Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Etudes-tableaux
Boris Giltburg (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Carlos Miguel Prieto
[ Naxos / CD - released 17/Aug/2017 ]
"Giltburg certainly has something fresh to say in Rachmaninov's Second Concerto...and he says it elegantly and eloquently...one of the most appealing aspects of this performance is its grand trajectory." Gramophone Editor's Choice
Granados: Orchestral Works
Dani Espasa (piano) / Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Pablo González
[ Naxos / 3 CD Box Set - released 1/Nov/2017 ]
"Pablo González and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra respond with warmth and an attractively natural sense of how to turn a phrase…the woodwinds are the real stars, though: supple oboes with just a hint of nasal buzz" Gramophone
Silvestrov: Moments of Memory II
Iryna Starodub (piano) / Kiev Virtuosi, Dmitry Yablonsky
[ Naxos / CD - released 28/Oct/2017 ]
Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov has said that 'I do not write new music. My music is a response to and an echo of what already exists.' This is particularly pertinent to works such as the Two Dialogues with Postscript that engage hauntingly...
Alwyn: Film Music
Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra, Mark Heron, Clark Rundell
[ Naxos Wind Band Classics / CD - released 30/Oct/2017 ]
"These transcriptions work surprisingly well especially for the marches and the swiftly moving extrovert scores. Try the swashbuckling excitement that is The Crimson Pirate and the military pride and pomp and braggadocio of Desert Victory." MusicWeb
Orchestre National de Lille, Darrell Ang
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Nov/2017 ]
Jacques Offenbach is best remembered for his operettas, but the dramatic Ouverture a grand orchestra is a rarely heard early piece that presages his future in musical theatre. The enduring popularity of Orpheus in the Underworld is due in no small...
Ešenvalds: The Doors of Heaven
Portland State Chamber Choir, Ethan Sperry
[ Naxos / CD - released 15/Aug/2017 ]
"This is a super disc. All the music is compelling..anyone wanting to explore the extraordinary music of Ēriks Ešenvalds could start here with confidence. In all respects…this disc is a conspicuous success." MusicWeb
The Gerard Schwarz Collection
Seattle Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz
[ Naxos / 30 CD Box Set - released 1/Nov/2017 ]
This remarkable collection of recordings celebrates the seventieth birthday of one of the world's leading conductors, Gerard Schwarz, whose career in music spans over half a century.
Wagner: Siegfried (complete opera recorded 2017)
Simon O'Neill, Matthias Goerne, David Cangelosi, Heidi Melton, Werner van Mechelen / Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden
[ Naxos / 4 CD Box Set - released 2/Nov/2017 ]
This is the third and penultimate release in the acclaimed cycle of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Hong Kong Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden. Of the star cast for Siegfried, Matthias Goerne has been singled out for particular...
Saint-Saëns: Works for Violin and Orchestra
Tianwa Yang (violin), Gabriel Schwabe (cello) / Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Marc Soustrot
[ Naxos / CD - released 28/Oct/2017 ]
"Delightful in every respect." MusicWeb Jan 2018
Riley: The Palmian Chord Ryddle / At the Royal Majestic
Tracy Silverman (electric violin), Todd Wilson (organ) / Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero
[ Naxos American Classics / CD - released 28/Oct/2017 ]
Terry Riley's name will always be associated with his breakthrough work In C, but his influence on modern music has stretched far beyond minimalism. Both of the works on this recording reveal Riley's spirit of exploration and his close collaboration...