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News of their daring attacks, including the assassination of an SS General, eventually reaches Berlin. Under the orders of the Gestapo, French police and collaborators hound Manouchian and his cohorts until, to escape torture, one of their associates denounces the whole group. After a show trial, the 23 heroes are brought to face a firing squad.
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Also, one traditional Jewish song as been added as a bonus. Wieder-Atherton's breathtaking release Chants d'Est perfectly captures the ethereal, poetic voice of her instrument. Bach, in his own arrangement for modern guitar. While many guitarists carry single movements in their repertoire, such as the famous Ciaccona from Partita No. Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra leave us not a moment of doubt that even at the age of 27, Stravinsky could draw on an extraordinary wealth of compositional gifts.
There is the boldness and the precision of his rhythms, while his rich, varied harmonies and his inspired melodies betray an aesthetic that is still far from anti-Romantic. Julia Fischer and Martin Helmchen now need no introduction: their first volume of Schubert's works for violin and piano PTC was an overnight success.
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A true master and exponent of the British choral music tradition, Herbert Howells' compositions and settings are brought to life in this collection of his secular and sacred works. Performances come from the youthful talents of The Rodlofus Choir, led by their director Ralph Allwood. Rodolfus is made up of singers aged from 16 to 25 who have been chosen from past and present members of Eton College's summer choral courses for prospective choral scholars.
Many members of the choir are choral scholars, some are at music college, and most hope to make a career in music. Ralph Allwood founded the choir in , and has been Director of Music at Eton since Signum has released two very well received discs with the choir previously - one of choral arrangements by Clytus Gottwald, and another of Vespers by Monteverdi.
In autumn , as a student in Berlin, Klemperer conducted the off-stage band for performances of the Second given by Oskar Fried. Mahler himself attended and instructed Klemperer on how to get the proper effect he wanted from the brass — 'blaring, but from a long way away'. He was pleased with the result and congratulated the young conductor. He vouches for the successful outcome of any probationary appointment'. Writing about the duo in The Times, Geoff Brown enthused, 'these players have the potential to conquer the world'.
A revelatory new recording of the St John Passion, which combines elements of all four extant performing versions. This is a drama of outstanding intensity whose edition was not definively set by Bach. There were four public concerts which gave different structural arrangements of the work: , , et To support this intense drama, Haller chose his ideal version from the four, 'the one which we felt was the most balanced, correct, and edifying'.
These are clean performances with small-scale forces used with great precision, with all the 19th-century richness that had been necessary at one time to re-introduce these masterworks to the repertoire stripped away to reveal to many for the first time the true sound of the music. These recordings were the audio equivalent of seeing a restored painting by a great master for the first time. Thomas Tallis lived through one of the most turbulent and dangerous periods in English history. Entering in to the service of Waltham Abbey in his employment looked secure, writing masses and music for many religious festivals and services.
The break with Rome and the dissolution of the monasteries meant that Tallis was out of work. He received severance pay, and with these funds purchased a quantity of musical manuscripts and a technical manual on polyphonic music. Here Tallis wove a dangerous path over the shifting sands of political intrigue and religious persecutions to serve not only Henry, but Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
It is for the Anglican Church under Elizabeth that he made his greatest contribution to English music. The 9th symphony is both an American and a Czech symphony. Although surrounded by people from his homeland, he longed to return home, and a nostalgic feeling permeates the score alongside the influences of Native American themes and Negro spirituals.
It has been a concert-hall favourite since its premiere in New York in The Noonday Witch together with the other 3 works in the series are all based on Czech folk tales — often brutal and scary. George Gershwin was one of the great prodigies of 20th-century piano music, and also one of its greatest losses — he died suddenly, aged just His wonderfully crafted concerto is the perfect fusion of classical technique and the world of jazz. The music has a self-confidence that captures the spirit of the age — this is New York in the s: optimistic, fun-loving and life-affirming.
Rhapsody in Blue was premiered in , and was commissioned by Paul Whiteman.
Swiss composer and oboist Heinz Holliger has made a huge contribution to the rediscovery of little known and neglected works for the instrument. He has also been responsible for many new compositions for the oboe, and his repertoire ranges from the baroque as heard on these 3 CDs accompanied by the Academy of St Martin In The Fields, through the classical era of Stamitz, Krommer, Hummel, Moscheles, Mozart, Bellini and Fiala to the avant-garde where he has worked closely with Pierre Boulez.
These three symphonies are a huge advance over the early Morzin symphonies — they are four-movement works, with a minuet placed 3rd, and Nos. These works were designed to show off the skills not only of their composer, but also some of the extraordinary musicians in the Esterhazy orchestra. There are prominent roles for the flute, violin, cello together with the oboes and the bassoon — perhaps a nod in the direction of the old concerto grosso as the prince was somewhat conservative in his musical tastes.
The depiction of sunrise at the opening of No. Souzay chose to study philosophy at the university, and it was only after a meeting with Pierre Bernac in Paris in that he was persuaded to enter the Paris Conservatoire to study singing. He entered the concert circuit shortly after the end of the war, and soon displayed the qualities that would make him one of the great singers of the 20th century — a love of words and a superb technique that combined a fine tone with a natural gift for expression. Keen not to be pigeon-holed as a French singer of French music, he performed in 12 languages over a wide range of repertoire, but it is nonetheless in the world of French Song, a medium he did so much to champion, that the qualities of his voice can best be appreciated.
This 4CD set brings together the recordings he made in the s. It would be an understatement to say that Iannis Xenakis, who passed away nearly ten years ago, dominated the second half of the 20th century. Whether or not assisted by computer, he built vast musical architectures, which diverge resolutely from what was being done at the time and is still being done: another world of sounds, combined according to a different, but never gratuitous, approaches resulting in something magical.
The listener is surrounded by sound, immersed and taken into a universe unlike any other. In this collection of five discs representing the major part of his output in this sphere, here is Xenakis, master of the symphony orchestra. This is a perfect and, in fact, unique kaleidoscope in the record catalogue, of Xenakis' inestimable contribution to orchestral music in the latter half of the 20th century. A reputed teacher—it was to him that Maurice Ravel would entrust the young Manuel Rosenthal— virtuoso pianist and organist, he was also a prolific composer who won acclaim in all genres: the worthy heir to Franck and Debussy.
This disc brings together his Violin Sonata and String Quintet; whereas the latter was available at one time, this is the premiere recording of the Sonata. Here she combines her talent with that of the Louvigny Quartet, whose commitment to rare scores and superb playing can never be overly stressed. In , thanks to Timpani, listeners were able to discover for the first time the orchestral works by Philippe Gaubert, a great French symphonist and a memorable personality.
The success of that first volume was resounding, with an 'outstanding' rating from International Record Review and proclaimed 'Record of the Year' on MusicWeb amongst other accolades.
Every night, a young princess, who has been put under a spell, turns into a doe. Served by three faithful lords, the spell will not be broken until she experiences suffering through true love. Timpani continues its project recording the complete works of Jean Cras, a great Breton composer as well as a rear-admiral and inventor of the Cras ruler, well known by all sailors, with a marvellous programme featuring more world premiere recordings: the songs with orchestra.
It is said even Giuseppe Verdi briefly gave consideration to writing an opera based on this whodunit, when Cilea decided to set the material to music in For a decade the work was performed regularly throughout Europe and America; thereafter it increasingly disappeared from the repertoire. After revisions to the score and plot and significant cuts, Adriana Lecouvreur made a successful comeback and established a presence once again on the international stage. The premiere of the definitive version took place in Naples in Opposite her, in the role of Adriana, is a soprano who as a Verdi and verismo specialist also appears regularly at all the major international opera houses, Micaela Carosi.
His timbre, velvety smooth yet robustly virile, is ideally suited to a vocal characterisation of the idolised Maurizio. Studio recording from the early years of television. Musical direction is in the hands of the great Verdi conductor Argeo Quadri. Unlike other opera films of the time, the producers in Vienna did not use playback but recorded each scene live. Now available to all fans of opera for the first time on DVD, this film compellingly documents the great German Verdi tradition — a tradition in which Othello has always maintained a leading position. It is full of melodious arias, expressive duets and highly dramatic orchestration.
She is a Verdi soprano par excellence. One of the lesser known works by Giuseppe Verdi, Simon Boccanegra is regarded by most opera lovers as one of his finest. The action takes place in the 14th century and deals with the political and personal rivalry between the corsair Simon Boccanegra, who has been elected Doge of Genoa with the help of the plebeian vote, and the local nobleman, Jacopo Fiesco. Arthaus presents a 'visually alert, musically sensitive and disturbingly coherent' production of the piece on DVD.
The staging was directed by one of the giants of the European theatre, Peter Stein. His fondness for atmospherically dense spaces in which the characters can fully develop is particularly well brought out in his Vienna production, not least because he had at his disposal two remarkable singing actors for the principal male roles, Thomas Hampson and Ferruccio Furlanetto.
Arthaus presents the quintessence of operetta, Die Fledermaus, in a lavish staging from the theatre where it is most at home: the Vienna State Opera. Under the direction of theatrical living legend Otto Schenk, a dream-team of perfectly matched singers made this a memorable night in true Viennese style. The premiere of this staging was greeted enthusiastically by the audience, and a legend was created, one that has spread beyond Viennese opera-going circles. The cast of this unforgettable Fledermaus gathered some of the best operatic singer-actors of the time: the wonderful Lucia Popp creates a bourgoise Rosalinde with her own charm.
How many people remain in good shape, both mentally and physically, at the age of ? The answer is very few but Alice Sommer Herz is among those exceptional few. And how many have the gift of forgiveness? And how many are free of hatred? Gigi Sommer has both of those qualities.
She was imprisoned, with her six-year-old son, in the Theresienstadt concentration camp and saw unspeakable atrocities. She lost both her mother and her husband in Nazi death camps but she does not hate her persecutors. She was a pianist of distinction, played more than concerts in the Theresienstadt camp and is in no doubt that music saved both her sanity and her life and the lives of many others in those unimaginable circumstances. On this DVD Alice Sommer speaks with her quiet grace and wisdom about her life, her experiences and her beliefs.
She also plays music by Schubert, Smetana and Beethoven in a manner that reminds us of her teacher Artur Schnabel and a bygone age in music making. In this production from stage director Graham Vick and set designer Paul Brown conjure up an 'openair spectacle of superlatives' Die Zeit. This recording presents the most important work of the baroque keyboard repertoire — The Well-Tempered Clavier - played by four world-class pianists.