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POTT, F.: At First Light / Word
Francis POTT (b. 1957)
At First Light 1 • Word 2

Joseph Spooner, Cello 1 • Christian Wilson, Organ 2
Commotio • Matthew Berry
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At First Light: Generatio praeterit et generatio advenit –

Francis Pott’s acclaimed musical voice is one of uncommon eloquence and seriousness of purpose, and his works have been performed and broadcast in over 40 countries. This recording presents world premiere recordings of two major pieces. At First Light is a memorial work which takes the form of a series of slow meditations surrounding an exuberant motet, with wordless commentary from a lamenting cello. Word, with its significant role for the organ and the inclusion of texts by the Welsh priest and poet R.S. Thomas, reveals Gospel contemplation in a postmodern world.

HOWELLS, H.: Piano Music, Vol. 1 - Phantasy / Harlequin Dreaming / Summer Idyls / Siciliana / Petrus Suite
Herbert HOWELLS (1892–1983)
Piano Music, Vol. 1

Matthew Schellhorn, Piano
Listen to an extract from
Summer Idyls: I. Meadow-Rest

With this album, Matthew Schellhorn sheds new light on Herbert Howells as a truly significant 20th-century composer for the piano. From the charming Summer Idyls, written before the composer began studies at the Royal College of Music, to the mature and subtle movements of the Petrus Suite, we encounter an extraordinary range of pianistic expression. Spanning over 60 years of Howells’ compositional style, every track on this release is a world premiere recording.

MONTEVERDI, C.: Madrigals (Complete)
[15 Discs]
Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567–1643)
Complete Madrigals

Delitiæ Musicæ ∙ Marco Longhini

The madrigal, written for courts and patrons, was the ultimate secular song. The genre reached its zenith with the works of Claudio Monteverdi in successive books that trace his technical and expressive innovations. In them, Monteverdi explored themes such as the vicissitudes and pleasures of love, as well as the art of war, and the pain of loss. The editions used in these recordings are the most authentic and uncut, and, in keeping with 17th-century practice, employ male voices only. Praised as ‘compelling, simultaneously controlled and imaginative’ (American Record Guide) the collection also includes pieces never before recorded.

ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera]
Adolphe ADAM (1803–1856)
Le Postillon de Lonjumeau
Libretto by Adolphe de Leuven and
Léon-Lévy Brunswick

Florie Valiquette, Soprano ∙ Michael Spyres, Tenor
Franck Leguérinel and Julien Clément, Baritones
Laurent Kubla, Bass-baritone ∙ Michel Fau and Yannis Ezziadi, Actors
Choir: accentus / Opéra de Rouen Normandie
Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie
Sébastien Rouland, Conductor ∙ Michel Fau, Stage director

Adolphe Adam’s Le Postillon de Lonjumeau was a great success at its premiere in 1836, and, along with the ballet Giselle, has remained one of the composer’s most popular works. Following the great French tradition, this opéra-comique has it all: 18th-century Rococo Parisian glamour and a perilous love story involving the dashing and flirtatious Chapelou and his opposite, the powerful and clever Madeleine. This lavish and spectacular production from the Opéra Comique in Paris received widespread critical acclaim and also features costumes by the iconic French fashion designer Christian Lacroix.

Also available on Blu-ray Video (NBD0112V)



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