Feature New Releases - April 2014

A listing of some of our Favourite releases as they become available!


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Arias By Mozart And Gluck / Susan Graham
Label: Erato Disques Catalog: 2564633271   Format: CD
Susan Graham (mezzo) Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Harry Bicket
Gluck: O del mio dolce ardor (from Paride ed Elena) Non, je n'espere plus... O toi qui prolongeas mes jours (from Iphigénie en Tauride) O malheureuse Iphigenie! (from Iphigénie en Taurid...
"As of 2013, following a lapse of some ten years, the famed Erato imprint has been reborn. This Erato release features mezzo-soprano Susan Graham singing a variety of opera arias by Gluck and Moz...
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Giulini In Vienna (15cd)
Label: DG Catalog: 4792688   Format: CD
Giulini
Released to commemorate the centenary of Carlo Maria Giulini (born 14 May 1914), this 15 CD set celebrates recordings made with the famed Viennese orchestras. Repertoire includes the complete Br...
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Fritz Reiner Conducts Richard Strauss
Label: RCA Catalog: 88883790552   Format: CD
An x11 CD, budget-priced box set on the 'Sony Classical' label. Across time, there have been a handful of inseparable associations of an artist with a composer: Rubinstein and Chopin, Gould and B...
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Prayer - Voice & Organ / Kozena, Schmitt
Label: DG Catalog: 4792067   Format: CD
Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano) & Christian Schmitt (organ)
Bach, J S: Komm süsser Tod, BWV478 So gibst du nun, mein Jesu, gute Nacht, BWV501 Die goldne Sonne, voll Freud' und Wonne, BWV451 Mein Jesu! was fuer Seelenweh, BWV487 Kommt, Seelen...
The new recording from Magdalena Kožená features deeply-felt interpretations of sacred songs from the Baroque to the 20th Century. In a rare recording collaboration, she is joined by virtuoso ...
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Chasing Pianos - The Piano Music Of Michael Nyman
Label: DECCA Catalog: 4786421   Format: CD
Valentina Lisitsa
Nyman: The Heart Asks Pleasure First, Big My Secret, Candlefire, If, Sheep ‘n Tides, Goodbye Moortie (The Diary of Anne Frank), Fly Drive, Diary Of Love, Time Lap...
A coming together of two artists with enormous followings – Valentina Lisitsa, with her dazzling artistry and hundreds of thousands of followers on YouTube, and Michael Nyman, with his hugely pop...
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Living Stereo Collection - Volume 2
Label: SonyBMG Catalog: 888430035027   Format: CD
Various
Through the decade following 1953, RCA Victor made a wondrous and substantial body of recordings which have come to be identified with their early stereo release label, Living Stereo. At the beginn...
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Brahms: Violin Sonatas 1-3 / Kavakos, Wang
Label: DECCA Catalog: 4786442   Format: CD
Leonidas Kavakos (violin) & Yuja Wang (piano)
Leonidas Kavakos, the “exceptional violinist” (Daily Mail) follows his spectacular Brahms Violin Concerto recording by teaming up with star pianist Yuja Wang – “a prodigious talent, with an...
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Franco Fagioli: Arias For Caffarelli
Label: NAIVE Catalog: V5333   Format: CD
FAGIOLI; IL POMO D'ORO; MINASI
Thanks to his outstanding virtuosity and heart-stretching expressivity, countertenor Franco Fagioli is one of the most exciting vocal artists of our time. Arias for Caffarelli is Fagoli’s first a...
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Neville Marriner - The Argo Years
Label: DECCA Catalog: 4786883   Format: CD
Neville Sir Marriner
Sir Neville Marriner celebrates his 90th birthday on 15th April 2014. Decca is taking this opportunity to honour his achievement on record with a treasure trove of Argo jewels from Marriner’s ear...
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Blomstedt - The San Francisco Years
Label: DECCA Catalog: 4786787   Format: CD
Herbert Blomstedt
Released to coincide with Blomstedt s return to San Francisco for concert dates in Spring 2014 (3-6th April), this limited edition set celebrates an era-defining conductor/orchestra relationship. ...
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Colin Davis Anthology / Lso
Label: LSO Live Catalog: LSO0766   Format: CD
London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
Sir Colin Davis was instrumental in the success and development of LSO Live, including winning the label's first GRAMMY® Award. He also played a huge part in the preeminence of the orchestra acro...
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Dowland: The Art Of Melancholy
Label: Hyperion Catalog: CDA68007   Format: CD
Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Thomas Dunford (lute)
Of all English songwriters, John Dowland has enjoyed the most powerful afterlife, his voice unmistakably present in any version of his songs. The preeminent marriage of music and poetry, the nuance...
