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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov, opera in seven scenes (1869 version) cover
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MODEST MUSSORGSKY
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov, opera in seven scenes (1869 version)
Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Maxim Paster, Mika Kares, Sergei Skorokhodov, Göteborg Opera Chorus
[ BIS SACD / 2 CD - due 6/Sep/2019 ]
Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov stands out among the major works of the opera repertoire in having an extremely complex creative history. The original libretto, by the composer himself, was based closely on Pushkin's Shakespeare-inspired drama...
Stories - Trumpet Concertos cover
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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: Trombone Concertos cover
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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...
Peñalosa: Lamentationes cover
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FRANCISCO de PENALOSA
Peñalosa: Lamentationes
New York Polyphony
[ BIS SACD / CD - due 6/Sep/2019 ]
Renaissance music from Spain has come to mean the works of composers such as Tomás Luís de Victoria or Francisco Guerrero rather than their predecessors. But Francisco de Peñalosa - who died in 1528, the same year that Guerrero was born - and his...
Rautavaara: Vigilia cover
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EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA
Rautavaara: Vigilia
Niall Chorell (tenor), Tuukka Haapaniemi (bass), Helsinki Chamber Choir / Nils Schweckendiek
[ BIS SACD / CD - due 6/Sep/2019 ]
In 1971, Einojuhani Rautavaara was asked to compose a Finnish Orthodox church service, an allnight vigil similar to that of Rachmaninov, comprising Vespers as well as Matins. Soon after the first performance he reshaped the music into what we now...
Saariaho: Circle Map, Graal Théâtre & other works cover
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KAIJA SAARIAHO
Saariaho: Circle Map, Graal Théâtre & other works
Peter Herresthal (violin), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Clément Mao - Takacs
[ BIS SACD / CD - due 6/Sep/2019 ]
Several of Kaija Saariaho's works are named after natural phenomena that serve as a starting point to her compositional process. Composed in 1998, Neiges was inspired by various qualities of snow and explores instrumental languages and colours...
Peter Mattei sings Schubert's Winterreise cover
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SCHUBERT
Peter Mattei sings Schubert's Winterreise
Peter Mattei (baritone), Lars David Nilsson (piano)
[ BIS SACD / CD - due 6/Sep/2019 ]
Peter Mattei has won great acclaim as a singer with unusual dramatic gifts, appearing on the world's leading stages in complex operatic roles such as Don Giovanni, Billy Budd and Eugene Onegin. On the present disc he takes on a no less complex...
Before Mozart: Early Horn Concertos cover
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FORSTER / TELEMANN / NERUDA / L. MOZART / HAYDN
Before Mozart: Early Horn Concertos
Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn), Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Nicholas McGegan
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 10/May/2018 ]
Mozart's horn concertos are so well-known that for many listeners the sound of the horn and Mozart are virtually synonymous. Mozart was not the first composer to write solo concertos for the horn, however, and works from earlier on in the eighteenth...
Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos Nos 3-5 cover
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CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS
Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos Nos 3-5
Alexandre Kantorow (piano) / Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow (conductor)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 10/May/2019 ]
"It is no hardship to review yet another Saint-Saëns piano concerto recording when it is as good as this." Gramophone June 2019
Strauss: Oboe Concerto cover
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RICHARD STRAUSS
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 cover
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KALEVI AHO
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 cover
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KALEVI AHO
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 cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
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
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis cover
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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)
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K427 / Exsultate, jubilate, K165 cover
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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
Fleurs cover
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PURCELL / SCHUMANN / QUILTER / etc
Fleurs
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 cover
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WILHELM STENHAMMAR
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" cover
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FRANZ SCHUBERT
Schubert: String Quartets No 9 & No 14 "Death and the Maiden"
Chiaroscuro Quartet
[ 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 cover
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MENDELSSOHN
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 cover
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CHRISTOPHER SIMPSON
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)