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Image L'Enfance du Christ
Robin Ticciati, conductor
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Yann Beuron: Narrator
Véronique Gens: Virgin Mary
Stephan Loges: Joseph
Alastair Miles: Father of the Family

Ticciati cements his reputation as an outstanding Berliozian with his latest recording, L'enfance du Christ, featuring the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Robin Ticciati and the SRSO are joined by a sterling cast of soloists including: Stephan Loges, winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, Veronique Gens, whose recording of Berlioz' Les nuits d'été was named Gramophone 'Editor's Choice', Yann Beuron, who was unanimously awarded first prize in 1996 from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and Alistair Miles, who has been called 'the finest British bass of his generation' (The Guardian).

Berlioz's mighty oratorio was an immediate success and was praised by all but two critics in the Paris newspapers; over 150 years later it is still as popular.

Named one of the top ten young 'conductors on the verge of greatness' by Gramophone, Robin delivers fresh insights and vivid colours into this luminous work. Since his recording debut Robin's profile has continued to build; in 2011 Gramophone voted him one of 'Tomorrow's Icons' and he was announced as the next music director of Glyndebourne, taking over from Vladimir Jurowski in 2014.

279 kr
Image Roméo et Juliette
Robin Ticciat's deserved reputation as one fo the great Berliozian's of our age is evident on this recording, his second, with the award-winning Swedish Radio Symphony. Romeo et Juliette was considered a pinnacle of French Romanticism and a brilliant example of Berlioz's orchestral mastery. The piece is one of the most original conceptions of the 19th century - deftly poised between symphony and stage drama. Robin Ticciati fully communicates the range of Berlioz's imagination; he brings an innate understanding of the romanticism of the music and succeeds in delivering a performance that is brimming with color.

229 kr
Image Vespers 1610
The sonic grandeur of Monteverdi's spectacular masterpiece is expertly realized in this recording by John Butt and Dunedin Consort.

Together with the virtuoso players of His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and a star-studded line up, including Peter Harvey, Joanne Lunn and Nicholas Mulroy, Dunedin Consort delivers the perfect recording to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth.

The raison d'être for this recording was reinforced following a performance of the Vespers at the 2016 Lammermuir Festival which wowed the critics: The Herald called it superbly exhilarating performance whilst The Scotsman stated it is hard to imagine a more exquisite, deeply felt performance.

In direct contrast to the more typically lavish stagings John Butt's preference for single part performance brings a welcome sense of intimacy to Monteverdi's most famous work.

In eschewing the pomp and circumstance John Butt's approach delivers a fresh, modern performance that allows the individuality of the soloists to shine.

289 kr
Image Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6
Their recording debut, Symphonies 2 & 7, revealed Søndergård to have a profound understanding of the great Finnish composer. Sibelius has been a major feature of Søndergård's relationship with the BBC NOW since their debut eight years ago; their widely acclaimed Proms performance of the symphonies was a highlight.

Symphony No. 1 combines the best of Russian romantic orchestration and melodic magic with a distinctive Nordic character and wonderful contrasts of texture and colour.

In the Sixth, Søndergård's detailed reading highlights the many felicitous touches in Sibelius' writing and conjures heavenly tones from the strings in the closing bars.

169 kr
Image Magnificat & Christmas Cantata
Dunedin Consort / John Butt

This is the premiere recording of J.S. Bach's Magnificat heard for the first time within its original liturgical context, alongside the beautiful Christmas Cantata. The first 1000 customers will also receive a free bonus disc of highlights from the Consort's Gramophone Award-winning seasonal favourite 'Handel: Messiah'.

Dunedin Consort recreates Bach's first Christmas at Leipzig (Vespers in the Nikolaikirche, 25 December 1723); the recording opens with a Gabrieli motet and includes organ preludes and a seasonal congregational chorale.

Director John Butt has given listeners an interpretation that will provide a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece and will show the Magnificat in a completely new light.

This recording marks the return of Dunedin Consort's star-studded cast including, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Joanne Lunn and Clare Wilkinson plus newcomer Julia Doyle.

