GAO PING / WOJCIECH KILAR / ANTHONY RITCHIE / JACK BODY / etc
Adrianna Lis: Rozmowa / Dialogue
Adrianna Lis (flute) / Sarah Watkins (piano)
[ Atoll Records New Zealand / CD - released 10/Jun/2012 ]
"Modern virtuoso music for flute from Poland and NZ"
Tamara Stefanovich (piano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Thomas Larcher (piano)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 7/Mar/2014 ]
Thomas Larcher's sound world is both original and captivating in its fusion of contemplative harmonies with innovative performance techniques.
IVES / BERG / WEBERN
Alexei Lubimov (piano)
[ Zig-Zag Territories / CD - released 10/Jul/2015 ]
"It's a provocative mix: Charles Ives isn't often juxtaposed with the Second Viennese School...That's underlined here by Lubimov's account of the Ives, which is rugged, uncompromising and often thrilling." (Guardian)
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
HERBERT HOWELLS / RONALD CORP
Alice Neary (cello) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
[ Dutton Epoch / CD - released 1/Feb/2015 ]
Cellist Alice Neary's championship of Herbert Howells' three-movement Cello Concerto (now in a performing edition by Jonathan Clinch) and conductor Ronald Corp's own recent Cello Concerto make for a rewarding coupling in the best Dutton Epoch...
W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Violin Sonatas Vol 4
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cédric Tiberghien (piano)
[ Hyperion / 2 CD - released 1/Sep/2017 ]
"The whole enterprise is near-impossible to fault. Six sonatas left now to complete the cycle, a set that will surely become the modern reference recording." Gramophone Editor's Choice Awards Issue 2017
Vivaldi: Teatro alla Moda: Unpublished concertos for violin
Amandine Beyer (violin) / Gli incogniti
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 25/Oct/2015 ]
1720: in his famous pamphlet 'Il teatro alla moda', the composer Marcello satirised the excesses of new-fangled Venetian opera. Cadenzas, variations, 'divismo', virtuosity, popular dances, assorted sound effects: nearly three centuries later, each of...
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...
Variations & Fantasy Pieces
Andreas Staier (piano Erard, Paris 1837)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 20/Oct/2014 ]
This third volume of Andreas Staier's series devoted to the piano music of Robert Schumann begins with his first published composition, the 'Abegg Variations', and ends with his very last work, posthumously published 'Geistervariationen'. The road he...
Sonatas for Clarinet & Piano
Andreas Staier (pianoforte) Lorenzo Coppola (clarinet)
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 1/Jun/2015 ]
"Staier and Coppola's characterful playing seeks out muted shadings, blends and balances that constantly surprise the ear." (Irish Times)
CORELLI / VIVALDI / REBEL / MOZART
The Art of the Violin
Andrew Manze (violin) with Richard Egarr (harpsichord), Jaap ter Linden (viola da Gamba) & English Concert
[ Harmonia Mundi / 5 CD Box Set - released 20/Oct/2009 ]
"You can't beat Andrew Manze when it comes to fiery, inspired violin playing." The Independent
Fata Morgana: Songs by Pavel Haas
Anita Watson (soprano), Anna Starushkevych (mezzo soprano), Nicky Spence (tenor), James Platt (bass), Navarra Quartet, Lada Valesova (piano)
[ Resonus / CD - released 3/Mar/2017 ]
"from joy to despair, every emotion is here in subtle colours; a legacy of great human and musical worth." Five Stars BBC Music Magazine Choral & Song Choice - May 2017
SCHUMANN / BRAHMS
Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano) Malcolm martineau (piano)
[ Linn SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/May/2015 ]
"Murray has the art of increasing the tension without raising the volume...And given every encouragement by Malcolm Martineau's deft pianism, she brings a coquettish charm, without winsomeness, to the song of the flighty actress Philine, first cousin
Schubert: Mass in A flat D.678 (with Mendelssohn - Psalm 42)
Anna Korondi (soprano) Anke Vondung (mezzo-soprano) Andreas Karasiak (tenor) / RIAS-Kammerchor / Orchestre des Champs elysaes / Herreweghe
[ Harmonia Mundi Gold / CD - released 10/Aug/2018 ]
The Mass in A flat is one of the most lyrical that Schubert composed. It is also one of the most ambitious (Schubert noted at the top of his manuscript 'missa solemnis'), in terms of its instrumental forces, as well as the number and arrangement of...
ROSSI / FROBERGER / JOHN BULL / BOHM / BACH
Fantastic Musick for the Italian Harpsichord
Anthony Jennings (harpsichord)
[ Trust / Atoll / CD - released 1/Nov/2011 ]
Great early music exponent in his last harpsichord recordings...
Ritchie: A Bugle Will Do
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Tecwyn Evans
[ Atoll Records / CD - released 12/Mar/2012 ]
"A hugely enjoyable and rewarding disc of a composer well worth exploring further." (MusicWeb Recording of the Month Nov 2012)
DEBUSSY / POULENC / PROKOFIEV / STRAVINSKY
Echoes of Paris
Augustin Hadelich (violin) & Robert Kulek (piano)
[ Avie / CD - released 10/Mar/2011 ]
Augustin Hadelich's sensational debut on Avie Records, Flying Solo (AV 2180), helped catapult him from a highly respected and acclaimed position in the classical music world, into an ever-widening and adoring circle of fans who helped drive the album...
SCHBERT / SCHUMANN / BRAHMS / WAGNER
Schubert / Schumann / Brahms / Wagner: Les Filles Du Rhin / Rhinemaidens
Bernarda Fink (mezzo), Anneke Scott, Joseph Walters, Olivier Picon, Chris Larkin (horns) Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 18/Mar/2016 ]
"The vocal ensemble Pygmalion, resident at the Opera de Bordeaux, are suitably seductive sirens - and even Bernarda Fink makes a cameo appearance in Schubert's D920 Grillparzer Ständchen, her serenading awash with fellow female songsters, and harp."
PURCELL / GIBBONS / LOCKE / HART / DRAGHI / etc
A Fancy: Fantasy on English Airs & Tunes
Bertrand Cuiller (conductor, organ) & Rachel Redmond (soprano) / Le Caravansérail
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 10/Oct/2017 ]
In their first recording for harmonia mundi, Bertrand Cuiller and the musicians of Le Caravansérail immerse us in the dreamlike world of the London theatre of the 17th century. Incidental music, airs, dances and inventive melodies combining the...
National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand
[ Trust / CD - released 18/Jun/2003 ]
The National Youth Brass Band is a group of some of the country's finest young brass and percussion players. In this recital they play works especially commissioned for their 'ANZAC' Tour to the UK.