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Hyperion's Classical Piano Concerto series reaches volume six this month, Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players presenting Cramer Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5. This is music from a London-based friend and contemporary of Beethoven and will appeal strongly to anyone who responds to the Viennese classicism of the period. And with Piano Trio No 2 & Piano Quartet the Leonore Piano Trio releases a successor to their much-praised earlier volume. If that had listeners 'purring with satisfaction'—in the words of Gramophone's reviewer—this one is sure to elicit even more agreeable responses.
There are two new releases on the Hallé label this month. Eliciting 'roaring jubilation and radiant beauty' was how The Guardian characterized Sir Mark Elder's interpretation of Wagner's Siegfried, the concluding part in this definitive live cycle with The Hallé Orchestra and a superlative line-up of soloists. And a thumping rendition of Shostakovich Symphony No 5 is here coupled with the unfettered darkness of the contemporaneous Pushkin Romances sung by James Platt.
The Elysian Singers and director Sam Laughton have recorded One equal music & other choral works by James MacMillan for Signum Classics, a celebration of the composer's enormous contribution to the choral repertoire over the years. From the ground up is a decidedly 'different' exploration of the chaconne, Purcellian musings on the ground bass twisted in fascinating directions by Hugo Ticciati and the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra of Sweden.
An intriguing coupling on the King's Cambridge label brings us the early Howells Cello Concerto—abandoned by the composer but recently, and sympathetically, completed—in a performance by Guy Johnston alongside the composer's unusual An English Mass from King's College Choir Cambridge. An ebullient Britten Sinfonia accompanies both works.
Cellist Matthew Barley has recorded Tavener's The protecting veil with Sinfonietta Rīga on a new Signum album which explores the influences behind this seminal work of the twentieth century through accompanying readings and a new collaboration with the tabla of Sukhvinder Singh.
The latest release in the Signum Classics series of The Complete Bach Organ Works is a varied feast which takes in intriguing miniatures alongside some of the 'big beasts'. As ever, David Goode performs on the Metzler organ of Trinity College Chapel in Cambridge.