For those looking for a fresh read on Haydn's symphonies, look no further than this release by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and youthful conductor Robin Ticciati. They offer a trio of symphonies in D major, from different parts of Haydn's career, and all have the feeling of having been taken up by musicians who had no preconceptions about them. The general classification of the performance is modern-instrument with influences from the historical-performance movement. The splendid hunting-horn quartets that open the Symphony No. 31, Hob. 1/31, are given to gutsy natural horns, and the lyrical effect of the various solo passages in the slow movement is amplified by the emergence of a continuo fortepiano.
Classic Rock Prog have described it as a "thrilling example of how this band combine straightforward songwriting with subtly layered arrangements and gently executed dynamic shifts' before going on to state that it is 'an album that hides its depth, grit and versatility behind a disarming mist of frailty, but with immense emotional weight, making every gorgeously sorrowful moment count… aside from marvelling at the sheer beauty of the whole thing, you may find yourself feeling both exhausted and curiously uplifted as the last chords die away."
PentaTone's live recording of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles is billed as the world premiere recording, though it was preceded by the 1991 video recording of the Metropolitan Opera's production, which was conducted by James Levine and starred Teresa Stratas. Even so, this 2016 audiophile presentation of the LA Opera production, conducted by James Conlon, is a major event for opera lovers, especially since the Met's recording is difficult to find and performances of The Ghosts of Versailles are rare.
Two CD set of Bouillasbaisse by Fish who first came to prominence as the front man for British progressive rock band Marillion. This double CD covers the career of Fish including three tracks from his Marillion days (Kayleigh, Lavender and Incommunicado) up to his studio album Field of Crows. Key tracks included here are 'Big Wedge', 'A Gentleman's Excuse M' and the duet with Sam Brown'Just Good Friends'. This compilation is released as Fish embarks on the second leg of his 13th Star tour. It is a perfect primer for the career of an artist who retains a massive following and continues to add to an already substantial catalogue of music. Fish recorded four studio albums with Marillion and he performed at many concerts between the years 1981 and 1989.
Kalevi Aho is one of Finland's leading symphonists, having written 11 works in that genre. He studied composition with noted symphonist Einojuhani Rautavaara at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and then later with composer Boris Blacher in Berlin (1971 - 1972). Aho has since lectured at the University of Helsinki and served as a professor of composition at the Sibelius Academy. He is the composer-in-residence of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. His earliest ….
Raphaël Pichon has invited Stéphane Degout to make his recording debut for harmonia mundi in a multifaceted exploration of the Underworld. The French baritone reincarnates the figure of Henri Larrivée, the famous tragedian of Rameau and Gluck. Around a reconstruction of an imaginary Mass of the Dead, sacred and secular merge, revealing some of the most extraordinary pieces from the operatic repertory of the Enlightenment. Music of death and mourning on an epic scale that inspires Pygmalion to overwhelming heights of pathos.