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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Marvellous Mezzo-Soprano and Contralto: Best Loved Opera Arias cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
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 - due 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.
Andre Previn: The Warner Edition cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
Andre Previn: The Warner Edition
André Previn (conductor & piano), with Itzhak Perlman (violin) Paul Tortelier (cello) Radu Lupu, Christina Ortiz (pianos) Angel Romero (guitar) etc
[ Warner Classics / 96 CD Box Set - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
Conductor, pianist, composer and media personality, André Previn excelled in a diversity of musical genres and idioms. A child prodigy in his native Berlin, he moved to the USA in 1939 and made his early career in Hollywood.
1942: Violin Sonatas by Copland, Prokofiev & Poulenc cover
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COPLAND / PROKOFIEV / POULENC
1942: Violin Sonatas by Copland, Prokofiev & Poulenc
Benjamin Baker (violin), Daniel Lebhardt (piano)
[ Delphian / CD - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
Each marked in its own way by a world at war, these three sonatas - by Aaron Copland, Francis Poulenc and Sergei Prokofiev - show three of the twentieth century's most individual and admired composers engaging themes of private loss, political...
Ritchie: Symphony No. 5 'Childhood' cover
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ANTHONY RITCHIE
Ritchie: Symphony No. 5 'Childhood'
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Young
[ Rattle Records / CD - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
Performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in the newly restored Christchurch Town Hall under the very sure baton of conductor and album producer, Kenneth Young, Symphony No. 5 "Childhood" is an optimistic work that uses childhood as a metaphor...
Mayr: Messa di Gloria cover
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JOHANN SIMON MAYR
Mayr: Messa di Gloria
Dorota Szczepánska, Anna Feith, Freya Apffelstaedt, Maia Grazia Insam, Markus Schäfer, Fang Zhi, Thomas Stimmel, Elia Merguet, Simon Mayr Chorus
[ Naxos / CD - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
Mayr's Masses were in demand across Europe, and their composition is rooted in the Italian tradition of the messa concertata which demands division into separate vocal numbers. The Mass in E minor has long been recognised as an outstanding example of...
Music From The Guatemalan City Cathedral Archive cover
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CASTELLANOS / DURON / TORRES etc
Music From The Guatemalan City Cathedral Archive
El Mundo, Richard Savino
[ Naxos / CD - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
Spanish colonies in Central and South America emerged as wellsprings of cultural activity throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The meeting of indigenous populations with Latin American cathedrals and courtly life resulted in styles bearing the...
Wolf-Ferrari: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 cover
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WOLF-FERRARI
Wolf-Ferrari: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3
Emmanuele Baldini (violin), Luca Delle Donne (piano)
[ Naxos / CD - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's reputation rests largely on his operas, but the instrumental music he composed at the beginning and end of his career deserves a wider currency. The influence of Brahms can be detected in the First and Second Violin Sonatas,...
Cecil Coles, Gustav Holst: Piano Music cover
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COLES / HOLST
Cecil Coles, Gustav Holst: Piano Music
James Willshire (piano)
[ Delphian / CD - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
James Willshire's groundbreaking survey of Cecil Coles' piano music reveals a young Scottish composer finding his voice in pre-war Britain, France and Germany, a poignant and distinctive blend of 'happy-sad', as Nigel Osborne's perceptive notes...
Booming Bass & Baritone: Best Loved Opera Arias cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
Booming Bass & Baritone: Best Loved Opera Arias
Lado Ataneli (Baritone), Matthias Goerne, (Baritone), Carlo Colombara (Bass), Samuel Ramey (Bass)
[ Naxos / CD - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
From the jack-of-all-trades, Figaro, to the impotent jester Rigoletto, and from the heroic William Tell to the mischievous Méphistophélès, these larger-than-life characters for baritone and bass represent the grandeur of great music combined with...
Beethoven: Symphony no.3 'Eroica', Mehul : Overture from 'Les Amazones' cover
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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Symphony no.3 'Eroica', Mehul : Overture from 'Les Amazones'
Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
Continuing their exploration of Beethoven's symphonies, François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles give us an opportunity to rediscover the Eroicain all its modernity and power. Thanks to the magic of period timbres, Beethoven's intended instrumental...
