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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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...
Dvorak: String Quartets Nos. 8 & 10 cover
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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.
Contemporary Concertos by Pesson, Abrahamsen & Strasnoy cover
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HANS ABRAHAMSEN / GERARD PESSON / OSCAR STRASNOY
Contemporary Concertos by Pesson, Abrahamsen & Strasnoy
Alexandre Tharaud (piano)
[ Warner Classics / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
"The three works are very different from each other, but all showcase the fleet brilliance, tonal variety and clarity of Tharaud's playing." Guardian
Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos / Piano Sonata No. 23 'Appassionata' in F minor (recorded 1996) cover
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LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos / Piano Sonata No. 23 'Appassionata' in F minor (recorded 1996)
Andras Schiff (piano) / Staatskapelle Dresden, Bernard Haitink
[ Warner Classics / 3 CD Box Set - due 14/Feb/2020 ]
"this is a performance of great integrity with an especially fine first movement." (Piano Concerto No 3)
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...
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...
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...
Janáček: Sinfonietta / 4 Opera Preludes / Taras Bulba (recorded 1960-62) cover
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LEOS JANACEK
Janáček: Sinfonietta / 4 Opera Preludes / Taras Bulba (recorded 1960-62)
Charles Mackerras, Pro Arte Orchestra / Karel Ančerl, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
[ Alto / CD - due 10/Feb/2020 ]
"Charles Mackerras has shown himself one of the finest Janáček conductors. His readings convey a sense of burning belief in and love of Janáček's music; they are well prepared; yet it is as if the strangeness and beauty of the music were being...
Bawdy Ballads of Old England -17th Century Songs & Dances cover
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TRADITIONAL
Bawdy Ballads of Old England -17th Century Songs & Dances
The City Waites
[ Alto / CD - due 10/Feb/2020 ]
"..lively entertainments..full marks to the City Waites.. swinging dialect style..taste of the broadside ballad style..good fun, but not very clean!" - Gramophone
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
Strauss, (R.): Vier Letzte Lieder, Op. 150 [Four Last Songs] / Lieder cover
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RICHARD STRAUSS
Strauss, (R.): Vier Letzte Lieder, Op. 150 [Four Last Songs] / Lieder
Diana Damrau (soprano) / Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, with Helmut Deutsch (piano)
[ Erato Classics / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
"For me, Strauss is one of the greatest composers," Diana Damrau has said. "The way he handles the soprano voice is a joy. And to be able to sing his music with my voice feels like coming home."
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)
Morgan cover
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RICHARD STRAUSS / SERGEI RACHMANINOV / HENRI DUPARC
Morgan
Elsa Dreisig (soprano), Jonathan Ware (piano)
[ Warner Classics / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
"Phenomenally good … Dreisig's voice [is] youthful yet assured, agile yet fluid, and powerful through its entire range … We can certainly expect much more to come from this singer," wrote BBC Music Magazine in its five-star review of Miroir(s), Elsa...
André Mathieu: Concerto de Québec & Works for 2 Pianos cover
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ANDRE MATHIEU
André Mathieu: Concerto de Québec & Works for 2 Pianos
Hélène Mercier, Alain Lefèvre (pianos)
[ Warner Classics / CD - due 14/Feb/2020 ]
Canadian pianist Alain Lefèvre has long championed the music of pianist-composer André Mathieu (1929-1968). As a child prodigy, Mathieu caused a sensation as 'the Canadian Mozart' in New York and Paris (where he studied with Yves Nat and Arthur...
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...
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...
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...
George Gershwin - Piano Concerto in F ; Rhapsody in Blue; Cuban Overture cover
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GEORGE GERSHWIN
George Gershwin - Piano Concerto in F ; Rhapsody in Blue; Cuban Overture
Jon Nakamatsu, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeff Tyzik
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - due 28/Feb/2020 ]
Penned for the concert hall but brimming with the sounds and rhythms of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, this all-Gershwin programmme features American pianist Jon Nakamatsu in the Piano Concerto in F and the Rhapsody in Blue. For an orchestral encore,...
Handel: Agrippina (complete opera) cover
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GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
Handel: Agrippina (complete opera)
Joyce DiDonato, Elsa Benoit, Biagio Pizzuti, Franco Fagioli, Andrea Mastroni, Jakub Józef Orliński / l Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev
[ Erato Classics / CD - due 31/Jan/2020 ]
"Joyce DiDonato is absolute mistress of the title role, singing with authority, grandeur and high style" Daily Telegraph