Dvořák: Four Romantic Pieces, Op 75 (13:16)
Caroline Goulding, violin; Danae Dörken, piano
For nearly a decade, violinist Caroline Goulding has performed with the world’s leading orchestras, in recital and on record, blossoming from the “precociously gifted” (Gramophone) child who made her solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 13 to “a skilled violinist well on her way to an important career” (Washington Post). Joining Goulding on her new album is pianist Danae Dörken, who was recently named BBC Music Magazine’s Rising Star.
Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata (14:01)
Som Howie, clarinet; David Howie, piano
This album introduces the outstanding young Australian clarinetist Som Howie, partnered by his distinguished father David at the piano. Som has already appeared with major orchestras and chamber ensembles as a soloist, and here presents a selection of core works for the clarinet alongside some personal favorites which demonstrate his versatility.
Mozart: String Quartet No 16 in E-flat Major, K 428 (25:23)
Van Kuijk Quartet
This release is intended to forge a link between Mozart’s chamber music and operas. It combines a divertimento by the young Mozart of 1772 with two mature quartets composed around 1782. The young ensemble showcasing these works is the Van Kuijk Quartet, which has already become an international prize-winner in its short lifespan. The group has been praised by The Guardian for its “style, energy and a sense of risk.”
Field: Irish Concerto (22:40)
Benjamin Frith, piano; Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Andrew Mogrelia
Dublin-born prodigy John Field enjoyed a wide reputation and great popularity. He was renowned as a soloist for his delicacy of nuance and as a composer for his cultivation of that most poetic of forms, the nocturne. His Piano Concertos were eagerly anticipated and the premiere of the Concerto No 7 in Paris in 1832 was attended by both Chopin and Liszt. The Irish Concerto is a reworking of the first movement of Field’s Piano Concerto No 2.
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op 129 (arr. Zuill Bailey/Ying Quartet in consultation with composer Philip Lasser)
Zuill Bailey, cello; Ying Quartet
When a string quartet and a cellist have the opportunity to collaborate, it is almost always to play the Schubert Quintet in C major. For this recording project, however, Zuill Bailey and the Ying Quartet explore new territory. They present their own arrangement of Schumann’s Cello Concerto and an 1832 arrangement of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata originally for violin and piano.
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria, Variations 1-3 (9:53)
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani approaches one of the greatest works of the Baroque repertoire with fresh eyes. Esfahani says, “Coming in the last decade of the composer’s life, they offer us a view both of someone looking back on his decades-long aesthetic transformation and of an innovative and sensitive musician responding to new trends and techniques around him.”
Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, D 940 (17:45)
Francoise-Green Piano Duo
Since 2008, Antoine Francoise and Robin Green have relentlessly promoted the art of piano duo. Their substantial repertoire ranges from Mozart to Ravel to Kurtág. With a shared passion of contemporary music, Francoise as a pianist-composer and Green as a pianist-conductor started their collaboration with a performance of George Crumb’s ‘Music for a summer’s evening.’ Since then, the duo has been responsible for over 50 world premieres.
Grieg: Mens jeg venter (2:34); Den hvide, røde Rose (2:17)
Backer-Grøndahl: Sov saa stille (3:12)
Mari Eriksmoen, soprano; Alphonse Cemin, piano
In partnership with the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Alpha presents a recital by Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen, already well known in opera houses and especially for her interpretations of Mozart heroines. Joining with pianist Alphonse Cemin, she has chosen a program combining her roots, with Edvard Grieg and Agathe Backer-Grøndahl, and masters of the German Lied, Richard Strauss and Hugo Wolf.
Ravel: Kaddish (5:10)
Routledge: My Peace (2:20)
Bach: Sleepers Awake (3:06)
Seunghee Lee, clarinet; Evan Solomon, piano
Clarinetist Seunghee Lee says of her new album: “Solace” is a personal musical healing project created to pay tribute to my father, whom I lost 25 years ago, due to senseless gun violence on the south side of Chicago. My hope is to bring powerful closure and to offer healing and comfort to those millions of others suffering silently. I pray for the power of music to enable us to seek compassion, forgiveness, appreciation and love.”
Prokofiev: Waltz Suite, Op 110 (29:24)
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop
This fifth volume of Prokofiev’s complete symphonies joins a series of acclaimed recordings from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra with its music director Marin Alsop. Prokofiev started work on his Sixth Symphony in 1945 and, unlike the victorious mood of the Fifth, it reveals a darker response to war. The Waltz Suite recycles material from earlier scores.