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Family Ties
C.P.E. Bach’s Trio Sonata for bass recorder, viola and basso continuo formed the centre piece when Paradiso Musicale, a quartet consisting of Dan Laurin (recorder), Henrik Frendin (viola), Mats Olofsson (cello) and Anna Paradiso (harpsichord) met with BIS’ recording producer Marion Schwebel in Länna Church, north of Stockholm. Around it the players have arranged pieces by C.P.E.’s father Johann Sebastian and his godfather, Georg Philipp Telemann into a varied and attractive programme which also illustrates the different professional and aesthetic strategies adopted by these composers. Footage from the recording in April 2010 is cross-cut with interviews and a concert appearance in this appetizer for ‘The Father, the Son & the Godfather’ (BIS-CD-1895).

Produced by ARTIMUS Film

The disc is now available, and may also be downloaded, in Studio Quality, from eClassical.com

Watch it on Youtube:
http://youtu.be/jUJadnpx270



 

Sibelius in Minnesota
It was with performances of the music of Sibelius that the Finnish conductor  Osmo Vänskä first attracted the attention of a wider international audience. Beginning in the early 1990s, seminal recordings with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra of tone poems and the seven symphonies became synonymous with a new interpretative approach to the composer’s music. Vänskä has remained true to Sibelius, but in the meantime his international career has also flourished, including a highly successful partnership with the  Minnesota Orchestra, begun in 2003. Now, with his Minnesota players and some 15 years after the appearance of his previous cycle of Sibelius’s symphonies, Vänskä returns to the works, beginning with Symphony No.2 in D major and Symphony No.5 in E flat major. During the recording sessions, which took place in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in June 2011, a film clip was prepared which can be seen on YouTube. The disc itself (BIS-SACD-1986) is up for immediate release – for national release dates, please contact the BIS distributor in your country.

Watch it on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0AJYbmx29k


The disc is planned for release in early spring 2012 – for national release dates, please contact the BIS distributor in your country. The recording is already available for downloading on eClassical.com.

For further information about Osmo Vänskä, click here
For further information about the Minnesota Orchestra, click here



 

Beginning … and end
‘My end is my beginning, and my beginning my end’ – with those words the four members of New York Polyphony end a programme which explores the themes of grief, loss and mortality. Apart from the closing paraphrase by Jackson Hill (b.1942) on Guillaume de Machaut’s famous 14th-century rondeau Ma fin est mon commencement, the music included on endBeginning (BIS-SACD-1949) was composed by masters of the Franco-Flemish school of polyphony active in the first half of the 16th century. Formed in 2006, New York Polyphony is establishing a reputation as an exceptionally fine vocal chamber ensemble. In October 2011, the four members visited the 14th-century church of Länna in Sweden, and its superb acoustics, ideally suited for this kind of repertoire. During the recording a video was made with clips from the sessions, as well as interviews with the performers.

Watch it on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfcNdMMd2Xw


The disc is planned for release in early spring 2012 – for national release dates, please contact the BIS distributor in your country. The recording is already available for downloading on eClassical.com.

 




Dancing to His Own Pipe
Clarinetist Martin Fröst has often incorporated elements of choreography in his performances. For Dances to a Black Pipe (BIS-SACD-1863), he has gathered music that in various ways relates to dance – by composers ranging from Brahms to Anders Hillborg, and in styles which touch upon folk music, tango, klezmer, jazz and techno. And he has chosen his dance partner wisely: the Australian Chamber Orchestra has been described as having ‘the energy and vibe of a rock band with the ability of a crack classical chamber group'. A clip on YouTube includes footage from the recording sessions and an interview with Martin Fröst. The disc itself is up for immediate release – for national release dates, please contact the BIS distributor in your country


For further information about Martin Fröst, click here
For further information about the ACO, click here

Watch it on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPG9FPg2jw4




Beethoven goes West
On three discs Yevgeny Sudbin will record Beethoven's five piano concertos, coupling Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor with Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in the same key - a work highly admired by Beethoven. Sudbin's collaborators in the project is the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, a team whose recently released cycle of the composer's symphonies has received worldwide acclaim. The first of the discs, with Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 ('Emperor') has just been released, and a video clip on YouTube includes scenes from the recording and rehearsals.

For further information about Yevgeny Sudbin, click here
For further information about Osmo Vänskä, click here
For further information about the Minnesota Orchestra, click here

Watch it on Youtube:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9D-ry7GDBQ




… after Beethoven
Having just completed a three-disc cycle of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra, Ronald Brautigam takes on another great challenge: a series of the concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. For these recordings, Brautigam has chosen to perform the solo part on the fortepiano, and is supported by Die Kölner Akademie playing on period instruments. To open this disc, and the entire recording series, with Piano Concerto No.9 ’Jeunehomme’, was a natural choice for Brautigam – ’it’s very quintessential Mozart … such a joyful, merry, and actually quite adventurous piece’ is how he describes the work in a video made during the recording sessions in Cologne in November 2009. An interview with Michael Alexander Willens, artistic director of Die Kölner Akademie, is also included, as well as footage from the recording itself.

