Mozart: String Quartet in B-flat Major, K 589 (23:18)
The Dover Quartet makes its recording debut with an all-Mozart album honoring the young ensemble’s teachers and coaches, the Guarneri Quartet. ‘Tribute’ recalls the Guarneri’s own all-Mozart debut album 50 years ago, which featured Mozart’s final two string quartets. The Dover’s album adds Mozart’s Quintet, K 406, performed with Michael Tree, the Guarneri’s founding violist and one of the Dover’s most valued mentors.
Ginastera: Pampeana No 1, Op 16 (9:04)
Gil Shaham, violin; Orli Shaham, piano
Throughout his musical career, Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera artfully incorporated the folk music and dance forms of his native land into increasingly modernist creations. From the populist to the avant-garde, his work was created using an architectural approach that effectively set his music apart. ‘Ginastera: One Hundred’ is released in celebration of the centennial of Ginastera’s birth.
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 19 (20:49)
Vadim Gluzman, violin; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra / Neeme Järvi
Sergei Prokofiev was an adept composer of violin music. Nathan Milstein once described his First Violin Concerto as “one of the best modern violin concertos.” This work, along with Prokofiev’s Second Concerto is recorded by Vadim Gluzman, who is critically acclaimed for his performances of the virtuosic works of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Glass: Dreaming Awake (7:28); Étude No 9 (3:09)
Bruce Levingston, piano
Bruce Levingston, no stranger to the music of Philip Glass, has finally issued an in-depth, two-disc survey of Glass’s piano music, and the result is a surprisingly passionate and spontaneous portrait of the composer. ‘Dreaming Awake’ is a boldly individual approach to the keyboard works of an American master.
Bach: Violin Partita No 3 in E major, BWV 1006 (18:13)
Kyung Wha Chung, violin
After a career break of more than a decade, Kyung Wha Chung has announced the decision to return to the recording studio. With this album she fulfills a lifelong dream of recording the complete solo violin works by J.S. Bach. Chung says, “I am so happy to be returning to the recording studio after many years for a series of exciting artistic projects. This is the unending quest of my musical journey.”
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74, Pathétique (46:13)
Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer
Iván Fischer is founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. This partnership has become one of the great success stories in the past thirty years. On their new recording, they perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6, which was premiered just nine days before the composer’s death. The all-Russian program includes music from Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. The well-known Polovtsian Dances have became a standard of the orchestral repertoire.
Mozart: Piano Sonata No 10 in C major, K 330 (24:08)
Fazil Say, piano
The pianist and composer Fazil Say, whose relationship with Warner Classics goes back nearly two decades, launches his new contract with the label with this 6-CD set of the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas, recorded at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. The sonatas are grouped by key, revealing Mozart’s unique approach to tonality.
Brahms: Double Concerto in A minor, Op 102 (33:05)
Steven Isserlis, cello; Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Joshua Bell, violin
Joshua Bell is the first American to hold the title of Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. On their new collaboration, Bell conducts mostly from the concertmaster’s chair in a Brahms/Schumann program featuring cellist Steven Isserlis. Rounding out the repertoire is Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major, Op 8, with Bell and Isserlis joined by pianist Jeremy Denk. The trio chose to record the lesser known first version from 1854.
Pärt: Summa (6:02); Veni Creator (2:32)
Vox Clamantis / Jaan-Eik Tulve
The second ECM New Series album to fully showcase the pure-toned Estonian vocal group Vox Clamantis and its artistic director/conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve is devoted to compositions by their great countryman, Arvo Pärt – whose music has been the most performed globally of any living composer over the past five years.
Stacy Garrop: Keyboard of the Winds (8:17)
Nicholas Phillips, piano
Nicholas Phillips has been praised as “an able and persuasive advocate” of new music (The New York Times) and “truly, a post-modern pianist” (Time Out Chicago). With ‘Impressions,’ he continues his advocacy of new music, delivering a wonderful and diverse collection of pieces from the last decade, including several works written for him.