Elgar Pomp and Circumstance, Serenade for Strings
Sydney Symphony, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)
EXTON | EXCL00030 | SACD
The fourth and final volume in the much-anticipated series celebrating a milestone in Australian music history: Vladimir Ashkenazy’s first festival as Principal Conductor of Sydney Symphony. Recorded live at Sydney Opera House during the Maestro’s triumphant Elgar Festival, the Pomp and Circumstances Marches are arguably the composer’s best known and most popular orchestral works. As with the acclaimed Rachmaninov boxed set (EXCL00017), also featuring Ashkenazy and the SSO, the Elgar discs are superbly mastered to the highest audiophile standards. Relive one of the most thrilling Australian orchestral concerts of recent years! And more exciting still: Exton has just completed recordings of Ashkenazy's recent month-long Prokofiev Festival at the Sydney Opera House, for release in 2010.
A Company of Voices – Conspirare in Concert
Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson (conductor)
HARMONIA MUNDI | HMU907534 | CD | 093046753429
Nominated for four Grammys, Conspirare is America’s premier choral ensemble. In a rich and varied a cappella program performed on live TV, Craig Hella Johnson and his group move effortlessly from the Renaissance to spirituals, contemporary choral compositions to fresh arrangements of songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dolly Parton and Annie Lennox! This compelling concert performance is also available on DVD (HMD9907535).
Onslow String Quartets
NAÏVE | V5200 | CD | 822186052006
String Quartets in E Flat Major No 28 Op 54, D Minor No 29 Op 55, C Minor No 30 Op 56Described in Gramophone as 'one of the five quartets you should know about', The Diotima Quartet has announced its first Australian tour for The Sydney Festival in January 2010. In concert as on this recording, Diotima explores the music of the unjustly neglected French-English Romantic composer George Onslow, who wrote more than 60 quartets and whose genius is being rediscovered and re-evaluated today. This disc includes two world premiere recordings of his works. Founded by graduates of the Paris and Lyon conservatoires, the quartet takes its name from Luigi Nono’s Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima, thus affirming its commitment to the music of our time.
Telemann Orchestral Suites + 2010 Catalogue
Carin Van Heerden (recorder, oboe, direction), L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
CPO | CPO7775152 | CD | 761203751525
The orchestral suites on this enchanting disc of Telemann are beautiful works, considered by some to be the most difficult pieces Telemann wrote for recorder and oboe. The music fascinates from the first to the last note with its originality, partly due to its Polish inflection. Telemann once wrote that 'a Polish tune makes the whole world jig.' South African musician Carin van Heerden is a founding member of the Austrian L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra and here directs the ensemble as she plays exquisite, virtuosic recorder solos. 'All three suites receive lively, colorful performances that should have your toes tapping in no time. If you wish to sample Telemann's suites, you will find this a good place to start' (Fanfare). This reissue is available at budget price and accompanied by a complete CPO printed catalogue: over 900 superb titles to be discovered, from Baroque gems to rare German operas.