August 2022 - New Releases

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Johannes Brahms

Complete Symphonies

Danish Chamber Orchestra, Adam Fischer

8574465-67
3 CD
26/08/2022
NAXOS
NAXOS DENMARK

Brahms was 43 years old when, after a long period of maturation, his First Symphony was published. The conductor Felix Weingartner commented on it ‘taking hold like the claw of a lion’ and its urgency marked a new phase in Brahms’ musical development. The Second Symphony is traditionally seen as the pastoral element in the cycle, while the Third, with its melodic beauty, has the courage to end quietly, an act of astonishing serenity. The compelling Passacaglia finale of the Fourth Symphony represents a fitting summation to one of the greatest symphonic cycles in the classical canon. 2022 marks 25 years of close, innovative cooperation between Adam Fischer and the Danish Chamber Orchestra. This has resulted in a number of releases, and gained international recognition. The conductor commented: ‘The many years together have created the foundation for a mutual understanding of music and a highly distinctive style of playing that has been recognised far beyond Denmark’s national borders.’

Henry Vieuxtemps

Fantasie in E major ‘La Sentimentale’

Alexander Markov, Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach, Markus Huber

8574363
1 CD
26/08/2022
NAXOS

Vieuxtemps transformed the technique and aesthetic of violin playing in the 19th century, and as a virtuoso exponent and composer he was considered a worthy successor to Paganini. His works for violin and orchestra illustrate two notable features – a liking for variation form and the fusion of emotional density with virtuosic flair. These can be heard in the impressive Variations on a Theme from Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 and his Fantasie in E major ‘La Sentimentale’, one of his very greatest concert fantasies, where the music is influenced by bel canto. All of the works on this album were discovered after the composer’s death apart from the the unfinished Violin Concerto No. 8 – one of Vieuxtemps’ last compositions and dedicated to his most illustrious pupil, Eugène Ysaÿe.

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari

Suite Veneziana; Triptychon; Divertimento; Arabesken

Oviedo Filarmonía, Friedrich Haider

8573583
1 CD
12/08/2022
NAXOS

Wolf-Ferrari is famous for his operatic works in which he invented a new idiom by transplanting 18th-century Venetian culture into the 20th century. But almost all of the composer’s orchestral music dates from his final years and occupies a different expressive realm. The Suite veneziana resonates with melancholy, and the Triptychon is a contemplative, passionate masterpiece of orchestration. Subtle use of counterpoint transforms the Divertimento into a playful exploration of themes, while Arabesken pays tribute to an old friend, the Venetian painter Ettore Tito (1859–1941). His own elegantly simple melody, known as ‘Tito’s theme’, is turned by Wolf-Ferrari into a sequence of sumptuous orchestral variations culminating in a powerful fugue.

Edward German

Merrie England Suite; Nell Gwyn; Gipsy Suite; Romeo and Juliet – British Light Music, Vol. 10

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Leaper

8555171
1 CD
26/08/2022
NAXOS
BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC

"Acknowledged by Sir Arthur Sullivan as his musical heir, Edward German enjoyed huge acclaim during his lifetime. His dances are ‘charged with the fragrant essence of the greenwood’ and the Overture to Nell Gwyn, with its richly English themes, explains Elgar’s liking for German’s music. The gloriously romanticised Gipsy Suite pays subtle homage to Dvořák; the dances from Henry VIII were responsible for his early celebrity; and Tom Jones (on 8.660270-71) and Merrie England were two of his greateststage successes."

John Burge

Sinfonia Antiqua; One Sail; Forgotten Dreams; Upper Canada Fiddle Suite

Joanna G’froerer, Rachel Mercer, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Kevin Mallon

8579073
1 CD
12/08/2022
NAXOS

John Burge is a JUNO Award-winning composer and a passionate advocate for Canadian music who has a strong affinity with writing for string instruments. All of the works in this recording were commissioned and premiered by the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. Opening with the joyous and celebratory Sinfonia Antiqua, the mood shifts to an evocative and impressionistic atmosphere in Forgotten Dreams, while One Sail captures the compelling power of poetic imagery. The Upper Canada Fiddle Suite blends tradition and nostalgia with entirely original inventiveness, and concludes an album that perfectly represents Burge’s eloquent and deeply expressive compositional style.

Sixto María Durán, Jacinto Freire, Gerardo Guevara, Leonardo Cárdenas, Samuel Zyman

Flauta Andina – 20th Century Andean Music for Flute and Piano

Daniel Velasco, Ellen R. Sommer

8579125
1 CD
12/08/2022
NAXOS

The rich variety of colours and rhythms in South American culture and music are an essential feature of this programme, which focuses largely on music by composers from the Ecuadorian Andes. Opening with Durán’s popular and crowd-pleasing Leyenda incásica, the theme of Ecuadorian dances continues in Jacinto Freire’s Suite, which also celebrates the flight of the condor. Virtuosity, evocations of landscape and expressive traditional songs can all be found here, concluding with Mexican composer Samuel Zyman’s internationally acclaimed Flute Sonata No. 1, which ranges from lyrical introspection to intensely contrapuntal dialogue.

Derek Bermel

Intonations – Music for Clarinet and Strings

Derek Bermel, Christopher Otto, Wiek Hijmans, JACK Quartet

8559912
1 CD
26/08/2022
NAXOS
AMERICAN CLASSICS

Twice GRAMMY-nominated composer and performer Derek Bermel studied with Henri Dutilleux, Dutch avantgardist Louis Andriessen, and ragtime revivalist William Bolcom. In his music, seemingly antithetical qualities – classical and vernacular, comic and serious – merge and transform each other unpredictably, their inspiration ranging from theatre (Ritornello), to gestalt psychology (Figure and Ground), to meditations on cosmology (A Short History of the Universe). Thracian Sketches explores and reimagines Bulgarian folk music, while the Violin Etudes distill Bermel’s intellectual creativity into its purest form.

Konstantin Vassiliev

Guitar Works, Vol. 1

Yuri Liberzon, Patrick O’Connell

8574315
1 CD
26/08/2022
NAXOS

Konstantin Vassiliev’s music synthesises several different styles including jazz, Russian folk music and contemporary Western traditions. This album contains music written over a 22-year period, with three works composed specifically for guitar soloist Yuri Liberzon. The Hommage à Tom Jobin was inspired by one of the creators of the bossa nova style, while the melancholic and lyrical contrasts of Rose in the Snow reveal Vassiliev’s gift for storytelling. Arias, romantic miniatures, variations and multi-character episodes further reveal Vassiliev to be a vibrant and exciting composer of wide-ranging gifts.

Erik Satie

Great Composers in Words and Music: Erik Satie

Lucy Scott

8578366
1 CD
26/08/2022
NAXOS
GREAT COMPOSERS WORD MUSIC

Famous today for his Trois Gymnopédies, Erik Satie was an eccentric and solitary figure who was nevertheless viewed by some as a prophet of French musical modernism, his striking creativity championed by Ravel and Debussy. From tragedy and trauma in his early years, through his time as a pianist and Parisian provocateur at Le Chat Noir cabaret, and as house composer to the mystical Rose+Croix cult and beyond, Satie’s eventful life is told in this fascinating revue of a composer whose unique music is still influential today. The narrative is illustrated with musical excerpts from works including Gymnopédie No. 3, Gnossienne No. 3, Sports et Divertissements, Trois Morceaux en forme de poire and Relâche, among others.

Siegfried Wagner

An Allem ist Hütchen Schuld! (‘Everything is little-hat’s fault!’)

Soloists, Nuremberg Philharmonic Chorus, PPP Music Theatre Ensemble, Munich, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, David Robert Coleman

8225378-80
3 CD
12/08/2022
MARCO POLO

Richard Wagner’s son Siegfried initially studied to become an architect, but the pull of music was too strong and he composed 15 operas, among other works. An Allem ist Hütchen Schuld! (‘Everything is Little-Hat’s Fault!’) has a multi-layered plotline that alludes to at least 40 fairy tales. These are all brought together into a storyline in which Katherlies’chen and Frieder’s intentions to be married take them on fantastical adventures, with the goblin Little-Hat at the heart of all the goings-on. With its expressive orchestration, lyricism and late Romantic colour, this is an opera that transports you into a world in which anything seems possible. This recording of Siegfried Wagner’s An Allem ist Hütchen Schuld! is of a live performance of the Bayreuth production that was done in the year of the composer’s 125th birthday in August 2019. The attractive production uses a new critical edition of the score created by Ulrich Leykam, and it proved extremely popular with sell-out audiences at each performance. The earlier 2015 production by the late Peter P. Pachl first appeared on DVD (2.220006) and shares several cast members with this more recent Bayreuth production.

Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn

Piano Sextet; Piano Quartet; Piano Trio

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective

CHAN 20256
1 CD
29/07/2022
CHANDOS

"Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, born four years before her brother, Felix Mendelssohn, was an accomplished pianist and a prolific composer. When she died of a stroke, aged just forty-two, she left around 460 pieces of music, some 250 of which are songs. The difficulties of making a career in her own era (her supportive father would not allow her to publish or work as a ‘professional’ composer) have condemned much of her work to obscurity, a situation that is now rapidly being reversed as the number of concerts and recordings devoted to works by women composers increases. Here the award-winning Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective champions her Piano Trio and Piano Quartet, alongside Felix Mendelssohn’s underperformed Piano Sextet. Fanny composed her Piano Quartet whilst a student, aged seventeen. In contrast, the Piano Trio was her last chamber work, written in her final year. The Piano Sextet by Felix Mendelssohn was also an early work, written in just a few short weeks in the spring of 1824. For some reason he never published the work (perhaps because of the unusual scoring), hence it became his Op. 110 when published, posthumously, in 1868."

Frank Bridge: There is a Willow Grows aslant a Brook (arr. Britten); Three Songs; Cello Sonata (arr. Clément); Benjamin Britten: Lachrymae; Elegy

Hélène Clément, Dame Sarah Connolly, Alasdair Beatson

CHAN 20247
1 CD
12/08/2022
CHANDOS

Hélène Clément, violist with the Doric String Quartet, is the current holder of the viola previously owned by both Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten. Her ambition, quickly formed once she first played this instrument, has been to create a testament to both composers and to the instrument that binds them together. This recording, in which Hélène is joined by the pianist Alasdair Beatson and Dame Sarah Connolly, is the realisation of that ambition. Hélène writes: ‘Frank Bridge owned and played the beautiful viola made by Francesco Giussani, in Italy, in 1843. Benjamin Britten was Frank Bridge’s most beloved pupil, and Bridge gave him the viola as a parting gift when Britten had to embark on a ship’s journey to the United States at the outbreak of the Second World War. The composers were never to see each other again. To record the viola repertoire of both composers, producing the very sound that they would have had in their ears, the sound that inspired their love for the instrument and its special language, became a priority for me.’

Franz Joseph Haydn

Piano Sonatas, Vol. 11

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

CHAN 20193
1 CD
29/07/2022
CHANDOS

The survey by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet of Haydn’s piano sonatas reaches its conclusion with this eleventh volume. As in previous releases, the acclaimed pianist has mixed repertoire from different periods of Haydn’s career to create a recital of interest in its own right. Jean-Efflam notes: ‘It has been eleven years since the launch of this project to present Haydn’s sonatas, not in their chronological order, but as collections juxtaposing works from different periods. The programme for this final disc was actually the first one to be devised: I wanted to place side by side the very first and the very last sonata. Then the idea of fleshing out the sonata cycle with other major pieces began at Volume 4, with the addition of the famous Variations in F minor, and finally this last volume is made up of as many sonatas as other types of works. The complete series is thus able to offer music lovers all the sonatas identified to date, together with the other major keyboard works.’

Hugo Wolf

Italienisches Liederbuch

Allan Clayton, Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton

BIS2553
1 SACD
05/08/2022
BIS

"Composed in feverish bouts interrupted by long periods of inaction, Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch was brought to completion in 1896. The 46 songs are settings of poems in German by Paul Heyse, after Italian folk songs – miniatures with a duration of less than 2 minutes in most cases. Heyse’s collection numbered more than 350 poems, but Wolf ignored the ballads and laments, and concentrated almost exclusively on the rispetti. These are short love poems which chart, against a Tuscan landscape, the everyday jealousies, flirtations, joys and despairs of men and women in love. Heyse’s translations often intensify the simple Italian of the original poems, and in their turn, Wolf’s settings represent a further heightening of emotion. Miniatures they may be, but many of the songs strike unforgettably at the heart. When Wolf’s songbook is performed in its entirety, it is usually done by a male and a female singer, although this is not specified in the score. It is not uncommon for them to be transposed, but the songs are written for high voices, and are here performed by a soprano and a tenor – Carolyn Sampson and Alan Clayton – with Joseph Middleton at the piano. The performers have chosen to present the songs in the order they appear in the printed collection, dividing them between themselves."

