Recordings news, March 2020, part 2

Posted on: March 13, 2020

Pianist Alessio Bax has a new solo recording entitled Italian Inspirations, featuring J.S. Bach’s arrangement of an Alessandro Marcello oboe concerto; Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli; Liszt’s Italian-inspired St. François d’Assise: La prediction aux oiseaux and Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata; and Dallapicolla’s Quaderno musicale di Annilibera. Russian Renaissance—a chamber ensemble of balalaikas, accordions, and domras—has released its self-titled debut album on the Azica Records label. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein has recorded Bach’s complete cello suites for April 3 release on the Pentatone label. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Radio Choir and perform choral works by Gordon Getty on Beauty Come Dancing, featuring settings of poetry by John Keats, Lord Byron, John Masefield, Sara Teasdale, Edwin Arlington Robinson, and Ernest Christopher Dowson, on a new Pentatone recording. Naxos Records has released Sanctuary Road, the 2018 oratorio by composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell premiered by the Oratorio Society of New York conducted by Kent Tritle; the work is based on writings of Underground Railroad “conductor” William Still. Music by Aaron Copland, Gordon Getty, Jake Heggie, and Michael Tilson Thomas are featured on A Certain Slant of Light, a new Pentatone recording of settings of Emily Dickinson’s poetry performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille conducted by Lawrence Foster. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are featured in Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A minor and Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D minor, conducted by Teddy Abrams, on a new Avie Records release. Daniel Harding conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony in the orchestra’s new Harmonia Mundi recording of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Violin Concerto with soloist Isabelle Faust. The Vienna Philharmonic’s 2020 New Year’s Concert conducted by Andris Nelsons has been released on Sony Classical label in digital, CD, and DVD/Blue-Ray formats. A new book-and-CD project entitled Wild Symphony will be released on September 1, 2020 by Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. The project will feature musical portraits of animals composed by author Dan Brown, performed by Croatia’s Zagreb Festival Orchestra.