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Verbier Festival: Best of 2014 - music of Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Part, Chopin, Berlioz, Verdi, Beethoven performed by Argerich, Capucon, Dutoit, Kissin, Maisky et al.

Album Summary

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy"
>Scriabin, Alexander : 12 Études, Op. 8
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Six Morceaux, Op. 19
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Op. 12
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Op. 71
>Pärt, Arvo : Für Alina, for piano
>Chopin, Frédéric : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
>Nesbit, Edward : To Dance on Sands, for 8 cellos
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Matteis, Nicola : Diverse bizzarie Sopra la Vecchia Sarabanda o pur Ciaccona (from Ayres for the Violin)
>Westhoff, Johann Paul von : Sonata "la Guerra", for violin & continuo
>Falconieri, Andrea : Ciaccona (from Il primo libro de canzoni)
>Shchedrin, Rodion : Moscow-Petushki, dramatic fragment for orchestra
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72
>Berlioz, Hector : La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo (four-act version)
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Erato presents one of Europe's most celebrated classical events - the annual Verbier Festival - presenting highlights from the thrilling 2014 concerts. Twenty years after the first festival, the 2014 edition was no exception, with pianists Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Daniil Trifonov and Jan Lisiecki, along with cellists Mischa Maisky and Gautier Capuçon, headlining a long list in which living legends rub shoulders with the younger generation of classical luminaries. The dynamicyoung Verbier Festival Orchestra was conducted by revered maestri Charles Dutoit (an electrifying Tchaikovsky B-flat Piano Concerto with Martha Argerich), Marc Minkowski (Beethoven Fidelio - highlights) and Daniel Harding (Verdi's Don Carlo). The festival also commissioned two important world premieres: Rodion Shchedrin's Moscow-Petushki Dramatic Fragment for Orchestra, and young British composer Edward Nesbit's To Dance On Sands for eight cellos.

Winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences and critics alike across the globe, and has been proclaimed 'perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation' by The New Yorker.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Verbier Festival (07/23/2014).



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>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy"
  • Performer: Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892-1897

>Scriabin, Alexander : 12 Études, Op. 8 :: no 2 in F sharp minor
  • Performer: Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Scriabin, Alexander : 12 Études, Op. 8 :: no 11 in B flat minor
  • Performer: Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Scriabin, Alexander : 12 Études, Op. 8 :: no 12 in D sharp minor
  • Performer: Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Six Morceaux, Op. 19 :: no 6 Thème original et variations
  • Performer: Daniil Trifonov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Op. 12 :: no 1 Arietta
  • Performer: Jan Lisiecki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864-1867

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Op. 71 :: no 3 Småtrold (Puck)
  • Performer: Jan Lisiecki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Pärt, Arvo : Für Alina, for piano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Chopin, Frédéric : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
  • Performer: Sergei Babayan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1845

>Nesbit, Edward : To Dance on Sands, for 8 cellos
  • Performers: Adrian Brendel (Cello); Gautier Capuçon (Cello); Lionel Cottet (Cello); Amanda Forsyth (Cello); Clemens Hagen (Cello); Mischa Maisky (Cello); István Várdai (Cello); Kyril Zlotnikov (Cello)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 :: 3. Allegro con fuoco
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Ensemble: Verbier Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Matteis, Nicola : Diverse bizzarie Sopra la Vecchia Sarabanda o pur Ciaccona (from Ayres for the Violin)
  • Performers: Emmanuele Forni (Theorbo); Daniel Hope (Violin); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Michael Metzler (Percussion); Simos Papanas (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Westhoff, Johann Paul von : Sonata "la Guerra", for violin & continuo
  • Performers: Emmanuele Forni (Theorbo); Daniel Hope (Violin); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Michael Metzler (Percussion); Simos Papanas (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Falconieri, Andrea : Ciaccona (from Il primo libro de canzoni)
  • Performers: Emmanuele Forni (Theorbo); Daniel Hope (Violin); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Michael Metzler (Percussion); Simos Papanas (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1650

>Shchedrin, Rodion : Moscow-Petushki, dramatic fragment for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gabor Takacs-Nagy
  • Ensemble: Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72 :: Overture
  • Performer: Ingela Brimberg
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1804-06.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1804-1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72 :: Act 1. Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?
  • Performer: Ingela Brimberg
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Verbier Festival Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1804-06.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1804-1806

>Berlioz, Hector : La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24 :: Part 1. Marche hongroise
  • Performer: Charles Castronovo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Ensemble: Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1845-10/1846

>Berlioz, Hector : La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24 :: Part 3. Merci, doux crépuscule!
  • Performer: Charles Castronovo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Ensemble: Verbier Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1845-10/1846

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo (four-act version) :: Act 3. Ella giammai m'amò!
  • Performers: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass); Chad Kranak; Mikhail Petrenko (Bass)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo (four-act version) :: Act 3. Il Grand' Inquisitor! - Nell'ispano suol mai l'eresia domino
  • Performers: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass); Chad Kranak; Mikhail Petrenko (Bass)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884