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concertos for Harpsichord & Strings, Vol. 2

Masato Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

BIS2481
1 SACD
05/08/2022
BIS

"The concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach for solo harpsichord and strings are some of the earliest, if not the very first, keyboard concertos. In all likelihood Bach wrote them for his own use (or that of his talented sons) –probably to be performed with Leipzig’s Collegium Musicum. The concertos’ fresh and exuberant character reflects how much Bach enjoyed the opportunity to engage with his fellow musicians, a quality that also came across on Masato Suzuki’s first installment of Bach's harpsichord concertos together with his colleagues in Bach Collegium Japan: ‘sparkling performances...[Suzuki’s] remarkable virtuosity is beautifully projected by BIS’s excellent SACD recording’ (MusicWeb-International). Despite how idiomatic they may sound, many of Bach’s harpsichord concertos are almost certainly transcriptions of earlier works written for other instruments. Of the works presented on this second volume, BWV 1054 and BWV 1058 are adaptations of violin concertos composed while the composer was living in Cöthen. The model for BWV 1055 has been lost but it is believed to be a concerto for oboe or viola d’amore. BWV 1057, finally, is an adaptation of the well-known Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, transposed down one step but retaining the original’s two recorders. As examples of musical recycling, these works display Bach’s uncanny ability to re-use successful music ideas and give them a new meaning and significance."

Lennox Berkeley, Richard Arnell, Stephen Dodgson, Constant Lambert

Tournament for Twenty Fingers

Emma Abbate, Julian Perkins

BIS2578
1 SACD
05/08/2022
BIS

"Initially enjoying popularity first in Germany-speaking lands and then in France, the genre of the piano duet (four hands, one piano) went on to blossom in England during the 20th century. On this album Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins present the complete works for piano duet by each of the composers selected. Palm Court Waltz, the Sonatina and Theme and Variations from Lennox Berkeley display Gallic traits, the consequence no doubt of his studies in France and his keen interest in the music of Satie, Ravel and Poulenc. While showing an evolution in the composer’s approach to tonality, every hint of seriousness is constantly balanced by elegant playfulness and diaphanous textures. Less well-known than Berkeley, Richard Arnell and Stephen Dodgson nevertheless contribute to the general atmosphere with their unabashedly tonal music that shows the neoclassical influence of Hindemith, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Dodgson’s suite Tournament for Twenty Fingers, which gives its title to this disc, is especially full of fun while ending with a homage to the Czech composers Dvořák and Janáček. An outstanding talent, Constant Lambert held jazz in high esteem and his Trois Pièces –written to be played entirely on the piano’s white keys – form a high-spirited and heartfelt tribute to its rhythmical vitality and inventiveness."

Benjamin Britten

The Music for String Quartet

Emperor Quartet

BIS2640
3 SACD
05/08/2022
BIS

"Between 2010 and 2014, the British Emperor Quartet released the three discs gathered here, with all of Benjamin Britten’s published music for string quartet – as well as his one work for string quintet, the Phantasy in F minor. Their performances of the three numbered quartets, undisputed masterpieces of 20th-century chamber music, were variously described by the critics as ‘stupendous’ (Classic FM Magazine), ‘a wonderful homage’ (Ensemble), and ‘a complete cosmos of colours and nuances’ (Fono Forum), and the discs received top marks and distinctions in magazines such as Fanfare, Diapason and International Record Review. Britten wrote his String Quartets Nos 1, 2 and 3 in 1941, 1945 and 1975 respectively, but his natural facility in writing for strings was evident from a very early age. The Emperor’s set includes a number of youthful works, from the String Quartet in F, by a fourteen-year old schoolboy, to Simple Symphony, composed in 1934 and the work which may be regarded as his breakthrough. The box set includes the original booklets, with insightful liner notes by Britten specialist Arnold Whittall."

Allan Pettersson

Symphony No. 15; Viola Concerto

Ellen Nisbeth, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Christian Lindberg

BIS2480
1 SACD
05/08/2022
BIS

"Allan Pettersson’s Symphony No. 15 is characterized by a high degree of tension right from the striking opening: brief, emphatic chords from horns and trombones above the tremolo of a side drum. Soon an expressive melodic subject is heard from the first violins, followed by contrasting rapid scales – at which point Pettersson has presented the greater part of the symphony’s building blocks. Like so many of the composer’s symphonies, the 15th is in one movement, but with clearly defined sections. It was completed in 1978, two years before Pettersson’s death, and was followed in 1979, by the sixteenth symphony, the last work that the composer submitted for performance. Only later did it become known that Pettersson had also been working on a Viola Concerto – a work that, if not fully completed, was so far advanced that it has been accepted as part of his œuvre. It is presented here by the Swedish violist Ellen Nisbeth, who also performs one of Pettersson’s very earliest compositions – a Fantaisie pour alto seul, dated June 1936, when the composer himself was about to embark on a career as violist. On this the tenth disc in their acclaimed Pettersson cycle, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and Christian Lindberg bring their combined expertise to bear on the orchestral scores."

Klas Torstensson

Lantern Lectures

Norrbotten NEO, Christian Karlsen

BIS2516
1 SACD
05/08/2022
BIS

"Although born in Sweden, Klas Torstensson has spent most of his working life in the Netherlands following his studies in Utrecht in the early 1970s. Stylistically, he may call to mind Varèse, Xenakis and – perhaps more distantly – Stravinsky. First and foremost, however, Torstensson’s music is personal and distinctive. It is often nourished by his experiences of nature: rough granite, the sea, ice in the frozen Baltic inlets, the polar ice cap. His Lantern Lectures were composed in the aftermath of his opera The Expedition, about an ill-fated journey to the North Pole. While occupied with the opera he had received commissions from several different ensembles, and he therefore decided to write a cycle of works for these ensembles – compositions to be performed separately or as ‘movements’ forming a greater whole. The four lectures portray fundamental elements and phenomena in Nordic nature: bedrock with stratified memories of its violent origins (Solid Rocks I & II), traces of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and potholes, cylindrical holes drilled into the bedrock under glaciers (Giant’s Cauldron). They all involve 12 to 15 players, and are connected by Brass Links, brief interludes for trumpet, horn and trombone. Lantern Lectures is here performed by Norrbotten NEO, an ensemble dedicated to the promotion of contemporary chamber music, conducted by Christian Karlsen."

Leo Blech

Complete Orchestral Works and Orchestral Songs

Sonja Gornik, Opernchor Aachen, Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Christopher Ward

C5481
1 CD
05/08/2022
CAPRICCIO

The closest Leo Blech (1880–1959) gets to fame these days is being mistaken for Ernest Bloch, although some might still remember his seminal work as an opera conductor in Berlin, where he worked for almost half a century (except for the Nazi years). But his compositions – either operas or involving the voice in some other way – have disappeared from the repertoire, which is a pity because his music, while less probing than that of his contemporary Bloch, is very much charming in the style of, say, Humperdinck or Rheinberger.

