February 2022 - New Releases

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Index

Lumbye; Tchaikovsky; Weber; Berlioz; Brahms; Schubert; Ponchielli; Strauss; Saint-Saëns; Rubinstein; Lacombe; Elgar; Delibes; Bizet; Horneman; Sibelius

The Thomas Jensen Legacy, Vol. 7

Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra, Thomas Jensen

DACOCD 917
2 CD
04/02/2022
DANACORD

A magical evening at the Tivoli Gardens! This new compilation features live and studio recordings of light orchestral waltzes and polkas, including the greatest hits of the Danish ‘Waltz King’, HC Lumbye. Several studio recordings from the 1940s receive their first release on CD. CD2 features a previously unpublished live concert broadcast direct from the Tivoli Gardens, where the people of Copenhagen have enjoyed relaxation and entertainment ever since 1843. Thomas Jensen directs the Tivoli orchestra with the same authority he brought to his classic recordings of Nielsen and Sibelius.

Louis Chauvin, Charles Lamb, Scott Joplin, Scott Hayden, Arthur Marshall

Syncopated Musings

Marilyn Nonken

DDA25220
1 CD
11/02/2022
DIVINE ART

"Since the rediscovery of Scott Joplin’s ragtime genius in the 1970s his music has been an important part of the popular/light classical repertoire. Yet though he called himself with some justification 'The King of Ragtime Writers' he was not a brilliant pianist; he was actually a trained violinist and cornet player and was lead singer of the Texas Medley Quartette. This wide experience helped to make his piano rags full of interest. All the same, most recordings concentrate on the most familiar works and ignore the many other superb pieces in Joplin’s substantial output. This new album from New York pianist Marilyn Nonken (Professor of Music at New York University’s Steinhardt School) includes some well-known works and some rarities. Rags, concert waltzes and other novelty pieces show brilliance and a well-honed craft. Joplin is perhaps the best known of the ragtime piano circle, but he was part of a community of composers. many of whom had short and tragic lives of poverty and ill health. While composing few works that have survived, the four represented here all collaborated with Joplin as joint composers: Louis Chauvin (1882-1908); Scott Hayden (1882-1915), Arthur Marshall (1881-1968) and the odd man out, the white composer Joseph Lamb (1887-1960) of whose work Joplin said ‘That sounds like a good coloured rag!’"

Heritage

Aisha Syed Castro, Martin Labazevitch

DDA25229
1 CD
11/02/2022
DIVINE ART

"Violinist Aisha Syed Castro (b.1989) may well be one of the most remarkably gifted musicians to come from the Dominican Republic and the team at Divine Art are tremendously excited to have signed this young virtuoso for an album of works with principally American and Latin roots. She has been described as a ’virtuoso’ by the press on three continents, and has not only engaged in a busy and highly successful performing career but is tireless in her work for the underprivileged. Aisha is the Honorary Cultural Goodwill Ambassador of the Dominican Republic and works devotedly through charitable ventures (some of which she founded) to bring classical music to the underprivileged and socially disadvantaged. In her new album, Aisha has brought together a program of works that have special meaning for her, from Spanish/ Latin/ American sources, including extracts from ‘West Side Story’, works by the Dominican maestro Rafael Solano, music from black composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still, and well-known little masterpieces by Piazzolla, Granados and Albeníz. A special piece for the artist is ‘Aisha’s Dance’ from Khachaturian’s Gayaneh ballet, which she has played since she was 15. This recording was made in April 2019 in England and is a sparkling and exotic program of masterworks. Aisha’s musical partner here is pianist Martin Labazevitch who also arranged the closing track, a medley of hymns dear to Aisha including a beautiful rendering of the timeless ‘Amazing Grace’. Martin is a Steinway artist who has attracted rave reviews around the world for his lyricism and intensity of performance."

Jonathan Östlund

Imago

Various Artists

DDA21239
2 CD
11/02/2022
DIVINE ART

"Östlund’s 2019 double CD Voyages and 2020's Mistral elevate him to the status of the 21st century’s Debussy.'– Jan Hocek (His Voice). Jonathan Östlund (b.1975) is a Swedish composer who has recently been living in Romania and before that London before returning to his home country in 2021. He has manifested an avid interest for music from an early age and has pursued his passion with a BA and MA in Composition at the Luleå Tekniska Universitet, in Sweden. He has studied under the artistic guidance of Prof. Rolf Martinsson, Prof. Jan Sandström and Prof. Sverker Jullander, among others, and has so far completed over 100 works, including several orchestral pieces, a Violin Concerto and a Piano Concerto, and has been awarded many prizes in international competitions. This new album follows the distinctive format of previous programs in that it features orchestral, vocal, choral, instrumental and chamber music. Östlund’s primary inspiration is nature which is brought out fully in beautiful Impressionist works such as L’eau de l’oubli and La nuit étoilee. He is also fascinated by the art of composing fantasies and paraphrases on classics and several are included here. A large team of soloists (several of whom also gave the world premieres of these works) were gathered in various locations, often having to work through lockdowns, to record this album. Östlund’s music is very accessible and tonal and often full of wit and humor, and is always atmospheric."

Rhona Clarke

Sempiternam

State Choir Lativja, Māris Sirmais

MSV28614
1 CD
11/02/2022
DIVINE ART

"Choral music has always been a constant thread throughout the compositional development of Rhona Clarke (b. 1958). The works on this album range over a thirty year period and demonstrate the increasing individuality of her work, though rooted in the choral tradition of Ireland and Britain. Her chamber and instrumental works can reach out in far more extreme modernist styles. From the darkness of Ave Atque Vale to the sheer breathtaking beauty of Pie Jesu or Lullay, my Liking, Clarke shows herself here to be among the most effective, inspired and communicative choral composers of today. The album contains sacred works; from her Requiem which concentrates on the message of redemption and omits the judgemental sections, to Marian Anthems and three Christmas Carols; and also secular songs of love, loss and black comedy. The Latvian State Choir is the leading professional choir in the Baltic States, and is in high demand internationally having worked recently with the Concertgebouw and London Philharmonic Orchestras (among many) and has recorded for Naxos, Harmonia Mundi, Warner and other top labels. This is the choir’s debut album for Métier. This is a program of the most wonderful choral music of today, which will have wide appeal."

John Lennon, Paul McCartney

The Beatles on the Organ of St Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool

Cristina García Banegas

DRAMA012
1 CD
04/02/2022
DRAMA MUSICA

Gino Marinuzzi

Palla de’ Mozzi

Various Artists

CDS7925
3 CD
18/02/2022
DYNAMIC

Gino Marinuzzi was a great conductor and composer whose operatic experience made his own theatrical work extremely effective. Composed in Marinuzzi’s signature post-Romantic ‘grand style’, Palla de’ Mozzi was hugely successful in its day and is considered a masterpiece of 20th-century Italian opera. Making ample use of symphonic writing and rich characterisation, the opera tells the dramatic and ultimately apocalyptic story of Giovanni de’ Medici’s militia, the ‘Black Bands’, commanded by the imaginary figure of Palla de’ Mozzi. This acclaimed Cagliari production was summed up in Libero as ‘something rarely heard … a synthesis of the entire history of music’.

