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 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 4th January 2019

Today’s new releases include a musical journey following in the footsteps of a medieval Islamic explorer from Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI, an all-Polish programme from violinist Jennifer Pike, Bach’s Italian Concerto from Italian pianist Federico Colli, and Boris Lyatoshynsky’s Third Symphony from Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall

Hot of the heels of their toe-tapping celebration of baroque dance (Terpsichore, released last month), Savall and his acclaimed early music ensemble present a musical travelogue based around the pioneering journeys made by the Muslim explorer and scholar (1304 – 1377), taking in Mali, China, The Maldives, Egypt, Yemen, India, Zanzibar, and his native Morocco. Includes a beautifully illustrated and highly informative hardback book.

Available Format: 2 SACDs

Following his debut on Chandos last January with a strikingly vivid Scarlatti recital which was one of our Top Ten Recordings of 2018, the young Italian pianist continues to explore baroque repertoire through a Romantic prism with all-Bach programme which includes Busoni’s transcription of the great Chaconne from the D minor Partita for Solo Violin, the Italian Concerto, and the Keyboard Partita in D BWV828.

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

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits

Karabits has a personal connection with the Ukrainian composer (1895-1968), who taught his father Ivan orchestration at the Kiev Conservatory in the late 1960s; subtitled ‘To the 25th Anniversary of the October Revolution’, the Third Symphony was premiered in 1951 and is paired here with the symphonic ballad Grazhyna, written to commemorate the centenary of the death of Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz.

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Jennifer Pike (violin), Petr Limonov (piano)

The British violinist (whose mother is Polish) has been exploring music by contemporary Polish composers in her live concerts over the past year or two, but for this album she focuses on music from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including Szymanowski’s Mythes, Wieniawski’s Légende and Polonaise de Concert, and works by Moszkowski and Mieczysław Karłowicz. Look out for Katherine's interview with her next week…

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

Vladimir Feltsman (piano)

The Russian-American pianist’s programme of early twentieth-century rarities includes Samuil Feinberg’s Berceuse, Alexei Stanchinsky’s Prelude in Lydian Mode and Four Sketches, Sergey Protopopov’s Piano Sonata No. 2, Arthur Vincent Lourié’s A Phoenix Park Nocturne, and Alexander Mosolov’s Two Nocturnes and Two Dances.

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Founded in 1985, the Czech quartet have made something of a speciality of repertoire by their compatriots (their previous album of Dvořák and Janáček was praised in BBC Music Magazine for the ‘sweetness of tone’ and ‘deeply considered ensemble’ on display); here they perform Smetana’s String Quartet No. 2, Dvořák’s String Quartet in E flat Op. 51, and Janáček’s Intimate Letters.

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Sueye Park (violin), Love Derwinger (piano)

Following a formidable recording debut with the Paganini Caprices last year (‘Park makes the technical demands sound like child’s play’ - Gramophone), the young South Korean violinist teams up with pianist Love Derwinger for a programme of encores and showpieces including music by Kreisler, Sarasate, Tchaikovsky, Falla, Wieniawski, Dvořák, Rachmaninov and of course Elgar.

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

NDR Radiophilharmonie, Thomas Dorsch

Born in Silesia in 1860, Woyrsch enjoyed a close friendship with Brahms in his youth, and his influence plays out in these two symphonies, composed in 1921 and 1927 respectively; this is the third instalment of Thomas Dorsch’s projected cycle of the symphonies on CPO, which began in 2012.

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Camerata Lipsiensis & Opella Musica

This fourth volume of choral works by the German polymath (1660-1722) centres on his Missa Brevis, and also includes the motets Muss nicht der Mensch auf dieser Erden, Ich hebe meine Augen auff, Ach Gott, wie lässt du mich erstarren, and the cantata for solo soprano In te Domine speravi.

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Juilliard String Quartet, Paul Freeman et al

Recorded during the 1970s and originally issued on vinyl, this collection of music by composers including Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-99), José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767–1830), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912), Ulysses Simpson Kay (1917–1995) and William Grant Still (1895–1978) has been newly remastered from the original analogue tapes and is presented here on 10 CDs.

Available Format: 10 CDs

Joan Hammond, Richard Lewis, Marian Nowakowski, Hervey Alan; BBC Symphony Orchestra & Choral Society, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Taken from the Richard Itter Broadcast Collection, this concert performance of Berlioz’s ‘légende dramatique’ was broadcast live from the Royal Festival Hall in February 1953 and is sung in English; the Dvořák took place at the same venue in May of the following year, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Bruce Boyce as the soloists.

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC