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 ]
"Dreisig's voice, youthful yet assured, agile yet fluid, and powerful through its entire range…we can certainly expect much more to come from this singer" BBC Music Five Stars
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...
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.
Symphony No. 3 / Symphony No. 10 (Adagio)
Ewa Podles (alto) / Cracow Philharmonic Choir / Cracow Boys' Choir / Polish NAtional Readio Symphony Orchestra / Antoni Wit
[ NAXOS / CD - released 1/Jan/2007 ]
"This is a very impressive recording indeed" (American Record Guide)
Fazil Say (piano), Laurent Korcia (violin) Orquestra de camara gulbenkian / Orchestre National de France
[ Naive / CD - released 27/Oct/2005 ]
The latest in a grand line of applause-inciting pianist-composers
Fagerlund: Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata), an opera
Finnish National Opera Chorus, Anne Sofie von Otter, Tommi Hakala, Helena Juntunen, Finnish National Opera Orchestra
[ BIS / CD - released 28/Sep/2018 ]
Sebastian Fagerlund has made a name for himself primarily through his concertos and orchestral works. As demonstrated on previous recordings, his music displays a huge range of colours and an uncommon rhythmic vitality, as well as a sure feel for...
Saint-Saens: Orchestral Works [Incls 'Suite algerienne']
Guillermo Pastrana (cello) / Basque National Orchestra, Jun Märkl
[ Naxos / CD - released 5/Mar/2017 ]
"Guillermo Pastrana performs the cello solos with fine musicianship and Jun Märkl conducts with taste, avoiding any sort of bombast. The Basque National Orchestra plays beautifully for him and the sound is of a high calibre." MusicWeb
Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini (complete opera recorded in 2015) BLU-RAY
Dutch National Opera / John Osborn, Mariangela Sicilia, Maurizio Muraro, Michèle Losier / Sir Mark Elder (cond)
[ Naxos Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc - released 5/May/2018 ]
"Osborn has all the vocal verve and dash to make the devil-may-care sculptor the constant centre of attention. Mariangela Sicilia uses her fearless, technically brilliant vocalism to sustain his beloved Teresa's vibrant personality…a musical treat"
Three Concertos / Merseyside Echoes
Howard Shelley (piano) Chloe Hanslip (violin) Jennifer Bate (organ) / BBC Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
[ Heritage / CD - released 20/Aug/2015 ]
Heritage presents a brand new recording of a British violin concerto. Chloe Hanslip gives the world premiere recording of Peter Dickinson's Violin Concerto, accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conducted by Clark Rundell. This...
An introduction to Mendelssohn (Incls Piano Concerto No. 1 & Symphony No. 4 'Italian')
Howard Shelley (piano) / London Mozart Players / Scottish National Orchestra / Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Philharmonia Orchestra
[ Chandos Intro / CD - released 1/Aug/2006 ]
"Howard Shelley offers marvellous playing in every respect; fresh, sparkling and dashing in the fast movements, poetic and touching in the slower ones." (Penguin Guide Rosette recording for Piano Concertos)
Piano Concerto / Paris / Brigg Fair / etc
Howard Shelley (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis
[ Chandos / Hybrid SACD - released 15/Oct/2012 ]
"Sonics are excellent for a standard CD." (AudAud.com)
Piano Concertos Nos 1-4 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Howard Shelley (piano) / Scottish National Orchestra / Bryden Thomson (conductor)
[ Chandos 241 / 2 CD - released 20/Dec/2005 ]
"The Second Concerto's finale easily holds its ground in the proverbial dazzle department, and the Third is a master-class in poise and proportion." (ClassicsToday)
Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Nocturne and Tarantella
Ilya Kaler (violin) / Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra / Antoni Wit
[ Naxos / CD - released 15/May/2007 ]
"Magic on a budget: Szymanowski's fantasy world is beautifully caught" Editor's Choice Gramophone July 2007
Dvorak: Violin Concerto / Violin sonata & sonatina
Jack Liebeck (violin) Katya Apekisheva (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Garry Walker
[ Sony Classical / CD - released 24/Aug/2009 ]
"He shines most with the pianist Katya Apekisheva in Dvorák's Violin Sonata, winningly dispatched with plenty of depth and colour... Sweetness of tone and a prancing gait enliven the Violin Concerto." The Times, 30th May 2009
Violin Concertos / Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra
James Buswell (violin) / National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine / Theodore Kuchar
[ Naxos American Classics / CD - released 15/Feb/2001 ]
Rosette (Highest Rating) Penguin Stereo Guide / * * * * * 5 Stars - BBC Music Magazine (Sept 99) / Editor's Choice - Gramophone Magazine (Oct 99) / Critic's Choice Gramophone Magazine 1999
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Vaughan Williams: Fat Knight / Serenade to Music / Henry V Overture
James Clark (violin) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martin Yates
[ Dutton Epoch SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/May/2017 ]
"Yates secures some commendably alert playing from the RSNO, who seem to be thoroughly enjoying the whole experience…it's hard to conceive of a more sympathetic performance of either [the Henry V Overture] or the radiant Serenade to Music in its...