september 2012 NEW RELEASES
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street date: september 12, 2012
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In one of the most exciting releases of the year, young Russian virtuoso Daniil Trifonov is accompanied by his mentor Valery Gergiev on a new recording from the Mariinsky label featuring Tchaikovsky’s powerful Piano Concerto No.1 and a selection of recital pieces (p.20). Trifonov, winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition, was hailed by the New York Times as having “scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair.” Key titles from harmonia mundi include an album of rarely-heard choral works by Samuel Barber with the American ensemble Conspirare (p.11), the second volume in Isabelle Faust’s traversal of Bach’s solo Sonatas and Partitas (p.9) and new recordings of Schubert quartets and Beethoven sonatas by the Cuarteto Casals and Javier Perianes. Hyperion’s three priorities for September include a recital of French piano music by Stephen Hough (p.13), a fourth volume in the label’s series of the complete songs of Brahms (p.17) with baritone Robert Holl and a new addition to the Romantic Violin Concerto series featuring violinist Anthony Marwood playing works by Schumann (p.15). Conductor Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra return to the works of Gustav Mahler with a new multi-channel recording of the Symphony No.1 for Channel Classics (p.5). Leading off our non-classical releases are two discs from the HighNote label group. The guitar artistry of the great Pat Martino is featured on Alone Together and the fiery sax playing of Jerry Bergonzi is in the spotlight on Shifting Gears (p.27). Of special note is the latest offering in APO’s series of SACD remasterings of jazz classics. This month Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, which includes the all-time favorite “Take Five” gets the audiophile treatment.
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Coming Next Month René Jacobs returns to Mozart
La finta giardiniera was long one of the least-known operas of the young Mozart, perhaps because the original Munich version, sung in Italian, quickly disappeared from the repertoire until it was revived in German from 1779 onwards. The posthumous version from 1796 recorded here by René Jacobs and his stellar cast displays a skillful reorchestration, extremely ‘symphonic’ and typical of late Mozart — to such an extent that numerous specialists have thought they detected the composer’s own hand.
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Music of the hunt Musique de Vènerie — Hunting Music
Les Trompes de Chambord Ad Vitam • AV 120615
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IMPORT The hunting horn is the French folk instrument par excellence. In its way, it is as exotic to foreigners as Scottish bagpipes, the Russian balalaika, or the bandonéon of the Argentine tango. The hunting horn also played a crucial role in Baroque classical music during the reign of Louis XV. Today, too often reduced to being used in the field and in hunting ceremonies, its great emotive power deserves to be appreciated by a wider audience. This disc, featuring the ensemble Les Trompes de Chambord, will appeal both to hunting enthusiasts, who appreciate the game’s special pageantry and traditions, and to classical music lovers who are curious about the instrument’s connections to Western music history.
Florilegium’s charming Bach transcriptions channel classics
BACH Organ Trio Sonatas BWV 525-530 — Arranged for Multiple Instruments Florilegium Channel Classics • CCS SA 27012
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Advance review IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD The wealth of secular and sacred music Bach produced in his lifetime stands in stark contrast to the dearth of existing (or surviving) music for chamber ensemble. This deficit has been addressed by the English early instrument ensemble Florilegium with this disc from Channel Classics featuring the group’s charming and colorful arrangements of the master’s six organ Trio Sonatas. Adapting these pieces for varying combinations of instruments fits comfortably within the canon when one considers Bach’s own interest in transferring styles and idioms from other works to a solo or group of instruments, and viceversa, something which he explored particularly during his years of employment at the ducal court in Weimar.
Bach: Cantata BWV 209
Channel Classics • CCS SA 27208 (723385272083)
“Few can match Florilegium’s interpretative flair and technical accomplishment in this repertoire.” — THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)
“It is a measure of Florilegium’s success that anyone who does not know the organ originals would hardly guess that these trios were not conceived for flute, strings and lute or harpsichord continuo. Unreservedly recommended.” — THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)
Fischer’s gripping Mahler channel classics
MAHLER Symphony No.1
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer Channel Classics • CCS SA 33112
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Advance review “Immediately gripping and very special... brilliantly transparent, as if the conductor is shining a strong torchlight on every corner of the score.” — THE OBSERVER
“The first movement alone confirms Fischer’s growing credentials as a major Mahler interpreter.”
IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Written when the composer was only in his late twenties, Mahler’s first symphony is a study in optimism. ‘In full sail’ (his original title for the second movement) could be a motto for the whole work. In this vast symphony, we hear his love of nature and beauty, Mahler’s childhood memories, fragments of distant military music, birdsong and even Yiddish folk tunes as they blend together into a paean to life and hope. The work’s tribute to Beethoven is seen in its architecture, as it takes cues from his idol’s famous ninth symphony. The fact that Mahler’s first was débuted in the Hungarian capital Budapest gives Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra a unique connection to its history. This new Super Audio CD recording from Channel Classics brings out all the nuances and colors of the work, from its softest whispers to its most thundering climaxes.
