|Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 3 & 9 / Mullova|
Label: Onyx Classics Catalog: ONYX4050 Format: CD
Viktoria Mullova, violin; Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.3 in E flat major op 12 / Violin Sonata No.9 in A major 'Kreutzer' op47
Following hard on the heels of her critically acclaimed Bach Sonatas and Partitas (ONYX4040), this new CD of Beethoven's 3rd and 9th violin sonatas sees Viktoria Mullova partner with fortepianist ...
|Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos / Lewis |
Label: HARMONIA MUNDI Catalog: 902053/55 Format: CD
Paul Lewis, piano; BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiri Belohlavek
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos
Wholenote Discoveries - October 2010
The field of Beethoven piano concerto cycles has reached a point of saturation. To stand out, the performers, especially the pianist must be utterly...
|Schumann: Sonatas For Piano And Violin / Staier |
Label: HARMONIA MUNDI Catalog: 902048 Format: CD
Andreas Staier, piano Erard; Daniel Sepec, violin
Schumann Sonatas for piano and violin Nos 1 & 2 / "Gesänge der Frühe" for piano op.133/ Chaconne (Bach-Schumann)
After his earlier 'Hommage à Bach' album played on the same 1837 Érard piano he uses here, Andreas Staier is now joined by Daniel Sepec in a programme of considerably later works by Schumann. B...
|Gounod: La Nonne Sanglante / The Bloody Nun|
Label: CPO Catalog: 7773882 Format: CD
Marco Vassalli, Genadijus Bergorulko, Yoonki Baek, Natalia Atmanchuk, Iris Marie Kotzian & Frank Färber
Eva Schneidereit Chor und Herren-Extrachor des Theaters Osnabrueck & Osnabruecker Symphonieorchester, Hermann Baeumer
Gounod: La nonne sanglante (The Bloody Nun)
The libretto of Charles Gounod’s opera La nonne sanglante (The Bloody Nun) is based on The Monk, a nineteenth-century bestseller by Matthew Gregory Lewis. At the time this amalgamation of Gothic ...
|Handel: Concerti Grossi / Avison Ensemble|
Label: LINN RECORDS Catalog: CKD362 Format: CD
Avison Ensemble, Pavlo Beznosiuk, director
Handel: Concerto Grossi Opus 6 Numbers 1 - 12
Gramophone Awards Finalist 2011 - Baroque Instrumental
"They must surely be one of the finest baroque ensembles now in existence." Early Music News
"This is exemplary baroque stri...
|Schumann: Piano Works / 200th Anniversary Ed.|
Label: EMI Catalog: 5099960904720 Format: CD
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Leif Ove Andsnes, Sviatoslav Richter, Jean-Philippe Collard, Lars Vogt, Jonathan Biss, Christian Zacharias
Schumann: Abegg Variations, Op. 1 Jean-Philippe Collard (piano) / Études symphoniques, Op. 13 / Jean-Philippe Collard (piano) / 3 Romances, Op. 94 Jean-Philippe Collard (piano) / Impromp...
|Schumann Orchestral Music / 200th Anniversary Ed.|
Label: EMI Catalog: 5099960903723 Format: CD
Wolfgang Sawallisch, Staatskapelle Dresden, Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Hans Vonk, Truls Mork (cello), Christian Zacharias (piano), Andrew Joy, Kathleen Putnam, Rainer Jurkiewicz, Joachim Polti (horns), Daniel Barenboim (piano), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti,
Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete) / Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, Op. 52 / Violin Concerto in D minor / Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 / Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 / Köln...
4 CD set
|Schumann - Lieder (200th Anniversary Edition)|
Label: EMI Catalog: 5099960902221 Format: CD
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Thomas Hampson, Nicolai Gedda, Helmut Deutsch, Olf Bär, Juliane Banse
Schumann: Liederkreis, Op. 39 / Dichterliebe, Op. 48 / Liederkreis, Op. 24 / Gedichte, Op. 35 / Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 / Die Kartenlegerin, Op. 31 No. 2 / Tragödie Op. 64 No. 3 / Auf...
|Schumann: Chamber Music / 200th Anniversary Ed.|
Label: EMI Catalog: 5099960901125 Format: CD
Christian Zacharias (piano), Cherubini Quartet, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky (piano), Gérard Caussé, Michel Portal, Martha Argerich (piano), Dora Schwarzberg (violin), Grieg Trio, Boris Pergamenschikow (cello)
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44 / String Quartets, Op. 41 Nos. 1-3 / Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47 / Andante and Variation for two pianos Op. 46 / Märchenerzählunge...
