Dvořák: Symphony No 9 in E minor, Op 95, From the New World: Finale (12:08)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra / Jaap van Zweden
Music Director Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra release a concert performance of Dvořák’s most popular and iconic work, Symphony No 9, From the New World. The recording from January 2014 is now available as a digital download. Of the performance, Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News said, “The playing was amazing. To hear … was yet again to marvel at the wonders van Zweden … has worked with the orchestra.”
Fučík: The Old Grumbler (5:00); Entry of the Gladiators (2:36)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Neeme Järvi
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and its laureate conductor, Neeme Järvi, present a variety of works by Czech composer Julius Fučík, famous for his more than 400 polkas, marches, and waltzes. Playing in Austro-Hungarian regiments, he gained invaluable experience writing for military band and became a prolific composer of marches. The most famous of these is Entry of the Gladiators, completed in 1899 and soon performed at circuses throughout the world.
New Release of the Week
Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op 28 (33:39)
Pianist Yundi returns to Chopin – the composer he is most closely associated with. This album features Chopin’s complete Preludes, a collection of beloved works for solo piano. The release coincides with the 15th anniversary of Yundi’s legendary victory at the International Warsaw Chopin Competition in 2000. At 18 he was the youngest and first-ever Chinese winner.
Franchomme: Nocturne, Op 15 No 3 (5:24)
Louise Dubin & Saeunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cellos
This long-overdue tribute to the French Romantic-era virtuoso cellist and composer August Franchomme brings to light many of his long-neglected original compositions and arrangements. As Chopin’s close friend, confidante and musical partner, Franchomme transcribed several of the Polish master’s famous piano works for cellos in various combinations. He penned many remarkable original compositions as well. Some of the best of both are recorded here for the first time.
Parry: Coronation Te Deum (14:42)
Westminster Abbey Choir; Onyx Brass / James O’Donnell; Daniel Cook, organ
The pageantry of a nation is encapsulated in the music of the English composer Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry. This new program from Westminster Abbey contains some lesser-known early works alongside blazing performances of the favorites, recorded in the very building for which many of them were written.
Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C-sharp minor: III, Scherzo (17:34)
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra / Myung-Whun Chung
The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon in 2011 to release 10 albums over five years, making it the first time that an Asian orchestra has signed such an extensive contract. Following the critically acclaimed Mahler Ninth from last year, this new album (recorded live in 2014) is the fourth Mahler recording by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with maestro Myung-Whun Chung.
Berg: Lyric Suite: V, Presto delirando (4:40); VI, Largo desolato (5:58)
Renée Fleming, soprano; Emerson String Quartet
This release unites soprano Renée Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet for the first time. They embark on a journey to Vienna in the 1920s and ‘30s through music imbued with late romanticism and burgeoning modernism. The record features Alban Berg’s intricate Lyric Suite and Egon Wellesz’s Sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, sung in German translations by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Violin Concerto in F major, R 293, Autumn (12:08)
La Serenissima / Adrian Chandler, violin
Even more popular today than when they were first published, the concertos that make up The Four Seasons are highly evocative works whose dramatic language continues to capture the attention of audiences around the world. The award-winning period-instrument ensemble and noted Vivaldi specialists La Serenissima use characterization as their key, offering highly accomplished performances of these works in addition to four concertos for bassoon and the little-known violin in tromba marina.
Palestrina: Super flumina Babylonis (3:07)
Allegri: Miserere (10:12)
Sistine Chapel Choir / Massimo Palombella
Deutsche Grammophon presents, by kind permission of the Vatican, the first studio album ever to be recorded in the Sistine Chapel. “Cantate Domino” opens the door to some of the world’s most beautiful choral music, as well as into one of the most treasured sacred locations on earth. The album features music written for Popes across the centuries, including previously unpublished works and editions by Palestrina, Allegri and Victoria.
Schultz: Une Amourette (Little Serenade for Winds) (10:41)
Carion Wind Quintet
As a Danish ensemble, Carl Nielsen’s woodwind quintet has a special place in the repertoire of the Carion Quintet. Their new recording of the work celebrates Nielsen’s 150th birthday in 2015. The remaining works on the disc stem from his musical legacy. The group discovered 30 unknown pieces by Danish composers from the same era, many of them featuring a similar style of wind writing. Carion selected the most interesting works for the album.