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SCHUMANN Variationen & Fantasiestücke

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Andreas Staier

 

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Schumann Piano Concerto & Cello Concerto HMA1951731
TOP CHOICE on Radio 3, Building a Library - June 2010

This third volume of Andreas Staier’s series devoted to the piano music of Robert Schumann begins with his first published composition, the ‘Abegg’ Variations op.1, and ends with his very last work, posthumously published ‘Geistervariationen’. The road he travelled between the two works was a long one, yet this programme also brings out the consistency of the poetic urge that gives Schumann’s music its matchless powers of evocation.

 


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Mozart after Bach

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Mozart after Bach

Adagios & Fugues

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It has too often been overlooked that, between J.S. Bach’s death and the triumphant revival of his St. Matthew Passion by Mendelssohn, other composers had already investigated the oeuvre of this “old master.” Mozart was the most fervent among them. He once wrote to his father, “Every Sunday at twelve I go to Baron van Swieten’s and nothing is played there except Handel and Bach. I’m currently making myself a collection of Bach fugues.” On this release, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin perform Mozart’s string arrangements of Adagios and Fugues from Bach’s The Well- Tempered Clavier, bringing the work of two brilliant composers to life.

 

 

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“Their playing is thoughtful and lucid, with telling use of dynamic shading and precise sifting of the polyphonic strands.”
Richard Wigmore, Gramophone – July 2014

 

“…The Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik offers an enterprising insight into Mozart’s fascination with Baroque counterpoint.”

Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine - August 2014

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Lux de caelo

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Graham Ross

Lux de caelo

Music for Christmas

 

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Under the direction of Graham Ross, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and The Dmitri Ensemble celebrate the legacy of European and English carols in this Christmas program. Listeners will enjoy settings by Praetorius and Bach alongside later examples by Mendelssohn, Schoenberg, Britten and Tavener.

 

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Moulinié

Ensemble Correspondances
Sébastien Daucé

Moulinié

Meslanges

 

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“a homogenous sound in which the voices that make up his [Moulinie’s] often dense textures are clearly heard and beautifully shaped.”
Early Music Today, October 2014

 

“persuasively performed by Ensemble Correspondence with a flavoursome depth and texture to supremely lively sound quality.”
Choir & Organ, Autumn 2014

 

For more than thirty years, the career of composer Étienne Moulinié was inseparably linked with the patronage of Gaston d’Orléans (1608-60), brother of Louis XIII. In his Mélanges sur des sujets chrétiens, which he regarded as his magnum opus, Moulinié claimed the right to a compositional freedom that would “purify music and make it wholly chaste.” Some of the finest pieces from the collection feature on this recording by Sébastien Daucé’s Ensemble Correspondances, showing just how successfully the composer achieved his aim.

 

 

 


 

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