May 2022 - New Releases

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Paul Preusser; Nikolet Burzynska; Nikola Kolodziejczyk

Pieces for Wind Quintet

LutosAir Quintet; Nate Wooley; Tomasz Żymła

ACD 292
1 CD
06/05/2022
CD ACCORD

"Listening to music performed live at a concert is radically different from experiencing music at home. Live listening is listening in public, together with others, at the same time and place. Listening at home is private, often done alone. It takes place in the comfort and intimacy of your own space, on your own terms; perhaps this is what makes home listening more sincere and direct. Then the relationship we create with the music can become more personal and long-lasting. Listening at home, on the one hand, frees us from the obligation to listen sitting, in complete silence and concentration, often while holding our breath, and on the other hand, it is possible to return to the recorded music many times, getting to know it closer and closer, making it familiar. We can listen differently each time, noticing newer and newer details and nuances of colour, form or musical language. We can recognize and enjoy the multitude of references and contexts, both musical and non-musical, which would certainly not be possible with a one-off listening to a live performance. The album in your hands is an invitation to create such a personal, intimate relationship with music. You can take it with you for a walk in the forest or on a long journey. I hope that the music of Paul Preusser, Nikolet Burzynska and Nikola Kolodziejczyk – superbly performed by LutosAir Quintet and its guests – will give you a lot of pleasure and encourage you to come back to it many times."

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki: Piano Works

Anna Górecka

ACD290
1 CD
06/05/2022
CD ACCORD

"The piano was Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s first musical love. In his childhood, it remained both within his grasp and yet a forbidden fruit, in the guise of the instrument left by his deceased mother. When in later years the doors of the music school in Rybnik opened for the young Henryk, it became everything for him. His numerous juvenilia show how much he immersed himself in the pianistic element – besides songs and a few chamber pieces, they are primarily made up of compositions for the piano (five mazurkas, ten preludes, and numerous miniatures). In 1955, Górecki began to study composition under Bolesław Szabelski. The first opus he wrote were Four Preludes. The four strongly contrasting pieces form a compact cycle, expressive in texture, harmony and intense lyricism, subtly tinged with folklore. (Anna Górecka)"

Wolfgang Mitterer

Wolfgang Mitterer: Phantom

Ensemble Phace

COL15007
1 CD
06/05/2022
COL LEGNO

"A beautiful daydream turns into a nightmare: With the silent film 'Phantom', Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau staged an ""Amour fou par excellence"" against the background of bourgeois small-town life. The poor bookworm and leisure poet Lorenz Lubota is hit by the coach of the beautiful and rich Veronika Harlan. On the one hand the accident, on the other hand the beauty of Veronica confuse the virtuous Lorenz so much that he takes on vice and debts in order to get closer to the unattainable phantom of his desire... Wolfgang Mitterer, twice awarded the Austrian Film Prize in the “Best Music” category and one of the most accomplished and experimental composers of the present, has set this psychological drama to music on behalf of the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Ensemble PHACE."

Wolfgang Puschnig

Wolfgang Puschnig: Present Memories

Pentaklang Ensemble

COL15009
1 CD
06/05/2022
COL LEGNO

Wolfgang Puschnig and the Pentaklang Ensemble are offering concentrated music from the here and now. Puschnig has a special position in the music world. His musical ideas and recordings are always unpredictable and surprise with every release. Without any great tamtam. This time he has teamed up with the Pentaklang Ensemble, a woodwind ensemble with the following line-up: Andrea Götsch, clarinet; Felix Hagn, english horn; Andreas Stocker, bassoon; Max Pichler, Horn; Eva Fandl, flute. Guests at Present Memories: Matthias Schorn, clarinet and Gottfried Pokorny, bassoon. The sound of Pentaklang exudes the aura of a warm, well-equipped wood workshop in which fine (individual) pieces are patiently and carefully created, the content of which lasts for a long time and gives pleasure. This melange of alpine music, jazz, chamber music, rich church music, garnished with a touch of Ravel and Debussy will amaze you.

Mathias Monrad Møller

Mathias Monrad Møller: The Best Version of Myself

PHØNIX 16; Sebastian Berweck; Carola Schaal; The Norwegian Radio Orchestra

COL15012
1 CD
06/05/2022
COL LEGNO

The title "The Best Version of Myself” sounds, at first glance, arrogant, self-assured and narcissistic. On closer inspection, the title reveals the thread of the compositions collected in the album that the composer and performer Mathais Monrad Møller recorded with the soloist ensemble PHØNIX 16, Sebastian Berweck, Carola Schaal and The Norwegian Radio Orchestra. For Møller, the phenomenon of narcissism is more than a pathology of our days. Especially the myth about the impossible love between Narcissus and the nymph Echo reveals important elements that characterize Møller’s work. While Narcissus represents the dimension of the visual, the nymph Echo literally stands for the acoustic and the world of sound. As we know, echo also means reverb. Imitating and creating sounds; delay and fade-out; action-reaction – these characteristics of echoes are central strategies of singing for Møller. The composer and singer aims at exploring possibilities to overcome what is generally treated as a “right” or “wrong” sung tone. It is music that is composed but does not require a score and thus becomes “performatively present”. It is music that is easy to play, but neither banal nor simple.

Juliana Hodkinson

Juliana Hodkinson: Angel View

SCENATET

COL15013
1 CD
06/05/2022
COL LEGNO

Angel View is an assemblage of urban and musical debris, somewhere between a wordless live radio play, enacted film soundtrack and instrumental theatre, composed by Juliana Hodkinson. Chiseling cement, falling debris, scraping cutlery, breaking glass, crisscrossing cables, squealing tram-wheels, an upturned bicycle, a travel souvenir, a shop window, a revolving carousel, a brace of monkeys, a wall under siege, a dining table laid for an ancestral dinner – it is a sonic bazaar. Made up of many parts, each designed to overlap, the work’s architecture is full of non-sequiturs and arbitrary cross-relations between imagined streets intersecting and running parallel, reflecting the surrealism of everyday life described in Walter Benjamin’s “Einbahnstrasse” and still present in the contemporary dilemmas and opportunities of Berlin today. All this is heard as if from an aerial perspective – perhaps the Victory Column where angels sit in Wings of Desire – from where Berlin below is observed as a series of tragedies, as witnessed by Benjamin’s angel of history.

Matthias Jakisic

Matthias Jakisic: Fragmente

Matthias Jakisic; Lena Funkhauser; Emily Stewart; Nikolai Tunkowitsch; Asja Valčić

COL16013
1 CD
06/05/2022
COL LEGNO

"For the realization of ""Fragmente"", the Vienna-based artist Matthias Jakisic left his established role as a violinist behind and, instead, assumed that of the conductor and listener. He entrusted the interpretaion of the pieces composed by him to this outstanding colleagues Lena Fankhauser (viola), Emily Stewart (violin), Nikolai Tunkowitsch (violin) and Asja Valčić (cello). The album is reminiscent of string quartets from earlier centuries, but at the same time establishes a connection to the present. This creates an original vision of what classical string quartets in the 21st century mightsound like."

Niels Viggo Bentzon; Franz Syberg; Siegfried Saloman; Leif Thybo

The Thomas Jensen Legacy, Vol. 10

Erling Blöndal Bengtsson; Charles Senderovitz; Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Jensen

DACOCD920
2 CD
06/05/2022
DANACORD

As a friend and supporter of many Danish composers in the middle of the last century, Thomas Jensen brought unrivalled energy and conviction to their music. The five composers presented here engage in a dialogue between tradition and modernity which is personal to each of them, from the generous Romanticism of Siegfried Salomon to the biting humour of Niels Viggo Bentzon, and including the less familiar names of Franz Syberg and Leif Thybo. Several first-ever releases feature within new remasterings of live broadcasts and studio recordings made between 1949 and 1962.

