JOLAS / BEAMISH / NEUWIRTH
Stories - Trumpet Concertos
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet), Roger Muraro (piano), Malmö Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Martyn Brabbins
[ BIS SACD / CD - due 4/Oct/2019 ]
Alongside his celebrated performances of the classical repertory, Håkan Hardenberger is also renowned as a pioneer of significant new trumpet works. The three works on this disc were all composed with him in mind, and illustrate his many-facetted...
MACMILLAN / VERBEY / BERIO
MacMillan, Verbey & Berio: Trombone Concertos
Jörgen van Rijen (trombone), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
[ BIS SACD / CD - due 4/Oct/2019 ]
Principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jörgen van Rijen is also much in demand as a soloist with a special commitment to promoting his instrument. Various composers have written new pieces for him, including James MacMillan and...
CORELLI / VIVALDI/ LOCATELLI / PAGANINI
Carnival - a violin and guitar recital
Karen Gomyo (violin), Ismo Eskelinen (guitar)
[ BIS SACD / CD - due 1/Nov/2019 ]
For her début album, Karen Gomyo has joined forces with guitarist Ismo Eskelinen in a programme offering fireworks as well as graceful tenderness. A violin virtuoso as well as an expert guitar player, Niccolò Paganini wrote a number of works for the...
Beethoven: The Piano Concertos
Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano) / Die Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens
[ BIS SACD / 2 CD - due 1/Nov/2019 ]
As one of the finest pianists of his era and an improviser of genius, Ludwig van Beethoven's preferred vehicle for musical exploration was the piano. His earliest composition, from 1782, was a set of piano variations and he continued to compose for...
Strauss: Oboe Concerto
Alexi Ogrintchouck (oboe), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 7/Jul/2017 ]
"What a subtle and fascinating artist is oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk - a team player as well as a born soloist." BBC Music Concerto Choice November 2017
Aho: Saxophone Concerto and Quintet
Anders Paulsson (soprano saxophone), Lapland Chamber Orchestra / John Storgårds
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 13/Oct/2017 ]
Recent works by the indefatigable Kalevi Aho. To date, KaleviAhohas composed sixteen symphonies and twenty-eight concertos, several operas and a large number of chamber works -a rate of production which is all the more impressive considering the...
Aho: Timpani & Piano Concertos
Ari-Pekka Mäenpää (timpani), Sonja Fräki (piano), Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
[ BIS SACD / CD - released 10/May/2018 ]
Hugely productive, Kalevi Aho (b. 1949) has composed close to 30 concertos to date. These include works for traditional solo instruments - piano, violin, cello … - but also more unusual ones, such as the theremin or accordion. One project of Aho's is...
Verbum caro factum est - a Christmas Greeting
Bach Collegium Japan Chorus / Masaaki Suzuki (direction), Masato Suzuki (organ)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 10/Oct/2018 ]
"The performances are typically classy, and punctuated by a selection of Daquin's 'Noels' for solo organ, played with peppery registrations by Suzuki" BBC Music
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Ann-Helen Moen (soprano), Roxana Constantinescu (mezzo-soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor) / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 9/Feb/2018 ]
"All performers are in superb form and recorded with pristine clarity and balance. This is a must-listen - a different Beethoven comes forth with sublime beauty and insights beyond the symphony." (Nicholas Butler)
W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K427 / Exsultate, jubilate, K165
Carolyn Sampson, Olivia Vermeulen, Makoto Sakurada, Christian Immler / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/Nov/2016 ]
"The choir are well drilled and the two female soloists are matched as well as any on disc...Suzuki is no speed merchant, and maintains the through line in more strenuous movements" Gramophone Award WINNER 2017
PURCELL / SCHUMANN / QUILTER / etc
Carolyn Sampson (soprano) / Joseph Middleton (piano)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/Feb/2015 ]
"A sweetly scented posy, this...Perfect, too, for all who love Sampson's fragrant, light-filled, warmly communicative soprano." (Gramophone Award Nomination 2015 - Solo Recital)
Stenhammar: Sangen [symphonic cantata] / Reverenza / Romeo and Hulia / Romances
Charlotta Larsson (soprano) Martina Dike (alto) Lars Cleveman (tenor) Frederik Zetterstrom (baritone) / Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Jarvi (c
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Sep/2018 ]
In a way it is odd that Stenhammar may be best known for a comparative trifle - the Entr'acte from the huge cantata Sången ('The Song'). This is an encore for basically all Swedish orchestras touring abroad. So why limit oneself to recording just...
Schubert: String Quartets No 9 & No 14 "Death and the Maiden"
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 28/Oct/2018 ]
"Light and shade abound in performances of brisk, fierce beauty" The Strad
Mendelssohn: Works for Cello and Piano
Christian Poltéra (cello), Ronald Brautigam (piano)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 29/Sep/2017 ]
It is well known that Felix Mendelssohn's sister Fanny was a highly talented musician, but fewer are familiar with the fact that there were two other musical siblings in the Mendelssohn family: Rebecka, a gifted singer, and Paul, a very competent...
Ayres & Graces
Dan Tidhar (chamber organ / harpsichord) & James Akers (theorbo / baroque guitar) / Chelys Consort of Viols
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 29/Jun/2015 ]
"Performed by the four viol players of Chelys and their keyboard and guitar playing colleagues, they sound wonderfully supple, propulsive and alive." (The Guardian)
Schubert: Sonatas (arr. for Violin & Guitar)
Daniel Migdal (violin), Jacob Kellermann (guitar)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/Nov/2018 ]
As Jacob Kellermann points out in the liner notes to this disc, there is an unbroken tradition of performing arrangements of Franz Schubert's music on the guitar. Already in his lifetime some of his most popular songs appeared with simplified guitar...
GRIEG / SIBELIUS / TOMMESSEN
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/Feb/2012 ]
In 1878, while composing this string quartet, Grieg wrote that 'it aims at breadth, to soar, and, above all, at vigorous sound', and the amplitude of the sound is indeed striking: the generous use of double-stops creates an almost orchestral effect.
Glow: Chamber Music by Jaakko Kuusisto
Meta4 String Quartet, Jaakko Kuusisto (violin), Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma (viola), Jan-Erik Gustafsson (cello), Heini Kärkkäinen (piano)
[ BIS SACD / CD - released 10/Jun/2016 ]
Jaakko Kuusisto is one of Finland's most versatile musicians, a quality demonstrated by his rich discography on BIS in which he appears as violinist (in chamber music, as soloist and as concertmaster), conductor, arranger and composer. In the latter...
James Rutherford sings Wagner
James Rutherford (baritone) / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 22/Mar/2014 ]
The Norfolk-born bass-baritone's voice, on this showing, is close to ideal - chocolate-dark and rich in tone, with a deceptive effortlessness and security that shows up many more famous exponents
J. S. BACH
Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol V: Birthday Cantatas [BWV213 & BWV214]
Joanne Lunn (soprano) Robin Braze (counter-tenor) Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Dominik Wörner (bass) / Bach Collegium Japan directed by Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Nov/2015 ]
"Makoto Sakurada's lucid tenor is particularly effective in the rhetorical and declamatory recitatives, while bass Dominik Wörner paints the words to vivid effect." BBC Music