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Galilei, V: The Well-tempered Lute

Galilei, V: The Well-tempered Lute


Žak Ozmo (lute)

The modern sequence of keys had yet to be invented when Vincenzo Galilei set out to traverse them all—well over a century before Bach’s seminal ‘Well-tempered Clavier’. The resulting demands on the sixteenth-century lutenist are ferocious, and Žak Ozmo here fully rises to the challenge in their first recording.

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Hyperion - CDA68017

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Alec Roth: A Time to Dance

Alec Roth: A Time to Dance

& other choral works


Roth, A:

A Time to Dance

Grace Davidson (soprano), Matthew Venner (countertenor), Samuel Boden (tenor), Greg Skidmore (bass)

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis 'Hatfield Service'

Tim Harper (organ)

Men and Angels


Alec Roth talks to Presto's David Smith about A Time to Dance here.

Alec Roth’s new oratorio is a celebration of times and seasons, and a joy to hear. Also included are new settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis and of John Donne’s Antiphon ‘Praised be the God of love’.

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Hyperion - CDA68144

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D. Scarlatti: Sonatas

D. Scarlatti: Sonatas


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K96 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K109 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K427 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K69 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K141 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K140 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K27 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K13 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K8 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K430 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K113 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K29 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K87 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K159 in C major 'La caccia'

Keyboard Sonata K9 in D minor


Baroque pianist par excellence Angela Hewitt turns to the rich seam of Domenico Scarlatti keyboard sonatas. There are 555 in total—here Angela performs sixteen of the finest.

“[Hewitt's] dancing sense of rhythm and playfulness in the bravura Kk29 in D, or the “As fast as possible” G major, Kk427, is irresistible, as is her cantabile emulation of the greatest 18th-century singers in the aria-like slow sonatas…as in her admired Bach recordings, Hewitt’s crisp articulation conveys an impression of Scarlatti’s original harpsichord” Sunday Times, 24/01/2016

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Hyperion - CDA67613

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The Romantic Piano Concerto 67 - Ludomir Różycki

The Romantic Piano Concerto 67 - Ludomir Różycki


Rózycki:

Ballade in G major, Op. 18

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 43

Piano Concerto No. 2


Ludomir Różycki remains frustratingly obscure outside of his native Poland, something this new album of his three works for piano and orchestra will help to rectify as his late-nineteenth-century musical language—and an accomplished ear for instrumental colour—responds to the horrors of two world wars with an irrepressible spirit.

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Hyperion - The Romantic Piano Concerto - CDA68066

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Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 4

Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 4


Mendelssohn:

Preludes & Fugues (6) for piano, Op. 35 (complete)

Andante Cantabile and Presto Agitato

Songs without Words, Book 5 (6), Op. 62

Lied in A major (Allegretto)


The Op 35 set of Preludes and Fugues is the most substantial single opus Mendelssohn wrote for solo piano, a mark of his reverence for the mighty Bach. Coupled with the popular fifth book of Songs without Words, we have here a heavyweight fourth volume in Howard Shelley’s compendium.

“a fascinating recital, warmly recorded and with absorbing notes from Mendelssohn scholar R Larry Todd.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Hyperion Howard Shelley Mendelssohn Complete Piano Music - CDA68125

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Lalo: Complete Piano Trios (Nos 1, 2 & 3)

Lalo: Complete Piano Trios (Nos 1, 2 & 3)


Leonore Piano Trio

Édouard Lalo sat at one remove from the French Musical Establishment, eschewing both the back-scratching of the Conservatoire and its members’ impressionist ‘musiques parfumés’. Instead we have big-boned melody—material into which the expert members of the Leonore Piano Trio sink their bows and fingers with appreciative gusto.