Baldassarre Galuppi

8 Sonatas for Harpsichord and Organ

Luigi Chiarizia

CDS7923
1 CD
18/02/2022
DYNAMIC

Baldassare Galuppi was an influential and prolific composer of opera and sacred works who maintains a prominent place in the history of 18th-century Venetian music. He was renowned as a keyboard virtuoso, and the sonatas he wrote throughout his life met with appreciable success – the imaginative and improvisatory Sonata in D being one of the most famous in its day. These works – played here in world premiere recordings on harpsichord and organ by acclaimed soloist Luigi Chiarizia – present shining examples of Galuppi’s art from a splendid and arguably unequalled period of Italian instrumental music. Luigi Chiarizia is a harpsichordist, organist, cellist and composer born to a family of artists. At the age of 19, he debuted with I Solisti Aquilani, and at 25 he had already appeared in over eighty public concerts. His compositions have been performed by Federica Carnevale, Lorenzo Fragassi, Floranna Spreafico, Massimo Salcito and Laura Marchiò, who premièred ‘Carillon d'argento’ at Villa Morando, in Brescia. In 2008 he won third price at the ‘Rosolino Toscano’ 11th National Composition Competition of Pescara. He is the harpsichordist of the 'Ottorino Respighi' Chamber Orchestra. Chiarizia has recorded CDs featuring works by B. Galuppi, J. Loeillet, C. F. Schale, L. & F. Couperin for Urania Records; a double-CD entitled 'Sogno Infranto' featuring some of his own compositions for Amadeus Arte; and a CD with works by F. Chelleri for Brilliant.

Sándor Veress, Ursula Mamlok, Marcel Mihalovici, Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Alberto Ginastera

Crossroads – Works for cello solo

Adele Bitter

EDA 47
1 CD
04/02/2022
EDA RECORDS

Crossroads – Crossroads where people meet. Crossroads at which composers were compelled to leave their personal, family, and linguistic homes. In the second half of the last century, these musicians experienced flight, expulsion, and exile, and fortunately found their 'home' in their music and in their artistic environment. The works for violoncello recorded here describe a journey through various worlds, at the end of which one is probably certain to have arrived at home again – but enriched by insights into the interstices in which different musical cultures suddenly grow together – and possibly with a different feeling for the term 'home.' During the past centuries, the violoncello as a solo instrument has increasingly been entrusted with virtuoso works of strong character. This instrument, like no other, can sing of the different emotional states, describe landscapes, lament hardships, and extend an invitation to dance. The works brought together on this CD bear witness to this.

Alexander Scriabin, Frédéric Chopin

Resemblances

Catalin Serban

GEN22767
1 CD
04/02/2022
GENUIN CLASSICS

"The composers Frédéric Chopin and Alexander Scriabin sought other worlds – to float, to ascend to heaven. Pianist Catalin Serban juxtaposes their piano works on his new GENUIN CD, made possible by Konzertleben e.V. and C. Bechstein grand piano. A multiple first prize winner at piano competitions in Germany, Italy, and Romania, Catalin Serban has established himself as a soloist and chamber musician. His work has focused intensively on the Romantic and early modern piano repertoire and chamber music literature. In this production, Catalin Serban presents sonatas, nocturnes, and fantasias by the two composers, who are vastly different and yet, in some respects, bear similarities. Serban's highly virtuosic and sensitive piano playing shows the paths of the two, away from compartmentalization and narrowness, towards new spaces and the greatest possible freedom of movement."

Robert Beaser, Ravi Shankar, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Toru Takemitsu, Astor Piazzolla

Music for Flute and Guitar

Christian Mattick, Thomas Etschmann

GEN22765
1 CD
04/02/2022
GENUIN CLASSICS

The new GENUIN CD by Christian Mattick (flute) and Thomas Etschmann (guitar) offers an exciting program that spans continents: the first-class duo made of two renowned Munich soloists engages America and Asia in dialogue. Tradition and modernity, meditation and spirited outbursts, delight in novelty and melancholy at the loss of tradition. The two musicians interpret works by Toru Takemitsu, Ravi Shankar, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, and Robert Beaser with tremendous stylistic confidence and a wealth of color that makes one marvel at the possibilities of this unusual duo.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Divertimenti

Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, Johannes Klumpp

GEN22762
1 CD
04/02/2022
GENUIN CLASSICS

The freshness of works of a young master: this is what we discover on the new GENUIN album presented by the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen under the direction of Johannes Klumpp. In Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Divertimenti K. 136-138, we hear a young composer in the process of growing up. The top-class, versatile orchestra performs these sparkling treasures lovingly and with spirit, full of dynamism and effervescent humor!

Serendipity

Fabian Bloch, Muriel Zeiter

GEN22770
1 CD
04/02/2022
GENUIN CLASSICS

On their new GENUIN CD, Duo GIOVIVO takes its audience into the diverse worlds of classical, jazz and traditional music within the space of 60 minutes. Fabian Bloch (euphonium and alphorn, among others) and Muriel Zeiter (piano and violin, among others) play a variety of instruments in ever new and unexpected combinations. The result is refreshing, unusual, and exciting, proving that each piece offers something new to discover! We dance across alpine peaks in syncopation, wobble across the ice with figure skaters, and indulge in a sizzling Czardás. And perhaps the unifying factor of all this is the movement! Because not only does dance unite this CD, but in the most beautiful moments, it unites the entire world.

Semyon Alexeyevich Barmotin

Piano Music Vol. 2 – Piano Sonata in G flat major; Trois Romances Sans Paroles; Tableaux de la Vie Enfantine

Christopher Williams

GP865
1 CD
11/02/2022
GRAND PIANO

The published works of Barmotin (1877–1939) date from a particularly rich flowering of Russian culture that preceded the Revolution of 1917. From the Romantic expansiveness of the Piano Sonata, Op. 4 to the colourful and reflective Tableaux de la vie enfantine, the attraction of Barmotin’s piano music stems from his spirited artistic personality, the refinement of his harmonic language and mastery of form. Christopher Williams continues his acclaimed rediscovery of a composer who allows the emotional character of each musical moment to flourish.

Komitas Vardapet

Songs – Arranged for piano by Villy Sargsyan

Yulia Ayrapetyan

GP895
1 CD
11/02/2022
GRAND PIANO

Komitas was a priest, a musician and a pioneer of ethnomusicology, considered to be the founder of the Armenian national school of music. A significant part of his life was taken up with travel to remote villages, collecting thousands of traditional songs. These range from simple melodies and poetic sketches of Armenian landscapes, to dramatic lyrics expressing mournful tragedy. Komitas was enthralled by the way ‘a peasant learns this art in nature’s embrace, with nature as his infallible school.’ Heard here in world première recordings, these idiomatic arrangements by Villy Sargsyan importantly preserve the composer’s modal-intonational system.

Felix Mendelssohn

Complete Works For Solo Piano

Ana-Marija Markovina

HC18043
12 CD
04/02/2022
HANSSLER CLASSIC

"A composer's oeuvre can only be fuIly understood in the context of his Iifetime achievement. Concerts and events provide mere snapshots. I have always been more interested in the process than the highIights of an artist's creative Iife. When I engage with a composer, I need to know everything about him. Mendels­sohn was a cosmos that opened before me. There were worlds waiting to be dis­covered.Ana-/Vlarija Markov ina "

Johann Sebastian Bach, Johanna Doderer, Doina Rotaru, Gabriele Proy, Kaija Saariaho, Ana Topalovic

Bachiana – A solo cello fantasy

Ana Topalovic

HC21007
1 CD
04/02/2022
HANSSLER CLASSIC

Ana Topalovic is a visual synaesthete. For her, music has colours and shapes. This phenomenon opens up a new dimension of sound perfection for Ana, and with this ability she is able to search for concealed connections. For this album, Ana has selected five contemporary female composers who she feels provide a complementary synaesthetic connection to the individual movements of Bach's Suite No. 1. A very profound and intimate interpretation of her music has been created, thanks to years of close cooperation between Ana Topalovic, Doina Rotaru, Johanna Doderer and Gabriele Proy, as well as extensive experience with the music of Kaija Saariaho. Ana's breathtaking musical performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No. 1 leads the listener through the fantastic, playful, virtuosic and sensual world of modern music like a common thread or a friendly tour guide. Her interpretation lives in its own unique and extraordinary world, satisfying our need to connect the unknown with the known. The familiar sound of the cello shines in surprising ways, and its hidden depths are revealed, bringing its best qualities to the fore.

Christian Fink

Songs & Works for Piano

Ensemble Perplex, Christine Reber, Carmen Mammoser, Teru Yoshihara, Robert Bärwald

HC21037
2 CD
04/02/2022
HANSSLER CLASSIC

"Christian Fink (1831-1911) was a respected organist and choirmaster, known nationally as a performer and composer, and co-editor of the music magazine Euterpe; he performed at festivals of new music and at times was even associated with the 'New German' school. And yet this successful musical career did not assure his entrance into cultural memory. After his death, efforts were made to keep his work alive. But essentially, Fink virtually disappeared during the 20th century, from the perspective of music practice and music research, although his compositions were also written in a highly exciting period, between the deaths of Schumann (1856) and Gustav Mahler (1911), and at the same time as the works of Brahms, Wagner, and many other of the Romantics. In this way, Fink’s music, without an existing listening tradition, can provide new and stimulating insights into the 19th century."

Béla Bartók, George Enescu, Petre Elinescu, Doina Rotaru, Vasile Jianu

Romanian Flute Music

Krysztof Kaczka, Lilian Akopova

HC21060
1 CD
04/02/2022
HANSSLER CLASSIC

The renowned Polish flautist Krzysztof Maciej Kaczka was born in Torun. He is thought of as one of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation. He learnt to play the flute in early childhood, originally with Cecilia Knopp in Chorzow and later with Grzegorz Cimoszko and Elzbieta Dastych-Szwarc in Warsaw. He completed his studies with Irena Grafenauer a t the Mozarteum Salzburg, with Wolfgang Schulz at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and with Marianne Henkel-Adorjan at the University of Music and Theater in Munich. It was here that he received his masterclass diploma in 2005. As an Erasmus scholar, he had the opportunity to perfect his artistic skills with Pierre -Yves Artaud at the Conservatoire de Paris. He has attended many master classes, including ones with Jeanne Baxtresser, Julius Baker, Philippe Bernold, William Bennett, Patrick Gallois, Peter Lukas Graf and Carol Wincenc. As an Artist in Residence at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, he has worked together with leading artists such as Joel Smirnoff (Juilliard String Quartet), Chen Halevi, Pedja Muzijevic and Barry Shiffman. Krzysztof Kaczka delights audiences around the world with his playing. He has been the prize winner and finalist of multiple international competitions (in New York, Sydney, Pittsburgh).

Walter Zimmermann

Voces

Various Artists

MOD-CD-335
3 CD
04/02/2022
MODE RECORDS

"Voces is a collection of rare recordings documenting many of Walter Zimmermann’s compositions for voices from 1979 – 2016. The words set to music range from Meister Eckhart and Hadewijch to Michail Lermontov, Ossip Mandelstam, Edmond Jabès, Tomas Tranströmer, Felix Philipp Ingold and Robert Creeley (with Creely’s voice accompanying the musicians). Performers include: Claudia Barainsky, Tehila Nini Goldstein, Sheva Tehoval / Magda Łapaj, Peter Schöne / Jan Philip Schulze, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, KNM Ensemble, Walter Zimmermann and Band and the musicians of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company with David Tudor, Takehisha Kosugi, D’Arcy Gray, John D. S. Adams.A rare recording from 1982 was recently discovered: 'Freunde/Friends' sung and played by Walter Zimmermann and his rock/pop/new music band during their U.S. Tour in Los Angeles, showing a very different musical side of Walter Zimmermann. This deluxe 3-CD set comes with a 74-page book containing the complete song texts (with translations) and essays by Albert Breier and Christopher Fox. Lavishly illustrated with photos and art by Nanne Meyer. Packaged in a slipcase."

Percy Hilder Miles

Chamber Music, Volume 1

Ensemble Kopernikus

MPR111
1 CD
04/02/2022
MPR

MPR presents the world premiere recordings of chamber music by the forgotten English genius Percy Hilder Miles, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and teacher of Rebecca Clarke.

From Dennis Brain’s Library: A programme of English, French and German Music

Stephen Stirling, Tony Halstead, Kathron Sturrock, Christian Halstead

MPR112
1 CD
04/02/2022
MPR

This captivating album was originally conceived by horn players Stephen Stirling and Tony Halstead (the latter a superb pianist) who had located Dennis Brain's personal collection of music (now owned and curated by lawyer and horn player Mark Andrews.) During his all too short life, Dennis Brain accumulated a unique and fascinating collection of horn concertos, music for horn and piano, chamber music and scores. Many of these had been sent to him by the composers, whilst other music was acquired himself. The music in this recording contains English, French and German repertoire for horn and piano (plus a violinist in one item ) that is largely and unjustifiably unknown, and in most cases previously unrecorded, giving a delightful and superbly performed 78 minutes' worth of listening.

Richard Blackford

Echo for Baritone, SATB Chours & Cello

NMP1039
1 BOOK
04/02/2022
NIMBUS MUSIC PUBLISHING

"Nimbus Music Publishing is releasing a 12-page A4 Saddle Stitched Score with a 4-page folded part of a new choral piece: Echo, composed by Richard Blackford with a runtime of approximately 6 ½ minutes.Richard Blackford is one of the foremost choral composers in Europe and his much-acclaimed Pietà, a rework of the Stabat Mater, won the Ivor Novello Composer Award in 2020 for the Choral Category. Tenor Jonas Kaufmann writes of Pietà: 'Richard Blackford has created an outstanding choral work: a passionate and personal tribute in memory of all who suffer from violence, suppression and political persecution, which has deeply impressed me. Finally, a modern composer who is not afraid of writing beautiful and touching music!'In October 2021 he premiered Vision Of A Garden, a Bach Choir commission reflecting on the ICU nurses during Covid19. Echo is commissioned by Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and premiered at The Lighthouse, Poole on September 26th 2021. 'When I was asked to write a short piece in memory of Sandrey Date I thought of Christina Rossetti’s haunting poem Echo, about remembrance of a beloved person who will not return. The strong alliteration of the three verses, the preponderance of long vowel sounds, make it ideal for musical setting. I chose a cello obligato since it was an instrument Sandrey loved and played well. The three verses are preceded by short cello interludes that highlight the rising major second motif on the word 'come'. Each verse is musically related but different, with climaxes occurring on the words 'sunshine on a stream' in verse one and 'pulse for pulse' in the final verse. Each verse travels far harmonically from its opening tonality but concludes each time in the key of E-flat major. The baritone solo leads the chorus throughout, summoning dreams and memories of the beloved, and leads it to the work’s soft conclusion.'Richard Blackford"