Also available Channel Classics • CCS SA 22905 (723385229056)
Mahler: Symphony No.2
Channel Classics • CCS SA 23506 (723385235064)
Mahler: Symphony No.4
Channel Classics • CCS SA 26109 (723385261094)
Mahler: Symphony No.6
Rare Vaughan Williams VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Folk Songs of the Four Seasons — Suite, Bucolic Suite, Dark Pastoral, Serenade in A minor 1898 Guy Johnston (cello), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martin Yates Dutton • CDLX 7289
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IMPORT The unplayed early works of Ralph Vaughan Williams have been a tantalizing might-have-been for fans of his music. Now, building on the success of their recording of the impressive Heroic Elegy & Triumphal Epilogue, Dutton couples world première recordings of Vaughan Williams’ delightful Serenade in A minor and Bucolic Suite. These tuneful discoveries are presented together with some lesser-known scores from his maturity. David Matthews completed and orchestrated the slow movement of the unfinished cello concerto that Vaughan Williams was writing for Casals in the 1940s as the haunting Dark Pastoral, championed here by cellist Guy Johnston, whilst the orchestral suite from Vaughan Williams’ 1949 choral setting Folk Songs of the Four Seasons gives us a succession of delightful tunes. Featured artists are the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates.
Music of John McCabe MCCABE Les martinets noirs, Caravan, Rainforest I & II
Angela Whelan (trumpet), John McCabe (piano), Retorica, Orchestra Nova, George Vass Dutton • CDLX 7290
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IMPORT On this collection of world première recordings, composer John McCabe’s musical connections with the natural world stretch from high summer in England, via the deserts of Arabia, to the sub-tropical rainforests of Australia. Les martinets noirs is the French name for swifts — a bird similar to the barn swallow. McCabe describes them as “acrobatic Pucks of the air,” adding that one of his annual delights in summer is to watch them swooping around the treetops and chimneys. The violin duo Retorica excel as the acrobatic swifts, while trumpet soloist Angela Whelan personifies the spirit of the rainforest in Rainforest II. In Rainforest I, members of the Orchestra Nova are joined by John McCabe on piano in a large-scale work redolent of the sights and sounds of the rainforests of Queensland. The recording is rounded off with Caravan, a short work for string orchestra inspired by the sight of a caravan approaching in the Arabian desert.
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Victor Sangiorgio (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martin Yates Dutton • CDLX 7291
GODARD Piano Concerto No.2, Fantaisie Persane, Jocelyn Suites Nos.1 & 2, Ouverture des Guelfes
IMPORT Following the remarkable success of Victor Sangiorgio’s recording of Benjamin Godard’s delightful first Piano Concerto for Dutton, the label now offers another album of world première recordings of Godard’s music, including the even more tuneful second concerto of 1893 and the colorful Fantaisie Persane, both of which are essential listening for Godard fans. Conductor Martin Yates completes the program with orchestral music from two of Godard’s operas — the powerful overture to Les Guelfes and the orchestral suites from Jocelyn, until now only remembered for the enchanting Berceuse, here played by Aleksei Kiseliov in its version for cello and orchestra.
The many facets of Cecilia McDowall
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MCDOWALL Shipping Forecast, Theatre of Tango, Crossing the Bridge, Rain, Steam and Speed, Great Hills
Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone), Madeleine Easton (violin), Kathryn Thomas (flute), Joanna Shaw (flute), Tamás Kocsis (violin), Andrew Hobday (narrator), Choir of Merton College, Oxford, Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra Nova, George Vass Dutton • CDLX 7292
IMPORT George Vass conducts the Choir of Merton College, Oxford, the Ulster Orchestra and Orchestra Nova in Dutton Epoch’s fifth CD devoted entirely to the music of Cecilia McDowall. The featured works, all recent and receiving their world première recordings, range from a sultry setting for soloists baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and violinist Tamás Kocsis of darkly evocative poems by Seán Street celebrating the tango, to a lively and inventive orchestral response to a painting by Turner depicting a train steaming across Maidenhead Viaduct. Also included in this richly diverse program is the atmospheric choral tribute Shipping Forecast and Crossing the Bridge, an evocative depiction of bridges in Central Europe, London and New York.
