21st January 2008
This is just the pick of the recent releases. The New Releases and Future Releases pages are always available for browsing all the new and forthcoming releases.
Debussy - Images
Simon Trpceski (piano)
As Simon Trpceski’s career continues to grow with extraordinary momentum, and in the wake of glowing reviews for his Chopin album, this all-Debussy recital marks our fourth release by the brilliant young Macedonian pianist.
Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 1-6 (Complete)
Bartók’s string quartets are a true cornerstone of quartet repertoire. They communicate on various levels and are supremely effective on all of them. Whether viewed as a cycle or as six individual works, they remain masterpieces of formal design, every bar plainly part of a rounded grand plan, a plan securely placed within a wider framework. They can be mysterious, intimate, innovative, outspoken or earthy, while the infinite subtlety of their workings warrants a lifetime’s study, and praise.
The Belcea's interpretation of these quartets really captures the listeners' attention, the quartet commented: "The more we immersed ourselves in these works, the more beauty and richness we discovered in them and we very much hope that this appeal will even still increase in future because we definitely consider these quartets to be the greatest masterpieces of the last century in our repertoire."
Rachmaninov - Elègie
Mischa Maisky (violoncello) & Sergio Tiempo (piano)
DG's premier cellist Mischa Maisky champions Rachmaninov’s beautiful, emotional works for cello and piano. He is partnered by the talented young Argentinean pianist Sergio Tiempo, a pupil of Martha Argerich.
The repertoire, including the Cello Sonata Op. 19, the Danse orientale for cello and piano, as well as the five “songs without words” plus three pieces for piano (all arranged by Maisky), are all new to the DG catalogue. This release was recorded live during the Progetto Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano in June 2005 (Sonata) and in 2006.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'
Mikhail Pletnev (piano), Russian National Orchestra, Christian Gansch
I have yet to be convinced by this very individual series of Beethoven from Pletnev, and it has so far received quite mixed reveiws. But he does have a following and whatever you think it is certainly interesting listening.
Bach, J S: The Art of Fugue, BWV1080
Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s debut on DG is his first ever Bach recording as well as his first recording of Baroque repertoire. A pre-eminent performer of modern music, Aimard brings a unique and exciting approach to Bach. Aimard is a high-profile, important performer, especially given his links to many of the great contemporary composers.
“Staggering technique, searching intellect and fantastical imagination.” (New York Times).
Natalie Dessay - Italian Opera Arias
Natalie Dessay’s career is at a major turning point, both in terms of her growing fame world-wide (each of her performances is a phenomenal success) and the repertoire she tackles today. Formerly specialising in roles that called for that special coloratura quality, her voice has matured and is ready to meet the different demands of the bel canto repertoire, that of the great Italian opera heroines.
This is a much-awaited album, as it has been a 3 years since Natalie has recorded a recital disc of great operatic arias, the last recital album being “Amor”, a programme of arias, lieder and scenes by Richard Strauss released in 2004.