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 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 18th January 2019

Today’s new releases include the first-ever recording of the complete Sibelius symphonies from a French orchestra, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique arranged for piano four-hands (with a twist…), the debut solo album from Hungarian soprano Emöke Baráth, and Carmina Burana from Beijing’s Forbidden City, filmed in concert last October as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s 120th birthday celebrations.

Florian Boesch (bass-baritone), Concentus Musicus Wien, Stefan Gottfried

Schubert’s Unfinished is completed here with a scherzo based on the composer’s own sketches and realised by Nicola Samale and Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs, and the first entr’acte from Rosamunde by way of finale. It’s prefaced by seven orchestral arrangements of Schubert songs by Brahms and Webern, including Memnon, Geheimes, Du bist die Ruh, and Gruppe aus dem Tartarus.

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

Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi

Sibelius’s reputation in France has suffered in the wake of the composer and theorist René Leibowitz’s description of him as ‘the worst composer in the world’; Järvi was awarded the Sibelius Medal in 2015 for his championing of the composer’s music during his time as music director of the Orchestre de Paris, and here conducts the first recording of the complete symphonies with a French orchestra.

Available Formats: 3 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Gautier Capuçon (cello), Martha Argerich (piano), Renaud Capuçon (violin) Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bernard Haitink

Following the Cello Concerto, the French cellist is joined by his violinist brother Renaud and Martha Argerich (who has regularly collaborated with the siblings at the Lugano Festival) for the Fantasiestücke for Piano Trio Op. 88; he and Argerich also perform the Stücke im Volkston Op. 102 and the Fantasiestucke Op. 72.

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

In addition to his recording of Les nations with Les Talens Lyriques (featured in last week’s new releases), Rousset marked last year’s Couperin bicentenary with this collection of personal favourites from the Pièces de clavecin, Concerts Royaux and Suites, including Les baricades mistérieuses, La Pompe funèbre, Les petits moulins à vent, and Le Tic-Toc-Choc.

Available Format: 2 CDs

Jean-François Heisser, Marie-Josèphe Jude (Pleyel piano four hands)

Heisser and Jude expand upon Liszt’s solo piano transcription of his ‘episodes in the life of an artist’ for piano four hands, performing on a Pleyel ‘vis-à-vis’ housed in Paris’s Musée national de la musique; still in pristine mechanical order, the instrument comprises two ‘nested miniature concert-grands’ set face-to-face, and dates from two years before the work’s premiere.

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

Emöke Baráth (soprano), Il Pomo d'Oro, Francesco Corti

The Hungarian soprano (who sang Amore to Philippe Jaroussky’s Orfeo on Diego Fasolis’s recent recording of Orfeo ed Euridice and took the title-role in the world premiere recording of Stradella’s La Doriclea) makes her solo debut on Erato with an homage to the seventeenth-century Venetian composer and singer Barbara Strozzi, supplemented by music by her contemporaries including Francesco Cavalli, Pietro Antonio Cesti, and Tarquinio Merula.

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

María José Siri (Butterfly), Bryan Hymel (Pinkerton), Carlos Álvarez (Sharpless), Annalisa Stroppa (Suzuki); Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Chailly

Filmed at La Scala in December 2016, this is the first video release of the original two-act version of the opera which was premiered at the theatre in 1904, which is Chailly’s preferred edition of the score and features Pinkerton’s American wife Kate more prominently. Alvis Hermanis’s production draws heavily on kabuki theatre, and was described in Opera News as ‘true to the spirit of Puccini’s music and awake to the specific characteristics of Illica and Giacosa’s original libretto’.

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

María José Siri (Butterfly), Bryan Hymel (Pinkerton), Carlos Álvarez (Sharpless), Annalisa Stroppa (Suzuki); Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Chailly

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1

Available Format: Blu-ray

Daniil Trifonov (piano), Aida Garifullina (soprano), Toby Spence (tenor), Ludovic Tézier (baritone); Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Long Yu

As part of Deutsche Grammophon’s 120th birthday celebrations last October, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra gave the first classical concert at Beijing’s Imperial Ancestral Temple in 20 years, opening with Orff’s setting of poems by Bavarian monks which pre-date the Forbidden City by two centuries; the programme also includes Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concert with Daniil Trifonov, Max Richter’s November, and Liu Tianhua’s Enchanted Night.

Available Format: DVD Video

Daniil Trifonov (piano), Aida Garifullina (soprano), Toby Spence (tenor), Ludovic Tézier (baritone); Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Long Yu

Available Format: Blu-ray

Claudio Abbado

A 25-DVD set including the documentaries Hearing the Silence and The Silence before the Music, Europakonzerts from Stockholm, Palermo and Berlin, an Italian night from the Waldbühne, Mahler’s First, Second and Fourth Symphonies from the Lucerne Festival, the Mozart Requiem, and complete Brandenburg Concertos.

Available Format: 25 DVD Videos