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sinfonia Zur Kantate BWV 21; Kantate BWV 82; Sinfonia zur Kantate BWV 12; Kantate BWV 199

Staatskapelle Dresden, Philippe Herreweghe

PH21024
2 CD
04/02/2022
PROFIL

"The musicians of the Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden were committed to their tradition of staging an annual commemorative concert even under these difficult circumstances and decided to organize a Memento Mori to mark this date that is inscribed in the annals of city history. The programme comprised a small ensemble conducted by an expert for Baroque music and two ideally suited voices for the format. The concert was recorded for the Deutschlandfunk Kultur station and broadcast as a message of peace in the world. There were fewer than ten people in the auditorium of the Semperoper, all socially distanced and listening raptly to this unique event. Ultimately this was the first sign of life, the first musical greeting from the orchestra in a concert not open to the public after months of inactivity due to the pandemic. When, barely a year ago, Arnold Schoenberg's 'Gurre-Lieder' (featuring more than 300 performers on stage to a full house!) were performed and produced for CD shortly afterwards (Edition Staatskapelle Vol. 50, PH 20052), no one would have predicted that this sonorous performance would be followed by a long phase of silence. May the present recording serve as testimony in the form of a contemporary sign of a cultural reawakening."

The Art of Classical Guitar

Friedemann Wuttke

PH21184
10 CD
04/02/2022
PROFIL

"Friedemann Wuttke studied at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart and completed his musical education in masterclasses given by internationalIy celebrated soloists such as John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, Pepe Romera, David Russell and Eduardo Fernandez. Wuttke has always pIaced great value on fruitfuI colIaboration with Ieading artists. He met repeatedly with the great Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, for instance; he was a guest in his house in Madrid and discussed questions of music with him. Rodrigo was greatly impressed by Wuttke's interpretation of 'Fantasia para un Gentilhombre' in particular and expressIly praised the guitarist. Wuttke's friendship with the great Russian pianist Igor Zhukov was of great importance for his career. Years of work with Zhukov's 'New Moscow Chamber Orchestra' expressed itself in numerous joint concerts in Russia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. There were also a number of CD recordings, for which Zhukov was responsible. Over and above this, Zhukov was a mentor to Friedemann Wuttke, and the guitarist engaged with him intensively not onIy on tours but also at his home in Moscow. Thanks to his eminent instrumental and musical qualities, satisfying the highest demands, Wuttke soon won an established place in the front rank of German guitar playing. His uncompromising commitment to the Classical repertoire and his well-thought-out programme planning are characteristic of a musician always open to new ideas and challenges. Behind all the versatility stands a musician who not only loves his instrument and his music but is passionately committed to communicating that love of music to his audiences. Friedemann Wuttke's concert activities have taken him to most of the countries of Europe and to South-East Asia, Africa and South America, where he has often performed in great concert halls, both as soloist and with an orchestra. Friedemann Wuttke has been under exclusive contract as a concert guitarist to the record label Hanssler ProfiI Medien since 2004."

Robert Schumann

Lieder & Gesange; Romanzen & Balladen

Diana Damrau, Julia Varady, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Andreas Schmidt, Christoph Pregardien, Benjamin Bruns

PH21014
4 CD
04/02/2022
PROFIL

"Diana Damrau, Julia Varady, Andreas Schmidt, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christoph Pregardien and Benjamin Bruns in reference recordings. The Lied or art song, in contrast to the folk song, came into full flower at the dawn of the Romantic era about 1810 in Germany. The art song really was a largely German phenomenon, known in French (le Lied) and English (the Lied) by its German name. It is Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms who represent the landmarks and reference points for the composition of Lieder i n the German-speaking territories. Soon after the arrival of phonographic recording at the end of the 19th century, they began to sing into the record companies' recording horns - so that the earliest sound recordings of this Edition date back as far as the year 1901. The duty of the Lied composer, declared the arch-Romantic Schumann, is 'to embroider the poem with its more delicate features in a finer musical fabric'. Altogether, Schumann wrote more than 260 Lieder for a single voice before his suicide attempt in 1854."

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Aleksandr Glazunov

Violin Concertos

Ivan Pochekin, Russian NationaI Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev

PH21052
1 CD
04/02/2022
PROFIL

"This recording features the works of Russian composers who were outstanding personalities in the musical life of their country during their lifetime: The Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35, by Tchaikovsky and the Violin Concerto in A minor, op. 82, by Glazunov. Each of the two composers wrote only one concerto for violin and orchestra respectively, as did Beethoven or Brahms as well. The two concertos by Tchaikovsky and by Glazunov each quickly gained admirers in the West. The image of Tchaikovsky is well-known, who closely emulated Western European music, especialIy music originating in Italy, France and Germany. GIazunov, who had no conservatory training, acquired his skilIs as a composer with Rimsky-Korsakov. He was one of the members of the 'Mighty Handful' of five composers who banded together in Saint Petersburg in 1862 and calIed themselves novators, or innovators. They championed and strongly supported a national style of Russian classical music. There were therefore contrasts in style at the time. Yet Tchaikovsky, who was accused of 'Western leanings', was also an adherent of other contemporary Russian composers and his stance towards the novators was generaIIy positive, though differentiated. And GIazunov, the pupiI of Rimsky-Korsakov? The attitude he upheld was based on the maxim: 'I am possessed by music.' To use the slightly overstated words of VIadimir Fedorov: 'GIazunov can be seen as a type of musician who thinks only in musical terms, 'feels' through music and knows of no other interests than t his music ... to him in music there is nothing else but themes, rhythms, development, form, plasticity of the musical material and tonal colour of the orchestra. He thus focused almost exclusively on instru mental music, which thanks to its brilliance ensured him a special position among Russian composers of his day.'"

Trio Circle

Magnus Dölerud, Hans Backenroth, Oscar Johansson Were

PCD283
1 CD
04/02/2022
PROPHONE

Trio Circle releases its debut album! Magnus Dölerud, Hans Backenroth and Oscar Johansson Werre explore one of jazz history’s class formats- the saxophone trio. After a sneak preview at Glenn Miller Café in December 2021, the album will be released on both CD and digital platforms on January 28, 2022.

