Mozart: Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216 (21:56)
Isabelle Faust, violin; Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini
Mozart was not even 15 years old when he began writing violin concertos that would serve as a backdrop at Salzburg receptions. An insatiable drive for independence would lead the young composer to challenge musical forms, innovate with genres, humor and frivolity, all of which can be heard in this delightful first collaboration between Isabelle Faust and the musicians of Il Giardino Armonico conducted by Giovanni Antonini.
Fauré: Romance in B-flat major, Op 28 (5:45)
Ysaÿe: Poème élégiaque in D minor, Op 12 (à Gabriel Fauré) (14:07)
Rosanne Philippens, violin; Julien Quentin, piano
Violinist Rosanne Philippens describes the program of her new album: “The composers featured on this CD knew and respected one another. You can imagine them enjoying a glass of wine together in a café or a conversation in a salon. That sort of connection appeals to me, for today artists tend to work on their own. And so the idea for this CD was born: violin music by composers who honored and inspired one another.”
Cimarosa: La bella Greca: Overture (11:16)
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice / Patrick Gallois
Domenico Cimarosa was one of the last great exponents of the “Neapolitan School” and one of the most famous and successful composers before the arrival of Rossini on the European opera scene. His works were produced and re-staged at innumerable performances in opera houses all over Europe. This program of overtures represents the extraordinary range of Cimarosa’s career.
Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op 28: No’s 15-20 (12:52)
Horacio Gutiérrez, piano
The Cuban-American virtuoso Horacio Gutiérrez is a legendary figure in the piano world. After taking the Silver Medal at the 1970 Tchaikovsky International Competition, he embarked on an international touring career that saw performances with nearly all of the world’s great orchestras and conductors. Gutiérrez has recorded very infrequently, and these new recordings reveal a great poet-virtuoso at the height of his musical powers.
Foote: Piano Trio No 2 in B-flat major, Op 65 (21:43)
The members of the Neave Trio hail from the United States, Russia and Japan. Their debut album features music by Korngold, Foote and Bernstein. It is a collection of works by composers of very different backgrounds, all of whom were celebrated in the U.S. for their unique voices and talents.
Mozart: Flute & Harp Concerto in C major, K 299 (25:51)
Philippe Bernold, flute; Emmanuel Ceysson, harp; Paris Chamber Orchestra
Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp is given a lively reading by French flutist Philippe Bernold and Emmanuel Ceysson, principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera. Bernold also directs from the flute in the Concerto, K 313, and Andante, K 315, with the Paris Chamber Orchestra with whom he has made three previous recordings.
Trad: The Little Drummer Boy (3:15); We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1:57); O Little Town of Bethlehem (4:28)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Philadelphia Brass & Percussion / Richard P Condie
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings a wide variety of Christmas favorites, from Handel’s Hallelujah chorus and Schubert’s Ave Maria to popular yuletide carols. This collection is a retrospective that spans several decades of the choir’s recordings
Trad: Hark, hark what news (1:40); Coventry Carol (2:11); I saw three ships (1:44); Ukrainian Bell Carol (1:50); What tydynges (3:02)
Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
In their latest recording, the best-selling Benedictines of Mary offer an exuberant new album of Christmas carols. This inspirational collection features music from across the globe, alongside gentle lullabies and lively welcomes to the Infant Christ – 24 glorious carols in all.
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Act II Excerpts (19:06)
Mariinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev
On December 18, 1892, at the Imperial Mariinsky Theater, The Nutcracker was first introduced to the world. Now, from the same hall and almost 125 years after that opening night, the Mariinsky’s current Artistic Director, Valery Gergiev, presents a new recording of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece.
Trad: Carol of the Bells (2:43); The First Nowell (4:58)
Anderson: Sleigh Ride (2:31)
The King’s Singers latest addition to their output of beloved Christmas albums is certain to become an instant classic. On Christmas Songbook, traditional favorites sit alongside modern-day songs made famous by singers from the Golden Age of jazz and pop.