PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOSVKY
Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies & Tone Poems [7 CD set]
Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev
[ Deutsche Grammophon Collector's Edition / 7 CD Box Set - released 1/Aug/2012 ]
"All the innate aristocratic feeling Tchaikovsky could ask for . . . very fine and well-detailed sound" The Penguin Guide
GILBERT and SULLIVAN
H.M.S. Pinafore (Complete Opera)
Richard Suart, Thomas Allen, Rebecca Evans, Donald Adams / Welsh National Opera, Charles MacKerras
[ Telarc Records / CD - released 7/Jul/2000 ]
1001 Classical recordings you must hear before you die (1851-1900) - 'Sir Charles Mackerras here gives an exuberant reading. The lyricism and transparency of Sullivan's inspiration shine out with winning freshness. The casting is not just starry but...
Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Søndergård
[ Linn SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/May/2015 ]
"The playing of BBC NOW, in line with its conductor's evident vision, is astonishing in its sophistication. Their flawless performance of the Seventh Symphony, if you love this music, will break your heart." The Herald (Glasgow), March 2015
Romantic Classics (Incls Salut d'amour', Liebestraum No. 3' & 'Clair de lune')
Various artists incls Margaret Fingerhut, Earl Wild (pianos) Craig Ogden (guitar), London Mozart Players, Scottish National Orchestra, etc
[ Chandos 241 / 2 CD - released 1/Jan/2004 ]
Romantic Classics features some of the world's most requested music, taken from Chandos' distinguished catalogue and digitally remastered to the company's usual, uncompromising standards.
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 The Home Of Opera / 3 CD Box Set - released 1/Jul/2019 ]
"This classic Beecham set was originally welcomed in Gramophone with a glowing review from Philip Hope Wallace: 'I send up a loud "Ole".' It certainly stands the test of time, sparkling, swaggering and seducing in a way that is uniquely Beecham's. It...
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...
Aleksei Tanovitski (bass) & Kostiantin Andrejev (tenor) / Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Narva Boys Choir & Estonian Concert Choir, Paavo Järvi
[ Erato / Warner Classics / CD - released 20/Jun/2015 ]
"Järvi's Estonians perform with fervour and the Razin makes the issue worthwhile." (Sunday Times)
Enrique Granados: The Collection
Alicia de Larrocha (piano) Montserrat Caballe (soprano) Julian Bream, John Williams (guitar), National Orchestra of Spain, Ataúlfo Argenta, etc
[ Sony / RCA Classical Masters / 7 CD Box Set - released 26/May/2017 ]
Enrique Granados - nicknamed "the poet of the piano" and "the Chopin of Spain". The boxset celebrates the 150th birthday of Granados, who was born in the Catalonian town of Lérida. The centrepiece of this new collection is Granados's masterpiece, the...
Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 24
Angela Hewitt (piano) National Arts Centre Orchestra, Hannu Lintu
[ Hyperion / CD - released 20/Jun/2014 ]
Here Angela Hewitt is joined by her compatriot National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada and frequent collaborator Hannu Lintu for sparklingly stylish renditions of Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos 22 and 24.
RAVEL / DEBUSSY / FAURE
Anne Queffelec [3 CD set]
Anne Queffelec (piano) with Pierre Amoyal (violin) / Orchestre National de Monte-Carlo
[ Erato / Warner Classics / 3 CD - released 20/Aug/2014 ]
A collection of Anne Queffélec's Erato recordings of French repertoire which in which she expresses great musicality, allowing us to rediscover her fine recordings of Ravel's Miroirs, Debussy's Etudes and Fauré's Violin Sonatas (with Pierre Amoyal),...
HENRIQUE OSWALD & ALFREDO NAPOLEAO
The Romantic Piano Concerto 64 - Oswald & Napoleão dos Santos
Artur Pizarro (piano) / BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Martyn Brabbins
[ Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 64 / CD - released 29/Sep/2014 ]
Portuguese virtuoso Artur Pizarro makes a welcome return to the Romantic Piano Concerto series with the outpourings of two brilliant pianist-composers.
