Brahms: String Sextet No 1 in B-flat major, Op 18 (37:02)
Cypress String Quartet; Barry Shiffman, viola; Zuill Bailey, cello
The legacy of the Cypress String Quartet, which celebrated its 20th anniversary and final season in 2016, is sealed by the ensemble’s last recording – the two String Sextets by Johannes Brahms in which they are joined by long-time collaborators, violist Barry Shiffman and cellist Zuill Bailey. True to form, the Cypress String Quartet applied innovation to its final recording: live in front of a studio audience at Skywalker Sound Studio.
Chausson: Poème (16:14)
Virgil Boutellis-Taft, violin; Guillaume Vincent, piano
French violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft takes the listener on a journey spanning a century, with music exploring the connections between East and West. The program with pianist Guillaume Vincent includes a work written for Boutellis-Taft by the young American pianist-composer Tara Kamangar.
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 22 (23:59)
Andrew von Oeyen, piano; PFK Prague Philharmonia / Emmanuel Villaume
Living between Paris and Los Angeles, pianist Andrew von Oeyen is the ideal interpreter for this enticing program: surrounding Ravel’s Piano Concerto with Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No 2 and Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody, it explores Franco-American cross-currents. Von Oeyen is partnered by the PFK Prague Philharmonia under its Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume – a French musician who is also very much at home in the U.S.
Schulhoff: Divertimento, Op 14 (21:50)
The Alma Quartet, made up of members of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, presents the complete music for string quartet by Erwin Schulhoff. A Czech composer and pianist, Schulhoff was part of a generation of European musicians whose successful careers were prematurely ended by the rise of the Nazis. Schulhoff was a multi-faceted composer whose work embraced a range of styles and influences.
Bach: Cantata No 174: Sinfonia (5:51); Cantata No 170: Aria, Vergnügte Ruh’ (6:24)
Iestyn Davies, countertenor; Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen
English countertenor Iestyn Davies enjoys a busy concert, recital and recording career. His latest album features three solo cantatas by J.S. Bach. The chamber ensemble Arcangelo, under its founder Jonathan Cohen, plays two orchestral sinfonias, which will prove refreshingly familiar.
Debussy: Cello Sonata in D minor (11:25)
Victor Julien-Laferrière, cello; Adam Laloum, piano
Two young French artists, Victor Julien-Laferrière and Adam Laloum, present three masterpieces for cello and piano created between 1865 and 1915. They perform sonatas by Johannes Brahms, César Franck and Claude Debussy.
Franz Xaver Mozart: Violin Sonata in F major, Op 15 (18:00)
Łukasz Błaszczyk, violin; Anna Liszewska, fortepiano
Franz Xaver Mozart was the sixth child and younger surviving son of Wolfgang Amadeus and Constanze Mozart. He was trained by Hummel, Salieri and others. He composed a wide range of piano music (concertos, sonatas, etc), some of which looks forward to Chopin and Liszt. This new album features a selection of chamber works by F.X. Mozart.
Haydn: Symphony No 39 in G minor (20:31)
Gdańsk Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra / Sigiswald Kuijken
Three symphonies comprise this new recording by the Chamber Orchestra of the Gdańsk Academy of Music, which was created in 1999. In recent years, the ensemble has worked under the direction of both Polish and foreign artists, including early music specialist Sigiswald Kuijken. He brings his expertise to works by C.P.E. Bach, Haydn and Beethoven.
Dohnányi: Piano Quintet No 1 in C minor, Op 1 (28:57)
Alexander Sitkovetsky & Nicolas Dautricourt, violins; Paul Neubauer, viola; David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano
Music@Menlo Live, in collaboration with ArtistLed, is pleased to announce the release of Wu Han Live II, the second edition of the Wu Han Live series. This release features extraordinary Music@Menlo performances of piano quintets by Dohnányi and Taneyev that highlight Wu Han’s consummate artistry, as well as the masterful craftsmanship of these great composers.
Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in D minor, Op 1 No 12, La Follia (9:40)
Thibault Noally & Claire Sottovia, violins; Les Accents
Violinist Thibault Noally is a familiar name on the international Baroque stage. He and the ensemble Les Accents present a celebration of the Venetian violin sonata. The term sonata was first coined at the end of the 16th century, but it was Tartini, born and active in the Venetian Republic, who created some 200 sonatas for violin, the largest body of work in the form, followed by Vivaldi with 80.