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Helmut Lachenmann - Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern

Helmut Lachenmann - Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern
ID: KAI0012282
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The event: Helmut Lachenmann's extraordinary music theatre, in a new production by the Stuttgart Opera, performed in Paris, is available here for the first time on CD. The precursor: Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. The little girl, who freezes to death on New Year's Eve, experiences a brief moment of happiness, as she dies, thanks to the matches....the sweet wretchedness is transposed into the existential sphere, but also into contemporary history. Texts by the German terrorist Gudrun Ensslin ensure that. The music is marked by intense physicality and sensuality.

Includes booklet with text by Helmut Lachenmann
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Olga Neuwirth - Music for films - Long Rain

Olga Neuwirth - Music for films - Long Rain
ID: KAI0012772
CDs: 2
Type: DVD
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Region Code: PAL.Region 0, Plays in all territories
Menu screens: English, German
Color mode: Colour
Screen Format: 4:3 - ('Normal' TV), 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 5
Duration: 175 mins
Subtitles: none
Sound Format: Dolby 2.0 and 5.1

Georgette Dee: soprano Ensemble Modern, Soundforum Vienna: orchestra Flora & Olga Neuwirth: directors, actors Quaye Brothers: animation


The moving picture and all its artistic possibilities are dominant in Neuwirth's work. This DVD gives insight into her projects from 1991 to today, exploring a broad variety of work from animated films to music project The Long Rain. Soprano Georgette Dee, Ensemble Modern, and Soundforum Vienna are featured. Flora and Olga Neuwirth direct with animation by Quaye Brothers. Also included is music from Canon of Funny Phases, Durch Luft und Meer, Symphonie Diagonate, The Calligrapher, Miramondo Multiplo, Disenchanted Time, No More Secrets No More Lies, and Gefahr Bar.
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ELGAR - THE APOSTLES - Canterbury Choral Society, Richard Cooke, conductor

ELGAR - THE APOSTLES - Canterbury Choral Society, Richard Cooke, conductor
ID: QTZ2017
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Anna Leese - soprano (Mary)
Louise Poole - mezzo-soprano (Mary Magdalene)
Andrew Staples - tenor (John)
Colin Campbell - baritone (Peter)
Robert Rice - baritone (Judas)
Roderick Williams - baritone (Jesus)


The years 1898-1900 for Elgar saw the composition of The Dream of Gerontius which represented a new style of oratorio in which a continuous musical flow replaced the customary division into separate arias and choruses.

He embarked seriously on The Apostles in 1902 and the first performance took place in October of the following year at the Birmingham Festival conducted by Hans Richter. Elgar himself conducted performances in 1914 and again in 1922 in Canterbury Cathedral where this performance was given. As with Handel's Messiah Elgar's work was to have been in three parts, though it soon became apparent that it was going to be far too long for one oratorio, and the third part became the starting point for The Kingdom. This piece grew in its turn and the project became one for three oratorios; the first The Apostles, concerned with the apostles' relationship with the earthly Jesus, the second, The Kingdom, with the period after the crucifixion and the coming of the Holy Ghost, and the third, which never came to be written, on Judgment and the Life Everlasting.

Another influence is to be found in Wagner who built up his scores from a pattern of leit-motifs. In his analysis of The Apostles, Jaeger identified and named about sixty such themes, though he came under criticism from Ernest Newman (a leading Wagner authority) for being too obsessional in this respect, and even Elgar himself felt that Jaeger had taken this aspect of the work further than was really justified, since the themes, while being a strong structural element in the music, lacked the immediately identifiable symbolism of Wagner's motifs. The two composers' compositional methods were very different: Wagner completed his libretto first, allocating fragments of melody to particular ideas and incorporating them into the score at significant moments, for Elgar the musical development was pre-eminent he was by nature a symphonic, rather than an operatic composer.
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Robert Saxton - The Wandering Jew - BBC Symphony Orchestra - de Ridder

Robert Saxton - The Wandering Jew - BBC Symphony Orchestra - de Ridder
ID: NMCD170
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The Cast:
Roderick Williams, baritone · Tim Mirfin, baritone
Teresa Cahill, soprano · Hilary Summers, mezzo-soprano
Louise Winter, mezzo-soprano · Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts, tenor
Brindley Sherratt, bass · Graeme Danby, bass
Jeremy White, bass
Actors: Simon Paisley Day · Jennie Stoller
Lydia Kalian · Rudi Goodman
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Singers
André de Ridder, conductor

Roderick Williams (Wandering Jew), Tim Mirfin (Jesus/Beggar), Teresa Cahill (Widowed Mother), Hilary Summers (Fortune Teller), Louise Winter (Kundry), Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts (Faust), Brindley Sherratt (Mephistopheles), Graeme Danby (Odin), Jeremy White (Old Man)


