Berlioz: Les Troyens: Trojan March (5:28); Royal Hunt and Storm (9:44)
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus / Sir Andrew Davis
After two volumes with other top international orchestras in this Berlioz series, Sir Andrew Davis joins the BBC Symphony – where he is Conductor Laureate – for a new recording. The highlight is Roméo et Juliette, Berlioz’s third symphony. It is coupled with two excerpts from the largest work Berlioz ever attempted, the opera Les Troyens.
Dvořák: Violin Sonatina in G major, Op 100 (20:01)
Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Wu Han, piano
Copland: Appalachian Spring (24:41)
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
This recording captures a historic moment in American history: the first performance of Aaron Copland’s landmark ballet score Appalachian Spring in the heart of an authentic Shaker village, Kentucky’s historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. The album, which was recorded live in May 2015, is also being released on the same day as the program debuts as the season opening broadcast of Live from Lincoln Center on PBS.
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (21:24)
Lang Lang & Herbie Hancock, pianos; London Symphony Orchestra / John Axelrod
Pianist Lang Lang is joined by a one-of-a-kind cast of collaborating artists for the creation of his new album, “New York Rhapsody.” From the haunting reveries of Gershwin and Copland to the in-the-moment intensity of songs made famous by Alicia Keys, Lou Reed and Don Henley, “New York Rhapsody” rediscovers the soul of America’s most symbolic city as great artists have imagined it.
Prokofiev: Five Melodies, Op 35b (13:56)
Jameson Cooper, violin; Ketevan Badridze, piano
Afinat Records presents its debut release in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev’s birthday in 2016. Jameson Cooper, first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Euclid Quartet, and Ketevan Badridze, a member of Alexander Toradze’s prodigious Toradze Piano Studio, begin a new partnership in a tour-de-force recording of Prokofiev’s Five Melodies and the two Violin Sonatas.
David Maslanka: Desert Roads: Coming Home (11:42)
Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Temple University Wind Symphony / Emily Threinen
Temple University’s label BCM+D (Boyer College of Music and Dance) has released a two-disc set of concertos for wind and brass instruments, all written within the past 30 years by some of today’s most celebrated composers. The soloists are members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor (35:52)
Philippe Quint, violin; Bochum Symphony Orchestra / Steven Sloane
For his latest release, internationally acclaimed violinist Philippe Quint plays two of the most exciting concertos of the Russian repertoire – Glazunov and Khachaturian. Quint performs on the 1708 Ruby Antonio Stradivari violin, which he is borrowing from the Stradivari Society.
Bach: Sonata for Violin & Keyboard in C minor, BWV 1017 (17:52)
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Martha Argerich, piano
Itzhak Perlman and Martha Argerich have made their first studio album together. It has been 18 years since their last recording, a live recital from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. On this latest release, the Bach and Brahms works were recorded in Paris in 2016. The Schumann pieces are live from their Saratoga recital in 1998, never released until now.
Addinsell: Dangerous Moonlight: Warsaw Concerto (8:41)
Shostakovich: The Unforgettable Year 1919: The Storming of the Red Hill (6:56)
Valentina Lisitsa, piano; BBC Concert Orchestra / Gavin Sutherland
Pianist Valentina Lisitsa returns with a lush program of cinematic music scored for piano and orchestra. She explores a genre originally influenced by Rachmaninoff’s popular piano concertos with music from movies of the 1940s and 50s including Dangerous Moonlight, Stagefright, and The Apartment. The album also brings us up-to-date with captivating music from Murder on the Orient Express, On Golden Pond and Pride & Prejudice.
Schumann: Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op 102 (15:31)
Tanya Tomkins, cello; Eric Zivian, fortepiano
The Benvenue Fortepiano Trio’s acclaimed accounts of Schumann’s Piano Trios opened the ears of listeners with the crystalline textures of its period instruments and the drawing-room intimacy of its interpretations. Anchored by violinist Monica Huggett, the members of the Trio and guests continue exploring Schumann’s chamber music, including the capstone of his output, the Piano Quintet.
Tchaikovsky: Concert Fantasy in G major, Op 56 (29:35)
Eldar Nebolsin, piano; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Michael Stern
Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto has always lived under the shadow of the famous First but, played here in the composer’s original version, is full of life-enhancing character and emotion. Both this and the Concert Fantasy also contain beautiful chamber music sections allowing unique interaction between soloist and orchestra.