Shall We Dance? The Maastricht Concert 2019
[ Universal DVD / DVD - released 27/Mar/2020 ]
André Rieu's spectacular 2019 Maastricht Open Air Concert DVD features 28 all-time-favourite songs, his famous Johann Strauss Orchestra & Choir, International Soloists, the Platin Tenors and 300 Dancers.
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Elim Chan
[ Decca Music Group / CD - released 6/Mar/2020 ]
"It's the kind of disc that makes you rethink these works and appreciate them all over again. And let's hope that this is the start of a wonderful recording partnership with Elim Chan." Gramophone Recording of the Month March 2020
DEBUSSY / BERG / HAHN / CHAUSSON / RAVEL / RACHMANINOV / etc
Daniel Hope - Belle Époque
Daniel Hope (violin), Lise de la Salle (piano), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano), Zürcher Kammerorchester
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 2 CD - released 6/Mar/2020 ]
"Hope's glidings and throbbings can be delightful, as can the music itself. Some of the sweetest, rarest pieces come from Webern's teacher Schoenberg, writing in the 1890s when he had yet to relinquish heart-tugging tunes...Treat this album like a...
CHAPLIN / BACH / LEGRAND / MORRICONE / PIAZZOLLA / etc
Lisa Batiashvili: City Lights
Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Georgia Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Nikoloz Rachveli
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 12/Jun/2020 ]
In her new project, City Lights, Lisa Batiashvili gathers all the places and memories that have been important in her life and career together with some of the world's most beautiful music.
Einaudi: Islands - The Essential Einaudi (Deluxe Edition)
Ludovico Einaudi (piano)
[ Decca / 2 CD - released 10/Jan/2020 ]
"Islands' ability to stir up emotions with just a few chords shows that his works are far from easy listening fodder." Allmusic
Pick me Up Off The Floor
[ Blue Note / CD - released 12/Jun/2020 ]
Norah Jones's seventh solo studio album grew out of her acclaimed singles series, as the unreleased songs unexpectedly congealed into an album of tremendous depth and beauty.
Elgar: Cello Concerto / etc
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle
[ Decca / CD - released 31/Jan/2020 ]
Award-winning British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason returns with Elgar, a brand new album of works anchored around Elgar's Cello Concerto - arguably the best-known work in the classical canon written for solo cello.
CLAUDE DEBUSSY / JEAN PHILIPPE RAMEAU
Debussy & Rameau
Vikingur Olafsson (piano)
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 27/Mar/2020 ]
"It could have been a triumph of style over substance but, like the Bach, the programming here is truly inspired...Where else could Ólafsson end but with 'Hommage à Rameau' from Images, Book 1?" Gramophone Editor's Choice April 2020
MOZART / DEBUSSY / RAVEL / WAGNER / HOLST / etc
The Peace Concert Versailles
Yuja Wang (piano) / Choeur De Radio France, Wiener Philharmoniker, Franz Welser-Möst
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 6/Mar/2020 ]
A setlist like no other, a never-heard-before compilation of deeply moving musical pieces highlighting numerous aspects of war and peace. This is how the Wiener Philharmoniker, led by Franz Welser-Möst and supported by an all-star line-up, among them...
[ Deutsche Grammophon / LP - released 20/Mar/2020 ]
For almost a decade, Agnes Obel has been one of the most independent and original artists in contemporary music. Now she has returned with the highly anticipated new album Myopia - her first through iconic German label Deutsche Grammophon.
W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Flute Concertos / Symphonies Nos 25, 29, 32, 39 & 40
Hubert Barwahser (flute) / London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
[ Decca Eloquence / 2 CD - released 20/Feb/2020 ]
'The performances are consistently polished and elegant Barwahsers phrasing is unfailingly beautiful' Penguin Guide, 1982 (Flute Concertos)
Women Of Note: A Century Of Australian Composers - Vol. 2
Asmira Woodward-Page (violin) Scott Davie (piano) Kees Boersma (double bass) ACO Collective / Sydney Symphony / Melbourne Symphony / etc
[ ABC Classics / 2 CD - released 6/Mar/2020 ]
This 2CD album celebrates the music from pioneers of Australia's musical heritage: Margaret Sutherland, Miriam Hyde, Dulcie Holland, and introducing Linda Phillips.
Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow
Life Goes On
[ ECM Records / CD - released 6/Mar/2020 ]
A striking album of new music from pianist/composer Carla Bley, whose trio with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow is now in its 25th year.
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Tchaikovsky: Serenade / Ballet Music [Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty]
Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 6/Mar/2020 ]
Swan Lake was among the Concertgebouw Orchestra's first stereo recordings for Decca. Sessions were taped in February 1961 and the performances and sound engineering are still as vivid as ever - in fact, quite overwhelming.
BRUCKNER / WAGNER / BEETHOVEN / R. STRAUSS / MOZART / etc
Eugen Jochum - The Orchestral Recordings on Philips
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Eugen Jochum, with Veronica Jochum von Moltke, piano
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 15 CD Box Set - released 22/May/2020 ]
According to one former violist in the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eugen Jochum was the type of conductor 'who doesn't "put on" spectacular performances, but whose music-making always bears the stamp of honesty.
SHOSTAKOVICH / SCHNITTKE / LUTOSLAWSKI
Shostakovich / Schnittke / Lutosławski: Works for piano & orchestra
Denis Matsuev (piano), Kammerorchester Wien-Berlin, with Gabor Tarkövi (trumpet)
[ Alto / Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 15/May/2020 ]
Deutsche Grammophon presents the Kammerorchester Wien-Berlin's first recording on the Yellow Label which includes a premiere recording on DG of Schnittke's Concerto, alongside works by Shostakovich and Lutosławski.
Women Of Note: A Century of Australian Composers
Eggner Trio, Miriam Hyde (piano), Leonard Dommett (violin), The Contemporary Singers, Various Orchestras, etc
[ ABC Classics / 2 CD - released 7/Jun/2019 ]
In celebration of International Women's Day, ABC Classics released Women of Note: A Century of Australian Composers - the first in a new series celebrating Australian female composers.
OFFENBACH / BIZET / VERDI / PUCCINI / MOZART / etc
Opera auf Deutsch
Fritz Wunderlich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Brigitte Fassbaender, Ernst Haefliger, Irmgard Seefried, Rita Streich, Sándor Kónya, Ingeborg Hallstein, +
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 15 CD Box Set - released 22/Mar/2020 ]
This collection is a real treasure trove for opera lovers and tells the astonishing story of an era when all the many municipal opera houses in the German-speaking world performed the standard opera repertoire in the local language only.
STRAUSS / VERDI / ADAM / TCHAIKOVSKY / MOZART / etc
Herbert von Karajan - Complete Decca Recordings
Herbert von Karajan with Vienna Philharmonic, with Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Hilde Güden, Leontyne Price, etc
[ Decca / 33 CD Box Set - released 21/Feb/2020 ]
Presented with original sleeves and spined wallets, this 33CD set of Herbert von Karajan's complete Decca recordings includes a new essay by Karajan biographer, Richard Osborne.
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos
Jan Lisiecki (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Tomo Keller
[ Deutsche Grammophon DVD / DVD - released 6/Mar/2020 ]
"A sparkling performance that seems refreshingly spontaneous - yet is intellectually perfectly formed" Der Tagesspiel