The start of the month saw the release of Jean Rondeau’s latest solo album Gradus Ad Parnassum, his eighth album recorded in partnership with the Warner/Erato label.
The album’s scope extends to the renaissance (Palestrina) and to works conceived for the piano by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Rondeau’s Gradus ad Parnassum sensitizes us to what repertoire written for the piano can reveal about the harpischord – and to what the harpsichord can reveal about repertoire written for the piano.
Jean Rondeau plays Mozart: Fantasia No. 3 in D Minor, K. 397
“The performances by all six contributors are poised and expressive and clearly exhibit great affection for these perfect miniatures.” (British Music Society Journal).
This month the Philharmonia Orchestra launched their own record label, and what better way to launch then with a recording with their Principal Conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali. The inaugural album, Santtu conducts Strauss, contains four works by Richard Strauss, two of which were recorded live on 30 September 2021, the opening concert of the 2021/22 season, and Santtu’s first concert as Principal Conductor, at the Royal Festival Hall.
Sunrise: Santtu conducts Strauss
Klaus Mäkelä, the first conductor signed to Decca for forty years, brings the Orchestre de Paris to the label for a major new album of Stravinsky’s most iconic ballet scores. The album represents Mäkelä’s first recording with his French orchestra, which will be followed by a further Ballet Russes release in 2024 featuring Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Debussy’s Jeux and L’Apres midi d’une faune.
“This album has sensuality of sound, precision, rhythmic pepper, and last but not least: an original freshness that borders on a miracle in view of the existing abundance of recordings.” (Wiener Zeitung).
Martin Fröst presents his most ambitious Sony Classical release yet, Mozart: Ecstasy & Abyss. Marking his recording debut as a conductor, the new album sees Martin as both clarinetist and conductor, joining soloists Lucas Debargue (piano), Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo-Soprano) and Elin Rombo (Soprano) and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in a double-album of masterpieces capturing the paradox of Mozart’s fragile existence and extraordinary creativity.