Mozart, Beethoven & Schubert recital

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Schubert: Sonata in B flat major, D960
IV. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto

From Mozart, Beethoven & Schubert recital (2013)

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Schubert: Sonata in B flat major, D960 – IV. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto

Discover Sarah Beth Briggs and her latest recording of Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert.

‘..she holds her own with many of the illustrious names on disc…a thrillingly exultant close…a notable tribute to three cornerstones of the classical Viennese repertoire.’

Bryce Morrison, Gramophone, January 2014

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Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives

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Chor der Krieger, Chor der Jünger
Hier ist er, der Verbannte

From Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives (2013)

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Beethoven: Chor der Krieger, Chor der Jünger – Hier ist er, der Verbannte

In his only Oratorio, Christ on the Mount of Olives, Beethoven depicts the sufferings of the Son of God as an emanation of humanity. In his fear of death and his doubt, Jesus is fully the Son of Man. This conflicts with the finale of the Ninth Symphony where Beethoven clearly contrasts the divine, the “Joy” of Schiller’s ode, with the reality of the world as we experience it.

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Robert Schumann : Drei Romanzen op. 28 – Sonata, op. 11 – Kinderszenen, op. 15

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Sonata op.11 in f sharp minor
II. Aria

From Robert Schumann : Drei Romanzen op. 28 – Sonata, op. 11 – Kinderszenen, op. 15

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Schumann: Sonata op.11 in f sharp minor – II. Aria

The first cd of the Queen Elisabeth College of Music collection at Fuga Libera has let discover Plamena Mangova in her Shostakovich recital: critical acclaim (and awards such as Diapason d’Or or Joker of Crescendo) came quickly reward the high level of the students who come out of the famous institute. Now it is the turn of Miloš Popović, a young Belgo-Serbian pianist, pupil of Eugene Moguilevsky and Abdel-Rahman El Bacha, who presents a particularily striking Schumann programme. The whole range of qualities expected from a Schumanian is well here, with, as a bonus, the privilege and fearlessness of the youth, that gives their long breath to these well known and lesser known scores, loaded with the purest German romanticism.

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Sean Chen, Crystal Award, 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

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Béla Bartók
Three Etudes Op.18
I. Allegro molto

From Sean Chen, Crystal Award, 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2013)

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Bartók: Three Etudes Op.18 – I. Allegro molto

An amazing recording by Sean Chen, “An artist with something to say” (Cincinnati Enquirer). Sean Chen is the Chrystal Award Winner of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
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Beethoven: Piano Trios op. 70 no. 2, op. 97 “Archduke”

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Trio for piano, violin and cello no.6, Op. 70 no. 2
III. Allegretto ma non troppo

From Beethoven: Piano Trios op. 70 no. 2, op. 97 “Archduke” (2014)

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Beethoven: Trio for piano, violin and cello no.6, Op. 70 no. 2 – III. Allegretto ma non troppo

It was Beethoven who gave the piano trio the form it was to retain throughout the 19th century, by allowing the string instruments the status of genuinely equal partners. Here we have the composer’s last two works in the genre, the op.70 no.2 (1808) was dedicated to Countess Marie Erdody and the celebrated “Archduke” (1811) that marked the final public appearance of its composer.

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Matthew Tommasini – Crescent Moon, Let Me Love You

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Crescent Moon, Let Me Love You (2013)
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Mika Yoshida Stoltzman, marimba

Matthew Tommasini: Crescent Moon, Let Me Love You

Matthew Tommasini (b.1978) has been awarded top prizes including the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize and grants from the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Fund and the American Music Center’s Composer Assistance Program, among others. Recently, he was named Finalist in the International Composition Competition Città di Udine and awarded Top Prize in the Professional Division of the Foundation for Modern Music’s Robert Avalon International Competition for Composition… read more

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Janáček / Smetana – String Quartets

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Leoš Janáček
String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
I. Adagio. Con moto

From Janáček / Smetana – String Quartets (2014)

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Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” – I. Adagio. Con moto

Leoš Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”, was written in a very short space of time, between 13 and 28 October 1923, at a time of great creative concentration. The composition was inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s novel The Kreutzer Sonata which was in turn inspired by Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9, known as the “Kreutzer Sonata” from the name of its dedicatee, Rodolphe Kreutzer.

“I was imagining a poor woman, tormented and run down, just like the one Tolstoy describes in his Kreutzer Sonata”, Janáček confided in one of his letters to his young friend Kamila Stösslová. In the music of the quartet is depicted psychological drama containing moments of conflict as well as emotional outbursts, passionate work rush towards catharsis and to final climax.

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CORTOT: Piano Arrangements

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Schubert
Heidenroslein, Op. 3, No. 3, D. 257 (arr. A. Cortot for piano)

From CORTOT: Piano Arrangements (2013)

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Schubert: Heidenroslein, Op. 3, No. 3, D. 257 (arr. A. Cortot for piano)

Legendary pianist Alfred Cortot’s distinguished reputation as an educator is demonstrated in these magnificent arrangements of chamber music for solo piano. They cover every aspect of technique and expression, from Bach’s demanding Toccata and Fugue in D minor to Fauré’s delectable Dolly Suite and the grand scale of Franck’s Violin Sonata. Award-winning pianist He Yue is a young and rising star of the Chinese musical firmament.