Johann Hermann Schein, Heinrich Schütz, Johann Rosenmüller, Alessandro Grandi, Dario Castello, Giovanni Picchi, Giovanni Battista Riccio

Rorate Coeli – Tauet Ihr Himmel, Drop Down, Ye Heavens

La Rubina

RK 4102
1 CD
04/02/2022
RAUMKLANG

The Leipzig ensemble La Rubina unites passion and expertise for the music of the early 17th century. In a small chamber group, the different timbres of cornet, baroque violin, dulcian, theorbo as well as harpsichord and organ are combined in a very exquisite way. The works recorded here from Venice and Leipzig – two of the most influential centres of music after 1600 – have in common the 'narrative' element arising from the monodic principle of vocal music, which had a decisive influence on the expression of instrumen-tal music. Conversely, virtuosity in early Baroque chamber music had an effect on vocal music; the most important genre of church music of that time, the sacred concerto, came into being. In this respect, some instrumentally performed sacred pieces here fit in organically.

Antonio Vivaldi

The Four Seasons

Victoria Sayles, Picadilly Sinfonietta

SLV1032
1 CD
04/02/2022
SLEEVELESS RECORDS

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta have become one of the busiest ensembles of their kind since their formation in 2017 with over 80 concerts a year. Following their many performances of this epic work, their debut recording captures their attention to detail and passion for chamber music. When Vivaldi wrote this work 300 years ago, he was pushing the boundaries of musical expression and technical virtuosity far beyond his own time, creating a work of art that is as fresh and inspiring today as it was to Vivaldi'scontemporaries.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach Piano Concertos

Warren Mailley-Smith, Picadilly Sinfonietta

SLV1033
1 CD
04/02/2022
SLEEVELESS RECORDS

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta have become one of the busiest ensembles of their kind since their formation in 2017 with over 80 performances a year under the artistic direction of concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith. Bach's works for keyboard encapsulate some of his most inspired and virtuosic ideas. Whilst concertos in D major and A major draw heavily on his own compositions for other instruments, the concerto in D minor is a tour de force of original keyboard-writing, employing much brilliance both in the solo and orchestral parts, sparkling from start to finish and kept alive with a great sense of drama and passion in each movement.

Patrice Muzard

Chevauchée

L’Ensemble Symphonique de Paris, Carlos Dourthé

SM389
1 CD
04/02/2022
SOLO MUSICA

"This music will take you into a sphere that is interwoven with emotions and infatuating melodies. Inspired by composers like Ennio Morricone, John Barry or Michel Legrand, I found the artistic power to create this album. The musical themes arose from different narratives and combine gentleness and melancholy with strength and energy. This new and unique recording was made possible through the successful collaboration with the Ensemble Symphonique de Paris under the direction of conductor Carlos Dourthé. The recording for this CD was made in late 2019 with the Ensemble Symphonique de Paris, consisting of musicians from the Orchestre National de France as well as musicians from the Orchestra of the University of Paris, conducted by Carlos Dourthé. Patrice Muzard's works are currently performed regularly both in France and internationally in prestigious concert halls."

Alexander Schaichet (1887-1964) and the first Swiss chamber orchestra

Daserste Kammerorchester der Zürich, Alexander Schaichet

SM368
2 CD
04/02/2022
SOLO MUSICA

"Alexander Schaichet (1887-1964), Russian-born violinist, violist and conductor, was a huge supporter of contemporary music in Switzerland. In 1920 he founded Switzerland’s first chamber orchestra, the Kammerorchester Zürich.It was Schaichet’s declared aim to 'perform works rarely heard in Zurich, works that have never before been publicly performed or which are of special merit.' From 1920 to 1943 he gave 51 premieres and 215 first performances of works with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, including many works by modern Swiss composers, and discovered new musical talents whose fame would spread far beyond Switzerland, around the globe. In 1943, as a result of difficult conditions imposed on Jewish émigrés, Alexander Schaichet withdrew from his position and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra was disbanded. A book entitled 'Zivilstand Musiker. Alexander Schaichet und das erste Kammerorchester der Schweiz' (civil status musician: Alexander Schaichet and the first Swiss chamber orchestra) was published to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Switzerland’s first chamber orchestra and this was complemented by the staging of a number of events. By releasing this double CD, the Central Library of Zurich, which holds the artistic legacy of Alexander and Irma Schaichet, seeks to honour the pioneering musical career of Alexander Schaichet. "

Richard Flury, Daniel Behle, Urs Joseph Flury, Peter Mieg, Paul Miche

Zauberluft – Air Magique

Stephanie Bühlmann, Benjamin Engeli

SM384
1 CD
04/02/2022
SOLO MUSICA

"For her debut album, Swiss soprano Stephanie Bühlmann went in search of clues: based on personal encounters with works by her compatriots, she discovered musical treasures off the beaten track of the standard vocal repertoire. This is how the idea of an album of unknown songs by Swiss composers was born, most of which were recorded for the first time for the album 'Zauberluft'. Magic, air, love, nature, soul, peace and home are the themes of the songs, set to music in enchanting, airy, touching, stirring and comforting melodies in the late romantic tradition. The life dates of the five composers Richard Flury, Urs Joseph Flury, Paul Miche, Peter Mieg and Daniel Behle, who set texts in German and French, go from 1896 to the present day. Stephanie Bühlmann studied at the conservatories of Zurich and Lucerne. She deepened her studies in 'Lied singing' in the Liedduo class with Hartmut Höll and in collaboration with Daniel Behle. As a sought-after soloist, she can be heard regularly in opera and concert. Together with her lied partner Benjamin Engeli she presents with 'Zauberluft' a series of fascinating first recordings."

Albena Petrovic

Dreamlover – Music for Saxophone

Kebyart Ensemble, Joan Martí-Frasquier, Cynthia Knoch, Romain Nosbaum

SM394
1 CD
04/02/2022
SOLO MUSICA

Dreamlover is a concept - album that brings together important part of Albena Petrovic’s works for Baritone Saxophone, Alto Saxophone solo and chamber music, here She choose the pieces in relation to Joan Marti-Frasquier, who interpreted all of them, and somehow, he gave the initial energy to this creative process. Her catalogue for Saxophones started in 2006-2007 with the quartet « Gebet zum Nichterscheinen », where the Baritone plays almost solo by integrating it into the quartet. This was the time when saxophone ensembles made an important presence and were multiplying all over Europe. The piece appeared during this period, but without being published it did not enjoy great popularity after its premiere; yet 15 years later She rediscovered it without a wrinkle, thanks to the Kebyart Ensemble. It is very curious to discover in this early piece as a precursor, many of the characteristic elements that will mark her later writing. This album which is most a tribute to the Baritone Saxophone shows a new aspect of her work. On the one hand it expresses the dreamy side of her aesthetic through the technical and sound possibilities of this instrument which is rarely given solo pieces, on the other hand She tried to broaden, thanks to the virtuoso Joan Marti - Frasquier, the range of sonic possibilities of the instrument, without succeeding to exhaust it because each time there is still more to discover.

Ruperto Chapí

String Quartets 3 & 4

Cuarteto Latinoamericano

DSL-92254
1 CD
11/02/2022
SONO LUMINUS

Ruperto Chapí’s String Quartet No. 3 could well be subtitled Tragic Quartet. Here’s a work of a stormy nature, containing atmospheres of drama, anguish and loneliness. Out of the four quartets written by the composer, this is perhaps the one which has the least Spanish features.

