June 2022 - New Releases

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Gian Francesco Malipiero

Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; Per una favola cavalleresca

Paolo Chiavacci, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Francesco La Vecchia

8573075
1 CD
10/06/2022
NAXOS

This release couples Gian Francesco Malipiero’s two contrasting violin concertos with the world premiere recording of his kaleidoscopic orchestral work Per una favola cavalleresca, evoking legendary scenes of love, tournaments, battles, moonbeams and heroes. Malipiero’s First Violin Concerto is one of his most beautiful and joyful works, a remarkable achievement for a composer who is said to have played the violin badly in his youth. His Second Violin Concerto, written 30 years later, sounds astonishingly different on a first hearing, but reveals itself to be inspired by the same lyrical impulse as the earlier concerto. This album will be released in the 140th anniversary year of Malipiero’s birth.

Trevor Duncan

20th Century Express; A Little Suite; Children in the Park – British Light Music, Vol. 8

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Penny

8555192
1 CD
24/06/2022
NAXOS
BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC

Allied to his melodic gifts, early experiences as a sound and balance engineer equipped Trevor Duncan with a profound understanding of instrumental colour. During the 1950s he composed music that became instantly recognisable in the light music tradition. The Girl from Corsica was heard almost daily on British radio and the theme tune for the BBC TV series Dr Finlay’s Casebook remains one of his most celebrated works (it’s part of A Little Suite, heard here in full). Duncan was an inspiration for other composers, and was capable of sensuous romance, breezy scene setting, delicate tone poems and irresistible glamour.

Boris Lyatoshynsky

Complete Symphonies

Ukranian State Symphony Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar

8503303
3 CD
10/06/2022
NAXOS

Boris Lyatoshynsky was a leading member of the Ukrainian cultural renaissance in the 20th century and his five symphonies remain the most important cycle in his country’s musical history. Although the Romantic and lyrical First Symphony evokes the traditions of Borodin, Glière and Tchaikovsky, Lyatoshynsky soon moved away from Russian models, drawing together Ukrainian folk songs and melodies with contemporary harmonic and formal approaches. His symphonic orchestration was inventive, his themes memorable. The Third Symphony is his most moving and famous, and originally bore the epigraph ‘Peace will defeat war’. Also included is his emotionally charged symphonic ballad Grazhyna.

Alfredo Piatti, David Popper, Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, Julius Klengel

48 Strings – Music for One, Two, Four and Twelve Cellos

Andreas Brantelid, Ingemar Brantelid and friends

8574301
1 CD
10/06/2022
NAXOS
NAXOS DENMARK

The four cellist-composers in this recital share a common background: from musical families they played as soloists in outstanding orchestras, taught many students, and wrote music for the instrument that continues to challenge players of our own time with its virtuosity and intensity. In his 12 Caprices, Alfredo Piatti fused dazzling technical demands with operatic drama, whilst David Popper’s Suite remains an admired piece for two cellists. Wilhelm Fitzenhagen’s Concert Waltzes for four cellos makes prolonged use of the upper register, and in contrast Julius Klengel’s Hymnus is a sonorously beautiful elegy for twelve cellists.

Jean-Marie Leclair

Violin Sonatas, Book 3 (Op. 5, Nos. 9-12)

Adrian Butterfield, Sarah McMahon, Silas Wollston, Clare Salaman

8574381
1 CD
10/06/2022
NAXOS
LECLAIR VIOLIN SONATAS

Jean-Marie Leclair was a master of fusing Italian and French idioms, conjoining the lyricism of the former with the dance momentum of the latter. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in his third book of violin sonatas. The sonatas in this album embody rich melodic beauty, drone and rustic elements – most vividly in the Tambourin of the C major sonata in which a hurdy-gurdy is employed – and demand tour de force virtuosity such as in the joyous Ciaccona of the G major sonata. Described by Gramophone as ‘technically and musically a marvel’ (Naxos 8.572866), Adrian Butterfield completes his acclaimed traversal of Leclair’s Violin Sonatas Books Nos. 1–3.

Gioachino Rossini

La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder)

Claudia Urru, Meagan Sill, Michele Angelini, Remy Burnens, Emmanuel Franco, Eugenio Di Lieto, Gianluca Ascheri, Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, José Miguel Pérez-Sierra

8660512-13
2 CD
10/06/2022
NAXOS

Gioachino Rossini was only 20 when he was commissioned to compose La scala di seta. It is one of four farsa comica operas which fed popular demand for this genre in Venice in the early 19th century and was wildly successful with its original audiences. Assisted by the silken ladder of the title, the diverting romantic intrigues of the narrative revolve around secretive assignations and obtuse misunderstandings, by no means helped by the presence of the slow-witted manservant Germano, in one of Rossini’s most successful comedies.

Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev

String Trio, Op. 31; Piano Quartet, Op. 20

Spectrum Concerts Berlin

8574367
1 CD
24/06/2022
NAXOS

Taneyev was a pupil of Tchaikovsky and a teacher of Rachmaninov and Scriabin. During his lifetime his chamber music was widely considered on a par with that of the great Viennese masters. The String Trio in E flat major, originally scored for violin, viola and the rarely-heard tenor viola, is a mature work with echoes of Mozart and Beethoven. The Piano Quartet in E major is a large-scale, passionate work, sonorous and melodic, with a transfiguring beauty. It has always retained an honoured place in the Russian chamber repertoire.

Franz Joseph Haydn

Piano Trios, Vol. 7 (Nos. 16, 19, 35, 37 and 41)

Oberlin Trio

8574385
1 CD
24/06/2022
NAXOS
HAYDN PIANO TRIOS

Much of Joseph Haydn’s musical life was spent in service at the palace of Eszterháza on the Hungarian plains, a complex of buildings to rival Versailles in magnificence. Haydn’s reputation abroad was, however, already considerable by 1790, and he was invited to travel to London where the delightfully lively and at times brilliantly virtuosic trios Hob.XV:16 and 19 were published. Further trios from the 1760s express music of sheer joy, all performed here by the acclaimed Oberlin Trio.

Sigismond Thalberg

Fantasies on Operas by Verdi, Rossini and Bellini

Francesco Nicolosi

8555503
1 CD
10/06/2022
NAXOS

A student of Hummel, Sigismond Thalberg was one of the great virtuoso pianist-composers of the 19th century, who enjoyed a celebrated rivalry with Liszt that was largely fomented by the press. Thalberg’s influence on fellow pianists was enormous and his operatic paraphrases and fantasies, designed for his own use in concert performances, proved exceptionally popular. Even Liszt himself performed several of them. Berlioz praised Thalberg as the creator of ‘a new art’ and the thrilling examples here, taking the best-known themes from great Italian operas, reveal bravura embellishments and ingenious elaborations.

Tan Dun

Eight Memories in Watercolor; C-A-G-E- (In Memory of John Cage); Film Music Sonata; Traces; The Fire; Blue Orchid

Ralph van Raat

8570621
1 CD
10/06/2022
NAXOS

Tan Dun’s originality has been reflected in worldwide recognition of his music, which draws on both Chinese and Western musical languages. The Eight Memories in Watercolor are deft painterly reflections, while in Traces he balances sound with silence in this evocation of nature. The vibrant drama of Blue Orchid incorporates the opening motif of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. In Film Music Sonata, which here receives its first recording on general release, Tan Dun draws on his score for the film The Banquet. The kaleidoscopic C-A-G-E-, strikingly Chinese in sound, is a tribute to his teacher and spiritual compass, John Cage. The Fire, written for Ralph van Raat, contains some of Tan Dun’s most virtuosic and dramatic piano writing.

