NEW Vinyl - Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps
Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps” as an exclusive Vinyl Edition celebrating the centenary of its premiere.
The year 2013 saw the hundredth anniversary of the legendary 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)” in Paris. Back then one of the largest scandals the world of music had ever seen, the work today is regarded as a masterpiece of epochal impact. It marks a turning point in the history of 20th century music as the new dawn of modernity. As unaccustomed as the audience back then was to the new sounds; as new as polytonality and polyrhythm were in these days; as unusual the highly complex layering of sounds and motifs – still this work originally composed for the ballet has quickly found a lasting place in concert halls in the whole world and to this day has lost nothing of its potential.
A few years ago, we already seized the opportunity to capture Jonathan Darlington’s highly energetic and dramatic interpretation of the work in a live setting as part of the LIVING CONCERT SERIES in the seasoned combination with the Duisburg Philharmonics. Darlington describes the images of the story with atmospheric intensity and a colorful musical idiom in such a captivating and excellent manner, that ACOUSENCE has decided to release this grand piece of music history on vinyl as an exclusive special edition to celebrate its hundredth anniversary.
The original master has again been balanced in sound down to the most delicate nuances to ideally adapt the large dynamics and impact of the work to the vinyl disc, but also to bring out even the tiniest details. The pressing was done at the highest quality “audiophile manufactory” at 180g “Virgin Vinyl”.
The result is an extraordinary record fully in the spirit of our ARTISTIC FIDELITY REFERENCE RECORDING: The masterful artistic performance in front of the microphone is reproduced in unsurpassed fidelity by means of an ingenious combination of the best technology from 50 years of audio engineering. The vinyl record is becoming a cutting-edge sound storage medium, setting the benchmark with a remarkably sonorous sound, superb dynamics and captivating musical intensity - the joy of music in its purest form.
NEW - Leonora Armellini / Album for the Young
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
ALBUM FOR THE YOUNG, op. 68Leonora Armellini, piano
For her debut album, young Italian pianist Leonora Armellini treads resfreshingly new paths with her take on one of Robert Schumann's most successful and popular works, the Album for the Young, op. 68.
In the collection written in 1848, Schumann wanted to compose pieces of good quality primarily aimed to foster children's enjoyment in playing the piano. He immediately conceptualized kind of a house book appealing to all senses in which the atmosphere of the time in music, literature and painting was incorporated. In addition to that, almost all pieces of the album bear direct references to the family life of the Schumann's: He makes use of events, characteristics and actions of his children in a musical fashion. The Album for the Young affords Leonora Armellini a lot of room to bring across this very joy of playing the piano and to present her multi-faceted and delicate playing.
NEW - Tijana Andrejic / SERBIAN PIANO MUSIC
SERBIAN PIANO WORKS
This CD contains a cross section of piano works of Serbian composers, representative both musically and pianistically. Regardless of the style of each composer, the piano serves as a universal medium, and the miniature is the preferred choice of narrative: Marko Tajčević: BALKAN DANCES; Dejan Despić: NOCTURNE op. 5, VIGNETTES op. 43a; Vasilije Mokranjac: ETUDE No. 4 in B-flat minor; Miloje Milojević: CAMEOS – Impressions for Piano op. 51; Isidora Žebeljan: IL CIRCO for Piano
NEW - Trio Rafale / Brahms - Vasks
Trio Rafale / Piano Trios / Brahms – Vasks
Dramatic, Mysterious, Expressive
The name of the young piano trio Rafale comes from the French word for gust - in addition to gale force storm winds, gust can also mean a warm air stream or a cool breeze. It is thus a metaphor for every type of musical gesture.
Within a short time, the young trio has already won a remarkable number of prizes. Recently, Trio Rafale won both the jury prize and the audience prize at the Migros Culture Percentage Chamber Music Competition in 2013. Before that, Trio Rafale won the first prize at the prestigious Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2011.
They live up to their name in this new recording, whether it be powerful or agile, of Johannes Brahms C-major Piano Trio Op. 101 and "Episodi e Canto perpetuo"; the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks writes of his work, dedicated to French composer Olivier Messiaen": "It describes a difficult journey through the misery, disappointment and suffering of love; this journey is the centre of gravity of the canto." Trio Rafale captivates listeners' emotions in its portrayal.
NEW - Belenus Quartett / Haydn, Bartók
Belenus Quartett / String Quartets / Haydn - Bartók
Powerful, virtuosic and breathtaking string quartet
The Belenus Quartet was awarded with the special prize for best Haydn interpretation at the "Sandor Vegh Competition" in 2012. With exciting vitality, sensitivity to rich nuances and powerful virtuosity, the four young musicians are brilliant and breathtaking in their reading of Bartók's String Quartet No. 4; there is hardly another quartet in the literature which features such depth and diversity of sound in all of the instruments. Each of the five movements creates a special sound cosmos. For example, hardly anywhere else in the string quartet literature is there a movement of pizzicato throughout like the fourth movement.
A treat for audiophiles is this special edition limited to 999 copies on 2, 45 rpm vinyl records which is 180 g pressing with exclusive packaging (2 separate cases with booklet included in a boxed set).
GISO – isolator
For galvanically separation of network connections in digital audio
ACOUSENCE has years of experience in high-resolution digital recording formats as almost no other music production company does. Over the years, this has led to a number of in-house innovations which we use for our own productions.
We are committed to high-resolution audio formats because of the higher quality of music and increased listening enjoyment they provide, and these in-house innovations have been so beneficial that we are pleased to make this technology available for personal hi-fi equipment as well. Thus ACOUSENCE not only stands for high-quality music recordings, but also GISO which optimises streamer playback.
NEW - Richard Strauss: Don Quixote Op. 35
Richard Strauss (1864-1949): "Don Quixote"
Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character, op. 35 (1897)
In one great dramatic arc … appealing and valuable
In Vol. 20 of our LIVING CONCERT SERIES, Jonathan Darlington and the Duisburg Philharmonic again show their special feel for the colour of sound and orchestral balance. In one great dramatic arc, Darlington leads them through the idealized dream world lived out by and inevitably the downfall of the story's hero Don Quixote. But the work is more than a symphonic tone poem and programme music, more than a set of variations and due to the presentation two solo instruments, more than a symphonic concerto. It is the combination of these elements which makes "Don Quixote" so incredibly appealing and valuable.
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