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Image Roméo et Juliette
Robin Ticciat's deserved reputation as one fo the great Berliozian's of our age is evident on this recording, his second, with the award-winning Swedish Radio Symphony. Romeo et Juliette was considered a pinnacle of French Romanticism and a brilliant example of Berlioz's orchestral mastery. The piece is one of the most original conceptions of the 19th century - deftly poised between symphony and stage drama. Robin Ticciati fully communicates the range of Berlioz's imagination; he brings an innate understanding of the romanticism of the music and succeeds in delivering a performance that is brimming with color.

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Image L'Enfance du Christ
Robin Ticciati, conductor
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Yann Beuron: Narrator
Véronique Gens: Virgin Mary
Stephan Loges: Joseph
Alastair Miles: Father of the Family

Ticciati cements his reputation as an outstanding Berliozian with his latest recording, L'enfance du Christ, featuring the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Robin Ticciati and the SRSO are joined by a sterling cast of soloists including: Stephan Loges, winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, Veronique Gens, whose recording of Berlioz' Les nuits d'été was named Gramophone 'Editor's Choice', Yann Beuron, who was unanimously awarded first prize in 1996 from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and Alistair Miles, who has been called 'the finest British bass of his generation' (The Guardian).

Berlioz's mighty oratorio was an immediate success and was praised by all but two critics in the Paris newspapers; over 150 years later it is still as popular.

Named one of the top ten young 'conductors on the verge of greatness' by Gramophone, Robin delivers fresh insights and vivid colours into this luminous work. Since his recording debut Robin's profile has continued to build; in 2011 Gramophone voted him one of 'Tomorrow's Icons' and he was announced as the next music director of Glyndebourne, taking over from Vladimir Jurowski in 2014.



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Image Violin Concertos
Cecilia Bernardini, violin
Huw Daniel, violin
Alfredo Bernardini, oboe

Dunedin Consort / John Butt

Dunedin Consort's formidable reputation for performing Bach is set to scale new heights with this highly anticipated recording.

Dutch-Italian violinist Cecilia Bernardini takes a break from leader duties as she steps into the spotlight to deliver a virtuoso performance under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt OBE.

Opening the program is the colourful and joyful concerto for violin and oboe (Alfredo Bernardini oboe) with its supremely lyrical central movement.

Two of Bach's solo violin concertos, each overflowing with inventive detail, and the Sinfonia with solo oboe that opens Cantata 21, follow.

The program culminates in one of Bach's greatest masterpieces - the Double Concerto for two violins (Huw Daniel violin), with its famous and sublime slow movement.

Although Bach was most famous as an organist and keyboard player, he was also a fine violinist; his idiomatic writing and characteristic flair is evident in the many dazzling moments he creates.



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Image Christmas Oratorio
The Dunedin Consort has established a reputation as one of the finest period performance choirs around, under the direction of prize-winning historical performance specialist John Butt OBE.

The multi-award-winning Dunedin Consort has won praise for the natural style of its soloists and renown for the virtuosity of its singers. In addition to a GRAMMY nomination, Dunedin Consort has won two Gramophone Awards: the 2007 ‘Baroque Vocal’ Award for Handel’s Messiah and the 2014 ‘Choral’ Award for Mozart’s Requiem.

Further accolades include: Esther was voted one of the ‘Top 10 Classical Albums of 2012’ by The Times, Gramophone included Dunedin Consort in its ‘Twenty Greatest Choirs’ list and three of its recordings have been named a ‘Building A Library: First Choice’ by BBC Radio 3’s ‘Record Review’.

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Image Bach Orchestral Suites & Harpsichord Concerto
"Full of alert characterisation ... this disc gets better and better." (Gramophone)

A crisp performance of a selection of Bach's orchestral music by the inimitable NBO.

Produced by Philip Hobbs

The Norwegian Baroque Orchestra is gathered from the best players on period instruments all over Norway and the Nordic area -with international supplements. The orchestra has collaborated widely with a number of conductors -most notably the Norwegian harpsichordist Ketil Haugsand and the British conductor Andrew Parrott.


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Image Symphony No. 101 (LP)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Robin Ticciati

Haydn: Symphony No. 101 is the first LP featuring Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's charismatic partnership. To make it extra special this is a 45rpm Supercut, 180g vinyl which gives you everything you love about LPs but more: better dynamics, less noise and a cleaner Hi-Fi response.

Giving a snapshot of Haydn's symphonic repertoire Ticciati conducts the first of Haydn's famous London Symphonies, The Clock , which has its focus firmly on the future. Ticciati's approach takes the best elements of authenticity present in period performances, but with the dynamic range, space, colour and life that modern performance practice brings.

Ticciati beautifully highlights the lines, clarity and shape of the music, a skill he brought to bear in his Schumann symphonies recording which garnered several five star reviews and accolades upon release. Haydn has occasionally been treated a little too tidily by orchestras, but these performances are alive and excitingly fresh.

Robin Ticciati's recordings have received many accolades: Critics' Choice 'Sound of 2012' (The Independent), 'Classical CD of the Week' (Sunday Times), 'Disc of the Week' (BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'), two Top 10 entries in The Sunday Times' Best Classical Albums list (2012 & 2014) and 'Recording of the Month' (Gramophone).


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Image Piano Concerto in A Minor
This new LP from Ingrid Fliter has been eagerly awaited since her previous vinyl release, Chopin: Preludes, which sold out within a year. This 45 rpm Supercut, 180g vinyl provides the authentic sound of an LP with less noise and a clean Hi-Fi response. The repertoire that Fliter has chosen is near and dear to her heart- the evergreen classic, Robert Schumann’s piano concerto. Ingrid rises to the needs that this romantic work requires, leaning into the shifting harmonic textures and technical difficulties of the work. Ingrid came into the public eye in 2006 when she won the Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a few pianists to have received the honor. She is known for her effortless technique and her enthusiasm on stage. Each of her performances is charming and poetic. This also marks the recording debut of Antonio Mendez, a young conductor whose star is on the rise. He conducts the world renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra, who have recorded extensively on Linn.

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Image Solo Works for Marimba
The Japanese percussionist turns to the cello suites and violin sonatas of J.S. Bach for her fourth studio recording with Linn. Arranged for solo marimba, Kuniko gives a unique perspective of these hugely famous and intellectually challenging works. Kuniko’s trademark is her highly sensitive touch, particularly with wooden instruments such as marimba, which gives these interpretations an extremely stripped-down yet natural, organic feel. Kuniko won praise for her performance of Bach’s G minor violin sonata at Leigh Howard Steven’s International Marimba Competition in 1995, particularly for her lack of marimba rolls in the adagio. Throughout her 2016 series of concerts (‘Reich at 80’ and ‘Bach To Contemporary Music’) Kuniko has performed works from the new album giving fans worldwide a chance to hear these works live. This is an exciting new take on these perpetually popular works. Kuniko is a soloist who is recognised around the world for her astonishing virtuosity, exquisite musical insight and expressive yet elegant performance style. She is renowned for her flawless technique when playing both keyboard and percussion instruments, which blends seamlessly with her profound musical intelligence. Kuniko’s debut kuniko plays reich was acclaimed by the media becoming Linn’s bestselling album of 2011, whilst cantus entered the Top 10 of the Official UK Specialist Classical Chart and Xenakis: IX was nominated in the Contemporary Music and Recording categories at Japan’s Record Academy Awards. Kuniko has performed in America, France, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, UK, Belgium, Canada, Portugal and Australia. Kuniko endorses Adams Musical Instruments and Pearl Musical Instruments worldwide.

