May 2022 - New Releases

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Index

William Grant Still

William Grant Still: Summerland; Violin Suite; Pastorela; American Suite

Zina Schiff; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Avlana Eisenberg

8559867
1 CD
27/05/2022
NAXOS
AMERICAN CLASSICS

William Grant Still, the “Dean of Afro-American Composers,” was part of the Harlem Renaissance and wrote nearly 200 works including nine operas and five symphonies. Still’s many awards included three Guggenheim Fellowships and eight honorary doctorates. His work combines Classical forms with jazz and blues idioms and was inspired by the rich tradition of African American spirituals. Still hoped that his music would serve a larger purpose of interracial understanding, and this joyous, moving and hauntingly beautiful program – featuring all world premiere recordings – is infused with Still’s love of God, country, heritage, and even his mischievous dog Shep. Booket notes are written by Zina Schiff alongside conductor, Avlana Eisenberg.

Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Six Concertante Quartets

Arabella String Quartet

8574360
1 CD
27/05/2022
NAXOS

A brilliant swordsman, athlete, violin virtuoso and composer, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges might well lay claim to being the most talented figure in an age of remarkable individuals. The string quartet was still in its infancy in France in the 1770s, but while these pieces are small in scale they are exceptionally rewarding. Saint-Georges appreciated the intimate nature of this genre, avoiding overt soloistic virtuosity and exploring chamber music timbres, amply demonstrating his rich lyrical gifts and a natural ability to delight performers and audiences alike.

Camargo Guarnieri

Camargo Guarnieri: Choros Vol. 2; Flor de Tremembé

Ovanir Buosi; Horácio Schaefer; Matias de Oliveira Pinto; Olga Kopylova; São Paulo Symphony Orchestra; Roberto Tibiriçá

8574403
1 CD
13/05/2022
NAXOS
THE MUSIC OF BRAZIL

In his Choros, Guarnieri wrote music that conjures up the landscape and essence of Brazil. These very personal concertos reveal the composer’s refined instrumental combinations and elegant contrapuntal writing, while their dance rhythms are vivacious, drawing on the baião, maracatu and embolada. The Choros in this second volume represent all stages of Guarnieri’s compositional development. Also included is the delightful and inventive Flor de Tremembé, an early work with choro-like features. The first volume is available on 8.574197.

Robert Docker

Robert Docker: Three Contrasts; Scènes de ballet; Pastiche Variations – British Light Music, Vol. 7

RTÉ Concert Orchestra; David Presley; William Davies; Barry Knight

8574322
1 CD
13/05/2022
NAXOS
BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC

Robert Docker was one of the giants of light music – a composer and arranger whose works graced stage, screen, radio and television. Two of his best pieces were written for piano and orchestra: Legend, which can rank alongside Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto (Naxos 8.554323); and the brilliantly witty inventions of the Pastiche Variations. Not only was Docker a distinguished orchestrator, he was also a rich melodist as his classic Scène du bal illustrates, while the composer’s impish humour can be savoured in Tabarinage. Docker’s early training as a classical violist fully equipped him to explore the British pastoral tradition in the languid and beautiful Air.

Giacomo Meyerbeer

Giacomo Meyerbeer: L’Étoile du Nord (The North Star)

Elizabeth Futral; Darina Takova; Agnete Munk Rasmussen; Patrizia Cigna; Juan Diego Flórez; Aled Hall; Robert Lee; Christopher Maltman; Luis Ledesma; Vladmiri Ognev; Fernand Bernadi; Wexford Festival Opera Chorus; National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland; Vladimir Jurowski

8660498-500
3 CD
13/05/2022
NAXOS

After composing a spectacular series of grand operas for the Paris Opéra, Meyerbeer turned to two comic operas with spoken dialogue. One of these was L’Étoile du Nord (‘The North Star’) which is strictly an opéra de demi-caractère, containing both comic and serious elements. This fusion was one of Meyerbeer’s most important contributions to the development of grand opera. The plot is a peculiar mixture of village wooing and military life, with music that is full of colour, featuring superb choruses and exceptional orchestration. This 1996 Wexford Festival Opera production features a dazzling young cast under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski.

Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev

Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev: Orchestral Works

Ilya Kaler; Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra; Russian Philharmonic Orchestra; Thomas Sanderling

8504060
4 CD
27/05/2022
NAXOS

Sergey Taneyev was a monumental figure of late 19th-century Russian music. He was a student of Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky, and became teacher to Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Thomas Sanderling’s acclaimed recordings of Taneyev’s symphonies trace a development from the early influence of Brahms to a large-scale masterpiece in the final Fourth Symphony. This collection includes the mammoth overture Oresteia which has all the force of a Romantic symphonic poem, and the sublime cantata John of Damascus in which ancient sacred chant is woven into rich passages of expressive counterpoint.

Lord Berners

Lord Berners: Songs; Piano Music

Ian Partridge; Len Vorster

8554475
1 CD
13/05/2022
NAXOS

Lord Berners was essentially self-taught as a composer, profiting from experiences gained while travelling in Europe, and receiving advice and encouragement from Stravinsky. A tone of wit and humour is established in his masterful settings of Heine in the Lieder Album, and his subtle touch with the French language is well represented in the Trois Chansons. The Fragments psychologiques is a piano cycle that is both virtuosic and expressive. From mock parlour-song parodies to a poem about a dejected goldfish, Lord Berners’ keen sense of observation and ironic view on life is here in abundance.

Edward Gregson

Edward Gregson: Chamber Music – String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2; Le Jardin à Giverny; Triptych; Benedictus

Navarra Quartet; Benjamin Marquise Gilmore; Alison Teale; Rob Buckland

8574223
1 CD
13/05/2022
NAXOS

Edward Gregson is a composer of international standing whose music has been performed, broadcast, and commercially recorded worldwide. Gregson is renowned for his concertos and music for band, but his chamber music reveals a more enquiring voice. In recent years these works have been enriched with greater expressive and emotional depth, ranging here from youthful impressionism to the fearsome virtuosity of Triptych, a competition test piece. Gregson’s First String Quartet was acclaimed by one critic as ‘an extraordinary work, both gritty and serene’, while the evocative colours of the Second are framed by the gentle lilt of a Siciliana.

Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé: Mozart – Incidental Music

Julie Svěcená; Pavel Rybka; Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra; Dario Salvi

8574383
1 CD
27/05/2022
NAXOS

Universally famous for his glorious overtures Light Cavalry and Poet and Peasant (Naxos 8.553935), Franz von Suppé was one of the greatest exponents of the golden Age of Viennese Operetta. But he was also a master of incidental music for popular plays, one of which is Mozart – an example of Künstler-Lebensbild (‘life portrait of an artist’). Suppé’s music subtly accompanies the stage action as the story of the composition of Mozart’s music unfolds, offering a potpourri of Mozart’s works served up with Suppé’s trademark flair. Die Afrikareise presents a piquant and brilliant travelogue.

Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Trios, Vol. 6 – Nos. 15, 32, 38, 39 and 40

Aquinas Piano Trio

8574362
1 CD
13/05/2022
NAXOS

Sigismond Thalberg was one of the most distinguished pianists of his time, embarking on a solo career in the 1830s and touring as far as the Americas. Thalberg was considered a rival to Liszt though their supposed animosity was largely a journalistic invention. The creation of transcriptions of popular operatic melodies and their transformation into virtuoso concert pieces was hugely fashionable, but Thalberg’s treatments were also admired by Schumann for their Classical transparency, and for stylish technical innovations that saw him imitated throughout Europe. These fantasies on themes by Donizetti are full of the lyrical charm and drama of the original operas, combined with pianistic fireworks that delighted audiences worldwide.

Sigismond Thalberg

Sigismond Thalberg: Fantasies on Operas by Donizetti

Francesco Nicolosi

8555502
1 CD
27/05/2022
NAXOS

Sigismond Thalberg was one of the most distinguished pianists of his time, embarking on a solo career in the 1830s and touring as far as the Americas. Thalberg was considered a rival to Liszt though their supposed animosity was largely a journalistic invention. The creation of transcriptions of popular operatic melodies and their transformation into virtuoso concert pieces was hugely fashionable, but Thalberg’s treatments were also admired by Schumann for their Classical transparency, and for stylish technical innovations that saw him imitated throughout Europe. These fantasies on themes by Donizetti are full of the lyrical charm and drama of the original operas, combined with pianistic fireworks that delighted audiences worldwide.

Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert: German Dances; Ländlers and Écossaises

Yang Liu

8573941
1 CD
27/05/2022
NAXOS

Schubert was known in his time primarily as a composer of songs, but he was also a master of the dance form and wrote prolifically for a middle-class society eager for domestic entertainment. He loved Ländler (triple time country dances), the Écossaises (supposedly Scottish), and the rich variety of genial German dances. Viennese pianos of the day produced a sound that was clear and transparent, very different from modern instruments, and in this recording Yang Liu plays on a Steinway grand and a copy of a mid-1820s fortepiano by Conrad Graf, a maker well known to Schubert.

