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International Classical Music Awards

ICMA 2018

Grattis alla vinnare av International Classical Music Awards, ICMA 2018!

Först och främst skivmärket ALPHA CLASSICS som utnämns till Label of the year (BIS vann utmärkelsen förra året och 2016 var det Harmonia Mundi).

ICMA:s internationella och oberoende juryn har även valt ut förra årets bästa klassiska album i 15 olika kategorier. Som exempel prisas Sveriges Grand Maestro, Herbert Blomstedt, för sin Beethovenbox (Accentus).

ICMA-galan äger rum den 6 april.
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Image ARTIST OF THE YEAR WINNER 2018: Manfred Honeck

Manfred Honeck leads the prestigious Wiener Symphoniker on a musical journey through Austria. For more than 40 years the Wiener Symphoniker’s traditional Springtime in Vienna concert has been one of the great highlights of the Austrian capital’s musical calendar. Broadcast on live TV, featuring renowned conductors and a bouquet of spirited melodies the orchestra has thus driven out the winter and rang in the arrival of the new season. For the first time ever the 2016 edition, conducted by one of Austria’s greatest present day conductors, Manfred Honeck, has been recorded and is now released on CD worldwide. The CD contains a colourful programme, including the third movement from Beethoven’s Pastoral as well as special "delicacies" from Max Schönherr, Carl Michael Ziehrer and excerpts from Richard Strauss’s rarely performed ballet Schlagobers (Whipped Cream).

159 kr
Christoph Sietzen

We challenge anyone to listen to five minutes of Christoph Sietzen’s new GENUIN release without twitching their toes, tapping along with their fingers, and being seized with the irresistible urge to get up and start dancing! The prizewinner of the 2014 ARD Music Competition takes us on a trip through the percussion worlds of the late 20th and early 21st centuries that 70s groupies would have taken large quantities of drugs in order to emulate. Sietzen dazzles us with his sheer precision, seemingly endless range of tonal colors, and musical drive. From Arvo Pärt to Iannis Xenakis, from Emmanuel Séjourné to Bruce Hamilton – expanded consciousness guaranteed!

159 kr

The Quattrocento is one of the most important periods of European art scene. It is located throughout the 15th century and is the birthplace of the Renaissance. In no unified Italy this century art, dance and music represented the power of gobernants before other regions. So at Alfonso the Magnanimous Kingdom in Naples, were the best Aragonese and Flemish musicians and theoreticians of the time (Tinctoris and Orihuela), a revival of the ancient theater (Sannazaro and Carite) and dance (Domenico di Piacenza and Antonio Cornazano). With first dance treatrises they looked for a humanistic and neoplatonic conception of dance, as a manifestation of the spirit of the movement. Often princes and courtiers were simultaneously actors, musicians and dancers in the performances or farces. In the Italian courts of the 15th century, including the Aragonese, it is found the perfect melting pot where culture of humanism flourishes.

159 kr

After an album of French songs (Néère, Alpha 215) that earned her a Gramophone Award in 2016, Véronique Gens presents her new recital, this time with orchestra, which gives her an opportunity to display the maturity of her ‘Falcon’ soprano, the central tessitura typical of French Romantic opera, which takes its name from Cornélie Falcon, who created the works of Meyerbeer and Halévy staged in the 1830s. She pays tribute here to a number of composers whose unknown operas she was the first to reveal in projects mounted by the Palazzetto Bru Zane (which also coproduced the present recording), including David, Godard, Saint-Saëns and Halévy. The programme selects arias from all the genres in vogue in the Romantic era: opera (Saint-Saëns, Halévy, Godard, Février), opéra-comique (David), oratorio (Franck, Massenet) and the cantata for the Prix de Rome (Bizet, Bruneau). A nod to Wagner and his Tannhäuser – in its French translation of the 1860s – completes this programme conducted by a longstanding colleague of the soprano, one of the leading specialists in French music, Hervé Niquet.

159 kr
Image OPERA WINNER 2018:

The protagonist of Saint-Saëns’ Proserpine, premiered at the Opéra-Comique on 14 March 1887, is no reincarnation of the ancient goddess, but a Renaissance courtesan well versed in culpable amours. According to the composer, she is ‘a damned soul for whom true love is a forbidden fruit; as soon as she approaches it, she experiences torture’. Yet for all the innocence of her rival Angiola, the unexpected happens: ‘It is the bloodthirsty beast that is admirable; the sweet creature is no more than pretty and likeable.’ Visibly enraptured by this delight in horror, Saint-Saëns indulges in unprecedented orchestral modernity, piling on the dissonances beneath his characters’ cries of rage or despair. He concluded thus: ‘Proserpine is, of all my stage works, the most advanced in the Wagnerian system.’ The least-known, too, and one which it was high time to reveal to the public, in its second version, revised in 1899.

