Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Op 26 (9:48)
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64 (25:07)
Isabelle Faust, violin; Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Pablo-Heras Casado
After the mystical Hebrides Overture and the masterly Reformation Symphony, Mendelssohn embarked on his second violin concerto. After a long gestation in which he polished the orchestration and meticulously revised the solo part, the work was finally premiered in Leipzig in 1845. Isabelle Faust, accompanied by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under Pablo Heras-Casado, offers us a miracle of purity and lyricism in this new interpretation.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37 (36:17)
Norman Krieger, piano; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta
A native of Los Angeles, Norman Krieger is highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair. As the Los Angeles Times put it, “Krieger owns a world of technique. He always knows exactly where he is going and what he is doing. He never for an instant miscalculates.” Krieger is joined by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta for this new recording of Beethoven’s Third and Fifth Piano Concertos.
Novák: Lady Godiva Overture, Op 41 (15:40)
Emerging from the fertile background of Bohemian nationalism, Vítĕzslav Novák’s music achieved cult status in his homeland for its richness of melody and orchestral color. In the Tatra Mountains was inspired by the composer’s journeys in this magnificent region. Eternal Longing is based on a poem by Hans Christian Andersen, while the dramatic Lady Godiva Overture is considered one of his most powerful works.
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 26 in E-flat major, Op 81a, Les Adieux (17:47)
Evgeny Kissin, piano
After a break of 25 years, Evgeny Kissin has signed a new exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The partnership resumes with the release of Kissin’s first solo recital recording in over a decade. The double-disc set is a program of Beethoven works personally chose by Kissin from recitals given over the past ten years.
Bernstein: Seven Anniversaries (10:59)
Leann Osterkamp, piano
Leonard Bernstein’s works for piano are all collected here, including previously unpublished and unrecorded pieces. Featuring many miniatures written as tributes, gifts and memorials to friends and family, these works range across Bernstein’s composing career and reflect his unique musical style and character.
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K 581 (32:59)
Pierre Génisson, clarinet; Quartet 212
Clarinetist Pierre Génisson and Quartet 212, made up of musicians from the Metropolitan Opera, gather around the quintets of Mozart and Weber. These radiant scores, where the warm and voluptuous timbre of the clarinet contrasts the brightness of the strings, frame their passionate dialogue in a sophisticated blend.
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op 58: Finale (20:11)
Czech Philharmonic / Semyon Bychkov
Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic’s recording of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony is released as Volume 2 in The Tchaikovsky Project, their recording cycle on Decca Classics that will encompass the composer’s complete symphonies and piano concertos, as well as selected orchestral works.
Wild: Theme & Variations on Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me (15:15)
Joanne Polk, piano
Joanne Polk turns her attention to an important early 20th-century composer and pianist, Earl Wild. In addition to a busy career as a solo and orchestra pianist, Wild was also a composer and arranger, known in particular for his transcriptions of the music of George Gershwin. Polk’s new album features many of these transcriptions as well as an original Wild composition.
Dvořák: Stabat Mater: Eja, Mater, fons amoris (7:04)
Prague Philharmonic Choir, Czech Philharmonic / Jiří Bělohlávek
Following his recent return as music director, Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra present a new recording of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater. Praised by the Guardian for their unbounded lyricism and Czech melancholy as well as authenticity that only this orchestra can bring, Bělohlávek and the CPO are joined by four leading soloists.
Johnson: Trumpet Tune (2:41)
Bossi: Pièce héroïque, Op 128 (6:39)
Christopher Herrick, organ
This anthology features one track from each of the fourteen volumes of Hyperion’s complete Organ Fireworks series. It takes the listener on a spectacular world tour of the organs and repertoire championed by Christopher Herrick over the decades. Released in honor of his 75th birthday, this is a must for anyone yet to encounter these life-affirming performances.