5 CD set
|Bellini: La Sonnambula / Florez, Pido - Met Hd|
Label: DECCA Catalog: 0743357 Format: DVD
Juan Diego Flórez (Elvino), Natalie Dessay (Amina), Michele Pertusi (Count Rodolfo), Jennifer Black (Lisa), Jane Bunnell (Teresa), Jeremy Galyon (Alessio), Bernard Fitch (Notary)
Orchestra & Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Evelino Pidò (conductor)
Bellini: La Sonnambula
Bel Canto stars Juan Diego Florez and Natalie Dessay play the young lovers in Bellini's tale of a young girl whose sleepwalking puts her romance in jeopardy.
|Mahler: Symphony No. 2 Resurrection / Klemperer|
Label: Testament Catalog: SBT1456 Format: CD
Ilona Steingruber · Hilde Rössl-Majdan; Akademie Kammerchor; Wiener Symphoniker; conducted by Otto Klemperer
Gustav Mahler 1860-1911: Symphony No.2 in C minor, 'Resurrection'
Wholenote Discoveries - November 2010
A Mahler Second from May 18, 1951 conducted by Otto Klemperer with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Akademie Kammerchor, and Ilona Steingruber an...
|Brahms: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Kovacevich|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802010 Format: CD
Stephen Kovacevich, piano; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis, conductor
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 / Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 / Ballades (4), Op. 10 / Scherzo in E flat minor, Op. 4 / Klavierstücke (8), Op. 76
Gramophone Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2010
Stephen Kovacevich was at the height of his considerable powers when he first recorded the two Brahms piano concertos, his titanic pianis...
|Carlos Kleiber: Complete Opera And Concert Dvd Set|
Label: DG Catalog: 0734605 Format: DVD
Carlos Kleiber: conductor
New Year's Concert 1989 and New Year's Concert 1992
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 - Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper / Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 - Conce...
Wholenote Discoveries - October 2010
The Kleiber videos have the memorable New Years Concerts from 1989 and 1992 with the Vienna Philharmonic playing in the Musikverein to an elegant au...
|Beethoven: Die Klaviersonaten / Friedrich Gulda|
Label: ORFEO Catalog: C808109 Format: CD
Friedrich Gulda: piano
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827): Die Klaviersonaten / Eroica-Variationen op.35 / Diabelli-Variationen op. 120 / Sechs Bagatellen op. 126
2010 Gramophone Award Winner: Best Historic Archive
The appearance of a new, complete recording by Friedrich Gulda of the Beethoven sonatas - made before his two previously known cycles...
|Falla: Suites For Piano / Alicia De Larrocha|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802009 Format: CD
Alicia de Larrocha (piano)
Falla: Cuatro piezas españolas / Fantasía Bética - Suite / El sombrero de tres picos - Suite / Suite de el Amor Brujo
Manuel de Falla was one of the 20th century’s most original and distinctive composers. His music was firmly rooted in the folk music of Spain. Here his vivid scores are interpreted by the foremos...
|Chopin: Concertos 1 & 2, Ballades, Etc. / Bolet|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802008 Format: CD
Jorge Bolet, piano; Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Charles Dutoit, conductor
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 / Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 / Ballades Nos. 1-4 / Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60 / Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49
In the hands of Jorge Bolet Chopin’s music comes alive in a way few pianists have managed, before or since. Here he performs the two piano concertos, both supreme examples of early-Romantic style...
|Gerard Souzay: Favourite Schubert Lieder|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802012 Format: CD
Gérard Souzay, baritone; Dalton Baldwin, piano
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D795
The great Gérard Souzay was keen not to be pigeonholed as a singer of French repertoire and this set illustrates his mastery of Schubert lieder. The repertoire includes the song-cycle, Die schöne...