David Hackbridge Johnson

The Devil’s Lyre

Lowell Liebermann

STNS 30200
1 CD
04/02/2022
STEINWAY & SONS

Pianist Lowell Liebermann releases an album of world premiere recordings by contemporary British composer David Hackbridge Johnson. Liebermann describes Hackbridge Johnson’s compositional voice as vigorous, unrepentantly melodic, superbly crafted and orchestrated, and with a refreshing and idiosyncratic harmonic sense. The album's title track, Nocturne No. 7 'The Devil’s Lyre', was inspired by Liebermann's first album for the Steinway & Sons label, 'Personal Demons.'

Alireza Fahrang

Pegāh

Ensemble Court-Circuit

STR37157
1 CD
18/02/2022
STRADIVARIUS

Born in Iran and now a resident/citizen of France, the background of composer Alireza Farhang reveals his nomadic character, his attraction to the Other. The extreme refinement that characterises his music is a direct reflection of his peregrinations; his works invariably embody the Eastern and Western poles of his intellectual universe. In this regard, Farhang’s music must be understood as a combination of multiple heritages, with all the tension and paradoxes that this creates. His work traces a very personal path between the variability of oral traditions and the rigor of the written score, between the mysticism of Persian art and the rationality of Western music. A devotee of Hegelian philosophy, the synthesis that he creates between these two worlds is particularly salient in the music presented here.

La Volpe e Luca dal barocco al jazz

Luca Terosino, Gianmarco Volpe

STR37198
1 CD
18/02/2022
STRADIVARIUS

"LUCA PETROSINO:I still remember that day, when I went to that music store (now it is unfortunately closed), and saw a mandolin. I was looking for some 'ethnic tunes' for my first album as a songwriter and that tiny instrument caught my attention. I ended up buying it and immediately started to study it on my own. Eventually, I got hooked on its musicality and decided to study it at school. After that decision, my world changed surprisingly. My bond with mandolin became stronger and stronger, and the repertory that I had been discovering became more and more interesting and started to provide more and more gigs all over the country. GIANMARCO VOLPE: With his album, I am coming back to my origins: classical music and classical guitar. Retracing baroque music’s geometries, Romantic lyricism, and melodic and rhythmic twists of Brazilian music, has made me explore many new tonal avenues with the guitar. This instrument is always able to reinvent itself and, thanks to its popular feature, find its place within ever-evolving musical styles."

Eugène Ysaÿe

Six Sonatas

Anca Vasile Caraman

STR37200
1 CD
18/02/2022
STRADIVARIUS

Eugène Ysaÿe (Liège, 16 July 1858 - Brussels, 12 May 1931) is known to have conceived the idea of writing a cycle of six sonatas for solo violin during a concert in July 1923, while listening to his great contemporary musician Joseph Szigeti play Johann Sebastian Bach. He locked himself in his room, instructed not to be disturbed except to receive his meals, and over the next twenty-four hours sketched out the six pieces that would become his op. 27. Although the anecdote is historically well-founded, it is doubtful that a cycle destined to become a monument to violin art only in the twentieth century - what Bach’s sonatas and partitas were for the eighteenth century and Paganini’s Caprices for the nineteenth - can be reduced to an extemporaneous creative act, rather than the result of a meditated compositional project. A glance at the sonatas as a whole is enough to grasp the signs of a precise plan, which stemmed from the desire of a virtuoso, who was about to hang his bow, to write his artistic and technical testament by highlighting the profound connections between the legacy of tradition and the most innovative achievements in the music of his time....

Béla Bartók, Lior Navok, Leoš Janáček

Journey

Nova Guitar Duo

STR37209
1 CD
18/02/2022
STRADIVARIUS

In Journey, our second album, we have turned our attention to the Eastern European sounds of Bartók and Janáček and beyond with a new piece written especially for us by Israeli composer Lior Navok. The programme is somewhat less exuberant than our fiery and extroverted first album, Sortilegios, from 2019. This time, we invite the listener on a contemplative journey, reconnecting with deep emotions, ancestral memories and far-away landscapes. While it looks inward from an emotional point of view, Journey also broadens the expressive limits of our ensemble, showcasing a repertoire that may already be familiar to music lovers but is presented here for the first time in guitar duo arrangements. - Nelly & Luiz

Johann Sebastian Bach, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez

Correspondences

Martina Rudić, Michele Gamba

STR37215
1 CD
18/02/2022
STRADIVARIUS

The idea of this album came to us during the first Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020. Martina and I share a deep enthusiasm for new music and we are always eager to find the common roots of composers who have been a constant part of our development as musicians, going right back to our school years. What have Berio and Boulez in common with Bach? Firstly, polyphony. The Bach Sonatas, played here on piano and cello, are in fact 'Sonate a 3', in which the use of different timbres and rhythms goes along with the Bach’s mastery of counterpoint and the sheer inventiveness of the musical motifs. We find that these elements of the composer’s creativity are also very present in the music of Berio and Boulez. In Berio’s Sequenza for cello, the exploration of the idea of polyphony on a monodic instrument, the variety of atmosphere and the pure technical virtuosity find their roots in Bach’s music. Boulez, with his Douze Notations for piano, pays a huge debt to the old German tradition of counterpoint, filtered through the twelvetone system of Schönberg. Boulez clearly stated that he wanted to make fun of the Second Viennese School, and yet the character of each piece and the virtuosity of each tiny nuance recall Bach’s heritage, in particular his rhythmic precision and the effective way that the different ‘voices’ can be heard. These ideas have encouraged us to offer listeners some fascinating parallels between centuries which can seem so far from one another. We hope that re-building these bridges in our own time might help to maintain dialogues and echoes of the history of our common cultural patrimony. - Michele Gamba & Martina Rudić

Patrick Cassidy

The Mass

Laude, Christoph Bull, David Harris

STR 035
1 CD
18/02/2022
SUPERTRAIN RECORDS

Supertrain Records is proud to announce the premiere recording of Patrick Cassidy's THE MASS in its organ version, performed by the esteemed choral ensemble Laude under the direction of David Harris, with organist Christophe Bull performing on The Great Organs of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.

Adriano Banchieri, Giulio Cesare Croce

Il Festino del Giovedì Grasso, 1608

Dramatodía, Enrico Bonavera, Alberto Allegrezza

TC 550008
1 CD
04/02/2022
TACTUS

An interesting and goliardic representation of Bologna at the beginning of the seventeenth century is proposed to us by the Dramatodia theaterical company directed by Alberto Allegrezza and with the participation of Enrico Bonavera. The theme is the Carnival, the texts are by the storyteller, writer and poet Giulio Cesare Croce and the music by the brilliant and non-conformist Olivetan friar Adriano Banchieri. The irresistible combination formed by these two authors stages an irreverent and paradoxical triumph of hyperbole, satire, jokes and double meanings, which find their expression - at the same time popular and artistic - in the dramaturgic representations linked to the commedia dell'arte and in the musical forms of the time such as the villanella, the canzonetta and the ballet.