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Image A Christmas Festival
This new recording captures the magic of the season as the RSNO and its Junior Chorus deliver a perfect selection of classic festive favourites in A Christmas Festival. These charming performances show why their joyous, fun-packed Christmas concerts, conducted by the inimitable Christopher Bell, are always a highlight of the Scottish seasonal calendar. The well-chosen programme finds traditional favourites, such as Jingle Bells, In A Cottage In A Wood and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, sitting harmoniously alongside contemporary tunes from Michael Head and Howard Blake (The Snowman, The Bear). An unexpected but brilliant instrumental mash-up up of The Little Dummer Boy with Ravel’s Bolero gives centre-stage to the award-winning RSNO. Two fantastic medleys provide a one stop shop of Christmas tunes both old and new which you’ll be hard pressed not to join in with! At turns rousing, sentimental, cheering and familiar this is the perfect present this Christmas.

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Image Complete Consort Music
This recording from the award-winning viol consort focuses on an important 16th century composer and radical thinker Christopher Tye.

The English composer is especially bold in his metrical and harmonic experiments embraced within his mystical but surprisingly approachable instrumental works.

There are pieces depicting the biblical Rachel weeping for her children, an In Nomine counted in lengths of five beats (unheard of before the nineteenth century) and obsessional works such as Sit Fast which test the rhythmic skills of musicians with passages of dizzyingly modernist metrical complexity.

Phantasm take a radically different approach to previous recordings,delivering a performance that brings out the music's ceaseless energy, rhythmic articulation, and provocative harmonies in short,one that highlights Tye's insights as music for today.

Phantasm will perform works by Christopher Tye at Austria's Trigonale Festival and London's Wigmore Hall in September and October 2017 respectively.

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Image Vespers 1610
The sonic grandeur of Monteverdi's spectacular masterpiece is expertly realized in this recording by John Butt and Dunedin Consort.

Together with the virtuoso players of His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and a star-studded line up, including Peter Harvey, Joanne Lunn and Nicholas Mulroy, Dunedin Consort delivers the perfect recording to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth.

The raison d'être for this recording was reinforced following a performance of the Vespers at the 2016 Lammermuir Festival which wowed the critics: The Herald called it superbly stylish...an exhilarating performance whilst The Scotsman stated it is hard to imagine a more exquisite, deeply felt performance.

In direct contrast to the more typically lavish stagings John Butt's preference for single part performance brings a welcome sense of intimacy to Monteverdi's most famous work.

In eschewing the pomp and circumstance John Butt's approach delivers a fresh, modern performance that allows the individuality of the soloists to shine.

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Image Edinburgh 1742: Barsanti & Handel
The popular Ensemble Marsyas returns with a diverse programme of concerti, wind music and Scottish songs by composers Francesco Barsanti and George Frideric Handel, centred around the music composed for The Edinburgh Musical Society. Horn soloists Alec Frank-Gemmill and Joseph Walters take centre stage in Handel’s Concerto for French horns, exemplifying the extraordinary vogue for horn music at this time. Timpanist Alan Emslie joins them for Barsanti’s Concerti grossi Op. 3, an unusual concertino comprising timpani and natural horns. Barsanti’s four ‘Old Scots Tunes’, notable as one of the first examples of Scottish Traditional music to be faithfully transcribed, introduces fiddle player Colin Scobie. Completing the programme is Handel’s aria ‘Sta nell’Ircana’ from Alcina, featuring mezzo-soprano Emilie Renard, and the March for wind band, HWV 346. The recording, which will be launched at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival, is a fine addition to the group’s discography. The Edinburgh based chamber group comprises the best of a new generation of musicians specialising in early music across Europe. Ensemble Marsyas has appeared at Wigmore Hall, the Gottingen Handel Festival, the East Neuk and Lammermuir Festivals, the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival and the Zelenka Festival in Prague. Ensemble Marsyas’ previous recordings of Zelenka, Fasch and Handel each received several five star reviews. Peter Whelan is the founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble Marsyas and is in constant demand as both a performer and director. Principal bassoon in both the Scottish Chamber and Mahler Chamber Orchestras, Whelan is equally at home on modern and historical instruments with a diverse repertoire spanning over 400 years.

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Image Cello works by Haydn, Couperin and Monn
Corinne Morris’s debut concerto recording is a landmark in a career shaped by extraordinary talent and remarkable determination. This evocatively titled recording reflects Corinne’s inspirational journey through a career-halting injury and back out the other side. An invitation to perform with the renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra in summer 2016 revealed an instant rapport; Corinne’s recording partner was secured. Chrysalis marks Corinne’s return to form, as she takes centre stage in concertos by Monn and Haydn plus Couperin’s Pieces en Concert. Corinne returns to Monn’s original notes for her performance of the concerto made famous by Jacqueline Du Pre. In staying true to the composer’s intentions Corinne creates a purposeful and stylistic journey towards the Haydn Concerto. Overcoming the technical challenges presented by the Haydn concerto is of particular significance for the indomitable cellist. The personalized cadenzas are a fitting representation of her inspirational return to her virtuosic best.

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Image Liszt Transfigured - Operatic Fantasies for Piano
The hugely talented pianist makes his recording debut with the phenomenally difficult Liszt transcriptions of well-known opera melodies. A broad and thoughtful musician, Chiyan Wong’s special interest in the music of Franz Liszt, has led to him perfecting his own editions of these popular operatic fantasies. Following Liszt’s own advice regarding transcriptions, Wong concentrates on communicating the spirit and intention of the music whilst applying his own personal touches. A decade of performing Réminiscences de ‘Don Juan’ de Mozart has created a most effective version, whilst Wong adds a new coda to Fantasie über Themen aus Mozarts Figaro und Don Giovanni in a fitting tribute to Liszt’s pupil Carl Tausig. Wong has performed Liszt around the world: in Hong Kong as part of the composer’s bicentenary celebrations, in London at his Wigmore Hall debut, and in concert for the Liszt Society in Europe. Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with not just the sincerity and sheer authority of his playing, but is also fêted by critics and colleagues as a rising star of the piano world. Wong was the sole recipient of the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007 and won First Prize at the Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition in 2011. In addition, he has been awarded prizes by the Hattori Foundation in London, the International Piano Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine and the Premio Liszt in Parma. He is a recipient of the Postgraduate Performance Award by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the ABRSM Macklin Bursary. Wong has performed in Singapore, Italy, France, Germany and the UK and will return to the Singapore International Piano Festival in 2017.

