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This month's new releases

Two dramatically uncompromising Cello Concertos by Prokofiev & Shostakovich are our Record of the Month for March 2015, and they find superstar Steven Isserlis revelling in their thrilling transformation of the instrument from a role of Romantic lyricism to one of barely concealed violence. Paavo Järvi makes his Hyperion debut, here conducting the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Equally uncompromising is a new recording of Music for string quartet by Szymański & Mykietyn, composers firmly in the vanguard of new Polish music. Their compatriots in the Royal String Quartet draw an arresting beauty from these most individual of works.

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A third volume in our Complete Liszt Songs cycle welcomes Gerald Finley to the series and renews his multi-award-winning partnership with Julius Drake. Also reaching its third release is Martin Roscoe's survey of The Complete Dohnányi Solo Piano Music. This penultimate volume includes the Variations on a Hungarian Folksong and Ruralia hungarica.

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Re-issued this month are a sublime recording of the Boccherini & d'Astorga Stabat mater settings from The King's Consort, and Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3, these perennially popular works eliciting from Nikolai Demidenko performances of rare vigour.

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From The Tallis Scholars and Gimell we have a fantastic new recording of Choral music by Arvo Pärt in this the composer's eightieth year. Peter Phillips conducts and in the booklet fascinatingly discusses how close this mesmerizing music is to that of the great Renaissance masters. For LSO Live, Valery Gergiev leads the London Symphony Orchestra through dramatic performances of Berlioz Harold en Italie & Cléopâtre; Antoine Tamestit and Karen Cargill are the soloists.

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We have three new recordings to offer from Linn Records this month. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists have been exploring the rich repertoire of Mozart Divertimenti for some time, and their new album presents distinguished fruits of these most worthy labours. The opulent Tchaikovsky Serenade for strings receives a dramatic performance from the Scottish Ensemble (and is coupled with an intriguing chamber version of Shostakovich's String Quartet No 2). And from Ann Murray and Malcolm Martineau we have a valedictory—and nobly distinguished—recital of Brahms & Schumann Lieder, John Mark Ainsley and Benjamin Appl lending a hand as required.

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New recordings from Signum Classics this month find the eminent Carducci Quartet embarking on a worldwide project to perform the Shostakovich String Quartets, here presenting Nos 4, 8 & 11. From the wonderful Contrapunctus and director Owen Rees we have In the Midst of Life – Music from the Baldwin Partbooks, an exploration of Tudor metaphysicals (which includes a glorious performance of Sheppard's Media vita among other treasures).

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Also on Signum, there is a follow-up to the hugely popular Journey into light: in Out of darkness – Music from Lent to Trinity Jesus College Choir Cambridge charts the remainder of the church year through a diverse array of music. A Knight's Progress is the new album from the Temple Church Choir and marks 800 years of the Magna Carta with a new work by Nico Muhly—and triumpant renditions of classics from the cathedral repertoire.

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Other releases

Hyperion monthly sampler – March 2015
HYP201503Download-only monthly sampler
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