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New release, Britten’s Complete Music for Cello Solo and Cello & Piano on Brilliant Classics

Posted on 18 February 2014 by admin

Britten: Complete Music for Cello Solo and Cello & Piano

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An unheard sonata by Benjamin Britten sets the pulse racing, even after a year of glut. Composed in 1926 at the age of 12 or 13 and given an opus number of 42, it is a nine-minute Schubertian anachronism, excavated at Aldeburgh and lovingly premiered by two Goldsmiths professors, Alexander Ivashkin and Andrew Zolinsky. Anything else that Britten wrote for cello – three suites and a sonata – was inspired by his playful friendship with the gluttonous Mstislav Rostropovich, who devoured more new music than he ate hot breakfasts. Alexander Ivaskhkin, who died this month aged 65, shared his teacher’s appetites for new Russian scores and salty Britten suites. His performances here, however, owe little to Rostropovich. The gestures are grand yet tight, the structure secure, the tonal quality immaculate. Coolly reconceived, these intimate performances at Deptford Town Hall deliver a gorgeous singing line and an intuitive grasp of Anglo-Slavic crossover. Rostropovich himself could not – did not – go deeper into these soulful, introspective contemplations. Sasha Ivashkin is survived by more than 50 recordings. None, however, is lovelier than this.

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Igor Stravinsky’s Complete music for piano & orchestra, new release on Hyperion

Posted on 07 June 2013 by admin

Russian, and later French and American composer, pianist and conductor Igor Stravinsky ( 1882 – 6 April 1971) is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. This is a new album from the Gramophone Award-winning team of Steven Osborne, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov on Hyperion recording , the album presents the complete music for piano and orchestra by Igor Stravinsky, include the Concerto in D for string orchestra. The taut rhythmic brilliance of this music is perfectly suited to the particular artistry of these performers. Volkov’s mastery of Stravinsky’s neo-classical idiom is clear from the ecstatic critical response to his recordings of many of the composer’s orchestral works.

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7 CDs box-set of Choral Works & Opera for Children, Benjamin Britten’s new release on EMI

Posted on 06 June 2013 by admin

This year is  Benjamin Britten’s 100 years birthday. In this very special Britten year,  EMI Classics celebrate his birthday with several box-set releases of his works, the most recent one is this collection box-set of his choral works and opera for children.

This special collection showcases the way in which the composer’s love of poetry formed a crucial basis for much of his choral and operatic music; inspired by poets such as Auden, Smart and Hopkins, Britten crafted their works into compelling narratives. His imaginative text setting and the artful melodies of works such as Rejoice in the LambA Ceremony of Carols and the iconic War Requiem have captivated listeners throughout the 20th century and beyond. Among the world-class performers featured in the collection are Robert Tear, Janet Baker, Elisabeth Söderström and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

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Benjamin Britten’s new release 65 CDs box-set on Decca

Posted on 01 June 2013 by admin

English composer, conductor, and pianist , Baron Edward Benjamin (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, and wrote music in many genres. This year is his 100 years birthday. ‘In this very special Britten year it seemed to us at Decca that something unique had to be attempted to honour such a huge figure in British music. The first ever “complete works” on disc best fitted the bill, and we are most grateful to all participating labels and to the Britten-Pears Foundation for their support in making this happen.’ said Paul Moseley, managing director of Decca Classics.

The 65-CD set includes every Britten work with an opus number, and draws on recordings from across 20 labels, including EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, Naxos, Warner Classics and NMC. But it is appropriate that Decca is behind the initiative. Britten had strong links with Decca, many of his most important recordings being produced and released by the label, and indeed Decca discs make up three-quarters of this anniversary set. The 1963 Decca recording of the War Requiem remains one of the fastest-selling classical releases of all time – this new set offers a version newly remastered from the analogue tapes, as well as material from Britten’s rehearsals at the recording session.  In addition to the recordings the box-set will also contain a 208-page full-colour hardback book featuring articles, a complete alphabetical index of works included in the edition, a gallery of original Decca LP sleeves from 1953 onwards, and photographs of recording sessions and the landscape around Aldeburgh where Britten lived and founded his festival. Four bonus CDs offer newly conducted interviews with musicians who worked closely with the composer, historic recordings and other rarities, and there’s also a DVD of Tony Palmer’s film on the making of the 1967 recording of The Burning Fiery Furnace.

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