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 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 10th May 2019

New Releases 10th May 2019Today’s new releases include Mozart sonatas from German pianist Lars Vogt, an album of popular Latin American and Italian songs from mezzo Elīna Garanča, and the Strauss violin concerto from Tasmin Little (who will be retiring from performance in 2020, making this one of her last recordings).

Lars Vogt (piano)

Vogt’s Mozart discography to date includes recordings of the violin sonatas with Christian Tetzlaff, and piano concertos with Paavo Järvi and Ivor Bolton; for his first solo album of the composer’s music, he performs two baroque-influenced early sonatas alongside K310 (composed at around the time of Mozart’s mother’s death) and the Haydn-esque K333.

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

Elīna Garanča (mezzo), Orquesta Filarmónica De Gran Canaria, Karel Mark Chichon

Nine years on from her Spanish-inflected album Habanera, the Latvian mezzo presents a programme of popular songs from southern Europe and Latin American, including Augustin Lara’s Granada, Paolo Tosti’s Marechiara and Non t’amo più, Ernesto de Curtis’s Torna a Surriento and Non ti scordar di me, and Yo soy Maria from Piazzolla’s tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires.

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

Tasmin Little (violin), Michael McHale (piano), Michael Collins (clarinet), Julie Price (bassoon); BBC Symphony Orchestra, Michael Collins

In her antepenultimate recording, Tasmin Little performs the Violin Concerto from 1882; Irish pianist Michael McHale opens the album with the Burlesk for piano and orchestra, and conductor Michael Collins does double-duty as soloist in the Duett-Concertino for clarinet, bassoon and strings and the Romanze of 1883 (Strauss’s first composition for instrumental soloist and orchestra).

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

Ulf Wallin (violin), Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Christian Lindberg

For the tenth instalment of his survey of the orchestral music of the Swedish composer, Lindberg is joined by Ulf Wallin for the Second Violin Concerto (written in the late 1970s), which runs to almost an hour and was described by Pettersson as a ‘Symphony for violin and orchestra’. (The complete cycle so far is included in our BIS special offer, which runs until 1st July).

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

The 22-year-old Turkish pianist recorded this album at Japan’s ACT CITY Concert Hall in January, just a few weeks after winning the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in the same venue; the programme includes Bartók’s Out of Doors, Schubert’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in E flat, Liszt’s transcription of Beethoven’s Adelaide, and Çakmur’s compatriot Fazil Say’s Black Earth.

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

Yates’s programme comes from the library of the amateur composer and harpsichordist Richard, Seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745-1816), and includes music by Striggio, Corelli, Caccini, Frescobaldi, Zipoli, and Peter Philips; the album was recorded on the Boni harpsichord which is currently housed in the Fitzwilliam Collection in Cambridge, thought to date from around 1680 and made in Tuscany.

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

Leonardo Cortellazzi, Vasa Stajkic, Paoletta Marrocu, Christian Senn, Raffaella Lupinacci, Leonor Bonilla;

Described by OperaWire after the live performance from which this recording is taken as ‘an opera that could easily hold its own among the better-known works in the bel canto canon’, Vaccai’s 1825 opera on the ‘star-cross’d lovers’ pre-dates Bellini’s I Capuleti by five years, and uses the same libretto by Felice Romani – the penultimate scene of Vaccai’s score was regularly interpolated into Bellini’s opera in nineteenth-century Italy.

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

The second volume of Beecham recordings from the late Richard Itter’s archive of BBC broadcasts focuses mainly on French rarities (taken from performances between 1952 and 1959), including Méhul’s Symphony No. 2, Gretry’s Zémire et Azor, Franck’s Le chasseur maudit, and Lalo’s Symphony in G; also includes Strauss’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Balakirev’s Symphony No. 1.

Available Formats: 3 CDs, MP3, FLAC

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of KKL during last year’s Lucerne Festival, Chailly’s all-Ravel programme includes the Valses nobles et sentimentales, La Valse, and the two suites from Daphnis et Chloé; reviewing the concert, The Arts Desk had special praise for the evergreen Boléro, observing that ‘all the key players here wrought their special magic; and the full, brilliant, climax with its heart-leaping modulation could not have been more exciting.‘

Available Format: DVD Video

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

16:9 NTSC


Master Audio, PCM Stereo

Available Format: Blu-ray