New Releases from Proper Music

Vasily Petrenko has been awarded the Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Awards –  perfect timing to herald the new recording of Scriabin’s Symphony No 2, coupled with the Piano Concerto performed by Kirill Gerstein, accompanied by the exceptional Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Other Proper Music new releases include a bumper crop of Australian Eloquence discs, a batch that pays homage to the much-loved British soprano Jennifer Vyvyan, many of whose Decca recordings appear on CD for the first time. These include ‘Mr. Bach at Vauxhall Gardens’ (J.C. Bach), Scarlatti duet-cantatas with Elsie Morison, the first complete recording of The Fairy Queen (Anthony Lewis) two litany settings by Mozart, and scenes/arias by Mozart and Haydn. Further Jennifer Vyvyan recordings are scheduled for 2018.


 

Recent reissues of Eduard van Beinum on Decca Eloquence have been critically appraised, and this month sees the great Dutch conductor in Baroque dress. His affectionate reading of the Bach Orchestral Suites appears on a single CD for the first time, newly remastered. His incandescent accounts of two of Johann Christian Bach’s Sinfonias are coupled with the Handel-Harty Fireworks Music and Water Music suites, as well as an ‘explosively performed’ (High Fidelity) Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke).

 

A trailer highlighting many of these recordings is now available: https://youtu.be/DNNQkGl8Jac

 

The label released some wonderful recordings over the Summer which I have also added into the excel listing just in case you missed them.  They includes the release of Dame Nellie Melba’s Farewell (Covent Garden, 1926) remastered from the original metal masters and restored to Melba’s preferred French pitch. The extensive booklet includes an essay by the historian of voices, Roger Neill, who co-compiled the recent critically-acclaimed Eloquence set ‘From Melba to Sutherland: Australian Singers on Record’ (482 5892) as well as rarely-seen photographs.

 

Eduard van Beinum’s legacy for Philips and Decca continues to be mined on Eloquence with all the symphonies and concertos of Mozart he was to record – a slim, but invaluable collection which includes several titles like the B-flat Symphony KV319 (Decca) and the Clarinet Concerto (with Bram de Wilde, Philips) receiving their first Decca CD release. Also beautifully remastered for this release is a Berlioz collection on Decca.

 

The dynamic relationship of Karel Ančerl with the Czech Philharmonic has been well documented but his brief but productive partnership with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (for Philips) has long been forgotten. Accompanied by a keenly detailed booklet appreciation, this valuable collection makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of an unfailingly warm and astute musician.

 

Two 2CD sets of music by Auber round off this month’s Eloquence releases. Both are conducted by Richard Bonynge. The first is a reissue of his recording of Le Domino noir, which starred Sumi Jo in the title role and won a Penguin Rosette award. The second, curated by Bonynge himself, brings together Auber’s theatrical and orchestral works, ranging from the First Cello Concerto and the ballet substantial music for Marco Spada, to shorter balletic works and operatic arias with Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, Richard Conrad, and, from the ABC’s archive, Angela Denning, Heather Begg and Anson Austin. The recordings span from 1963­-80.

FROM AVIE: ANTONIO MENESES: A DOUBLE CELEBRATION

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of winning First Prize and the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, as well as his 60th birthday in August, Antonio Meneses adds to his distinguished discography with three works with orchestra he has not previously recorded: Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1, and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Continue reading

RSK announce a great September

 

RSK annouce a great September: Dunedin Consort celebrate Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary with a glorious performance of the Vespers and Robin Ticciati launches a new recording partnership with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra with a Debussy album featuring Magdalena Kožená. Robin Ticciati will take up his new position with the multi award-winning Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester from the beginning of the 2017-18 season. To launch this exciting new partnership Ticciati and the DSO present Debussy’s La Mer, Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande and the premiere recording of composer Brett Dean’s arrangements of Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées featuring Magdalena Kožená.

 

George Liu signs with Warner Classics

Pianist George Li, silver medallist of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition has signed with Warner Classics and releases his debut recording. Liu celebrates his newly-signed exclusive  contract with his recording debut, the solo recital Live at the Mariinsky. The young American, winner of the silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015, offers an enthralling programme of Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt. It was recorded live at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in that other great Russian city, St Petersburg, in October 2016. Continue reading

Pierre-Laurent Aimard signs with PENTATONE


PENTATONE has announced that Pierre-Laurent Aimard, one of today’s most celebrated musicians and winner of the 2017 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, has signed with the label.The French pianist intends to record key works from his repertoire, spanning three centuries and ranging from Bach to Kurtág.  His move to PENTATONE follows an exclusive association with Deutsche Grammophon that began nearly a decade ago.

Impressive August Line-up for Linn

Linn’s line-up for August  has Francesco Piemontesi pairing up with Andrew Manze to form a Mozart dream team and Ensemble Marsyas presenting “Edinburgh 1742”, centred around the music composed for The Edinburgh Musical Society with director Peter Whelan. Francesco Piemontesi; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Andrew Manze’s  new CD will be Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos 25 & 26, while the popular Ensemble Marsyas returns with a diverse programme of concerti, wind music and Scottish songs by composers Francesco Barsanti and George Frideric Handel, centred around the music composed for The Edinburgh Musical Society.

PENTATONE signs long-term agreement with Jurowski

PENTATONE has announced the signature of a long-term, multi-album agreement with Vladimir Jurowski, one of the leading conductors of his generation. The Russian-born maestro will helm a new complete cycle of the symphonies of Sergei Prokofiev with his Moscow-based State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”, the first instalment of which will feature Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 and is slated for release in November this year.

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.