18th August 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.
Albrecht Mayer - In Venice
Albrecht Mayer (oboe)
Following an unprecedented chart record for a woodwind player in his native Germany, Albrecht Mayer has now signed an exclusive contract with Decca. Albrecht Mayer is the principal oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic and succeeds to impress critics and casual music listeners alike – as did flautist James Galway in the 1990s. His first Decca record is a Baroque album themed around Venice and features famous repertoire by Vivaldi, Albinoni and Marcello as well as some world premiere recordings of that era.
Baroque Guitar Concertos
Slava & Leonard Grigoryan (guitars), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey
Brothers Slava and Leonard Grigoryan bring their unmistakable musicianship and craft to the baroque guitar repertoire. Stylish playing and superb technique make this a ‘must have’ recording for anyone interested in guitar composition or music of the baroque era.
Rachmaninov - Suites for two pianos
Brigitte Engerer & Boris Berezovsky (pianos)
Rachmaninov's powerful piano writing is given due weight by two matchless interpreters of the Romantic repertoire, Brigitte Engerer and Boris Berezovsky. With the Mirare Label, Boris Berezovsky has recorded the Rachmaninov Préludes as well as the complete Rachmaninov and Chopin Piano concertos. He also appears on a Medici DVD entitled Change of Plans [2055758, Beethoven & Medtner]. Brigitte Engerer is acclaimed throughout the world for her exceptional artistic maturity and sensibility, and for the strength and delicacy of her playing.
Mahler - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Kindertotenlieder
Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone) & Hakan Hagegard (baritone), Kölner-Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Gary Bertini
Two world class singers with renowned Israeli conductor Gary Bertini, chief conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Cologne and director of music at the Frankfurt opera was well known for his wide symphonic repertoire which included acclaimed recordings of the complete Mahler Symphonies.
David Oistrakh - Concertos and Encores
David Oistrakh (violin)
Among the great violinists of the 20th century, David Oistrakh retains a special place in the hearts of his artist colleagues and those of the musical public. As Pierre Fournier once said, “David Oistrakh is irreplaceable. He was an exceptional artist who gave the world a beautiful example of dignity, human beauty and warmth.” On the 100th anniversary of his birth (30th September), we celebrate the exceptional art of David Oistrakh with this very specially priced album of concertos, shorter works for violin and orchestra, and encores for violin and piano (on a bonus CD), all recorded between 1948 and 1961.
Marcel Landowski - The Complete Erato Recordings
One of the great post-war figures in French musical life, Landowski was not only a very fine composer, but an administrator non-pareil, restructuring musical institutions, reforming French opera and founding many musical groups, including the Orchestre de Paris. His music eschews the more outré developments of the Twentieth Century, instead relying on traditional forms, key centres and an individual lyricism spiced with recognisably modern flavours such as the use of magnetic tape, the Ondes martenot and various electro-acoustic instruments.
This selection of symphonies, concertos, opera, dramatic, choral and chamber works presents a superb guide to this brilliantly imaginative and immediately accessible composer's fascinating output. Currently somewhat neglected on CD, this collection brings together the complete Landowski recordings on the Erato label and features stellar performers including Barenboim, Jean Martinon, George Pretre, Maurice Andre, Rostropovich, Galina Vishnevskaya and Jeanne Loriod.
Paul Robeson - The Complete EMI Sessions 1928 - 1939
EMI Classics is proud to announce a release of major historical importance - the complete EMI recordings by the legendary American singer Paul Robeson. Robeson, one of the towering figures of the 20th century, was active in many fields apart from music. In his youth he was an outstanding athlete and scholar, and he then went on to achieve fame as an actor, singer, recording artist and film star. Later in life he espoused a number of political causes, including the civil rights movement and, despite bitter opposition from the US authorities, he vigorously fought discrimination, not only against black people but also the under-privileged of all races and creeds.
Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, Alfredo Daza, Christof Fischesser, Rémy Corazza, Arttu Kataja & Hanan Alattar, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (conductor) & Vincent Paterson (director)
Following the artistic and commercial success of their last DVD project, La Traviata from the 2005 Salzburg Festival, opera superstars Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón bring their combined talents to Jules Massenet’s Manon.
Netrebko was born to play the title role: her voice and body language capturing the fluctuating personality of the complex Manon, one minute girlish, the next introspective. “She is a real stage animal, constantly reacting to what is happening around her”, wrote Opera of her performance. Villazón is compelling as Des Grieux, expressing all the burning passion of the doomed lover in his burnished, supple tenor.
5 New EMI Triples
More bargain re-issues from EMI including Otto Klemperer conducting Haydn, Stephen Kovacevich playing favourite Beethoven Piano Sonatas, and Lutoslawski conducting his own works