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Donizetti: Rita / Elder, Karneus, Banks, Maltman
Label: Opera Rara Catalog: ORC50   Format: CD
Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano), Barry Banks (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone), The Hallé, Mark Elder
Opera Rara's recording of Donizetti's one-act opéra-comique, Rita (Deux hommes et une femme), is a double first – the first studio recording of the newly restored critical edition of the score...
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Rachmaninov: Songs / Burnside, Siurina, Etc
Label: Delphian Catalog: DCD34127   Format: CD
Evelina Dobraceva (soprano), Ekaterina Siurina (soprano), Justina Gringyte (mezzo-soprano), Daniil Shtoda (tenor), Andrei Bondarenko (baritone), Rodion Pogossov (baritone), Alexander Vinogradov (bass), Iain Burnside (piano)
This is the first complete recording in twenty years of Rachmaninov's complete published songs. Delphian's set employs seven singers, hand-picked by renowned pianist Iain Burnside. All are native...
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Vierne: String Quartet / Pierne: Piano Quartet
Label: harmonia mundi Catalog: CDA68036   Format: CD
Piers Lane (piano), Goldner String Quartet
Pierné: Piano Quintet
Vierne: String Quartet in D minor
The Goldner String Quartet presents two utterly charming — yet little-known — examples of French chamber music by contemporaneous composers Pierné and Vierne. Pierné's fame came from his con...
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The Hidden Violin - Romatic Works For Solo Violin
Label: First Hand Catalog: FHR29   Format: CD
Vaughan Jones (violin)
This recording aims to cast a spotlight on some of the remarkable, yet forgotten music written for the solo violin between 1840 and 1919. The long shadow of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas looms ...
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Horn Chamber Music By Brahms, Schumann And Reineck
Label: Channel Classics Catalog: CCSSA34014   Format: CD
Jasper de Waal (french horn), Candida Thompson (violin), Hans Colbers (clarinet), Frank van de Laar (piano)
Music for Horn - Brahms: Horn Trio; Schumann: Adagio & Allegro; Reinecke: Trio
Jasper de Waal is not only the beloved principal hornist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; he is also a world class soloist, giving masterclasses and playing solo concertos and chamber music re...
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Stradivarius In Rio / Mullova
Label: Onyx Classics Catalog: ONYX4130   Format: CD
Viktoria Mullova (violin), Matthew Barley (cello), Paul Clarvis (percussion), Luis Guello (percussion), Carioca Freitas (guitar)
With the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, Brazil and everything Brazilian is going to be in the news for quite some time. Viktoria Mullova's new album Stradivarius in Rio captures the s...
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Eric Reed - The Adventurous Monk
Label: Savant Catalog: SCD2132   Format: CD
Jazz pianists today must practice their art in the shadow of the towering figure of Thelonious Monk. If that be the case, then botanists would label pianist Eric Reed a Night Blooming Jazzman for h...
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Mozart: Adagios And Fugues After J.s. Bach
Label: harmonia mundi Catalog: 902159   Format: CD
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
It has too often been overlooked that, between J.S. Bach's death and the triumphant revival of his St. Matthew Passion by Mendelssohn, other composers had already investigated the oeuvre of this ...
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Eric Alexander - Chicago Fire
Label: High Note Records Catalog: HCD7262   Format: CD
Eric Alexander, Jeremy Pelt, Harold Mabern, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth``
There's an old saying that a great jazz musician never plays a song the same way once. That could certainly be said of Eric Alexander. His harmonic inventiveness is exceptional and he'll run the ...
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Khachaturian: Violin Concerto / Ehnes  
Label: Onyx Classics Catalog: ONYX4121   Format: CD
Acclaimed violinist James Ehnes is featured in two roles on this release. He is the soloist in Khachaturian's Violin Concerto and leads the Ehnes Quartet, making its Onyx debut, in two works by Sh...
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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Gardiner, Lso
Label: LSO Live Catalog: LSO0751   Format: CD
Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), Stuart Skelton (tenor), Gidon Saks (bass-baritone), Fanny Ardant (narrator), Monteverdi Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner
Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Apollon musagète
On this his first release for LSO Live, Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the LSO, the Monteverdi Choir and a mix of international and home-grown soloists including Jennifer Johnston and Stuart Skel...
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Les Anges Musiciens - Poulenc Melodies / Karthause
Label: harmonia mundi Catalog: 902179   Format: CD
Sophie Karthäuser (soprano), Eugene Asti (piano)
Francis Poulenc's songs are among the most beautiful and accomplished in the entire French repertoire. A friend of poets like Apollinaire, Éluard, Aragon and Louise de Vilmorin, he was constantly...
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Linyera / Melingo
Label: World Village Catalog: WVM479089   Format: CD
Melingo
This new collection of songs from the Argentinean singer-actor Melingo could be the soundtrack to a shady underworld, conjuring up as it does a chiaroscuro labyrinth of mirrors where time stands st...
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Haydn: Scottish Airs / Gura, Berner  
Label: harmonia mundi Catalog: 902144   Format: CD
Werner Güra (tenor), Julia Schröder (violin), Roel Dieltiens (cello), Christoph Berner (fortepiano)
Haydn: Scottish Airs, Piano Trio Hob.XV:27
The arrangements of Scottish 'national melodies' (nearly 400 in all) are among the little-known gems of Haydn's last years. Already an acknowledged master of the piano trio medium (as is proved ...
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Soulblazz / Natalia M. King
Label: Jazz Village Catalog: JV570031   Format: CD
Raised in Brooklyn, Natalia M. King began her musical career in Los Angeles in 1993 with the Mojo Monks, a hard-edged blues-rock trio. After tiring of the LA scene, King sold everything she possess...
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Borders Behind / Adnan Joubran
Label: World Village Catalog: WVM479091   Format: CD
On his first solo album, the youngest of Le Trio Joubran has chosen to collaborate with three musicians hailing from a variety of cultural backgrounds: the Indo-French tabla player Prabhu Edouard, ...
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Romantic Violin Concerto Vol. 15 / Zarzycki, Mlyna
Label: Hyperion Catalog: CDA67990   Format: CD
Eugene Ugorski (violin), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Michal Dworzynski
Mlynarski: Violin Concertos Nos.1 & 2; Zarzycki: Mazurka Op.26, Introduction et Cracovienne Op.35
The latest volume of Hyperion's Romantic Violin Concerto series journeys to Poland for two concertos by Emil Mlynarski and two works for violin and orchestra by Aleksander Zarzycki. Mlynarski take...
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Kreisler: Violin Music / Liebeck  
Label: Hyperion Catalog: CDA68040   Format: CD
Jack Liebeck (violin), Katya Apekisheva (piano)
Hyperion is delighted to welcome award-winning violinist Jack Liebeck to the label, together with his frequent collaborator, Katya Apekisheva. Liebeck presents a selection of music by the legendary...
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Le Jardin De Monsieur Rameau / Christie, Les Arts
Label: Les Arts Florissants Catalog: AF 002   Format: CD
Daniela Skorka (soprano), Emilie Renard (mezzo-soprano), Benedetta Mazzucato (mezzo-soprano), Zachary Wilder (tenor), Victor Sicard (baritone), Cyril Costanzo (bass), Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
With Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau, William Christie invites us to take a pleasant walk in the beautiful garden of French vocal music from the XVIIIth Century. Featured composers include Rameau and ...
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Brahms: String Quintets / Takacs, Lawrence Power
Label: Hyperion Catalog: CDA67900   Format: CD
Takács Quartet, Lawrence Power (viola)
Brahms: String Quintets Nos. 1 & 2
The Takács Quartet is quite simply one of the world's finest and most distinguished chamber ensembles. Here they collaborate with Britain's greatest living viola player, Lawrence Power, who with...
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Great Symphonies. The Zurich Years 1995 -2014
Label: RCA Catalog: 88843027282   Format: CD
Zinman, David
After nearly 20 years in Zurich, David Zinman will retire after the 2013/24 season and leave the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich at the end of July '14. As music director, he raised the standard of the ...
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Larcher: What Becomes / Stefanovich, Padmore, Larc
Label: harmonia mundi Catalog: 907604   Format: CD
Mark Padmore (tenor), Thomas Larcher (piano), Tamara Stefanovich (piano)
Larcher: What Becomes, A Padmore Cycle, Smart Dust, Poems
Born in Innsbruck in 1963, Thomas Larcher grew up in Austrian Tyrol. He studied composition and piano in Vienna and began his musical career as an acclaimed piano soloist. For some years now, Larch...
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Mozart Piano Concerto 20 & 25 (argerich)
Label: DG Catalog: 4791033   Format: CD
Martha Argerich (piano) Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503 Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466
The first new release for ten years from Martha Argerich and Claudio Abbado was their first ever album of concertos by Mozart, and the final recording made by Maestro Abbado. The legendary pianist ...
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Marie Et Marion / Anonymous 4  
Label: harmonia mundi Catalog: 807524   Format: CD
Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical...
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