giovedì 9 febbraio 2012

Leopold Mozart and Georg Druschetzky - Musica Curiosa

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Leopold Mozart (1719-1787)

1. Die Bauernhochzeit
Peasant wedding
(Divertimento in D major)
(orchestra with bagpipe and hurdy-gurdy)

2. Sinfonia Pastorella
Pastoral Symphony in G major
(orchestra with alphorn)

Georg Druschetzky (1745-1819)

3. Parthia auf Bauerninstrumenten
Partita for rustic instruments in B flat major
(bagpipe, hurdy-gurdy, dulcimer, 2 alphorns, fiddle, cittern,
tromba marina, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 horns, and 2 bassoons)

Capella Savaria
dir. Pal Nemeth

lunedì 6 febbraio 2012

J.S.Bach - Sonatas

15 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 113Mb

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This winter, celebrated violinist Lara St. John and Marie-Pierre Langlamet, principal harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic, present an album of J.S. Bach sonatas offering a new perspective and performed on violin and harp. The album will be released as an iTunes digital exclusive on January 17, 2012, with a wide release to all retailers on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012.

Always a thought-provoking musician, St. John raises the question of authenticity and performance practice on this new disc. Bach was a prolific composer, but also an inveterate arranger of his own work and that of others. The adaptability of this music, its capacity to be reinterpreted in new contexts, by different instruments, is perhaps its most authentic quality. It is in this spirit that the pieces are performed here with violin and harp. What is the impact on the listener when hearing familiar pieces with new sounds?

St. John shares the inspiration behind this recording: “I have had a lifelong relationship with Bach’s solo instrumental works, from when I was four years old and first performed the double concerto with my brother, to my first E Major Partita movements a few years later. As a Canadian, I grew up with the omnipresent Glenn Gould. Oddly, as a pre-teen, I also developed an obsession with Bach’s organ works.”


Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Keyboard in B minor, BWV 1014
Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Keyboard in E major, BWV 1016
Sonata for Violin and Keyboard in G minor, BWV 1020
Sonata for Flute and Keyboard in B minor, BWV 1030
Siciliana from Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E-flat major, BWV 1031

Lara St.John, violin
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp

domenica 5 febbraio 2012

G.F.Handel - La Lucrezia

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When Handel arrived in Italy he became acquainted with several musical genres which were particularly popular there, the chamber cantata, the oratorio and the serenata. Soon he started to compose his own works in those genres. These works were substantial and he would use them - or material from them - for compositions he should write in his English period.

Handel composed a large number of cantatas, usually - as was the tradition in Italy - for soprano with basso continuo. A number of cantatas were later reworked for alto, and that was mainly due to Elizabeth Legh, one of his great admirers in England who also became his pupil. These cantatas are often sung by male altos, but in the booklet of this recording Dinko Fabris claims they are first recorded here with a female alto. He suggests all cantatas - with the exception of La Lucrezia - were adapted by Handel to suit Elizabeth Legh's voice.


Dolc' e pur d'amor l'affanno, HWV 109a
Siete rose ruggiadose, HWV 162
Qualor crudele, si ma vaga Dori, HWV 151
Fra pensieri quel pensiero, HWV 115
Stance di piu soffrire, HWV 167
La Lucrezia (O Numi Eterni), HWV 145

Sonia Prina, Contralto

Sfera Armoniosa
dir. Mike Fentross

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