The disc is being released in November 2010. For national release dates, please contact the BIS distributor in your country .

For further information about Ronald Brautigam, click here

Watch it on Youtube:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLHzeMBgS5o




Bach in Örebro
Active as soloist, teacher, chamber musician and principal oboist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Alexei Ogrintchouk describes his musical life as a ‘permanent masterclass’. In August 2009, the masterclass visited Örebro in Sweden, where Ogrintchouk recorded J.S. Bach’s works for oboe and strings with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra for BIS. In a video produced by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, which supports Alexei Ogrintchouk, the star oboist talks about his instrument, about music-making and of the joy to perform Bach’s Double Concerto with his dear friend, the violinist Alina Ibragimova. The video also includes clips from performances and from the recording of the Bach disc, which has just been released.

For further information about Alexei Ogrintchouk’s new recording, click here

Watch it on Youtube:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGANp4GaKT4

To listen to an excerpt from Adagio from the Easter Oratorio, BWV 249, click here




’A building with glass walls’
In a video clip made at the recording of his just released disc with Bach’s Suites Nos 1, 4 and 5, the violist Maxim Rysanov shares his thoughts regarding these works. Filmed at the recording venue, the remarkable 14th-century church in Länna in the country-side north of Stockholm, the film provides an interesting background to performances which in a review in the Telegraph (UK) were described as ’fluent, buoyant and alert to interpretative niceties, whether light or intense’. Ukrainian-born Maxim Rysanov, who was chosen to perform at the Last Night of the BBC Proms earlier this month, is one of the most exciting violists of today. The video shows excerpts of him playing, and includes an interview in which he discusses the particular challenges of performing Bach for someone who received his first schooling in the muscular Russian school of string playing: ‘Instead of a monumental building – which can also be very beautiful – I’d rather imagine a building made with glass walls … with a lot of floors and things happening inside it – but still the glass walls would allow us to see through.’

Maxim’s Bach recital, BIS-SACD-1783, is his first recording for BIS, with more to follow. The disc was released in the beginning of September 2010. For national release dates, please contact the BIS distributor in your country.

Watch it on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zovaUACjMoQ




Gut Feelings
Experiencing the Australian Chamber Orchestra and their leader Richard Tognetti in concert has been described in The Times (UK) as 'like taking a swig of a vitamin drink'. Their soon-to-be-released disc of Mozart's violin concertos shows that the same applies to the team's performances in the studio. From the very first tutti chord of Concerto No.3, Tognetti and his band generate a rare sense of expectancy, building sonorities that feel constantly fresh and new, and infusing the most innocent-looking accompaniment figure with a rare rhythmic and dynamic vitality. A contributing factor is that the strings (soloist and tutti) play on gut strings, while the wind players perform on replicas of instruments from Mozart's time.

In a short film made during the recording (which took place in Sydney in February 2009) Richard Tognetti discusses the reasons for these choices as well as talks about his own instrument, a superb 1743 Guarneri del Gesù violin. Included are also substantial clips from the recording sessions, giving a foretaste of that ‘vitamin drink’.

BIS-SACD-1754, the first of a two-disc set of Mozart’s violin concertos, includes Concertos No.3 in G major and No.5 in A major, as well as Sinfonia concertante in E flat major for violin, viola and orchestra. The disc will be released in September 2010. For national release dates, please contact the BIS distributor in your country.

Watch it on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EBILoqdVBI




Motets in Kobe
Although few in number, Bach’s motets include some much-loved works, such as Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied and Jesu, meine Freude. Remarkable for their beauty as well as for Bach’s virtuoso choral writing, they were recorded by Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan in June 2009 in the Kobe Shoin Chapel, and are now ready for release.

In a short film made during the recording, Suzuki talks about the special place the motets hold for him. Several of them were composed for funerals, and in them he finds music with a greater ability to console than human words, but also with ‘a creative power for us to survive in this world.’ There is not only grief in the motets, however – to Masaaki Suzuki’s mind there is also the sound of angelic hosts: ‘I think the angels’ choir [in the Gospel of St Luke] might have been a double choir – as in Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied!’

Bach – Motets (BIS-SACD-1841) will be released by BIS in January 2010. For national release dates, please contact the BIS distributor in your country.


Watch it on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoDDGFcUO8Q

  • For information about the on-going cycle of Bach Cantatas on BIS, click here
  • For information about Bach Collegium Japan, click here