Keith Lockhart conducts Chadwick CHADWICK Adonais — Elegiac Overture, Cleopatra — Symphonic Poem, Pastoral Prelude, Sinfonietta BBC Concert Orchestra, Keith Lockhart Dutton • CDLX 7293
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IMPORT George Chadwick (1854-1931) was a leading American composer of his day. On this Dutton Epoch series recording, Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart leads the BBC Concert Orchestra in a selection of world première recordings, ranging from the delightful, affirmative Pastoral Prelude written when Chadwick was 36, to the gorgeous, impressionistic symphonic poem Cleopatra of 1904 with its “lush and amorous” tune for Cleopatra and “big clashing battle scene.” Also included are the Sinfonietta in D major of 1904 (effectively the composer’s fifth symphony) and the Shelley-inspired ‘elegiac overture’ Adonais of 1899. This is immediately approachable and lyrical music, containing some of Chadwick’s most memorable melodies.
York Bowen’s chamber music BOWEN Chamber Music Vol.2
Endymion Ensemble Dutton • LXBOX 2012
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IMPORT From CDLX 7115 (765387711528) Deleted December 2007 & CDLX 7129 (765387712921) Remains Available With this attractively priced 2-CD boxed set reissue, Dutton offers a second collection of music by English composer York Bowen. This set repackages the label’s two superb recordings of Bowen’s chamber music featuring the Endymion Ensemble. These outstanding performances were hailed by critics upon their initial release. The Horn Quintet and Horn Sonata played by Stephen Stirling are highlights, but the Sonatas for flute, oboe and clarinet are glorious as well, while the two trios (Rhapsody Trio and Trio in Three Movements) are consummately satisfying neo-romantic music.
Isabelle Faust plays Bach harmonia mundi
BACH Sonatas & Partitas Vol.2
Isabelle Faust (violin) harmonia mundi • HMC 902124
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IMPORT Isabelle Faust has gone back to the original manuscript sources to offer us her personal vision of these iconic masterpieces of the violin repertoire. In Bach’s time, music for solo instruments was still little explored territory, and his Sonatas and Partitas immediately established themselves as a benchmark, technically challenging and brimming with creativity. On the second and final volume of the set, Faust plays the “Sleeping Beauty” Stradivarius of 1704, kindly loaned to her by the L-Bank Baden-Württemberg.
“A poetic player with an irresistably warm sound, a tightly controlled vibrato and an athletic technique.” — BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Also available harmonia mundi • HMC 902059 (794881943821)
“Faust’s wonderfully focused playing pulls you right inside the music.” — THE TIMES (UK)
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol.1
Schubert’s glorious string quintet harmonia mundi
SCHUBERT String Quintet Op.163
Arcanto Quartet, Oliver Marron (cello) harmonia mundi • HMC 902106
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IMPORT Composed during the final weeks of Schubert’s life, the Quintet in C major for two violins, viola and two cellos ranks among his greatest accomplishments. Schubert’s decision to use a second cello (rather than the second viola as in Mozart’s quintets) adds to the overall richness of the piece and gives it a darker, more melancholy timbre. In its day, Schubert’s Quintet was truly a revolutionary work. It is truly symphonic in scope, with ‘orchestration’ that mimics motifs characteristics of writing for winds and brass. This new recording from the Arcanto Quartet and cellist Olivier Marron (2004 first prize winner at the international Johann Sebastian Bach competition in Leipzig, Germany) illuminates the colors and decodes the complexities of this timeless masterpiece.
“Absolutely stunning virtuosity and depth, so relentlessly powerful you didn’t dare move for fear you might get hurt.” — THE WASHINGTON POST
Debussy, Ravel & Dutilleux: String Quartets
harmonia mundi • HMC 902067 (0794881966929)
“The playing has muscle, incisiveness and drive, tempered by delicacy of nuance... a riveting disc.” — THE TELEGRAPH
The choral works of Samuel Barber harmonia mundi
Samuel Barber — An American Romantic BARBER Twelfth night, Op.42 No.1; To be sung on the water, Op.42 No.2; The virgin martyrs, Op.8, No.1; Let down the bars, O death, Op.8 No.2; Reincarnations, A stopwatch and an ordnance map, Op.15; Sure on this shining night, Op.13 No.3; Agnus Dei, Op. 1; The Lovers, Op.43; Easter Chorale
Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson harmonia mundi • HMU 807522
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“Conspirare has become renowned for expanding the boundaries of choral performance.” — THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
IMPORT / SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD On their new recording Samuel Barber — An American Romantic, Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare honor the great composer with a selection of some of his finest choral works. Barber’s lyrical melodies and unabashed romanticism have earned him a cherished place in the pantheon of 20th-century composers. Featured here are the beloved Agnus Dei (choral version of the famous Adagio for Strings) and other favorites such as Reincarnations and Sure on this Shining Night. The recording also presents two world premières. Barber’s Easter Chorale and the sensual, passionate The Lovers on poetry by Pablo Neruda are heard here in new versions for chamber ensemble and choir prepared especially for Conspirare by composer Robert Kyr.