"The sound (helped perhaps by the low pitch of A=392Hz) is a treat for the ear; the vocal soloists are lucid and distinctive, so that altogether this vital performance is not just a genuinely fascinating new slant on a familiar masterpiece..."
Gramphone Editor's Choice Dec 2015

"Dunedin Consort now turn their reconstructive gaze on Bach's first Christmas in Leipzig, in 1723. He offers a similarly absorbing liturgical framework for the musical stars of the Christmas Day Vespers [which] is undeniably compelling..."
BBC Music Magazine, "Choral & Song Choice" Dec 2015

"Another bull's-eye hit from John Butt's Dunedin Consort... brilliantly done." The Observer

"...yet another astonishing triumph...the musicianship is exquisite; the emotional impact is immediate. This is world class."
The Scotsman

Recording of the Month: "This is one of the most enjoyable and stimulating Bach discs to have come my way since ... well, since John Butt's account of the Johannes-Passion. The performance standards are uniformly excellent and the music is life-enhancing...I'm in no doubt that I shall be listening to this superb disc at some stage on Christmas morning."
MusicWeb International

169 kr
Image Songs On Film: The Sequel
Critics and audiences agree, Joe Stilgoe is a gem among classical artists. He has an extremely successful live career, and his recordings have gained him international attention. Joe is a regular at the world’s best jazz festivals, and is always in demand from jazz greats like John Wilson and Claire Martin. His virtuosity, theatricality, and witty audience interaction make him a favorite. This release is Joe’s second tribute to the silver screen, and takes listeners on a tour of Hollywood with themes from movies like Pulp Fiction, Monsters Inc, Whiplash, and Footloose. As an additional treat, he has included a special 1980s melody. “Songs at the piano don’t get much sharper than this.” (The Observer) “…a powerful improviser with an instinctive gift for melody.” (The Times) “A jazz pianist and songwriter of considerable talent.” (The Guardian)

169 kr
Image Lyn's Une
Runner up : 'Best Drummer', Scottish Jazz Awards 2009

"...Cosker is one of the best drummers on the contemporary jazz scene." (O's Place Jazz, D. Oscar Groomes, 2009)

"Young Scottish drummer Cokser has both wit and passion in his playing and, in Scottish music writer Rob Adams' formulation, technically he's already an acknowledged "prince of paradiddles...rim-shot royalty". On this impressive debut as leader, he displays a wide range of influences. The music is largely built around his regular touring trio of drums-guitar-bass, which shows obvious affinities with the sound world of John Scofield: sharp-edged blues-funk is one of the key modes here. But the presence of Smith really opens the music out, and there is some wonderfully expansive soloing over Cosker's soon-to-be-trademark (I suspect) penchant for tricky time signatures. 'Bheki' is a gorgeously cool and soulfully assured tribute to the recently deceased South African pianist Bheki Mseleku, while closing ballad 'When Autumn Comes' - written with and sung by McMullan - strikes a fine balance between folksy open-heartedness and jazz cunning." (Jazzwise, Robert Shore, 2009)

Funky, roaringly passionate jazz. Debut solo album from hot Scottish drummer Alyn Cosker, who is the drummer with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

Produced by Alyn Cosker

Alyn Cosker drums
Ross Hamilton bass
Jason Rebello piano
David Dunsmuir guitar
Paul Towndrow soprano & alto saxophones
Tommy Smith tenor saxophone
Ryan Quigley trumpet
Maureen McMullan vocals

Recorded at Castle Sound Studios on 14th & 15th of August 2008
Engineer Stuart Hamilton
Assistant engineer Ross Hamilton
Mixed by Calum Malcolm
Surround mixing & mastering by Philip Hobbs
Photography by Bob Black
Design by The Art Surgery

169 kr
Image Take My Heart
With tracks by Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Nick Drake and David Sylvian, Claire Martin takes a rare, and brilliant, side-step from her traditional jazz roots. Originally released in 1999, Take My Heart has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue. Claire Martin's eclectic taste, originality and flair ensures this foray into pop-crossover territory, a trend she championed long before Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux made this style an accepted genre, was highly successful. Claire invited Noel Gallagher to play acoustic guitar on Help! whilst other notable contributors include Paul Stacey, Gareth Williams, Arnie Somogyi,Jeremy Stacey, Jason Rebello and Mornington Lockett. Claire Martin co-wrote a few of the songs on Take My Heart, including Pleading Guilty which is Joni Mitchell-esque in style and Inner City Girl.