Fernando Lopes-Graça

Divertimento; Sinfonieta; Cinco Velhos Romances Portugueses; Quatro Invenções

Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Borralhinho

8574373
1 CD
10/06/2022
NAXOS

Fernando Lopes-Graça was one of Portugal’s greatest composers of the 20th century, whose artistic credo was the binding together of the folk music of his native country with modern techniques to create an alternative and original national identity. With its constantly shifting tonal context the Divertimento perfectly captures Lopes-Graça’s inimitable style, which is further enriched in the concisely constructed Sinfonieta by his admiration for Haydn. The moving, even tragic Cinco Velhos Romances Portugueses are based on traditional ballads while the challenging Quatro Invenções, in the composer’s words, explore ‘essentially atonal dramatic expressionism’.

Johannes Brahms

Complete Works for Piano Four Hands and Two Pianos (18 CD Boxed Set)

Silke-Thora Matthies, Christian Köhn

8501803
18 CD
24/06/2022
NAXOS

To make his works more accessible to the general public, Johannes Brahms produced a raft of arrangements for piano four hands and two pianos. These included his symphonic and orchestral music, as well as both the piano concertos, chamber works, A German Requiem and original pieces such as the Hungarian Dances and the Sonata for Two Pianos. This collection brings together for the first time the acclaimed recordings by Silke-Thora Matthies and Christian Köhn, much praised for their ‘breathtakingly fine-tuned ensemble work’ (ClassicsToday.com). All of Brahms’ arrangements of his own works are included as well as his versions of compositions by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Joseph Joachim.

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Manuel Ponce, João Luiz, Celil Refik Kaya, Angel Lam, Carlos de Seixas, Leo Brouwer, Clarice Assad

Bokyung Byun: Winner 2021 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Competition – Guitar Laureate Recital

Bokyung Byun

8574433
1 CD
10/06/2022
NAXOS
LAUREATE SERIES

Bokyung Byun, winner of the 2021 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Competition and one of the most formidable classical guitarists of the younger generation, presents here a wide variety of music from diverse nationalities and eras. From 18th-century Classicism and 20th-century works inspired by the mastery of Andrés Segovia, to the eclectic works of today, Byun takes us through many moods and cultural styles in a dazzling display of virtuosity, bravura and immense sensitivity.

Edie Hill, Jonathan Santore, Craig Brandwein, Jessica Rudman

These Distances Between Us (21st-Century Songs of Longing)

Emily Jaworski Koriath, Tad Koriath, Jonathan Santore, Craig Brandwein

8559908
1 CD
24/06/2022
NAXOS
AMERICAN CLASSICS

The four American composers on this album have all won recognition for their diverse approaches to contemporary art song. Both Emmy-nominated Craig Brandwein, in his beautiful Three Rilke Songs and Jonathan Santore in Two Letters of Sulpicia use computer generated electronics to enhance the vocal line, while Edie Hill’s setting of poems by Amy Lowell exemplifies why her music has been described as ‘full of mystery’ (Stereophile). The common thread running throughout Jessica Rudman’s works is expressivity, and These Distances Between Us charts a cycle that recognizes the precarious nature of personal connections.

Gian Francesco Malipiero, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello, Bruno Bettinelli, Niccolò Paganini, Giorgio Federico, Mauro Giuliani

Italian Guitar Rarities

Giuseppe Buscemi

8574400
1 CD
24/06/2022
NAXOS
GUITAR CLASSICS

This programme represents a harvest of rare Italian gems from Baroque to contemporary masters for an instrument that has been of great significance to Italian culture for centuries. Exploration of the guitar’s expressiveness ranges from the lyrical amiability of Brescianello’s Partita No. 7 to Paganini’s delightful miniatures, and the improvisational austerity of Bettinelli’s Cinque preludi. Virtuosity can be found in Malipiero’s only guitar work, the dramatic Preludio, and Giuliani’s extraordinary Rossiniana. Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s meditative Aranci in fiore, was written in gratitude for the gift of a basket of oranges.

Claude Debussy

Great Composers in Words and Music: Claude Debussy

Lucy Scott, Various Artists

8578364
1 CD
10/06/2022
NAXOS
GREAT COMPOSERS WORD MUSIC

Claude Debussy is regarded by many as the quintessential French composer, with music that invited both warm applause and frosty criticism in his day. While our ears no longer hear him as controversial, his works heralded the dawn of an artistic period founded on innovation and experiment, and a desire to break with the past in search of new expressive means. With never a dull moment, Debussy went from being a musical misfit at the Paris Conservatoire to bohemian life amongst the Symbolist poets with involvement in some scandalous love affairs. The transformative effect of pieces such as the Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune eventually saw him awarded the Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1903. The narrative is illustrated with musical excerpts from Children’s Corner, String Quartet in G minor, Images, Nocturnes and Pelléas et Mélisande, among many others.

William Bolcom

The Complete Rags

Marc-André Hamelin

CDA68391/2
2 CD
03/06/2022
HYPERION RECORDS

Yet another unmissable release from Marc-André Hamelin. From the easy-going elegance of ‘Tabby Cat Walk’ to the high spirits of ‘Eubie’s Luckey Day’ (and the altogether wilder antics of ‘Brass Knuckles’), William Bolcom’s lifelong and affectionate homage to—and continuation of—this archetypal American genre is a guaranteed winner.

Franz Schubert

Die schöne Müllerin

Gerald Finley, Julius Drake

CDA68377
1 CD
03/06/2022
HYPERION RECORDS

Gerald Finley and Julius Drake’s previous recordings of Schubert have been praised as ‘faultless’ (Winterreise) and ‘richly satisfying’ (Schwanengesang)—exalted standards which are easily maintained in their new version of ‘Die schöne Müllerin’.

Reynaldo Hahn

Poèmes & Valses

Pavel Kolesnikov

CDA68383
1 CD
03/06/2022
HYPERION RECORDS

The nuanced titles—miniature works of art in themselves—merely hint at the delights to come in Pavel Kolesnikov’s sensitive realization of Hahn’s refined sound-world.

John Ireland

Orchestral Works

Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

CHSA 5293
1 SACD
10/06/2022
CHANDOS

John Ireland was something of a child prodigy, entering the Royal College of Music at the age of fourteen. There he studied piano, organ and composition (under Charles Villiers Stanford). He quickly progressed to significant positions as an organist, whilst continuing to pursue his interests as a composer. The Forgotten Rite, from 1913, is one of his earliest orchestral compositions, and was premièred by Sir Henry Wood at the Queen’s Hall. The symphonic rhapsody Mai-Dun was inspired by the Dorset countryside – Thomas Hardy Country – a landscape that exerted a lifelong influence on Ireland. While it was commissioned for the national Brass Band Championships in 1932, Ireland later arranged the central two movements of A Downland Suite for strings. The first and last movements were later arranged by his pupil Geoffrey Bush. The overture Satyricon was one of Ireland’s final large-scale works, and is based upon texts by the Roman writer Gaius (or, in some sources, Titus) Petronius Arbiter, a courtier of Nero. A London Overture and the Epic March were both commissioned by the BBC – the latter as a morale-booster during World War II. It was during this period that Ireland orchestrated The Holy Boy – a piano piece composed on Christmas Day in 1913. John Wilson and Sinfonia of London present these works with care and conviction, revealing the great quality of this unjustly neglected composer.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Nonet, Piano Trio, Piano Quintet