Also available “Conspirare offer a recording that elevates the genre of the spiritual to an entirely new level of art music.” — CHORAL JOURNAL
harmonia mundi • HMU 807525 (093046752569)
Javier Perianes plays Beethoven harmonia mundi
Moto perpetuo BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas Nos.12, 17, 22 & 27 Javier Perianes (piano) harmonia mundi • HMC 902138
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IMPORT Man’s fascination with the theory of perpetual motion dates back thousands of years. Musical expressions of the concept span from Franco-Flemish polyphony to modern-day minimalism. Beethoven used the virtuoso technique several times in his piano sonatas, as illustrated by the collection of works assembled here. The acclaim accorded to the pianist Javier Perianes by audiences and critics alike confirms his status as one of Spain’s most exciting new artists. He has a growing international reputation and has also received rave reviews for his recordings for harmonia mundi, which include Schubert’s Impromptus and Mompou’s Música Callada.
— PIANO MAGAZINE
“Structurally, dramatically, psychologically, rhetorically, his playing betrays a keen perception and intelligence.”
Falla: Noches en los jardines de España
harmonia mundi • HMC 902099 (3149020209929)
“This is a disc to lift the spirits. Whether the music is sultry, strenuous or sunny, Javier Perianes plays with an infallible ear for style, atmosphere and colour.” — GRAMOPHONE
A Stephen Hough recital Stephen Hough’s French Album
Stephen Hough (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67890
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Alkan Bach Chabrier Chaminade Debussy Delibes Fauré Liszt Massenet Poulenc Ravel
La chanson de la folle au bord de la mer Toccata & Fugue in D minor, (arr. Alfred Cortot & Stephen Hough), Keyboard Concerto No.5, Arioso (arr. Alfred Cortot) Pièces pittoresques, No.2 Automne Clair de Lune Sylvia - Pizzicato (arr. Stephen Hough) Nocturne No.6, Improvisation in C sharp minor, Impromptu No.5, Barcarolle No.5 Réminiscences de La juive - Fantaisie brillante Crépuscule (arr. Stephen Hough) Mélancolie, Nocturne No.4, Improvisations, No.8 Alborada del gracioso
IMPORT Stephen Hough presents an enchanting program of French music, played with the filigree perfection and total command of the music’s expressive world that make him one of the most admired pianists of today. In typical Houghian style, this recital is full of surprises and lesser-known gems from the repertoire, as well as works by the masters Fauré, Ravel, Debussy and Poulenc. A particular delight is Hough’s own arrangement of the Massenet song “Crépuscule,” a ravishing exercise in creative yet faithful transcription. This release is both a tribute to the lyric genius which flowered in nineteenth- and twentieth-century France, and a glimpse into the musical mind of a great pianist.
Also available Hyperion • CDA 67267 (0034571172675)
“What all these very varied pieces demonstrate is Hough’s profound love of keyboard sound and textures.” — GRAMOPHONE
Stephen Hough’s Spanish Album
Hyperion • CDA 67565 (0034571175652)
“I cannot imagine many piano lovers failing to fall for this delectable and all-too-brief collection.” — GRAMOPHONE
Stephen Hough’s English Album
Respighi’s chamber music RESPIGHI Violin Sonatas, Cinque Pezzi, Valse caressante, Serenata Tanja Becker-Bender (violin), Péter Nagy (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67930
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IMPORT Respighi’s orchestral music is loved for its lavish, operatic fireworks and its pomp and circumstance. This recording of his music for violin and piano demonstrates a more tender and intimate side to the composer, and also shows what a master he was of melody. Respighi had many influences from all over Europe and an enthusiasm for German music which perhaps explains the pleasing echoes of Brahms and Schumann among others. The sonatas, especially the later in B minor, are important works of nineteenth-century chamber music, and gems such as the Valse caressante and the Serenata are suffused with lyrical elegance which is perfectly carried off by the wonderful violinist Tanja Becker-Bender.
Howard Shelley plays Spohr & Onslow SPOHR Piano Sonata in A flat Major, Rondoletto in G Major ONSLOW Piano Sonata in C minor, Six Pièces, Toccata in C major
Howard Shelley (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67947
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IMPORT Howard Shelley continues his appraisal of a composer who in his lifetime was classed with Mozart and Beethoven, and enjoyed international fame and admiration. Shelley is a master of the Classical-Romantic style and in his hands the music of Spohr, heard very little today, reveals a freshness and excitement that is utterly beguiling. Spohr’s Piano Sonata and Rondoletto are paired with works by George Onslow, Spohr’s exact contemporary. Both composers wrote very little piano music and this release comprises all their major works for the instrument. Again, music to charm and delight is rediscovered through Shelley’s expert performances.
