Classical new releases

A new album from Sony Classical presents all three piano trios of Johannes Brahms. Pianist Emanuel Ax and cellist Yo-Yo Ma have already won multiple Grammy Awards for their previous Brahms recordings. Here they join violinist Leonidas Kavakos in their first recorded collaboration as a trio.

 

Classical and folk music continue to intermingle in fascinating ways. The intersections stretch back far beyond Bach, who cleverly slipped a German folk song into his Goldberg Variations. Later, composers like Ralph Vaughan Williams and Béla Bartók combed the countryside, collecting tunes from villagers.

When Daniil Trifonov was 20, he scored a double victory, taking home top prizes at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein International Piano Competitions. That was six years ago, and by now he has secured a spot as one of the most revered – perhaps even feared – classical pianists on the scene today.

Pianist Evgeny Kissin has just released a long-awaited solo album. “Evgeny Kissin: Beethoven” is the pianist’s first solo album in over ten years. It is also his first album dedicated entirely to the solo piano works of Ludwig van Beethoven.

 

What does it take to be an opera superstar? Jonas Kaufmann should know. He's been called "the world's greatest tenor."

Kaufmann has the voice. He's also got the onstage charisma, the movie-star good looks, the ambition, even a little controversy — and a brand new album.

He's the ultimate singer-songwriter: His poetry knows no equal and, as a musician, his powers are magical. But he also has big problems.

The tragic story of Orpheus has inspired countless works of art over the millennia — plus one. The latest retelling comes from director and choreographer Mark DeChiazza.

 Giacomo Puccini is best known for his many operas, including Madama Butterfly, La boheme, Tosca and Turandot. Classical IPR’s Featured New Release shows a previously unknown musical side of Puccini: his work as an organist. The album is called Giacomo Puccini: Organ Works.

 

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Brothers Anthony and Demarre McGill both have successful careers as orchestral musicians. Anthony McGill is the principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, and Demarre McGill is the principal flutist with the Seattle Symphony.

 

The McGill brothers, along with pianist Michael McHale, have released a new album on the Chicago-based label Cedille. The album is called "Portraits," and it features several world premieres. It’s also the first album the brothers have recorded together.

 

Classical IPR’s Featured New Release includes three world premiere recordings and a guest appearance by an Academy Award-winning actor. The McGill/McHale Trio’s new album on the Cedille label is called Portraits.

 

Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week is an album that celebrates the woman who created the link between Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn. The album is called In Sara Levy’s Salon.

 

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Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin has a new album called "Alma Española." On the new album, Isbin and mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard perform Spanish-language art songs, many of which are new arrangements Isbin created.

The intrepid pianist Marc-André Hamelin has a reputation for embracing the toughest, strangest music. His new recording of For Bunita Marcus by Morton Feldman is a fine example. For nearly 75 minutes the music never rises above a whisper and the damper pedal is always pressed down, allowing single notes to ring out into vast, silent spaces.

Mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard and guitarist Sharon Isbin have a new album on Bridge Records called Alma Española. The album features art songs by Spanish composers including Manuel de Falla and Federico Garcia Lorca.

 

 Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week features familiar music in a new and surprising interpretation. Marimbist Kuniko performs her own arrangements of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in Bach: Solo Works for Marimba.

 

  On June 10 of this year, Yekwon Sunwoo became the 2017 gold medalist at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. A new album featuring Sunwoo’s performances from the competition is Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week.

 

New technical advances in the clarinet in the late 18th century improved its sound greatly, which in turn made it popular with composers and orchestras. The music on Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week celebrates the rise of the instrument with three different concertos for two clarinets. The album is called “Double Clarinet Concertos.”

 

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Classical IPR's New Release of the Week is "Entrez, le diable! The Virtuoso Cello at the Concert Spirituel." The album features Baroque cellist Juliana Soltis performing some of the first music written in France for the solo cello.

 During the 1730s, the cello began to be used as a solo instrument for the first time in France. The new album “Entrez, le Diable! The Virtuoso Cello at the Concert Spirituel” celebrates some of the early music for solo cello that audiences found both enthralling and a little scandalous.

 

Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week celebrates two milestones: the 90th anniversary of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the 80th birthday of Neeme Jӓrvi, its principal conductor.

 

John Williams has scored over 100 films and has received more than 50 Academy Award nominations. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra feature an eclectic mix of Williams’s film music scores on their latest album “Lights, Camera...Music! Six Decades of John Williams.”

 

The Notos Piano Quartet performs chamber music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries on Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week. The album, called Hungarian Treasures, includes piano quartets by Hungarian composers Ernst von Dohnanyi and Bela Bartok and a string trio by Zoltan Kodaly.

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Stephen Edwards is best known for his work as a film composer. When his mother passed away in 2006, he composed a Requiem mass in her memory. “Requiem for My Mother” is now commercially available for the first time.

When his mother Rosalie Savarino Edwards passed away in 2006, composer Stephen Edwards composed a Requiem mass in her honor. The premiere recording of Edwards’s Requiem for My Mother is Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week.

 

 Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week features Natalie Dessay performing songs of Franz Schubert (1797-1828). This album is the first time Dessay has recorded Schubert’s music.

 

  This year marks the 40th season for the Emerson String Quartet. They are celebrating with a new album called “Chaconnes and Fantasias.”

 

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