Halle Nagano Britten

Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Kent Nagano - Britten: Double Concerto; Two Portraits; Sinfonietta; Young Apollo (1999)

Benjamin Britten - Double Concerto; Two Portraits; Sinfonietta; Young Apollo (1999)
Gidon Kremer, violin; Yuri Bashmet, viola; Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 3984 25502-2 | Time: 00:58:36

Kent Nagano and the Hallé continue to commit to CD less celebrated portions of the Britten canon. Last year there was the four-act Billy Budd; before that the premiere recording of a concert version of the radio drama The Rescue. Now come two more firsts, recordings of the Double Concerto - prepared from Britten's almost complete sketches by Colin Matthews and presented by Nagano at Aldeburgh in 1997 - and the Two Portraits from 1930. The second of these is a portrait of Britten himself, a surprisingly plaintive and reflective meditation for viola and strings in E minor. The image is belied by the rest of the music on the disc, which is buoyant, energetic, young man's music all written before Britten was 26. Big guns Kremer and Bashmet are brought in for the Double Concerto and give of their impassioned best. Nagano and the Hallé are appropriately spirited and vigorous throughout the disc. It's not mature Britten, but clearly points the way forward and is worth getting to know.
Halle Orchestra, Kent Nagano - Benjamin Britten: The Rescue of Penelope; Phaedra (1996)

Benjamin Britten - The Rescue of Penelope; Phaedra (1996)
Dame Janet Baker, narrator; Alison Hagley, soprano; Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor; William Dazeley, bass; Lorraine Hunt, soprano
Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 94 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630 12713-2 | Time: 00:51:10

Soon after his return from America, at the height of the war in 1943, Britten wrote incidental music for a radio play by Edward Sackville-West on the Homeric subject of Odysseus’s return to Penelope. Drawn from the complete score with barely any amendment of the original, and compressed into a 36-minute cantata, with Chris de Souza tailoring the text and Colin Matthews, Britten’s last amanuensis, most tactfully editing the music, the result is extraordinarily powerful. The most important role is that of the narrator, here masterfully taken by Dame Janet Baker who brings the story vividly to life despite the stylized classical language (e.g. “Odysseus, Lord of sea-girt Ithaca” or “His fair wife, white-armed Penelope”). Rather confusingly Athene also appears as a soprano, with the radiant Alison Hagley sounding totally unlike Dame Janet. She is one of a godly quartet of singers who contribute Greek-style commentaries – vocal passages which regularly add to the atmospheric beauty of the piece.
Halle Orchestra & Choir, Kent Nagano - Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied. Original version in 3 parts (1998)

Gustav Mahler - Das klagende Lied. Original version in 3 parts (1998)
Soloists, Hallé Orchestra & Choir, conducted by Kent Nagano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 100 Mb
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Erato | # 3984-21664-2 | Time: 01:02:27

This unbelievably exciting record is actually a Mahler world premiere! Das klagende Lied was Mahler's first great work–he was only 18 when he wrote it–but he later removed its first part and extensively revised the remaining two. The original versions of the second two parts, then, have never been performed until their release in 1997 as part of the new critical edition. The music is, as might be expected, less polished than the revision, but it's also wilder and even more powerful in many respects. Hopefully it will gain new attention for this neglected but totally characteristic work. This performance is nothing short of spectacular, and makes the best possible case for Mahler's original thoughts.
Britten: Phaedra; A Charm Of Lullabies; Lachrymae - Gardner, Connolly, Rysanov, BBC Symphony (2011)

Britten: Phaedra; A Charm Of Lullabies; Lachrymae - Gardner, Connolly, Rysanov, BBC Symphony (2011)
X Lossless Decoder | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 275 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 10671

The repertoire on this CD is written across a period of more than forty-five years, from the year Britten entered the Royal College of Music at the age of sixteen, to the very last year of his life. The works are performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and they are conducted by Edward Gardner, whose Britten release in March 2011 (CHAN10658) was made Disc of the Month in the April issue of BBC Music.
Britten: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto - Anthony Marwood, Lawrence Power, Ilan Volkov (2012)

Britten: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto - Anthony Marwood, Lawrence Power, Ilan Volkov (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 259 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67801

Long recognized as an outstanding chamber musician, Anthony Marwood has more recently been making waves as a concerto soloist, with two contributions to the Romantic Violin Concerto series and now a disc of Britten with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov. The youthful Violin Concerto, with its mix of anguished lyricism and changeability of mood nods to both Berg (whose own Violin Concerto had made a profound impression on Britten) and Prokofiev but the result is entirely personal.