|Dvorak: Symphonies 8 & 9 / Seiji Ozawa|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802003 Format: CD
Wiener Philharmoniker; Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 / Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World' / The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196) / In Nature's Realm, Op. 63
Antonin Dvořák’s last two symphonies, the light, sunny Eighth and the American-themed Ninth, are complemented by two rarely performed tone poems containing some of the composer’s most remarka...
|Bartok: Complete String Quartets / Hagen Quartet|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802011 Format: CD
Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 1-6 (complete)
Béla Bartók’s six quartets are considered the most important cycle of works in the genre after those of Beethoven. Like Beethoven, the form of the quartet spanned Bartók’s creative life. The...
|Haydn: Symphonies No. 6-8 / Sir Neville Marriner|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802006 Format: CD
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Sir Neville Marriner, conductor
Haydn: Symphony No. 6 in D major ‘Le Matin' / Symphony No. 7 in C major 'Le Midi' / Symphony No. 8 in G major 'Le Soir'
Three symphonies dating from the early years of Haydn’s employment at Eisenstadt, Le matin, Le midi and Le soir showed off the skills of their composer and featured prominent roles for Esterhazy ...
|Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue Etc / Labèque|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802004 Format: CD
Katia & Marielle Labèque, pianos
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (version for two pianos) / Piano Concerto in F major (version for two pianos)
The Rhapsody in Blue was composed for solo piano and jazz band but George Gershwin also intended it to be played on two pianos. The outstanding Labèque sisters Katia and Marielle fuse their jazz i...
|Melodies Francais: Chanson Sung By Souzay|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802007 Format: CD
Gérard Souzay, baritone; Dalton Baldwin, piano
Bizet: Chanson d'Avril
Chabrier: Les Cigales / Chanson pour Jeanne
Duparc: L'Invitation au voyage / Sérénade Florentine / La Vague et la Cloche / Extase / Le Mano...
A recital of French song by one of the great singers of the 20th century. Souzay possessed a warm, lyrical, supple, sensual and vibrant voice, a love of words, a superb technique and a natural gift...
|Stravinsky: Famous Ballets / Dutoit, Montreal|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802013 Format: CD
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Sinfonietta de Montréal; Charles Dutoit, conductor
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Petrushka / The Firebird / Symphonies of Wind Instruments / Le Chant du Rossignol / Concerto in E flat for chamber orchestra 'Dumbarton Oaks' / Danses Conc...
The three great Stravinsky ballets are complemented by other major works in performances under the baton of Charles Dutoit, recognised as one of the greatest interpreters of this repertoire. These ...
|The Baroque Oboe / Heinz Holliger|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802005 Format: CD
Heinz Holliger (oboe); Iona Brown (violin & director); Academy of St Martin in the Fields; I Musici
Albinoni: Concerto Op. 9 No. 8 for oboe & strings in G minor
Bach, J.S.: Oboe Concerto in F major, BWV1053 / Oboe Concerto in D minor, BWV1059 / Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major...
Heinz Holliger is one of the most accomplished and imaginative oboists of all time, with a repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the avant-garde. Here he brings his distinctive bright tone and exc...
|Bach: Great Choral Works / Munchinger|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802001 Format: CD
Walter Berry, Peter Pears, Elly Ameling, Werner Hollweg, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, Tom Krause, Werner Krenn, Hermann Prey, Fritz Wunderlich et al
Wiener Singakademiechor' Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chor; Lübecker Kantorei; Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra; Karl Münchinger, conductor
Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232 / St John Passion, BWV245 / St Matthew Passion, BWV244 / Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
Karl Münchinger and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra were pioneers of the late 1960s and 1970s Baroque revival, offering more authentic performance practice from small-scale forces performing on mo...
|Tallis: Spem In Alium, Lamentations / Cleobury|
Label: NEWTON Catalog: 8802002 Format: CD
Choir of Kings College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury
Tallis: Spem in alium for eight five-part choirs '40-part Motet' / The Lamentations of Jeremiah / Videte miraculum / Dum transisset sabbatum / Honor, Virtus et Potestas / Loquebantur varii...
