July 2015 New Releases
Charismatic virtuoso Midori takes on one of the pillars of the violin repertoire on her second release for Onyx. Her recording of Bach’s solo Sonatas & Partitas demonstrates not only Midori’s supreme technical mastery but also her rich interpretive insight. The latest Hyperion release from Stephen Layton and Polyphony features a glorious selection of quintessentially American choral works by Randall Thompson, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. Better-known for focusing on unjustly neglected composers of the Renaissance, the extraordinary choir Cinquecento turns to the music of Orlande de Lassus for their new release on Hyperion. Perennial audience favorite Garrick Ohlsson proves once again that he is the master of the miniature with his new recording for Hyperion of piano works by Debussy, Bartók and Prokofiev. Prokofiev is also the focus of conductor Kirill Karabits’s third volume of recordings of the composer’s colorful symphonies for Onyx. Our non-classical releases are highlighted by the return of the legendary African supergroup Les Ambassadeurs. Their World Village EP entitled Rebirth presages a full album due in 2016. Also worthy of special note are jazz trumpeter Luca Aquino’s clever re-imagining of songs by rock legends The Doors and a live album by the crowd-pleasing vocal group Rajaton.