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective

CHAN 20242
1 CD
27/05/2022
CHANDOS

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is best known for his cantata Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, which brought him international success as well as propelling his career at home in the UK – success which was remarkable in stuffy late-Victorian England because of his mixed race and humble origins. Born out of wedlock to Daniel Taylor, a medical student from Sierra Leone, and Alice Holmans, Samuel was brought up by his mother and step-father, George Evans, a railway worker, in Croydon, south London. The three pieces recorded here were all composed during his time as a student at the Royal College of Music. They were destined to remain unpublished during his lifetime, and indeed for some ninety years following his untimely death from pneumonia at the age of only thirty-seven. Performing editions were eventually prepared from the surviving manuscripts – which had remained in the RCM’s archive – in the early 2000s, offering modern performers and audiences the chance for the first time to savour exactly how precocious the creative talents of the teenage Coleridge-Taylor had been. The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective has consulted the manuscripts and corrected numerous inaccuracies in these editions. Described by The Arts Desk as ‘a sparky, shape-shifting ensemble of starry young musicians’, the Collective has been thrilling audiences with its charismatic programming and outstanding musicianship.

Edvard Grieg

Lyric Pieces

Peter Donohoe

CHAN 20254
1 CD
10/06/2022
CHANDOS

If Chopin ‘invented’ the Mazurka, then surely by the same token Grieg ‘invented’ the Lyric Piece. Over his lifetime he published ten volumes of Lyric Pieces, containing sixty-six individual works. Born in Bergen, Grieg studied in Leipzig and became established as Norway’s leading composer, successfully synthesising Norwegian folk music with the forms and conventions of the German tradition. While he was internationally acclaimed for his Piano Concerto and the incidental music to Peer Gynt, the vast majority of his output lies not in large-scale works, but in smaller, more intimate forms, especially songs and, of course, his Lyric Pieces. Peter Donohoe writes: ‘as a teenager I expanded my knowledge of the music of Grieg to include many solo piano pieces as well as the better-known orchestral works. I was beguiled by his style, and the reason remains somewhat intangible. Although one is able to identify the originality of Grieg as a composer – the Norwegian folk element in his music, his natural gift for memorable melodic lines, his occasional diversions into unique and extraordinarily forward-looking harmonies, and, to some degree, his emotional naïveté – there is a unique, unidentifiable kernel in his output that defies analysis, as is true of the work of all the great composers... All these works are pristine examples of his diverse and original style – Norwegian with a Germanic flavour – and it has been a huge and satisfying pleasure to return to them to create this and future recordings.’

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Complete Symphonies

Susan Gritton, Gerald Finley, Rebecca Evans, Mari Eriksmoen, London Symphony Chorus, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Edvard Grieg Kor, London Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Hickox, Sir Andrew Davis

CHSA 5303(6)
6 SACD
27/05/2022
CHANDOS

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vaughan Williams, we are proud to reissue this outstanding symphony cycle. Started in 1999 by Richard Hickox and the London Symphony Orchestra, this was the first Vaughan Williams symphony cycle to be recorded in Surround Sound and released on Hybrid SACD. Tragically, Richard Hickox died before he was able to complete the project – a task that was undertaken by Sir Andrew Davis and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. This reissue is priced at 6 discs for the price of 2, and features almost an hour of bonus material – broadcast interviews with Sir Adrian Boult and Sir John Barbirolli, and reminiscences from both Ursula Vaughan Williams and the composer himself.

Maurice Ravel

Cantates pour le Prix de Rome

Véronique Gens, Vannina Santoni, Sophie Koch, Janina Baechle, Julien Behr, Michael Spyres, Jacques Imbrailo, Choeur et Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Pascal Rophé

BIS2582
2 SACD (ECOPAK)
03/06/2022
BIS

"Between 1803 and 1968, the Grand Prix de Rome marked the zenith of composition studies at the Paris Conservatoire. In Maurice Ravel’s time the competition included an elimination round (a fugue and a choral piece) followed by a cantata in the form of an operatic scena. The entries were judged by a jury which generally favoured expertise and conformity more than originality and Ravel’s growing reputation as a member of the avant-garde was therefore hardly to his advantage, and may explain why he never won the coveted Premier Grand Prix, and the three-year stay at Rome’s Villa Medici that went with it. The present two-disc set brings together all the vocal works that Ravel composed for the Prix de Rome – five shorter settings for choir and orchestra and three cantatas, each with three characters taking part in a plot which followed a more or less fixed sequence of introduction, recitative and aria, a duet, a trio and a brief conclusion. First published more than half a century after Ravel’s death, these test pieces for the Prix de Rome have never acquired the popularity of his other early works, such as Pavane pour une infante défunte, Jeux d’eau or the String Quartet. They are worth more than their reputation as academic exercises might suggest, however, and deserve to be better known, especially when performed by Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and Pascal Rophé and a team of vocal soloists including Véronique Gens and Michael Spyres."

Hugo Alfvén

At home with Hugo Alfvén: songs and piano pieces

Elin Rombo, Peter Friis Johansson

BIS2575
1 SACD (ECOPAK)
03/06/2022
BIS

"During his lifetime, Hugo Alfvén became known as one of Sweden’s principal composers of his time, with works that struck a chord with a wide audience. As a result of his popularity, a nationwide collection was held in celebration of his 70th birthday in 1942, with the proceeds used to build Alfvéngården, the composer’s home during his final years. Now, 80 years later, Elin Rombo and Peter Friis Johansson are releasing their tribute to Alfvén’s 150th anniversary, recorded at Alfvéngården using the composer’s own piano. Alfvén is primarily known for his orchestral music –including the ubiquitous Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 –and as a composer of choral music. As befits the setting, the focus of the present disc is on more intimate works, however – namely songs and piano pieces. Some of the pieces are closely related to the venue – Fyra låtar från Leksand (Four Tunes from Leksand) is a piano version of folk tunes collected from a local fiddler and Så tag mit hjerte (‘So take my heart’), Alfvén’s most frequently performed song, was composed there in 1946 as a present to his wife."

John Dowland

Lessons

Jonas Nordberg

BIS2627
1 SACD (ECOPAK)
03/06/2022
BIS

"In English Renaissance collections of music, the term ‘lessons’ is often used to describe instrumental pieces, even though they aren’t pedagogical exercises as such. But as Jonas Nordberg writes in an introduction to his new disc ‘there remains much in them to be studied’. John Dowland is one of the composers whose music was a driving force of the Early Music revival already at the beginning of the 20th century. He has also played a central role in the rediscovery of the lute itself, an ongoing process which began more than a hundred years ago. Like many other musicians, Jonas Nordberg is continuously exploring the intimate relationship between a score and the instrument it was written for: ‘The pieces by Dowland on this album contain an entire musical universe, in which I have spent many years, discovering new layers of meaning. In that way these lessons – in combination with the instrument on which I play them – have also been my teachers. So it is a great pleasure to invite you to share them with me, and to explore for yourselves the rich combination of melancholy, joy and beauty to be found in these works.’"

