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Camerata Antonio Soler & Javier José Mendoza - El cielo y sus estrellas: Galant Cathedral Music From New Spain (2022)

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Camerata Antonio Soler & Javier José Mendoza - El cielo y sus estrellas: Galant Cathedral Music From New Spain (2022)

Camerata Antonio Soler & Javier José Mendoza - El cielo y sus estrellas: Galant Cathedral Music From New Spain (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 63:55 | 340 / 146 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

For some years, I have been performing and recording eighteenth-century galant music from the viceroyalty of New Spain. This latest album with the Camerata Antonio Soler presents a sample of the instrumental soundscape, along with vocal works set to Spanish paraliturgical texts that were all performed in New Spain. Although some of the works included here were not written in the New World, every piece presented on this album is conserved in present-day Mexico and Cuba – they were undoubtedly a part of cathedral musical life. We have included works by Davide Perez, Luis Misón, and José Herrando; each having made their careers on the Iberian Penninsula. Also included are two Italians who served as chapel masters in present-day Mexico. Santiago Billoni and Ignacio Jerusalem worked in Durango and Mexico City respectively. Finally, Esteban Salas was born in La Habana, Cuba and worked at Santiago Cathedral.

Escher String Quartet, Carol Wincenc - P. Jalbert: Air in Motion (2022)

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Escher String Quartet, Carol Wincenc - P. Jalbert: Air in Motion (2022)

Escher String Quartet, Carol Wincenc - P. Jalbert: Air in Motion (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:05:27 | 256 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

This recording celebrates my long and fruitful relationship with the Escher Quartet, and also salutes the beloved flutist Carol Wincenc on her 50th Anniversary season. Though the string ensemble is the common thread in all of these recorded works, their inspiration and ideas are quite varied. In String Quartet No.4, dynamic shapes and configurations – spiral, waveform, labyrinth – are the catalysts for each movement, whereas String Quartet No.6 (“Canticle”) invokes the idea of ritual as its point of departure – coloured by the use of small, bell-like disks called crotales. Air in Motion brings a flute into the ensemble, adding a new dimension suggested by the flow of air through a column of metal.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Grzegorz Nowak - Grzegorz Nowak Conducts Mussorgsky (2015)

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Grzegorz Nowak - Grzegorz Nowak Conducts Mussorgsky (2015)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Grzegorz Nowak - Grzegorz Nowak Conducts Mussorgsky (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 404 MB | 01:09:18
Genre: Classical | Label: Orchid Classics

A celebration of Mussorgsky’s greatest orchestral masterworks, performed with panache by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and their permanent Associate Conductor Grzegorz Nowak. Included is a rare recording of Gorchakov’s orchestration of the ever-popular Pictures At An Exhibition - arguably darker and more Russian sounding in tone than the often-performed Ravel interpretation. Grzegorz Nowak has led the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on tours to Switzerland, Turkey and Armenia, as well as giving numerous concerts throughout the UK.

Coco Tomita & Simon Callaghan - Origins (2022)

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Coco Tomita & Simon Callaghan - Origins (2022)

Coco Tomita & Simon Callaghan - Origins (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 57:42 | 217 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

Winner of the Strings Final of the BBC Young Musician in 2020, Coco Tomita’s stunning debut album features a varied programme, including works by Enescu, Poulenc, Boulanger, Hubay, Ravel and Debussy. The choice of repertoire for her debut recording was entirely Tomita’s own: 'Having complete freedom over what I wanted to share with the world was amazing, and put simply, I love all the pieces I’ve chosen deeply.

Yu Kosuge - Four Elements, Vol. 4: Earth (2022)

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Yu Kosuge - Four Elements, Vol. 4: Earth (2022)

Yu Kosuge - Four Elements, Vol. 4: Earth (2022)
FLAC tracks | 74:27 | 223 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

Japanese pianist Yu Kosuge concludes her series of Orchid Classics albums related to the four elements with the final release of the set: Earth. Kosuge was inspired to create this series by the music of Beethoven, who was fascinated by Greek legends, prompting her to explore the Greek concept of the four elements in these albums.

Daniel Kurganov, Constantine Finehouse - Rhythm & the Borrowed Past (2021)

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Daniel Kurganov, Constantine Finehouse - Rhythm & the Borrowed Past (2021)

Daniel Kurganov, Constantine Finehouse - Rhythm & the Borrowed Past (2021)
FLAC tracks | 47:04 | 194 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

Soviet-born American Violinist Daniel Kurganov and Russian-American pianist Constantine Finehouse perform a stunning program of contemporary and 20th-century music by Lera Auerbach, Richard Beaudoin, John Cage and Olivier Messiaen. As Richard Beaudoin argues in his booklet notes, this program is characterized by the powerful sense of rhythm shared by these composers and the performers themselves.

