Three more new releases of note (for me at least!):
Britten - St. Nicolas & A Ceremony of Carols (Hyperion)
Lieux retrouvés – Music for cello & piano (Isserlis & Ades; Hyperion)
Ligeti/Xenakis/Cage/Pintscher - Music for Quartet (Jack Qt., Wigmore)
The Jack Quartet really are a good group and their CD of Xenakis on Mode is just sensational, so I will be happy to replicate their performance on Tetras in order to hear the other pieces. If you don't know Tetras then give it a listen, if you dare...
October 15th , at long last the wonderful Tosca from the Royal Opera House.
Gheorghiu/ Kaufmann , can't wait.
Happy to see two releases for the distant future:
Schubert - Works for Violin & Piano (Ibragimova, Hyperion)
Handel - Keyboard Suites (Driver, Hyperion)
And then there are two interesting releases from Jonathan Plowright on Hyperion too. One disc of piano concertos and one of piano quintets, both with the composers Zarzycki and Zarebski.
For those who can bear another Tosca, you may enjoy another one with Gheorghiu!..
The repertory of Schubert's Violin/Piano works and Haendel's Keyboard Suites has been saturated, the last few years, with quite good recordings. So, I wonder what might be the added value of Ibragimova and Driver respectively in this field. The Zarebski's Piano Quintet (a great work, by all means, but so much neglected) has been brilliantly served in a magnificent SACD recording by a superb Polish Ensemble, on the obscure Polish label BeArTon, and in an excellent recording by Martha Argerich and her friends (live from her Lugano Festival), on Emi.
From the forthcoming more "virgin" areas of repertory, the appearance of two Vivaldi's Operas should be welcome:
- La Senna Festeggiante by La Risonanza group, on Glossa and
- L'Oracolo in Messina under F. Biondi, on Virgin.
Besides, the quite interesting (in terms of repertory and the artist involved) recital from Wigmore Hall live of Anna Caterina Antonacci should be of revelatory value. Probably, the studio recital of the very fine contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, with Arias of Mozart, Gluck, etc., on Naive might be of equal interest too.
The repertory of Schubert's Violin/Piano works and Haendel's Keyboard Suites has been saturated, the last few years, with quite good recordings. So, I wonder what might be the added value of Ibragimova and Driver respectively in this field.
Parla - point taken but there may well be people like me who have no recordings of the Handel Suites or the Schubert works - there is always something left to explore! As for why these particular recordings might be of interest that is for each of us to decide, especially when nobody has heard them yet... maybe they will be better than quite good... it happens from time to time.
By all means, Naupilus. We may always have surprises. I'm sure Gramophone will find these recordings very competitive, if not better than any previous ones.
However, when we have the J. Fischer with M. Helmchen, in a brilliant SACD recording of Pentatone (2009-2010) or the excellent reissue of G. Kremer with O. Maisenberg, on Newton (2011) and the T.A. Irnberger with J. Demus (on the Fortepiano), in a first order recording of Gramola (2009-2010), I cannot see what Ibragimova may have to add (I wonder who is the pianist with her).
As for Haendel's Keyboard Suites, the recent double CD of Lisa Smirnova, in a most brilliant recording of ECM (2011), or the quite good recording of P.E. Fisher on Naxos (2010) and the bold and impressive 3CD album of the Complete Suites with Ragna Schirmer, on Berlin (2009), have covered the piano area. Concerning the Harpsichord, the Complete 4CD album of Brilliant (2008), with Michael Borgstede is an extremely good deal. From the older harpsichord recordings, Sophie Yates (Chandos) and J. Vinikour (Delos) have some quite solid CDs, while on the piano, there is always the reference recording of the complete Suites with S. Richter and A. Gawrilov on Emi.
The above info is for your perusal, in case you don't wish to wait till the..."distant future".
Alina Ibragimova's website tells us that her Schubert recordings have already been made, in London over two weekends in late July and early August, and that the pianist, as one might have guessed, was her regular duo-partner Cedric Tiberghien.
I have also recently learnt that Ibragimova and Tiberghien will be giving a recital at the Barber Institute, University of Birmingham (local for me!) at the end of January 2013, with a programme consisting entirely of Schubert. I would guess that they will be repeating that programme around other venues in the UK around that time in order to boost the launch of the CD - butIbragimova's website only currently lists her forthcoming concerts up to the end of 2012, so I cannot yet confirm that.
