Tartini: Pastorale in A major (12:07)
National Arts Center Orchestra / Pinchas Zukerman, violin
The National Arts Center Orchestra was formed in 1969 and gives over 100 performances a year with world-renowned artists. Beginning in the 2016-17 season, Pinchas Zukerman assumes the title of Conductor Emeritus. In this concert from 2015, Zukerman and the orchestra perform a program of Baroque favorites, with music by Handel, Bach, Tartini, Vivaldi and Telemann.
Vivaldi: Recorder Concerto in G major, R 443 (10:15)
Lucie Horsch, recorder; Amsterdam Vivaldi Players
Lucie Horsch’s debut recording launches her crusade to have the recorder take center stage. Her new recording contains four concertos by Vivaldi, alongside transcriptions of some of his arias. A bonus is the first movement of ‘Spring’ from The Four Seasons transcribed in 1775 by composer-philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op 56a (17:58)
Hague Philharmonic / Jan Willem de Vriend
Now in his second season as principal conductor of the Hague Philharmonic, Jan Willem de Vriend leads the orchestra in music by Brahms. The album features two works that found their inspiration in the 18th century and the music of Haydn and Mozart: Serenade No 1 and Variations on a Theme by Haydn.
Purcell: The Indian Queen: Why should men quarrel (1:31)
Handel: Giulio Cesare: Da tempeste il legno infranto (6:02)
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; Il Pomo d’Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev
Joyce DiDonato reminds us with her new album, In War and Peace, that music “soothes turmoil, threatens power and the status quo, and gloriously exalts the spirit.” Her selection of arias demonstrates how powerfully Baroque opera explores the extremes of human nature. DiDonato’s longtime partners, the spirited Italian Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, join her on this unique journey through chaos transformed by the eternal search for serenity.
Haydn: Piano Sonata No 38 in F major, Hob XVI:23 (11:48)
John O’Conor, piano
The Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years. On his latest album, O’Conor presents a thoughtfully chosen cross-section of the 62 piano sonatas written by Haydn. These works paved the way for the sonatas to come, including Beethoven.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 17 in G major, K 453 (32:46)
Cleveland Orchestra / Mitsuko Uchida
A longtime collaborative partner, Mitsuko Uchida has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra over 100 times since her debut in 1990, in a range of repertory from Mozart and Beethoven to Schoenberg and Messiaen. This newest Mozart recording is part of a series of releases with the Cleveland Orchestra, following on four previous Mozart albums. All feature Uchida conducting the concertos from the keyboard.
Gould: American Caprice (5:03)
Harrison: New York Waltzes (3:13)
Traditional: Shenandoah (3:57)
Lara Downes, piano
Inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem Let America Be America Again, this new recording by pianist Lara Downes features music that explores different facets of the elusive but essential American dream. Downes plays music by Beach, Bernstein, Copland, Ellington, Gershwin, Gould, Joplin, and others.
Dvořák: Slavonic Dances, Op 72: No’s 1-3 (13:33)
Czech Philharmonic / Jiří Bělohlávek
Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic continue their recordings of Dvořák’s orchestral music. Performed and recorded by musicians who have an innate understanding and deep-rooted love for the music of their homeland, this is a first-rate recording, bringing great passion and lyricism to Dvořák’s complete Slavonic Dances.
Johann Gottlieb Goldberg: Two-Violin Sonata in C major (11:46)
Rebel / Jörg-Michael Schwarz
J.G. Goldberg might just be the most famous composer whose music remains largely unheard. His name has become almost a household term, thanks to Bach’s masterpiece, popularly known as the “Goldberg” Variations. Goldberg did not live to see age 30, and his body of surviving works is not large – two cantatas, two harpsichord concertos, a few dozen small harpsichord pieces, and the five sonatas presented on this recording by the ensemble Rebel.
Piazzolla: Escualo (7:58)
Jason Vieaux, guitar; Julien Labro, bandoneón
Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux and composer and bandoneónist Julien Labro release their second duo album. The combination of arranged pieces with original material showcases the artists’ versatility, blurring the boundaries between composer, performer, improviser, and arranger.