Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra alongside baritone Duncan Rock and bass-baritone Ashley Riches in a homage to Leonard Bernstein in their new album, Bernstein: Wonderful Town with LSO Live. The Financial Times praised the album stating, “Simon Rattle pulls out all the stops for LSO’s Bernstein celebration”. You can purchase the album here.
Awarded ★★★★★ by Classical Music, Opera Rara’s new recording of Semiramide is a complete recording of one of Rossini’s greatest operas, starring Albina Shagimuratova as Semiramide and bass James Platt as Nino’s Ghost. Classical Music praise the album stating, “this new recording … reveals Elder’s approach to Semiramide to be one of translucence and buoyancy, with clear textures and a refreshing respect for Rossini’s inventive orchestration”. Opera Rara’s new album can be bought here.
Into the Fire is a complete recording of Joyce DiDonato’s recital at London’s Wigmore Hall released on Erato. Performing alongside the Brentano Quartet, the recital encompasses works by Debussy, Gruber, Strauss, to name a few. The performance prompted The Times to write, “it was as if DiDonato, as Claudel, was floating free from her imprisonment to try to understand her traumatic life”. It can be purchased here.
Vilde Frang explores the neglected youth works of Bartók and Enescu in her new release on Warner Classics, Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 1 & Enescu: Octet for strings. Under the baton of Mikko Franck, Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and Enescu’s Octet in C major Op. 7 are beautifully regenerated by the violinist. Buy a copy here.
Alongside the renowned BBC Philharmonic, Edward Gardner and pianist Louis Lortie explore the works of Camille Saint-Saëns in their new album with Chandos, Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Volume 1. The album makes the most of the contrasting movements, creating a unique and dramatic musical experience. Details of purchasing the album can be found here.
Cristian Măcelaru and Ludovic Morlot are both featured on James Ehnes’ new recording, featuring world premiere works that have been written for him. Cristian conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a concerto by the famous film composer James Newton Howard, and Ludovic Morlot leads Seattle Symphony in the work by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Visit here to purchase the album.