July 2022 - New Releases

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Index

César Guerra-Peixe

Symphonic Suites Nos. 1 and 2; Roda de Amigos

Goiás Philharmonic Orchestra, Neil Thomson

8573925
1 CD
08/07/2022
NAXOS
MUSIC OF BRAZIL

César Guerra-Peixe was one of the most versatile Brazilian musicians of the 20th century, gaining a particular mastery of orchestration and creating his own inimitable sound through extensive work in radio, television and cinema. The toe-tapping dance rhythms and lyrical expressiveness in his two Symphonic Suites were inspired by research into Brazilian folk traditions, further enhanced by a broad range of vibrantly eloquent global influences. The lighthearted Roda de Amigos mischievously caricatures Guerra-Peixe’s musical circle of friends and their various woodwind instruments.

Robert Farnon

The Westminster Waltz; Colditz March; State Occasion; A Star is Born – British Light Music, Vol. 9

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Leaper

8574323
1 CD
08/07/2022
NAXOS
BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC

Frank Sinatra dubbed Robert Farnon ‘The Guv’nor’ in 1962 when the two men first came together in London to work on an album. This summed up Farnon’s reputation as being synonymous with the highest standards of craftsmanship across the widest spectrum of music-making, earning him four Ivor Novello awards and the Order of Canada. His fame was established with BBC wartime radio broadcasts and the ubiquitous Portrait of a Flirt. Further success came with TV themes such as the stirring Colditz March and the impressionistic beauty of such gems as À la claire fontaine. The performances on this acclaimed recording are given with ‘warmth, polish and a remarkable naturalness of idiomatic feeling’ (The Penguin Guide).

Peter Boyer

Balance of Power (Orchestral Works)

London Symphony Orchestra, Peter Boyer

8559915
1 CD
08/07/2022
NAXOS
AMERICAN CLASSICS

This album presents eight of the most recent works by Peter Boyer, one of the leading American orchestral composers of his generation. Balance of Power was commissioned for the 95th birthday of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, while Fanfare for Tomorrow was composed for the inauguration of President Joe Biden in 2021. Each of these pieces displays Boyer’s vivid soundscapes and tuneful American sensibilities, from the cinematic sweep of Rolling River to Radiance, composed especially for this album. Boyer’s GRAMMY-nominated Ellis Island: The Dream of America (8.559246) has received over 250 performances and was televised by PBS.

Sigismond Thalberg

Les Soirées de Pausilippe – Hommage à Rossini: 24 Pensées musicales

Francesco Nicolosi

8555668
1 CD
08/07/2022
NAXOS

Sigismond Thalberg was a virtuoso pianist whose training included studies with Mozart’s pupil Johann Hummel, and whose rivalry with Franz Liszt became the talk of Paris in the 1830s. Thalberg excelled in the fashionable solo piano genre of operatic paraphrase but, while drawing on themes by the ever-popular Rossini, Les Soirées de Pausilippe avoids ostentatious excess. Instead Thalberg preferred an elegant simplicity in which the piano is allowed to sing in emulation of the operatic originals. With rhythmic dances, expressive arias and more, this is a collection that embraces moods that range from Mendelssohnian charm to Chopinesque pianism.

Lorenzo Perosi

Piano Quintets Nos. 1 and 2; String Trio No. 2

Matteo Bevilacqua, Roma Tre Orchestra Ensemble

8574375
1 CD
08/07/2022
NAXOS

Puccini once said, ‘there is more music in Perosi’s head than in mine and Mascagni’s put together’. Priest-composer Lorenzo Perosi achieved international celebrity by the late 1890s for his sacred music, and he also composed a fine selection of chamber works that are little known today. Perosi’s Piano Quintets have a fresh and spontaneous feel, even though they were written while he grieved the loss of his brother. Combining bold rhythms and solemn spiritual depth, these works along with the Second String Trio are all respectful of tradition while representing an exploration of new paths unique in Italian music of the time.

William McClelland

Where the Shadow Glides – Songs, Solo Piano and Choral Works

The New York Virtuoso Singers, Krista River, Alex Guerrero, Thomas Meglioranza, Robert May, Margaret Dudley, Donald Berman, Blair McMillen, David Enlow, Harold Rosenbaum

8559906
1 CD
22/07/2022
NAXOS
AMERICAN CLASSICS

Internationally acclaimed composer William McClelland has written a wide variety of music in many styles and forms, but the works in this program have all been inspired by poetry. The choral works evoke the atmosphere of time and place in settings of very early texts, including Catullus’ movingly elegiac lament for his lost brother, These Last Gifts, an experience shared by the composer. The short pieces in Five for Piano all evoke specific poems and, composed over several decades, McClelland’s songs are primarily settings of poetry by American writers that express a mystical, symbolic or visionary view on nature.

Anton Kraft, Nikolaus Kraft, Bernhard Romberg

Works for Two Cellos

Alexander Rudin, Emin Martirosian, Musica Viva Moscow Chamber Orchestra

8574386
1 CD
22/07/2022
NAXOS

The emergence of the cello as a solo instrument at the beginning of the 19th century encouraged composers to explore its melodic and sonorous potential, with compositions for two or more cellos becoming increasingly popular. Bernhard Romberg and Anton Kraft both had personal connections to Beethoven – their works offer inventive timbres, intimacy and substantial virtuosity. The world premiere recording of the sparkling Concertino by Kraft’s son Nikolaus completes an album of unique gems, influenced by Beethoven and Haydn, which helped to usher in the golden age of the cello.

Antonio Soler

Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 96 – 98

Daumants Liepiņš

8574418
1 CD
22/07/2022
NAXOS

Like many Catalan musicians of his time, Antonio Soler received initial training as a chorister before his excellence as an organist ensured high appointment at the Escorial, Spain’s royal palace. Here he absorbed the influence of Domenico Scarlatti, and the keyboard sonatas Soler composed remain his most lasting contribution to musical history. The three sonatas in this volume reflect his awareness of trends in Viennese music and are notable for their vivid pastoral elements, refined delicacy and sizzling virtuosic demands.

Christian von Blohn, Theo Brandmüller, Thierry Escaich, Barry Jordan, Arvo Pärt

Evocations – Contemporary Organ Music

Christian von Blohn

8579122
1 CD
22/07/2022
NAXOS

This album of contemporary organ repertoire features fascinating works that display a wide array of influences. Barry Jordan’s Praise Song, heard here its 2018 revision, draws on modern worship songs and African drumming rhythms, an element that also suffuses part of Thierry Escaich’s Évocation II, a work of electrifying intensity and vibrant colour. Arvo Pärt’s starkly beautiful Annum per annum is featured alongside Theo Brandmüller’s last work Sternenklänge. Dialogue vers les étoiles by Christian von Blohn – a student of Brandmüller – acts as a moving posthumous dialogue with his teacher.

Kemal Belevi

Cypriana (Works for Violin and Guitar)

Silvia Grasso, Livio Grasso

8579104
1 CD
22/07/2022
NAXOS

Kemal Belevi’s works for the guitar, either solo or in combination, as heard on this album, exude the colour and allure of the eastern Mediterranean. Without alluding to any specific tunes, he evokes Cypriot folk music in Cypriana, while the linked Four Sketches show his variety in the work’s bracing modernity. Belevi is at heart a romantic and a melodist of touching beauty as can be heard in Catch 22 and in the subtle colour study Clouds. The poignant Suite Chypre is heard in this special arrangement made for Silvia and Livio Grasso.

