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Musical America’s Conductor of the Year Pablo Heras-Casado leads an epic reading of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.2 for his second recording on harmonia mundi (p.9). Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are heard in fresh and exciting performances by harmonia mundi regulars the Freiburger Barockorchester (p.11). Concertos by Prokofiev and Pfitzner are the focus of recordings by pianist Denis Matsuev on the Mariinsky label (p.22) and cellist Alban Gerhardt on Hyperion (p.17). Vocal fans will rejoice over Schubert lieder recordings from Matthias Goerne (p.8) and Gerald Finley (p.20). Pianist Jon Nakamatsu is back with a solo recording for harmonia mundi featuring works by Schumann (p.12). Sung with one voice per part, Sigiswald Kuijken’s Bach Cantata series with La Petite Bande on the Accent label comes to a close with volume 18 (p.4). Choral music is the focus of recordings by Daniel Reuss and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (p.10), Graham Ross leading The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (p.13) and The Cardinall’s Musick led by Andrew Carwood (p.19). Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI offer another fascinating musical journey though the Balkans with their set Bal-Kan - Honey & Blood (p.6). Music heard during the travels of the great explorer Marco Polo is the subject of a new recording by the Ensemble Constantinople on World Village (p.30). Malian superstar Habib Koité’s colorful album Soô explores the amazing diversity of the music of his homeland (p.31).
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“The performance is a revelation...”
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“Goerne’s grasp of Eisler’s idiom is unsurpassed.” —THE BOSTON GLOBE
COMING NEXT MONTH Marie et Marion Anonymous 4 harmonia mundi • HMU 807524
Anonymous 4 sings songs of love On their 1994 album Love’s Illusion, the extraordinary vocal quartet Anonymous 4 brought 13th century motets of courtly love from the Montpellier Codex to the top of the classical charts – spending 29 weeks on the Billboard Top 200. Ten years later, they return to the source – this time exploring the juxtaposition of desire for the earthly lady Marion and adoration of the heavenly Marie.
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FERRANDINI Cantate drammatiche Olivia Vermeulen (soprano), Harmonie Universelle, Florian Deuter Accent • ACC 24277
GRAUN Oboe Concertos Xenia Löffler (oboe), Batzdorfer Hofkapelle Accent • ACC 24280 IMPORT Brothers Johann Gottlieb and Carl Heinrich Graun were highly influential and popular figures in 18th Century Berlin. As musicians of the court Price Code: A22 of Frederick the Great, Carl Heinrich became an (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98) important figure at the new Berlin Court Opera, while Johann Gottlieb strongly influenced early classicism in general as a violinist and composer. The name Graun was like a seal of approval in those days for zestful music rich in ideas, displayed perfectly by this collection of concertos. Oboist Xenia Löffler, a member of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, has distinguished herself as a specialist for the North German repertoire of this period.
IMPORT Giovanni Domenico Ferrandini was Director of Chamber Music at the Munich Court. A contemporary of far better-known masters such Price Code: A22 as Galuppi, Pergolesi and Gluck, he developed his (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98) very own variant of the gallant style. Ferrandini also enjoyed international fame as a vocal pedagogue. This collection of secular cantatas featuring mezzo soprano Olivia Vermeulen accompanied by Florian Deuter and Harmonie Universelle provides eloquent testimony to his special affinity for vocal music. The fact that his passion cantata Il pianto di Maria was long considered a work of Handel’s demonstrates the depth of Ferrandini’s compositional skill.
[PRIORITY RELEASE] J.S. BACH Cantatas Vol.18 – BWV 70, 9 & 182
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo Accent’s acclaimed Cantata series featuring Sigiswald Kuijken and La Petite Bande concludes with volume eighteen. The disc offers works for the twenty-sixth Sunday after Trinity, the sixth Sunday after Trinity and Palm Sunday. Kuijken’s cycle is notable for its use of solo voices in place of a choir. Once highly controversial, this approach has gained traction in some musicological circles. Regardless of authenticity, the superb performances in this series deserve a wide audience and shed new light on familiar territory. Accent’s Super Audio recordings also give the music an added depth and clarity not possible on a standard compact disc.
