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Chamber music by Valeri Tarakanov - (dedicated to the 70th anniversary)

Chamber music by Valeri Tarakanov - (dedicated to the 70th anniversary)
ID: CR034
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Moscow Trio : Vladimir Ivanov, violin / Alexander Bonduriansky, piano / Mikhail Utkin, cello

Valery Tarakanov was born in 1934. Both his parents were scientists specializing in medicine; they were great music-lovers and it was a family tradition to play classical music at home. Valery Tarakanov graduated from school with a Gold medal. Later, he studied at the Moscow State University Mechanics and Mathematics Faculty (graduated with distinction in 1956). He followed the postgraduate course at the Mathematics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Since 1961, Valery Tarakanov works in the same Institute; at present, he is one of the leading scientists at the Institute, doctor of mathematics, the author of several monographs and more than 150 scientific works.
Mr. Tarakanov's musical talent led him to the Vladimir Stassov music School where he studied as a violinist and later to the Ippolitov-Ivanov Musical College. Later on, he improved his skills, taking lessons from many prominent piano and music theory professors. He was especially interested in composition and studied with famous composers Andrei Volkonsky, Eduard Khagagortyan and Edisson Denissov. His brother, Mikhail Tarakanov, an eminent musicologist, also had important impact on his creative life. Among those who played significant part in Valery Tarakanov's musical development was, surprisingly, his mathematics professor Igor Schafarevich, an outstanding scientist, member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. The composer himself thinks that he awes to academic Schafarevich his ability to feel the logic of musical form, construct and organize the music (an absolutely necessary part of composing, which does not affect the emotional side).

The name of Valery Tarakanov is well known in the musical world. His compositions - the opera "Antony and Cleopatra", Vespers, Liturgy, violin and cello concertos, vocal cycles, romances and works for choir - are performed in the important concert halls of Moscow and other Russian cities. Many popular radio stations - "Orpheus", "Radio of Russia" and others, include them in their programs. Among the performers - most eminent Russian musicians, orchestras, choirs: the choir of the Academy of the Choir art, "The Seasons" Chamber orchestra, the soloists of the famous "Moscow trio" - Alexander Bonduriansky, Vladimir Ivanov and Mikhail Utkin, Mikhail Tolpygo and many others. Since 1995 Valery Tarakanov is a member of the Composer's Union of Russia; he participates in its musical and social activities.
The music of this exceptionally talented composer, bright and sincere, expressive and highly intellectual, cannot leave the listener indifferent; his works have become widely known among those who love the musical art.

Let us be like the sun for voice, violin and piano, op.29 in four movements on the verses by Konstantin Balmont. The first piece, "The Dead Ships", is mournful and meditative. The dead ships symbolize the souls of the people who have passed away. All human deeds and hopes seem to be vain. The second movement, "Eternal Aspiration", in contrast with the first one, is inspired by the idea of creative activity and thirst for knowledge. The third ("Only where you are") and fourth ("Let us be like the sun") embody the love for God and aspiration for eternity. The violin is not just accompanying the soloist; the violin part is elaborate and quite original. The third movement, for instance, is a dialogue of tenor and violin; the piano does not participate.

Sonata for violin and cello in four movements, op. 27.
Sonata is a duo of the two string instruments, which contains four movements. The music depicts a panorama of the relationship of the two people, two loving partners, husband and wife. The first movement is a lyrical dialogue, full of tenderness and harmony, embodying love, unity of purpose. In the second movement, there is an agitated atmosphere of a heated argument, with some elements of obstinacy and even with something capricious in it, but without any estrangement. The music of the third movement - Menuet - is full of mild lyricism. The energetic music of the Finale sometimes reminds the "arguments" of the second movement. In the end, the theme of unity and love from the first movement appears. But in the last bars we hear another funny "hot discussion".

