sabato 8 dicembre 2012

Carmina Burana (Clemencic)

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Besides songs criticising their epoch with violent emotion, we find in Carmina Burana graceful love songs, songs of Spring, some based on inner emotions, besides others which are definitely immoral.


 Bacche, bene venies CB 200
Virent prata hiemata CB 151   
Nomen a sollempnibus CB 52   
Alte clamat Epicurus. Nu lebe ich CB 211. CB 211a
Vite perdite II CB 31   
Vacillantis trutine CB 108   
In taberna quando sumus CB 196
Iste mundus furibundus CB 24   
Axe Phebus aureo CB 71
Dulce solum natalis patrie CB 119
Procurans odium CB 12
Vita perdite I CB 31
Sic mea fata canenda solo CB 116   
Ich was ein chint so wolgetan CB 185
Deduc Syon, uberrimas CB 34   
Ecce torpet probitas CB 3   
In terra summus rex CB 11   
Fas et nefas ambulant CB 19   
Flete flenda CB 5   
Homo qui vigeas CB 22

Clemencic Consort
dir. René Clemencic

martedì 4 dicembre 2012

W. A. Mozart - Il sogno di Scipione

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Il Sogno di Scipione (K. 126) was written in the summer of 1771, fairly soon after Mozart’s astonishing success in Milan at the end of 1770 with Mitridate, Re di Ponto.
Scholars disagree about whether Sogno was actually ever performed in Mozart’s lifetime.  The piece was originally commissioned to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the ordination of the prince-archbishop of Salzburg, Count Siegmund von Schrattenbach, one of Mozart’s earliest and most important patrons.  However, Schrattenbach died before the celebration and Hieronymous, Count Colloredo was elected to replace him.  Sogno’s score shows that Mozart revised his original version changing the references from “Sigismondo” (Siegmund) to “Girolamo” (Hieronymous) in a new aria for Licenza that comes at the end of the piece, but no contemporary evidence has been located testifying to an actual performance of the work although a celebratory cantata was performed in 1772 which may have been Sogno, although we know nothing of the soloists involved.

The Roman commander Scipio Aemilianus has a dream in which he is forced to choose between the two goddesses Fortune and Constancy. Lisa Larsson (Fortune) and Malin Hartelius (Constancy) are well contrasted as the two competing goddesses. Larsson is all spitfire pyrotechnics while Hartelius exudes grace and charm. The rival recording on Philips has Edita Gruberová and Lucia Popp in these roles – both on excellent form. It also has a fine Scipio in Peter Schreier, who is marginally better than Bruce Ford in this killer role, though both sound strained in places. The supporting cast is good, especially Christine Brandes, who gives us both versions of the final aria. What clinches the matter is the superbly thrusting accompaniment from Gottfried von der Goltz and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra which makes Leopold Hager on Philips seem very tame.
Clive Portbury

Scipione - Bruce Ford, tenor
Costanza - Malin Hartelius, soprano
Fortuna - Lisa Larsson, soprano
Publio - Charles Workman, tenor
Emilio - Jeremy Ovenden, tenor
Licenza - Christine Brandes, soprano

Freiburger Barockorchester
Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre
dir. Gottfried von der Goltz

sabato 1 dicembre 2012

G.B.Bassani - La Tromba della Divina Misericordia

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Sonata for 2 violins & cello No. 8, Op. 5
Tocatta for organ
La Tromba della Divina Misericordia, oratorio

Anna Bessi, mezzosoprano,
Elena Carzaniga, contralto,
Paolo Borgonovo, tenore,
Gianluca Buratto, basso

Ensemble StilModerno
Ensemble vocale Magnificat

giovedì 29 novembre 2012

Mozart - The Complete Piano Sonatas

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Brautigam uses a copy of a 1795 fortepiano with spectacular results. The attack of this instrument is much more defined, (...). His tempos are fast, (...). Recording quality is superb, a(...). I used to think Mozart's sonatas were sluggish and not of the same caliber of much of his other compositions (Haydn's sonatas seemed to sparkle in comparison). With this set, I have changed my mind... truly first class. (Amazon customer)


CD 1
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Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, K. 279
Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major, K. 28
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat major, K. 281

CD 2
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Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, K. 282
Piano Sonata No. 5 in G major, K. 283
Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K. 284

CD 3

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Piano Sonata No. 7 in C major, K. 309
Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, K. 311
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310

CD 4

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Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332

CD 5

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Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K. 333
Fantasia in C minor, K. 475
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor

CD 6

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Piano Sonata No. 15 in F major, K. 533 + K. 494
Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545, "Sonata facile"
Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K. 570
Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K. 576

Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano

Maddalena Laura Lombardini Sirmen - 6 Violin Concertos Op.III

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Tutorial Letter to Maddalena Lombardini (Signora Sirmen) from Giuseppe Tartini.
(italian & english)


Concerto N°1 in B flat major
Concerto N°2 in E major
Concerto N°3 in A major
Concerto N°4 in C major
Concerto N°5 in B flat major
Concerto N°6 in C major

Piroska Vitárius, violin

Savaria Baroque Orchestra
dir. Pál Németh
Venice, 9 Dec 1745 - Venice, 18 May 1818

Italian composer, violinist and singer.
Unusually for a woman composer at that time, there appear to have been no other musicians in her family and she became famous entirely through her own efforts.
In 1753 she was admitted to the Ospedale dei Mendicanti in Venice, not as an orphan but as a musician who would be an asset to their all-female choir and orchestra.
She must have been an outstanding violinist since in 1760 she was allowed to go to Padua to study with Tartini; as the lessons were delayed, Tartini wrote her a long letter explaining his violin playing methods and the best way to practise.
It was copied in Padua before it was sent and by 1770, because of its importance, it was in print in Italy, shortly followed by translations into English (by Charles Burney), German and French. (...) (segue).

A biography

martedì 27 novembre 2012

G.F.Handel - The Organ Concertos Op.7

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 Concertos Op.7

Concerto no. 1 in B flat major (HWV 306)
Concerto no. 2 in A major (HWV 307)
Concerto no. 3 in B flat major (HWV 308)
Concerto no. 4 in D minor (HWV 309)
Concerto no. 5 in g-moll (HWV 310)
Concerto no. 6 in B-dur (HWV 311)

3 concertos

Concerto in F-dur (HWV 295) [The Cuckoo and the Nightingale]
Concerto in A-dur (HWV 296)
Concerto in d-moll (HWV 304)

Simon Preston, organ
Ursula Holliger, harp

The English Concert
dir. Trevor Pinnock

lunedì 26 novembre 2012

De Fragilitate - Piae Cantiones

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The Piae Cantiones (1582) is Finland’s one and only collection of early music and reflection of Europe’s medieval musical heritage. Zefiro Torna performs these beautiful carols, devote and student songs with 15th-16th century instruments and includes a children’s choir. The discrete but charming use of a kantele introduces a Finnish-ing touch to the sound.

The majority of the compositions belongs to the Germanic-Bohemian cantio tradition. There are also links to French, Spanish and Italian sources and to Flemish masters such as Jacob Obrecht. The religious songs — the majority being Christmas songs — are grouped together according to the liturgical year. The remaining songs deal with the transitory character of earthly life, the human condition, the life of schoolchildren, Biblical subjects and the rebirth of Nature in the spring.

Very few collections of music from the 16th century are so strongly anchored in contemporary musical life as the Piae Cantiones are in Finland today, becoming a fixed part of Finnish choral and religious music with the flowering of Finnish nationalism and romanticism in the early 20th century. Variants of these cantiones can be found in Finland’s religious folk music, whilst many composers have also made arrangements of the songs, including Jean Sibelius in his ‘Carminalia’.

“These 24 of the 74 songs from Piae Cantiones form not only a wonderful programme, permitting a variety of styles ranging from pure medieval to rustic and folksy but are also delightful performances….There are delicious and always aptly chosen instrumental contributions, including local colour from the Finnish kantele, and the children sing disarmingly with an ardent, earthly grace, like angelic urchins….”


De Nativitate [18:49]:
Angelus emittitur [1:23], Salve flos et décor [4:16], Verbum caro factum est [2:06], Congaudeat turba fidelium [1:52], Parvulus nobis nascitur [2:59], Personent hodie [1:30], Nobis est natus hodie [2:26], Paranymphus adiens [2:17]

De Passione [7:39]:
Iucundare iugiter [2:05], Aetas carmen melodiae [3:38], Aetas carmen melodiae [1:56]

De Fragilitate et Miseriis [9:29]:
Kurja, paha syntinen [4:44], Mars praecurrit in planetis [1:43]; Cum sit omnis caro foenum [3:02]

De Vita Scholastica [12:11]:
Scholares convenite [3:35], Zachaeus arboris [1:35], O Scholares discite [4:37], Sum in aliena provincia [2:24]

De Tempore Vernali [9:52]:
Ad perennis vitae fontem [2:15]; In vernali tempore [2:42]; Tempus adest floridum [1:40]; Kaikki maailma riemuitkohon [3:15]

Antwerp Cathedral Choir
Zefiro Torna

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