Marwood’s surprising Schumann hyperion
The Romantic Violin Concerto — Vol.13 SCHUMANN Violin Concerto in D minor, Violin Concerto in A minor, Phantasie in C Major
Anthony Marwood (violin), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Douglas Boyd Hyperion • CDA 67847
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IMPORT Hyperion presents the thirteenth volume in their ongoing Romantic Violin Concerto series. Although more often featuring virtuoso showpieces by the composer — violinists of the nineteenth century, this collection also highlights works of great musical interest which for one reason or another have not entered the standard repertoire. The present disc collects all of the works for violin and orchestra by Robert Schumann. Although the composer’s concertos for piano and cello are among of the most beloved works in classical music, none of these works for violin has enjoyed the same success. That result will be surprising to the listener after hearing them played here by violinist Anthony Marwood in performances brimming with panache and brilliance. Included are the Violin Concerto in D minor, the Phantasie and the Violin Concerto in A minor (an arrangement of the cello concerto). Marwood is accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Douglas Boyd.
Previous release in the series “Golden tone and surefire musicianship.” — THE WASHINGTON POST
The Romantic Violin Concerto — Vol.12 Hyperion • CDA 67878 (0034571178783)
“Rhythmically taut, meticulously executed performances.” — GRAMOPHONE
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The glories of medieval France hyperion
Conductus Vol.1 — Music & Poetry from Thirteenth-Century France
John Potter (tenor), Christopher O’Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor) Hyperion • CDA 67949
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IMPORT Hyperion has long been a champion of music from the Medieval era. Combining the highest levels of scholarship with brilliant musicianship and award-winning recordings, Hyperion has helped open the ears of a generation of listeners to the musical riches of the Middles Ages. On this intriguing release, John Potter, Christopher O’Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump offer a selection of music from the Ars antiqua period. Focusing on a genre of sacred vocal works called the Conductus, the singers explore Western music’s first experiments in polyphony. Extensive booklet notes by musicologist Mark Everist probe into the intricacies of performance practice as well as analyzing the music and poetry in context.
Other titles of interest
Magister Leoninus Vol.1 Hyperion • CDH55328 (0034571153285)
“Absolutely stunning. Lost music re-born.” — BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Magister Leoninus Vol.2 Hyperion • CDH55338 (0034571153384)
“Highly recommended.” — FANFARE
Hyperion’s Brahms Song cycle continues hyperion
BRAHMS The Complete Songs, Vol.4
Robert Holl (bass-baritone), Graham Johnson (piano) Hyperion • CDJ 33124
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IMPORT With this release, pianist Graham Johnson’s latest project for Hyperion, the complete songs of Johannes Brahms, reaches its fourth volume. Brahms may be considered a giant of the Romantic era, but his songs and vocal works are far less familiar to listeners than much of his other music. However, there is so much to discover and enjoy in the beautiful, often elegiac melodies and characteristic piano writing present in his songs. The present recording features the songs of Op 94, as well as the Vier ernste Gesänge of Op 121. The singer is bassbaritone Robert Holl, who has been widely acclaimed for his live performances and recordings and is considered one of the most profound artists of the genre.
“Holl’s ability to embody not only the particular musical presence of each song, but also the emotional effect of every word, is unique.” — THE TIMES (UK)
Also available in the series Hyperion • CDJ 33121 (0034571131214)
“A highly desirable disc.” — INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol.2
Hyperion • CDJ 33122 (0034571131221)
“Imaginatively planned.” — BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
“A fine sense of artistry.”
Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol.1
— BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol.3
Hyperion • CDJ 33123 (0034571131238)
Mid-priced Helios series reissues SUK Piano Quartet, Four Pieces for Violin and piano, Piano Quintet Nash Ensemble Hyperion • CDH 55416
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IMPORT Previously Available as CDA 67448 (034571174488) Deleted April 2010 The music of Josef Suk, pupil of Dvorák and married to the elder composer’s daughter, is only now beginning to be recognized for its true worth. On this recording the Nash Ensemble presents three relatively early works, brimming with youthful enthusiasm but already showing considerable individuality and occasionally, a touch of the melancholy introspection which was to inform many of the composer’s later works. A talented violinist, Suk lends to his chamber compositions a true understanding of the genre, while his thoroughly Czech musical upbringing ensures strong representation for the folk and dance influences to be found in the music of many of his contemporaries.
