Anima Mea – Sacred Music Of The Middle Ages – Ensemble Cosmedin (2011) {Naxos 8.572632}

Anima Mea - Sacred Music Of The Middle Ages - Ensemble Cosmedin (2011) {Naxos 8.572632}

Anima Mea – Sacred Music Of The Middle Ages – Ensemble Cosmedin (2011) {Naxos 8.572632}
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© 2011 Naxos | 8.572632 | Early Music Collection Series
Classical / Early Music / Medieval / Choral

Anima mea explores the Christian concept of the soul through these masterpieces of medieval Sacred Music. Hildegard of Bingen’s beautifully exalted harmonies represent God’s order in the music of the spheres. The recently rediscovered Erfurt Ritual contains sung music from Master Eckhart’s historical context. These antiphons are performed here for the first time since 1525, along with chants from the liturgy of the Roman mass, music from the Notre Dame School, and a glorious Magnificat. The German duo Ensemble Cosmedin, who take their name from a church in Rome, are considered one of the leading ensembles for medieval and modern sacred music. Music of the soul—gentle and luminous.

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Anima Mea – Sacred Music Of The Middle Ages – Ensemble Cosmedin (2011) {Naxos 8.572632}

Hespèrion XXI & Jordi Savall – Ostinato (2002) {Alia Vox AV 9820}

Hesperion XXI & Jordi Savall - Ostinato (2002) {Alia Vox AV 9820}

Hespèrion XXI & Jordi Savall – Ostinato (2002) {Alia Vox AV 9820}
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© 2002 Alia Vox | AV 9820
Classical / Early Music / Baroque / Renaissance

Ostinato is an anthology which brings together the most representative works of the art of improvisation and of a musical form based on a unique concept of the basso, which is repeated sequentially throughout the compositions.

Following the astonishing success of La Folia, Jordi Savall began work on an in-depth study and reappraisal of the most interesting works created around the basso ostinato. The musical journey of Ostinato, covering 150 years and crossing the lenght and breadth of Europe, takes us from the early works of Diego Ortiz to Johann Pachelbel’s Canon. This recording gives us insight into two types of composition. On the one hand, there are the richly improvised works which were built around the raw material provided by Ortiz, with the added development of a single-voice part (for viola) – such as Greensleeves to a Ground, Canarios and Gallarda Napolitana. On the other hand, we have those compositions which were constructed along the more elaborate lines of chamber music, allowing a free, uninterrupted interplay among the instruments (Falconiero, Marini, Purcell, Pachelbel).

The multiplicity of solutions developed on the basis of the system which is common to all the works included in the anthology results in a disc full of contrasts, variety, verve and surprise.

Hespèrion XXI & Jordi Savall – Ostinato (2002) {Alia Vox AV 9820}
2CELLOS - Celloverse (2015) {Portrait 88843087812}

2CELLOS – Celloverse (2015) {Portrait 88843087812}
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Classical / Classical Crossover / Classical Pop / Pop / Rock / Cellos

The third studio album from the internationally renowned Croatian classical/pop duo consisting of savvy cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, the self-produced Celloverse offers up 13 spirited slabs of rock-infused, classical crossover mayhem that are as elegant as they are downright fiery. Tracks include rousing renditions of rock hits from the likes of Iron Maiden (“The Trooper”), Radiohead (“Street Spirit”), Muse (“Hysteria”), and AC/DC (“Thunderstruck”), the latter of which segues into Vivaldi’s Cello Sonata No. 4 in E minor.

2CELLOS, music’s most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, return with their new album Celloverse. Self-produced by Sulic and Hauser, Celloverse showcases 2CELLOS’ unique ability to reinvent classic rock and pop songs, starting with ‘The Trooper Overture’, a metal-meets-classical mash up of Iron Maiden’s hit and Rossini’s ‘William Tell Overture’. The album also includes their take on AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ (having garnered over 30 ‘million views on YouTube), ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford & Sons and Michael Jackson’s ‘They Don’t Care About Us’. Rounding off Celloverse is the Paul McCartney classic ‘Live and Let Die’, with special guest Lang Lang alongside the title track which is an original song penned and arranged by 2CELLOS themselves.

Propelled into international fame in 2011 after their version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’ went viral following an appearance on Glee, Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser return to their rock roots on their third al-bum, Celloverse. A visually dynamic act, 2CELLOS will create a music video for every song on the album.

2CELLOS playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. They have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out. They have sold out shows around the globe and frequently perform with Sir Elton John as part of his band, as well as opening his shows to rapturous acclaim.