Britten: Billy Budd / Hickox, Langridge, Keenlyslide  Music

Posted by rotro at June 11, 2010
Britten: Billy Budd / Hickox, Langridge, Keenlyslide

Britten: Billy Budd / Hickox, Langridge, Keenlyslide
Classical | Easy CD-DA | FLAC, CUE, No Log | 3 CDs, Cover HQ
620 Mb | Date CD: June 27, 2000 | Chandos

This is the first complete recording of the revised, two-act version of Billy Budd to appear since the one led by the composer appeared in 1968. A previously un-released "private" recording of the four-act version with the original cast showed up in 1994 and shed great light on Britten's growth and approach to drama, and just two years back, Kent Nagano led the same version with Thomas Hampson in the title role on Erato. This present recording is a stunning achievement and pushes all of the others out of the first place slot.
Olivier Latry, Jean-Willy Kunz, Kent Nagano - Camille Saint-Saëns, Kaija Saariaho, Samy Moussa (2015)

Camille Saint-Saëns, Kaija Saariaho, Samy Moussa (2015)
Symphony and New Works for Organ and Orchestra
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Kent Nagano, conductor
Olivier Latry, organ; Jean-Willy Kunz, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Analekta | # AN 2 8779 | Time: 01:06:28

This album is the recording of the inaugural concert of the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique at the Maison Symphonique in Montreal. For grandeur, majesty and sheer tonal opulence, few symphonies can stand beside the Third Symphony of Saint-Saëns. The prominent contribution from the organ, the “King of Instruments,” provides an additional measure of imposing sonority to the work. The entire symphony is based on the principle of continual transformation of a “motto” theme. This theme makes its first full appearance in the restless series of short detached notes in the violins, following the slow, mysterious introduction. The attentive ear will pick out this theme in its rhythmic and coloristic metamorphoses throughout the symphony – at varying times flowing and lyrical, detached and fragmented, broad and noble, or agitated and restless. Olivier Latry is organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and organ professor at the Paris Conservatory. His appointment to France’s premier cathedral in 1985 at the age of 23 propelled him onto the international scene: he has appeared in more than 50 countries and on all five continents, as a recitalist or with orchestra.
Ragna Schirmer, Staatskapelle Halle & Ariane Matiakh - Clara (2017)

Ragna Schirmer, Staatskapelle Halle & Ariane Matiakh - Clara
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 55:44 min | 196 MB
Label: Berlin Classics | Tracks: 06 | Rls.date: 2017

"Ragna’s intensive engagement with Clara gave me the feeling at times that Clara herself was sitting at the piano," says the French conductor Ariane Matiakh with great enthusiasm following the recording of this album.
Karin Kei Nagano - J.S. Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias, BWV 772-801 (2017)

Karin Kei Nagano - J.S. Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias, BWV 772-801
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 54:03 min | 177 MB
Label: Analekta – AN 2 8771 | Tracks: 30 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Baroque, Piano

Ever since Johann Sebastian Bach wrote this collection of short works for his children and students as a means for mastering fundamental keyboard technique, his “Inventionen and Sinfonien” have remained a basis for keyboard pedagogical practice. In my own case, my piano teacher introduced me to Bach’s “Inventionen and Sinfonien” when my fingers could not even reach an octave. I remember making big arm gestures to reach the intervals that were too broad for my hands. My feet would dangle somewhere in the space between the bench and the pedals. Since that early encounter, these pieces have been a fundamental part of my repertoire and have accompanied my whole musical journey.
Britten Oboe Quartet & Nicholas Daniel - Mozart, Britten, Knussen & Françaix: A Tribute to Janet (2017)

Britten Oboe Quartet & Nicholas Daniel - Mozart, Britten, Knussen & Françaix: A Tribute to Janet (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:06:00 | 151 Mb
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

Formed by members of the Britten Sinfonia, the Britten Oboe Quartet makes its debut on disc with a collection dedicated to the memory of Janet Craxton, who died in 1981, at the age of 52. She was a prominent figure in British contemporary music in the 60s and 70s and one of the founding members of the London Sinfonietta. She was also a distinguished teacher whose pupils included the quartet’s oboist, Nicholas Daniel.