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Image A Soldier's Tale
The fifth recording from the talented students of London’s Royal Academy pairs Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale with music by Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies. For his debut recording with Linn, conductor Oliver Knussen has assembled an impressive cast of contemporary composers for The Soldier’s Tale: Harrison Birtwistle as the soldier and George Benjamin as the Devil, with actress Dame Harriet Walter as the narrator. The longest work on this disc, The Soldier’s Tale mixes fiendishly difficult changes of time signature with Stravinsky’s newly discovered love of jazz with melodies which echo his larger pre-war scores. It is also a work that demonstrates immense clarity and moving simplicity at times, and a sardonic wit at others. With such a starry cast this recording will be of particular interest to those with an interest in contemporary music, especially considering the addition of two new Birtwistle world premiere versions of Chorale from a Toy Shop written specially for the recording. The rest of the programme includes an exquisite Knussen arrangement of Maxwell Davies’ Canon ad honorem Igor Stravinsky, intermixed with Stravinsky’s own late commemorative miniatures. One of the pre-eminent composer-conductors in the world today, Oliver Knussen CBE is presently Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music. The recipient of many honours and awards, including the Nemmers Prize in 2006 and the RPS Conductor Award in 2009, he has served as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival (1983–98), Head of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center (1986–93), Principal Guest Conductor of the Hague Residentie Orchestra (1993–97), Music Director of the London Sinfonietta (1998–2002) and Artist-in-Association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (2009–14). In 2012 his sixtieth birthday was celebrated with special events in Aldeburgh, Amsterdam, Birmingham, London and Tanglewood and he has recorded more than fifty CDs for labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Virgin and NMC.

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Image Sonatas and Partitas, BWV1001-1006
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello

With two Gramophone Awards to his name and a reputation synonymous with excellence, Markku Luolajan-Mikkola is a musician who is at the top of his profession.

With an established fan base built over his two decades with viol consort Phantasm, Luolajan-Mikkola makes his solo Linn debut in style, tackling what is considered the pinnacle of Bach's output for violinists: the Sonatas and Partitas.

Transcribing these hugely popular works for cello, especially one in Baroque set-up, was not without its risks, although performing on Baroque cello also offers compelling advantages.

Luolajan-Mikkola takes his interpretative cue from the set-up of the Baroque instrument, which informs such issues as tuning, vibrato, fingering and articulation.

Performing the Sonatas and Partitas on the cello is so challenging that it is almost impossible to imagine a cellist of Bach's day playing them, but Luolajan-Mikkola rises to the challenge with aplomb.

Luolajan-Mikkola's main aim in this recording has been to capture emotion and convey expression according to the respective key and character of each movement, which he achieves in spades.


kr 289
Image Symphony No. 6 / Cello Concerto
Maximilian Hornung, cello
Royal Scottish National Orchestra / José Serebrier

Conducting legend José Serebrier, together with the RSNO, performs a programme of works by the hugely influential American composer Samuel Adler, including the world premiere of his Sixth Symphony.

For those unfamiliar with Adler’s catalogue, this album is a great entrance point; for those who are, it adds a valuable first hearing of his Symphony No. 6 which is dynamic and full of energy.

These works are benchmarks of contemporary American composition: monumental in scale and embracing a wide expressive spectrum with ease and visceral power, Adler merges twenty-first century ebullience with an almost classical economy and balance.

In his Concerto For Cello And Orchestra, Adler celebrates all aspects of the instrument, creating a wide emotional and expressive palette for young cellist Maximilian Hornung, who excels as the soloist.

Drifting On Wind And Currents, a memorial tone-poem inspired by the poetry of Louise Glück, rounds off this album of classical music which, while challenging, is rewarding at every turn.

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Image Apollo e Dafne
Apollo e Dafne, composed by George Frideric Handel in 1709, is a secular cantata, and one of Handel’s most ambitious cantatas. The success of this work was indicative of Handel’s outstanding operatic career which would soon follow its release. Vocal soloists Mhairi Lawson, soprano, and Callum Thorpe, bass, join the ensemble for the cantata. This release also includes two recital pieces for wind band, which shows Ensemble Marsyas’ instrumentalists’ great talent. Ensemble Marsyas is an Edinburgh based chamber group which is made up of the best of this generation of musicians who specialize in European early music. “…this music positively flourishes in the hands of the Ensemble Marsyas.” (BBC Music Magazine) “…the whole group plays with uncanny rap pot… a stream of unalloyed listening pleasure.” (Early Music Today)

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Image The Masque of Moments
Elizabeth Kenny’s Theatre of the Ayre reveals some of the most extraordinary music of the 17th century on The Masque of Moments, their debut recording for Linn. Focusing on the ‘Ayre’, the central part of a Masque, it offers a fascinating glimpse of the audacious and experimental virtuosity that is often absent from our image of English music of this time. Inspired by the achievements of the ‘Lutes and Voices’, Kenny developed The Masque of Moments in 2015, highlighting the glories of little-known vocal music from the Jacobean and Caroline masque. The ‘Lutes’’plucked sound world, of which this recording gives a hint, reflects a cornucopia of sounds used to create everything from a tavern scene to a reflection of paradise. The ‘Voices’ come courtesy of Sophie Daneman, William Purefoy, Ian Wicks, Nicholas Mulroy, Giles Underwood, Rosanna Wicks and Salisbury Cathedral Choir. Founded in 2007, Theatre of the Ayre is Elizabeth Kenny’s platform for bringing dramatically-minded singers and players together to create inspirational programmes of 17th century music. They have performed in and broadcast from major Festivals across the UK, Belgium and Germany. Their performances relish the shift from sublime tragedy to knockabout comedy that is ever-present in 17th century music. Lutes&Ukes, Theatre of the Ayre’s groundbreaking collaboration with members of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, has become known to audiences as a ‘genre-crashing supergroup’ following tours in 2013 and 2015. Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lute players and has played with many of the world’s best period instrument groups, including Les Arts Florissants and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. ‘This early music ensemble has made an asset of obscurity. Its weapons: a freshness of approach and a quasi-improvisatory freedom of delivery.’ FT ‘It’s not often you witness a player attacking their instrument with a bottleneck while another strokes theirs with a quill… both created sublime musical expressions of melancholy.’ The Guardian ‘Theatre of the Ayre…compellingly dramatizing the French Baroque in vocal and instrumental prowess.’ The Times

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Image Mary Star Of The Sea
Gothic Voices, the world-famous early music ensemble, makes its Linn debut with a recording celebrating the biblical matriarch Mary. Pieces from contemporary composers Joanne Metcalf and Andrew Smith sit alongside setting of Marian texts from the 13th and 14th centuries. Notably, there is a rare setting of English biblical text which precedes the first publication of an English language bible by 150 years. Mary in her various guises – caring mother, virgin lover, guiding light – are explored through settings of ancient ritualistic texts showing her mythical and human aspects, whilst contemporary settings relate the themes to the modern day. The contemporary works are cleverly constructed around a modal core so that they fit perfectly with the structure and sound of the early music compositions. With over thirty years experience Gothic Voices’ complete understanding of every aspect of early music performance is exceptional. Throughout its career Gothic Voices has been world-renowned for the excellence, refinement and spirituality of its performances of medieval music and has appeared throughout Europe and in the Americas. Originally founded in 1980 by the scholar and musician Christopher Page, Gothic Voices has gone on to release over twenty recordings, three of which won the coveted Gramophone Early Music Award. With imaginative programmes using voices in varying combinations to produce authoritative performances of great beauty, Gothic Voices has won the appreciation of audiences all over the world. Gothic Voices’ wonderfully evocative sound world resulted in over a million sales of its debut featuring the music of Hildegard of Bingen.

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Image 40th Anniversary Edition
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Sir Charles Mackerras
Joseph Swensen
Robin Ticciati

This special '40th Anniversary Edition' celebrates the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's fortieth year with a brand new recording of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll conducted by Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati.

