Federico Colli signs with Chandos

Federico Colli has signed an exclusive multi-album recording contract with Chandos Records. Described as “extraordinary” (Michael Church, The Independent) and “a star” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian), Federico will embark on a series of recordings of the music of Scarlatti and Bach. Ralph Couzens, Managing Director of Chandos Records says: “Chandos are thrilled to have Federico Colli join our roster of exclusive artists. Renowned for his expressive clarity of playing, we are very excited with what he can bring to our first recording project, the music of Scarlatti. Followed very quickly by Bach and all tied to worldwide concerts, we look forward to a fruitful collaboration.” Continue reading

New Erato recording of Les Troyens

The full forces of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, three choirs and sixteen hand-picked soloists unite under the baton of veteran Berlioz specialist John Nelson for two five-hour concerts of the  epic opera Les Troyens (The Trojans), in what Forum Opéra has already declared “the music event of the year” and “The Troyens of the century”. Erato had the honour of recording this French operatic milestone for release on the label in November 2017. Some 239 musicians were present on and around the stage in surround sound formation in Strasbourg’s state-of-the-art Salle Érasme at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès.


Ivan Ilić signs to Chandos Records

The Serbian-American Paris-based pianist Ivan Ilić has signed a new multi-album recording contract with Chandos Records, following internationally acclaimed recordings of Godowsky and Feldman. His first project under the label will be a series devoted to the solo piano works of Czech composer Antoine Reicha, a contemporary and lifelong friend of Beethoven. Although best known for his contributions to wind quintet repertoire, Reicha wrote vast quantities of solo piano music, most of which is unrecorded. The manuscripts, kept in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, were published only recently. Including premiere recordings of the Grande Sonate in C , the Sonate in F, and three excerpts from Practische Beispiele, the first volume will be released in September 2017. The works confirm Reicha as an authoritative, singular voice, whose piano works complement and enrich our understanding of Haydn and Beethoven. Volume 1 is a coproduction between Chandos, Swiss Radio RTS,
and the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de Musique Romantique Française.

PENTATONE’S Ghosts of Versailles wins Grammy

PENTATONE has announced that John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles has won Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Engineered Album in the 59th Grammy Awards. David Frost has also been awarded the title of Best Producer for for the production of PENTATONE releases  Bach: The Cello Suites According To Anna Magdalena and Overtures To Bach, amongst others. This production was recorded live and released for the very first time by PENTATONE in this double album release. 

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The Naxos Music Group will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of Naxos with events in Munich and London, including a gala concert at the Court Chapel in Munich featuring Naxos artists Boris Giltburg, Tianwa Yang and Gabriel Schwabe. Naxos was launched in 1987 as a budget classical CD label, offering CDs at the price of an LP at a time when CDs cost about three times more than LPs. The focus was on recording the standard repertoire in state-of-the-art digital sound with outstanding, if unknown artists and orchestras, initially mainly from Eastern Europe. From these humble beginnings, Naxos developed into one of the world’s leading classical labels, recording a wide range of repertoire with artists and orchestras from more than 30 countries.  Continue reading

The Italian Job from Avie

New from Avie: Gramophone Award-winning Adrian Chandler and his period-instrument ensemble La Serenissima present The Italian Job, a feast of instrumental colour featuring oboes, bassoons, trumpets, trombone, timpani, strings and continuo, by some of the finest composers of the Italian baroque. The music on this recording comes from four cities, each with a rich musical heritage: Venice (Albinoni, Caldara, Vivaldi), Bologna (Torelli), Padua (Tartini) and Rome (Corelli). 

Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles Wins Grammy

PENTATONE has announced that John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles has won Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Engineered Album in the 59th Grammy Awards. Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the opera received its premiere at the Met in 1991. The success of Ghosts resulted in many performances throughout the world in the 25 years to follow, one of which took place in February 2015 at the LA Opera.  Performed with soloists Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer and Guanqun Yu, conducted by James Conlon, and produced by Blanton Alspaugh, this production was recorded live and released for the very first time by PENTATONE in a double album release.

New Dvorak CD from the Pavel Haas Quartet

In spring the Pavel Haas Quartet and two guests will be recording a new Dvořák CD.  The cellist Peter Jarůšek said of the selected repertoire: “The two Dvořák quintets – the String Quintet No. 3, Op. 97, and the Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 91 – are very close to our hearts. We are delighted to have the opportunity to make a recording of String Quintet No. 3 with a former member of ours and close friend Pavel Nikl. When it comes to the other guest, the Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg, we have wanted to record Piano Quintet No. 2 ever since we performed it with him for the first time.” The album will be recorded at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague. The new CD, the seventh the PHQ will have made with Supraphon, is scheduled to be released in the autumn of 2017.


Chopin’s Ballades from Angela Brownridge

New readings of Chopin’s Ballades and other piano work are to be issued by Challenge Classics. This disc represents the second release from Angela Brownridge on Challenge Classics. Following on from her disc of Beethoven Sonatas (3, 23 & 30) from different periods, Angela continues to survey romantic masterpieces and presents here some of the cornerstones of Chopin’s creative output.
Challenge Classics CC72728 SACD  Released on 10th February 2017.

Aida Garifullina: New Album from Decca Classics

One of opera’s brightest young stars, Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, is releasing her eagerly-awaited debut album on Decca Classics on 3rd February. It follows a hugely successful year which has seen her light up the stage of the Vienna State Opera, perform for millions at the Bastille Day Concert in Paris, tour the US with Andrea Bocelli and even appear on the big screen opposite Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in the acclaimed film, Florence Foster Jenkins. Aida’s self-titled album, which was recorded in Vienna with the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and conductor Cornelius Meister, reflects her life and musical tastes as well as her Tatar ancestry. It showcases her stunning voice with works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as folk tunes and some of her personal favourite songs. Continue reading