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Strauss  Der Rosenkavalier CD
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Mozart  Don Giovanni Blu-Ray
Mozart Don Giovanni Blu-Ray
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Mozart Don Giovanni DVD
Mozart  Don Giovanni CD
Mozart Don Giovanni CD

Schumann Piano Concerto Schumann Piano Concerto
Angela Hewitt (piano), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Hannu Lintu (conductor)
HYPERION | CDA67885 | 034571178851 | CD

Angela Hewitt’s recordings of Schumann’s solo piano works for Hyperion have been described as ‘revelatory … something to cherish’ (Gramophone) and ‘unreservedly superb’ (The Guardian). Now she turns her attention to the works for piano and orchestra in a magnificent release which includes the beloved Piano Concerto in A minor—one of the most treasured concertos in the repertoire—and two other works also written for Clara Schumann. Hewitt’s trademark clarity of line, and her technical control which never limits the expression of passion, are clearly in evidence. She is supported by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the brilliant Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu. A fascinating commentary by Hewitt herself completes this album which is sure to delight her ever-increasing legion of fans.

Piano Concerto in A minor, Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Introduction and Concert-Allegro
James Rhodes Live in Brighton James Rhodes Live in Brighton
James Rhodes (piano)
SIGNUM | SIGCD308 | 635212030820 | CD2

In 2008/2009 James Rhodes saw his profile go from complete unknown to rising star, attracting celebrity followers including Stephen Fry and Sir David Tang. He swiftly went on to headline London's historical Roundhouse, where he was the first classical pianist to perform since its re-opening. In 2010 he made his television debut in the BBC Four documentary 'Chopin: The Women Behind the Music' and in 2011 James went on to present and perform in his very own television series 'James Rhodes: Piano Man' on Sky Arts. This new disc - recorded live at The Old Market theatre in Brighton - captures the energy of Rhodes in concert as he performs and entertainingly discusses works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov and more in this 85-minute programme.

"Performances of such natural ease and brilliance that no one can resist." - Geoff Brown, The Times (concert review)
"This is impressive, conveyed with conviction and dazzling technique." - Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph (UK)
"From the outset, it is evident that Rhodes is a thoughtful and attentive pianist." - Richard Whitehouse, International Piano Magazine

Caution - Explicit Language

CD 1 - Marcello (trans. Bach) Adagio from Concerto No 3 in D minor BWV974, Jimmy on classical music and Beethoven, Beethoven Piano Sonata No 21 in C major Op 53 'Waldstein', Jimmy on Moszkowski, Moszkowski Etude in F major Op 72 No 6
CD 2 -  Rachmaninov Prelude in C-sharp minor Op 3 No 2, Jimmy on Chopin, Chopin (trans. Balakirev) Romanza from Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Op 11, Jimmy on Bach, Bach (trans. Busoni) Chaconne from Violin Partita No 2 in D minor BWV1004, Jimmy on encores and Schumann, Jimmy on Grieg, Grieg (trans. Ginzburg) In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Op 23
Mahler Symphony No 2 'Resurrection' Mahler Symphony No 2 'Resurrection'
Michaela Kaune (soprano), Dagmar Peckova (contralto), Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Simone Young (conductor)
OEHMS CLASSIC | OC412 | 4260034864122 | CD

The 100th anniversary of the Hamburg premiere of Mahler‘s Second Symphony took place in October 2011. Now, Oehms Classics is issuing a concert recording from October 2010 from the Laeiszhalle with the Hamburg Philharmonic under the direction of Simone Young. Michaela Kaune and Dagmar Pecková are the outstanding soloists and the NDR Choir together with the Latvia State Choir interpret the great choral scenes most impressively. Altogether in invaluable contribution to the Mahler Year 2011.

Simone Young conducts the Hamburg Philharmonic in Brisbane on 23, 24 and 25 August 2012.

Wagner Das Rheingold Wagner Das Rheingold
Falk Struckmann, Jan Buchwald, Ladislav Elgr, Peter Galliard, Wolfgang Koch, Jurgen Sacher, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Simone Young (conductor)
OEHMS CLASSIC | OC925 | 4260034869257 | CD2

This Rheingold production, directed by Claus Guth, opened the Ring Cycle in Hamburg and was acquitted by the audience with waves of applause. This recording, with Falk Struckmann in the role of Wotan, was released just in time for the premiere of the second evening of Wagner‘s tetralogy in the Hamburg Opera House (Die Walküre, 10/19/08). The extensive booklet also includes colour photos of various scenes to give the listener a visual impression of the Hamburg production. In addition, the complete libretto is provided in German and English.

Simone Young conducts the Hamburg Philharmonic in Brisbane on 23, 24 and 25 August 2012.
Royal Rhymes And Rounds Royal Rhymes And Rounds
The King's Singers
SIGNUM | SIGCD307 |635212030721 | CD

On a new disc to celebrate the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, The King's Singers present a selection of works from the past 500 years written in honour of the great Monarchs of Britain. Starting with works for (and in some cases by) Henry VIII, the program covers the Elizabethan 'Triumphs of Oriana' by composers such as Gibbons, Mundy and Dowland; a very Victorian selection of dedicatory works by Elgar, Parry and Parratt; choral arrangements from the opera 'Glorianna' by Benjamin Britten; and a new piece by Paul Drayton that comically pens 'A Rough Guide to the Royal Succession'. (Drayton is perhaps best known to fans of The King's Singers as the composer of their much-loved encore work Masterpiece.)
Ute Lemper - Paris Days Berlin Nights Ute Lemper - Paris Days Berlin Nights
Ute Lemper (vocals), Stefan Malzew (piano, accordion, clarinet), Vogler Quartet
STEINWAY AND SONS | 30009 | 034062300099 | CD

Renowned German chanteuse Ute Lemper joins her countrymen the Vogler Quartet and Stefan Malzew for a collection of songs that take the listener on a journey through time, via Europe and Argentina. Bookended by post-war tales of love and despair from the French songbook by Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf, Paris Days, Berlin Nights hearkens back to the years of the revolutionary and decadent Weimar Republic, rooted in music and stories by Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht. Stepping into the darker world embodied in the songs of Hanns Eisler, reflections of political revolt composed during his exile from Nazi Germany, Lemper guides us through glimpses of a world shattered by war. Like a great love story, the listener is then led into the passionate world of the Latin American musical adventurer Astor Piazzolla, the composer of decadent songs of Argentina's nuevo tango, before venturing to Eastern Europe with repertoire of love and war in Yiddish and in Russian, including two chansons by the Polish-born Israeli singer Chava Alberstein. The Vogler Quartet lends these chansons a sound that is by turns delicate and powerful in thoughtful arrangements by Stefan Malzew, who infuses Lemper's cunning interpretations with complementary flavourings of piano, clarinet, and accordion. In speaking about her commitment to the root repertoire she presents on this recording, Lemper calls herself "an ambassador to the European songbook of the Weimar years - the Brecht, the Weill, the Piaf, the Brel, the Kabarett... It's a great responsibility and I'm proud to bring this music out into our millennium and into the world."

Chansons of Edith Piaf, Kurt Weill, Hans Eisler, Astor Piazzolla, Chava Alberstein and Jacques Brel arranged by Stefan Malzew

Elle Frequentait la Rue Pigalle, L'Accordeoniste, Surabaya Johnny/Die Moritat von Mackie Messer, Der Graben, Uber den Selbstmord, Ballade vom Wasserrad, La ultima grela, Oblivion, Yo Soy Maria, Temnaya Noch, Ikh shtey unter a Bokserboym, Stiller Abend, Ne me quitte pas

