‘Fall’ for These New Releases!
A brisk Autumn is upon us here in New York City, and it is only a matter of time until the leaves change their color and sweaters and hats are the order of the day. Fall is a wonderful time, and the air feels charged with an electric intensity, and our four recent New Releases provide the perfect soundtrack for this dynamic season.
The Pro Cantione Antiqua is one of the most highly accomplished choral groups, specialists in Early Music and Renaissance and Baroque polyphony. Our latest release from PCA is a collection of masses and motets by the Renaissance master of Rome, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, which contains one of Palestrina’s finest masses (Missa Aeterna Christi Munera) as well as his masterful Stabat Mater.
Alfred Brendel‘s interpretation of Beethoven‘s Diabelli Variations have been lauded as among the best versions of these works ever recorded, praised by all major review journals of-record. Indeed, Brendel himself also called the variations “the greatest of all piano works.” Brendel also gives stellar performances of the favorite piano work Fur Elise as well as four other sets of variations: Rage over a Lost Penny, God Save the King, Rule Britannia, and On a Swiss Air.
The beginning notes of Also Sprach Zarathustra are among the most recognizable in music history, thanks in part to the work’s prominent inclusion in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece film 2001: A Space Odyssey. This work has become a fixture in our cultural zeitgeist, and it remains as one of Richard Strauss‘ greatest compositions. It is joined on this album by two other masterpiece tone poems, his treatment of?Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks , a setting of classic German folktales). These three works make a full and wonderful album of exciting Romantic classics.
While Antonin Dvorak is undoubtedly the most famous of all Czech composers, Musical Concepts has been devoted to the cause of giving greater credit to his lesser-known contemporaries and forbears. (Our series “Baroque Bohemia and Beyond” will soon release its sixth volume!) One of the fathers of modern Czech composition is Vitezslav Novak, who studied under Dvorak at the Prague Conservatory. this album showcases three of his magnificent orchestral pieces, combining nationalist idioms with forward-looking composition.
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