A Chest of Fairytales. Trio for piano, violin and cello ¹ 2 in four movements. Each movement has a program: it is based upon one of the famous children's fairytales. The first movement embodies the tale of the Little Red Riding Hood. The music depicts all the details of the story just as they happen. In the other movements, the music doesn't follow al the events, showing only some of the episodes. The second part, Thumbelina, depicts the birth of the little girl, her games and songs, boating in a plate full of water, and then the arrival of the King of Elves and his proposal, the elves greeting their queen. The third movement is dedicated to the story of the Sleeping Beauty. The music embodies the terror and embarrassment when the Princess pricks her finger, the spellbound kingdom that falls asleep and the magic forest that grows up around the castle, and in the end - the anticipation of the kingdom's future awakening. The fourth movement - "Little Muck - the royal footman". Little Muck is running unceasingly, desperately in his magic shoes, until he remembers the spell that can stop them. The music of these four pieces is based upon the rhythms of the four old dances: Passepied, Courante, Siciliana and Galop. The parts of all instruments are very elaborate.

The Seasons. Suite for cello and piano in four movements, op. 24. A traditional theme - human reaction to the periods of the year's circle that follow each other. Four pieces of the suite embody the four seasons.

The spring. The ebullient young forces of the Nature arise after the long winter's sleep, sweeping off all the obstacles in their way. The picture of spring is embodied in the energetic and impetuous music of this piece, full of contrasts of musical themes, with the bright virtuosity of the cello part.

The summer. A nocturne that depicts a poetic night scene. Now, when the nature is rich and abundant, in the deep of the night a love scene takes place. Passionate words of confession, declarations of love, tender whisper of the two lovers are heard.

The autumn. An intermezzo. The music of this movement is full of sadness and melancholy. These are the moments of extinction, the Nature's farewell: the Nature, in its beautiful attire, is about to fall asleep.

The winter. The continuos motion of this movement depicts a picture of a snow-fall, followed by a real snow and wind storm.
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Musique Pour Mazarin! Qui a le coeur a tout - Le Jardin Secret

Musique Pour Mazarin! Qui a le coeur a tout - Le Jardin Secret
ID: COR16060
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Continuing its work with young artists, CORO has the pleasure of announcing Musique Pour Mazarin! the debut recording by le Jardin Secret, winners of both the first prize and audience prize at the Early Music Network Young Artists Competition 2007.

This talented young ensemble consisting of soprano, harpsichord, theorbo, viola da gamba and baroque cello, present a delightfully varied programme featuring a diverse mixture of French and Italian music that would have been heard at the court of the flamboyant Cardinal Jules Mazarin.

The juxtaposition of French and Italian works on this disc shows clearly the rich selection of music heard at Mazarin’s court in the late 1600s. They demonstrating the stark contrast between the French and Italian styles of the period with the added ingredient of political and cultural rivalry and intrigue - the Italian born Cardinal importing Italian culture into a resistant French context - contributes a little "piquancy" to the mix!

On this disc, which includes chansons by Charpentier, extracts of operas by Lully and Cavalli and the delightful, if at times brutal, ‘Mazarinades’, le Jardin Secret bring alive the emotive energy of the music, opening the door to the aesthetic world of this Baroque period in all its beguiling beauty.
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Giovanni Battista Bassani - La Tromba della Divina Misericordia (1676) - Oratory in two parts, with violins, Ensemble StilModerno - Ensemble Magnificat

Giovanni Battista Bassani - La Tromba della Divina Misericordia (1676) - Oratory in two parts, with violins, Ensemble StilModerno - Ensemble Magnificat
ID: CNT2044
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: World Premiere Recording

