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 PodleĊ› (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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Al-Basma cover
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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....
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...
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....
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...