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.
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