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Bach | Art of Fugue | Aurelia Saxophone Quartet


With this recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Art of Fugue, we are finally fulfilling a long-cherished dream.

We first performed the Art of Fugue in 1996, and the work has been in our repertoire ever since. During the first years of our exploration of this musical pyramid, we would occasionally perform a couple of fugues on our concerts. We began giving complete performances of the Art of Fugue in 2000.

Two important ideas emerged after we started giving complete performances of the work.

Idea no. 1: A performance given by a saxophone quartet necessitates a different order of the fugues from that found in the first edition and the manuscript.

Idea no. 2: Wouldn’t it be wonderful to accompany Bach’s musical monument by a kind of contemporary commentary? Does the fugue still exist in the twenty-first century? (Challenge Records)
 

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Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Alexandre Kantorow (piano)

Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow



Saint-Saëns: Africa - Fantasie for piano & orchestra Op. 89
Saint-Saëns: Allegro appassionato, Op. 70
Saint-Saëns: Rapsodie d'Auvergne, Op. 73
Saint-Saëns: Wedding Cake - Valse-Caprice, Op. 76
 

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Fasch - Overture to "Orchestral Suite in A minor" (Nemeth/Dynamic)
J. S. Bach - Two-part Inventions, BWV 772-786 (Schiff/London)
de Fesch - Violin Concerto in C, Op. 2, No. 2 (Nikolitch/Astoria)
 

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Frederick Delius - various works part four scattered
throughout the rest of this afternoon.

In a Summer Garden for orchestra (1908):
Dance Rhapsody no.1 for orchestra,
ed. Thomas Beecham (orig. 1908):
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring for orchestra,
ed. Thomas Beecham (orig. 1911-12):
Summer Night on the River for orchestra,
ed.Thomas Beecham (orig. 1911-12):
North Country Sketches for orchestra (1913-14):


A Song of the High Hills for tenor, soprano, mixed choir (all wordless) and
orchestra, ed. Thomas Beecham (begun 1897 - comp. by 1911):


Violin Sonata no.1 (1905-14):


Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra (1915):

 

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Igor Stravinsky
The Rite of Spring
Requiem Canticles
Canticum Sacrum
Chorale Variations on the Christmas Carol “Von Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her”


Irène Friedli, alto
Frieder Lang, tenor
Michel Brodard, bass

Chœur de Chambre Romand
Chœur Pro Arte de Lausanne
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Neeme Järvi
 

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... the month of may is devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)

Montserrat Figueras, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Livio Picotti, Paolo Costa,
Guy de Mey, Gian Paolo Fagotto, Gerd Türk, Pietro Spagnoli,
Roberto Abondanza, Daniele Carnovich
Coro Del Centro Musica Antica Di Padova
La Capella Reial
Jordi Savall



Spiritual and sensual. Tranquility and resplendence of sound. Gorgeous.
 

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Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Christian Thielemann: Staatskapelle Dresden (2012)

Thielemann is a bit controversial. His general model is Furtwängler, except that we now live at a different point in history than Furtwängler. This is a subjective, Romantic reading. I wish the tempi in the first movement were a bit more unified: the quieter parts should not be so slow compared to the louder bits. The sound is on the heavy end, which might be expected of Thielemann. In this day and age, the historically-informed performance practices have become more common, and it's interesting to hear the exact opposite of that trend in this recording. I'll be listening to the rest of this cycle at some point. Even if I disagree with some particular points, it's still piqued my interest. I remember liking Chailly's Brahms First; this is certainly very different, and there is a decent comparison of these two nearly contemporaneous Brahms cycles here: Brahms From Different Batons (Published 2015). And there's an interesting review of an all-Brahms concert Thielemann gave during the time these symphonies were being recorded: https://www.washingtonpost.com/ente...406f2a-a7a0-11e2-8302-3c7e0ea97057_story.html.


Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
Guido Cantelli: Philharmonia Orchestra (1955)

This is in remarkably good stereo for 1955, along the same lines as the Karajan Brahms 2 and 4 done the same year for EMI. (Cantelli's Brahms First dates from 1953 and is in mono). This recording is a reminder of what the world lost when Cantelli's plane crashed in November of 1956, killing him at the age of 36.
 
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