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Latest Classical Highlights


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Telling tales by music is nothing new. Apparent examples are operas akin to Puccini’s La Bohème, newly recorded by the Irish Nationwide Opera; or the brand new opera Blue by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson, and carried out by Roderick Cox (pictured above); or Handel’s oratorio La Resurrezione, in a high-quality efficiency by the English Live performance. Much less apparent are instrumental works, akin to Samuel Adams’ Lyra, which tells the Orpheus fable, and Elena Ruehr’s Icarus, additionally based mostly on an historic fable. Hear for different tales in these current releases.

Samuel Adams, Dwelling Earth Present – Lyra

Sergio Alapont, Irish Nationwide Opera – Puccini: La Bohème

Marin Alsop, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra – Voyages: Orchestral Music by James Lee III

Amatis Trio, Ib Hausmann – Oliver Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Leif Ove Andsnes, Mahler Chamber Orchestra – MM 1786: Mozart Momentum

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Manchester Camerata, Gábor Takács-Nagy – Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22, KV 482; Piano Concerto No. 23, KV 488; Overture to ‘Der Schauspieldirektor’, KV 486

Vinciane Béranger, Dana Ciocarlie, Helene Collerette, David Louwerse – Rebecca Clarke: Works for Viola

Benjamin Bernheim – Boulevard des Italiens

Mary Bevan, Nicky Spence, Roderick Williams, William Vann – Ralph Vaughan Williams: People Songs, Vol. 4 – People Songs from Newfoundland

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado – Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3

Harry Bicket, The English Live performance – Handel: La Resurrezione

Semyon Bychkov, Chen Reiss, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra – Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Zachary Carrettín, Mina Gajic – Confluence: Balkan Dances & Tango Nuevo

Castalian String Quartet – Between Two Worlds

Choral Arts Initiative, Brandon Elliott – Jeffrey Derus: From Wilderness – A Meditation on the Pacific Crest Path

Vicky Chow – Sierra

Federico Colli – Mozart

Michael Collins, Philharmonia Orchestra, Wigmore Soloists – Mozart: Clarinet Concerto & Quintet; Birchall: Concerto

Roderick Cox, Washington Nationwide Opera – Jeanine Tesori, Tazewell Thompson: Blue

Les Cris de Paris, Geoffroy Jourdain – Schütz: David & Salomon; Psalmi; Canticum Canticorum

Peter Donohoe, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo – Dora Pejacevic: Piano Concerto; Symphony

Franco Fagioli, Olga Pudova, Insula Orchestra, Laurence Equilbey – Mozart: Lucio Silla

Martin Fröst – Evening Passages

Christian Gerhaher, Kammerorchester Basel, Heinz Holliger – Othmar Schoeck: Elegie

Angel Gil-Ordóñez, PostClassical Ensemble – Two Traditional Political Movie Scores — Revueltas: Redes; Copland: The Metropolis

Boris Giltburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’; Piano Concerto No. 0, WoO 4

Gustavo Gimeno, Marie Agresta, Daniela Barcellona, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg – Rossini: Stabat Mater

Gloriæ Dei Cantores, Richard Ok. Pugsley – To Communicate to Our Time: Choral Works by Samuel Adler

Gringolts Quartet – Schoenberg: String Quartets 1 & 3

Barbara Hannigan, Ludwig Orchestra – Dance With Me

Daniel Hope, Alexey Botvinov – Music for Ukraine

Stephen Hough – Schubert: Piano Sonata in G main D894; Piano Sonata in A significant D664; Piano Sonata fragment D769a

Alexandre Kantorow, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow – Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Africa; Marriage ceremony Cake; Allegro appassionato; Rhapsodie d’Auvergne

Choir of Keble Faculty, Oxford; Paul Brough; Devices of Time and Fact – Resurrexi!: Easter in Vienna with Mozart and the Haydn Brothers

Choir of King’s Faculty, Cambridge; Daniel Hyde – Now the Inexperienced Blade Riseth: Choral Music for Easter

Jennifer Koh – Alone Collectively

Raffaele La Ragione – Mandolin on Stage: The Best Mandolin Concertos

Gijs Leenaars, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin – Verdi: Quattro Pezzi Sacri

Leonore Piano Trio – Bargiel: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2

Marko Letonja, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg – Janácek: Glagolitic Mass; Sinfonietta

Andrew Litton, Singapore Symphony Orchestra – Shostakovich: Jazz & Selection Suites

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet – Opalescent

Alexei Lubimov, Ivan Monighetti – Valentin Silvestrov: Piano Sonatas; Cello Sonata

Alexander Melnikov – Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1, 3, 5; Visions fugitives

Anne Akiko Meyers – Shining Evening

Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – Strauss

New York Youth Symphony, Michael Repper, Michelle Cann – Florence Worth, Valerie Coleman, Jessie Montgomery

Palaver Strings – Prepared or Not

Pene Pati – Pene Pati

Trevor Pinnock – J.S. Bach: The Nicely-Tempered Clavier II

Andrew Rangell – Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohlemperierte Klavier II

Terry Riley, Bang on a Can All-Stars – Terry Riley: Autodreamographical Tales

Pascal Rophé, Choeur et Orchestre Nationwide des Pays de la Loire – Maurice Ravel: Cantates pour le prix de Rome

Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea; William Vann – The Reeds by Severn Facet: Choral Music by Edward Elgar

Golda Schultz, Jonathan Ware – This Be Her Verse

Nicky Spence, Julius Drake, Piatti Quartet, Timothy Ridout – Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge; 4 Hymns; The Home of Life

Choir of St John’s, Cambridge; Andrew Nethsingha – Eastertide Evensong

Marek Štilec, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra – Paul Wranitzky: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4

Tenebrae, Christian Forshaw, Nigel Quick – When Sleep Comes: Night Meditations for Voices & Saxophone

Third Coast Percussion – Views

Mitsuko Uchida – Beethoven: Diabelli Variations

Varied Artists – Icarus and Different Music by Elena Ruehr

Gottfried von der Goltz, Annekatrin Beller, Torsten Johann – J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Continuo

Rachel Willis-Sørensen – Rachel

John Wilson, Sinfonia of London – Metamorphosen: Strauss, Korngold, Schreker

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