Edward Cowie

Edward Cowie: 24 Preludes for Piano

Philip Mead

MSV28625
1 CD
13/05/2022
DIVINE ART
METIER

"Edward Cowie is considered by many to be the greatest living composer directly inspired by the Natural World. His post-impressionist works, from the gigantic orchestral Leviathan (his first Proms commission) to his cycles of Bird Portraits and other chamber and instrumental pieces are drawing gasps of admiration from critics and audiences alike. Originally recorded for the University of Hertfordshire’s UHR label, this recording has been restored to the catalogue as part of the quickly-growing Cowie collection on Métier Records. The composer feels strongly that the individual works in the Bach ‘48’ and Debussy’s Préludes(for example) were a series of linked parts creating a greater whole. In his own ‘24’ Cowie has taken that principle but expressed it in his unique way – music that is impressionist, pictorial, descriptive and above all evocative… of place, time, flora and fauna” experiences of both natural and man-made phenomena. The Preludes follow the ‘Bach cycle of keys’ but at the same time are grouped into four books representing the ancient ‘Four Elements’. Philip Mead studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has had a widely successful career, performing and broadcasting internationally. He had his own series on BBC Radio 3 exploring hidden pathways in piano music. A champion of contemporary composers, he founded the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 1988. He has been awarded honorary doctorates at the London College of Music and the Royal Academy and is a visiting professor of the University of Hertfordshire."

Gerald Finzi; Johanns Brahms; John Lenehan (arranger)

Music for clarinet and piano

Helen Habershon; John Lenehan

DDA25226
1 CD
13/05/2022
DIVINE ART

"Helen Habershon is both an accomplished performer and also an inspired composer of music which often evokes nature, or human emotions and sensibilities. Her first two CDs have been highly praised and were Album of the Month and Album of the Week on Classic FM (UK) respectively. Her album ‘Found in Winter’, released in 2019, has been aired by Classic FM ever since. Helen had an established performing career until a serious injury led her to turn to composing, but she is now once again able to perform. Here she teams up with the successful pianist and arranger John Lenehan, who has appeared on over 70 recordings including several solo albums for Sony. It follows their March 2022 release ‘Found in Dreams’ – a collection of romantic lighter pieces, where Helen and John offer a wonderfully diverse collection of repertoire. This includes beautiful arrangements of some of their favourite pieces; a couple of short movements from the Brahms and Finzi works played in full on the new album, and some delightful new compositions of their own. As grand master of the high Romantic era, Brahms and his first Clarinet Sonata need no introduction. Here, that work is partnered by two songs and two of his Intermezzi, all arranged by John Lenehan for clarinet and piano. As counterpoint we have the Five Bagatelles by Gerald Finzi, a composer in the English post-Romantic pastoral tradition (with Vaughan Williams, Delius etc). Written in 1940 they are simply enchanting, delightful pieces – perhaps not in the modernist fashion of the day but which will prove enduring despite the composer calling them ‘only trifles’."

Camden Reeves

Camden Reeves: Blue Sounds

Tom Hicks

MSV28604
1 CD
13/05/2022
DIVINE ART
METIER

"Blue Sounds is a set of meditations on a colour - from its abstractness as an electromagnetic wave to Blues as a scale, a genre and a harmonic structure. All three works were written for Tom Hicks and mark a growth in fluency and an experimental approach to the sonority of the piano. Camden Reeves has written for several instrumental groupings but the piano has been a vital part of his life since the age of 5. Included amongst his many activities, he was appointed Composition Fellow with the Hallé orchestra at the age of 22 and is currently Head of Music and Senior Lecturer in Composition at the University of Manchester. Hailed as an artist of ‘magnificent pianism’, Guernsey-born pianist Tom Hicks has been praised for his ‘gorgeously creative playing’ that ‘transports the listener to another place and time’. Hicks is a gold medallist in numerous national and international competitions and holds degrees and awards from The University of Manchester, The Royal Northern College of Music, Yale University and Northwestern University, where he now lectures. His first disc featuring John Ireland’s Sarnia, ‘Tom Hicks: Ireland and Tchaikovsky’ has been described as ‘brilliantly evocative’ by Colin Clarke in International Piano, and ‘gorgeously creative’ by Scott Noriega in Fanfare. This new album follows his March 2022 album centred around the Liszt and Ireland piano sonatas and works by Clarke, Coleridge-Taylor and Stanford."

Henryk Wieniawski; Édouard Lalo; Pablo de Sarasate; Niccolò Paganini; Pablo de Sarasate; Fritz Kreisler; Grigoraș Dinicu; Jean Sibelius; Aleksandr Glazunov; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Bronislaw Gimpel, Vol. 1

ABC Concert Orchestra; West German Radio Orchestra; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Karol Gimpel; Martin Krause; Richard Bechmann; ; Earl Wild; Bronislaw Gimpel; Eugen Jochum; Roberto Benzi; Josef Stepal

DHR-8163/4
2 CD
13/05/2022
DOREMI
LEGENDARY TREASURES

"Henryk WIENIAWSKI: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22Henryk WIENIAWSKI: Polonaise Brillante No. 1 in D major, Op. 4ABC Concert Orchestra, Earl Wild conductor, Live broadcast, c. 1949Edouard LALO: Symphonie Espagnole in D minor, Op. 21 Mvt. I. Allegro non troppoPablo de SARASATE: Malagueña in A major, Op. 21 No. 1ABC Concert Orchestra, Bronislaw Gimpel conductor, Live broadcast, c. 1949Henryk WIENIAWSKI: Scherzo-tarantella, Op. 16Pablo de SARASATE: Jota Navarra, Op. 22 No. 2Niccolo PAGANINI (arr. Auer): Caprice No. 24 in A minorRichard Bechmann, piano. Live broadcast, August 29, 1953Pablo de SARASATE: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20Martin Krause, piano, Live broadcast February 13, 1955Fritz KREISLER: Tambourin chinois Op. 3Fritz KREISLER: Praeludium e Allegro (in the style of Pugnani)Karol Gimpel, piano. Live broadcast 1930sGrigoras DINICU: Hora staccatoWith piano, Live broadcast, 1930sJean SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47Berlin Philharmonic Orch., Eugen Jochum conductor, Live broadcast, April 21, 1956W. A. MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219West German Radio Orchestra Roberto Benzi conductor, Live broadcast, c. 1967Alexander GLAZUNOV: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82ABC Concert Orchestra, Josef Stepal conductor, Live broadcast, c. 1949"

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos & Choral Fantasy with Rudolf Serkin, Vol. 2

Rudolf Serkin; Boston Symphony; Max Rudolf

DHR-8165/7
3 CD
13/05/2022
DOREMI
LEGENDARY TREASURES

"BEETHOVENPiano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op.15Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major, Op.19Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op.37Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op.58Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb major, Op.73Choral Fantasy for piano, chorus & orchestra Op.80Boston Symphony Orchestra, Max Rudolf, conductorLive Performances, Symphony Hall, Boston, April 8 - 10, 1970 (Beethoven Festival).Piano Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53 WaldsteinLive performance, Massey Hall, Toronto, 1974"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos with Rudolf Serkin, Vol. 3

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Oberlin Chamber Orchestra; New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Casals Festival Orchestra; Pina Carmirelli; David Cole; Eugene Ormandy; Michel Singher; Guido Cantelli; Alexander Schneider

DHR-8168/9
2 CD
13/05/2022
DOREMI
LEGENDARY TREASURES

"MOZARTPiano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy - conductorLive Performance, Vienna, June 9, 1963Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, Michel Singher - conductorLive Performance, Oberlin, October 17, 1985Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Guido Cantelli - conductorLive Performance, Carnegie Hall, New York, March 26, 1953Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414Casals Festival Orchestra, Alexander Schneider - conductorLive Performance, Casals Festival,1963Sonatas for Piano & Violin, K. 12 & K. 13 (Violoncello ad libitum)With Pina Carmirelli - Violin; David Cole - CelloLive Performance, Marlboro, Vermont, c. 1974Prelude & Fugue in C major, K. 394Live Performance, Royal Festival Hall, London, May 13, 1968"

Johannes Brahms; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concertos with Leon Fleisher, Vol. 2

Leon Fleisher; Concertgebouw Orchestra; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Bruno Walter; Pierre Monteux

DHR-8160
1 CD
13/05/2022
DOREMI

Carl Vine

Carl Vine: Complete Piano Sonatas, Nos. 1 – 4

Xiaoya Liu

CDS7931
1 CD
20/05/2022
DYNAMIC

Carl Vine is one of Australia’s most eminent and internationally admired composers. His four piano sonatas span three decades and trace his diverse musical development. The earliest sonata is exuberant, pulsating with driving rhythms, while No. 2 enshrines a jazz-inspired toccata alongside memorable virtuoso pyrotechnics. Vivid fantasia elements mark out No. 3, juxtaposing the aphorism, reflection and turbulence of No. 4. With their traditional forms Vine’s sonatas are sophisticated, lyrical, urgent and compelling contemporary statements. Pianist Xiaoya Liu has captured the imagination of worldwide audiences through her profound artistry and charismatic performances as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across Asia, Europe, and the United States with orchestras such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Round Rock Symphony, the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the GSIM Festival Orchestra and in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hill Auditorium, Palazzo Biscari, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Xiaoya was a top prize winner in the Sicily International Piano Competition, the Wideman International Piano Competition, the New York International Artists Piano Competition, the Paris Music Competition, the American Prize, and the Winner of both the PianoTexas Concerto Competition and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. She has been a featured artist at the Crystal Valley Concert Series and the American Liszt Society Festival.