Radu Paladi

Piano Concerto; Violin Concerto; Symphonic Suite ‘Das Zauberflötchen’

Nina Karmon, Oliver Triendl, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Eugene Tzigane

C5465
1 CD
05/08/2022
CAPRICCIO

After being forced out of his Soviet-occupied home in Bukovina (Chernivtsi), Radu Paladi proved an exceptional talent, whether as a composer, pianist, conductor or lecturer. In the 1950s, a time that was particularly tricky both politically and artistically, Radu Paladi managed to find his artistic path and distinctive voice, incorporating and elevating Romanian folklore in his highly elaborate compositional style to fascinating effect. His music, combining depth, brilliance and vitality, spoke to listeners with an immediacy that made hearing his music an exhilarating experience.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Haydn, Hummel, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák, Alban Berg, Dmitri Shostakovich

Instrumental Soloists for Capriccio’s 40 Year Anniversary

Ton Koopman, Eckart Haupt, Christine Schornsheim, Burkhard Glaetzner, Reinhold Friedrich, Tabea Zimmermann, Tzimon Barto, Linos Ensemble, Petersen Quartet, Vladimir Spivakov

C7399
10 CD
05/08/2022
CAPRICCIO
40 ANNIVERSARY

Capriccio continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary with this retrospective of some of the greatest instrumental recordings in its catalogue. Keyboard mavens include Ton Koopman, performing J.S. Bach; the great Christine Schornsheim, performing concertos by Bach’s sons; and Tzimon Barto, combining his muscular frame with a gentle touch in Brahms. Leading wind and brass players are represented by Burkhard Glaetzner (oboe), Eckart Haupt (flute) and Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet) in music by masters of the Baroque and Classical periods. And there are contributions from the ever-reliable Petersen Quartet, the inquisitive Linos Ensemble (whose exploration of new repertoire represents a Capriccio hallmark), and incomparable solo performers Tabea Zimmermann and Vladimir Spivakov with highlights for the upper strings. Altogether, a generous and enticing programme that is truly representative of the Capriccio label.

Albert Lortzing

Zum Groß-Admiral

Anett Fritsch, Lavinia Dames, Julia Sophie Wagner, Bernhard Berchtold, Jonathan Michie, Martin Blasius, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schirmer

555133-2
2 CD
05/08/2022
CPO

"Ulf Schirmer recorded Albert Lortzing’s Regina in 2011 (CD: CPO 777710-2), and now yet another discovery from this composer’s opera oeuvre of a good dozen works is ready for release: the comic opera Zum Groß-Admiral (The Grand Admiral). Today Lortzing’s name continues to appear in the opera performance repertoire mostly only in association with Zar und Zimmermann or Der Wildschütz, but during his lifetime he was known far and wide not only as a composer but also as a librettist, actor, singer, and conductor. It was Lortzing himself who wrote the libretto for Zum Groß-Admiral, his tenth full-length opera. Composed in Vienna in 1847 and premiered in Leipzig during the same year, this work, like Regina, was born of the spirit of revolution – and completely vanished from performance programs after the revolts of 1848-49. Lortzing, an ardent admirer of Mozart, paid homage to him with the full-length work Szenen aus Mozarts Leben in 1832, and his veneration for this Viennese classical composer is frequently in audible evidence inhis music. Already the overture to Zum Groß-Admiral sparkles with lightness and performance joy, and the ensemble scenes as well as the solos and choral scenes continue in the tradition of the mirthful virtuosity of thecorresponding scenes in Mozart’s operas while representing supreme challenges for the soloists and the chorus."

Hugo Alfvén

Symphonic Works Vol. 3 – Symphony No. 2 Op. 11 in D major; Swedish Rhapsody No. 3, Op. 47

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Lukasz Borowicz

555354-2
1 CD
05/08/2022
CPO

Here loving service is done to a composer who is perhaps Sweden’s most important symphonist and certainly its most popular one.' This is what FonoForum wrote of Vol. 2 of our edition of symphonic works by Hugo Alfvén, who numbers among the most productive and most versatile Swedish cultural personalities. Alfvén’s Symphony No. 2 brought him a success that he termed his definitive artistic breakthrough. A second performance was held during the same year, and it was not long before it was also being presented in foreign countries. This work became his most popular symphony and the first of his compositions to appear in print (1900). At the time national Romantic tones had long dominated music by Swedish composers, while Alfvén adopted a taste that was more Continental – a fact that reviewers registered with astonishment. His Swedish Rhapsody No. 3, a composition featuring impressive work with motifs from Swedish folk music, rounds off this CD.

Hugo Wolf

Orchesterlieder & Penthesilea

Benjamin Appl, Jenaer Philharmonie, Simon Gaudenz

555380-2
1 CD
05/08/2022
CPO

'I am too cowardly to be a proper composer,' Hugo Wolf confessed to a Viennese friend when he was barely 28 years old. And the result of his introspection was not so wrong: everything in his life, not only composing, proceeded in explosive spurts. He wandered through the deepest emotional valleys, suddenly flew up into the highest regions, suffered agonies when he couldn't think of anything to say, shouted his enthusiasm about a successful piece to the whole world and still managed to produce a respectable, albeit fragmentary oeuvre, from which the early poem Penthesilea after Heinrich von Kleist's tragedy of the same name stands out as a symphonic masterpiece. The Austrian baritone Benjamin Appl and the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, led by its principal conductor Simon Gaudenz, have prefaced this highly dramatic monolith with twelve selected songs, most of which were orchestrated by their author himself: a dozen small, finely polished gems based on texts by Goethe, Mörike and Heyse, whose subtle arrangements leave no doubt that Hugo Wolf would certainly have had the makings of a 'proper composer'. Whether then, of course, the ingenious things would have been created that posterity owes to him - that is another matter.

Georg Christoph Wagenseil

Trio Sonatas for Flute, Violin and Bass

Ensemble Klingekunst

555406-2
1 CD
05/08/2022
CPO

The present trio sonatas for transverse flute, violin and basso continuo by Christoph Georg Wagenseil, who was one of the most famous Viennese composers of his time, are all conceived in three movements according to the usual sonata scheme of fast - slow - fast, but they are by no means musical 'mass-produced goods', since the music of the 17th and 18th centuries was, without exception, committed to the musical imitation of the so-called 'affects', whereby this term was understood to mean any human emotion. This imitation of affect was considered the highest goal of composition in those days. As means for this imitation, the composer had all the parameters of composition at his disposal, such as style, genre or form, key, melody, rhythm, tempo, meter, harmony, dynamics, articulation and instrumentation, whereby he should always choose such means and their combinations that best corresponded to the intended affect. The Ensemble Klingekunst interprets these trio sonata jewels - all first recordings, by the way - expressively and passionately.

