CD – Szymanowski / Lutosławski – NOSPR Katowice, Alexander Liebreich, Gautier Capuçon

Karol Szymanowski
Concert Overture in E major op.12

Witold Lutosławski
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Symphony No.4

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Gautier Capuçon, cello
Alexander Liebreich, conductor

Under the direction of its Chief Conductor Alexander Liebreich, the National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio (NOSPR) is the leading ensemble in the country and is one of Europe’s major radio orchestras. As cultural ambassadors with a rich tradition, the orchestra has made its mark through performances of Polish composers, as it is impressively seen on this CD that features works by Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutoslawski. It is the final recording of a three-part cycle of works by these influential Polish composers.

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CD – J. Ingolfsson, V. Stoupel – Gabriel Fauré

“Concert-Centenaire” Vol. III

Judith Ingolfsson, violin
Vladimir Stoupel, piano

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A major, Op. 13
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in E minor, Op. 108

Violinist Judith Ingolfsson and pianist Vladimir Stoupel are both accomplished soloists with international concert careers. In 2006, they began a successful collaboration, searching for new paths in chamber music and devoting themselves to the cultivation of an uncommon repertoire. One of their projects is “Concert-Centenaire,” dedicated to composers whose lives were influenced by the First World War.

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CD – J.S. Bach – Goldberg Variations – Zhu Xiao-Mei – The New Recording

Johann Sebastian Bach
Goldberg Variations

Zhu Xiao-Mei, piano

“In this work,” says Zhu Xiao-Mei, “Bach gave musical expression to life in all of its infinite facets.” The Chinese pianist’s name is inextricably linked to that of Johann Sebastian Bach. For Zhu Xiao-Mei the special quality of the Goldberg Variations lies in the fact that all human emotions and feelings find expression here. “I love them above all else, each day a little more, and I have always wanted to share this love with others…”
Since her first pioneering recording of the Goldberg Variations more than twenty years ago, Zhu Xiao-Mei has played the work several hundred times at recitals all over the world. Through the encounter with the audience she has evolved a new vision of the work, which she is now presenting to listeners in the form of this new CD recording. Continue reading

CD – J. Ingolfsson, V. Stoupel – Louis Vierne

“Concert-Centenaire” Vol. II

Judith Ingolfsson, violin
Vladimir Stoupel, piano
Rebecca Li, violin
Stefan Fehlandt, viola
Stephan Forck, cello

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, Op. 23
Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. 42

Violinist Judith Ingolfsson and pianist Vladimir Stoupel are both accomplished soloists with international concert careers. In 2006, they began a successful collaboration, searching for new paths in chamber music and devoting themselves to the cultivation of an uncommon repertoire. One of their projects is “Concert-Centenaire,” dedicated to composers whose lives were influenced by the First World War. Continue reading

CD – Mendelssohn’s Elias – RIAS Kammerchor – Akamus Berlin

Felix Mendelssohn – Elias
op. 70, MWV A 25

RIAS Kammerchor
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Hans-Christoph Rademann, conductor

Marlis Petersen (soprano), Lioba Braun (mezzo – soprano)
Maximilian Schmitt (tenor), Thomas Oliemans (baritone)

“Never was there a more complete triumph – never a more thorough and speedy recognition of a great work of art.” This was the response of the critic in the London Times to the wildly successful premiere of Felix Mendelssohn’s Elias in 1846. Hans-Christoph Rademann began his tenure as Principal Conductor of the RIAS Chamber Choir with this groundbreaking oratorio. After eight productive and successful years, his final concert in July 2015 also featured the work. It was a “Farewell Performance with Furor” (Der Tagesspiegel), not least because of the impressive performers involved: the RIAS Chamber Choir, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and the soloists Marlis Petersen, Lioba Braun, Maximilian Schmitt, and Thomas Oliemans. Continue reading

CD – Sunwook Kim – Franck and Brahms

César Franck
Prélude, Choral et Fugue

Johannes Brahms
Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, op. 5

Sunwook Kim, piano

Korean pianist Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious “Leeds International Piano Competition” in 2006 aged just 18, becoming the competition’s youngest winner for 40 years, as well as its first Asian winner. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of many of the world’s foremost orchestras and giving recitals in leading concert halls. In this second Accentus Music recording Sunwook Kim compares and contrasts César Franck’s Prélude, Choral et Fugue of 1884 and Johannes Brahms’s Third Piano Sonata in F minor op. 5 of 1853.

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CD – J. Ingolfsson, V. Stoupel – Stephan and Magnard

“Concert-Centenaire” Vol. I

Judith Ingolfsson, violin
Vladimir Stoupel, piano

Rudi Stephan (1887-1915)
“Groteske” for Violin and Piano (1911)
Albéric Magnard (1865-1914)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, op. 13 (1901)

Violinist Judith Ingolfsson and pianist Vladimir Stoupel are both accomplished soloists with international concert careers. In 2006, they began a successful collaboration, searching for new paths in chamber music and devoting themselves to the cultivation of an uncommon repertoire. One of their projects is “Concert-Centenaire,” dedicated to composers whose lives were influenced by the First World War. Continue reading

CD – NOSPR – Alexander Liebreich – Szymanowski, Lutosławski

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Liebreich, Conductor

Karol Szymanowski
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, op. 19 (1909)

Witold Lutosławski
Livre pour Orchestre (1968)
Musique funèbre à la mémoire de Béla Bartók (1958)

The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra is the country’s leading performing ensemble and one of Europe’s finest broadcasting orchestras. Building on a long tradition, the group performs throughout the world as a musical ambassador for Poland, often featuring works by Polish composers – as the pieces by Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski on this CD impressively demonstrate. This is the orchestra’s second album with their Principal Conductor Alexander Liebreich. Their first CD together, also with compositions by Szymanowski and Lutosławski, is already cited as a reference recording, with “thrilling, technically brilliant performances.” (Der Tagesspiegel) Continue reading