Fauré: Requiem in D minor, Op 48 (27:59)
Tom Pickard, treble; Gerald Finley, baritone; Douglas Tang, organ; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Stephen Cleobury
This is the first recording of Marc Rigaudière’s new reconstruction of the earliest complete liturgical performance of Fauré’s Requiem. It faithfully recreates the 1889 premiere, even using the organ stops available to the organist at the Cathédrale de Ste Madeleine in Paris. The instruments and techniques used by the orchestra are typical of those used in a French orchestra of the late 19th century.
Sherwin & Maschwitz, arr Bowen: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (3:36)
The King’s Men
The King’s Men (the men’s voices from King’s College Choir) release a new album of close harmony arrangements. Produced in-house at King’s, the album features previously unrecorded pop and jazz arrangements written for the group by current and former choral scholars. The songs range from classics such as ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ and ‘Old Man River’ to more recent hits such as Carly-Rae Jepson’s ‘Call Me Maybe.’ The group was helped by new Assistant Director of Music and former ‘Swingle Singer’ Ben Parry, who coached them in the art of close harmony singing.
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op 35: III, The Young Prince and the Young Princess (10:29)
Toronto Symphony Orchestra / Peter Oundjian
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has a long history of recording, dating back to 1942. The orchestra launches a new recording contract with the Chandos label with Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral masterpiece, Scheherazade. Peter Oundjian is celebrating his 10th season as music director and continues to lead the orchestra with a commitment to innovative programming and audience development.
Arturs Maskats: Spring (13:38)
Latvian Radio Choir / Sigvards KĮava
This new release from the Latvian Radio Choir features choral works by three composers from Russia and Latvia: Yuri Falik, Arturs Maskats and Georgy Sviridov. The themes of the 20th and 21st century choral works presented on the disc range from love to nature and the sacred. Five of the works include solo parts which are sung by two notable Latvian singers, Aleksandrs Antoņenko and Eva Ezeriete.
Brahms: Fantasien, Op 116 (27:31)
Stanislav Khristenko, piano
The Ukrainian born pianist, consistently praised for his alluring combination of deep sensitivity and impeccable technique, conjures a world of fantasy on his Steinway & Sons debut. In addition to Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major, Op 17, an iconic work of the early Romantic repertoire, Khristenko delves into works by Brahms, Bruckner and Zemlinsky.
Alex Shapiro: Perpetual Spark (6:53)
Fifth House Ensemble
Visionary chamber-music group Fifth House Ensemble of Chicago presents its adventurous debut album on Cedille Records. The title refers to an experimental, extreme-altitude U.S. Air Force project of the Cold War era. Excelsior offers world-premiere recordings of works by Caleb Burhans, Alex Shapiro and Jesse Limbacher, along with a work by Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence Mason Bates.
Laurie Altman: Gig Songs: I Didn’t Know What Time It Was / Where or When (6:49)
Patrice Michaels, soprano; Zach Brock, violin; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Kuang-Hao Huang, piano
Acclaimed lyric soprano Patrice Michaels, “a formidable interpretative talent” (The New Yorker), conceived and headlines this inventive, wide-ranging project of 26 songs where classical music and jazz find common ground in ways that will delight fans of both musical genres. Michaels has assembled a singular collection of songs, including one she composed, which give the singer and her instrumental collaborators room to gently improvise and swing in surprising and always-rewarding ways.
Hume: An Almayne (2:43); The Dukes Almaine (1:56); Give you good morrowe Madam (1:34)
David McGuinness and Concerto Caledonia voyage into musical history, and this time the object of their exploration is Tobias Hume, about whose life we know very little. The best guess for Hume’s birthdate could be any time from 1565 to 1579, and the materials documenting his appearance on the fringes of the London musical scene from around 1605 are sparse. This recording draws on the two books of music Hume published in his lifetime.
New Release of the Week
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major, Op 46 (31:03)
Nicola Benedetti, violin; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Rory Macdonald
Combining the traditions of classical and Scottish folk music, violinist Nicola Benedetti presents music from her native Scotland on her new recording. At the heart of the album is Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The album also includes best-loved songs such as Loch Lomond, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose and features collaborations with leading Scottish folk musicians Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain and singer Julie Fowlis.
New Release of the Week
Mendelssohn: Songs without Words: Op 67 No 2 in F-sharp minor (1:44)
Debussy: Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune (5:33)
Kancheli: When Almonds Blossomed (2:08)
Ligeti: Musica ricercata No 7 (2:49)
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
Following the success of her Chopin album on Sony Classical, Khatia Buniatishvili now reveals a new, highly personal side on her album ‘Motherland.’ The CD encompasses music from Bach to Pärt and from Brahms to Kancheli. Spanning a broad stylistic and historical range, the album celebrates the works that have accompanied Buniatishvili through her career, including pieces from her Georgian homeland.