Franz Schubert, Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller

The Sounds of the Arpeggione

Lorenz Duftschmid, Paul Gulda, David Bergmüller, Chris Pichler, Michael Dangl

555446-2
1 CD
05/08/2022
CPO

Franz Schubert's so-called 'Arpeggione Sonata' owes its peculiar name to a long-forgotten string instrument that was usually referred to in Vienna in the 1820s as the 'bowed guitar' or 'guitar-violoncello'. It was an invention of the Viennese instrument maker Georg Stauffer and was quite popular for about a decade. After that, it disappeared into the annals of history. If Schubert had not dedicated his famous sonata to the instrument, the arpeggione would have been long forgotten. But this way, the memory of the instrument was kept alive. To complement the great 'Arpeggione Sonata', soloist Lorenz Duftschmid has recorded five Schubert songs in instrumental versions (the poems in question are recited before the instrumental version in each case) as well as three nocturnes by an almost forgotten Romantic from the Rhineland: Friedrich Burgmüller. His 'Trois Nocturnes', available in various versions, sound most beautiful and full of emotion on arpeggione and guitar, the two instruments so closely related.

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

Sonatae Violino Solo 1681

Plamena Nikitassova, Les Élémens

555481-2
2 CD
05/08/2022
CPO

The opus most decisive for Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's fame and widely used into the 18th century are the eight sonatas for violin and basso continuo published in 1681. Since the Sonatae unarum fidium by the Viennese violin virtuoso Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, published in 1664, no violin solos of comparable extraordinary compositional and technical ambition had appeared. With his sonatas of 1681, Biber succeeded in setting new standards and achieving a previously unattained synthesis of equally high virtuoso demands, artistic content and compositional technical level. Our exceptional violinist Plamena Nikitassova uses a historical playing technique for her interpretation - a technique that is hardly cultivated any more even among baroque violinists. The instrument is not placed on the shoulder and, if necessary, held with the chin, but is placed against the left breast. This also requires a different posture of the bow: the right arm is not raised very high, the thumb is placed on the hair and contributes to the tension. The sound is noticeably removed from the late Baroque aesthetic, but develops its own charm, especially in the execution of the rapid passagework.

Josefine Opshal

Atrium

Josefine Opshal

8.226596
1 CD
05/08/2022
DACAPO

Atrium, Danish cellist and composer Josefine Opsahl’s debut for Dacapo Records, is a strikingly original statement exploring the duality of her music. Opsahl's distinctive set-up employs cello and live electronics, moulded together into a precisely defined box of digital loops, bodies and buildings, woman and machine.

Martha Argerich: Live, Vol. 7

Martha Argerich

DHR-8175/6
2 CD
12/08/2022
DOREMI
LEGENDARY TREASURES

Includes a recording of Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, made in 1969, as well as two performances from the Edinburgh Festival in 1966 and 1967.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Concertos with Rudolf Serkin, Vol. 4

Rudolf Serkin, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Günther Wich, James Levine, Dimitri Mitropoulos

DHR-8177/8
2 CD
12/08/2022
DOREMI
LEGENDARY TREASURES

Includes live performances of Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 5 & 3 and Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 16 & 25, as well as Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 1.

Andres Segovia and his Contemporaries, Vol. 15

Andres Segovia

DHR-8149
1 CD
12/08/2022
DOREMI
LEGENDARY TREASURES

The Guitar in Spain, Part 3, 1930-1939: Orchestral and Chamber Settings. Also included: Segovia's premiere of Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Guitar Concerto in D, Op. 99 from 1939.

Alessandro Scarlatti

Griselda

La Lira di Orfeo, Coro Ghislieri, Rosetta Cucchi, Raffaele Pe, Carmela Remigio, Francesca Ascioti, Mariam Battistelli, Krystian Adam, Miriam Albano, Carlo Buonfrate, Roberta Chirulli, Vanessa Liberto, Serena Rizzi, George Petrou

CDS7935
3 CD
19/08/2022
DYNAMIC

Alessandro Scarlatti is one of the key figures of Italian Baroque opera and the influential Neapolitan school in particular. Griselda is the last of Scarlatti’s operas to have survived intact to the present day. Its narrative is set in motion by the marriage of the King of Sicily to a poor shepherdess; the ensuing complications of love and the tensions between country and court delivering an entertainment full of lyrical charm and lively action. Performed by a superb team of Baroque specialists and acclaimed singers, this production is set in Puglia’s magnificent Palazzo Ducale and celebrates the 300th anniversary of Griselda’s prémiere.

Johann Pachelbel

Hexachordum Apollinis; Chaconne in C major

Enrico Bissolo

CDS7961
1 CD
19/08/2022
DYNAMIC

Johann Pachelbel is remembered today for his Canon in D major, but he was an outstandingly successful organist and composer whose musical legacy is in fact quite broad and varied. Of his keyboard pieces the Hexachordum Apollinis is regarded as the pinnacle of his oeuvre and was a work to which Pachelbel himself attached great importance. Consisting of six arias with variations, the collection brings together the influence of several schools of music, all filtered through the composer’s refined tastes and superlative technical skill. The splendid Chaconne anticipates Bach and is one of Pachelbel’s best-known keyboard pieces.

William Busch, Elizabeth Poston, Gerald Finzi, Michael Head

Songs of William Busch

Diana Moore, Roderick Williams, Robin Tritschler, John Reid

SRCD409
1 CD
05/08/2022
LYRITA

"British mezzo-soprano Diana Moore has established herself as a firm favourite with audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, acclaimed for her unique voice which ‘combines the range of a mezzo with the tone quality of a contralto’ (Gramophone) – has led to repeat engagements with many of the world's leading music ensembles, and frequent collaborations with eminent conductors. Roderick Williams is one of the most sought after baritones of his generation with a wide repertoire spanning baroque to contemporary which he performs in opera, concert and recital. He enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses. He performs regularly with leading conductors and orchestras throughout the UK, Europe, North America and Australia, and his many festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Melbourne. Acclaimed for his 'radiantly lyrical' voice, Irish tenor Robin Tritschler has garnered praise from critics and audiences for his performances. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and was a BBC New Generation Artist. Robin has appeared with many leading orchestras, and in recital with leading accompanists. He has performed in multiple roles for the Welsh National Opera, and made his debut with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in Wozzeck, and with Garsington Opera as Ferrando. John Reid‘s career to date has shown him to be a pianist of notable versatility and range, with wid experience as an outstanding chamber musician, song accompanist, soloist and exponent of new music. Increasingly in demand as a teacher, he is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Much in demand as a guest pianist with a number of other leading ensembles."

