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MOZAIK - Niels Bijl

MOZAIK - Niels Bijl
ID: ACDBH049-2
CDs: 1
Type: SACD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Saxophone

Internationally renowned Dutch classical saxophonist performs works by Fauré, Schuber, Scriabin and Folkert Buis.

There is often a thin line between composed and improvised music, and this recording mosaics the two styles to create a cross-section that is beautifully effective in its simplicity - often dramatic and melancholy but also light-footed and assured.

Since Guido of Arrezzo laid the basis for musical notation in the 11th Century, music aficionados have challenged each other with the question: Who is the best composer of all time? Although the answer is normally someone like Bach, Mozart or Schönberg, the composer Shane Fage has offered the most original answer: The writer Charles Dickens. “Your first job is that of the story teller. Owing to the power of Dickens’ language, one could see the room, smell the stale cigar in the ashtray, feel the warmth of the fire, everything.......And that is why Dickens is the best composer I have ever heard.”


Telling stories as the basis for music. An art form from long before Guido of Arrezzo, and one that is effective in all genres. The story behind El Cant dels Ocells (Song of the Birds) is the birth of Christ, until the legendary cellist Pau Casals transformed it into the epitome of the Catalonian soul, “The birds in this piece sing “Peace, Peace, Peace!” And the music is a music that Bach and Beethoven and all the greats would have loved and admired. It is so beautiful, and it is also the soul of my country, Catalonia.” If you compare Schubert’s Adagio, Fauré’s Nocturne and the fourth Prelude of Scriabin with the ancient traditional Catalonian folksong, it is apparent that both Fage and Casals are right. For centuries the craftmanship of composers has been defined by the ability to base music on a simple but very effective melody.

A craft that is being carried on by Folkert Buis. In his “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” the requisite beautiful melody is constantly interrupted by cold dissonance and the violence of blows on the piano. In the middle of the piece it seems that peace and quiet have triumphed, but it quickly becomes apparent that this is no more than the eye of the storm.

That the craft is genre-free is obvious in Kirkland’s Dienda. Even in improvised music simplicity is often the trump card, but sometimes a masterwork can be brought to a higher plain by Jazz musicians. uch as Branford Marsalis’ version on his album Royal Garden Blues. His brilliant phrasing of this melody is only surpassed by the story that he brings to it with his own improvisation.

The final composition by Paquito D'Rivera, a musician who has based his carrer on a perfect mix of musical tradition and enjoyment of performance. Ultimately it is all about emotion.
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Torres del Alma - Bassano Quartet

Torres del Alma - Bassano Quartet
ID: ACDBH052-2
CDs: 1
Type: SACD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Quartet

World renowned recorder quartet, Bassano, take us on a whirlwind tour of Spanish consort music, performed on some remarkable instruments. All exceptionally recorded and available in up to Studio Master 192 quality.

The Bassano Quartet is formed by recorder players Adriana Breukink, Ronald Moelker, Sanne Vos and Wolf Meyer. The quartet plays on historically built consort recorders with a length up to almost 3 meters (worlds largest recorder). These hand built instruments come from the workshop of Adriana Breukink. Her instruments are played by famous players and ensembles all over the world.
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These Visions - Lunar Saxophone Quartet

These Visions - Lunar Saxophone Quartet
ID: SIGCD233
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Saxophone

Formed in 2002, the award winning Lunar Saxophone Quartet has developed a reputation for their commitment to composer/performer collaborations, leading to dozens of commissions from a variety of different composers. Performances have spanned a wide range of occasions, from Bryn Terfel's 'Faenol Festival' and the Welsh BBC Proms, to live broadcasts on BBC TV and Radio.

