Below is a list of all classical CD titles released in the last 120 days.
Freddie De Tommaso: Passione
Freddie De Tommaso (tenor) / London Philharmonic Orchestra, Renato Balsadonna
[ Decca Classics / CD - released 16/Apr/2021 ]
"This young Brit, brought up in Tunbridge Wells by an Italian father and English mother, displays limitless promise in this debut recital of songs made popular by Italian tenors." Sunday Times
HOWELLS / SWAYNE / WATSON / WALTON / BERKELEY / PART / etc
Magnificat Vol. 2
Glen Dempsey (organ) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha
[ Signum / CD - released 16/Apr/2021 ]
'This project is shaping up to become the most significant recording project ever in the field of choir-and-organ English church music.' Editor's Choice Gramophone June 2021
Jennings: Voices Of Men
James Harrison, James Ioelu, Will King, Katherine Austin, Richard Liu, Sarah Watkins, James Jin, Bill Stoneham
[ Atoll / CD - released 16/Apr/2021 ]
Including 'Songs of War' and 'Songs of Exile', Voices of Men features leading male vocalists, accompanied by renowned musicians, singing the words of some of New Zealand's most well-known male poets. Brian Turner's words in 'Taking Off', reflect on...
Pioneers of Percussion Vol. 2
Joby Burgess (percussion)
[ Signum Classics / CD - released 16/Apr/2021 ]
This new recording for Signum Records includes silvery vibraphone with live looping, a quasi rock n roll documentary exploring censorship and a musical picture of the subtle shifts in our changing Seasons.
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN / RICHARD WAGNER / GIUSEPPE VERDI
Lise Davidsen: Beethoven - Wagner - Verdi
Lise Davidsen (soprano) / London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder
[ Decca / CD - released 16/Apr/2021 ]
"Another fine album from an artist who, quite simply, is one of the greatest voices to be heard today." Gramophone Editor's Choice April 2021
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6
London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano
[ LSO Live SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 16/Apr/2021 ]
"The opening bars of this Sixth, a cry of anguish that's also passionate bel canto song, promise the very best recording of the work." Five Stars BBC Music Recording of the Month June 2021
RICHARD WAGNER / HANS PFITZER / RICHARD STRAUSS
Matthias Goerne: Im Abendrot: Songs By Wagner, Pfitzner, Strauss
Matthias Goerne (baritone), Seong-Jin Cho (piano)
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 16/Apr/2021 ]
"The beautiful, burnished glow of Matthias Goerne's voice perfectly suits this recital of late Romantic Austro-German Lieder. Perfectly partnered by Seong-Jin Cho...The unique 'extruded' quality of Goerne's voice remains compelling" Classical-Music
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 5
Pavol Breslik (tenor), Maria Bengtsson (soprano), Johanna Winkel (soprano) / Kammerakademie Potsdam, NDR Chor, Antonello Manacorda
[ Sony Classical / 3 CD - released 16/Apr/2021 ]
"Manacorda and his spruce Potsdam band (modern instruments played with historical awareness) offer a…lithe, up-tempo performance, with vivid wind detailing and clearly etched textures" Gramophone
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.
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...
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"
Ravel: Bolero / La Valse / Rapsodie espagnole / Alborada del gracioso / Une barque sur l'océan / Pavane pour une infante défunte
Basque National Orchestra, Robert Trevino
[ Ondine / CD - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
Conductor Robert Trevino's new album release on Ondine - after a successful debut with a complete Beethoven symphony cycle - features six orchestral pieces by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), one of the most famous Basque composers, played by the Basque...
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN / GERALD BARRY
Beethoven & Barry Vol. 3
Britten Sinfonia / Thomas Adès (conductor)
[ Signum Classics / 2 CD - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
The final installment in the BEETHOVEN & BARRY recording series which, over three volumes, has traced all nine of Beethoven's Symphonies coupled with music by the celebrated Irish composer Gerald Barry.
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
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....
Wranitzky: Orchestral works 1
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Marek Štilec
[ Naxos / CD - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
"This music is from the same style school as the better-known late symphonies of Mozart...The playing from Pardubice is alert and downily buoyant. The recordings do no injustice to, and surely enhance, this music by an unfamiliar composer." MusicWeb
Onslow: String Quintets 4: Nos. 23 and 31
[ Naxos / CD - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
Georges Onslow is best known for a body of chamber music that follows the musical lineage of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. A master of the quintet medium, Onslow offered variations of ensemble to players, the two presented here being cast for string...
TCHAIKOVSKY / ALBÉNIZ / CHABRIER / de FALLA / DVORAK / GRANADOS / etc
Enrique Jorda - Decca Recordings 1950-51
Enrique Jorda conducting L'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris & New Symphony Orchestra of London, with Clifford Curzon
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
A new collection of Decca's legendary 'ffrr' recordings from the early 1950s, made by an underrated Spanish master of orchestral colour in London and Paris. Includes several items new to CD.
MOZART / SCHUBERT / BERLIOZ / ROSSINI / SMETANA / DVORAK / etc
Erich Kleiber - The Complete Polydor 78s
Erich Kleiber conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker & Staatskapelle Berlin
[ Deutsche Grammophon Australian Eloquence / 3 CD Box Set - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
Collected for the first time - Erich Kleiber's rare recordings with the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Berliner Philharmoniker made for Polydor/Grammophon and newly remastered for this release.
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...