169 kr
Image Full Flavour
The Full Flavour,the debut album of Ray Gelato Giants,is Vegas-style Rat Pack Swing at its very best.Originally released in 1995,The Full Flavour has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Mixing the popular jump n' jive sound of the golden era of swing with Louis Prima influences and the spirit of Harlem,Ray Gelato is a dynamic and charismatic band leader.The set list includes tracks made famous by Louis Prima (That Old Black Magic and a medley of Basin Street Blues and Sleepy Time Down South),Charlie Ventura (Dark Eyes),Dean Martin,Nat King Cole,and a rare up-tempo version of As Time Goes By.Claire Martin, fresh from being named Best Jazz Singer at the 1995 British Jazz Awards is a guest vocalist,whilst band legend Benny Green contributes the booklet note.

169 kr
Image Moonlight's back in style (songs by Nicky Campbell
169 kr
Image Componimenti musicali
Songs of ecstasy and devotion from a 17th century Italian convent

Catherine King, mezzo-soprano
Musica Secreta

Re-released to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8th March 2016, Songs of Ecstasy and Devotion celebrates the Italian composer Lucrezia Vizzana, whose musical accomplishments have been overlooked due to her gender.

Musica Secreta, an ensemble dedicated to discovering and performing repertoire by women composers, create an exquisite sound with a performance that provides a fascinating musical insight.

This recording features Vizzana’s complete surviving works: twenty finely crafted motets which are both sensual and spiritual.

Vizzana learnt her craft from the Italian masters of Bologna, often in secret, creating works reminiscent of Monteverdi.

The publication of Vizzana’s Componimenti Musicali in1623 was a remarkable achievement having overcome the confines of both her gender and the convent to achieve renown as a composer.

Nearly four hundred years later women composers are still massively underrepresented throughout musical history, but Songs of Ecstasy and Devotion demonstrates why their voices should be more widely heard

169 kr
Image Take One
The Big Screen trio joyfully explores the worlds of stage and screen, swinging through a selection of timeless melodies which enjoy universal appeal.A heavyweight of British jazz, pianist David Newton is joined for this project by Tom Farmer (from Empirical), who has a contemporary approach to bass playing, and Matt Skelton, whose virtuoso drum skills keeps everything moving nicely.David Newton has always thrived on playing material that brings new challenges to his improvisation and he has gone out of his way to do so for this new trio.There is an emotional and visceral joy when hearing these tunes rendered with the care, intellect, passion and excellence that Big Screen bring to the music.

169 kr
Image Breathe Freely
Breathe Freely Ensemble:
Paul Curievici (tenor), Phil Gault (baritone) and Laura Margaret Smith (mezzo-soprano) with Pete Furniss (clarinet), Mark Bailey (cello) & Andrew Johnston (piano)

Breathe Freely is a new opera by contemporary Scottish composer Julian Wagstaff.

Written for three singers and piano trio, it is a chamber opera in two acts set in 1943 against the backdrop of the Second World War.

At its heart Julian Wagstaff's opera is a manifold celebration of human endeavour, history, interest, compassion, and, of course, chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.

It recounts the semi-fictional story of several real and extraordinary chemists who helped to make the Chemistry department the extraordinary institution it is today: Romantic pragmatist Stanislaw Hempel, endearing perfectionist Chrissie Miller and Professor James Kendall FRS, whose book is the basis for the synopsis.

Breathe Freely was premiered in 2013 to celebrate the tricentenary of the appointment of the first Chair of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.

Also included on the recording is Wagstaff's piano trio A Persistent Illusion commissioned to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry, 2011. The title refers to Einstein's observation that the distinction between the past, present and future is merely a 'stubbornly persistent illusion'.

Julian Wagstaff first came to public attention in 2001 with the musical John Paul Jones, based on the life of the Scots-born sailor and hero of the American Revolution. The musical was revived in 2010 in association with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

A specific interest in German history is reflected in Treptow for string orchestra (2005), Wagstaff's most performed work.

