Debussy: Piano Trio in G major (21:59)
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano; Daniel Rowland, violin; Jacqueline Thomas, cello
The Brodsky Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Formed in 1972, the Quartet quickly emerged at the forefront of the international chamber music scene. It has performed more than 2,000 concerts and made more than 50 highly acclaimed recordings. Now exclusive Chandos artists, the Brodsky players are releasing their second album on Chandos with guest soloists Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and the harpist Sioned Williams.
Pärt: Stabat Mater (26:04)
Theatre of Voices, NYYD Quartet / Paul Hillier
Paul Hillier curates this collection of Arvo Pärt’s choral and instrumental chamber music drawn from different periods in the composer’s career. Leading his celebrated vocal ensembles Theatre of Voices and Ars Nova Copenhagen along with NYYD Quartet and long-time collaborator organist Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, Hillier produces another powerful recording of ethereal sacred music.
Ruggles: Men and Mountains (10:09)
BuffaloPhilharmonic / Michael Tilson Thomas
Carl Ruggles (1876–1971) was an innovative American composer who used “dissonant counterpoint” to fashion a body of work both finely crafted and wrought with emotional power. This reissue includes performances conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the original liner notes, an essay on Ruggles by Lou Harrison and historic photos of the composer.
Kraus: Viola Concerto in C major (17:37)
David Aaron Carpenter, viola; Tapiola Sinfonietta / Janne Nisonen
This new release features the first-ever commercial recording of three newly discovered, substantial viola concertos by German-born Swedish composer Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792). These works were found in the University of Lund library and had been mistakenly identified as by a Benedictine monk.
Arnold: Concerto for Recorder & Orchestra, Op 133 (11:55)
Michala Petri, recorder; Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra / Jean Thorel
The recorder has been part of Western music for more than 700 years, during which time it has enjoyed a particularly special relationship with the composers and musicians of England. The music here showcases three generations of English composers who have all made significant contributions to the repertoire: Gordon Jacob, Sir Malcolm Arnold, and the youngest, Richard Harvey.
Rachmaninoff: Étude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op 39, #5 (4:37)
Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, K 455 (1:44)
Gluck, arr Sgambati: Melody from Orfeo ed Euridice (3:01)
Albéniz: Iberia, Book II: Triana (5:25)
Yuja Wang, piano
About this album of favorite encores, Yuja Wang explains: “I love all the pieces here. I’ve played them for so long that they’ve become a part of me. With each of these miniatures, I hope to capture an atmosphere, to create the vignette of a memory or a hope — like a haiku. An encore is something that is both ephemeral and truthful, a temporary mood reciprocated by the audience.”
Dowland: O Sweet Woods (2:51); A Galliard (1:46); A Shepherd in a Shade (3:21); His Golden Locks (4:24)
Michael Slattery, tenor; La Nef
Was John Dowland, often considered the first great English composer, actually Irish? This question is the starting point for ‘Dowland in Dublin,’ the new Atma release featuring American tenor Michael Slattery and Montreal’s La Nef. The Celtic-flavored disc has garnered much praise since its release earlier this year.
Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (Symphony #2 in G major) (42:42)
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra / Christopher Seaman
To mark the close of an outstanding 13-season tenure as music director of the Rochester Philharmonic, Christopher Seaman leads his orchestra in a program of music which he holds especially dear: Vaughan Williams’ London Symphony and the ‘Serenade to Music’ (with singers from Mercury Opera Rochester).
Shostakovich: String Quartet #1 in C major, Op 49 (14:43)
Cedille presents the second installment in the Pacifica Quartet’s four-volume survey of the complete Shostakovich string quartets, The Soviet Experience. This is the first Shostakovich quartet cycle to include works by other important composers of the Soviet era, adding variety and perspective to the listening experience. Volume 2 features five works from the period surrounding World War II: 1938 – 1949
Diamond: Rounds for String Orchestra (14:57)
Do.gma Chamber Orchestra / Mikhail Gurewitsch
In its latest recording, the Do.gma Chamber Orchestra has turned its attention to the music of America, presenting the work of three 20th-century composers, and one from the late 19th-century Romantic period. These performances of music by David Diamond, Arthur Foote, William Schuman and Samuel Barber demonstrate the beauty and daring of American composition.