An additional hand-picked selection of works, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras and Joseph Swensen, from across its decade-long partnership with Linn completes the programme.

Although more commonly played in a version for full orchestra rather than for chamber ensemble, this recording of Siegfried Idyll is closer to Wagner's premiere performance, a birthday gift to his wife, Cosima.

As Principal Conductor of the SCO from 1996-2005 Joseph Swensen made five thrilling recordings in all, encompassing Brahms, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Prokofiev and 'Sibelius: Theatre Music' from which The Tempest is taken.

Composed when Sibelius was reaching the climax of his career, the ambitious second Suite contains some of his most inspired ideas and finest music; it is a mouth-watering addition to this program.


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Image Tavener Conducts Tavener
Cappella Nova / Alan Tavener

Tavener Conducts Tavener charts Cappella Nova's professional and personal connection with the celebrated composer Sir John Tavener.

Tavener wrote some of the twentieth century's most beautiful choral music; works such as The Whale and Song for Athene, which was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana, ensured he remained one of the most popular contemporary composers until his death in 2013.

Including works from across the choir's twenty five year collaboration, this recording is bookended with choruses from the first piece Tavener ever wrote for Cappella Nova, Resurrection.

It also features nine premiere recordings including A Buddhist Miniature, commissioned to celebrate Cappella Nova's thirtieth anniversary in 2012, A Cradle Song and O that we were there!

A brand new commission in memory of Tavener from his pupil and friend Ivan Moody, O isplendour, also receives its premiere here.

Ikon of the Nativity and Tavener's mesmerising and atmospheric Christmas hymn, The Lamb, with its beautiful simplicity and lush harmonies, lend a timely seasonal feel to the programme.


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Image Metamorphosen & Symphony for Wind Instruments
Two super groups - the strings led by violinist Markus Däunert (leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra), and the winds led by oboeist Nicholas Daniel (whose distinguished career began with him being named BBC Young Musician of the Year) - combine in this, their second recording for Linn. A counterpart to the Aldeburgh Strings course, whose recording of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings launched this partnership in 2016, Aldeburgh Winds offered an opportunity for exceptional wind and brass players to work intensively alongside leading international professionals. Strauss poured out some of his most heartfelt inspiration in Metamorphosen, a 25-minute string masterpiece written as an elegy in the wake of Germany’s destruction in the Second World War. In complete contrast the Serenade radiates Mozartian bonhomie combined with Strauss’s exquisite chamber scoring which provides a tantalising glimpse of the composer to come. The Symphony for Wind Instruments (‘Fröhliche Werkstatt’) adds a third clarinet, basset horn and bass clarinet to the Serenade’s line-up and is very important work in the wind ensemble repertory. The Aldeburgh Strings/Wind ensembles are a product of the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme, founded over forty years ago by Britten and Pears, in order to provide high-level performance training for the world’s best emerging professional musicians. Tutors are drawn from some of the world’s finest orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and direct the ensemble sections from within, in an inspiring dual role of mentor and performer.

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Image Six Sonatas for Solo Violin
Frederieke Saeijs, violin

Frederieke Saeijs' Linn debut sees the Dutch violinist realize a lifelong ambition to put her personal stamp on Ysaÿe's homage to her chosen instrument and its celebrated virtuosos.

With inspiration drawn from the great violin masters, Ysaÿe's Op. 27 has in turn inspired many violinists to transcend technical boundaries and claim their own position among the greats.

In a career-defining recording Saeijs delivers a wholly immersive performance full of colour and flair.

Overflowing with poetry and imagination Ysaÿe's sonatas balance thrilling pyrotechnics with lyrical expression, emotional challenges with ferocious technique.

Utilising a broad palette of tones and dynamics Saeijs' powerful emotional narrative captures the distinct characterisation of each dedicatee: Joseph Szigeti, Jacques Thibaud, Georges Enesco, Fritz Kreisler, Mathieu Crickboom and Manuel Quiroga.

Saeijs performs on her beloved Guarneri violin, which is named after Queen Elisabeth of Belgium 'Ex Reine Elisabeth', who herself played the violin and was taught by Ysaÿe.



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Image Breathe Freely
Breathe Freely Ensemble:
Paul Curievici (tenor), Phil Gault (baritone) and Laura Margaret Smith (mezzo-soprano) with Pete Furniss (clarinet), Mark Bailey (cello) & Andrew Johnston (piano)

Breathe Freely is a new opera by contemporary Scottish composer Julian Wagstaff.

Written for three singers and piano trio, it is a chamber opera in two acts set in 1943 against the backdrop of the Second World War.

At its heart Julian Wagstaff's opera is a manifold celebration of human endeavour, history, interest, compassion, and, of course, chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.

It recounts the semi-fictional story of several real and extraordinary chemists who helped to make the Chemistry department the extraordinary institution it is today: Romantic pragmatist Stanislaw Hempel, endearing perfectionist Chrissie Miller and Professor James Kendall FRS, whose book is the basis for the synopsis.

Breathe Freely was premiered in 2013 to celebrate the tricentenary of the appointment of the first Chair of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.

Also included on the recording is Wagstaff's piano trio A Persistent Illusion commissioned to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry, 2011. The title refers to Einstein's observation that the distinction between the past, present and future is merely a 'stubbornly persistent illusion'.

Julian Wagstaff first came to public attention in 2001 with the musical John Paul Jones, based on the life of the Scots-born sailor and hero of the American Revolution. The musical was revived in 2010 in association with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

A specific interest in German history is reflected in Treptow for string orchestra (2005), Wagstaff's most performed work.

Wagstaff enjoyed a sell-out success on the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his opera The Turing Test, about the quest to build a truly intelligent machine.

The Breathe Freely Ensemble is Paul Curievici (tenor), Phil Gault (baritone) and Laura Margaret Smith (mezzo-soprano) with Pete Furniss (clarinet), Mark Bailey (cello) and Andrew Johnston (piano).

Derek Clark's career spans forty years and includes conducting engagements with Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera ranging from Monteverdi to Maxwell Davies.


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Image Guitar Concerto
Conducting legend José Serebrier, together with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, performs the premiere recording of four works by contemporary American composer, Robert Beaser. Two of the works, Notes on a Southern Sky and the Guitar Concerto, were written for guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk, a noted pupil of Andrés Segovia, who performed the concerto alongside José Serebrier in 2015 and returns for this recording. Fisk describes them as ‘epic works of historical importance in the history of the guitar.’ Premiered by Fisk in New York in 2009, the Guitar Concerto is truly symphonic in scale with virtuoso passages that only a master could write; the variety of styles perfectly exploits Fisk's dazzling agility. Evening Prayer is an orchestral tone poem demonstrating the melodic and harmonic beauty which characterises Beaser’s style. Ground O is Beaser’s own orchestration of an earlier work written within a month of the events of September 11; its power to reflect the enormous sadness of this tragedy is unspeakably moving. José Serebrier is one of the most recorded classical artists in history; he has received eight GRAMMY® wins and forty-five GRAMMY® Award nominations including a Latin GRAMMY® nomination for his recording of Adler’s Sixth Symphony with the RSNO. The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d’Or de l’année awards for Symphonic Music and eight GRAMMY® Award nominations to date. Guitarist Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire; he has performed with the LA Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Pro Arte Orchestra, BMOP, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and numerous others.