Poulenc: Cello Sonata / Dutilleux: Trois Strophes / Franck: Cello Sonata cover
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POULENC / DUTILLEUX / FRANCK
Poulenc: Cello Sonata / Dutilleux: Trois Strophes / Franck: Cello Sonata
Michael Petrov (cello), Erdem Misirlioglu (piano)
[ Rubicon / CD - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
The three works that make up this highly attractive programme span a century: Franck's sonata in its officially sanctioned transcription for cello was taken from his popular violin sonata of 1886. It was composed as a wedding present for the...
Adam: La Filleule des fées (Complete Ballet) cover
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ADOLPHE ADAM
Adam: La Filleule des fées (Complete Ballet)
Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Mogrelia
[ Naxos / 2 CD - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
Adolphe Adam is best known today for the ballets Giselle and Le Corsaire, but his prolific output included 39 operas and several other ballet scores, including the vivacious tale of La Filleule des fées ('The Fairies' God-daughter'). The story takes...
Kôrôlén cover
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Toumani Diabaté And The London Symphony Orchestra
Kôrôlén
[ World Circuit/Warner / CD - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
Kôrôlén is a very special collaboration between two titans in music: Toumani Diabaté, the Grammy-winning Malian kora virtuoso, and the London Symphony Orchestra, renowned worldwide for their performances of orchestral music on record, film and...
Kôrôlén (LP) cover
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Toumani Diabaté And The London Symphony Orchestra
Kôrôlén (LP)
[ World Circuit/Warner / LP - due 23/Apr/2021 ]
Kôrôlén is a very special collaboration between two titans in music: Toumani Diabaté, the Grammy-winning Malian kora virtuoso, and the London Symphony Orchestra, renowned worldwide for their performances of orchestral music on record, film and...
N'espérez plus mes yeux… Airs sérieux & à boire Vol.3 cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
N'espérez plus mes yeux… Airs sérieux & à boire Vol.3
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - due 30/Apr/2021 ]
With this third volume of Airs sérieux et à boire, the ensemble Les Arts Florissants return to this genre whose refinement had marked the French musical landscape for over a hundred years. By turns gallant, earthy, or spiritual, these vocal...
Schumann: Complete Piano Trio, Quartet & Quintet cover
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ROBERT SCHUMANN
Schumann: Complete Piano Trio, Quartet & Quintet
Trio Wanderer
[ Harmonia Mundi / 2 CD - due 30/Apr/2021 ]
Constantly shifting from the most impulsive exuberance to the most restrained meditation, from the most intense passion to the most innocent tenderness, this programme forms a representative panorama of Schumann's chamber music. Going beyond the...
Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau / Schreker: Der Geburtstag der Infantin cover
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ZEMLINSKY / SCHREKER
Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau / Schreker: Der Geburtstag der Infantin
Vasily Petrenko (conductor), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
[ Onyx / CD - due 30/Apr/2021 ]
Following on from their critically acclaimed albums of Stravinsky, Elgar and Tchaikovsky, the award winning team of Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO turn to Zemlinsky and Schreker. Premiered in the same concert as his brother-in-law Schoenberg's...
Mozart: Gran Partita - Wind Serenades K. 361 & 375 cover
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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Mozart: Gran Partita - Wind Serenades K. 361 & 375
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - due 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...
Roelofs: Rope Dance cover
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JORIS ROELOFS
Roelofs: Rope Dance
Bram van Sambeek, bassoon; Joris Roelofs, bass clarinet and clarinet; Bram de Looze, piano; Clemens van der Feen, double bass; Martijn Vink, drums
[ BIS / CD - due 7/May/2021 ]
The award-winning Dutch composer and bass clarinet player Joris Roelofs is also currently working on a PhD dissertation on Friedrich Nietzsche, improvisation and the notion of freedom. On the album Rope Dance he is able to combine all of this, in a...
Handel: Ariodante (complete opera) cover
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C.P.E. Bach: Solo Keyboard Music, Vol. 40 cover
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C.P.E. BACH
C.P.E. Bach: Solo Keyboard Music, Vol. 40
Miklós Spányi (harpsichord)
[ BIS / CD - due 7/May/2021 ]
This disc features solo keyboard arrangements of works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach originally scored for other instruments. In the second half of the eighteenth century the demand for keyboard music increased rapidly, as musical skills became a...
