Below is a list of all classical CD titles released in the last 120 days.
Baroque Christmas: Sanctus
[ Alto / CD - released 3/Dec/2021 ]
"this is a studiously well-curated programme (by Jeffrey Skidmore) of music for the Nativity, almost all from the baroque period. In our view It provides a superior and enjoyable listening experience for Christmas-time" (MusicalMerit) "Recommended...
Christmas Poetry & Prose: Read by Great Voices
[ Alto / CD - released 3/Dec/2021 ]
"Few things capture Christmas as well as poetry, and many have become standard, including ones whose verses became carols too" Readers include: Alec Guinness, Robert Donat, Richard Burton, Dulcie Gray, Dylan Thomas Robert Frost, Annette...
GILLIAN WHITEHEAD / ROSIE LANGABEER / JOHN PSATHAS / GARETH FARR
Silver Stone Wood Bone
Al Fraser (ngā taonga pūoro), Bridget Douglas (western flutes)
[ Rattle Records / CD - released 17/Dec/2021 ]
New works for flute and taonga pūoro by New Zealand composers, Dame Gillian Whitehead, Rosie Langabeer, Briar Prastiti, John Psathas, Josiah Carr, and Gareth Farr. Bridget Douglas (Western flutes) Al Fraser (ngā taonga pūoro)
Bernstein: Mass (A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers)
Alan Titus (baritone) / The Norman Scribner Choir, The Berkshire Boy Choir, Leonard Bernstein
[ Sony Classical / 2 CD - released 24/Sep/2021 ]
This is a remastered 2-CD edition, which includes a 140-page booklet created in collaboration with The Leonard Bernstein Office with numerous previously unreleased photos and facsimiles, synopsis and libretto, and new liner notes.
Schubert: 4 Impromptus, D899 / Moments Musicaux, D780 / Rosamunde transcriptions
Alexandre Tharaud (piano)
[ Erato / CD - released 22/Oct/2021 ]
When Tharaud performed the Impromptus at London's Wigmore Hall in 2014, The Guardian wrote: "He got to the heart of the beauties and abysses of this music."
MANUEL de FALLA
Manuel de Falla - The Spanish Soul
Alicia de Larrocha (piano), Turibio Santos (guitar), Victoria de los Angeles (soprano), Jean-Claude Gérard (flute), Orquesta Nacional de España, etc
[ Warner Classics / 11 CD Box Set - released 12/Nov/2021 ]
Manuel de Falla is regarded as the greatest Spanish composer of the twentieth century. Established in Paris from 1907 to 1914, he met Debussy, Ravel and Dukas and steeped himself in their works. Exploring and capturing Hispanic musical idioms he...
CILEA / PURCELL / TCHAIKOVSKY / VERDI / PUCCINI / WAGNER
Anna Netrebko - Amata dalle tenebre
Anna Netrebko (soprano) / Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Chailly
[ Deusche Grammophon / CD - released 19/Nov/2021 ]
"She's in her element [as Manon Lescaut], as she is with Tchaikovsky's Lisa, where the voice sounds beautiful and the emotional trajectory is wonderfully plotted and detailed." Gramophone
Mozart: Violin Concertos 1 & 2
Arabella Steinbacher (violin) / Festival Strings Lucerne, Daniel Dodds
[ Pentatone / CD - released 1/Oct/2021 ]
After having recorded Mozart's last three violin concertos in 2014, Arabella Steinbacher, the Festival Strings Lucerne and its leader Daniel Dodds now complete the cycle by presenting Mozart's less well-known, but equally enchanting Violin Concertos...
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto, Bacchanale & Symphony No. 1
Astrig Siranossian (cello), Philharmonie Südwestfalen; Nabil Shehata
[ Alpha Classics / CD - released 8/Oct/2021 ]
The year 2021 marks the centenary of the death of Camille Saint-Saëns, the French pianist, organist, critic and great Romantic composer. The cellist Astrig Siranossian, whose tribute album to Nadia Boulanger (Dear Mademoiselle, ALPHA635) recently...
