Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Emilio de Cavalieri
... di anima & di corpo
Composed at a time when neither oratorio nor opera existed, Emilio de' Cavalieri's musical drama Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo combines song, stage action, dance, and instrumental music in perfect harmony. The work's libretto, attributed to Agostino Manni, presents a musical morality play in which soul and body dispute, with the participation of other allegorical characters and angels and souls both in heaven and hell. On this new recording, maestro René Jacobs illuminates this key work, which was written at the dawn of the Baroque revolution.
Nearly 40 years ago, Djamchid Chemirani made his first recording for harmonia mundi (reissued this month). Since then, his career has blossomed, and he performs now with his sons Keyvan and Bijan at his side. Both separately and together, each has explored various universes of sound and honed their craft as musicians. But Trio Chemirani has constantly returned to the shared magnum opus: the elaboration of a universal rhythmic language. Dawâr fuses the spirituality, diverse cultural experiences and historical sensitivity of these three great artists.
Cello & Piano Works
The summer of 1846 was to be the last that Chopin would spend at George Sand's estate in Nohant. It was there that he composed or completed the core of his works over a period of seven years. That last, golden summer produced some of Chopin's most ambitious pieces, including the Barcarolle, the Nocturnes Op.62a, and of course the Cello Sonata, the very last work published in his lifetime. Pascal Amoyel and Emmanuelle Bertrand plunge us into the heart of those few months before the couple's separation; the ailing Chopin did not yet know that he was leaving his musical testament.
Keyboard Music Vol.7
Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout continues his multi-disc survey of Mozart’s music for solo keyboard with volume seven of the series. The first six have been met with universal critical acclaim from around the world. This program of this release explores the elegance and drama that are ever-present in Mozart’s music. Most notably, Bezuidenhout performs two works influenced by the composer’s 1778 stay in Paris — the grandly proportioned Sonata in A minor, K.310 and the dazzling Variations in C on “Lison dormait”, K.264.