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Harmonia Mundi in June

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France's pride and joy Harmonia Mundi have some interesting new releases they would like you to know about. First off, there's a CD called "Scherzi Musicali" featuring pieces by Monteverdi. While the first series of Scherzi aimed to please the taste of Francesco Gonzague of Mantua, the second one, written 25 years later, was for Monteverdi's pleasure alone (and are considered to be stylistically way more demanding).

Secondly, you shouldn't miss out on the Huelgas Ensemble's latest offering, "Il Padre". The latter being the nickname of Alfonso Ferrabosco (1543-1588). At his time, Ferrabosco was something of a star and a jack-of-all-trades - he not only enjoyed a succesful career as a composer but was employed in the diplomatic service of Queen Elisabeth (which, back then, was often just a different name for the secret service). The record label characterises his style as a somewhere between rationality and creative riches.

Thirdly, there's a CD with romantic songs from Russia, featuring Kaia Urb and Heiki M├Ątlik, Estonia's musician of the year 1999. Their selection of master pieces by composers from Glinka to Tchaikovsky deals with the issues of "love, desperation and the beauty of nature". This is already the sixth production for Harmonia Mundi with regards to Kaia, who is also a soloist at the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.

Also, check out a record with Poulenc's pure vocal music and another with works by Mendelssohn-Batholdy. With releases as interesting as these, we should be able to wait for the summer just a little bit longer.

Homepage: Harmonia Mundi

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