John Anthony Lennon: Elysian Bridges (9:44)
The Capitol Quartet is comprised of concert saxophonists who are teaching at outstanding music schools throughout the U.S. Quartet members Christopher Creviston, Joseph Lulloff, David Stambler and Andrew Dahlke are committed to expanding the repertoire of the saxophone quartet as well as presenting innovative programs. This new release showcases commissioned works by Carter Pann, John Anthony Lennon and Stacy Garrop, along with the 1964 Quartet by Alfred Desenclos.
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E minor, Op 44 No 2 (24:33)
Cecilia String Quartet
The three quartets of Opus 44 are the centerpiece of Felix Mendelssohn’s mature string quartets. He wrote them in the years 1837-38, when his fame in the international musical community was rapidly growing. The first two of these works are given brilliant readings by the Cecilia String Quartet. Now entering its second decade, the quartet is in residence at the University of Toronto.
Leo: Demetrio: Dal suo gentil sembiante (8:56)
Max Emanuel Cencic, countertenor; Il Pomo d’Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev
Following the success of his 2013 album ‘Rokoko,’ countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic focuses on the musically rich city of Naples during the Baroque period on ‘Arie Napoletane.’ Cencic sings arias by Porpora, Vinci and their contemporaries written for the talented castrati of the day. His selection of repertoire reflects Cencic’s determination to breathe new life into neglected masterworks from the 17th and 18th centuries.
New Release of the Week
Bach/Balm: Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 (12:04)
As a follow-up to their best selling ‘Takes Flight’ recording, the Canadian Brass have once again expanded the repertoire for the brass quintet on ‘Perfect Landing.’ What better place to start than with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in arrangements of the Brandenburg Concerto No 2 and the Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor. Three Luther Henderson interpretations of Bach are included, along with Spanish pieces that beautifully demonstrate the power of brass instruments.
Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, D 940 (19:02)
Leon Fleisher & Katherine Jacobson, piano
“Four Hands” is an album of piano duets featuring celebrated American pianist Leon Fleisher together with his wife, Katherine Jacobson. The program includes the Liebeslieder Waltzes by Brahms, Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor, Ravel’s famous La Valse, and Graceful Ghost Rag by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, who specializes in mixing popular and classical forms.
Bach: Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056 (9:03)
Alina Ibragimova, violin; Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen
Violinist Alina Ibragimova recently transfixed audiences at London’s Promenade concerts with her live solo Bach performances. Back in the studio, she has teamed up with the British ensemble Arcangelo to record five Bach Violin Concertos. Two are undisputed masterpieces, and three are reconstructions based on keyboard concertos.
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria (5:46)
Philippe Quint, violin; Matt Herskowitz Trio
On “Bach XXI,” pianist/arranger Matt Herskowitz reimagines eight works of the master in contemporary settings, incorporating rhythms, grooves and harmonic voicings from jazz, Latin, Arab, Jewish and contemporary classical styles into the original scores. Featuring violinist Philippe Quint and anchored by Matt’s famed trio – Mat Fieldes, bass, and David Rozenblatt, drums – “Bach XXI” invites you to rediscover all the genius of Bach in a modern and personal voice.
Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) (27:11)
Lyon National Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin
Ravel’s opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges captures an imaginative child’s world in which the creatures and objects around him come to life, wittily portrayed in Colette’s inventive libretto and by Ravel’s meticulous orchestration. The enchanting ballet Mother Goose translates well-known fairytales into music, including the gently melodic Sleeping Beauty’s Pavane, and a final blessing in The Fairy Garden.
Granados: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 49 (15:55)
Javier Perianes, piano; Quiroga Quartet
Written a dozen years apart (1895-1907), the piano quintets by Enrique Granados and Joaquín Turina display multiple affinities with the French chamber music of the period. At the same time, these masterpieces that are played all too rarely bear witness to the vitality of Spanish music at the dawn of the new century. An ideal coupling, revealing the fertile imagination of the two composers and their total mastery of the genre.
New Release of the Week
Howells: Take him, earth, for cherishing (8:18)
The Sixteen / Harry Christophers
Songs of departure and farewell are deeply rooted in the great tradition of British choral music. The transcendent nature of music and the power of poetry to challenge and alter perceptions of reality flow through a program that invites contemplation of life and death, of love and loss. In a journey covering six centuries of English musical history, The Sixteen performs a cappella anthems with texts by writers as varied as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Fry and W.H. Auden.