Notes & Reviews:
With the rise of Romanticism, the topics of opera changed from the mythological fantasy of Baroque operas to the fairytale fantasy which graced the French stage long before Romanticism reached other European nations. Initiated by the Palazzetto Bru Zane, this project is built like a universal fairytale, inspired by Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Bluebeard, and others, as set to music by French composers of the Romantic period, alternating between famous composers such as Offenbach and Rossini and little known masters like Viardot, Silver, and Isouard. This imaginary opera was conceived and transcribed by Alexandre Dratwicki for piano quartet and two singers- a soprano and a mezzo, the roles of which are performed here by Jodie Devos and Caroline Meng.
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Sarasate: Virtuoso Violin Pieces / Fontanarosa, et al
Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900): Pineapple Poll; Overtures from The Mikado; Yeomen of the Guard; Pirates of Penzance & more / Malcolm Sargent, Pro Arte Orchestra; Charles Mackerras, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Joachim Raff (1822-1882): Complete Music for Cello & Piano - Sonata Op. 183, Duo Op. 59, Two Fantasy Pieces Op. 86, Two Romances Op. 182 / Joseph Mendoes, cello; Taeyeon Lim, piano
William Humphreys Dayas (1863-1903): Organ Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; Arthur H. Bird (1856-1923):Theme various / Jan Lehtola, organ
Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1812-65): Complete Works, Vol. 5 - works for violin & piano / Sherban Lupu, violin; Ian Hobson, piano
Opera Breve - transcriptions for violin & piano from L'Elisir d'Amore; Porgy and Bess; Eugen Onegin, Barber of Sevilli etc. / Philippe Quint, violin; Lily Maisky, piano
Henirch Wilhelm Ernst (1812-1865): Complete Music, Vol. 4 - Violin Concerto & Concertino; String Quartet, Op. 26 / Sherban Lupu, violin
Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music, Vol. 3 - works for violin and piano / Sherban Lupu, violin; Ian Hobson, piano
Franz Schubert: Piano Trios Opp. 99 and 100; Trio (1812) / Trio Bamberg