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Image Concerti Bizarri
Irish Baroque Orchestra / Monica Huggett

Innovative instrumentation, unusual repertoire and an ensemble with a profound knowledge of historical performance practice makes this Irish Baroque Orchestra Linn debut unmissable.

This programme of 18th century concertos is an attractive listening tour through the German courts, revealing unknown jewels.

The soloists, including Lisa Beznosiuk (OAE), Andreas Helm (Concentus Musicus Wien), Monica Huggett (Sonnerie) and Peter Whelan (Ensemble Marsyas) relish the opportunity to show off their skills.

Alongside the double cello concerto by Vivaldi and Telemann’s concerto for two violins and bassoon sit the lesser known, but equally brilliant, concertos by Graupner, Heinichen and Fasch.

One of the most beautiful combinations is the Graupner Triple Concerto for oboe d’amore, viola d’amore and flute d’amore, which produces an exquisite blend of other-worldly colours.

Wonderfully kaleidoscopic colours also pervade the concertos by Heinichen and Fasch, the latter proving just why Telemann and Bach held him in such high esteem.

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Image HMS Pinafore
Elizabeth Watts (Josephine), Toby Spence (Ralph Rackstraw), John Mark Ainsley (Sir Joseph Porter KCB), Andrew Foster-Williams (Captain Corcoran), Hilary Summers (Buttercup), Neal Davies (Dick Deadeye), Gavan Ring (Bill Bobstay), Barnaby Rea (Bob Becket), Kitty Whately (Hebe), Tim Brooke-Taylor (narrator)

Scottish Opera / Richard Egarr

Richard Egarr conducts the Scottish Opera in Gilbert and Sullivan’s much-loved nautical comic opera: HMS Pinafore. Performed and recorded live at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival to a sold out audience, the story unfolds with additional narration from comic actor and broadcaster Tim Brooke-Taylor. Heading up a cast that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the opera world is John Mark Ainsley, Elizabeth Watts and Toby Spence.

The well-crafted, yet light-hearted story unfolds on the HMS Pinafore as Josephine, the captain’s daughter, falls in love with a lowly sailor (Ralph Rackstraw) despite arrangements by her father to marry Sir Joseph Porter. Sir Joseph is a perfect caricature of Britain’s class system of the day – a pompous and splendidly incompetent man. Nevertheless, this likeable character decrees his liberal views and inadvertently encourages a couple in love to reject social conventions and elope. A tale of British silliness, filled with British humour, ends happily for all characters.

Egarr applies his extensive knowledge of period performance practice to recreate the sound and style typical of the late nineteenth century, a first for a Gilbert and Sullivan recording. HMS Pinafore is rich in comic burlesque, sending

up theatrical and operatic conventions and parodying the Italian opera of the day. The tongue-in-cheek writing is apparent from the opening chorus and the music is equally rich in comic pastiche and styles; ‘For he is an Englishman’ is one of the greatest master strokes.

Climb aboard the HMS Pinafore for a hugely fun seafaring romp!

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Image Scattered Ashes
Magnificat / Philip Cave

Magnificat's 25th anniversary recording, Scattered Ashes, features contrasting and parallel works of great passion inspired by the meditations of the infamous Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola.

These Latin settings by eight great vocal composers of the 16th century display a variety of scoring, textures and harmonic language that is mirrored in their intensity and attention to detail.

Josquin's Miserere, referred to as 'epic', 'massive', 'courageous' and 'bold' with similarities in stature and significance frequently drawn between the music of Josquin and Beethoven, opens the programme.

Josquin's musical architecture, and his sensitivity to the text, combine to produce a work of astonishing delicacy, with kaleidoscopic twists and turns, rich and subtle use of texture and variety exploiting and illustrating the text with a heartfelt empathy.

Both challenging and thrilling to sing, Josquin's Miserere perfectly demonstrates why Magnificat's world-class reputation for clarity, flawless intonation and purity of tone is second to none.



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Image Gran Partita
Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble / Trevor Pinnock

For over four decades Pinnock’s name has been virtually synonymous with the early-music movement and, with a critically acclaimed Deutsche Grammophon discography of almost all the composer’s orchestral works, Mozart.

He inspires fantastically insightful performances of two favourites by two Classical masters performed here on modern instruments with the very best of the next generation of wind players: the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble.

The ‘Gran Partita’ is Mozart’s largest and arguably his most innovative instrumental work; it demonstrates the sensitivity of the colours of wind instruments in a score of unsurpassed variety.

The driving principles are sonority, colour, texture, concertante effects, the juxtaposition of contrasting styles, and the mutability of musical ideas.

Pinnock brings his wealth of experience to his first recording of the composer’s great wind masterpiece.

The nocturnes of Mozart’s mentor Haydn magnificently blend the timbres of strings and woodwind with unerring dramatic instinct.

The work has all the scintillating argumentativeness and wit that one might expect of mature Haydn, whilst the central Adagio is sublime.

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Image Debussy & Takemitsu For Strings
Scottish Ensemble / Jonathan Morton

Fusing French and Japanese influences, SE’s new recording features works by Takemitsu and Debussy, two composers who share an instinctive feeling for instrumental colour and sensuous textures.

SE’s reputation for excellent string arrangements (established with important commissions from the late Rudolph Barshai) continues with Jonathan Morton’s arrangement of Debussy’s String Quartet.

The variety of string techniques and the wide palette of instrumental colours Debussy employed are all enhanced by the larger string ensemble, particularly in the sumptuously beautiful slow movement.

In addition, the attractively lyrical Girl with the Flaxen Hair has been orchestrated for string ensemble and two harps by Colin Matthews.

Takemitsu’s contribution to the string orchestra repertoire includes two contrasting film scores inspired by the French Impressionists.

Finishing the album is Takemitsu’s hauntingly melancholic Nostalghia, with a heartfelt solo violin melody by Jonathan Morton.

SE combines the intimacy and unity of a string quartet with the force and power of an ensemble in this unique and beautiful recording.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6
Their recording debut, Symphonies 2 & 7, revealed Søndergård to have a profound understanding of the great Finnish composer. Sibelius has been a major feature of Søndergård's relationship with the BBC NOW since their debut eight years ago; their widely acclaimed Proms performance of the symphonies was a highlight.

Symphony No. 1 combines the best of Russian romantic orchestration and melodic magic with a distinctive Nordic character and wonderful contrasts of texture and colour.

In the Sixth, Søndergård's detailed reading highlights the many felicitous touches in Sibelius' writing and conjures heavenly tones from the strings in the closing bars.

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Image Kuniko
KUNIKO's much-anticipated third studio recording features the works of Iannis Xenakis, whose work has had a huge impact within the world of music, and in particular on percussion repertoire.

Full of challenges, from the pioneering mathematical influences, to unusual notation and virtuosic performance requirements, many classify Xenakis' compositions as unplayable, but KUNIKO's unrivalled prowess sees her perfectly realise the composer's vision.



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Image Ypakoe
This collection celebrates the music of John Tavener, one of the best known and popular composers of his generation; it brings together performances by Canty, The Wallace Collection, Scottish Ensemble and Elena Riu. John Tavener, who passed away in 2013, was described as 'among the very best creative talents of his generation' by The Times.


