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This month's new releases

Marc-André Hamelin may not be the only composer to come up with a set of Variations on a theme of Paganini, but he’s almost certainly the first to write a (‘very short’) piano sonata in response to a startlingly different source of inspiration: My feelings about chocolate. The inclusion of both on New Piano Works by Hamelin gives some idea of the range and eclecticism of February’s absolutely unmissable Record of the Month: throughout, Hamelin pays affectionate tribute to the composer-pianists of previous generations in music of profound wit and intelligence, rich in allusion to some of the great names (and specific works) of the past. Performances are, of course, definitive.

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The choral splendours of La Serenissima are sumptuously recreated in Sacred treasures of Venice, a programme celebrating the musical life of St Mark’s during the final flowering of the Golden Age of Venetian polyphony. Several of the composers—including Monteverdi and both Gabrielis (uncle and nephew)—are familiar, but this is no mere historical exercise: performances of this repertoire remain very much a part of the thriving day-to-day liturgy as practised by The London Oratory Schola Cantorum and its director Charles Cole.

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The ongoing series dedicated to choice selections of our all-time favourite recordings—ones you might possibly have missed? This time: Robert Simpson Symphony No 11 & Variations on a theme by Nielsen from the City of London Sinfonia and Matthew Taylor (‘an utterly marvellous disc, which I cannot recommend highly enough’—Gramophone), Bernstein, Copland & Barber Choral Works from the Corydon Singers (‘an exquisite disc … indispensable’—Acoustic Sounds Catalog), and Shostakovich Piano Trios & Songs from The Florestan Trio and Susan Gritton (‘the Florestans dig deep to reveal the secrets of this bleak and deeply moving music’—The Sunday Times). If you don’t know them already, a track from each is included on our monthly sampler which is free to download.

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An exciting new recording from LSO Live captures concert performances of Janáček's Káťa Kabanová as given by the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle in January 2023. The all-star cast includes Amanda Majeski ('a truly great performance in the title role'—The Guardian), Magdalena Kožená and Katarina Dalayman, and the magic between conductor and orchestra is all one might expect in this repertoire.

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Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra of The Kennedy Center, Washington DC, conclude a glorious cycle on the orchestra's own label with the release of Beethoven Symphony No 9, a distinguished quartet of soloists and The Washington Chorus at full strength ensuring that the choral finale is every bit an 'ode to joy'.

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Fascinating new releases from Signum Classics this month bring us a recording of Puccini Symphonic Suites as imagined by Carlo Rizzi, who also conducts the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, and Oculus by Julie Cooper, a veritable panoply of performers contributing to a varied programme of new works by this most approachable of composers.

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Pastoral 21 is a new album on Signum featuring music and performances by Gabriel Prokofiev and the decidedly uninhibited UNLTD Collective, a 'creative lab made up of alumni of the Verbier Festival Academy and Orchestra programmes'. Starting with movements from M G Fischer's 1810 string sextet arrangement of Beethoven's 'Pastoral' symphony, the programme then envisages in sound what Beethoven might make of things were he to revisit his beloved countryside today … he doesn't seem pleased.

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Other releases

Hyperion sampler - February 2024
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