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March 2022 Releases

The shadows and the light of Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday are vividly rendered in a new release from Owain Park and The Gesualdo Six. This is another of those meticulously planned recitals so characteristic of the group, in which the glories of Renaissance polyphony (Tallis's Lamentations of Jeremiah are also on the programme) are juxtaposed with the music of our time (two short twenty-first-century motets from Judith Bingham and Joanna Ward). The results, as proved by March's Record of the Month, are memorable.

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The youthful Romanticism of Mendelssohn's Violin Sonatas has seldom sounded so compelling as here, in a wonderful new recording from Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien. But then, nothing less is to be expected from this 'inspirational' (BBC Record Review) partnership, which regularly sets new standards across a wide range of repertoire. This album is guaranteed to join the duo's long list of five-star critical recommendations. And the 'poet's sensibility' praised by MusicWeb International in Andrey Gugnin's previous Hyperion release is much in evidence in his latest. This exceptional pianist brings his own unique brand of thrilling pianism and interpretative flair to the complete Scriabin Mazurkas, works which increasingly push the boundaries of their Chopinesque origins.

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The ongoing series dedicated to choice selections of our all-time favourite recordings—ones you might possibly have missed? This time: Beyond all mortal dreams from Trinity College Choir Cambridge and Stephen Layton (‘here is music making of the highest quality’—Classic FM Magazine), Piano Trios by Henry Charles Litolff from the Leonore Piano Trio (‘prepare to have your pulse rate raised’—The Guardian), and A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen from Jonathan Plowright (‘every so often a CD comes along that I simply can't stop playing’—The Observer). 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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New from 1equalmusic this month comes Olivier Messiaen's Harawi, an epic song cycle infused with a fantastical mix of Peruvian ritual, the grandest of post-Wagnerian melodies, and an enduring faith in the Eternal. This moving 'chant d'amour et de mort' is here performed by soprano Amy Moore and pianist Antony Pitts, Principal Artist and Artistic Director of Australia’s national vocal ensemble, The Song Company.

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The Queen's Six have recorded From Windsor with love, this time aiming the sights of their laser-accurate close harmony at the plentiful world of the pop love song. Ever-keen to push the boundaries of what is 'acceptable', these renditions rove freely from Bob Dylan to The Proclaimers. Also on Signum Classics we have the Flute Concertino, Clarinet Concerto & Guitar Concerto by Christopher Gunning. Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the composer's baton, these attractive works feature soloists Catherine Handley (flute), Michael Whight (clarinet) and Craig Ogden (guitar).

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On LSO Live this month, conductor Gianandrea Noseda leads the London Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich Symphony No 7—the latest instalment in an on-going cycle. This is one of the composer's largest creations: written during the siege of Leningrad in 1941, it remains shattering in scale and impact.

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Julie Cooper's Continuum is a debut commercial album from a British composer best known for her work in film and television. The opening sequence, movingly narrated by Adjoa Andoh, leads into what is in effect a musical diary of life during lockdown. The musicians drawn together by Signum Classics include The Oculus Ensemble, pianist Nicholas McCarthy and soprano Grace Davidson.

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