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“There are few musicians who appear more steeped in their worlds than Sigiswald Kuijken...” —GRAMOPHONE
Previous release in the series Bach: Cantatas – Vol.17 Accent • ACC 25317 (4015023253179)
“Everything dances, is light and delicate, with wonderful interplay between the voices.” —BBC RADIO 3 4
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken Accent • ACC 25318
MOZART Piano Concerto K175, Ah, lo previdi K272
IMPORT Fortepianist Arthur Schoonderwoerd presents the third release in his cycle of the complete Piano Concertos of Mozart for Accent. This disc Price Code: A22 features two versions of Mozart’s first concerto, (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98) K175, written in 1773. Coupled with the original version is the composer’s 1782 revision that replaces the final movement with a Viennese rondo. Schoonderwoerd takes into account advances in instrument building by using a harpsichord for the early Salzburg version and a fortepiano in the later Vienna version. Featuring the crystal clear playing of Schoonderwoerd’s ensemble Cristofori, this recording is completed by the concert aria Ah, lo previdi for soprano and orchestra sung by Johannette Zomer.
Arthur Schoonderwoerd (piano), Johannette Zomer (soprano), Cristofori Accent • ACC 24289
SCARLATTI Carlo Re d’Alemagna
IMPORT Fabio Biondi returns with the first recording of Carlo Re d’Alemagna by Alessandro Scarlatti, first performed in Naples in January 1716. The opera Price Code: 3A19 (3 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $59.98) was resurrected in 2003 by Biondi (leader of the innovative ensemble Europa Galante) who led a concert performance with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. It is in many ways a typical example of Neapolitan Baroque opera with action assigned to the recitatives whilst the characters are developed during the arias. A mixture of opera seria and opera buffo, the opera deals with the accession to power and its exercise.
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Roberta Invernizzi (soprano), Marina de Liso (mezzo-soprano), Marianne Beate Kiellland (mezzo-soprano), Josè Maria Lo Monaco (mezzo-soprano), Damiana Pinti (alto), Romina Basso (contralto), Carlo Allemano (tenor), Roberto Abbondanza (bass) Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Fabio Biondi Agogique • AGO 015
[PRIORITY RELEASE] Bal-kan: Honey & Blood – Cycles of Life 3 SACDs FOR THE PRICE OF 2
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD The name of the Balkans has an unusually graphic etymology. Having discovered the beauty of this pivotal part of Europe and experienced the ruggedness of its people (who put up fierce resistance to invasion), the Turks chose to describe the region with the words Bal (Honey) and Kan (Blood). Never was there so apt a metaphor. On this new set from Alia Vox, Jordi Savall presents an ambitious program that explores the length and breadth of a region that has always had more than its share of human and historical drama. Joined by guest musicians from the Balkan region, Savall traces the cycles of life, structured around the four seasons of the year and the corresponding seasons of human life. The set features nearly four hours of music accompanied by a lavishly documented 616 page CD-Book. A full track listing is available upon request.
LISTEN NOW “Jordi Savall is the ultimate musical idealist, uniting performers from sparring cultures in fascinating cross-cultural projects.”
Price Code: 2A29 (3 SACDs for the Price of 2, Suggested Retail Price: $59.98)
—THE NEW YORK TIMES
Also available Esprit des Balkans Alia Vox • AVSA 9898 (7619986398983)
“Something genuinely new and outstandingly vital.” —GRAMOPHONE 6
Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall Alia Vox • AVSA 9902
BRUCH Scottish Fantasy TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD 2006 first prize winner at the International Paganini Competition, Ning Feng follows in Price Code: A21 the footsteps of great violinists such as Kavakos, (Suggested Retail Price: $21.98) Kremer and Accardo. Now based in Berlin and performing worldwide, the Chinese-born virtuoso has developed a reputation internationally as an artist of great lyricism and emotional transparency, displaying tremendous bravura and awe-inspiring technical accomplishment. Following on the success of his first two releases on Channel Classics, both devoted to solo repertoire, here Feng is accompanied by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin led by Yang Yang in two staples of the concerto repertoire – Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto.
