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World-premiere recording of Pergolesi: Septem verba a Christo | Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs, cond.

Posted in Baroque, Vocal chamber works with tags , , , , on April 10, 2013 by orinococds
Pergolesi: Septem verba a Christo | Akademie für Alte Musik, Rene Jacobs cond. | 1 cd | $NZ 33  hmc902155

Pergolesi: Septem verba a Christo | Akademie für Alte Musik, Rene Jacobs cond. | 1 cd | $NZ 33 hmc902155

Now attributed to Pergolesi on the basis of the most recent research, the Seven Words of Christ has been regarded, ever since it was discovered by Hermann Scherchen, as ‘one of the most heartfelt works of art, full of profound tenderness and an all-conquering sense of beauty’.
This major work of the Neapolitan Baroque (1736) was given its concert premiere at the Beaune Festival in July 2012, a few days before it was recorded.

“the work is beautiful, and its deeply spiritual loveliness has been realised in a fine period performance. Certainly, it won’t be languishing in dusty libraries any more. It is, in its own way, just as sublime as the Stabat Mater, and René Jacobs and his musicians have given it a comprehensive rehabilitation.” Charlotte Gardner BBC, 11th March 2013

“this hybrid cycle of seven early-18th-century cantatas based on the Seven Last Words is deeply impressive…The mood ranges wide, from fiery, coloratura-laden anger to a touching lyricism.” Sunday Times, March 2013

“the music is both constantly surprising and often profoundly eloquent; Jacobs’s soloists, as well as the instrumentalists of the Berlin orchestra, project that sense of devotional wonder without a trace of self-conscious piety.” Guardian, March 2013

Sophie Karthäuser, soprano | Christophe Dumaux, countertenor | Julien Behr, tenor | Konstantin Wolff, bass | Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs

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J S Bach: Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4, BWV1066-1069

Posted in Baroque, Instrumental, Orchestral with tags , , , on December 2, 2012 by orinococds

JS Bach: Orchestral Suites 1-4 | Le Concert des Nations | Savall | AliaVox avsa9890 2 cd | $NZ 39

Another Bach treasury from the Astrée repertoire: a milestone in the history of Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations.

These Four Orchestral Suites are an essential addition to the recently released Brandenburg Concertos.

SACD remastering enables us to fully enjoy the hearty, colourful and cheerful performance.

As usual, the digipak is lavishly illustrated and documented, with a 180pp booklet in six languages.

Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerti Vol 1-3

Posted in Baroque, Chamber music, Concerto with tags , , on November 12, 2012 by orinococds

Vivaldi: Concerti per fagotto Vol 1 | Sergio Azzolini | L’Aura Soave Cremona | Naive | $NZ 33

Vivaldi: Concerti per fagotto Vol 2 | Sergio Azzolini | L’Aura Soave Cremona | Naive | $NZ 33

Vivaldi: Concerti per fagotto Vol 3 | Sergio Azzolini | L’Aura Soave Cremona | Naive | $NZ 33

Poetry, virtuosity, melodic melancholy, textural richness: dive into the fascinating and unique atmosphere of Vivaldi’s bassoon concertos
Vol. 1: RV 493, 495, 477, 488, 503, 471 & 484
Vol. 2: RV 499, 472. 490, 496, 504, 453, 470
Vol. 3: RV 485, 502, 474, 480, 494, 475

Reviews of Sergio Azzolini’s first two Vivaldi volumes –
“Azzolini is a consummate master of his instrument and no matter what difficulties Vivaldi puts before the performer, Azzolini will transform it into something wonderful—his virtuosity is astounding, but he is equally gifted in his ability to shape melodies into something approach-ing enchantments.”Early Music Review
“He is a baroque musician on a high level of imagination and inspiration. […] He makes these concertos all the more attractive and fascinating. This is music-making to cherish.”Gramophone
“A tour de force, Azzolini’s command of those concertos is breathtaking, maximising the power of Vivaldi’s music with an expressive palet beyond that often expected of period instruments.”Early Music Today

Sergio Azzolini was born in 1967 in Bolzano, Italy. He first studied the bassoon with Romano Santi at the Claudio Monteverdi Conservatory in his home town and went on to further studies with Klaus Thunemann at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover. While finishing his studies he simultaneously held the position of first bassoonist in the European Union Youth Orchestra. Among the numerous awards that Sergio Azzolini has received are prizes at the Carl Maria von Weber, Prague Spring, and ARD (Munich) competitions.
In parallel with his work on modern bassoon he pursued research into Baroque sound and aesthetics, familiarising himself with historically informed performance practices and working not only with copies of historical instruments but also with authentic period instruments, of which he has a large collection.
As a performer on the Baroque bassoon he is a member of the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, directed by Christophe Coin, and appears regularly as soloist with L’Aura Soave Cremona, Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, and La Stravaganza Köln. He is also a member of the ensemble Parnassi Musici.
Between 2002 and 2007 he was artistic director of the Kammerakademie Potsdam. With this orchestra he explored and performed music ranging from Baroque to contemporary, including many world premiere performances and four operas: Vivaldi’s La fida ninfa, Le nozze di Dorina by Galuppi, Montezuma by Graun and, in 2011, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Sergio Azzolini has recorded extensively. His CDs show extraordinary stylistic diversity and have been honoured with many prestigious awards. Since 1998 he has held the post of professor of bassoon and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel.

