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Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27
Tianwa Yang, violin
Naxos 8.572995

Eugène Ysaÿe was a towering figure in the history of the violin. He also composed a number of important works, most inspirationally the cycle of Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, which rank among the greatest and most demanding of the twentieth century. Each is dedicated to a fellow violinist and friend, whose style of performance and musical preoccupations they reflect. Echoes of Bach are present, as are dance motifs, and virtuoso figuration, reflecting the eminence of the dedicatees.



Dohnanyi: Symphony No. 2
Evan Thomas Jones baritone
Florita State University Symphony Orchestra

Naxos 8.573008

Dohnányi’s powerful Second Symphony was composed toward the end of the Second World War but its large canvas reflects not so much his wartime experience as his own artistic credo as a Romantic composer. Of the symphony and its philosophy he wrote: “The goal is the end of the glorious fight. The goal is death; life is a struggle”, and in it he crafted a passionate monument to the Romanticism he espoused, heard here in its final revised version.



Zemlinsky: String Quartets, Vol. 2
Escher String Quartet
Naxos 8.573088

By 1896, at the age of twenty-five, Alexander Zemlinsky was one of the rising stars in the Viennese musical firmament. His first opera had been written, he had won a number of awards, and he had earned the support of Johannes Brahms. In July of the same year he began writing his First String Quartet, a work of sweeping lyricism, rich dance patterns, and self-confidence, couched within the bounds of a relatively conventional palette. Seventeen years later he began his Second String Quartet. Kaleidoscopic in effect, mood, and technical demands, and redolent of the music of the new century – led by his brother-in-law Arnold Schoenberg – it was to place Zemlinsky securely in the European avant-garde.




The Baroque Virtuoso
Tafeulmusik Baroque Orchestra
Jeanne Lamon

Tafelmusik Media TMK1026CD

Tafelmusik's Music Director since 1981, violinist Jeanne Lamon has been loved by audiences and praised by critics internationally for her virtuosity and brilliant leadership. Including beloved works such as “Summer” from The Four Seasons, the Bach ‘Concerto in D for Two Violins’ and a diverse selection of baroque repertoire, this Special Limited Edition CD was selected from 20 years of Ms. Lamon's performances to be released in this special commemorative edition on the Tafelmusik Media label.



Violin Concertos
Chad Hoopes, violin
MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Kristjan Jarvi, conductor

Naive V5368

For those just discovering Chad Hoopes - the nineteen-year-old American violinist - the term "revelation" aptly applies. For his début in the recording studio, he has chosen two seemingly opposed concertos: Mendelssohn's famous Violin Concerto and the concerto composed by his compatriot, John Adams. "Implacably melodic", says Adams of his work.



Messiaen: Turangalila-Symphonie
Angela Hewitt, piano
Valérie Hartmann-Claverie, ondes-Martenot
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu

Ondine ODE 1251-5

Ondine’s new recording of Olivier Messiaen’s magnum opus Turangalîla-Symphonie features the Finnish Radio Symphony led by Hannu Lintu, along with renowned soloists Angela Hewitt on piano as well as Valérie Hartmann-Claverie, who plays the rare electro-acoustic ondes Martenot. Within the microcosm of this vast work, Messiaen provides continuity and cohesion with recurrent musical images and reference points, redolent of the leit motifs, idées fixes or cyclic themes of the great Romantic composers.



Tchaikovsky & Grieg: Piano Concertos
Stewart Goodyear, piano
Czech National Symphony

Steinway & Sons STNS30035

This album marks Canadian Stewart Goodyear's Steinway & Sons debut as well as the label's first orchestral release. Mr. Goodyear is a notable concert soloist and has performed with, among others, the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2013, he gave a series of marathon performances in the US of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas performing the complete cycle in a single, eleven-hour performance at each venue.



Mario Lanzo, Live 1940-1950
Mario Lanzo
ANDRCD9121 Andromeda

American tenor and actor Mario Lanza (1921-1959) is the featured star on this two-disc set of newly re-mastered recordings from 1940-50, encompassing a time prior, on the whole, to his becoming a famed Hollywood star. Features a varied menu of music from the Italian, French and American operatic and stage repertoire, including previously non-published recordings and rarities such as “Hallowen Suite”, “In A Persian Garden” and more.



Schumann: Kinderszenen
Lise de la Salle, piano
Naive V5364

"These three works offer a genuine journey, full of contrasts, in which the listener can easily find wonder, surprise, and kaleidoscopic shifts from one emotion to another. I like it when you don’t ever settle into a comfort zone. I’m looking for emotions – that’s what guides me. These pieces aren’t for children, but assume the character of innocence and candor that one finds in childhood. I’d even go so far as to say that they adopt the tone of late adolescence and early adulthood." - Lise de la Salle



Bartók: Chamber Works for Violin, Vol. 3
James Ehnes, violin
Andrew Armstrong, piano
Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin
Michael Collins, clarinet

Chandos CHAN 10820

Violinist James Ehnes builds on his reputation as a formidable Bartók interpreter with this third disc in his universally praised series devoted to chamber works by the great Hungarian composer. In this diverse program, the Sonatina (1915) is heard together with the eclectic Forty-four Duos for two violins and Contrasts, a dazzling work full of exuberant virtuosity, in which he is joined by Michael Collins, renowned as one of the world’s leading clarinetists.




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