New recordings, May 2021

Posted on: May 7, 2021

Among the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s recent releases is Elliott Carter: Ballets, featuring The Minotaur and the world premiere of Carter’s original Pocahontas ballet score. The Buffalo Philharmonic’s recent Naxos recording of works by French composer Florent Schmitt led by Music Director JoAnn Falletta has received the Diapson d’Or award, given by the reviewers of France’s Diapason Magazine; the recording includes the symphonic poem La Tragédie de Salomé, Oriane et le Prince d’Amour Suite, Musique sur l’eau with mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, and Légende in the version for violin and orchestra, with BPO Concertmaster Nikki Chooi. The Chamber Orchestra of New York’s performances of works by its music director, Salvatore Di Vittorio, have been released on Naxos Records; the recording includes Di Vittorio’s Symphony No. 4 (“Metamorphoses”) with Concertmaster Kelly Hall-Tompkins as soloist. Violinist Gil Shaham and The Knights ensemble are featured in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Brahms’s Violin Concerto on a new Canary Classics album. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Clarinet, Joshua Ranz, has released an album of his own arrangements for bass clarinet of three Bach cello suites, on the Navona Records label. The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s February 2020 performances of Charles Ives’s four symphonies at Walt Disney Concert Hall are featured on a new Deutsche Grammophon album. The Minnesota Orchestra has released the seventh installment of its Mahler symphony series on the BIS label, with the Tenth Symphony (completion by Deryck Cooke) conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in June 2019. The Seattle-based Northwest Sinfonia has released a recording of Canadian composer Christopher Tyler Nickel’s Symphony No. 2, led by Clyde Mitchell. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Manfred Honeck have released a new recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, on the Reference Recordings label, with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and vocal soloists.

In June, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax will release Hope Amid Tears, a new recording of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, on Sony Classical. Violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Alexey Botvinov have released an album of works by Alfred Schnittke, Schnittke—Works for Violin and Piano, on Deutsche Grammophon. Trumpeter and composer Nate Wooley has released Mutual Aid Music, a two-CD and digital album featuring eight newly composed concertos; in addition to Wooley, musicians include saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, vibraphonist Matt Moran, pianists Sylvie Courvoisier and Cory Smythe, violinist Joshua Modney, cellist Mariel Roberts, and percussionist Russell Greenberg. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s recording of Richard Danielpour’s An American Mosaic, a set of fifteen miniatures commissioned by the Oregon Bach Festival commemorating segments of the American population affected by the pandemic, has been released on Supertrain Records. Steinway & Sons has released Simple Music, a recording of 33 miniatures from music for stage and screen by Georgian composer Giya Kancheli, performed by pianist Jenny Lin and accordionist Guy Klucevsek.