Rebel: Violin Sonata #7 in G minor (9:06)
Jean-Féry Rebel balanced quintessential French characteristics with Italian style and his own pioneering, inventive ideas. His works are significant contributions to the development of the sonata and to the evolution of both French music and the violin repertoire.
Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No 1 in G minor (14:00)
Trio Solisti was recently called “the most exciting trio in America” by The New Yorker. Tchaikovsky’s only piano trio was dedicated to his late friend Nikolai Rubinstein, a phenomenal pianist and the founder of the Moscow Conservatory. Following Tchaikovsky’s death in 1893, Rachmaninoff set out to memorialize the great master through his own Trio élégiaque. A single-movement G minor trio was written two years earlier, though it was not published until a few years after his death.
Telemann: “Darmstadt” Overture in F major (10:19)
Florilegium is regarded as one of Britain’s leading period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991, they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire. Florilegium’s latest album features instrumental and vocal music of Georg Philipp Telemann.
Liszt: Transcendental Etudes: Harmonies du soir (8:43)
Kirill Gerstein, piano
Kirill Gerstein is a multifaceted pianist who has quickly ascended into the highest order of classical musicians. During his latest recording project, he described Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes as one of the “towering mountain peaks of the piano literature.” They can be seen as a distillation of mid-19th century Romanticism, capturing its otherworldly experiences and spirituality.
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro: Overture & Opening Scene (10:10)
Christiane Karg, soprano; Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone; Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Yannick Nézet-Séguin
This is the fourth in the Deutsche Grammophon series of seven Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and initiated by Rolando Villazón. The Marriage of Figaro is recorded with a stellar cast, one of the brightest and most insightful conductors of our day and a specialist handpicked orchestra playing at their best in the stunning venue of Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (July 2015).
Villa-Lobos: Valsa da Dor (5:19)
D’Rivera: Habanera (2:47)
Aguila: Tango Trio (5:45)
This musical tour of the western hemisphere is illuminated by the TransAtlantic Ensemble and filled with visceral dance rhythms which spring to life. The TransAtlantic Ensemble is pianist Evelyn Ulex and clarinetist Mariam Adam. The duo is known for their innovative repertoire, engaging stage presence, and dynamic sound. The duo, which hails from Berlin and New York, has been making music together since 2005.
Martin: Piano Trio on Popular Irish Folk Tunes (16:00)
For its latest album, the Lincoln Trio (violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe, and pianist Marta Aznavoorian) has crafted a highly personal program of inventive 20th-century piano trios by composers from the individual players’ ancestral homelands of Switzerland, England, and Armenia, respectively.
Brahms: Violin Sonata No 2 in A major, Op 100 (19:51)
Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Lars Vogt, piano
This new recording of the 3 Violin Sonatas by Brahms comes from award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt as the latest volume in their highly successful series of violin chamber works. The release also features the Scherzo movement from the F.A.E. Sonata, which was Brahms’ contribution to a composite sonata with Albert Dietrich and Robert Schumann in 1853.
Haydn: Piano Sonata No 44 in F major, Hob XVI:29 (13:24)
Einav Yarden, piano
The six keyboard sonatas selected for this CD are taken from Haydn’s middle period, all written between 1773-1776 when he was at the service of Prince Nikolaus Esterházy (and to whom three of the sonatas are dedicated). Haydn displays an astonishing diversity of techniques, modes of expression, style and character. Pianist Einav Yarden sheds light on some of those wonderful ‘neglected’ sonatas, contributing to the growing revival of interest in Haydn’s genius as a keyboard composer.
Machaut: Cinc, un, trese (3:35); Tous corps (2:47); Helas, pour quoy se demente et complaint (3:54)
Western music as we know it today—many individual lines combining into a single whole—has its roots in the fourteenth century, and most famously in the pioneering works of Guillaume de Machaut. Few groups have matched the Orlando Consort—formed in 1988 specifically to explore this repertoire—in capturing and recording the essence of Machaut. This is the ensemble’s third collection of songs by Machaut on the theme of courtly love.