World Premiere Recording
24 bit recording, 96 kHz

Booklet: Italiano/English

Performed for the first time in Ferrara on the 8th of November 1676, and again in 1682 in Bologna on the 2nd of November, "La tromba della divina misericordia", was Bassani's third oratory (the others being "L'Esaltazione di Santa Croce" and "L'epulone"), but this one is the only one of the three for which an original score exists. Therefore it represents his oldest surviving composition, especially given the fact that his first opus was published only in the following year.
The work was commissioned by the Accademia della Morte in Ferrara (where Bassani, who was born in Padua, resided from at least 1667 on). This organization was part of the brotherhood of the same name, one of the city's most prominent religious institutions. From this perspective, "La tromba" represents an example of an oratorio morale, very different from those oratories widely diffused in courts of the time. In fact, here the term "oratorio" indicates an opera with a biblically inspired - or hagiographic - libretto, and it was a common substitute of melodramas during Lent or other periods when theaters were closed. (Carlo Centemeri). This recording would like to contribute to the rediscover of such a composer, Bassani, who is today above all remembered for his Trio sonatas (one of which is here recorded together with a Toccata for Organ), but who was a celebrated violinist and composer in his own time. (Bach himself knew Bassani's Acroama missale, which consisted of six Masses).
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J.Hoffman & G.F.Giuliani: violino e mandolino complici e rivali - Divertimenti and Quartets for mandolin, violin and continous bass - Ensemble Baschenis

J.Hoffman & G.F.Giuliani: violino e mandolino complici e rivali - Divertimenti and Quartets for mandolin, violin and continous bass - Ensemble Baschenis
ID: CNT2036
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

DDD 32 bit recording
6 pages booklet Italian/English

World Premiera
Historical instruments

Performing with Lombard and Neaples mandolins
Ensemble Baschenis, Lombard and Neapolitan mandolin, violin, cello, theorbo

Concerto presents the first CD recording world premiere of Violin and Mandolin, accomplices and rivals : music by Giovanni Francesco Giuliani (1760-1818), and Giovanni Hoffmann (end XVIII century).
Giuliani was an excellent violinist, as well as a harpist, master of harpsichord and singing, while Hoffmann was one of the top virtuosi upon the mandolin. They let the two instruments converse together in the same high register. The instrumentarium (rich in instruments: mandolin, violin cello and theorbo) is marked by the presence of two different types of mandolin, the Lombard and the Neapolitan.
The Ensemble Baschenis took the manuscripts of the pieces directly from the archives of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna.
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LUMINOSA, BUENOS AIRES - A.Piazzolla, M.D. Pujol

LUMINOSA, BUENOS AIRES - A.Piazzolla, M.D. Pujol
ID: CNT2052
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

World Premiere Recording

"Their work touches us because it is a mix of brutality, magic, sensuality and honesty - all of which are human." So spoke John Adams, one of the most important contemporary American composers, in comparing Neruda's poetry, Marquez's novels, Borges' writing and Piazzolla's music. All of these South American artists came to the attention of North American and European cultural circles almost simultaneously in the 1970's.
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) became popular in Europe when a few important performers - whose repertory was largely classical: Gidon Kremer, Yo Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim - grew more interested in fusing musical styles. In fact the Argentinean musician's training was replete with classical influence. His music language has surely become very popular among various generations - it crosses various territories and music influences by conveying popular music together with a more cultured one: going from a kind of restlessness from the twentieth century to some Indios and African light influences based on ancient cultures from European descents who approached the river mouth of Rio de la Plata through various generation of migrants.
We experience the same cultural influence by listening to the Concerto by the Argentinean
contemporary composer Máximo Diego Pujol (Buenos Aires, 1957) which entitles the whole CD Luminosa Buenos Aires by being a world premiere too.
This very nice recording is enriched by awesomeness and quotations and brings to a sort of "sad feelings to be expressively transmitted through a dance" this is Tango, which starting from the beginning of the past century has been fascinating everyone in the world.
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Johannes Brahms - Chamber Music - The Schubert Ensemble - William Howard

Johannes Brahms - Chamber Music - The Schubert Ensemble - William Howard
ID: CHRCD011
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

“As with so much in Brahms' life, the genesis of his Piano Quintet, op.34, was fraught with indecision and introspection...” Brahms first wrote this work scored for string quintet, and after taking to heart criticism from Joachim, he not only re-scored the work for two pianos, but destroyed the original string quintet manuscript. Published in 1874, this new du version was not without problems, and it was Clara Schumann who pointed these out, causing Brahms to set about re-arranging the music once more, this time for piano quintet.
This was no simple re-scoring, for the piano quintet medium has unique demands, but, at last, “Brahms had found the medium through which his material could speak most eloquently.” It is the quintet in this final guise that we know it best, and that the Schubert Ensemble deliver here on this recording in an assured and expressive performance, allowing the sophisticated detail of Brahms' writing to throw us into the depths of emotion he conjures up.
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PIERNÉ- LOEFFLER - DURUFLÉ- William Dazeley - London Conchord Ensemble

PIERNÉ- LOEFFLER - DURUFLÉ- William Dazeley - London Conchord Ensemble
ID: CHRCD010
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

The London Conchord Ensemble are joined on this disc by the baritone William Dazeley, presenting a seductive collection of fascinating chamber works and songs written by three major 20th Century French chamber music composers.Sensual and intimate, these works epitomise these works epitomise the music of early 20th-century France, with their fluid lines and unusual textures, sensitively captured here by Conchord.

Though born in Berlin, Charles Loeffler claimed to hail from Alsace, so strongly did he identify with the French aesthetic. His Five Songs set poetry by French poets Baudelaire and Verlaine, and his musical style recalls Franck, Chausson and Debussy. Add to this a Russian sense of instrumental colour, and the result is a fascinating concoction of expressive and of expressive and evocative musical elements. Pierné's Sonata Da Camera is reminiscent of Debussy's seminal Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp in its poignant colours and intricatetextures, while Duruflé's Prélude Recitatif et Variations reveals a different style from that of his Variations reveals a different style from that of his famous Requiem in writing that recalls Ravel.
Throughout this disc, Conchord plays with an effortless grace and flair, a finesse that perfectly, a finesse that perfectly communicates this exquisite selection of music.
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THE LEADEN ECHO - Leonid Desyatnikov

THE LEADEN ECHO - Leonid Desyatnikov
ID: QTZ2087
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Leonid Desyatnikov is one of the most successful living Russian composers. The release of Leaden Echo with words by Gerard Manley Hopkins is one of the disc’s six works which the composer considers to be amongst the most important of his output. Roman Mints has brought together some of the finest Russian musicians recording today along with the outstanding young British counter tenor William Purefoy.

Main Theme from motion picture Moscow Nights arranged for violin and string ensemble by Roman Mints
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The Glory Tree - Chamber works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad

The Glory Tree - Chamber works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad
ID: CHRCD021
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Cheryl Frances-Hoad has a unique and special compositional voice, recently becoming the youngest composer to win two prizes in the same year at the British Composer Awards, in 2010.

Since winning the BBC Young Composer Competition in 1996, at the age of 15, Cherylʼs works have garnered high praise and awards from all quarters. Over recent years, she has had numerous notable successes, with commissions including solo, chamber, orchestral and choral works, as well as opera.
Champs Hill Records is delighted to present this collection of Cherylʼs chamber music, performed in many cases by the musicians who commissioned and gave the premiere performances of the works.

“The Glory Tree had remarkable scoring, stratospheric singing and was performed with shamanic authority, her final scream reverberating through the cloisters.” Keith Bruce, The Herald.

The songs of the title work on this disc - The Glory Tree - are arresting settings, in original Anglo-Saxon, from The Dream of the Rood and Judith, treated as the utterances of Shamanic ritual.
Shamanism also provides the inspiration for the solo violin work The Snow Woman written for, and played here by, Natalia Lomeiko.

These works are typical of the fertile soil for musical invention which Cheryl Frances-Hoad finds in literary inspiration. Stories, poems or literary ideas have provided the spark for many works on this disc, performed by exceptionally talented musicians, including Nicholas Daniel (oboe), the Lenvai String Trio, the Kriesler Ensemble, Leonid Gorokhov (ʻcello), the London Mozart Trio, Ensemble na Mara, and others.
The disc is packed with 77mins of music, all newly recorded in the Music Room at Champs Hill.
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M. Bronner -Chamber music -"Harmonies of the World" Ensemble

M. Bronner -Chamber music -"Harmonies of the World" Ensemble
ID: ART317
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Jewish Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

1, 4, 5 - Sergei Scholz (cello) 1, 3, 5 - Tatiana Kravchenko (piano) 2 - Iya Komarova (viola) 3, 5 - Natalia Litvinova (violin) 4 - Vladimir Murza (accordion)
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