This new disc features a programme of newly commissioned works by some of Wales's youngest and most gifted composers together with those of more established figures.
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Dance - The Smith Quartet

Dance - The Smith Quartet
ID: SIGCD236
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Dance Music

The Smith Quartet return on Signum with a new album of commissions and world premiere recordings, all centered on the theme of ‘Dance’. The featured programme is a veritable ‘whos-who’ of contemporary composition, including works from Michael Nyman, Graham Fitkin, Jon Lord, Michael Finnissy and Django Bates.
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Ragtime & Blue - Elena Kats-Chernin

Ragtime & Blue - Elena Kats-Chernin
ID: SIGCD058
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

Signum Classics are proud to release Elena Kats-Chernin debut disc on Signum Classics, Ragtime & Blue

Elena Kats-Chernin is a composer who defies categorisation and is probably best summed up as a force of nature. Her prodigious imagination has produced a vast body of work, unparalleled in range, drawing from all the musical traditions of the past and present. A virtuosic pianist and improviser, her compositions flow from her like a fountain.

This CD is drawn from the small works she often writes for her own enjoyment - a cornucopia of rags, blues and heart-melting melodies. These small vessels of fine feelings offer an intimate view into the composer’s heart.

Jazzy piano rags and melancholic musings, with duos for piano and violin of energy romance and charm, with echoes from Debussy to Shostakovich.
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Time for Marimba - Daniella Ganeva

Time for Marimba - Daniella Ganeva
ID: SIGCD057
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental

Signum Classics are proud to release Daniella Ganeva's debut disc on Signum Classics - Time for Marimba.

The marimba has its origins in Africa and by way of South America, it has developed into the modern western instrument we know today. Since the second world war it has developed a certain pre-eminence amongst the percussion resources from which contemporary composers can draw. Milhaud’s 1947 Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone, one of the first works to demand of the player the now familiar four hammer technique, is a pivotal work in this respect.

Japan has a strong drumming tradition but other indigenous percussion instruments are limited to bells, cymbals and rattles of various sorts. The 1868 establishment of constitutional monarchy under the Meiji restoration opened up the country to the outside world, including that of western art music. Yet in the very post-war period which has seen the marimba’s ascendance, Japanese composers have tended to look away from the west and towards their traditional music and its instruments for their inspiration and means of expression.

This disc explores the 20th century Japanese repertoire for marimba including music by five pre-eminent post-war composers.

Additional percussion: Gary Kettel, Graham Instrall, Graham Cole, Gillian McDonagh; Simon Haram
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Brahms and Schumann - John Lill, piano

Brahms and Schumann - John Lill, piano
ID: SIGCD075
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Much loved pianist, John Lill, plays touchstones of the 19th century romantic piano tradition. Lill is at his sparkling best in this wonderful repertoire.

Lill's concert career spans over fifty years and has taken him to over fifty countries, both as a recitalist and a soloist with the world's greatest orchestras. His busy concert schedule continues to take him up and down the breadth of the country from Scotland to the South Coast and also to Europe and beyond, including performances of these recorded works.

Lill was awarded the CBE for his services to music in the 2005 New Year's Honours List.
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Philip Glass - Complete String Quartets -The Smith Quartet

Philip Glass - Complete String Quartets -The Smith Quartet
ID: SIGCD117
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Quartet

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The Division Flute - Emma Murphy

The Division Flute - Emma Murphy
ID: SIGCD125
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Historical Instruments

Described by the London music publisher as "Very Improvei ng and Delightful to all lovers of that instrument" The First Part of the Division Flute was originally issued for the Baroque treble recorder in 1705.

Murphy's love of the recorder inspired her to record some of the best known recorder music, as well as some of the most neglected, from a collection that has never been fully recorded before. A fantastic disc of musicians at the forefront of early music today.
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Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 - Britten Cello Symphony - Jamie Walton

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 - Britten Cello Symphony -  Jamie Walton
ID: SIGCD137
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Cello Collection
Subcollection: Cello

Jamie Walton's latest venture with the Philharmonia Orchestra, led by Alexander Briger, covers two more-contemporary Cello works; Shostakovichʼs Cello Concerto No. 2, and Britten's Symphony for Cello and Orchestra. Jamie Walton is quickly gaining international recognition for his work, being compared to Cello legends Rostropovich and Tortelier.

The Elgar society wrote about Jamie's last disc

“I really cannot praise this performance too highly. For faithfulness to the text, interpretative musicality, accuracy, ensemble and warmth and beauty of tone, Walton cannot be beaten.”

This new disc promises to be every bit as good.
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