Below is a list of all classical CD titles released in the last 90 days.
Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 4
Quatuor Arod, with Marianne Crebassa (mezzo-soprano)
[ Erato / Warner Classics / CD - released 18/Dec/2017 ]
"The first movement Allegro kicks off at a frantic pace one imagines cannot help degenerating into a scramble - but which never does, such is these players' hair-trigger clarity of articulation and volatility of expression." BBC Music Chamber Choice
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 / Trois Nouvelles Etudes (Rec 1958, 61 & 62)
Arthur Rubinstein (piano) / Symphony of the Air / New Symphony Orchestra of London
[ RCA Rubinstein Collection / CD - released 16/Dec/2017 ]
."When we listen to Rubinstein at his finest, we come in contact with that rarest of rarities - a healthy, sanguine, affirmative genius." Washington Post
ROBERT SCHUMANN / CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS
Schumann & Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos
Jacqueline du Pre (cello) / New Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim
[ Warner Classics Original Jacket / CD - released 16/Dec/2017 ]
"Impressively remastered, spectacular in its realism, with well-defined detail, superb warmth and body, and fine perspective."
Brahms:MARBECKS COLLECTABLE - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 Op 15 / Capriccio Op 76 No 2 / Intermezzo Op 118 No 6 / Rhapsody Op 79 No 1
Arthur Rubinstein (piano) / Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
[ RCA Rubinstein Collection Vol 34 / CD - released 15/Dec/2017 ]
"When we listen to Rubinstein at his finest, we come in contact with that rarest of rarities - a healthy, sanguine, affirmative genius. On disc, as it was in person, the playing is full-hearted and honest, without distortion or neurotic excess....
MORRICONE, PIOVANI, ROTA
Cinema Per Archi
Luigi Piovano, Archi di Santa Cecilia
[ Arcana / CD - released 15/Dec/2017 ]
'Oscar™ Cinema' might be a suitable alternative title for the new CD with which the strings of the Santa Cecilia Academy (Archi di Santa Cecilia) under the direction of Luigi Piovano - principal cellist of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di...
ANONYMOUS / TRADITIONAL / ARNE / HOWELLS / QUILTER / etc
Songs of England
Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano), Ernest Lush (piano) / Norma Procter (contralto), Alec Redshaw (piano)
[ Australian Decca Eloquence / CD - released 13/Dec/2017 ]
In the August 1953 issue of Opera magazine, the editor looked back on outstanding vocal achievements in the preceding season of opera. Drawing largely from stagings in London, he could pick out Maria Callas as Norma, Kathleen Ferrier as Orpheus and...
BIZET / BOITO / DONIZETTI / VERDI / GOUNOD / etc
Duets - Rolando Villazón & Ildar Abdrazakov
Rolando Villazón (tenor) Ildar Abdrazakov (bass) / Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 13/Dec/2017 ]
Three exceptional artists join forces for an operatic treat! Star tenor Rolando Villazón, who was just named artistic director of Salzburg Mozart week, Ildar Abdrazakov, one of the most sought-after young basses in the operatic world (Vanity Fair),...
HINDEMITH / MAXWELL DAVIES / ELGAR / LEIGHTON / BRIDGE / etc
Simon Preston: The Argo Organ Recordings - 20th-Century Organ Recordings
Simon Preston (the organ of the Church of St John, Islington, Organ of Royal Festival Hall, etc)
[ Australian Decca Eloquence / 2 CD - released 13/Dec/2017 ]
Three original Argo albums demonstrating the vitality and variety of 20th-century organ music, newly remastered and compiled together for the first time in a 2CD set, with new booklet notes on the music and a tribute to Simon Preston. Simon...
