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HYP202007 - Hyperion sampler - July 2020
HYP202007

Hyperion sampler - July 2020

Download-only sampler 26 June 2020 ReleaseThis album is not yet available for download
Label: Hyperion
Recording details: Various dates
Various recording venues
Produced by Various producers
Engineered by Various engineers
Release date: 26 June 2020
Total duration: 56 minutes 57 seconds
 
Does Mahan Esfahani not realize that the harpsichord is a modest, unassuming creature, with a voice best suited to domestic intimacy and Baroque decorum? Clearly not, on the evidence of Musique? – Modern and electro-acoustic works for harpsichord—and a good thing too, or we would have been denied this most visceral, explosive (at times almost literally so) programme of works written for the instrument, some involving considerable electronic fortifications. Featuring six composers who, over the course of the last sixty years, completely rethought the possibilities of the harpsichord, July's Record of the Month promises a thrilling recital. The Piano Concertos by Rubbra & Bliss may date from the middle decades of the last century, but they remain true to the spirit of the Romantic Piano Concerto series, which here reaches volume eighty-one. With the addition of a makeweight by Bax, this is a programme of three life-affirming works in lustrous accounts from Piers Lane, Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now.

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The flawless all-male voices of Cinquecento turn to another exponent of the Franco-Flemish polyphony which is central to their repertoire in Missa Rex Babylonis & other works by Johannes de Cleve. This sequence of rich, intense vocal works embodies the musical tastes and trends in the Habsburg courts of the later sixteenth century, and the composer will come as yet another rewarding discovery from this source.

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The seventh instalment in Llŷr Williams's traversal of Schubert Piano Music on Signum Classics launches impressively with the mammoth 'Unfinished' Sonata in C major. In its completion by William Bolcom, this work from 1825 is here accompanied by several other posthumous publications rather smaller in scale and the delightful set of German Dances.

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Elizabeth Sombart joins once more with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a second release in her Beethoven Piano Concertos series on Signum, here the angst-ridden No 3 in C minor and No 4 in G major, a work altogether more elysian. Pierre Vallet conducts.

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Christopher Gunning's Violin Concerto & Cello Concerto, a second Signum album from this composer more familiar for his film and television work, receive lyrical performances from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the composer's own baton. Soloists Harriet Mackenzie (violin) and Richard Harwood (cello) share the stage with the orchestral poem Birdflight.

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In Spring 2019, The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, led by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, presented a critically acclaimed European tour of Handel’s Semele, their first performances of the work since the pioneering recording of the 1980s. A glamorous team of young soloists joins the ensemble to bring the story to thrilling life in this SDG recording made live in London's Alexandra Palace Theatre.

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Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins return with the start of a Beethoven Violin Sonatas cycle—here Nos 1, 5 and 8: “The heart gives a little leap at the prospect of … a duo as engaging and intelligent as Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins” (Gramophone). This cycle is sure to be one of the highlights of Signum’s year, as well as of Beethoven 250. A second volume in their glorious In chains of gold series once more brings together the Magdalena Consort, Fretwork and His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts in an exploration of the English Pre-Restoration Verse Anthem—Psalms and Royal Anthems, particularly those of William Byrd. Llŷr Williams's Schubert Piano Music series concludes with an album comprising sixteen of the composer's songs in their exquisitely sympathetic piano transcriptions by Franz Liszt—vividly reimagined as concert pieces, these labours of love and admiration eventually led to over fifty recreations in the decade from 1836.

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Does Mahan Esfahani not realize that the harpsichord is a modest, unassuming creature, with a voice best suited to domestic intimacy and Baroque decorum? Clearly not, on the evidence of Musique? – Modern and electro-acoustic works for harpsichord—and a good thing too, or we would have been denied this most visceral, explosive (at times almost literally so) programme of works written for the instrument, some involving considerable electronic fortifications. Featuring six composers who, over the course of the last sixty years, completely rethought the possibilities of the harpsichord, July's Record of the Month promises a thrilling recital. The Piano Concertos by Rubbra & Bliss may date from the middle decades of the last century, but they remain true to the spirit of the Romantic Piano Concerto series, which here reaches volume eighty-one. With the addition of a makeweight by Bax, this is a programme of three life-affirming works in lustrous accounts from Piers Lane, Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now.

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The flawless all-male voices of Cinquecento turn to another exponent of the Franco-Flemish polyphony which is central to their repertoire in Missa Rex Babylonis & other works by Johannes de Cleve. This sequence of rich, intense vocal works embodies the musical tastes and trends in the Habsburg courts of the later sixteenth century, and the composer will come as yet another rewarding discovery from this source.

Waiting for content to load...

Signum Classics logo

The seventh instalment in Llŷr Williams's traversal of Schubert Piano Music on Signum Classics launches impressively with the mammoth 'Unfinished' Sonata in C major. In its completion by William Bolcom, this work from 1825 is here accompanied by several other posthumous publications rather smaller in scale and the delightful set of German Dances.

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Elizabeth Sombart joins once more with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a second release in her Beethoven Piano Concertos series on Signum, here the angst-ridden No 3 in C minor and No 4 in G major, a work altogether more elysian. Pierre Vallet conducts.

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Christopher Gunning's Violin Concerto & Cello Concerto, a second Signum album from this composer more familiar for his film and television work, receive lyrical performances from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the composer's own baton. Soloists Harriet Mackenzie (violin) and Richard Harwood (cello) share the stage with the orchestral poem Birdflight.

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SDG logo

In Spring 2019, The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, led by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, presented a critically acclaimed European tour of Handel’s Semele, their first performances of the work since the pioneering recording of the 1980s. A glamorous team of young soloists joins the ensemble to bring the story to thrilling life in this SDG recording made live in London's Alexandra Palace Theatre.

