Arthur-Vincent Lourié, born Naum Izrailevich Luria (Russian: Наум Израилевич Лурья), later changed his name to Artur Sergeyevich Luriye (Russian: Артур Сергеевич Лурье, 14 May 1892 in Propoysk - 12 October 1966 in Princeton, New Jersey) was a significant Russian composer. Lourié played an important role in the earliest stages of the organization of Soviet music after the 1917 Revolution but later went into exile. His music reflects his close connections with contemporary writers and artists, and also his close relationship with Igor Stravinsky.From Wikipedia
Never judge a CD by its cover; nothing about this album's tacky artwork nor the scanty information on its back will prepare the listener for the truly delectable contents inside. The refined period performances of Vivaldi's chamber concertos by the fabulous L'Astrée ensemble make this album a delightful experience, and despite Opus 111's questionable packaging, the label deserves high marks for providing exquisite sound quality and for devoting serious attention to a worthy project.
The concept of The Romantic Piano Concerto series was born at a lunch meeting between Hyperion and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra sometime in 1990. A few months later tentative plans had been made for three recordings, and the first volume, of concertos by Moszkowski and Paderewski, was recorded in June 1991. In our wildest dreams, none of us involved then could ever have imagined that the series would still be going strong twenty years later, and with fifty volumes to its credit.
In 1991, under the auspices of the Institute for the Musical Heritage in Piedmont and the Piedmont Region was founded in Turin the ensemble Astrée, specializing in training instrumental repertoire six eighteenth-century historians and criteria with the use of original instruments.
Though regulated by no Grand Plan, the recording of Vivaldi's with-wind chamber works on Compact Disc progresses apace so let us take stock. Twenty-two works (RV87–108) are listed by Ryom as ''concertos for several different instruments with basso continuo'', one (RV93), with no wind instrument, is unsuited to the above ensembles. Seventeen of the remaining 21 are contained within the recordings by Petri/Holliger et al (PH) on Philips, and the London Harpsichord Ensemble (LHE) on Unicorn-Kanchana, with a few overlaps easily identified by consulting the earlier reviews. Ryom also lists five ''sonatas for two different instruments'' (RV82–86), two of which (RV84 and 86) are apt to all three groups and PH include the latter in their two-disc set.
The real prize in this jam packed nine-CD set is of course the incandescent recording of Giulio Cesare with some of the most phenomenal singing on record by Larmore, Schlick, and Fink. When this came out it created quite a stir, given it is about as complete as it ever has been, and filled with Jacob’s searching and trend-setting conducting. While it won’t displace favorites of yesteryear, those recordings are of a different era and style altogether, and here the opera comes together in a manner fully redolent of what Handel must have envisioned.