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 Coming Soon, Rachmaninov from Daniil Trifonov and other forthcoming highlights

DepartureThe late summer and early autumn are looking extremely promising already, with stand-out releases including a recital exploring ‘the Pity of War’ via German and English song from Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano, Rachmaninov’s Second and Fourth Piano Concertos from Daniil Trifonov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Matthias Goerne’s first Wozzeck on film, and Yo-Ya Ma’s last will and testament regarding the Bach Cello Suites.

Daniil Trifonov (piano), The Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Their recording of Rachmaninov’s Corelli Variations and the Paganini Rhapsody together back in 2015 was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award and described as ‘a genuine meeting of musical minds’ by the committee; now Trifonov, Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra (with whom the composer recorded his own works) embark on the first of two volumes of the piano concertos. Released 12th October.

Available Format: CD

Ian Bostridge (tenor), Sir Antonio Pappano (piano)

To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, Pappano and Bostridge join forces for a programme which centres on two song-cycles written by composers who were killed during the fighting: George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad (more usually the province of baritones) and Rudi Stephan’s Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied. Also includes Kurt Weill’s Four Walt Whitman Songs and three military songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Released 26th October.

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Now 62, the legendary cellist makes his third (and, he insists, final) recording of works which he declares to have ‘been my constant companions for almost six decades’; over the next two years he will perform all six suites together in locations including the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Tanglewood, Vienna’s Musikverein and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Released 17th August.

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Hilary Hahn (violin)

Twenty years after tackling two of Bach’s three partitas and his third (C minor) sonata for unaccompanied violin on her debut solo album at the tender age of 17, Hahn returns to finish the job with this recording of the Sonata No. 1 in G minor, the Sonata No. 2 in A minor, and the first Partita in B minor. Released 5th October.

Available Format: CD

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Roman Patkoló (double bass), London Symphony Orchestra, Krzysztof Penderecki

Released in anticipation of Penderecki’s 85th birthday this November, this double album features four works dedicated to Anne-Sophie Mutter: the Violin Sonata No. 2 (which she premiered in 2000), the baroque-influenced La follia for unaccompanied violin, the Violin Concerto No. 2 ‘Metamorphosen’ (1995), and the Duo concertante for violin and double bass (written for Mutter and Roman Patkoló, who appeared on her recent Trout Quintet recording). Released 10th August.

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

Following a stunning recording of Louis Couperin’s Dances from the Bauyn Manuscript earlier this year (you can read our interview with him about the project here), the Russian pianist commits his first Beethoven to disc: in addition to the Moonlight Sonata, his programme includes the Sonata No. 10 in G, the 7 Bagatelles Op. 33, and the 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80. Released 31st August.

Available Format: CD

Sophie Karthäuser (soprano), Stéphane Degout (baritone), Eugene Asti (piano), Alain Planès (piano)

Two of today’s leading exponents of the title-roles in Pélleas et Mélisande joins forces with two outstanding mélodie pianists to mark the centenary of Debussy’s death; Karthäuser and Asti take the Trois chansons de Bilitis, Mandoline and the first set of Fêtes galantes, whilst the second set (plus the Trois Ballades de François Villon and the Trois chansons de France) are performed by Dégout and Planès. Released 24th August.

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton

The music of the multi-talented Park has already featured on recordings by the Gabrieli Consort, ORA, and Tenebrae, but this is the first album devoted to his compositions; includes the ORA commission Upheld by stillness, and settings of Beati quorum via, Justorum animae and Coelos ascendit hodie (which were also famously set by Charles Villiers Stanford, in whose footsteps Park followed as organ scholar of Trinity College Cambridge). Released 31st August.

Available Format: CD

Matthias Goerne (Wozzeck), Asmik Grigorian (Marie), Wiener Philharmoniker, Vladimir Jurowski

Filmed at last year’s Salzburg Festival, William Kentridge’s new production was described by the Financial Times as ‘a breathtaking reassessment of Berg’s masterpiece’ and ‘a stupendous, faith-restoring production’ by The Telegraph. Goerne (who has previously collaborated with Kentridge on an installation of Winterreise ) has been one of the world’s leading Wozzecks for the best part of two decades, but sings the role for the first time on record here. Released 31st August.

Available Format: DVD Video + Blu-ray