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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)
Petrushka (with Liadov - Baba-Yaga, etc)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thierry Fischer
[ Signum Records / CD - released 20/Mar/2012 ]
"Both composers benefit from Fischer's trademark refinement. His Petrushka, notably beautiful, is graciously touching rather than violent or eruptive, and the clean-textured, superbly detailed playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales reminds...
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...
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...
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...