Notes & Reviews:
This special collection was created in celebration of an exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels commissioned by musician and conductor William Christie and contemporary artist Michaël Borremans. Watteau, la leçon de musique, invites the listener to discover the music that is ever-present in the works of Antoine Watteau, an early eighteenth-century painter known for his fêtes galantes - paintings of the upper class in idealized natural settings, often playing or listening to music. Watteau was also friends with many musicians and was able to accurately capture their movements in his work. Featuring works by Lully, Vivaldi, Couperin and other contemporaries, this release invokes the unbreakable link between art and music. Performers include René Jacobs, William Christie, Bernarda Fink and Paul O'Dette.
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Lassus: Requiem, Music For Easter Sunday
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3; Symphonic Dances / Leonard Slatkin, Detroit SO
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1; Sonata for Cello and Piano / Emmanuell Bertrand, cello; Pascal Amoyel, piano
Balalaika Favourites! - Classic recordings of Russian Folk tunes / Osipov State Russian Folk
Masters of the Modern Age, Vol. 1: Music from the Time of Degas, Cezanne, and Van Gogh / Various artists
Wolfgang Rihm: Symphony "Near Far"; Hans Begemann, baritone; Luzerner Sinfonieorchester; James Graffigan
In Rhythm - works for clarinet & piano by Gershwin, Templeton, Copland, Reich, Bernstein / Sebastian Manz, clarinet; Martin Klett, piano
Three Centuries of Organ Music at Notre Dame, Paris - works by Séjean, Daquin, Guilmant, Vierne, Leguay, Cochereau / Olivier Latry, organ
Claudio Abbado: The Decca Years [7 CDs]