Recordings news, December 2016

Posted on: December 21, 2016

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has released Jonathan Leshnoff’s Zohar and Symphony No. 2 (“Inner Space”) on its own ASO Media label. Boston Modern Orchestra Project has released recordings of David Rakowski’s Stolen Moments and Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts on its BMOP/sound label. Musicians from New York’s Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and the Kronos Quartet are among featured performers on A Palace Upon the Ruins—Selected Works, a new recording featuring concert works by film composer Howard Shore. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has released Concertos for Orchestra, featuring the inaugural recordings of Zhou Tian’s Concerto for Orchestra, Thierry Escaich’s Psalmos, and Sebastian Currier’s FLEX. Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra are featured on a new recording of two works by Margaret Brouwer: the Concerto for Viola and Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra (with soloists Ellen Rose and Gary Levinson on viola and violin, respectively). Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society is featured on a new all-Haydn recording of Symphony Nos. 7 and 83, plus the Violin Concerto, on the Coro label. Naxos has released Mohammed Fairouz’s oratorio Zabur, featuring the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Choir, Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and vocal soloists. Mantra Percussion’s live performance of Michael Gordon’s Timber Remixed, recorded at the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon, has been released as a two-CD set and on vinyl. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Strauss: Elektra/Rosenkavalier recording, featuring suites from those Richard Strauss operas, was released on Reference Recordings in November. The San Francisco Symphony has released Debussy’s Images, Jeux, and La plus que lente on its own SFS Media label.

Boxed sets and TV: Sony Classical has released Mozart in the Jungle Season 3, which includes featured performers from the TV series, including Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, and singers Plácido Domingo and Ana Maria Martínez. The 24-CD set Philip Glass—The Complete Sony Recordings was released in November. The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met Performances From 1996-67, a 22-CD boxed set marking the Metropolitan Opera’s fiftieth anniversary at Lincoln Center, has been released on Warner Classics. Sony Masterworks has released Nikolaus Harnoncourt: The Complete Sony Recordings, a set of 61 CDs, 3 DVDs, and hardcover book. Sony Classical has released the 86-CD set Charles Munch: The Complete RCA Album Collection of recordings Munch led with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra.

Posted December 21, 2016