Gernsheim: Piano Quintet No 2 in B minor, Op 63 (30:06)
Reiko Uchida, piano; Formosa Quartet
Late-Romantic German composer Friedrich Gernsheim was acknowledged by Brahms as a master composer, despite his music falling into obscurity. Gernsheim’s Piano Quintet No 2, featured on this release, is a fantastic example of the composer’s multi-genre output. The work is paired with Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor. Pianist Reiko Uchida and the Formosa Quartet perform these works with grace and drama.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64 (43:49)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko
The eagerly awaited Tchaikovsky Symphony cycle from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko gets underway with Symphonies 1, 2 & 5. In 2015, the Tchaikovsky Album with Petrenko and the RLPO, released to coincide with the orchestra’s 175th anniversary, became one of the best-selling classical CDs in the United Kingdom and met with high praise from reviewers.
Corbetta: Caprice de Chaconne (4:38)
Visée: Chaconne in G major (6:57)
Rolf Lislevand, lute
On his solo album, Norwegian early music performer Rolf Lislevand turns his attention to two composers from the court of Louis XIV: Robert de Visée and the Italian-born Francesco Corbetta. Lislevand plays their masterpieces with historical awareness and an inventiveness which belongs to the tradition. He uses two contrasting instruments here, the small Baroque guitar with its sparkling, crystal-clear sonorities and the theorbo, the dark-toned and earthy king of the lutes.
Scriabin: Preludes, Op 11: No’s 13 – 24 (15:46)
Vanessa Benelli Mosell, piano
“Light” is the ideal follow up to Vanessa Benelli Mosell’s debut album on Decca, “[R]evolution.” This new album includes music by Alexander Scriabin as well as Vanessa’s mentor, Karlheinz Stockhausen, thus putting together two composers both considered visionaries in their respective periods. The album includes Scriabin’s 24 Preludes, Op 11, and Stockhausen’s Examen/Klavierstueck XIII.
Brahms: Piano Trio No 1 in B major, Op 8 (36:48)
Hyung-Ki Joo, piano; Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne, violin; Thomas Carroll, cello
This outstanding album presents Brahms’ Piano Trio No 1 alongside a later work that it influenced, the lesser-known Phantasie Trio by English composer Frank Bridge. Pianist Hyung-Ki Joo, one half of the musical comedy duo Igudesman & Joo, collaborates here with violinist Rafal Zambrzychi-Payne and cellist Thomas Carroll.
Trad Malian: Ichichila (6:31)
Silk Road Ensemble / Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Explore the ever-changing idea of home through original and traditional folk tunes interpreted by the Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, and a range of guest artists. “Sing Me Home” will surprise and delight with imaginative sounds that transform the traditional musical landscape. This is the sixth album by the Grammy-nominated Silk Road Ensemble and its founding member and guiding light, Yo-Yo Ma.
Haydn: Piano Concerto in D major, Hob XVIII:11 (17:39)
Shai Wosner, piano; Danish National Symphony Orchestra / Nicholas Collon
Pianist Shai Wosner’s eclectic new recording pairs concertos and solo pieces by Franz Joseph Haydn and György Ligeti, exploring their quirky humor and other connections across centuries. Performing with conductor Nicholas Collon and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Wosner plays two concertos by Haydn and Ligeti’s Piano Concerto, one of the most challenging works of the late 20th century. The concertos are interspersed with solo capriccios.
Poulenc: Three Novelettes (7:24)
Lucille Chung, piano
Lucille Chung is admired for her “stylish and refined performances” (Gramophone Magazine). She appears as a soloist on this release, before being joined by her duo partner and husband, Alessio Bax. Chung writes that Poulenc’s music “thrives in the dichotomy of the sacred and profane, spirituality and light-heartedness…while at the same time retaining an unmistakably French idiom and clarity that speaks directly to everyone’s heart.”
Schuman: New England Triptych (17:01)
United States Marine Band / Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig
The compositions on this release were all composed during the last century. They draw, however, on traditional American spirituals, ballads, folk tunes, and rags from the American Revolution to the present. Particularly notable are the three world premiere recordings: “For The President’s Own” by John Williams, Aaron Copland’s Third Symphony arranged for band, and a set of songs by Charles Ives set for this world class ensemble.
Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor (37:14)
Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Takács Quartet
Marc-André Hamelin and the Takács Quartet follow up their Grammy-nominated recording of Shostakovich with a program featuring Franck’s Piano Quintet and Debussy’s String Quartet. These authoritative performances make an unusual yet apt coupling as each work is the composer’s only contribution to a genre.