A fascinating programme from The Nash Ensemble explores the astonishing cultural output of Czech composers in the dying years of the Nazi ghetto of Theresienstadt. Entitled Brundibár, the album opens with a spirited new suite from Hans Krása's opera. Very different aspects of human experience are to be found in Canciones españolas, the dynamic Sylvia Schwartz making her debut on Hyperion and leading Malcolm Martineau through a riot of Granados, Turina, Toldrá, Montsalvatge and Guridi.
Three re-issues this month: the sublime Tallis Missa Salve intemerata from Winchester Cathedral Choir, a perfect pairing of Chausson & d'Indy String Quartets from the Chilingirian Quartet, and For His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, another ground-breaking survey from His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts.
|Musorgsky: Pictures from an Exhibition; Prokofiev: Visions fugitives & Sarcasms|
Steven Osborne performs masterpieces of the Russian repertoire in this recording of Musorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition, one of the most original and challenging works in the piano repertoire and one which has been in Osborne’s concert reperto ...» More
|Bach: Flute Sonatas|
Angela Hewitt appears in chamber mode, accompanying Andrea Oliva (described as ‘one of the best flutists of his generation, a shining star in the world of the flute’ by Sir James Galway) in a programme of Bach’s flute sonatas. Of unfailingly remar ...» More
The Nash Ensemble presents a programme of works written at the transit camp Theresienstadt by four Jewish composers who went on to be killed by the Nazis and their music forgotten. In recent years it has begun to be performed again and its extraor ...» More
A deeply seductive album of Spanish songs performed by the young Spanish soprano Sylvia Schwartz. This collection comprises works by Enrique Granados (1867–1916), Jesús Guridi (1886–1961), Joaquín Turina (1882–1949), Eduardo Toldrá (1895–1962) and ...» More
|Chausson & Indy: String Quartets|
'In a different league from the only readily available competition. The insight and imagination of the Chilingirian makes a persuasive case that this ...
'Very fine performances' (International Record Review)» More
|For His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts|
'These players demonstrate perfectly how a balance of scholarship and expert period performance can restore familiar music to such radiant good health ...
'El disco, interpretado por His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts de forma extraordinaria, con altísimo nivel de virtuosismo e intachable rigor estílistico ...» More
|Tallis: Missa Salve intemerata|
'Skilled, thoughtful performances of three great works by a marvellously trained choir' (Gramophone)
‘Vivid acoustics and mellifluous phrasing in the plainsong pieces evoke a calming contemplative atmosphere. The exemplary tonal finesse and beautifull ...» More
|Marais: La Gamme & other 'morceaux de simphonie'|
‘La Gamme (et autres morceaux de simphonie)' heralds the return of Sonnerie to the trio format and marks their debut recording on Linn Records.» More
|Nielsen: Symphonies Nos 2 & 3|
Nielsen’s Symphony No 2 was inspired by a naïve but vivid painting representing the Four Temperaments of the human personality. Adopting these defining characters for each of the symphony’s movements Nielsen realised a sonic depiction of emoti ...» More
|Britten: The Canticles|
'The supporting performers are well chosen. Abraham and lsaac opens with Johnson and countertenor Christopher Ainslie, judiciously placed by th ...
'One of the more interesting of the tide of Britten centenary tributes, The Canticles features the five vocal settings composed at various poin ...» More
|Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade & The Invisible City of Kitezh|
Although he was counted amongst Mily Balakirev's 'Mighty Handful' (which dedicated itself to pursuing a more purely Russian art music, as opposed to the Austro-German musical dominance of the era), both works on this recording show how Nikolai Rim ...» More
|Schumann & Dvořák: Cello Concertos|
Jamie Walton is joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of their conductor laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy for this new concerto recording of concertos and orchestral works by Dvorák and Schumann. Jamie Walton has proved himself as a lead ...» More
|Myra Hess – The complete solo and concerto studio recordings|
Sacred Music from the Renaissance Era for Celestial and Secular Radio. When Peter Phillips founded The Tallis Scholars in 1973 sacred vocal music from the Renaissance Era was seldom heard on radio. Now it is firmly established as one of the great ...» More