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 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.
Vladimir Jurowksi and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin have set down new recordings of Richard Strauss’ electrifying Also sprach Zarathustra and Mahler’s Totenfeier, to be released in September to coincide with the Russian maestro taking up office as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the orchestra.
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
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.