October 2015 New Releases
Steven Osborne, one of Hyperion’s formidable roster of virtuoso pianists, presents a charming album of music by Schubert that includes the evergreen Impromptus. Gramophone Label of the Year Channel Classics offers a new recording of Biber’s fascinating Rosary Sonatas featuring violinist Rachel Podger. The violin is also the star on Isabelle Faust’s new release of Brahms sonatas for harmonia mundi and on two discs of Vivaldi concertos with James Ehnes and Amandine Beyer. Hyperion’s Romantic Cello Concerto series reaches volume seven with this month’s release featuring works by Wilhelm Fitzenhagen played by Alban Gerhardt. Fans of chamber music will rejoice over the latest release by the illustrious Takács Quartet — a disc featuring quartets by Janácek and Smetana. Channel Classics presents the début release by the Hamlet Piano Trio playing Piano Trios by Mendelssohn. The holiday season is right around the corner, so a new Christmas album from the superb chamber choir Stile Antico will be received with delight by listeners everywhere. The series of recordings based upon the liturgical calendar featuring the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge continues with a new disc focusing on the funeral service. Soprano Elizabeth Watts is the soloist on a disc of joyous and virtuosic music by Alessandro Scarlatti. In non-classical releases, Jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman returns with a new Jazz Village release entitled Homes and world music superstar Alan Stivell presents a new concept album called AMzer.