Auber: Overtures 4 [Incls 'Le duc d'Olonne' & 'Fra Diavolo'] cover
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DANIEL-FRANCOIS AUBER
Auber: Overtures 4 [Incls 'Le duc d'Olonne' & 'Fra Diavolo']
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Dario Salvi
[ Naxos / CD - due 7/May/2021 ]
Daniel-François-Esprit Auber was one of the most famous composers of the 19th century, giving definitive form to the uniquely French genres of grand historical opera and opéra-comique. His overtures became famous all over the world for their dancing...
Saint-Saëns: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 and in A major cover
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CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS
Saint-Saëns: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 and in A major
Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège / Jean-Jacques Kantorow
[ BIS / CD - due 7/May/2021 ]
Prodigiously gifted, Camille Saint-Saëns entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1848, at the age of 13. There he discovered the symphonies of the great German and Austrian composers and soon began to try his own hand at the genre. The Symphony in A major...
Symphony No. 3 D minor, WAB 103 cover
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ANTON BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 3 D minor, WAB 103
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Mariss Jansons, conductor)
[ BR Klassik / CD - due 7/May/2021 ]
The Munich concert year of 2005 began at the end of January with two highlights: the two performances of Bruckner's Third Symphony with Mariss Jansons conducting the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in the Philharmonie im Gasteig. The...
Beethoven & Schnittke: Violin Concertos cover
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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Beethoven & Schnittke: Violin Concertos
Vadim Gluzman (violin), Luzerner Sinfonieorchester / James Gaffigan
[ BIS / CD - due 7/May/2021 ]
After acclaimed recordings of the great Romantic violin concertos by Brahms, Bruch and Tchaikovsky, Vadim Gluzman takes on the work that in the beginning of the 19th century mapped out a new course for the genre: Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D...
Handel: Six Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 cover
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G. F. HANDEL
Handel: Six Concerti Grossi, Op. 3
Van Diemen's Band / Martin Gester, conductor and organ soloist
[ BIS / CD - due 7/May/2021 ]
What we know as 'Handel's Opus 3' is most likely little more than a brazen attempt by the London publisher John Walsh to make some quick money. In 1715, Walsh had issued a pirated edition of Corelli's 12 Concerti Grossi Opus 6 which proved an instant...
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BALAKIREV
Symphony 2 / In Bohemia / Overture on 3 Russian Songs / Suite on Chopin Themes
USSR Symphony Orchestra / Evgeni Svetlanov (cond)
[ Alto / CD - due 8/May/2021 ]
"Symphony 2 is an attractive piece- I am inclined to think the Svetlanov account is finer (than) Rozhdestvensky … Svetlanov plays with great élan, driving the Cossack scherzo on, and drawing almost risky sweetness from the orchestra in the Andante....
Strauss, (R.): Ein Heldenleben / Burleske cover
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RICHARD STRAUSS
Strauss, (R.): Ein Heldenleben / Burleske
Bertrand Chamayou (piano) / Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano
[ Warner Classics / CD - due 14/May/2021 ]
Antonio Pappano conducts Rome's Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in two works from the earlier phase of Richard Strauss's career: a comparative rarity, the mercurial, virtuosic Burleske for piano and orchestra, with Bertrand...
Al-Basma cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
Al-Basma
Canticum Novum; Emmanuel Bardon
[ Ambronay Éditions / CD - due 28/May/2021 ]
With Al-Basma - imprint in Arabic-, Canticum Novum continues at Ambronay Editions its journey to the heart of the medieval Iberian Peninsula. Magnificent Arab-Andalusian songs side by side with the Codex of Montpellier and the Cantigas de Santa Marìa...
Claroscuro cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
Claroscuro
Capella de Ministrers; Carles Magraner
[ Capella de Ministrers / CD - due 28/May/2021 ]
The musical programme presented by Capella de Ministrers is built around this premise: Spanish music from 1500 to 1650, the Renaissance to the Baroque, with a mix of composers and song books relating to Miguel de Cervantes and his ironic chiaroscuro....