Joly Braga Santos; Brahms; Chabrier; Glinka; Mozart; Strauss; Wagner

Álvaro Cassuto – Three Portuguese Orchestras

Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa; Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa; Orquestrado Algarve; Álvaro Cassuto

8579130
1 CD
27/05/2022
NAXOS

Álvaro Cassuto’s importance to Portuguese cultural life over the last half-century is immense. A significant composer as well as conductor (his music can be heard on Naxos 8.573266), he had already won the Koussevitzky Prize at Tanglewood when he was appointed deputy music director of the Lisbon Radio Orchestra in 1970. This album focuses on the three orchestras he established in later years, all of which set new levels of musical excellence in Portugal. The performances show how, across a variety of repertoire, he revolutionised orchestral standards of music-making in his country and how he personally spearheaded the revival of the music of Joly Braga Santos.

Takashi Yoshimatsu

Takashi Yoshimatsu: Piano Works for the Left Hand

Yumiko Oshima-Ryan

8579121
1 CD
13/05/2022
NAXOS

Takashi Yoshimatsu’s wide-ranging musical influences often combine jazz and rock elements with classical, folk and world music. This album focuses on a unique series of three solo piano works for the left hand, inspired by his great friend Izumi Tateno. These lyric and beautiful miniatures are saturated in nature and birdsong, as can be heard in the evocative Tapiola Visions and in the seven bouquets that form Ainola Lyrical Ballads which are dedicated to Sibelius. In Gauche Dances, we hear a sequence that includes the tango and boogie woogie, displaying how eagerly and ebulliently Yoshimatsu breaks boundaries.

Christos Tzifakis

Christos Tzifakis: Flamenco Odyssey – A Mediterranean Guitar Cycle, arr. Michail Travlos

Christos Tzifakis

8579112
1 CD
27/05/2022
NAXOS

Athens-born Christos Tzifakis has performed internationally as a solo classical guitarist and composed widely for solo guitar, flamenco-jazz groups and for the theatre. Flamenco Odyssey is one of his major works in which he allows the listener to experience flamenco from the vantage point of a traveller immersed in the timbres and flavours of both Eastern and Western cultures. The rhythms of the bulería, soleá and fandango offer intoxication as do improvisations on ancient Cretan songs. There are also darker, more melancholic impulses, while the festive nature of this wide-ranging and exhilarating work draws on blues-rock influences.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Great Composers in Words and Music: Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART

Leighton Pugh

8578361
1 CD
13/05/2022
NAXOS
GREAT COMPOSERS WORD MUSIC

Tchaikovsky declared that Mozart was ‘full of divine beauty’, and Schubert’s wonder at the ‘countless images of a brighter and better world’ that Mozart was able to conjure up through his music knew no bounds. Many of us carry the image of Mozart as a transcendent genius, but what do we really know about his life and career, and indeed his music? This entertaining and informative biography takes us from Mozart’s beginnings as a child prodigy to his greatest successes and cruellest setbacks. The narrative is illustrated with music from each stage of Mozart’s intense career, including the ‘Jupiter’ Symphony, Clarinet Concerto, Coronation Mass, Requiem, Don Giovanni,The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro and many more.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Great Composers in Words and Music: Johann Sebastian BACH

Leighton Pugh

8578362
1 CD
13/05/2022
NAXOS
GREAT COMPOSERS WORD MUSIC

Johann Sebastian Bach today has a reputation as the Godfather of Western European music, as a fountainhead of classical music theory and the creator of some of the greatest works the world has ever produced. Better known as a keyboard virtuoso, Bach was not regarded as a genius in his day, so how did this headstrong and belligerent but ambitious young musician become so extraordinarily productive? What were his influences? How did he end up in jail and what did he get up to in Café Zimmerman? Discover all of this and more in this fascinating biography of a composer who, to Max Reger, represented ‘the beginning and the end of all music’. The narrative is illustrated with musical excerpts including the Brandenburg Concertos, Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, The Art of Fugue, St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor among many others.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Great Composers in Words and Music: Ludwig van BEETHOVEN

Leighton Pugh

8578363
1 CD
13/05/2022
NAXOS
GREAT COMPOSERS WORD MUSIC

When we think of Ludwig van Beethoven images of a stormy and passionate but tortured genius are brought to mind, alongside the transformative effect of his work on musical history. All of these things are true, but no artist lives in a vacuum, and even music that opens a portal onto ‘the infinite realm of the spirit’ has its wider context. Illustrated with music from each period, this enlightening life history tells us about Beethoven’s place in society from his earlier career as a fine pianist, his life on the edge of the Napoleonic war, his professional triumphs and many romantic misfortunes, and that famous defiance of deafness and declaration that he would ‘seize Fate by the throat’. The musical excerpts include the ‘Pathétique’ and ‘Moonlight’ Sonatas, ‘Diabelli’ Variations, Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 6 and 9, ‘Emperor’ Concerto, Missa solemnis and Fidelio, among many others.

Sergei Rachmaninov

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1; Moments musicaux

Steven Osborne

CDA68365
1 CD
06/05/2022
HYPERION RECORDS

‘Rachmaninov fans won’t want to miss this’ was Gramophone’s verdict on Steven Osborne’s recording of the Études-tableaux, and this thrilling new release is an equally essential acquisition. Osborne proves a predictably fine exponent of the Faustian Piano Sonata No 1 and is no less compelling in the selection of shorter works which completes the album.

Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert: 21 Songs

Alice Coote; Julius Drake

CDA68169
1 CD
06/05/2022
HYPERION RECORDS

One of the leading mezzos of our day in a Schubert recital which offers seventy minutes of pure pleasure. The twenty-one songs recorded here are among Schubert’s finest, from ‘Erlkönig’ (written in the composer’s annus mirabilis of 1815) to ‘Leise flehen’ (which dates from his final summer).

Antonio Vivaldi; Astor Piazzolla

The Mandolin Seasons

Jacob Reuven; Sinfonietta Leipzig; Omer Meir Wellber

CDA68357
1 CD
06/05/2022
HYPERION RECORDS

A mandolin for all seasons: accompanied by accordion, harpsichord and a backing band drawn from the strings of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Jacob Reuven brings us Vivaldi’s and Piazzolla’s ‘Seasons’ as you’ve never heard them before.

Dora Pejačević

Dora Pejačević: Piano Concerto, Op. 33; Symphony in F sharp minor, Op. 41

Peter Donohoe; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo

CHSA 5299
1 SACD
29/04/2022
CHANDOS

Countess Mária Theodora (Dora) Paulina Pejačević was born in September 1885 in Budapest. Young Dora grew up with all the advantages of an aristocrat: a fairy-tale life of opulent palaces set in idyllic landscapes; privilege, comfort, leisure, and wealth. From an early age she defied convention and walked her own path, one that eventually led her to ‘despise’ the aristocracy. Her father, Count Teodor Pejačević, a lawyer, held several high posts, including that of Civil Governor of Croatia, Slavonia, and Dalmatia (1903 – 07). Her mother, Lilla Vay de Vaya, an ‘exceptionally beautiful’ Hungarian countess, was a gifted pianist and singer, and a fine amateur artist. Her parents arranged private lessons with teachers at the Music School of the Croatian Music Institute, at Zagreb, which lead to further instruction in Dresden and Munich. Dissatisfied with the ‘limits’ of her formal studies, Pejačević pursued her own intensive course of self-instruction in composition. Having taken her music education into her own hands, she set off to enrich and broaden her intellectual horizons, travelling to cultural centres in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. During these travels, she came to know the leading artists, poets, and intellectuals of the day. The Piano Concerto was her first orchestral composition, and the first piano concerto by any Croatian composer. She composed the Symphony in F sharp minor during the first world war, whilst also working as a volunteer nurse. For its first complete performance, in 1920, she revised the work, which is here recorded in this final version.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 1

Federico Colli

CHAN 20233
1 CD
13/05/2022
CHANDOS

Praised by Gramophone as ‘one of the more original thinkers of his generation’, the Italian pianist Federico Colli is internationally recognised for his highly imaginative and philosophical interpretations and impeccable technique. This album is the first instalment of a new, intensely personal project for the pianist: an exploration of selected piano works by Mozart. It was the discovery (at the age of around six) of Mozart’s music that caught the imagination of the young Federico and inspired him to study music, and it was winning the International Piano Competition Mozart, in Salzburg, that launched his career as a pianist. His approach has been to immerse himself completely in Mozart’s own experience at the composition of each piece: where was Mozart living, what was he doing, what were his motivations behind each composition? Only after in-depth study of biographies of Mozart, his (and others’) letters, the historical, social, and political background, the Zeitgeist, the cultural atmosphere surrounding each work, does Colli then approach the scores and start the process of building his interpretations.

