Gramophone 2016

Christian Tetzlaff & Lars Vogt - Johannes Brahms: The Violin Sonatas (2016)

Johannes Brahms: The Violin Sonatas (2016)
Christian Tetzlaff (violin) & Lars Vogt (piano)

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Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE12842 | Time: 01:12:48

Recording of the Month, Gramophone Magazine, September 2016. Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff, together with pianist Lars Vogt, offers an exciting program of Violin Sonatas by Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). This new release continues a successful series of recordings of violin chamber works by the duo. Johannes Brahms’s Violin Sonatas are among the greatest masterpieces in 19th-century chamber music. Brahms wrote these sonatas between 1878 and 1888,at the height of his creative powers. With these powerful works Brahms brought the genre of violin sonatas into a new dimension. Included is also Scherzo movement from the F. A. E. Sonata which Brahms contributed to a composite sonata with Robert Schumann and Albert Dietrich in 1853.
Yundi - Chopin - Ballades, Berceuse & Mazurkas (2016) {Mercury Classics-Deutsche Grammophon}

Yundi - Chopin - Ballades, Berceuse & Mazurkas (2016) {Mercury Classics-Deutsche Grammophon}
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© 2016 Mercury Classics / Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 481 2443
Classical / Romantic / Piano

Yundi, the Chinese dazzling pianist acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal for his - poetic depth and patrician elegance - continues his award-winning exploration of the works of Chopin with a new recording of the Ballades, and by embarking on a major international tour. If precedent is a guide, both are expected to cause massive excitement among his fans. For his new all-Chopin recording, Yundi performs the Opus 17 set of four Mazurkas, the Berceuse (Op 57), and all four Ballades. The latter works were composed between 1831 and 1842, and contain some of the composers most operatic writing, as well as his most challenging technical demands.
Teodor Currentzis - Mozart: Don Giovanni, K. 527 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Teodor Currentzis - Mozart: Don Giovanni, K. 527 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 156:42 minutes | 3.05 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The eagerly awaited release of Don Giovanni represents the culmination of the critically acclaimed cycle of Mozart's Da Ponte operas from the charismatic conductor Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna, the orchestra and choir he founded in Siberia.
Hermann Goetz - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Davide Cabassi, Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra (2016) {Naxos 8.573327}

Hermann Goetz - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Davide Cabassi, Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra (2016) {Naxos 8.573327}
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© 2016 Naxos | 8.573327
Classical / Concerto / Orchestral / Romantic

Hermann Goetz's lifespan was no longer than Mozart's, and though much admired by contemporaries, as a tragic genius his music became almost forgotten, and the domain of but a few connoisseurs such as Gustav Mahler. Goetz's style remained closer to schumann and Mendelssohn, preferring lyricism and clarity to the more radical approaches of Liszt and Wagner. The virtuoso First Piano Concerto was a student work, its lovely central adagio sharing a use of colorful wind parts with the freshly optimistic Second Piano Concerto composed six years later.
Ieva Parša, Jānis Kurševs, Daumants Kalniņš, Sigvards Kļava - Ēriks Ešenvalds: St Luke Passion, Sacred Works (2016)

Ieva Parša, Jānis Kurševs, Daumants Kalniņš, Sigvards Kļava - Ēriks Ešenvalds: St Luke Passion, Sacred Works (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 68:09 | 300 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Ondine | Catalog: ODE 1247-2

Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977) is one the leading Latvian composers of vocal music and one of the leading Latvian composers of his generation. This recording features new works by the composer with the prestigious Latvian Radio Choir conducted by Sigvards Kļava.
Andras Schiff - Encores after Beethoven (2016) {ECM New Series 1950}

András Schiff - Encores after Beethoven (2016) {ECM New Series 1950}
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© 2016 ECM Records | ECM New Series 1950 / 4814474
Classical / Piano