Auber: Le domino noir / Gustave III Ballet Music
Sumi Jo, Isabelle Vernet, Bruce Ford, Patrick Power / London Voices & English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge
[ Australian Decca Eloquence / 2 CD - released 13/Dec/2017 ]
"Bonynge makes the ideal advocate, moulding melodies, springing rhythms and aerating textures to make the music sparkle from first to last. … The recording is among Decca's most vivid." Penguin Guide
GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
Bernadette Greevy (contralto), Joan Sutherland (soprano), William Herbert (tenor), Hervey Alan (bass), Forbes Robinson (bass)
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 10/Dec/2017 ]
"An earlier generation of superb Handelians, led by Joan Sutherland, Bernadette Greevy's opulent contralto, William Herbert's textured tenor and the refulgent basses of Hervey Alan and Forbes Robinson." BBC Music
Christmas at Westminster Abbey
Choir of Westminster Abbey, Simon Preston, with Christopher Herrick, organ
[ Deutsche Grammophon Eloquence / CD - released 10/Dec/2017 ]
"The Choir of Westminster Abbey is on its toes in a lively mixture of old and new, familiar and less so." Gramophone
VERDI / PUCCINI /GOUNOD / LOTTI / TOSTI / etc
Dame Nellie Melba (soprano)
[ Decca Eloquence / CD - released 10/Dec/2017 ]
The farewell performance of Dame Nellie Melba, world-famous prima donna of her day, on the stage of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she had sung hundreds of times over an unprecedented span of 40 years, remains a justly famous occasion,...
Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez / Fantasia para un Gentilhombre / etc
Julian Bream (guitar) / Chamber Orchestra of Europe, RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner, Leo Brouwer
[ Sony RCA Classical Masters / CD - released 10/Dec/2017 ]
"There is Bream's marvellous performance of the solo part, excellent orchestral playing and excellent recording." (Gramophone)
MESSAGER / DEBUSSY / DELIBES / STRAVINSKY / THOMAS / etc
Mirages: opera araias & songs
Sabine Devieilhe (soprano) & Alexandre Tharaud (piano) / Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth
[ Warner Classics / CD - released 10/Dec/2017 ]
"Delage's Quatre Poèmes Hindous, in which the well-travelled composer makes a Western chamber ensemble sound unnervingly like sarod, sitar and Indian flute, are especially beguiling...Devieilhe is mesmerising, sounding deliciously clear and radiant
Bizet: Carmen (highlights)
Leontyne Price, Franco Corelli, Mirella Freni, Robert Merrill / Wiener Staatsopernchor, Herbert von Karajan
[ Sony RCA Classical / CD - released 10/Dec/2017 ]
Recorded in 1963
W. A. MOZART / JOSEF HAYDN / LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN / FRANZ SCHUBERT
Beethoven: The Complete Wartime Piano Sonata Recordings
Wilhelm Kempff (piano)
[ APR / 4 CD Box Set - released 10/Dec/2017 ]
"The original recordings are sonically well balanced and give a good measure of Kempff's sonority. While the rare shellac pressings are admittedly of poor quality, any extreme noise reduction on transfer agent Mark Obert-Thorn's part would have compr
BRAHMS / STRAUSS
Brahms & Strauss
Joseph Moog (piano), German Radio Philharmonic, Nicholas Milton (conductor)
[ Onyx / CD - released 8/Dec/2017 ]
Brahms was 48 years old and at the height of his powers when he completed his Piano Concerto No.2. The Olympian B flat Concerto is, famously, not only one of the most technically challenging of all piano concertos to play but also one of the longest...
From Baroque To Fado: A Journey Through Portuguese Music
Quintans, Ribeiro, Amaral, Oliveira, Os Músicos do Tejo, M. Magalhães
[ Naxos / CD - released 8/Dec/2017 ]
Recorded live at the spectacular Grande Auditório of the Fundação Gulbenkian in Lisbon, this unique occasion brings together the voices of celebrated early music soprano Ana Quintans and popular fado singer Ricardo Ribeiro in an exotic journey...
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande.
Christian Gerhaher, Magdalena Kožená, Bernarda Fink, Franz-Josef Selig / London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Simon Rattle
[ LSO Live SACD + BLU-RAY AUDIO / 4 Hybrid SACD - released 6/Dec/2017 ]
Sir Simon Rattle leads an all-star cast in this highly-anticipated new recording of Debussy s evocative opera Pelléas et Mélisande. It was captured in January 2016 during performances of an innovative collaboration between Rattle and Peter Sellars,...