Mieczysław Weinberg

Mieczysław Weinberg: String Quartets Nos. 1, 7 & 11 (Vol. 2)

Arcadia Quartet

CHAN 20174
1 CD
13/05/2022
CHANDOS

For this the second volume in their series of Weinberg’s string quartets, the Arcadia Quartet again presents three quartets from contrasting periods in the stylistic development of the composer. The first quartet of the self-taught teenager, written in 1937, in what Weinberg later described as his ‘neo-impressionist’ style, was heavily revised later in his life, and eventually re-published as Op. 141, in 1985. (It is this revised version that has been recorded here, the original version surviving only in manuscript form, in places virtually illegible.) The seventh quartet dates from 1957, after a gap of twenty turbulent years that had witnessed the emigration of Weinberg from Poland to Russia, his introduction to Shostakovich, and his experience of censorship and imprisonment in 1953. In contrast to his earlier quartets, the mood is more intimate and withdrawn, yet defiant. The eleventh quartet was composed between 13 October 1965 and 25 December 1966, at a time when Weinberg was mulling over the composition of his first opera, The Passenger. It is dedicated to his first daughter, Victoria, and was premièred by the Borodin Quartet on 13 April 1967 in the Chamber Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.

Johannes Brahms; Maurice Ravel; Sergei Rachmaninoff

Musical Remembrances – Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Ravel: Piano Trios

Neave Trio

CHAN 20167
1 CD
29/04/2022
CHANDOS

Hailed by the magazine BBC Music for its ‘generous and warm-hearted, utterly beguiling playing’, the Neave Trio has emerged as one of the finest young ensembles of its generation. It has been praised by WQXR Radio in New York City for its ‘bright and radiant music making’, described by The Strad as having ‘elegant phrasing and deft control of textures’, and praised by The New York Times for its ‘excellent performances’. Here, the trio presents a programme of music connected by the theme of Remembrance. Rachmaninoff’s early first piano trio was inspired by Tchaikovsky’s trio in A minor, and shows illuminating glimpses of the mature composer to come. The elegiac mood of Rachmaninoff’s work is matched by that of Brahms’s first trio – again an early composition – which was inspired by the composer’s (unrequited) feelings for Clara Schumann. Ravel’s only piano trio was composed in 1914, as France was being drawn into the horrors of the first world war. Ravel draws extensively on the rhythms and forms of his native Basque musical traditions, while the title of the second movement, ‘Pantoum’, refers to a form of traditional Malaysian poetry which typically deals with two separate themes in alternation, a feature to which Ravel responds with a series of contrasting themes and textures.

Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Valse-Caprice ‘Wedding Cake’, Op. 76; Allegro appassionato, Op. 70; Rhapsodie d’Auvergne, Op. 73; Africa, Op. 89

Alexandre Kantorow; Tapiola Sinfonietta; Jean-Jacques Kantorow

BIS2400
1 SACD (ECOPAK)
06/05/2022
BIS

"In 2019, Alexandre and Jean-Jacques Kantorow’s recording of the last three piano concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns earned the highest praise around the world, including a Diapason d’or de l’année, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and top marks and recommendations from the leading German web sites Klassik Heute and Klassik.com. The Kantorows’ orchestra of choice was the Finnish ensemble Tapiola Sinfonietta, and they have now returned to Helsinki to record not only Saint-Saëns’ first two concertos, but all of the remaining works for piano and orchestra. Presented on this amply filled disc, the programme spans 33 years, the earliest work being Concerto No. 1, regarded as the first significant French piano concerto and written by a 23-year old composer. Ten years later, in 1868, Saint-Saëns composed the Concerto in G minor, a work which at first met with consternation although Liszt – who was present at the first performance –thoroughly approved of it. The work, which begins with the soloist playing what resembles the improvisations of an organist, soon became popular however, and remains one of Saint-Saëns’ best-known works. The shorter pieces which make up the rest of the programme were written between 1884 and 1891, and could be said to erveal different aspects of the composer: Wedding Cake was written as a wedding present to a close friend, in Rhapsodie d’Auvergne Saint-Saeëns explored French folk music, while Africa is a piece of pure Orientalism, reflecting his lasting affection for North Africa."

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Richard Birchall

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K 622; Clarinet Quintet in A major, K 581; Richard Birchall: Concerto for Basset Clarinet and Orchestra

Michael Collins; Philharmonia Orchestra; Wigmore Soloists; Robin O’Neill

BIS2647
1 SACD (ECOPAK)
06/05/2022
BIS

"The two concertos performed here by Michael Collins and the Philharmonia Orchestra were both intended for a specific player – Mozart composed his for Anton Stadler and Richard Birchall for Michael Collins himself. Both works – as well as Mozart's Clarinet Quintet – were also written for a particular instrument: the basset clarinet, a slightly larger and deeper clarinet than the one in A which soon after Mozart had written his concerto became the standard. At the very core of the clarinet repertoire, the two works by Mozart have until recently been played on the A clarinet, with necessary adjustments being made to the solo part. Nowadays, however, they are more and more often performed on the instrument they were intended for. Richard Birchall, in his Concerto for Basset Clarinet, also makes the most of the basset clarinet's extended range, for instance in the third movement, Impossible Construction. That movement, and indeed the whole work, is inspired by the artwork of M. C. Escher and its combination of surreal elements and mathematical precision. With the two concertos, Michael Collins continues his long-standing collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra, which includes an acclaimed recording on BIS of works by Vaughan Williams and Finzi. For the Clarinet Quintet he has invited his colleagues from the Wigmore Soloists, the chamber ensemble that he leads together with Isabelle van Keulen."

Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich: Jazz & Variety

Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Litton

BIS2472
1 SACD (ECOPAK)
06/05/2022
BIS

"Dmitri Shostakovich was the most versatile of composers: popular and serious styles came to him with equal ease and are frequently found together in the same work. In his twenties, before the heavy hand of Soviet officialdom slapped him down in 1936, music of every kind poured out of him: symphonies, operas and full-length ballets but also a great amount of music for film and theatre. Here Andrew Litton leads the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in a programme which explores this lighter side of a composer who is otherwise often regarded as unrelentingly serious. The disc opens with Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1, which Litton conducts from the piano. Consisting of three brief movements, it is the only truly original work on the disc, written in 1934 for a competition aimed at making ‘Soviet Jazz’ more respectable. The remaining suites are all reworkings of existing music, such as the ballets The Age of Gold – about the adventures of a Soviet football team visiting the decadent West – and The Limpid Stream, portraying a group of entertainers visiting an idyllic collective farm. The Suite for Variety Orchestra is a compilation that the composer made in the late 1950s from three film scores, a ballet movement and four piano pieces. Closing the disc is Shostakovich’s 1927 orchestration of a Broadway classic, Vincent Youmans’ Tea for Two, which had become a hit under the title Tahiti Trot."

Arnold Schoenberg

Arnold Schoenberg: String Quartets1 & 3

Gringolts Quartet

BIS2567
1 SACD (ECOPAK)
06/05/2022
BIS

"Arnold Schoenberg’s second string quartet –included on a previous release by the Gringolts Quartet – is often used as a reference point when the emergence of atonality is discussed. That work, where Schoenberg in the fourth movement suddenly does away with a time signature, was composed in 1907, three years after his first work in the genre: the String Quartet in D minor, Op. 7, a work which still has much in common with the Late Romantic idiom of Richard Strauss. The D minor quartet is in one movement, but with four distinct sections which, according to a note left by the composer, chart a progression from ‘rebellion’ and ‘depression’ to ‘quiet joy and the contemplation of rest and harmony’ – a programme reminiscent of the one Strauss had used in his recent tone poem Ein Heldenleben. Albeit tonal, the harmonic language is richly chromatic, pointing forward to the inevitable break in the second quartet. Some twenty years later, Schoenberg had developed his twelve-tone method, and his Third Quartet is an example of how he was using this to refresh traditional form schemes and contrapuntal textures, while at the same time counterbalancing the modern idiom with familiar features such as a slow variation movement and a rondo finale."

Allan Pettersson

Allan Pettersson: Barfotasånger

Peter Mattei; Bengt-Åke Lundin

BIS2584
1 SACD (ECOPAK)
06/05/2022
BIS

"From 1950 and onwards, Allan Pettersson was mainly occupied with working on the monolithic symphonies for which he is best known. But before that, while still a student at the Conservatory in Stockholm and later a viola player in the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, he composed two sets of songs: Six Songs and Barfotasånger (Barefoot Songs). Of these two, the second would become especially important for the composer, who returned to it throughout his life, quoting various songs from it in his symphonies. In Barfotasånger he set his own poems, full of autobiographical detail and using a highly personal, archaic language. Several of the songs reflect his childhood, as the youngest of four children growing up in a poor working-class neighbourhood in Stockholm. All but two of them are in a minor key, in an idiom which alludes to folk songs, hymns and popular songs. They are here brought to sometimes painful life by Peter Mattei, one of the great singer-actors of our time, supported by Bengt-Åke Lundin, with whom he first collaborated almost 30 years ago, on an album of songs by Wilhelm Stenhammar."

