Notes & Reviews:
In 1994, RICERCAR released a boxed set bringing together nearly all the works of Guillaume Lekeu (1870-1894), this prodigious Belgian composer who died prematurely at the age of 24. Admirer of Beethoven and Wagner, disciple of Franck, and protégé of Ysaÿe, Lekeu had, in his last compositions, opened a new way that was neither French nor Germanic. It is to this journey that this new edition invites you, starting with the earliest works, written at 15, to the masterpieces of 1893. On this occasion, Jérôme Lejeune has completely revised and expanded the introductory text, which proposes a chronological analysis of the works. Listening to the compositions in this order helps to understand the way the composer's talent developed, and the quotations from his abundant correspondence give an even better idea of the state of mind of this fascinating, highly moving young man who had put this simple phrase as an epigraph to his Adagio for quartet and string orchestra: 'The pale flowers of memory...'
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The Romanic Cello Concerto, Vol. 7: Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (1848-1890): Cello Concertos nos 1 & 2; Tchaikovsky: 'Rococo' Variations (arr. Fitzenhagen) / Alban Gerhardt, cello
Ludomir Róz?ycki (1884-1953): Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2; Ballade Op.18 / Jonathan Plowright, piano; BBC Scottish SO, Lukasz Borowicz
Contemporary American Operas - John Adams: Doctor Atomic; Philip Glass: The Perfect American; Leonard Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti plus documentaries & interviews [4 DVDs]
100 Best Film Classics - Six programs on six CDs titled 'The Great Blockbusters'; 'Classic Movies'; Favourite Movies; 'The Piano at the Cinema'; 'Opera at the Cinema' and 'Baroque goes to the Cinema'
The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol. 19 - Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26; Romance, Op. 42; Serenade, Op. 75 / Jack Liebeck, violin; BBC Scottish SO
The Classical Piano Concerto: Daniel Steibelt (1765-1823): Piano Concertos Nos. 3 "L'orage", 5 "A la chasse" & 7 "Grand concerto militaire" / Howard Shelley, piano
Going Home Star: Truth and Reconciliation, ballet score - Music by Christos Hatzis (b.1953) / Tanya Tagaq, Inuit throat singer
The Time of Monteverdi - music of Agostini, Bassano, Bovicelli, Buonamente, Caccini, Capouana, Carissimi, Grandi, Cavalieri, Cavalli [6 CDs+Book]
The Ligeti Project - concertos, choral works, orchestral works / Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano; Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin; Katalin Karolyi, mz; Heinz Holliger, oboe