MARBECKS COLLECTABLE - Enescu: Three Symphonies / Vox Maris
Marius Brenciu (tenor) Catherine Sydney (soprano) / Chœur de Chambre Les Eléments & Orchestre National de Lyon, Lawrence Foster
[ EMI / 2 CD - released 10/Feb/2012 ]
George Enescu (1881-1955) was known primarily as one of the great virtuoso violinists of his day, although he was also a celebrated conductor and influential teacher of his instrument - Yehudi Menuhin, Arthur Grumiaux, Ivri Gitlis, and Christian...
Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2
Michael Ludwig (violin) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta
[ Naxos / CD - released 20/Aug/2008 ]
"These are excellent pieces that ought to be in the modern performance repertory. If you don't know these works, you owe to yourself to hear this disc." -- ClassicsToday 10/10
Claude Debussy: A Portrait
Michel Beroff, Jean-Philippe Collard, Samson François (pianos) / Quatuor Ebène / Orchestre National de l'ORTF, Jean Martinon
[ Warner Classics / CD - released 1/Aug/2018 ]
The colours of sound: With his Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune of 1894, Claude Debussy found his way to a completely novel and distinctive idiom that has gone down in music history as Impressionism. Influenced more by painting than by late-romantic...
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOSVKY
Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (complete opera recorded in 2017) BLU-RAY
Dutch National Opera / Misha Didyk, Alexey Markov, Vladimir Stoyanov / Mariss Jansons (cond)
[ C Major Blu-ray / Blu-ray - released 9/Mar/2018 ]
"Musically, standards are extremely high, led by Mariss Jansons's inspired presence in the pit...Aksenova sings a steely Lisa..Diadkova is remarkable as the Countess - singing rather than growling her role." Gramophone Blu-ray of the Month March 2018
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MARBECKS COLLECTABLE - Monique Haas: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Monique Haas (piano) with RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin / Ferenc Fricsay / Orchestre National De France / Paul Paray
[ DG Original Masters / 8 CD Box Set - released 20/Jul/2006 ]
Monique Haas was one of DG's principal pianists in the 1950s. Her play is marked by its elegance, passion and wonderful articulation. Here, for the first time, we present the complete recorded legacy of this great artist on CD.
National Band of New Zealand
[ Kiwi Pacific Records / CD ]
Conducted by Kevin Jarrett.
Symphonies Nos. 20 & 25
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine / Andrew Penny
[ Naxos / CD - released 22/Sep/2011 ]
In contrast to 'The Gothic', Symphony No. 20 written in 1962, is compact, thematically sophisticated, and deeply expressive. Symphony No. 25 has beautiful melodies channelled within a wholly logical structure and is one of Brian's most distinguished...
High Violet (Double LP)
[ 4AD LP / 2 LP - released 10/May/2010 ]
High Violet is the highly anticipated follow up to 2007's Boxer. Singer Matt Berninger said of the album in an interview: "I don't think it sounds anything like Alligator, but it's less restrained than Boxer, that's for sure. I don't quite scream my...
The National (LP)
[ Brassland / LP - released 31/Jul/2015 ]
This Ohio-based band strikes a lush, adorable balance between the country-pop of bands such as Jayhawks and Golden Smog and the gloomy, depressing crooning of Tom Waits. Lead singer Matt Berninger manages to transcend leveling the fine background...
Jenkins: The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace
National Youth Choir of Great Britain, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Jenkins
[ Warner Classics DVD / DVD - released 20/Feb/2018 ]
The result of a special millennial commission from the Royal Armouries and the latest in a six century old tradition of "Armed Man" masses that take the fifteenth century French song "L'Homme Armé" as their starting point.