Wagstaff enjoyed a sell-out success on the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his opera The Turing Test, about the quest to build a truly intelligent machine.

The Breathe Freely Ensemble is Paul Curievici (tenor), Phil Gault (baritone) and Laura Margaret Smith (mezzo-soprano) with Pete Furniss (clarinet), Mark Bailey (cello) and Andrew Johnston (piano).

Derek Clark's career spans forty years and includes conducting engagements with Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera ranging from Monteverdi to Maxwell Davies.

169 kr
Image Elevate (LP)
359 kr
Image 40th Anniversary Edition
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Sir Charles Mackerras
Joseph Swensen
Robin Ticciati

This special '40th Anniversary Edition' celebrates the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's fortieth year with a brand new recording of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll conducted by Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati.

An additional hand-picked selection of works, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras and Joseph Swensen, from across its decade-long partnership with Linn completes the programme.

Although more commonly played in a version for full orchestra rather than for chamber ensemble, this recording of Siegfried Idyll is closer to Wagner's premiere performance, a birthday gift to his wife, Cosima.

As Principal Conductor of the SCO from 1996-2005 Joseph Swensen made five thrilling recordings in all, encompassing Brahms, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Prokofiev and 'Sibelius: Theatre Music' from which The Tempest is taken.

Composed when Sibelius was reaching the climax of his career, the ambitious second Suite contains some of his most inspired ideas and finest music; it is a mouth-watering addition to this program.

169 kr
Image Creation (The)
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Keith Jameson, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
Boston Baroque / Martin Pearlman

The three-time Grammy-nominated ensemble, widely regarded as 'one of the world's premier periodinstruments bands' (Fanfare), will mark the beginning of its relationship with Linn with a recording of Haydn's The Creation.

Soloists Amanda Forsythe soprano, Keith Jameson tenor and Kevin Deas bass-baritone will join the ensemble and conductor Martin Pearlman for the performance of Haydn's crowning achievement.

The Creation remains one of the greatest works of choral repertoire and has been astonishing audiences since its premiere in 1798.

The ensemble's previous performances of The Creation have received rave reviews, with the Boston Globe stating: 'Boston Baroque performed [Haydn's Creation] with vibrant color and a fleet momentum...and made it a vivid, effervescent occasion.'

Founded in 1973 by Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque is already familiar to an international audience with its critically acclaimed catalogue of recordings.

Boston Baroque's recordings-of which Fanfare magazine wrote 'each one is an incomparable gem'- are heard by millions on classical radio stations in North America and Europe.

Boston Baroque's many career milestones include the American premiere of Rameau's Zoroastre; a Mozart opera series including Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, and the American period-instrument premieres of Mozart's Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute; and a revelatory exploration of the Beethoven symphonies on period instruments.

279 kr
Image My Oracle Lives Uptown (2LP)
Double 180 gm vinyl LP pressing features new, original artwork, a beautifully designed eight-page booklet and is presented in a gatefold sleeve. 2009 release, the eighth album from the producer, remixer and Ambient pioneer. His signature sound - sleek and lush, but leaving a cool slipstream in it's wake - is immediately recognizable. Most of tracks on the album feature vocals, even if they are only textures in the mix - and their placement within the track is planned with a remixer's ear for shifts of perspective. 'This is more of a party record than the previous ones,' says William Orbit. 'It's not a serious, po-faced record, it's not ambient - although it has it's ambient moments.' Although My Oracle Lives Uptown is probably William Orbit's most immediate album, it's so subtly layered that it only reveals itself fully after a number of plays. And like his other solo albums, it will surely be resistant to the ageing process. His vision is idiosyncratic and original enough to not to have to try to play catch-up with anyone else, which gives his music a curiously timeless feel.

529 kr
Image Lord Nelson Mass
Mary Wilson, soprano
Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano
Keith Jameson, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone

Boston Baroque
Martin Pearlman

Boston Baroque's performance follows the leaner, original orchestration of Haydn's manuscript including the original vocal lines (made simpler in a later edition).