Elena Urioste & Tom Poster - The Jukebox Album (2021)

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Elena Urioste & Tom Poster - The Jukebox Album (2021)

Elena Urioste & Tom Poster - The Jukebox Album (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:03:50 | 243 / 146 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

When the pandemic struck early in 2020, violinist Elena Urioste and pianist-composer Tom Poster responded by channeling their creative energies into #UriPosteJukeBox, a portmanteau of their surnames and a nod to the retro feel of the jukebox with its eclectic selection of songs to be chosen by the listener. The original intention was to produce one video of the duo performing together for every day of the lockdown (which at the time was anticipated to be relatively brief). What followed was a project that took off in ways the pair had never dreamed of, capturing the imaginations and hearts of listeners across the globe, embracing requests that traversed many musical genres, featuring commissions by contemporary composers, and entertaining followers with increasingly elaborate costumes, props, additional instruments, and multi-tracking.
In all, they made 88 videos – one for each key on a piano. The impact of the endeavor and the joy it brought in an extraordinarily challenging time were more formally recognized when the Jukebox won a Royal Philharmonic Society Inspiration Award. This album captures the spontaneous and varied feel of the original videos, drawing together some of the duo’s favorite pieces in a way that celebrates this joyous project and all those who contributed to it.

Kinetic, Maia String Quartet, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Larry Rachleff - String Theory (2021)

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Kinetic, Maia String Quartet, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Larry Rachleff - String Theory (2021)

Kinetic, Maia String Quartet, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Larry Rachleff - String Theory (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:01:04 | 248 / 139 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

Full of world-premiere recordings, "String Theory" is an album of works by Pierre Jalbert, an American composer described in The New Yorker as “an acknowledged chamber-music master”. Drawing on influences as diverse as medieval plainchant, the natural world and his French-Canadian heritage, Pierre Jalbert creates music that is “rhapsodic and skillfully written” (The New York Times).

Iryna Gintova - Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, TWV 40:14-25 (2021)

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Iryna Gintova - Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, TWV 40:14-25 (2021)

Iryna Gintova - Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, TWV 40:14-25 (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 1:10:45 | 355 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

Ukrainian violinist Iryna Gintova performs Telemann’s 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, one of the pinnacles of the Baroque repertoire for the instrument. Telemann’s 12 Fantasias embrace an array of European styles fashionable at the time, including Italianate concerto-style movements inspired by Corelli, contrasted with pieces in the French style. Telemann was an able, self-taught violinist and relished showcasing the instrument’s varied colours and techniques in these works, including multiple stopping, implied counterpoint, improvisatory lines, and tussles between traditional Baroque intricacy with newer, lighter and more forward-looking virtuoso melodies. Iryna Gintova performs these wide-ranging works with the nuance and fluidity for which she is increasingly known in performances that have taken her to major venues, competitions and festivals around the world.

John-Henry Crawford & Victor Santiago Asuncion - Dialogo (2021)

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John-Henry Crawford & Victor Santiago Asuncion - Dialogo (2021)

John-Henry Crawford & Victor Santiago Asuncion - Dialogo (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 62:22 | 239 / 142 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

American cellist John Henry Crawford was named "Young Artist of the Year" by the Classical Recording Foundation in 2019, and his debut album demonstrates exceptional insight and nuance in a varied and fascinating program, performed with pianist Victor Asuncion. Playing a rare 200-year-old cello smuggled out of Austria by his grandfather, Robert Popper, John Henry Crawford performs Sonatas by Brahms and Shostakovich alongside Ligeti’s Solo Sonata.

Francisco Fullana - Bach's Long Shadow (2021)

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Francisco Fullana - Bach's Long Shadow (2021)

Francisco Fullana - Bach's Long Shadow (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 57:28 | 132 / 243 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

Spanish-American violinist Francisco Fullana has taken the Partita No. 3 in E Major by J.S. Bach and built around it a programme of interlinked yet contrasting works, resulting in an original and intricately constructed album. J.S. Bach’s output has had a far-reaching impact, casting the "Long Shadow" that gives this album its name. Fullana uses gut strings, a baroque bow and historically informed ornamentation for his performance of Bach’s E Major Partita, creating a pared-down, immediate interpretation.

