CHOPIN / RACHMANINOFF
Chopin, Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonatas
Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Alexander Melnikov (piano)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - due 17/Jun/2022 ]
After Beethoven, Alexander Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras now turn to two more giants of the repertory. Chopin's Cello Sonata, his last work published in his lifetime, seems almost like a testament, sombre and tormented - a world away from the...
VIVALDI / GABRIELI / PORTA / MARCELLO / etc
A Venetian Journey
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, with Xenia Löffler (baroque oboe) - Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti - Concerto Palatino
[ Harmonia Mundi / 3 CD - released 18/Jan/2019 ]
From the late Renaissance until the middle of the eighteenth century, Venice was the scene of unrivalled musical splendour, encompassing the magnificent ceremonial music heard at Saint Mark's Basilica and the virtuoso music-making at the charitable...
J. S. BACH
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Isabelle Faust, Antoine Tamestit
[ Harmonia Mundi / 2 CD - released 17/Sep/2021 ]
Johann Sebastian Bach and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin go back a long way together! This recording, made with the welcome participation of Isabelle Faust and Antoine Tamestit, follows the complete violin concertos (2019), which left a lasting...
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs
[ Harmonia Mundi / 3 CD Box Set - released 19/Jul/2019 ]
Scarlatti's Griselda, premiered in Rome in 1721, received a single performance at the Teatro Capranica, and was never taken into the repertoire elsewhere, both for financial reasons and because of the changing tastes of the time. The tragic story of...
SCHUBERT / CHOPIN / LISZT / STRAVINSKY
Schubert / Chopin / Liszt / Stravinsky: Four Pianos - Four Pieces
Alexander Melnikov (pianos)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 9/Apr/2018 ]
"Melnikov gives thrilling performances of four cornerstones of the repertoire." Sunday Times
Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Volume 2 | nos. 4, 7 & 9
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 18/Oct/2019 ]
This first volume in the complete cycle must already be given pride of place in the discography," declared Classica magazine upon the release of Prokofiev's Sonatas nos. 2, 6, and 8 (awarded a "Choc" in 2016).
Brahms: Piano Concerto no.1 - Tragic Overture (with Cherubini: Éliza)
Alexander Melnikov (piano), Sinfonieorchester Basel, Ivor Bolton
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 27/Aug/2021 ]
With his First Concerto, the young Brahms set his own course in the wake of Beethoven and Schumann and at the same time poured forth his personal emotions in this work of impressive dimensions. The Russian soloist has chosen an instrument...
GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
Handel: Messiah (Complete oratorio)
Andreas Scholl, Barbara Schlick, Sandrine Piau, Mark Padmore, Nathan Berg / Les Arts Florissants / William Christie
[ Harmonia Mundi / 2 CD - released 6/Dec/2019 ]
Schubert: Fantasie in F Minor & other piano duets
Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano Graf by Christopher Clarke)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 20/Apr/2017 ]
"The Graf-style fortepiano's clarity brings out the fabulous textural richness of the F minor Fantasy's third movement and the Rondo in A, illumined by the players' lovely touches" Sunday Times
Monteverdi: Selva morale e spirituale
Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Pablo Heras-Casado
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 20/Dec/2017 ]
"You'll find everything from grand ensembles to intimate solo confessionals, and this recording is best suited to the latter...individual musicians and singers of the Balthasar Neumann are wonderful, and they shine in their nimble duos and trios."
Dvorak: Lieder (Songs)
Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano) Roger Vignoles (piano)
[ Harmonia Mundi Gold / CD - released 12/Jun/2015 ]
"Songs and performances are good company, each with an element of novelty" Editor's Choice Gramophone Magazine July 2004
A Medieval Christmas - Hodie Christus Natus Est
Boston Camerata, Anne Azema
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 14/Sep/2021 ]
Drawing on a wide variety of sources, mingling liturgical Latin with French, English, Italian and Iberian vernaculars, these magnificent songs, hymns and processionals show the multitude of ways in which the birth of Christ was celebrated in medieval...
JOSQUIN DES PREZ
Miserere mei Deus - Funeral Motets & Deplorations
Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 26/Oct/2018 ]
'To lament, to mourn, to memorialise: such was the new fashion at the very end of the fifteenth century', writes Alice Tacaille. 'The poet, in mourning the musician, attains an expressive intimacy . . . a eulogy of art that places the lamenting poet...
Chants De La Liturgie Slavonne
Choeur Des Moines De Chevetogne / Dom Gregoire Bainbridge
[ Harmonia Mundi musique d'abord / CD - released 20/Oct/1988 ]
Only the Orthodox Church has preserved to the present day this 'original' concept of Christian music according to which only the human voice but no instruments are permitted to take part in the worship of God. The Slav liturgy is no exception.
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
Choir of Clare College Cambridge, Graham Ross
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 16/Oct/2020 ]
It's Christmas! Graham Ross invites you to explore the highly individual conception of traditional carols offered by twentieth-century British composers, and notably the most eminent among them, Benjamin Britten. Arranged around his famous Ceremony...
Christiane Karg (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano), Gustav Mahler (piano roll)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 23/Oct/2020 ]
"Her voice is beautiful, more velvety than diamantine, and, with her supremely sensitive partner, she never has need to push it...This is lieder performance of wonderful freshness and intelligence; a delightful album, highly recommended." Gramophone
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 'Organ Symphony' / Piano Concerto No. 4
Daniel Roth (organ), Jean-François Heisser (piano) / Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 19/Nov/2021 ]
Camille Saint-Saëns, virtuoso pianist, organist and conductor, was also a great admirer of Liszt. His Symphony no.3, which adds both his chosen keyboard instruments to the orchestra, and his Piano Concerto no.4 utilise the codes of the old master,...
BIZET / CAPUA / DONIZETTI / OFFENBACH / etc
Les Contre-Tenors [The Counter Tenors]
Dominique Visse, Andreas Scholl, Pascal Bertin (countertenors)
[ Harmonia Mundi Musique d'abord / CD - released 21/Jul/2017 ]
Three countertenors having fun, back in 1995, hot on the heels of the original Three Tenors! Dominique Visse, Andreas Scholl, Pascal Bertin: three distinctive and outstanding voices are showcased singing pieces they would not normally perform but...
War & Peace - 1618:1918
Dorothee Mields (soprano) / Lautten Compagney, Wolfgang Katschne
[ Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / 2 CD - released 5/Mar/2019 ]
"Mields is impeccable throughout, the pristine purity of the early songs setting off the calculated exaggerations and distortions of the contemporary ones. This is a brilliant, unexpected disc" Gramophone Editor's Choice January 2019
J. S. BACH
Bach - Small Gifts
Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder/director), Andreas Scholl (counter-tenor) Ensemble 1700
[ Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 1/Dec/2017 ]
"Andreas Scholl, voice fresh and unblemished as ever, and recorder player/director Dorothee Oberlinger are in their element...Oberlinger's small, Cologne-based chamber ensemble plays with lithe precision, each musician a soloist.