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Smetana: Czech Dances & On the seashore

Smetana: Czech Dances & On the seashore


Smetana:

On the Sea Shore

Czech dances for piano, books 1 & 2 (14)


Smetana’s two sets of Czech Dances—the first comprising four Chopin-esque Polkas, the second exploring other dance forms more associated with Dvořák—provide the ideal vehicle for the understated pianism of Garrick Ohlsson. The evocative tone poem in miniature On the seashore completes the programme.

“A large part of the flavours in these readings derives from the aplomb with which Ohlsson negotiates tempo fluctuations within individual dances, as if to the manner born. Listening to them, it’s easy to feel that Smetana’s ambition to do for the polka what Chopin did for the mazurka was fully realised…what an accomplishment to present them not only lovingly but fairly bursting with character” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

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Hyperion - CDA68062

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Liszt: The Complete Songs Volume 4 - Sasha Cooke

Liszt: The Complete Songs Volume 4 - Sasha Cooke


Liszt:

Des Tages Laute Stimmen Schweigen

Lasst mich ruhen

Was Liebe sei? (First version), S288/1

Verlassen, S336

Einst (Bodenstedt)

Ich scheide, S. 319

Was Liebe sei? (Second version), S288/2

Die Lorelei (Second version), S532

Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß (2nd version), S297/2

Was Liebe sei? (Third version), S288/3

Mignons Lied (Second Version), S275/2

Sei still, S330

Wieder mocht’ ich dir begegnen

Blume und Duft

Die tote Nachtigall (2nd version), S291/2

Il m'aimait tant, S533

Gebet, S265


Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano), Julius Drake (piano)

This fourth volume in our scholarly compendium once more charts Liszt’s life through song (including three settings spanning as many decades of a portentous love-letter the composer received in 1841). Series maestro Julius Drake welcomes the gorgeous Sasha Cooke to Hyperion.

“The later songs, echoing the stripped back idiom of Liszt’s late piano works, hover in territory between melody and recitative, their often hushed vocal lines barely supported by the sparest of accompaniments. Cooke is very much alive to their introversion and sadness. The way she encompasses small gradations in volume over a relatively narrow dynamic range impresses, while Drake makes every chord and phrase shiver with meaning” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

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Hyperion Liszt Complete Songs - CDA68117

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Bruch: Piano Quintet

Bruch: Piano Quintet


Bruch:

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 9

Goldner String Quartet

Swedish Dances, Op. 63

Dene Olding (violin), Piers Lane (piano) &

Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. post

Piers Lane (piano)

Goldner String Quartet


New recordings from the Goldner String Quartet are always a treat. Here, once again, they are joined by Piers Lane for the intriguing Bruch Piano Quintet; also performed are his youthful String Quartet No 1 and a catchy set of Swedish Dances for violin and piano.

“[the Goldner] relish the music's C minor sturm und drang with infectious bravado…[and] the quartet's gifted leader Dene Olding joins forces with Piers Lane in a rousing performance of the violin-and-piano Swedish Dances” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016 ****

“[The Piano Quintet] given a spirited performance here by Piers Lane and the Goldners...And in a joyful burst of melody, first violinist Dene Olding joins Lane for the beguiling Swedish Dances.” The Guardian, 27th March 2016 ***

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Hyperion - CDA68120

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Bartók: Mikrokosmos Book 6

Bartók: Mikrokosmos Book 6


Bartók:

Mikrokosmos Book VI

Piano Suite, BB 70, Sz. 62, Op. 14

Out of Doors, Sz. 81, BB89

Hungarian Peasant Songs for piano (15), BB 79, Sz. 71

Three Burlesques, Op. 8c, Sz. 47, BB55


The remarkably gifted French pianist Cédric Tiberghien turns to the music of Béla Bartók in a wide-ranging programme including the famous Op 14 Suite and the sixth (and final—most ferocious in its technical demands) book of the Mikrokosmos project.

“one of the most remarkable aspects of Tiberghien's interpretations is that they are refreshingly free of those aggressive arracks that used to pass for 'Bartok style'. He never overplays, yet there's ample dynamic variety, scrupulous attention to articulation and plenty of rhythmic verve…[he] is clearly a committed Bartok player, whose fresh ideas are remarkably consistent with the letter and spirit of the Hungarian master” Gramophone Magazine, April 2016

“Tiberghien mixes fiery flair with charm and poetry in his readings of the final volume, and his beautifully coloured playing is equally compelling in the rest of the programme.” Sunday Times, 10th April 2016

“Tiberghien has an expressive way with Bartók. Even in music that often uses the piano as a percussive instrument, his attack is never angular or dry; instead, it’s warm, personal and spacious, with a flux to the rhythms that sounds totally organic...Tiberghien is capable of magicking up vivid character within seconds.” The Guardian, 24th March 2016 *****

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Hyperion - CDA68123

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Howells: Collegium Regale 'King's College Cambridge Service'

Howells: Collegium Regale 'King's College Cambridge Service'

& other choral works


Howells:

Collegium Regale 'King's College Cambridge Service'

Psalm 122

Psalm 121

Behold, O God our defender

Rhapsody for Organ No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 17 No. 1

Owain Park (organ)

I love all beauteous things


Howells’ ‘Coll Reg’ is one of the glories of the Anglican repertoire—a relative outsider to the church providing one of its greatest adornments of the twentieth century. Stephen Layton and his award-winning choir took the trip to Coventry Cathedral for this very special recording.

“This is a stunning recording in so many respects. Attention to dynamic detail, especially the hushed quality of the Magnificat, brings out the ethereal, not to say numinous character of this highly original miniature…the darker, modal hues of the Te Deum and Jubilate benefit from the lavish role of the Coventry Cathedral organ…while moments of more characteristic Anglican prayerfulness are shaped by Layton and the Trinity choir with true, intimate poetry” Gramophone Magazine, April 2016

“The excellent singing is full-bodied and lustrous throughout, with just the right sense of momentum. Particular mention for tenor Jamie Roberts for his plangent Nunc dimittis.” The Guardian, 3rd April 2016 ****

“The Evening Service boasts some beautifully controlled singing from the sopranos in particular, their deft tapering of quiet dynamics in the Magnificat heightening the introspective quality of Howells's setting…you could take dictation from the two Psalm settings, so clean is the diction, so revealing Layton's phrasing and punctuation…you'll go a long way to find performances that understand [this] music better, or wear their sensitivity so lightly” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016 *****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2016

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Hyperion - CDA68105

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Bortkiewicz: Piano Sonata No. 2

Bortkiewicz: Piano Sonata No. 2

& other works


Bortkiewicz:

Prelude, Op. 66, No. 1

Prelude, Op. 66, No. 3

Fantasiestücke, Op. 61

Lyrica Nova, Op. 59

Three Mazurkas, Op. 64

España (No. 4 of Four pieces for violin and piano, Op. 63)

Jugoslavische Suite, Op. 58

Sonata No. 2 in C Sharp Minor Op. 60


Nadejda Vlaeva (piano)

Nadejda Vlaeva performs a programme of alluring piano works by Sergei Bortkiewicz, many of them only recently discovered and here recorded for the first time.

“[Vlaeva plays] with commanding authority. She can sing, she can charm, she can thunder, and she has a wonderfully innate rubato that suits Bortkiewicz's idiom to perfection” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

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Hyperion - CDA68118

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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 50 Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 50 Nos. 1-6 (complete)

performed from the Artaria edition published in Vienna in December 1787


The London Haydn Quartet turns to the six Op 50 quartets. More serious—intellectually taut—than the Op 33 ‘Russian’ quartets which they follow in Haydn’s output, these six ‘Prussian’ quartets dazzle in such committed performances as these.

“These are stylish, faithful accounts of these six great quartets, and if you've been collecting the London Haydn Quartet's ongoing Hyperion cycle, you needn't hesitate” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

“gut strings and paucity of vibrato notwithstanding, [the London Haydn Quartet] play with all the radiant resonance of timbre of their previous releases in this on-going Haydn series…there is never a dull moment, and the recording is of answering immediacy and bloom” BBC Music Magazine, April 2016 ****

“the four accomplished players display an instinctual and obvious love for the music. These performances are historically informed, using period instruments as well as the 1787 Artaria edition scores with full outer-movement repeats. The results are life-affirming and infectious, realised with a delightful lightness of touch.” Classical Ear, 29th April 2016

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Hyperion - CDA68122

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Conductus, Vol. 3

Conductus, Vol. 3

Music & poetry from thirteenth-century France


 

Fas et nefas

John Potter (tenor), Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)

A globo veteri

Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)

