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Coming Soon, Parsifal from Pablo Heras-Casado and other forthcoming highlights

Highlights for the summer include a live recording of Wagner's from the 2023 Bayreuth Festival (starring Andreas Schager in the title-role, Elīna Garanča as Kundry and Georg Zeppenfeld as Gurnemanz), a programme of music by the Mendelssohn siblings from Isata Kanneh-Mason, a second volume of African Pianism from Rebeca Omordia, the world premiere recording of George Benjamin's new opera Picture a day like this, and a Kurt Weill triptych from Joana Mallwitz and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

Andreas Schager (Parsifal), Elīna Garanča (Kundry), Georg Zeppenfeld (Gurnemanz), Derek Welton (Amfortas), Jordan Shanahan (Klingsor), Tobias Kehrer (Titurel); Bayreuther Festspielorchester, Bayreuther Festspielchor, Pablo Heras-Casado

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival last year, this Parsifal was praised in The New York Times for Schager's 'tirelessly passionate and convincingly boyish' hero and Heras-Casado's 'vibrant, even-keeled and well-paced' approach to the score; although distinctly unimpressed with the augmented reality production, the Financial Times described the Spanish conductor as 'the good shepherd, clearly on top of Bayreuth’s famously tricky acoustic challenges in his debut performance there'.

Released 28th June and also available on Blu-ray.

Available Formats: 4 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano), London Mozart Players, Jonathan Bloxham

The main event on this album is the world premiere recording of the new urtext edition of Fanny Mendelssohn’s Easter Sonata, which was lost for 150 years and initially attributed to her brother. The programme also includes Felix's Piano Concerto No. 1, two of his Songs Without Words, and transcriptions of movements from the incidental music from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Rachmaninoff and Moskowski.

Released 9th August.

Available Format: CD

BBC Philharmonic, John Wilson

The mainstay of this fourth volume in Wilson's Coates series is The Four Centuries Suite: taking in the hornpipe, pavane, waltz and dance-band music of the 1940s, it was dedicated to Coates's wife and their mutual love of dancing. The album also includes the autobiographical From Meadow to Mayfair, the Three Bears Phantasy which Coates composed for his young son Austin, and the 'Rediffusion March' (commissioned by Britain’s first independent TV and radio service in 1948).

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

Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Joana Mallwitz

The 'satirical ballet' Die sieben Todsünden (conceived by Weill, Bertold Brecht and George Balanchine and premiered in Paris in 1933) sits at the heart of this Weill triptych, with Katharine Mehrling as 'Anna I' - a role which was originally created by Lotte Lenya. It's flanked by the Symphony No. 1 ('Berliner Sinfonie') from 1921 and the Symphony No. 2 (or 'Symphonic Fantasy'), which was premiered by Bruno Walter in 1934. This is Mallwitz's first audio-album for Deutsche Grammophon, following a DVD of an abridged Così fan tutte which won an Opus Klassik Award in 2022.

Released 2nd August.

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Daniel Lozakovich (violin), Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

The 23-year-old Swedish violinist signed an exclusive contract with Warner Classics in April following three albums on Deutsche Grammophon (including a debut album of Bach which BBC Music Magazine described as 'a performance way beyond his years'), and this first project for the label comprises the Franck and Grieg violin sonatas plus the Romance from Shostakovich’s The Gadfly, and a sonata co-composed by Pletnev and Alexey Shor.

Released 30th August.

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Rebeca Omordia (piano)

Released in early 2022, African Pianism Vol. 1 was applauded in Gramophone for Omordia's 'musical curiosity and imagination, bolstered by an admirably versatile technique' and in Fanfare for her 'suave sense of melodic line, and her timbral sensitivity'; this sequel includes Salim Dada's Miniatures Algériennes, Florence Price's Fantasie Nègre, Fela Sowande's Two Preludes on Yoruba Sacred Folk Melodies, and works by Girma Yifrashewa and Nabil Benabdeljalil.

Released 19th July.

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

George Li (piano)

The American pianist took the silver medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition when he was still in his teens, and won an Opus Klassik Award for his debut recording on Warner two years later. This second solo album comprises a trio of works inspired by dance and by what Li describes as 'the general feeling of an evolution, or perhaps a continuous battle, between the introverted and extroverted landscapes': Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze, Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales, and Stravinsky's Three Movements from 'Petrushka'.

Released 19th July.

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo), James Girling (guitar), Ligeti Quartet

Conceived during a residency at The Red House in Aldeburgh in 2019, this collection of new compositions and arrangements by Arthur Keegan includes his Elegies for Emma (scored for voice & guitar and setting poems which Hardy wrote after his first wife's death) and the String Quartet No. 1 'Elegies for Tom'. The programme also features arrangements of songs by Finzi, Imogen Holst, Muriel Herbert, Derek Holman, and Gurney.

Released 19th July.

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

Marianne Crebassa (Woman), Beate Mordal (Lover 1/Composer), Cameron Shahbazi (Lover 2/Composer's Assistant), John Brancy (Artisan/Collector), Anna Prohaska (Zabelle); Mahler Chamber Orchestra, George Benjamin

Recorded during the first performances at Aix-en-Provence last summer, this is the world premiere of Benjamin's opera about a bereaved mother in search of a miracle; The Telegraph hailed the work as 'an exquisitely crafted little masterpiece', whilst BachTrack's's David Karlin enthused that 'its 75 minutes were the most inspiring I have ever spent in an opera house'.

Sir George spoke to us about the work's genesis shortly after the premiere.

Released 6th September.

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Augustin Hadelich (violin), Orion Weiss (piano)

This all-American programme includes Charles Ives's Violin Sonata No. 4 'Children's Day at the Camp Meeting', Stephen Hartke's Netsuke, John Adams's Road Movies, Amy Beach's Romance, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's Louisiana Blues Strut, Hadelich's own arrangement of Howdy Forrester's Wild Fiddler's Rag, and Heifetz's transcription of Manuel Ponce's Estrellita.

Released 23rd August.

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC