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Image Violin Concertos
After Liya Petrova won joint first prize at the 2016 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, jury President Nikolaj Znaider declared he had been “absolutely blown away by how she had absorbed the Nielsen violin concerto - how it had become hers”. From her debut album on Orchid Classics you can hear just why she made such an impression on those who heard her performance. The Strad praised the ‘iron will’ Petrova brought to Nielsen’s concerto; a fortitude which is matched on this recording by the sensitivity in her approach to the first violin concerto of Sergei Prokofiev.

159 kr
Image Haydn, Ravel, Stravinsky
The great inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla, from whom the Tesla Quartet takes its name, talked of the invisible yet inseparable ties which bind people together. Through performance, teaching and outreach, the Tesla Quartet has for ten years strived to tap into this palpable feeling, using music to create meaningful connections with their audiences. Celebrating this first decade together, the quartet’s debut album draws upon the need for reflection, and to look upon the familiar in a new light. None did this more effectively than Igor Stravinsky, two centuries after Haydn pioneered the string quartet, and Ravel’s masterful contribution takes its place as a staple of the repertoire.

159 kr
Image Violin Concertos
Jiyoon Lee was joint first prize winner of the 2016 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, with jury President Nikolaj Znaider exclaiming that ‘her playing was immediately a breath of fresh air…she is a terrific violinist and I can see her going very far…’ Such praise has marked Jiyoon out as a genuine talent to watch, already being engaged as soloist with the Swedish Chamber, Seoul Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras. This, her debut recording, brings the much loved violin concerto of Erich Korngold together with the lesser known, highly demanding work of Carl Nielsen. It was Jiyoon’s interpretation of the latter which led Znaider to continue ‘She has lightness in her playing and yet she is a musician who takes very seriously her craft.’

159 kr
Image Piano Trios
Trio con Brio Copenhagen

From the first note, Trio con Brio exudes class … both explosive and exquisitely intimate – aspects that this performance delivers with compelling panache.”
Strad Magazine, Joanne Talbot (Marts 2016)

" excellent performance all round, showcasing an airtight ensemble, but also these Danish-based musicians’ flair for colouristic detail. They are consistently compelling, whether in the howling opening statement, the tender dips into lyricism or the tightly coiled whirring that constitutes the Scherzo….any group would be hard-pressed to imitate this blend of verve and poise.”
Gramophone, Hannah Nepil (Februar 2016)

The award-winning Trio con Brio Copenhagen releases an album of Tchaikovsky and Smetana Piano Trios, works which are widely acknowledged as milestones in the chamber music repertoire.

"One of the greatest performances of chamber music I've ever encountered ..." Ken Keaton, American Record Guide, on an earlier album.

Trio con Brio Copenhagen has won most of the international competitions for piano trios, including the ARD (Munich), Vittorio Gui (Florence) and Norway's Trondheim Competition.

159 kr
Image 24 Caprices
Ilya Gringolts, violin

As winner of the 1998 International Violin Competition "Premio Paganini", Ilya Gringolts received two special prizes: for the youngest ever competitor to be placed in the final and the best interpreter of Paganini's 24 Caprice.

Taking an Urtext as his blank canvas, he has revised all fingerings and bowings to ensure that the composer's true intention sparkles through.

149 kr
Image The Grand Organ of Temple Church
Roger Sayer is at the forefront of British choral and organ music, recognised both as a prize-winning organist, and as an acclaimed Choral Director with some of the UK’s finest choirs. Sayer has even performed as the organ soloist in Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-nominated score for the film Interstellar. Mozart called the organ the “King of Instruments”, and this release certainly showcases its majestic qualities. Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata No.1 was inspired by Bach, and exudes an air of gravitas and profundity whilst enjoying the organ’s variety of sonorities. Bach also influenced 20th-century composers Sigfrid Karg-Elert and Max Reger, both of whom followed in Bach’s footsteps by moving to Leipzig. Karg-Elert’s Symphonic Chorale is based on Jesu meine Freude by Johann Cruger, and on the notes BACH (B flat, A, C and B natural), while Reger’s chorale-based Fantasia is a work of great virtuosity. The collection ends with a memorable sonata by Liszt-pupil Julius Reubke.

159 kr
Image Four Elements Volume 1: Water
Celebrated Japanese pianist Yu Kosuge embarks on an exciting project: four releases inspired by the Greek concept of the four elements, Water, Fire, Air, Earth. Many composers have been drawn to the properties of these elements when seeking inspiration for their music, but Kosuge’s theme goes deeper, dating back to her successful Beethoven cycle: “When you understand that Shakespeare’s plays, read ardently by Beethoven, refer to Greek mythology, or that Beethoven himself composed some works based on the Prometheus myth, you would know that an artist who is searching for human nature would surely look to Greek mythology or philosophy...” In Water, Yu Kosuge interprets a rich array of repertoire, from Liszt and Wagner to acclaimed contemporary composer Dai Fujikura. The ‘barcarolle’ takes its rocking rhythms from the motion of a boat: we hear examples by Chopin and Fauré, as well as Venetian Gondola ‘Songs Without Words’ by Mendelssohn.

159 kr
Image Variations Sérieuses
Award-winning Armenian pianist Lilit Grigoryan explores the art of the variation in her new recording with Orchid Classics entitled VARIATIONS SERIÉUSES. In stunning interpretations combining both virtuosity and integrity, Lilit Grigoryan takes the listener on a journey through this art form, from Busoni’s breathtaking re-imagining of the majestic Chaconne from J.S. Bach’s D minor violin Partita, to Beethoven’s 32 Variations, which range between extreme technical difficulty and expressive moments of quiet simplicity, to Mendelssohn’s grand Variations sérieuses. Alongside these giants of the repertoire are some more rarely-heard gems: Bizet’s sinuous and innovative chromatic variations, and youthful late-Romantic colour from Polish composer Szymanowski.

139 kr
Image Piano Trios Vol. 2
Following a highly praised first instalment, Trio con Brio Copenhagen continue their journey through the piano trios of Beethoven with Volume II of their twentieth anniversary cycle.

On this recording the youthful Op.1 No.2 is coupled with the trio in E flat major, Op.70 No.2, an altogether more intimate work and one full of the composer’s natural warmth.

Trio con Brio Copenhagen has been at the forefront of Scandinavia’s music scene for almost twenty years, receiving many of the most prestigious prizes for chamber music. The group has also established an enviable reputation internationally, playing regularly in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and London’s Wigmore Hall.

159 kr
Image Direct Message
"Matilda Lloyd is a fast rising star of the trumpet world, having won the BBC Young Musician of the year Brass Final as well as the Eric Aubier International Trumpet Competition, and having made an impressive solo debut at the BBC Proms. Matilda’s debut album reflects her desire to broaden the trumpet repertoire, with no fewer than three works recorded for the first time, by composers Giles Swayne, Deborah Pritchard and Alex Woolf. Also included on the recording are forgotten works of the 20th and 21st centuries by Jacques Casterede and Raymond Gallois Montbrun alongside staples of the trumpet repertoire, such as Enescu’s Legende and Peter Maxwell Davies’s impressive showpiece, Sonata for Trumpet and Piano Op.1."

159 kr
Image Reflections
One of the most popular saxophonists performing today, Huw Wiggin has been said by The Times to have a tone of ‘liquid gold’. For his latest album Huw performs a programme that is as varied as it is popular, and for which he commissioned several brand new arrangements by John Lenehan, including Debussy’s ‘The Girl with the Flaxon Hair’. The result is a unique journey of contrasting repertoire, enlivened by the versatile nature of the saxophone, and these innovative interpretations bring a new twist to familiar musical territory.

159 kr
Image Sixteen Contemporary Love Songs
This new album from renowned British pianist William Howard features sixteen world premiere recordings from composers such as Judith Weir, Nico Muhly and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Entitled Sixteen Contemporary Love Songs, the album marks the next step in William’s two-year Love Songs project, which explores the theme of love in romantic and contemporary piano music. William contacted leading composers around the world with a simple brief: to write a piece of music for solo piano that explores the theme of love. The resulting Sixteen Contemporary Love Songs celebrate love in all its forms and provide a unique insight into the modern composer’s response to the love song genre.

159 kr
Image Piano Trios Vol. 1
Trio con Brio Copenhagen have played a central role in Scandinavia’s vibrant contemporary music scene for almost twenty years, and are celebrating this milestone anniversary by recording the complete piano trios of Beethoven for Orchid Classics, of which this is the much anticipated first volume.

159 kr
Image 7-String Bach
Recorded in the iconic Abbey Road Studios, and following a Kickstarter campaign that raised almost $20,000 from 262 backers in ten countries, a new recording of Bach’s Lute Suites will be released in April, transcribed for and performed on the 7-string guitar by classical guitarist and conductor Michael Poll.

