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Analekta - 20 Years Of Excellence / Lamon, Soly, Schmithusen, Istomin, Weil


Release Date: 05/15/2007 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 299705   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelGottfried H. StölzelAnonymousChristoph Graupner,   ... 
Performer:  Luc BeauséjourSergei IstominMarie-Nicole LemieuxMatthias Maute,   ... 
Conductor:  Jeanne LamonGeneviève SolyJoseph RescignoRonald Zollman,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  TafelmusikEnsemble CapriceL'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 7 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Analekta is Greek for "a collection of the finest works." Since the inception of the company in 1988, Founder and President Mario Labbe and his team of dedicated people have worked diligently to represent its corporate name. They celebrate their 20th anniversary with a gift to us all with this 6-disc compilation of some of the finest recordings in their catalog, at a most generous price. Here are a few excerpts of reviews from the original discs:

Vivaldi - Stabat Mater


"Quebec contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux scored a top rating on her earlier Analekta disc of Handel Italian cantatas, and in that review I expressed a desire for more recordings from this
Read more sensational young singer... Lemieux continues to impress with her warm, true-contralto tone, fluid legatos, canny phrasing, and total command of the technical aspects of these justifiably popular yet challenging works... Lemieux artfully incorporates the breathing points in her more drawn-out lines--in the Stabat Mater's central Largo, for instance--to enhance the phrasing so that the breaks seem part of the music's natural flow. This is singing of the highest professional and artistic standard, and the spirit and enthusiasm that informs every note keeps us happily involved all the while Lemieux holds center stage... and Tafelmusik's splendid ensemble interplay and impeccable precision leave no doubt that we're hearing Baroque instrumental music at its best. The sound is absolutely ideal, with especially keen definition to the strings and natural, unadulterated treatment of the voice. A must!" --David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

Beethoven - Piano Sonata no 31 in A Flat Major, op 110

"The pianist remains thoroughly devoted to microscopic detail and grand clarification... while his soft playing has gained body and luminescence... notice how he builds Op. 110's long-lined Adagio ma non troppo from the bottom up. His rubatos in the latter sonata's Fugue no longer seem artificially tacked on but rather are organically integrated into the music's visionary path... It goes without saying that these works are amply served via recordings from Schnabel to Serkin and Kempff to Kempf, with Hungerford, Goode, Pollini, and Richter for good measure. To this august roster we easily can add the veteran Kuerti." --Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

Bach - Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 5 in F minor, BWV 1018


"The performances abound with beauty, intelligence, and expressivity. Take, for example, the F minor sonata's Adagio. The violin part mainly consists of slow-moving chords, surrounded by faster-moving harpsichord lines that alternate between hands. Many violinists pay no attention to the chords' underlying melody, yet Ehnes not only brings it out but also makes it come alive in a vibrant dialogue with the harpsichord...This cycle, along with the Sonatas and Partitas, ensures James Ehnes' standing as one of the great Bach violinists of our time, or any time for that matter.-- --Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com "

Mathieu - Concerto de Québec

"What a fascinating novelty André Mathieu's Concerto de Québec is! A child prodigy of Mozartian facility, Mathieu wrote the work in the early 1940s when he was all of 13 years old(!), on the way to a tragic career in which emotional disturbance and burnout led to a premature death in 1968, age 39. Alain Lefèvre has undertaken some yeoman work collating sources and editing the piece for performance, and a more entertaining pastiche you won't find this side of Hoffnung's Concerto Populare. Imagine the Gallic sensibility of Saint-Säens married to piano writing in the style of Rachmaninov, all at the service of melodies that have their source in everything from Tchaikovsky to Mendelssohn to Poulenc to Mozart's Turkish Rondo, and you'll get the idea. Formally speaking, well, let's just say that there really isn't any, but who cares? The tunes are terrific, the piano writing heedlessly brilliant, the orchestration endearingly over the top (note the arrival of the cymbals, with a vengeance, at the climax of the slow movement), and the whole so much fun that you'll simply be swept up in the youthful enthusiasm of it all. Lefèvre plays the piece as if it were the greatest music in the world, and he gets excellent backing from Yoav Talmi and the Quebec orchestra."

