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Two important albums complete this month's Hyperion releases and feature three traditionalist composers from 19th- and 20th-century Mitteleuropa whose reluctance to adapt to the modernist trends of their times conspired to turn contemporary fame into posthumous neglect. Jonathan Plowright, whose affinity to this repertoire is well known, employs his formidable talents in the service of Piano Music by Josef Suk—four atmospheric suites brimming with potent Czech melody. While Simon Callaghan presents Piano Concertos by Rheinberger & Scholz, two composers who have long been prime candidates for admittance to the roster of Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra accompanies, with the brilliant young conductor Ben Gernon making his label debut.
From Signum Classics we have a treasure regained: Telemann's Solo Fantasias for viola da gamba, dating from the 1730s and presumed forever lost until their chance rediscovery in 2015, are here performed by Richard Boothby in a revel of expressive virtuosity. The tango has a developmental lineage that can itself be traced back through centuries of tradition. In Tanguero – Music from South America Christoph Denoth tunes his classical guitar into this world of melancholy-tinged beauty.
A new release from 1equalmusic finds musical polymath Antony Pitts at the helm of The Song Company of Australia. Their live programme, In illo tempore, melds the old and the new into a tapestry of intrigue.
The gorgeous soprano of Grace Davidson returns to Signum in the company of the Academy of Ancient Music. Their album of Handel and Vivaldi includes the latter's perennially popular Nulla in mundo pax sincera alongside less well-known works by Handel.