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Current Classical Highlights


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Individuals speak about music as being a common language, one which transcends cultures and borders. Composers borrow from different cultures to introduce these cultures to their very own folks, as Hugo Wolf did along with his Italienisches Liederbuch — lately recorded by Allan Clayton, Carolyn Sampson, and Joseph Middleton — turning Italian poetry into German artwork songs. The reverse is finished additionally, the place musicians carry out works by fellow countrymen to introduce these works to a wider viewers, as Latvian Gidon Kremer (pictured above) does with the brand new PPP: Plakidis, Pētersons, Pelēcis album. Some artists simply really feel an affinity for a composer due to their shared cultural roots or a musical lineage; for an instance, hear tenor Cyrille Dubois’ recording of the entire songs of Gabriel Fauré. Hear for extra cultural clues on this batch of current albums.

Gina Alice – Wonderworld

Giovanni Antonini, Kammerorchester Base – Haydn 2032, No. 12: Les jeux et les plaisirs

Matthew Aubin, Jackson Symphony Orchestra – Fernande Decruck: Concertante Works

Ronald Brautigam, Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willen – Johann Wilhelm Wilms: The Piano Concertos, Vol. 1

William Carter – Esaias Reusner: Delitiae testudinis

Bertrand Chamayou – Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

Helen Charlston, Toby Carr – Battle Cry: She Speaks

Paolo Chiavacci, Francesco La Vecchia – Gian Francesco Malipiero: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and a pair of; Per una favola cavalleresca

Allan Clayton, Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton – Hugo Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch

Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe – Monteverdi: Anima dolorosa – Il quarto libro de madrigali

Nicholas Collon, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra – Sibelius: Symphony No. 7; Pelléas et Mélisande; King Christian II

Danish String Quartet – Prism IV: Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bach

Stéphane Denève, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR – Maurice Ravel: Orchesterwerke

Roel Dieltiens, Andreas Staier – Beethoven: Cello Sonatas & Bagatelles Opp. 102, 119 & 126

Peter Donohoe – Grieg: Lyric Items, Vol. 1

Cyrille Dubois, Tristan Raës – Fauré: Full Songs

Emperor Quartet – Benjamin Britten: The Music for String Quartet

Ensemble Intercontemporain – Steve Reich: Reich/Richter

Gerald Finley, Julius Drake – Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin

Pavel Giunter, Rokas Vaitkevicius, Lithuantian Chamber Orchestra, Karolis Variakojis – Zibuokle Martinaityte: Ex Tenebris Lux

Matthias Goerne, Daniil Trifonov – Lieder: Berg, Schumann, Wolf, Shostakovich, Brahms

Håkan Hardenberger, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Fabien Gabel – French Trumpet Concertos

Manfred Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 6; Stucky: Silent Spring

Paavo Järvi, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 ‘Winter Daydreams”; Italian Capriccio; Waltz from ‘Eugene Onegin’

Pavel Kolesnikov – Reynaldo Hahn: Poèmes & Valses

Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica – PPP: Plakidis, Pētersons, Pelēcis

Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew – Vivaldi: The Nice Venetian Mass

Yoav Levanon – A Monument for Beethoven

Paul Lewis – Beethoven: The Well-known Piano Sonatas

Valentina Lisitsa – Chopin

London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham – H.F. Handel/J.A. Hasse: Caio Fabbricio, HWV A9

Louis Lortie – Louis Lortie Performs Chopin, Vol. 7

Sally Matthews, Julian Hubbard, Ben Glassberg – Britten: The Flip of the Screw

Lisa Moore – Frederic Rzewski: No place to go however round

Marc Niemann, Philharmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven – Music from the Shadows: Emilie Mayer – Symphonies Nos 6 & 3

Hervé Niquet, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris – Jules Massenet: Songs with Orchestra

David Orlowsky, David Bergmüller – Alter Ego

Nicholas Phan – Stranger: Works for Tenor by Nico Muhly

Francesco Piemontesi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Johathan Nott – Schoenberg, Messiaen, Ravel

Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov – Chopin, Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonatas

Max Richter, Elena Urioste, Chineke! Orchestra – Max Richter: The New 4 Seasons – Vivaldi Recomposed

Mari Samuelsen, Scoring Berlin Orchestra, Jonathan Stockhammer – Lys

Sestina, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Peter Whelan – The Hibernian Muse: Music for Eire by Purcell and Cousser

Lahav Shani, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra – Weill: Symphony No. 2; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Masato Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan – Johann Sebastian Bach: Concertos for Harpsichord & Strings, Vol. 2

Time for Three, Philadelphia Orchestra, Xian Zhang – Letters for the Future

Freddie De Tommaso – Il Tenore

William Vann – Ralph Vaughan Williams: Pan’s Anniversary

Numerous Artists – Eric Tanguy: In a Dream – Chamber Music

Franz Welser-Möst, Cleveland Orchestra – Strauss: Three Tone Poems

Carolin Widmann – L’Aurore

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