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...
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
J. S. BACH
The Complete Sacred Cantatas [Vols 1 - 55]
The Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / 55 Hybrid SACD - released 22/Apr/2016 ]
This boxed set includes 55 Hybrid SACDs in individual slip cases. The recordings on discs 1-27, originally released on CDs, have been upsampled and surround sound has been added, making this the only available complete set of the cantatas in SACD...
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)
SCHUBERT / SCHUMANN / BRAHMS / STRAUSS / etc
Reason In Madness
Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Joseph Middleton (piano)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 10/Mar/2019 ]
Throughout history men have feared mad women, burning them as witches, confining them in asylums and subjecting them to psychoanalysis - yet, they have also been fascinated, unable to resist fantasizing about them. For their new disc, Carolyn Sampson...
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.
Schoenberg: String Quartets Nos 2 & 4
Gringolts Quartet, Malin Hartelius (soprano)
[ Bis SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 30/Aug/2017 ]
Conceived thirty years apart, both works on the present disc came into being at difficult times in the life of Arnold Schoenberg. Emotional stress caused by a marital crisis around 1907-1908 is often claimed to have contributed to the break with...
BRETT DEAN / LUCA FRANCESCONI
Dean: Dramatis Personae / Francesconi: Hard Pace
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet) / Gothenburg Symphony, John Storgårds
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 24/May/2017 ]
Ever since his very first disc, released by BIS some thirty years ago, Hakan Hardenberger has earned recognition for his performances of the classical repertory, but also as a pioneer of significant and vituosic new music for the trumpet....
ROBERT SCHUMANN / JOHANNES BRAHMS
Brahms & Schumann - Chamber Music with piano
Hrachya Avanesyan (violin) Boris Brovtsyn (violin), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Diemut Poppen (viola), Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 29/Dec/2017 ]
"Each of the movements has tempi that is lively but never rushed, brought forth in a crystal clear recording. The slow movements really linger and break the heart." Nicholas Butler
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...