Recent Classical Highlights






Several of the albums we reviewed in the past month highlight the legacies of some great artists. There is a live recording of octogenarian Neeme Jarvi leading the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and State Choir Latvija. There are highlights of Renée Fleming’s live performances at the Metropolitan Opera, and from Ludwig Güttler’s favorite recordings as he retires from concert life. Decca has issued excerpts from Georg Solti’s famous recording of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which it has dubbed “The Golden Ring.” And yes, Bruno Walter was another legendary conductor, but he also composed, and the Aron Quartett (pictured) have recorded some of his chamber music. You’ll also find artists and music here that are already starting to gift listeners with fabled performances.

Daniel Abraham, Joshua Cohen, Ensemble Sprezzatura – Altissima: Works for High Baroque Trumpet

Luciano Acocella, Patrick Kabongo Mubenga, Emmanuel Franco, Krakow Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra – Auber: Le Philtre

Marin Alsop, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra – Schumann (re-orchestraed by Mahler): Symphony No. 3 ‘Rhenish’; Symphony No. 4

Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico – Haydn 2032, No. 13: Hornsignal

Aoi Trio – Piano Trios: Martinu No. 1, Dvorák No. 3

Aron Quartett, Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi – Bruno Walter: String Quartet; Piano Quintet

Klaudiusz Baran, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michal Klauza – Polish Accordion Concertos: Blazewicz, Majkusiak, Przybylski

Frieder Bernius, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Hofkapelle Stuttgart – Franz Schubert: Messe As-Dur D678

Esther Birringer – Debussy: Images I & II; Ballade; Masques; Arabesque No. 1; Etc.

Simon Callaghan, Symphony Orchestra St. Gallen, Modestas Pitrenas – The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 85: Reinecke

Cantus, Tove Ramlo-Ystad – Yggdrasil

Clarion Choir, Steven Fox – Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil

David Cooper, Alexander Kerr, Orion Weiss – Berkeley, Brahms, Leshnoff: Horn Trios

Cupertinos, Luís Toscano – Pedro de Cristo: Magnificat, Marian Antiphons; Missa Salve regina

Dessoff Choirs, Malcolm J. Merriweather – Margaret Bonds: Credo; Simon Bore the Cross

Dulces Exuviae, Romain Bockler, Bor Zuljan – Toutes les nuits

Frank Dupree, Rundfink-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Dominik Beykirch – Nikolai Kapustin: Piano Concerto No. 5; Concerto Op. 104; Sinfonietta Op. 49

Abdel Rahman El Bacha – Chopin: Préludes, Fantaisie, Berceuse & Barcarolle

Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d’Oro – Mozart: The Symphonies – The Beginning and the End

Vladimir Feltsman- Schumann: ‘Abegg’ Variations; Papillons; Davidsbündlertänze; etc.

Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera – Her Greatest Moments at the Met

Amanda Forsythe, Apollo’s Fire, Jeannette Sorrell – Heavenly Bach: Arias & Cantatas of J.S. Bach

Julie Fuchs, Thomas Hengelbrock – Amadè

Véronique Gens, Alexandre Bloch, Orchestre National de Lille – Poulenc: La Voix Humaine

Gothic Voices, Andrew Lawrence-King – The Splendour of Florence with a Burgundian Resonance

Ludwig Güttler – In allen meinen Taten

Tine Thing Helseth, Ensemble Allegria – Seraph

Angela Hewitt – Mozart: Piano Sonatas K279-284, K309

Owain Arwel Hughes, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 7

Ivan Ilić – Jongen: 13 Préludes; 24 Petits Préludes dans tous les tons

Steven Isserlis, Connie Shih – A Golden Cello Decade, 1878-1888

Neeme Järvi, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, State Choir Latvija – Neeme Järvi in Concert: Mozart, Wagner, Brahms, Reger

John Jeter, Württembergische Philharomnie Reutlingen – Price: Songs of the Oak; Concerto Overtures Nos. 1 and 2; The Oak; Colonial Dances; Suite of Dances

Thorsten Johanns, Nina Karmon, Andreas Willwohl – Josef Labor: Quintet for clarinet Op. 11; Quintet in D; Clarinet Trios

King’s Singers, Fretwork – Tom & Will: Weelkes & Byrd, 400 Years

Christian Kluxen, Arktisk Filharmoni – Lasse Thoresen: Lyden av Arktis

Felix Koch, Gutenberg Soloists, Neumeyer Consort – George Philipp Telemann: Completet Cantatas Vol. 2

Ton Koopman – Handel: Five Great Suites for Harpsichord (London, 1720)

Tomáš Král, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, Jarosław Thiel – Kings in the North

Christian-Pierre La Marca, Le Concert de la Loge, Julien Chauvin – Legacy

Jun Märkl, Residentie Orkest den Haag- Saint-Saëns: Dances and Ballet Music

Fiona McGown, Margaux Blanchard, Les Ombres, Sylvain Sartre – Bach-Abel Society

Tim Mead, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen – Sacroprofano

Midori, Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Beethoven: Sonatas for Piano & Violin

Maria Milstein, Phion Orchestra, Otto Tausk – Prokofiev: Violin Concertos

Riccardo Muti, Anita Rachvelishvili, Piero Pretti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana

Mark Padmore, Mitsuko Uchida – Schubert: Schwanengesang; Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte

Piatti Quartet – Boyle, Moeran, Ireland, Vaughan Williams

Beatrice Rana, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Clara & Robert Schumann: Piano Concertos

Konstantin Reymaier – César Franck: Trois Pieces & Trois Chorals

Timothy Ridout, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins – Elgar: Viola Concerto; Bloch: Suite for viola and orchestra

François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles – Les Nuits de Paris: Dance Music from Folies Bergère to Opéra

Fazil Say – Bach: Goldberg Variations

Leila Schayegh, La Centifolia – Ciaccona!

András Schiff – J.S. Bach: Clavichord

Tetiana Shafran – Piano Works by Ravel, Chopin, Tchaikovsky

Ksenija Sidorova, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Andris Poga – Arturs Maskats: Accordion Concerto; Tango; Cantus Diatonicus; My River Runs to Thee

Hopkinson Smith – Bright and Early

Georg Solti – Wagner: The Golden Ring – Great Scenes from Der Ring des Nibelungen

Andreas Staier – J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier – Erster Teil

Stile Antico – The Golden Renaissance: William Byrd

Richard Stoltzman, Alexander Jiménez, George Manahan – Anthony Iannaccone: Looking Back, Moving On

Takács Quartet – Hough, Dutilleux & Ravel: String Quartets

Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt – Schubert: Piano Trios; Notturno; Rondo; Arpeggione Sonata

Various Artists – William McClelland: Where the Shadow Glides

Rosalind Ventris – Sola: Music for Viola by Women Composers

Orion Weiss – Arc II: Ravel, Brahms, Shostakovich

Franz Welser-Möst, Wiener Philharmoniker – Neujahrskonzert 2023 New Year’s Concert

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