Nicolò Paganini

Nicolò Paganini: Quartets for Strings and Guitar Nos. 7, 14 and 15

Paganini Ensemble Vienna

CDS7938
1 CD
20/05/2022
DYNAMIC

Niccolò Paganini’s Quartets for Strings and Guitar offer some of the best examples of his inexhaustible creativity, including ideas and themes that were later included in his more famous concertos. The Seventh Quartet combines mastery of form with endless melodic inventiveness, while the Fourteenth is more virtuosic, allowing its dedicatee to shine as a violinist with splendid effectiveness. The dark colour of the viola gives unique timbre to the Fifteenth Quartet which, with its moments of operatic expressiveness, is outstanding in Paganini’s chamber music output. Volume 1 of this edition (CDS7912) was considered “first-rate” in every regard by the American Record Guide.

Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari

Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari: Duets for Harp and Piano

Paola Perrucci; Carlo Mazzoli; Eliza Bognetti; Luca Delpriori

CDS7953
1 CD
20/05/2022
DYNAMIC

Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari studied in Naples before finding esteem in the Parisian musical world of the late 1780s. Fleeing the Revolution he settled in London. His compositions divide equally between vocal and chamber music, but also include two piano concertos. His Four Duets for Piano and Harp reveal clearly the main features of his art: easy melodic grace founded on his studies with Paisiello, high musical quality, formal balance, and a veneration of Haydn and Mozart. Intended for professionals and amateurs alike, slow movements are expressive and rondos full of vigour. In this recording original instruments are used to do full justice to the period timbre of Ferrari’s dialogues between fortepiano and harp.

Fantasia: Lute music from the early 16th century

Martin Shepherd

FSR181
1 CD
20/05/2022
FS RECORDS

This debut solo recording by respected lutenist and lutemaker Martin Shepherd, played on an instrument of his own making, brings together a range of little-known German and Italian music from the first half of the 16th century. It showcases different responses to the desire to bring both sacred and secular polyphony into a more intimate context, from simple intabulations of vocal works to entirely new pieces based on themes from or inspired by them: fantasia as a process as much as a genre.

Heinz Winbeck

Aus der Enge in die Weite: Streichquartette Nr. 1-3 von Heinz Winbeck

Leopold Mozart Quartett

GEN22779
1 CD
06/05/2022
GENUIN CLASSICS

A new GENUIN CD featuring the Leopold Mozart Quartet is dedicated to the string quartet works of composer Heinz Winbeck, who died in 2019. The Augsburg ensemble, made of four musicians who are active throughout Germany, is known for its high artistic quality, demanding programming, and enormous versatility. Winbeck's three string quartets were written in a period of only five years, between 1979 and 1984, and are the expression of a mature composer at the height of his powers. An unconditional will characterizes Winbeck's music to expressivity and is particularly evident in the interpretation by the Leopold Mozart Quartet: Expansive lines, the use of sparse material, and the search for extreme states – gripping, new chamber music!

Dorothee Eberhardt

Magma: Works by Dorothee Eberhardt

Monet Quintett; Trio Tricolor

GEN22785
1 CD
06/05/2022
GENUIN CLASSICS

Dorothee Eberhardt's fifth portrait CD on GENUIN is made up of new and recent works for unusual instrument combinations. First-class ensembles and musicians such as the Monet Quintet, the Trio Tricolor (Korbinian Altenberger, violin, Christoph Eß, horn, and Boris Kusnezow, piano), Zoltán Kovács (clarinet) Axel Gremmelspacher (piano), and Catherina Lendle (violin) take part. In addition to the tremendous musical palette of the works, they are characterized by strong rhythms, especially in the form of rhythmic ostinati, in which Dorothee Eberhardt has reimagined Johann Sebastian Bach's ideas: “Extravaganza” is full of drive, “Magma” enchants with filigree and complex rhythmic meshes, and “Neon” virtually intensifies into a state of breathlessness.

fFranz Schubert; Ludwig van Beethoven

Am Übergang: Works by Schubert and Beethoven

Nadezda Pisareva

GEN22789
1 CD
06/05/2022
GENUIN CLASSICS

Common ground in differences, moments, and eternity: The new GENUIN CD by the internationally award-winning pianist Nadezda Pisareva makes great strides with major works by Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven. The younger composer's Six moments musicaux and the older composer's Hammerklavier Sonata were written at roughly the same time, both marking the epochal shift from the Classical to the Romantic era in their own way. The young pianist, who counts pianist Georgy Tchaidze, violinist Diana Tischenko and the Casals Quartet among her chamber music partners, is enormously impressive in her approach to both musical works, tracing their structures with clarity.

Edvard Grieg; Frédéric Chopin

A Summernight’s Concert in the Vienna Musikverein

SoRyang; Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie; Wolfgang Hentrich

99259
2 CD
06/05/2022
GRAMOLA

In the recording of the festive summer concert with pianist SoRyang and Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie, the string orchestra of Germany’s music schools, conducted by Wolfgang Hentrich from the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein on August 1, 2021, an attractive selection of works can be heard with Edvard Grieg’s suite From Holberg’s Time“, the 2nd Piano Concerto in F minor by Frédéric Chopin, as well as Roland Baumgartner’s “Gondellied Variation” for piano, harp and string orchestra, in which the composer resorted to the “Venetian Gondola Song” from Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s “Songs without Words”. Further works presented on this 2 CD set are Wojciech Kilars “Orawa” for string orchestra (1988), Samuel Barber’s famous solemn “Adagio for Strings”, Johann and Joseph Strauss’ “Pizzicato-Polka”, Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion” and “Presto” from “Summer” of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four seasons”.

Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

Altomonte Orchester St. Florian; Rémy Ballot

99261
1 CD
06/05/2022
GRAMOLA

"Anton Bruckner's Fourth Symphony, the so-called ""Romantic"", is characterized by a long history of development, stretching from the first drafts in 1874 to the third version in 1888. However, this version, which was common until the 1950s, was rejected in the""version dispute"", and instead the second version from 1878/80 became the prevailing version during the second half of the 20th century. The third version was only rediscovered in 1996 by the Bruckner researcher Benjamin Korstvedt and re-edited in 2004. This version, regarded by Bruckner as the final version, which contains a few cuts and mainly tempo adjustments in favor of a slower playing style, was presented by conductor Rémy Ballot and the Altomonte Orchestra at the St. Florian Brucknertage Festival 2021, and is now available on SACD in the usual authentic 5-channel surround sound."

Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert: The Magic Harp, D644

Junge Philharmonie Wien; Michael Lessky

99263
1 CD
06/05/2022
GRAMOLA

Franz Schubert’s opera “The Magic Harp” was premiered in 1820 at Theater an der Wien, Vienna, but was withdrawn after only eight performances due to in part devastating response from audience and critics (“nonsense and tedious”, “wretched trash”). The apparently poor libretto and detailed records of the staging were lost, only the music survived, with the overture later serving as the overture to “Rosamunde” and becoming extremely popular. The musicologist and Schubert specialist Brian Newbould transformed the existing melodramas into an orchestral suite, which was premiered in 2019 by the Junge Philharmonie Wien under conductor Michael Lessky. The present world premiere recording of this Magic Harp Suite shows that the music of the then 23-year-old Schubert is already quite progressive and forward-looking, and full of gripping drama in support of the action of the libretto, which could be reconstructed in excerpts.

Selim Palmgren

Selim Palmgren: Complete Piano Works Vol. 4

Jouni Somero

GP907
1 CD
13/05/2022
GRAND PIANO

Selim Palmgren, a student of Busoni, was one of the leading Nordic composers during the first decades of the 20th century. His wide-ranging music for piano was performed and recorded by some of the greatest artists of the day. This third volume in the first complete cycle of Palmgren’s piano music on disc includes a varied cross-section of works written over a 50-year period. It includes the youthful Lyriskt intermezzo, Op. 8, romantic miniatures of great charm – as well as one of his greatest achievements, the atmospheric suite Kevät (‘Spring’), in which impressionist elements fuse with rich Finnish folk melody.

Manuel María Ponce

Manuel María Ponce: Complete Piano Works Vol. 3

Álvaro Cendoya

GP772
1 CD
13/05/2022
GRAND PIANO

Not only was Manuel Ponce the leading figure in the emergence of Mexican nationalism but his music embodies a wide variety of influences. Nowhere is this more evident than in his writing for solo piano, and this album, the third of eight volumes, explores three specific facets. The first is his youthful concert studies, which are virtuosic, atmospheric and memorably evocative. The second, the Veinte piezas fáciles (‘Twenty Easy Pieces’), consist of ingenious pianistic adaptations of Mexican folk songs and dances, some indigenous. The third element is his personalised use of Romanticism in the form of mazurkas, character pieces and the dazzling Bersagliera. Álvaro Cendoya continues his acclaimed cycle dedicated to the complete piano music of Manuel Ponce.

Nikolaj Medtner; Viktoria E. Kanzner

EurAsian Gold

Universal Korean Organic Ensemble; Oleg Poliansky; Lee Seung – Hee; Kim Hyo-Young

HC21001
1 CD
06/05/2022
HANSSLER CLASSIC

" Release of this CD was preceded by 15 years of study, analysis and performance of Medtner's works for violin. Concerts, whether in Prague, as part of a Medtner lecture evening at the University of the Arts in Berlin, the inaugural gala of the Medtner Society in Seoul and more concerts in Paris. It was here that his music came before me for the first time in a magical moment with my guest family during my Erasmus studies: I shall never forget all the subtropical plants, the enormous library, paintings being created and films we saw together and how amidst all this I suddenly heard songs by Medtner. From that day on, a golden thread of sound wove its way into my memory and would not let me go. (Viktoria Kaunzner)"

Maria Bach

Maria Bach: “Wolga-Quintet”; Cello Sonata; Suite for Cello Solo

Olivier Triendl; Marina Graumann; Nina Karmon; Öykü Canpolat; Alexander Hülshoff

HC21051
1 CD
06/05/2022
HANSSLER CLASSIC

"In totaI, Maria Bach left more than 400 works to posterity. Most of them are songs and choral works, followed by smaller piano works; not unlike Edvard Grieg or Hugo Wolff, she was an expert in this field, although she also composed three ballets consisting of small orchestral piano pieces. Her most ambitious works are the few excursions into the field of Chamber music (solo cello sonata, cello sonata, piano quartet and quintet, String Quintet and two String Quartets), with which she dared to confront the traditions of the major, established genres. Enjoy Oliver TriendI with an outstanding chamber music ensemble presentingthis Album."

Felix Mendelssohn; Max Bruch

Romantic Violin Concertos

Mikhail Pochekin; Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen; Sebastian Tewinkel

HC21058
1 CD
06/05/2022
HANSSLER CLASSIC

The two violin concertos heard on the CD have in common that they were composed with great violinists in mind. In Mendelssohn's case, it was the violin virtuoso Ferdinand David. There is an interesting correspondence about the E minor Violin Concerto and the friendship between Mendelssohn and David, which is very informative and exciting to read. And the Bruch Concerto is unthinkable without Sarasate. Both works are based on a similar foundation. What the works have in common, however, is that they are two completely different masterpieces, each telling a completely different "story". This combination creates many moments of suspense, at least I hope so when people listen to this CD. (Mikhail Pochekin)

Dieter Schnebel; Johannes Schöllhorn

Dieter Schnebel: Yes I Will Yes; Johannes Schöllhorn: va

Sarah Maria Sun; Johannes Fischer; Gabriel Dernbach; Vanessa Porter; SWR-Symphonieorchester; Jean-Michael Lavoie; Peter Rundel

HC21063
1 CD
06/05/2022
HANSSLER CLASSIC

Sarah Maria Sun is known as one of the foremost vocal performers in the contemporary music scene. Her repertoire currently spans more than 1000 compositions from the 16th to the 21st century, including 350 worId premieres. She regularly performs as a soloist in renowned concert halIs and festivaIs worldwide. At leading opera houses and stages she created complex female figures in music theaters, operas and monodramas. For her role as Elsa in Sciarrino's "Lohengrin" ( 201 7) as well as for her performance in Philip Venables' 11 4.48 Psychoses" (2019) she was nominated as singer of the year. From 2007-2014, she was the first soprano of the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, a chamber ensemble of seven singers that has been one of the world's leading pioneers of contemporary music for decades.

Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet

Julius Asal

IBS12022
1 CD
13/05/2022
IBS CLASSICAL

This CD is not only a confession and result of my great admiration for the music of Sergei Prokofiev, it also reflects an intense examination of one of the most multifaceted and versatile artists of the 20th century. My chosen program spans around three decades of his compositional works, in which hope and fate, innocence and abyss, directly intertwine and contrast each other. At the heart of this recording is the ballet Romeo and Juliet, based on the play by William Shakespeare. In addition to a total of three orchestral suites, the composer also created a suite for piano containing ten selected transcriptions from the orchestral version. This version, for the first time, includes six other pieces from Romeo and Juliet, which I arranged for the piano in 2020. They add other famous themes to the original piano suite as well as about half of it’s original duration. Apart from dealing with the orchestral score, which is in principle true to the original, new correlations arise occasionally through the linking of thematic material from different acts. The idea was, in particular, to bring about a cumulation of the musical characters by consciously reusing individual motifs based on the original and thus to create a new arc of tension in the piano suite.

Dietrich Buxtehude

Dietrich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri

Conductus Ensemble; Andoni Sierra

IBS22022
1 CD
13/05/2022
IBS CLASSICAL

Music of spiritual edification, music of mystical inspiration -almost an exercise in contemplation or adoration- that, following the words that the composer himself writes on the cover of the manuscript of the score, must be sung with the humblest devotion, wholeheartedly. (“humble Totius Cordis Devotione decantata”). In 1680 Buxtehude composes the cycle entitled Membra Jesu nostri, when Bach was not yet born. It was still almost 45 years before he wrote the first of two of his known passions, the St. John Passion. But with the composition of that music sheet, Buxtehude marks a before and after in the repertoire of music related to the Passion of Christ.

Richard Blackford

Richard Blackford: Vision of a Garden

Richard Blackford

NMP1137
1 BOOK
06/05/2022
NIMBUS MUSIC PUBLISHING

"When David Hill proposed a Bach Choir commission based on Peter Johnstone’s ICU diaries I was immediately drawn to his idea of composing a work to be written during the Covid -19 pandemic about one man’s direct and intense experience of it, and the care he received from the nursing staff. Peter was very patient and generous in allowing me to select entries that I felt could provide a satisfying musical structure, entries which could encompass the different stages of his experience, from delirium, crisis, lyrical reflection, to recovery and gratitude to his nurses. The work is framed by gently overlapping choral entries in which the nurses introduce themselves, set against a pulsating, almost mechanical string accompanimentcol legno battuto that evokes the sounds of hospital ward machines. The first choral outburst, “You are positive with the Covid-19 virus” is thematically linked to the later chorus, “He died from the Covid-19 virus” after the dream garden sequence. A male nurse describes how he sung along to a recording of Handel’s Messiah which was played to the delirious Peter. This quote, with its harmonically blurred cadence, leads to the first garden dream music. A lyrical solo viola weaves through the baritone’s vocal line. Later, in thereal visit to the garden, the viola’s material is taken up and transformed by a solo violin. These musical mirrors help to unify the work and help prepare for the choral climax that starts, “I hope you feel better soon.” In the final section, in which the baritone articulates the overwhelming feeling of love Peter felt for his nurses, their soft overlapping voices return, as if introducing themselves once more to the next patient in the ICU. Richard Blackford"

Théodore Dubois; Vincent d’Indy; André Caplet

Théodore Dubois: Dixtuor; Vincent d’Indy: Chanson et Danses op. 50; André Caplet: Suite persane

Polyphonia Ensemble Berlin

OC493
1 CD
20/05/2022
OEHMS CLASSICS

"The Polyphonia Ensemble Berlin, which was founded by musicians from the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, presents French chamber music from around 1900 on this recording. The featured composers – Théodore Dubois, Vincent d’Indy and André Caplet – may have been overshadowedby their better-known contemporaries, but they nevertheless played major and original roles in the development of music in France, bequeathing us an appreciable quantity of remarkable works. At the same time, they represent three generations in the development of music at the dawn of the 20th century."

Rebecca Clarke; Franz Schubert; Betsy Jolas; Margareta Ferek-Petric; Franz Schubert; Hugo Wolf; Kaija Saariaho; Hugo Wolf; Maurice Ravel; Arnold Schönberg

Entre Deux Mondes

Klaudia Tandl; Gisela Jöbstl

OC496
1 CD
20/05/2022
OEHMS CLASSICS

"Entre deux mondes (‘Between Two Worlds’) is a journey through different spheres and a breaking away from borders. In order to reach a truly diverse perspective on the possible meanings of this subject, the featured composers are distinctly contrasted – both male and female, from the Romantic period to the present day, and in a variety of languages. This is Klaudia Tandl and Gisela Jöbstl’sdebut album."

Oliver Messiaen

Oliver Messiaen: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps

Christina Åstrand; Johnny Teyssier; Per Salo; Henrik Dam Thomsen

6.22068
1 CD
06/05/2022
OUR RECORDINGS

"Messiaen’s most famous work, Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time), was composed while a captive in a German prisoner of war at Stalag VIII A, located near the town of Görlitz-Moys in Silesia, Germany. Messiaen met there three fellow prisoners who were also accomplished musicians: Etienne Pasquier, a world-class cellist who had already secured an international reputation as a member of the Pasquier Trio; Jean Le Bou-laire, a violinist who had studied at the Paris Conservatory; and Henri Akoka, a clarinetist who was a member of the Paris-based Orchestre National de la Radio. Together, this unusual ensemble formed the basis for one of the most extraordinary works of the 20th century. Rooted in his deeply Christian faith, the Quatuor is inspired by the 10th chapter of the Book of Revelation. It was also Messiaen’s first composition to include bird song, in addition to his developing use of color imagery, and his continuing exploration of many interesting and novel ways of rhythmic organization to create a feeling of timelessness. Two of the most highly esteemed classical musicians in Denmark, violinist and concertmaster Christina Åstrand and pianist Per Salo (AKA Duo Åstrand/Salo) are joined by two solo players from The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Johnny Teyssier, clarinet, and Henrik Dam Thomsen, cello for a performance as pure as crystal and as immense as space. The recording is made in both DXD format and Dolby Atmos and produced by Preben Iwan."

CHISINAU 2: New Music for Orchestra

The Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic “Serghei Lunchevici” of the Republic of Moldova; Mihail Agafita

PHASMA-MUSIC 042
1 CD
20/05/2022
PHASMA MUSIC

The Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic „SERGHEI LUNCHEVICI” of the Republic of Moldova presents the new album CHISINAU 2. The outstanding album includes 8 world premiere recordings by 8 contemporary composers. Noah, by Gregg Birrell, is a piece that carries significant meaning for the composer, who wrote it for the newborn son of two very close friends. Scored for a large orchestra, it draws on folk traditions and classic romanticism to create an exciting and joyous blend of rhythm and melody. Symphonic Movement on a Variously Fragmented Theme, by Lars Michael Fetzek states a theme in fragmented form, then delivers several strict canons of increasing complexity upon differently fragmented forms of the theme inverted in pitch and/or time. In Kaleidoscope, Brian Field features a constantly changing and evolving musical landscape that is heavily pattern based, shifting across instrumental families, meters and dynamics. In Psaume, Satoru Ikeda analizes a picture taken by a gigantic astronomical telescope, a phenomenon can be recognized: The faraway light is the past light. The further it is past, the more it darkens. Symphony #3 (Baltic Poem), by Scott Brickman, was inspired by my travels to Latvia and Lithuania, and in anticipation of their celebration of the centennial Independences of 1918. Fantasia #1, by Daniele Ciminiello, is an important milestone in a personal research of a synthesis between all composer's musical experiences. Giorgos Papamitru was inspired by a small village in the desert of Iran called abarkooh. And in last work of the album, Louis Sauter describes his visit in Saint-Pétersbourg.

Costas Tsougras

Costas Tsougras: MONOGRAMS – Solo and Ensemble Works

Kostas Raptis; Emilios Riadis Quartet; Odysseas Karydis; Fanni Karagianni; dissonArt; New Hellenic Quartet; Georgios Faroungias

PHASMA-MUSIC 043
1 CD
20/05/2022
PHASMA MUSIC

The seven works included in MONOGRAMS album collection comprise a musical portrait of the Greek composer Costas Tsougras (b. 1966). The program features diverse solo or ensemble instrumental combinations (solo bayan accordion, string quartet, clarinet-piano duo, octet, solo piano, solo bassoon) and the dominant element of its design is the common pitch center (C) of the five last pieces (tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Although the works have been composed independently, as most of them were either friendly commissions by their performers or professional commissions by contemporary music institutions, they can be auditioned and experienced as a tripartite symmetrical multi-movement work, with Cantus Firmus and String Quartet nr. 1 functioning as the introductory movement (centered around E, with Cantus Firmus “modulating” from E to A and String Quartet returning to E), the Four Pieces–Octet–Six miniatures as the central/main movement (centered around C) and with String Quartet nr. 2 and Partita (also centered around C) as the concluding movement. All pieces share motivic, harmonic and structural elements, while certain melodic fragments are common to some of them. The most characteristic shared element is a hexachordal monogram produced by the correlation of selected letters from the composer’s name to musical pitches and is used as the harmonic source of core tracks 3, 4 and 5. The pieces also share a tendency towards cyclic forms, with numeric proportions frequently determining the duration of pitches and/or sections of the morphological design, and with dramatic juxtapositions between sections with mechanical rhythmic activity and sections with lyrical melodies or between extreme violent climaxes and meditative drones. Nevertheless, the seven works differ substantially in their character and expressive content and retain their individuality. (© Costas Tsougras)

Costas Tsougras; Yannis A. Papaioannou; Arghyris Kounadis; Nikos Skalkottas; Kostas Nikitas; Christos Samaras; Vassilis Kitsos; Stella Dalampira; Glykeria Koutoula; Dimitris Economou; Giogos Sakallieros; Orestis Papaloannou; Dimitris Maronidis

Contemporary Greek Music for Solo Piano

Fanni Karagianni

PHASMA-MUSIC 044
1 CD
06/05/2022
PHASMA MUSIC

CONTEMPORARY GREEK MUSIC FOR SOLO PIANO presents a selection of solo piano works by 13 Greek composers of different generations, attempting to offer a stylistically diverse listening experience. The composers’ birth year ranges from 1904 to 1993 and the works’ creation year from 1939 to 2020. Within this broad chronological framework, two groups emerge: works from the older generation of Greek composers (N. Skalkottas, Y. Papaioannou, A. Kounadis, K. Nikitas), written between 1939 and 1966, and works from the newer generation (Ch. Samaras, C. Tsougras, V. Kitsos, G. Sakallieros, D. Maronidis, D. Economou, S. Dalampira, G. Koutoula, O. Papaioannou), written during the last 16 years (2005-2020). The second group of composers is centered around two of Thessaloniki’s important musical institutions, the School of Music Studies of the Aristotle University and the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, as its members are connected through teacher/student/colleague relationships, tending towards the creation of a “Thessaloniki school” of composition. The works are stylistically heterogenous, encompassing many of the trends, aesthetic stances and artistic currents of the 20th and 21st centuries: impressionism, folk song processing, neoclassicism/ neotonality, neoromanticism and mainstream 21st-century modernism, thus encompassing most contemporary music genres and also demonstrating the multitude of ways with which Greek composers reflected international influences while keeping their individuality and uniqueness. The album is dedicated to the memory of my teacher George Hadjinikos, whose inspired teaching, love for music and painstaking efforts to promote the works of Greek composers (mainly Nikos Skalkottas’s) throughout the world has been inspirational and exemplary. Many thanks to Kostas Kontos and Costas Tsougras, who devoted plenty of their time and effort for this project, without them it would have not been possible. (© Fani Karagianni)

Scott Brickman; George N. Gianopoulos; Lars Fetzek; Brian Field; Jane O’Leary; Richard Pressley; Grigoris Polyzos; William Price; Gabriele Spampinato; José Jesus de Azevedo Souza; Greg A Steinke; Robert Voisey; Donald Man-Ching Yu

MEM

Iwona Glinka; Iwona Glinka; Athanasios Zervas

PHASMA-MUSIC 045
1 CD
06/05/2022
PHASMA MUSIC

The album MEM includes 15 compositions by 13 contemporary composers, which are recorded for the first time (world premiere recordings). The album contains a range of new works for flute solo, alto saxophone solo and duos for flute and saxophone. This album offers a broad range of musical experience spanning XXI works. The album offers a rich musical experience covering the works of the 21st century. The musicians' performances are unique, and all the pieces without exception fascinate and deserve to be listened and performed again in the future.