Ning Feng (violin), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Yang Yang Channel Classics • CCS SA 34913
Ecos de Sefarad – Works for Guitar & Cello
IMPORT Sephardic music of the late 15th century, in its original form, consisted of secular songs about people’s everyday lives: songs of love, travel, Price Code: A19 drinking, and the contemplation of nature. The (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98) music is often modal, with intertwining melodies that alternate ternary and binary rhythms, and repetitive, haunting tunes. This album by cellist Viviane Lévy and guitarist Frédéric Ben Attar offers a purely instrumental take on these traditional songs that emphasizes the rich colors and emotional power of the music.
Viviane Lévy (cello), Frédéric Ben Attar (guitar) Frémeaux • FA 9513
Matthias Goerne Schubert Edition Vol.8 SCHUBERT Wanderers Nachtlied Matthias Goerne (baritone), Helmut Deutsch (piano), Eric Schneider (piano) harmonia mundi • HMC 902109 IMPORT Hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as, “The most intellectually and vocally gifted male art-song interpreter of his generation,” baritone Matthias Goerne presents the eighth volume in his ongoing Matthias Goerne Schubert Edition for harmonia mundi. The featured work is Schubert’s setting of Goethe’s two-part poem Wanderers Nachtlied. A renowned Schubert interpreter, Goerne is celebrated for his complete commitment to the composer and text. On this new 2-CD set he is joined by two exceptional collaborators, pianists Helmut Deutsch and Eric Schneider.
Price Code: 2A15 (2 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $31.98)
LISTEN NOW “Matthias Goerne is one of the great lieder interpreters of our era.” —SAN Francisco classical voice
Previous release in the series Schubert: Erlkonig harmonia mundi • HMC 902141 (3149020214121)
“Among the finest recital discs I have ever heard...” —BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE 8
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.2 ‘Lobgesang’ Christiane Karg (soprano), Christina Landshamer (soprano), Michael Schade (tenor) Bavarian Radio Choir, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Pablo Heras-Casado harmonia mundi • HMC 902151
IMPORT Named 2014 Conductor of the Year by Musical America, Pablo HerasCasado has made his name exploring repertoire that is outside of the mainstream. For his second recording on the harmonia mundi label, Heras-Casado conducts Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.2, nicknamed Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise). Commissioned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the invention of the printing press, the work is a massive symphony-cantata for soloists, chorus and orchestra. Although clearly inspired by Beethoven’s ninth, the comparison did the work no favors with critics of the time and eventually it fell into an unjust obscurity. The symphony consists of a three-movement instrumental ‘overture’ followed by ten movements for soloists and choir and orchestra set to texts from the Lutheran bible. Joined by sopranos Christiane Karg and Christina Landshamer and tenor Michael Schade, Heras-Casado leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir in a powerful performance of this sweeping vocal and choral epic.
Price Code: A19 (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98)
“One of the most insightful and exciting conductors of the new generation”
—THE NEW YORK TIMES
Also available Schubert: Symphonies Nos.3 & 4 harmonia mundi • HMC 902154 (3149020215425)
“This is Schubert as never heard in modern times.” —FINANCIAL TIMES 9
POULENC Stabat Mater, Sept Répons de Ténèbres Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Cappella Amsterdam, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Reuss harmonia mundi • HMC 902149 IMPORT Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, which the composer described as, “a requiem without despair,” was written in 1950 following the death of Christian Bérard, a leading figure of 1940s Paris who designed the sets for Cocteau’s films and plays. This masterly work, dedicated to the Virgin of Rocamadour, gives pride of place to the chorus and clearly shows its line of descent from the French motets of the age of Louis XIV. It is paired with the Sept Répons de Ténèbres, Poulenc’s last choral work. Although sacred in nature, it was written for a nonreligious celebration, the opening of New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. This recording’s superb cast features soprano Carolyn Sampson and the Estonian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra led by Daniel Reuss.
“Carolyn Sampson’s voice and presence are always recognisable no matter what her disguise...”
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Also available Janacek: Choral Works harmonia mundi • HMC 902097 (3149020209721)
“A fresh look at a rarely glimpsed but important side of this most unusual composer.” —NPR 10
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concertos Freiburger Barockorchester harmonia mundi • HMC 902176 IMPORT Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos scarcely need an introduction. Widely regarded as among the finest orchestral compositions of the Baroque era, these six works dedicated to the Margrave of BrandenburgSchwedt in 1721 explore a dizzying array of instrumental combinations and timbres. The rise of historically informed performance practices in recent years has shed new light on the evergreen Brandenburg Concertos and greatly expanded the gamut of interpretive possibilities. Three centuries later, the cycle is as open as ever to new interpretations, as the sparkling performances by the Freiburger Barockorchester on this recording aptly demonstrate.
Price Code: A22 (2 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $22.98)
LISTEN NOW “This is a formidable little orchestra – very crisp, very solid, utterly together at any tempo.” —AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
Also available Bach: Violin Concertos harmonia mundi • HMC 902145 (3149020214527)
10/10! “Bach as it should be done.” —CLASSICS TODAY 11
SCHUMANN Carnaval, Papillons, Piano Sonata No.2 Jon Nakamatsu (piano) harmonia mundi • HMU 907503 IMPORT The fantastical world of Robert Schumann’s musical imagination provides the theme for this recording by pianist Jon Nakamatsu. It ranges from the tempestuous virtuosity of the Piano Sonata No.2 to the glittering masquerade depicted in the Carnaval to the colorful miniatures of the Papillons. Schumann’s compositions lie at the very heart of the Romantic piano repertoire. Since winning the Gold Medal at the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Nakamatsu has enjoyed a busy concert career and has made several highly acclaimed recordings for harmonia mundi.
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“Nakamatsu plays with the calm assurance that comes of having both a solid technique and a gentle, introspective, interpretive spirit.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
Also available Brahms: Quintets Op.34 & 115 harmonia mundi • HMU 807558 (093046755867)
“This one gets a spot in my permanent collection.” —FANFARE 12
Stabat mater dolorosa – Music for Passiontide Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Graham Ross harmonia mundi • HMU 907616 IMPORT Following on the huge success of Veni Emmanuel, their recording of music for Advent, Graham Ross and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge return with Stabat mater dolorosa – a richlyvaried collection of music for Passiontide. On it, polyphonic settings of the great texts of Holy Week are interwoven with a plainchant rendition of the mournful Stabat Mater – the traditional medieval poem meditating on the death of Jesus and the grief of his mother. Ross and his choir offer heartfelt performances of these staples of the sacred repertoire.
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“An up-and-coming English choir.” —ALL MUSIC
Also available Veni Emmanuel harmonia mundi • HMU 907579 (093046757922)
“Full of fabulous singing and glorious acoustics...” —AUDIOPHILE AUDITION 13
Sunhae Im (soprano), Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano), Werner Güra (tenor), Topi Lehtipuu (tenor), Johannes Weisser (baritone), Konstantin Wolff (bass-baritone), RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs harmonia mundi • HMC 902156 IMPORT Previously released as a deluxe Hybrid SACD with a bonus DVD, René Jacobs’s acclaimed recording of the Bach St. Matthew Passion is now available as a standard CD at a special price. Jacobs leads a cast of superb soloists, backed by the RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, in a recording that focuses on the paradox of a drama that is at once intimate, theatrical, and collective. As always, there are interpretive surprises, but the recording’s emotional and spiritual intensity is a constant from beginning to end.
“No one can doubt Jacobs’s profound identification with this work...”
Price Code: A22 (2 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $22.98)
“A major addition to the catalogue.” —BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
“Impeccable singing and sheer freshness...” —THE BOSTON GLOBE
“Beautifully played, astonishingly sung and quite simply overwhelming.” —THE GUARDIAN
J.S. BACH St. Matthew Passion
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IMPORT Haydn composed his orchestral version of the Seven Last Words for Good Friday devotions Price Code: A19 in Cádiz. The task of creating a purely (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98) instrumental ‘oratorio’ consisting of seven contemplative slow movements was by no means an easy one; but the outcome was a work of sublime nobility. In its day, it was quite popular and inspired several transcriptions, including the version for string quartet heard here in a performance by the Barcelona-based Cuarteto Casals that is both stylistically sensitive and emotionally compelling.
HAYDN The Seasons Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs harmonia mundi • HMC 971829 Previously Available as HMX 2961829 (794881891726) Deleted October 2011
HAYDN Die Schöpfung Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs harmonia mundi • HMC 972039 Previously Available as HMC 902039 (794881924523) Deleted December 2013
Price Code: 2A11 (2 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $23.98)
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Cuarteto Casals harmonia mundi • HMC 902162
Piers Lane (piano) Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Howard Shelley Hyperion • CDA 68011 IMPORT Hyperion presents a rarity in their ongoing Anglo-Australian artistic collaboration: music by an Australian composer who was once at the heart of the English establishment. Malcolm Williamson was one of many Australian creative artists who relocated to Britain in the mid-twentieth century. Within a decade of settling in London he had established a reputation as one of the most gifted and prolific composers of his generation. However today, he is almost forgotten and his music virtually never performed. This set of his complete Piano Concertos is therefore an important document as well as a compendium of deeply appealing music. Piers Lane, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Howard Shelley are the ideal performers of these unjustly neglected works.
Price Code: 2A19 (2 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $39.98)
Also available Arensky & Taneyev: Piano Quintets Hyperion • CDA 67965 (034571179650) “Riveting and perfectly recorded.” —AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE 16
WILLIAMSON Piano Concertos Nos.1-4, Sinfonia Concertante, Concerto for Two Pianos
[PRIORITY RELEASE] Alban Gerhardt (cello) Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Sebastian Weigle Hyperion • CDA 67906 IMPORT Hyperion’s Romantic Cello Concerto series continues to bring new works to light, expanding a repertoire that has long focused on a select group of composers. Here, Alban Gerhardt performs the three concertos by Hans Pfitzner. Pfitzner’s early Cello Concerto in A minor was scorned by his teachers (although liked by the composer himself). His Cello Concerto Op.42 is a beautifully constructed work that derives its material from a lyrical cello solo heard at the very start of the work. The Cello Concerto Op.52 is dedicated to Ludwig Hoelscher, a pupil of two giants of German cello-playing: Hugo Becker and Julius Klengel. As a bonus, the recording also includes Pfitzner’s Duo for violin, cello and small orchestra.
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LISTEN NOW “No praise is too high for Alban Gerhardt’s musicianship, commitment and technique…” —INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
Previous release in the series The Romantic Cello Concerto Vol.3 Hyperion • CDA67859 (034571178592) “This is one gorgeous CD.” —FANFARE 17
The Romantic Cello Concerto Vol.4 PFITZNER Cello Concertos Nos.1-2, Cello Concerto Op.Post., Duo for Violin, Cello and Small Orchestra
Leonore Piano Trio Hyperion • CDA 68015 IMPORT Arensky’s Piano Trios represent a fine example of the Russian romantic piano trio, a form ‘invented’ by Tchaikovsky, Arensky’s close friend and influence. The Piano Trio No.1 is the more popular of the two, dedicated to the cellist Karl Davidoff. Davidoff is regarded as the founder of the Russian school of cello-playing, and Arensky’s dedication accounts for the fact that the cello plays such a prominent role. The Piano Trio No.2 is one of the composer’s last works, and marks a considerable advance in Arensky’s compositional techniques. Hyperion is delighted to present the Leonore Piano Trio in their début recording.
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“Powerful… with an expansive, lush sound.” —Waikato Times (New Zealand)
ARENSKY Piano Trios Nos.1 & 2 RACHMANINOV Vocalise
[PRIORITY RELEASE] Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood Hyperion • CDA 68026 IMPORT Gramophone Record of the Year winners The Cardinall’s Musick continue their exploration of Tallis’s sacred music. These recordings not only showcase the greatest repertoire of the English Renaissance in dazzling performances, but also illustrate the complex historical and political background of the works and their genesis. This volume presents Tallis’s extraordinary seven-voice mass, Missa Puer natus est nobis, which dates from the Catholic reign of Mary I. Other works recorded here include what is possibly Tallis’s earliest work, the fourpart Latin Magnificat, and the gloriously splendid Videte miraculum, a masterpiece with a rich palette of colors, enhanced by suave melodic writing with a slow-moving harmonic pulse tinged with heartachingly gorgeous cadences.
