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Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Messa in Re Maggiore
Mottetto “Dignas laudes resonemus”
Marlis Petersen, Marta Fumagalli
Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri
New light on Pergolesi! This CD sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of the great Italian composer, offering two masterpieces in their first modern edition and first recording: the Mass in D major and the mottettone Dignas Laudes. Both editions are the outcome of recent musicological research carried out by the Centro Studi Pergolesi in Milan, and show a facet of Pergolesi – his energetic and solemn character – that complements and amplifies the dramatic and introspective moods of his most renowned sacred works.This Arcana release inaugurates a collaboration with the Ghislieri Choir & Consort and celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of the ensemble, which specialises in eighteenth-century sacred repertory and has already recorded works by Galuppi, Jommelli, Perez (Il Mattutino de’ Morti) and Handel (Handel in Rome 1707) for Sony-DHM.The soloists on this recording, conducted by Giulio Prandi, are the soprano Marlis Petersen, one of the leading sopranos on the international scene, and a quintet of young Italian singers who already perform in the most important and prestigious European venues.
Selva di variazioni & diverse composizioni per il cimbalo
After a first CD that was received with critical acclaim (works for organ and harpsichord by the young J. S. Bach at TYX Art), Cécile Mansuy now presents one of the most fashionable dances of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Spagnoletta, alternating partitas and variations on the theme, with dances such as the passacaille or gaillarde and pieces of free inspiration. To perform this refined and virtuoso programme, Cécile Mansuy has chosen a harpsichord with split keys and short octave by M. Griewiesch, tuned in meantone temperament, thus meeting the stylistic demands of these Italian, English and southern German dances and variations, and allowing the listener to savour the beauty of a sound as rare as it is unexpected. A winner of international competitions, Cécile Mansuy specialised in early music with J. W. Jansen, at the Schola Cantorum and with A. Fedi, and performs on period instruments across Europe. Her ensemble ‘Le je-ne-Scay-quoy’ has a predilection for harpsichord music.
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Symphonies & Ouvertures
Anima Eterna Brugge
Jos van Immerseel
Here is a superb set of the most famous symphonies in our musical culture, brilliantly played on period instruments. Jos van Immerseel and his highly skilled Flanders-based orchestra Anima Eterna play at modern pitch (A=440), which they have established was done in Beethoven's Vienna. As the composer had to make do with motley collections of amateurs and professionals and couldn't hear a thing after about 1817 this is better than anything he experienced. Van Immerseel's interpretations are exciting but always musical. (The Observer Daily Mail)
Johann Sebastian BACH
Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
After a Mozart release with the Quatuor Voce, Juliette Hurel has devised a programme focusing on Bach, featuring two staples of the flute repertoire: the Suite for orchestra no.2 with its famous Badinerie and the Partita for solo flute, his only work for the unaccompanied instrument. To complement this, she has chosen to assemble the most celebrated arias with a prominent part for solo flute, very rarely played outside the works for which they were written: the Easter Oratorio (‘Seele, deine Spezereien’), the St Matthew Passion (‘Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben’), the Coffee Cantata (‘Ei wie schmeckt’) and the Cantata Ich habe genug. For this recording, she plays a modern wooden flute and was keen to work with a Baroque ensemble performing on period instruments and a soprano well versed in this music, Maïlys de Villoutreys, a rising vocal star of French scene. The magnificent Trio Sonata BWV 1038 completes the programme in the spirit of chamber music.
Images livre I
Etudes livre II
'Obviously, from the performer of these pieces - of all the pieces on this disc -, one will expect mastery and sensitivity. But even more is necessary: gifts of a colourist; an imagination of the settings; a vision of the sound planes and space. And also, for these pieces that are heirs to and the summary of such a glorious tradition, it also calls for broad knowledge and culture of the piano repertoire. The performer of the Etudes stands at the arrival of an itinerary, that of the keyboard « en blanc et noir ». He must know everything and play almost everything. Nelson Goerner is that performer.’
IN SECULUM VIELLATORIS
THE MEDIEVAL VIELLE
Le Miroir de Musique
Cantorum Basiliensis. To mark this occasion, he enriches the ‘Instruments’ series on the Ricercar label with a recital devoted to the medieval vielle (bowed fiddle): troubadour songs and dances and polyphonic compositions from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries illustrate the various stages in the evolution of this instrument, the ancestor of the violin.
Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel
Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin
Els Biesemans, Meret Lüthi
A once-celebrated contemporary of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, and a precursor of Schubert in the domain of the lied, Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel (1750–1817) is today almost unknown to the general public. Given the great success of his symphonies at the Concert Spirituel, he was probably the composer most frequently performed in Paris between 1777 and 1779. This famous and highly influental pianist and composer spent most of his working life at the court of Mainz, where his reputation attracted rising young talents like Beethoven and Weber, and wrote more than 700 works, including 400 German and Italian songs. Els Biesemans and Meret Lüthi present a world premiere recording of some of his sonatas for fortepiano and violin, utterly disarming in their charm, inventiveness and refinement.