Hindemith: Nusch-Nuschi-Tänze / Sancta Susanna / Symphony, "Mathis der Maler"
Ausrine Stundyte (soprano) Anette Schönmüller (mezzo) / Wiener Singakademie, women section, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop
[ Naxos / CD - released 19/Nov/2021 ]
Paul Hindemith's life was dominated by the events of the two world wars. In 1917, his discovery of contemporary Expressionist poetry and drama transformed him from a talented student to Germany's leading new composer.
DONIZETTI / LEONCAVALLO / MASCAGNI / PUCCINI / VERDI
Italian Tenor Arias
Azer Zada (tenor) / Kiev Virtuosi Symphony, Dmitry Yablonsky
[ Naxos / CD - released 10/Oct/2021 ]
The Italian operatic repertoire offers some of the most passionate and much-loved music in the classical canon. In this outstanding collection, Azer Zada has selected music of moving intensity, dramatic power and spiritual resolve.
Bruckner: Symphony No 4 - The 3 Versions
Bamberger Symphoniker, Jakub Hrůša
[ Accentus Music / 4 CD - released 3/Dec/2021 ]
The Fourth Symphony occupies a special position in Anton Bruckner's symphonic cycle. It heralds the cycle of his "mature" symphonies and with it the...
Chopin: Études Op. 25 / 4 Scherzi
Beatrice Rana (piano)
[ Warner Classics / CD - released 24/Sep/2021 ]
'Beatrice Rana set a new standard. She made the Chopin sound as poetic and colorful as anything he ever wrote. Her playing was refined and soft-spoken in its brilliance throughout. She had the audience rapt.' - The New York Times
Janacek: On An Overgrown Path
Camerata Zurich, Igor Karsko, Maia Brami
[ ECM New Series / CD - released 12/Nov/2021 ]
'On An Overgrown Path', Leos Janacek's 15 pieces-spanning piano cycle, is here presented in a reshaped guise, arranged for string orchestra and interpreted by the Camerata Zurich under lead violinist Igor Karsko's direction. This is the premiere...
BEETHOVEN / MOZART / HAYDN
Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano), Kammerorchester Basel, Muhai Tang
[ Decca / CD - released 17/Dec/2021 ]
During the pandemic, Cecilia paused her busy schedule and took time to go back through her archives. She is now releasing this never-before-heard album 'Unreleased', a celebration of the most famous concert arias from Mozart, Beethoven & Haydn....
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: String Quartets Op.18, Vol.1
[ BIS SACD / SACD - released 1/Oct/2021 ]
"Sensitively considered, wonderfully detailed and engagingly scintillant." MusicWeb Recommended
HACOMPLAYNT / FAYREAX / TAVERNER / TYE / MORLEY / TALLIS
Early English Polyphony - from the Eton Choirbook to Thomas Tallis
Choir of King's College Cambridge, David Willcocks & Philip Ledger
[ Warner Classics / 2 CD - released 5/Nov/2021 ]
When King's College, Cambridge was founded by King Henry VI in 1441, careful provision was made for a choral foundation of sixteen men and sixteen choristers to sing daily services in the Chapel. English worshippers of the late fifteenth and early...
JOSEPH BOULOGNE SAINT-GEORGES
Saint-Georges: Symphonies concertantes / Symphony in G major
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Michael Halász
[ Naxos / CD - released 24/Sep/2021 ]
Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges was a brilliant swordsman, athlete, violin virtuoso and gifted composer, with a claim to being the most talented figure in an age of remarkable individuals. He was an early and important exponent of the...
J. S. BACH
Bach: Goldberg Variations
David Fray (piano)
[ Erato Classics / CD - released 26/Nov/2021 ]
David Fray adds a landmark of the solo keyboard repertoire to his Bach discography: the Goldberg Variations. "The Goldberg Variations are a real test," he says. "They are the work of a lifetime, perhaps a work about life itself."
Mendelssohn: String Quartets, Volume Two
Doric String Quartet
[ Chandos / 2 CD - released 3/Dec/2021 ]
Following an exceptional critical reception of their first volume of Mendelssohn Quartets, the Doric String Quartet now completes the project. As in the case of the previous volume, the players juxtapose one of the early quartets (No. 2) with two of...