Granados: Goyescas: El fandango del candil (6:45); Quejas, ó la maja y el ruiseñor (6:50)
Yoonie Han, piano
Inspired by the art of 18th century painter Francisco Goya, Goyescas is perhaps the greatest work of Enrique Granados. Yoonie Han, a specialist in this repertoire, is a brilliant advocate for this evocative Suite that captures the art and musical styles of Spain. A follow-up to her praised first release on the Steinway label, “Love and Longing,” this new album offers the complete Goyescas, recorded at the new Steinway Hall in New York City.
Schnittke: Suite in the Old Style (16:23)
Leonard Elschenbroich, cello; Petr Limonov, piano
Though born in the Soviet Union, Alfred Schnittke spent much of his formative childhood in Vienna. “Every moment there,” Schnittke recalled, “I felt I was a link in the historical chain: all was multi-dimensional; the past represented a world of ever-present ghosts.” Schnittke’s music is often haunted by echoes or an awareness of these ‘ghosts’ from earlier traditions.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 in F minor, Op 36 (39:42)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko
The universal praise from reviewers around the world for the first volume in the cycle of Tchaikovsky symphonies from Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra looks to be repeated for this eagerly awaited second and final volume. Volume one garnered a Gramophone magazine Editor’s Choice.
Glass: Étude No 9 (2:32); Opening from Glassworks (6:39)
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano
Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson pays tribute to the master of minimalism, Philip Glass, who turns 80 in 2017. Ólafsson was one of a handful of young pianists selected by Glass to perform all of his Études together in London, and the reviews were ecstatic. The Financial Times claimed, “Best of all was Ólafsson in the super-sensitive stillness of Étude 5.”
Wolf: Auf einer Wanderung (3:26); Italian Serenade (6:25)
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Amsterdam Sinfonietta / Candida Thompson
In 2014, Thomas Hampson and Amsterdam Sinfonietta toured twelve European concert halls performing a program of songs by Brahms, Schubert and Wolf. The Sinfonietta commissioned the English composer David Matthews to arrange this song repertoire for baritone and string ensemble.
Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op 60 (7:55); Mazurka in F-sharp minor, Op 59 No 3 (2:58)
Maurizio Pollini, piano
After winning the International Chopin Competition over half a century ago, Maurizio Pollini adds an important new chapter to his ongoing interpretation with some of the composer’s most famous late works. Pollini says, “I’m in love with Chopin – his music never ceases to amaze me.”
Haydn: Symphony No 84 in E-flat major (24:43)
Handel & Haydn Society / Harry Christophers
In the third disc in their acclaimed series, Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society present a new live recording devoted to the master of the symphony – Joseph Haydn. This disc showcases his Symphony No. 8, Le soir, and the later Symphony No 84. Completing the program is the Violin Concerto in A major performed by the ensemble’s concertmaster, Aisslinn Nosky.
Schumann: Romance, Op 94 No 2 (4:38)
Handel: Rinaldo: Lascia ch’io pianga (4:02)
Bach: Magnificat, BWV 243: Esurientes implevit bonis (2:49)
Albrecht Mayer, oboe; Markus Becker, piano; Sinfonia Varsovia
“Vocalise” is a compilation of favorite pieces from Albrecht Mayer’s recent releases in which the oboe more than lives up to its reputation as a wind instrument remarkable for its singing tone. The artist personally selected this collection ranging widely from Baroque arias of great virtuosity to the charm of the French chanson.
Sibelius: Kullervo, Op 7: IV, Kullervo Goes to War (9:41); V, Kullervo’s Death (11:19)
YL Male Voice Choir, Minnesota Orchestra / Osmo Vänskä
In 2016, Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra celebrated the conductor’s homeland of Finland and the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’s birth. The concerts began with Migrations, a world premiere by Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas, featuring the poetry of Minnesota writer Sheila Packa. Then, the orchestra performed Kullervo, a moving and beautiful early work of Sibelius. The concerts culminated with a performance of Sibelius’ famous Finlandia.
Anonymous: Llibre Vermell de Montserrat: Excerpts
La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI / Jordi Savall
The Llibre Vermell de Montserrat is a collection of devotional texts containing late medieval songs and dances. The 14th-century manuscript was compiled in and is still located at the monastery of Montserrat outside Barcelona. The title describes the red binding in which the collection was placed in the 19th century. In this live recording made at the Santa Maria del Pi church in Barcelona, the colorful succession of songs and dances offers a journey to the heart of medieval music.