Ferdinand Ries

Piano Trio & Sextets

The Nash Ensemble

CDA68380
1 CD
01/07/2022
HYPERION RECORDS

Sextets featuring piano and harp may be a rarity, but the one included here is a real delight. The three companion pieces are no less attractive, showcasing the individual and collective strengths of The Nash Ensemble as well as the merits of a lesser-known composer and his music.

Aloys Schmitt

Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Rondeau brilliant (The Romantic Piano Concerto No. 84)

Ulster Orchestra, Howard Shelley

CDA68389
1 CD
01/07/2022
HYPERION RECORDS

Composer and conductor, pianist and pedagogue: Aloys Schmitt was respected by his peers and largely forgotten by posterity. As so often in this series, the three works recorded here will have listeners questioning that posthumous neglect.

Jean Mouton

Missa Faulte d-argent & Motets

The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice

CDA68385
1 CD
01/07/2022
HYPERION RECORDS

The ‘Missa Faulte d’argent’ emerges as a major work in this, its first complete recording. With the inclusion of a selection of motets (also in first recordings), the present programme marks an important addition to our understanding and appreciation of this prolific figure.

Joseph Haydn: Complete Piano Trios, Vol.1; Johannes Fischer: one bar wonder

Trio Gaspard

CHAN 20244
1 CD
15/07/2022
CHANDOS

Founded in 2010, Trio Gaspard has become one of the most sought-after piano trios of its generation, whose members are praised for their unique and fresh approach to the score. The Trio is regularly invited to perform at leading concert halls throughout the world. It has an impressive history of international festival appearances, and each member also continues to pursue a successful solo career. Haydn has been central to the Trio’s repertoire since its inception, to the extent that it is rare for them to perform a programme that does not include his music. For this survey of the complete Haydn Trios, pianist Nicholas Rimmer notes: ‘we have decided to record the trios neither chronologically nor in the groups in which they were first published. Instead, we have aimed to create an interesting and contrasted ‘programme’ of trios for each volume, so that it can be listened to in a single, satisfying sitting. In addition, we have asked a composer to write a short work inspired by one of the trios from each volume, and we are excited by the contemporary perspectives on Haydn that these composers open up for us. This first album features a work by our good friend, the percussionist and composer Johannes Fischer. We hope that the listener will share in this rich journey – spanning forty years of Haydn’s life and more than forty brilliant works of music. Amazingly, each of these trios is unique enough to warrant individual attention and repeated listening.’

Frédéric Chopin

Louis Lortie plays Chopin, Vol. 7

Louis Lortie

CHAN 20241
1 CD
15/07/2022
CHANDOS

For the seventh volume of his Chopin project, the Canadian pianist and exclusive Chandos Artist Louis Lortie has built a programme that includes works from the earliest to the latest periods in the composer’s life, all of which are linked by their evocation of ‘nationality’ – Italy, Spain and of course Chopin’s beloved Poland. The Rondo à la Mazur, Op. 5 and the Rondo, Op. 16 are examples of this longer form that was linked with the ‘brilliant’ style of piano writing popular in the 1820’s. Chopin soon moved away from this style, in search of a more progressive compositional style. Composed around the same time as the Op. 16 Rondo, the Boléro, Op. 19 evokes the exoticism of Spain, whilst the Tarantella Op. 43 reflects the Parisian vogue for the southern Italian dance sparked by Auber’s grand opera ‘La Muette de Portici’. Now one of his most celebrated works, the Polonaise, Op. 53 represented for Chopin the culmination of his project, begun with the two Polonaises, Op. 26, to imbue the genre with powerful national symbolism. These works are interspersed with four sets of Mazurkas, Opp. 17, 30, 63, and 68. Chopin almost single-handedly introduced the Mazurka to Paris when he arrived there in the late 1820s, and continued to compose them throughout his life, transforming the Polish dance form into some of his most dazzling and memorable compositions.

Heinrich Schütz, Andrea Gabrieli, Johann Sebastian Bach, Owain Park, Giovanni Gabrieli, Johann Michael Bach, James MacMillan, Roderick Williams, Orlando de Lassus, Sarah Rimkus

Revoiced

Corvus Consort, Ferio Saxophone Quartet, Freddie Crowley

CHAN 20260
1 CD
15/07/2022
CHANDOS

Following their previous album Evoke, with pianist Timothy End, the Ferio Saxophone Quartet return with this exciting and innovative programme of works for saxophone quartet and voices. Founded and directed by Freddie Crowley, the Corvus Consort is a vocal ensemble based in the UK, which draws its members from a pool of young singers in the early stages of their professional careers. The project was inspired by the quartet’s 2018 recording Revive, an album of Baroque transcriptions. Freddie Crowley writes: ‘Heinrich Schütz in the preface to his Geistliche Chor-Music, of 1648 (from which four of the items on this album are drawn): “You can perform some of these pieces [...] with an organ or instruments on the choral parts along with a full choir.” The instruments he had in mind were not saxophones, of course, which would not be invented for another 200 years, but I suspect that he might have found them an excellent choice! Schütz intended his collection to be a demonstration of good composition without basso continuo, focussing on counterpoint as the foundation of compositional technique. It is these contrapuntal properties that make his and other baroque and Renaissance music so infinitely adaptable into new forms – transitioning effortlessly onto the saxophone for example – and the same properties that underpin the four contemporary works on our album, all inspired in their own different ways by music of the Renaissance.’

Johann Wilhelm Wilms

The Piano Concertos, Vol. 1

Ronald Brautigam, Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens

BIS2504
1 SACD
01/07/2022
BIS

"Born in the vicinity of Cologne, only two years after and some sixty km distant from Beethoven, Johann Wilhelm Wilms was once a musical force to be reckoned with. In Amsterdam, where he lived from the age of 19, his music was actually performed more frequently than Beethoven’s at one period, and his orchestral works were played in such musical centres as Leipzig. Besides chamber music and solo sonatas Wilms composed several symphonies and solo concertos (for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and cello) as well as piano concertos for his own use, five of which were published between 1799 and 1820. (Two more have been lost.) He also appeared regularly as soloist in concertos by other composers. But already during his lifetime Wilms began to retreat from the public eye, whether because of setbacks in his private life or because he was disillusioned with the superficial tastes of the Amsterdam audiences. By the time of his death in 1847, he was remembered almost exclusively as the composer of the then national anthem. In time for the 250th anniversary of Wilms’ birth, Ronald Brautigam has edited the five extant piano concertos by ‘the Dutch Beethoven’ and presents the first three here, with nos 4 and 5 to follow in a second volume. As on a number of previous, highly acclaimed releases, he is supported by the Kölner Akademie and Michael Alexander Willens."

Ottorino Respighi

Crepuscolo

Timothy Fallon, Ammiel Bushakevitz

BIS2632
1 SACD
01/07/2022
BIS

"Crepuscolo is the final song in Ottorino Respighi’s song cycle Deità silvane (‘woodland deities’), but as an album title it also stands for the twilight during the interwar years of everything that Respighi represented, as various trends such as atonality, spiky neoclassicism and futurism flourished. In reaction to these developments, Respighi in 1932 famously signed a manifesto calling for music with a ‘human content’ – something which his songs certainly live up to: as Elsa Respighi, the composer’s wife, once said it was to his songs that he ‘entrusts his heart’s hidden secrets, when he lets his soul sing freely.’ From L’ultima ebbrezza, composed when Respighi was only 17 years old, to the Four Scottish Songs from 1924, the songs recorded here attest to the variety of his musical interests, influences and styles, and are at turns lyrically operatic, expressionist, impressionist or symbolist. Respighi’s love of the Renaissance is also manifest in the Cinque canti all’antica, settings of poets including Boccaccio. Timothy Fallon and Ammiel Bushakevitz have previously released a Liszt recital described as ‘superb’ in Gramophone. They have now devised a varied programme which takes in three complete groups as well as a selection of individual songs, including Respighi’s most popular songs (Nebbie, Stornellatrice) as well as less well known ones."

