Taverner: Dum transisset Sabbatum (7:49)
Plainchant: Resurrexi (1:33)
Scheidt: Surrexit Christus hodie (1:14)
Vaughan Williams: Easter (5:10)
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge / Graham Ross; Matthew Jorysz, organ
“That most elegant of mixed Oxbridge choirs” (Gramophone), the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, directed by Graham Ross, has released their sixth recording in Ross’s brilliantly conceived series based on the major festivals in the Anglican calendar. This Easter collection spans five centuries, including a world premiere by Matthew Martin, in a program exploring the rich tapestry of repertoire across Europe.
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 6 in A major, Op 30 No 1 (25:34)
Jessica Lee, violin; Reiko Uchida, piano
Violinist Jessica Lee was featured in the The Strad magazine as its “pick of up-and-coming musicians.” Describing her recital on Ravinia’s Rising Stars, the Chicago Tribune said, “Lee’s breathtaking dexterity should enchant anyone within hearing distance.” Joining Lee is pianist Reiko Uchida, who enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. Together they play works by Vitali, Janáček, Prokofiev, Beethoven and Debussy.
Brahms, orch. Schoenberg: Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor, Op 25: I, Allegro (14:09)
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra / Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra and Arnold Schoenberg’s colorful orchestration of Brahms’ Piano Quartet No 1. With its use of folk melodies to generate tremendous momentum and dramatic impact, the Concerto for Orchestra established Lutosławski as Poland’s leading contemporary composer.
Schumann: Six Studies in Canon Form, Op 56 (16:26)
Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim, pianos
DG releases another legendary concert from Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich, performed in the Teatro Colón in 2015. Following the success of last year’s inaugural album, Barenboim and Argerich chose to perform chamber music: Debussy’s arrangement of Schumann’s Six Studies in Canon Form, Debussy’s own En blanc et noir, and Bartók’s Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion with Pedro Manuel Torrejón González and Lev Loftus.
Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A-flat major, Op 55: I, Allegro (19:57)
Berlin Staatskapelle / Daniel Barenboim
For their second album featuring the music of Sir Edward Elgar, Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle have recorded the composer’s First Symphony, following a recording of his Second Symphony two years ago. Barenboim is a passionate Elgarian: as a young man he worked regularly with Sir John Barbirolli, one of the greatest of all Elgar conductors.
Byrd: Diliges Dominum (2:58)
Elgar: Give unto the Lord (8:31)
Choir of Merton College, Oxford / Peter Phillips; Charles Warren, organ
Hailed as “An immensely accomplished and responsive mixed-voice choir,” (International Record Review) the Choir of Merton College, Oxford, is now well established among the finest choral foundations of Oxbridge, despite being the youngest. Displaying the talents of directors Benjamin Nicholas and Peter Phillips, Delphian presents this album of the ensemble’s favorite anthems.
Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 53 (30:20)
Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / John Storgårds
Violinist Christian Tetzlaff presents works for violin and orchestra by two Czech composers closely connected to each other, Antonín Dvořák and Josef Suk. Dvořák’s Violin Concerto is a demanding work which the composer reworked probably more than any other composition. Josef Suk, Dvořák’s pupil and later his son-in-law, was a remarkable violinist. His Fantasy of 1902 is a neglected gem in the violin repertoire.
Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245: Chorus, Herr, unser Herrscher (9:36); Aria, Ich folge dir gleichfalls (3:34); Choral, Ach grosser König (1:38)
Sunhae Im, soprano; RIAS Chamber Choir; Berlin Academy for Ancient Music / René Jacobs
Bach revised his St John Passion regularly. He returned to it over a period of 26 years, from 1724 until his death. It is the version hallowed by tradition, established by the Kantor a year before his death, that is presented on these CDs. However, the 1725 version, equally outstanding musically, has also been recorded complete and can be downloaded as a bonus in high-resolution sound. Comparison of the two versions reveals the underlying meaning of this matchless Passion.
Bach: Toccata in C minor, BWV 911 (10:24)
Nelson Freire, piano
Nelson Freire brings a lifetime’s experience to his first-ever album devoted to the music of Bach. The release provides a perfect overview of Bach on the keyboard: original works such as the Fourth Partita and Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue; one of Bach’s own keyboard transcriptions (the slow movement of Marcello’s Oboe Concerto) plus a selection of transcriptions by Busoni, Siloti and Myra Hess.
Stravinsky: Divertimento (20:21)
Benjamin Beilman, violin; Yekwon Sunwoo, piano
Violinist Benjamin Beilman makes his debut as an exclusive Warner Classics artist with “Spectrum,” an album uniting works by Schubert, Janáček, Stravinsky and Kreisler. With his regular duo partner, pianist Yekwon Sunwoo – a fellow alumnus of Philadelphia’s prestigious Curtis Institute – Beilman explores a multitude of colors and expressive possibilities, evoking them with the finest technical nuances.