Béla Bartók, Dimitri Mitropoulos: Ahmed Adnan Saygun, George Enescu

Without Borders

Can Çakmur

BIS2630
1 SACD (ECOPAK)
03/06/2022
BIS

"Towards the end of the 19th century, ´several composers were taking a new interest in folk music. Folk tunes, or imitations of them, had previously mainly been used in order to provide ‘local colour’ or as a way of catering to nationalist sentiments, but it was now seen as a means to revitalize art music itself, opening up for new possibilities in terms of rhythm and harmony as well as melody. At the forefront of this development was Béla Bartók, who also considered the use of folk elements as a tool to transcend boundaries – to achieve a ‘brotherhood of peoples’. For his new recital disc, Can Çakmur has devised a programme which juxtaposes four composers’ different responses to folk music. Bartók’s Piano Sonata is followed by Passacaglia, Intermezzo e Fuga with which Dimitri Mitropoulos made a clean break with earlier works in a more nationalistic vein. Next comes Çakmur’s compatriot, the Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun, who in 1936 accompanied Bartók on a field trip in Turkey collecting music. His Piano Sonata was composed some fifty years later, however, and refers to folk music primarily on a theoretical level. Closing the disc is George Enescu’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in D major, which Çakmur in his own liner notes describes as ‘radiating a natural affinity for the village, without sacrificing the compositional value of the work.’"

Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schoenberg

Trio Zimmermann: A Retrospective

Trio Zimmermann

BIS2677
5 SACD (ECOPAK)
03/06/2022
BIS

"In 2007 Frank Peter Zimmermann was able to realize his long-cherished dream to establish a string trio, together with Antoine Tamestit and Christian Poltéra. Three individually superb string players do not necessarily add up to a top-flight trio – even if they all play on instruments by Stradivarius, as here – but Trio Zimmermann immediately made a name for itself at international festivals and prestigious concert venues. In 2010 the trio released its first disc – with Mozart's seminal Divertimento – to critical acclaim. (More than 10 years later, that recording was the top recommendation in the Record Review series Building a Library on BBC Radio 3.) On following offerings, the ensemble explored the later repertoire for string trio: two discs with Beethoven's contributions to the genre, and a third with works by Hindemith and Schoenberg which have garnered distinctions such as Diapason de l’Année, the Chamber Award from BBC Music Magazine and a ‘Jahrespreis’ from the German Record Critics’ Award association. For their fifth disc to date the trio went back in time, however, as the three members together prepared a performing version of Bach's Goldberg Variations, described as ‘a triumph of combined technical ingenuity and musical insight’ in The Strad. These five discs have now been collected into a boxed-set retrospective, offering lovers of chamber music more than 5 hours of glorious music-making, in top-notch sound and including the original booklets with full documentation."

Ludwig van Beethoven, Jean Sibelius, Richard Strauss

Conductors in Rehearsal: Mariss Jansons, Vol. 2

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Friedrich Schloffer, Mariss Jansons

900934
4 CD
03/06/2022
BR KLASSIK

"What does the work of a conductor actually involve? He moves his hands, arms, his whole body, he makes use of his eyes and facial expressions - and he also sings and speaks, but only during rehearsals, of course. Being able to follow a conductor's interpretation makes for an exciting process, and conveys the basic idea behind a work far more vividly at the same time. ""Conductors in Rehearsal"" is a BR-KLASSIK series that takes a closer look at the “orchestral workshop”. One can experience first-hand how the conductor's wishes and instructions are implemented, how his explanations and his temperament change the resulting sound, and what concepts lie behind the interpretation of the work. Thanks to this series - which also now being released on CD - the special collaboration between Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra can be documented.The second box set presented by BR-KLASSIK documents four rehearsals for concerts in the Munich Philharmonie im Gasteig and the Herkulessaal der Residenz in Munich, taken from different phases of the collaboration between Mariss Jansons’ work with the BRSO: Mariss Jansons rehearses Richard Strauss’ ""Ein Heldenleben“ with the BRSO. In Strauss's ""Ein Heldenleben"", the main character leaps onto the stage, as it were, from the very first bar onwards. In his rehearsals, Mariss Jansons pays great attention to vivid, three-dimensional characters. The maestro also makes use of images and comparisons to inspire the orchestra.Rehearsal for the concerts on March 17&18, 2011 at the Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich. Mariss Jansons rehearses Ludwig van Beethoven´s Symphony No. 5 with the BRSO. Making the music speak - that is the goal of Mariss Jansons' rehearsal work with the BRSO. In May 2012 he rehearsed Beethoven's Fifth; in the autumn of that year, a performance of it in Tokyo earned standing ovations from the Japanese audience. Rehearsal for the concerts on May 17&18, 2012 at the Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich. Mariss Jansons rehearses Richard Strauss’ ""Don Juan“ with the BRSO.Mariss Jansons elicits the typical élan of the young Richard Strauss from the BRSO here, pointing to his roots in musical romanticism. With his “Don Juan”, Strauss established himself early on as an important representative of the progressive ""New German School"". His tone poems were very wide-ranging and earned him much admiration, but also a reputation as an “enfant terrible”.Rehearsal for the concerts on February 27&28, 2014 at the Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich. Mariss Jansons rehearses Jean Sibelius` Symphony No. 2 with the BRSO. Mariss Jansons is intensely interested in the images of nature evoked by the music of Jean Sibelius' Second Symphony. He is also meticulous about sound and expression: the music should sound warm and soulful, but also rich in colour and with extreme differences in volume. Working on the sound is the key to expression here. Rehearsal for the concerts on November 12&13, 2015 at the Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich. Each of the four CDs begins with a concise introduction to the respective work by Friedrich Schloffer. The concert versions of the four works rehearsed have already been released on CD by BR-KLASSIK."

Johannes Brahms

Serenade No. 1 and Serenade No. 2

Linos Ensemble

C5447
1 CD
03/06/2022
CAPRICCIO

Brahms is famous for his symphonies and grand concertos, but many lovers of his music would argue he shines brightest in the chamber works. Indeed, there is almost no work of his that did not start out as chamber music, including his Serenade No.1, which began life as a nonet. It's presented here by the Linos Ensemble in its reconstructed original form. For the Serenade No. 2, Brahms scored the work for a chamber proportioned ensemble from the start. Clara Schumann approved: “What could I possibly tell you about the Adagio? I feel as if there were no words for the sheer joy that this piece brings me. It’s marvelously beautiful!"

Charles Koechlin

The Seven Stars’ Symphony Op. 132

Sinfonieorchester Basel, Ariane Matiakh

C5449
1 CD
03/06/2022
CAPRICCIO

Music by the marvelous, but unjustly underrated composer and “Aural Alchemist” Charles Koechlin is invariably a real discovery. “Koechlin can daub with notes as Seurat daubed with bright pigments on canvas; [he] could, whenever he wished, bathe his music in the impressionist glories of Debussy and Ravel or give it the delicacy of Fauré and then toughen it up with some Roussel-like grinding rhythms.” (Robert Reilly) He is an impressionist dreamboat. With a title like The Seven Stars’ Symphony, and following so closely on the heels of the equally enchanting Vers la voûte étoilée (Toward the Vault of the Stars), one might think the work was some spectacular, colourist, celestial bonanza. In fact, it’s Koechlin’s ode to his favourite film stars – but no less bewitching for that.

