Classical Upcoming Releases

Classical Upcoming Releases

The following classical CD titles are due for release / re-release in the near future.

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Contrabandista cover
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GARCIA / ROSSINI / ZINGARELLI
Contrabandista
Javier Camarena (tenor) Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Les Musiciens du Prince, Gianluca Capuano
[ Decca Music Group / CD - due 25/Jan/2020 ]
"Ramiro's aria from Cenerentola demonstrates Camarena's extraordinary facility and easily accessed top register. The Count's 'Cessa di più resistere' reiterates his absolute command." Opera
Salve, Salve, Salve: Josquin's Spanish Legacy cover
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MORALES / GUERRERO / VICTORIA / TRADITIONAL / DESPRES
Salve, Salve, Salve: Josquin's Spanish Legacy
Contrapunctus, Owen Rees
[ Signum / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
Coupling powerful interpretations with path-breaking scholarship, Contrapunctus presents music by the best-known composers as well as unfamiliar masterpieces. T
Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos 3 'Pastoral' & 4 cover
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RALF VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos 3 'Pastoral' & 4
David Butt Philip (tenor) / BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins
[ Hyperion / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
"Brabbins's attention to dynamic detail is also striking, both in the first movement (note the really hushed level of the development before the recapitulation really erupts) and the troubling demeanour of the slow movement" (Gramophone)
Dupont & Benoit: Piano Concertos cover
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AUGUSTE DUPONT / PETER BENOIT
Dupont & Benoit: Piano Concertos
Howard Shelley (piano), Sinfonieorchester St Gallen, Howard Shelley (conductor)
[ Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 80 / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
The figures of Auguste Dupont and Peter Benoit may be little known outside their native Belgium, yet both enjoyed pianistic and pedagogical success in their lifetimes. Benoit's symphonic poem is a piano concerto in all but name, ending with a...
Liszt: The Complete Songs Volume 6 cover
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FRANZ LISZT
Liszt: The Complete Songs Volume 6
Julia Kleiter (soprano), Julius Drake (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
A programme of exquisite miniatures, alternative versions and a wonderful quasi-operatic scena: this is a tantalizing Lisztian recital to showcase the artistry of Julia Kleiter. ...
Finding Harmony cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
Finding Harmony
The King's Singers
[ Signum / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
Singing together binds us together. From the Protestant Reformation in Europe during the 1500s to the US Civil Rights Movement, there have been countless moments in history when songs have united nations, cultures and causes.
Beethoven: Piano concertos nos. 2 & 5 "Emperor" cover
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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Piano concertos nos. 2 & 5 "Emperor"
Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado & Freiburger Barockorchester
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
Beethoven's five piano concertos relate, in a sense, part of the composer's life: some twenty years during which a young musician from Bonn made several revised versions of the first concerto he wrote (a springboard to Viennese success that ended up...
Litolff: Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2 cover
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HENRY LITOLFF
Litolff: Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2
Leonore Piano Trio
[ Hyperion Brahms Song Edition / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
If the name of Henry Charles Litolff is familiar today only through the scherzo of his Concerto symphonique No 4, the absurdity of that 'one-hit composer' tag is clearly demonstrated by this release. These are among the finest examples of the piano...
Bartók & Korngold: Piano Quintets cover
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BELA BARTOK / ERICH KORNGOLD
Bartók & Korngold: Piano Quintets
Piers Lane (piano), Goldner String Quartet
[ Hyperion / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
"Throughout both quintets, Lane's piano has kept pace with any number of quirky metrics and subtle keyboard effect,s all captured in piercing sonics by Record Producer Jeremy Hayes" AudAud.com
Elgar: Cello Concerto / etc cover
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EDWARD ELGAR
Elgar: Cello Concerto / etc
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle
[ Decca / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
Award-winning British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason returns with Elgar, a brand new album of works anchored around Elgar's Cello Concerto - arguably the best-known work in the classical canon written for solo cello.
Brahms: The Final Piano Pieces cover
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JOHANNES BRAHMS
Brahms: The Final Piano Pieces
Stephen Hough (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
"this is some of the most refreshing, surprising and emotionally fulfilling late Brahms I've heard in a modern piano recording … a New Year treat that will still, I think, be in some of the 'best of the year' lists in December' (BBC Record Review)
Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos 6, 7 & 8 cover
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SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos 6, 7 & 8
Steven Osborne (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
The challenges of Prokofiev's 'War Sonatas' trilogy may be fearsome, but Steven Osborne is one of those rare musicians who can bring light and clarity (as well as phenomenal reserves of power and concentration) to bear on some of the most ferociously
Mozart: Sonatas for fortepiano & violin- Vol.2 cover
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MOZART
Mozart: Sonatas for fortepiano & violin- Vol.2
Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - due 2/Feb/2020 ]
Using period instruments, Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov breathe new life into these 'sonatas for keyboard with violin accompaniment', a tradition Mozart renewed from within, blazing the trail for Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. The first...
Italian Inspirations cover
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BACH / RACHMANINOV / LISZT / DALLAPICCOLA
Italian Inspirations
Alessio Bax (piano)
[ Signum / CD - due 7/Feb/2020 ]
Alessio Bax plays an Italian-inspired programme, picking his favourite pieces taken from a rich history of music from one of the most romantic countries in the world.
J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion cover
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion
Bach Collegium Japan chorus & orchestra / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / 2 CD - due 7/Feb/2020 ]
Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan made their first recording of the St Matthew Passion in March 1999. Twenty years later, in April 2019, it was time once again, as the singers and players gathered in the concert hall of the Saitama Arts...
The Contrast - English Poetry in Song cover
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WALTON / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS / BRIDGE / WATKINS / QUILTER
The Contrast - English Poetry in Song
Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Joseph Middleton (piano)
[ BIS / CD - due 7/Feb/2020 ]
Song composition has been a constant in British music since the lute and consort works of the early seventeenth century. By 1900, it had developed into a sophisticated genre embraced by almost all serious composers. The music on this amply-filled...
Dvorak: String Quartets Nos. 8 & 10 cover
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Beethoven: Symphony no.6 "Pastoraleˮ, Knecht: Symphonie "Le Portrait musical de la Natureˮ cover
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BEETHOVEN / KNECHT
Beethoven: Symphony no.6 "Pastoraleˮ, Knecht: Symphonie "Le Portrait musical de la Natureˮ
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Bernhard Forck
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - due 28/Feb/2020 ]
Two symphonies "on the theme of natureˮ! Valid though this expression is, it nevertheless calls for quotation marks: far from being a prefiguration of the famous Pastoral, the Symphonie 'Portrait musical de la nature' represented a highly convincing...
Leos Janacek: Choral Works cover
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LEOŠ JANÁČEK
Leos Janacek: Choral Works
Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - due 28/Feb/2020 ]
Janáček's choral works draw on an extremely rich repertory of folksongs and folk tales. The composer seized on idioms from Bohemian and Moravian traditions, with their characteristic folk dances and rustic nursery rhymes, and on the recently...
Schoenberg: Violin concerto & Verklärte Nacht cover
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ARNOLD SCHOENBERG
Schoenberg: Violin concerto & Verklärte Nacht
Isabelle Faust, Daniel Harding, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, A. Tamestit & J-G. Queyras
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - due 28/Feb/2020 ]
Almost forty years separate Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) from the Violin Concerto - the former still influenced by the idiom of Brahms and Wagner, the latter deriving from the richness of that later period when Schoenberg managed to combine a...