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.

From Linn Records a wide array of treats this month. Ingrid Fliter magnificently performs the Chopin Préludes, a complement to her much-feted recording earlier this year of the concertos. From the captivating Phantasm we have a new album of Fantasias & Anthems by John Ward—something of a revelation, and welcoming Magdalen College Choir Oxford to the label to join them in the anthems. Formerly on the Avie label, two earlier Phantasm recordings—of Gibbons Consorts for viols and exploring the Renaissance Four Temperaments—are now newly available. Elena Riu performs the piano solo title work on Ypakoë & other works by John Tavener which also includes a stunning performance of … depart in peace … from Patricia Rozario and the Scottish Ensemble.

For LSO Live the London Symphony Orchestra has recorded Mendelssohn Symphony No 3 and the Schumann Piano Concerto (Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting, Maria João Pires the soloist). The LSO String Ensemble and Roman Simović give luxurious performances of the Tchaikovsky Serenade & Bartók Divertimento. On APR we have a double album presenting The complete published 78-rpm recordings of Brazilian Guiomar Novaes. Newly released on Signum Classics are an intriguing album of geographical guitar reminiscences from Christoph Denoth entitled Homages—A musical dedication, and from Classical Opera and Ian Page a complete recording of Mitridate, re di Ponto by Mozart, the composer's first operatic triumph (he was not yet 15).

On Hyperion

Bach: Mass in B minor
Studio Master: CDA68051/2RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Brumel: Missa de beata virgine & motets
Studio Master: CDA68065Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Debussy: Images & Préludes II
Studio Master: CDA67920Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Hymns to Saint Cecilia
Studio Master: CDA68047Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Rameau: Pièces de clavecin
Studio Master: CDA68071/22CDs Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Schumann: Novelletten & Nachtstücke
Studio Master: CDA67983Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
European Light Music Classics
CDH55477Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music
CDH55367Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Hyperion monthly sampler – November 2014
FREE DOWNLOADHYP201411Download-only monthly sampler

On other labels

Chopin: Préludes
Studio Master: CKD475RECORD OF THE MONTH Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Four Temperaments
BKD487
Gibbons: Consorts for viols
BKD486
Tavener: Ypakoë & other works
CKD492
Ward: Fantasies & Verse Anthems
Studio Master: CKD427Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 'Scottish'; Schumann: Piano Concerto
Studio Master: LSO0765Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Tchaikovsky: Serenade; Bartók: Divertimento
Studio Master: LSO0752Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Homages – A musical dedication
Studio Master: SIGCD404Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Mozart: Mitridate, re di Ponto
Studio Master: SIGCD4004CDs Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Guiomar Novaes – The complete published 78-rpm recordings
APR60152CDs for the price of 1