Leclair: Violin Concertos Volume 3


“This disc contains Leclair's most vivacious and attractive works, played with great élan, sensitivity and neatness, and recorded with exemplary clarity and balance. The concertos represent a high-water mark in 18th-century violin technique, with extensive double-stopping, an extended range that soars up to heights scarcely ventured previously, rapid scales and flying arpeggios, and elaborate figurations of all kinds.




Atterberg: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6


“The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi seems to give a perfect account of these works. I do not know these pieces in any other versions, but the performance here is ravishing and totally persuasive...Kurt Atterberg’s music is something of a revelation...an attractive mix that is always well-wrought, sometimes downright moving and always interesting.” --MusicWeb International, April 2013

“Järvi's is the truest and most opulent [Sixth Symphony]...The couplings are equally beguiling...Järvi's accounts of these at least match their rivals and together comprise an excellent start to the series.” --Gramophone Magazine, June 2013

Poème


“probably the finest [Lark] on record...Fischer's detailing of the avian solo line is so filled with little wonders and fresh insights that it is almost like discovering the music for the first time...Kreizberg and his Monte Carlo orchestra follow every fluctuation in Fischer's free-flowing solo line so that the orchestra and the soloist really do appear as one...This exceptional recording is a fitting tribute to a great musical partnership.” --Classic FM Magazine, July 2011 *****



Weinberg: Symphony No. 18 ‘War – there is no word more cruel’


“This is the fourth Weinberg recording that Vladimir Lande has made for Naxos and it’s just as good as the other three…the tempos are well judged and Weinberg’s sometimes disjunct architecture is made to work as a whole. The engineering team has captured both body and detail in the orchestral sound… there’s no real alternative to this new recording, but it’s so good that the absence of competition is of no concern. This is, then, another major addition to the Weinberg discography, and it can be recommended without hesitation.” --International Record Review, July 2014


Leclair: Violin Concertos Volume 2


The music of Jean-Marie Leclair exemplifies the values and aspirations of the Age of Enlightenment: clarity and rationality; balance, harmony and proportion; and avoidance of excess or exaggeration... Leclair is generally credited as the founder of the French school of violin playing. He expanded the violin’s technique to include left-hand tremolo (which evolved into what we now call vibrato), double trills, and a meticulously notated variety of articulations; he was renowned for the sweetness of his sound, and for the purity and brilliance of his multiple stops.


Couperin: Suites for Viola da gamba


François Couperin wrote some of France’s greatest music in the classical style. The Suites for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord are late works, published in 1728, and are perfect examples of his richly expressive style which here draws upon Italian models as well as, perhaps, celebrating another genius of the French school, Marin Marais, who had died in the year the Suites were published. Intense and passionate, the suites offer lyricism and virtuosity, Italian bravura and French richness. The last of Couperin’s harpsichord ordres (or suites) consists of four varied pieces, including Les 8570944 Chinois, an early example of interest in China in Western music.

Hindemith: Violinkonzert, Symphonic Metamorphosis & Konzertmusik


“Midori taps into the msuic's vein of anxiety, delivering taut sinewy playing in the outer movements and bringing lyrical eloquence to the more reflective passages...Eschenbach is absolutely inspired in the Konzertmusik, the NDR's strings and brass relishing the music's ebullience and dynamic power.” --BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 *****

“Midori and Eschenbach approach the work in the spirit of refinement and purity of tone...Midori’s approach is one of concentration of tonal projection - a ringing, tight, silvery sound that opens up principally in the slow section of the finale where she widens her vibrato appreciably.” --MusicWeb International, 11th December 2013

Tausch: Double Clarinet Concertos; Süssmayr: Concerto movement


'I can't imagine a more beguiling account of the music and every lover of the clarinet will want to have this CD' --Gramophone Magazine

'All credit to Hyperion for this delightful disc, and to the artists for playing it all so nicely' --Hi-Fi News

'Again Hyperion has come up with a really excellent programme, and the works are given performances out of the top drawer… there can be no hesitation in recommending this disc' --Clarinet & Saxophone

Enescu & Strauss: Sonatas for Violin


The violin sonatas of Strauss and Enescu (in this case, his third sonata) would at first seem unlikely companions. Violinist Kolbjorn Holthe and pianist Tor Espen Aspaas anticipated this reaction in their extremely well-written and informative liner notes as this is the first issue they address. Citing their importance in the evolution of the form as well as the development of the composers themselves, Holthe and Aspaas immediately succeed in delineating a connection that would otherwise seem foreign.


Fantasie_fantasme


"The idea of choosing piano works for a solo recording that explores the concept of fantasy may not seem all that original. But on this fascinating album the Israeli pianist David Greilsammer explores the concept in a program of striking diversity, exposing musical resonances among disparate works by composers from Bach and Brahms to Cage to Ligeti. Of course the concept would mean little were the performances not so brilliant and probing. Mr. Greilsammer, born in Jerusalem in 1977, is a formidable pianist." --New York Times [11/9/2008]

Music for Trumpet and Organ


Alison Balsom is the world’s preeminent female classical trumpeter. She is an unique and independent artist who have broken through to the mainstream whilst retaining her integrity and core musical values. Exceptional talent, a glamorous stage presence and a witty and engaging personality make Alison one of the most exciting and bankable artists in the core classical world today.

“The young British trumpeter Alison Balsom is a real star: resplendent and well-varied tone, crisp attack, absolute ease of production throughout the range.” BBC Music Magazine

Wassenaer: Concerti Armonici Nos. 1-6 (formerly attributed to Pergolosi)


Count Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer (1692-1766) was a nobleman, and Dutch ambassador of the United Provinces to Paris and to Cologne in the 1740s. He was also a remarkably skilled amateur musician and composer. Like many wealthy men of the period who had similar musical skills – Albinoni and Marcello for example – he published his music under a false name as the social standing of musicians and composers was way beneath his.

'Marvellous [music]… finely shaped and affectionate performances, beautifully recorded… a major addition to the recorded repertory of the period' --Gramophone Magazine