Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields have released an album entitled Bach on the Sony Classical label, featuring J.S. Bach’s first and second violin concertos and selected movements from the Partita No. 2 in D minor, Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, and Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E Major. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is releasing its first recording this month under Music Director Andris Nelsons, featuring live performances in fall 2014 of Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture and Sibelius’s Second Symphony, on the orchestra’s BSO Classics label. This month the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is releasing Built for Buffalo on its own Beau Fleuve label. The CD includes Miguel del Aguila’s Concierto en Tango; Daron Hagen’s Songbook for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp, and Percussion; and Eric Ewazen’s Triple Concerto for Three Trombones. The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has released its 93rd album, Carnival of the Animals, on its own Fanfare Cincinnati label, featuring Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals as well as Waiting for Wings by Georgia Stitt and Jason Robert Brown, “Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks,” and “Flight of the Bumblebee.” A Far Cry, the conductorless string orchestra based in Boston, has released two CDs on its own Crier Records label: Dreams & Prayers, featuring the world premiere of Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s Vecd and Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind; and Law of Mosaics, featuring Ted Hearne’s Law of Mosaics and Andrew Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome. The first recording of Nico Muhly’s Cello Concerto, featuring Zuill Bailey and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, will be released on the Steinway & Sons label in January 2015; the CD will also include Bloch’s Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra and Three Jewish Poems for Orchestra.
Posted December 10, 2014