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LISTEN NOW “The Cardinall’s Musick produces a sound that is joyous and reverent, captivating and glorious. No technique is beyond them...” —AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
Also available Tallis: Salve intemerata Hyperion • CDA 67994 (034571179940) “These are commendably committed, full-blooded performances.” —GRAMOPHONE 19
TALLIS Missa Puer natus est nobis
[PRIORITY RELEASE] Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano) Hyperion • CDA 68034 IMPORT The Gramophone Award-winning partnership of Gerald Finley and Julius Drake turns to perhaps the most celebrated song-cycle of them all. Schubert’s Winterreise is a masterpiece of despair, astonishing in its bleakness and enthrallingly mesmerizing as the journey continues. Finley brings all his considerable dramatic powers to his performance — and all but submerges them under the ice. Winterreise is the second of Schubert’s two great song cycles on William Müller’s poems, the earlier being Die schöne Müllerin. The work’s tone echoes the composer’s own mood, as it was written during a particularly melancholic period in Schubert’s life.
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LISTEN NOW “The team of Finley and Drake continues to produce some of the finest recordings of songs. Both artists are at the top of their game.” —AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
Also available Schumann: Liederkreis Opp. 24 & 39 Hyperion • CDA 67944 (034571179445) “Julius Drake is perfectly attuned to the palette of shifting colors in Finley’s dark baritone – here in top form.” —BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE 20
LOCATELLI Concerti Grossi, Op.1
IMPORT Previously Available as CDA 66981 (034571169811) Deleted April 2008 The concerto grosso form was popularized Price Code: A19 by Corelli, and Locatelli’s Op.1 is a marvelous (2 CDs for the Price of 1, example of the genre: its solid craftsmanship, Suggested Retail Price: $19.98) imaginative textures and exciting virtuosity bringing it into the top rank. These works are ravishingly performed here by The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer and soloist Elizabeth Wallfisch.
C.P.E. BACH Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu
Howard Shelley (piano) Hyperion • CDH 55458 Previously Available as CDA 66486 (034571164861) Deleted July 2012
Ex Tempore, La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken Hyperion • CDH 55478 Previously Available as CDA 67364 (034571173641) Deleted July 2013
Price Code: A11 (Suggested Retail Price: $11.98)
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Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer Hyperion • CDD 22066
[PRIORITY RELEASE] Denis Matsuev (piano), Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev Mariinsky • MAR 0549 IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD This release from the Mariinsky label features two of Prokofiev’s most popular works – the Piano Concerto No.3 and the Symphony No.5. Denis Matsuev is the soloist in the concerto, in his fourth recording for the label. Since winning the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, Matsuev has established a reputation as one of Russia’s leading pianists. Written at the height of World War II, Prokofiev’s Symphony No.5 is a patriotic work – big, heroic and ultimately optimistic. Prokofiev wrote five piano concertos, but it is his third that has gained the most popularity and critical acclaim. The clarity and vitality that appealed to the work’s original audiences have stood the test of time.
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“Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev are very much of one mind as to where to go with the music, and more importantly, perfectly matched for sonority.” —FANFARE
Recently released Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Mariinsky• MAR 0548 (822231854821) “ “It is hard not to enjoy Denis Matsuev’s playing...” —THE GUARDIAN 22
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No.3, Symphony No.5
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas Nos.17, 24 & 30, Bagatelles
IMPORT Pianist Andrei Korobeinikov has won more than twenty prizes in national and international Price Code: A23 competitions, including the Alexander Scriabin (Suggested Retail Price: $23.98) International Piano Competition and Rachmaninov Piano Competition. A prodigy, he graduated with honors from the Moscow Conservatory at age 19 and pursued his studies at the Royal College of Music in London. On his third disc for Mirare, Korobeinikov turns to Beethoven, with a recital including three Piano Sonatas and the Bagatelles Op.126.
