Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K 87 (5:34); Sonata in E major, K 28 (4:14)
Pierre Hantaï, harpsichord
This is the fifth volume of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonatas from French harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï, of whom Gramophone magazine said in an earlier release: “an astonishing display of dexterity in which the harpsichord he uses and the acoustic help in preserving total clarity.”
Bach, arr. Kitchen: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Preludes & Fugues 1-3 (12:17)
Borromeo String Quartet
The renowned Borromeo String Quartet continues its penchant for reinvention in this premiere recording of Bach’s complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, arranged for string quartet (by the Borromeo’s own first violinist Nicholas Kitchen). The counterpoint of this great music comes alive in a new form at the hands of four masterful musicians.
Bach: French Suite No 4 in E-flat major, BWV 815 (12:08)
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
A legendary Decca artist known for his “directness, articulation and absolute trust in the music’s own poetic strengths” (The Guardian), Vladimir Ashkenazy continues to build his already lauded catalog with Bach: The French Suites. Featuring the complete six French Suites on a single CD, this album is released in celebration of the great Russian pianist’s 80th birthday on July 6, 2017.
Swann: A red, red rose (2:10); It was a lover, and his lass (1:58); The youth of the heart (4:26)
Kathryn Rudge, mezzo-soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Roderick Williams, baritone; Christopher Glynn, piano
Donald Swann was known primarily for the comic songs he wrote with Michael Flanders. However, throughout his life, Swann set to music poems and lyrics – mostly love songs early on and, in later years, settings of Victorian verse. Known and loved only by a handful of singers and fans, many of these songs are receiving their first commercial release on a new compilation from Hyperion.
Chopin: Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat major, Op 61 (12:59)
Inna Faliks, piano
Inna Faliks is a Ukrainian-born pianist known for alternating musical interludes with spoken word, taking the form here of narrative storytelling. Faliks’ new album chronicles her life’s path: her family’s emigration to America, her seminal early influences and her evolution as an artist. And it’s also a love story, as she is reunited as an adult with the childhood friend who is now her husband. Each episode is narrated by actress Rebecca Mozo.
Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C-sharp minor: III, Scherzo (17:39)
Minnesota Orchestra / Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä and his Minnesota Orchestra began their collaboration with BIS in 2004, launching a Beethoven Symphony cycle that made reviewers worldwide take notice. The present disc launches yet another series, of even more monumental proportions, with Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, recorded by the orchestra and Vänskä in Minneapolis in June 2016.
Frescobaldi: Partite sopra La Monica (8:04)
Daniele Proni, harpsichord
Girolamo Frescobaldi is considered one of the most influential figures in harpsichord music during the first half of the 17th century. He left a vast legacy of compositions for harpsichord and organ, and these works proved fundamental to the evolution of both instruments, as demonstrated in this recording by Daniele Proni.
Schubert: Das Heimweh (0:54); Sehnsucht (3:06); Im Freien (5:59)
Ian Bostridge, tenor; Julius Drake, piano
Ian Bostridge, who earns widespread praise for his intelligent and nuanced performances, resumes his partnership with Julius Drake. Their delicately shaped program explores the theme of longing in various guises. This release, the third volume in their Wigmore Hall Live series of Schubert Lieder, captures some of the most exquisitely crafted songs of the 19th century.
Machaut: Tres bonne et belle (6:01)
“Sovereign Beauty” is the latest installment in a series which continues to garner the highest critical praise. The Orlando Consort bring their customary virtues of ‘supreme text-sensitivity and beauty of tone’ (Early Music Today) to another recital showcasing the breadth of Guillaume de Machaut’s musical and poetic inventiveness.
Carbonelli: Sonata da camera No 5 in C minor (10:20)
Bojan Čičić, violin; Illyria Consort
In certain respects, Giovanni Carbonelli does not quite fit the 18th-century mold. He is unusually fond of complexity, both technical and compositional, and also unusually open to other contemporary influences, such as those of Handel and Vivaldi. But the quality of his music speaks for itself – virtuosic and joyously melodic. Bojan Čičić and his Illyria Consort colleagues champion these groundbreaking compositions with exuberance.