Joan Rodgers (soprano), Kathryn Harries (mezzo-soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Simon Keenlyside (baritone), Michael George (bass), Scottish Opera Chorus, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jean-Yves Ossonce Hyperion • CDH 55428
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IMPORT Previously Available as CDA 66803 (034571168036) Deleted December 2010 Chabrier’s extraordinary, if incomplete, opera Briséïs is surely a precursor to Salome and approaches even that most lurid work in the gloriously opulent sensuality of its music. Performed at the Edinburgh Festival by some of the greatest singers of the day and recorded live by Hyperion, this thrilling performance stunned critics and public alike. Under the baton of Jean-Yves Ossonce, Joan Rodgers and Mark Padmore lead the brilliant cast, supported by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish Opera Chorus. A genuinely wonderful discovery, now available at mid-price.
The Talich Quartet play Debussy & Ravel la dolce volta
DEBUSSY String Quartet RAVEL String Quartet
Talich Quartet La Dolce Volta • LDV 08
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IMPORT Until Claude Debussy’s remarkable string quartet of 1893, a Germanic model had defined the genre. Debussy’s was the first quartet that sounded utterly and completely French. In it, modal thematic elements and parallel chord progressions characteristic of Impressionism are paired with a coloristic finesse and thematic development that are as breathtaking as the work’s visceral beauty. Ravel’s quartet, written almost a decade later, took the form’s transformation a step further. Using classical forms and structures, Ravel deftly combined the old and the new to create a work that is timelessly modern. The famed Talich Quartet is featured on this new recording for the La Dolce Volta label of these two cornerstones of the French repertoire.
“Scrupulous balances, spot-on intonation and an understated eloquence.” — THE WASHINGTON POST
Also available La Dolce Volta • LDV 100 (3770001901503)
“The kind of gracious musicality that never precludes the necessary expressive intensity.” — CLASSICSTODAY.COM
Mozart: String Quintets
La Dolce Volta • LDV 109 (3770001901527)
“The playing is all one could wish for. Not to be passed up.” — CLASSICSTODAY.COM
Mozart: String Quartets
Daniil Trifonov débuts with Tchaikovsky mariinsky
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1, Un poco di Chopin LISZT Schubert & Schumann Lieder Transcriptions Daniil Trifonov (piano), Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev Mariinsky • MAR 0530
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IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Daniil Trifonov, winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, is probably the world’s most exciting young pianist. On his first Mariinsky recording, he joins Valery Gergiev for a scintillating performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1. Trifonov also presents a selection of recital repertoire including music by Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Liszt transcriptions of Schubert and Schumann lieder. In 2011, Trifonov gave his début with the London Symphony Orchestra and has since performed with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as touring throughout the USA, Europe and the Far East. In the coming season he will make débuts with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Chicago Symphony orchestras, as well as performing recitals at Salle Pleyel, Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall and Wigmore Hall.
“Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair. He is also a thoughtful artist and, when so moved, he can play with soft-spoken delicacy, not what you associate with competition conquerors.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4, 5 & 6 (DVD) Mariinsky • MAR 0513 (0822231851325)
“These are keenly voiced performances of plentiful character, intrepid incident and abundant temperament.” — GRAMOPHONE
“With a clutch of competition successes behind him, and a diary bulging with international dates ahead of him, Trifonov is very hot property.” — THE TIMES
“The way Daniil Trifonov played, you’d say he was a mature master, rather than a mere 20-year-old. Power in spades, crystalline passagework, and a pearlised singing tone: he’s already got it all.” — THE INDEPENDENT
Rameau transcriptions for 2 harpsichords mirare
RAMEAU Symphonies for Two Harpsichords
Pierre Hantaï (harpsichord), Skip Sempé (harpsichord) Mirare • MIR 164
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IMPORT The numerous instrumental pieces or symphonies found in the dramatic works of Rameau are remarkably effective when played on the harpsichord. The composer himself, with his transcription of Les Indes Galantes, invited other musicians to continue this tradition. Seizing on the formidable array of material available in his operas, including Platée, Dardanus and Les Paladins, Pierre Hantaï and Skip Sempé take obvious pleasure in revealing, through their two harpsichords, the immense richness of this music, which is full of surprises and imagination.
“Hantaï’s playing is wonderfully responsive to the wealth of expressive nuance.” — BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
“Skip Sempé is known for a love of spontaneity, which informs his solo erformances and enlivens the duos.” — GRAMOPHONE
Also available Mirare • MIR 027 (3760127220275)
“Persuasive and winning performances.”
— BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Paradizo • PA 9003 (5425019979010)
“If you buy just one Scarlatti disc... make it this one.” — BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin
Superstars play Shostakovich concertos praga
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No.1; Piano Concerto No.2; Violin Concerto No.1
David Oistrakh (violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Leonard Bernstein (piano), Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Yevgeny Mravinsky, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy Praga • PRD 350059
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IMPORT SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD Offered together for the first time, this new SACD remastering from Praga features historic recordings of three acclaimed concertos by Dmitri Shostakovich, performed by the soloists who made them famous. David Oistrakh is heard in the first Violin Concerto, the earliest work of the trio, dating from 1947. Mstislav Rostropovich, backed by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, is soloist in the first Cello Concerto. The album’s centerpiece is a performance of the lighthearted second Piano Concerto featuring Leonard Bernstein as soloist, conducting the New York Philharmonic from the keyboard.
