Paul Lewis is one of the finest pianists of his generation. On his latest release, Lewis plays Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in its original version for solo piano. The disc’s pairing is Schumann’s Fantaisie, which also features a less well-known programmatic theme.
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. One of the bloodiest conflicts in US history, it tore the country apart, pitting family against family and neighbor against neighbor. For 1865, their final album, Anonymous 4 explore the songs of hope and home that bolstered the spirits of Civil War soldiers and their loved ones. Joined by folk music superstar Bruce Molsky, 1865 completes the group’s trilogy of Americana recordings.
Violinist Philippe Graffin is the soloist in works by Joseph Jongen’s on the latest volume of Hyperion’s Romantic Violin Concerto series. Mozart’s four Horn Concertos are among the composer’s most popular works.
English natural-horn virtuoso Pip Eastop offers superb readings of these gems, paired with the equally cheery Horn Quintet.
Other classical releases worthy of note include a disc of Handel’s music for Queen Caroline with Les Arts Florissants and a DVD of Handel’s opera Rodelina with Nicolaus Harnoncourt.
Discovered by Quincy Jones and featured in an Oscar-worthy documentary on Clark Terry, young jazz pianist Justin Kauflin makes his solo début this month on Jazz Village with Dedication. Playing with soul and emotion well beyond his years, Kauflin offers a superb set of twelve originals.