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"
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
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)
Ries: Complete Chamber Music for Flute & String Trio Vol. 1
[ Cpo / CD - released 5/May/2017 ]
Ferdinand Ries penned no fewer than six quartets for flute and string trio, a quintet for flute, violin, two violas, and violoncello, a trio for piano, flute, and violoncello - more works than for any other wind instrument. As in his symphonies and...
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...
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (complete opera recorded in 2012) BLU-RAY
Baden-Baden Festspielhaus / Miah Persson, Rolando Villazon, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Roman Trekel / Pablo Heras-Casado (cond)
[ Deutsche Grammophon Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc - released 10/Oct/2014 ]
"Villazon's Nemorino...comes across as individual, hyperactive, zany, but also a bit petulant and unlovable...Persson exudes easy-going charm...[d'Arcangelo] sings with fine, Italianate comic energy." (Gramophone)
Adam: Le Corsaire (complete ballet recorded May 2013) BLU-RAY
Ballet du Capitole / Maria Gutierrez, Davit Galstyan, Takafumi Watanabe / David Coleman (cond)
[ Opus Arte Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc - released 1/Dec/2008 ]
"for anyone wanting to watch expertly and beautifully filmed performances by a very accomplished company of dancers - this innovative account from Toulouse could hardly be bettered." (MusicWeb)
BEETHOVEN / FUCIK / SUPPE / JOHANN STRAUSS / SCHRAMMEL / etc
20 Favourite Marches
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Herbert von Karajan.
[ Deutsche Grammophon Australian Eloquence / CD - released 13/Apr/1993 ]
Herbert von Karajan turns his attention to the swaggering pomp of favourite marches by the 'other' Strauss family and many others in this good natured and emblazoned romp.
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."
Paavo Järvi conducts Richard Strauss [Don Juan / Ein Heldenleben]
NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, Paavo Järvi
[ RCA Red Seal / Sony Classical / CD - released 1/Jul/2017 ]
"Supremely vivid Strauss, guided by the surest of conducting hands…[this] series - may it be all the symphonic poems - can only go from strength to strength. Amazing work." BBC Music Five Stars Recording of the Month - May 2017
HARRIS / ELMSLEY / WHITEHEAD / BLAKE / RITCHIE / etc
Taurangi - New Zealand Music for Flute and Piano
Bridget Douglas (flute) / Rachel Thomson (piano)
[ Trust / 2 CD - released 15/Sep/2007 ]
"Trust Records welcomes the year with Taurangi, a generous collection of New Zealand music for flute and piano expertly played by Bridget Douglas and Rachel Thomson." (William Dart)
BRITTEN / COPLAND / SCHUBERT / GRAINGER
Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears: The Early HMV Recordings
Benjamin Britten (piano) & Peter Pears (tenor)
[ Heritage / CD - released 28/Nov/2011 ]
Britten and Pears early collaborations for HMV display an infectious vigour. Britten's own works, the Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 and the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35. are given definitive readings. Also included are folk song settings...
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
Violin Concerto No. 2 / Concerto Romantique / Scenes Poetiques
Chloe Hanslip (violin) / Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Kosice / Kirk Trevor
[ Naxos / CD - released 14/Feb/2008 ]
"Praise for Chloë Hanslip's confident excursion into unfamiliar territory." Editor's Choice Gramophone Magazine (April 2008)
O lux beata Trinitas - Music for Trinity
Choir of Clare College Cambridge / Graham Ross
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 18/May/2018 ]
"This really is exceptional singing - immaculately balanced and blended, with text always at its heart. Ross and his young singers have given us quite the gift in this series. I can't wait to hear what they do next." Gramophone
GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI da PALESTRINA / GREGORIO ALLEGRI / etc
Palestrina - Missa Papae Marcelli / Allegri - Miserere / etc
Choir of Westminster Abbey, Simon Preston
[ Deutsche Grammophon Archiv Originals / CD - released 11/May/2016 ]
This was at the time and still remains a fascinating CD of an Anglican choir tackling Italian Renaissance vocal music completely outside its normal tradition. It is available for the first time at a special price.
Haydn: The Seasons (Die Jahreszeiten)
Christina Landshamer, Maximilian Schmitt & Florian Boesch Collegium Vocale Gent & Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Philippe Herreweghe
[ PHI / Outhere / 2 CD - released 19/May/2014 ]
"Landshamer, pure and luminous of tone, sings this with an ideal mix of grace and wondering innocence...Boesch makes a genially relaxed Simon, singing the ploughman's song and shooting aria with unforced relish...Herreweghe and his forces do eloquent
W. A. MOZART
Die Zauberflote [The Magic Flute] (highlights)
Christoph Strehl, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Erika Miklosa, René Pape / Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
[ Deutche Grammophon Virtuoso / CD - released 1/Jun/2016 ]
"The Tamino and Pamina are well nigh faultless. Erika Miklosa has been making a speciality of Queen of the Night and shows just why in a technically secure and fiery account of her two arias. Rene Pape now at the peak of his career, conveys all the...
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier
Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)
[ Aparté / 2 CD - released 18/Mar/2016 ]
Recording The Well-tempered Clavier is a bit like climbing Everest, and we were waiting for this new recording by Christophe Rousset devoted to Book I. With modesty and rigour, he gives a very rich, varied interpretation of this monumental piece,...
AUGUSTA READ THOMAS
Thomas: Of Being is a Bird
Claire Booth (soprano) Nathan Giem (violin) Nicola Melville (piano) / Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon
[ Nimbus / CD - released 1/Sep/2016 ]
"Irresistible forward drive, pausing only for moments of radiant beauty." (BBC Music Chamber Choice July 2016)