New Releases: Classical Music (July 2018)

Hilary Hahn (photo: Michael Patrick O’Leary)

New Releases: Classical Music (July 2018)

A round-up of new and recent classical music releases

Featured below: Hilary Hahn/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Band of the Irish Defence Forces, Jacob Greenberg, La Serenissima and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

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Hilary Hahn with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Higdon & Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos
Deutsche Grammophon
22 June 2018

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is conducted by Vasily Petrenko in this recording of a new concerto by American composer Jennifer Higdon, written for and performed by Hilary Hahn. It is paired with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concert in D Major, Op. 35, performed with a light touch and brilliant colour. 


The Band of the Irish Defence Forces: Rhapsodic Winds
RTÉ Lyric FM
15 June 2018

The Band of the Irish Defence Forces are more usually seen performing at state functions, but have here released their first recording on the RTÉ lyric fm label, featuring music based on Irish melodies. The album, conducted by Lt. Col. Mark Armstrong, includes music and arrangements by composers such as Seán Ó Riada, Gerard Victory and AJ Potter.



Jacob Greenberg: Hanging Gardens
New Focus Recordings
20 July 2018

Pianist Jacob Greenberg has released this double CD of early 20th-century piano works on New Focus Recordings, an American label specialising in new approaches to older music. Hanging Gardens showcases the range of the piano music of Debussy, punctuated with that of the Second Viennese School including Berg, Schoenberg and Webern.


Adrian Chandler/La Serenissima: Vivaldi x2
Avie Records
20 July 2018

This album proves the reputation of La Serenissima – the British early music ensemble led by Adrian Chandler and featuring Irish bassoonist Peter Whelan – as Vivaldi masters, focussing on the composer’s double concertos.



Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale: Rameau – Le Temple de la Gloire
Philharmonia Baroque Productions
13 July 2018

This live performance of Rameau’s The Temple of Glory, with a libretto by Voltaire, is the work’s world premiere recording. The original manuscript had not been performed since 1745 until its revival last year by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale directed by Nicholas McGegan at UC Berkeley in California, making the album a unique look at the French composer’s operatic output. 


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Published on 25 July 2018

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