JULIA LEZHNEVA & FRANCO FAGIOLI
Three stars of the Baroque – Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva, Argentinian countertenor Franco Fagioli, and Italian conductor Diego Fasolis– join forces in one of the most exciting recordings heard in some time: Vivaldi’s sacred works, led by the energetic Gloria. And you get his wonderful motet ‘Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera’ as well, sung divinely by Lezhneva.
Lezhneva and Fagioli’s new album is available HERE.
The Roman sisters Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana, embark on a journey to France, Belgium and Hungary for their new album for ECM. At the centre of it is Franck’s monumental A-major Sonata, but the Gazzanas also include Ravel’s posthumus sonata and music by Messiaen and Ligeti. It was recorded – impeccably and atmospherically as always – by Manfred Eicher, founder of ECM.
Duo Gazzana’s new album is available HERE.
Over the last five years, Deutsche Grammophon has been recording a Mozart opera per year in collaboration with Festspielhaus in Baden Baden. The series was initiated by Rolando Villazón and is conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The latest opera in the instalment is La Clemenza di Tito, Mozart’s last opera about the benevolent Emperor Titus who pardons an attempt on his own life.
“The Politics of Unreality” – that’s what Max Richter calls the first bits of news surrounding the Iraq invasion… “where facts didn’t matter anymore” he says. And that was the originator for the composition The Blue Notebooks.
Max Richter’s The Blue Notebooks is available HERE.
The Chinese pianist Moye Chen made his mark at the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition and was placed third. But placements hardly matter. It’s what happens after that counts. Moye now makes his debut recording on the Deutsche Grammophon label, and it’s called Four Worlds – a cross-cultural meeting of styles, the meeting point itself being America. Two Russians – Rachmaninov and Horowitz, the Australian Percy Grainger, and Moye Chen himself, all meet in America, for a program of originals and transcriptions, and the record ends in an absolute blaze with Rachmaninov’s Second sonata.
Moye Chen’s debut album is available HERE.