Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October New Releases From Harmonia Mundi

The fall season gets off to a fantastic start with this month's strong selection of new releases. At the top of the list is René Jacobs' latest foray into the operas of Mozart for harmonia mundi. Written when the composer was only 18, La finta giardiniera sparkles under the baton of Maestro Jacobs (p.11). The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge débuts on the label with an album of choral music by Imogen Holst, daughter of composer Gustav Holst (p.13). Other key releases from harmonia mundi include Paul Lewis playing Schubert (p.12), Maurice Steger's recital of music from Naples (p.10) and Jirí Belohlávek conducting Smetana (p.9). Hyperion's October highlights include Alina Ibragimova playing Mendelssohn (p.15), Angela Hewitt's Debussy recital (p.17), Schumann lieder with Gerald Finley (p.18) and Christmas favorites by Britten with Stephen Layton (p.19). The holiday theme continues as the Choir of King's College, Cambridge launches their own new label with a recording of the beloved Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (p.21). Other key classical releases include The Tallis Scholars' new release of music by Mouton (p.7), Valery Gergiev conducting Tchaikovsky's first three symphonies (p.23) and Anne Schwanewilms singing late-Romantic lieder (p.25). Non-classical priorities include the début of Philippe Petrucciani on Jazz Village (p.32), a new album from the Malian desert blues band Terakaft (p.37) and the long-awaited release Cinema El Mundo from the veteran French band Lo'Jo (p.41).