Ponce: Mazurca de Salón (2:55)
Castro: Vals melancólico, Op 36, #2 (4:29)
Villanueva: Vals Poético: Vals de Salón para piano (3:40)
Jorge Federico Osorio, piano
Mexican-born, European-trained pianist Jorge Federico Osorio has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the more elegant and accomplished pianists on the planet.” His new recording presents 20 buried treasures from a bygone Romantic era. It’s a program of instantly enjoyable gems of intimate “party music” by influential Mexican composers.
Wolf-Ferrari: Idillio-concertino in A major, Op 15 (23:16)
Andrea Tenaglia, oboe; Rome Symphony Orchestra / Francesco La Vecchia
Although Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari is known mainly for his operas, he wrote a number of expressive orchestral works, devoting the majority of his time in later life to composing instrumental music. The three delightfully melodic and at times elegiac works featured on this recording represent his complete wind concerto output.
Bloch: Schelomo (Rhapsodie hébraïque) (20:06)
Natalie Clein, cello; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov
The main part of this disc comprises three works for cello and orchestra by Ernest Bloch. The most famous is Schelomo, a work inspired by passages from Ecclesiastes, where the cello can be seen as ‘the incarnation of King Solomon.” Natalie Clein is a celebrated figure in British musical life since winning BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1995.
Schubert: String Quartet in E-flat major, D 87 (23:33)
For their first Schubert recording, the Casals Quartet invites us to discover two works situated at the two extremes of the composer’s life. Wrongly dated much later on its publication in 1830, the Quartet in E-flat is in fact the work of a 16-year-old musician. Its companion here was to be Schubert’s very last quartet.
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #30 in E major, Op 109 (20:26)
Rudolf Buchbinder, piano
“The Sonata Legacy” features live concert recordings of the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle, using first edition scores and original manuscripts of the composer. This is Rudolf Buchbinder’s second recording of the cycle. His first was released thirty years ago in 1982 on the Teldec label.
Antonio Cartellieri: Symphony #2 (11:13)
Evergreen Symphony Orchestra / Gernot Schmalfuss
Little is known about Cartellieri’s life. He was born in Gdansk to an Italian father and German mother who were traveling vocalists, and he spent his formative years in Berlin and Vienna. Cartellieri’s music bears the audible mark of Beethoven’s influence but also displays early Romantic influences of its own. We have conductor Gernot Schmalfuss to thank for the rediscovery of these symphonies.
Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation): Excerpts (14:31)
Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Keith Jameson, tenor; Kevin Deas, baritone; Boston Baroque / Martin Pearlman
The three-time Grammy-nominated Boston Baroque marks the beginning of its relationship with Linn with a two-disc recording of Haydn’s The Creation. The oratorio remains one of the greatest works in the choral repertoire and has been astonishing audiences since its premiere in 1798.
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1 in B-flat minor, Op 23 (34:28)
Daniil Trifonov, piano; Mariinsky Theater Orchestra / Valery Gergiev
Since winning the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, Daniil Trifonov has established himself as one of the world’s most exciting young pianists. On his debut Mariinsky recording, he plays Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto #1 and presents a unique selection of recital repertoire.
Martinů: Chamber Music #1 (19:34)
Israeli Chamber Project
Winner of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture Outstanding Ensemble Award, the Israeli Chamber Project brings together some of the finest young Israeli musicians to perform classic and contemporary chamber music of the highest quality. Based both in New York and Israel, they present chamber music concerts, educational and outreach programs.
Doug Lofstrom: Concertino for Harp & Orchestra (10:55)
Kelsey Molinari, harp; New Philharmonic Orchestra / Kirk Muspratt
“Concertino” introduces three works from Chicago composer Doug Lofstrom. His virtuosic Concertinos for oboe and harp were part of a commission initiated by conductor Kirk Muspratt and the New Philharmonic Orchestra and were premiered in 2007 and 2009. “The Plumed Serpent” was recorded in 1982 with some of Chicago’s finest classical and jazz performers.