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Scarlatti - Sonatas

"Luc Beauséjour plays a mean harpsichord, and these muscular, vibrant performances exude a level of energy exceptional even in music not known for its sense of repose."

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Mozart - Divertimento

"The Gryphon Trio shows that it understands how to inflect Mozart's lyrical lines without ever losing sight of their ultimate destinations, engaging your attention without disfiguring the music in the process... a first-class achievement in every way."

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

"The Toronto-based Tafelmusik, one of North America's two or three top-rank period-style orchestras, delivers this Baroque staple with interpretive authority and impressive yet thankfully unadorned technique, giving careful attention to line in the slow movements and keeping rhythms and articulation crisp in the fast ones."

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
Solomon, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Bist du bei mir by Gottfried H. Stölzel
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), Sergei Istomin (Viola da gamba), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
Iag Bari by Anonymous
Performer:  Matthias Maute (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
4.
Hungaricus 15 by Anonymous
Performer:  Matthias Maute (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
5.
Ach Gott und Herr by Christoph Graupner
Performer:  Ingrid Schmithüsen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Geneviève Soly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Darmstadt, Germany 
6.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 1/L 366 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 23/L 411 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
8.
L'arte del violino, Op. 3: Concerto no 5 in C major - Caprice no 9 by Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
9.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 5 in F minor, BWV 1018 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin), Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
10.
Ich habe genug, BWV 82: Ich habe genug by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Matthew White (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
11.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, H 15 no 27 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anton Kuerti (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin), Alain Marion (Flute)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
14.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin), Alain Marion (Flute)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
15.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: L'ho perduta, me meschina! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin), Alain Marion (Flute)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
16.
Divertimento for Piano, Violin and Cello in B flat major, K 254 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anton Kuerti (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
17.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Joseph Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
19.
Egmont, Op. 84: no 2, Die Trommel gerühret by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
20.
Egmont, Op. 84: no 5, Freudvoll und leidvoll by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
21.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anton Kuerti (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in A flat major, Op. 7: 2nd movement, Prestissimo agitato by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Anton Kuerti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
23.
Notturno for Piano and Strings in E flat major, D 897/Op. 148 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 3 Secs. 
24.
Songs (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91: no 1, Gestille Sehnsucht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
25.
Songs (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91: no 2, Geistliches Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1864-84; Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
26.
Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Van Dam (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Ronald Zollman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
27.
Pieces (2) for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 20: no 2, Sérénade espagnole by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Yuli Turovsky (Cello)
Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
28.
Chant du ménéstrel, Op. 71 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Yuli Turovsky (Cello)
Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
Written: 1900 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
29.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  André Laplante (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
30.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Alain Lefèvre (Piano)
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Length: 18 Minutes 39 Secs. 
31.
Romanian Rhapsody no 1 in A major, Op. 11 no 1 by George Enescu
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Romania 
Length: 11 Minutes 26 Secs. 
32.
Old Photographs by Christos Hatzis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Canada 
Length: 10 Minutes 42 Secs. 
33.
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552 "St Anne" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bernard Lagacé (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
34.
Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
35.
Concerto de Québec by André Mathieu
Performer:  Alain Lefèvre (Piano)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Canada 
36.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Ivan Marinov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
37.
Sonata for Flute, Violin and Piano, H 254 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Alain Marion (Flute), Angèle Dubeau (Violin), Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
38.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, D 574/Op. 162 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin), Anton Kuerti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Solomon (Handel): Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Stabat Mater (Vivaldi): VII. Eja mater, fons amoris
L'arte del violino (Locatelli): Concerto no 5: Caprice no 9

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