Thursday, January 17, 2013

Feb. Releases Harmonia Mundi

In the wake of recent events in the US, Jordi Savall's focus on peace for his Alia Vox collection Pro Pacem is particularly welcome (p.4). Channel Classics presents a superb collection in celebration of the Britten centenary featuring the Amsterdam Sinfonietta (p.5). Keyboard virtuoso Richard Egarr returns to Bach this month with a traversal of the six English Suites for harmonia mundi (p.8). Also on harmonia mundi, Matthias Goerne adds a new volume to his Schubert edition (p.7) and the VocalConsort Berlin performs rare music by Gesualdo (p.6). Pianists are in the spotlight on Hyperion's releases, which include Steven Osborne playing Mussorgsky (p.10) and Angela Hewitt accompanying Andrea Oliva in Bach's Flute Sonatas (p.9). Sir Colin Davis completes his traversal of Nielsen's symphonies with this month's LSO Live release of Symphonies Nos.2 & 3 (p.13). On the Mariinsky label, Valery Gergiev launches his biggest project so far - a complete traversal of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. The first release is Die Walküre, with a stellar cast that includes Nina Stemme and René Pape (p.15). Non-classical priorities include a special edition of Ahmad Jamal's acclaimed Jazz Village album Blue Moon (p.25), Omar Sosa's tribute to Miles Davis (p.27), jazz vocalist Sandra Nkaké's first album, Maansadi (p.26) and Om Suite Ohm, a brand new release from indo-blues sensation Harry Manx (p.24).