Gramophone 2016

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.
Boris Giltburg - Sergey Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39; Moments musicaux (2016)

Boris Giltburg - Rachmaninov: Études-tableaux, Op. 39; Moments musicaux (2016)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573469 | Time: 01:10:36

Boris Giltburg's 2016 release on Naxos consists of two sets of piano pieces by Sergey Rachmaninov, the Études-tableaux, Op. 39 (1916-1917), and the Moments musicaux, Op. 16 (1896). The Études-tableaux are a cross between technical studies and character pieces, reminiscent of the etudes of Frédéric Chopin, and they present considerable challenges, even to virtuoso pianists. Here, Giltburg displays his remarkable skills, as well as a range of expressions that run from the fiery and turbulent to the atmospheric and melancholy. In the Moments musicaux, Rachmaninov experimented with short forms, such as the nocturne, etude, funeral march, barcarolle, and theme with variations, and these pieces demonstrated his mastery of piano technique, if not yet his full maturity as a composer. Giltburg's playing brings out a variety of colors and textures, and his passionate interpretations accord with Rachmaninov's youthful, ardent style.
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.
Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier - Dietrich Buxtehude and his Circle: Geist, Bruhns, Tunder, Förster (2016)

Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier - Buxtehude and his Circle (2016)
Dietrich Buxtehude - Christian Geist - Nicolas Bruhns - Franz Tunder - Kaspar Förster

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Genre: Classical, Baroque | Label: Dacapo | # 6.220634 | Time: 01:15:31

Dietrich Buxtehude was not only the greatest organ virtuoso of his time and a celebrated composer of both sacred and secular music; he was also a highly enterprising and innovative artist with a unique ability to form networks around himself. This CD, conceived by Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier, gives a rare insight into the circle around Buxtehude – a musical circle of time, place, friendships, teacher-pupil relationships and even family ties; a network of excellent composers from northern German musician families, all of whom worked in or migrated to Scandinavia in the course of the 1600s.
Lapland CO, John Storgards, Jenny Carlstedt - Alexander von Zemlinsky: Seven Songs; Chamber Symphony (2016)

Alexander von Zemlinsky: Seven Songs of Night and Dream; Chamber Symphony (2016)
Lapland Chamber Orchestra; John Storgårds, conductor; Jenny Carlstedt, mezzo-soprano

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Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1272-2 | Time: 01:01:22

Ondine is proud to release these world premiere recordings of two new Zemlinsky arrangements by Richard Dünser (b. 1959) with Lapland Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds. The works of Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) - much admired by composers such as Mahler, Schoenberg and Berg - have gained more attention during the last decades. He wrote only 27 works with an opus number, but several of them can be considered among 20th century masterpieces. In 2013 composer Richard Dünser (b. 1959), pupil of Francis Burt and Hans Werner Henze, made two new rich arrangements of works by Zemlinsky. Seven Songs of Night and Dream (Sieben Lieder von Nacht und Traum) is an orchestration of songs from opp. 2, 5, 6, 8 and 10 based on the themes of night and dream. In this recording the songs are sung by mezzo-soprano Jenny Carlstedt. Chamber Symphony is a 40-minute orchestration of Zemlinsky's String Quartet No. 2. In this orchestration the limitations of a string quartet is set free by using a larger ensemble. Zemlinsky's String Quartet contains references to the works of his most famous pupil, Arnold Schoenberg.
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.
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.
Takacs Quartet, Marc-Andre Hamelin - Cesar Franck: Piano Quintet; Claude Debussy: String Quartet (2016)

César Franck - Piano Quintet; Claude Debussy - String Quartet (2016)
Takács String Quartet; Marc-André Hamelin, piano

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Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68061 | Time: 01:02:23 | Booklet included

Franck’s Piano Quintet and Debussy’s String Quartet make an apt and unusual coupling, each work its composer’s only, unsurpassable, contribution to the genre. Both receive authoritative performances from Marc-André Hamelin and the Takács Quartet.