Scarlatti: Sonata in D major, K 96 (3:51); Sonata in E major, K 381 (2:43); Sonata in D major, K 119 (4:17)
Igor Kamenz, piano
The biography of Igor Kamenz is the story of a man for whom only music has ever counted. As a child prodigy, he gave widely admired piano recitals in the Soviet Union and conducted major orchestras at an early age. After his emigration to Germany in 1978, he maintained a career as a concert pianist. In 2013, a CD featuring his playing came into the hands of the Naïve label, who were immediately captivated by his talent. For his new recording, Kamenz has assembled sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti into what he calls a ‘suite in eighteen movements.’
Bach: Violin & Oboe Concerto in C minor, BWV 1060R (12:10)
Lisa Batiashvili, violin; François Leleux, oboe; Bavarian Radio Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Lisa Batiashvili presents a varied selection of chamber and orchestral music by Bach, including a first-ever recording of the famous aria Erbarme Dich in a transcription for violin, oboe and orchestra. On the double concerto for violin and oboe, BWV 1060, Batiashvili collaborates with her husband, the oboist Francois Leleux. For CPE Bach’s Trio Sonata in B-flat minor, she teams up with flutist Emmanuel Pahud of the Berlin Philharmonic.
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Rózsa: Ben Hur: Love Theme (3:03)
Daniel Hope, violin; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Alexander Shelley
Heymann: Ein blonder Traum: Irgendwo auf der Welt (3:23)
Daniel Hope, violin; Quintet of the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin
Hupfeld: As Time Goes By (2:51)
Daniel Hope, violin
In his latest album, Daniel Hope shines a new light on Hollywood scores, seeking out the echoes of exiled European composers such as Miklós Rózsa, Franz Waxman, Hanns Eisler, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and more. The centerpiece is the famous Violin Concerto by Korngold. The album also contains contemporary soundtrack classics such as Schindler’s List, American Beauty, and Cinema Paradiso to reflect on the strong musical influence the exile-composer had and still has on contemporary film composers.
Ilya Levinson: Urban Night Suite: Different colors of the night (10:11)
Ian Maksin, cello
Cellist and composer Ian Maksin has gained international acclaim for his distinctive style, taking the cello outside its conventional scope. “Soul Companion” is a compilation of Maksin’s original music for solo cello inspired by jazz, blues, folk music from around the world as well as by music of Sting. The album also includes several works Maksin has commissioned from award-winning New-York-based composer Paul Yeon Lee and Chicago’s own Ilya Levinson and Seth Boustead.
Granados: Valses poéticos (9:51)
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
For his second solo album on Decca, Benjamin Grosvenor has assembled a typically imaginative and appealing program of piano music inspired by the dance form. The album is a virtuosic display of solo works for piano from Bach, Chopin, Granados, Albéniz, Scriabin and others. The recording was inspired by a letter from the great pianist-composer Ferruccio Busoni to his pupil Egon Petri proposing a “dance program” as a theme for Petri’s recitals, a concept Grosvenor expanded on for his Queen Elizabeth Hall debut recital in 2012.
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem: Dirge for Two Veterans (10:02)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus / Robert Spano
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 4 in F minor: I, Allegro (8:51)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Robert Spano
World War I had not only a profound and deep impact on the world, but on Ralph Vaughan Williams as well. Robert Spano and the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus delve into three pieces that reflect the composer’s view on the war and the time itself. The program features the cantata Dona nobis pacem (with soprano Jessica Rivera and baritone Brett Polegato), Symphony No 4 and The Lark Ascending (with violinist David Coucheron).
Schumann: Symphony No 4 in D minor, Op 120 (29:35)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Robin Ticciati
Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra embark upon their first symphonic cycle together in a program that they performed in concerts across Scotland. This is music that is very close to Ticciati’s heart; he describes Schumann as one of his favorite composers and has often spoken about how important poetry, color and story are to Schumann’s music. The SCO’s smaller forces bring a lightness of touch and a clarity to the counterpoint and a sense of movement.
Dvořák: Legends, Op 59: No’s 1-5 (21:32)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / José Serebrier
As part of his complete survey of Dvořák’s Symphonies on Warner Classics, José Serebrier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the 8th Symphony. The album also features the rarely-heard Legends, which Dvořák wrote originally for piano four hands. He later orchestrated them at his publisher’s request. The ten pieces depict strong emotions, but there is no narrative, no programmatic story attached to them.
Bach: Cello Suite No 3 in C major, BWV 1009 (23:11)
Nina Kotova, cello
Russian-American cellist Nina Kotova showed early promise when studying at the Central Music School Pre-Conservatory. She was accepted into an adult class of the Moscow Conservatory at the age of 7, and was just 15 when she won First Prize at the Prague International Competition. Since her London debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1996, she has performed in venues such as the Barbican Centre, Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Kotova made this recording of the Bach Cello Suites on the 1679 “Du Pré” Stradivarius cello.
Pink Floyd (Waters/Gilmour): Wish You Were Here (7:03)
Maya Beiser, cello
Cellist Maya Beiser’s latest recording is an album of classic rock tunes re-imagined and re-contextualized in stunning and multi-layered performances. Consisting almost entirely of Beiser’s multi-tracked cello with drums and bass added by collaborators Glenn Kotche (Wilco) and Jherek Bischoff, these “uncovers” — in new arrangements by Evan Ziporyn — breathe new life into works by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Howlin’ Wolf, King Crimson, Muddy Waters and AC/DC.