Brahms: Piano Trio No 1 in B major, Op 8: I, Allegro con moto (17:43)
Composed during 1854 and revised in 1889, the Piano Trio No 1 is the only work by Brahms to exist in two published versions. Here, Trio Wanderer treats us to the rarely heard original score. Similarly, Brahms’ intense self-criticism meant it took him nineteen years to produce the definitive version of his Piano Quartet No 3. For this performance, Trio Wanderer is joined by violist Christophe Gaugué.
New Release of the Week
Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C major, Op 56 (34:57)
Giuliano Carmignola, violin; Sol Gabetta, cello; Dejan Lazić, piano; Basel Chamber Orchestra / Giovanni Antonini
For Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, cellist Sol Gabetta teamed up with fellow musicians and friends violinist Giuliano Carmignola, soloist of the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the talented young pianist Dejan Lazić, and Giovanni Antonini, conductor of the Basel Chamber Orchestra. The album features the famous Beethoven concerto along with three of his greatest overtures: The Creatures of Prometheus, Egmont and Coriolan.
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Sonatina canonica, Op 196 (10:06)
Amadeus Guitar Duo
Drawing on a wealth of original compositions for guitar duo, the Amadeus Guitar Duo presents a selection of works which conjure up the heat of South America and the passion of Southern Europe. From the Baroque influences in the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco to the innovative techniques used by Bolivian-born Jaime Mirtenbaum Zenamon, this recording is sure to evoke Images of the South in the mind of any listener.
Rutter: The Quest (6:40); Psalm 150 (5:37)
The Cambridge Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / John Rutter
John Rutter’s long-awaited new major work The Gift of Life, his first new composition in over 10 years, is a six-movement choral celebration of the earth, of creation, and of life itself, offering a kaleidoscope of moods from contemplative and prayerful to majestic and inspirational. The Cambridge Singers and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform seven additional sacred choral pieces by Rutter.
Lunn: Downton Abbey Suite (7:08)
Chamber Orchestra of London / Alastair King; John Lunn, piano
Coinciding with the U.S. premiere of the final season of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series Downton Abbey, Decca has released a double album of musical highlights from all six seasons of the show. John Lunn composed the music that is such an integral part of the program, as well as played piano on the soundtrack. He says, “I like to think that one could almost chart the emotional arc of the entire six years just by listening to these two CDs.”
Bartók: Violin Concerto No 1 (20:26)
Janine Jansen, violin; London Symphony Orchestra / Antonio Pappano
Two landmark concertos receive sensational performances in Janine Jansen’s latest recording: Brahms’ Concerto in D major and Bartok’s First Concerto. Jansen says, “To me they seem a natural pairing. They may speak a different kind of musical language, yet they not only share a Hungarian connection, but also a profound combination of symphonic power and chamber-scale intimacy.”
Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat major, Op 20 No 1 (24:18)
Leipzig String Quartet
Founded in 1988, the Leipzig String Quartet is widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting quartets on the international music scene. Three of its members were first chairs in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. The quartet’s large repertoire consists of almost 300 works by approximately 100 composers. This is the latest release in their series of Haydn’s complete quartets, focusing on works from Op 20 – a milestone set that shows Haydn experimenting with the form he helped create.
Johann Strauss, Jr: Emperor Waltz (11:33)
Vienna Philharmonic / Mariss Jansons
Since 1939, the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert has become a tradition and the world’s most famous classical music event. The list of names of leading conductors who have led the annual concert reads like a veritable who’s who of great maestros: Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti to name a few. For the 2016 New Year’s Concert, world-renowned conductor Mariss Jansons returned to the podium for the third time for this extraordinary event.
Franz & Karl Doppler: Fantasy on Themes from Verdi’s Rigoletto (10:01)
Daniel, Andreas & Ernst Ottensamer, clarinets; Vienna Virtuosi
The Clarinotts, made up of father Ernst and his sons Daniel and Andreas Ottensamer, release their self-titled major label debut. Ernst and Daniel are solo clarinetists with the Vienna Philharmonic and Andreas is the solo clarinetist with the Berlin Philharmonic. The album features some of the most virtuosic music written for clarinet, arranged for two to three soloists and orchestra with piano – with repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bonfá’s film music classic Manhã de Carnaval.
New Release of the Week
Schubert: Three Piano Pieces, D 946: No 2 in E-flat major (13:34)
Grigory Sokolov, piano
Grigory Sokolov’s interpretative insights and musicianship arise from absolute dedication to his art and total immersion in every piece he performs. His 2015 Deutsche Grammophon debut album of works by Mozart and Chopin, The Salzburg Recital, ended an extended period during which he issued no new recordings. Sokolov’s relationship with DG deepens with the release of a live album of late masterworks by Schubert and Beethoven recorded in concert in Warsaw and Salzburg.