“The excellent Leonore Trio certainly give their all in these often exciting and beautiful works, most especially the B minor Trio, No. 2. There's high virtuosity all round - superb light, dazzling backgrounds from Tim Horton, searing intensity of tone from violinist Benjamin Nabarro and cellist Gemma Rosefield. Now and then you might wonder if they're overstating the case; but get into the spirit and it's terrific stuff.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2016 ****

“The burning passion is ignited more in the third of the trios than in the other two, and it is something that the Leonore Trio harness to striking effect. The suavity of playing is another key factor in lending all three trios the polish and panache that they merit” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“[this is] a remarkable disc of his piano trios by the Leonore, who make a good case for them. If the rather Schumannesque first (c1850) is slightly anonymous, the other two, especially the B minor, are strong, original pieces — a real discovery” Sunday Times, January 2016

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Hyperion - CDA68113

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Steibelt: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 5 & 7

Steibelt: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 5 & 7


Steibelt:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major 'L'orage', Op. 33

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'À la chasse' Op. 64

Piano Concerto No. 7 in E minor 'Grand concerto militaire'


Howard Shelley (piano & conductor)

Ulster Orchestra

Howard Shelley and the Ulster Orchestra return for a second volume in Hyperion’s new Classical Piano Concerto series. Daniel Steibelt—the man who dared to challenge Beethoven and lost—ruled the keyboards of northern Europe for a quarter of a century, his own concertos as sensationally popular as their composer was ostentatious.

“the disc as a whole is worth hearing for Shelley, but otherwise I'd suggest that Steibelt is a niche interest” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Hyperion The Classical Piano Concerto - CDA68104

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The Romantic Violin Concerto 19 - Bruch

The Romantic Violin Concerto 19 - Bruch


Bruch:

Serenade in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 75

Romance in A minor for violin & orchestra, Op. 42

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26


Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1 is the daddy—the most popular ever written. Much recorded, Jack Liebeck turns in a dazzling performance of youthful vigour, prefacing the Concerto with the gorgeous Serenade and a Romance.

“what Liebeck seems to be saying is that Bruch needs no additional sweeteners. His playing is unpretentious and strikingly introspective, resulting in an Adagio of quiet dignity. And even if the first movement doesn't quite match the grandeur of Julia Fischer's or the sweaty passion of Vadim Gluzman's, it stands out for its poise and clarity.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“Liebeck is a red-blooded, eloquent advocate throughout.” The Guardian, 21st January 2016 ***

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Hyperion - The Romantic Violin Concerto - CDA68060

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Scriabin & Janacek: Sonatas & Poems

Scriabin & Janacek: Sonatas & Poems


Janacek:

On An Overgrown Path

Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 in E flat minor, JW VIII/19 'From the Street'

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53

Deux poèmes, Op. 32

Vers la flamme, Op. 72

Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30


The music of Scriabin and Janacek - contrasting and highly eccentric composers dear to Stephen Hough’s heart - make for a perfect recital. The sensual perfumes of the one intertwine with the disruptive obsessions of the other, and Hough the magician tightens his spell.

“in wave after wave of opulently ambivalent harmony, Hough brings orientation and direction without sacrificing sensuality or mystical aura. He accomplishes this through an almost uncanny variety of touch, tone production and judicious pedalling…Hough's contribution in this release could scarcely be more generous.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice

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Hyperion - CDA67895

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Clausen & Paulus: Calm on the listening ear of night

Clausen & Paulus: Calm on the listening ear of night

& other choral works


Clausen, R:

Calm on the listening ear of night

with Lucy Wakeford (harp), Rachel Gough (violin)

Pater noster

La lumière

A clear midnight

with Sanda Audere (soprano)

A jubilant song

with Sophie Edwards (soprano)

The last invocation

In Pace

Paulus:

The Road Home

with Leilani Barratt (alto)

A rich brocade

Illusions

Evensong

Arise, my love

Jesu carols

with Lucy Wakeford (harp), Sanda Audere (soprano)

Gabriel's message


Royal Holloway Choir, Rupert Gough

René Clausen and Stephen Paulus are two of the biggest names in American choral music of the last few decades. In the singers of Royal Holloway Choir they find worthy new champions.

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Hyperion - CDA68110

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