Jesper Nordin

Emerging from Currents and Waves

Martin Fröst, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

BIS2559
1 SACD
01/07/2022
BIS

"‘The fantastic thing about art and music is that one can pose questions and conjure up visions at the same time.’ The words are those of the Swedish composer Jesper Nordin, who does exactly that in Emerging from Currents and Waves. A large-scale work for orchestra, clarinet soloist, conductor and live electronics, Emerging… is a collaboration between Nordin, Martin Fröst and Esa-Pekka Salonen. All three are interested in how new technology can – and will – influence art and artistic expression, and in exploring the intersection of mankind, music and technology. Emerging from Currents and Waves is in three parts, with the clarinet concerto Emerging at its centre. In the work the electronic and the acoustic world meet on an equal footing. The sound of the live orchestra is recorded in real time, sampled, treated and played back, in processes that are controlled by both soloist and conductor with the help of motion sensors. The technology used for this is Gestrument (from ‘gesture’ and ‘instrument’), originally invented by Nordin as a tool for composition, but which here is used rather as an instrument. The present recording was made at the first performance of the work, in Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen during the 2018 Baltic Sea Festival. In concert a visual element was added as images generated by the electronic music-making were projected onto several layers of transparent fabrics forming a specially designed sculpture that hovered above the orchestra."

Henri Tomasi, André Jolivet, Florent Schmitt, Betsy Jolas

French Trumpet Concertos

Håkan Hardenberger, Roland Pöntinen, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Fabien Gabel

BIS2523
1 SACD
01/07/2022
BIS

"During the second half of the 19th century, a French school of trumpet playing was established, with French musicians and composers at the forefront of the instrument’s musical and technical development. As a result, it was entrusted with a more prominent role within the orchestra and soon also as a solo instrument. On the present disc, Håkan Hardenberger – who like so many other leading trumpet players studied in Paris – presents some of the fruits of this development: five important French works composed between 1944 and 1977. With the support of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Fabien Gabel – who incidentally began his career as a trumpet player – he opens the disc with Henri Tomasi’s Trumpet Concerto. Often performed and recorded, it here appears on disc for the first time with its original, longer ending, reconstructed from a newly discovered manuscript. Another rarity is the version for trumpet and orchestra of Florent Schmitt’s Suite, a work which is more commonly heard with piano accompaniment. Rather more frequent in concert are André Jolivet’s Concerto and the Concertino in which Hardenberger is joined by his regular chamber music partner Roland Pöntinen as co-soloist. The most recent work on the disc is Onze Lieder by Betsy Jolas, a work which has a special resonance for both soloist and conductor as it was written for their trumpet teacher Pierre Thibaud."

Béla Bartók, György Ligeti, Sándor Veress, Péter Eötvös

Bartók, Ligeti, Veress, Eötvös

Nurit Stark

BIS2416
1 SACD
01/07/2022
BIS

"The works on this album were written between 1935 and 2019 by four Hungarian composers: Béla Bartók, who was the teacher of Sándor Veress, who taught György Ligeti, who in turn was an early but formative influence on Péter Eötvös. Their compositions all share the idea of a dialogue between cultured and popular elements, between a Western music tradition and folk music, particularly of Eastern Europe. This idea was formulated in the early 20th century by Bartók himself, who considered the use of folk elements in a piece of art music not only as a tool to revitalize the Classical tradition but also as a mean to unite different cultures. In the works recorded here, the dialogue is manifested in various ways, for instance through references to Baroque idioms and forms as well as folk styles in the solo sonatas by Bartók and Ligeti. In the case of Adventures of the Dominant Seventh Chord by Péter Eötvös it is the dominant seventh chord that stands as a symbol of Western tonality. Recurring frequently, the chord never reaches the expected resolution, however – instead it is confronted with non-tonal materials inspired by the folk music of Eastern Europe. Based in Germany, the violinist Nurit Stark was born in Israel into a family which hails from Romania. Peter Eötvös’s work – which was written for her – therefore provides the perfect ending to this very personal project, dealing with the ability of music to cross cultural, geographical and ideological borders."

Xiaogang Ye

Sichuan Image

Noriko Ogawa, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, José Serebrier

BIS2303
1 CD
01/07/2022
BIS

"Born in Shanghai in 1955, Xiaogang Ye is regarded as one of China’s leading contemporary composers. He has written music in a variety of genres, including symphonic and chamber works as well as scores for the stage. Ye has also composed music for films and the two works recorded here are both examples of this. Sichuan Image consists of 29 brief and atmospheric pieces composed to accompany a filmed travelogue of the scenic province in Western China. In preparation for the work, the composer visited mountains, river, villages and ancient historical sites in Sichuan. Lending further colour to the large symphony orchestra, four Chinese musicians perform on traditional instruments. The disc closes with Concerto of Life, a suite in five movements for piano and orchestra with Noriko Ogawa taking on the solo part. The work is based on the score for a feature film of the same name telling the story of a piano teacher and his students. Ogawa has also appeared on a previous disc of Ye’s music alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor José Serebrier – a disc named Editor's Choice in the Gramophone, whose reviewer described the performances as 'superb' and Ye's scores as possessing ‘lyrical elegance, searching drama and depth of colour…’"

Ludwig van Beethoven, Brett Dean

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 2; Brett Dean: Testament

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Vladimir Jurowski

BSOREC0002
1 CD
15/07/2022
BSO RECORDINGS

Those present at the Munich Nationaltheater for the 1st Academy Concert of the 20/21 season, will remember it as a special moment. Subsequent to concert venues being forced to close in March 2020, this was one of the first post-lockdown public performances anywhere, as well as being Vladimir Jurowski’s second concert with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester in his role as designated general music director. On the programme: Beethoven’s Second Symphony, which was also played during the opening concert of the Musikalische Akademie in 1811. Its conceptual magnitude and tonal vehemence make this symphony – listened to with an attentive ear – far more than simply a precursor of Eroica. It was preceded on this occasion by Brett Dean’s Testament, a contemporary orchestral piece which engages with Beethoven’s music, his thoughts and his emotional state. This live concert recording vividly captures the anticipation and excitement felt on the night, as well as the bold endeavour to offer a fresh perspective on a purportedly familiar work.

