And in one of those agreeably eclectic juxtapositions so characteristic of Hyperion, the last of our releases this month takes the listener back seven hundred years to medieval France. Machaut: The lion of nobility is the next in The Orlando Consort's endlessly fascinating survey of the fourteenth-century composer-poet's oeuvre, a survey which is bringing the music and manners of the period into sharp focus.
An occasional series dedicated to choice selections of our all-time favourite recordings—ones you might possibly have missed? This time: John Sheppard Media vita & other sacred music from Westminster Cathedral Choir (‘nothing less than ethereal’—Classics Today), Shostakovich & Shchedrin Piano Concertos from Marc-André Hamelin (‘a top recommendation’—Fanfare, USA), and In Praise of Woman from Anthony Rolfe Johnson (‘unreservedly recommended’—Gramophone). If you don't know them already, a track from each is included on our monthly sampler which is free to download.
Newly paired on Signum Classics are the fine 1990s recordings of Richard Strauss' Duet-Concertino & Capriccio Prelude by the Academy of London, now presented alongside the Clarinet Concerto & Appalachian Spring Suite by Aaron Copland as recorded by the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Ernst Ottensamer is the clarinet soloist and Richard Stamp the conductor throughout.