New Music Friday: 30 August 2019

This weekend sees the release of numerous new albums from AH artists, demonstrating the sheer breadth of musical styles within our roster.

Brahms: Violin Sonatas – Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien

Quick on the heels of their most recent release (Vierne and Franck sonatas), regular duo partners Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien turn their hand to Brahms. Having met while both BBC New Generation Artists, Alina and Cédric have created one of the strongest and most prolific musical partnerships today, together recording repertoire that spans Mozart, Schubert, Ravel, Beethoven and Szymanowski.

Find out more here. You can also hear a sneak preview of the album in the video below.


Iberia y Francia: Imogen Cooper

In her latest release for Chandos, Imogen Cooper explores the links between French and Spanish styles in a programme that includes works by Albéniz, Mompou, Debussy, Ravel, and Falla. Informed by her frequent visits to (and love for) Catalonia (homeland to Albéniz and Mompou) and the Basque region of southern France (birthplace of Ravel) these are performances filled with feeling and personality.
Renowned for her interpretations of classical and romantic repertoire, Imogen’s previous recordings on the Chandos label include Liszt & Wagner, and Imogen Cooper’s Chopin, and three further recordings of works by Robert and Clara Schumann.

Find out more here.


Schubert: Winterreise – Ian Bostridge and Thomas Adès

Renowned Schubert interpreter Ian Bostridge returns to Winterreise for his first album on the Pentatone label, accompanied by composer and pianist Thomas Adès. Widely regarded as the foremost interpreter of Schubert’s song cycle, this new recording comes 15 years after his first recording of the work, with Leif Ove Andsnes in 2004.

One of the remarkable things about this new reading is just how much of the extensive scholarly work which both he and Adès have undertaken translates readily into sound,” says Katherine Cooper of Presto Classical. “Bostridge, for instance, spends much of the early chapters of Anatomy of an Obsession exploring the idea of the protagonist as unreliable narrator, and whilst this may sound unduly academic on paper it comes across loud and clear on the recording.

Get your copy here.


Also out today:

Veress: String Trio & Bartók: Piano Quintet
Vilde Frang (violin), Barnabás Kelemen (violin), Lawrence Power (viola), Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), Alexander Lonquich (piano)

Under the guidance of Nicolas Altstaedt , director of the Lockenhaus International Chamber Music Festival, Vilde joins a plethora of acclaimed colleagues for the String Trio of Sándor Veress, a former student of Bartók.

Bartók:  Duke Bluebeard’s Castle
Michelle DeYoung (mezzo), John Relyea (bass), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner

Following acclaimed performances around the globe, John Relyea’s interpretation of Duke Bluebeard now appears on record, with Michelle DeYoung as Judit and Edward Gardner leading his Bergen forces with aplomb.

Libertà: Mozart Et L’opéra!
Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Siobhan Stagg (soprano), Serena Malfi (mezzo), Linard Vrielink (tenor), John Chest (baritone), Nahuel di Pierro (bass-baritone), Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

Siobhan Stagg provides a thrilling rendition of ‘Bella mia fiamma, Addio!’ in this incredible selection of Mozart’s concert arias.

Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 8
Harriet Burns (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

Volume 8 of our complete Brahms songs proves the ideal platform for Harriet Burns in her debut album. As usual, Graham’s scholarly booklet notes are an indispensable companion


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