Paganini: Solo Violin Caprice No 24 in A minor (4:25)
Barton Pine: Introduction, Theme & Variations on God Defend New Zealand (4:43)
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Rachel Barton Pine traverses Paganini’s ground-breaking set of 24 Caprices with virtuosic flair and reverence for the bel canto – or “beautiful singing” – style of the composer’s generation. Playing on the ‘ex-Bazzini, ex-Soldat’ Guarneri del Gesù violin from 1742, Barton Pine channels the composer’s own technical wizardry as well as his love for beautiful melodies.
Schumann: Six Poems & Requiem, Op 90, Nos 2-5 (12:19)
Matthias Goerne, baritone; Markus Hinterhäuser, piano
Following a Schubert series that has revealed his immense stature as an interpreter of the lied, Matthias Goerne has now selected twenty of the little gems lovingly fashioned by Schumann in the year of his marriage (1840) and in the darker Düsseldorf period (1849-52). Goerne is joined by Austrian pianist Markus Hinterhäuser.
Brahms: Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 73 (42:25)
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Zehetmair
The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra has become one of the most successful orchestras in Scandinavia. In recent years, it has attracted an even greater following, both inside and outside of Norway. The SSO has now established its own label, and the initial release is a new interpretation of Brahms’ Symphony No 2, conducted by Thomas Zehetmair.
Jens Kruger: Roan Mountain Suite: Sacred Ground (10:40)
Kruger Brothers & Kontras Quartet
The Kruger Brothers are joined by the Kontras Quartet for a new work honoring the history and legacy of Tennessee’s Roan Mountain. The Roan Mountain Suite combines elements of classical chamber music, folk, jazz and bluegrass. The suite is a musical experience honoring the treasured landscape of the region.
Schubert: Piano Sonata in A major, D 664 (20:06)
Javier Perianes, piano
Schubert’s Sonata, D 664, reflects the fine craftsmanship of a composer still writing in the shadow of the giant Beethoven. Nine years later, Schubert, just thirty-one years old, produced what was his last sonata (D 960), just a few weeks before his premature death. This music is now cherished by today’s artists – among them Javier Perianes, who returns to Schubert after a first volume that enjoyed great success.
Plainchant: Domine, quando veneris (3:44); Peccantem me (2:14)
Palestrina: Pie Jesu Domine (2:02)
The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter
The Fraternity is an international community of young priests that includes some of today’s most skilled and committed singers of Gregorian chant. The group has sung Requiem chants at many funeral services over the years. The decision to make their debut with the music of the Requiem was unanimous among the singers, acknowledging that nothing is so universal as the experience of death and the many emotions evoked by the living.
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé: Part 3 (15:51)
Les Siècles / François-Xavier Roth
Ever since the orchestra Les Siècles was founded by François-Xavier Roth in 2003, its musicians have succeeded in placing several centuries of musical creation in perspective by playing works on the instruments of their time. Never, since it was first heard, has Daphnis et Chloé displayed such a shimmering sound, revealing an infinity of details without ever losing sight of the subtle beauty of the ballet.
Satie: Three Gnossiennes (10:09)
Nicolas Horvath, piano
Erik Satie’s earliest works show traces of Chopin as an influence but he soon came to reject virtuosity, choosing instead to remain with the French traits of simplicity, clarity, elegance and economy. This landmark recording by Nicolas Horvath uses a new edition played on Cosima Wagner’s own 1881 Erard piano, Satie’s instrument maker of choice.
Barrière: Cello Sonata in D major (11:56)
Juliana Soltis, cello; Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, viola da gamba; Lucas Harris, theorbo; Justin Murphy-Mancini, harpsichord
Performer and scholar Juliana Soltis reconstructs the meteoric rise of the cello as a solo instrument in 18th-century France, as played out on the stage of the prestigious series of concerts known as the Concert Spirituel. Soltis casts new light on a generation of cellist-composers who burst onto the scene with an explosion of innovation and experimentation.
Bach: Two-Part Inventions, BWV 772-786: Excerpts
Karin Kei Nagano, piano
Analekta presents the second album by young pianist Karin Kei Nagano, daughter of conductor Kent Nagano and pianist Mari Kodama. Bach’s magnificent Inventions and Sinfonias embody melodic dialogues in a wide range of styles and continue to inspire and challenge today’s pianists three centuries after their creation.