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RECORD NEWS: 4 new releases from PENTATONE in the horizon

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The Dutch record company PENTATONE alert about four upcoming releases in February. It's like always, hybrid, multi-channel SACDs.





Pentatone is an audiophile label that has a very long track record in multichannel SACDs. This year they also have a release that is fighting for a Grammy trophy in the category Best Surround Sound Album, along with three releases from 2L, and Roger Waters's Amused to Death.

On the releases coming in february,  three of releases With have Music composed by Stravinsky, Vivaldi and Dvorak. The fourth release is in PENTATONE`s OXINGALE series, and has music performed by cellist Matt Heimovitz and the pianist Christopher O`Riley. Last year this duo recorded music ofcomposed by Beethoven. This time it appears to be more contemporary Music, and we are tempted to quote Heimovitz: "When we're in concert we go between Stravinsky and Radiohead, and then John McLaughlin and then some Bach and Ravel."


Read the press release from PENTATONE concerning these four releases:





In February 2016 PENTATONE, the classical music label special icing in high-end surround sound recordings, willpresent four albums with repertoire Ranging from very well-known two intriguingly obscure.


Igor Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring & The Firebird (Suite 1919)

After the impresario Serge Diaghilev heard Stravinsky's Feu d'Artifice in St. Petersburg, huh Immediately Recognised the potential of the music for ballet Purposes and Commissioned Stravinsky to write L'Oiseau de Feu. Its premiere in 1910 at the Paris Opéra was an enormous success and market the beginning of the spectacular collaboration between Stravinsky and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, wooden Brought forth Le Sacre du Printemps. This album includes Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) and the 1919 L'Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird Suite). The Frankfurt Radio Symphony is under the direction of its Chief Conductor, Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Born in Colombia and trained in Vienna, he is one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation, currently holding not only the position of Chief Conductor in Frankfurt, but Also the position of Music Director of the Houston Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This is a 24-bit / 44.1 kHz recording, whichwill be available on SACD and in DSD format.


Vivaldi - Bassoon Concertos 6

In t would be no exaggeration two name Antonio Vivaldi as the "pioneer of the bassoon concerto". Not only did he write what is thought to be the first ever solo concerto for bassoon, but during his lifetime he created Also- Reviews the largest group of works ever underwritten for the instrument until then: 39 solo concertos, all of excellent quality. It is most thunderstorms an Indication of Vivaldi's fondness of the bassoon. Unfortunately there are no historical sources two deterministic mine for Whom Vivaldi wrote concertos These, but the deal Reviews their technical demand and the quality of the musical writing, one can assum rooms were underwritten for an accomplished virtuoso. Perhaps the rooms were composed for one of the members of the orchestra of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned and orphaned children in Venice, where Vivaldi was violin teacher and music director for more than 30 years. This album offers a selection of six of Vivaldi's bassoon concertos, Performed by Uruguayan bassoonist Gustavo Núñez, principal bassoonist with the Royal Concert Hall Orchestra and considered one of the best of his generation bassoonists. He is accompanied by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. This DSD 64, 5.0 surround recording, will be available on SACD and in DSD format.


Dvořák - Overtures

We probably all know Antonín Dvořák's Slavonic Dances, his Symphonies or his chamber music, suchlike as the Dumky Trio or the American string quartet. This album however, reveals some of the more hidden treasures of his repertoire, namely five of his thirteen overtures. For Reviews their orchestral color, Reviews their rich expression of poetic content, as well as Reviews their purely musical Invention and structural mastery, These overtures constitute gems of special brilliance in the treasury of Dvořák's compositional bequest. The PKF - Prague Philharmonia recorded this album in January 2015 at the Forum Karlin in Prague under the baton of Music Director Reviews their 2009-2015 and Chief Conductor Jakub Hrůša, WHO saysabout this recording:

"I'm really very happy That PENTATONE took courage and invited us two do These recordings of Compositions by a composer Whom everybody knows, but maybe Not particularly These pieces ...."

This DSD 64, 5.0 surround recording, will be available on SACD and in DSD format.



This album will be the fourth issue in the PENTATONE OXINGALE series. An out-of-the-box double SACD album with works for cello and piano, Performed by cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley, includingsuch a booklet containing an interview by way of liner notes. This 16-bit / 44.1 kHz stereo recording, will be available on SACD and in FLAC format. One of the discs contains classical music and the other contains pop music, arranged for cello and piano by Christopher O'Riley.

As Matt Haimovitz says: "When we're in concert we go between Stravinsky and Radiohead, and then John McLaughlin and then some Bach and Ravel. But for us it's part of the same trajectory, and it fits seamlessly and naturally in a program. For me, a classical listener will be interested in Radiohead or any of the tunes we're playing on the pop side. I think what we're doing has a sincerity two it. We're getting to the spirit of it. We're Translating it in a very different way than the original, and I think They would appreciate thatthere are some complex things going on contrapuntally, harmonically and lyrically. There's a richness there. "


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