Robert Saxton’s long-awaited radio opera, commissioned by the BBC, is a modernist take on the tale of the Wandering Jew - the shoe-mender condemned by Jesus to wander the Earth until the Second Coming after he refused to help him on his way to his Crucifixion. The opera introduces many legendary characters, following medieval and other myths, including Faust, Mephistopheles, Kundry and Wotan. Underneath its surface lies a structure relating to the annual cycle of Jewish and Christian festivals in eight scenes of sweeping orchestral and choral music, enhanced by studio post-production from Antony Pitts.
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Alexander Goehr - Behold the Sun/ Romanza

Alexander Goehr - Behold the Sun/ Romanza
ID: NMCD095
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Goehr's neo-classical works - Bach tribute ...a musical offering (JSB 1985)... and Sinfonia - plus the dazzling coloratura aria Behold the Sun, the Romanza for cello and orchestra, and the vivid variation-set Metamorphosis/Dance.
Originally released on Unicorn-Kanchana in 1981.
Reissued with funding from Arts Council England.
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B. Ferneyhough: Shadowtime, opera

B. Ferneyhough: Shadowtime, opera
ID: NMCD123
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Described as a "thought opera", Brian Ferneyhough's Shadowtime sets Charles Bernstein's inventive and complex libretto based on the work, life and imagined death of philosopher and cultural critic Walter Benjamin: it includes a movement for a speaking pianist - Opus contra naturam, the opera's fourth scene - a guitar concerto (Scene II) and ends in an ethereal haze of voices and electronics, Stelae for Failed Time. The performers are all internationally known for their commitment to contemporary music.

Shadowtime is an opera told in seven scenes across 2 CDs and a little over 2 hours of complex and fascinating music. Described as a "thought opera", it is based on the work and life of Walter Benjamin, one of the greatest philosophers and cultural critics of the twentieth century.
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Gerald Barry - The Intelligence Park

Gerald Barry - The Intelligence Park
ID: NMCD122
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The Intelligence Park, recorded in the 1990 Almeida Opera production and setting Vincent Deane's libretto of 18th-century Dublin, explores the relationship between an opera composer and the increasingly independent life of the characters he has created.

Set in 1753, (although the music is not fashioned on that of the era) the story is an old-fashioned ‘opera-seria’ on the subject of conflict between head and heart, duty and inclincation, based around a composer who falls in love with a castrato.
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J.S. BACH - Mass in b minor BWV 232 - Albert Coates

J.S. BACH - Mass in b minor  BWV 232  - Albert Coates
ID: STR78004
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

28.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

L. FRANCESCONI - Ballata

L. FRANCESCONI - Ballata
ID: STR57012
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

A new chapter in the Ricordi Oggi series, the collection that enacts the strong partnership between Stradivarius and the prestigious Casa Ricordi publishing house.
This world première recording is dedicated to Luca Francesconi and his Ballata, a two-act opera whose libretto, by Umberto Fiori, is based upon S. T. Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Francesconi confirms his particular confidence for large-scale musical thought, rather than merely show a flair for illustrative brilliance.
"Coleridge’s Mariner confronts a natural world that is implacably adverse, one that [...] remains magnificently indifferent to its needs. To respond to that requires a sense of pacing, of large-scale dynamic proportion, that must prevail over any proclivity to exuberant detail.[...] That sense of scale [...] is everywhere in Francesconi’s recent work. [...] Fiori’s fine libretto is so constructed as to allow for the enchained series of numbers that are integral to that form of dramaturgy, because they pace the opera’s progress through a sequence of images and actions whose synopsis could be presented in a few, trite sentences, but whose power and resonance can only be felt when worked through at the slow, remorseless pace common to Francesconi’s opera, and Coleridge’s poem” David Osmond-Smith, liner notes.

Thanos Adamopoulos, concertmaster
Renato Balsadonna, chorus- master
28.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

G. PUCCINI - La BOHÈME

G. PUCCINI - La BOHÈME
ID: AQVR405-2
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Opera in four acts
Libretto by L. Illica and G. Giacosa based on «Scènes de la vie de Bohème» by H. Murger

Rodolfo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ivan Kozlovsky
Mimì . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elizaveta Shumskaya
Marcello . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ivan Burlak
Musetta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandra Yakovenko
Colline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexei Korolev
Schaunard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexander Tikhonov
Benoit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniil Demyanov
Parpignol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sergei Fomichev
Alcindoro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gennady Troitsky
Sergente dei doganieri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boris Dobrin
Una Ragazza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tatiana Vorobieva
Recorded in 1955

Bonus tracks
15. E.Shumskaya (Mimí), I.Kozlovsky (Rodolfo), Andrei Ivanov (Marcello), K. Terekhin (Schaunard), V. Malyshev (Colline)
16. (Ivan Kozlovsky, Andrei Ivanov) 4:37
Orchestra of the Bolshoi theatre, conductor - Samuil Samosud
Recorded in 1950
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