This first volume in a trilogy comprising the complete concertos and piano trios of Schumann brings together two late and unjustly neglected works. The instigators of the project, Isabelle Faust, Alexandre Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras, champion their cause with a force of conviction and a choice of instruments that restore the delicate transparency and subtlety of their textures. From start to finish of this recording, the poet speaks . . .
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Leçons de Ténèbres
When Lalande left this vale of tears, his fame was at its height; between 1725 and 1730, he was the composer most frequently programmed in Paris. Audiences flocked to hear his motets, notably the three Leçons de Ténèbres and the Miserere for solo voice, written for the offices of Holy Week. Many composers had already produced settings of these texts in the France of the Sun King, making the Office of Tenebrae a genuine social event. True to the same aesthetic, Lalande exploited this art of ambiguity while deviating from tradition.view
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
The Dmitri Ensemble
Music for Ascensiontide & Pentecost
Ascension and Pentecost are among the chief feasts of the Christian year. The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and The Dmitri Ensemble, both led by Graham Ross, explore the rich imagery of musical settings which span five centuries, including five world première recordings.view
Hindemith composed more than thirty sonatas for an incredibly diverse collection of instruments – all of which he was capable of playing himself. This fascinating selection of works written between 1935 and 1948 is played by some of today’s finest soloists, with the guiding spirit of Alexander Melnikov at the piano. Soloists include violinist Isabelle Faust, cellist Alexander Rudin, trumpeter Jeroen Berwaerts, trombonist Gérard Costes and Teunis van der Zwart playing the rarely heard althorn.