Comment:A real discovery by the composer known for decades by his Old Czech Christmas Mass. Jakub Jan Ryba's Stabat Mater dates from 1805. It was not published until 2015! This is its World Premiere recording. You might think it sounds like early Beethoven!
Comment:Soprano, Lenka Cafourkova, David Erler, alto, Tobias Hunger, tenor, Lisandro Abadie, bass, Zelenka composed this extraordinary work in 1725 as part of a cycle of 33 compositions for Vespers. This is the World Premeire recording of Psalmi Vespertina I.
Reviews:"… the lively and sympathetic accunts give much pleasure with responsive instrumental support of varying colours, texture and size." BBC Music Magazine, July 2016.
Comment:Gabriela Eibenova, Lenka Cafourkova, soprano, Filippo Mineccia, alto, Tobias Hunger, Marian Krejcik, bass, Jiri Miroslav Prochazka, bass are the soloists. Five of the Psalmi are World Premiere recordings. Adam Viktora directs his Zelanka experts!
Comment:As the tanks rolled by Prague's Rudolfinum in the summer of 1968 these wonderful concertos were being recorded by Zuzana Ruzickova and Vaclav Neumann, two great Czech musicians. No period instruments, just feelings for the music and style!
Comment:Wicked Heads are - Jacek Billinski, composer and guitars, Kasia Miernik, vocals, piano and keyboards, Wojtek Statkiewicz, drums and Mariusz Wroblewski, bass. If not in name, all your imagined Superheroes are here in a fun celebration of their music!
Comment:Ensemble 365 are-Sara Paar, Mary Hubbell, sopranos, Alice Jones, flute, Karen Rostron, violin, Marta Bedkowska-Reilly, cello, Mirna Lekic, piano. Eastern Currents is a journey through Contemporary Asian music from Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran and more.
Comment:Here's a game changing disc. It you've previously thought of Frank Martin (1890-1974) as a serious, dull, central European composer, this selection of his wind music will disperse that forever. Light and tuneful, Martin is accorded an amazing recording!
Comment:A wonderful selection of piano music, composed in a manner that draws its listeners closer to what is being said, by Andrew Downes. They range over his composing career, from Sonata No. 1 dating from 1976, to Seven Postludes of 2015.
Comment:Kari Sal sings her own haunting songs with Verneri Pohjola, trumpet, Adam Baldych, violin, Michal Zaborski, viola, Piotr Checki, tenor sax, Pawel Kaczmarczyk, piano, Michal Kapczuk, bass and Krzysztof Szmanda, drums. Sounds where Poland and Iceland meet!
Comment:Vertigo Quintet are - Marcel Barta, soprano saxophone and bass clarinet, Oskar Torok, trumpet, Vojtech Prochazkja, piano, Rastislav Uhrik, bass and Daniel Soltis, drums. Ten original numbers in Contemporary Bebop mode!