Richard Wagner

Hans Knappertsbusch Conducts Richard Wagner’s Der Rng des Nibelungen (Bayreuth 1956)

Hans Hotter, Wolfgang Windgassen, Josef Greindl, Gré Brouwenstijn, Astrid Varnay, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Hans Knappertsbusch

MACD4009
13 CD
19/08/2022
MUSIC & ARTS

Knappertsbusch’s 1956 Bayreuth Ring in superb fidelity! Re-issued by popular demand, this edition was carefully remastered from an original set of broadcast tapes in superb sound. Technical reconstruction by Maggi Payne. Included are liner notes by William H. Youngren.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Furtwängler Conducts Beethoven: The Best of the WWII Live Recordings

Tilla Briem, Elisabeth Höngen, Peter Anders, Rudolf Watzke, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Kittel Choir, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwängler

MACD4049
4 CD
19/08/2022
MUSIC & ARTS

This collection represents the finest World War II-era performances of Beethoven’s symphonies under Furtwängler’s baton. The legendary March 1942 Berlin performance of the Ninth Symphony has been completely re-mastered for this edition from a new source and sounds superior to any prior issue!

Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák

Works for String Quartet

Wihan Quartet

NI6422
1 CD
05/08/2022
NIMBUS ALLIANCE

"Loss of hearing forced Smetana to leave his position at the Provincial Theatre and withdraw from social life and his musical career. In 1876 he moved to his daughter Zofie´s house in Jabkenice. Here he was able to enjoy the calm and quite needed so that he could focus on his compositions. The change in his circumstances made him reflect on his life and he captured his feelings in his String Quartet No. 1 in E-minor From My Life. Smetana described the work as “intimate and private music for four instruments talking about my life”. However, the opposite was true of this epic score of programme music. Until this time the techniques used by Smetana in this quartet had only been used by composers writing for symphony orchestra. He used symphonic techniques with brilliant effect for chamber music.From 1892 to 1895 Dvořák was the director of the National Conservatory in New York. He composed many masterpieces during this time and one of them was his String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, American. It is one of Dvořák’s most played works and one of the most popular works in the chamber music repertoire. Filled with joy and optimism, Dvořák tried to capture the characteristics of American music, using pentatonic scales, syncopation and melodic themes of typical American revue music. After the successful premiere of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, German music publisher, Simrock, asked Dvořák to compose more pieces in the Slavonic style. At first Dvořák declined, but then changed his mind and he composed Eight Waltzes for Piano, Op.54. These waltzes are straightforward, jovial and uncomplicated. Dvořák arranged two of the waltzes for string quartet and they were premiered by an ad hoc ensemble with the first violin played by his friend Ferdinand Lachner. Simrock never published the Op.54 set of waltzes and yet they spread among musicians and became very popular. They were finally published in 1911 to mark what would have been Dvořák´s 70th birthday."

Ludvig Norman

Symphony No. 3 & Overtures

Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Gustavsson

ODE 1391-2
1 CD
05/08/2022
ONDINE

This album includes a large portion of the orchestral works written by Ludvig Norman (1831–1885), ‘The Swedish Brahms’, including his masterpiece work, Symphony No. 3, performed by the Oulu Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Gustavsson. Ludvig Norman was a highly fascinating artist who inspired a generation of Swedish composers and was widely respected, although his 3rd Symphony was premièred only after the composer’s death.

Jaques Offenbach, Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski, Alexander Borodin, Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner

George London: Arias by Offenbach, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Verdi, Wagner

George London, Teresa Stich-Randall, Maria von Ilosvay, Valérie Bak, Astrid Varnay, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Moralt, Richard Kraus, Hermann Weigert

C220051
1 CD
05/08/2022
ORFEO

"Re-release of sold-out C502001.Among those singers who, in the mid-twentieth century, stepped onto the opera stages of the world and into the shoes of the legendary thirties and forties generation of singers, the bass-baritone George London was an exception. His voice, with its inimitable and balanced timbre in all registers, found virtually no comparison. London was a true bass-baritone whose voice, even in extreme reaches, could maintain its dark tone thanks to a conscious style and articulation and a wide-ranging expressive ability. His international career was brought to an abrupt and all too early end in the 1960s. During an operation one of his vocal chords was damaged and his voice never regained its force and beauty. While in Munich during a tour of Europe, London suffered a stroke from which he never fully recovered. He died in New York in 1985. The present album with recordings from the Bavarian broadcast archive feature the legendary bass-baritone at the height of his career in the 1950s."

Antonín Dvořák: Hussite Overture & Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto

Henryk Szeryng, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelík

C220081
1 CD
05/08/2022
ORFEO

"Re-release of sold-out C719071.The visiting Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra opened its concert at the 1967 Vienna Festival with a high-octane performance of Dvořák’s patriotic overture The Hussites. In the Brahms Violin Concerto, the elegant soloist Henryk Szeryng and the conductor Rafael Kubelík entered into a musical dialogue that was both subtly sensitive and quick-witted."

Charles Villiers Stanford

Children’s Songs

Kitty Whately, Gareth Brynmor, Susie Allan

SOMMCD 0655
1 CD
19/08/2022
SOMM RECORDINGS

SOMM Recordings continues its widely acclaimed championing of the music of Charles Villiers Stanford with a captivating collection of his Children’s Songs by mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and baritone Gareth Brynmor John, accompanied by pianist Susie Allan. Including numerous first recordings and the first complete CD release of his setting of 14-year-old Helen Douglas Adam’s enchanting Songs from the Elfin Pedlar, it throws revealing new light on an important but largely overlooked aspect of Stanford’s output. It features premiere recordings of the early, Robert Louis Stevenson-set A Child’s Garland of Songs (Op.30), the mid-period Four Songs (Op.112) and later Six Songs (Op.175), together with seven other standalone songs, including the simple pastoral message of Summer’s Rain and Winter’s Snow and delightfully capricious Fairy Lures.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Jean Sibelius

Serge Koussevitzky conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Live) – Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 & Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky

ARIADNE 5017-2
1 CD
19/08/2022
SOMM RECORDINGS
ARIADNE

SOMM Recordings announces a major new release: the first appearance on disc of live performances of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth and Sibelius’ Second Symphonies by the iconic conductor Serge Koussevitzky and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This historic, two-CD set includes an exclusive, specially-commissioned documentary about Koussevitzky’s Boston Symphony Orchestra tenure and his LPO guest appearances, featuring interviews with four key players from both orchestras by Jon Tolansky. Tolansky’s revealing hour-long documentary includes wide-ranging musical excerpts and contributions from former BSO players Harry Ellis Dickson (violin), Everett ‘Vic’ Firth (timpani) and Harry Shapiro (sub-principal horn), and erstwhile LPO sub-principal horn Patrick Strevens.The symphonies are heard in performances Koussevitzky conducted with the LPO in London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1950. Both have been expertly restored by Lani Spahr.

