Franz Xaver Mozart: Violin Sonata in F major, Op 15 (18:00)
Łukasz Błaszczyk, violin; Anna Liszewska, fortepiano
Franz Xaver Mozart was the sixth child and younger surviving son of Wolfgang Amadeus and Constanze Mozart. He was trained by Hummel, Salieri and others. He composed a wide range of piano music (concertos, sonatas, etc), some of which looks forward to Chopin and Liszt. This new album features a selection of chamber works by F.X. Mozart.
Haydn: Symphony No 39 in G minor (20:31)
Gdańsk Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra / Sigiswald Kuijken
Three symphonies comprise this new recording by the Chamber Orchestra of the Gdańsk Academy of Music, which was created in 1999. In recent years, the ensemble has worked under the direction of both Polish and foreign artists, including early music specialist Sigiswald Kuijken. He brings his expertise to works by C.P.E. Bach, Haydn and Beethoven.
Dohnányi: Piano Quintet No 1 in C minor, Op 1 (28:57)
Alexander Sitkovetsky & Nicolas Dautricourt, violins; Paul Neubauer, viola; David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano
Music@Menlo Live, in collaboration with ArtistLed, is pleased to announce the release of Wu Han Live II, the second edition of the Wu Han Live series. This release features extraordinary Music@Menlo performances of piano quintets by Dohnányi and Taneyev that highlight Wu Han’s consummate artistry, as well as the masterful craftsmanship of these great composers.
Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in D minor, Op 1 No 12, La Follia (9:40)
Thibault Noally & Claire Sottovia, violins; Les Accents
Violinist Thibault Noally is a familiar name on the international Baroque stage. He and the ensemble Les Accents present a celebration of the Venetian violin sonata. The term sonata was first coined at the end of the 16th century, but it was Tartini, born and active in the Venetian Republic, who created some 200 sonatas for violin, the largest body of work in the form, followed by Vivaldi with 80.
Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor, Op 11 (41:15)
Seong-Jin Cho, piano; London Symphony Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda
Winner of the 2015 Chopin Piano Competition, Seong-Jin Cho presents his first ever studio recording. Combining Chopin’s First Piano Concerto with the Four Ballades, this coupling displays his brilliant fingerwork and mastery of characterization. Cho recorded the concerto at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra and its new Principal Guest Conductor, Gianandrea Noseda.
De Curtis: Torna a Surriento (4:37)
Gambardella: Come facette Mametta (2:23)
Roberto Alagna, tenor; London Orchestra / Yvan Cassar
Named after tenor Roberto Alagna’s 2-year-old daughter, ‘Malèna’ features new arrangements of beloved Neapolitan songs such as Funiculì Funiculà, Torna a Surriento and Core ‘ngrato, as well as new songs – including the title track – written especially for Alagna by his brothers, David and Frederico.
Tchaikovsky: The Tempest, Op 18 (24:03)
Orchestra of St Luke’s / Pablo Heras-Casado
“I am Russian, Russian, Russian!”, Tchaikovsky declared. And it was the Russian winter, its contemplative melancholy and picturesque excitement, that moved the 26-year-old composer to write his First Symphony. He was also inspired by literature, as seen in the splendid and rarely recorded Symphonic Fantasy on Shakespeare’s Tempest, composed a few years later in 1873.
Beethoven: Cello Sonata No 5 in D major, Op 102/2 (21:11)
Ralph Kirshbaum, cello; Shai Wosner, piano
This new album from cellist Ralph Kirshbaum and pianist Shai Wosner, recorded live in London’s Wigmore Hall, consists of the complete Beethoven cello sonatas and variations. Last season, Kirshbaum and Wosner performed Beethoven cycles extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Bruch: Violin Concerto No 2 in D minor, Op 44 (25:30)
Jack Liebeck, violin; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins
British violinist Jack Liebeck follows in the footsteps of Heifetz and Perlman in championing Bruch’s now neglected Violin Concerto No 2, originally written for Pablo de Sarasate. Three shorter works for violin and orchestra complete the album, which marks volume 21 in Hyperion’s highly regarded Romantic Violin Concerto series.
Schumann: Papillons, Op 2 (14:36)
Philippe Bianconi, piano
Since winning the silver medal at the Van Cliburn Competition in 1985, Philippe Bianconi has been leading an international career, pursuing his musical itinerary and patiently carving out his path far from the media hype. He has been hailed for playing that is ‘always close to the soul of the music, filling the space with poetry and life’ (Washington Post). On his latest release, he plays three works by Schumann.