Mozart: Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216 (21:55)
Lena Neudauer, violin; Deutsche Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken / Bruno Weil
At age 15, violinist Lena Neudauer won the Leopold Mozart International Competition in Augsburg, where she not only was awarded first prize, but also took home nearly all special awards. Neudauer’s beautiful, pure violin tone perfectly fits the spirit of Mozart’s supremely lyrical concertos. She is joined by conductor Bruno Weil, an expert in the music of the Viennese classicists and period instrument specialist.
Mozart: Concert aria, Ch’io mi scordi di te?, K 505 (10:24)
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; Alexandre Tharaud, piano; Les Violons du Roy / Bernard Labadie
Alexandre Tharaud returns with an album of music by Haydn and Mozart composed between 1777 and 1786, including Mozart’s early masterpiece the Piano Concerto No 9, Jeunehomme. The album sees Tharaud reunite with old friends: the award-winning French-Canadian chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy under their music director Bernard Labadie, and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in Mozart’s concert aria Ch’io mi scordi di te?.
Schubert: Moments musicaux, D 780: No 1 in C major (5:14)
Mazzoli: Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos (8:42)
Shai Wosner, piano
In his third recital album on the Onyx label, Shai Wosner pairs works by Schubert with those by Brooklyn-based composer Missy Mazzoli. Both of Mazzoli’s pieces on the album take their inspiration from the Schubert works that accompany them: Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos is a meditation on Schubert’s A-major Sonata and A Map of Laughter is influenced by the fourth movement of Schubert’s Moments musicaux.
Dukas: La péri: Fanfare & Poème dansé (20:03)
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra / Jean-Luc Tingaud
Paul Dukas is famed for his brilliant, meticulously scored symphonic scherzo The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, first performed in 1897, which almost immediately entered the repertoire. Magical scoring is also a feature of La péri. The colorful Symphony in C was composed mid-way between these works. For this recording, manuscript sources for the three works were consulted, including the private proofs of the first edition of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
Langgaard: String Quartet No 5: First movement (12:54)
Nightingale String Quartet
Rued Langgaard’s string quartets are passionate works from the composer’s youth. This third and concluding release in the Gramophone Award-winning Nightingale String Quartet’s acclaimed series presents the premiere recording of Langgaard’s very first string quartet, which the composer began at the age of 21 in 1914. Like the subsequent quartets, it is filled with moving musical references to the fateful summer the year before, when the composer met the (hopeless) love of his life.
Trad Welsh: Suo Gan (3:47)
Glasser: Egoli (3:12)
Reisfeld: Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus (2:32)
The King’s Singers
The beloved a cappella ensemble explores melodies from around the globe in a new program entitled ‘Postcards.’ In their own words: “In our travels we have amassed a wonderful collection of folk songs and popular songs from numerous countries, many of which we use as encores when we visit. The influences and sources are extraordinarily far-ranging, and each song has its own local characteristics. To celebrate the diversity of music that we perform and the numerous countries we visit each concert season, we have recorded an album of some of our favorite songs from around the world.”
New Release of the Week
Sibelius: Valse triste (5:29)
Litolff: Concerto symphonique No 4: Scherzo (7:36) with Yuja Wang, piano
San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas
This new recording from the partnership of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony is proof that good things come in small packages. Tilson Thomas says, “The short pieces in this album exist in various versions. Many began as piano pieces but were orchestrated by their composers. They were often played as encores by musicians who took special delight finding the most personal way of presenting them. This recording pays homage to the tradition of these pieces.”
Schubert: Variations on an Original Theme in A-flat major, D 813 (18:32)
Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim, piano
Reuniting after more than 15 years, renowned conductor/pianist Daniel Barenboim and pianist Martha Argerich come together on this new recording of piano duos. The two artists have a long-standing friendship that dates back to when they were children growing up in Buenos Aires and performing at the home of Ernesto Rosenthal, which was the local haven for chamber music nights. Now, the duo pairs up for this live recording which took place at Berlin’s Philharmonie this past April, presenting music of Mozart, Schubert and Stravinsky.
Pierné: Fantaisie-Ballet, Op 6 (11:33)
Joel Fan, piano; Northwest Sinfonietta / Christophe Chagnard
By far the most familiar genre of music for piano and orchestra is the piano concerto. What the seven works gathered on this new CD demonstrate is that the formal concerto is by no means the only way of treating the instrumental combination. Joel Fan, recognized for his work as a member of the Silk Road ensemble, is joined by Northwest Sinfonietta and Music Director Christophe Chagnard for works of Pierné, Castro, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Weber, Gottschalk and Cadman.
Schumann: Symphony No 3 in E-flat major, Op 97, Rhenish (30:38)
Berlin Philharmonic / Sir Simon Rattle
For the Berlin Philharmonic, Schumann’s symphonies have always been part of its core repertoire. The 1953 Wilhelm Furtwängler recording, in particular, has attained cult status. Now, the orchestra has launched its own label with a cycle of the four Schumann symphonies. This new edition includes the cycle in different formats. In addition to the traditional audio CDs, there is also a Blu-ray Disc which enables music lovers to listen in audiophile studio quality. The release also includes bonus material such as behind-the-scenes videos and a comprehensive booklet.