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Duo Jatekok, Orchestre National de Lille, Lucie Leguay - Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux - Poulenc: Double Concerto (2021)

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Duo Jatekok, Orchestre National de Lille, Lucie Leguay - Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux - Poulenc: Double Concerto (2021)

Duo Jatekok, Orchestre National de Lille, Lucie Leguay - Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux - Poulenc: Double Concerto (2021)
FLAC tracks | 62:05 | 214 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

Alex Vizorek revisits Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals. The French composer never imagined that his bestiary would become one of the most famous works in musical history, a staple repertory piece on a par with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The Belgian comedian and actor has rewritten the text of this "grand zoological fantasy", which he narrates here alongside Duo Jatekok and the Orchestre National de Lille under the direction of Lucie Leguay.

Barnabás Kelemen, Nicolas Altstaedt - Kodály: Duo for Violin and Violoncello, Op. 7 - Dvořák: Piano Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" (2021)

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Barnabás Kelemen, Nicolas Altstaedt - Kodály: Duo for Violin and Violoncello, Op. 7 - Dvořák: Piano Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" (2021)

Barnabás Kelemen, Nicolas Altstaedt - Kodály: Duo for Violin and Violoncello, Op. 7 - Dvořák: Piano Trio, Op. 90 "Dumky" (2021)
FLAC tracks | 58:33 | 228 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

After the success of the recent recording of works by Veress and Bartók, which won both a Gramophone Award and a BBC Music Magazine Award in 2020, the Lockenhaus Festival series, curated by its artistic director Nicolas Altstaedt, continues its journey through central Europe with Antonín Dvořák and his famous ‘Dumky’ Trio, named after a genre of Slavonic folksong generally performed by blind wandering minstrels who accompanied themselves on the kobza or bandura (twelve-string lute). Dvořák, whose father played the zither, immersed himself in this music and creatively translated its substance into his own music. The trio was premiered in 1891 and, in response to its ecstatic reception, Dvořák decided to perform it during his grand farewell tour before leaving for the United States. Zoltán Kodály’s Duo for violin and cello (1914), which completes the programme, also bears witness to the influence of folk music.

Le Banquet Céleste and Damien Guillon - P.H. Erlebach: Lieder (2021)

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Le Banquet Céleste and Damien Guillon - P.H. Erlebach: Lieder (2021)

Le Banquet Céleste and Damien Guillon - P.H. Erlebach: Lieder (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:10:51 | 329 / 163 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha Classics

After the past 18 months, we could all be forgiven for forgetting that our generation doesn't have the monopoly on sitting in mortal peril at the mercy of a powerful and uncontrollable natural force. However we don't. Humankind has of course both been here before, and bequeathed us the art by which to remember it – including many of the texts set by German Baroque composer Philipp Heinrich Erlebach in his Harmonische Freude musikalischer Freunde.
Published in Nuremberg respectively in 1697 and 1710, these two vocal collections contain respectively 50 and 25 arias for one to four solo voices accompanied by instrumental ensemble and basso continuo, setting poems that flit between the moralistic and secular spheres; and while ultimately this is conjecture, they do at least appear to hint at their contemporary context of an era lived against the backdrop of natural disasters including Bubonic Plague, and the superstitious fear provoked in 1680 by the appearance of Europe's largest comet of the seventeenth century – an event perhaps referenced in the line, “Today bloody comets shine, Tomorrow we are free of distress”.

Victor Julien-Laferrière - Dvořák & Martinů: Cello Concertos (2021)

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Victor Julien-Laferrière - Dvořák & Martinů: Cello Concertos (2021)

Victor Julien-Laferrière - Dvořák & Martinů_ Cello Concertos (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 285 MB | Tracks: 6 | 66:23
Style: Classical | Label: Alpha

The winner of the very first Queen Elisabeth Competition for cellists in Brussels in 2017, Victor Julien-Laferrière also won the Victoire de la Musique Classique in 2018 in the category Soloist of the Year, and joined Alpha Classics in 2019 for several recordings. After a first recital album devoted to Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Denisov in the company of the pianist Jonas Vitaud, he now presents two cello concertos by Antonín Dvorák (op.104) and Bohuslav Martinu (no.1, H196), accompanied by the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gergely Madaras.

Justin Taylor - La famille Rameau (2021)

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Justin Taylor - La famille Rameau (2021)

Justin Taylor - La famille Rameau (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:18:30 | 181 / 435 MB
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

During his lifetime, Rameau enjoyed a glittering reputation and was admired by all Europe, while Debussy’s Hommage à Rameau proves that his fame survived down the centuries. But what do we know about the rest of the Rameau family? After a highly acclaimed album devoted to the Forqueray family (ALPHA247, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, Choc of the year 2016 in Classica, Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros), our harpsichordist-genealogist Justin Taylor sets out on the trail of Jean-Philippe’s son Claude-François and his nephew Lazare. To be sure, Rameau’s genius dwarfs all around him, as is demonstrated by such pieces as La Livri, La Poule and L’Égyptienne, not to mention the magnificent Nouvelle Suite in A minor, but the music of his descendants has its own interest. Justin Taylor introduces us to a work by Claude-François Rameau (La Forqueray) and the Sonata no.1 in E major by Lazare Rameau. He switches from the splendid harpsichord of the Château d’Assas (a two-manual instrument of the first half of the eighteenth century, attributed to the Lyon-based maker Donzelague) to the 1891 Érard piano of the Musée de la Musique in Paris for Debussy’s tribute to his great predecessor.

Juliette Hurel, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Arie van Beek - C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concertos and Sonatas (2007)

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Juliette Hurel, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Arie van Beek - C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concertos and Sonatas (2007)

Juliette Hurel, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Arie van Beek - C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concertos and Sonatas (2007)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:10:06 | 161 / 313 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

While Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was above all else a dazzlingly accomplished harpsichordist, his considerable output for flute can easily be explained by the milieu in which he worked for nearly thirty years. The Berlin court of Frederick II was in fact governed by two flautists: the king himself, and his teacher and accredited and exclusive composer, the famous Johann Joachim Quantz. His five flute concertos were derived from a group of seven concertos for harpsichord written between 1747 and 1755. It is very likely that Emanuel Bach himself made all these transcriptions. The versions for flute nearly always date from the same year as the corresponding harpsichord concerto, which suggests virtually simultaneous conceptions. The three concertos selected for this recording have survived in versions for both flute and cello, now in the libraries of the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and the Royal College of Music in London.

Sandrine Piau - Clair-Obscur (2021)

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Sandrine Piau - Clair-Obscur (2021)

Sandrine Piau - Clair-Obscur (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 50:36 | 191 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

‘The dreamer! That double of our existence, that chiaroscuro of the thinking being’, wrote Gaston Bachelard in 1961. ‘The old is dying, the new cannot be born, and in that chiaroscuro, monsters appear’, adds Antonio Gramsci. Sandrine Piau has chosen to use these two quotations as an epigraph to her new recording: ‘My family and friends know about this obsession that never leaves me completely. The antagonism between light and darkness. The chiaroscuro, the space in between…’
This programme, recorded with the Orchestre Victor Hugo under its conductor Jean-François Verdier, who is also principal clarinettist of the Paris Opéra, travels between the chilly Rhenish forest of Waldgespräch, a ballad by Zemlinsky composed for soprano and small ensemble in 1895, the night of the first of Berg’s Seven Early Songs (1905-08), and the sunlight of Richard Strauss’s Morgen, which are followed by the Four Last Songs, composed in 1948, the first two of which, Frühling and September (evoking spring and autumn respectively) are also, as Sandrine Piau concludes, ‘the seasons of life’.

Sonia Wieder-Atherton - Chants Juifs (2021)

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Sonia Wieder-Atherton - Chants Juifs (2021)

Sonia Wieder-Atherton - Chants Juifs (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 63:16 | 287 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

'This cycle of Jewish Songs is born of my research on traditional Hebrew music, a deeply rooted ancient music which has accompanied the Jewish people throughout centuries of wandering. I listened to the liturgical melodies from different sources and was mostly inspired by the art of singing of the Jewish cantors or Hazzans, in particular by their very expressive, but contained, interior way of singing. It is music in which the sacred and popular intermingle. Whether lighthearted or sad, slow or fast, prayer, popular song or dance, it is always shared, always intimate. It felt also as though I had always known this music, even before I was born. It was a very strange sensation.' - Sonia Wieder-Atherton Chants juifs, the iconic recording that has remained a milestone in cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton's career, is now available again.

Vox Luminis, Freiburger BarockConsort & Lionel Meunier - Biber: Requiem (2021)

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Vox Luminis, Freiburger BarockConsort & Lionel Meunier - Biber: Requiem (2021)

Vox Luminis, Freiburger BarockConsort & Lionel Meunier - Biber: Requiem (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 01:12:02 | 334 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

Auréolé de nombreuses récompenses, dont plusieurs "Gramophone Awards", l’ensemble vocal Vox Luminis, créé par Lionel Meunier en 2004, fait désormais office de référence en matière d'interprétation des grandes pièces du baroque allemand. Si leur approche toujours fidèle et vivante des maîtres-compositeurs comme Bach, Buxtehude et Scheidt a fait leur réputation, ce nouvel enregistrement propose une pièce-phare du compositeur Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, jusqu’ici absent de leur discographie : son Requiem en fa mineur, à quatorze voix, composé vers 1692. Le programme est complété par deux pièces de Christoph Bernhard (Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener in Friede fahren et Tribularer si nescirem misericordias tuas, deux pièces de Johann Joseph Fux, ainsi que la Sonata a 6, en la mineur de Johann Michael Nicolai. Cet enregistrement marque le début d'une collaboration entre Vox Luminis et un ensemble de renommée internationale : le Freiburger Barockorchester, ici dans sa version consort.

Jodie Devos & Nicolas Krüger - And Love Said... (2021)

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Jodie Devos & Nicolas Krüger - And Love Said... (2021)

Jodie Devos & Nicolas Krüger - And Love Said… (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 68:45 | 266 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

‘This programme reflects a personal journey: I am Belgian, I studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and now I live in France.

Ksenija Sidorova - Piazzolla Reflections (2021)

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Ksenija Sidorova - Piazzolla Reflections (2021)

Ksenija Sidorova - Piazzolla Reflections (2021)
FLAC tracks | 01:20:44 | 384 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

Riga-born Ksenija Sidorova is today one of the most eminent global ambassadors of the classical accordion. She has proudly borne the colours of her instrument in appearances in the world’s leading halls and with the foremost orchestras. Here she pays homage to Piazzolla in her own way: ‘Piazzolla the revolutionary, the ground-breaker, a man thinking ahead of his time … Playing this repertoire gave me a sense of artistic freedom and ignited my belief in advocacy of my instrument. For this album, I wanted to celebrate Piazzolla the innovator by pairing some his masterworks with pieces written by other composers for classical accordion, the majority of which I have premiered in recent years. Being of Russian heritage, I couldn’t help noticing the similarity between the nostalgia of the tango and that of Russian composer Sergey Voitenko’s "Revelation". French accordionist-composer Franck Angelis’s Fantasia is based on Piazzolla’s Waltz-tango, and the programme is completed by the Nocturne of Italian accordionist-composer Pietro Roffi and a piece by Sergey Akhunov’.

Sarah Willis - Horn Discoveries (2021)

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Sarah Willis - Horn Discoveries (2021)

Sarah Willis - Horn Discoveries (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 49:19 | 195 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

« Le cor est un instrument notoirement difficile à jouer. On a beau travailler, il n’est pas garanti que la note qu’on souffle dans l’embouchure sera la même que celle qui sortira du pavillon une fois qu’elle aura parcouru tous les tours et détours du tube. Toutefois, quand tout va bien, le cor est un instrument magnifique, et j’adore vraiment en jouer, en dépit, ou peut-être même à cause de tous les risques » (Sarah Willis)Après l’énorme succès de "Mozart y Mambo", Alpha a décidé de rééditer un des premiers albums de la "pasionaria" du cor, dont elle est l’infatigable ambassadrice à travers le monde. Sarah Willis démontre ici toute la richesse de son instrument, avec des compositions originales ainsi que des arrangements de grands tubes du répertoire comme Souvenir d’un lieu cher de Tchaikovski, Humoresque de Dvořák ou Clair de lune de Debussy…

Chouchane Siranossian & Capriccio Barockorchester - Romberg: Violin Concertos (2021)

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Chouchane Siranossian & Capriccio Barockorchester - Romberg: Violin Concertos (2021)

Chouchane Siranossian & Capriccio Barockorchester - Romberg: Violin Concertos (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 01:16:52 | 364 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

Né en Basse-Saxe à peine trois ans avant Beethoven, le violoniste Andreas Romberg (1767-1821) était lui aussi un instrumentiste virtuose et précoce. Son parcours a également été chamboulé par les guerres napoléoniennes et une rencontre formatrice avec Haydn. Et tout comme Beethoven, son œuvre la plus populaire était une adaptation chorale d’un poème de Schiller, Das Lied von der Glocke, créée en 1809. Romberg a écrit énormément de concertos pour violon, mais il ne reste que seize partitions manuscrites de toute son œuvre, conservées à Hambourg. Chouchane Siranossian a décidé d’exhumer trois concertos et d’en réaliser l’enregistrement, trois premières mondiales qui permettent de découvrir un compositeur plutôt intéressant et des œuvres hautement virtuoses.

Ensemble Les Surprises, Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas - Purcell: Tyrannic Love (2021)

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Ensemble Les Surprises, Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas - Purcell: Tyrannic Love (2021)

Ensemble Les Surprises, Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas - Purcell: Tyrannic Love (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 60:37 | 306 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

Until the late 1680s, Henry Purcell composed almost exclusively for the royal court. But when the monarchy decided to reduce its expenditure on music in 1690, he joined the United Company, a London theatre company, and devoted himself to composing for its productions. These took varied forms, with operas such as King Arthur (1691), The Fairy Queen (1692) and The Indian Queen (1695) but also spoken plays with music, such as The Virtuous Wife (1695).Some excerpts from these works are presented in "Tyrannic Love". Compositions by Purcell’s colleagues or followers John Blow, John Eccles, Jeremiah Clarke and Daniel Purcell complete the programme. This recording marks the beginning of the collaboration between Alpha and the ensemble Les Surprises, founded in 2010, which takes its name from Les Surprises de l’Amour by Rameau, the group’s emblematic composer. Under the artistic direction of Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, who is also an organist and harpsichordist, the ensemble presents innovative interpretations and explores the rich orchestral sonorities made possible by the use of Baroque instruments.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sol Gabetta, Camerata Bern - Plaisirs illuminés (2021)

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sol Gabetta, Camerata Bern - Plaisirs illuminés (2021)

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sol Gabetta, Camerata Bern - Plaisirs illuminés (2021)
FLAC tracks | 01:14:17 | 303 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha

This recording presents the double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra of the Spanish composer Francisco Coll, born in 1985. Les Plaisirs illuminés, a title inspired by Dalí’s painting of the same name, is rooted in Spanish traditions, including flamenco, yet is resolutely modern: ‘Its music is very lively rhythmically, it dances and sings – but at the same time it is very abrupt, always in search of extremes’, says Patricia Kopatchinskaja.,For this world premiere conducted by the composer, she is reunited with a longstanding partner who pursues an equally brilliant international career, the cellist Sol Gabetta.
The programme also features the Musica concertante for twelve strings by the Hungarian-born Swiss composer Sándor Veress, premiered by the Camerata in Bern in 1966. A year earlier, the Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera wrote his fascinating Concerto for Strings. A kaleidoscope of colours and sounds from all over the world.