Rodrigo: Aranjuez ma pensée (6:29)
Tárrega: Capricho árabe (5:55)
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano; Sharon Isbin, guitar
“Alma Española” presents Grammy Award-winning artists Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin in an all-Spanish recording for voice and guitar, including twelve arrangements by Ms. Isbin in their premiere recordings.
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18 (34:49)
Boris Giltburg, piano; Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Carlos Miguel Prieto
Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of the most passionate and beloved concertos in the repertoire, its lyricism and virtuosity charting a trajectory from darkness through idyll to dazzling triumph. The Études-tableaux, Op 33, are richly characterized musical evocations, expressive and often explosive, that reflect a more angular, modern aspect.
Robert Franz: Five Goethe Songs (5:53)
Robin Tritschler, tenor; Graham Johnson, piano
Highly regarded by such contemporaries as Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt, the German composer Robert Franz (1815-1892) wrote 279 songs over the course of a long life. For this recital, pianist Graham Johnson and tenor Robin Tritschler have chosen forty-seven of their favorites.
Handel: Semele: Where’er you walk (3:37); Solomon: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (4:09)
Nuria Rial, soprano; L’Arpeggiata / Christina Pluhar
With “Handel Goes Wild,” Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata once again embark on some musical time travel, this time in the company of soprano Nuria Rial, countertenor Valer Sabadus and jazz clarinettist Gianluigi Trovesi. The album features sumptuously reimagined versions of some of Handel’s most celebrated operatic arias and excerpts.
Burleigh: Four Southland Sketches (12:06)
Samuel Nebyu, violin; Bethany Brooks, piano
Samuel Nebyu is a versatile young violinist who has won numerous competitions and studies at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia. Born to a Hungarian mother and Ethiopian father, Nebyu uses the six compositions on his debut album to delve into his African identity.
Egberto Gismonti: 7 Anéis (8:21)
Brasil Guitar Duo
Featuring new works written for the Brasil Guitar Duo by Gerard Drozd, David Leisner and Marco Pereira, “Ghosting” celebrates members João Luiz and Douglas Lora’s 20-year partnership and reveals their maturity as arrangers and composers.
Higdon: Oboe Concerto (18:10)
James Button, oboe; Nashville Symphony / Giancarlo Guerrero
Jennifer Higdon is one of the most distinguished composers working in America today, and her music is a perfect fit for the Nashville Symphony, which has long maintained a commitment to championing the country’s most important voices. All Things Majestic is a four-movement suite which vividly captures the breathtaking beauty of the American landscape, and her wonderfully expressive concertos for viola and oboe bring out the unique textures and sonorities of these frequently overlooked solo instruments.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 11 in F major K 413 (23:26)
Marie Kuijken, fortepiano; La Petite Bande
Mozart composed the three piano concertos K 413, 414, and 415 in 1782, one year after he had settled in Vienna as a free-lance musician. To make them attractive to publishers, he wrote these concertos so that they could be performed not only with full orchestra, but also with string quartet. This resulted in very careful and beautiful string writing, matching the solo part in the most effective and intimate way.
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in D major, K 285 (14:45)
Jean Berkenstock, flute; David Perry, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Walter Preucil, cello
Midsummer’s Music was co-founded in 1990 by Jim and Jean Berkenstock, long-time summer residents of Door County, Wisconsin, and principal orchestral players with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Festival has drawn on the extraordinary talent of professional musicians and artist/faculty of universities throughout the Midwest. “A Bel Canto Summer” features a wide-ranging selection of lyrical works, all recorded in concert.
Spano: Sonata: Four Elements: air born (10:21)
Robert Spano, piano
Two of conductor, composer and pianist Robert Spano’s original works make up this recording. The album, rooted in the philosophical and divine nature of creativity, consists of the Hölderlin-Lieder song cycle (2013), based on the poetry of 18th century German writer Friedrich Hölderlin. Composed in 2016, Sonata: Four Elements, is a play on the typical four movements found in sonata form, with each movement referring to one of the elements of nature.