Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi presents thirteen
arias most of them recorded here for the first time
inspired by ten Greek female archetypes.
George Petrou, conductor
Powerful female characters and a woman's powerful voice: MDG listeners
are familiar with Mary-Ellen Nesi from several outstanding Handel
recordings. In her most recent recital the acclaimed mezzo-soprano
turns to dramatic roles from Baroque and classical operas. The selection
on this Super Audio CD is compelling: supported by the musicians
of Armonia Atenea under the conductor George Petrou, Nesi lends
complex female characters a deep intensity of irresistible audience
appeal from the first note straight through to the very end.
Jeremias du Grain (17??-1756)
Goldberg Baroque Ensemble
Andrzej Szadejko, conductor
MDG 902 2060-6
Johann Jeremias Du Grain was on familiar terms with the musical
greats of his era. He learned the musical trade from Telemann, who
was already famous at the time, and he assisted the very busy Handel
with the composition of a festive cantata for the five hundredth
anniversary of Elbing, his chosen place of residence. One hears
traces of these illustrious surroundings in Du Grain's own cantatas,
which Andrzej Szadejko and the Goldberg Baroque Ensemble are now
presenting for the first time on this audiophile multichannel release
in the Musica Baltica series.
Alexander Suleiman, violoncello
Yubo Zhou, piano
Who's afraid of big emotions? An-lun Huang's piano trios dazzlingly
demonstrate that contemporary music in no way has to be accessible
only to a sworn community of experts. With his skill this Chinese-Canadian
composer combines the best traditions from several world regions
to produce a euphonious and harmonious whole - and does so with
great class. The premiere ensemble for the Trio No. 2 from 2015
lends this first recording a special measure of authenticity.
String Quartets (No. 1-23)
MDG 307 2066-2
Only ten of Mozart's twenty-three string quartets have found their
way into the standard concert repertoire. The Leipzig String Quartet
once again has performed a meritorious service, this time by showing
that besides the famous "Dissonance" and "Hunt"
quartets the thirteen quartets from the genial composer's youth
absolutely deserve their place on the concert stage. The ensemble's
highly acclaimed recording is now available in a special edition
with eight CDs also including the ten "great quartets"
- a release guaranteed to win the hearts of collectors and all interested