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Divine Redeemer
Paul Jacobs, organ
Christine Brewer, soprano

Naxos 8.573524

Two of America’s most celebrated musicians, both GRAMMY® Award-winners, join for a program that ranges across the sacred vocal and organ repertoire. Some of the most beloved of all pieces, such as Cesar Franck’s Panis angelicus (taken from his Messe à 3 voix) are complemented by rarer items. Nadia Boulanger’s three organ pieces are heard alongside her sister Lili’s beautiful Pie Jesu while Max Reger’s sensitive organ arrangements of three Hugo Wolf songs are followed by the rousing Toccata and Fugue, Op. 59. Named one of the top twenty sopranos of all time by BBC Music Magazine, soprano Christine Brewer is a highly sought-after stage and recording artist. Known for his imaginative interpretations and charismatic stage presence, organist Paul Jacobs has been hailed by the press as America’s leading organ performer.



The Best of Tianqa Yang
Tianwa Yang, violin
Naxos 8.578317

Winner of the prestigious ECHO Klassik Best Up-and-Coming Artist Award 2014 and the Annual Prize of the German Record Critics 2014 for her Naxos recordings of the Mendelssohn Violin Concertos and Complete Music for Violin by Sarasate, Tianwa Yang is referred to as “an unquestioned master of the violin” by American Record Guide who “rises above her competition” (Fanfare), while quickly establishing herself as a leading international performer and recording artist. As a critically acclaimed Naxos recording artist, Ms. Yang most recently released the Violin Concertos by Castelnuovo-Tedesco recorded with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg and the complete Solo Sonatas by Eugene Ysaye which immediately won several awards. The Best of Tianwa Yang features a nice programmed selection of her most popular and well-loved recordings.



A-Z of Singers
Naxos 8.558097-100

The A–Z of Singers surveys over 300 of the greatest recorded vocalists, from Theo Adam to Teresa Zylis-Gara, voices captured by the earliest of recording processes up to today’s contemporary, cutting-edge technology. The publication’s clear, concise text lists the artists alphabetically with career summaries, notable recordings, a biography and a critical appraisal of each of their recorded legacies. The four CDs present author-selected recordings by 69 artists. An informed, interesting, precise and appealing reference work designed for singing enthusiasts and scholars alike.




Handel Edition
Brilliant Classics BRI95050

This Brilliant Classics Composer Edition spectacular shines its brilliant light on one of the Baroque-era giants, George Frideric Handel. At a whopping 65CDs, this set represents the most comprehensive Handel Edition on the market! While not “Complete”, the set presents a substantial and representative oeuvre: 12 complete oratorios, cantatas, Odes, Anthems, Arias, Duets, the complete chamber music, the complete keyboard works, the complete organ concertos, oboe concertos, the complete Concerti Grossi, the Water Music and Fireworks Music: a grand musical feast covering a wide range of styles, spotlighted instrumentalists and emotions. The consistently high quality of playing includes performances by Roberto Loreggian in the harpsichord music and legendary soprano Arleen Augér singing the German arias. Handel’s orchestral music is performed by a variety of German chamber groups. The trio sonatas feature L’École d’Orphée, boasting players drawn from some of the leading British Baroque orchestras. The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, performs Handel’s most famous oratorio, Messiah. This excellent gift idea represents superb value and guarantees a wealth of repeatable, meaningful listening pleasures.



Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Antonio Pappano, piano

Erato 2564610789

Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano – at the piano rather than on the conductor’s podium – opened the 2014-15 season at London’s Wigmore Hall with a dazzling programme of song, emphasizing Italy and the USA. Recorded live on this 2-CD set, the two artists were described by The Times as “mezzo diva supreme” and “golden maestro and piano accompanist to the stars” The first item on the programme was Haydn’s dramatic cantata Arianna a Naxos (which, back in 2003, also launched DiDonato’s debut recital at Wigmore Hall). As the Guardian wrote, DiDonato excelled in presenting “the abandoned heroine’s progression from grief to fury with all her vocal skills to the fore and Antonio Pappano – rarely heard these days as an accompanist, but an absolute master of the art – seconding her every gesture.” The Times described the interpretation as “incandescent … Daring vocal pirouettes, vivid acting, with dynamic swings, amazing breath control.” Then came two songs by a composer who has played a defining role in Joyce DiDonato’s operatic career – Rossini (her unforgettable collaboration with Pappano on Il barbiere di Siviglia at Covent Garden is captured on a Warner Classics DVD 5099969458194 – and four luscious late-Romantic numbers written in 1908 by the little-known Neapolitan composer Francesco Santoliquido.



Arturo Sandoval Live at Yoshi's
Arturo Sandoval, trumpet
Rene Toledo, guitar
Dave Siegel, keyboards
Johnny Friday, drums
Kemuel Riog, piano
John Belzaguy, bass
Ricardo Pasillas, percussion

ALFI Records ALFI 1509A

A protégé of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval has been awarded 10 Grammy® Awards, and been nominated 19 times. He has also received 6 Billboard Awards as well as an Emmy Award for his composing of the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country”, that starred Andy Garcia as Arturo. Considered one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, he is also recognized worldwide as a renowned classical artist, pianist, and composer.



Mahler 10
Orchestre Metropolitain
Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor

ATMA Classique ACD2 2711

ATMA Classique presents Gustav Mahler’s Tenth Symphony (in its full performing version accomplished by British musicologist Deryck Cooke) with the Orchestre Métropolitain under the baton of international superstar conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, founder, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of this body in addition to his current music directorship of the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra since late 2012 and a similar role with the Rotterdam Philharmonic since 2008. This release marks the debut CD recording of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony by a Canadian orchestra.



Respighi: Il Tramonto
Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano
Orchestre symphonique de Lavel
Alain Trudel, conductor

ATMA Classique ACD2 2732

This ATMA all-Respighi recording by the Orchestre symphonique de Laval is its first with current artistic director and principal conductor Alain Trudel. Canadian star soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian joins the orchestra for the lyric poem Il tramonto (The Sunset). Respighi found inspiration for his Botticelli Triptych in three celebrated Sandro Botticelli canvases. The Birds pay homage to the Baroque-era composers’ fancy for musically illustrating various aspects of life — birdsongs, in this case, while Ancient Airs and Dances was inspired by the music of four Renaissance composers.



Vivaldi: The Complete Viola D’Amore Concertos
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Arts Antigua

Cedille Records CDR 159

The seductively charming sound of the Baroque-era viola d’amore takes center stage in this new, all-Vivaldi recording with Billboard classical chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the veteran Chicago-based period instrument ensemble Ars Antigua, making its Cedille label debut. Ms. Pine, Cedille’s all-time best-selling artist, and Ars Antigua perform all eight of Vivaldi’s virtuosic concertos for viola d’amore, an unusual instrument of the violin family with 14 strings: seven played with the bow, the others resonating passively for a sweet, silvery tone. Pine is “one of the rare mainstream performers with a total grasp of Baroque style and embellishment” (Fanfare) and “a most accomplished Baroque violinist, fully the equal of the foremost specialists.” (Gramophone) Founded in the early 2000s by double-bass virtuoso Jerry Fuller, Ars Antigua (“ancient art” in Medieval Latin) comprises seasoned early music veterans from the Chicago area.



Brand New Eyes
Doug MacLeod
Reference Recordings FR-703

Doug MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. Over 26 years, 16 studio albums, several live records, compilations, and two DVDs, MacLeod has consistently earned rave reviews, his songs being covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. MacLeod wrote all the songs on Brand New Eyes with the exception of the co-written Midnight in Memphis. For ten years running, MacLeod penned "Doug's Back Porch," a regular feature column in Blues Revue Magazine.




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