Johannes Brahms; Franz Schubert; Robert Schumann

The Complete Brahms, Schubert and Schumann Studio Recordings (1934 – 1950)

Edwin Fischer

APR_7314
3 CD
06/05/2022
APR

This release features some of Fischer’s best-known recordings and also his rarest. His pre-war Schubert recordings are classics of the gramophone and have been almost continuously available. APR’s original 1997 transfers of the Impromptus had the benefit of being taken from vinyl pressings of the 78rpm masters and this reissue has allowed us to improve them even further, presenting these gems in the best possible sound. Fischer’s recordings of Brahms and Schumann, on the other hand are much less known and indeed his masterly performance of the 1st Brahms Piano Quartet, recorded in Germany just after the start of the war with principals from the Edwin Fischer Chamber Orchestra, and only issued there, is extremely rare. Not much better known are the very fine Brahms group from 1947, and from 1949 we have the Brahms F minor Sonata and the Schumann Fantasy, his only Schumann recording, but a work he described as “a symbol of the soul of the piano”.

Arvo Pärt; Francis Poulenc; Igor Stravinsky

Arvo Pärt; Francis Poulenc; Igor Stravinsky: Choral and Orchestral Works

Genia Kühmeier; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Mariss Jansons; Peter Dijkstra

900201
1 CD
06/05/2022
BR KLASSIK

"Three great choral and orchestral works of the 20th century are gathered together in outstanding interpretations on the new CD from BR-KLASSIK: Arvo Pärt's ""Berlin Mass"" for choir and string orchestra from 1990, Francis Poulenc's ""Stabat mater"" for soprano, mixed choir and orchestra from 1950, and Igor Stravinsky's ""Symphony of Psalms"" for choir and orchestra from 1930. The soprano Genia Kühmeier, the incomparable Bavarian Radio Chorus and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - two undisputedly world-class ensembles! - under the direction of Mariss Jansons guarantee the highest listening pleasure. The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, famed for his magical sounds, created his ""Berlin Mass"" as a commission for the 90th German Catholic Convention in Berlin. It was premiered in 1990 for four mixed solo voices and organ. In 1997, Pärt reworked his Mass, written in the so-called ""Tintinnabuli"" style, for choir and string orchestra.Francis Poulenc wrote his ""Stabat mater"" in response to the unexpected death of his friend, the artist Christian Bérard. Like other sacred works written after his visit to the Black Madonna of Rocamadour, where he found his Catholic faith, this one ranks among his most important compositions.Igor Stravinsky's well-known ""Symphony of Psalms"", a three-movement symphonic work for choir and orchestra, was written in 1930 as a commission for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The unusual orchestration – with strong woodwind and brass, percussion instruments, two pianos and only the bass strings (violoncellos, double basses) without violins or violas – gives the work its distinctive sound."

Victor Ullmann

Victor Ullmann: The Emperor of Atlantis

Juliana Zara; Christel Loetzsch; Johannes Chum; Adrian Eroed; Lars Woldt; Tareq Nazmi; Muenchner Rundfunkorchester; Patrick Hahn

900339
1 CD
06/05/2022
BR KLASSIK

"Viktor Ullmann's one-act chamber opera ""Der Kaiser von Atlantis"" was written in the Theresienstadt camp and did not see its premiere until December 16, 1975 in Amsterdam, since the performance had been banned after its dress rehearsal in 1944. The concert performance of the version by Henning Brauel and Andreas Krause (Schott), which took place on October 10, 2021 at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, was recorded for this CD. Alongside the internationally renowned Austrian Kammersänger Adrian Eröd in the title role, mainly young performers sang, accompanied by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Patrick Hahn, who made his debut here as the orchestra's principal guest conductor. Viktor Ullmann, born in 1898 in Teschen, Silesia, studied with Arnold Schönberg and Alois Hába in Vienna. He worked first as a bandmaster and then as a bookseller, and settled in Prague as a freelance artist in 1933. Because he came from a Jewish family, he was deported to the Theresienstadt camp by the Nazis in 1942. In October 1944 he was murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau, together with composers Pavel Haas and Hans Krása, who were almost the same age. - Since the Nazis allowed a lively cultural life in their ""showcase camp"" of Theresienstadt, Ullmann was also able to be musically active. The intellectual and cultural heritage of that time is reflected in his music – also, and especially, in the ""one-act play"" that he wrote there entitled „Der Kaiser von Atlantis oder Die Tod-Verweigerung"" (The Emperor of Atlantis or the Disobedience of Death), based on the libretto by his fellow prisoner Peter Kien. - The play begins with a concept that is as absurd as it is comforting: Death goes on strike. He is weary of his existence, and refuses to serve. In many ways, this reflects the reality of life for those deported to Theresienstadt. The opera, set in the legendary Atlantis, is a parable of the inhuman system of the National Socialists. The message of the work is just as relevant today."

Terry Riley

Terry Riley: Autodreamographical Tales

Bang on a Can All-Stars

CA21167
2 LP (Vinyl)
06/05/2022
CANTALOUPE MUSIC

"Playful, eloquent, intimate and existentially cool, Terry Riley’s Autodreamographical Tales is a musical dream diary — a no-holds-barred journey into the creative unconscious, rendered with a compelling joie de vivre by one of the most influential composers of our time. Each of these ten songs offers an uncommonly special connection with Riley, who narrates, sings and adds his signature minimalist piano filigrees to a sprawling narrative that can turn poetic, picaresque or downright kaleidoscopic. Backed by the ever-flexible Bang on a Can All- Stars, Riley challenges the ensemble by digging deep into a wide range of musical flavors that includes free jazz, blues, rock, pop and classical. And through the vivid storytelling of ""Long Bus Ride"" and ""Zucchini"" to the Jabberwockyan wordplay of ""Science Fiction"" and the raucous confessional ""Cannabis,"" Riley also bends andstretches the very limits of language — conveying a multivalent message for these times that is pithy, positive and powerful."

Hans Winterberg

Hans Winterberg: Symphony No. 1 ‘Sinfonia drammatica’; Piano Concerto No. 1; Rhythmophonie

Jonathan Powell; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin; Johannes Kalitzke

C5476
1 CD
06/05/2022
CAPRICCIO

Hans Winterberg grew up in Prague where he was one of a whole cadre of composers in the new Czech musical tradition. He is one of the few Jewish composers who survived the terror of World War II. His tale of survival is complicated and involved him, as a Czech Jew, having to seek refuge in post-war Germany, whereas contemporaries and colleagues like Viktor Ullmann, Erwin Schulhoff and Hans Krása died in the concentration camps. He saw his music as ‘a bridge’ between the Slavic East and the West and admitted at one point that his musical starting point was Schoenberg. Audibly more present than Schoenberg, however, is a central European Impressionism, synthesised with complex rhythms.

Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E flat major ‘Romantic’ (1878-80 Version)

Bruckner Orchester Linz; ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Markus Poschner

C8083
1 CD
06/05/2022
CAPRICCIO

‘I am completely convinced that my Fourth Romantic Symphony is in pressing need of a thorough revision.’ (Anton Bruckner, 1877) Since its successful first performance by the Vienna Philharmonic under Hans Richter on 20 February 1881, the Fourth Symphony has been one of Anton Bruckner’s most beloved works. The success of the Fourth did not come easily to the composer as he revised the entire symphony twice and its finale three times. This recording features the second and most often performed version in a new edition by Benjamin Korstvedt, published as part of the New Anton Bruckner Collected Works Edition. It also includes Korstvedt’s edition of the “Volksfest” (Country Fair) Finale that Bruckner composed in 1878 and replaced in 1880. The most comprehensive Bruckner Symphonies cycle, including all 19 available versions.

François-Joseph Gossec; William Boyce; Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; Luigi Boccherini; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Ludwig van Beethoven; Johannes Brahms; Peter Tchaikovsky; Erwin Schulhoff; Dmitri Shostakovich

Symphonic Highlights for Capriccio’s 40 Year Anniversary

Concerto Köln; Academy of St Martin In The Fields; Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; Neues Berliner Kammerorchester; Camerata Academica des Mozarteums Salzburg; Dresdner Philharmonie; Berliner Sinfonie Orchester; Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Gürzenich Orchester Köln; Sir Neville Marriner; Hartmut Haenchen; Michael Erxleben; Sándor Végh; Herbert Kegel; Kurt Sanderling; James Conlon; Dmitrij Kitajenko

C7388
10 CD
06/05/2022
CAPRICCIO

Following Capriccio’s founding in 1982 as a producer of LPs and tapes, the label’s first recording to turn heads was its pioneering digital Beethoven Symphonies cycle with the Dresden Philharmonic under Herbert Kegel, which was issued on CD two years later, in 1984. Several other key projects were pivotal to the label quickly establishing a reputation as a source of quality music and performances. Foremost among them, never out of the catalogue and still loved today, are the recordings featuring Sandor Végh. These were followed in the mid-nineties by those of Sir Neville Marriner who, after a long association with the Philips label, recorded widely for Capriccio, both with his Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Contemporaries of Mozart that have gradually appeared on the Capriccio label include Joseph Martin Kraus, François-Joseph Gossec and Jan Ladislav Dussek. Their works are performed by early music and classical period ensembles (and Capriccio favourites) such as Concerto Köln and the CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra. This 10-CD box set features the label’s most important ensembles, orchestras and conductors in repertoire that ranges from the classical period to the 20th century, the latter attaining a landmark in 2005 when Capriccio released the first complete Shostakovich Symphonies cycle on SACD with the Gürzenich Orchestra under Dmitrji Kitajenko.

