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Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2 cover
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DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2
Alina Ibragimova (violin), State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia 'Evgeny Svetlanov', Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/Jun/2020 ]
The prospect of hearing Alina Ibragimova in two of the most important concertos written for the violin is in itself irresistibly enticing, but Shostakovich aficionados will also welcome an opportunity to hear the rarely performed original opening to...
Howells: Missa Sabrinensis & Michael Fanfare cover
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HERBERT HOWELLS
Howells: Missa Sabrinensis & Michael Fanfare
The Bach Choir, BBC Concert Orchestra / David Hill
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/May/2020 ]
It was The Bach Choir (under Sir David Willcocks) which played an important role in helping rehabilitate the Missa Sabrinensis, and this fine recording with David Hill marks a significant new chapter in the work's performance history.
Rachmaninov: Songs cover
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SERGEI RACHMANINOV
Rachmaninov: Songs
Julia Sitkovetsky, Roger Vignoles
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/May/2020 ]
Rachmaninov's songs all date from the first half of his artistic life, before he left post-revolutionary Russia. They are exquisite, and this recital from Julia Sitkovetsky and Roger Vignoles includes some of the finest, culminating with the much...
MacMillan: Symphony No 4 / Viola Concerto cover
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JAMES MacMILLAN
MacMillan: Symphony No 4 / Viola Concerto
Lawrence Power (viola), BBC Philharmonic, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/Jun/2020 ]
MacMillan's viola concerto was written for Lawrence Power, who brings a unique authority to this, its first recording. The fourth symphony-a major addition to the repertoire-is a generous and appropriate coupling, both works incorporating and...
Schumann (C) & Mendelssohn (Fanny): Piano Trios & String Quartet cover
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CLARA SCHUMANN / FANNY MENDELSSOHN
Schumann (C) & Mendelssohn (Fanny): Piano Trios & String Quartet
The Nash Ensemble
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/May/2020 ]
A release which celebrates the talents and importance of the 'other' Mendelssohn and Schumann, who emerge from the shadows of their illustrious family names in a blaze of triumphant chamber music.
Beethoven: The Piano Concertos cover
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BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: The Piano Concertos
Stephen Hough, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu
[ Hyperion / 3 CD - due 1/May/2020 ]
Hearing Stephen Hough over the course of one of music's most exhilarating odysseys is not an opportunity to be missed, especially when that odyssey encompasses the five piano concertos of Beethoven. Recorded following a cycle of live performances in...
Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets cover
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EDWARD ELGAR / AMY BEACH
Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets
Takács Quartet, Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/Jun/2020 ]
Amy Beach's piano quintet proved a deservedly popular success in its early years. It makes a compelling-and surprising-match for Elgar's own piano quintet: a late work contemporary with the cello concerto, and which inhabits the same emotional landsc
Parry: Songs of farewell & works by Stanford, Gray & Wood cover
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PARRY / STANFORD / GRAY / WOOD
Parry: Songs of farewell & works by Stanford, Gray & Wood
Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
[ Hyperion / CD - due 1/Jun/2020 ]
Stanford's eight-part Latin Magnificat was posthumously dedicated to Parry, whose own Songs of farewell are unmistakably valedictory in mood. Personal as well as musical associations run deep in this poignantly expressive programme from Westminster...
Bach: The Cello Suites cover
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Bach: The Cello Suites
Alban Gerhardt (cello)
[ Hyperion / 2 CD - released 29/Mar/2019 ]
Those elusive qualities of 'transcendental beauty paired with an enchanting simplicity', eloquently glossed by Alban Gerhardt in his booklet note, might also be said to characterize his playing in this outstanding new recording.
Faure: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 cover
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GABRIEL FAURE
Faure: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2
Alban Gerhardt (cello) Cecile Licad (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 1/Jan/2012 ]
Editor's Choice Gramophone April 2012
Brahms: Violin Sonatas cover
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JOHANNES BRAHMS
Brahms: Violin Sonatas
Alina Ibragimova, Cédric Tiberghien
[ Hyperion / CD - released 30/Aug/2019 ]
Matchless accounts of Brahms at his most lyrically reflective, plus a benedictory encore by Clara Schumann: this is another outstanding release from today's pre-eminent violin and piano partnership.
Mozart: Violin Sonatas Vol 3 cover
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W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Violin Sonatas Vol 3
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)
[ Hyperion / 2 CD - released 26/Mar/2017 ]
"Avoiding the twin traps of over-inflation and simpering coyness, the symbiotic partnership of Tiberghien and Ibragimova respect the music's innocence while relishing every tiny opportunity for mischief and humour." Gramophone Editor's Choice
Vierne & Franck: Violin Sonatas cover
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LOUIS VIERNE / CESAR FRANCK
Vierne & Franck: Violin Sonatas
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 1/Mar/2019 ]
"This is simply superb in every way…Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien are typically outstanding throughout, playing with exceptional control without ever forsaking spontaneity…Make no mistake,..." BBC Music Award Finalist 2020
Bach: The Six Partitas cover
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Bach: The Six Partitas
Angela Hewitt
[ Hyperion / 2 CD - released 29/Nov/2019 ]
"..what impresses most is Hewitt's sheer joy and sense of wonder in Bach's creative genius." BBC Music Five Stars Recording of the Month Feb 2020
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 2/1, 14/2, 53 & 54 cover
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LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 2/1, 14/2, 53 & 54
Angela Hewitt (piano)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 31/May/2019 ]
"As you might expect, her way with the fingery textures of the first movement [of the Waldstein] is dexterous and effortless, while the repeated left-hand chords have a crispness about them." Gramophone
St Nicolas / Hymn to St Cecilia cover
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN
St Nicolas / Hymn to St Cecilia
Anthony Rolf Johnson (tenor) Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
[ Hyperion Helios / CD - released 1/Nov/2009 ]
"A fresh and atmospheric account of Britten's colourful cantata" Penguin Guide
The Bach Family: Magnificats cover
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J.S. BACH / C.P.E. BACH / J.C. BACH
The Bach Family: Magnificats
Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 16/Feb/2018 ]
"You would be hard-pressed to find a more illuminating disc than this latest offering from Arcangelo" BBC Music Choral & Song Choice March 2018
Stojowski / Wieniawski: Violin Concertos cover
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STOJOWSKI / WIENIAWSKI
Stojowski / Wieniawski: Violin Concertos
Bartłomiej Nizioł (violin), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Łukasz Borowicz (conductor)
[ Hyperion Romantic Violin Concerto Vol 20 / CD - released 29/Jul/2016 ]
The music of Zygmunt Stojowski has yet to benefit from the renaissance enjoyed by other Polish composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His violin concerto - enthusiastically received at its premiere - is here revivified...
Sibelius: Kullervo cover
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JEAN SIBELIUS
Sibelius: Kullervo
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard
[ Hyperion / CD - released 28/Jun/2019 ]
While 'Kullervo' represents just the confident first step in Sibelius's symphonic odyssey, it is also a viscerally exciting experience on its own terms- little wonder the first performance in 1892 was such a triumph for the young composer. An...
Music for Saint Katherine of Alexandria cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
Music for Saint Katherine of Alexandria
The Binchois Consort / Andrew Kirkman
[ Hyperion / CD - released 31/May/2019 ]
Admirers of Andrew Kirkman and The Binchois Consort will know what to expect of this group's recordings: not only carefully crafted programmes delivered with idiomatic flair (both of which may be taken for granted), but also lavishly illustrated...