Ravel: Jeux de Miroirs
Javier Perianes, Orchestre de Paris & Josep Pons
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - due 29/Nov/2019 ]
As if in a mirror, this recording juxtaposes the original piano versions of two of Ravel's masterpieces (Le Tombeau de Couperin and Alborada del gracioso) with their respective orchestrations. The Concerto in G major combines the two facets, both...
Berlioz: Une Soiree Chez Berlioz
Stéphanie d'Oustrac (soprano), Thibaut Roussel (guitare de Berlioz), Tanguy de Williencourt (piano Pleyel)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - due 22/Nov/2019 ]
We may find it hard to imagine that the composer of such epics as Les Troyens started out as a guitarist... and that his first compositional experience was to transcribe songs, inherited from the Ancien Regime, for voice and guitar. The particular...
Tamara Stefanovich (piano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Thomas Larcher (piano)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 7/Mar/2014 ]
Thomas Larcher's sound world is both original and captivating in its fusion of contemplative harmonies with innovative performance techniques.
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs
[ Harmonia Mundi / 3 CD Box Set - released 19/Jul/2019 ]
Scarlatti's Griselda, premiered in Rome in 1721, received a single performance at the Teatro Capranica, and was never taken into the repertoire elsewhere, both for financial reasons and because of the changing tastes of the time. The tragic story of...
RAVEL / SATIE / DEBUSSY / POULENC / etc
Alexandre Tharaud (piano) with Eric Le Sage, Juliette, Isabelle Faust, Jean Delescluse, David Guerrier, Jean-Guihen Queyras, etc
[ Harmonia Mundi / 6 CD Box Set - released 1/Dec/2014 ]
"Tharaud has a completely natural feeling for Ravel's style...a really enthralling collection." International Record review)
Alexandre Tharaud (piano) with Isabelle Faust (violin) & Jean Delescluse (tenor)
[ Harmonia Mundi / 2 CD - released 20/Feb/2009 ]
"Tharaud deals out Satie's surrealism with style, from tongue-in-cheek Chopin quotes to final cadences that go on and on ... and then some. There are pieces which poke fun at precious Debussian soundscapes and others which take sides with the acerbic...
Vivaldi: Teatro alla Moda: Unpublished concertos for violin
Amandine Beyer (violin) / Gli incogniti
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 25/Oct/2015 ]
1720: in his famous pamphlet 'Il teatro alla moda', the composer Marcello satirised the excesses of new-fangled Venetian opera. Cadenzas, variations, 'divismo', virtuosity, popular dances, assorted sound effects: nearly three centuries later, each of...
Albinoni: Opera Arias & Instrumental Music
Ana Quintans (soprano) / Concerto de'Cavalieri, Marcello di Lisa
[ Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 25/Jan/2018 ]
"Di Lisa's energetic conducting and Quintans's stylish singing reveal Albinoni's talents for musical invention and tunefulness." Gramophone
Haydn Keyboard Concertos
[ Harmonia Mundi / 11 CD ]
Many concertos are attributed to Haydn but these three are undisputedly authentic. The keyboard part in No 4 falls in a narrow compass; Andreas Staier introduces variety by ornamenting the slow movement and decorating fermatas in all movements. His...
J. S. BACH
Goldberg Variations [with FREE Harmonia Mundi catalogue]
Andreas Staier (harpsichord)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD/Book - released 15/Jan/2015 ]
"The first thing that you will notice about his recording is the sound of this instrument, orchestral in proportion and almost overwhelming in its emotional proclivities, something that might well akin Bach to the romantics after all!" (AudAud.com)
Variations & Fantasy Pieces
Andreas Staier (piano Erard, Paris 1837)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 20/Oct/2014 ]
This third volume of Andreas Staier's series devoted to the piano music of Robert Schumann begins with his first published composition, the 'Abegg Variations', and ends with his very last work, posthumously published 'Geistervariationen'. The road he...
Sonatas for Clarinet & Piano
Andreas Staier (pianoforte) Lorenzo Coppola (clarinet)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 1/Jun/2015 ]
"Staier and Coppola's characterful playing seeks out muted shadings, blends and balances that constantly surprise the ear." (Irish Times)
CORELLI / VIVALDI / REBEL / MOZART
The Art of the Violin
Andrew Manze (violin) with Richard Egarr (harpsichord), Jaap ter Linden (viola da Gamba) & English Concert
[ Harmonia Mundi / 5 CD Box Set - released 20/Oct/2009 ]
"You can't beat Andrew Manze when it comes to fiery, inspired violin playing." The Independent
Schubert: Mass in A flat D.678 (with Mendelssohn - Psalm 42)
Anna Korondi (soprano) Anke Vondung (mezzo-soprano) Andreas Karasiak (tenor) / RIAS-Kammerchor / Orchestre des Champs elysaes / Herreweghe
[ Harmonia Mundi Gold / CD - released 10/Aug/2018 ]
The Mass in A flat is one of the most lyrical that Schubert composed. It is also one of the most ambitious (Schubert noted at the top of his manuscript 'missa solemnis'), in terms of its instrumental forces, as well as the number and arrangement of...
Bach: Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba and Harpsichord
Antoine Tamestit & Masato Suzuki
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 23/Aug/2019 ]
Antoine Tamestit and his artistic partner Masato Suzuki, Principal Conductor of the famous Bach Collegium Japan, have immersed themselves in Bach's three sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord in order to give a sublime interpretation of them on...
W. A. MOZART
Clarinet Quintet / String Quartet in D minor
Arcanto Quartet, Jorg Widmann
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 8/Oct/2013 ]
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...
PAISIELLO / GIULIANO / CAUDIOSO / CECERE
Concerti Napoletani per Mandolino
ArteMandoline, Juan Carlos Muñoz (mandolin), Mari Fe Pavón (mandolin), Alla Tolkacheva (mandolin)
[ Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 20/Aug/2018 ]
Artemandoline take their listeners on a musical journey to 18th-century Naples.
Monteverdi: Selva morale e spirituale
Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Pablo Heras-Casado
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 20/Dec/2017 ]
"You'll find everything from grand ensembles to intimate solo confessionals, and this recording is best suited to the latter...individual musicians and singers of the Balthasar Neumann are wonderful, and they shine in their nimble duos and trios."
SCHBERT / SCHUMANN / BRAHMS / WAGNER
Schubert / Schumann / Brahms / Wagner: Les Filles Du Rhin / Rhinemaidens
Bernarda Fink (mezzo), Anneke Scott, Joseph Walters, Olivier Picon, Chris Larkin (horns) Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 18/Mar/2016 ]
"The vocal ensemble Pygmalion, resident at the Opera de Bordeaux, are suitably seductive sirens - and even Bernarda Fink makes a cameo appearance in Schubert's D920 Grillparzer Ständchen, her serenading awash with fellow female songsters, and harp."
Dvorak: Lieder (Songs)
Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano) Roger Vignoles (piano)
[ Harmonia Mundi Gold / CD - released 12/Jun/2015 ]
"Songs and performances are good company, each with an element of novelty" Editor's Choice Gramophone Magazine July 2004