Andrew Bergeron: Folias Variations (9:26)
This program of original compositions and arrangements by flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron points to their passion for tango, classical music, and Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. In the album’s booklet, Maret features an essay of pinhole photos taken with homemade cameras that document the husband and wife duo’s travels and creative process.
Grainger: Willow Willow (3:34); Early One Morning (2:54); One More Day, My John (2:14); Country Gardens (1:51)
Claire Booth, soprano & piano; Christopher Glynn, piano
Soprano Claire Booth and pianist Christopher Glynn have spent decades delving into Grainger’s folk music output. Their latest survey offers a variety of transcriptions of songs found in collections from the British Isles as well as discoveries Grainger heard as he roamed throughout the field.
Schubert: Rondo in A major, D 951 (12:30)
Andreas Staier & Alexander Melnikov, fortepiano
For Franz Schubert and his friends, four-hand piano music was a natural part of convivial evenings. Andreas Staier and Alexander Melnikov explore some of that wide-ranging music on the fortepiano, including the Fantasy in F minor, one of the tragic masterpieces of Schubert’s last year.
Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria (2:41)
Kathryn Stott, piano
Bach: Cello Suite No 6 in D major, BWV 1012: Sarabande (4:29)
Bach: Wachet auf (3:48)
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra / Ton Koopman
CBS/Sony Classical has been accompanying cellist Yo-Yo Ma for decades on his journey through the unsurpassed works written for his instrument by J.S. Bach. Ma’s explorations have also taken him beyond the cello’s core repertoire to enterprising collaborations with Baroque specialist Ton Koopman. This compilation presents important landmarks taken from Ma’s journey.
Beethoven: Piano Trio in G major, Op 121a, Kakadu (17:26)
Hamlet Piano Trio
The Hamlet Piano Trio has recorded three works by Beethoven on period instruments, including a beautiful 1815 Salvatore Lagrassa piano. The group says, “The peculiar effect of using the historic instruments is how one suddenly has a new dialect in a language that one felt relatively at home in. This opens up new expressions and creates a different sound world.”
Brahms: Four Piano Pieces, Op 119 (14:59)
Jorge Federico Osorio, piano
Schubert and Brahms both exhibited renewed bursts of creativity toward the ends of their careers. Jorge Federico Osorio pairs Brahms’s final solo piano pieces with those by Schubert for an inventive program of richly satisfying works that capture the essence of each composer’s towering individuality.
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro (2:11)
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro: Voi che sapete (2:32)
Lehár: The Merry Widow: Vilja Lied (5:43)
Ted Soluri, bassoon; Valerie Trujillo, piano
Ted Soluri became the principal bassoonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Prior to his appointment, he held the same position with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for eleven years and the Santa Fe Opera for nine. On this release, Soluri performs arrangements of some of his favorite opera arias and songs.
Vanhal: String Quartet in A major, Op 6 No 5 (12:31)
The acclaimed Toronto-based Eybler Quartet performs music of the Czech composer Johann Baptist Vanhal (1739-1813). Immensely prolific, Vanhal has emerged as one of the most significant innovators in the development of the Classical style, earning a place alongside its most well-known exponents, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
Byrd: Cibavit eos (2:53)
Bairstow: Let all mortal flesh keep silence (3:41)
Messiaen: O sacrum convivium (4:51)
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge / Graham Ross
Continuing its series of music for the liturgical year, the Choir of Clare College now turns its attention to the feast of Corpus Christi, with a number of pieces setting the hymns of St Thomas Aquinas. The centerpiece is a complete performance of Josquin’s great Missa Pange lingua, and the CD ends with Finzi’s ecstatic Lo, the full, final Sacrifice.
Dvořák: Impromptu in D minor (4:30)
Gershwin: Impromptu in Two Keys (2:27)
Chopin: Impromptu in A-flat major, Op 29 (3:41)
Shai Wosner, piano
Shai Wosner asks, “What would happen if we got together Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Dvořák, Gershwin and Ives for a posthumous jam session?” The answer can be found in this fascinating and eclectic program of impromptus by an unlikely grouping of composers. Imagine each composer approaching the piano to out-do the previous improvisation.