Vite perdite

John Potter (tenor), Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)

A l'entrant del tans salvage

Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)

Per dan que d'amor mi veigna

John Potter (tenor)

O qui fontem gratie

John Potter (tenor), Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)

Transgressus legem Domini

John Potter (tenor), Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)

Sede, Syon, in pulvere

Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)

Olim sudor Herculis

John Potter (tenor)

Eclypsim passus totiens

Christopher O'Gorman (tenor)

Homo, natus ad laborem

John Potter (tenor), Christopher O'Gorman (tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)


Conductus: John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump

Our trio of master-medievalist tenors presents a concluding instalment of Conductus, that most intimate form of music and poetry from thirteenth-century France.

“John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump once again endorse their awesome reputation as unchallenged singers of this repertory” Gramophone Magazine, April 2016

“11 examples of the apparently infinitely flexible medieval song form. When most pieces consist of only a single musical line, refinement and intimacy are the bywords of this set.” Sunday Times, 6th March 2016

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Hyperion Conductus - CDA68115

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Dvorak & Schumann: Piano Concertos

Dvorak & Schumann: Piano Concertos


Dvorak:

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Two more rich piano concertos from the unparalleled Stephen Hough and the CBSO (they’ve already won Gramophone’s Record of the Year award twice). The eminent Andris Nelsons conducts, making his Hyperion debut. Schumann and Dvořák each wrote just one piano concerto, the latter being performed here in its fearsomely challenging original version.

“Andris Nelsons and the CBSO clearly relish the symphonic nature of the [Dvorak] and their playing is one of the great pleasures here…Hough enters the conversation with great subtlety and he's certainly unafraid to point out the score's lyrical beauties, allowing the music to unfold with suppleness without underplaying its drama or, where required, heft” Gramophone Magazine, April 2016

“Few pianists have championed Dvorak’s early concerto, so when a player of Hough’s calibre does, one takes notice. He makes as good a case as I have heard for the work...Hough could hardly have more sympathetic partners than the CBSO and Nelsons. Worth owning for the Schumann alone.” Sunday Times, 17th April 2016

“Hough joins forces with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons for a robust, grand reading that nonetheless leaves room for lyricism and introspection…[but it's in the Dvorak] that Hough truly sparkles. There's glowing tenderness, irresistible buoyancy and soaring grandeur in the first movement, Grieg-like lyricism in the Andante sostenuto…while the Finale has infectious spirit. The CBSO's playing is smart and colourful.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016 ****

“Hough's passagework is a model of clarity, never overpedalled, and you can really hear all of the intricacies and rhythmic quirks of Dvořák's writing. The contribution from the CBSO should in no way be underestimated either, thanks to Andris Nelsons's sensitive and sympathetic conducting...I constantly felt that everyone involved had exactly the same focus and artistic goals.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 1st April 2016

Presto Disc of the Week

1st April 2016

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Hyperion - CDA68099

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Elgar & Walton: Cello Concertos

Elgar & Walton: Cello Concertos


Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

Holst:

Invocation

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

Holst, I:

The Fall of the Leaf

Walton:

Cello Concerto

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Järvi


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here, and watch Chris O'Reilly's exclusive video-interview with Steven Isserlis here.

Sir Edward Elgar’s sublime Cello Concerto receives an impassioned new performance from Steven Isserlis, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Paavo Järvi. With additional works by Sir William Walton and Gustav Holst, as well as a miniature suite for solo cello by Imogen Holst, this is unquestionably one of the year’s most eagerly awaited releases.

“This mesmerising meditation couldn't be in better hands” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016

“Isserlis’s playing of the solo part in the Elgar evokes an elegy for a lost world, while he captures perfectly the bittersweet languor of the Walton.” Sunday Times, 28th February 2016

“older, wiser and even more convincing [than his first recording of the Elgar]...Isserlis’s cello rages against the dying of the light, sounding angry yet still beautiful, and under Järvi the orchestra is full-bodied but focused.” The Guardian, 3rd March 2016

“So, how much has he re-thought the work during the past 25 years? The answer is not dramatically, but everything evolves a little with time, and there is definitely more musical conviction to the phrasing and general direction in the new recording - giving each movement (and indeed the whole work) a tighter and much more defined structure.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 19th February 2016

Presto Disc of the Week

19th February 2016

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - March 2016

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - March 2016

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Hyperion - CDA68077

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