Skoryk: Violin Concertos 1-4
Andrej Bielow (violin) National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Volodymyr Sirenko
[ Naxos / CD - due 20/Mar/2020 ]
Myroslav Skoryk, a postgraduate student of Dmitry Kabalevsky, is one of Ukraine's leading composers and teachers. His works range from opera and ballet, a symphonic transcription of Paganini's 24 Caprices, and his cycle of nine Violin Concertos...
Offenbach: Maitre Peronilla (complete operetta)
Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Markus Poschner, Antoinette Dennefeld, Tassis Christoyannis, Véronique Gens / Orchestre National de France
[ Bru Zane / 2 CD/Book - due 20/Mar/2020 ]
There is more Spain in Offenbach's brain than in Spain itself', said a journalist entranced by Maître Péronilla. Understandably so, given the charm and humour of this operetta in which no fewer than twenty-two characters are kept busy unravelling a...
Prokofiev: Symphony Nos. 1 & 5
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Thomas Søndergård
[ Linn / CD - due 6/Mar/2020 ]
Thomas Søndergård's sophomore album as Music Director marks his first symphonic recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Søndergård conducts an all-Prokofiev programme juxtaposing two contrasting symphonies: Symphony No. 1 in D major...
RAVEL / BARBER / BIZET / SZYMANOWSKI / RIMSKY KORSAKOV
Femmes Fatales - Soprano Heroines from the Orient
Seljan Nasibili (soprano), National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine; Yalchin Adigezalov
[ Naxos / CD - due 6/Mar/2020 ]
Composers of every era have drawn on the strengths, sorrows and joys of women for operas and vocal works, inspiring some of their most powerful music. From the heartbreaking tragedy of Samuel Barber's Andromache's Farewell to the magical storytelling...
[ Beggars Banquet / LP - released 26/Sep/2011 ]
The National may sound like a garage band turned down, but there's as much primal energy lurking behind Alligator as in any mop-topped group of city kids with bloodstained Danelectros in a dusty warehouse. Whil
LALO / SARASATE / MASSENET
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole / Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen / Thais: Meditation
Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin) / Orchestre National de France, Seiji Ozawa / Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan
[ Warner Classics Red Line / CD - released 15/Oct/2018 ]
Today one of the world's top musicians - back then a child prodigy whose emotional power and technical prowess fascinated audiences and critics alike. These recordings of virtuoso Romantic pieces full of exotic colour laid the foundation stone for...
Gipps: Symphonies Nos 2 & 4, etc
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba
[ Chandos / CD - released 14/Sep/2018 ]
"[Knight in Armour], and the single-movement Second Symphony, from 1945, are clearly both indebted to Gipps's teacher Vaughan Williams, while the Fourth, from 1972, seems to belong securely and less distinctively in the mainstream of mid-century cons
Pickard: Sixteen Sunrises & Symphony No. 5
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Martyn Brabbins
[ BIS / CD - released 30/Jun/2017 ]
"The music fair kidnaps the listener's attention at the outset and does not random it until the gripping, wholly satisfying close...The performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales is stunning in its virtuosity" Gramophone
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 / Pieces for solo piano
Bertrand Chamayou (piano) / Orchestre National de France, Emmanuel Krivine
[ Erato / CD - released 1/Dec/2018 ]
GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER 2019 - Recording of the Year
Nos 4 saisons [Four Seasons]
Camille & Julie Berthollet (violin, cello, voice, piano) / String Ensemble of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
[ Warner Classics / CD - released 24/Jan/2020 ]
"We are so excited and thrilled to finally reveal this project, which we have been imagining and developing for months... «Nos 4 saisons», our four seasons! We heard The Four Seasons for the first time before we even knew how to talk, and the sound...
Cook Islands National Arts Theatre
Drums Songs & Chants Of The Cook Islands
[ Ode Records / CD ]
Tchaikovsky - None But The Lonely Heart [Incls Violin Concerto]
Daniel Lozakovich (violin) / National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Vladimir Spivakov
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 29/Nov/2019 ]
After his triumphantly received debut album for Deutsche Grammophon devoted to J. S. Bach's violin concertos, the young Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich now delves into the Russian Romantic repertoire. „Immensely gifted emerging artist" New...
Meyerbeer: Grand Opera (Deluxe Packaging)
Diana Damrau (soprano) / Orchestre et Choeur de l'Opéra National de Lyon, Emmanuel Villaume
[ Erato Warner Classics / CD - released 6/May/2017 ]
"The surprise of this disc is how much more than "grand opera" Meyerbeer actually has to offer...[Damrau] is adept at portraying a variety of characters and the Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Lyon under Emmanuel Villaume offers stylish support."
An introduction to Shostakovich (Incls 'Piano Concerto No 2' & 'Symphony No 5')
Dmitri Shostakovich Jnr (piano) / I Musici de Montreal / Scottish National Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi / Maxim Shostakovich
[ Chandos Intro / CD - released 1/Aug/2006 ]
'Neeme Järvi's understanding of the bleak world inhabited by Shostakovich's symphonies continues to impress. Chandos's sound is superb as always.' American Recird Guide
Adams: Naive and Sentimental Music / Absolute Jest
Doric String Quartet, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian
[ Chandos Classics SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Jul/2018 ]
"...a magnificent reading of Naïve and Sentimental Music…with the balance of pace and introspection skilfully managed by Oundjian." Recording of the Month BBC Music July 2018
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (complete opera recorded in 1969)
Drago Starc, Dušan Popović, Miroslav Čangalović, Melanija Bugarinović / Belgrade National Opera Chorus, Kreshimir Baranovich
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 3 CD Box Set - released 20/Aug/2018 ]
A first release on CD for the first recording in stereo (and entirely complete) of Mussorgsky's tragic chronicle of faith, rebellion and repression in 17th-century Russia.
Part: In Principio
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tallinn Chamber Orchestra / Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tonu Kaljuste
[ ECM Records / CD - released 1/Jun/2009 ]
"This is a superbly constructed recital of some of the most recent music of Estonian composer Arvo Part." (Five Stars AudAud.com)
From the National Gallery, London
Exhibition on Screen: Vermeer and music - the Art of Love and Leisure
[ Seventh Art Productions DVD / DVD - released 10/Feb/2015 ]
Johannes Vermeer is a fascinating painter whose life and works are explored here in amazing detail. Filmed in London's National Gallery, New York's Met and other galleries in the USA and the Netherlands, this stunning film delves into a breath-taking...
GILBERT AND SULLIVAN
The Pirates of Penzance (complete)
John Mark Ainsley / Rebecca Evans / Donald Adams / Richard Suart / Orchestra & Chorus of Welsh National Opera / Charles Mackerras
[ Telarc Records / CD - released 1/Jan/2007 ]
"Sir Charles Mackerras directs a riveting performance with an exceptional cast. The numbers race along without any dragging tempos - witness the Pirate Kings song and 'How beautifully blue the sky'. A slight disappointment with Gillian Knight's Ruth...
Jenkins: The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace
National Youth Choir of Great Britain, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Jenkins
[ Decca / CD - released 25/May/2019 ]
The result of a special millennial commission from the Royal Armouries and the latest in a six century old tradition of "Armed Man" masses that take the fifteenth century French song "L'Homme Armé" as their starting point.