Hari Kanakis

Hari Kanakis: Closed Square

ÉxQuartet; Angelos Politis; Victoria Kiazimis; Sofia Papadimitropoulou; Dimitris Yakas; Kostis Konstandaras; L’ANIMA; The Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic “Serghei Lunchevici” of the Republic of Moldova; Diona Academic Choral Chapel; Ilona Stepan; Mihail Agafita

PHASMA-MUSIC 046
1 CD
06/05/2022
PHASMA MUSIC

The exceptional album CLOSED SQUARE includes premiere recordings of works by the distinguished Greek composer HARI KANAKIS, written between 1999 and 2019. The carefully selected album’s repertoire consists of ten compositions of contemporary music, presented from various perspectives. These compositions enable performers to present various techniques, a rich, dynamic palette, a vocal and instrumental musicianship, an excellent recitation, above all, honest and deep emotions, being expression of an intellectual and personal reflection on performed music.

Michalis Sourvinos

Michalis Sourvinos: Lishort – Works for Guitar

Michalis Sourvinos

PHASMA-MUSIC 047
1 CD
06/05/2022
PHASMA MUSIC

The exceptional album LISHORT includes premiere recordings of works by the distinguished Greek composer and guitarist MICHALIS SOURVINOS. Sourvinos does not play just guitar, he lives for the guitar. His beautiful and warm sound delights the most demanding listener.

Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin

Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin: Piano Works

Vladimir Sofronitsky

PH22006
12 CD
06/05/2022
PROFIL

"As pianist Andrei Hoteev puts it, Sofronitzki's interpretations included an ""improvisatory style"", which corresponds with what musicologist Sigfried Schibli hasnoted as a characteristic of Skryabin's playing, going on to say Scriabin ""developed his own style of playing the piano"" with ""alertly varied rhythms and dynamics ... combined with a delicate touch and spontaneous agogics"". Indeed, Sofronitzki's Scriabin performances have often been praised for their idiomatic rubato - ""poetic"" rubato together with a flair for musical architecture and rhythmic precision. In his desire for fidelity to the original, Sofronitzki' s highly sensitive use of the pedal reflects his striving to abide by the composer's expressive markings as closely as possible. His affinity with Scriabin's oeuvre may derive from the fact that both the composer and the pianist himself were in flu en ced by the music of Frederic Chopin. Having spent his childhood in Warsaw, where his family had settled when he was two years old, Sofronitzki came to be regarded as setting new standards for Chopin interpretation - an artistic focus that goes back to his first piano tuition in the Polish capital. In 1949, the centenary of Chopin's death, Sofronitzki performed all his piano works on five successive days at the great hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow."

Elisabeth Melander

Elisabeth Melander: Notes from Within

Elisabeth Melander; Martin Berggren; David Andersson; Andreas Baw; Anders Bergcrantz; Inge Petersson Lindbäck; Anders Hagberg; Anders Chico Lindvall; Bergdala String Quartet

PCD285
1 CD
13/05/2022
PROPHONE

… thoughts and sounds from my heart …In the midst of the escalating pandemic, as social separation and new considerations about life took over, the thoughts and ideas for this jazz album emerged. The album mainly represents my own compositions and lyrics combined with a jazz trio, string quartet and guest soloists. In addition, the great jazz pianist and composer, Lars Jansson, mailed me a bevy of compositions which inspired me to write the lyrics. What an honor… and, for me, a welcome addition, contributing another dimension to my own and other selected songs. Pianist Martin Berggren and I have made music together for several years. This led to the idea of incorporating him and his jazz trio ... which includes David Andersson, bass and Andreas Baw, drums ... on my album. Martin has also contributed beautiful string arrangements for the amazing Bergdala String Quartet.

Nikolai Kapustin; Melanie Spanswick; Robert Mitchell; Frederic Chopin; Bill Evans

Enigma

Yuki Negishi

QTZ2139
1 CD
06/05/2022
QUARTZ

The brilliant Nikolai Kapustin wrote music for himself. The tiring sense of having to explain the exact place where the divide between his obvious deep love and influence of Jazz and Classical lie - must have left him feeling resentful of ever agreeing to talk about his unique work. Kapustin simply did not wish to put energy into it - compared to the actual act of composition. And that answer is - there is not a divide - so perhaps listening without a divide can put us closer to the magical place from which he operated. A place that could only come from infinitely curious spirit, a famously rigorous Classical training in Russia, and not only an influence but a love and highly developed Jazz talent - combined - but expressed primarily through a Classical means. Melanie Spanswick, composed in February 2019 especially for Japanese pianist Yuki Negishi, this miniature programmatic work inhabits an atmospheric, dreamy sound world. It employs the full range of the keyboard and seeks to showcase the enigmatic resonance of the instrument.

Robert Mansell

Rhapsody – Piano Music

David Malusà

QTZ2145
1 CD
44687
QUARTZ

Robert Mansell was born in London, England, where he started writing music almost as soon as he began to play the piano. Mansell’s music is quite traditional, never straying far beyond the bounds of conventional romantic tonality. It is rich in chromatics, which makes it harder to play than it might appear. In addition to the instrumental works on this CD he has written an amount of religious music. He has also written much secular vocal and choral music and also some works for the stage – including ‘Marlene’, a musical based on the life and loves of Marlene Dietrich; and ‘Willm S’, based on the life and loves of William Shakespeare, which was premiered in Florida in 2005 and subsequently recorded as an Audio-book by Coolbeat (www.coolbeat.biz.) More recently he has written other non-musical plays including ‘Cosima - Wagner’s Widow’, which was premiered in a reading at the RADA Studio Theatre in 2015.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach: Vor deinen Thron

Saya Hashino

SM395
1 CD
06/05/2022
SOLO MUSICA

"One of the greatest innovations of Baroque music is undoubtedly the thoroughbass, or basso continuo, of which Bach himself wrote: “Thoroughbass is the entire foundation of music, it is played with both hands, so that the left hand plays the written notes, while the right hand adds consonances and dissonances, creating an agreeable Harmony to the glory of God and to the proper enjoyment of the senses. Because there is basso continuo, the melody can unfold in all its fullness, with that resonant profile that is so characteristic of the Baroque aesthetic. The great majority of the pieces are Preludes, that is to say, they anticipate a continuation: usually a sung chorale, the theme of which is to be found in the Prelude, where it sets the tone for the assembly; these hymns were sung during Lutheran services. And they are lacking because we have concentrated on the instrumental side. Bach and his composing colleagues have made some small contribution to this, by leaving us instrumental works that directly touch the soul and seem to speak for themselves. The pieces on this CD are taken principally from two collections of Bach’s works: the third part of the Clavier-Übung and the eighteen great Preludes for organ. Saya Hashino is a virtuosic concert pianist, organist, harpsichordist who brings life to a diverse musical repertoire with finesse and expressivity. Truly versatile and versed in early, chamber, orchestral and contemporary music, she plays her keyboard instruments regularly with highly-acclaimed and established orchestras such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Ensemble Contrechamps to name a few. Saya is titular organist of Saint-Germain Church in Geneva, where this recording was also made on an impressive 18-stop organ built by the German organ builder Lukas Fischer."

Bedřich Smetana; Lawrence Rose; Sergei Rachmaninov

Piano Trios

Aquinas Piano Trio

5060192781175
1 CD
06/05/2022
STONE RECORDS

Following the great success of her earlier collaboration on Stone Records with pianist Alison Farr, which combined cello sonatas by Rose and Shostakovich, the internationally acclaimed cellist Katherine Jenkinson now joins her equally renowned colleagues Ruth Rogers and Martin Cousin in this beautiful recording of elegiac piano trios by Smetana, Rose and Rachmaninov. The Rose piano trio receives its premiere recording, and it is ideally partnered with the Smetana and Rachmaninov. All three trios have elements in common, being either the first or only forays by their respective composers into the medium, and each having been composed under special circumstances which largely or wholly informed their character.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variationen BWV 988

Luca Guglielmi

STR33925
1 CD
13/05/2022
STRADIVARIUS

The Goldberg Variationen BWV 988 by J.S.BACH are returned to Stradivarius in the extraordinary interpretation of Luca Guglielmi, harpsichord. Published in 2012, the disc obtained ample consensus and authoritative awards of critics in Italy and abroad, including the prestigious Diapason d'Or in April 2013. A jewel record that returns with a brilliant interpretation to offer a fundamental chapter in the history of music, continuous source of research and emotion.