Bohuslav Martinů

Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Roger Norrington

SWR19119CD
1 CD
12/08/2022
SWR CLASSIC

"Bohuslav Martinů’s six symphonies were composed between 1942 and 1953 during the composer’s years in America. He completed the first five symphonies at the astonishing rate of one per year, although not at any artistic expense – years later, he described the Fifth Symphony as a ‘well organised, organic, well ordered work’ in an interview with The New York Times. A full seven years elapsed, however, before Martinů completed his Sixth. One of his ‘unexpected’ works, it took, quite unusually for him, two years to complete, and its form proved to be a radical change from his previous symphonies. As he wrote to his friend Šafránek – ‘I am about to create fantasias!’ In November 2021 Sir Roger Norrington announced his retirement from conducting. From 1998 to 2011 he was chief conductor of the former Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (today the SWR Symphonieorchester), and during that time caused an international stir with what came to be known as the ‘Stuttgart Sound’ – a synthesis of historically-informed performance practice with the technical capabilities of a modern orchestra. Whether Mozart, Haydn, Bruckner, Brahms or Martinů, Norrington sought to recreate a faithful performance experience, adjusting the orchestra’s size and seating plan, and creating an authentic sound without vibrato."

Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Jacques Ibert, Albert Roussel, Maurice Jarre, Arthur Honegger, Olivier Messiaen, Marcel Mihalovici

Hans Rosbaud conducts French Music

Südwestfunk-Orchester Baden-Baden, Monique Haas, Hans Rosbaud

SWR19115CD
4 CD
12/08/2022
SWR CLASSIC

"Hans Rosbaud was a passionate musician, whose conscientiousness, intuition and experience were extended to even the most complex and contemporary musical forms. The diversity of the works presented here demonstrate his musical universality, and serve to further contradict the reputation he garnered during his lifetime as being only a technically superior champion of the avant-garde. With the exception of two pieces by Debussy composed in the 1890s, this present anthology of French orchestral repertoire comprises compositions from the 20th century, featuring Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye, Ibert’s Le Chevalier errant and Messiaen’s Chronochromie alongside works by French-Swiss composer Honegger, member of the legendary Groupe des Six, and Bucharest-born Mihalovici, who, like Honegger, studied composition under the traditionalist Vincent d’Indy."

Joseph Haydn, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Sergiu Celibidache conducts Haydn and Tchaikovsky

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Sergiu Celibidache

SWR19118CD
1 CD
12/08/2022
SWR CLASSIC

"Among the great conductors of the second half of the 20th century, Sergiu Celibidache was without a doubt a most unusual personality. Even his fierce opponents hardly denied that he was exceptionally gifted as a musician and conductor – a gift he had consciously developed to absolute perfection. Like no one else he stood for rigorous rejection of records and studio recordings, seeing in them nothing but a ‘by-product’ fully unable to provide an adequate impression of the actual performance. However, it was mostly radio orchestras that were willing to meet Celibidache's demand for extensive rehearsal time, asking him therefore, in turn, to allow concerts or studio performances to be recorded and broadcast. Thus, what he regarded as ‘by-products’ became archive gems that have survived the course of time, preserved for posterity. The repertoire on this album is no exception: it dates from September 17, 1959, when Celibidache conducted a studio concert at the legendary broadcasting studio of the Villa Berg in Stuttgart."

Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert

The Musical Art Quartet: Complete Columbia Recordings

Sascha Jacobsen, Bernard Ocko, Paul Bernard, Louis Kaufman, Marie Roemaet-Rosanoff

85017-2
1 CD
19/08/2022
BIDDULPH RECORDINGS

Led by the Russian-born violinist Sasha Jacobsen, the Musical Art Quartet was was one of the preeminent quartets established in the US. In fact, the famed cellist Gregor Piatigorsky proclaimed that the Musical Art Quartet was the greatest quartet he ever heard. First violinist Jacobsen made numerous solo recordings before he established the Musical Art Quartet, but is probably best known as the fourth and final name of the popular Gershwin song “Mischa, Jascha, Toscha and Sascha”, the forenames of four renowned Russian-Jewish violinists: Elman, Heifetz, Seidel and Jacobsen. Furthermore, the violist in the Musical Art Quartet was none other than Louis Kaufman, a major violin soloist in his own right. Jacobsen formed the Musical Art Quartet in 1926, and this recording features the ensemble’s complete recordings of quartets by Haydn and Schubert made for the Columbia label in the late-1920s. Their recording of Haydn’s C-major Quartet, op.54 no.2, is the first complete recording of a Haydn quartet ever made. Although the Quartet lasted for over two decades, this contains the group’s only recordings of the quartet repertoire.

Frederic Rzewski

no place to go but around

Lisa Moore

CA21173
1 CD
19/08/2022
CANTALOUPE MUSIC

There’s an entwined sense of bittersweetness and celebration that permeates Lisa Moore’s latest recording — her first to feature a suite of all-new performances devoted to the work of her friend and mentor, Frederic Rzewski. For many fans of the composer, this is the first time they can hear a collection of his more lyrical works on one album, including the haunting epic Amoramaro, which was commissioned specifically for Moore and is one of the last pieces written by Rzewski before his death last June.

Live in Wrocław

Szymon Krzeszowiec, Adam Krzeszowiec, Jan Krzeszowiec, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Jerzy Maksymiuk

ACD295
1 CD
12/08/2022
CD ACCORD

"“We wish to dedicate this album to our Parents, Anna and Henryk, who taught us to love music and derive joy from its daily presence in our lives. We owe our special thanks to Maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk, who has inspired us for many long years with the sincerity of his musical expression. Our joint concerts are invariably a source of artistic satisfaction.” - Szymon, Adam, Jan Krzeszowiec. The CD was recorded on 19th March 2021 in the Main Hall of the Witold Lutosławski National Forum of Music during a concert held as part of 75 Years of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic."

