Dvorak Violin Concerto, Legends
Richard Tognetti (violin), Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Christian Lindberg (conductor)
BIS | BISCD1708 | CD | 7318590017081
One of the year’s most hotly anticipated classical releases by an Australian artist, this disc features Australia's favourite violinist Richard Tognetti in Dvorak’s virtuosic, highly melodic Violin Concerto. The work is the perfect showcase for Tognetti’s world-famous technique, precision and passion. The ARIA-winning ‘National Treasure’ teams with Christian Lindberg to bring this gorgeous Romantic work vividly to life. The last collaboration between the two masterful musicians (with Lindberg on Baroque trombone) was an extremely popular ABC Classic FM CD of the Week. Now Lindberg appears as conductor for this thrilling disc of Dvorak’s spirited music for violin and orchestra. Watch an excerpt of Tognetti’s dazzling performance on YouTube.
Gershwin by Grofe - Symphonic Jazz
Lincoln Mayorga (piano), Al Gallodoro (clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone), Harmonie Ensemble, Steven Richman
HARMONIA MUNDI | HMU907492 | CD | 093046749224
Rhapsody in Blue, I Got Rhythm (arr Grofe for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra) The Yankee Doodle Blues, That Certain Feeling, Somebody Loves Me, Summertime, The Man I Love, Fascinating Rhythm, I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise
In this swinging collection of ‘symphonic jazz’, Steve Richman and the Harmonie Ensemble New York recreate the original Gershwin orchestrations made by Ferde Grofé for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. The programme features Gershwin’s immortal Rhapsody in Blue (with legendary reedman Al Gallodoro, an original member of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in the 1930s!), the I Got Rhythm Variations, and a selection of George’s Broadway tunes, including 'Summertime'.
Scarlatti Cantatas, Chamber Music
Clara Rottsolk (soprano), Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players
CHANDOS | CHAN0768 | CD | 095115076828
Quella Pace Gradita, Non so qual piu m'ingombra 'Cantata Pastorale', Bella s'io t'amo, Bella dama di nome Santa, Concerto No 9 in A Minor
The soprano Clara Rottsolk joins Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players for a disc of cantatas and instrumental music by Alessandro Scarlatti. Though his cantatas and operas are little known today Scarlatti was a titan in his time, closely associated with Rome’s Arcadian Academy and an inspiration to the much younger Handel, a frequent visitor to the Academy. This disc of cantatas – a genre for which Scarlatti demonstrated a special affinity – includes two rarely performed love cantatas, ‘Quella pace gradita’ and ‘Bella dama di nome Santa’, exquisite jewels of the Italian baroque.
Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos
Stephen Hough (piano), Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (conductor)
HYPERION | CDA677112 | CD2 | 034571177113
The Romantic Piano Concerto series reaches Volume 50. Rarely in the history of recorded music has such a rich seam of undiscovered delights been mined to such consistently dazzling effect. The performers include some of the greatest pianists, orchestras and conductors in the world, including Australians Piers Lane and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Stephen Hough played Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos in thrilling performances during his 2009 Australian tour, just after having recorded this disc. His Saint-Säens recording for the series (CDA673312) garnered the Gramophone Gold Disc and Record of the Year awards.