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PROKOFIEV: IVAN THE TERRIBLE

- ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORES -
MARINA PRUDENSKAYA, alto · ALEXANDER VINOGRADOV, bass · RUNDFUNKCHOR BERLIN · RUNDFUNK-SINFONIEORCHESTER BERLIN · FRANK STROBEL

2CD-Set · C5311 PC: 22 UPC: 845221053110

(UDSSR 1943-1945)
Epic film by Sergej Eisenstein (1898-1948)
with Music for soli, choir and orchestra by Sergey Prokofiev op. 116
First complete new recording oft he reconstructed original score

IVAN THE TERRIBLE – the second joint project of Sergei Eisenstein and Sergei Prokofiev – is, much like ALEXANDER NEWSKI, a historical epic, portraying the rise and fall of the autocratic ruler Ivan IV in the 16th century. Sergei Prokofiev’s musical portrayal is unique in film history, for the score conceives both parts of the film on an epic scale. Prokofiev’s rich melodic invention thrives on the expressive sound palette of his native Russia, mostly as they echo the spiritual works of the Russian-orthodox liturgy. 

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Premiere Portraits: Julie Davies

BELLINI · SCHUBERT · LISZT · WAGNER
Julie Davies, soprano · Charles Spencer, piano

C3003 PC: 01 845221030036

VINCENZO BELLINI (1801 – 1835)
Sei Ariette / Six Ariettas
 No. 2: Vanne, o rosa fortunate (Pietro Metastasio)
La farfalletta (Anonymus)
Sei Ariette / Six Ariettas
No. 5: Per pietà, bell’idol mio (Pietro Metastasio)
No. 6: Ma rendi pur content (Pietro Metastasio)

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828)
4 Canzonas D. 68888
Vedi, quanto adoro D. 510 (Pietro Metastasio)

FRANZ LISZT (1811 – 1886)
3 Sonetti del Petrarca, S. 270a

RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883)
Les adieux de Marie Stuart WWV 61(Pierre-Jean de Béranger)

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American soprano Julie Davies has been featured in Darmstadt’s productions of The Tales of Hoffman (all four ladies), I Pagliacci (Nedda), Don Pasquale (Norina), La traviata (Violetta), Desdemona in Otello and Gerhilde in Die Walküre. Ms. Davies is specifically celebrated for her performances of the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and La sonnambula. Ms. Davies has won several competitions: Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, First in the Naftzger Young Artists Competition, and Finalist in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition
 

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Premiere Portraits: Franziska Lee

Dutilleux · Poulenc · Francaix · Sancan
Franziska Lee, piano

C3006 PC: 01 UPC: 845221030067

Henri Dutilleux (1916 – 2013): Sonate pour piano 1947-1948
»À Geneviève Joy«                     
Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
Suite française pour piano d’après Claude Gervaise (XVIe siècle) FP 80b 1935 »À Edouard Bourdet«                                                    
Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963): Mélancolie Très modéré FP 105  
1940 »À Raymond Destouches«
Jean Françaix (1912 – 1997): Sonate pour piano 1960 »À Idil Biret«
Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963) Napoli – Suite pour le piano FP 40
1922-1925 »À la mémoire de Juliette Meerovich«
Pierre Sancan (1916 – 2008): Toccata Vif 1943 »À mes chers Parents«

With “Première Portraits” CD-Edition Capriccio set an example for the support of young and talented artists and invite them to release their première CD for a worldwide audience.

The South Korean pianist Franziska Lee is one of today’s leading young musicians. Lee is celebrated by the press for her “artistic maturity and intelligence”, her “room-filling, orchestral sound” and “emotional depth and passion”.
 


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GERHARD FROMMEL (1906-1984)

Symphony no. 1 in E major, Op. 13 (1938) · Symphonic Prélude, Op. 23 (1943)
Jena Philharmonic Orchestra · Jürgen Bruns

C5338 PC: 21 UPC: 845221053387

Music in the tempest of the times
If we seek to deal with Gerhard Frommel’s personality and music (a master pupil of Hans Pfitzner) in greater depth, as in the case of many other German composers of his generation, we cannot avoid going into the historical and political events and the underlying active and reactive behaviour of the individual. Concepts like opportunism or passive obedience come readily to mind, but they fall short of the truth, if we were not direct contemporary witnesses.
His position during the years 1933-45 becomes all the more salient as regards the works recorded here, both of which were written at that time. Many things sound familiar, Wagner, Bruckner and other elements from the past stand out trenchantly, ‘For me, the 1st Symphony is at the centre of my oeuvre.’ Frommel says. Many things sound familiar, Wagner, Bruckner and other elements from the past stand out trenchantly,The score reached Wilhelm Furtwängler, who then scheduled its premiere with the Vienna Philharmonic for the autumn of 1942.

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CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH: SACRED CHORAL MUSIC

Klopstocks Morgengesang · Magnificat · Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu
Rheinische Kantorei · Das Kleine Konzert · Hermann Max · La Stagione Frankfurt · Michael Schneider

5CD-Set C7221 PC: 04 UPC: 845221072210

COMPACT DISC 1
Klopstocks Morgengesang am Schöpfungsfeste Wq 239 (Leipzig 1784)
Auf, schicke dich recht feierlich Wq 249 (1775)
Anbetung dem Erbarmer Wq 243 (vor/before 1784)
Heilig Wq 217 (1776)
 
COMPACT DISC 2
Gnädig und barmherzig ist der Herr Wq 250 (1785)
Wer ist so würdig als du Wq 222 (Hamburg 1774)
Der Herr lebet Wq 251

COMPACT DISC 3
Magnificat Wq 215 (1749)

Der Gerechte, ob er gleich zu zeitlich stirbt (H 818)

COMPACT DISC 4 + 5
Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu Wq 240 (1777/78)
The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus
Gott hat den Herrn auferwecket Wq 244 (1756) "Easter Cantata"


RHEINISCHE KANTOREI · DAS KLEINE KONZERT
HERMANN MAX
DRESDNER KAMMERCHOR · LA STAGIONE
MICHAEL SCHNEIDER (Magnificat)

After the 5CD-Release with sacred choral music by Georg Philipp Telemann (C7215), Capriccio continues now with most impressive Cantatas and Oratorios by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. It's already shown that the famoust of the Bach-Sons has nothing to hide compare to his Fathers Masterworks. Since three decades, Hermann Max has been a major con­trib­u­tor to the canon of his­tor­i­cal­ly informed performance practice and makes these Rarities alive again.

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