Mysliveček: Cello Concerto in C major (20:40)
Wendy Warner, cello; Camerata Chicago / Drostan Hall
American cellist Wendy Warner, a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich, and Camerata Chicago, conducted by its British-born founder, Drostan Hall, present Haydn’s essential C Major and D Major Cello Concertos. They are harmoniously paired with a genuine rarity: the C Major Cello Concerto of Czech composer Josef Mysliveček, a Haydn contemporary.
Nielsen: Flute Concerto (16:16)
Sharon Bezaly, flute; Hague Residentie Orchestra / Neeme Järvi
One of today’s most highly respected exponents of her instrument, Sharon Bezaly is a staunch champion of contemporary music, with 17 concertos and numerous chamber works dedicated to her. But she has also made acclaimed recordings of flute mainstays. Her latest disc includes two central works from the repertoire for flute and orchestra – the concertos by Carl Nielsen and Carl Reinecke – as well as less often heard gems.
Boulez: Une page d’éphéméride (5:22)
Debussy: Twelve Études: Pour les degrés chromatiques (2:20); Pour les agréments (5:28)
Yegor Shevtsov, piano
Pianist Yegor Shevtsov, longtime collaborator with the Mark Morris Dance Company, focuses on late works of two of the towering figures in French composition on this recording, Pierre Boulez and Claude Debussy. The selections are emblematic of each composer’s style at the end of their careers, reflecting their penchant for stylistic risks and expressive probing.
Brahms: Violin Sonata No 2 in A major, Op 100 (21:49)
Sergey Khachatryan, violin; Lusine Khachatryan, piano
Sergey Khachatryan has established a brilliant career worldwide, in both recital and concerto fields, and has collaborated with the most prestigious artists of the day. His exclusive recital partner is his sister, pianist Lusine Khachatryan, with whom the musical connection is always special.
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45: II, Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras (13:58)
MDR Leipzig Radio Choir & Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop
A German Requiem, almost certainly triggered by the death of Brahms’s mother in 1865, is one of his greatest and most popular works, quite unlike any previous Requiem. With texts taken from Luther’s translation of the Bible and an emphasis on comforting the living for their loss and on hope of the Resurrection, the work is deeply rooted in the tradition of Bach and Schütz.
Hindemith: Konzertmusik, Op 50 (17:25)
NDR Symphony Orchestra / Christoph Eschenbach
Featuring Midori, the NDR Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach, this release commemorates the anniversary of Hindemith’s death 50 years ago. The program, recorded in concert in Hamburg, includes the Violin Concerto, Concert Music for Strings & Brass and Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Weber.
Beethoven: Cello Sonata No 3 in A major, Op 69 (25:52)
Colin Carr, cello; Thomas Sauer, piano
To hear his Five Sonatas for Cello and Piano is to take a sample of Beethoven’s work. Although the sample is smaller than those provided by his other career-spanning genres—piano sonata, string quartet, and symphony—it is nonetheless rich music. Cellist Colin Carr appears throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher. He has been a frequent guest of the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets, and with Emerson recorded Tchaikovsky and Schoenberg Sextets.
Schubert: Winterreise, D 911: Gute Nacht (5:34); Die Wetterfahne (1:43); Gefrorne Tränen (2:14); Erstarrung (2:57); Der Lindenbaum (4:43)
Christoph Prégardien, tenor; Michael Gees, piano
Renowned collaborators, tenor Christoph Prégardien and pianist Michael Gees come together to create a new vision of Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise. Prégardien has recorded the work previously. He says, “My view of what happens to the young man in these songs has changed over the past 10 to 15 years. The longer I performed the Lieder, the more I realized that the man is struggling with his destiny, with the loss of his beloved…death is not the central theme here.”
Fleck: Concerto for Banjo & Orchestra, The Impostor: Finale (12:40)
Béla Fleck, banjo; Nashville Symphony Orchestra / Giancarlo Guerrero
Béla Fleck has always been one to stretch boundaries and explore new musical territory. On this all-new album, he gives world-premiere recordings of two original compositions: The Impostor and Night Flight Over Water. The Impostor is a concerto for banjo and orchestra, performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Giancarlo Guerrero. The recording is taken from live performances. Night Flight Over Water is a new quintet for banjo and string quartet, and Fleck is joined by the American quartet Brooklyn Rider.
Servais & Léonard: Grand Duo de Concert (13:20)
Violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan and cellist Meta Weiss – duoW – burst onto the international music scene when their video ‘Ghosts and Flowers’ went viral on the internet in 2011. Strongly committed to bringing classical music to new audiences, these two Juilliard grads launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the video. Their new debut album presents five virtuosic works that challenge the capabilities of the violin and cello partnership.