Recent Classical Highlights

What draws fans of classical music is the way old favorites sound familiar and yet new at every performance. This month's reviews include new recordings by Brahms & # 39; Symphony No. 2 conducted by Herbert Blomstedt; Stravinsky's Spring Rite under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado and Sibelius & # 39; Violin concerto played by Fenella Humphreys. Other pillars of the recently visited repertoire are Pierrot Lunaire, Schumann's piano quartet and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in full orchestral color. What is your favorite?

Alamire, Fretwork, David Skinner – Byrd 1588: Psalmes, Sonets & Songs of sadnes and pietie
Louise Alder, Joseph Middleton – Chère Nuit: French songs
Sergio Azzolini, L & # 39; Onda Armonica – Vivaldi: Concerti per Fagotto Vol. 5
Elizabeth Bates, Steven Hrycelak, Clifton Massey, Niels Neubert – Voices in the Wild
Mary Bevan, Kitty Whately, Ben Johnson, Ashley Riches – The Harmonic Echo: Songs by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Binchois Consort, Andrew Kirkman – Music for the King of Scots: In the Pleasure Palace of James IV
Herbert Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig – Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Ronald Brautigam, Cologne Academy, Michael Alexander Willens – Carl Maria von Weber: Complete works for piano and orchestra
Zachary Carrettín – Metamorphosis: Bach Cello Suties 1, 2 and 3
Elizabeth Chang- Transformations: Works by Leon Kirchner, Roger Sessions, Arnold Schönberg
Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna – Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Andrew Davis, Charles Groves, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra – Robert Simpson: Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 6
Freddie De Tommaso, London Philharmonic Orchestra Renato Balsadonna – Passione
Graham Anthony Devine – British Guitar Music, Vol. 2: Dowland, Britten, Rutter, Scott, Maw
Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Schubert: Winter Journey
James Ehnes – Ysaÿe: Sonatas for solo violin
Ensemble Correspondances, Sebastien Dauce – Septem Verba & Membra Jesu Nostri: Buxtehude, Schütz, Dijkman
Isabelle Faust, Orchester de Paris, Pablo Heras-Casado – Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps; Eötvös: Concert "Alhambra"
Ádám Fischer, Tünde Szabóky, Nadine Weissmann, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker – Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Matthias Goerne, Seong-Jin Cho – In the sunset: Wagner, Pfitzner, Strauss
Augustin Hadelich – Bach: Sonatas & Partitas
Fenella Humphreys, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, George Vass – Sibelius: Violin Concerto op. 47; Humoresken, op. 87 & 89; Nors S. Josephson: Heavenly Journey
Paavo Järvi, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich – Tchaikovsky: Symphonies No. 2 & 4
Patricia Kopatchinskaja – Schönberg: Pierrot Lunaire
Karl Larson – Scott Wollschleger: Dark Days
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie – N & # 39; esperez plus mes yeux: Airs sérieux et à boire, Vol. 3
Albrecht Mayer, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Vital Julian Frey – Mozart: Works for oboe and orchestra
Clyde Mitchell, Northwest Sinfonia – Christopher Tyler Nickel: Symphony No. 2
MultiPiano Ensemble, English Chamber Orchestra – Mozart: The Complete Multipiano Concertos
Ursula Oppens – Fantasy: Oppens plays Kaminsky
Orsino Ensemble, Pavel Kolesnikov – Belle Epoque: French music for wind instruments
Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra – Vaughan Williams: Symphonies No. 4 & 6
Francesco Piemontesi – Bach nostalgia
Lucile Richardot, Les Cris de Paris, Geoffroy Jourdain – Berio to Sing
François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Méhul: Les Amazones – Overture
François-Xavier Roth, SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg – Richard Strauss: Complete Tone Poems
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Philharmonia Orchestra – Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Jordi Savall, Pedro Estevan – La Lira d & # 39; Esperia
Lan Shui, Singapore Symphony Orchestra – Russian Spectacular: Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Borodin
Sixteen, Harry Christophers – Good night, beloved
Choir of St. John & # 39; s Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha – Magnificat 2
Marek Štilec, Czech Chamber Philharmonic – Paul Wranitzky: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Christian Thielemann, Vienna Philharmonic – Bruckner 3
Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony – Berg: Violin Concerto; Seven early songs; Three pieces for orchestra
Trinity College Choir, Cambridge; Stephen Layton – Cecilia McDowall
Trio Wanderer, Christophe Gaugué, Catherine Montier – Robert Schumann: Complete piano trios, quartet & quintet
Various artists – Tansy Davies: Nature
Les Vents Français, Eric Le Sage – Hindemith: Wind Sonatas


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