Below is a list of all classical CD titles released in the last 120 days.
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Aaron Pilsan (piano)
[ Alpha Classics / 2 CD - released 26/Mar/2021 ]
Aaron Pilsan is only twenty-five years old, but he already has a busy career to his credit, with a solo album devoted to Beethoven and Schubert - very well received by the critics - and another of duo repertory with the cellist Kian Soltani. A...
SAINT-SAENS / WIDOR / DURUFLE / FRANCK / BARRERE
French Works For Flute
Adam Walker (flute), James Baillieu (piano)
[ Chandos / CD - released 2/Apr/2021 ]
"Walker's clear, cool, bright tone, effortless technique and finely nuanced expressiveness will win you over whether or not you naturally gravitate towards solo flute." - Gramophone, May 2021
Marvellous Mezzo-Soprano and Contralto: Best Loved Opera Arias
Agnes Baltsa (mezzo-soprano), Sonia Ganassi (mezzo-soprano), Marjana Lipovšek (mezzo-soprano), Ewa Podleś (contralto)
[ Naxos / CD - released 23/Apr/2021 ]
Portraying characters such as Rossini's lovestruck heroines, Verdi's dramatic roles and the seductive Carmen, the mezzo voice is valued for a tone that embodies richness and sensuality in all its operatic variety.
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...
Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 17 (arr. Lachner)
Alan Goldstein, Fine Arts Quartet
[ Naxos / CD - released 26/Feb/2021 ]
Mozart himself had arranged four of his earlier concertos for the ensemble of piano, string quartet and bass, to enable his works to be performed domestically. Numerous subsequent transcriptions followed during the course of the 19th century,...
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.
FRANCK / LISZT / DEBUSSY / SASTRE
Piano Laureate Recital
Alexander Koryakin (piano) / Bretón String Quartet
[ Naxos / CD - released 28/May/2021 ]
Alexander Koryakin, winner of the 2019 Jaén Prize International Piano Competition, has selected two perfectly paired masterpieces for his first Naxos recording.
Liszt: Complete Piano Music Vol. 57
Alexandre Dossin (piano)
[ Naxos / CD - released 26/Mar/2021 ]
It was natural for virtuoso performer Franz Liszt to expand his repertoire by transcribing his songs for solo piano. The human voice is the purest of musical instruments, and composers have always been inspired by its warmth, expression and emotional...
Paganini: 24 Caprices
Alina Ibragimova (violin)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 21/May/2021 ]
The transcendental heroics of Paganini's Caprices have presented the ultimate test for generations of violinists; Alina Ibragimova's accounts of this most exclusive repertoire join a select few of the most celebrated.
Forqueray: Forqueray Unchained
André Lislevand, Jadran Duncumb, Paola Erdas
[ Arcana / CD - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
The debut album of the young viola da gamba player, André Lislevand, is centred around the great viol works of Antoine Forqueray. Forqueray Unchained - perhaps a provocative title, but a fitting allusion to the freedom in Forqueray's music. Music...
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
Dvořák: Spirit of Bohemia / String Quartet No. 4
Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic (viola), Jens Peter Maintz (cello), Stepan Simonian (piano), Fine Arts Quartet
[ Naxos / CD - released 12/Mar/2021 ]
Antonín Dvořák's music, imbued with the spirit of Bohemia, reflects a love of his native land. His String Sextet, written in the distinctive style which brought him international fame, was an immediate success at its premiere. Composed just eight...
Monteverdi: Il delirio della passione
Anna Lucia Richter (mezzo-soprano) / Luca Pianca , Ensemble Claudiana
[ Pentatone / CD - released 5/Mar/2021 ]
FRESH APPROACH TO MONTEVERDI'S TIMELESS BEAUTY Anna Lucia Richter returns to PENTATONE after her acclaimed Schubert album Heimweh with Il delirio della passione; a recording full of Monteverdi treasures, from heart-wrenching opera scenes (Lamento...
Skalkottas: 36 Greek Dances, Series 1 / The Sea (excerpts) / Suite No. 1 (Dance of the Waves)
Anthens State Orchestra, Stefanos Tsialis
[ Naxos / CD - released 14/May/2021 ]
Nikos Skalkottas was the foremost Greek composer of the 20th century, and his 36 Greek Dances is undoubtedly the most popular work of Greek art music today and a monument to the nation's rich cultural heritage.
Brahms: Viola Sonatas & Zwei Gesange Op. 91
Antoine Tamestit (viola), Cédric Tiberghien (piano), Matthias Goerne (baritone)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 30/Apr/2021 ]
Magisterially rounding off one of the nineteenth century's most remarkable bodies of chamber music, Brahms' two Sonatas op.120 call for a virtuosity wholly dedicated to their extraordinary lyricism. Just as in the famous 'Lullaby', the melodic line...
Pool: Symphonies Nos. 1-7
Antwerp Philharmonic, Belgian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, BRTN Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Franz André, Frédéric Devrees
[ Naxos / 2 CD - released 14/May/2021 ]
The Belgian composer, Marcel Poot, was one of the most striking musical figures of his time, with a spicy compositional style that exemplified his zest for life. His cycle of seven symphonies, the earliest of which show the influence of Ravel,...
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,...
ARVO PART / JULIA WOLFE / CAROLINE SHAW
Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier
[ Naxos / CD - released 12/Mar/2021 ]
… and … …a collection of sacred music by Arvo Pärt, Julia Wolfe, Caroline Shaw, interspersed with songs from the Laudario di Cortona, Italy.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas
Augustin Hadelich (violin)
[ Warner Classics / 2 CD - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
"Recording Bach's complete Six Sonatas and Partitas has long been a dream of mine," says Augustin Hadelich "They are formidable tests of technical ability and stamina, but also of musical imagination and expressive range"