"This is music from the Russian Christmas liturgy, but there’s something about the luminous sheen of the choral writing, and of Conspirare’s fine performance, that is really working for me” - The New York Times (Artsbeat Blog): http://ow.ly/AAA7S
The Sacred Spirit of Russia on iTunes: http://ow.ly/AAAxG Amazon:http://ow.ly/AAAD1
Gli Incogniti and Amandine Beyer’s Apotheoses: Music of Francois Couperin in The Buffalo News: http://ow.ly/Ayaq6
"The melodies shine, played on period instruments against the tinkling harpsichord. The rhythms are clear-cut and catching…Like Couperin, the musicians pay worthy homage to their forerunners."
The album is out Sept 9 (Digital release: Oct 14)! Preorder on iTunes: http://ow.ly/Ayaw1 Amazon: http://ow.ly/AyaDf
Vadym Kholodenko performs at Belmont University in Nashville, TN on September 25: http://ow.ly/AsA8n and at UT Tyler Cowan Center with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra in Tyler, TX on September 27: http://ow.ly/AsAmf
Kholodenko has more US dates coming up in October: http://ow.ly/zNSOO
(via How Do You Improve on “Absolute Perfection”? — harmonia mundi distribution)
"In 1968, Gramophone magazine described The Choir of King’s College Cambridge’s landmark recording of Faure’s Requiem as, “absolute perfection from start to finish”. Cut to 2014: The choir, now under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, is joined by The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and soloist Gerald Finley in the first recording of Marc Rigaudière’s reconstruction of the first complete liturgical performance of Fauré’s Requiem.
The new recording, available on September 9, 2014, has faithfully recreated the 1889 premiere, even using the organ stops available to the organist at the Cathedrale de Ste. Madeleine in Paris. The instruments and techniques used by the orchestra are typical of those used in a French orchestra of the late 19th century.
The Pie Jesu is sung by treble Tom Pickard, in his final year as a chorister at King’s College school. The baritone solos are sung by Gerald Finley, who attended King’s College as an undergraduate choral scholar. Gerald Finley says of the recording, “It is such a joy to sing with the best choir in the world. Being part of this Fauré Requiem, a piece I have known since my own life as a chorister in Canada, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Stephen Cleobury, is a dream come true…” (click through)
(via Pianist Javier Perianes makes his Ravinia Debut! — harmonia mundi distribution)
"A recipient of Spain’s National Music Prize, pianist Javier Perianes makes his Ravinia debut August 20, 2014 performing selections from his latest album, … les sons et les parfums, juxtaposing works by Chopin and Debussy. Both composers are well-known for delicate melodies and rollicking folk- and dance-inspired pieces, which are also the calling card of Perianes’s countryman Falla, whose music will close the program.
Perianes was the Artist in Residence at the 2012 Granada Festival and was in-residence at Teatro de la Maestranza with the Seville Orchestra during season 2012/13. He has performed in distinguished concert series throughout the world and records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi, where his releases include the Latin Grammy-nominated Falla. Noches en los Jardines de Espana.
In their review of … les sons et les parfums, BBC Music Magazine noted “Perianes has the range of nuance and color for both composers, with a warmth of tone and natural rubato. These are beautiful and engaging performances.” …les sons et les perfumes is pure musical seduction. The Guardian wrote, “Perianes plays with a poet’s touch throughout and makes us listen anew…” (click through for full post)