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Image Lydias Vocalises
This is the world-premiere recording of Faurés complete vocalises, a thirty-strong collection which has not seen the light of day in over a hundred years. As a trumpet player and recording artist, Jonathan has attracted plaudits from the press; his producing career has resulted in over 200 albums and several awards including eight Gramophone Awards. Jonathan broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and is in demand as an essayist for EMI, Warner, Deutsche Grammophon and other major record labels. Written when Fauré was Director of the Paris Conservatoire, these exquisite vignettes find new life in this performance by a fellow Director, the Royal Academy of Musics Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood.


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Image Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Historical performance pioneer Trevor Pinnock conducts the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble in revealing chamber arrangements from Mahler to Zemlinksy.Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr.Schoenberg) is the third in the series which sees Trevor and the Academy perform and record works which are retrospectively reigniting Schoenberg's vision of performing chamber reductions of symphonic repertoire.The works in this recording transport us to a period of vast musical change: in Mahler we hear nostalgia welded with modernism with Wagner, we hear the sunset of Romanticism with Zemlinsky we hear the seeds of fin-de-siecle Vienna and in all, the extremities of emotion distilled into non-symphonic forces.Arnold Schoenberg's own arrangement of Mahler's intensely personal song cycle is followed by Erwin Stein's arrangement of Busoni's landmark composition Berceuse elegiaque.Specially commissioned for this chamber series is Christopher Austin's arrangement of Zemlinsky's evocative Sechs Gesange, which enjoys its premiere recording here.Closing the disc is Wagner's infamous Siegfried Idyll.? The arrangements for chamber forces serve to illuminate the original scores the clarity achieved in these performances expose revealing new insights.Trevor Pinnock is recognised worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with his own orchestra, The English Concert.2014 saw Pinnock return to conduct The English Concert in a fortieth anniversary celebration concert at Wigmore Hall, where he also gave a solo harpsichord recital. In 'Pinnock's Passions', he curated four themed concerts with guest musicians and speakers at the new candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe.Pinnock's contribution to musical life at the Royal Academy of Music is considerable, with regular conducting commitments as Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy's Concert Orchestra in addition to conducting Royal Academy Opera productions.'Pinnock directs a disciplined and expressive performance...' BBC Music Magazine.'...wonderfully lucid performances, conducted by Trevor Pinnock.' The Guardian.'...the performance has both depth and beauty...' Hi-Fi News.



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Image Divertimenti
Following the success of performances and recordings of Webers Wind Concertos with SCO principals as soloists, the SCO Wind Soloists that feature on this album have since 2012 started to explore Harmoniemusik repertoire. Inspired by the legacy of the great Mozartian conductors of the SCO including Sir Charles Mackerras, the Wind Soloists make a fine contribution to the SCOs distinguished Mozart discography. This new recording includes four of the five Tafelmusik sextets for pairs of clarinets, horns and bassoons, together with the Serenade in E flat major, the first of Mozarts three great wind serenades. The Serenade in E flat major has many unusual features. Its opening fanfare - a series of repeated chords on the tonic in E flat - immediately catches the ear. The fact that Mozart avoids fatiguing the listener with a surfeit of the same sonorities, in music with a necessarily limited dynamic and instrumental range, bears eloquent testimony to his genius. This recording captures the wealth of detail in Mozarts Divertimenti; there is something in each of them for every music lover. Comprising pairs of clarinet, bassoons and natural horns, the players are dedicated to performing each work in a stylish and informed way, from the masterpieces of Mozart, Beethoven and Weber to twentieth-century works and contemporary commissions. The SCO Wind Soloists are: Maximiliano Martín clarinet, William Stafford clarinet, Peter Whelan bassoon, Alison Green bassoon, Alec Frank-Gemmill horn, Harry Johnstone horn. The SCO Wind Soloists have appeared in chamber concerts throughout Scotland. They have also performed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the presence of HRH The Prince Charles.



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Image French Connections
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Malcolm Martineau, piano

John Mark Ainsley's cleverly constructed recital highlights the personal and musical connections of four of the twentieth century's best song writers: Britten, Poulenc, Heggie and Berkeley.

The breadth of repertoire showcases Ainsley's range, expansive vocal colour, expressive voice and exceptional understanding of text. Accompanying Ainsley is Malcolm Martineau, to whom Heggie's Friendly Persuasions is dedicated. The American composer pays homage to Poulenc with four imaginative songs, each of which recreates in miniature a transformative friendship in Poulenc's life.

In 2008 Ainsley and Martineau gave the world premiere performance of Friendly Persuasions at Wigmore Hall, London.

The recital also includes three works by Poulenc: Fancy, Bleuet and Tel jour telle nuit, a beautifully conceived and shaped cycle; considered Poulenc's greatest vocal work it is reminiscent of the great cycles of a century earlier such as Winterreise or Dichterliebe.

Despite French heritage and fluency in the language Berkeley's friendship with Britten led him to set verse by the English poet, W.H. Auden instead. His Five Poems are some of the best of their kind; a cohesive and satisfying collection, Berkeley perfectly captures both the fanciful and reflective elements of Auden's poetry.

Auden in turn re-introduced Britten to the works of John Donne, which Britten went on to set in his Holy Sonnets; darkly moving and highly demanding, they are among his finest work.


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Image Dichterliebe / Liederkreis
James Gilchrist, tenor
Anna Tilbrook, piano

James Gilchrist's latest recording for Linn encompasses three of the greatest examples of the song cycle genre. Moving away from English song into the core Germanic Lieder repertoire,James's expressive tenor voice is ideally suited to showcase the emotional nuances of Schumann s vocal writing.

Liederkreis shows Schumann at his most lyrical and deeply romantic; incredibly Op.24 was his first published vocal composition. Dichterliebe,Schumann's best-known song cycle, is regarded as one of the finest in the German language, notable for its perfect pairing of Heinrich Heine's poetry with Schumann's music.

A prolific and versatile recitalist James has frequently performed Lieder repertoire, most recently Schubert's Schwanengesang and Beethoven's An die Ferne Geliebte at Wigmore Hall. James will return to Wigmore Hall in January 2016, to begin a three-concert recital series spanning two years, performing the Schumann song cycles Liederkreis and Dichterliebe.

James Gilchrist has appeared with many of the world's most prestigious ensembles and under several leading conductors at venues including Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings and Perth Concert Hall. James is sought after for operatic roles, ensemble performances and as a respected recitalist. On both concert platform and operatic stage, his repertory ranges from Monteverdi to new commissions, and he has appeared with, among others, the Sixteen, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and English National Opera. James has previously recorded works by Gerald Finzi, Ralph Vaughan Williams Kenneth Leighton, Ivor Gurney, Arthur Bliss and Peter Warlock and has uncovered the beautiful songs of Muriel Herbert.

Anna Tilbrook is one of Britain's most exciting pianists, with a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber music. She made her debut at Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since become a regular performer at Europe's major concert halls and festivals.


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Image French Reflections
Sivan Magen, harp

For his second recital harpist Sivan Magen performs some of the greatest French masterpieces written for harp at the turn of the last two centuries.

Since the 1900s French composers have advanced the harp to new levels of virtuosity and expression, with growing technical demands.

