SCHUMANN / TCHAIKOVSKY
Sviatoslav Richter (piano) Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Stanislav Wislocki & Herbert von Karajan
[ ALTO / CD - released 17/Mar/2013 ]
(Schumann): "lacks no style" (Tchaikovsky): "The element of struggle for which this work is famous is all too clear: these two musical giants did not always agree" (Penguin Guide)
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Martti Talvela, Nicolai Gedda, Leonard Mroz / Polish rdio Chorus iof Krakow, Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra,Jerzy Semkow
[ Warner Classics Home of Opera / 3 CD Box Set - released 18/Mar/2013 ]
"It has many virtues, not least the great Talvela in a role tailor-made for his massive bass. He gives us a deeply felt Boris without resorting to the admittedly effective but increasingly unfashionable histrionics typical of his predecessors; his...
Salmo XIX, La Buranella & Altisonanza
Teresia Bokor (soprano) & Sine Bundgaard (soprano) / Danish National Symphony Orchestra & Concert Choir, Gianandrea Noseda
[ Chandos / CD - released 15/Apr/2015 ]
Conductor of the Year in the 2015 Musical America Awards, Gianandrea Noseda continues his Musica Italiana series with this recording of works by Castiglioni, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. As an intellectual and an aesthete, Niccolò...
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Thomas Søndergård, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
[ Linn / CD - released 12/Apr/2019 ]
This recording is the first in a new series with Thomas Søndergård and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The programme features music by Richard Strauss: the concert suite from Der Rosenkavalier and Ein Heldenleben, a work they have performed...
Glagolitic Mass (with Kodaly - Psalmus Hungaricus, Op. 13)
Tina Kiberg (sop) Randi Stene (mez) Peter Svensson (ten) Ulrik Cold (bass) Per Salo (organ) / Danish National Radio Choir / Charles Mackerras
[ Chandos Classics / CD - released 10/May/2004 ]
1001 Classical recordings you must hear before you die (1901-1950) - "Mackerras's new version is of particular interest as it embodies another of the reconstructions that have been painstakingly made of Janacek's original intentions in different...
Lullaby Classics (Including Clair de Lune, Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, Fantasia on Greensleeves & Sheep May Safely Graze)
Various artists including Howard Shelley, Craig Ogden, Cantilena, I Musici di Montreal, Scottish National Orchestra, etc
[ Chandos 241 / 2 CD - released 1/Jul/2004 ]
'Proving music that sends you to sleep is no bad thing, these slumbering classics from Fauré's Berceuse to Schumann's Kinderszenen will soothe parents and children alike.' Classic FM Magazine
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Flute Concertos
Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute) / Members of the Orchestre National de France, I Soloisti Veneti, Lorin Maazel (violin/director), Claudio Scimone
[ Sony Classical Masters / CD - released 4/Apr/2011 ]
Vivaldi's most popular work is accompanied by three Flute Concertos performed by Jean-Pierre Rampal.
Chants d'Auvergne (Selection)
Veronique Gens (soprano) / Lille National Orchestra, Jean-Claude Casadesus, conductor
[ Naxos / CD - released 2/Apr/2005 ]
"This recording is so distinctive that I've little doubt it will be the definitive Chants d'Auvergne for many years to come. Gens raises Naxos's artistic image by her brilliance, and this recording will sell, and sell, and sell ......" - Anne Ozorio
Bizet: Carmen (Complete Opera recorded in 1958 & 1959)
Victoria de los Angeles, Nicolai Gedda, Janine Micheau / French National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham
[ Warner Classics Legendary Opera Recordings / 3 CD Box Set - released 23/Sep/2016 ]
"a spacious recording in which the atmospheric off-stage effects are vividly caught. What is so individual is the way that Beecham points rhythms to captivate the ear, as well as his persuasive moulding of phrases." (Gramophone)
SCHUBERT / WEBERN / RAVEL / BARTOK / BEETHOVEN / TCHAIKOVSKY / etc
Salzburg Festival Concerts [2007 - 2013] BLU-RAY
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / West-Eastern Divan Orchestra / National Children´s Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela / Various conductors
[ C Major Blu-ray / 6 Blu-ray Box Set - released 1/May/2015 ]
A Box Set releasing 6 Concerts from the Salzburg Festival recorded between 2007 and 2013, featuring the Wiener Philharmoniker, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the National Children´s Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela under the batons of Pierre...
Viktoria Mullova (violin) / Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi
[ Onyx / CD - released 21/Sep/2018 ]
"Immutable, austere, impassable - the strength of Arvo Pärt's music lies in its ability to project an image as powerful and complete as the religious iconography it often seeks to replicate." Gramophone
Symphony No. 3 'Organ' / Danse macabre, Op. 40 / etc
Vincent Warnier (organ) / Orchestre National de Lyon, Leonard Slatkin
[ Naxos / CD - released 20/Jan/2015 ]
To celebrate the inauguration of the newly restored former organ of the Palais du Trocadéro and Palais de Chaillot in Paris, the Orchestre National de Lyon and their organist-in-residence, Vincent Warnier, present two major works for organ and...
Brian: Symphony No. 1, The Gothic
Vladimir Dolezal (tenor) / Eva Jenisova (soprano) / Peter Mikulas (bass) / Dagmar Peckova (alto) / Slovak National Opera / Lenard
[ Naxos / 2 CD - released 12/Jun/2004 ]
"Now it's reissued at bargain price, no one who claims the slightest interest in 20th-century British music has any further excuse to be without this thrilling, astonishing work." Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine, 08/04
Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer & Symphonie, Op. 20
Véronique Gens; Orchestre National de Lille; Alexandre Bloch
[ Alpha / CD - released 8/Mar/2019 ]
Ernest Chausson is a most unusual figure in French music, positioned at the crossroads where the romanticism of Berlioz and Franck meet the language of Wagner and the symbolism of the young Debussy. His Poème de l'amour et de la mer is a unique score...
BERLIOZ / RAVEL
Véronique Gens sings Berlioz & Ravel
Véronique Gens (soprano) / Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, John Axelrod
[ Ondine / CD - released 1/Apr/2013 ]
"Gens bring [Herminie] to life as sympathetically as any of her operatic portrayals...It is unusual to encounter a recording of Les nuits d'ete in which the colouring is so consistent throughout...Gens has in her sights a purer kind of poetry."...
Penderecki: Seven Gates of Jerusalem, 'symphony No. 7'
Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir / Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra / Antoni Wit (Conductor)
[ Naxos / CD - released 14/Nov/2006 ]
"A disturbingly moving and dramatic apocalypse for your front room" (Bargain of the Month MusicWeb Nov 2006)
Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3
Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra / Antoni Wit
[ Naxos / CD - released 13/Apr/2008 ]
"The composer's love of exotic colours is exploited to the full by 'home' forces." (Editor's Choice Gramophone Magazine May 2008)
WE'LL KEEP A WELCOME
We'll Keep A Welcome-The Welsh Album
Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone) / Welsh National Opera / Gareth Jones
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 29/Jun/2000 ]
With The Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Gareth Jones
Penderecki: Symphonies Nos 2 & 4
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit
[ Naxos / CD - released 3/Jul/2000 ]
"These CDs come at a bargain price, but they don't skimp on anything other than the cost. They are excellent readings of this 'modern' music by Anton Wit and his National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, who are probably very familiar with this stuff...
GERSHWIN / COPLAND / BARER
American Piano Concertos
Xiayin Wang (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian
[ Chandos Classics SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Nov/2013 ]
"This is a fine detailed and stylish account of [the Gershwin] that can sit confidently among the best." (Gramophone)