January highlights from EMI and Virgin Classics
Poesie: Strauss Lieder Diana Damrau Virgin Classics presents a treat for lovers of the soprano voice, Richard Strauss’ songs and his magnificent writing for orchestra. Favourites such as Ständchen, Wiegenlied, Allerseelen, Cäcilie and Zueignung feature alongside more rarely heard numbers, and six tracks recorded under studio conditions complement sixteen songs captured in concert with the Münchner Philharmoniker and conductor Christian Thielemann.
Also new this month
Handel: Cleopatra Arias Natalie Dessay Anticipating her role debut as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Paris Opéra in early 2011, Dessay performs a selection of the Egyptian Queen’s arias with the periodinstrument orchestra Le Concert d’Astrée under Emanuelle Haïm.
Viva Domingo! Plácido Domingo EMI Classics celebrates Domingo Year - 70th birthday, 50 years on the stage, 20th anniversary of his Covent Garden debut - with a 4CD portrait, packaged in a luxurious, lavishly illustrated 58-page full-colour book. Also released is a 2CD set The Very Best of Plácido Domingo.
“ Above all else there’s Domingo: courageous, still eloquent, an artist in a million.”
The Great EMI Recordings Wilhelm Furtwängler EMI Classics celebrates the 125th birthday of the great conductor with three releases – a 20CD box which comprises a mix of live and studio recordings, a 3CD set The Legend and a repackaging of his historic recording of Wagner’s great opera Der Ring des Nibelungen.
20th Century Classics Elgar The popular series presents ten new titles covering the music of Stravinsky, Tcherepnin, Sibelius, Scriabin, Satie, Prokofiev, Elgar, Debussy, Lutoslawski and Berg, each presented as a 2CD set.
“Diana Damrau is the most thrilling high soprano of our day.” The Observer
“Probably the only soprano today who could alternate the parts of the Queen of the Night and Pamino to equal acclaim.” The Daily Telegraph
Essential Series Tchaikovsky Five new titles – Puccini, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Violin and Vivaldi – join this popular series of 2-CD budget price sets featuring best-loved works drawn from the EMI Classics and Virgin Classics catalogues, performed by the world’s leading artists.
Discover more… www.emiclassics.co.uk www.youtube.com/emiclassics www.facebook.com/emivirginclassics www.twitter.com/emiclassics Contents – February 2011
‘I doubt whether a pianist more finely attuned to every harmonic and rhythmic subtlety has existed since Lipatti’
Bryce Morrison on Murray Perahia’s first Brahms recording for 20 years, reviewed on page 77
Letters Batting for Beecham’s Magic Flute
editor’s choice James Ehnes’s compelling Mendelssohn Violin Concerto; Bizet discoveries from
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For the record Andriessen wins Grawemeyer Award; ICA artist agency launches own label; Wellensian Consort crowned BBC Choir of the Year
a conversation with…
…soprano Kate Royal
Pianist Stephen Hough on why the concert pianist’s life isn’t simply one long vacation
one to watch As he launches his international career and releases his debut recording, violinist Ray
Chen is in the spotlight
richard eyre The director on pianos he has known
PhiLiP Kennicott When Bach is the only balm
recordings on triaL Toscanini’s 1952 Beethoven Eighth is in the dock, as two Gramophone critics dispute the case
F e A t u R e S
Loving Liszt The great Hungarian exerted a profound influence on the music of his time and afterwards but we still misunderstand him
education suPPLement Music colleges’ junior departments; Jack Liebeck beyond Einstein; the crisis in youth brass playing; plus listings of summer courses
davis on hoLst As he records The Planets, Sir Andrew Davis muses on Holst’s forgotten music
the gramoPhone coLLection Rob Cowan seeks the finest recordings of
Dvo∑ák’s Cello Concerto
e n C o R e musicaL journeys Miami’s new concert hall; the 2010 Concours de Genève; Karabits in Bournemouth
PicK oF the musicaL month Kristjan Järvi conducts Candide in Munich, plus the pick of the month’s performances
audio and visuaL Music streaming from Marantz;
how to get connected
my music Harry Potter composer Alexandre Desplat on the music that influenced him
Franz Liszt, pianist, composer and a force for good in 19th-century music 34
The Planets and beyond: there’s much more to Holst than usually meets the ear 50
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