Thomas Tallis’s masterpiece Spem In Alium and other responsorial works and lamentations are performed by the quintessential exponents of English music, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.
|Metropolitan Opera Gala 1991: 25th Anniversary|
Label: DG Catalog: 0734582 Format: DVD
Mirella Freni, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Cheryl Studer, Anne Sofie von Otter, Barbara Daniels, Justiano Díaz, Leo Nucci, Hermann Prey, June Anderson, Kathleen Battle, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Thomas Hampson, Uwe Heilmann, Barbara Kilduff, Aprile Millo, Sherrill Milnes, Paul Plishka, Samuel Ramey, Birgitta Svendén & Frederica von Stade
The Metropolitan Opera Orch...
DVD 1: Before the performance: a glimpse / Behind the scenes / The National Anthem / Rigoletto: Act III / Otello: Act III
DVD 2: Die Fledermaus: Act II / Mozart: “Ein Mädchen ...
|Opera Rara, Celebrating 40 Years - Then And Now|
Label: Opera Rara Catalog: ORR248 Format: CD
Featuring excerpts from: Donizetti’s Ugo conte di Parigi (1977) and Parisina (2008); Rossini’s Ricciardo e Zoraide (1990) and Ermione (2009, not yet released); Meyerbeer’s Dinorah (1979) and ...
The disc, featuring some of Opera Rara’s finest singers, is dedicated to Sir Peter Moores and the Peter Moores Foundation in recognition of their invaluable support over the years.
|Mahler - 150th Anniversary Box|
Label: EMI Catalog: 5099960898524 Format: CD
Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied - Recorded: 12 & 13.X.1983 and 24.VI.1984; Town Hall, Birmingham Helena Döse, soprano, Alfreda Hodgson, mezzo-soprano, Robert Tear, tenor & Sean Rea, b...
The 'other' Mahler set is finally here, and though Deutsche Grammophon may have got the hop on EMI, this is no lesser a set. In fact, there are many recordings in this collection that are the def...
|Schoenbrunn 2009 - Summer Night Concert|
Label: DG Catalog: 0762733 Format: DVD
Wiener Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim
Falla: Noches en los jardines de Espana
Mores: El firulete, Tango / The Arabesque
Mozart: Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
|Andrea Bocelli: Carmen Duets & Arias|
Label: DECCA Catalog: 4759143 Format: CD
Andrea Bocelli (tenor), Marina Domashenko (mezzo soprano), Eva Mei (soprano) & Bryn Terfel (tenor)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Myung-Whun Chung
Bizet: Carmen Arias
1] Prelude  Habanera: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle  Scene: Carmen, sur tes pas nous pressons tous  Duo: Parle-moi de mere  Duo: Que son...
|Dinu Lipatti: The Master Pianist / Icon|
Label: EMI CLASSICS Catalog: 5099920731823 Format: CD
Dinu Lipatti: piano
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825 / Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119
Brahms: Waltz, Op. 39 No...
|Brahms: Volume 3 / Antonin Kubalek|
Label: Catalog: 884502347302 Format: CD
Antonin Kubalek - Piano
Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 1 Ballades, Op. 10 Variations on a Hungarian Song, Op. 21, No. 2 Scherzo, Op. 4
Wholenote Discoveries - July 2010
The Czech Republic’s loss was surely Canada’s gain the day Anton Kubálek decided to flee political unrest in his homeland in 1968 to settle in Tor...
|Christophe Rousset Plays Louis Couperin|
Label: Aparte Catalog: AP006 Format: CD
Christophe Rousset, harpsichord
Christophe Rousset is one of the most brilliant harpsichordists of his generation, whose recordings have all been hailed by the international press.
This is the first time Christophe Rousset has...
|Tamberg: Orchestral Works / Neeme Järvi|
Label: BIS Catalog: CD1677 Format: CD
Residentie Orkest Den Haag / Neeme Järvi
Eino Tamberg (b. 1930): Suite from the ballet ‘Joanna Tentata', Op.37a / Symphonic Dances, Op.6 / Concerto grosso, Op.5
For more than fifty years, Eino Tamberg has remained an influential figure in the musical life of his native Estonia. His breakthrough on the international music scene came in 1956 with Concerto gr...