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber; Béla Bartók; Sergei Prokofiev; Grażyna Bacewicz; Eugène Ysaÿe

Ostinata: works fo solo violin

Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux

CHRCD158
1 CD
06/05/2022
CHAMPS HILL RECORDS

Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux’s programme embraces the mix of the rational and the intuitive, of head and heart, in five diverse compositions, each marked with the solo sonata stamp yet strikingly different in style and substance. While sharing the common ground of taxing technical difficulties and virtuoso display, they range from the devotional communion of Biber’s ‘Guardian Angel’ Passacaglia to the intense introspection of the Melodia from Bartók’s Sonata for solo violin and the sense of loss that pervades Bacewicz’s second solo sonata, a post-war work marked by its composer’s reflections on the brutality of totalitarianism and the angst of the atomic age.

Ferdinand Ries

Ferdinand Ries: String Quartets, Vol. 4

Schuppanzigh Quartet; Raquel Massades

777306-2
1 CD
06/05/2022
CPO

"The fourth installment of our Ferdinand Ries Edition with the Schuppanzigh Quartet presents two selected works that underscore the composer's great importance! Throughout his life, Ries, a student of Beethoven, was preoccupied with the composition of string quartets and quintets. The C major String Quintet op. 37 was composed in 1809 and dedicated to the violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh, who had made a name for himself in Vienna as the primarius of the ""Schuppanzigh Quartet""which he had founded. In Ries's quintet, what is special and new about the opening of the movement is that the theme itself, introduced at the beginning, first leads to the home key, rather than beginning or standing stably in it. It is also striking that the opening theme is not introduced by one instrument alone. Rather, it is a theme in dialogue form between cello and first violin, with repetitive filler voices in the middle. Similar to this quintet, the String Quartet Op. 150, N. 1 is distinguished by interesting and comparatively unusual features. Although the first movement opens quickly and restlessly in straight 4/4 time, after only four measures Ries contrasts the mood with a brief, ""searching"" or ""questioning"" Andantino in 6/8 time. The specialist press wrote in 1827: ""I will tell you little of this excellent artist, you must hear him for yourself and admire his latest creations. [...] Whoever is familiar with Ries compositions and has recognized what is peculiar in them, will also be attracted by these compositions and will have a rare pleasure. His compositions all have a noble, grand character, they are solid; only rarely does he lose himself in petty painting, uninteresting executions, playing and dallying, as we are accustomed to with the great Beethoven, of whom he is often reminiscent, even though he borrows nothing from him. Ries goes his own way."""

Matthias Weckmann

Matthias Weckmann: Eleven Sonatas for the Hamburg Collegium Musicum

Musica Fiata; Roland Wilson

555217-2
1 CD
06/05/2022
CPO

From the works Matthias Weckmann wrote for the Collegium Musicum, eleven autograph sonatas are preserved in the Lüneburg Council Library. While two of the sonatas call for a conventional trio of two violins and bass (in the tenth sonata a viola da gamba and in the eighth a dulcian), the remaining, more extravagant pieces are written for a heterogeneous quartet of cornettino (treble zinc), violin, trombone (in two sonatas alternatively viola da braccio and viola da gamba), and dulcian or bass shawm. In the pieces for the Hamburg Collegium Musicum, Weckmann pushed all of the instruments, but especially the trombone and cornettino, to their absolute limits. An important characteristic of the sonatas are the strong contrasts. Typical features are: abrupt changes of tempi, meter, and tessitura (sometimes accompanied by echo effects), close and wide harmonies, and alternating polyphonic and homophonic passages in which three instruments occasionally play parallel chords as in a faux bourdon. Notwithstanding these commonalities, each sonata is an individual piece and not forced into any prefabricated mold.

Georg Abraham Schneider

Georg Abraham Schneider: Three Flute Concertos

Gaby Pas-Van Riet; Württtemberg Kammerorchester Heilbronn; Johannes Moesus

555390-2
1 CD
06/05/2022
CPO

"Georg Abraham Schneider was born in Darmstadt in the same year as Beethoven. His musical talent became apparent at a very early age, and after an educational trip to Rheinsberg, he was engaged by Prince Heinrich of Prussia as a horn player for the Rheinsberg Chapel. The composer Schneider is a representative of the spirit of Haydn and Mozart, who wanted to be understood as their preserver. In the reviews, he was attested to compositional skill and a dignified artistry that was committed to the bourgeois taste of the time. Schneider wrote a remarkably large number of compositions for flute, including four flute concertos, about 90 flute duets, and 60 quartets for flute and string trio. The charming, very light- hearted, three-movement Flute Concerto op. 12 is in classical concerto form, and the Mozart model is clearly audible. His Concerto op. 53 conforms to the classical scheme of the instrumental concerto, with ample opportunity for soloist Gaby Pas-Van Riet to display her virtuosity. The work charms with lovely delicate themes that offer the flute every opportunity toexplore the instrument's tonal spectrum. In the Concerto op. 63, printed in Leipzig in 1812, the orchestra is augmented with two trumpets and timpani in addition to the double instrumentation of oboes, bassoons and horns. Schneider here demonstrates his ability to orchestrate a concerto well and to use the winds effectively."

Johann David Heinichen

Johann David Heinichen: Two Passion Oratorios

Elena Harsanyi; Elvira Bill; Mirko Ludwig; Andreas Wolf; Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens

555507-2
1 CD
06/05/2022
CPO

"The Passion music Johann David Heinichen wrote for the Dresden court is a document of cultural and confessional openness of the Saxon residence, and his two Italian oratorios heard here are surrogates of large-scale Passion music. ""Come? S'imbruna il ciel"" - composed in 1728 - is the latest of the sepolcri, his other Passion ""L'aride tempie ignude"" the first of the sepolcri to survive from Heinichen in Dresden. Both texts are by Stefano Pallavicino, who had been active at the Dresden court since 1719. In the first-mentioned Passion, the meditation on the Passion event recurs to the experience of the earthquake that, according to biblical accounts, occurred immediately after the death of Jesus. The description of the violent natural events gives Mary the Mother of God, John (Jesus' favorite disciple), and Mary Magdalene an opportunity to reflect on their relationship to the Crucified. Different aspects of affection and love are thematized. The meditation on the Passion event in the second-named Passion is designed as an allegorical play of death (Morte) and hope (Speranza), divine love (Amor divino) and penance (Poenitenza), and follows an easily comprehensible dramaturgy. The affinity to opera seria is evident in both passions not only in the arrangement of the pieces. The keys, gestures and instrumentation also correspond to the models familiar from baroque musical theater. Full of affect!"

Josef Tal

Josef Tal: Complete Symphonies

NDR Radiophilharmonie; Israel Yinon

555551-2
2 CD
06/05/2022
CPO

Josef Tal was the grand old man of Israeli music. His music is based on the European tradition, in which he grew up and was educated, in Berlin, where his father ran the Jewish orphanage in Charlottenburg, his autobiography is called "The Rabbi's Son". He also studied there for four years at the Hochschule, which enjoyed an international reputation under Franz Schreker's direction. In 1934 he emigrated to Israel to start a new life and to help build a new culture. His six symphonies - the first was not written until 1952 - span a period of forty years, the span of a creative life. All of them are concise, works of concentration that do not lose themselves in ornamentation, and that seek to grasp a musical thought in its possible scope. Music of piercing expressivity.

C.F.E. Horneman

C.F.E. Horneman: Aladdin

Bror Magnus Tødenes; Dénise Beck; Johan Reuter; Stephen Milling; Henning von Schulman; Hanne Fischer; Steffen Bruun; Elisabeth Jansson; Frederikke Kampmann; Sidsel Aja Eriksen; Klaudia Kidon; Rikke Lender; Jakob Soelberg; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Danish National Concert Choir; Michael Schønwandt

6.200007
3 HYBRID SACD
06/05/2022
DACAPO

Aladdin’s story, taken from the Arabian One Thousand and One Nights, has been told many times and in many different ways. This operatic version by the Danish composer, C.F.E. Horneman, dates from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century and has the lush harmonies and flowing melodies you might expect from a piece of its time. Horneman adds new lustre to the old fairy tale about Aladdin and Princess Gulnare as they escape the forces of nocturnal magic and pursue happiness.

