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 New Release Round-up  New Release Round-up - 6th October 2017

New Releases - 6th October 2017 Including Mozart opera arias from Juan Diego Flórez, a controversial new production of Lucia di Lammermoor from Covent Garden starring Diana Damrau, Britten and Hindemith from Arabella Steinbacher, and an impressive recording debut by the young Chinese-American pianist George Li.

Mozart: Opera Arias

Juan Diego Flórez (tenor), Orchestra La Scintilla, Riccardo Minasi

In his debut recording for Sony Classical, the Peruvian tenor tackles Mozart for the first time, with arias from Idomeneo, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Die Entführung, La Clemenza di Tito and Die Zauberflöte plus the concert-scene Aura che intorno spiri.

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Britten & Hindemith: Violin Concertos

Arabella Steinbacher (violin), Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Vladimir Jurowski

The German violinist pairs two concertos which were written in the late 1930s, works which she describes as ‘absolutely bursting with emotional turmoil, persisting precariousness, and latent despair’.

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Vaughan Williams: Symphony Nos. 4 & 6

Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

Elder and the Hallé continue their acclaimed survey of Vaughan Williams’s music, recorded live at the Bridgewater Hall last year; reviewing the Fourth Symphony, the Manchester Evening News observed that Elder ‘found lyricism and sweetness in the grittiest of music’.

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (DVD)

Diana Damrau (Lucia), Charles Castronovo (Edgardo), Ludovic Tézier (Enrico), Royal Opera House, Daniel Oren, Katie Mitchell (dir.)

Diana Damrau delivers a fearless, hugely committed performance in Katie Mitchell's controversial production (filmed at the Royal Opera House last April), which offers a fiercely feminist perspective on Donizetti's Scottish melodrama.

Available Format: DVD Video

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Blu-ray)

Diana Damrau (Lucia), Charles Castronovo (Edgardo), Ludovic Tézier (Enrico), Royal Opera House, Daniel Oren, Katie Mitchell (dir.)

Diana Damrau delivers a fearless, hugely committed performance in Katie Mitchell's controversial production (filmed at the Royal Opera House last April), which offers a fiercely feminist perspective on Donizetti's Scottish melodrama.

Available Format: Blu-ray

The Handel Album (standard jewel-case version)

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor/director) Ensemble Artaserse

In his first all-Handel album (in which he directs the Ensemble Artaserse as well as singing), the French countertenor focuses on the heroes of the lesser-known operas, including several roles written for the great castrato Senesino: Bertarido in Rodelinda, Radamisto, Ezio, Tolomeo and Siroe.

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

The Handel Album: Limited Edition

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Ensemble Artaserse

Also available as a casebound deluxe CD.

Available Format: CD

Silence and Music

Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh

The Choral & Song Choice in this month’s BBC Music Magazine, this new disc from McCreesh and the Gabrielis explores twentieth-century partsongs inspired by the relationship between man and the natural world.

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin

Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Gerold Huber (piano)

Gerhaher and Huber’s 2004 recording of Die schöne Müllerin was praised by Gramophone as ‘interpretation of Lieder at the highest level’; since then, they’ve performed the cycle together all over the world, and we can’t wait to hear what new insights the intervening seventeen years have supplied!

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Live at the Mariinsky: Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt

George Li (piano)

The 21-year-old Chinese-American pianist (silver medallist at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition) performs works by Haydn, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov on this live recording, taken from a recital in St Petersburg in 2016.

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC