JANUARY’S NEW ALBUM RELEASES 2023
January's New Album Releases 2023
In Timothy Ridout’s new album with harmonia mundi, the violist gives us the opportunity to discover the splendid viola version of Elgar’s famous Cello Concerto – an arrangement approved by the composer, who conducted its premiere in 1930. In addition to this deeply moving work, he gives us a powerful, poetic reading of Bloch’s all too rarely performed Suite for Viola and Orchestra. Timothy is joined on the album by BBC Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s new recording, Janáček — Brahms — Bartók, marks her reformation with Turkish pianist Fazil Say. The explosive duo present a programme devoted to Bartók’s Violin Sonata No.1 (‘a marvel from start to finish, one of his finest works’, says Patkop), Brahms’ D minor Sonata (‘I imagine a feather in flight at the opening of the sonata’) and Janáček’s Sonata, ‘an extreme work, wounded and heart-rending’.
On Etudes & Frames, pianist Tamara Stefanovich presents the music of contemporary master, Vassos Nicolaou.
“I am deeply grateful to Harry Vogt who urged and invited us to record the complete Etudes at the WDR Studio in Köln — even after having played it for many years, I am still utterly bewitched by the recording, with its vibrant flights and superb mastery of composition.” Tamara Stefanovich
Under Deutsche Grammophon, the young violinist Esther Yoo releases her third solo album with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko. Described by The Strad as “the model of a violin soloist in the modern age”, Esther deftly weaves her way through the violin concertos of Samuel Barber and Max Bruch. You can listen to the album here.