Focusing on music of the French ‘Romantic’ song repertoire, Alexandra Lowe presents Le Voyage, an album that broadly encompasses the period 1860 – 1920, with a particular focus on music and text inspired by Greece, Spain, and the Middle East.
“In this album I wanted to explore repertoire that was previously largely unknown to me and to create a programme that would be wonderful for Patrick and myself to perform, as well as for the audience to listen to!” Alexandra Lowe
This April, Gustavo Gimeno and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg released their third album on harmonia mundi featuring early works by Giacomo Puccini.
The centerpiece of the album is his Messa di Gloria, which the conductor already performed last year with great success in Luxemburg, Barcelona and Paris, with Charles Castronovo, Ludovic Tézier und der Orfeó Català as his musical partners – the same cast as in the recording.
A “work among friends”, Jörg Widmann presents Mozart, Widmann: Clarinet Quintets, an album where is he clarinettist and composer in equal measure. The latest album picks up on the omnipresent themes of “floating, love, and chant” in Mozart’s notes and creates a weighty counterpart to Mozart’s popular work with his own clarinet quintet, which is available here in a world premiere recording.
The album features brand new arrangements for trumpet and chamber orchestra of 19th century Italian opera arias by Donizetti, Viardot, Bellini and Rossini, celebrating the lyrical trumpet akin to the human voice. It was recorded last summer with Britten Sinfonia and Rumon Gamba.
Matilda Lloyd's insights into Casta Diva
After a four-year exploration of Haydn’s London Symphonies, Paavo Järvi and The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (DKAM) release their first album on RCA Red Seal, featuring Symphonies Nos. 101 (The Clock) and 103 (Drum Roll).
“This is an orchestra that listens to itself and is prepared to dig deeply into all aspects of the music. And that’s especially important with Haydn as on the surface his music can often appear brilliant yet facile. But like Mozart and Beethoven, he is much more complex and nuanced. This requires the kind of teamwork that can only be found in a group that thinks and breathes like a chamber music ensemble.” (Paavo Järvi)
Daníel Bjarnason features as conductor and composer on Atmospheriques with Iceland Symphony Orchestra. His piece From Space I Saw Earth features amoung other pieces such as Mazzoli’s Sinfonia andThorvaldsdottir’s CATAMORPHOSIS.