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June 2019 Releases

With Violin Concertos by Eduard Lassen, Philipp Scharwenka and Rued Langgaard, Hyperion's Record of the Month for June celebrates the arrival of volume 22 in our Romantic Violin Concerto series. As is so often the case, the virtually total absence of this fine trio of works (and composers) from the world's concert halls will strike the listener as mystifying. Making the best possible case for all three is the brilliant violinist Linus Roth, enthusiastically supported by Antony Hermus—Hyperion debutants both—and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Admirers of Andrew Kirkman and The Binchois Consort will know what to expect of this group's recordings: not only carefully crafted programmes delivered with idiomatic flair (both of which may be taken for granted), but also lavishly illustrated booklets replete with images of exquisite alabaster sculpture of the period. Music for Saint Katherine of Alexandria is no exception, a programme of fifteenth-century English motets from Frye, Dunstaple and others in honour of the saint, the music complemented by rich, sometimes startling, sculptures ancient and modern.

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Two contrasting albums of solo piano music complete this month's line-up from Hyperion. Beethoven Piano Sonatas Opp 2/1, 14/2, 53 & 54 is the next instalment in Angela Hewitt's distinguished cycle, now nearing completion. As usual, she juxtaposes lesser-known works with the exceptionally famous—here the 'Waldstein' which she designates 'one of my very favourite pieces to perform'. And Simon Callaghan has chosen for his first Hyperion solo recital a programme of Ein Liebesleben & other piano works by Jean Louis Nicodé. The composer's name may be unfamiliar but his brand of German late Romanticism is impossible to resist.

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From Signum Classics this month we have Supersize Polyphony by Striggio & Tallis, which includes not just Ecce beatam lucem and Spem in alium (both for forty voice parts) but also the Italian's Missa sopra Ecco sì beato giorno with its sixty-voice Agnus Dei. Christopher Monks directs his Armonico Consort and Geoffrey Webber the Choir of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge.

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