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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov, opera in seven scenes (1869 version) cover
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MODEST MUSSORGSKY
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov, opera in seven scenes (1869 version)
Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Maxim Paster, Mika Kares, Sergei Skorokhodov, Göteborg Opera Chorus
[ BIS SACD / 2 CD - released 6/Sep/2019 ]
Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov stands out among the major works of the opera repertoire in having an extremely complex creative history. The original libretto, by the composer himself, was based closely on Pushkin's Shakespeare-inspired drama...
Strauss: Oboe Concerto cover
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RICHARD STRAUSS
Strauss: Oboe Concerto
Alexi Ogrintchouck (oboe), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 7/Jul/2017 ]
"What a subtle and fascinating artist is oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk - a team player as well as a born soloist." BBC Music Concerto Choice November 2017
Aho: Saxophone Concerto and Quintet cover
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KALEVI AHO
Aho: Saxophone Concerto and Quintet
Anders Paulsson (soprano saxophone), Lapland Chamber Orchestra / John Storgårds
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 13/Oct/2017 ]
Recent works by the indefatigable Kalevi Aho. To date, KaleviAhohas composed sixteen symphonies and twenty-eight concertos, several operas and a large number of chamber works -a rate of production which is all the more impressive considering the...
Aho: Timpani & Piano Concertos cover
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KALEVI AHO
Aho: Timpani & Piano Concertos
Ari-Pekka Mäenpää (timpani), Sonja Fräki (piano), Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
[ BIS SACD / CD - released 10/May/2018 ]
Hugely productive, Kalevi Aho (b. 1949) has composed close to 30 concertos to date. These include works for traditional solo instruments - piano, violin, cello … - but also more unusual ones, such as the theremin or accordion. One project of Aho's is...
Verbum caro factum est - a Christmas Greeting cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
Verbum caro factum est - a Christmas Greeting
Bach Collegium Japan Chorus / Masaaki Suzuki (direction), Masato Suzuki (organ)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 10/Oct/2018 ]
"The performances are typically classy, and punctuated by a selection of Daquin's 'Noels' for solo organ, played with peppery registrations by Suzuki" BBC Music
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis cover
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LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Ann-Helen Moen (soprano), Roxana Constantinescu (mezzo-soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor) / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 9/Feb/2018 ]
"All performers are in superb form and recorded with pristine clarity and balance. This is a must-listen - a different Beethoven comes forth with sublime beauty and insights beyond the symphony." (Nicholas Butler)
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K427 / Exsultate, jubilate, K165 cover
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W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K427 / Exsultate, jubilate, K165
Carolyn Sampson, Olivia Vermeulen, Makoto Sakurada, Christian Immler / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/Nov/2016 ]
"The choir are well drilled and the two female soloists are matched as well as any on disc...Suzuki is no speed merchant, and maintains the through line in more strenuous movements" Gramophone Award WINNER 2017
Fleurs cover
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PURCELL / SCHUMANN / QUILTER / etc
Fleurs
Carolyn Sampson (soprano) / Joseph Middleton (piano)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/Feb/2015 ]
"A sweetly scented posy, this...Perfect, too, for all who love Sampson's fragrant, light-filled, warmly communicative soprano." (Gramophone Award Nomination 2015 - Solo Recital)
Schubert: String Quartets No 9 & No 14 "Death and the Maiden" cover
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FRANZ SCHUBERT
Schubert: String Quartets No 9 & No 14 "Death and the Maiden"
Chiaroscuro Quartet
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 28/Oct/2018 ]
"Light and shade abound in performances of brisk, fierce beauty" The Strad
Ayres & Graces cover
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CHRISTOPHER SIMPSON
Ayres & Graces
Dan Tidhar (chamber organ / harpsichord) & James Akers (theorbo / baroque guitar) / Chelys Consort of Viols
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 29/Jun/2015 ]
"Performed by the four viol players of Chelys and their keyboard and guitar playing colleagues, they sound wonderfully supple, propulsive and alive." (The Guardian)
Schubert: Sonatas (arr. for Violin & Guitar) cover
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FRANZ SCHUBERT
Schubert: Sonatas (arr. for Violin & Guitar)
Daniel Migdal (violin), Jacob Kellermann (guitar)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/Nov/2018 ]
As Jacob Kellermann points out in the liner notes to this disc, there is an unbroken tradition of performing arrangements of Franz Schubert's music on the guitar. Already in his lifetime some of his most popular songs appeared with simplified guitar...
String Quartets cover
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GRIEG / SIBELIUS / TOMMESSEN
String Quartets
Engegård Quartet
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/Feb/2012 ]
In 1878, while composing this string quartet, Grieg wrote that 'it aims at breadth, to soar, and, above all, at vigorous sound', and the amplitude of the sound is indeed striking: the generous use of double-stops creates an almost orchestral effect.
Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos 3, 8 & 9 cover
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SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos 3, 8 & 9
Freddy Kempf (piano)
[ BIS SACD / CD - released 4/Oct/2019 ]
Sergei Prokofiev virtually grew up at the keyboard - he composed for the piano from early childhood, and the instrument was his workshop and laboratory. Well before the end of his student days he had absorbed the virtuoso techniques of Rachmaninov...
Bach: Cantatas (Vol 43) BWV57, BWV110, BWV151 cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach: Cantatas (Vol 43) BWV57, BWV110, BWV151
Hana Blazíkova (soprano), Robin Blaze (counter-tenor) Gerd Türk (tenor) Peter Kooij (bass) / Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Apr/2009 ]
Three Christmas cantatas from 1725 make up the programme of the 43rd volume in Masaaki Suzuki's and Bach Collegium Japan's highly praised cycle of Bach's cantatas.
Glow: Chamber Music by Jaakko Kuusisto cover
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JAAKKO KUUSISTO
Glow: Chamber Music by Jaakko Kuusisto
Meta4 String Quartet, Jaakko Kuusisto (violin), Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma (viola), Jan-Erik Gustafsson (cello), Heini Kärkkäinen (piano)
[ BIS SACD / CD - released 10/Jun/2016 ]
Jaakko Kuusisto is one of Finland's most versatile musicians, a quality demonstrated by his rich discography on BIS in which he appears as violinist (in chamber music, as soloist and as concertmaster), conductor, arranger and composer. In the latter...
James Rutherford sings Wagner cover
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WAGNER
James Rutherford sings Wagner
James Rutherford (baritone) / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 22/Mar/2014 ]
The Norfolk-born bass-baritone's voice, on this showing, is close to ideal - chocolate-dark and rich in tone, with a deceptive effortlessness and security that shows up many more famous exponents
Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol V: Birthday Cantatas [BWV213 & BWV214] cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol V: Birthday Cantatas [BWV213 & BWV214]
Joanne Lunn (soprano) Robin Braze (counter-tenor) Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Dominik Wörner (bass) / Bach Collegium Japan directed by Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Nov/2015 ]
"Makoto Sakurada's lucid tenor is particularly effective in the rhetorical and declamatory recitatives, while bass Dominik Wörner paints the words to vivid effect." BBC Music
MacMillan, Verbey & Berio: Trombone Concertos cover
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MACMILLAN / VERBEY / BERIO
MacMillan, Verbey & Berio: Trombone Concertos
Jörgen van Rijen (trombone), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
[ BIS SACD / CD - released 4/Oct/2019 ]
Principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jörgen van Rijen is also much in demand as a soloist with a special commitment to promoting his instrument. Various composers have written new pieces for him, including James MacMillan and...
Solitaires: French works for solo piano cover
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ALAIN / DUTILLEUX / RAVEL / MESSIAEN
Solitaires: French works for solo piano
Kathryn Stott (piano)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/Aug/2015 ]
"[her] fingers are well up to the virtuosic demands of the Prelude and Toccata, as they are to those of the works by Dutilleux and Messiaen." (BBC Music)
Martinsson: Presentiment (Orchestral Works) cover
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ROLF MARTINSSON
Martinsson: Presentiment (Orchestral Works)
Lisa Larsson (soprano), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze (conductor), Sakari Oramo (conductor)
[ BIS SACD / CD - released 10/May/2018 ]
One of Sweden's leading composers, Rolf Martinsson had an international breakthrough with the trumpet concerto Bridge, composed for Håkan Hardenberger who has also recorded it (BIS-1208). Martinsson has since gone on to compose soloistic works for...