November 2015 New Releases
Acclaimed conductor and musicologist René Jacobs adds another jewel to his crown of benchmark Mozart opera recordings for harmonia mundi with this month’s release of Die Entführung aus dem Serail. The recording puts a special focus on the opera’s spoken dialogue, which is crucial to the libretto’s plot. Concerto recordings dominate our priorities this month with a trio of dazzling performances including pianist Emanuel Ax playing Beethoven, Alina Ibragimova playing Bach and Emmanuelle Bertrand playing Dutilleux. Offered once again after a production delay, Midori’s eagerly anticipated recording of Bach’s Sonatas & Partitas for Onyx is finally available for shipping. Hyperion’s star pianist Stephen Hough, always a crowd-pleaser, offers up a disc of charming solo works by Janácek and Scriabin. Piano quintets by Granados and Turina are the focus of the latest release from harmonia mundi pianist Javier Perianes. New additions to ongoing series include Iván Fischer’s Brahms Symphony No.4 and a new disc of Taverner choral music from The Tallis Scholars. Rush-released to support a multi-city US tour, the latest album from Cuban jazz master Chucho Valdés pays tribute to the legendary band Irakere. Recorded live at the Marciac jazz festival by Jazz Village, Tribute to Irakere is destined to be one of the top jazz titles of 2015. Last but not least, Hyperion presents Yulefest! – a joyous new addition to the holiday music catalog featuring the talents of the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge led by Stephen Layton.