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December 2019 Releases

Some twenty years have passed since Angela Hewitt previously recorded Bach's Six Partitas, twenty years (as the pianist writes touchingly in her booklet notes) spent practising Bach's music, 'always trying to do better, to bring it to life even more'. Few artists, it hardly needs saying, bring Bach to life so convincingly as Angela, as is once again proved by this magnificent new set—a Record of the Month for December which no lover of Bach will want to miss. With Saint-Saëns Symphony No 1 & The carnival of the animals, Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony conclude their much-praised exploration of the composer's five symphonies. Discovering some splendid, if seldom heard, music has been one of the year's highlights and this final instalment of the series offers more in the same vein, with two lesser-known early works framing the evergreen 'Grande fantaisie zoologique'.

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The juxtaposition of two albums from David Hill and Yale Schola Cantorum makes for some particularly exciting listening—the two settings of the Magnificat may be separated by three and a half centuries and four thousand miles but they share a common joy. The Christmas story & other works by Schütz offers a seasonal celebration of Baroque Dresden while, in sharp contrast, a vivid collection of New England Choirworks opens a window on to the thriving and stylistically pluralist new music scene to be encountered around Yale's New Haven home.

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New from the King's College Choir Cambridge own label, A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols – The Centenary Service, a live recording from Christmas Eve 2018, is a fitting celebration of both an enduring musical institution and of Sir Stephen Cleobury's stewardship over the past thirty-seven years. An added bonus is the series of personal essays included in the booklet, reflections on the Festival by some of those who have been closely involved with it over the years.

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A new release on LSO Live brings Sir Simon Rattle's Bruckner Symphony No 6, his first recording of the great Austrian symphonist at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra. A five-star concert review in The Times praised a performance which brought the work 'vividly to life', an interpretation now preserved for posterity.

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On Signum Classics, The Soldier – From Severn to Somme is a touching and very personal song recital. In repertoire ranging from Schumann and Fauré to Butterworth, Mahler and Ives, Christopher Maltman and Joseph Middleton address the pity of wars past, present and future. While The King's Singers – The Library, Vol. 1 is the first in a series of EPs which will document The King's Singers' way with lighter repertoire old and new in the close-harmony arrangements so characteristic of this extraordinary ensemble.

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Soli Deo Gloria presents the eagerly anticipated recording of the solo Bach Violin Concertos from Kati Debretzeni, who also contributes her own arrangement (and premiere recording) of the BWV1053 E major harpsichord concerto. Sir John Eliot Gardiner and The English Baroque Soloists provide scrupulously alert accompaniment.

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On Signum Classics, the intriguingly titled The Godfather – Masters of the German & Italian Baroque presents just the sort of programme which Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima do so well—this is a thrilling collection of concertos 'for diverse instruments' from Telemann, Vivaldi and others.

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Peter Donohoe has already recorded pinnacles of the Russian repertoire by Shostakovich and Musorgsky. His latest venture, once more on Signum, turns to the rather less well-known Solo piano works of Pyotr Tchaikovsky. In the composer's lifetime these works were championed by such greats as Konstantin Igumnov and Anton Rubinstein; the challenges posed by their lush orchestral textures perhaps explain their more recent neglect.

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