159 kr
Image Through the Lens of Time
Described as “an amazing talent“ by Gustavo Dudamel, Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana will release his debut recording in March 2018 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Entitled Through the Lens of Time, the recording brings together four modern perspectives reimagining the Baroque tradition: a dialogue that prompts both composers and performers to explore musical giants of the past and place them in their own lives.
The recording begins with Max Richter’s daring reworking of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and continues with three other works , by Schnittke, Isang Yun and Salvador Brotons, that each provide a unique take on the legacy of the Baroque period.

159 kr
Image Mathias Kjøller
Danish clarinettist Mathias Kjøller, himself a laureate in the Carl Nielsen Competition and former principal of the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, has collaborated with several highly acclaimed musicians for this recording of chamber music works. The album is a testament to the sound worlds created for the clarinet by Schumann, Reinecke, Debussy, Berg and Corigliano. The connection between composers is foremost an emotional, and very melancholic one, ranging from the highly expressive Three Romances by Schumann to Alban Berg’s Adagio, with Corigliano’s Soliloquy serving as a sorrowful coda having been written in memoriam of the composer’s father.

159 kr
Image Eastern Wind
Following her Carnegie Hall recital debut, The Strad hailed Serbian-French cellist Maja Bogdanovic for an "outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty and great maturity of interpretation." She has since built an extensive career and an enviable reputation as one of today's leading young cellists, most recently stepping in for Mischa Maisky for a performance of Yusupov's Cello Concerto, with the composer himself conducting. Here, together with long time collaborator Maria Belooussova, Bogdanovic tackles one of the major works of the repertoire in Rachmaninov's sonata, said by the composer to contain equal roles for both cello and piano. The pair also perform 12 Album Leaves, as well as the Ballade op.4, by Reinhold Glière.

159 kr
Image Flame
Internationally-acclaimed concert violinist Gwendolyn Masin is joined by the renowned Swiss pianist Simon Bucher – her long-term piano partner and friend – on this new album. Entitled Flame, the album examines the nature of fire, which can destroy whilst also giving comfort, warmth and light. Gwendolyn chose the title as several of these works were composed during desperate and difficult times, and yet the resulting music is a source of joy and inspiration.

159 kr
Image Late Beethoven
Ishay Shaer is steadily becoming one of the leading pianists of his generation and this November releases Late Beethoven on Orchid Classics. Following his acclaimed debut album nearly a decade ago, Ishay’s latest release presents Beethoven’s late masterpieces. In this exploration of Beethoven’s piano repertoire, Ishay presents two contrasting styles of Beethoven’s compositional technique; short and intense Bagatelles alongside two longer Piano Sonatas.

159 kr
Image The New England Connection
Entitled Elgar: The New England Connection, this album explores two masters of late-Romanticism whom history has treated very differently. Conducting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Andrew Constantine pairs George Whitfield Chadwick’s Symphonic Sketches with Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, exploring the dynamic between Chadwick and Elgar through two of their most substantial works.

159 kr
Image Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music
A charming retelling in the words of Roald Dahl of some familiar children's tales in this brand new recording by the Magnard Ensemble.

159 kr
Image Watercolour
This is the debut recording from Yuanfan Yang, piano category winner of the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, and an equally exciting pianist and composer. Still only 19 years old and of Chinese origin, Yang has received prizes and invitations around the world for both his pianistic and his compositional abilities, both showcased on this disc of repertoire including Schubert, Liszt, Maxwell-Davis and Yuanfan Yang's own compositions

159 kr
Image Through Life and Love
Hailed as ‘one of the brightest lyric-sopranos of the younger generation’, Louise Alder and pianist Joseph Middleton perform some of the most beautiful Lieder in the repertoire, including Strauss’ Die Nacht, Standchen and Rote Rosen. Louise will be representing England in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition this year, and this will be her debut recital recording.

159 kr
Image Lachrymae Revisited
Accordionist Rafal Luc and violist Ian Anderson have a love of contemporary music which led them to name their duo after the late, great Don van Vliet — better known by his avant-garde rock persona, Captain Beefheart. Duo van Vliet is dedicated to the expansion of the viola and accordion repertoire and this debut album – released on Orchid Classics with support from Creative Scotland, Help Musicians UK, and Pigini Accordions – aims to further this goal. The album features an amazing array of works from arrangements of John Dowland songs and Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae, to four contemporary works for solo viola, solo accordion and the duo.

159 kr
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