|Schumann: Violin Concerto & Sonata / Graffin|
Label: Onyx Classics Catalog: ONYX4062 Format: CD
Philippe Graffin, violin; Claire Désert*, piano; Deutsche Radio Philharmonie; Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern+; Christoph Poppen, conductor
Schumann: Violin Concerto in A minor op.129+ / Violin Sonata No.2 in D minor op.121*
Clara Schumann: 3 Romances
Violinist Philippe Graffin's second recording for Onyx sees him partnered once again by pianist Claire Désert, in Schumann's highly charged second violin sonata and the delightful 3 Romances by ...
|Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Norrington|
Label: VIRGIN Catalog: 5099962857925 Format: CD
London Classical Players, Sir Roger Norrington
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
For Théophile Gautier, the flamboyant figures of Berlioz, Hugo and Delacroix formed a “trinity of Romantic art”. The young Berlioz’s first masterpiece, the Symphonie fantastique, is one of t...
|Chopin: Les 21 Nocturnes / Pascal Amoyel|
Label: CALLIOPE Catalog: CAL3351/2 Format:
Pascal Amoyel: piano
Frederic Chopin: Les 21 Nocturnes
The twenty-one Nocturnes cover the whole of Chopin's creative life: his troubled youth in Warsaw, his loves, then his later years, moving towards abstraction. Moreover, the last four are among the...
Label: EMI Catalog: 5099960875327 Format: CD
Klaus Tennstedt, Paul Kletzki, Sir John Barbirolli, Otto Klemperer, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Simon Rattle
Gustav Mahler: CD 1 Symphony No. 3 in D minor Langsam Symphony No. 4 in G III. Ruhevoll Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor Fourth movement: Adagietto (Sehr langsam) Symphony No. 9 in D ...
Mahler was best known during his own lifetime as one of the leading orchestral and operatic conductors of the day, but he has since come to be acknowledged as among the most important post-romantic...
|William Boyce: Trio Sonatas / Holman|
Label: Hyperion Catalog: CDD22063 Format: CD
The Parley of Instruments; Peter Holman, conductor
William Boyce (1711-1779): Trio Sonatas No 1 - No 15
The music of William Boyce has always retained a special place in the English repertory, it being written of him that, 'there is an original and sterling merit in his productions, founded as much ...
|The Heart Of Invention: Haydn Piano Trios / Goya|
Label: CHANDOS Catalog: CHAN0771 Format: CD
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Trio in C, Hob. XV: 27 / Trio in E, Hob. XV: 28 / Trio in F sharp minor, Hob. XV: 26 / Trio in D, Hob. XV: 24
Trio Goya plays classical chamber music on period instruments. Formed out of a collective fascination with the new colours and narratives that these instruments suggest, the group concentrates its ...
|A Handel Celebration / The Sixteen, Christophers|
Label: CORO Catalog: COR16083 Format: DVD
Harry Christophers & The Sixteen; Carolyn Sampson, Alastair Ross
George Frideric Handel: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon) / Coronation Anthem Let thy hand be strengthened / Excerpts from Semele (Carolyn Sampson soprano) - Endless pleasure,...
Handel's Coronation Anthems have delighted audiences ever since their first performance in 1727. They appear in all their glory in this celebratory Prom concert interspersed with a selection of Ha...
|Bach: Sonatas & Partitas For Solo Violin / Faust|
Label: harmonia mundi Catalog: 902059 Format: CD
Isabelle Faust, violin stradivarius
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Partita II BWV 1004 in D minor / Sonata III BWV 1005 in C major / Partita III BWV 1006 in E major
Isabelle Faust has gone back to the original manuscript sources to offer us her version of a masterpiece of the violin repertoire.
In Bach's time, music for solo instruments was still little e...
|Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol.3 / Angela Hewitt|
Label: Hyperion Catalog: CDA67797 Format: CD
Angela Hewitt, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Piano Sonata in A flat major Op 26 / Piano Sonata in F major Op 10 No 2 / Piano Sonata in E minor Op 90 / Piano Sonata in C sharp minor 'Moonlight' Op 27 ...
Angela Hewitt's legion of fans will be delighted at this eagerly awaited third volume of Beethoven sonatas. Her first two releases in this series were praised for their 'clarity, intelligence and...