Franz Doppler, Carl Doppler

Complete Flute Music Edition

Various Artists

C7430
12 CD
03/06/2022
CAPRICCIO

The Doppler brothers played a leading role in the Imperial Monarchy’s musical life as composers, conductors, musicians and orchestral soloists. They were on good terms with acknowledged artists of the era, such as Ferenc Liszt and Ferenc Erkel, as well as Jozsef Bajza, director of the Hungarian National Theatre. Catalan flautist Claudi Arimany spent decades researching this project, inspiring many famous musicians to become involved in its realisation. After five years, Capriccio is pleased to have completed the edition, and proud to close another gap in musical recording history.

St John Henry Newman, James MacMillan, Will Todd, Anna Semple, Eoghan Desmond, Lisa Robertson, Bob Chilcott

A Meditation

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

COR16191
1 CD
03/06/2022
CORO

The five new choral works on this album – by James MacMillan, Will Todd, Anna Semple, Eoghan Desmond and Lisa Robertson – all grew from a meditation by St John Henry Newman. Newman was a theologian of towering stature and broad influence. Canonised in October 2019, Newman's writings represent a rich and thought-provoking legacy and, alongside the new works presented, are immortalised in three well-known hymns and Sir Edward Elgar’s exquisite elegy 'They are at rest'. Also included are two of Elgar’s psalm settings – 'Great is the Lord' and 'Give unto the Lord'. These are monumental works for choir and organ, full of grandeur and drama, but also inherently simple. The album ends with a Bonus track by Bob Chilcott - also a Genesis Foundation commission - based on Psalm 139.

Georg Philipp Telemann

Oratorium zum Johannisfest

Kölner Akademie, Rahel Maas, Elvira Bill, Mauro Borgioni, Klaus Mertens, Mirko Ludwig, André Morsch, Elena Harsányi, Michael Alexander Willins

555271-2
1 CD
03/06/2022
CPO

"In the church year 1730/31, Telemann performed a volume of special conception: Regular oratorios were to be heard in the church service. And so the focus of our latest Telemann CD is his magnificent oratorio for the feast of St. John, Gelobet sei der Herr, with expressive texts by the poet and musician Albrecht Jacob Zell. Zell succeeds in imagining dramatic, almost theatrical scenes, thus providing Telemann with models for tone-painting. Not only is the vocal cast extremely lush, including three basses, but the instrumentation is also very rich, including the use of four horns and three transverse flutes. Once again, Telemann unfolds a wide range of expression. The lament of the Egyptians over the slain children, in F minor and chromatic turns, is moving; the depiction of the fleeing people and their pursuers, who cannot reach them, is full of external movement and tension, with chains of sixteenth notes on the one hand and syllabic declamation on the other."

Ferdinand Hiller

Piano Quartet No. 3 op. 133 in A minor; Piano Quintet op. 156 in G major

Minguet Quartett, Oliver Triendl

555312-2
1 CD
03/06/2022
CPO

"Ferdinand Hiller was a figure of European renown during his lifetime, but unfortunately his work and activity were quickly forgotten after his death. The two works recorded here, the 3rd Piano Quartet (1870) and the Piano Quintet op. 156 (1872) represent the mature Hiller's weightiest contributions to chamber music. But despite their initial success, even thesedemanding pieces failed to gain a lasting foothold in the concert repertoire. While Hiller's early works were still clearly in the tradition of Hummel, the late ones clearly reflect the new standard that Schumann had set with his works of the 1840s. For his piano quartet, Hiller chose the key of A minor, which was considered passionate in the High Romantic period. For long stretches, this key determines the work's basic dramatic tone, which only brightens into a radiant A major in the finale. The piano part is too demanding to be performed in the context of house music. His Piano Quintet proves to be more of a lyrical counterpart to the Piano Quartet. The real surprise is that the theme of the final movement turns out to be a variant of the main theme of the first movement, bringing the quintet as a whole closer to a cyclical form."

Maddalena Laura Lombardini Sirmen

Six String Quartets op. 3, 1-6

Lombardini Quartet

555488-2
1 CD
03/06/2022
CPO

"The Lombardini Quartet is not only named after the Venetian violin virtuoso and composer Maddalena Laura Lombardini Sirmen, but now also recorded her versatile ""Sei quartetti"" op.3 from 1769. Lombardini Sirmen was one of the few women to realise a career as a professional musician in the 18th century and, according to sources, the first woman to compose string quartets, at a time when this genre was still extremely young and in the formal experimental stage. The interpreter's highest credo is always the speaking play and the uncovering of all affects in the music, of the finest emotions, which often change so quickly in the quartets - a veritable rollercoaster of feelings. All the quartets are in two movements and enchantwith their variety of colours and richness of form: ""Like a walk through a blossoming spring meadow: It is worthwhile to turn one's gaze very carefully to the many beauties that nature offers to the left and right. We felt the same way about Lombardini's music: many little flowers by the wayside to discover, some large and recognisable at first glance, some very small and easy to overlook. It is fragile music that reveals a rich inner life on closer inspection,"" says Elisabeth Wiesbauer of the Lombardini Quartet."

Antonio Vivaldi (arr.Carlos Pino-Quintana)

The Four Seasons for Pan Flute

Andreea Chira, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Douglas Bostock

555461-2
1 CD
03/06/2022
CPO

"Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons is a milestone in music. On the one hand, the cycle is firmly anchored in baroque aesthetics, on the other hand, one is already moving in the direction of the galant style. In our new recording, Vivaldi's works have been carefully arranged for pan flute with orchestra by the composer Carlos Pino-Quintana. The great challenge was to maintain or even emphasise polyphonic elements of the original solo part in the new instrumentation, to subtly transfer the technical characteristics of the violin to the pan flute, to find adequate keys, and to balance the resulting contrasts and timbres between solo and tutti in the sense of concerto grosso. In the process, the accompaniment of harpsichord as basso continuo, which otherwise would have appeared only as secco accompaniment in long phrases and sections, is omitted, which opened up new possibilities for the fabric of polyphony and gave the pan flute solo voice greater scope for expression and musicality. And lo and behold, the concertos sound as if they were written for the pan flute. This is of course also due to our interpreterAndreea Chira, who plays a historical pan flute ""Nai"" with an unmistakable timbre. An incomparable sound experience!"

Boris Lyatoshinsky

Symphonies No. 4 & 5

Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra, Roland Bader

999183-2
1 CD
03/06/2022
CPO

"You could call him the father of Ukrainian music: Boris Lyatoshinsky. The great Soviet music encyclopaedia praises him as one of the most important founders of Ukrainian symphonic and chamber music, also as the creator of the first Ukrainian symphony. He was born in 1895 in Shitomir, studied law at the University of Kiev and also took composition lessons at the conservatory with Reinhold Gliere, whose colourful orchestral writing and affinity with the so-called "Russian classicism" have consistently shaped Lyatoshinsky's work."

Vagn Holmboe

String Quartets, Vol. 2

Nightingale String Quartet

6.220717
1 SACD
03/06/2022
DACAPO

A most promising start to an essential, richly recorded survey', observed Gramophone about the first volume of Vagn Holmboe's complete string quartets by the Nightingale String Quartet. In this, the second instalment, the Nightingale's continues convincingly with energetic, precise, yet lively and poetic interpretations of the Holmboe quartets, which stand amongst the most significant contributions to the genre in the 20th century.

Niels Viggo Bentzon

Wind Quintets

Carl Nielsen Quintet

8.226127
1 CD
03/06/2022
DACAPO

"Prodigiously gifted Danish composer and pianist Niels Viggo Bentzon (1919-2000) wrote nearly 1,000 musical works in every known classical genre and style. He retained a constantly questing and exploratory nature throughout his life, as we can hear in his five known wind quintets recorded here by The Carl Nielsen Quintet: The results are captivating in their own way, stoked by Bentzon’s distinctive, virtuosic language and great ingenuity."

