Symphony No 18; Mieczyslaw Weinberg; Andrew Balio, St Petersburg Chamber Chorus, St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Lande; NAXOS 8573190; 1 CD:
- Dedicated to “the memory of those who fell in the Great Patriotic War” (1941-45), Symphony No. 18 is the centerpiece of Weinberg's symphonic trilogy On the Threshold of War.
- This is the fourth recording of Weinberg Symphonies from these artists.
- For more information about Vladimir Lande visit vladimirlande.com.
Sonatas for Solo Violin; Eugene Ysaye; Tianwa Yang; NAXOS 8572995; 1 CD:
- Each of these demanding sonatas is dedicated to a fellow violinist and friend—Szigeti, Thibaud, Enescu, Kreisler and Quiroga—whose style of performance they reflect.
- For more information about Tianwa Yang visit tianwayang.com.
Overtures and Entr’actes; Giacomo Meyerbeer; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Darrell Ang; NAXOS 8573195; 1 CD:
- These overtures and orchestral pieces illustrate the power of Meyerbeer’s writing, his sense of drama, orchestral coloring and melodic beauty.
- For more information about this recording click here.
- This is the sequel to the recently released Ballet Music from the Operas [Naxos 8.573076].
Shattered Glass; Margaret Brouwer; Blue Streak Ensemble; NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8559763; 1 CD:
- This world première recording of Margaret Bower’s chamber music reveals some of her most personal musical statements to date.
- For more information about Margaret Brouwer visit margaretbrouwer.com.
Piano Works; Lloyd, Mennin; Myron Silberstein; NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8559767; 1 CD:
- Norman Lloyd was an influential American composition professor that taught at Juilliard and Oberlin. He also had a keen interest in dance, working with leading figures such as Martha Graham and Jose Limon.
- Peter Mennin’s work as a teacher at Juilliard and Peabody often overshadows his compositional output that includes nine symphonies, as well as concertos, chamber works and music for solo piano.
- For more information about this release click here.
Out of Darkness; Jake Heggie; Caitlin Lynch; Sarah Larsen; Morgan Smith; Music of Remembrance; Minah Miller; NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8559770; 1 CD:
- This sixth Naxos album, Out of Darkness from Music of Remembrance is a moving musical witness to survival in the face of unimaginable adversity.
- Music of Remembrance fills a unique cultural role in Seattle and throughout the United States by remembering Holocaust musicians and their art through musical performances, educational programs, musical recordings and commissions of new works.
- For more information visit musicofremembrance.org.
Violin Concertos; Joseph Haydn; Midori Seiler, Concerto Köln; Berlin Classics BC0300550; 1 CD:
- Midori Seiler, the Baroque violinist of German-Japanese origin, already proved her skill at revealing new sides to great works with her recordings of the violin partitas of J.S. Bach.
- Haydn demonstrates a pioneer spirit in these works. According to Seiler “There is certainly a hint of the sound of the Baroque era, but there are also ideas that reach far into the future.”
- Seiler is assisted by musicians from Concerto Köln, an ensemble with an international reputation of over three decades that’s never lost its young and dynamic appeal. All of the musicians perform on period instruments in such a technically flawless, individual and charming manner that the listener must surely succumb to the essence of this music.
- For more information visit midoriseiler.com.
Whitacre Choral Works, Volume 1; Whitacre; BYU Singers, Ronald Stahell; BYU Records YCD0213EW1; 1 CD:
- Conductor Dr. Ronald Staheli first made contact with Whitacre while the composer was still a Juilliard School student. Since that time the BYU Singers have performed his music with great worldly success.
- After being out of print for some years, this re-mastered album preserves its original beauty while taking advantage of today’s technology to deliver the best-sounding recording possible.
- For complete information about the BYU Singers visit singers.byu.edu.
Whitacre Choral Works, Volume 2; Whitacre; BYU Singers, BYU Concert Choir, BYU Women's Chorus; BYU Records YCD0314EW2; 1 CD:
- This follow-up to Choral Works, Vol. 1, includes not only Whitacre’s compositions for accompanied choir, but also a cappella pieces written since 2001.
ABBA for Orchestra; Andersson, Ulvaeus; Carl Davis, Philharmonia Orchestra; Carl Davis Collection CDC024; 1 CD:
- Following their 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win, ABBA went on to become one of the most popular groups of all time. Carl Davis saw the performance that night and admired their cleverness and sheer cheekiness.
- Forty years later, he decided to record an ABBA for Orchestra CD after successfully recording and marketing Beatles for Orchestra and Bond for Orchestra.
- “...I thought it valid to create purely instrumental versions and reveal the great qualities of the songs...” –Carl Davis
- American-born Carl Davis has lived in the UK since 1961. Click here for more information.
Prussian Quartets 1-3; Ignaz Pleyel; Pleyel Quartett Koeln; cpo 777777-2; 1 CD:
- Following their Prussian Quartets Nos. 4-9 recordings, the Pleyel Quartet of Cologne now present Ignaz Pleyel's String Quartet Nos. 1-3. These quartets were extremely popular during Pleyel's lifetime and transmit a clear picture of his versatility in the field of chamber music.
- The Pleyel Quartet, drawing on the most historically accurate sources for their interpretations, employ dramatic harmonies and tonal surprises to produce their special impact.
- For more information about the Pleyel Quartet visit pleyelquartett.de.
Hidden Treasures of Italy; Lidarti, Razetti, Montanari, Nardini, Siermen; Stefano Montanari, Arion Baroque Orchestra; Early-Music.com EMCCD-7776; 1 CD:
- World premiere recording of these works.
- Violinist and conductor Stefano Montanari employs all the expressive resources and devices of his instrument to introduce these hidden treasures of the Italian violin concerto repertoire.
- Worthy musical heirs to Corelli and Vivaldi, the little known Razetti and A.M. Montanari were able to transform their stylistic models into original creations, while the likes of Lidarti, Nardini and Lombardini composed in a fresh and lively idiom that gave rise to Classicism.
- Montanari will enthrall listeners with his virtuosity, but also with the contagious passion of his playing, a passion he also transmits to Arion Baroque Orchestra.
- For more information about Montanari visit stefanomontanari.biz.
Night Stories: Nocturnes; Various composers; Jenny Lin; hänssler CLASSIC 98037; 1 CD:
- For her new hänssler CLASSIC release, pianist Jenny Lin selected a program of night pieces that speak to both the sensual and more complex psychological aspects of nocturnal experiences—of things hidden from the light of day.
- Includes Debussy's “Clair de Lune,” Schumann's “In der Nacht,” Liszt's “Liebestraum” and three Chopin Nocturnes.
- “…above all, a crystalline clarity of phrasing and voice-leading, and a remarkably sensitive touch” –BBC Music Magazine
- For more information about Jenny Lin visit jennylin.net.
Most kezdodik a tánc; Various composers; Sánta Ferenc Jr., The Hungarian National Gypsy Orchestra; Hungaroton HCD10337; 1 CD:
- Sánta Ferenc Jr., one of the most famous and renowned Hungarian gypsy musicians and the 2007 Kossuth Prize winner, displays the virtuosity of his craft.
- He is founding member of the 100 Member Gipsy Orchestra and currently artistic director and leading violinist of the Hungarian National Gypsy Orchestra.
- The 1995 Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary recipient and 2002 winner of the Ferenc Liszt Award, he was selected as a Budapest Honorary Citizen in 2011.
Poems and Prayers; Mohammed Fairouz; Sasha Cooke, David Krakauer, David Kravitz, UCLA Philharmonia, Chorale and University Chorus, Neal Stulberg; Sono Luminus DSL-92177; 1 CD:
- Symphony No.3, Poems and Prayers is a poetic Middle Eastern journey scored for solo vocalists, large mixed chorus and orchestra. Leading the performance are GRAMMY® award winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and critically acclaimed baritone David Kravitz.
- Commissioned by The Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development at Northeastern University, the symphony expresses ancient and modern texts ranging from the Aramaic Kaddish to modern Israeli and Arabic poetry by Mahmoud Darwish, Yehuda Amichai and Fadwa Tuqan.
- “A young man’s extraordinary effort to say what needs to be said, feel what needs to be felt and demonstrate what needs to be demonstrated about the Israeli and Palestinian morass in the Middle East.” -Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times (on Symphony No.3, Poems & Prayers)
- For more information about Mohammed Fairouz visit mohammedfairouz.com.
The Baroque Virtuoso; Bach, Geminiani, Biber; Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Tafelmusik Media TMK1026CD; 1 CD:
- Tafelmusik's Music Director since 1981, violinist Jeanne Lamon is loved by audiences and praised by critics for her virtuosity and brilliant leadership.
- Including beloved works such as “Summer” from The Four Seasons, the Bach Concerto in D for two violins, and a diverse selection of baroque repertoire, this Limited Edition CD was selected from 20 years of Lamon's performances.
- For information about Jeanne Lamon and Tafelmusik visit tafelmusik.org.