Caplet's Divertissements features some of the most unique and perfectly executed writing in the harp's entire literature; great technical poise is required to deliver the bold pedal glissandi.

Tournier and Debussy established the harp as a crucial exponent of the dreamy impressionist style; its colours and sonority are key.

A century later Mantovani utilises a breath-taking spectrum of attacks and techniques: furious scalic motives, nail sounds, bisbigliandi, and sudden, shrill fortes which makes Tocar a testament to the harp's more virile characteristics.

Schoeller's Esstal is in sharp contrast; its delicate figurations create a more peaceful mood and demonstrate another side to this versatile instrument.

The programme closes with Fauré's Impromptu which makes use of harmonics, glissandi, cross fingerings and rich arpeggios.

Praised by the press as 'a magician' (New York's WQXR), whose 'virtuoso playing conjures an astonishing range of colour and dynamic' (The Daily Telegraph), Sivan Magen is the only Israeli to have ever won the prestigious International Harp Contest in Israel.

Magen also won the Pro Musicis International Award in New York and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust's 2012 Award for exceptional young musicians.

Magen has given solo recitals in New York, London and Amsterdam; his chamber music commitments have taken him to Paris and New York, as well as several International Chamber Music festivals.

Sivan Magen's Britten recital was listed in the New York Times' 'Best Recordings of 2012', whilst his Linn debut Fantasian was awarded five stars by BBC Music Magazine.

'...Magen uses every means at his disposal to create a compelling emotional narrative that draws the ear irresistibly on.' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Magen seems destined to be the Zabaleta de nos jours, with a paintbox of colours allied to fabulous dexterity and nuanced phrasing.'
(Gramophone)

'Sivan Magen is a dazzlingly virtuosic musician and in this recital disc has set out to show the flexibility of his instrument.'
(Sinfini)



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Image Music for Stings
Under the directorship of Jonathan Morton, Scottish Ensemble adds the Tchaikovsky Serenade, regarded by the composer as one of his finest works, to its impressive Linn discography.Imbued with the classical spirit of Mozart, but with Tchaikovskys style to the fore, the Serenade contains some strikingly effective scoring and an exhilarating Finale the ensemble relishes.SE brings the same level of precision and finish you would expect from a string quartet; this is particularly evident in the elegiac third movement, one of Tchaikovsky's most inspired musical moments.This recording also marks the premiere of Jonathan Mortons 2013 transcription of Shostakovichs Quartet No. 2.Drawn to the works large, epic scale and the richness of its sound-world, Morton was keen for the ensemble to tackle this masterpiece from the chamber repertoire.With his arrangement Morton adds to SEs enviable reputation for Shostakovich transcriptions established by the late Rudolph Barshai.Re-defining the string orchestra, Scottish Ensemble inspires audiences with vibrant and powerful performances. Scottish Ensemble is the UKs only professional string orchestra, built around a core of twelve outstanding string players.The ensemble is known both in the UK and internationally for its versatility and ambitious programming. Performing standing up, the individual layers bring an energetic and passionate dynamic to every performance.Alongside performances across Scotland, SE presents an annual series of concerts at Wigmore Hall and has appeared at BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International, City of London, Aldeburgh and St Magnus festivals.



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Image Magnificat & Christmas Cantata
Dunedin Consort / John Butt

This is the premiere recording of J.S. Bach's Magnificat heard for the first time within its original liturgical context, alongside the beautiful Christmas Cantata. The first 1000 customers will also receive a free bonus disc of highlights from the Consort's Gramophone Award-winning seasonal favourite 'Handel: Messiah'.

Dunedin Consort recreates Bach's first Christmas at Leipzig (Vespers in the Nikolaikirche, 25 December 1723); the recording opens with a Gabrieli motet and includes organ preludes and a seasonal congregational chorale.

Director John Butt has given listeners an interpretation that will provide a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece and will show the Magnificat in a completely new light.

This recording marks the return of Dunedin Consort's star-studded cast including, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Joanne Lunn and Clare Wilkinson plus newcomer Julia Doyle.



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Image London Sonatas
Gottlieb Wallisch, piano

Famed for his clarity of line and purity of tone, Gottlieb Wallisch moves from Mozart to his contemporary Haydn for his fourth recording with Linn.

Haydn's famous London Sonatas can be viewed as the distillation of the composer's entire sonata-writing experience; Gottlieb perfectly captures his characteristic humour, energy and spiritedness.

Sonata No. 60 was written for an instrument of greater tonal range than the Viennese instruments of the day, with a wider palette of specified dynamic possibilities and pedal effects.

With a striking two-movement format, asymmetrical phrases and unusual accents Sonata No. 61 was ahead of its time, breaking the limits of traditional sonata form.

Often described as a symphony for the piano, Sonata No. 62 has frequently been praised as Haydn's 'opus summum' due to its large-scale form, diversity of expression and its virtuoso requirements.





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Image Wohltemperierte Klavier
Prize-winning Bach specialist John Butt performs J.S.Bach's famous Das wohltemperierte Klavier for his debut solo recording on Linn.Perhaps best known as director of Dunedin Consort,John Butt has won two Gramophone Awards: the 2007 Baroque Vocal Award for Handel: Messiah and the 2014 Choral Award for Mozart: Requiem.Dunedin's first instrumental release, Six Brandenburg Concertos, saw Butt's harpsichord solos singled out for their virtuosity and technical skill.John Butt's performance of Das wohltemperierte Klavier benefits from the highly insightful historical knowledge that has shaped his hugely successful work with Dunedin Consort.The recording explores two aspects of Bach's collection: firstly Butt bases his performance on recent editions so he can present the latest possible stage of Bach's thoughts for each book; secondly Butt takes a unique approach to tempo and tempo relationships, which he explains fully in his comprehensive booklet note.The Well-Tempered Clavier is a seminal work whose influence on composition and performance, as well as keyboard technique, is far-reaching.



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Image Opera Arias & Overtures
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has established impeccable Mozartian credentials with its award-winning discography, to which Mozart: Opera Arias and Overtures is the latest addition. The SCOs previous forays into operatic repertoire (Handel with soprano Emma Bell and Mozart, Haydn & Cimarosa with baritone William Berger) have been highly critically acclaimed.This recording features a hand-picked selection of arias from six of Mozarts much-loved operas, alongside their respective overtures.The SCOs affinity with Mozarts music is demonstrated with perfect eighteenth-century style in the overtures; whilst the arias see the orchestra lend characterful support. Award-winning soprano Elizabeth Watts has performed in Don Giovanni at Covent Garden, Così fan tutte for Glyndebourne on Tour and Le nozze di Figaro for Santa Fe Opera and Welsh National Opera; she utilises her experience to create memorable performances. A love of Mozart inspired conductor Christian Baldini to make music his career so it is fitting that his recording debut with the SCO features repertoire that is so close to his heart. With a voice described as one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation (IRR), Elizabeth Watts has established herself as one of the brightest new talents (The Independent). Watts won the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Prize and the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. In 2014 Watts performed in Londons most prestigious venues including the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Festival Hall and at the Last Night of the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. Christian Baldini is a dynamic artist with a keen ear for detail' (The Scotsman). He regularly conducts several international orchestras including the SCO, and opera for the Aldeburgh Festival. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is a world-renowned orchestra with an outstanding reputation for Mozart. The SCOs extensive series of Linn recordings feature Robin Ticciati, Sir Charles Mackerras, Ingrid Fliter, Emma Bell, William Berger, Karen Cargill, Artur Pizarro, Alexander Janiczek and Joseph Swensen.



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Image Lieder
Frequently singled out for her phenomenal vocals Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill brings her exemplary range of vocal colours and rich emotional expression to bear in her debut solo recital.Seldom paired,the well-known Gustav Mahler lieder follow five of wife Alma's lesser-known,but equally engaging,songs.These personal and highly romantic songs are perfectly complemented by Cargill's poetic sensitivity; her warm and vibrant voice, with the emotional insight borne of opera,is breathtakingly beautiful.In 2013 Cargill was appointed Associate Artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra;their recording of Berlioz Les nuits d été & La mort de Cléopâtre with Robin Ticciati was named Gramophone's Recording of the Month.Winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award,Cargill has won many fans through her performances at The Metropolitan,New York,Covent Garden,London and Deutsche Opera,Berlin.Past and future highlights with Simon Lepper include appearances at Wigmore Hall,Concertgebouw Amsterdam,Kennedy Centre Washington,as well as her New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall,Carnegie Hall and regular recitals live on BBC Radio Three.Cargill has performed Mahler's Symphony No.3 and Das Lied von der Erd at the BBC Proms.Concert plans this season and beyond include the Edinburgh International Festival,Berlioz with the LSO and Gergiev,Durufle with Ticciati,and Berlioz with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Ticciati.Simon Lepper accompanies with sensitivity and flair; an award-winning pianist specialising in vocal accompanying,Lepper is a regular recital partner of Cargill's.



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Image Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria
Il ritorno'd Ulisse is unquestionably one of the three pillars that place Monteverdi among the greatest of opera composers; this recording marks the premiere of a new performing version by Martin Pearlman.Portuguese tenor and baroque specialist Fernando Guimarães stars in the title role,alongside the internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera as his loving wife Penelope.Il ritorno'd Ulisse was a relatively recent discovery, but following its authentication in the 1950s and revivals in Vienna and Glyndebourne, the opera has enjoyed new found popularity.Martin Pearlman's new performing version benefits from the same attention to detail that has ensured his reputation as a leading champion of period performance. His highly considered approach to all aspects of the score and performance ensure this version is true to Monteverdi's original vision.With a libretto drawing from Homer's Odyssey, Il ritorno'd Ulisse is a riveting human drama with an enviable cast including: Abigail Nims (Melanto), Daniel Auchincloss (Eumaeus), Sonja DuToit Tengblad (Juno), Ulysses Thomas (Antinous), and Marc Molomot (Irus).



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Image The Neoclassical Trumpet
The Neoclassical Trumpet sees Jonathan Freeman-Attwood address the question:what if the chromatic trumpet and the modern Steinway Grand had existed a good century or so earlier and composers had recognised their duo potential?With new arrangements by pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar, Freeman-Attwood successfully re-imagines works by Stravinsky, Leigh, Fauré and Respighi.Each of the composers represented here wrote significant parts for the trumpet in various chamber and orchestral contexts. The only original solo trumpet piece by any of these composers is Martin's Sonatine.Stravinsky's Pulcinella inspired a variety of duo solutions in the decade or so after its premiere,the most famous being the Suite italienne (initially for cello, but more famously for violin), but this is the first for trumpet. The main differences with this present version, is that all the movements from the Pulcinella Suite are incorporated to form a sizeable new recital piece.As a trumpet player and recording artist, Jonathan has attracted plaudits from the press; his producing career has resulted in over 200 albums and several awards including eight Gramophone Awards.Jonathan broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and is in demand as an essayist for EMI, Warner, Deutsche Grammophon and other major record labels.Daniel-Ben Pienaar is active as a recitalist and chamber musician. He has received great acclaim for his interpretations of Bach's keyboard music: Pienaar produces a breathless, highly energised reading Gramophone on his Goldberg Variations.


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Image The Tudors At Prayer
Continuing its exploration of Tudor Latin sacred music, 'The Tudors At Prayer' sees Magnificat perform music by Taverner, Tallis, Mundy, White and Byrd.

The highlight is Mundy's towering Vox Patris caelestis; immensely vivid and colourful this is a powerful performance to challenge any that has gone before. Equally enthralling as Magnificat's critically acclaimed Spem in alium, but with even richer textures, Vox Patris caelestis perfectly demonstrates Magnificat's heaven-sent sound.

Byrd's heartfelt setting of Tribue, Domine plus a premiere recording of White's Tota pulchra es, and his sublime psalm setting Domine, quis habitabit are further stand-out moments.

The Tudors At Prayer' provides further evidence of the extraordinary richness of this centuries old repertoire.

Magnificat is one of the world's premier vocal ensembles whose recordings have met with huge critical acclaim: Spem in alium was hailed as 'quite the best performance of Tallis's 40-part Spem in alium that I have heard' by Gramophone and was 'First Choice' in Building A Library on BBC Radio 3's CD Review. In addition Victoria's Officium Defunctorum was named 'Critics' Choice' by Gramophone and chosen by The Rough Guide as one of its '100 Essential Classical CDs'.

Directed by Philip Cave, Magnificat specialises in the restoration and performance of neglected choral masterpieces of the 16th and 17th centuries.

In association with Linn Records, Magnificat has undertaken many highly successful recording projects of music from 'The Golden Age', including works by Gesualdo, Guerrero, des Prez, Rebelo, Victoria, Allegri, Tallis and Da Palestrina, as well as Latin sacred music by Robert Parsons, Robert White and William Byrd and two recordings to commemorate the 450th anniversary of composer Philippe Rogier.



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Image Bach Reimagines Bach
Product info William Carter’s exemplary musicianship is showcased to its fullest on this new recording of Bach’s own transcriptions for the lute. Almost unplayable in parts many musicians take certain liberties with the music so that it flows more naturally, but Carter’s determined approach to authenticity sees the lutenist achieve the near impossible: playing the music as it was originally written. Carter very subtly enhances BWV 1001, originally for unaccompanied violin, in keeping with Bach’s own perceived style, namely to only add ‘as much harmony as he found necessary’. Bach’s own mild refashioning of BWV 1006, originally a Partita for solo violin, allows Carter to highlight the relaxed and intimate nature of the music. The final piece undergoes the most extensive reimagining as Bach expertly transforms the Fifth Cello Suite into a ‘new’ lute work; so successful is it that Carter considers it to be, in terms of understanding the essential nature and expressive qualities of the lute, ‘the most perfect piece of lute music in existence’. Artist info A founding-member of the Palladian Ensemble, Carter has a deserved reputation as one of the finest exponents of classical guitar and lute. He is well known as a regular performer at Early Music Festivals with critically acclaimed performances as an orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist. Carter is principal lutenist of The Academy of Ancient Music and The English Concert with whom he has appeared on numerous recordings. Carter’s Linn discography has been widely praised: La Guitarre Royalle was named in Gramophone’s ‘Critics’ Choice’ end of year list, he has been awarded Gramophone’s ‘Editor’s Choice’ accolade twice: for La Guitarra Española and Sor: Early Works, whilst his most recent recording for Linn, Le Calme, was awarded an Opus d’Or.

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