Arie NAPOLETANE


". . . a recital of superb cogency that has claims to being his finest album to date . . . [these Neapolitan Baroque rarities are] woven into an emotionally coherent sequence that passes from triumph to resignation . . . Cencic negotiates this complex emotional parabola wonderfully well. This is a great voice, dark in tone, beguiling in its liquidity and finely equalised. His coloratura flows with great ease, stunningly so in the aria from "Eraclea", though it's the slower numbers, where the long lines are effortlessly sustained and the emotions keenly felt, that make the disc so special. Il Pomo d'Oro are on fine form, too, and Emelyanychev, volatile, sensuous and keenly intense, is impressive. An exceptional recital, very highly recommended." --Gramophone, December 2015

SIBELIUS & GLAZUNOV Violin Concertos


Vladimir Ashkenazy collaborates with Esther Yoo in a new recording of Sibelius and Glazunov Violin Concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Yoo first came to international attention in 2010 when, aged 16, she became the youngest prize-winner of the 10th International Sibelius Violin Competition. She made her London debut in 2014, performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 under the late Lorin Maazel at Royal Festival Hall. That same year, she was a soloist on the Philharmonia’s South America tour under Ashkenazy.
Release Date: 12th February 2016

Il Progetto VIVALDI 2


Sol Gabetta is the most famous and best-selling female cellist worldwide. Her brilliant and emotional playing and her great stage presence and charming nature made her a real star of today´s classical music scene.

The Argentine-French cellist, who speaks six languages fluently, has captured the hearts of audiences in many countries with her playing and her charisma. Sol has received prestigious awards: she won three Echo Klassik prizes in Germany, received Argentina’s Gardel Prize as “artist of the year“ in three consecutive years and in 2010 won the prestigious Gramophone Award as “young artist of the year”.

The ART of BACH


In an instance of programming wizardry, the “exhilarating” (Gramophone) Anderson & Roe Piano Duo has crafted an album showcasing the immense stylistic and expressive variety of Bach’s art. Where else can one find the apex of scholarly composition, The Art of Fugue, featured alongside one of the monuments of sacred music, the St. Matthew Passion? From heartfelt cantatas and virtuosic concertos to feats of contrapuntal aplomb, this versatile compilation sheds new light on Bach's art and ultimately reveals the matchless brilliance of the man, heard through the dynamic interplay of Anderson & Roe.

ODE à la Nature

La 22ème édition du Festival La Folle Journée de Nantes portera le thème de la Nature. Si le roulement des saisons, la vie des animaux sauvages et les humeurs des éléments ont toujours fasciné et inspiré l’homme à travers ses créations, les compositeurs se sont quant à eux essayés à mettre en musique les émotions qu’elle provoque et les passions qu’elle déchaine. De Rameau à Messiaen en passant par Vivaldi, Beethoven, Schubert, Grieg, Debussy, Strauss et Stravinsky, la palette de la création musicale inspirée par la nature est immense. En 3 CD les thématiques des saisons, des animaux, des éléments, de la nuit et enfin de l’homme confronté à la nature.

MARAIS Suites for viola da gamba and continuo


A noteworthy fact: Marais, in his five books of Pièces de viole, published only two suites for two viols and continuo. Aside from the two suites for three viols (Book IV), all the other pieces are intended for the solo instrument with accompaniment of harpsichord, theorbo or a second viol in different combinations.

These two particular suites are both found in Book I (1686). 




BERWALD & DU PUY Chamber music


In the mid-1980s, Donna Agrell acquired a rare Grenser & Wiesner bassoon, built in Dresden sometime around 1820. The bassoon came in its original case, with an address label indicating that the instrument had been delivered to Stockholm. Further research into the Stockholm music scene during the early 19th century revealed that instruments from Grenser & Wiesner were popular in Sweden. One who swore by his bassoon from the company was Frans Preumayr, a musician of German origin who played in the orchestra of the Royal Opera, but also made a name for himself abroad as a bassoon virtuoso, garnering praise in London and on the continent. 


INTI-ILLIMANI Antología I


Early in their formation, the engineering students that were Inti-Illimani (pronounced "intee-E-gee-manee") explored not only the music of their homeland of Chile, but also the native culture of Argentina, Peru, and surrounding countries. Over the years Inti have consistently penned sociopolitical lyrics addressing human rights with an undying optimism, an outgrowth in part of their exile from Chile in 1973. Whatever the history, this album provides a spirited and comprehensive introduction to a group of musicians who've created some of the most moving Latin music of the last 50 years.


BRUNDIBÁR Music by composers in Theresienstadt (1941–1945)


“[the sound is] slightly clinical though crystal clear. This shows the Nash Ensemble's subtly nuanced performance in the best light” --Gramophone Magazine, April 2013

“Both [the Ullmann and the Klein] are powerfully emotional works and they are performed here by the Nash Ensemble with passionate conviction and great attention to detail...The Nash Ensemble clearly relishes [Brundibar's] light-heartedness and its moments of poignancy delivering a performance that is witty and thoroughly engaging...the Nash string players are especially in their element in the exciting Finale subtitled 'Wild Night'...an impressive achievement.” --BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****

CANTABILE


Cellist Sol Gabetta’s Cantabile collection is based on singable music with wonderful tunes from opera arias and songs mainly by popular composers.

Private funding has given Gabetta the opportunity to play a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini cello from 1759. Although we are not told which cello is used on this release I was struck by the luxuriant and deep tone of the marvellous instrument. Sol Gabetta is one of those rare instrumentalists who can consistently communicate personality. Her sparkling and intelligent playing of these sweet and highly attractive cello transcriptions makes this an appealing acquisition that will provide enjoyment.

BEETHOVEN Symphonies 1 & 2 Volume 1


The Re-Sound Beethoven collection brings the symphonies of Beethoven back to the locations of their Viennese premieres. The producer Stephan Reh strives to reproduce the specific acoustical qualities of each room.

“As ever with Martin Haselbock, the overall agenda on this disc centres firmly on historical performance practice...it'll be interesting to see how this Haselbock series develops. Initial impressions are at the very least encouraging.” --Gramophone Magazine, July 2015


GEMINIANI Violin Sonatas Op. 5


Geminiani’s transcription of Cello Sonatas Op. 5

"...the playing is full of vim and vitality, and the showy confidence is by no means out of place in this music. Angular declaimed passages are very well shaped... as violinist Anton Steck demonstrates how to construct an eloquent musical line. Rapid passagework in the Adagio of the solo violin sonata is striking, as the harmonic pulse conforms to the Adagio marking, but the violinist must work at calm speed to execute the filigree... These may be the first recordings of the violin sonatas, a very welcome addition to the discography." --American Record Guide