Sándor Végh conducts Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Schönberg, Bartók, Berg, Stravinsky

Camerata Academica des Mozarteums Salzburg, Soloists of International Musicians Seminar, Sándor Végh

C7422
6 CD
01/07/2022
CAPRICCIO RECORDS

Sándor Végh was a supreme musician and one of those few conductors who possessed indefinable qualities. Whatever he touched – especially when performing with his Salzburg Camerata – it was always musical, light and exciting. He never indulged in extremes of tempo and volume, focusing instead on the effectiveness of phrasing and sparkle, making even the least of Mozart’s occasional pieces sound like works of ardent genius. This box proves (if it needed proving) that these skills also applied to the output of other composers, from those of the First Viennese School to the Second Viennese School and beyond. His Schubert Symphonies are pure classical joy; his Transfigured Night a manifestation of late-romantic beauty; his Bartók idiomatic and highly attractive.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Concertos 0-7; Rondo in B flat WoO 6

Michael Korstick, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Constantin Trinks

555447-2
4 CD
01/07/2022
CPO

Finally: Beethoven's Piano Concertos 0 to 7 as interpreted by Michael Korstick are available on 4 CDs, and once again he sets new interpretational standards. In the meantime, volumes have been filled with attempts to approach the question of an adequate interpretation of Beethoven's works, and with the indispensable elements of grandeur, drama and inwardness, the study of these works remains timelessly topical and will continue to open up new perspectives in the future. This complete recording of all the piano concertos arranges the six works that Beethoven gave an opus number in the appropriate order, leaving all the other pieces to follow on the fourth CD. This project would not have been possible without the generous support of Dr. Ernst Denert. For his patronage, Michael Korstick was able to fulfil a long-cherished dream.

Heinrich Schütz

Dafne, Opera in 5 scenes, Torgau 1627

La Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata, Roland Wilson

555494-2
1 CD
01/07/2022
CPO

The first and presumably only performance of the opera Dafne took place in Torgau on April 13, 1627, as part of the festivities celebrating the marriage of the Saxon Duchess Sophie Eleonore and the Hessian Landgrave Georg II. Although the libretto by Martin Opitz appeared in print, virtually nothing of the music has survived. At first glance, the reconstruction of an opera whose music has not survived appears to be a daring undertaking. In fact, however, there are many clues to the structure of the work, so that it was possible to produce something that, although not identical to the original, is very close to it. In all, there are a dozen mostly secular works by Schütz in the present reconstruction by conductor Roland Wilson, making up about half of the entire opera. Says Wilson himself, "You'll hear some glorious pieces by Schütz and his contemporaries that you probably never would have listened to otherwise."

Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz

Music from Wolfenbüttel Castle, Vol. 6 – Sacred Works in Parallel Settings

Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes

555503-2
1 CD
01/07/2022
CPO

In our series "Music from Wolfenbüttel Castle," the sixth concert in the series featured and recorded parallel settings of sacred works by Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz. One does not immediately think of counting the great Dresden composer Heinrich Schütz among the kapellmeisters at the Wolfenbüttel court, and yet he was officially engaged there as "Capellmeister von Haus aus" from 1655 until at least 1666. Michael Praetorius, however, had long since died around this time. By juxtaposing compositions with identical texts (so-called parallel settings) by Praetorius and Schütz, this CD makes it possible to compare the styles of these two "heroes of music history". This is particularly appealing inasmuch as the stylistic upheaval at the beginning of the 17th century, which originated in Italy, falls into the creative period of both composers, and it is revealing to observe in what way the new developments influenced the oeuvre of both masters. At the same time, the works of both composers with identical texts are not exactly numerous, which is related to the fact that Praetorius turned to the arrangement of Protestant church hymns to a particularly strong degree, a genre that either interested Schütz little, or that his position at the Dresden court did not offer any occasion to serve.

Johann Kuhnau

Complete Sacred Works, Vol. 8

Opella Musica, camerata lipsiensis, Gregor Meyer

555460-2
1 CD
01/07/2022
CPO

"With the eighth CD of our complete recording of Kuhnau's vocal works, to be released in honor of the 300th anniversary of Johann Kuhnau's death in June 2022, this ambitious project now reaches its conclusion. This production delivers a range of musical genres that could hardly be wider. Everything is represented, from simple secular arias to sacred concertos still clearly in the 17th century tradition and elaborate cantata-like structures such as those presented by the mature Thomaskantor Kuhnau. The three arias represent a discovery of a special kind. Passed down in an anonymous score in the historical music collection of the Princely School of Grimma, they have recently been identified by René Bialik as autographs of Johann Kuhnau. The arias of three or four stanzas each with partly choral refrain point both textually and musically to a representative occasion of origin, which was apparently celebrated outdoors. Unique in its own way is also the Latin chamber cantata "Spirate clementes, o Zephyri amici." Kuhnau's setting has a distinctly chant-like and flowing character rarely found elsewhere in his oeuvre."

Johann Rosenmüller, Claudio Monteverdi, Nicolò Corradini, Alessandro Grandi

This is my Joy – Love songs, jubilant and psalm chants from the 17th century

Georg Poplutz, Johann-Rosenmüller-Ensemble, Arno Paduch

555362-2
1 CD
01/07/2022
CPO

Under the title "This is my joy", the words from the 73rd Psalm, love songs, jubilant and psalm chants from the 17th century by Johann Rosenmüller, Claudio Monteverdi, Nicolò Corradini and others can be heard with the tenor Georg Poplutz, who is highly esteemed for his "expressive yet sensitive interpretation" and is now one of the most sought-after interpreters in baroque music. Here are his personal words about this CD: "It is now also a pleasure for us to be able to present this program to you as a CD, which we hope will give you as much pleasure in listening to it as it gives us in making music! I would like to thank Arno Paduch for his tireless research and rediscovery of new (for our generation) works of this already old music. I am very pleased that we have now been able to record all these treasures and present some of the settings on CD for the first time. To sing these works is indeed my joy - once more to God's glory and to the people, yes, to you for edification and joy!

Luigi Boccherini

Luigi Boccherini: 24 String Quartets

Sonare Quartett, Nomos-Quartett,The Revolutionary Drawing Room

555164-2
6 CD
01/07/2022
CPO

"Of Luigi Boccherini's total of 90 completed string quartets, we are now able to re-release our previously recorded 24 quartets in an affordable box set. Boccherini's string quartets occupy a central position in his extensive oeuvre, and next to Haydn he is certainly the most important composer of this still new genre in the 18th century. Exceptional listening experiences and light music at the highest level in exciting interpretations!D.Steppuhn in FonoForum 9/94: "Welcome repertoire enrichment in exemplary performance." Fanfare 11/94: "These are quartets that deserve a place alongside those of the three great names in classical music."Fanfare (USA) 4/92:" cpo has recorded the quartet's fresh sonority in perfect sound. Special praise goes to the 14-page text (in English, with another 14 pages in German), with highly informative biographical and musicological information. At last the course of Boccherini's life becomes comprehensible, his importance adequately assessable." Gramophone Critics Choice 12/95: ""Outstanding release."

Gustave Kerker

Die oberen Zehntausend (Selection); Burning to sing; The Belle of New York (Selection)

Elke Kottmair, Nadja Stefanoff, Gerd Wiemer, Gritt Gnauck, Ralf Simon, Alfred Berg, Christian Grygas, NDR Radiophilharmonie , Howard Griffiths

777509-2
1 CD
01/07/2022
CPO

Gustave Kerker seems hardly to have existed at all, but his birth in 1847 is documented in the registry for Herford, East Westphalia. And when he died in 1923, the New York Times published a long article commemorating his life and work. Around 1900 Kerker was a genuine great in the world of the popular theater – but this is a fast-paced and forgetful world, especially on the memory superhighway that is America. It was thus that the search for clues leading to this native son of Herford (my place of residence for many years and apart from the baroque architect Pöppelmann not exactly blessed with famous names!) ended up involving years of groping in the dark. All the score materials for the present production now at long last being released were lucky finds and the result of endless e-mail correspondence with all sorts of libraries. But Westphalians are simply stubborn and persistent, and it is now – thanks to the firm commitment of the NDR to the unknown and following a highly acclaimed concert in Hanover – that I am finally able to announce the rebirth of one of the great names inspired by the light Muse! Musically quite audibly influenced by Arthur Sullivan (whose D’Oyly Carte Company often performed his music), Kerker wrote melodies of exceptional charm with just the right satiric bite and a finely elaborated orchestration. His greatest success, The Belle of New York, had a sensational run of seven hundred performances in London in 1898, and it went on to be performed on American, Australian, and European stages. It became the epitome of the American musical comedy – or »musical« for short. Kerker had achieved his breakthrough, and Berlin’s Metropol-Theater commissioned him to compose a German-language work: Die oberen Zehntausend (The Upper Ten Thousand). As the Hanover concert has demonstrated, Kerker’s captivating music has lost nothing of its charm and impact on the public.