Voyage cover
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SAMUEL BARBER / EUGENE YSAYE / ELLIOTT CARTER / JACQUES BREL / BAEK GO SAN/
Voyage
Christine J. Lee; Henry Kramer
[ Fuga Libera / CD - due 28/May/2021 ]
"rowing up in two very different and, at times, conflicting cultures, music has always been the bridge that connects the different phases and places of my life. In this debut album, I wanted to capture my journey as a person and a musician....
Appena chiudo gli occhi: Cantatas for solo voice with violin cover
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CALDARA / SCARLATTI / VALENTINI
Appena chiudo gli occhi: Cantatas for solo voice with violin
Giuseppina Bridelli; Quartetto Vanvitelli
[ Arcana / CD - due 28/May/2021 ]
After the success of Duel (Opera Choice in BBC Music Magazine, Disc of the Month in Opera magazine, etc.), Giuseppina Bridelli presents a new solo project alongside the Quartetto Vanvitelli (recently awarded '5 Diapasons' in the magazine Diapason for...
Tiranno cover
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MONTEVERDI / SCARLATTI / HANDEL / MONARI
Tiranno
Kate Lindsey; Arcangelo; Jonathan Cohen
[ Alpha Classics / CD - due 28/May/2021 ]
Corruption? Betrayal? Persecution? Tyranny? These subjects resonate with the current events of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. They also provide the subject matter of many seventeenth-century musical works. Kate Lindsey has chosen to devote...
Patiño: Música sacra para la corte cover
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CARLOS PATINO
Patiño: Música sacra para la corte
La Grande Chapelle; Albert Recasens
[ Lauda / CD - due 28/May/2021 ]
For over thirty years Carlos Patiño served Philip IV as Choirmaster in the Spanish Royal Chapel. The Spanish monarch was not the only one who held him in great esteem, for João IV of Portugal admired him as well and put together a collection of his...
Martini: La fleur de biaulté cover
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JOHANNES MARTINI
Martini: La fleur de biaulté
Le miroir de musique; Baptiste Romain
[ Ricercar / CD - due 28/May/2021 ]
Born in Leuze (Hainaut) around 1430, Johannes Martini was initially active in Konstanz, then in Milan and Ferrara, where he died on 23 October 1497. Closely connected with the d'Este family, he was paid in 1479 for the production of a large volume of...
Per il Salterio cover
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GALUPPI / CONTI / MONZA / BERETTI
Per il Salterio
Margit Übellacker; Jürgen Banholzer; La Gioia Armonica
[ Ramée / CD - due 28/May/2021 ]
Today there are different types of the instrument known in German-speaking countries as the Hackbrett, mainly associated with local traditional music, such as the cimbalom in Eastern Europe, the santūr in Persia, etc. The history of European music...
Weber cover
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CARL MARIA VON WEBER
Weber
Martin Helmchen; Anna Prohaska; Konzerthausorchester Berlin; Christoph Eschenbach
[ Alpha Classics / CD - due 28/May/2021 ]
"00 years ago, on May 26th 1821, today's Berlin Concert Hall was inaugurated as "Königliches Schauspielhaus". Destroyed as "Preußisches Staatstheater" during World War II, the building, located in eastern Berlin, was rebuilt during GDR times and...
Strauss: Burleske, Serenade & Tod und Verklärung cover
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RICHARD STRAUSS
Strauss: Burleske, Serenade & Tod und Verklärung
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Mikko Franck; Nelson Goerner
[ Alpha Classics / CD - due 28/May/2021 ]
The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Franck continue their collaboration with Alpha and here invite one of the label's flagship pianists, Nelson Goerner. The programme is devoted to Richard Strauss, coupling several of the German...
Shostakovich: Piano Concertos & Piano Trio No. 2 cover
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DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
Shostakovich: Piano Concertos & Piano Trio No. 2
Simon Trpčeski; Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava; Cristian Măcelaru
[ Linn Records / CD - due 28/May/2021 ]
In the second of his recordings for Linn, charismatic pianist Simon Trpčeski performs Shostakovich's two Piano Concertos with the outstanding Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava under Orchestre National de France's new Musical Director Cristian Măcelaru....