Comment:Brahms composed his Violin Sonatas between 1878 and 1888. To her complete recording, Marie Cantagrill has added the Scherzo from the F.A.E. Sonata,which Schumann and Dietrich contributed as a gift for their friend Joseph Joachim. All beautifully played!
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: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: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:Milos Zeleznak, playing a variety of guitars and other instruments, combines with the haunting vocals of Anna A. Hlavacova, in these Old and New Testament stories rendered as Folk tales in ancient texts. Sung in Slavonian - English in booklet.
Comment:Jan Vymola built his organ in the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Doubravnik in 1760. It was restored during the years 2009-2013. Jaroslav Tuna has chosen a programme of music composed prior to its construction to explore its sound.
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:Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947) a well known name, yet not a composer found in recital programmes. Baritone Zachary Gordin selects a range of Hahn's songs and they prove to be delightful. They are short and to the point. English texts in the liner notes.
Comment:With Aga Derlak, piano are Tymon Trabczynski, bass and Szymon Madej, drums, the Classic Jazz trio. Aga Derlak's music is cool, reflective and about waiting for chances and break-throughs in life. It's Polish Jazz at its most creative.