Creation soloists Keith Jameson tenor and Kevin Deas bass-baritone return for this recording, having won acclaim for their previous performances. They are joined by Mary Wilson soprano and Abigail Fischer mezzo-soprano.

The Mass is partnered on this recording by Symphony No. 102, the most powerful, brilliant and interesting of Haydn's London symphonies, giving centre stage to the ensemble's talented musicians.

169 kr
Image Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria
Il ritorno'd Ulisse is unquestionably one of the three pillars that place Monteverdi among the greatest of opera composers; this recording marks the premiere of a new performing version by Martin Pearlman.Portuguese tenor and baroque specialist Fernando Guimarães stars in the title role,alongside the internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera as his loving wife Penelope.Il ritorno'd Ulisse was a relatively recent discovery, but following its authentication in the 1950s and revivals in Vienna and Glyndebourne, the opera has enjoyed new found popularity.Martin Pearlman's new performing version benefits from the same attention to detail that has ensured his reputation as a leading champion of period performance. His highly considered approach to all aspects of the score and performance ensure this version is true to Monteverdi's original vision.With a libretto drawing from Homer's Odyssey, Il ritorno'd Ulisse is a riveting human drama with an enviable cast including: Abigail Nims (Melanto), Daniel Auchincloss (Eumaeus), Sonja DuToit Tengblad (Juno), Ulysses Thomas (Antinous), and Marc Molomot (Irus).

? 'It is always a pleasure to become reacquainted with the most under-appreciated of Monteverdi's three extant operas.' Gramophone (June 2015)

UK NATIONAL PRESS: ? Classical Album of the Week: '...emotionally wrenching...Fernando Guimaraes's Ulysses is heartbreaking.' The Sunday Times (19 April 2015)
? 'This performance is technically solid with some fine playing from the orchestra.' The Guardian (9 April 2015)

339 kr
Image Shelter From The Storm
Barb Jungr's profoundly original arrangements of contemporary
American songs have seen her recognised as one of the most
important interpreters of the works of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
• Her unrivalled ability as an enthralling song stylist brings new depth
and insight into songs by Dylan, Cohen, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie,
Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim & Bernstein and Peter Gabriel.
• Shelter From The Storm also includes three brand new songs written
by Jungr and pianist Laurence Hobgood, well-known for his GRAMMY
Award-winning hard-core jazz and partnership with Kurt Elling.
• Of his first major collaboration since Elling, Hobgood stated 'I'm not
just thrilled to be collaborating with Barb Jungr; I'm energized,
inspired, and downright giddy at having matched with a "musician's
singer" - a superb vocalist whose musical intelligence is its own
formidable, evolved force with which to reckon.'
• Together Jungr and Hobgood are an exciting tour de force, skilfully
supported by Michael Olatuja (bass) and Wilson Torres (percussion).
• These 'songs of hope' are a much-needed antidote to today's
'troubled times'; an uplifting message superbly realised by Jungr.

169 kr
Image Say It Isn't So
Say It Isn't So' is a joyful celebration; both of the impeccably crafted songs of Irving Berlin and of the unique partnership between two seasoned performers at the top of their game: Claire Martin and the late Richard Rodney Bennett.

Lifelong friends on and off stage, Martin and Bennett recorded three studio albums and enjoyed acclaimed concert performances in a collaboration that flourished over two decades. Recorded in New York, 'Say It Isn't So' is their last recording together and one of which Claire is immensely proud. Bennett's skilful arrangements highlight why Berlin was widely considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time and brilliantly showcase Claire's assured and expressive voice.

Claire and Richard's previous duo albums, 'When Lights are Low' and 'Witchcraft', received wide critical acclaim: 'their albums set the standard for classic interpretations of popular songs' (The Observer).

169 kr
159 kr
Image Vibraciones del Alma
159 kr
Image Kuniko
KUNIKO's much-anticipated third studio recording features the works of Iannis Xenakis, whose work has had a huge impact within the world of music, and in particular on percussion repertoire.

Full of challenges, from the pioneering mathematical influences, to unusual notation and virtuosic performance requirements, many classify Xenakis' compositions as unplayable, but KUNIKO's unrivalled prowess sees her perfectly realise the composer's vision.

169 kr
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