Lanner: Styrian Dances, Op 156 (7:03)
J Strauss, Jr: Melodies Quadrille, Op 112 (4:24)
Verdi: Don Carlo: Prestissimo (Ballet Music) (3:17)
Vienna Philharmonic / Franz Welser-Möst
Since 1939, the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert has become a tradition and the world’s most famous classical music event. For the second time in three years, conductor Franz Welser-Möst returned to the podium in 2013 for this extraordinary event. Welser-Möst is the music director of the Cleveland Orchestra and General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera.
Beethoven: Violin Sonata #6 in A major, Op 30, #1 (24:21)
Leonidas Kavakos, violin; Enrico Pace, piano
Acclaimed Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos makes his Decca debut with his first complete recording of Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas. Presented in partnership with the Italian pianist Enrico Pace, this new set is being released after the duo’s performances of the complete cycle at the Salzburg Festival in August 2012.
Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in F major, R 485 (12:29)
Sergio Azzolini, bassoon; L’Aura Soave Cremona
The 48th release in Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition features a selection of the composer’s finest works for bassoon. In the catalogue of Vivaldi’s works, the bassoon is the instrument assigned the largest number of solo concertos after those written for the violin, the composer’s own instrument. The manuscripts of 39 concertos for bassoon are housed in the National Library of Turin.
Bach: English Suite #5 in E minor, BWV 810 (21:42)
Richard Egarr, harpsichord
Richard Egarr on the English Suites: “As a player, I find personally the most pleasure in the earlier keyboard collections. The Toccatas, Well-Tempered Clavier Book I and the so-called English Suites seem to delight in purely physical keyboard pleasure and imagination that is often absent from the later works. This is a true cycle of pieces – one of Bach’s first and certainly one of his best.”
Stölzel: Quadri di Dresda e Bruxelles: Quadro I (6:38)
Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel was a highly esteemed composer in the Baroque period. Today, his name has largely vanished from concert programs. His collection Quadri di Dresda e Bruxelles for oboe, horn, bassoon, and basso continuo thrives on the interplay of these instruments and is expertly interpreted by the renowned period ensemble Epoca Barocca.
Moravec: Montserrat (Cello Concerto) (22:28)
Matt Haimovitz, cello; Boston Modern Orchestra Project / Gil Rose
Moravec’s cello concerto pays tribute to Pablo Casals and the mountaintop monastery that became like a second home to him. The album’s liner notes describe the concerto as growing “gradually, but inevitably, from its brief ascending gesture, which the composer has taken from a plainchant that closes the ‘Magnificat’ section of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. The spiritual quality of Montserrat has deep roots in these 17th-century origins, in the sound of chimes that ring as if from a distance, both temporal and geographical.”
Rossini: Semiramide: Overture (12:36)
Vienna Philharmonic / Riccardo Muti
Of the artists active today, Riccardo Muti has been a welcome guest at the Salzburg Festival for more than forty years. This new CD in the series “Festival Documents” features performances with the Vienna Philharmonic from 1972 and 1974 in music of Rossini, Schumann and Mozart.
Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat major (20:31)
In a characteristically imaginative stroke of programming, the Ébène Quartet presents a total of three quartets by two Mendelssohns – Felix and his older sister, Fanny. She produced a canon of well over 400 pieces – although only one string quartet. By contrast, Felix composed seven works in the genre. This disc features the A minor quartet of 1827, very much under the influence of Beethoven, and the F minor quartet of 20 years later, expressive of the grief he felt at Fanny’s death in 1847.
Szymanowski: Symphony #4, Op 60, Symphonie concertante (25:15)
Louis Lortie, piano; BBC Symphony Orchestra / Edward Gardner
For much of his life, and for several decades after his death, the music of the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski remained unknown to most concert-goers outside Poland. A revival began in the 1970s, and this new series by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner brings a welcome opportunity to re-engage with a composer whose ‘outsider’ status still seems to haunt him.
Poulenc: Fiançailles pour rire (13:32)
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano
Susan Graham’s new album is a characteristically wide ranging recital which covers a wide spectrum of female emotions, all captured here in song. In addition to these emotional extremes, there are also lighter issues for a woman to confront, in the Poulenc, and songs by Porter, Duke and Sondheim.