GERSHWIN / BERNSTEIN / WAXMAN
Rachel Kolly d'Alba (violin) / Orchestre National de la Pays de la Loire, John Axelrod
[ Warner Classics / CD - released 20/Aug/2014 ]
"This is a fun album, worth hearing particularly for the terrific Bernstein performance" (International Record Review)
Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6 Sinfonia semplice
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra / Michael Schonwandt
[ Naxos / CD - released 10/May/2008 ]
"These are just the sorts of performances that debunk the notion, most recently voiced by the New York Times, that "Nielsen is a nice composer: a little north of good, considerably south of great". An important release, made even more attractive by...
Moby Dick (Cantata) / Sinfonietta for Strings
Richard Edgar-Wilson (tenor) David Wilson-Johnson (baritone) / Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Michael Schønwandt
[ Chandos SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Oct/2011 ]
"The recorded sound of this new Chandos recording is natural and balanced with some lovely performances by chorus and orchestra. The recording features a demonstration-worthy bass and rich sonorities" (MusicWeb)
J. S. BACH
Bach: Keyboard Concertos for 2, 3 & 4 Pianos
David Fray (piano) with Emmanuel Christien, Audrey Vigoreux, Jacques Rouvier / Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
[ Erato Classics / CD - released 20/Nov/2018 ]
"Repeated listening is essential; again and again with true delight. Highly recommended." Nicholas Butler/Marbecks
David Oistrakh - The Great Recordings (incls concertos & sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Tartini, etc)
David Oistrakh (violin) / Philharmonia Orchestra / Cleveland Orchestra / Orchestre National de la Radioffusion Francaise / Berliner Philharmoniker
[ Warner Budget Boxes / 17 CD Box Set - released 20/Sep/2008 ]
Warner Classics are proud to be able to present this 17-CD set of some of the finest recordings by David Oistrakh, one of the truly great violin virtuosi of the past 100 years.
Granados: María del Carmen (complete opera)
Diana Veronese, Jesus Suaste, Larisa Kostyuk / Wexford Festival Opera Chorus, Belarussian National Philharmonic, Bragado-Darman
[ Naxos / 2 CD - released 28/Sep/2016 ]
María del Carmen was Enrique Granados' first great operatic success and the stage work he held in highest regard. It was received with great acclaim at its première in 1898, admired for its refined and brilliant orchestral writing and for its...
plays Shostakovich (Piano Concertos, Three Fantastic Dances, 5 Preludes and Fugues Op 87) (Recorded 1959)
Dimitri Shostakovich (piano) / French National Radio Orchestra / Andre Cluytens
[ EMI Great Recordings of the Century / CD - released 20/Dec/2003 ]
Orchestral 1001 Classical Recordings you must hear before you die (1951-present) - "Shostakovich was a highly skilled player and these performances of his piano concertos are quite brilliant. In a selection of the Op 87 Preludes and Fugues his...
O'Regan: Mata Hari (complete ballet recorded in 2016) BLU-RAY
Dutch National Ballet / Anna Tsygankova & Matthew Rowe / Matthew rowe (cond)
[ EuroArts Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc - released 10/Apr/2017 ]
The turbulent life of the Dutch spy and dancer Mata Hari is at the heart of this large-scale ballet production by Dutch National Ballet. As the exotic, mysterious Mata Hari, she became one of the most famous dancers of her day..
Adam: Giselle (complete ballet recorded in 2009)
Dutch National Ballet / Anna Tysganikova, Jozef Varga, Igone de Jongh and Jan Zerer / Boris Gruzin (cond)
[ Warner Classics / NVC Arts DVD / DVD - released 12/Aug/2016 ]
Recorded live at the Muziektheater Amsterdam, in February 2009, in High Definition and surround sound.
SERGEI PROKOFIEV / JOBY TALBOT
Two Ballet Favourites by Christophen Wheeldon: Prokofiev: Cinderella / Talbot: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Recorded 2011 & 2012) BLU-RAY
Dutch National Ballet / Royal Opera House / Anna Tsygankova, Matthew Golding, Lauren Cuthbertson, Sergei Polunin / Ermanno Florio & Barry Wordsworth (
[ Opus Arte Blu-Ray / Blu-ray Disc - released 15/Oct/2017 ]
"Lauren Cuthbertson, as Alice, is excellent, her every movement suggesting the actions and emotions of this curious, spirited pre-adolescent...Christopher Wheeldon's choreography is very imaginative and fitting for every character" MusicWeb on Alice
W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Die Zauberflote (completeopera recorded in 2014)
Dutch National Opera / Maximilian Schmitt, Christina Landshamer, Thomas Oliemans, Brindley Sherratt, Íride Martínez / Marc Albrecht (cond)
[ Opus Arte DVD / DVD - released 20/May/2015 ]
"It is sparkily conducted in light, historically aware tempi by Marc Albrecht, and acted and sung as a tightly worked ensemble piece....Subtle touches ease what we now find chauvinist and racist in the original...Ingenious. Recommended." (Gramophone)
Saariaho: Only the Sound Remains (complete opera recorded in 2016) BLU-RAY
Dutsch National Opera / Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor), Davóne Tines (baritone) / André De Ridder (conductor) & Peter Sellars (stage director)
[ Erato / Warner Classics Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc - released 15/Nov/2017 ]
This DVD and Blu-ray derive from the world premiere performances, at the Dutch National Opera in 2016, of Only the Sound Remains, a Japanese-inspired double bill by Kaija Saariaho. Her first opera, L'Amour de loin, has captivated audiences around the...
Orchestral Works Vol 2 (Incls 'Ameriques' & 'Ionisation')
Elizabeth Watts (soprano) Maria Grochowska (flute) Thomas Bloch (Ondes MArtenot) / Polish National Orchestra / Christopher Lyndon-Gee
[ Naxos / CD - released 20/Jun/2008 ]
"An excellent disc, which serves as a welcome introduction to the work of this largely under-valued composer. Varèse's music divulges a creative genius who was undoubtedly a long way ahead of his time, and one can only listen in awe at his work. The...
GOUNOD / PUCCINI / STEIBELT / MASSENET / MOZART / ROSSINI / etc
Miroir(s): Opera Arias
Elsa Dreisig (soprano), Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie Pyrénées Méditerranée, Michael Schønwandt
[ Erato Warner Classics / CD - released 20/Mar/2019 ]
GRAMOPHONE AWARD NOMINATION 2019 TOP THREE - Recital
ALWYN / BERKELEY / POULENC / DOVE
British Flute Concertos
Emily Beynon (flute) / BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bramwell Tovey
[ Chandos / CD - released 10/Apr/2012 ]
The Welsh flautist Emily Beynon plays a selection of British flute concertos, accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Bramwell Tovey. Beynon is the Principal Flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Equally at home in...
Le Corsaire (complete ballet recorded August 2014) BLU-RAY
English National Ballet / Alina Cojocaru, Vadim Muntagirov, Erina Takahashi / Gavin Sutherland (cond)
[ Opus Arte Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc - released 20/May/2015 ]
Set in the exotic surroundings of the Ottoman Empire and with a narrative encompassing abduction, murder and shipwreck, Le Corsaire is a swashbuckling pirate drama that delights for its spectacular nature and which includes some of the most bravura...
The Rape of Lucretia (complete opera recorded in 2013) BLU-RAY
English National Opera / Sarah Connolly, Christopher Maltman, Catherine Wyn-Rogers / Paul Daniel (conductor)
[ Opus Arte Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc - released 25/Nov/2013 ]
"The main cast delivers a superlative response from start to finish, headed by baritone Christopher Maltman's bull-like Tarquinius and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly's harrowingly intense Lucretia." BBC Music
HENRI SAUGUET / JULES MASSENET / JACQUES IBERT
French Music For Ballet
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
[ Chandos / CD - released 10/Mar/2019 ]
In this fascinating recording the legendary Neeme Järvi explores two lesser-known French ballets by Sauguet and Ibert, complemented by the Ballet Suite from Massenet's opera HérodiadeLes Forains. Sauget's wide-ranging influences, notably the...
Leó Weiner: Serenade, Divertimentos
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
[ Chandos / CD - released 20/Oct/2017 ]
Within his extended discography, Neeme Järvi has explored the work of some magnificent Eastern European composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, recently including Suchoň and Scharwenka. He here reveal s the delightful, witty...
Špalíček [suites] / Rhapsody -Concerto
Mikhail Zemtsov (viola) / Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
[ CHANDOS / CD - released 26/Jan/2016 ]
This album with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and its artistic director, Neeme Järvi, features two mature works by Martinů, recorded in the splendid acoustic of the Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn.