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 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 9th February 2018

Today’s stand-out releases include two recordings of neglected English choral works of the twentieth century: Arthur Bliss’s cantata The Beatitudes (1961) and a collection of Elgar’s small-scale sacred and secular works for choir, written between 1888 and 1914. There’s also Haydn from Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, two cello recitals with an autobiographical slant, and the conclusion of Malcolm Martineau’s wonderful Debussy mélodie series on Hyperion, with soprano Lucy Crowe taking the lion’s share of the songs.

Sir Arthur Bliss: The Beatitudes

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Sir Andrew Davis

Following the success of his Morning Heroes and Hymn to Apollo (shortlisted for a Gramophone Award in 2015), Davis and the BBC forces turn to Bliss’s The Beatitudes, which received its premiere alongside Britten’s War Requiem at the consecration of Coventry Cathedral in 1962.

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

Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2

Denis Matsuev (piano), Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

Matsuev and Gergiev have form together when it comes to both Prokofiev and Rachmaninov: their joint recording of the Third Concerto and Paganini Rhapsody was praised by BBC Music Magazine for its ‘seemingly endless reserves of technical power’, whilst The Times described their Prokofiev 3 as ‘crackling with electricity’.

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

Haydn: An imaginary Journey

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

Described by the LSO's new music director as 'a musical journey through all that is quirky and extraordinary, humorous and profound in Haydn', this symphonic pasticcio includes excerpts from The Seasons, the Farewell Symphony, The Creation, The Seven Last Words, and L'isola disabitata.

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

Journey to Mozart

Daniel Hope (violin), Zurich Chamber Orchestra

The British violinist's new album sets Mozart's Third Violin Concerto and Adagio K261 (plus a new arrangement of the Rondo Alla Turca for violin, strings and chamber orchestra) in the context of works by composers with a personal connection to Mozart, including Haydn, Gluck, Mysliveček and Johann Peter Salomon.

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

Intuition

Gautier Capuçon (cello), Jérôme Ducros (piano), Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Douglas Boyd

Gautier Capuçon’s new album also has a deeply personal slant, focusing on pieces which have played a significant role in four distinct stages in his life, Including music by Massenet, Elgar, Piazzolla and Giovanni Sollima; watch out for Katherine’s interview with him over the next few weeks.

Available Formats: CD + DVD Video, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Home

Kian Soltani (cello), Aaron Pilsan (piano)

The cellist and West-Eastern Divan Orchestra alumnus explores the concept of home in relation to his Iranian and Austrian roots, with music by Schubert and Schumann sitting alongside Reza Vali’s Persian Folk Songs and Soltani’s own Persian Fire Dance.

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

Debussy Songs Volume 4

Lucy Crowe (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

In advance of the the 150th anniversary of Debussy’s death this August, Martineau’s series of the complete songs comes to a luminous close with this recital from one of the UK’s pre-eminent lyric sopranos, ranging from the 1881 Tragedie to the composer’s swan-song Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons from 1915.

Available Format: CD

Elgar: Music for Chorus & Orchestra

Brighton Festival Chorus & BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth

Elgar’s oratorios and secular part-songs have rather eclipsed his small-scale sacred choral works, though the seeds of masterpieces such as The Dream of Gerontius can be seen in this collection of rarities, from the early Ecce Sacerdos Magnus (1888) to Give unto the Lord of 1914. Also includes Scenes for Bavarian Highlands and Spanish Serenade.

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