Kasper Rofelt

Kasper Rofelt: Dichotomy

Danish Chamber Players; Ian Ryan; Anne Marie Granau

6.220716
1 HYBRID SACD
06/05/2022
DACAPO

Explorations of continuity and discontinuity are central to Danish composer Kasper Rofelt’s (b. 1982) aesthetic. Dichotomy , the aptly named album title work, presents a challenge, combining contrasting and even incompatible materials. This can be heard across this disc, which features new chamber works by Rofelt including a great variety of musical characters and idioms.

Richard Blackford

Richard Blackford: Mirror of Perfection; Vision of a Garden

Elizabeth Watts; Roderick Williams; Ilon; Britten Sinfonia; Stephen Gadd; The Bach Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra; David Hill

SRCD406
1 CD
06/05/2022
LYRITA

"Lyrita is releasing two of Richard Blackford’s choral works, Mirror of Perfection and Visions of a Garden both conducted by David Hill. Mirror of Perfection is performed by Britten Sinfonia, with soloists Elizabeth Watts (soprano) and Roderick Williams (baritone). The words, with the exception of the Canticle of The Creatures, are settings of almost unknown poems by St Francis of Assisi. They cover a wide expressive and emotional range: from hope to despair, longing to acceptance, love to bitterness, delight in Creation to an impassioned plea for peace amongst mankind. The cantata is no pious word-setting of an ancient saint – rather it is a passionate and vibrant evocation of a man who remains a symbol of hope for millions of all faiths.Visions of a Garden is performed by the Bach Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra, performing with soloist Stephen Gadd (baritone). Premiered at Festival Hall in October 2021, Vision of a Garden, echos ICU nurses during Covid19. This work reflects on the personal experiences of both patients and nursing staff in dealing with the Covid crisis, set to texts of medical diaries and of the experiences of Peter Johnstone that tell the story of his delirium, crisis, and recovery from his time in hospital.Richard Blackford is one of the foremost choral composers in Europe and his much-acclaimed Pietà, a rework of the Stabat Mater, won the Ivor Novello Composer Award in 2020 for the Choral Category. World renowned Tenor Jonas Kaufmann writes of Pietà: ""Richard Blackford has created an outstanding choral work: a passionate and personal tribute in memory of all who suffer from violence, suppression and political persecution, which has deeply impressed me. Finally, a modern composer who is not afraid of writingbeautiful and touching music!""

Various composers

Matchbox Bluesmaster Series, Vol. 7: Songsters & Saints: Vocal Traditions on Race Records

Various artists

MSESET7
6 CD
06/05/2022
MATCHBOX BLUESMASTERS

Set 7 of the iconic Matchbox Bluesmaster Series . Containing six CDs, alongside extensive notes from world authority on the blues Paul Oliver, this unique series documents the very early days of blues, ragtime, hokum, and gospel music from 1926 to 1934 and gives an insight into the way that black music was first released on record. From a commercial standpoint, record companies such as OKEH sent out talent scouts to find black singers, mang of them singing for nickels on street corners. These early blues performances feature some outstanding playing and singing and a new generation is now discovering the musical wealth to be found in these early recordings.

Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 7; Pelléas et Mélisande; King Christian II

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Nicholas Collon

ODE 1404-2
1 CD
06/05/2022
ONDINE

Conductor Nicholas Collon began as the new Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in September 2021. This all-Sibelius programme, carefully selected by the conductor, is his debut album together with his new orchestra. Collon offers fresh and modern interpretation of Sibelius’ symphonic testament, the 7th Symphony, and brings to life the colour and drama of Sibelius’ incidental music for two plays – Maeterlinck’s famous Pelléas et Mélisande and the historic King Christian II.

Sergei Rachmaninov

Sergei Rachmaninov: Suites For Two Pianos

Marianna Shirinyan; Dominik Wizjan

ORC100191
1 CD
20/05/2022
ORCHID CLASSICS

Armenian-born pianist Marianna Shirinyan and Polish pianist Dominik Wizjan began their collaboration at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where Shirinyan is a professor. On this Orchid Classics release they play both Suites for Two Pianos by Rachmaninov – works that are relatively rarely heard compared with much of the composer’s output, yet which reveal much about the evolution of his style. The Suite No.1 for two pianos, ‘Fantaisie-Tableaux’, was composed when Rachmaninov was only 20 and is unusual in his output for its programmatic movements, each one inspired by a poem and already exhibiting his characteristic virtuosity and aching expressivity. The Suite No. 2 was written seven years later in the wake of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2; he was at the peak of his powers, resulting in music that is both staggeringly demanding to play and bewitching to hear.

Steve Reich; Thomas Tallis; John Ashton Thomas; Ell Kendall; Terry Riley; Nic Pendlebury (arranger)

Multiple

Nic Pendlebury

ORC100196
1 CD
20/05/2022
ORCHID CLASSICS

Violist Nic Pendlebury presents a unique album of music transcribed for electric viola. Many of the transcriptions were made by Nic Pendlebury himself, and the album title Multiple reflects his choice of works with many different parts, articulated here in entirely fresh ways by using loops and multitracking to create layers of sound. As a founder member of the Smith Quartet, Nic Pendlebury has been at the forefront of contemporary music for over 30 years, commissioning works and collaborating with many of the world’s most celebrated composers. This love of new and recent music is reflected on this album, which features arrangements of Steve Reich’s mesmerising Electric Counterpoint and Terry Riley’s hypnotic Dorian Reeds, as well as Variations on the Fourth Tune by the versatile John Ashton Thomas and Bloom by emerging composer Elliott Kendall. The album’s tour de force dates from a much earlier epoch: Thomas Tallis’s 40-part choral work Spem in Alium is transformed into 40 electric viola lines, revealing fascinating details of this musical masterpiece.

Erwin Schulhoff; Paul Hindemith; Philipp Jarnach; Eduard Erdmann

Solo Violin Sonatas

Baiba Skride

C210051
1 CD
13/05/2022
ORFEO

"On her first album for solo violin, internationally acclaimed and renowned Latvian violinist Baiba Skride interprets selected sonatas by Erwin Schulhoff, Paul Hindemith, Philipp Jarnach and Eduard Erdmann. Although Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonatas and partitas for violin solo are regarded as the measure of every violinist’s technical skill and maturity, compositions for unaccompanied violin became increasingly rare in subsequent epochs (the classical and the romantic era). It wasn’t until the turn of the 20th century that Max Reger made a conspicuous contribution in this field with altogether eleven sonatas. His example was an impetus that very plausibly inspired his contemporaries and successors to come up with the four contributions to this genre from the 1920s on this disc. "

Antal Doráti

Antal Doráti: Der Künder; The Chosen

Tomasz Konieczny; Michael Schade; Rachel Frenkel; Ron Silberstein; Mi-Young Kim; Yuval Oren; Marek Gasztecki; Joo-Hoon Shin; Makar Pihura; Teatr Wielki Choir Poznán; Beethoven Academy Orchestra Cracow ; Martin Fischer-Dieskau

C220313
3 CD
13/05/2022
ORFEO

"World premiere recording of Antal Doráti’s only opera Der Künder / The Chosen Antal Doráti is well known as a conductor within interested audience sectors, not least through the unparalleled range of his recording catalogue. But moreover, the Hungarian-born American has also left behind a compositional oeuvre of not insignificant proportions. The Chosen – as the work was named in English by Doráti – is his only stage work and is based on the mystery play Elija by distinguished philosopher Martin Buber (1878-1965). It was his mentor Doráti himself who drew the attention of Martin Fischer-Dieskau, initiator of this world premiere recording in Cracow and internationally acclaimed conductor and scholar, to this Opus Magnum."

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Peter Seiffert; Nina Stemme; Stephen Milling; Jochen Schmeckenbecher; Janina Baechle; Eijiro Kai; Carlos Osuna; Marcus Pelz; Jinxu Xiahou; Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper; Chor der Wiener Staatsoper; Martin Schebesta; Bühnenorchester der Wiener Staatsoper; Maksimilijan Cencic; Franz Welser-Möst

C210123
3 CD
13/05/2022
ORFEO

"Richard Wagner’s key work of musical romanticism live from Vienna State Opera. Although the premiere in 1865 was not to be at Vienna State Opera but at Munich’s court theatre (June 10th), Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde was performed more than 400 times at the House on the Ring since its premier in 1883. This live recording from June 2013 under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst presents Nina Stemme as Isolde – her debut in that role at Vienna State Opera –, Peter Seiffert as Tristan (who was honoured Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera the same month the recording was made), Jochen Schmeckenbecher as Kurwenal, Stephen Milling as König Marke and Janina Baechle as Brangäne. The 3 CD set was first released in 2019 in the sold out 150 Years Wiener Staastoper – The Anniversary Edition (C980120)."

Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber: The Complete Songs

Fleur Barron; Mary Bevan; Samantha Clarke; Jess Dandy; Louis Kemény; Soraya Mafi; Julien Van Mellaerts; Dominic Sedgewick; Nicky Spence; William Thomas; Navarra String Quartet; Dylan Perez

RES10301
1 CD
06/05/2022
RESONUS CLASSICS

Featuring a stellar cast of performers, and curated by pianist Dylan Perez, this complete anthology of Samuel Barber’s songs present those works published during his lifetime, together with those published posthumously, some of which are recorded here for the first time. Barber was clear as to what he wanted from very early in his life, and this strength of character and courage to follow his path is heard throughout Barber’s significant contribution to the genre. At a time when American classical music was heavily influenced by experimentalism, Barber’s inclination for ‘traditional’ harmony and melody helped set him apart. Barber’s vocal music demonstrates the ease he finds in the marriage of text and music.The Navarra String Quartet join the line-up for Dover Beach, Op. 3.

Various Composers

Judy Garland: Always Chasing Rainbows – A Centenary Tribute, Her 55 Finest 1936-1953

Judy Garland; Gene Kelly; Dick Haymes; Fred Astaire; Bing Crosby

RTS4396
2 CD
06/05/2022
RETROSPECTIVE

Released to celebrate her centenary, here is the perfect 2CD compendium of all the most famous songs of the charismatic star who radiated the very soul of show business. Frances Gumm (1922-1969) was as electrifying a performer as ever sang on a concert stage or cinema screen. As “Judy Garland” she shot to teenage stardom in The Wizard Of Oz, then starred in a series of hit movie musicals and remained, despite a stormy private life and erratic health, a revered concert attraction until her early death. She always sang with moving intensity and was utterly convincing in her handling of words and melodies. Garland herself said: “The history of my life is in my songs”, and Retrospective’s new double album of her 55 most celebrated recordings is a veritable audio autobiography that takes the listener Over The Rainbow, through Always Chasing Rainbows to Can This Be The End Of The Rainbow?. It includes her first release, recorded two days after her 14th birthday, the 1936 Stompin’ At The Savoy with Bob Crosby, her celebrated serenading of Clark Gable’s picture You Made Me Love You, then of course her ‘Oz’ triumph. The rest is showbiz history. Memories of her film successes feature strongly throughout: songs from Babes In Arms, For Me And My Gal, Meet Me In St. Louis, Easter Parade and others. Along the way she duets with co-stars Johnny Mercer (Friendship), Gene Kelly (When You Wore A Tulip . . .), Bing Crosby (Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta), Dick Haymes (For You, For Me, Forevermore) and Fred Astaire (A Couple Of Swells).

Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss: Works for Narrator and Piano

Christopher Kent; Gamal Khamis

SOMMCD 0651
1 CD
20/05/2022
SOMM RECORDINGS

"SOMM Recordings announces a major addition to the Richard Strauss catalogue with new recordings of his settings of two era-defining melodramas: the epic poem Enoch Arden by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, England’s revered and longest-serving Poet Laureate, and German poet Ludwig Uhland’s atmospheric interrogation of a traveller returning from a mysterious mediaeval fortress, The Castle by the Sea. Making their SOMM Recordings debuts are actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis. Both works were composed for the distinguished German actor and director, Ernst von Possart. A powerful, potent and timeless tale of honour, love and sacrifice within a love triangle, Enoch Arden is one of Strauss’s most evocative and emotional scores. The Castle by the Sea – here in its first recording of Christopher Kent’s translation – is a miniature gothic masterpiece. Christopher Kent has appeared widely on stage (alongside Robert Lindsay and Timothy Spall), screen and radio. One of the UK’s best-known voice actors, he is also known for his extensive collaborations with leading musicians, and has been a regular recital partner of Gamal Khamis since 2016. Gamal Khamis is a multi-award-winning pianist with a flourishing international career hailed by The Times for his “formidable keyboard skills”. He made his Wigmore Hall debut aged 10, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3, and a member of Lipatti Piano Quartet. The booklet includes an authoritative introduction by Andrew Neill, with Christopher Kent and Gamal Khamis providing additional illuminating commentary. SOMM’s previous Richard Strauss releases include Thomas Beecham and the RPO’s Don Quixote (SOMM-BEECHAM 21), and Till Eulenspiegel and Don Juan (SOMM-BEECHAM 31), the Burlesque for Piano and orchestra with Valerie Tryon and the RPO conducted by Jac van Steen (SOMMCD 253). Till Eulenspiegel is also featured in the Gramophone Editor’s Choice release, George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra: The Forgotten Recordings (SOMM ARIADNE 5011-2)."

Gerald Finzi; Clive Jenkins; Cecilia McDowall; Alan Ridout; William Lloyd Webber; Ronald Binge; Elias Parish Alvars; Don Shearman; Joseph Horovitz; Robin Milford

Eclogue – British Chamber Music

Chamber Ensemble of London; Peter Fisher; Margaret Fingerhut; Gabriella Dall’Olio; Peter Cigleris; Judith Hall; Michael Stowe

SOMMCD 0653
1 CD
20/05/2022
SOMM RECORDINGS

"SOMM Recordings is delighted to announce the release of Eclogue. British Chamber Music, a collection of British chamber music from the 19th to the 21st centuries including nine first recordings featuring the label debut of the Chamber Ensemble of London in their 25th anniversary year with director Peter Fisher. Illustrious guest artists – Margaret Fingerhut (piano), Gabriella Dall’Olio (harp), Peter Cigleris (clarinet), Judith Hall (flute) and Michael Stowe (oboe) – join the ensemble for a wide-ranging survey that includes Gerald Finzi’s masterpiece, Eclogue. Receiving first recordings are two works by Clive Jenkins – his Piano Concertino of 2018, performed by its dedicatee, Margaret Fingerhut; and Three Pieces for Oboe especially arranged by the composer for this recital – and the recently deceased Joseph Horovitz’s Concertante for Clarinet and Strings. Also new to disc are Alan Ridout’s three-part Concertino for Flute and Strings, Cecilia McDowall’s Y deryn pur (‘the gentle dove’), two extracts from Don Shearman’s Eine Kleine Leichtmusik (‘A Little Lightmusic’) and a new arrangement by Peter Cigleris of ‘Frensham Pond’ from William Lloyd Webber’s Country Impressions. Among the rarities featured are the Romance from Elias Parish Alvars’ Concertino for Harp and Orchestra, and Robin Milford’s Mr John Peel Passes By, alongside Ronald Binge’s ever-popular The Watermill, familiar to television viewers as the theme for a BBC adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. Formed by violinist and director Peter Fisher in 1997, the Chamber Ensemble of London consists of handpicked players from leading Londonbased orchestras and chamber music ensembles and performs widely throughout the capital. Fisher and longtime ensemble associate, pianist Margaret Fingerhut, recently released Malcolm Arnold: A Centenary Celebration on SOMM (SOMMCD 0640) to widespread acclaim. A Gramophone Recommended Recording and Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week, it received five-star reviews from Musical Opinion and The Mail on Sunday, which declared it “a real joy”."

Jules Massenet; Jacques Offenbach; Giuseppe Verdi; Giacomo Puccini; Umberto Giodano; Ludwig van Beethoven; Richard Wagner; Camille Saint-Saëns; Fromental Halévy; Franz Lehár

Heat of the Moment – A Tribute to Lars Cleveman

Lars Cleveman; Royal Opera Stokholm; Leif Segerstam; Gregor Bühl; Stefan Solyom; Christian Badea; Pier Giorgio Morandi; Pierre Valet; Stafan Lano; Ralf Kircher; Silvio Varviso; Steven Sloane; Fergus Sheil; Marko Letonja; Fabio Luisi; Thomas Hengelbrock

CDA1858
2 CD
06/05/2022
STERLING

Lars Cleveman was educated at the Opera Academy in Stockholm, he graduated in 1988, but had made his debut as the hotel porter in Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice at Göta Lejon in 1984. He was an early member of the Royal Opera Choir and as a soloist he had his first roles at Fo lkoperan and Wermland Opera. Between 1996 and 2009, Cleveman was associated with the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Cleveman is a sought-after soloist in Europe. He has sung leading roles at the Copenhagen Opera, the opera houses in Kiel, Stuttgart, Riga, Halle, Gothenburg and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He had the title role as Tannhäuser in Bayreuth in 2011. He has appeared as a replacement as Tristan in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde alongside Nina Stemme at Covent Garden and as Parsifal in Albert Hall in 2013. Lars Cleveman made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Siegfried in both Siegfried and Götterdämmerung in the spring. 2013 with Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde. He has released a number of records as a rock artist, mainly as the founder and leading figure in Dom Dummaste, but also in his own name .

Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR; SWR Vokalensemble; Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe; Stéphane Denève

SWR19428CD
5 CD
13/05/2022
SWR CLASSIC

"Stéphane Denève, triple winner of the Diapason d’Or ofthe Year, produced many outstanding recordings as chief conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2011 until 2016 when the orchestra merged with its sister ensemble from Baden-Baden and Freiburg to form the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Among them, Ravel’s complete orchestral works. These are now reissued as a 5CD boxed set including the ballet Daphnis et Chloé, Ravel’s longest work, written for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, and the operas L’Heure espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortileges. Although the two operas cannot be strictly considered orchestral works, they are essential to understanding the oeuvre of a composer who had a great predilection for fantasy worlds and the exotic. As a student Ravel composed the Ouverture de Shéhérazade and, several years later, three poems for voice and orchestra on the same topic – both works form part of this set. Throughout his entire career, from Une barque sur l’ocean to Ma mère L’Oye Ravel created magical soundscapes in a highly original manner and with great stylistic freedom. A big inspiration for him was American operetta but also jazz and fairy tales. The formal structure of his works has the clarity of crystal and the elegance of mathematics. The SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart and the cast of young singers selected by Denève give thrilling interpretations."