359 kr
Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (3 CD)

Martinu has suffered the fate of not enjoying the same popularity and wide appeal like Bedrich Smetana, Antonin Dvorak und Leos Janacek on the podium. This often goes so far that his singular skill is referred to, but that the wealth of his oeuvre in all the salient genres is hardly familiar. For decades, Martinu had shied away from composing a symphony. The first one was finally to be written in the USA in 1942, followed by another one every year until 1946 (the sixth was only added to the work catalogue in 1953). For this reason, there is sometimes talk of the ‘American’ symphonies. The symphonies do mirror the events of the time, but at the same time long passages must be regarded as absolute music.

299 kr
Tapiola, En Saga & Eight Songs

This new release by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu is an all-Sibelius programme featuring internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. The album includes two major tone poems by Jean Sibelius (1865–1957), Tapiola and En Saga, combined with a set of songs orchestrated by Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935) in 2015.

Sibelius’ tone poem Tapiola, written shortly after the 7th Symphony, may be regarded as the culmination of a period that began with the Fifth Symphony, a period where Sibelius created music that grew organically out of tiny germs into huge processes. It was completed in 1926 and remained Sibelius’s last great orchestral work. In Tapiola, Sibelius appears to equate the primacy of nature with the value of art for its own sake, the unattainable truths of which remain uneroded by time or by the shifting ideals of mankind. Sibelius stated to his private secretary: “My inspiration for Tapiola came wholly from nature, or even more accurately from something inexpressible in words.”

The genesis of En Saga, originally premiered in 1892, is also shrouded in mystery, and even later in life Sibelius was reluctant to go into any detail regarding its content. It is among Sibelius’ earliest orchestral works, and its original title in Swedish, En saga, refers to ancient Nordic tales of heroes and gods. Although En saga is among the most popular works by Sibelius today, the premiere of the work was not a success and Sibelius revised the score in 1902.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth in 2015 composer Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935) orchestrated a cycle of songs for mezzosoprano Anne Sophie von Otter. This cycle of eight songs contains several less known songs in a cavalcade juxtaposing human emotions and innermost thoughts with the natural environment and experiences in nature.

159 kr
The Complete Symphonies (5 CD)

In celebration of Herbert Blomstedt’s 90th Birthday in July 2017, Accentus Music will release a new Beethoven cycle that captures the spirit of the long-standing partnership between the legendary conductor laureate and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Along with the complete cycle of symphonies on five CDs – live recordings made at the Leipzig Gewandhaus between May 2014 and March 2017 – filmed productions of the 2015 New Year’s Eve concert of Beethoven’s Ninth, the Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7, the Triple Concerto and the Symphony No. 5 are available and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray to complement the cycle.

539 kr
Sviatoslav Richter plays Schubert 1949-1963 (10 CD

The present Edition of Richter’s Schubert interpretations from 1948 to 1964 has some CD premieres to offer, taken from hitherto unreleased live recordings. One is the two movement version of the Piano Sonata no. 6 in E minor D566. The Moscow live recording from 1958 also shows that Richter is one of the very few pianists of note to have played both versions, the other being in three movements. That also applies to the shortened (Urtext) and full (ed. Brahms) versions of Impromptu no. 1 D946 and the largely unknown original version of the third Impromptu of D899 (in G major) and the popular version in G flat. Then there is the never officially published recording of the unfinished Sonata no. 15 D840, nicknamed 'Reliquie' in the mistaken belief that it was Schubert’s last sonata.

Schubert was a true lieder composer, and his piano works too have song-like character. This Edition accordingly includes Sviatoslav Richter 'accompanying' at the piano. The six Schubert songs recorded in 1953 and sung – in Russian – by his lifelong companion, soprano Nina Dorliac, are a genuine rarity. The same CD (no. 9 of this Edition) features another fine example of Richter the great solo artist as a team player, joining composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) in the Eight Variations in A flat D813 for piano duet.

409 kr
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