more clearly towards Schumann than any other of the composer's sonatas. But the grand finale of this amply-filled disc (86 minutes!) is nevertheless a highly colourful and expressive performance of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, recorded – as is the entire disc – in the exceptional acoustics of the Mozartsaal of the Vienna Konzerthaus.

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Image SCHWARZ-SCHILLING: ORCH WORKS
Inspired by the vast potential of the tonal foundation of music, at a time when many of his contemporaries were embracing the twelve tone ideology, the eminent German composer Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling produced a rich, varied and highly personal body of work.

The 1956 Sinfonia diatonica for small orchestra, which here receives its world première recording, is characterized by filigree craftsmanship and a lithe classicism that are very refreshing in the context of the German post-war symphony.

The 1963 Symphony in C, scored for a much larger orchestra, including triple woodwind and brass, is notable for its inventive structure, increased harmonic and tonal freedom, and a restless yet organic contrast of dynamism and lyricism.

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Image Edward Gregson: Instrumental Music
Edward Gregson’s career has followed two parallel paths, one to the top tier of music education and the other towards the international reputation he now enjoys as a composer. This representative selection is Gregson’s own and spans more than half a century, from the youthful exuberance of his Oboe Sonata to specially prepared versions of two of his most evocative compositions, Three Matisse Impressions and Love Goddess. The selected soloists are drawn from two leading symphony orchestras with which Gregson enjoys special relationships.

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Image Sibelius - Complete Piano Music, Vol 3
Some of the works on this release will be familiar to many music lovers, although not in this piano form. The programme includes Sibelius’s own transcriptions from the Karelia Suite and The Wood-Nymph. The existence of several of the scores, including the Marche Triste, have only come to light after detailed cataloguing of the donated manuscripts. This chosen programme provides invaluable insights into the Finnish master’s creative genius.

The sixteen works are all of an extremely short duration with the exception of the Six Impromptus, Op.5, the two pieces from the Karelia Suite, Op. 11 and the Piano Sonata in F major, Op.12. In their entirety the Six Impromptus from 1893 are a worthy pianistic pendant to Kullervo, the symphonic poem for soloists, chorus and orchestra.


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Image Tomasson - Flute Concertos Nos 1 2
Haukur Tómasson (b.1960) has established himself as one of Iceland’s leading composers. His musical language is vibrant and scintillating, although on occasion the rapid activity gives way to slowly moving sonorities of compelling beauty. His music combines a high level of energy with a clear, well-organized structure. Among the primary means of organization are the golden section (1.618:1) and the so-called Fibonacci series. The composer also developed his own ‘chain technique’, in which he moves freely between intersecting sets of pitches.
Haukur Tómasson’s music is never ‘easy’. For the listener, it requires maximum attention to detail as well as to the overall shape. For the performer, it demands absolute precision, clarity and considerable technical virtuosity. It is a music in which compositional method and aesthetics merge: its beauty lies in the solid craftsmanship of the composer, which allows everything to fall into its proper place.


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Image Verdi: I Due Foscari
To celebrate Giuseppe Verdi's bicentenary in 2013, C Major is proud to present the truly unique project, TUTTO VERDI: All 26 operas released on DVD and Blu-ray, together with his immortal Requiem and special documentary.

I due Foscari was Verdi's sixth opera and based on Lord Byron's play The Two Foscari. Rich in intrigue, the plot tells of the final days of the famous Venetian doge, Francesco Foscari, and his illegal overthrow in 1457.

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Image Verdi: La Traviata
Star tenor and director Rolando Villazón’s staging of La Traviata at the Festspielhaus in Baden Baden is “visually spectacular” (The Huffington Post) and made for “an enthusiastic reception for the premiere” (Stuttgarter Zeitung)! Villazón “proves again his excellent narrating skills on stage” (WDR Klassik). “The setting and opulence of the stage captivates the spectator, as do the stylized costumes designed by Thibault Vancraenenbroeck for circus artists” (Stuttgarter Zeitung). Olga Peretyatko as Violetta delivers “a fantastic portrait of the title role wavering between adolescent joie de vivre, mature insight and anguish” (Stuttgarter Zeitung). Her partner is the tenor Atalla Ayan as the jealous Alfredo, who delivers a “beguiling interpretation with a dark, warm timbre and rich top notes” (Stuttgarter Zeitung). Simone Piazzolla as Alfredo’s strict father Giorgio Germont adds fine vocal lines to provide a strong sense of “Italianità” on stage (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). Conductor is Pablo Heras-Casado, “a great hope of a new generation of conductors” (WDR Klassik).

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Image Verdi: Lombardi Crociata
To celebrate Giuseppe Verdi's bicentenary in 2013, C Major is proud to present the truly unique project, TUTTO VERDI: All 26 operas released on DVD and Blu-ray, together with his immortal Requiem and special documentary.

I Lombardi alla prima crociata (The Lombards on the First Crusade) was Verdi's fourth opera and received its first performance at La Scala, Milan, in February 1843. The grandiloquent subject matter is fleshed-out with broad-brushed musical and dramatic effects and lavish choral scenes created a correspondingly impressive impact. A great success in Milan, it spread to the rest of Europe within a matter of only a few years.

