Kraus: Äfventyraren: Overture (10:30)
Helsinki Baroque Orchestra / Aapo Häkkinen
Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792) was one of the most talented and progressive composers of the 18th century, and regarded by Haydn as one of the only two geniuses he knew, alongside Mozart. Following the successful audition of his opera Proserpin, Kraus became closely associated with the court of Gustav III in Stockholm. The vocal pieces include works performed for the first time in over two centuries, ranging from Italian concert arias to rare works from the Royal Dramatic Theatre.
Senfl: Quis dabit oculis (7:00)
The vocal ensemble Stile Antico presents a program that captures triumphs and tragedies from the Imperial courts of the Hapsburgs. The remarkable Hapsburg dynasty, which at its peak ruled much of Europe and established the first truly global empire, is the inspiration for a fascinating journey through two centuries of Continental repertoire. Stile Antico focus first on the Emperor Maximilian, and then on the great Spanish rulers Charles V and Philip II, who gathered around them the finest Spanish and Flemish composer of their day.
Vierne: Pièces de fantaisie, Op 51: Prelude (3:35); Caprice (3:24); Intermezzo (2:25)
Jan Kraybill, organ
This program of French masterworks was designed to showcase all the colors and nuances of the organ at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. These brilliant performances come from the organist who knows the instrument best, Jan Kraybill. She regularly plays and oversees the care of the three largest pipe organs in the Kansas City metro area. At the Kauffman Center, she performs and guest hosts organists in both solo and collaborative musical events.
Saint-Saëns: Introduction et rondo capriccioso, Op 28 (10:01); La jota aragonese, Op 64 (3:50)
Alexandre Da Costa, violin; Oviedo Philharmonic / Marzio Conti
Canadian violinist Alexandre Da Costa was a prodigious talent on the violin and piano. The many prizes he has won include a Juno Award in 2012 and the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award from the Canada Council for the Arts. Marzio Conti has been music director of the Oviedo Philharmonic since 2011. Their album features works of Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No 3, Introduction & Rondo capriccioso and his most popular orchestral work, the ‘Organ’ Symphony.
Wagner/Gould/Williams: Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Rhine Journey (13:22)
Llŷr Williams, piano
Pianist Llyr Williams explores Richard Wagner’s rich and evocative sound world from a less well-known angle. Featuring insightful arrangements of Wagner’s operas by Franz Liszt and Glenn Gould (as well as Williams’ own arrangement of music from Parsifal), at the center of the program is a selection of Wagner’s own piano pieces – many of which were written earlier in his compositional career, hinting at the grand operatic masterworks which were yet to come.
New Release of the Week
Pacini: Stella di Napoli: Ove t’aggiri, o barbaro (4:29)
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda: Deh! Tu di un’umile preghiera (8:04)
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; Lyon National Opera Chorus & Orchestra / Riccardo Minasi
On her new album, Joyce DiDonato breathes new life into little-known arias by Mercadante, Michele Carafa (a student of Cherubini and close friend of Rossini), Carlo Valentini and the prolific opera composer Giovanni Pacini, whose Stella di Napoli gives the album its title. DiDonato worked closely with Italian conductor Riccardo Minasi to bring three neglected arias to light in new editions and world premiere recordings. Alongside these little-known gems, she presents music by the three bel canto greats — Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti.
Nielsen: Symphony No 1 in G minor, Op 7 (33:18)
New York Philharmonic / Alan Gilbert
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic continue their highly praised Nielsen Project with the release of two great symphonies. This is the second recording in the series, drawn from the March 2014 performance featuring Symphonies Nos 1 and 4. The First was never previously performed by the New York Philharmonic. The Fourth, known as the “Inextinguishable,” is a powerful, intense and dramatic work of the composer’s maturity. Of this series, the New York Times stated “Music directors should have personal passions and it is heartening to see Mr. Gilbert turning one of his into a major statement.”
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.
New Release of the Week
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.