ALPHA & OMEGA

ALPHA & OMEGA

The Romanian-born composer Iannis Xenakis, of Greek parentage, settled finally in Paris in 1947, taking out French citizenship. After earlier scientific training in Athens, he was largely self-taught as a composer, in Paris receiving encouragement from Messiaen. There is a close connection between mathematics and music in his work and with architecture. In addition to the theoretical writings and teaching of Xenakis, there are a varied series of compositions, from the orchestral Metastasis of 1954, Pithoprakta and Achoripsis, to the…

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BACH Concertos and Sinfonias for Oboe

BACH Concertos and Sinfonias for Oboe

“He plays idiomatically…with stylish decorations. Yet surprisingly he combines his modern oboe with Baroque period strings…Camerata Bern supports buoyantly and though with momentary minor tuning lapses…A fine testimony to an oustandingly versatile musician – most enjoyable.” –BBC Music Magazine, November 2011 **** “a recital of rare questing elegance…The deft, yielding rubatos in the slow movements afford an irresistable warmth which provide a compelling foil to the visceral originality of the playing…this is music-making which can only ravish in its undimmed…

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PACHELBEL April Storm

PACHELBEL April Storm

“The playing is alive, inventive, compelling; and the Canon is heard here in a brisk, fresh reading.” –Sunday Times, 28th February 2016 “Fine music…[and] in Gli Incogniti it finds itself in expert hands. There is depth and sweetness to their sound, clarity and busyness to their counterpoint, and buoyancy to their expression of rhythm and line. They are as able to inhabit serious melancholy…as to access a sense of fun for dances…this release is well worth your time.” –Gramophone Magazine,…

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PANUFNIK Symphonic Works Volume 1

PANUFNIK Symphonic Works Volume 1

“Katyn Epitaph makes a profound impression…the Tragic Overture shows what Panufnik absorbed from his pre-war visit to Vienna and his analysis of the music of Webern…Nothing of its rigour is lost on the impressive young conductor, Lukas Borowicz, who maintains taut control of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.” –BBC Music Magazine, August 2010 ***** “The sound lacks nothing in spaciousness or immediacy…those yet to encounter Panufnik's music could not have hoped for a more representative introduction.” –International Record Review, July/August…

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LES Ballets Russes, Volume 8

LES Ballets Russes, Volume 8

Continuing with Haenssler’s fascinating series Les Ballets Russes, this next volume presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite. When Russian art arrived in Paris at the beginning of the twentieth century, it opened up new horizons for ballet and  music. The impresario Serge Diaghilev collaborated with major choreographers, dancers, painters and composers, who together created illustrious total works of art, some of which are still legendary today. Diaghilev’s ballet troupe, the “Ballets Russes”, had music written by some of the…

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