RAVEL Gaspard de la Nuit, Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Le Tombeau de Couperin Jean-Frédéric Neuburger (piano) Mirare • MIR 232 IMPORT Jean-Frédéric Neuburger’s exceptional musical aptitude was evident from an early age. Price Code: A23 Since being recognized by the Académie Maurice (Suggested Retail Price: $23.98) Ravel at the age of 15, he has been the laureate of numerous international competitions and won the 2006 Young Concert Artists International Auditions held in New York. For his seventh recording for Mirare, Neuburger turns to his countryman Ravel, offering a recital of the composer’s uniquely atmospheric music for solo piano.
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Andrei Korobeinikov (piano) Mirare • MIR 090
HAYDN String Quartets Op.76 No.1, Op.50 No.1 & Op.77 No.1
IMPORT With 68 works to his credit, Joseph Haydn was not only the founding father of the string quartet, but also an undisputed master of the genre. This influence continued through his direct successors, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven, through the Romantic era and into the 20th century via the second Viennese School. Continuously renewed with each performance, his music is a constant source of wonder, as evidenced by the three works that the Modigliani Quartet have chosen for their second release on Mirare devoted to Papa Haydn.
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“Unabashedly virtuosic.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
Modigliani Quartet Mirare • MIR 231
DVORÁK Cello Concerto SCHUMANN Cello Concerto CASALS The Song of the Birds Pablo Ferrández (cello) Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Radoslaw Szulc Onyx Classics • ONYX 4127 IMPORT After winning the prestigious Prix Edmond de Rothschild at the 2013 Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad in Switzerland, Pablo Ferrández went on to record his concerto debut CD. The disc includes Dvorák’s masterpiece for the instrument, Schumann’s intimate concerto from his last years and Pablo Casals’s exquisite transcription of Song of the Birds, a much loved traditional Catalan song that was popular during the Spanish civil war.
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“Pablo Ferrandez will be one of the best cellists in the future – No: he already is.” —DIAPASON
MARCH 2014 DVORÁK String Quartet No.8, Miniatures, Cypresses Zemlinsky Quartet Praga • PRD 250303
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BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas Nos.3, 7, 12 & 22 Sviatoslav Richter (piano) Praga • PRD 350079
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BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.2, Symphony No.3 Sviatoslav Richter (piano) Leningrad Philharmonic, Yevgeny Mravinsky Praga • PRD 350103
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GOLDMARK Violin Concerto No.1 BRAHMS Violin Concerto J.S. BACH Chaconne
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Nathan Milstein (violin) The Philharmonia, Anatole Fistoulari Praga • PRD 350105 SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD
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Death Be Not Proud – Compositions for Tuba & Electronics POORE Death Be Not Proud LIPPE Music for Tuba and Computer KATZER Dialog imaginär 9 für Tuba mit Hegel SANNICANDRO Sonnet X
Angels – Compositions for Trumpet RUGGLES Angels LIM Wild Winged-One AYRES No. 37c SAUNDERS Neither
Melvyn Poore (tuba) Wergo • WER 2064
Marco Blaauw (trumpet) Wergo • WER 6781
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IMPORT Tuba player Melvyn Poore is a world-renowned soloist, composer and scholar. This recording offers a selection of notable contemporary works (including a composition of his own) by Georg Katzer, Cort Lippe and Valerio Sannicandro. In these works, the tuba, combined with the live electronics, acts as a meta instrument, while at the same time being the calming influence, no matter whether the works are meticulously fragmented or narratively structured. Trumpet player Marco Blaauw has made the further development of the trumpet, its technique and repertoire, his life’s work. He frequently collaborates both with successful contemporary composers and younger composers that deserve to be heard. On this recording, Blaauw presents a fascinating selection of contemporary compositions for trumpet. It includes works by Liza Lim, Rebecca Saunders and the composer of the title track, Carl Ruggles.
Soular Energy Ray Brown Trio APO • CAPJ 268 SA
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD File in: Jazz Originally issued on Concord in 1985, Soular Price Code: A40 Energy by the Ray Brown Trio has long been (Suggested Retail Price: $40.98) considered both a great straight ahead jazz album and an audiophile’s dream. It is highlighted by the sparkling playing of pianist Gene Harris (who led the popular Three Sounds in the 1960s). The album also features guest appearances by tenor player Red Holloway and guitarist Emily Remler for “Mistreated But Undefeated Blues.” Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio did exceptional mastering work for this new SACD version offered by Analogue Productions.
Elégance – Complete Romane Vol.6
IMPORT File in: Jazz Romane is one of the most eminent representatives of gypsy jazz and his Price Code: A19 compositions have become genuine standards. (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98) Frémeaux & Associés has been celebrating the work of this amazing guitarist with a multi-volume series covering his entire career. Volume six, entitled Elégance, is a reissue pairing Romane with Stochelo Rosenberg, a virtuoso self-taught guitarist and indefatigable technician who is now an international icon in gypsy jazz. Their unique playing styles and temperaments are united by their innate sense of swing and their mutual feeling for listening and sharing.
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Romane, Stochelo Rosenberg Frémeaux • FA 544
IMPORT File in: Jazz Didier and Francis Lockwood have been fixtures of the French jazz scene for thirty years, Price Code: A19 but their Brothers album, originally recorded for (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98) the Ames label in 2008, featured them together for the first time. Francis Lockwood’s piano and the violin of his brother Didier function together in perfect alchemy here, the only instruments present on the recording. The result is an intimate, delicate dive into a universe of their own design where their talents, complicity and connivance are shaped by the closeness of their relation as brothers.
Mon Couer est un Accordéon Daniel Colin Frémeaux • FA 594 IMPORT File in: Jazz Accordion virtuoso Daniel Colin is one of the instrument’s most talented and acclaimed Price Code: A19 exponents. A sensitive, generous musician (Suggested Retail Price: $19.98) who is an icon in Japan, Colin is the greatest contemporary representative of the musette genre. Produced in 2011 by Dominique Cravic for the Japanese label Respect, this album is a rare and precious document in the domain of delicate popular music. Accompanied by such great artists as Claire Elzière, Grégory Veux (Têtes de Chien), Dominique Cravic (Primitifs du Futur, Ukulélé Club de Paris) and Laurent Larcher (Primitifs du Futur), Colin reveals his heart to be like the squeeze-box of his accordion.
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Didier & Francis Lockwood Frémeaux • FA 592
[PRIORITY RELEASE] Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, En Chordais, Ensemble Constantinople, Maria Farantouri World Village • 479092
IMPORT File in: World / Mediterranean Virtuoso oud player, artistic director and founding member of En Chordais and doctor of Byzantine musicology, the ever impressive Kyriakos Kalaitzidis has gathered together a group of devoted collaborators, including the Ensemble Constantinople and the renowned Greek singer Maria Farantouri, in order to tell the musical tale of one of the defining periods of human history. The result is a sonorous evocation of Marco Polo’s account of his epic voyage and the countries he traveled through. Each track journeys on into the next, the fragrant acoustics wafting us along this mellifluous musical spice route. And as the miles fly by, time and history discreetly reveal their lessons for humanity.
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LISTEN NOW “Exquisite music-making.” —VANCOUVER SUN
The Musical Voyages of Marco Polo
[PRIORITY RELEASE] Habib Koité Contre-Jour • CJ 030 IMPORT File in: World / Mali Malian superstar Habib Koité’s album Soô (which translates as ‘home’) was recorded in his own home studio. A purely logistical decision at first, Koité’s choice of venue gradually became the foundation for the album’s theme. Home is where families and friends reunite, and where new ideas and directions are discovered. Soô reunites both friends and countrymen and explores new musical territory with both joy and reflection. For the first time in 22 years, Koité is not backed by his longtime band, Bamada. The album’s cast of all new musicians includes guest appearances by Toumani Diabate and Bassekou Kouyate and features Koité playing banjo on several tracks.
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LISTEN NOW “Koité’s rich, honeyed vocals and detailed guitar figures always lie at the heart of each song...” —BBC MUSIC
Also available Acoustic Africa in Concert (CD + DVD) Contre-Jour • CJ 027 (5413820000276) “Three highly accomplished musicians... Small-scale, heart-warmingly simple footage in accordance with the trio’s generous, empathetic approach.” —FROOTS 31
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