Kim: Violin Concerto / Dialogues / Cornet
Cecylia Arzewski (violin) / Ireland RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Scott Yoo
[ Naxos American Classics / CD - released 15/Aug/2019 ]
Earl Kim was born in 1920 in Dinuba, California and studied with Arnold Schoenberg, Ernst Bloch, and Roger Sessions. He was a professor at Princeton from 1952 to 1967 and at Harvard from then until 1998, and was the recipient of numerous awards and...
AUSTIN / BANTOCK / COLERIDGE-TAYLOR / SULLIVAN / etc
Overtures from the British Isles, Volume 1
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba
[ Chandos / CD - released 10/Feb/2014 ]
"as Rumon Gamba's nicely slick performances with BBCNOW show, these are all nicely proportioned pieces; if never especially memorable, they don't deserve the total neglect they've suffered for the last three-quarters of a century." (The Guardian)
HENRYK MIKOLAJ GORECKI
Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)
Beth Gibbons, The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
[ Domino / CD - released 29/Mar/2019 ]
This performance took place at The National Opera Grand Theatre in Warsaw on November 29th 2014, and was part of an evening of programming that also featured Jonny Greenwood's (Radiohead) 48 Responses To Polymorphia and the world premiere of Bryce...
BIZET / BERLIOZ / DEBUSSY / MUSSORGSKY / RAVEL / etc
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Great Conductors of the 20th Century: Andre Cluytens
Boris Christoff (bass) / National Opera of Sofia / Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française, Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra, André
[ EMI Classics / 2 CD - released 25/Feb/2018 ]
Great Conductors of the 20th Century is a joint venture between the production and licensing expertise of IMG Artists and the international marketing and distribution clout of EMI. Sixty volumes were planned with hopes for even more. Unfortunately,...
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Variations on a theme of Corelli
Boris Giltburg (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Carlos Miguel Prieto
[ Naxos / CD - released 15/May/2018 ]
Rachmaninov's 'Piano Concerto No. 3' is a complex, epic narrative that moves from a simple opening melody to the triumphant apotheosis at its conclusion. The composer ingeniously links motifs, melodies and at times whole sections between the...
CHRISTOPHER ROUSE / JACQUES IBERT
Rouse / Ibert: Flute Concertos
Katherine Bryan (flute) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jac van Steen
[ Linn / Hybrid SACD - released 20/May/2013 ]
"Bryan certainly has complete mastery of the [Rouse's] technical and expressive demands, as she does in Ibert's Concerto of 1933...Her playing of Debussy's Syrinx, the ne plus ultra of the solo flute repertoire, is exquisitely eloquent." Gramophone
Poulenc: Stabat mater / Sept Répons des Tenèbres
Carolyn Sampson (soprano) / Cappella Amsterdam, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Reuss
[ Harmonia Mundi / CD - released 20/Mar/2014 ]
"This is a beautiful recording, and a valuable coupling of Poulenc's two most serious works for chorus and orchestra … Very warmly recommended." International Record Review
La Petite Danseuse De Degas (from The Opéra Garnier, Paris 2010) BLU-RAY
Clairemarie Osta / Dorothée Gilbert / Mathieu Ganio / Corps De Ballet & Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Paris / Koen Kessels
[ ArtHaus Musik Blu-Ray / Blu-ray Disc - released 8/Aug/2011 ]
"An inspired and visually ravishing creation. This ballet deserves to go from success to success." (recording of the Month MusicWeb Aug 2011)
Last Train to Tomorrow
Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Carl Davis
[ Carl Davis Collection / Launch Music / CD - released 20/Nov/2014 ]
LAST TRAIN TO TOMORROW tells the story, in words and music, of the 10,000 children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia who were put on the Kindertransport rescue trains to Liverpool Street station, London and made it to safety. It tells the...