London audiences need little convincing of Vladimir Jurowski’s prowess as a Mahler conductor and live recordings have emerged down the years to spread his Mahler style far and wide (a style as different, but equally as valid, as that of one of his predecessor’s in the same job, Klaus Tennstedt). Jurowski’s Fourth is pure joy from start to end, and I think comes close to matching another personal favourite, the CBS/Sony Classical performance with Lorin Maazel conducting the VPO (and Kathleen Battle on top form in the finale).
From Jakub Hrůša and his Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, we’ve a new Dvořák Eighth that shows off this fine Bavarian ensemble. For vibrant orchestral work look no further than a new Naxos album of a quartet of Stamitz symphonies - the Musica Viva Moscow Chamber Orchestra are conducted with great verve by Alexander Rudin. One of this year's Orchestra of the Year nominees, the Akademie for Late Music Berlin, under Bernhard Forck, gives us a thrilling set of Handel's Op 6 Concerto grossi, supremely inventive music given sparkling performances.
A lot of pre-release tracks this week including two of the most exciting young pianists of our time - Danill Trifonov playing Rachmaninov's Vocalise in his own transcription and Igor Levit playing the first movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (in anticipation of this autumn's release of all 32 sonatas). And judging by a very exciting finale of Prokofiev's Seventh Piano Sonata, Wei Luo might very well be admitted to that select company very soon.
Two exciting voices: the young German baritone Konstantin Krimmel sings Schubert and Veronika Dzhioeva gives us a vivid 'La mamma morta' from Andrea Chenier. And there are little gems by Johann Adolf Hasse, Schubert, Richard Danielpour and Joseph Phibbs too.
Stamitz Symphony in G, Op 3 No 1
Musica Viva Moscow Chamber Orchestra / Alexander Rudin
Schubert Piano Trio in E flat, D897, 'Notturno'
Natalia Lomeiko; Yuri Zhislin; Ivan Martin (Orchid Classics)
Handel Concerto grosso in A minor, Op 6 No 4
Akademie für Altre Musik Berlin / Bernhard Forck (Pentatone)
Hasse Della noiosa estate
Veronika Kralova; Le Musiche Nove / Claudio Osele (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)
Evgeny Pravilov; Russian String Orchestra / Misha Rachlenvsky (Naxos)
Schubert Der Zwerg
Konstantin Krimmel; Doriana Tchakarova (Alpha) PRE-RELEAS TRACK
Dvořák Symphony No 8
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Jakub Hrůša (Tudor)
Giordano Andrea Chenier – 'La mamma morta'
Veronika Dzhioeva; Kaunus City Symphony Orchestra / Constantine Orbelian (Delos)
Mahler Symphony No 4
Sofia Fomina; London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski (LPO)
Falla El sombrero de tres picos, Part 1 – La tarde
Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Pablo Heras-Casado (Harmonia Mundi) PRE-RELEASE TRACK
Rachmaninov (arr Trifonov) Vocalise
Daniil Trifonov (DG) PRE-RELEASE TRACK
Verdi Attila – 'Mentre gonfiarsi l'anima'
Ildar Abdrazakov; Orchestre Métropolitain / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (DG) PRE-RELEASE TRACK
Beethoven Piano Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 2, 'Moonlight'
Igor Levit (Sony Classical) PRE-RELEASE TRACK
Phibbs Sleep my pretty one, sleep
London Voices (Chromium Music Group)
Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 7 – III. Precipitato
Wei Luo (Decca Gold) PRE-RELEASE TRACK