Stefano Gervasoni

Stefano Gervasoni: Gramigna

Divertimento Ensemble; Sandro Gorli

STR37165
1 CD
13/05/2022
STRADIVARIUS

The three works of Stefano Gervasoni on this disc thereby contain, as the composer himself explains, “significant links, both explicit and subterranean” with other pieces of his, and they all explore “themes relating to the environment”. Concretely, how can such ideas be revealed in a musical context? These ecological preoccupations manifest clearly in the titles of the works (Yesterday’s Meadow, Weed/Quackgrass, Obedient Cloud). Is the composer merely writing in accordance with present- day trends, riding the wave of issues to which one can no longer remain indifferent — the mountains of waste produced by humans, the destruction of natural resources or indeed climate change and its direct con-sequences on ecosystems and migratory flows?

Antico tastame: Historical organs of the Archdiocese of Monreale

Giovan Battista Vaglica

TC 720003
1 CD
06/05/2022
TACTUS

The recording project of organist Giovanni Battista Vaglica aims to enhance the original artistic heritage of the Sicilian Archdiocese of Monreale (Palermo). The territory of Monreale is in fact particularly rich in ancient instruments dating back to the Sicilian school of the eighteenth century, usually small in size and designed mainly for liturgical use. Our care in the choice of the repertoire to be used in this journey through organ music was focused chiefly on the Neapolitan school, on which several generations of musicians coming from the Mediterranean area and elsewhere have drawn and have based their musical education. Within this school, Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti are two important figures; particularly Alessandro, the father, who decided to move from Palermo to Naples, where he became the teacher of many musicians.

Giovanni Battista Gervasio

Giovanni Battista Gervasio: Six Duets for two mandolins, Op. V

De Bon Parole; Marco Giacintucci

TC 720790
2 CD
06/05/2022
TACTUS

Giovanni Battista Gervasio was a significant personality in the musical scene of ‘stile galante’ of the second half of 18th century; composer, virtuoso and teacher, he studied and improved the four-courses mandolin, which was first built in Naples in that period. Thanks to him this instrument became popular and technically refined as it is nowadays. The mandolinist Marco Giacintucci, after the production of the sonatas for solo mandolin (Tactus tc720702), faces the repertoire dedicated to the six duets for two mandolins published in Amsterdam in 1786, in this world premiere recording. The instruments used for this work are of careful philological conception: an original Neapolitan mandolin by Vincentius Vinaccia 1764 and a copy of the time.

Bruno Maderna

Bruno Maderna: Hyperion

Carmelo Bene; Coro e orchestra della Rai di Milano; Marcello Panni

TC 920290
2 CD
06/05/2022
TACTUS

Bruno Maderna always attached great importance to insight and imagination, even during the period in which he followed the most rigorous serial procedures. Maderna’s preference for concreteness in sound images, his practical approach to composition problems, and his receptiveness to language diversity explain the extraordinary ascendancy he had over the Italian composers who visited Darmstadt in the Fifties and Sixties, including Nono, Berio, Donatoni, and Clementi. But they also explain his gradual withdrawal from the most radical experiments of the avantgarde, and his tendency, during the last decade, to pursue a constant osmosis between different styles and materials (also through frequent overflows between his own compositions), often ending up in theatrical forms. Hyperion has been described as “Lyric in the form of a show”. It was presented in its first version as a mobile cycle of vocal, orchestral and electronic pieces based on fragments of Friedrich Hölderlin’s novel Hyperion, oder der Heremit in Griechenland (“Hyperion, or the Hermit in Greece”), the only novel written by the German poet. This book, an epistolary novel, was published in various versions, so it somehow could be regarded as a “work in progress” too. This recording represents an important document of the live version, reduced and adapted by the great actor Carmelo Bene, flanked by the RAI Symphony Orchestra from Milan directed by Maestro Marcello Panni.

Johann Sebastian Bach; Peter Seabourne; Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Bach & Seabourne: Toccatas and Fantasies

Konstantin Lifschitz

WHR073
2 CD
27/05/2022
WILLOWHAYNE RECORDS

A fascinating juxtaposition - the seven early toccatas of J.S. Bach are interleaved with the 6th of Peter Seabourne's nine "Steps" cycles, the concept of renowned Bach player, Konstantin Lifschitz. Far from the Romantic toccata style, these canvases are multi-sectional kaleidoscopes of texture and tempi - each a miniature world encompassing virtuosity, intimacy and narrative. In the masterly hands of Lifschitz the result is a monumental journey of extraordinary invention.

James Weeks; Jacques Arcadelt

Book of Flames and Shadows

EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble; James Weeks

9102822
1 CD
13/05/2022
WINTER & WINTER

Book of Flames and Shadows is a continuous sequence of music lasting about an hour, incorporating two pieces by James Weeks (*1978) and madrigals by Jacques Arcadelt (1507-68). Its theme is the awakening, of the sensual and erotic power of the spoken word, and its transformation into song, through the love poetry of Petrarch (1304-74) and his later imitators, including Pietro Bembo (1470-1547). A music of beginnings, of brief glances and tentative flowerings, planted in Italian Renaissance soil: looking back to the reticent, emerging expressivity of the earliest madrigals; to the attuning of lyric poetry to vocal sound in Petrarch; and to the way these new-old powers enable the artist to trace with more electric precision the contours of desire.

Frédéric François Chopin

Frédéric François Chopin

Takahiro Yoshikawa

YIL006
1 CD
13/05/2022
YPSILON

This album features Chopin’s works from 1836, 1841 and 1846. Born in 1810 and died at the age of 39, the Polish composer had already established his own style at the age of 26. He was at the height of his maturity at the age of 31 and reached at his later style at the age of 36. It took six years from 2015 to 2021 to record this album, which begins and ends with Nocturnes. It covers Chopin’s style from his early years to his later years, and it can be said that this album describes my transition as a pianist, artist, and, if somewhat exaggerated, as a person throughout those six years.

Vincenzo Bellini

Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Jessica Pratt; Sonia Ganassi; Shalva Mukeria; Ruben Amoretti; Luca Dall’Amico; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro La Fenice; Arnaud Bernard; Omer Meir Wellber

2110730 / NBD0149V
1 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY DVD
13/05/2022
NAXOS

Vincenzo Bellini’s first great operatic success I Capuleti e i Montecchi is based on an Italian version of Romeo and Juliet in which the feuding clans seek reconciliation through the wedding of Giulietta and Tebaldo. Giulietta’s lover, Romeo, begs her to elope with him, but fate has other plans for the couple. Topped with the ‘agile coloratura runs and lyrical grace’ (The New York Times) of soprano Jessica Pratt, this acclaimed production takes place in the historical and beautifully atmospheric Teatro La Fenice, the same venue in which I Capuleti e i Montecchi had its triumphant premiere in 1830. Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi has proven increasingly popular on stage in recent years, and we are delighted that this fine Teatro La Fenice production adds to our own bel canto listings. Collectors will be drawn to this venue, as it brings this opera back to its place of origin in 1830. With its strong cast and filmed to the highest production values, this is a release set to become a popular and durable choice in this classic narrative of love, dramatic tensions and the deepest tragedy.

Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

Hana Blažíková; Furio Zanasi; Lucile Richardot; Michał Czerniawski; Gareth Treseder; Gianluca Buratto; English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; John Eliot Gardiner

OA1348D / OABD7299D
1 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY DVD
20/05/2022
OPUS ARTE

Claudio Monteverdi was a pioneer in the origins and development of opera, taking vocal music beyond Renaissance polyphony and entering a modern era in which genuine feelings and emotions are expressed through a wide variety of characters. Part of a late flowering in Monteverdi’s illustrious career, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria is considered the most tender and moving of his three surviving operas. It takes its narrative from the second half of Homer’s Odyssey, presenting Ulysses as a flawed hero; a lone wanderer who has to overcome cruel tests, terrible hardships, treachery and deception before he can be reunited with his faithful queen Penelope and recover his kingdom. Recorded in Venice’s historical Teatro La Fenice, this semi-staged production is part of John Eliot Gardiner’s acclaimed celebration of Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary, a true milestone in Western cultural history.

Guiseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo

Ileana Cotrubas; Patricia Parker; Romayne Grigorova; Luis Lima; John Dobson; Matthew Best; Giorgio Zancanaro; Robert Lloyd; Bruna Baglioni; The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus; Luchino Visconti (Director); Benard Haitink

OA1340D
1 DVD
20/05/2022
OPUS ARTE

"Verdi was commissioned by the Paris Opèra to write Don Carlo to a French libretto. The source material was a dramatic play by Schiller and the work premiered as a five-act grand opera in March 1867 under the title Don Carlos. Set in the 16th century, its subject is Carlo, the son of Spain’s King Phillip II, and his love for Elisabetta, whom Philip later marries. The nature of the crises and conflicts Carlo faces, personal and political, drive the drama with unremitting intensity. In 1958 the celebrated director Luchino Visconti was invited by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to stage his first opera outside Italy. His staging of the five-act Italian-language version of Don Carlo was pivotal in establishing the work as a repertoire piece. In 1985 the Royal Opera revived Visconti’s staging, with Bernard Haitink memorably directing a superb cast that includes Ileana Cotrubas at the height of her powers and Luis Lima, unequalled in his tortured introspection, in the title role."

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Staatsoper Berlin; Andreas Schager; Stephen Milling; Anja Kampe; Ekaterina Gubanova; Boaz Daniel; Stephan Rügamer; Staatskapelle Berlin; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Daniel Barenboim

BAC165 / BAC465
2 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY DVD
27/05/2022
BELAIR CLASSIQUES

If there is one work that has been crucial to Daniel Barenboim’s conducting career, it has to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde: he has been working on piercing its secrets for more than 35 years. In the pit of the newly renovated Staatsoper Berlin and at the head of his Staatskapelle, he once again makes magic happen. Entrusted with the stage direction, Dmitri Tcherniakov delves into the psychological aspects of the drama and gives a new realistic depth to this opus. Thanks to his demanding direction of the cast, but also to a clever use of video projections, he manages to craft intense images which effectively resonate with the rapturous and voluptuous enchantments of the score. To complete this high-level artistic crew, the Staatsoper called upon some of the finest Wagner experts: Andreas Schager, already a superb Parsifal and a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival, is Tristan, Anja Kampe is an unforgettable Isolde, and Ekaterina Gubanova thrills as Brangäne.

Priscilla Pizzato

Opéra de Paris: A (Very) Special Season (A film by Priscilla Pizzato)

Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris; Hugo Marchand; Amandine Albisson; Matthias Heymann; Mathieu Ganio; Léonore Baulac; Germain Louvet; Dorothée Gilbert; Paul Marque; Sae-Eun Park; Aurélie Dupont

BAC196 / BAC496
1 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY DVD
13/05/2022
BELAIR CLASSIQUES

The Paris Opera Ballet is one of the most active dance companies in the world. The dancers, used to practicing 5 to 7 hours a day, develop themselves by working with coaches and choreographers, but first and foremost through a close relationship with their audience. But in 2020, the pandemic radically changed their artistic life. They had never stayed away for so long from the rehearsal studios and from the stage of the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille. This film witnesses a unique moment in the history of the Ballet and follows the dancers from their first day back in the studios, to the reopening of the venues, and through the rehearsals of Rudolf Nureyev’s La Bayadère.

Arrigo Boito

Arrigo Boito: Nerone

Rafael Rojas; Lucio Gallo; Brett Polegato; Svetlana Aksenova; Alessandra Volpe; Prague Philharmonic Choir; Wiener Symphoniker; Olivier Tambosi (staging); Dirk Kaftan

761208 / 761304
2 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY DVD
27/05/2022
C MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT
BREGENZER FESTSPIELE

Arrigo Boito's libretti, including those for Giuseppe Verdis's Otello and Falstaff, are some of the most outstanding achievements in operatic history and his own completed opera Mefistofele is present on the opera stages. On his opera Nerone Boito started working in 1862, but struggeled to complete it immediately, leaving it unfinished for several decades. It became his life's work and it was only after his death that the conductor Arturo Toscanini created a performable version. The world premiere was held at La Scala Milan in 1924. Boito´s opera Nerone is here available for the first time on DVD/Blu-ray "Musically it´s brilliant.“ (Wiener Zeitung) and "Rafael Rojas triumphs in the murderous role of Nero, Lucio Gallo (Mago) is a great prince of darkness“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

We are Musical – Musical Highlights from Vienna

Carin Filipčić; Maya Hakvoort; Vanessa Heinz; Wietske van Tongeren; Gino Emnes; Oedo Kuipers; Lukas Perman; Mark Seibert; Orchester der Vereinigten Bühnen Wien

761008 / 761104
1 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY DVD
27/05/2022
C MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT

As part of the big musical concert, musical stars Carin Filipčić, Maya Hakvoort, Vanessa Heinz, Wietske van Tongeren, Gino Emnes, Oedo Kuipers, Lukas Perman and Mark Seibert perform the most beautiful melodies from the famous VBW musicals ELISABETH, REBECCA, I AM FROM AUSTRIA, THE VISIT OF THE OLD LADY, DON CAMILLO & PEPPONE, MOZART, SCHIKANEDER and DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES in the impressive ambience of the Vienna Ronacher. VBW musical director Christian Struppeck leads the programme.

Three Tenors – Voices for Eternity

José Carreras; Luciano Pavarotti; Plácido Domingo; Zubin Mehta

760908
1 DVD
27/05/2022
C MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT

"The documentary Three Tenors – Voices for Eternity, tells the story of the most successful concert in the history of classical music, featuring recent interviews with José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Zubin Mehta, Pavarotti‘s widow Nicoletta Mantovani, Lalo Schifrin, Brian Large, Mario Dradi, Paul Potts, Sir Bryn Terfel, Norman Lebrecht, Didier de Cottignies and many more. Behind the-scenes-footage, showing the emotional highlights of the first concert and the sequel in Los Angeles, offers a fascinating insight into what takes place beyond the spotlight and it includes excerpts from the legendary concert of the Original Three Tenors - José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, conducted by Zubin Mehta at the Terme di Caracalla, Rome 1990 on the eve of the Football World Cup"

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Kostadin Andreev; Atanas Mladenov; Biser Georgiev; Peter Buchkov; Yordanka Derilova; Tsvetana Bandalovska; Petya Tsoneva; Dimitrinka Raycheva; Flora Tarpomanova; Tsveta Sarambelieva; Milena Gyurova; Silvia Teneva; Orchestra and Chorus of Sofia Opera and Ballet; Plamen Kartaloff; Maria Evstatieva; Violeta Dimitrova; Erich Wächter

37900 / 57900
2 DVD / 1 BLU-RAY DVD
20/05/2022
DYNAMIC

Wagner’s tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen concludes with Götterdämmerung. The composer’s original draft, in which the gods are redeemed by the hero Siegfried’s sacrifice, had fundamentally changed by 1874. Now in this ‘cosmic catastrophe’ Brünnhilde rides into Siegfried’s funeral pyre, the Rhine overflows and Valhalla perishes, and the gods with it. It’s the longest and most complex of the four music dramas, and its orchestration is also the most colourful and sophisticated. Siegfried’s Rhine Journey and Funeral March and Brünnhilde’s immolation scene are some of Wagner’s most potent theatrical moments and bring this drama to a shattering conclusion. This is the fourth and final release of the complete Wagner Ring cycle from the Sofia Opera and Ballet published in separate audiovisual releases, on Dynamic Records.

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff: His Letters, His Home Movies and his Own Recordings from 1919 onwards

Tony Palmer

TPCD-DVD195
1 CD AND BONUS DVD
06/05/2022
TONY PALMER

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten: Instruments of the Orchestra

Tony Palmer

TPCD-DVD196
1 CD AND BONUS DVD
06/05/2022
TONY PALMER

Maria Callas

Maria Callas: 30th Anniversary

Tony Palmer

TPDVD103
1 DVD
06/05/2022
TONY PALMER

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Harvest of Sorrow

Tony Palmer

TPDVD152
1 DVD
06/05/2022
TONY PALMER