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This month's new releases

Hyperion's Record of the Month for April 2015 presents thrilling performances of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet & String Quartet No 2. The Takács Quartet is electrifying, and is joined for the quintet by Marc-André Hamelin who has also recorded a double album of Mozart Piano Sonatas, a complement to his hugely successful Haydn albums.

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Two established series receive new stablemates this month: from Howard Shelley we have a third instalment of The Complete Mendelssohn Solo Piano Music, while volume seven of The Complete Strauss Songs focuses on the juvenilia; the ever-attentive Roger Vignoles is joined by Ruby Hughes, Ben Johnson and Günter Haumer.

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The Choral Music of Kenneth Leighton is extraordinary, and not just for the disjunct between choirs wanting to perform it and record-buyers wanting to hear it. But when it is done right, and here it really is by Trinity College Choir Cambridge and Stephen Layton, it is glorious.

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Newly available via Hyperion are the sonic glories of the Mariinsky catalogue. Recorded in their sumptuous St Petersburg home, new releases this month present Ravel's perennially popular orchestration of the Musorgsky Pictures from an Exhibition and the live premiere recording of Rodion Shchedrin's The Left-Hander, a new opera written specially for the Mariinsky Orchestra and dedicated to conductor Valery Gergiev.

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Linn Records celebrates a new partnership between the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Søndergård with an opulent new recording of Sibelius Symphonies Nos 2 & 7, the composer's most popular, and in The Neoclassical Trumpet allows maestro Jonathan Freeman-Attwood to speculate what composers at the turn of the century might have done had a modern trumpet and Steinway Grand landed in their lap. Daniel-Ben Pienaar plays said piano and also made the adaptations required. Historical piano label APR is releasing The complete recordings of Vassily Sapellnikoff & Xaver Scharwenka, the former Tchaikovsky's soloist of choice, the latter one of the earliest composer-pianists to be captured in sound. The set includes the first ever recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1.

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Oliver Davis' Flight is a treat. This new album from Signum Classics showcases violin works by the popular ballet and TV composer in vibrant performances by their dedicatee Kerenza Peacock. The label's commitment to contemporary music of all kinds is further displayed in The twenty-fifth hour—Chamber music by Thomas Adès, where the composer joins the eminent Calder Quartet in definitive renditions of three up-and-coming classics of the genre, and in the Chilcott St John Passion, a modern-day re-imagining of the traditional form spiritedly performed by the massed forces of Wells Cathedral Choir.

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Also from Signum is a glorious new album from soprano Ilona Domnich. The thirteen arias on Surrender—Voices of Persephone chart the variedly vulnerable roles of the operatic heroine. Accompaniment comes from a vibrant Southbank Sinfonia under Simon Over and charismatic baritone Leo Nucci. Unapologetically retro, on the other hand, is Sarah Fox and James Burton's Cole Porter Songbook—watch out for marauding baritenor pianists …

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Other releases

Hyperion monthly sampler – April 2015
FREE DOWNLOADHYP201504Download-only monthly sampler
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