Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jan. Harmonia Mundi New Release

The New Year starts off right with a fresh volume in Kristian Bezuidenhout's acclaimed Mozart series for harmonia mundi. Keyboard Music Vol.4 includes a varied selection of sonatas and other solo works performed with wit and charm (p.13). Also on harmonia mundi, the dynamic duo of Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov delight in a disc of chamber music by Weber (p.12). Hyperion's stunning collection of Britten's music for cello featuring Alban Gerhardt is clearly destined to be an award-winner (p.15). The synergy between harpist Lavinia Meijer and composer Philip Glass is powerful on Meijer's new album of transcriptions for Channel Classics (p.7). Worthy of special note are Christophe Rousset's latest operatic discovery, Dauvergne's Hercule mourant (p.5), and a set of the complete Mahler symphonies on DVD and Blu-ray featuring the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (p.19). Non classical priorities include jazz trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf's soundtrack to René Clair's 1927 film The Prey of the Wind (p.22), the US début of French jazz vocalist Virginie Teycheyné (p.23) and an anthology featuring the legendary Algerian crooner Lili Boniche on World Village (p.28).