Beck: Symphony in G major, Op 2 No 5 (12:08)
Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra / Kevin Mallon
Franz Ignaz Beck is increasingly acknowledged as one of the most forward-looking and inventive of mid-18th-century symphonists. A student of the celebrated Johann Stamitz, Beck was trained in Mannheim, a focal point of new approaches to orchestral writing. Although small in scale, his Op 2 symphonies include some of the most striking and harmonically daring works of their kind from the period.
Schubert: Symphony No 9 in C major, D 944, Great: IV, Finale (16:05)
Orchestra Mozart / Claudio Abbado
A rare new album conducted by Claudio Abbado in 2011, a legendary conductor still missed by many in the concert hall and the studio. After Abbado’s first performance of the work in Den Haag in 1966, he returned again and again to Schubert’s “Great” C Major Symphony. 25 years after his first recording with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Abbado’s new interpretation of this symphony reveals a wealth of new details, making it his definitive take on the work.
Sigfúsdóttir: Clockworking (7:37)
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, violin; Gudrún Hrund Hardardóttir, viola; Hanna Loftsdóttir, cello
Sono Luminus presents the release of the Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect’s debut album on the label, Clockworking, featuring the music of five Icelandic women composers. At the core of each of the commissions on this album was the desire to explore the possibilities of their instruments (violin, viola, cello, and harpsichord) within a 21st century aesthetic while at the same time creating their own.
Lassus: Missa super Dixit Joseph: Kyrie (3:41); Gloria (5:31)
The six singers of Cinquecento have for seven years now been championing the lesser-known masters of the Austrian court. Now they turn to one of the greats: Lassus. The Missa super Dixit Joseph is based on one of Lassus’ own motets and combines the composer’s characteristic flair for vibrant text-setting with the polychoral style of which he would become an early master.
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Debussy: Études: Pour les sonorités opposées (4:47); Pour les arpèges composés (4:12); Pour les accords (5:59)
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Garrick Ohlsson has a reputation as the master of the miniature. In this new recital, he presents three sets of Études: the twelve by Claude Debussy (so ferocious in their demands they were shunned even by elite pianists for decades), as well as Prokofiev’s revolutionary Opus 2 and a set of three lesser-known works by Bartók.
Tomasi: Trumpet Concerto (15:23)
Paul Merkelo, trumpet; Montreal Symphony Orchestra / Kent Nagano
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet Paul Merkelo plays three works for trumpet and orchestra, each one written in France by a composer whose life did not exceed the span of the 20th century, and each heavily influenced by the idiom of jazz. The works by Tomasi, Desenclos and Jolivet offer a nuanced perspective on French musical thought and the growing importance of the solo trumpet in 20th century music.
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 65 (28:02)
Ben Capps, cello; Vassily Primakov, piano
Cellist Ben Capps says, “How lucky we are to have music as beautiful as this. These sonatas are quintessential examples of the human condition; romantic, tragic, hopeful, ultimately uplifting and as colorful as the imagination allows.” Capps enjoys a versatile performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. He is joined by pianist Vassily Primakov, co-founder of LP Classics, in the cello sonatas by Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
Traditional: The Mountains of Rhùm (2:37); Farewell to Ireland / Highlander’s Farewell (3:42); We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar (3:17)
Apollo’s Fire / Jeannette Sorrell
Following the popular album ‘Come to the River,’ which conjured early 19th-century rural Americana, Apollo’s Fire presents an award-winning program created by director Jeannette Sorrell. It follows the joys and sorrows of Celtic immigrants who settled in Appalachia. Sparkling fiddle tunes and haunting ballads of the British Isles mingle with American shapenote hymns and African spirituals, creating the soulful music known as Appalachian.
Glass: The Hours: Morning Passages (6:09)
Valentina Lisitsa, piano
Cutting-edge pianist meets trendsetting composer: Valentina Lisitsa releases a double album of works for solo piano by Philip Glass, whose brand of minimalism has made him one of the most influential composers of our time. Lisitsa explores the range of Glass’s work over three decades. While some of the works were composed for the piano, many were originally conceived for multiple instruments or a full orchestra.
Glass: Violin Concerto No 2, The American Four Seasons: Movement IV (6:59)
Gidon Kremer, violin; Kremerata Baltica
Following his recording of the first Glass Violin concerto, a staple in Deutsche Grammophon’s contemporary music catalog, Gidon Kremer returns to the Yellow Label after more than a decade with the new recording of Philip Glass’ Second Violin Concerto, The American Seasons. Kremer’s first solo concerto album in many years, New Seasons also features works of Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli and Shigeru Umebayashi, performed with Kremerata Baltica.