July 2017 Hi-Res Highlights

by David Smith. 12th July 2017

It's been two years since we launched our Hi-Res download offering - and our catalogue now includes over 9,500 albums, both old and new. You can browse through our full Hi-Res selection here.

This month sees several recordings of works by Mahler and Strauss - two of the latter's great anti-heroines (in legendary performances from the 1960s) feature, as do a selection of his lieder and some less frequently-heard instrumental pieces, and there's also the white-hot opening instalment of a new Mahler symphony cycle from Minnesota.

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Hi-Res New Releases

Mahler: Song Cycles

Alice Coote's rich mezzo voice breathes life and even a hint of rawness into Mahler's emotionally powerful Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Rückert-Lieder, with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Marc Albrecht accompanying.

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Cliburn Gold 2017 - Gold Medal Winner Yekwon Sunwoo

Curtis- and Juilliard-trained South Korean Yekwon Sunwoo, winner of this year's Van Cliburn International Competition, performs a selection of the pieces that propelled him to victory, including rarely-heard pieces by Grainger and Marc-André Hamelin.

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Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto

The wind writing of Richard Strauss is showcased by this album, with Alexei Ogrintchouk the soloist and Andris Nelsons directing the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Oboe Concerto, while Ogrintchouk himself takes the wheel for the Sonatina No. 2 and the youthful Serenade for wind ensemble.

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Geminiani: The Art of Playing on the Violin

Francesco Geminiani's reputation as a violinist in his own lifetime was such that his contemporaries dubbed him 'The Madman', in awe of his rhythmic virtuosity. Gottfried von der Goltz performs his Art of Playing on the Violin, a distillation of both his compositional skill and his thoughts on performance practice.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Osmo Vänskä kicks off his exciting new Mahler cycle with the Minnesota Orchestra - an enticing prospect in the wake of his recently completed Sibelius set, which received plaudits galore - with a performance of the famous Fifth Symphony that is by turns stormy, boisterous and lyrical.

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Bach, J S: French Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV812-817

A decade after his acclaimed Well-Tempered Clavier, Vladimir Ashkenazy (who turned 80 just over a week ago) resumes his Bach pilgrimage with a thoughtful, poised account of the six French Suites.

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Richard Strauss: Through Life and Love

Rising star Louise Alder - fresh from a performance at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition that saw her scoop the Audience Prize - makes her recital debut on disc with this collection of Richard Strauss lieder, accompanied by Joseph Middleton.

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Recent Hi-Res Re-issues

The greatest performances of yesteryear, newly remastered and re-released in Hi-Res.

Strauss, R: Salome

The legendary Birgit Nilsson brings Strauss's Salome to life in all her unsettling complexity in this performance with the Vienna Philharmonic under Georg Solti.

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Strauss, R: Elektra

Recorded: Sofiensaal, Vienna, September 1966

Another Strauss heroine that Nilsson made her own - the tragic Elektra, trapped in a bewildering web of murder and revenge that eventually destroys her and her family. Regina Resnik, Marie Collier and Tom Krause co-star, with Solti once again at the helm of the Vienna Philharmonic.

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The Ania Dorfmann Recital

Russian-American pianist Ania Dorfmann's lightness of touch never ceases to delight the ear - as this recital demonstrates. Ravel's Sonatine and Mendelssohn's Spinner's Song both flow with impossible-seeming dexterity.

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