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Featured Releases - Octobre 2019

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • Rondo, WoO 6
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Rondo, WoO 6

Giltburg • Royal Livepool Philharmonic Orchestra • V. Petrenko

Beethoven’s first two piano concertos share an abundance of lyric and virtuosic qualities. Concerto No. 1 in C major is expansive and richly orchestrated with a sublime slow movement that is tender and ardent, and a finale full of inventive humour. Concerto No. 2 in B flat major marries energy with elegance, reserving poetic breadth for its slow movement and quirky wit for the finale. Also included is the jovial Rondo, WoO 6, which Beethoven originally intended to be the finale of Concerto No. 2.


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Egmont, Op. 84 (Incidental Music)
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
(Incidental Music)

Ranta • Salminen • Turku Philharmonic Orchestra • Segerstam

Beethoven was involved with the theatre in one way or another from boyhood, and the commission to compose incidental music for Goethe’s play Egmont at the Royal Imperial Court Theatre in Vienna was the first of many such collaborations. Beethoven’s score conveys the essence of this tragedy and reveals his clear affinity with its theme of heroic sacrifice by a man condemned to death for taking a valiant stand against oppression.


GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Eurydice (1859 version by Hector Berlioz) (Opéra Comique, 2018) [Opera]
Christoph Willibald GLUCK (1714–1787)
Orphée et Eurydice
(1859 version by Hector Berlioz)
Libretto by Pierre-Louis Moline

Guilmette • Crebassa • Desandre • Ensemble Pygmalion • Pichon • Bory

Gluck’s influential Orphée et Eurydice tells the story of Orphée’s descent into the Underworld to retrieve his wife Eurydice. His singing has the power to overcome the guardian Furies, but the path of true love is shadowed by sorrow and tragedy. As a true ‘drama of the soul’ with intense psychological and emotive power, Orphée et Eurydice shook Enlightenment Europe to its core. Berlioz, in his 1859 version prepared for the Théâtre Lyrique, exploited the score’s full potential through a synthesis of the versions Gluck prepared for Parma, Paris and Vienna. Aurélien Bory’s Paris production was described as ‘just breathtaking’ by OperaJournal.

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0100V)


WAGNER, R.: The Flying Dutchman (Theatre an der Wien, 2015) [Opera]
Richard WAGNER (1813–1883)
Der fliegende Holländer
(‘The Flying Dutchman’)

Youn • Brimberg • Woldt • B. Richter • Arnold Schoenberg Chor • Les Musiciens du Louvre • Minkowski • Py

Der fliegende Holländer is considered to be the first ‘true’ Wagner opera. The story of the phantom ship and its haunted master becomes a sensually charged drama with love and tragic sacrifice at its heart, and this original 1841 version leaves the ultimate redemption of its central characters unresolved. Wagner originally conceived the opera for Paris, so it is fitting that this production from the Theater an der Wien is driven by French director Olivier Py’s unique vision, with a staging that dispels many of the misconceptions surrounding Wagner’s art.

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0099V)

CHANG Ping: Oriental Wash Painting – Orchestral Suite of Four Concertos
CHANG Ping (b. 1972)
Oriental Wash Painting
Orchestral Suite of Four Concertos

Ji Wei • Yu Hongmei • Zhang Qiang • Yuan Feifan • China National Symphony Orchestra • Lin Tao


Award-winning composer Chang Ping’s Oriental Wash Painting is a set of four concertos that showcases traditional and ancient Chinese instruments, each performed by renowned and influential soloists. The ‘wash painting’ of the title implies a relationship between music and Chinese ink paintings – masterpieces which are magnificent and unconstrained, revealing a noble personality and character. This recording captures the world premiere concert of these remarkable works at the China National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.


WEINBERG, M.: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • Other Works for Flute
Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919–1996)
Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
12 Pieces for Flute and Orchestra • 5 Pieces for Flute and Piano

C. Stein • Blumina • Sczczecin Philharmonic Orchestra • D.R. Coleman

Mieczysław Weinberg’s works for flute were mainly conceived for the renowned soloist Alexander Korneyev. The earliest of these is the 12 Pieces from 1947, a playful series of character studies that touch on a variety of moods. Also from 1947, the recently rediscovered 5 Pieces draws on Debussy and the early string quartet Capriccio, Op. 11 for its ironic good humour. The First Flute Concerto has a genial air with klezmer influences, while the Second Flute Concerto, among Weinberg’s last works, is often introspective and valedictory in mood. This is the first complete recording of Weinberg’s entire output for accompanied flute.


PERRY, W.: Toujours Provence – Music for Stage and Screen
William PERRY (b. 1930)
Toujours Provence
Music for Stage and Screen

Chertock • Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra • Phillips


William Perry is best known as a composer of film scores, and especially for silent films from which Swordplay! raises the curtain on the swashbuckling films of Douglas Fairbanks. This sparkling selection of world premiere recordings comes from Perry’s substantial catalogue of music for the theatre and the concert hall. Toujours Provence takes us on a cinematic journey through France’s most picturesque region, while the ballet suite derived from his Tony-nominated Broadway score for Wind in the Willows vividly brings to life favourite characters from the story such as Mole, Rat, Toad and the Chief Weasel.


BACH, J.S.: Magna Sequentia II – A Grand Suite of Dances (complied by S. Rubinsky)
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750)
Magna Sequentia II
A Grand Suite of Dances compiled by Sonia Rubinsky

Sonia Rubinsky

Sonia Rubinsky’s Magna Sequentia I (8.574026) was constructed around a Partita from Bach’s Clavier-Übung I but this second volume focuses on the French Overture from Clavier-Übung II. Each of the 17 movements has been selected to illustrate the different styles and expressive moods of Bach’s dance writing. This unique sequence showcases three specific national styles: the ornate and sophisticated French school, virtuosic Italian writing, and the stricter fugal writing of the German style. Contemporary insights abound in Rubinsky’s historically informed playing.


BACH, J.S.: Magna Sequentia III – A Contemplative Suite (compiled by S. Rubinsky)
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750)
Magna Sequentia III
A Contemplative Suite compiled by Sonia Rubinsky

Sonia Rubinsky

Following on from the two large sets of dance suites, Magna Sequentia I (8.574026) and Magna Sequentia II (8.574027), Magna Sequentia III is a contemplative collection featuring a varied group of pieces that spans Bach’s compositional career, from very early works such as the Prelude from the Suite in F minor to works from the end of his life, such as the Ricercar a Tre from The Musical Offering.

* Available only on download and streaming platforms

The Choral Collection
The Choral Collection
Various Artists

Covering a vast array of repertoire, this essential collection presents the greatest choral masterpieces in critically acclaimed performances. From the sacred music of the Medieval era, to the refinement of the Renaissance and the Baroque; from Mozart’s Classical perfection, to the Romantic worlds of Schumann, Brahms and Dvořák; and to the exciting new sounds of Penderecki and the inspired beauty of works by Eric Whitacre and Arvo Pärt, and much more besides – The Choral Collection is a fantastic celebration of the art of choral singing.



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