Ravel: Kaddish (5:10)
Routledge: My Peace (2:20)
Bach: Sleepers Awake (3:06)
Seunghee Lee, clarinet; Evan Solomon, piano
Clarinetist Seunghee Lee says of her new album: “Solace” is a personal musical healing project created to pay tribute to my father, whom I lost 25 years ago, due to senseless gun violence on the south side of Chicago. My hope is to bring powerful closure and to offer healing and comfort to those millions of others suffering silently. I pray for the power of music to enable us to seek compassion, forgiveness, appreciation and love.”
Prokofiev: Waltz Suite, Op 110 (29:24)
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop
This fifth volume of Prokofiev’s complete symphonies joins a series of acclaimed recordings from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra with its music director Marin Alsop. Prokofiev started work on his Sixth Symphony in 1945 and, unlike the victorious mood of the Fifth, it reveals a darker response to war. The Waltz Suite recycles material from earlier scores.
“Florence Foster Jenkins” is the film directed by Stephen Frears which tells the true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice Florence (Meryl Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. In addition to Streep’s meticulously executed vocal performances, the original soundtrack features a score by Alexandre Desplat. Soprano Aida Garifullina makes a cameo as Lily Pons.
Rebel: Violin Sonata #7 in G minor (9:06)
Jean-Féry Rebel balanced quintessential French characteristics with Italian style and his own pioneering, inventive ideas. His works are significant contributions to the development of the sonata and to the evolution of both French music and the violin repertoire.
Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No 1 in G minor (14:00)
Trio Solisti was recently called “the most exciting trio in America” by The New Yorker. Tchaikovsky’s only piano trio was dedicated to his late friend Nikolai Rubinstein, a phenomenal pianist and the founder of the Moscow Conservatory. Following Tchaikovsky’s death in 1893, Rachmaninoff set out to memorialize the great master through his own Trio élégiaque. A single-movement G minor trio was written two years earlier, though it was not published until a few years after his death.
Telemann: “Darmstadt” Overture in F major (10:19)
Florilegium is regarded as one of Britain’s leading period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991, they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire. Florilegium’s latest album features instrumental and vocal music of Georg Philipp Telemann.
Liszt: Transcendental Etudes: Harmonies du soir (8:43)
Kirill Gerstein, piano
Kirill Gerstein is a multifaceted pianist who has quickly ascended into the highest order of classical musicians. During his latest recording project, he described Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes as one of the “towering mountain peaks of the piano literature.” They can be seen as a distillation of mid-19th century Romanticism, capturing its otherworldly experiences and spirituality.
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro: Overture & Opening Scene (10:10)
Christiane Karg, soprano; Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone; Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Yannick Nézet-Séguin
This is the fourth in the Deutsche Grammophon series of seven Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and initiated by Rolando Villazón. The Marriage of Figaro is recorded with a stellar cast, one of the brightest and most insightful conductors of our day and a specialist handpicked orchestra playing at their best in the stunning venue of Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (July 2015).
Villa-Lobos: Valsa da Dor (5:19)
D’Rivera: Habanera (2:47)
Aguila: Tango Trio (5:45)
This musical tour of the western hemisphere is illuminated by the TransAtlantic Ensemble and filled with visceral dance rhythms which spring to life. The TransAtlantic Ensemble is pianist Evelyn Ulex and clarinetist Mariam Adam. The duo is known for their innovative repertoire, engaging stage presence, and dynamic sound. The duo, which hails from Berlin and New York, has been making music together since 2005.
Martin: Piano Trio on Popular Irish Folk Tunes (16:00)
For its latest album, the Lincoln Trio (violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe, and pianist Marta Aznavoorian) has crafted a highly personal program of inventive 20th-century piano trios by composers from the individual players’ ancestral homelands of Switzerland, England, and Armenia, respectively.