The following classical CD titles are due for release / re-release in the near future.
LOEFFLER / RUGGLES / HANSON / COWELL
Basque National Orchestra, Robert Trevino
[ Ondine / CD - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
All four American composers on this new album by the Basque National Orchestra and conductor Robert Trevino wrote music that was known, played and esteemed during their lifetimes, but none of them ever had a huge 'hit' and so the pieces here are...
LISZT / CHOPIN / BEETHOVEN / MENDELSSOHN / SCHUBERT / SCHUMANN / etc
Georges Cziffra - The Complete Studio Recordings 1956 - 1986
Georges Cziffra (piano) with The Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de l'Opera de Monte Carlo, Philhamonia Orchestra, etc
[ Erato / Warner Classics / 41 CD Box Set - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
The present boxed set brings together all the studio recordings made by the virtuoso pianist Georges Cziffra (1921-1994) for EMI and Philips, from his first 25cm LP released in 1956 when he arrived in Paris, to the last sessions in the Senlis chapel.
JOHANNES OCKEGHEM / JOSQUIN des PREZ / LOYSET COMPERE / ANTOINE BRUMEL / ADRIAN WILLAERT / etc
The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park (conductor)
[ Hyperion / CD - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
'The Gesualdo Six are well placed to record this music. They're very good at looking around the repertoire and working out what will fit with everything else … I love anthologies, and I love this particular one' (BBC Record Review)
ZELENKA / FUX / de ALMEIDA / HANDEL / NUCCI / MANNA / PEREZ
Jakub Józef Orliński: Anima Aeterna
Jakub Józef Orliński (countertenor), with Fatma Said (soprano), Il Pomo D'oro , Francesco Corti
[ Warner Classics / CD - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
"An album that reinforces Orliński as one of the most striking young talents not just in countertenor singing but in Baroque music more broadly." Gramophone Editor's Choice Awards Issue 2021
TRADITIONAL / CARESANA / ROSSI / GIRAMO / LEGRENZI / etc
L'arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar, with Vincenzo Capezzuto (counter-tenor), João Fernandes (bass), Zachary Wilder (tenor), etc
[ Erato Classics / 2 CD - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata and eight guest singers explore the musical highways and byways of Naples, the most intoxicating and idiosyncratic of Italy's large cities. Alla Napoletana, a double album, expresses the city's mercurial personality.
Leonardo Capalbo (Candide), Jane Archibald (Cunegonde), Anne Sofie von Otter (Old Lady), Thomas Allen (Dr Pangloss/Narrator) LSO, Marin Alsop
[ LSO / 2 CD - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
Marin Alsop conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a new recording of Leonard Bernstein's comic operetta based on Voltaire's satirical novella, in a performance that is full of dry wit, absurd humour, and stirring optimism. Marin Alsop leads...
SHOSTAKOVICH / RACHMANINOV / STRAVINSKY / ARENSKY
The Russian Album
Lucas Jussen (piano), Arthur Jussen (piano)
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
Two of the most well-known Dutch pianists of the moment, Lucas and Arthur Jussen, perform compositions by Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and Shostakovich.
W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Mitridate, Rè Di Ponto (complete opera)
Michael Spyres, Julie Fuchs, Sabine Devieilhe, Elsa Dreisig, Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djia / Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski
[ Erato / 3 CD Box Set - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
A brilliant line-up for this new recording by Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, made during lockdown Featuring many major stars from the opera stage: Michael Spyres, Sabine Devieilhe, Elsa Dreisig.
Arnold: Symphonies (Complete) / Dances
Ireland National Symphony Orchestra; Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Penny
[ Naxos / 6 CD Box Set - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
"These performances have the composer's imprimatur (he was present at the recording sessions) and can be cordially recommended." Penguin Guide
Brahms: Viola Sonatas Nos 1 and 2, etc. | Schumann: Adagio and Allegro
Philip Dukes (viola), Peter Donohoe (piano)
[ Chandos / CD - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
Recognised as one of the world's leading viola players, Philip Dukes has enjoyed a career spanning over thirty years as an accomplished concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He joins forces with Peter Donohoe, acclaimed as one of the...