Christopher Wright; Nicholas Barton

Christopher Wright; Nicholas Barton: Orchestral Music

Richard Watkins; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; John Andrews

TOCC 0466
1 CD
06/05/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

This album brings together the music of two English composers who are also good friends – and both born in East Anglia: Nicholas Barton in Norfolk in 1950 and Christopher Wright in Suffolk in 1954. Moreover, they share a similar musical language: largely tonal, if loosely so, rhythmically alert, transparently but dramatically scored and with a natural feeling for symphonic argument and growth, and a powerful sense of scale.

Richard Stöhr

Richard Stöhr: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1- Music for String Orchestra

Agnieszka Kopacka; Sinfonia Varsovia; Ian Hobson; Ian Hobson

TOCC 0468
1 CD
06/05/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

These two works for string orchestra were composed on either side of the flight of the Viennese composer Richard Stöhr (1874–1967) from occupied Austria to the USA, and from prominence and danger to liberty and obscurity, and they reflect the change in his circumstances: the Concerto in the Old Style is expansive, witty, energetic and endlessly good-natured, whereas the Second Suite is introspective, understated and deeply felt. These first recordings allow the discovery of two major additions to the repertoire for strings; the Second Suite is also one of the last grand statements of late Romanticism.

Yuri Shaporin

Yuri Shaporin: Complete Piano Music

Kirill Kozlovski

TOCC 0621
1 CD
06/05/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

With its roots in the tradition of Borodin and Mussorgsky, the music of the Ukrainian-born Soviet composer Yuri Shaporin (1887–1966) sits between the late Romanticism of Skryabin and the harder edges of Shostakovich and Prokofiev, blending a mastery of counterpoint with an acute sense of Russian keyboard colour. In Shaporin’s piano music his fondness for the epic – expressed in two large-scale sonatas and a mighty passacaglia – is contrasted with a number of gentle, almost whimsical miniatures.

Elisabeth Lutyens

Elisabeth Lutyens: Organ Music

Philippa Boyle; Dewi Rees; Tom Winpenny

TOCC 0639
1 CD
06/05/2022
TOCCATA CLASSICS

The organ music of Elisabeth Lutyens (1906–83) presents a meeting of contrasts: it can at the same time be both angular and lyrical, and it spans an enormous dynamic range, from intimate delicacy to sheer, raw, hieratic power. Her reputation as one of Britain’s leading serial composers is belied, too, by the direct appeal, the range of colour and the narrative instinct of many of the pieces recorded here, most of them for the first time.

Mieczysław Weinberg

Mieczysław Weinberg: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra & Sonata for Two Violins

Gidon Kremer; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Madara Petersone; Daniele Gatti

ACC40518
1 LP (Vinyl)
06/05/2022
ACCENTUS MUSIC

"With 22 symphonies, 17 string quartets, 9 concertos, and 7 operas, the composer Mieczysław Weinberg left behind an extensive oeuvre. Musically, one can hear the composer's close friendship with Dmitri Shostakovich, although Weinberg's music is more lyrical and romantic in nature. Nevertheless, the composer was long forgotten and his music has only been rediscovered in the last ten years. Gidon Kremer has dedicated himself to the rediscovery and cultivation of Weinberg's music. In February 2020, he performed Weinberg's Violin Concerto op. 67 with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the musical direction of Daniele Gatti as part of a series of concerts in honor of the composer's 100th birthday at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Weinberg completed the concerto in 1959, the culmination of one of his most creative and successful phases of the 1950s. The work captivates with its large symphonic structure and its four movements, which are rather atypical for a concerto. Also in 1959, Weinberg composed the Sonata for Two Violins op. 69, which Kremer recorded with the Latvian violinist Madara Petersone, concert master of the Kremerata Baltica. Recorded live at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, February 2020 (Violin Concerto) and at Paliesiaus dvaras, December 2019 (Sonata)"

Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla: Aconcagua; Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas

Marynas Levickis; Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra; Mikroórkestra; Modestas Pitrenas

ACC40552
1 LP (Vinyl)
06/05/2022
ACCENTUS MUSIC

The accordion is an instrument that is deeply rooted in Lithuanian folk music. Today, the accordion is also recognized as a versatile instrument of classical music, a change in perception that has largely been promoted by Martynas Levickis, one of the most internationally sought-after musicians in his field. With its lightness and melancholy, Astor Piazzolla’s music has fascinated the young accordionist from an early age, and so it goes without saying that he is dedicating himself to this exceptional composer in his anniversary year. Together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra he recorded "Aconcagua" live in concert. For conductor Modestas Pitrenas, Piazzolla's concerto - named posthumously after the highest mountain in the Americas - "conveys the climb to the roof of the earth in all its facets and symbolism: freedom, longing, loneliness, pain, transfiguration, peace." Levickis has a long and close collaboration with the chamber orchestra "Mikroórkestra". Together they present their interpretation of "Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas," Piazzolla's timeless masterpieces of many styles that capture in music the four seasons in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires.

Harri Wessman

KAAÅS: Chamber Music by Harri Wessman

KAAÅS Trio

ABCD511
1 CD
06/05/2022
ALBA RECORDS

The KAAÅS Trio was founded in 2011 by three Finnish musicians full of initiative. Annemarie Åström is well versed in Nordic music for the violin, an active events organiser and Artistic Director of the Wegelius Chamber Strings. The cellist, Ulla Lampela, is a member of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and has produced hospital concerts in Helsinki for patients suffering from eating disorders, for psychiatric wards and for palliative care centres. Tiina Karakorpi, the pianist, has reaped major success in competitions and per-formed at prestigious concert venues around Europe. She is a constant advocate of equality in musical life, has recorded works by forgotten female composers and edited publications of their music. Hanna Pakkala (b. 1985), a guest on this record, has in recent years recorded a wealth of chamber and orchestral music. She is solo violist in the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, a freelance chamber musician playing both a mod-ern and a Baroque viola, and teaches the viola and chamber music at the Sibelius Academy and the Centria University of Applied Sciences in the OCO’s home town, Kokkola.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3; Sinfonia Concertante

Oscar Shumsky; Eric Shumsky; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Yan Pascal Tortelier

85014-2
1 CD
20/05/2022
BIDDULPH RECORDINGS

Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216, was composed at the age of 19, and is generally regarded as the composer’s first mas-terpiece for solo violin and orchestra. Oscar Shumsky’s recording of the work was made in 1985, following his sensational return to the UK after over 40 years following the Second World War. Not only is this Shumsky’s only commercial recording of the work, but it is also supplemented by the violinist’s own cadenzas for all three movements. The recording of the Third Concerto is paired with Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, one of the composer’s most sparkling works, in which Shumsky is joined by his son Eric on the viola. This recording was one of the first digital recordings ever made, and was initially released on LP only by EMI. Biddulph Recordings is proud to finally reissue this recording in digital format nearly four decades after its initial release.

Jason Treuting

Jason Treuting: Nine Numbers

So Percussion; Tigue; Adam Groh; Melissa Groh; Yumi Tamashiro; Ji Hye Jung; Meehan/Perkins Duo; Troika Percussion

CA21165
1 LP (Vinyl)
06/05/2022
CANTALOUPE MUSIC

So Percussion co-founder Jason Treuting flexes his compositional chops with Nine Numbers — a sprawling work that taps into the mysteries of sudoku, the Japanese puzzle game, as a source for rhythmic exploration. Relying on percussive uses of voice, electronic and acoustic instruments, and various blocks, bells, drums and other surfaces, Treuting folds melody, movement and the plosive mechanics of speech into an ebbing and flowing sound environment that digs deep into the notion of what connects numbers to human nature, and vice-versa.

Jane Antonia Cornish

Jane Antonia Cornish: Sierra

Vicky Chow

CA21174
1 CD
06/05/2022
CANTALOUPE MUSIC

"Introspective, multi-layered and quietly majestic, composer Jane Antonia Cornish’s Sierra is a vivid meditation on a familiar theme: how our deep connection to nature can move us to an inner stillness and awaken the creative impulse. Sierra consists of five separate pieces composed for multiple pianos, ranging from the poignant solo excursion ‘Last Light’ to the cascading, undulating ‘Ocean’ and the epic 15-minute title piece. Performed with confidence and commitment by pianist Vicky Chow, whose ability to flex in different interpretive directions, depending on the composer’s intention, is renowned in the modern classical community, Sierra captures a palette of subtle but insistent emotions — wonder, wistfulness, joy and awe —that can elevate and transport with astonishing power."