Asko, Schönberg, Netherlands Radio Choir & Reinbert de Leeuw – György Kurtág: Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Asko, Schönberg, Netherlands Radio Choir & Reinbert de Leeuw – György Kurtág: Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 02:30:31 minutes | 2,3 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet , Front Cover | © ECM New Series

Recorded in Amsterdam’s Musikgebouw and Haarlem’s Philharmonie between March 2013 and July 2016, this triple-album set is a milestone in the documentation of Hungarian composer György Kurtág’s work and also a labour of love. It brings together all of Kurtàg’s works for ensemble and for ensemble and choir.

The insightful and precise performances bear witness to extensive preparation by the dedicated Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble. Conductor Reinbert de Leeuw speaks of “learning Kurtág’s oeuvre step by step, and performing these pieces repeatedly over a period of twenty years.”

De Leeuw consulted extensively with György and Márta Kurtág before and after each session: “There were moments when I was overwhelmed at first hearing”, says the famously-demanding Kurtág, “and we could embrace the result immediately. But sometimes we were critical. The fact that Reinbert always listened to our remarks and re-recorded fragments or even whole pieces makes this publication authentic.”

Works heard here are presented in chronological order of composition, beginning with the Four Capriccios (1959-1970, rev. 1993) and continuing with Four Songs to Poems by János Pilinszky (1975), Grabstein für Stephan (1978-79, rev. 1989), Messages of the late Miss R. Troussova (1976-80), ?quasi una fantasia? (1987-88), Op. 27 No. 2 Double Concerto (1989-90), Samuel Beckett: What is the Word (1991), Songs of Despair and Sorrow (1980-1994), Songs to Poems by Anna Akhmatova (1997-2008), Colinda-Balada (2010), and Brefs Messages (2011).

The extensive album booklet includes all song texts with translations, an interview with Reinbert de Leeuw, liner notes by Wolfgang Sandner and Paul Griffiths, and a statement by György Kurtág.

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Denis Raisin-Dadre & Ensemble Doulce Memoire – Le printemps (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Denis Raisin-Dadre & Ensemble Doulce Mémoire – Le printemps (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 01:03:58 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo

Recréer le chant de la Grèce antique était l’idéal des compositeurs de la Renaissance. Le printemps (publié en 1603) de Le Jeune — sur des textes de Jean-Antoine de Baïf (1532-1589) qui cherche à appliquer à la langue française les qualités métriques de la poésie de l’Antiquité — est le recueil le plus célèbre de “chansons mesurées à l’antique” dans lesquelles les syllabes longues et courtes des paroles sont rigoureusement assignées aux notes blanches et noires de la musique, créant une intéressante asymétrie rythmique. Dans sa préface de la première édition, Le Jeune écrit que si la musique grecque antique fut pauvre en harmonie (accompagnée d’une simple lyre), « la rythmique a été mise par les anciens en telle perfection qu’ils en ont fait des effets merveilleux ». Enregistré par Arion en 1975 (seule intégrale jamais réalisée de l’ouvrage composé de 39 pièces), voici en partie (12 chansons) ce Printemps de Le Jeune dans une interprétation nouvelle pleine de fraîcheur, marquée par une grande variété métrique rappelant les rythmes des danses de la Renaissance. (more…)

Haydn 2032, Vol. 3: Solo e Pensoso – Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Haydn 2032, Vol. 3: Solo e Pensoso – Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:47 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | © Alpha Classics / Outhere Music

Looking ahead to the 300th anniversary of the birth of Haydn in 2032, the Joseph Haydn Foundation of Basel has joined forces with the Alpha Classics label to record all of the composer’s 107 symphonies. This ambitious project is placed under the artistic direction of Giovanni Antonini, who now presents the third volume, after two previous issues that attracted great attention and received numerous awards, including the Echo Klassik Prize 2015 for the ‘best orchestral recording’ of the year. (more…)