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.
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.
Ellington: New World a-Comin’ (13:34)
Jeffrey Biegel, piano; Brown University Orchestra / Paul Phillips
This program brings together works for piano and orchestra by composers best known from the fields of jazz, popular song and rock. Neil Sedaka’s Manhattan Intermezzo explores the New York of today and yesterday. Keith Emerson is best known as a founding member of Emerson Lake & Palmer. His Piano Concerto No 1 fuses his classical training with jazz. Duke Ellington’s New World a-Comin’ is a visualization of improved conditions for blacks in America, while the original version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue represents the quintessential style of New York in the Roaring Twenties.
Reich: Nagoya Marimbas (4:48)
Third Coast Percussion
Third Coast Percussion makes its Cedille label debut with an 80th birthday salute to visionary American composer Steve Reich, a Pulitzer Prize winner and founding father of musical minimalism. The album offers four of the composer’s most celebrated works for percussion, including Mallet Quartet, Sextet, and Nagoya Marimbas. The group is joined by eighth blackbird’s Matthew Duvall for Music for Pieces of Wood, played on five wooden slats tuned to specific pitches for an astonishing variety of sounds.
Ives: Symphony No 3, The Camp Meeting (22:18)
Seattle Symphony / Ludovic Morlot
This album is a continuation of the Seattle Symphony’s survey of nearly all of Charles Ives’ symphonic works in concert and on its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media. The disc features their live performance of the rarely-recorded Symphony No 4 and studio recordings of Central Park in the Dark, The Unanswered Question, and Symphony No 3, The Camp Meeting.
Copland: Billy the Kid (32:23)
Colorado Symphony / Andrew Litton
Having taken up the post of music director with the Colorado Symphony in 2013, Andrew Litton has chosen a highly fitting program for the orchestra’s first recording on BIS: the Wild West, its folk music, traditions and legends loom large in Aaron Copland’s ballet scores Billy the Kid and Rodeo. The two works were the result of the composer’s search during the early 1930’s for a new musical language. The orchestra rounds out the program with Copland’s Outdoor Overture and El Salón México.
Jessie Montgomery: Strum (6:54)
This is the first album dedicated solely to the music of Jessie Montgomery and marks her debut as a leading composer and performer. It includes a range of works for solo violin, string quartet and string orchestra. With music described as “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life,” the album reflects Montgomery’s training as a classical musician and her impressive skill as an improviser.
Byrd: Earle of Oxfords’ March (3:14)
Morley: Fantasie No 5, Il lamento (2:42)
Anonymous: Five Dances (4:47)
The Flautadors Recorder Quartet
The Flautadors present an album of music from Elizabethan England, with works by William Byrd, Anthony Holborne, Alfonso Ferrabosco, John Dowland, and others. The quartet performs on a beautiful Renaissance consort of recorders made by Thomas Prescott after 16th-century instruments in the Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum. This album gives a fascinating glimpse into courtly life during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.