PAGANINI / BETTHOVEN / BRUCH / MENDELSSOHN / KHACHATURIAN / PROKOFIEV / etc
Ruggiero Ricci - Complete Decca Recordings
Ruggiero Ricci (violin) with Ernest Lush, Carlo Bussotti, Julius Katchen, Louis Persinger (piano)
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 20 CD Box Set - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
"Ricci's performance is close to perfection throughout, and so is the recording." High Fidelity
PAGANINI / SARASATE / VIVALDI / KREISLER / SAINT-SAËNS / BACH / etc
Ruggiero Ricci - Complete American Decca Recordings
Ruggiero Ricci (violin) with Leon Pommers, Brooks Smith (piano) / Stradivarius Chamber Orchestra / Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Max Rudolf
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 9 CD Box Set - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
"His hand has never been surer, his tone never more beautiful than in these enchanting performances, which are aglow with spontaneity, wit, and sheer delight … a classic matching of interpreter and material." Stereo Review
FELIX MENDELSSOHN / FANNY MENDELSSOHN
Mendelssohn: String Quartets
[ Hyperion / CD - due 29/Oct/2021 ]
Felix's impassioned F minor quartet was the fiercely personal response to his sister's death in 1847, only a few months before his own. The Takács Quartet frame it with equally committed accounts of a much earlier work.
Mendelssohn: String Quartets, Volume Two
Doric String Quartet
[ Chandos / 2 CD - due 1/Nov/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...
Ferio Saxophone Quartet / Timothy End (piano)
[ Chandos / CD - due 1/Nov/2021 ]
Evoke is the third album of the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, following their previous critically acclaimed albums Flux and Revive. In this recording the Quartet are joined by the pianist Timothy End for a programme of original works and arrangements for...
BENJAMIN BRITTEN / MARIE-JOSEPH CANTELOUBE
Mari Eriksmoen (soprano) / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner (cond)
[ Chandos Classics SACD / Hybrid SACD - due 1/Nov/2021 ]
Following successful appearances at the Opéra- comique, in Paris, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Oper Frankfurt, Komische Oper Berlin, and Teatro alla Scala, in Milan, the Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen is undoubtedly a rising star.
BACH / BRAHMS / COUPERIN / RAVEL / ADES / LIGETI / etc
Inon Barnatan - Time Traveler's Suite
Inon Barnatan (piano)
[ Pentatone / 2 CD - due 5/Nov/2021 ]
Pianist Inon Barnatan redefines our notions of the suite by taking us on a journey through time and space, from Baroque pieces by Bach, Handel, Rameau and Couperin to more recent works by Ravel, Barber, Adès and Ligeti.
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 / Five Ruckert-Lieder (LP)
New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli, Janet Baker (mezzo)
[ Warner Classics Vinyl / 2 LP - due 5/Nov/2021 ]
"… an interpretation of commitment and intensity and the recording is one of the finest I have heard from EMI." Gramophone
Rameau: Achante et Céphise (complete)
Sabine Devieilhe, Cyrille Dubois, David Witczak, Judith Van Wanroij /Les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, Alexis Kossenko
[ Erato / Warner Classics / 2 CD Box Set - due 5/Nov/2021 ]
Sabine Devieilhe, the young French lyric-coloratura soprano is a name to watch. Over the 2013-14 Paris season she will star in Delibes' Lakmé at the Opéra Comique and make her debut at the Opéra as the dazzling Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte....
J. S. BACH / GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
Sabine Devieilhe - Bach, Handel
Sabine Devieilhe (soprano) / Pygmalion, Raphael Pichon, with Stéphane Degout (baritone)
[ Erato Classics / CD - due 5/Nov/2021 ]
Great sorrow and great joy, expressed in in sacred and secular arias and cantatas, are the themes of Sabine Devieilhe's album of Bach and Handel. Recorded with the Pygmalion ensemble and conductor Raphaël Pichon.