Florence Price

Piano Music

Kirsten Johnson

GM2CD7828
2 CD
03/06/2022
GUILD

Following her pioneering set of Amy Beach’s complete piano music on Guild, fellow American, Kirsten Johnson turns her attention to the piano music of Florence Price, with this generous selection.

César Franck

Les Éolides Les Djinns, Rédemption, Variations Symphoniques, Le Chausseur Maudit

Fabio Banegas, Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, Francisco Varela

GMCD7830
1 CD
03/06/2022
GUILD

Released for this bicentennial year of Cesar Franck’s birth (1822-2022), this recording of the most popular of Franck’s symphonic poems, including Les Djinns and the Symphonic Variations that feature piano, has taken on an additional significance and poignancy with the outbreak of war in the orchestra’s homeland only a few months after these sessions were completed. As a result, Guild will be making a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine appeal for every CD sold.

Vaughan Williams

The Complete Symphonies

The Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

CDHLD7557
5 CD
03/06/2022
HALLE

This boxed set includes all nine Vaughan Williams symphonies, attractively packaged and released at a special price to mark the occasion of the composer’s 150th anniversary. These award-winning performances are accompanied by an extensive booklet, including new material charting the Hallé’s historic relationship with Vaughan Williams, and featuring material drawn from the orchestra’s archives. Acclaim for Hallé Vaughan Williams recordings: ‘The Sea Symphony’ (CD HLL 7542) Gramophone Editor’s Choice (Oct 2015) Symphonies No 5 & 8 (CD HLL 7533) Sunday Times' Album of the Week and Music Web Recording of the Month (April 2013); Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ (May 2013) ‘The London Symphony’/Oboe Concerto (CDHLL7529) BBC Radio 3 CD Review Disc of the Week (Dec 2011). The releases will follow the joint Hallé/BBC Philharmonic festival of Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region - RVW150 which will run in Manchester from February to May 2022.

Vaughan Williams

Symphonies Nos. 7 & 9

The Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

CDHLD7558
2 CD
03/06/2022
HALLE

"Premiered by the Hallé under Sir John Barbirolli in 1953, the Sinfonia antartica originated in Vaughan Williams’ score for the film ‘Scott of the Antarctic’. With a highly original scoring (including solo soprano, wordless women’s chorus, organ, piano and extensive percussion section), the work depicts the struggle of man over nature, as epitomized in Captain Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. The symphony is characterized with heroic themes, evocative orchestral effects and music which is at turns emotive and powerful. In contrast the Ninth Symphony depicts the more philosophical challenges of mankind. Initially receiving a luke-warm reception it has come to be seen as a work imbued with what Vaughan Williams authority Michael Kennedy described as ‘a new richness of sound’.This enigmatic work is scored for standard orchestral forces, with the addition of saxophones and flugelhorn which add orchestral colour. This was the composer’s last symphony and was premiered just four months before his death in 1958. In construction it stands as the culmination of his compositional career, with elusive and constantly developing themes and evocative depictions of a wide range of emotions. The symphonies are coupled with two orchestral works, Norfolk Rhapsody No.1 and The Lark Ascending, which were previously released as part of an English music mixed composer collection. ‘What moved me most was the sense of craggy dignity conveyed by both symphonies. The playing - as usual with Elder’s Hallé – is outstanding, technically and expressively.’ Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine, December 2017 Vaughan Williams Symphonies No. 4 and 6 (CD HLL 7547)."

Elias Parish Alvars

Music For Two Pianos

Simon Callaghan, Clíodna Shanahan

SRCD411
1 CD
03/06/2022
LYRITA

"The story of Elias Parish Alvars (1808-49) is a journey from obscurity, ascending to something of an international celebrity. He was dubbed ‘the Franz Liszt of the harp’ by none other than Hector Berlioz (1803- 69), who was repeatedly spellbound by concerts Alvars gave in Germany. This sorcerer of the harp (and equally phenomenal pianist) received patronage from the aristocracy and royalty of Europe throughout his short-lived career.“Clearly a musician of curiosity and discernment, Callaghan’s robust piano-playing is also thoughtful, subtle and refined.” Gramophone. A favourite artist at the internationally-renowned Husum Festival of Piano Rarities in Germany, Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan’s recent sell-out recital drew praise from audience and critics, with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung describing his “cleverly curated recital full of discoveries” (VAN Magazine) as “technically brilliant”. Callaghan’s current repertoire includes over fifty concertos, highlights of the standard solo and chamber works of the 19th and 20th centuries, and much that is rare and unexplored. One cornerstone of Callaghan’s work is his commitment to British music, and he has recently begun a projected series with Lyrita, presenting world premiere recordings of British concertos with Martyn Brabbins and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Irish pianist Clíodna Shanahan is much in demand internationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She performs regularly with London Sinfonietta, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her great passion for 20th century and contemporary music has led to many composercollaborations, world premières and first recordings."

Thomas de Hartmann

Orchestral Music

Elan Sicroff, Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, Tian Hui Ng

NI6429
1 CD
03/06/2022
NIMBUS ALLIANCE

"Thomas de Hartmann’s output as a composer included four symphonies, several operas, concertos, sonatas, and songs with texts by Marcel Proust, Paul Verlaine, James Joyce, and Percy Bysshe Shelley, as well as fifty-three film scores. The turbulent historical events through which he lived may, however, have kept de Hartmann’s music from reaching a wider audience. With the de Hartmann papers now widely available for scholarly examination, the opportunity is ripe for a new look at this composer’s unique contributions. The series of CD releases of the music of Thomas de Hartmann is largely the work of The Thomas de Hartmann Project, a group of dedicated volunteers and individuals joined by the common goal of bringing Thomas de Hartmann’s music to public attention. The primary aim of The Thomas de Hartmann Project is to make publicly available the compositions of Thomas de Hartmann; today a music as strangely inaudible as the composer is invisible, outside small groups familiar with de Hartmann's musical collaborations with G.I. Gurdjieff. Elan Sicroff is one of the leading interpreters of theGurdjieff/de Hartmann music, which was the result of a unique collaboration in the 1920s in which the sacred and folk music of the East was arranged for piano. From 1973-75 he attended the International Academy for Continuous Education at Sherborne in Gloucestershire, England, as a student and later as Director of Music. The Academy was run by J. G. Bennett, a leading exponentof the teachings of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff. In 1974 Mr. Bennett contacted Mme. Olga de Hartmann, widow of the composer, who introduced Elan to the music that Thomas de Hartmann composed in the classical idiom. Between 1975 and 1979 Elan studied with her and performed many of de Hartmann’s works. In 1982 he made a tour of the U.S., which included performances in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Boston. Since then he has given numerous recitals in the U.S., Canada and Europe."

John Cage

Choral Works

Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava

ODE 1402-2
1 CD
03/06/2022
ONDINE

This new album release by the Latvian Radio Choir and conductor Sigvards Klava on Ondine is devoted to choral works by the legendary American composer and music pioneer John Cage (1912–1992), one of the most iconic figures in 20th Century Avantgarde music.

Zibuokle Martinaityte

Ex Tenebris Lux

Pavel Giunter, Rokas Vaitkevicius, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Karolis Variakojis

ODE 1403-2
1 CD
03/06/2022
ONDINE

This second Ondine recording of music by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė (b. 1973) is devoted exclusively to works scored for string orchestra, all of which were composed in the last three years. These works are performed by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, one of the most internationally well-known orchestras from Lithuania, conducted by Karolis Variakojis.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Arvo Pärt

Organ Works

David Bendix Nielsen

ORC100197
1 CD
24/06/2022
ORCHID CLASSICS

Young Danish-Hungarian organist David Bendix Nielsen makes his solo album debut with a recording that weaves the music of J.S. Bach and Arvo Pärt into a rich recital. By combining composers with such apparently different musical approaches, Nielsen sheds new light on both, so that listeners hear unexpected parallels between the music of the German Baroque and that of 20th-century Estonia. One characteristic shared by both composers is that of a deep spirituality, as heard in chorale preludes and fugues by Bach, or in Pärt’s hypnotic ‘tintinnabulation’ in Spiegel im Spiegel. There is secular music, too, in the form of Bach’s organ transcription of Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor. David Bendix Nielsen is the organist of St. Mark’s Church in Copenhagen and teaches at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. He won the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize in 2018, and from 2022 to 2023 was a recipient of the Young Cultural Elite scholarship from the Danish Arts Foundation.

Leo Brouwer, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Guastavino, Manuel Ponce, Egberto Gismonti, Astor Piazzolla

Corazón: The Music of Latin America

John-Henry Crawford, Victor Santiago Asuncion, JIJI

ORC100198
1 CD
17/06/2022
ORCHID CLASSICS

"In the summer of 2019, I travelled to Mexico to compete in the IX International Carlos Prieto Cello Competition, and little did I know, the trip would transform my life musically. At the time I was very well acquainted with Latin American music, but after having the great fortune of winning first prize and returning to Mexico multiple times for performances, I fell in love with the music of Latin America, the culture, the history, and the Spanish language. This album takes the listener on a musical tour through Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico. The centrepiece of the programme is the Sonata in G minor by Manuel Ponce, who is most famous in the classical world for his song Estrellita popularised by Jascha Heifetz. Ponce was keen to reunite the concert world with Mexican folklore and traditional songs, as listeners can hear in the romantic, longing title-track Por ti mi corazón. Spanning over 140 years of Latin American music culture, this album takes us from Ponce’s unique traditional voice and Villa-Lobos’ Chopinesque style to music by still-living Cuban guitarist Leo Brouwer – his innocent lullaby Canción de Cuna. Other highlights include Astor Piazzolla’s timeless Oblivion and Le Grand Tango and Egberto Gismonti’s Água e Vinho. As the title suggests, this music pulls at the heartstrings and exudes romance and passion."

Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 2

National Symphony Orchestra, Rimma Sushanskaya

QTZ2146
1 CD
03/06/2022
QUARTZ

This disc of works by Brahms was recorded during the height of covid restrictions whereby social distancing in studios was a requirement for British orchestras, representing huge challenges for both performers and recording engineers alike. The recording is a tribute to the indefatigable efforts of our conductor, musicians, producer Michael Ponder and sound engineer Adaq Khan and the supportive staff at Henry Wood Hall, all who managed to keep the candle burning for music and musicians when almost all artistic activity fell silent.

Ludwig van Beethoven, Steven Stucky

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6; Steven Stucky: Silent Spring

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

FR-747
1 HYBRID SACD
10/06/2022
REFERENCE RECORDINGS

Reference Recordings proudly presents the beloved Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" of Ludwig van Beethoven, with Steven Stucky’s "Silent Spring," in exceptional performances from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. "Silent Spring" was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book "Silent Spring", the seminal work by Pittsburgh native Rachel Carson. The music, like the book, can be heard as a call to action to love and to save nature and the earth.

Ivan Klinger, Pyotr Balukov

The Poor Branch – 19th-Century Guitar Music

James Akers

RES10302
1 CD
03/06/2022
RESONUS CLASSICS

Devoted to the music of Ivan Klinger, this album of premiere recordings from guitarist James Akers highlights works from this relatively unknown composer. Klinger’s seeming anonymity belies the composer’s substantial and high-quality oeuvre. Born in 1818 in Seltz near Kherson (today’s Ukraine), Klinger was one of the few guitarists to devote himself to the Western style six-string guitar. Featuring both original compositions and arrangements of other works, Klinger’s playful and serious, virtuosic and challenging music here receives the attention that is long overdue.

Peter Warlock, Samuel Barber, Sally Beamish, Frederick Delius

On This Shining Night: Music for Voice and String Quartet

Roderick Williams, James Gilchrist, Sophie Bevan, Coull Quartet: Roger Coull, Philip Gallaway, Johnathan Barritt, Nicholas Roberts

SOMMCD 0654
1 CD
17/06/2022
SOMM RECORDINGS

"SOMM Recordings is delighted to announce a thrilling first collaboration between long-time SOMM stablemates, baritone Roderick Williams and the Coull Quartet, joined by tenor James Gilchrist and soprano Sophie Bevan. With six first recordings, On This Shining Night is a ravishing recital focusing revealingly on a 20th-century phenomenon: works for voice and string quartet. It takes its title from a James Agate setting by Samuel Barber (whose masterly Dover Beach is also heard), here in a sublime arrangement by Roderick Williams. Williams also provides arrangements of Barber’s Sleep Now and three Frederick Delius pieces from his Seven Songs from the Norwegian: the evocative Twilight Fancies, vivacious Young Venevil and exotic I-Brasil. They serve, as Robert Matthew-Walker’s erudite booklet notes observe, as companions to 11 songs by Delius’s close friend and associate, Peter Warlock, including the gentle intimacy of Corpus Christi, the “mini-cantata” Sorrow’s Lullaby, and unique free-recitative of My gostly vader. Composed for Williams and the Coull Quartet, Sally Beamish’s five-part Tree Carols offer striking, variegated settings of poems by Fiona Sampson in their premiere recording. Roderick Williams’ SOMM catalogue include the acclaimed three-volume Twelve Sets of English Lyrics by Hubert Parry (SOMMCD 257, 270, 272), Sally Beamish’s Four Songs from Hafez (Birdsong, SOMMCD 0633), and the classic English song cycles A Shropshire Lad and Maud (SOMMCD 0615), which MusicWeb International declared a “game changer… in terms of our appreciation of Arthur Somervell’s songs”. The Coull Quartet has recorded a wide repertoire for SOMM. Their recording of Nicholas Maw and Benjamin Britten quartets (SOMMCD 065) was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice and a BBC Music Magazine Benchmark Recording. Gramophone declared their recent SOMM release with Clélia Iruzun, Treasures from the New World, featuring piano quintets by Amy Beach and Henrique Oswald (SOMMCD 0609), “a delight”. "

St. Hildegard of Bingen, Stevie Wishart, Ivan Moody, Marcus Davidson, Emily Levy, Laura Moody, Tim Lea Young

Hildegard Portraits

Voice: Emily Burn, Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks

SOMMCD 0652
1 CD
17/06/2022
SOMM RECORDINGS

"SOMM Recordings announces the exciting label debut of Voice with Hildegard Portraits, marking the tenth anniversary of the canonisation of the 12th-century spiritual leader, theologian, mystic, scientist and composer, St. Hildegard of Bingen. Hailed by Gramophone as inheritors of “the slot left by the dissolution of Anonymous 4”, Voice – Emily Burn, Victoria Couper and Clemmie Franks – formed in 2006. Singing together since their early teens in the Oxford Girls’ Choir, and as members of Stevie Wishart’s Sinfonye, they have toured throughout the UK, USA and Europe. Hildegard Portraits draws on close relationships between Voice and the featured composers. It takes its title from the first recording of Laura Moody’s seven-part setting of Hildegard’s letters forming a portrait, Moody says, of “not so much a saint, seer or symbol, but a woman who lived and loved”. Their collaboration with “friend and mentor” Stevie Wishart continues with first recordings of Aseruz trium vocum and O choruscans lux (choir version), responses to what Voice describe as “the soaring, melismatic lines, the flourishes and ornamentation, and mesmerising unison sound” of St. Hildegard’s own music, heard to sublime effect in six pieces, including O clarissima mater, O virtus sapientie and Nunc gaudeant. Other exclusive/first recordings include Marcus Davidson’s Musical Harmony and O Boundless Ecclesia, Emily Levy’s compelling blend of folk-inspired melody and Hildegardian ornamentation, How Sweetly You Burn, and Tim Lea Young’s Three Wings: pt.1 (all composed, like Moody’s title work, for Voice). Ivan Moody’s O quam mirabilis exquisitely sets Hildegard’s own text “expressing to perfection awe at the mystery of the Creator God”. Voice has self-released two albums – Musical Harmony (2013) and Patterns of Love (2015). Collaborative releases include I Have Set My Hert So Hy with Dufay Collective (2015), and Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared; Moravian Folksongs; Říkadla with Julius Drake and Nicky Spence (2019)."

Paul Juon

Chamber Music for Viola

Basil Vendryes, Igor Pikayzen, William David

TOCC 0389
1 CD
03/06/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

Paul Juon was born in Moscow, of Swiss parents, in 1872, studying there with Arensky and Taneyev; Rachmaninov, a fellow student, dubbed him ‘the Russian Brahms’. At the Hochschule der Musik in Berlin, Woldemar Bargiel, Clara Schumann’s half-brother, was his main teacher before Juon himself became a respected member of the staff. There are indeed echoes of Brahms in Juon’s early music but there is also a fondness for Russian folksong and a mastery of counterpoint, which all feed into his urgent, late-Romantic lyricism.

Josef Schelb

Chamber Music, Vol. 2

Stéphane Réty, Nicolas Cock-Vassiliou, Isabelle Moretti, Alexander Knaak, Jean-Eric Soucy, Denis Zhdanov, Roglit Ishay

TOCC 0548
1 CD
03/06/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

The Karlsruhe-based Josef Schelb (1894–1977) is one of the better-kept secrets of twentieth-century German music. His output was substantial: he lost most of his early music in a bombing raid in 1942, but – as if to make up for lost time – wrote some 150 more works after that. In the four chamber works recorded here Schelb’s contrapuntal mastery is given a bucolic twist under the influence of French Impressionism, the two traditions combining to invest these pieces with a freewheeling energy and downright sense of fun.

Jan Novák

Orchestral Music, Vol. 1

Alice Rajnohová, Vilém Veverka, Lucie Schinzelová, Kristýna Znamenáčková, Ensemble Opera Diversa, Gabriela Tardonová

TOCC 0551
1 CD
03/06/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

The music of the Moravian composer Jan Novák (1921–84) – a natural successor to Bohuslav Martinů, with whom he briefly studied – is nothing less than life-enhancing: it has Martinů’s rhythmic charge and his unflagging energy. And although Novák had such difficulties with the authorities in Communist Czechoslovakia that he chose to emigrate, there is an infectious optimism, a joie de vivre, in these three works that is instantly communicative.

Axel Ruoff

Complete Works for Organ, Vol. 3

Annikka Konttori-Gustafsson, Marko Ylönen, Olli-Pekka Tuomisalo, Darren Acosta, Petri Komulainen, Jan Lehtola

TOCC 0610
1 CD
03/06/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

The organ works of Axel Ruoff, born in Stuttgart in 1957, constitute one of the most important contributions to the literature for the instrument by any composer since Messiaen, with Ruoff often using its unparalleled resources to write music of extraordinary power and dramatic flair. This third volume in Jan Lehtola’s complete recording features the organ in the unusual role of duo partner in chamber music – but it is chamber music conceived on a symphonic scale. Here these five muscular duo works are separated by a series of weighty chorale preludes.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jan Václav Voříšek

Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major, “Prague” K. 504; Voříšek: Symphony in D major op. 23

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt

ACC30574
1 CD
17/06/2022
ACCENTUS MUSIC

"With these concerts, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig embarks on a musical journey to the Czech Republic in memory of its former conductor Václav Neumann. It was there that Jan Václav Voríšek was born in 1791, the year of Mozart's death, and was taken away from it by pulmonary tuberculosis at the same age as Mozart, only 34 years old. The manuscript of his D Major Symphony shares the fate of the symphonies of his friend and companion Franz Schubert and was neither printed nor performed during his lifetime. In the meantime, however, it has become his most frequently performed work! A short, late and rare happy chapter of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's moving biography is set in the capital of the Czech Republic. When he arrived in Prague in January 1787, he was quite astonished: That his music met with such great enthusiasm was by no means a matter of course for Mozart. Looking back, he will describe his successes in Prague as the most beautiful moments of his life. The D Major Symphony K. 504 was premiered in Prague and opens the group of Mozart's last four symphonies. Recorded live at Gewandhaus zu LeipzigSeptember 2020"

Various Composers

Defunensemble – Hyperrealistic Songs

Hanna Kinnunen, Mikko Raasakka, Lily-Marlene Puusepp, Emil Holmstöm, Markus Hohti, Anders Pohjola, Timo Kurkikangas

ABCD508
1 CD
10/06/2022
ALBA RECORDS

The electroacoustic music group defunensemble releases its second album in March. Formed in 2009, defunensemble has astonishingly fast established itself as one of the most important contemporary music groups in Finland. Defunensemble gives premieres of the most essential electroacoustic repertoire both classic and current, while simultaneously actively commissioning new works incorporating the latest technologies. The musicians and sound designers of defunensemble are some of the most active personalities in the Finnish contemporary music scene. The album “Hyperrealistic Songs” includes works commissioned and premiered by the group from composers Christian Winther Christensen, Asta Hyvärinen, Hikari Kiyama, Sami Klemola and Perttu Haapanen.

Paul Wranitzky

Works for Oboe

Vilém Veverka, Sylvie Schelingerova, Wranitzky Kapelle , Marek Štilec

UP0235
1 CD
03/06/2022
ARCO DIVA

The new ArcoDiva CD presents oboe music of "a Moravian in Vienna", Paul Wranitzky (1756-1808). You can enjoy the world premieres of Wranitzky's Works for Oboe, delightfully interpreted by Wranitzky Kapelle (Marek Štilec - conductor). The oboe parts are brilliantly interpreted by Czech oboist Vilém Veverka.

Antonín Dvořák

Unreleased

Tomáš Víšek

UP0240
1 CD
03/06/2022
ARCO DIVA

New unique CD of Dvorák's unreleased pieces. Despite the fact that at the moment there are many recordings of piano works by Antonín Dvorák, for whatever reason some compositions have never been included into these releases. We are now gladly presenting you those pieces for the first time on a publicly released CD. All of the compositions are played by one of the most significant Czechpianists of his generation - Tomáš Víšek.