Bach Collegium Japan – soothing music for Japan, post-earthquake

Posted in Baroque, Choral with tags , , on June 24, 2012 by orinococds

Bach Collegium Japan | BISCD2011 | 82 MIN | NZ $33

Serene musical pieces for reflection and relaxation, including excerpts from the Cantatas and orchestral works featured in the Bach Collegium of Japan’s renowned back catalogue.

Tracks:- Sinfonia from Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, BWV156;  Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, BWV156/2: aria & chorale;  Sonatina from Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV106; Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen, BWV127/3: aria;  Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV727: organ chorale;  In deine Hände befehl ich meinen Geist, BWV106/3a: aria / Heute wirst du mit mir im Paradies sein, BWV106/3b: arioso & chorale;  Air from Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major, BWV1068;  Bete aber auch dabei, BWV115/4: aria; 9. Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV641: organ chorale;  Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV170/1: aria;  Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt, BWV151/1: aria;  Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639: organ chorale;  Wie zittern und wanken, BWV105/3: aria; 14. Es ist vollbracht, BWV159/4: aria; 15. Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV229: motet

Bach Collegium Japan, choir & orchestra | Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Miah Persson, soprano  | Susanne Rydén, soprano | Carolyn Sampson, soprano | Hana Blažíková, soprano| Robin Blaze, counter-tenor | Yoshikazu Mera, counter-tenor | Gerd Türk, tenor | Peter Kooij, bass | Masaaki Suzuki, organ

Vivaldi Violin Concertos Vol. IV

Posted in Baroque with tags , , on June 23, 2012 by orinococds

Vivaldi Violin Concertos Vol. 4. Naive OP30533 NZ$ 32

Latest release in the innovative series by Naive, often featuring newly-discovered works by Antonio Vivaldi.

This is the 46th title in the Vivaldi Edition and the 4th volume, out of approximately 12, of the series dedicated to the violin concertos whose manuscripts are held in the National Library of Turin. All the concertos selected here were composed for, dedicated to or performed in front of Charles VI (1685-1740), sovereign of the Habsburg Empire, renowned as patron and passionate lover of music. This series of 7 concertos is an overview of the complete art of Vivaldi as a composer and violinist: large-scale music, invention, expression, energy, power of evocation, played with considerable virtuosity.

Riccardo Minasi, 33, is one of the leading Italian baroque violinists and also has a career as a conductor Il Pomo d’Oro is a new baroque orchestra that gathers excellent musicians from several high-level baroque orchestras including Il Complesso Barocco.

CD features:- Concerto No. 1 in C major RV 181a; Concerto No. 4 in E major RV 263a; Concerto, RV327; Violin Concerto in E major, RV271 ‘L’Amoroso’; Concerto No. 12 in B minor RV 391; Concerto in C Major, RV 171; Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in G minor RV331 – Riccardo Minasi (violin & direction) | Il Pomo d’Oro

Venice by Night

Posted in Baroque, Orchestral with tags , , on June 16, 2012 by orinococds

Venice by Night AV2297 NZD $33

UK baroque ensemble La Serenissima’s latest instalment in their highly acclaimed series, this time featuring ALBINONI, LOTTI, POLLAROLO and VIVALDI.

From the Avie records website:

“Adrian Chandler’s and La Serenissima’s 10th release for Avie – coinciding with the label’s 10th Anniversary – has all the hallmarks that have made the Vivaldi specialists one of the best-selling and acclaimed period-instrument bands performing today. Adrian’s erudition and his ensemble’s crowd-pleasing performances combine to produce recordings that are at once popular and enlightening. Venice by Night evokes an era of the Venetian Republic when the arts flourished, attracting audiences from all over Europe including scores of royalty. Feeding the tourist trade, the resident composers revelled in creating everything from grand operas and serenatas, virtuoso concertos and sinfonias, motets and gondoliers’ ballads. As with the chart-topping Vivaldi: The French Connection 2 (AV 2218) which featured the world-premiere recording of the flute concerto Il Gran Mogol, Adrian has once again unearthed numerous works from this period that are recorded for the first time.”

Mhairi Lawson, soprano | Simon Munday, trumpet | Peter Whelan, bassoon | La Serenissima | Adrian Chandler (violin / director)