Dionigio Canestrari

Liriche su versi di Dante, Musica da Camera

Anna Ussardi, Sara Tommasini, Marco Galifi, Eleonora Rotarescu, Elisa Bordin, Coro “Dimostrazioni Armoniche” Virginia Del Bianco, Silvia Manfrini, Nina Cuk, Emiliano Martinelli, Marcello Rossi

TC 860302
1 CD
04/02/2022
TACTUS

It was 1865, the sixth centenary from the birth of Dante Alighieri, when it was decided to erect a statue of the poet in Piazza dei Signori, a work made by Ugo Zannoni, challenging the Austrian nomination at those time ruling the region until the following year. In the very same year, in the province of Verona (S. Martino Buon Albergo), Dionigio Canestrari was born, a composer of countless works for organ and the liturgy, inspired from his keen reading of Dante in composing some of his best musical pieces on his Divina Commedia, proud bardo of Italy at the beginning of the 20th century. The album includes an anthology of chamber lyrics and instrumental pieces for various vocal textures with the accompaniment of the piano and the harmonium. Marcello Rossi concerts and leads the singers and musicians in this world premiere recording by the Veronese composer.

Marco Enrico Bossi

Complete Organ Works, Vol. 15

Andrea Macinanti, Ilaria Torciani, Valentina Vanini, Alessandro Cortello, Emanuela Degli Esposti, Marco Bianchi, Roberto Trainini, Manuel Zigante

TC 862791
2 CD
04/02/2022
TACTUS

With this double CD, the world premiere recording of Marco Enrico Bossi's complete organ works, undertaken by Andrea Macinanti over 10 years ago, finally comes to an end. The dutiful tribute to one of the great and forgotten composers of Italian twentieth century organ music ends - like the rest of the series - with the use of a series of historical instruments that fully document the musical aesthetics of the great organist. The repertoire includes a series of transcriptions of famous pieces by great authors of nineteenth-century Europe, vocal and instrumental pieces with the original accompaniment of the organ, and some interesting unfinished organ fragments, completed for the occasion by Maestro Paolo Geminani.

Pál Hermann

Complete Surviving Music, Vol. 2

Marko Komonko, Theodore Kuchar, Denys Lytvynenko, Myroslav Drahan

TOCC 0585
1 CD
04/02/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

Pál Hermann, born in Budapest in 1902, was not only one of the leading cellists of his generation; he was also an important composer, one of the major figures in Hungarian music in the generation after his teachers Bartók and Kodály. But since only two of his works were published before his early death – in 1944, at the hands of the Nazis – and many more of them were lost, he has not had the esteem that he deserves. The works on this second volume of his surviving compositions, mostly chamber works for strings, and several in their first recordings, have the wiry humour, sprung and spiky rhythms and Hungarian melos that mark him out as a worthy successor to Bartók – and hints at how much was lost with his murder.

Thomas de Hartmann

Orchestral Music

Bülent Evcil, Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, Theodore Kuchar

TOCC 0633
1 CD
04/02/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

The music of the Ukrainian-born Thomas de Hartmann (1885–1956) has been obscured by his association with the Russian mystic George Gurdjieff, but by the time they met in 1916, de Hartmann was already a hugely accomplished composer. The four works receiving their first recordings here reveal a major late-Romantic voice, downstream from Tchaikovsky, a student of Taneyev, contemporary of Rachmaninov, and alert to the discoveries of Stravinsky and Prokofiev.

Mary Howe

Songs and Duets

Courtney Maina, Christopher A. Leach, Mary Dibbern

TOCC 0634
1 CD
04/02/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

The name of Mary Howe (1882–1964) seems to have vanished from the history books. But she was an important voice in American music in the first half of the twentieth century, as an activist and organiser and, especially, as a composer. This first-ever album of her songs shows her late-Romantic style open to influences from Debussy, Mahler, Richard Strauss and other contemporaries: she was, she said, ‘alert for new sensations, like a Puritan on a holiday’.

Heino Eller

Complete Piano Music, Vol. 8

Sten Lassmann

TOCC 0637
1 CD
04/02/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

The piano music of the Estonian composer Heino Eller (1887–1970), a total of 206 works, is not only the largest part of his output: it is also the largest body of works in Estonian classical music. But most of these pieces are unknown, even though the best of them are original contributions to the twentieth-century piano repertoire, with Eller’s sensitive lyricism underpinned by gentle humour and an occasional epic tone. This eighth volume brings music from half a century of music, from 1912 to 1960 – mostly miniatures but each of them full of atmosphere and personality.

Holger Skepeneit

15 Fables

Holger Skepeneit

WHR069
1 CD
04/02/2022
WILLOWHAYNE RECORDS

"In the keenly anticipated follow-up to Music For Piano And Strings Holger Skepeneit travels effortlessly through styles, centuries, and musical traditions. Always speaking in his own, distinctive voice, the pieces lead to often unexpected, but always fulfilling places and have an easy aesthetic appeal without being superficial. Holger Skepeneit a sought after pianist, keyboard player, composer and musical director. During his career he has performed and recorded with artists including Katrina and the Waves, Vanity Fare, Brian Poole and the Tremoloes, Ray Lewis and the Drifters, Pete Cunnah (D-Ream) and many others. Career highlights include being featured as a pianist/composer and arranger on Jacky Cheungs No. 1 album Private Corner (multi-platinum status), performing at the BBC Proms in the Park, and winning the Westminster prize for improvisation. He also composed the music for Mike McKenzies award-winning film Belonging, and has written extensively for TV and advertising. His latest book Balkan Bash (a series of Macedonian / Bulgarian flavoured compositions and textbook on odd-metre playing) was published by Chili Notes in 2017. Holger is currently a Trinity Rock and Pop examiner and has taught at a number of Universities and Music Colleges including the London College of Music and the Institute for Contemporary Music Performance."

Lennox Berkeley, Lili Boulanger, Francis Poulenc

Lennox in Paris

Emmanuel Bach, Jenny Stern

WHR070
1 CD
04/02/2022
WILLOWHAYNE RECORDS

British composer Sir Lennox Berkeley still needs to be more widely appreciated, and this recording puts his music into a wider context of the environment that shaped him. France played a vital part in Berkeley's development: apart from being a Francophile, circumstances brought him into contact with Nadia Boulanger, with whom he studied formally during the years 1926 1932, which Berkeley spent in Paris. While there he also met Francis Poulenc, among other artistic figures. This album is designed both to pay homage to Lennox and to acknowledge the pivotal role played by Paris in his life and development as a composer. It combines works by Berkeley with his Parisian near-contemporaries Poulenc and Lili Boulanger, the younger sister of Nadia.

Bleckell Murry Neet

Ed Heslam, Jean Altshuler, Tommy Coulthard

WHR071
1 CD
04/02/2022
WILLOWHAYNE RECORDS

"Bleckell Murry Neet is an album of Cumbrian music played on the guitar and harp. Ed Heslam has a background in classical guitar playing, as a soloist and in various ensembles, while Jean Altshuler has built a career as an orchestral harpist and, more recently, playing the lever harp in chamber music. For this album, Jean has returned to the pedal harp, giving a more resonant sound which perfectly complements the rich tone of the Carrillo guitar, as well as allowing more scope in arranging the music. The content represents a snapshot of musical themes which would have been familiar to the people of Cumberland and Westmorland during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Bleckell Murry Neet carries with it the history of a bygone era. It alludes to a time when dialect was widely spoken (and sung) in Cumberland and Westmorland; to a period when everyday people danced with an energy and passion that is now hard to imagine and to an era when the town of Whitehaven was at the centre of trade and communications, while central Lakeland was merely an obscure backwater. The album consists of a series of melodies gleaned from the manuscripts of Cumbrian musicians. These old tunes carry the hint of stories of love lost, of love yearned for and of love found; they allude to tales of the Border Reivers and stories of the corruption and electoral fraud of the rich landed gentry who often exerted a malign control over the region and its people."