Per Nørgård

8 Symphonies

Ulla Munch, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Danish National Concert Choir, Vienna Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard, Sakari Oramo, John Storgårds

8.204
4 CD
08/07/2022
DACAPO

I feel each of my symphonies is a whole continent in itself,' one of the greatest symphonists of our time, the Danish composer Per Nørgård (b. 1932) has said. His music stems from an insatiable urge to explore the phenomena of the world and the possibilities of music, and his eight symphonies stand as milestones over the course of six decades. This 4 CD box set contains spellbinding performances of his symphonies that harvested a bumper crop of critical superlatives on their initial release, providing a fascinating insight into the symphonic thinking of Nørgård, the composer of the famous ‘infinity principle’.

Susan Spain-Dunk, Ruth Gipps

Music for violin and piano

Patrick Wastnage, Elizabeth Dunn

GMCD7827
1 CD
01/07/2022
GUILD

Since meeting as students the long-standing collaboration between Patrick and Elizabeth has included research, performance and premieres of neglected British violin and piano repertoire. Their interest in the music of Susan Spain-Dunk was kindled by Patrick playing in a recording of the Lament for String Orchestra. Patrick's orchestra has also recently performed Ruth Gipps's Horn Concerto.

Emilie Mayer

Symphonies Nos. 6 & 3

Philarmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven, Marc Niemann

HC22016
1 CD
01/07/2022
HANSSLER CLASSIC

The long overdue rediscovery of Emilie Mayer naturally earns her the near-uni versaI label of "female Beethoven", which she was called even by her contemporaries. On the one hand that is a great honour, for Mayer is indeed considered the most successful symphonist among the composing women of the Romantic era. She was thus not content with the "domestic" genres of Lieder, piano works and chamber music, which is all that her female colleagues were generally allowed; on the contrary, she designed symphonies on the grand scale. On the other hand, that label shows that people are still thinking along gender-specific lines - even if they have happily escaped the 19th-century mindset that hampered Emilie Mayer's own career. As late as 1878, the "Neue Berliner Musik zeit ung "was describing her as a "rare phenomenon" and an "exception" to the rule that the "Production" of orchestral works was solely the "Domain of the creative male intellect". By that date, Emilie Mayer had already presented eight symphonies. And in 1850, almost 30 years earlier, a critic had exclaimed in the same paper: "Hitherto woman's fair hand has mastered the Lied at most ( ... ). What female powers, powers of the second rank, can attain - that is what Emilie Mayer has achieved and reproduced."

Johann Georg Weichenberger

Works for Lute

Joachim Held

HC22017
1 CD
01/07/2022
HANSSLER CLASSIC

"Weichenberger certainly must have had a certain reputation. In the New Groves Wolfgang Botticher writes that he was held in high esteem 'although he was only an amateur'. The more recent perspective does not follow this disparagement, with good reason. Considering the beautifuI works by these composers the idea of dilettantism is far from the truth. We find first class compositions. Weichenberger' s compositions touched me especially because of their beauty and naturalness." - Joachim Held

In memoriam Françoise Groben

Françoise Groben, RTL-Sinfonie-Orchester, Orchestre de chambre du Luxembourg, Philharmonisches Orchester Luxemburg, Collegium Musicum der Universität Karlsruhe, Les Solistes Européens, Heidelberger Sinfoniker, Ensemble Les Musiciens, Bläseroktett PRISMA, Berliner Philharmonische Virtuosen, Ivan Gajan, Leopold Hager, Nicolas Brochot, David Shallon, Hubert Heitz, Jack Martin Haendler, Thomas Fey, Pierre Cao, Alexander Müllenbach

HC22021
6 CD
01/07/2022
HANSSLER CLASSIC

"Francoise Groben played with notable orchestras such as the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Japan Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Georgia and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under conductors of the calibre of Leopold Hager, Daniel Harding, Mstislav Rostropovich and Yevgeny Svetlanov. She died in Luxembourg, quite unexpectedly, on May 28, 2011. The recordings collected here illustrate the entire spectrum of Francois e Groben's artistic interests, demonstrating that she was not only a leading soloist but also a gifted and coveted chamber musician who regularly included pieces by Luxembourg composers in her programmes and was strongly committed to contemporary female composers. "

Johannes Brahms

Great Vocal Works

Donna Brown, Gilles Cachemaille, Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Südfunk-Chor, Lioba Braun, Carsten Süß, Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Jürgen Uhde, Renate Werner, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Andreas Rothkopf, Hertha Klust, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Almut Eckels, Ingeborg Danz, Helmuth Rilling, Rupert Huber, Frieder Bernius

HC22044
6 CD
01/07/2022
HANSSLER CLASSIC

The programme leads the listener through Brahms essential vocal works and a splendid set or artists grant highest quaIity of interpretation: Donna Brown, Ingeborg Danz, Lioba Braun, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, GiIles Cachemaille, Carsten SuB, Radiosinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gachinger Kantorei, Helmuth Rilling, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius

Daniel Jones

Rediscovered Piano Works

Martin Jones

SRCD2396
4 CD
01/07/2022
LYRITA

"Martin Jones has been one of Britain’s most highly regarded solo pianists since first coming to international attention in 1968 when he received the Dame Myra Hess Award. The same year he made his London debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and his New York debut at Carnegie Hall, and ever since has been in demand for recitals and concerto performances in Europe, Russia ,Australia, Canada, North & South America. He has made over 90 recordings with Nimbus Records exploring music that is not often played including the complete works of 18 composers. This year will see the release of 4 discs of newly discovered manuscripts of Daniel Jones. Also, together with Adrian Farmer, 3 discs of French music for 4 hands. During next year, as well as giving concerts, he will complete 3 discs of the first recordings of all the piano works of Elizabeth Lutyens for Resonus Records, and continue his American Piano Series with Volumes 6 & 7 for Prova Recordings which will include several new works especially written for him, and, for Nimbus a collection of Brazilian music by Mignone, Gnatalli & Lorenzo-Fernandez."

Daniel Jones

Discover the Piano Music of Daniel Jones

Martin Jones

SRCD410
1 CD
01/07/2022
LYRITA

"‘The process of writing any piece of music really is one of discovery and the feeling I always have is that what I’m setting myself to write already exists and that what I have to do is unveil it, discover it’. This characterisation by Daniel Jones of the creative process as one of exploration and excavation seems appropriate for a composer whose scores have a powerful sense of rightness and inevitability. His lifelong dedication to music meant that he was unwilling to compromise by diluting it with other work, such as teaching. When he was mischievously accused of never having had a proper job, his response was to tap his manuscript and reply, ‘This is a proper job’. In fact he undertook a wide variety of roles during his long life, as he once wryly observed: ‘my career has been a very complicated one. As a matter of fact, it’s a pity I was not divided into several people’. Martin Jones has been one of Britain’s most highly regarded solo pianists since first coming to international attention in 1968 when he received the Dame Myra Hess Award. The same year he made his London debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and his New York debut at Carnegie Hall, and ever since has been in demand for recitals and concerto performances in Europe, Russia, Australia, Canada, North & South America. He has made over 90 recordings with Nimbus Records exploring music that is not often played including the complete works of 18 composers. This year will see the release of 4 discs of newly discovered manuscripts of Daniel Jones. Also, together with Adrian Farmer, 3 discs of French music for 4 hands. During next year, as well as giving concerts, he will complete 3 discs of the first recordings of all the piano works of Elizabeth Lutyens for Resonus Records, and continue his American Piano Series with Volumes 6 & 7 for Prova Recordings which will include several new works especially written for him, and, for Nimbus a collection of Brazilian music by Mignone, Gnatalli & Lorenzo-Fernandez."

Love Is Like A Violin: Salon Treasures from the Max Jaffa Library

Simon Blendis, Saoko Blendis

NI6428
1 CD
01/07/2022
NIMBUS ALLIANCE

Max Jaffa (1911-1991) was the pre-eminent light music violinist of his generation, a universally popular with a career spanning seventy years, famous as leader of the Palm Court Orchestra and of his trio, and a household favourite through his regular radio broadcasts. Since 2000 I have been playing on a wonderful Peter Guarnerius violin that previously belonged to him. About three years ago I was offered his sheet music library by his family (whom I’d got to know well in the intervening years), reuniting it with the violin, and during the first Coronavirus lockdown in 2020 my wife, Saoko, and I combed through the violin and piano pieces, discovering and performing in online concerts a huge number of gorgeous salon pieces, some well-known but many forgotten or undiscovered. Simon Blendis Simon Blendis enjoys an international career as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral leader. He was the violinist with the Schubert Ensemble for 23 years and with the Ensemble he performed over 1000 concerts in over thirty different countries, recorded over twenty CDs, made frequent broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, and created an extensive library of live performances on YouTube which is still available. He now regularly collaborates as a chamber musician in festivals and with other notable artists. Saoko Blendis was born in Japan, and graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo with a degree in journalism. In 1998 she moved to London to study piano as a post-graduate at the Royal Academy of Music. Since then, she has developed a career as a piano accompanist and duo partner, specialising in repertoire for violin and piano, and has frequently performed with her violinist husband, Simon.

Philip Glass

Symphony No. 12 “Lodger”

Angélique Kidjo, Filharmonie Brno , Dennis Russell Davies

OMM0159
1 CD
15/07/2022
ORANGE MOUNTAIN

Orange Mountain Music is pleased to announce the release of Philip Glass’s Symphony No.12 “Lodger” from lyrics by David Bowie and Brian Eno – performed by Filharmonie Brno and conductor Dennis Russell Davies with soloists Angélique Kidjo and organist Christian Schmitt. Symphony No.12 was premiered in January 2019 by soloists Angélique Kidjo and organist James McVinnie with John Adams conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Lodger Symphony represents the conclusion of a thirty year artistic collaboration for Philip Glass using elements of music and texts by Bowie and Eno. Philip Glass began his path as a composer of symphonies in 1992 at age of 55 with “Low Symphony” based on music by Bowie and Eno. Bowie and Eno themselves had been influenced by Glass’s music from the early 1970s in their “Berlin Trilogy” of albums from the late 1970s which Glass referred to as part of the “new classics” of our time and began what would ultimately become a trilogy of symphonies. Low Symphony (Symphony No.1) was followed in 1995 by Heroes Symphony (Symphony No.4) based solely on the music of Bowie and Eno. Both large scale instrumental symphonies, Low Symphony was cast in three large movements contrasted by Heroes Symphony was a “dance-symphony” cast in six shorter movements and choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Over two decades later, after Bowie’s death in 2016, Glass returned to the idea of concluding the trilogy by approaching the album Lodger as a symphonic subject. Captivated by Bowie’s various alter egos over the years, Glass looked at the lyrics to Lodger alone and conceived of them as being part of a fictional personality – which the composer stated would become embodied in the voice of Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo. Glass composed seven movements/songs using none of Bowie and Eno’s music but only the song lyrics, approaching them as poetry. After a number of performances in Europe including London and Hamburg, Kidjo, Davies, and Glass revised the work to its current form which was performed at the 2021 Prague May Festival before being recorded in Brno, Czech Republic. This 40-minute CD includes a 24-page booklet including photos, the complete lyrics, and essays.

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Lennox Berkeley, Peter Warlock

COLOURISE

London Choral Sinfonia, Roderick Williams, Andrew Staples, Elena Urioste, Michael Waldron

ORC100200
1 CD
15/07/2022
ORCHID CLASSICS

The London Choral Sinfonia and director Michael Waldron are joined for their latest recording by baritone Roderick Williams, tenor Andrew Staples and violinist Elena Urioste. The album opens with the Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams. These hypnotically beautiful songs are staples of the repertoire but have never before been recorded in this version for voice, choir, piano and strings – an arrangement made by Vaughan Williams himself. Roderick Williams, indisputably one of the finest baritones in the world, delivers a mesmerising interpretation on this recording. Tenor Andrew Staples beguiles in his performance of Lennox Berkeley’s Variations on a Hymn by Orlando Gibbons, also never recorded before. First performed at the Aldeburgh Festival almost exactly 70 years ago, this piece may have been a secret love letter to Britten, who thought the work a “lovely piece”. The album is completed by the first new recording of Warlock’s Capriol Suite in some time, and by star violinist Elena Urioste – known to Orchid listeners from The Jukebox Album – performing an exquisite arrangement of Vaughan Williams’s ethereal masterpiece The Lark Ascending.

Olivier Messiaen

Michael Gielen conducts

Sarah Leonard, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michael Gielen

C250131
1 CD
01/07/2022
ORFEO

"5th instalment of the Michael Gielen / ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna series on Orfeo. What makes Olivier Messiaen’s œuvre so special is, to a great extent, his ability to coalesce various influences, inspirations, and convictions into a wholly individual and perfectly coherent musical language. This includes the development of the modal harmonies of earlier centuries as much as it does an engagement with rhythms from non-European traditions. The wealth of colors in his works stems, in part, from Messiaen’s synaesthetic ability to perceive chords as various shapes and colors. As an enthusiastic ornithologist, he spent much time in nature, notating birdsong and then working those, in stylized form, into his compositions. But most importantly, Messiaen’s work is governed by his profound faith. Messiaen once said of himself that he didn’t primarily see himself as a composer but as an “ornithologist and rhythmist”. Captured in 1991 and 1996, remastered from original ORF archive tapes."

Richard Wagner

Winterstürme

Staatskapelle Dresden, Anja Kampe, Stephen Gould, René Pape, Christian Thielemann

PH22038
2 CD
01/07/2022
PROFIL

Christian Thielemann on Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung: "From 2006 to 2010 I spent around 300 hours in the orchestra pit in Bayreuth (if you count rehearsals and performances) just for the Ring, Wagner's 'stage festival for three days and festival for three days and one evening before'. I looked forward to this every year a new, and I am by no means of the opinion that I am completely finished with it."

Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Domenico Scarlatti, Jean-Philippe Rameau

Wanda Landowska plays Bach, Mozart, Handel, Scarlatti, Rameau

Wanda Landowska, New York Philarmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Société des concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, Yehudi Menuihin, Artur Rodziński, Eugène Bigot

PH22027
10 CD
01/07/2022
PROFIL

The recordings range from Jacques Champion de Cham bonnieres to Henry PurceII and Francois Couperin, from Domenico Scarlatti and George Frideric Handel (both born in 1685 like J.S. Bach) to Bach himself, while the Classical composers Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart round off the programme. The Bach works include his Goldberg Variations (the Paris performance of 1933) and the "48", the whole of the Well-Tempered Clavier, recorded in New York and Lakeville between 1949 and 1954. On CD 10, finally, the pianist Wanda Landowska plays the pianoforte.

Johann Pachelbel

Organ Works, Vol. 2

Matthew Owens

RES10303
1 CD
01/07/2022
RESONUS CLASSICS

A close contemporary of Buxtehude, Johann Pachelbel was, by all accounts, an outstanding keyboard player himself, and his compositions provide a fascinating stylistic bridge between early-Baroque composers such as Frescobaldi and Froberger (both of whom influenced him) and the later music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries.Organist Matthew Owens continues his major exploration of the many extant organ works of Pachelbel with this second volume, recorded on a recent instrument by the renowned French organ builder, Bernard Aubertin. The recital includes Pachelbel’s largest set of Magnificat Fugues – 23 in total – alongside free works and chorale-based works.

John Frederick Lampe

The Dragon of Wantley

Mary Bevan, Catherine Carby, Mark Wilde, John Savournin, The Brook Street Band, John Andrews, John Andrews

RES10304
2 CD
01/07/2022
RESONUS CLASSICS

Following the BBC Music Magazine Opera Award for his recording of Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master, conductor John Andrews returns with the world premiere professional recording of John Frederick Lampe’s operatic comedy The Dragon of Wantley. With librettist Henry Carey, Lampe combines a first-rate score with a quintessentially English plot, told in a tone of earthy satire, pastiching opera’s conventions with skill and affection, but also a razor wit. A rapacious dragon has been terrorising a Yorkshire Village. Gubbins and his daughter Margery, together with Mauxalinda decide to seek the help of Moore of Moore Hall. Moore needs persuading away from his beer but succumbs to Margery’s pleading, and her promises of love. Unfortunately, he had already promised to marry Mauxalinda and so the love triangle has to be resolved in dramatic fashion before Moore heads out and defeats the dragon, restoring harmony and prosperity to the village.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Live, Vol. 1

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

ARIADNE 5016
1 CD
15/07/2022
SOMM RECORDINGS

"SOMM RECORDINGS celebrates the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birth with definitive, newly remastered performances by Lani Spahr of his ever-popular The Wasps Overture and two symphonies – the startling Sixth and, in its world premiere performance, the valedictorian Ninth – with Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As Simon Heffer comments in his authoritative booklet notes, this major new release is notable for containing historical performances (from 1957, 1958 and 1964), for Spahr’s meticulous restorations, and for offering “a clear indication of the genius of” Sargent. From the 1957 BBC Proms, The Wasps Overture blends Ravelian influences with English folk songs to produce a vivaciously genial impression of RVW at his most distinctively infectious. Recorded in 1964 and again for the BBC Proms, the Sixth Symphony – a ‘war symphony’ in all but name – is, as Heffer notes, “rich in orchestral experiment, more innovative than perhaps any other work in the composer’s canon, and whose enigmas and mysteries still remain to be deciphered”. RVW’s final, Ninth Symphony, “a work of beauty and grandeur, and a magisterial signing off”, says Heffer, is heard here in splendidly remastered audio in its very first performance in April 1958, four months before the composer’s death, by Sargent and the RPO. SOMM’s previous Vaughan Williams recordings include Symphony No.5 and Dona Nobis Pacem with the BBCSO (SOMMCD 071), “a mandatory purchase for all lovers of Vaughan Williams’s music and, frankly, a priceless document” (MusicWeb International). And the “compelling” (International Piano) The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams by Mark Bebbington and Rebecca Omordia (SOMMCD 0164). Lani Spahr’s previous, universally acclaimed SOMM restorations include Elgar Rediscovered (SOMMCD 0167) and the four-disc set Elgar Remastered (SOMMCD 261-4) hailed by Audiophilia as “a fascinating achievement which will have you wishing for more”."

Kurt Weill

Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 2

Tomás Kocsis, Ulster Orchestra, Jac van Steen

SOMMCD 280
1 CD
15/07/2022
SOMM RECORDINGS

"SOMM RECORDINGS celebrates the mastery of a 20th-century original with superb new recordings of Kurt Weill’s Violin Concerto and Second Symphony by Tomás Kocsis and the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen. Although Weill found fame in theatre-focused collaborations with Bertolt Brecht that produced the era-defining The Threepenny Opera, the onetime pupil of Ferruccio Busoni straddled the worlds of music-theatre, jazz and the concert hall with music of daring aplomb and dazzling achievement. Dedicated to Joseph Szigeti, his five-movement Violin Concerto of 1924 also pays tribute to the ailing Busoni and sports discernible allusions to Stravinsky, Mahler and the potent popular music of Weimar Berlin’s cabaret clubs. A unique blend, as Robert Matthew-Walker comments in his authoritative booklet notes: “No comparable work had appeared before from any composer”. Composed a decade later, the Second Symphony was premiered by Bruno Walter and the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. In three movements, “Weill’s contrapuntal mastery and his equally unselfconscious command of instrumentation present us with genuinely symphonic music, such as a 20th-century Haydn would have appreciated and enjoyed”. Jac van Steen’s previous SOMM releases include acclaimed recordings of Mozart piano concertos with Peter Donohoe, Valerie Tryon and Mishka Rushdie Momen (SOMMCD 278-2), The Deeper the Blue, an intriguing exploration of colour and timbre in music featuring Vaughan Williams, Ravel, Dutilleux and Kenneth Hesketh (SOMMCD 275), and the International Classical Music Awards-nominated pairing of concertos by Albeniz and Mignone with Clélia Iruzun (SOMMCD 265). The Ulster Orchestra has released world premiere recordings of Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra and two piano concertos by William Matthias with pianist Mark Bebbington (SOMMCD 246)."

Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Aerial

Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, CAPUT Ensemble, Duo Harpverk, Nordic Affect, LA Percussion Quartet, Tinna Þorsteinsdottir, Guðni Franzson, llan Volkov

SLE-70025
1 CD
08/07/2022
SONO LUMINUS

“I am really excited about our upcoming release of Aerial on Sono Luminus this year! The album was originally released in 2014 on Deutsche Grammophon and now the journey of the album continues with Sono Luminus in a remastered version by their very own Daniel Shores. The orchestra piece Aeriality is at the center of the album which also features Into Second Self, Ró, Tactility, Trajectories and Shades of Silence. It was quite a personal journey to record these pieces in Iceland, working with long time collaborators such as the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Caput Ensemble and Nordic Affect. It is such a joy to continue the collaboration with Sono Luminus that we have grown for many years now with releases of, now, all my portrait albums to date! The new release of Aerial will also feature percussion quartet Aura performed by the LA Percussion Quartet.”  - Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Ray Granlund, Marko Tajčević

Confluence

Mina Gajić, Zachary Carrettin

DSL-92256
1 CD
08/07/2022
SONO LUMINUS

"After many years of performing these works in recitals, we wanted to record them—not as two separate sets but as a confluence of dance-inspired music influenced by two distinct regions and cultures. We chose to travel back and forth between duo and solo, interweaving Balkan dances and tango nuevo in the way we have done in live performances. During the Covid-19 pandemic, which continues at the time we write these words, we’ve repeatedly found ourselves performing for audiences virtually, separated from one another by the computer screen and yet connected to one another by that same screen. In recording this audio CD we sought to bring some of the live concert experience to the listener. The track order, tempos, pacing between selections, the improvisatory nature of some of the phrasing, dynamics, articulations, and embellishments, were elements in our process that we felt could contribute to providing some of the live concert feeling that we’ve all been missing during periods of lockdown. This music is especially close to each of us: The tangos were composed for me (Zachary) to play, and like the sonatas of the Italian violinist-composers of the Baroque Era, these compositions provide an environment for exploration, an invitation to embrace improvisation as part of the process. As a classical violinist who utilizes improvisation as part of violin study and as a means to develop a particular relationship to a musical score, I feel a closeness to music that is structured in a way as to invite a particular type of partnership with the musician studying and performing the work. The Balkan Dances are a musical reflection of the cultural influences in my (Mina’s) childhood, in what was then Yugoslavia. Certain rhythms, melodic fragments, and harmonic progressions conjure visceral memories from traveling throughout the rich cultural landscapes across the region, and of singing and dancing traditional songs in several dialects as a child and music student. My mother helped with analysis of the musical material thanks to her extensive performances of Balkan folk music as a singer and player of the traditional recorders, and her many musical collaborations across all the regions of former Yugoslavia."

Kerstin Meyer: Memorial Edition 1956-1980

Kerstin Meyer, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Tore Wiberg, Bengt Överström, Thore Janson, Sven Nyberg, Erich Gruenberg, Gideon Roehr, Åke Olofsson, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Royal Swedish Orchestra, Ingvar Wixell, Jan Eyron, Maurice Till, Margareta Hallin, Karl Ridderbusch, René Kollo, Gundula Janowitz, Peter Schreier, Berliner Philharmoniker, Leif Roar, Elisabeth Söderström, Lorin Maazel, Paul Kletzki, Stig Westerberg, Herbert Sandberg, Kurt Bendix, Sixten Ehrling, Herbert von Karajan, Berislav Klobučar

CDA1862
2 CD
01/07/2022
STERLING

Kerstin Margareta Meyer, CBE (3 April 1928 – 14 April 2020 ) was a Swedish mezzo-soprano who enjoyed an international career in opera and concert. A long-time member of the Royal Swedish Opera and Hamburg State Opera, she appeared regularly at the Royal Opera House in London and international opera houses and festivals. She died at the age of 92 in April 2020.

Jeff Beal

The Paper Lined Shack

Hilá Plitmann, Eastman Philharmonia, New Hollywood String Quartet, Leonard Slatkin

STR 048
1 CD
15/07/2022
SUPERTRAIN RECORDS

Jeff Beal, celebrated as both a concert composer of affecting chamber and orchestral works as well as a highly-prolific composer for film and television, will release his newest recording project, The Paper Lined Shack, on June 24, on Supertrain Records. Comprising two works - the album’s namesake, “The Paper Lined Shack” for soprano and orchestra, and “Things Unseen” for string quartet - this album is a deeply personal one for Beal in many respects, representing Beal’s lineage, past and present. The libretto to “The Paper Lined Shack” was compiled by Joan Beal, utilizing texts and images sourced from his great-grandmother’s memoir, composed in her late years. The cycle is performed by two-time Grammy Award-winning soprano Hilá Plitmann with the Eastman Philharmonia conducted by the classical music giant Leonard Slatkin; the world premiere of “The Paper Lined Shack'' took place in 2019 with Plitmann, Slatkin, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. “Things Unseen,” the second complete work of the album, was originally commissioned by Eastman School of Music’s quartet-in-residence, the Ying Quartet which, at the time of its world premiere, consisted of four siblings. According to Beal, “Each of the four movements unfold as balancing acts of controlled dialog and chaos. Ideas are introduced by one player, developed, morphed, and passed around the room, as in the best of dinner party conversations - perhaps a group of siblings,” The recorded version is performed by the New Hollywood String Quartet (Tereza Stanislav & Rafael Rishik, violins; Robert Brophy, viola; Andrew Shulman, cello). The album is also indicative of Beal’s many ties to Eastman School of Music, where he is an alumni and the founder of The Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media.

Niccolò Paganini, César Franck, Maurice Ravel

Ossy Renardy: The Complete Remington Recordings

Ossy Renardy, Eugene Helmer, Eugene List

85016-2
2 CD
15/07/2022
BIDDULPH RECORDINGS

"Born in Vienna in 1920, Ossy Renardy (née Oskar Reiss) was primarily self-taught. At the age of 13, he was invited by Victor de Sabata to perform as soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic. Five years later, Renardy made his New York debut recital. His performance of all 24 Paganini caprices at Carnegie Hall in 1939 caused a sensation. After becoming an American citizen in 1943, he enlisted in the US Army. Having established himself as one of the premier violinists of the 20th century, his career was tragically cut short by his death from a car accident at the age of 33. Renardy recorded the complete Paganini caprices twice. The first was made in 1940 for the RCA Victor (available on Biddulph LAB 061-62), and the second, issued here, was his last recording made just before he died in 1953 for the Remington label. This 2-CD set also includes the Remington recordings of two French sonatas by Franck and Ravel, made with the American pianist Eugene List (1918-1985). A student of Olga Samaroff, List made his solo debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Artur Rodzinski at the age of 12. His subsequent premiere performance at the age of 16 of the Shostakovich Piano Concerto under Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra brought him international fame."

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Flute Concertos

Rune Most, The Danish Sinfonietta, David Riddell

BRIDGE 9565
1 CD
08/07/2022
BRIDGE RECORDS

Rune Most, the distinguished Danish flautist performs three delightfully virtuosic flute concertos by C.P.E. Bach with the Danish Sinfonietta and conductor David Riddell. Of the three concertos recorded here, the D minor concerto (Wq 22) is the only concerto conceived for flute. The A minor (Wq 166) began its life as a cello concerto, and the G major (Wq 169) began as a concerto for organ, with C.P.E. later crafting his brilliant flute version.

Karl Kohn

Encounters (Complete Works for Flute)

Rachel Rudich, Karl Kohn, Gayle Blankenburg, Mark Robson, Jack Sanders, Andrew McIntosh, Christine Tavolacci, Daniel Lemer, Sarah Wass

BRIDGE 9566A/B
2 CD
08/07/2022
BRIDGE RECORDS

Karl Kohn is represented on this impressive two-disc set by all of his solo and chamber music for flute. Kohn writes that "my music since the early 1960’s has been firmly re-connected with the broader heritage of Western art music, either by specific and direct quotation or 'parody', or - prevailingly - by more oblique allusions to characteristics of past style." Though he has spent seven decades working in California, the 95 year old composer writes that "I am struck how it seems to reflect, first, my Viennese musical heritage, and then my training in a neo-classical tradition." The performances feature the American flute virtuoso, Rachel Rudich, the dedicatee of many of Kohn's works.