November 2014 Releases
A glorious new Bach Mass in B minor is our Record of the Month for November 2014. Relative newcomers, the singers and instrumentalists of Arcangelo have quickly carved out an enviable reputation; for this fifth Hyperion recording director Jonathan Cohen has co-opted soloists Lydia Teuscher, Ida Falk Winland, Tim Mead, Samuel Boden and Neal Davies. Two further choral releases explore rather more arcane corners of the repertoire: The Brabant Ensemble and Stephen Rice have recorded the Brumel Missa de beata virgine (this plainsong-infused Mass being joined by four motets), while Royal Holloway Choir explores a varied selection of Hymns to Saint Cecilia from Elgar to MacMillan under the direction of Rupert Gough.
Thrilling new keyboard recordings this month: from piano legend Marc-André Hamelin we have wonderfully introspective Debussy Images & Préludes II, award-winning harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani has recorded the complete Rameau Pièces de clavecin, and Danny Driver compellingly performs the Schumann Novelletten & Nachtstücke (the former being the composer's longest, but least known, piano cycle and regarded by Schumann as one of his finest works).
Re-issued this month are the perennially popular European Light Music Classics from Ronald Corp and the New London Orchestra, and the opulent Palestrina Missa Hodie Christus natus est, recorded in 2003 by Westminster Cathedral Choir.
Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music
CDH55367 Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
On other labels
Guiomar Novaes – The complete published 78-rpm recordings
APR6015 2CDs for the price of 1