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Two distinctly superior Christmas albums bring appropriately seasonal fare. The Gesualdo Six and director Owain Park return with Christmas, an exceptionally eclectic album which will give pleasure above and beyond the canonical twelve days: this is singing which may be enjoyed throughout the year. And much the same may be said of Christmas at St George's Windsor, a selection of choral favourites taking the listener on a journey from Advent to Epiphany. James Vivian conducts, and it's a pleasure to welcome back to the label St George's Chapel Choir Windsor.
New from LSO Live this month is a powerful rendition of Shostakovich Symphony No 4, the latest instalment in Gianandrea Noseda's highly regarded cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra. Humiliatingly withdrawn by its composer on the very morning of its intended premiere in 1936, the symphony is now regarded as one of the most extraordinary of the period.
The first two releases in a wide-ranging survey of Schubert Piano Music come courtesy of Signum Classics and Llŷr Williams. Volume 1 includes the wonderful D959 sonata, while Volume 2 juxtaposes the concluding D960 with the famous 'Wanderer' fantasy. Six further albums will follow next year. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Paul Bateman have recorded Oliver Davis Arcadia, a further collection of the young composer's trademark and balletic works with soloists Benjamin Baker, Kerenza Peacock and Huw Watkins—plus the more unexpected quartet comprising The Hanke Brothers.
Tamsin Waley-Cohen has joined James Baillieu in the studio to record the Complete Original Works for Violin & Keyboard by CPE Bach. This most pioneering of composers contributed eight examples to the violin sonata genre, spanning much of a career that took him from fashionable Baroque to subversive forerunner of the Enlightenment. New to Signum this month is a reissue of Classical Opera's 2011 debut recording featuring Mozart Apollo et Hyacinthus. Klara Ek and Lawrence Zazzo head up the cast in this most precocious of operas (Mozart wrote it to pad out a school play when he was just eleven).
The twelfth instalment in Signum's admirable Complete Bach Organ Works series comprises the complete Orgelbüchlein, forty-six chorale prelude harmonizations—introspective, expansive, sometimes even exuberant—on the hymn tunes of the day. As ever David Goode is at the console.
Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli forces have recorded Purcell King Arthur, the culmination of decades of performance development here attaining a convincing sum of the fragmentary parts surviving. The Signum Classics cast is headed up by Carolyn Sampson and Roderick Williams. The latest album from St John's College Choir Cambridge is entitled Magnificat, six settings of the timeless Evening Canticles, each with some special connection to the performers. Andrew Nethsingha conducts. Now may we singen is a wide-ranging programme of music for Advent and Christmas. In the hands of Westminster School Choir, youthful enthusiasm elicits performances of rare commitment.
A new Gimell release brings the penultimate in The Tallis Scholars' survey of Josquin Masses: the retrospective Missa Mater Patris, based on the motet by Antoine Brumel, and the Missa Da pacem, long considered among Josquin's finest but now thought to be by the contemporaneous Noel Bauldeweyn. Conductor Peter Phillips revels in its moments of exquisite perfection and invites us to decide for ourselves.
The debut release from master viol consort Fretwork was entitled 'In nomine' (Amon Ra, 1987, the words 'digital', 'stereo' and 'compact disc' all proudly emblazoned on its cover). Three decades later and on Signum Classics, In nomine II presents a further fourteen gems from this most English of repertoires alongside two modern responses to it.