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Irina LANKOVA, piano / Franz Schubert – Works for piano

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Sonata D959 in A major
Scherzo, Allegro Vivace

From Irina LANKOVA, piano / Franz Schubert – Works for piano

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Schubert: Sonata D959 in A major – Scherzo, Allegro Vivace

“Schubert’s music has always fascinated me. The long preparation for the recording is not just about practicing, it’s about life, as our own experiences help us to understand Schubert better.” (Irina Lankova)

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Dom Clément JACOB (1906-1977) – Works for piano solo

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Nocturnes no. 3

From Dom Clément JACOB (1906-1977) – Works for piano solo

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Dom Clément Jacob: Nocturnes no. 3

Maxime Jacob, or Dom Clément Jacob, (1906 -1977) was a French composer and organist.

Jacob studied at the Paris Conservatory with Charles Koechlin and André Gedalge; an admirer of Darius Milhaud and Erik Satie, he was a member of the Ecole d’Acueil. In 1929, Jacob converted from Judaism to Catholicism(influenced by Jacques Maritain) and became a Benedictine monk. He would go on to study organ with Maurice Duruflé, as well as Gregorian chant.

Jacob also published two books, L’art et la grâce (1939) and Souvenirs a deux voix (1969).

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Nenov: Piano Music (Valkov)

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Etude no. 2

From Nenov: Piano Music (Valkov) (2013)

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Nenov: Etude no. 2

Dimitar Nenov was a leading figure of early 20th-century Bulgarian classical music. The entire range of his solo piano works is covered on this recording, from the austere and dissonant Cinema Suite to the romantic Etudes and exquisiteTheme and Variations in F sharp major. The highly chargedToccata is Nenov’s most popular work, while Fairy Tale and Dance, his last work for piano, is the most distilled example of his art.

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BACH à PIAZZOLLA “tête-à-tête”

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Astor Piazzolla
Fugata

From BACH à PIAZZOLLA “tête-à-tête” (2013)

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Astor Piazzolla: Fugata

A beautiful recording of Bach and Piazzolla, both performed on piano and bandoneon, with this wonderful Fugata by Piazzollo.

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Koželuch – Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 1

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Piano Sonata in B flat major Op. 2
Adagio

From Koželuch – Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 1 (2013)

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Koželuch: Piano Sonata in B flat major Op. 2 – Adagio

Few composers exemplified the late eighteenth-century Viennese keyboard style better than Mozart’s contemporary, the Czech composer Leopold Koželuch. A leading performer and teacher, he was even offered Mozart’s former post as court organist to the Archbishop of Salzburg. Preferring instead to preserve his independence, he produced over four decades, a series of major sonatas for fortepiano and harpsichord worthy to stand beside those of Haydn, Mozart, Clementi and Dussek, and as a precursor to those of Beethoven. This is the first volume of the complete recording of Koželuch’s 50 keyboard sonatas.

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Brahms by Meng-Chieh Liu

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Brahms Waltzes, Op. 39
No. 11 in B minor

Brahms: Waltzes, Op. 39 – No. 11 in B minor

New Year Treat !!

Let’s welcome 2014 with this beautiful Waltze performed by Meng-Chieh Liu.

A recipient of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Meng-Chieh Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a twenty-one-year-old student at the Curtis Institute of Music, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with three hours’ notice. The concert earned high acclaim from critics and audience alike and was followed by a number of widely praised performances, including a recital at the Kennedy Center and a concert on the Philadelphia All-Star Series.

A dedicated chamber musician, as well as a solo artist, he has collaborated with musicians in North America, Europe, and Asia, in addition to working with artists in other disciplines, including Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project.

Mr. Liu received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Jorge Bolet, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Claude Frank.

He received the 2002 Philadelphia Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award and first prizes in the Stravinsky, Asia Pacific Piano, and Mieczyslaw Munz competitions.

Mr. Liu has been on the faculty of Roosevelt University since 2006 and joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1993.

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Mozart – Clarinet Quintet / String Quartet

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Clarinet Quintet in A Major: II. Larghetto

From Mozart – Clarinet Quintet / String Quartet (2013)

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Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major: II. Larghetto

Friendship in music
We owe these two masterpieces to the musical friendships Mozart made during his years in Vienna. The celestial beauties of the Quintet K581 were tailor-made for the great clarinettist Anton Stadler, while the Quartet K421, more severe in tone, is one of the six Mozart dedicated to his ‘caro amico’ Joseph Haydn. Here then is the ideal programme for the four friends of the Arcanto Quartett to show their affinities with the Mozartian repertoire – for the very first time on CD.

