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|----- Highlights from the January/February 2017 HBDirect Catalog -----
||Renée Fleming: Distant Light
Distant Light is Renée Fleming's first foray into the hypnotic world of Scandinavian music. The title comes from a poem in a new song cycle dedicated to Renée, here receiving its world premiere recording: Anders Hillborg's The Strand Settings. At once atmospheric, elegiac and unsettling, the work was crafted with Ms. Fleming's creamy voice in mind. Renée couples this with three songs by Björk Gudmundsdottir and completes the program with Samuel Barber's masterpiece, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, evoking the world of summer evenings in Tennessee.
The Complete Symphonies
Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim
Timed to coincide with a complete Cycle performance at
Carnegie Hall which marks not only Barenboim's 60th
anniversary at the hall, but also the first time a
complete Cycle has been performed there in one season.
Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems; Overtures; Requiem
Kertesz' recording with the London Symphony Orchestra
of the Dvorak symphonies and tone poems are widely
regarded as the definitive interpretation of the Dvorak
cycle. This set includes 9 CDs and 1 Blu-Ray audio disc.
50 Classical Masterworks
DG presents a collection of the most essential
masterworks of classical music. Enjoy 50 favorite
melodies from the world's best composers in outstanding
by the greatest artists, symphonies and conductors on
This 35-CD box comprises recordings made between 1966
and 1999 including Piano, Violin &am; Cello Sonatas;
Piano Trios, Quintet & Concertos; Symphonies; Missa
Solemnis; Fidelio; Choral Fantasy; and Triple Concerto.
The David Oistrakh Edition
Concertos & chamber works by Beethoven, Stravinsky,
Mozart, Bach, Prokofiev, Bruch et al
This limited-edition, original jackets 22-CD box
features legendary recordings as a testimony of the very
pinnacle of violin playing.
The Complete Chopin
DG presents the complete works by Frédéric Chopin in a
luxurious limited edition deluxe set, celebrating the
legacy of a composer who changed the history of piano
music. Also includes Rubinstein playing the 2nd Piano
Concerto on DVD
The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met Performances
Leontyne Price, Justino Diaz, Birgit Nilsson, Franco
Corelli, Joan Sutherland, Jon Vickers and other
incomparable artists are highlighted from historic
performances in this remastered 22-CD collection.
The Thomas De Hartmann Project
Thomas de Hartmann (1885-1956), famous in his lifetime
and widely performed in France in the 1940s, is
currently almost completely unknown. His wonderful music
will emerge from the shadows with this 7 CD set of
premiere recordings of music for piano, voice and
Mstislav Rostropovich - Complete Recordings on DG
Works by Tchaikovsky, Boccherini, Vivaldi, Beethoven,
Messiaen, et al.
On 37 CDs, DG presents a comprehensive box set that
brings together for the first time all of Rostropovich's
recordings for DG, Decca and Philips.
László Lajtha (1892-1963): Symphony No. 2; Variations
Pasquet, Pécs SO
László Lajtha was one the leading Hungarian composers
in the first half of the twentieth-century, and his
position as the country's greatest symphonist is
Herrmann:Souvenirs de voyage
Tredici: Magyar Madness
Fine Arts Quartet
The iciness and drama of his great film scores
contrasts powerfully with the reserved and lyrical
beauty of Herrmann's chamber music, as evidenced by this
Boris Tishchenko (1939-2010): Orchestral Works and
Mila Shkirtil, mz; Chingiz Osmanov, violin; Nikolai
Tishchenko was one of the most recognizable and
important Russian composers of his time.
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Frantisek Jiránek: Violin
Gunar Letzbor, violin;
Ars Antiqua Austria
Ars Antiqua Austria is dedicated to musicological
research of Austrian Baroque composers. The abundance of
rediscovered works led to several successful premieres.
Music for the Praise of Mary - Salve Regina
Markowitsch, Vokalakademie Berlin; Bassano Ensemble Berlin
For their first release, the Vokalakademie Berlin and
its director, Frank Markowitsch recorded the music of
Telemann: Overture Suites, Theater Music
Oliver Fortin, Ensemble Masques
The overture-suites by Telemann presented
this recording reveal a man of the theatre, widely read,
curious a humorist and a shrewd observer of the physical
and political world around him.
Complete Violin Concertos
Isabelle Faust, violin;
Il Giardino Armonico, Antonini
Mozart innovated the the violin concerto with humor and
frivolity, which are heard in this delightful
collaboration between Faust and Il Giardino Armonico.
Dover Quartet Plays Mozart - Tribute
Michael Tree, violin; Dover Quartet
"The Dover Quartet have it in them to become the next
Guarneri String Quartet - they're that good."
- The Chicago Tribune
Mozart: Great Mass in
C minor; Exultate, Jubilate
Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
"[Suziki's tempi are surprisingly spacious, but the
dramatic impact of the double-choir Qui tollis in the
Gloria comes across with full force."
Chopin: 4 Ballades;
Piano Concerto No. 1
Seong-Jin Cho, piano;
London SO, Noseda
Winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition,
Cho's first ever studio recording on DG is "...poetic,
introspective and graceful." -Financial Times
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6
Lindberg, Arctic PO
On the present release, it is Christian Lindberg and
his Arctic Philharmonic, based in the far north of
Norway, that perform the symphonies.
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald
Vienna PO, Dudamel
Gustavo Dudamel leads the Vienna Philharmonic in an
all-Russian album which also include Night on Bald
Mountain and Tchaikovsky's Walzt from Swan Lake.
Gian Francesco Malipiero: Works for Strings
Quartetto Mitja; Orchestra Nazionale Artes, Vitello
These three works fundamental to understanding
Malipiero's place in the aesthetics of Italian music in
the twentieth century
Martinu: Violin Concerto No. 2;
Isabelle Faust, violin; Cédric Tiberghien, piano
Combining a distinctive personal language and a
reverence for the legacies of the past, the music of
Martinu presents an endlessly changing landscape.
String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Roffredo Caetani's (1871-1961) Second Quartet is in one
continuous movement using the Hungarian scale, lending a
unity to the melodic material.
Three Concertos for Orchestra
For the 2015-16 season, three exciting international
composers were each commissioned to write a new concerto
for orchestra, showcasing the virtuosity, style, and
sound of the CSO.
Bowden: Orchestral Works, 'Sudden Light'
BBC Natl. Orchestra of Wales
Mark Bowden's first taste of fame came in 2006 when he
won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize for
his first commissioned orchestral work which, rounds out
The Music of James Matheson
James Matheson composed his Violin Concerto
specifically for violinist Baird
Dodge, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Chicago
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