Between March 2004 and May 2006 András Schiff performed the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas at the Tonhalle, Zürich, recorded and released by ECM New Series. This collection presents the encores from these concerts. What does one play after Beethoven sonatas? András Schiff: “For me it's essential not to seek entertainment but rather to look for pieces that are closely related to the previously heard sonatas.” The pianist explores links to Schubert, Mozart, Haydn and Bach. For all the interconnecting strands of musical history, András Schiff’s selection of encores also adds up to a thoroughly enjoyable ‘recital’ disc in its own right.
Orchestra of St. Luke's, Pablo Heras-Casado - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 Op. 13; The Tempest Op. 18 (2016)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13; The Tempest Op. 18 (2016)
Orchestra of St. Luke's; Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor

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Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC902220 | Time: 01:08:20

Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied conducting career—encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically informed performance and cutting-edge contemporary scores. He has served as Principal Conductor of Orchestra of St. Luke’s since 2011, now extended to September 2017. OSL began as a chamber ensemble based at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village. Today, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble consists of 21 virtuoso artists who perform a diverse repertoire and make up OSL’s artistic core. harmonia mundi are proud to release OSL's debut album for the label featuring two of Tchaikovsky's earliest notable works, both of which are dramatic and vibrant: Symphony No. 1, 'Winter Dreams' and 'The Tempest', a sprawling and turbulent seascape.
LPO, Vladimir Jurowski, Vsevolod Grivnov - Serge Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3; 10 Songs (arr. Jurowski) (2016)

Sergey Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 3; 10 Songs (arr. Jurowski) (2016)
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski, conductor; Vsevolod Grivnov, tenor

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Genre: Classical | Label: LPO | # LPO-0088 | Time: 00:59:20

This recording features one of today’s most sought-after conductors, Vladimir Jurowski, who was appointed Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007, with many of his recordings on the LPO Label being chosen for special mentions by BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone Magazine. When Rachmaninoff finally settled in Switzerland in the early 1930s, it was here, in the tranquil surroundings he needed for inspiration, that he wrote the Third Symphony. Sir Henry Wood, writing in his autobiography My Life of Music (1938), predicted that Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony would ‘prove as popular as Tchaikovsky’s Fifth’. These arrangements of Rachmaninoff’s 10 Songs were made by Vladimir Jurowski’s grandfather, also called Vladimir (1915–72), whose first experience of Rachmaninoff’s music was in Russia after the Second World War. He orchestrated 10 songs specifically for the celebrated Russian tenor Ivan Kozlovsky, who recorded them with the conductor Kiril Kondrashin.
Jonathan Plowright - Johannes Brahms: Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol.3 (2016)

Jonathan Plowright - Johannes Brahms: Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol.3 (2016)
Variations, Op.21 No.2; Piano Pieces, Opp.76 & 118; Waltzes, Op.39

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Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2127 | 01:21:20

GRAMOPHONE Magazine Editor's Choice - February 2016. Critical acclaim for Jonathan Plowright's two previous discs in his series of Brahms’s works for solo piano includes distinctions such as ‘10/10’ on the website Classics Today and top marks in Diapason as well as ‘Instrumental Choice of the Month’ in BBC Music Magazine. On his third disc Plowright presents the listener with two seemingly contradictory aspects of Johannes Brahms: the deeply serious, emotionally charged, but also meticulously constructed late Piano Pieces of Op. 118 and their precursor Op. 76 appear side by side with the unapologetic extroversion and scintillating verve of most (if not all) of the 16 Waltzes Op. 39, and the flamboyant Variations on a Hungarian Melody. Brahms’s fascination with Hungarian gypsy music stemmed from his friendship with the violinist Eduard Reményi, and found an outlet in several works, among which the Hungarian Dances are probably the most famous.
Christoph Eschenbach & Matthias Goerne - Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge (2016)

Christoph Eschenbach & Matthias Goerne - Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 55:40 min | 185 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 18 | Rls.date: 2016

Brahms wrote a vast number of lieder over a period of 40 years. The 200 or so he permitted to survive show just how important the genre was to his compositional process. The selection presented here illustrates the diversity of a corpus that features Heine (as with so many other composers), but also a wide variety of other poets whom he set to music with the same consummate skill as the Four Serious Songs Op.121, the peak of his magnificent and highly individual output.