Thanks for the alternative suggestions. The Smirnova is a set I nearly picked up recently but I decided to try 'Cardillac' instead. It is yet to arrive...
[Off topic - I must admit I don't read Gramophone anymore as it is very costly to get in stores locally and I always baulk at the subscription cost on an iPad. I also came to an understandig with myself some time ago that I would much rather just got off my own curiosity.
I much prefer spending my hard earned money on the 'The Blizzard'. If anybody likes football beyond the sports page headlines I would recommend this little magazine very strongly.]
Back on topic, I saw today that Hyperion also have a disc of Bruckner 7th coming out. Even I find that a little mystifying - my assumption is that they hope to record other repetoire with Donald Runnicles later on.
Among the bright new forthcoming recordings, some notable ones (for some of you out there):
- H.M. is going to release a very interesting SACD with the finest choral works of Samuel Barber, including the quite rare one "The Lovers", on poetry of the great Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda.
- SONY tries her second CD with the formidable pianist Khatia Buniatishvili (after the uproar of her Liszt CD), this time, with more conventional music of Chopin (Ballade No.4, Sonata No.2, Piano Concerto No.2, etc.). Prepare yourself, though, if, eventually reaches U.K.
- ALPHA continues its series on Chamber Music by Faure, this time, with the least recorded Piano Quintets, with the Quatuor Ebene and the label's pianist Le Sage. It is excpected to be a winner, anyway.
- Finally, PRAGA continues its magnificent Haydn String Quartets quest with the major opus 71, with its finest qroup, namely the Prazak Quartet (on SACD). Eventually!
I hope all of them will arrive in U.K., sometime in the future (for those who might be interested). If not, you may reach them in amazon.fr or de. etc.
I am looking forward to the following releases:
MOZART Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 27 Maria Joao Pires, Orchestra Mozart / Claudio Abbado. Deutsche Grammophon
MOZART Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 21 Mitsuko Uchida, The Cleveland Orchestra. Decca
88725420582 BEETHOVEN Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 The Beethoven Journey. Leif Ove Andsnes, Mahler Symphony Orchestra. Sony
4764827 BACH Das Wohltemperierte Clavier Books I & II. Andras Schiff. ECM New Series
CDA67795 MENDELSSOHN Violin Concertos, The Hebrides. Alina Ibragimova, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Vladimir Jurowski. Hyperion
While we count the pennies for Christmas plans have to made for the following in 2013, all of which look interesting to me!
Mendelssohn - Piano Music (vol.1) - Shelley/Hyperion
Penderecki - String Quartets - Royal Qt/Hyperion
Spohr - Music for Violin & Piano - CPO
Ernst - Music for violin & piano (vol.3) - Tocatta Classics
Brahms - Piano Music - Plowright/BIS (I do hope this is the start of series!)
I suspect 2013 will be a Verdi/Wagner year - I just hope we have a few new recordings of full operas and not just recital discs. I have heard Gergiev will release a Ring Cycle with the Marinsky, starting with Walkyrie.
Last (but personally not least) I will be following the latest cycle of Villa-Lobos symphonies on Naxos. His home (now a museum) is only 5 minutes walk from my place of work and right now Rio is in the middle of its 50th Villa-Lobos festival. Last Sunday we caught an outdoor concert of Bosa Nova - my two year old loved it!
Interesting. What's Rio like for finding classical music CDs? Or do you buy overseas? Any problems receiving stuff without intervention of the alfandega?
Off topic for a moment: Have you been busy programming away? Or are you thinking of letting H1 "rest in peace"?
Back on topic: I noticed an ad which showed Chandos releasing Bavouzet's complete Debussy recordings as a set. I've been wanting to get these for a while, so I'm hoping that it will be at a lower cost than buying them all individually. Anyone else tempted here to acquire them?
Rio has a reasonable supply of CDs, but at twice the price you would pay in the UK or Europe. It's possible to buy from overseas, but legally the import rate is something approach 100% duty. Digital downloads is easier, though if you use a Brazilian based bank acount you are charged 5% (I think) automatically for buying outside of the country. It is signifcant that Rio is roughly the eighth most expensive place to live in the world right now - for example rentals have gone up by roughly 80% in the last three years.
So, every new CD takes some thought...
Ouch! Sorry to hear that Naupilus. Bazza, have you seen your costs rise so rapidly where you live?