Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice: J’ai perdu mon Eurydice (4:20); Le cinesi: Son lungi e non mi brami (7:06)
Daniel Behle, tenor; Armonia Atenea / George Petrou
Celebrating the 300th anniversary of Gluck’s birth, Daniel Behle presents this album of Gluck’s lesser-known opera arias. Showcasing their rich variety of styles, he illustrates that these works are primed for revival. Behle is accompanied by one of Europe’s leading Baroque orchestras, Armonia Atenea, conducted by George Petrou. Four world premiere recordings are featured in a program which includes arias from ten different Gluck operas.
New Release of the Week
Previn: Violin Sonata No 2 (18:44)
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Lambert Orkis, piano
With this special 2-CD collection – including world-premiere recordings of works by Previn and Penderecki and new recordings of Ravel and Massenet – Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis mark 25 years of “a level of artistic partnership that is rare, even in the highest echelons of concert performance” (Seattle Times). It was in December 1988 that the two gave their first joint recitals in the U.S. and immediately sensed that they shared a mutually sympathetic way of thinking about music. Ever since then, they have explored the musical worlds of many different composers in a wonderful artistic partnership.
Larsson: Music for Orchestra, Op 40 (23:00)
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Manze
Lars-Erik Larsson (1908-1986) continues to be among the most popular composers in Sweden. Andrew Manze has launched a new series of recordings for CPO with Larsson’s most important symphonic works as performed by the Helsingborg Orchestra, where Manze is Principal Conductor. One of Larsson’s three symphonies forms the focus of each of the three volumes in this series.
Tallis: Te lucis ante terminum (3:18) with Christian Forshaw, saxophone
Williams: Hymn to the Fallen (4:43)
Hawes: Reflexionem (3:28) with Matthew Sharp, cello
One of Britain’s most exciting and versatile vocal ensembles makes its debut on Decca with the release of “Eventide.” Voces8 features eight young singers who form one perfectly-blended sound. Their program, which explores the magical space between day and night, ranges from medieval plainchant to works by important contemporary choral composers.
New Release of the Week
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35 (24:15)
Glenn Dicterow, violin; New York Philharmonic / David Robertson
The New York Philharmonic salutes concertmaster Glenn Dicterow — who is leaving the Orchestra after 34 years, the longest tenure of any concertmaster in Philharmonic history — with “The Glenn Dicterow Collection.” The three albums feature his favorite solo performances from 1982 to 2012. The first album is available on CD, which comes with a 90-page commemorative booklet. It and two other albums are also available as downloads on iTunes and Amazon.
Rachmaninoff, arr Bunch: Vocalise (5:19) with Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Ranaan Meyer: Banjo Love (3:55)
Time for Three
Time for Three – violinist Zachary De Pue, violinist Nicolas Kendall and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer – defy traditional genre classification, with an uncommon mix of virtuosity, creativity and showmanship. Their new self-titled album showcases not only the trio’s melody-rich string sound but also its unique flair for collaboration.
Strauss: Wind Sonatina No 2 in E-flat major, Happy Workshop: IV, Andante – Allegro (14:21)
This new album is one of many in 2014 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss. The Wind Sonatinas are late works, written by Strauss as he was approaching the age of 80, perhaps inspired by the sounds of his youth. The Armonia Ensemble is comprised of leading soloists from the acclaimed Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra who have dedicated themselves to large-scale chamber music pieces for wind instruments.
Purcell: Sonata in Four Parts in C major (7:16)
The King’s Consort
Purcell’s inventive, highly individual music combines Italian, French and English elements with harmonic daring, brilliant contrapuntal technique and unique melodic inventiveness. The King’s Consort holds a worldwide reputation as leading performers of Purcell. This new release adds to the ensemble’s 25 recordings of the composer’s music, which have won numerous international awards and been central in restoring Purcell’s music to prominence.
Caldara: Cantata, Begl’occhi adorati (10:49)
Robin Johannsen, soprano; Academia Montis Regalis / Alessandro De Marchi
The Venetian composer Antonio Caldara is one of the outstanding composers of the Baroque period. His extraordinary success stemmed from his mastery of vocal music with great subtlety, refinement and inventiveness. American soprano Robin Johannsen, the Baroque orchestra Academia Montis Regalis and conductor Alessandro De Marchi present an intriguing selection of his cantatas and opera arias, all recorded for the first time.
Janáček: Jenůfa: Symphonic Suite (22:57)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Manfred Honeck
For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been known for its artistic excellence. The PSO has a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians. Past conductors include the legendary names of Reiner, Steinberg, Previn and Maazel. The tradition was furthered in 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became the orchestra’s music director. This album is the second release in the “Pittsburgh Live!” series from Reference Recordings.