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June 2021 Releases

Any new release from Mahan Esfahani promises to be one of the highlights of the musical year, and his recording of The Six Bach Partitas is no exception. These are works which disrupt the stylistic boundaries of their age—a manifesto for the future of European music post-1730?—and June's thrilling Record of the Month again shows this most committed of harpsichordists at his formidable best. Volume 83 of the Romantic Piano Concerto returns to Poland with Gablenz's Piano Concerto and Paderewski's Polish Fantasy. This is repertoire in which Jonathan Plowright has few peers, and with enthusiastic support from Łukasz Borowicz and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, it's difficult to imagine performances which come closer to the works' spirit.

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And in the last of Hyperion's releases this month, the sublime voices of Cinquecento breathe new life into Heinrich Isaac's Missa Wohlauff gut Gsell von hinnen & other works. The composer was a near contemporary of Josquin, with whom he was considered an equal in the early years of the sixteenth century, and this album clearly demonstrates why he was in such demand from the influential European courts of the age.

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An occasional series dedicated to choice selections of our all-time favourite recordings—ones you might possibly have missed? This time: A Time to Dance by Alec Roth from Ex Cathedra (‘a contemporary work of real character and energy’—Gramophone), Handel's Finest Arias for Base Voice from Christopher Purves and Arcangelo (‘this is the most outstanding album of its kind I’ve ever heard from any singer’—Early Music Today), and the Rachmaninov Piano Concertos from Stephen Hough (‘a superb achievement, and that’s all that needs to be said’—International Record Review). If you don’t know them already, a track from each is included on our monthly sampler which is free to download.

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Julian Bliss has made a new recording for Signum which features the two wonderful Brahms Clarinet Sonatas. These late works are jewels in the instrument's repertoire and are here sympathetically performed with pianist James Baillieu. Completing the album is Bliss's own instrumental arrangement of the Vier ernste Gesänge, works also from the last years of Brahms's composing life.

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In 2009 Ian Page and Classical Opera made an acclaimed recording of Thomas Arne's Artaxerxes for Linn Records. These days called The Mozartists, the group now sees the set reissued on Signum Classics, giving a second airing for this remarkable work of which Haydn is reputed to have exclaimed that he ‘had no idea we had such an opera in the English language’.

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Heartfelt & other works by Roxanna Panufnik augments this exciting composer's Signum discography with a programme of chamber music and song. Roderick Williams and Mary Bevan are the singers, the Sacconi Quartet accompanying them and performing the non-vocal pieces, a Burma-inspired oboe quintet (with Nicholas Daniel) among them.

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Winner of the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition, Anna Tsybuleva has made her first recording for Signum Classics. Brahms' Piano Concerto No 2 is here performed with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and conductor Ruth Reinhardt. The programme is completed with a selection of capriccios from Op 76 and late intermezzos.

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