SCHUMANN Variationen & Fantasiestücke
Schumann Piano Concerto & Cello Concerto HMA1951731
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This third volume of Andreas Staier’s series devoted to the piano music of Robert Schumann begins with his first published composition, the ‘Abegg’ Variations op.1, and ends with his very last work, posthumously published ‘Geistervariationen’. The road he travelled between the two works was a long one, yet this programme also brings out the consistency of the poetic urge that gives Schumann’s music its matchless powers of evocation.
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Concerti per flauto
It may come as a surprise to some that the violin was not the most frequently played instrument in the early 18th century: that distinction belongs to the recorder. Vivaldi was among the composers most sensitive to the instrument’s complex identity, as he shows in his concertos for recorder. On this disc, acclaimed virtuoso Maurice Steger offers highly impressive versions of such popular works as La pastorella, Il gardellino, and the evergreen La notte.
La Nuova Musica
Arias by Handel, Bononcini & Ariosti
Founded in 1719 as the first opera company in the English-speaking world, the Royal Academy of Music commissioned and premièred some of the finest 18th-century operas, including Handel’s Giulio Cesare. On this exciting album, renowned American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is joined by La Nuova Musica and David Bates for a snapshot of the Academy’s hits circa 1725 featuring arias by Handel, Ariosti and Bononcini.
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Music for Christmas
Under the direction of Graham Ross, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and The Dmitri Ensemble celebrate the legacy of European and English carols in this Christmas program. Listeners will enjoy settings by Praetorius and Bach alongside later examples by Mendelssohn, Schoenberg, Britten and Tavener.