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Image Essentials of L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
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Image Hélène Grimaud – Woodlands and Beyond …
Together with photographer Mat Hennek, French star-pianist Hélène Grimaud, comes up with a multimedia concert project at the Grand Hall of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. Grimaud’s virtuous piano performance is accompanied by Hennek’s highly praised photo series 'Woodlands', which depicts genuine portraits of trees. Grimaud’s piano recital includes works by romantic and impressionistic composers. They are connected by seven 'Transitions', written exclusively for Grimaud by British composer and DJ Nitin Sawhney. The motives of Hennek’s Woodlands series create an extraordinary visual backdrop, which in combination with Grimaud´s pianistic 'impeccable clarity and articulation' (Hamburger Abendblatt) and the Elbphilharmonie’s splendid acoustics grants a concert experience of a special kind.

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Image VERDI: FALSTAFF
“Everything in this world is a joke,” says Falstaff, and these words are truly given weight by Ambrogio Maestri, one of the finest Falstaffs of our time. The Italian baritone brings a powerful, versatile voice to his role, but also brings to his character a hilarious buffo quality. Daniele Gatti, one of the most acclaimed opera conductors working today, leads a stunning cast of singers, including Barbara Frittoli as Alice Ford. Genuinely warm italianità in all of the music-making, combined with a boisterous production by stage director Sven-Eric Bechtolf, turns Verdi’s commedia lirica into a fireworks display of high spirits as well as what the Neue Zürcher Zeitung called “musically and dramaturgically a feast of life and of love of life”.

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Image WAXMAN: Objective, Burma!
Major Rogers (Spencer Tracy), the leader of a group of trained men called Rogers' Rangers, at the request of the British, leads an expedition to destroy a hostile Indian village. Following a successful surprise attack at daybreak, the Rangers encounter on their return numerous difficulties as well as their other enemy – the French. Suffering from exhaustion, hunger, and waning morale, the Rangers split up into four groups, some of which are ambushed and tortured to death. When the survivors reach an English fort where food and supplies had been promised, they discover the fort has been abandoned. The Rangers are virtually starved and desperate. But the British arrive with food and supplies.
Shortly after Jerry Wald became a full producer at Warner Bros. in 1942, composer Franz Waxman began his long-term contractual stay at that studio. He had previously been at MGM for several years and before that, Universal. Objective, Burma! was Waxman's fourth score for Wald. By then they had developed a good working relationship as well as an enduring friendship that would last until Wald's death in 1962.

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Image Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov: Russian Ce
Russian composers have made a significant contribution to the repertoire of music for cello and orchestra.
Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, deftly scored for an 18th-century orchestra, reveals his
admiration for Mozart whereas the Pezzo capriccioso is full of ripe charm. In the year of Tchaikovsky’s death,
Rimsky-Korsakov composed the attractive Serenade, Op. 37 and his student, Glazunov, both absorbed and
continued the great Romantic lineage with his own sonorous and beautiful Concerto ballata, the poignant
Chant du ménestrel, and the Iberian evocations of the Sérénade espagnole from Deux Morceaux.

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Image Verdi: La Forza Del Destino
"The cast is a dream team" wrote the Financial Times after the premiere of this production of Verdi's La forza del destino at the Wiener Staatsoper. Topping the list is Nina Stemme, who gives a full-blooded portrayal of Leonora. Passionate forceful readings are also provided by Salvatore Licitra as Alvaro and Carlos Alvarez as Don Carlo. Zubin Mehta leads Staatsoper Orchestra with agility, subtleness and relaxed mastery, and right from the start David Poutney establishes an atmosphere of entrapment by fate. With the aid of a bizarre, unforgettable stage construction, the acclaimed director finds an ideal setting to illustrate the merciless powers of chance and destiny.

"The cast is a dream team" Financial Times

[...]"Zubin Mehta conducts with easy-going mastery, letting the score breathe and live. The Staatsoper Orchestra plays with ... conviction. [...] The cast is a dream team, headed by Nina Stemme as Leonora..." Financial Times.com
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Image Verdi: Ernani
To celebrate Giuseppe Verdi's bicentenary in 2013, C Major is proud to present the truly unique project, TUTTO VERDI: All 26 operas released on DVD and Blu-ray, together with his immortal Requiem and special documentary.

Ernani was Verdi's fifth opera and is based on Victor Hugo's Hernani. It takes as its starting point the theme of vengeance in all its manifold aspects and received its first performance at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in March 1844, its success proving Verdi's definite breakthrough as a composer. The fact that the work has been staged with increasing frequency in major opera houses in recent years is due to the renaissance of bel canto singing.

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Image Verdi:Aida
Originally commissioned to celebrate the completion of the Suez Canal and the opening of Cairo’s new opera house, Verdi’s Egyptian epic Aida is here seen in a spectacular new staging in the Teatro Regio Torino by the Oscar-winning American film director William Friedkin, creator of such famous movies as The Exorcist and The French Connection. The cast featuring the American soprano Kristin Lewis, who exhibits “a remarkable voice, which she uses with powerful dramatic instinct” (La Stampa), and the Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, whose Amneris “dominates the stage with her dark, rounded, irrestistible voice and extraordinary stage presence” (La Gazzetta Musicale) is first-rate. All were united in praise of Noseda: “he controls everything – orchestra, singers, chorus, dancers, acrobats – with an all-encompassing overview” (La Stampa); “he knows exactly when it’s time to linger over a timbre, a colour, an expressive chord” (Corriere della Sera).

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