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​March&#8217s ideal new classical albums provided a pair of recordings from violinist Isabelle Faust, performances of Chopin concertos by Yundi Li and Benjamin Grosevenor, and Grieg violin sonatas as interpreted by Elena Urioste and by Eldbjørg Hemsing.

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New Classical Reviews


​Our classical editors paid special attention to new recordings from Quatuor Ébène, the Brodsky Quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet, and the Leonore Piano Trio.

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New Classical Reviews, December 2019


Further than the regular new releases and slew of yr-finish vacation releases we included in December, we did some catching up just so listeners would be prepared when the Grammy awards are offered in February. Two of all those nominated albums, Derek Bermel: Migrations and Michael Torke: Sky, feature the Albany Symphony led by David Alan Miller. There were being also two nominations for the choral team The Crossing and its conductor Donald Nally, whose Kile Smith: The Arc in the Sky we reviewed just lately. Other new releases of notice: The Nutcracker arranged by the brass ensemble Septura and narrated by actor Derek Jacobi the Bach Collegium Japan executing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 with Maxim Emelyanychev conducting the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.




Rachel Barton Pine, Royal Scottish Countrywide Orchestra, Teddy Abrams – Dvorák, Khachaturian: Violin Concertos
Benjamin Bernheim – Benjamin Bernheim
Ronald Brautigam, Die Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens – Beethoven: The Piano Concertos
Cinquecento – Palestrina: Lamentations
Sarah Connolly, James Platt, Andrew Davis – Bliss: Mary of Magdala The Enchantress Meditations on a Concept by John Blow
Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson – The Hope of Loving: Choral Music of Jake Runestad
Stephen Costello – A Te, O Cara: Stephen Costello sings Bel Canto
The Crossing, Donald Nally – Kile Smith: The Arc in the Sky
Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Bartók: Orchestral Operates, Vol. 1 – Concerto for Orchestra, Suite No. 1
Lucas Debargue – Scarlatti: 52 Sonatas
Alma Deutscher – From My E-book of Melodies
Joyce DiDonato – Songplay
Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique – Anamorfosi: Allegri, Monteverdi
Dunedin Consort, John Butt – Handel: Samson
Maxim Emelyanychev, Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C main, ‘The Great’
The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park – Xmas
Uwe Grodd, Gould Piano Trio – Beethoven: Grand Symphonies, Vol. 1, Arr. Hummel for Flute, Violin, Cello and Piano
Hallé, Mark Elder – Debussy: Nocturnes
Hermitage Piano Trio – Rachmaninoff
Houston Chamber Choir, Robert Simpson – Duruflé: Complete Choral Operates
Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Daníel Bjarnason – Concurrence
Philippe Jaroussky – Enthusiasm
François Joubert-Caillet, L’Achéron – Marin Marais: Deuxième Livre de Pièces de Viole
Jupiter, Thomas Dunford – Vivaldi
Choir of King’s University, Cambridge Stephen Cleobury – The Centenary Company: A Pageant of 9 Lessons & Carols
Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Yulianna Avdeeva – Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Chamber Songs
Louis Langrée, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Transatlantic: Gershwin, Varèse, Stravinsky
Jenny Lin – The Etudes Task, Vol. 1: Iceberg
Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players – Purcell: King Arthur, 1691
David Alan Miller, Albany Symphony Orchestra – Derek Bermel: Migrations
David Alan Miller, Albany Symphony Orchestra – Michael Torke: Sky
Nash Ensemble, Martyn Brabbins – Julian Anderson: Poetry Nearing Silence
Vikingur Olafsson – J.S. Bach: Operates & Reworks
Pavel Haas Quartet – Shostakovich: String Quartets 2, 7, 8
Javier Perianes, Josep Pons, Orchestre de Paris – Ravel: Jeux de Miroirs
Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Mussorgsky: Shots at an Exhibition Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite Kabalevsky, Shchedrin, Rachmaninov
Daniel Pioro – J.S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in D small
Beatrice Rana – Ravel: Miroirs La Valse Stravinsky: Petrushka The Firebird
Gil Rose, Boston Modern Orchestra Task, Odyssey Opera Orchestra – Tobias Picker: Great Mr. Fox
John Morris Russell, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – American Originals: 1918
Carolyn Sampson, Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra – Mahler 4
Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Live performance des Nations – Georg Friderich Händel: Messiah
Septura, Derek Jacobi – Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker organized for Brass Septet
Nadia Shpachenko – The Poetry of Places
Choir of St John’s Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha – Magnificat
Choir of St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, James Vivian, Luke Bond – Christmas at St George’s, Windsor
Stile Antico – A Spanish Nativity
Luka Sulic – Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan – Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Takács Quartet, Marc-André Hamelin – Dohnányi: Piano Quintets String Quartet No. 2
Many Artists – Harold Meltzer: Tracks and Structures
Numerous Artists – Zosha di Castri: Tachitipo
Arcadi Volodos – Schubert: Piano Sonata D 959 Minuets D 334, D 335, D 600
Paul Wee – Alkan: Symphony for Solo Piano Concerto for Solo Piano
Wild Up, Christopher Rountree, Lindsay Kesselman, Theo Bleckmann – Christopher Cerrone: The Items That Slide to Earth

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New Classical Critiques


​Last thirty day period our classical editors dove into the treasure trove of recordings released to mark the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven.