Below is a list of all classical CD titles released in the last 120 days.
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Mozart: Gran Partita - Wind Serenades K. 361 & 375
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 7/May/2021 ]
When Mozart took up the popular genre of the serenade, it was to transcend it and lend it new lustre. A festive masterpiece of simplicity and emotion, his Gran Partitaquickly became a genuine 'hit'! Thanks to the distinctive, spellbinding timbres of...
ROBERTO GERHARD / WILLIAM WALTON / IGOR STRAVINSKY
Gerhard: The Plague / Walton: Facade / Stravinsky: L'Histoire du soldat [The Soldier's Tale]
Alec McCowen, Glenda Jackson, Rudolf Nureyev, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Paul Scofield (narrators) / National Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, etc
[ Australian Deutsche Grammophon Eloquence / 2 CD - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
A trio of twentieth-century classics, sardonic and timely tales, in long-unavailable Decca/Argo recordings from the 1970s.
Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin
Andrè Schuen (baritone), Daniel Heide (piano)
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 5/Mar/2021 ]
Schubert's song cycle Die schöne Müllerin, written almost two hundred years ago, is one of the supreme tests of the lieder singer's art. The duo brings to life the story of a young miller who wanders the countryside in search of work and sees his...
Brahms: Piano Concertos
András Schiff (piano), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
[ ECM New Series / 2 CD - released 4/Jun/2021 ]
"..the sound of his Blüthner - with its much less overpowering lower register than we are used to hearing from modern Steinways - blends beautifully with the soft grained OAE strings." Guardian
Weinberg: String Quartets Nos 2,5, and 8, Vol.1
[ Chandos / CD - released 26/Mar/2021 ]
The seventeen string quartets of Weinberg span nearly half a century, from his student days in Warsaw to the end of his career in Moscow, and show his development as a composer more clearly than his work in any other genre. The Second Quartet,...
Benjamin Grosvenor: Liszt
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
[ Decca Music Group / CD - released 19/Feb/2021 ]
"One may miss Arrau's golden-toned largesse or the gaunter classicism of Fleisher, Curzon and Brendel, yet Grosvenor's Liszt Sonata clearly belongs in such company." Gramophone Editor's Choice March 2021
Purcell: Royal Odes
Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (counter-tenor), Charles Daniels (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass), The King's Consort, Robert King
[ Vivat / CD - released 26/Feb/2021 ]
"It's hard to imagine these performances bettered. This is music Robert King and The King's Consort have recorded before, but there's a sheen and poise to these new accounts" Gramophone Editor's Choice March 2021
ROBERT SCHUMANN / CLARA SCHUMANN
Album für die Frau
Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Joseph Middleton (piano)
[ BIS / CD - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
Eight scenes from a woman's life, told through songs by the Schumanns
Ritchie: Symphony No. 5 'Childhood'
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Young
[ Rattle Records / CD - released 23/Apr/2021 ]
Performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in the newly restored Christchurch Town Hall under the very sure baton of conductor and album producer, Kenneth Young, Symphony No. 5 "Childhood" is an optimistic work that uses childhood as a metaphor...
Widor: Complete Organ Symphonies / 5: Organ Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 / Symphony No. 8 / I. Prélude (original 1887 version)
Christian von Blohn (organ)
[ Naxos / CD - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
Widor's cycle of ten organ symphonies underwent profound development and transformation over many years. Classical elements became more obviously virtuosic and, by the time of these Op. 42 symphonies, his musical language had become monumental....
Erinnerung: Homage To Humperdinck
Christina Landshamer (soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Hinrich Alpers (piano), Schumann Quartet, Bamberger Symphoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 2 CD - released 23/Apr/2021 ]
2021 is the centenary of Humperdinck's death and is the ideal moment to take a fresh look at this great composer. Deutsche Grammophon pays tribute to his achievements with Erinnerung: Homage to Humperdinck.
JOHANN SIMON MAYR
Mayr: Messa di Gloria
Dorota Szczepánska, Anna Feith, Freya Apffelstaedt, Maia Grazia Insam, Markus Schäfer, Fang Zhi, Thomas Stimmel, Elia Merguet, Simon Mayr Chorus
[ Naxos / CD - released 23/Apr/2021 ]
Mayr's Masses were in demand across Europe, and their composition is rooted in the Italian tradition of the messa concertata which demands division into separate vocal numbers. The Mass in E minor has long been recognised as an outstanding example of...
GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
Handel: Messiah (Complete Oratorio recorded in 1997) 2 CDs + Blu-ray audio
Dorothea Roschmann, Susan Gritton, Bernardo Fink, Charles Daniels, Neal Davies / Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh
[ Archiv / 3 CD - released 12/Mar/2021 ]
"A bright and individual reading, bringing out the drama of the music, with extreme speeds in both directions." * * * 3 Stars PENGUIN STEREO GUIDE
TELEMANN / HANDEL / BACH / BOCCHERINI / VIVALDI / etc
Emmanuel Pahud, Beatrice Rana, Alison Balsom, Piotr Anderszewski, Nathalie Stutzmann, Philippe Jaroussky, etc
[ Warner Classics / CD - released 19/Feb/2021 ]
Top-class journey into the Baroque including many highly reviewed recordings.
Wolf-Ferrari: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3
Emmanuele Baldini (violin), Luca Delle Donne (piano)
[ Naxos / CD - released 23/Apr/2021 ]
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's reputation rests largely on his operas, but the instrumental music he composed at the beginning and end of his career deserves a wider currency. The influence of Brahms can be detected in the First and Second Violin Sonatas,...
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
[ Inertia / CD - released 14/May/2021 ]
Not strictly classical, jazz or ambient electronica, this one-track, nine-movement album embodies the highest, most etiolated aspects of all three disciplines. British artist Sam "Floating Points" Shepherd is the anchor here, an electronic free...
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2
Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Martin Helmchen (piano)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
2020 saw the release of the first instalment in this three-album traversal of Beethoven's violin sonatas - a recording that has garnered distinctions such as Choc de Classica and Cum Laude (Luister), with performances that 'wed classical verve to a...
Handel: Concerti grossi Op. 3 and Op. 6
Georg Kallweit, Bernhard Forck , Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
[ Pentatone / 3 CD - released 12/Mar/2021 ]
BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES OF HANDEL'S MASTERWORKS Handel's concerti grossi Op. 3 and Op. 6 are among the most exceptional instrumental music of the baroque age, and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin brings out all the brilliance of these delightful...
TOMAS LUIS de VICTORIA
Passion: Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae
Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall, Capella Reial de Cata
[ Alia Vox / 3 CD/Book - released 28/May/2021 ]
Tomás Luis de Victoria's Officium Hebdomadæ Sanctæ is one of the most compelling examples of creative genius in a composer, a toweringly poignant and masterpiece on the Passion of Christ, a pure but infinitely subtle creation.
ERNEST CHAUSSON / EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA / SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Hilary Hahn - Paris
Hilary Hahn (violin) / Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mikko Franck
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 12/Mar/2021 ]
"Paris," says Hahn, "is about expression, it's about emotion, it's about feeling connected to a city and a cultural intersection, in a way that's inspiring for the player and the listener."