My Choice – Lorenzo Ghielmi

Lorenzo Ghielmi

9102792
1 CD
18/02/2022
WINTER & WINTER

As an organist, harpsichordist, forte-pianist and conductor, Lorenzo Ghielmi has been inspiring for decades with interpretations of music from the Renaissance to the Romantic era in historical performance practice and is considered one of the world's most renowned specialists and interpreters of historical keyboard instruments such as Gottfried Silbermann's first fortepiano, a sound revolution, the JS Bachs found 'full approval' and sparked his enthusiasm. In 1983 Lorenzo Ghielmi was one of the founders of the legendary Italian baroque orchestra 'Il Giardino Armonico', as its organist / harpsichordist he traveled the world. He now focuses mainly on his work as a soloist and chamber musician. On 'My Choice' Ghielmi presents outstanding masterpieces from the years 2000 to 2008.

Riccardo Zandonai

Francesca da Rimini

Sara Jakubiak, Jonathan Tetelman, Charles Workman, Ivan Inverardi, Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christof Loy, Carlo Rizzi

2110711 / NBD0142V
1 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY DVD
11/02/2022
NAXOS

Riccardo Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini is a four-act opera set during the Renaissance period. The plot concerns an arranged marriage between Francesca and Giovanni, also known as Gianciotto, who is impersonated by his handsome brother Paolo, and with whom Francesca falls passionately in love. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Italian Tristan’, the opera ends in betrayal and a double murder. The production of this rarely performed opera from the Deutsche Oper Berlin proved to be a huge critical success.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Giovanni

Erwin Schrott, Malin Byström, Roberto Tagliavini, Petros Magoulas, Daniel Behle, Myrtò Papatanasiu, Louise Alder, Leon Košavić, Josephine Arden, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera Chorus, Kasper Holten (Director), Hartmut Haenchen

OA1344D / OABD7295D
1 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY DVD
25/02/2022
OPUS ARTE
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

"Kasper Holten’s 2014 production of Don Giovanni for the Royal Opera offers a glimpse inside the mind of one of opera’s most notorious seducers. With a spectacular revolving set by award-winning designer Es Devlin, ingenious video projections by Luke Halls, and an ‘ideal cast on world beating form’ (The Independent), this staging brings Mozart’s dazzling score to life, in all its wit, glamour, and darkness. '…A stunning evening… with Roberto Tagliavini’s Leporello and Erwin Schrott’s Giovanni we get a definitive pairing.' (Independent ****)"

William Shakespeare

3 Tragedies, Volume 2

Various Artists

OA1326BD
3 DVD
25/02/2022
OPUS ARTE
RSC

This 3-DVD set presents RSC productions of three of Shakespeare’s most powerful tragedies. In Romeo and Juliet, the most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion. Macbeth is a contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller, whilst Troilus and Cressida presents a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle.

Johann Sebastian Bach

The Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051

Collegium 1704, Václav Luks

ACC20555 / ACC10555
1 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY DVD
11/02/2022
ACCENTUS MUSIC

"Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos rank among the most popular works of Baroque music. To mark their 300th anniversary in 2021, Collegium 1704 played all six Brandenburg Concertos on historical instruments in Köthen Castle's restored Hall of Mirrors. Founded by Václav Luks in 2005, the orchestra is one of the most renowned ensembles of our time specializing in baroque music. Given the great stylistic and structural diversity of these concertos, they were the perfect choice to record these musical gems at the historical location of their inception. Recorded at the Hall of Mirrors of Köthen Castle, June 2021. Directed by Ute Feudel. Produced by Paul Smaczny"

Le Chevalier de Saint-George

L’Archet des Lumières (The Enlightened Violinist)

Julien Chauvin, Quatuor Cambini-Paris, Magali Léger, Alain Guédé, Louis de Carbonnières, Mylène Alexis-Garel

BAC190
1 DVD
11/02/2022
BELAIR CLASSIQUES

An emancipated slave, the Chevalier de Saint-George managed to elevate himself to the highest spheres of the Enlightened 18th-century French society, thanks to his incredible accomplishments as a fencer, horseman, and musician. From the Guadeloupe where he was born, to Paris and Versailles where he made a name for himself, to Lille that he defended against the royalists during the French Revolution, he quickly became one of the most important characters in both the musical and the military scenes. Through his compositions, testimonies from specialists and secrets shared by some of his best interprets, this film narrates his extraordinary adventures.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Idomeneo

Bernard Richter, Rachel Frenkel, Irina Lungu, Valentina Naforniță, Chorus of Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Kasper Holten (staging), Tomáš Netopil

760208 / 760304
2 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY DVD
18/02/2022
C MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT

Idomeneo is considered as the first of the seven uncontested masterworks of Mozart’s dramatic oeuvre and it is perhaps even the most revolutionary and forward-looking of his work. In 'Kasper Holten’s coherent production' (Die Presse) Bernard Richter was 'a cultivated bright tenor with beautiful expressive moments' (Kronen Zeitung). 'Valentina Nafornit¸a performed the role of Ilia with passion and reached every height with ease and Irina Lungu portrayed Elettra as a great tragic figure and unfolded her soprano with verve in the final aria' (Kurier). Conductor Tomáš Netopil provided with the orchestra 'gripping moments from the virtuoso overture onwards' (Kronen Zeitung)

Giuseppe Verdi

La forza del destino

Saioa Hernández, Roberto Aronica, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Annalisa Stroppa, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Nicola Alaimo, Alessandro Spina, Leonardo Cortellazzi, Valentina Corò, Francesco Samuele Venuti, Roman Lyulkin, Coro e Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

37930 / 57930
2 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY DVD
18/02/2022
DYNAMIC

Korngold’s greatest critical successes lay in the field of opera and in his film scores. The early sets of incidental music reflect these two elements, sharing the theatrical bravura of opera and anticipating his own later filmic techniques. The music for the Viennese production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in 1920, heard here in full, is expressive and dramatic. Der Vampir, a psychological study of desire, seduction and greed, is rarely heard, but remains a potent example of Korngold’s instinct for directness of characterisation.

Anton Chekhov, Simon Stone

Drei Schwestern, Three Sisters

Theater Basel, Barbara Horvath, Franziska Hackl, Liliane Amuat, Nicola Mastroberardino, Cathrin Störmer, Michael Wächter, Elias Eilinghoff, Simon Zagermann, Max Rothbart, Roland Koch, Florian von Manteuffel,

THE08056
1 DVD
04/02/2022
THEATRE EDITION

Director and author Simon Stone rewrote, updated and questioned Chekhov’s famous drama for the present day: with brilliant dialogue, subtle characterization and the ambivalent figures which these so reliably generate. Avoiding pathos, spectacle and heroism, Chekhov maintains a masterful balance between melancholy and joie de vivre. Premiered 1901 at the Moscow Arts Theatre it is a play about the everyday, about desire and failure.