Rota: The Fellini Album
Filarmonica della Scala, Riccardo Chailly
[ Decca Records / CD - released 2/Aug/2019 ]
Together with the Filarmonica della Scala, Riccardo Chailly explores the iconic film scores of Nino Rota in a new collection, The Fellini Album, on Decca. Released to mark 40 years since Rota's death in April 1979, the album contains music from...
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (complete ballet recorded in 2007)
The Royal Ballet / Carlos Acosta, Tamara Rojo, Jose Martin / Boris Cruzin (cond)
[ Decca DVD / DVD - released 1/Oct/2009 ]
"Rojo rises to the fierce dramatic challenges of the last act with electrifying intensity. ...and Prokofiev's score is vigorously conducted by Boris Gruzin." Gramophone DVD of the Month Feb 2010
ALLEGRI / PALESTRINA
Allegri: Miserere / Palestrina: Stabat Mater; Magnificat primi toni; etc
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Sir David Willcocks
[ Decca Legends / CD - released 1/Nov/2002 ]
"The famous 1963 King's performance of Allegri's Miserere, with its equally arresting treble solo so beautifully and securely sung by Roy Goodman, is now reissued, impressively remastered in Decca's Legends series." *** Three Stars. Penguin Stereo...
Sol y Vida
Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano) / Orquesta Filarmónica De Gran Canaria, Karel Mark Chichon
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 21/Jun/2019 ]
Sol y vida is Elīna Garanča'sjourney to the South, from Spain to Italy and Latin America, and is her first album focusing entirely on non core-classical repertoire. Be ready to expect a personal album from the mezzo-soprano, whose centre of life...
One Hundred Days Away
[ ABC Classics / CD - released 19/Jul/2019 ]
One Hundred Days Away, is a haunting album focusing on songs and tunes that are linked to the sea, a nostalgia for 'home', or the struggle to settle in unfamiliar lands.
Britten: War Requiem (plus Rehearsal sequences bonus) (Rec 1963)
Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano) Peter Pears (tenor) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) / London Symphony & chorus, Benjamin Britten, with Simon Preston
[ Decca Originals / 2 CD - released 12/Mar/2006 ]
1001 Classical Recordings you must hear before you die (1951 - present). "This superb recording, definitive in so many ways, speaks to us as powerfully today as it ever did" (MusicWeb Bargain of the Month Sept 2006)
Scriabin: Piano Works [5 CD set]
Gordon Fergus-Thompson (piano)
[ ASV Decca Australian Eloquence / 5 CD Box Set - released 14/Jun/2019 ]
'For those who wish to savour Scriabin's often bewildering changeability without having their emotions torn to shreds, Fergus-Thompson is uniquely spellbinding in this repertoire.' International Piano
Ravel: Complete Music for Solo Piano
Gordon Fergus-Thompson (piano)
[ ASV Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 14/Jun/2019 ]
'Fergus-Thompson confirms his calibre and status as a distinguished, most individual Francophile …Even the most experienced Ravelians will find themselves returning to these finely recorded accounts for a special and magical enlightenment' Gramophone
[ Blue Note / CD - released 16/Oct/2000 ]
Idle Moments, a languid, seductive gem may well be Grant Green's greatest moment on record. Right from the opening bars of the classic title cut, this ingratiating and accessible album, features some of Green's most stylish straight jazz playing....
Song For My Father
[ Blue Note / CD - released 14/Jun/1999 ]
Song for My Father is a 1965 album by the Horace Silver Quintet, released on the Blue Note label in 1965. The album was inspired by a trip that Silver had made to Brazil. The cover artwork features a photograph of Silver's father, John Tavares...
MOZART / SCHUBERT / BEETHOVEN / WAGNER
Jonas Kaufmann Sings Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven & Wagner
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) / Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Claudio Abbado
[ Decca Music Group / CD - released 11/Sep/2009 ]
"His beautiful phrasing and controlled singing in the "Winterstürme" shows why he has become the most sought-after tenor of his generation, and is a highlight of this exciting new release." Gramophone Awards 2010 Finalist - Recital
Ramirez: Misa Criolla / Navidad en Verano / Navidad Nuestra
José Carreras (tenor) / Coral Salvé de Laredo, Sociedad Coral de Bilbao, José Luis Ocejo, Damián Sanchez
[ Philips / Decca / CD - released 19/Jul/2019 ]
"Ramirez' Creole Mass is a daring fusion of Catholic liturgy and Latin American folk music. This particular performance is made even better by the presence of José Carreras as lead singer. Carreras seems to have a personal feeling for this music and...
Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis
Käbi Laretei (piano)
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / CD - released 14/Jun/2019 ]
'[Käbi Laretei's] fervent, committed, technically dazzling interpretation never has appeared on CD, and it deserves reissue.' Classics Today
J. S. BACH
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I
Keith Jarrett (piano)
[ ECM New Series / 2 CD - released 14/Jun/2019 ]
"These are performances in which tempos, phrasing, articulation and the execution of ornaments are convincing," wrote Gramophone of Jarrett's first recorded account of The Well-Tempered Clavier. "Both instrument and performer serve as unobtrusive...
[ Blue Note Records / CD ]
Carried by its almost impossibly infectious eponymous opening track, The Sidewinder helped foreshadow the sounds of boogaloo and soul-jazz with its healthy R&B influence and Latin tinge. While the rest of the album retreats to a more conventional...
RICHARD WAGNER / RICHARD STRAUSS
Lise Davidsen sings Wagner and Strauss
Lise Davidsen (soprano) / Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen
[ Decca Music Group / CD - released 20/Jun/2019 ]
"These gifts are matched by the maturity, honesty and integrity of Davidsen's approach. This album only reinforces the fact that she is one of the greatest vocal talents to have emerged in recent years, if not decades." Gramophone Magazine June 2019
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (complete opera recorded in 1981)
Metropolitan Opera / Luciano Pavarotti, Judith Blegen, Sesto Bruscantini, Brent Ellis / Nicola Rescigno
[ Decca DVD / DVD - released 19/Jul/2019 ]
Filmed in 1981, live from the Metropolitan Opera, Luciano Pavarotti sings Nemorino in Donizetti's comic opera. This one of his Pavarotti's most famous roles and here he sings it in his prime joined by an all-star ensemble: Judith Blegen sings the...
QIGANG CHEN / FRITZ KREISLER / SERGEI RACHMANINOV
Maxim Vengerov (violin) Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Long Yu
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 19/Jul/2019 ]
"Long Yu [is] a superpower of China's burgeoning music world" - Washington Post The second Deutsche Grammophon release "Gateways" by the newly signed Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Long Yu features Chinese and Russian works.
The Real McCoy
[ Blue Note / CD ]
Two and a half years after his last recording as a leader for Impulse, pianist McCoy Tyner emerged to start a period on Blue Note that would result in seven albums. Having left John Coltrane's Quartet in late 1965, Tyner was entering a period of...
FERDINAND HEROLD / CHARLES LECOCQ
Herold: La Fille Mal Gardee / Lecocq: Mam'zelle Angot (Complete Ballets)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Lanchbery / National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 20/May/2007 ]
"Here, with sound of spectacular Decca digital fidelity, Lanchbery conducts a highly seductive account of the complete ballet with an orchestra long familiar with playing it in the theatre." (Rosette Penguin Stereo Guide)