Vivaldi, Tartini & Leclair – The Four Seasons, The Devil’s Trill, Tambourin Sonata – James Ehnes (2015) {ONYX Classics 4134}

Vivaldi, Tartini & Leclair - The Four Seasons, The Devil's Trill, Tambourin Sonata - James Ehnes (2015) {ONYX Classics 4134}

Vivaldi, Tartini & Leclair – The Four Seasons, The Devil’s Trill, Tambourin Sonata – James Ehnes (2015) {ONYX Classics 4134}
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© 2015 ONYX Classics | ONYX 4134
Classical / Baroque / Violin

Violinist James Ehnes has firmly established himself as a master of the modern repertoire and to a lesser extent, the Romantic, so his album of Antonio Vivaldi’s perennial violin concertos, The Four Seasons, Giuseppe Tartini’s “Devil’s Trill” Sonata, and Jean-Marie Leclair’s “Tambourin” Sonata is an unexpected detour into the Baroque. The fame and popularity of these pieces guarantees Ehnes an audience, and he, like everyone else, shouldn’t be criticized for recording them, though his choice of the modern Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the Vivaldi, and Fritz Kreisler’s arrangement of the Tartini for violin and piano, suggests that he isn’t really trying to compete with most contemporary recordings, least of all the various period-style releases.

His interpretations are straightforward, skillful, and serious, and the album is free of marketing gimmicks, so playing these favorites without pretensions of historicity may have been Ehnes’ best angle. Certainly his modern violin sound would be hard to disguise in a Baroque reading, and his comfort level with period practices may have dictated his approach, which is practically spartan in comparison with some of the more outlandish recreations of The Four Seasons. This CD is highly recommended to casual classical fans and Ehnes’ dedicated followers, though purists will have plenty of choices elsewhere.

Vivaldi, Tartini & Leclair – The Four Seasons, The Devil’s Trill, Tambourin Sonata – James Ehnes (2015) {ONYX Classics 4134}

Franz Liszt – Piano Sonata in B Minor, Dante Sonata – Jorge Bolet (2015) {Decca 478 8910}

Franz Liszt - Piano Sonata in B Minor, Dante Sonata - Jorge Bolet (2015) {Decca 478 8910 rec 1983-1985}

Franz Liszt – Piano Sonata in B Minor, Dante Sonata – Jorge Bolet (2015) {Decca 478 8910}
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© 1983-85, 2015 Decca Music | 478 8910
Classical / Romantic / Piano

Here is another recording of Liszt s Sonata displaying absolute mastery, complete insight. With Bolet one is aware of Liszt the transcendental virtuoso who discovered whole new areas of expression within the piano. -Gramophone.

Personnel:
Jorge Bolet – piano

tracklist:
01 – Piano Sonata in B minor, S178 – I. Lento assai – Allegro energico
02 – Piano Sonata in B minor, S178 – II. Andante sostenuto
03 – Piano Sonata in B minor, S178 – III. Allegro energico – Andante sostenuto – Lento assai
04 – Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude
05 – Apres un lecture du Dante (Fantasia quasi Sonata)

Franz Liszt - Piano Sonata in B Minor, Dante Sonata - Jorge Bolet (2015) {Decca 478 8910 rec 1983-1985}
Franz Liszt – Piano Sonata in B Minor, Dante Sonata – Jorge Bolet (2015) {Decca 478 8910}
2Cellos - In2ition (2013) {Sony Music Masterworks 88725409442}

2Cellos – In2ition (2013) {Sony Music Masterworks 88725409442}
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Classical / Classical Crossover / Pop / Rock / Cellos

Legendary rock producer Bob Ezrin is at the helm on In2ition, the second release by the Croatian classical crossover duo 2Cellos. Similar to their debut release, In2ition features a wide array of restructured cover versions including “We Found Love” (Rihanna), “Highway to Hell” (AC/DC), “Bang Bang” (Sonny & Cher), and “Orient Express” (Jean Michel Jarre). The guest appearances on this date are just as eclectic as the choice of material. Helping out are Steve Vai, Lang Lang, Naya Rivera, Karl Jenkins, Zucchero, and Elton John, who is such a fan he had the duo open for him on his 2011 summer tour.

2Cellos - In2ition (2013) {Sony Music Masterworks 88725409442}

Musicians:
Stjepan Hauser – cello
Luka Sulic – cello

tracklist:
01 – Oh, Well (feat. Elton John)
02 – We Found Love
03 – Highway to Hell (feat. Steve Vai)
04 – Every Breath You Take
05 – Supermassive Black Hole (feat. Naya Rivera)
06 – Technical Difficulties
07 – Clocks (feat. Lang Lang)
08 – Bang Bang (feat. Sky Ferreira)
09 – Voodoo People
10 – Candle in the Wind
11 – Orient Express
12 – Il Libro dell’Amore (feat. Zucchero)
13 – Benedictus

2Cellos - In2ition (2013) {Sony Music Masterworks 88725409442}
2Cellos - In2ition (2013) {Sony Music Masterworks 88725409442}