Henri Dutilleux, Aram Khachaturian, Zoltán Kodály, György Ligeti, Bent Sørensen

Fantasia: Works for Solo Cello

Jonathan Swensen

CHRCD168
1 CD
19/08/2022
CHAMPS HILL RECORDS

"Jonathan Swensen offers a fresh take on lesser-known works for solo cello for his stunning debut album, Fantasia. Alongside the Kodály sonata sits the seldom-heard Khachaturian Sonata-Fantasie for Solo Cello, plus a newly commissioned work by Danish composer Bent Sørensen, Farewell-Fantasia. Swensen comments: 'My goal with this album was to create the illusion that the music was being played for the first time: a fresh take, what one might call a 'creation of sound in the moment'. It is only when I am playing that I truly feel music. The fact that it was written many years ago does not change that the music is happening now, in this moment, when the audience hears it. In my opinion, this is what makes music amazing. Works that stand the test of time do so because they will always remain fresh to interpretation, and the moment they are played, they become once again fresh, something that is happening right now, a story in need of being told in a different way which we haven't heard yet. This is the magic of music.' Swensen won the 2019 Windsor Festival International String Competition, his prize for winning included the recording of this brilliant debut album as part of the Windsor Festival's ongoing relationship with Champs Hill Records. He is the recipient of the 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant and also the winner of the 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition. In his native Denmark, Swensen was also a recipient of the Musikanmelderringens Artist Prize in 2020, the Jacob Gades Scholarship in 2019, the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize in 2017 and the first prize winner at the Danish String Competition in 2016. Swensen has performed with orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, and Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. He also performs at festivals in Denmark and further afield, including the Tivoli Festival, the Copenhagen Summer Festival, the Hindsgavl Summer Festival and the Usedomer Musikfestival."

Timeless

Tanja Zapolski, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra

DACOCD876
1 CD
12/08/2022
DANACORD

Danish female pianist Tanja Zapolski found the music she always held close to her heart. It is music to treasure, a timeless experience. All are part of a world of dreams, a kind and tender world and with music to touch our souls. The brand new recording features the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra as partner in slow movements from famous piano concerti- Chopin, Ravel and Grieg. Music from Bach to Pärt with the famous Spiegel in Spiegel where the brilliant cellist Toke Møldrup is heard. A CD for the moments of beauty and calm, where everything around simply is timeless.

Rarities of Piano Music 2021: Live Recordings from the Husum Festival

Duo Berlinskaya/Ancelle, Simon Callaghan, Hiroaki Takenouchi, Florian Noack, Nicholas Stavy, Zlata Chochieva, Peter Froundjian

DACOCD939
1 CD
12/08/2022
DANACORD

Founded in 1987 the annual Rarities of Piano Music Festival in the North German town of Husum is a major event. Danacord is proud to release the recording from the Festival in 2021 featuring again rare piano music played by some of the leading pianists of today. Among the highlights you will find the brilliant Zlata Chochiewa in Liszt and early Rachmaninov. Also the truly remarkable pianist Simon Callaghan in rare Holbrooke. Many of the works are first CD recordings like the Langgaard work played by founder Peter Froundjian and, as usual, all are unedited live performances. All lovers of piano music will want this release, not only because of the first class pianism from truly outstanding performers, but also because the quality of the often unknown and rare mostly romantic piano music is of such invaluable substance. Critics greated all the previus CD releases with enthusiasm.

Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Magnus Lindgren, Lina Nyberg, Andrea Tarrodi, Anders Nilsson, Emilia Amper, Svante Henryson

Reflections: Works by Copland, Gershwin et al.

Västerås Sinfonietta, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Lina Nyberg

DBCD203
1 CD
05/08/2022
DB PRODUCTIONS

Swedish-based British conductor, Simon Crawford-Phillips, leads the award-winning Swedish chamber orchestra, Västerås Sinfonietta, in Aaron Copland’s 'Appalachian Spring', George Gershwin’s 'Variations on I Got Rhythm', and reflections by various Swedish composers on the famous Swedish traditional tune, 'Visa från Utanmyra'. Bonus tracks: Exclusive and rarely heard alternative ending of Copland’s 'Appalachian Spring'!

Paolo Paternò, Antonio Gidiuli, Giuseppe Oronzo Campanella, Mosè Petrella Tirone, Unknown

Festa patronale: I suoni della tradizione fasanese

Banda Città di Fasano “Ignazio Ciaia”, Silvestro Sabatelli

DIGR128
1 CD
05/08/2022
DIGRESSIONE MUSIC

The sounds of the band are undoubtedly an integral and essential part of those rites, sacred and profane, which characterized the patronal feasts of the south and of Puglia in particular because they offer the most spontaneous and immediate musical commentary. They perform a double task: they translate what is being done into musical affections and reinterpret the ancient lesson of the Neapolitan school of music with a fluid and only apparently obvious melodic vein; that musical teaching, exemplary ferried in the nineteenth century by Fedele Fenaroli (1730-1818), Niccolò Zingarelli (1752-1837) and by the Altamuran Saverio Mercadante (1795-1870), which expresses itself in the marches in an immediate and effective way through ideas and music by composers from Fasano and not, who formed the repertoire of marches between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, integrating it with loans and reductions from melodramas. This last aspect of the reduction from the opera also shows how much the melodrama was widespread, felt, appreciated, reinterpreted and performed in many forms (often far from the original) in a time when it was difficult to enjoy it (if not in the theater ) due to the absence of record diffusion. The publication of this record testifies on the one hand the passionate attachment to tradition and on the other the intelligent and timely initiative to promote the area and its extraordinary history and culture.

Ludwig van Beethoven, Béla Bartók, Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Edward Elgar, Frédéric Chopin

Olwen Morris: Piano Works

Olwen Morris

QTZ2148
2 CD
19/08/2022
QUARTZ

This is the second recording for Quartz from Olwen Morris, offering a cross section of works from the Classical period through the early Contemporary.

Ernesto Lecuona, Frederic Chopin, Domenico Scarlatti, George Gershwin, Mily Balakirev, Ludwig van Beethoven, Andrei Tudor

The Year That Never Was

Matei Varga

DSL-92258
1 CD
05/08/2022
SONO LUMINUS

To paraphrase Tolstoy, all happy memories feel more or less the same; but the unhappy times are experienced differently by each one of us. We’ve all had some really tough weeks, which sometimes turned into months, and (with a bit of bad luck) into years… I like to think that “off”years help us grow and prepare for the beautiful things that will undoubtedly come our way (I am an optimist at heart), but living through dark times is a complicated process. The year 2020 was complicated indeed. The world was put on hold and we hardly remember what we did in February, or May, or September… Many suffered from isolation and the inability to socialize - and they probably prefer tothink back to 2020 as a year that never happened… I, on the other hand, felt liberated by the lack of schedules, appointments and the pressure to be productive - that horrid word which is killing our souls, slowly but surely. Instead I embraced seclusion and enjoyed the time off which was forced upon us. Yes, I did miss performing in front of a live audience and traveling to beautiful places, but I found that staying home, with my piano, offered me a better view towards my inner self and a chance to experience the joy of a new discovery. That was for me the Cuban master Ernesto Lecuona… Two years later, the pandemic isn’t over and neither is the collective anxiety - but at least I can offer you this very personal recording, which I hope will take your mind away from the current realities. This is music’s most phenomenal power - to bring joy when we really need it!…