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This month's new releases

A trio of twentieth-century masterworks makes for an essential Record of the Month in June: Steven Osborne becomes the latest in a long line of piano greats to rise to the challenge of the Ravel Piano Concertos & Falla Nights in the gardens of Spain, while Ludovic Morlot (making his Hyperion debut) and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are equally alive to every detail of these wonderful scores. Nor is there any lack of high-voltage writing for piano and orchestra—from a composer much less well known—in Dimitar Nenov's Piano Concerto & Ballade No 2. This is music especially close to the hearts of soloist Ivo Varbanov and conductor Emil Tabakov (two further Hyperion debutants); glorious technicolour accompaniments are provided by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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On a much smaller scale, master accompanist Graham Johnson presides over a recital of Songs by Robert Franz: forty-seven exquisitely crafted lieder from a neglected contemporary of Liszt and Wagner. Tenor Robin Tritschler makes a compelling case for their revival. And finally on Hyperion this month, highlights from an English '48'—Stanford's Preludes were his creative response to Bach's Well-tempered Clavier. Sam Haywood here presents a personal selection; a real discovery for those who only know Stanford through his choral music.

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Three new releases from Linn Records this month bring us Aldeburgh Strings and Aldeburgh Winds—the soloists of the future—in crackling new renditions of Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen, Serenade & Symphony for wind instruments, seminal works all, performed under the watchful eyes of Markus Däunert and Nicholas Daniel. A 'new tonalist' of justified repute, Robert Beaser's Guitar Concerto was composed for the soloist here, Eliot Fisk, and is accompanied by an extended solo guitar work and two orchestral poems from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. José Serebrier directs these premiere recordings. And if you've ever dared to wonder what the most perfect of all cello suites and violin sonatas would sound like on the marimba, then Kuniko's enthralling Bach Solo works for marimba is a must, equal honours going to the embracing acoustic of St John's Tartu in Estonia.

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It is unlikely that Guillaume de Machaut would recognize the lion that is the newly restored Harrison & Harrison organ in the chapel of King's College Cambridge as belonging to the same genus as the mouse he could have known: The King of Instruments gives Stephen Cleobury the ride of his life through works old and new from Bach to Baker.

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A composer highly respected for his approachable and melodic choral works, Jonathan Dove's In Damascus is a new song cycle for tenor (Mark Padmore) and string quartet (the Sacconi Quartet). This powerful response to the dichotomy of present-day Syria appears on the Signum Classics label alongside the piano quintet (with Charles Owen) and string quartet Out of time, first recordings all. Sonatas by Schubert & Chopin brings us warm new performances from David Kenedy and Rianka Bouwmeester. Chopin's cello sonata was his last major work, Schubert's an intriguing nod to the short-lived cello-a-like that was the arpeggione.

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A second new album on the Hallé label this month brings us nothing less than Wagner's Parsifal. Recorded at the 2013 Proms and gloriously re-mastered for this release, Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé Orchestra and massed choirs. The lead soloists are Lars Cleveman (Parsifal), Katarina Dalayman (Kundry) and Sir John Tomlinson (Gurnemanz). 'An account of this miraculous score which, for a combination of passion and precision, surpassed any other that I have ever heard' (The Spectator).

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Making his first solo recording for Signum this month is rising star Emmanuel Despax—this new performance of the Chopin Préludes (plus the Barcarolle and Berceuse) is as insightful as it is welcome. The name Julia Hwang will be new to most. But her playing of violin virtuosics by Grieg, Vaughan Williams, Lutosławski & Wieniawski entitled Subito gives this young prodigy the stage she deserves. Charles Matthews lends expert accompaniment.

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The world encompassed is quite unique: Simon Callow and the expressive viols of Fretwork narrate the 'true history' of that 'right rare and thrice-worthy Captain' Francis Drake, and his pioneering circumnavigation of the globe in 1577-1580. Composer Orlando Gough interprets events, incorporating music of the time by Parsons, Taverner and White into a startling eye-witness narrative. Finally this month, Freya Waley-Cohen's Permutations & Unveil takes us into a rather different world: that of installation architecture. Multi-tracked sister Tamsin Waley-Cohen's violin is our guide.

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Other releases

Hyperion monthly sampler - June 2017
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