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Eternamente (Verismo Arias)For Eternamente, her first studio recording in six years, soprano Angela Gheorghiu focuses on Italian composers of the generation that followed Verdi and predominantly on repertoire she has not sung before – including some fascinating rarities. Joining her for duets from Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana and Giordano’s Andrea Chénieris another star of today’s opera stage, tenor Joseph Calleja. Eternamente is described as a collection of verismo – the term used generically for Italian opera of the immediate post-Verdi era. No matter when they were composed, and no matter what their subject matter, all these operas demand great passion and commitment from their performers – and they get it from Angela Gheorghiu. “It is like my soul, it is something different, it is not the voice,” she explained in an interview with Opera magazine. “The voice is also there, it has to be there, and it has had to be prepared – but at that moment of the performance, there is more. The response is never a conscious exaggeration – it is a natural expression. I am never pretending. It is just how I am at that moment.” The character and impact of her voice were summarized thus in Gramophone: “With her smooth and dark-toned soprano, a voice at once powerfully firm and vulnerable, Gheorghiu stands out from an entire generation of talented singers. Her sound is convincingly Italianate in the great tradition; her voice, once heard, is never forgotten.”1. Cavalleria rusticana: "Regina coeli"
2. Cavalleria rusticana: "Voi lo sapete, o mamma"
3. Cavalleria rusticana: "Tu qui, Santuzza"
4. "O del mio amato ben" (From 36 Arie di stile antico, Vol. 2, No. 3)
5. Tosca, Act 2: "Vissi d'arte"
6. Mefistofele, Act 3: "Spunta l'aurora pallida"
7. Eternamente (Arr. Tudor)
8. "Ombra di Nube"
9. La Gioconda, Op. 9, Act 4: "Suicidio"
10. Gli Zingari, Act 2: "La canzone di Fleana"
11. Andrea Chénier, Act 4: "Vicino a te s'acqueta"
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The Three Tenors In Concert"Tenor world championship ..."(Der Tagesspiegel, July 18, 1994)On Saturday July 16, 1994, The 3 Tenors performed a concert in Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium that was acknowledged as “probably the biggest single musical event in history” with an estimated worldwide audience of more than one billion viewers. This legendary recording is finally available on double vinyl.LP 1
1. Le Cid, Act 3: "O Souverain, Ô Juge, Ô Père" (Rodrigue)
2. Maravilla, Act 3: "Amor, vida de mi vida" (Rafael)
3. Werther, Act 3: "Pourquoi me réveiller" (Werther)
4. Spring is Here: With A Song In My Heart
6. Non ti scordar di me
7. A Tribute to Hollywood Part 1: My Way
8. A Tribute to Hollywood Part 2: Breakfast at Tiffany's - Moon River
9. A Tribute to Hollywood Part 3: Because
10. A Tribute to Hollywood Part 4: Singin' in the Rain - Singin' In The Rain
11. Tu, ca nun chiagne
12. I pagliacci, Act 1: "Vesti la giubba" (Canio)
13. Turandot, Act 3: "Nessun dorma" (Calaf)
1. Around the World Part 1: West Side Story - America
2. Around the World Part 2: Phantom of the Opera - All I Ask Of You
3. Around the World Part 3: Funiculì, funiculà
4. Around the World Part 4: Sous les ponts de Paris
5. Around the World Part 5: Brazil
6. Around the World Part 6: Be My Love
7. Around the World Part 7: Marechiare
8. Around the World Part 8: Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) - 'Lippen Schweigen'
9. Around the World Part 9: Santa Lucia Luntana
10. Around the World Part 10: Those Were The Days
11. Around the World Part 11: Te quiero dijiste
12. Around the World Part 12: Torna a Surriento
13. Rigoletto, Act 3: "La donna è mobile" (Duke of Mantua)
14. La traviata, Act 1: 'Libiamo ne' lieti calici' (Alfredo, Violetta, Chorus)
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Bach: Five Concertos for Harpsichord“…Rondeau is one of the most natural performers one is likely to hear on a classical music stage these days. Affectation and ostentation are not part of his makeup and, once seated at the instrument, he and the harpsichord become one.” –The Washington Post
Jean Rondeau, the imaginative young French harpsichordist, describes the Bach family as “one of the great dynasties of western music”. Having devoted his first Erato disc, Imagine, to works by the towering Johann Sebastian, he now returns to Bach’s world for his third release, Dynastie, which complements concertos by Johann Sebastian with concertos by his three most famous sons, Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Johann Christian.
Rondeau has described JS Bach, who has been part of his life since his childhood, as “daunting like a mighty mountain”, but at the same time feels that “his music is so full of humility, so generous, that we have the right and the duty to play it, to share it, and to take the hand that he extends to us.”1. Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052: I. Allegro
2. Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052: II. Adagio
3. Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052: III. Allegro
4. Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F Minor, W. C73 (formerly attrib. W. F. Bach): I. Allegro di molto
5. Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F Minor, W. C73 (formerly attrib. W. F. Bach): II. Andante
6. Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F Minor, W. C73 (formerly attrib. W. F. Bach): III. Prestissimo
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Bach & SchumannTheir programme comprises Bach (Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017, whose lilting opening movement became the sublime ‘Erbarme dich’ from St Matthew Passion), Brahms (Sonatensatz in C minor, Op. posth.) and Schumann (Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 and the Violin Sonata No 1 in A minor, Op 105). “Working with Martha was a unique experience for me,” Itzhak Perlman has said …Her brilliance and the colours she uses when she plays are recognisable as soon as you hear them: it’s her – nobody else sounds like that… I am so excited that we were actually able to record together again.” Martha Argerich is no less enthusiastic in her praise of her duo partner: “I feel so stimulated to play with Itzhak, it’s really a feast – fantastic! It’s a very special relationship, I am completely enchanted. it’s like having a conversation … You get inspired by what you hear at a particular moment. There is an interplay, a lot of things happen – it has spontaneity!”1. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105: I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
2. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105: II. Allegretto
3. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105: III. Lebhaft
4. Fantasiestücke, Op. 73: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck
5. Fantasiestücke, Op. 73: II. Lebhaft, leicht
6. Fantasiestücke, Op. 73: III. Rasch und mit Feuer
7. Sonatensatz in C Minor, Op. posth. "FAE Sonata": Scherzo
8. Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: I. Siciliano. Largo
9. Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: II. Allegro
10. Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: III. Adagio
11. Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: IV. Allegro
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Scarlatti: SonatasScott Ross was an American-born harpsichordist who spent much of his life in France and attended the conservatories of Nice and Paris. He was notably the first musician to record the complete keyboard sonatas – 555 in all – of Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757).
In 1985, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Scarlatti’s birth, French radio broadcast a weekly series of Scarlatti Sonatas played by Scott Ross. By the end of the series, Ross had recorded the world’s first complete version of the 555 Scarlatti sonatas. Many of the sonatas had never been recorded before, even though a limited selection had featured in the repertoire of major pianists – including Horowitz, Michelangeli, Gieseking, Meyer, Haskil and Gilels – for decades.Scott Ross’s personal favourite among the sonatas was No 208, which he described as: “the most beautiful, even if it is also the slowest, and the happiest – it’s the sunniest of all of them.”1. Sonata K. 1 D minor
2. Sonata K. 9 D minor
3. Sonata K. 14 G major
4. Sonata K. 27 B minor
5. Sonata K. 141 D minor
6. Sonata K. 208 A major
7. Sonata K. 213 D minor
8. Sonata K. 296 F major
9. Sonata K. 380 E Major
10. Sonata K. 490 D Major
11. Sonata K. 491 D Major
12. Sonata K. 492 D Major
13. Sonata K. 555 F minor
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MinimalistsIn the 1960s, something happened to classical music. A bold new American voice emerged, pushing away the intricate, atonal forms of the European avant-garde and drawing on the music that most people were actually listening to. The scene led to composers having bona fide hits (Reich’s Music For 18 Musicians), and aiming to do so: Philip Glass’s album ‘Glassworks’, which featured Façades, was created with the chief aim of appealing to a much wider audience. Glass added lyricism, power and brooding emotion to the minimalist sound, though he prefers to call his work ‘repetitive structures.’ You can trace a line from the pulsating, stripped-down sounds of Reich, Glass and Adams to the clarity and repetition of Kraftwerk, and on through just about every type of electronic music you could ever dance to.
This limited-edition LP celebrates the state of minimalism 50 years after the movement broke down barriers in classical music.1. Adams - Shaker Loops - Shaking and Trembling
2. Adams - Shaker Loops - Hymning Slews
3. Adams - Shaker Loops - Loops and Verses
4. Adams - Shaker Loops - A Final Shaking
5. Glass - Façades
6. Reich - Eight Lines
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The Sound Of Arvo PartArvo Pärt creates music of deceptive simplicity, and listening to his work can be a transformative experience. Imagine taking your ears on a retreat, and you’re some way to understanding why his work is so popular. The Estonian composer underwent his own transformation in the 1970s, having explored dense avant-garde music in the early part of his career. He put himself through an eight-year creative exile, and emerged with a new, purer voice. The Arvo Pärt that many people are devoted to today (including R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and Björk) creates music that cleanses. A sonic detox.1. Spiegel im Spiegel (violin & piano)
2. Fratres (violin & piano)
3. Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten (string orchestra & bell)
4. Tabula Rasa (for 2 violins, string orchestra & prepared piano)
5. Ludus (with movement)
6. Silentium (without movement)
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