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Signum Classics logo

Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins return with the start of a Beethoven Violin Sonatas cycle—here Nos 1, 5 and 8: “The heart gives a little leap at the prospect of … a duo as engaging and intelligent as Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins” (Gramophone). This cycle is sure to be one of the highlights of Signum’s year, as well as of Beethoven 250. A second volume in their glorious In chains of gold series once more brings together the Magdalena Consort, Fretwork and His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts in an exploration of the English Pre-Restoration Verse Anthem—Psalms and Royal Anthems, particularly those of William Byrd. Llŷr Williams's Schubert Piano Music series concludes with an album comprising sixteen of the composer's songs in their exquisitely sympathetic piano transcriptions by Franz Liszt—vividly reimagined as concert pieces, these labours of love and admiration eventually led to over fifty recreations in the decade from 1836.

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Macht Mahan Esfahani sich nicht klar, dass das Cembalo ein bescheidenes, anspruchsloses Wesen ist, dessen Stimme am besten in die häusliche Vertrautheit und zur barocken Schicklichkeit passt? Offensichtlich nicht, nach Musique? – Moderne und elektro-akustische Werke für Cembalo zu urteilen—und das ist auch gut so, denn sonst kämen wir nicht in den Genuss dieses sinnlichen und (zeitweilig buchstäblich) explosiven Programms von Werken, die für das Instrument entstanden sind und zum Teil beträchtliche elektronische Verstärkung erfordern. Es kommen sechs Komponisten zu Wort, die über die vergangenen 60 Jahre die Möglichkeiten des Cembalos völlig umgedacht haben: eine spannende CD des Monats im Juli. Die Klavierkonzerte von Rubbra & Bliss mögen aus den mittleren Dekaden des letzten Jahrhunderts stammen, bleiben jedoch dem Geist der Reihe Das romantische Klavierkonzert treu, die hiermit die 81. Folge erreicht. Zusammen mit einem kurzen Stück von Bax wird dieses Programm dreier lebensbejahender Werke mit Verve von Piers Lane, Leon Botstein und The Orchestra Now vorgetragen.

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Der mustergültige Männerchor Cinquecento präsentiert mit der Missa Rex Babylonis & anderen Werken von Johannes de Cleve einen weiteren Vertreter der franko-flämischen Polyphonie, die für ihr Repertoire zentral ist. Diese Zusammenstellung von klangvollen und intensiven Vokalwerken verkörpert den Musikgeschmack und die Trends an den Habsburger Höfen des späten 16. Jahrhunderts und dieser Komponist erweist sich als eine weitere lohnende Entdeckung.

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Die siebte Folge in Llŷr Williams’ Durchquerung der Klaviermusik von Schubert bei Signum Classics beginnt in eindrucksvoller Weise mit der riesigen „Reliquie“ von 1825, der unvollendeten Sonate C-Dur. Er bietet sie hier in der Vollendung von William Bolcom dar und kombiniert sie mit weiteren posthum veröffentlichten, kleineren Werken sowie den reizvollen Deutschen Tänzen.

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Elizabeth Sombart legt zusammen mit dem Royal Philharmonic Orchestra eine zweite Veröffentlichung in ihrem Aufnahmezyklus der Klavierkonzerte von Beethoven bei Signum vor—hier erklingen das angsterfüllte 3. Konzert in c-Moll und das eher elysische 4. Konzert; die Leitung hat Pierre Vallet.

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Das Violinkonzert und Cellokonzert von Christopher Gunning—ein zweites Signum-Album dieses Komponisten, der in erster Linie für seine TV- und Filmmusik bekannt ist—werden hier besonders einfühlsam von Harriet Mackenzie (Violine), Richard Harwood (Violoncello) und dem Royal Philharmonic Orchestra unter der Leitung des Komponisten vorgelegt und mit der sinfonischen Dichtung Birdflight kombiniert.

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Im Frühling 2019 waren der Monteverdi Choir, die English Baroque Soloists und Sir John Eliot Gardiner auf einer allseits gelobten Europatournee mit dem Oratorium Semele von Händel zu erleben: ihre ersten Darbietungen des Werks seit der bahnbrechenden Einspielung, die in den 1980er Jahren entstanden war. In der hier vorliegenden SDG-Live-Aufnahme aus dem Londoner Alexandra Palace Theatre gesellt sich ein glamouröses Team junger Solisten zu dem Ensemble, um das Werk einmal mehr lebendig werden zu lassen.

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Tamsin Waley-Cohen und Huw Watkins sind ins Aufnahmestudio zurückgekehrt, um die Violinsonaten von Beethoven einzuspielen—in dieser ersten Folge präsentieren sie Nr. 1, 5 und 8: „Die Aussicht auf ein so fesselndes und intelligentes Duo wie Tamsin Waley-Cohen und Huw Watkins lässt das Herz höher springen“ (Gramophone). Dieser Zyklus wird sicherlich ein Highlight bei Signum dieses Jahr, sowie des Beethoven-Jubiläums 2020. Eine zweite Folge der herrlichen Reihe In chains of gold bringt das Magdalena Consort wiederum mit Fretwork und His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts zusammen. Gemeinsam setzen sie sich mit englischen Anthems und Psalmvertonungen der Zeit vor der Stuart-Restauration 1660, insbesondere von William Byrd, auseinander. Llŷr Williams beendet seine Aufnahmereihe der Klaviermusik von Schubert mit einem Album, das 16 Lieder des Komponisten umfasst, und zwar in den seelenvollen Klaviertranskriptionen von Franz Liszt, der ab 1836 über zehn Jahre hinweg mit Liebe und Hingabe über 50 Lieder als Konzertstücke neu konzipierte.

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