Yu Kosuge - Four Elements, Vol. 3 Wind (2021)

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Yu Kosuge - Four Elements, Vol. 3 Wind (2021)

Yu Kosuge - Four Elements, Vol. 3 Wind (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 01:18:18 | 229 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

Acclaimed Japanese pianist Yu Kosuge unveils Wind, the third in her series of four Orchid Classics albums related to the four elements (Water, Fire, Wind, Earth). Kosuges inspiration for these releases stems from her relationship with the music of Beethoven, who was drawn to Greek legends. This led Kosuge to the Greek concept of the four elements as the basis of these albums. Beethoven is one of a varied selection of composers featured on Wind; Yu Kosuge performs his blustery Piano Sonata Op. 31, No. 2, known as The Tempest. There are evocative pieces from the French Baroque, by Couperin, Rameau and Daquin, and from the world of French Impressionism with three of Debussys fleet-footed Préludes. The release is completed with a piece by contemporary Japanese composer Akira Nishimura, and the atmospheric In the Mists by Janáek. Apart from technical perfection, which is not that unusual today, she possesses a stunning palette of expression and an exquisite and pearly touch. Piano News

The BBC Concert Orchestra, Piers Lane, Nicholas McCarthy, Emma Tring, Derek Jacobi - The Way of Light (2021)

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The BBC Concert Orchestra, Piers Lane, Nicholas McCarthy, Emma Tring, Derek Jacobi - The Way of Light (2021)

The BBC Concert Orchestra, Piers Lane, Nicholas McCarthy, Emma Tring, Derek Jacobi - The Way of Light (2021)
FLAC tracks | 01:19:25 | 381 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

Stage and screen would be the poorer without the award-winning soundtrack scores of Nigel Hess. The acclaimed British composer’s melodious music for stage, film and television has touched millions around the world over the past forty years. His latest album turns the spotlight on works written for the concert hall or conceived without onscreen images in mind. "The Way of Light – The Music of Nigel Hess" boasts a stellar cast of performers, among them pianists Piers Lane and Nicholas McCarthy, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Singers and Sir Derek Jacobi, with rousing contributions from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth.It comprises everything from a bold ballet suite to the sublime Arise My Love, a haunting setting of words from the Song of Solomon, and the equally seductive Live With Me and Be My Love.

George Lepauw - Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 (2020)

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George Lepauw - Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 (2020)

George Lepauw - Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 (2020)
FLAC tracks | 01:11:34 | 243 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

I am very pleased and excited to be announcing my next album release, scheduled for December 11, 2020 on Orchid Creative, distributed by Naxos worldwide! It’s a recording of the Diabelli Variations, op. 120 by Beethoven, one of his greatest masterworks, written at the same time as his Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony. Recorded in Bonn, Germany at the Beethoven Haus auditorium just next to the house where Beethoven was born 250 years ago, and with the support of the Beethoven Haus museum and archives, which hold the original Diabelli Variations manuscript (which I had the honor to consult). Over the next few weeks I will share more about this amazing adventure. Thank you to all who have made it possible! Audio produced by Sebastian Kienel. Photo of the album cover overlooking the mighty Rhein River by Céline Oms to whom this album is lovingly dedicated. It is produced by the International Beethoven Project in celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday.

Callum Smart, Richard Uttley - Transatlantic (2020)

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Callum Smart, Richard Uttley - Transatlantic (2020)

Callum Smart, Richard Uttley - Transatlantic (2020)
FLAC tracks | 01:15:05 | 315 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Orchid Classics

Callum Smart returns to Orchid Classics with an album described by the violinist as: American and English music from past and present music that has influenced me from the two countries / cultures that Ive lived in all my life… The album features music by Edward Elgar, who wrote that his Violin Sonata is full of golden sounds, and the Romance by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, who was championed by Elgar as far and away the cleverest fellow going. Smart also plays the taut, energetic Three Pieces by London-based composer Kate Whitley, while the American part of the programme is represented by Amy Beach in her tender Romance, and by the exciting Road Movies by John Adams. Smarts recital concludes with his own arrangement of the famous Anglo-American hymn, Amazing Grace. The tone is beautiful, the double-stopped demands of the violin writing are handled with ease, and there is a constant blend of freewheeling rhapsody and musical purpose. The Strad on Callum Smarts Orchid debut (Grieg/Chausson/Franck).