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Violinist Nicola Benedetti returns this recording of Shostakovich's monumental Violin Concerto No. One and the Glazunov Violin Concerto. Together with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kirill Karabits, the dark, introspective Shostakovich Violin Concerto is brought to life in a compelling performance packed full of energy, torment, and passion.
Zhu Xiao-Mei first recorded this work two decades ago. Since then, she has performed the work several hundred times all over the world. The work is cyclical, beginning and ending in the same way, and about the idea that there is no ending. And so there is hope.
A release that follows Imogen Cooper's three very successful recordings of Schumann. For this album, Cooper has chosen some of the greatest works of Chopin. The album makes up an outstanding recital. Cooper's virtuosity and emotional wisdom create a new lens through which to view this frequently performed repertoire.
Trumpeter Alison Balsom has a rich Warner Classics catalog, but this is her first CD recital with piano - here played by her long-standing recital partner, Tom Poster. Balsom describes the progam as embracing 'the most important repetoire for trumpet and piano,' taking a fascinating journey through 20th century works by such composers as Enescu; Hindemith; Martinu; Francaix; Bernstein; and Maxwell Davies.
In a characteristically imaginative move, the Quatour Ebene complements Schubert's sublime Quintet for two violins, viola and two cellos.
Contains stunning live symphonic performances of works by Jean Sibelius. Included in this recording are his Symphony No. 5 in E Flat Op. 82; Symphony No. 7 in C, Op. 105; and En Saga: Symphonic Poem Op. 9.
Howard's latest solo piano release features 19th & 20th century love songs without words, many of which are known to us through film and popular song. He has also commissioned a collection of 16 new love songs to act as responses to those on this album.