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1. Piano Sonatas
2. 6 Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012 (2CD)
3. Buxtehude by Arrangement
4. First Ladies
5. Music of the Abyss
6. Piano Works
7. Lully, Vol. 1 - Dies Irae; O Lachrymae; De Profundis
8. I Will Build You A House
9. Sunday Songs
10. First Light
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Image Piano Sonatas
At a time when only Bach and Scarlatti were Baroque-era composers in the repertoire of pianists rather than harpsichordists, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli pressed the cause of Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785) with performances and recordings of sonatas. Galuppi’s style was defined during his lifetime as ‘gay, lively and brilliant’, and this description certainly capture the style of the keyboard sonatas which he wrote throughout his career. Born on the island of Burano in the Venetian lagoon, Galuppi trained with Antonio Lotti (then organist of the Basilica San Marco) and quickly became noted across Europe for a string of operatic successes which supplied both audiences and singers with dazzling entertainment. He was no musical revolutionary and continued to compose in a well-turned vein of elegant Baroque conventions while composers further north in Europe were experimenting with larger-scale forms and more daring harmonies. However, the keyboard sonatas which Galuppi wrote throughout his career delighted audiences at the time and have continued to do so since. Several collections were issued during his lifetime (and designated with Opus numbers) but a great deal of his keyboard music remains unpublished. collection of 12 three-movement sonatas, drawn from this otherwise unpublished body of work, was edited by Giacomo Benvenuti (1885-1943) and issued by the Francesco Bongiovanni publishing house in 1920, and it is from this collection (familiar to audiences of the 50s through Michelangeli) that Fernanda Damiano plays six sonatas on the present album.

kr 89
Image 6 Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012 (2CD)
Could Bach’s Suites be most representative of his French identity? Composed in Germany around 1720 at the Court of Köthen, like the Brandenburg Concertos, for a Francophile and gambist, they find in Myriam Rignol’s vision and vibrant embodiment an unmistakable French flavor, transcended by the viola da gamba! When an exceptional talent meets the instrument that makes Bach resound in Versailles, lending it the rhythm of the dances so dear to Louis, in a polyphony like no other, Johann-Sebastian dazzles in the Palace of the Sun King…

kr 259
Image Buxtehude by Arrangement - The Complete Piano Tran
Busoni’s transcriptions of Bach have long been one of the mainstays of the piano repertoire. Bach himself worshipped the music of the Danish-born Diderich Buxtehude (1637–1707), famously walking 250 miles to Lübeck to hear him play. The Liszt student August Stradal (1860–1930) obviously shared that admiration, transcribing ten of Buxtehude’s most imposing organ works for piano, thus creating alongside ‘Bach-Busoni’ a corpus of grandiose – and virtuoso – Baroque music for the modern concert grand that has somehow remained almost entirely unknown. Meilin Ai studied for her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with Joseph Banowetz at the University of North Texas and is now a full-time faculty member of the Conservatory of Music of the Sichuan Normal University in China.

kr 111 (kr 159)
Image First Ladies
One could hardly intuit from these fresh and flowing violin sonatas the obstacles their female composers had to face – family opposition for Mel Bonis in France and Ethel Smyth in England, institutional conservatism for Elfrida Andrée in Sweden. It has taken a century and more for that initial prejudice to fall away, and they are now beginning to attract a fair hearing for their music. What ultimately matters, of course, is not whether composers are male or female but whether they write good music, and these three sonatas – melodically expansive, rhythmically vivacious, harmonically warm – point to the musical riches that further exploration of their creators’ output will uncover.

kr 111 (kr 159)
Image Music of the Abyss
Rued Langgaard’s (1893-1952) inner division can be experienced at its extreme in the chamber music written between 1913 and 1924, in which the secure world of his youth is undercut by a dark musical understream. This is most apparent in the work for piano, Music of the Abyss, which is presented here in a transcription for chamber ensemble by Allan Gravgaard Madsen (born 1984) of which this is the first recording. This meeting between Langgaard and Gravgaard brings to a climax the work’s view of modern man’s destructive strength in a crazy ride towards the abyss.

kr 159
Image Piano Works
Peter Donohoe CBE studied at Chetham’s School of Music and Leeds University before going on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derek Wyndham and in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility, and commanding technique. He first came across the works of Busoni in the early 1980s and, as he states in his booklet note, ‘Busoni’s contribution to the musical history of the twentieth century is inestimable, and I feel very much enriched by the several decades of my exposure to it.’ The program he has chosen includes three of the pinnacles of Busoni’s virtuosic output: the Toccata, BV 287, the seven Elegien, and the Sonatina on Bizet’s Carmen, alongside the much earlier Bach transcription of which Peter Donohoe writes: ‘The Toccata, in particular, has always struck me as one of the most joyous pieces in the history of instrumental music, and Busoni’s transcription certainly brings out that joy.’

kr 169
Image Lully, Vol. 1 - Dies Irae; O Lachrymae; De Profund
A musician of genius, Jean-Baptiste Lully put all his musical science at the service of intense oratorical emotion in the Grands Motets. These vast religious compositions, with their powerful dramatic character, were representative of the splendor deployed at the court of Louis XIV. The Dies Irae and the De Profundis, imbued with great solemnity, were both given at the royal funeral of Louis XIV's wife, Queen Maria Theresa of Austria, in 1683 in the Basilica of Saint-Denis. This extraordinary Funerial ostentation was magnified by Lully's works, making Madame de Sevigne remark that at their performance that "all eyes were welled up with tears". Stephane Fuget and Les epopees - a veritable army of generals - deliver a grandiose, shimmering, theatrical and oratorical version of this music, draping it in an abundance of brilliant glittering ornaments, like the sun invigorating the stained-glass windows, mirrors and gilding of Versailles, to the point of eternity.

kr 159
Image I Will Build You A House
Som i all Andreas Ihlebæks musikk er kjærligheten til norsk folkemusikk, klassisk musikk og natur alltid til stede, samtidig som han henter inspirasjon fra musikalske påvirkninger og opplevelser samlet gjennom et liv rundt om i verden. Han bodde i San Francisco fra han var 12 år og ble «oppdaget» av jazzpianisten Merrill Hoover, som hadde spilt med storheter som Eartha Kitt, Anita O'Day og Benny Goodman. Hoover tilbød seg å være mentor for den unge musikkelskeren, og deres tid sammen hadde en enorm påvirkning. Hans vei til å komponere nyklassisistisk musikk har gått gjennom et bredt spekter av sjangre, og hans forrige utgivelse på NXN Northern Lullabies ble nominert til Spellemannprisen. I Will Build You A House er ny original musikk skrevet av artisten.

kr 159
Image Sunday Songs
‘Sunday Songs’ er Jonas Sjøvaags nyeste vokalalbum, og er en serie låter basert på tekster skrevet i Firenze, under stekende sol på en takterrasse øst i byen våren 2019. Komposisjonene ble skrevet høsten samme år, og plata er Sjøvaags 13 utgivelse i eget navn. ‘Sunday Songs’ er inspirert av pianopop-storheter som Randy Newman, Billy Joel og Randy Goodrum, i tillegg til å være formet av Sjøvaags bakgrunn som jazzmusiker. Med på laget har han pianist Andreas Ulvo, og plata inneholder gjesteopptredener av Hilde Marie Kjersem (vokal), André Roligheten (sax), Sarah-Jane Summers (fele), Mathias Eick (trompet) og Sigurd Hole (bass). ‘Sunday Songs’ er et melodisk, varmt og vakkert album, med en tidløs nerve og tekster med et melankolsk anstrøk.

kr 159
Image First Light
Violinist Pekka Kuusisto and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra present First Light, the first fruit of Kuusisto’s tenure as the ensemble’s Artistic Director, on which two eminent New York composers are cast in a Nordic light. The album offers the world premiere recording of Nico Muhly’s Shrink (Concerto for Violin and Strings), a unique, remotely-recorded rendition of Philip Glass’ The Orchard by Kuusisto and Muhly, and Kuusisto’s new string orchestra arrangement of Glass’ “Mishima” String Quartet No. 3. Violinist, conductor and composer Pekka Kuusisto is renowned for his artistic freedom and flair in directing ensembles. Since its formation in 1977 the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra has established itself as one of the foremost chamber orchestras on the international classical music scene today. Nico Muhly is one of the most-performed composers of his generation, and appears as pianist on this album. Kuusisto, the NCO and Muhly all make their PENTATONE debut.

kr 159
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