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May 2020 Releases

Can there be anything left to say about the Beethoven Piano Concertos which has not already been answered in virtually a century of their recorded history? The answer, when pianists of the calibre of Stephen Hough are involved, is an emphatic 'yes'; indeed, such works' astonishing capacity to sound eternally new is precisely why they continue to demand the attention of the greatest artists of the day. With Hough's intelligent, probing pianism supported by Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hyperion's Record of the Month for May marks an important contribution to Beethoven's 250th anniversary celebrations. Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Piano Trios & String Quartet presents a still rare opportunity to hear three substantial chamber works which leave no doubt as to the stature of both women as composers in their own right. Powerful advocacy from The Nash Ensemble is no less than the music deserves.

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One of the composer's great choral masterpieces, Howells's Missa Sabrinensis remains much too little known. This new recording from The Bach Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by David Hill fully reveals the work's stature, capturing the fervent yet elusive emotional intensity at its heart. The landscape of Rachmaninov Songs is one which will be immediately familiar to anyone who loves his symphonies, piano concertos or solo piano music. Much of this music is imbued with a deep Russian melancholy, perfectly expressed by Julia Sitkovetsky, while the complex piano writing is effortlessly dispatched by Roger Vignoles.

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LSO Live are this month re-issuing Gianandrea Noseda's 2016 recording of Shostakovich Symphony No 5, newly paired with a performance of the composer's precocious Symphony No 1 given in 2019. Composed when he was just eighteen, this is the work which propelled Shostakovich into the international spotlight. An ebullient London Symphony Orchestra revels in both works.

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Varied choral fare from Signum Classics. Select members past and present of Nigel Short's elite choir Tenebrae have recorded Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres and the first set of Gesualdo Tenebrae Responsories, two works of mesmerizing intensity. Conductor Jonathan Griffith has assembled massed choirs and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to record Messiah … Refreshed!, a full-throated re-imagining of the extravagant Goossens/Beecham vision of Handel's masterpiece. Baroque oboists need not apply. And David Hill and The Bach Choir join forces with Finchley Children's Music Group for Will Todd's Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles, a vivacious new collaboration with children's poetry crusader Michael Rosen.

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Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players continue their work to revitalize 'Restoration dramatick opera' with Purcell's The Fairy Queen, this culmination of a quarter century performing the work counting among its distinguished roster of soloists Roderick Williams, Carolyn Sampson, Rowan Pierce and Charles Daniels.

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Thomas Adès conducts the Britten Sinfonia for the first release in a new cycle of Beethoven Symphonies. Fine performances of these most seminal works are imaginatively—provocatively?—coupled with maverick compositions by Gerald Barry, here his setting of the 'letter to the Immortal Beloved' Beethoven (heroically dispatched by baritone Mark Stone) and a riotous piano concerto.

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Signum Classics continues to champion the contemporary English repertory with Love lives beyond the tomb & other songs by Ian Venables. Mary Bevan and Allan Clayton perform a programme of newly written works, predominantly reflective in mood, with accompaniment variously from pianist Graham J Lloyd and the Carducci String Quartet.

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The Hours is a showcase for the choral music of Ben Parry, a composer whose enviable experience in all aspects of music-making ensures a style which never loses the performer and listener from its heart, and one clearly relished by Royal Holloway Choir and long-standing conductor Rupert Gough.

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