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Adam Giselle Highlights JS Bach Complete Orchestral Suites Lambert Piano Concerto and Other Works Vivaldi Six Violin Sonatas Op 2 Nos 1-6 Prokofiev Romeo And Juliet Highlights
Schumann Manfred Overture, Piano Concerto Schumann Symphonies Nos 1 and 2 Schumann Symphonies Nos 3 and 4 Wagner Orchestral Excerpts Vol 1 Wagner Orchestral Excerpts Vol 2
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Pipe Dreams Koshkin Megaron Concerto The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6 'Pathetique' JS Bach Cantatas Vol 51
Pettersson Symphony No 6 Bach Trio Sonatas Nordic Sounds 2 Mahler Symphony No 1 Ingenious Opposites CD
Dai Asai Plays Chopin CD Schubert String Quartets Schumann Piano Quartet, Piano Quintet Howard Shore Collector's Edition Vol 2 Messiaen Turangalila-Symphonie
Bloch Voice In The Wilderness, Schelomo Richafort Requiem Dimitri Tiomkin - The Greatest Film Scores Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 Bononcini Messa a cinque concertata, Stabat Mater
Ravel Melodies Royal Handel Dove There Was A Child A Tribute to Benny Goodman Music In The Air - A History of Classical Music on TV
Verdi Otello Monteverdi Il Ritorno d'Ulisse In Patria A Tribute To Frederick The Great DVD Leonard Berstein Conducts Beethoven And Haydn DVD Andras Schiff Plays Bach
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Music from The Eton Choirbook Fuchs Atlantic Riband, Divinum Mysterium, American Rhapsody Taylor Through The Looking Glass, Griffes Poem Motsalvatge Piano Music Vol 3 Old Wine In New Bottles
WF Bach Keyboard Works Vol 3 Reger Organ Works Vol 12 The Guerra Manuscript Vol 2 Wolf-Ferrari Wind Concertinos Guitar Laureate - Srdjan Bulat
Piano Laureate - Marianna Prjevalskaya Rossini L'Occasione fa il ladro A Musical Journey - Spain A Musical Journey - Czech Republic A Musical Journey - Austria and Belgium
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Australian Guitar  Music Australian Guitar Music
Aleksandr Tsiboulski (guitar)
NAXOS | 8570949 | CD | 747313094974

‘Add another name to Australia’s thriving classical guitar scene…Tsiboulski is the complete guitarist. His playing possesses a highly controlled, honed refinement, but he rises above the technical demands to reach a new level of concentrated, inner thought…The standout is Koehne’s rhapsodic A Closed World of Fine Feelings and Grand Design, which Tsiboulski plays with exquisite, perfectly judged phrases and aching tenderness. He is excellent, too, with Edwards’ Guitar Dances and Blackwattle Caprices…Sculthorpe’s ruminative From Kakadu and Djilile acquire an almost spiritual power.’ (The Australian, 5-star review)
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Stéphane  Denève conducts Debussy
18-24 June 2012
Stéphane Denève conducts Debussy
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stéphane Denève (conductor)
CHANDOS | CHSA51022 | 095115510223 |SACD2

Recognised internationally as a conductor of the highest calibre, Stéphane Denève took up the post of Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2005, and has since attracted attention from audiences and critics alike. This May, the conductor bids a fond farewell to Scotland and the RSNO with a series of ‘Au Revoir’ concerts, and of course, this disc of orchestral works by Debussy.

After the impact made by the production of Pelléas et Mélisande in 1902, the next orchestral work by Debussy was awaited with intense interest. La Mer did not disappoint, and is today widely considered to have been crucial in its influence on twentieth-century music. After completing this work, Debussy spent no fewer than seven years wrestling with what were to become Images for orchestra. With a sultry flute solo, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune opened an astonishing new world for western music. Debussy based this composition on a poem by Mallarmé, who wrote to the composer: ‘I have come from the concert, deeply moved: A miracle! that your illustration of L’Après-midi d’un faune should present no dissonance with my text, other than to venture further, truly, into nostalgia and light…’ The three Nocturnes feature some of Debussy’s most imaginative orchestral writing. In the words of the composer, ‘the title Nocturnes is… not meant to designate the usual form of a nocturne, but rather all the various impressions and the special effects of light that the word would suggest’. Debussy provided descriptions of the three movements. ‘Nuages’, for example, depicts ‘the slow, melancholy procession of the clouds, ending in a grey agony tinged with white’, and also the experience of standing ‘on the Pont de Solférino very late at night. Total silence. The Seine without a ripple, like a tarnished mirror’.
Turina  Chamber Music
28 May – 3 June 2012
Turina Chamber Music
The Nash Ensemble
HYPERION RECORDS | CDA67889 | 034571178899 | CD

The colourful folk melodies and rhythms of Spain knit seamlessly with twentieth-century French compositional sophistication in Joaquín Turina’s chamber works. Born in Seville, Andalucia, the young composer went to study in Paris in 1905, where he was greatly attracted to the forward-looking style of the likes of Debussy—however, his musical course was altered when he encountered countrymen Falla and Albéniz, who encouraged him to write in a style that fully embraced his Andalucian musical heritage. Later in life the composer himself explained ‘my music is the expression of the feeling of a true Sevillian who did not know Seville until he left it’. The acclaimed Nash Ensemble here demonstrate what a satisfying artistic homecoming he made.

Piano Quartet in A minor Op 67, Violin Sonata No 2 in G major Op 82 ‘Sonata espagnola’, Escena andaluza Op 7, Piano Trio No 1 Op 35
Beethoven Complete Works for  Piano and Orchestra
7-13 MAY 2012
Beethoven Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra
Tasmin Little (violin), Tim Hugh (cello), Howard Shelley (piano, conductor), Opera North Chorus and Orchestra
CHANDOS | CHAN106954 | 095115169520 | CD4

4 CDs for the price of 3! Alongside his much-loved five piano concertos and the stirring Choral Fantasia, this magnificent set includes two exciting rarities: Beethoven’s own arrangement of his Violin Concerto and the world premiere recording of Howard Shelley’s reconstruction of one of Beethoven’s earliest works, a piano concerto written in 1784 when he was only 13 years old for which the piano part alone has survived.

CD 1 - Piano Concerto No 1 Op 15, Piano Concerto No 4 Op 58, Rondo in B flat major WoO 6
CD 2 - Piano Concerto No 2 Op 19, Piano Concerto No 5 Op 73 'Emperor', Beethoven and Mozart: An Obsession? – A talk by Howard Shelley
CD 3 - Piano Concerto No 3 Op 37, Piano Concerto Op 61 (Beethoven’s own arrangement of his Violin Concerto)
CD 4 – Choral Fantasia Op 80, Piano Concerto ‘No 0’ WoO4 (world premiere recording, orchestration and accompaniment reconstructed and recreated by Howard Shelley), Triple Concerto Op 56
Time Thy Musicke To Thy Hart
14-20 MAY 2012
Time Thy Musicke To Thy Hart
Stile Antico, Fretwork
HARMONIA MUNDI | HMU807554 | 093046755461 | SACD

Tudor and Jacobean music by Tomkins, Campion, Byrd, Tallis, Dowland, Gibbons and others from the Golden Age of early English music. Described as 'an ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality and balance (The New York Times), Stile Antico joins the equally renowned ensemble Fretwork on this ravishing selection of Renaissance music composed for domestic devotion drawn from collections prepared for that purpose.

Tomkins O praise the Lord, Amner O ye little flock, Taverner In Nomine (Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas), Ramsey How Are The Mighty Fall'n, Tallis Purge Me O Lord, Amner A Stranger Here, Parsons In Nomine a 4 No 1, Browne Jesu Mercy How May This Be?, Parsons In Nomine a 4 No 2, Croce From Profound Centre Of My Heart, Dowland I Shame At My Unworthiness, Campion Never Weather-beaten Sail, Byrd Why Do I Use My Paper Ink And Pen?, Thomas Tomkins When David Heard, Gibbons See See The Word Is Incarnate

last updated august 2012

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