Death in Venice (complete opera recorded in 2013)
English National Opera / John Graham-Hall, Andrew Shore, Tim Mead / Edward Gardner (cond)
[ Opus Arte DVD / DVD - released 3/Mar/2014 ]
"Graham-Hall is a real stage-animal, convincing us utterly of his descent into obsession...every colour, timbre and texture of this richly imaginative score comes blazing through under Gardner's baton". (Gramophone Award Nomination 2015 - Opera)
Dusapin: Concertante Works
Nicolas Hodges, Natascha Petrinsky, Carolin Widmann, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Pascal Rophé (conductor)
[ BIS / CD - released 30/Nov/2018 ]
Pascal Dusapin has composed a number of works for the stage, one of the more recent being the opera Penthesilea, after Kleist's play. From the opera he has also fashioned Wenn Du dem Wind…, the suite which opens this disc. Although beginning and...
Rossini: La Boutique fantasque (with Chopin: Les Sylphides & Massenet: Méditation)
Nigel Kennedy (violin) / National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge.
[ Decca SBS Eloquence / CD - released 12/Aug/2018 ]
While Richard Bonynge has long been associated with opera, particularly with that of the Bel Canto age, he has been one of the most active revivers and conductors of ballet in the 20th and 21st centuries. His recordings of the major Romantic...
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Ibsen's Ghosts (recorded in 2017)
Norwegian National Ballet / The Norwegian National Ballet School
[ BelAir Classiques DVD / DVD - released 10/Jun/2019 ]
Are we ever honest enough to be unaffected by lies? This is the question asked by Henrik Ibsen's drama Ghosts (Gengangere). Oswald Alving returns from a bohemian existence in Paris to small-town Norway. Encountering people who do not communicate,...
Monteverdi: 3 x Poppea - L'Incoronazione di Poppea (complete operas recorded in 1993, 2010 & 2013)
Norwegian National Opera with Birgitte Christensen, Jacek Laszczkowski / Concerto Koln, Rene Jacobs / Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Eric Gauthier, Anneleen R
[ EuroArts DVD / 3 DVD Box Set - released 2/Feb/2018 ]
Three different approaches to the enigmatic mistress of Roman Emperor Nero - in one box: watch Poppea in two contrasting opera productions plus as a futuristic ballet performance. Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea Orchestra of the Norwegian...
Sylvia (complete ballet) [with La Source - Act II]
Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opara de Paris, Jean-Baptiste Mari
[ EMI Ballet Edition / 2 CD - released 20/Feb/2010 ]
"The sound is fresh and the extra brightness of focus brings no attendant edginess. Seventy five minutes is offered from each ballet." *** Penguin Stereo Guide
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique / Overture: 'Le Corsaire' / Royal Hunt and Storm & Trojan March ('Les Troyens') (recorded 1957-59)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Thomas Beecham
[ Warner Classics Masters / CD - released 1/Feb/2012 ]
Rosette Recording (highest rating) Penguin Stereo Guide - 'If you want a genuinely French Symphonie fantastique, wonderfully performed and superbly recorded, go out and get this release before it's snapped up by your neighbour.' (Gramophone)
Dutilleux: Symphony No. 2 'Le Double'
Orchestre National de Lille, Darrell Ang
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Jul/2017 ]
"The result is impressive in its fluidity and engagement." Five Stars Diapason
Saint-Saëns: Symphonic Poems
Orchestre National de Lille, Jun Märkl
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Dec/2017 ]
A wide orchestral palette and stirring reserves of drama are used to evoke the youthful audacity and death of Phaéton, the ultimate triumph of virtue over pleasure in La Jeunesse d'Hercule ('The Youth of Hercules'), and Hercules' punishment, spinning...
CLAUDE DEBUSSY / MAURICE RAVEL
Debussy / Ravel: Orchestral Works (Incls 'La Mer', 'Images', 'Bolero' & 'Daphnis et Chloe')
Orchestre National de l ORTF, Orchestre de Paris, Jean Martinon, with Aldo Ciccolini (piano) Itzhak Perlman (violin)
[ Erato / Warner Classics / 8 CD Box Set - released 25/Jul/2018 ]
"If you are satisfied with performances that are lucid, imaginative, thoughtful and unselfconscious then you will be very happy with Martinon." (MusicWeb on the Debussy)