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BARGIELSKI, Z.: Landscape of Remembrance / MYCIELSKI, Z.: Piano Trio (Landscape of Memories)

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Andrzej Panufnik: Piano Trio Op. 1 (1934, recon. 1945, rev. 1985)
Largo

From BARGIELSKI, Z.: Landscape of Remembrance /
MYCIELSKI, Z.: Piano Trio (Landscape of Memories) (2012)

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Andrzej Panufnik: Piano Trio Op. 1 (1934, recon. 1945, rev. 1985) – Largo

The fact that Polish music has not seen many examples of the piano trio genre is the reason why this compilation of trios written by five composers deserves special attention. Two of the works were written by the late doyens of Polish music: Zygmunt Mycielski (1907–1987) and Andrzej Panufnik (1914–1991). One other was composed by Zbigniew Bargielski, who, though younger than Mycielski or Panufnik, was also born before World War II, that is in 1937. Last but not least, the collection includes trios by two female composers born in the 60’s of the 20th century: Hanna Kulenty (born 1961) and Roxanna Panufnik, Andrzej’s daughter, born in 1968 and living in the United Kingdom ever since, her interest in Polish music running in her blood. Three of the trios by the younger composers were written in the mid-90’s of the 20th century, the other two, composed by Panufnik and Mycielski, are roughly 60 years older, hence major differences in the content, style and manner of emotional expression…

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Sacred Choral Works by Samuel Sebastian Wesley

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O give thanks unto the Lord

From Sacred Choral Works by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (2013)

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Samuel Sebastian Wesley: O give thanks unto the Lord

SAMUEL SEBASTIAN WESLEY
(1810 – 1876)

Son of the composer and organist Samuel Wesley, grandson of the hymn-writer Charles Wesley and great nephew of John Wesley, the founders of Methodism, Samuel Sebastian Wesley was a chorister at the Chapel Royal before embarking on a career as an organist, employed successively at the cathedrals of Hereford and Exeter, then at Leeds Parish Church, Winchester Cathedral and finally Gloucester Cathedral. He was the first professor of organ at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Wesley did much to reform Anglican cathedral music and his compositions include anthems and service settings. His secular vocal music includes glees and part-songs, with some solo songs.

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Kevin Puts – Symphony No. 4 / To touch the sky / If I were a swan

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Symphony No. 4, From Mission San Juan: I. Prelude: Mission San Juan Bautista, ca.1800

From Kevin Puts – Symphony No. 4 / To touch the sky / If I were a swan (2013)

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Kevin Puts: Symphony No. 4, From Mission San Juan: I. Prelude: Mission San Juan Bautista, ca.1800

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts (born 1972) is known for his distinctive and richly colored musical voice. Making their label début, Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra perform Kevin Puts’ Symphony No.4 (“From Mission San Juan”), inspired by Native American melodies. Opening this program of world première recordings, Craig Hella Johnson leads Conspirare in two choral settings of texts by women poets: “To Touch the Sky” and “If I Were a Swan”.

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Polish Piano Quintets

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Juliusz Zarębski
Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 34
Scherzo. Presto

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Juliusz Zarębski: Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 34 – Scherzo. Presto

In 1935, at the peak of the neoclassical period, the Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 34 by Juliusz Zarębski was published. Better late than never! The Quintet was written at the beginning of 1885, during the period of convalescence of the composer (who suffered from tuberculosis) in his home town of Żytomierz. The Quintet was the last and the most outstanding masterpiece written by Zarębski, who died in September of this same year at the age of 31. Zarębski was a member of the 19th century guild of composers and virtuosos. Extremely talented, he studied piano and composition in Vienna and Petersburg. He composed mainly salon and virtuoso music for the needs of his numerous tournées; the most famous collection is called Roses and thorns (Róże i ciernie). The great talent of Zarębski is reflected in the opinions of Franz Liszt, who had seen in him not only the great virtuoso (sharing the interest in a two-keyboard piano with the maestro from Weimar), but also a deeply sensitive composer. Liszt insisted that Zarębski should seriously devote himself to composing. It is therefore hardly surprising that the Quintet was dedicated to Liszt.

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Chamber Music (Polish)

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Maciej Małecki
Polish Suite for string quartet (2007)
Melodia

From Chamber Music (Polish) (2010)

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Maciej Małecki: Polish Suite for string quartet (2007) – Melodia

This is not only the debut album of OPiUM String Quartet, but also the first-ever CD recording of three out of the four presented compositions: those by Maciej Małecki and Sławomir Czarnecki, which have never been released on record. These world premieres are complemented by the popular old favourite – Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, originally written for string orchestra, but arranged here for string quartet by Krzysztof Urbański. Orawa, inspired by highlander folklore, sets the tone for the whole album. For the project “Back to Melody”, the four musicians selected pieces by three contemporary composers, evidently inspired by folk tradition, with a fullness of expression typical of that tradition and, in some cases, a nostalgic melody, combined with the exuberance of folk rhythms and dances. All the four compositions preserve the spirit of folk music, not only Polish, but also (in Małecki’s work) – Jewish, and these folkloric features make it possible to arrange them into a coherent, attractive whole, whose distinct character derives from the different moods and colours of the individual pieces.

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