Shostakovich: Song of the Forests
Praga • PRD 350060 (3149028020526)
Brubeck’s classic Time Out now on sacd Time Out
Dave Brubeck Quartet APO • CAPJ 8192 SA
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DOMESTIC SACD Hybrid/ Stereo/ DSD File in: Jazz Virtually all serious and even casual music lovers ought to be familiar with (or at least are likely to have heard) the Dave Brubeck Quartet, even without realizing it — for the quartet’s best-known hit “Take Five” has graced the soundtracks of multiple films, including Mighty Aphrodite, Pleasantville and Constantine. The piece is famous for its distinctive, catchy saxophone melody, as well as its use of unusual 5/4 time — so distinctive, it’s a rare jazz track that became a pop hit. Including the monster hit “Take Five,” the Brubeck Quartet’s Time Out is a jazz and audiophile classic. The accompanying booklet gives listeners a glimpse inside the creative process via notes written by Dave Brubeck and the quartet’s alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond, who penned “Take Five.” Also included are fantastic photos shot during the recording session at Columbia’s famous 30th Street Studios.
Also available LSO Live • LSO 0011 (5030820022321)
“Dave Brubeck is unique among jazz’s elder statesmen. While most have remained locked in eternal competition with their past, struggling to approximate heroic statements made in their prime, Brubeck has waited for audiences to catch up with him.” — DAILY TELEGRAPH
Live with the London Symphony Orchestra
Holly Cole on sacd apo
Holly Cole APO • CAPP 048 SA
Don’t Smoke In Bed
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Holly Cole Trio APO • CAPP 049 SA
Over the past decade, new talents such as Cassandra Wilson, Patricia Barber and Holly Cole have redefined the world of female jazz vocals. Offered here in a SACD remastering by APO, Cole’s Temptation, a 1995 Blue Note release, is the artist’s musical tribute to the writings of Tom Waits. Standouts include a catchy version of “Jersey Girl” and a rendition of “The Briar and the Rose” augmented by the Canadian Brass. On Don’t Smoke in Bed, Cole’s second album, she explores a number of styles. Ranging from pop, blues, country and a French ballad to her standard, low-key jazz, Cole demonstrates that not only does she have impeccable taste, but she has the talent to make all of the material sound convincing. A longtime audiophile favorite, APO present the album in a remastering for SACD that further clarifies just what a fine recording it is.
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Indian jazz fusion plus loin
Hati — sur les bords du Gange
Nicholas Genest Plus Loin • PL 4550
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IMPORT File in: Jazz One of the most highly-regarded musicians in France today, jazz trumpeter Nicolas Genest has enjoyed a rich career, from live performances to solo recordings and movie soundtracks. Over the past ten years, Genest’s many collaborations and journeys around the world with various groups have renewed his inspiration and his musical freshness. Genest’s new album, Hati — sur les bords du Gange, brings together an all-star group of musicians in a celebration of the many colors and facets of Indian music, blending them into a jazz sound that is both genre-bending and absolutely unique.
Guitar legend Pat Martino Alone Together
Pat Martino, Bobby Rose HighNote â€˘ HCD 7242
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IMPORT File in: Jazz Guitarist Pat Martino is a legend for more than his speed-demon virtuosity at high-velocity tempos or his angelic harmonies on ballads. He has also faced death several times and tells the tale of his survival and recovery with a perspective akin to a zen master. Alone Together, featuring recordings from Martinoâ€™s personal collection, documents the easy interplay and instant chemistry that he had forged with rhythm guitarist Bobby Rose on their first duet tour together during the summer of 1977. Some of the tracks come from home recordings done at Martinoâ€™s home in Philadelphia while others were recorded in live settings, either in Ann Arbor or Toronto. They document a brief but fertile period of creativity for Pat in a format which he was never to revisit on such a regular basis. Rose is the perfect accompanist, telepathically locked in and anticipating every harmonic twist and turn. Both men were at the very peak of their powers during these years and to have these superb performances preserved for posterity is a true gift for guitarists and jazz fans in general.
Bergonzi’s modern tenor sax style Shifting Gears
Jerry Bergonzi Savant • SCD 2123
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IMPORT File in: Jazz Jerry B e r g o n z i ’s quintessentially modern tenor sax style melds the linear, chromatic approach of such greats as Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter with the horizontal, chordal techniques of John Coltrane. His tone is full-bodied with an occasional hard edge, enhanced by a savvy use of dynamics and creatively varied articulation. He’s an expressive and versatile player, as comfortable playing the hoariest of jazz standards as he is playing an Ornette-ish free tune. Above all, his manner of playing is utterly spontaneous and distinctive. Along with such contemporaries as Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker and Dave Liebman, Bergonzi has helped define the modern approach to his instrument. Featuring pianist Bruce Barth and trumpeter Phil Grenadier, Shifting Gears is Bergonzi’s first quintet recording for Savant Records and finds in him in fine form as a player and as a composer. Jerry’s quirky compositions always challenge the listener but, at the same time, never do they alienate them, keeping one foot within the bounds of tradition, even if it is sometimes just within those bounds.
Also available Savant • SCD 2110 (633842211022)
“This effort enhances his position as one of the most important artists in jazz today.” — ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM
Geoff Love x 2 Big War Movie Themes; Big Concerto Movie Themes
Geoff Love & His Orchestra Dutton • CDLK 4468
Mountain Fire; Beyond the Mountains
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Manuel & The Music of the Mountains Dutton • CDLK 4476
Price Code: A22 (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98) IMPORT File in: Nostalgia/Easy Listening
Geoff Love was a British easy listening orchestra leader. Under his own name, he recorded many albums for EMI’s Music For Pleasure label, often featuring film or television themes or other instrumental music. In addition to working as an arranger for artists such as Johnny Mathis and Connie Francis, Love also was a composer, writing the theme music for the ITV sitcom Bless This House. On this disc comprising the albums Big War Movie Themes and Big Concerto Movie Themes, Love offers a collection of music from films including Ron Goodwin’s Where Eagles Dare and Maurice Jarre’s Lawrence of Arabia. Big Concerto Movie Themes has a more serious tone, focusing on the influence of classical composers on the cinema. Recording under the name Manuel & The Music of The Mountains, Love released several LPs on EMI’s Studio 2 Stereo record label. This Dutton recording collects two of Love’s ‘Manuel’ albums on one disc.
Fado’s newest rising star Price Code: A18 (Suggested Retail Price: $18.98)
Claudia Aurora World Village • 450020
IMPORT File in: World / Europe / Portugal A powerful new voice on the fado scene, Claudia Aurora is the genre’s newest rising star. Silêncio, the singer-songwriter’s début album, is the first collection of original fado songs to be recorded in the UK since the great Amália Rodrigues recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1952. Originally from Oporto, Portugal, Aurora has been based in Bristol, UK since 2003 and has built a reputation as a stunning live performer. She has organized numerous fado events in the UK, adding live Portuguese poetry to create complete cultural celebrations. Silêncio is a showcase for both her powerful voice and her unique songs.
Rossell’s tribute to Moustaki
Marina Rossell World Village • 498051
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IMPORT File in: World / Europe / Spain Catalan superstar Marina Rossell presents Canta Moustaki — a new studio album that pays tribute to the great French singer-songwriter Georges Moustaki. Produced by Eduard Iniesta, Canta Moustaki includes a selection of Moustaki’s greatest hits, performed in collaboration with a who’s who of guest artists including Roger More, who sings on “El Cartero” and Paco Ibáñez, who joins Rossell for “Le Métèque.” However, the disc’s true highlight is “Marmara,” a previously unreleased track on which Rossell is joined by Georges Moustaki himself. To complete the tribute, the album’s booklet includes drawings by Moustaki.
Ethnic music collections from Ocora ocora
Japan: Classical and Courtly Songs of the Ryukyu Choichi Terukina, Shinjin Kise, Masaya Yamauchi Ocora • C 560244
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IMPORT File in: World / Asia / Japan The Okinawa archipelago (formerly the independent kingdom of Ryukyu) is situated at a crossroads of cultural influences (Japan, China and South East Asia). Blending these elements, Okinawa developed an original musical style, demonstrated here with a collection of classical and courtly songs accompanied on the sanshin lute. Performers include National Living Treasure Choichi Terukina, as well as Shinjin Kise and Masaya Yamauchi.
Korea: Gayageum Sanjo — Choi Ok-Sam School
Kim Hae-Sook, Yoon Ho-Se Ocora • C 560247
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IMPORT File in: World / Asia / Korea This set featuring instrumental compositions from the Korean peninsula focuses on zither music of the Choi Ok-Sam School. The performers offer a selection of sanjo — improvisational compositions derived mostly from traditional pansori singing that form a structured instrumental suite. Accompanied by Yoon Ho-Se on the buk drum, Kim HaeSook plays the twelve-string gayageum zither with virtuosic serenity, painting a musical landscape of exaltation and restrained emotion.
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World Village Onyx
Jerusalem Quartet Amjad Ali Khan Paul Lewis
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Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev Denis Matsuev Takács Quartet, Marc-André Hamelin Tokyo String Quartet
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