Three new recordings on Musical Concepts

November is a very busy month for Musical Concepts and Alto with many exciting new releases throughout the month.  Some are already available through retailers, and we will be highlighting them here on our blog.  First up, we have three new albums on our Musical Concepts label, all brand-new recordings.
Click on the cover images below to visit each album’s catalogue page for more information and links to find these recordings on Amazon and iTunes.

World-renowned pianist and conductor Dirk Joeres performs on a brand-new album of German piano rarities by Heinrich Schenker and Johannes Brahms.  This album is a joint production between Musical Concepts and Deutschlandfunk, a major public radio broadcaster in Germany.  Schenker was a composer, pianist, critic, and music theorist who is best known for his work with analyzing tonal music now known as Schenkerian analysis.  Brahms is one of Germany’s greatest composers and along with Bach and Beethoven round out the lauded “Three Bs.”

Czech pianist Radoslav Kvapil is featured heavily in the Alto catalogue, and this earlier blog post on Kvapil highlights his extensive performances on our label where he plays the music of his Czech and Bohemian countrymen, including Antonin Dvorak, Bedrich Smetana, Leos Janacek, and Vitezslav Novak.  He is known as a champion of Czech modernism and his performing repertoire has also featured these works extensively.  With this new recording he turns to some of his other biggest inspirations, specifically three of Beethoven‘s piano sonatas: No. 10 in G Major, No. 17 “Tempest”, and No. 21 “Waldstein”.  Kvapil is a true master of the piano, and he is brilliant on these canonical works.

Like Radoslav Kvapil, Russian cellist Marina Tarasova also appears many times throughout the Alto discography, where she performs brilliantly on albums of Karl Davidov cello concertos, Myaskovsky cello works, Khachaturian concertos, and also an album of compositions by Kabalevsky.  She has been lauded as “one of the leading cellists of her generation” and her knowledge and command of the Russian cello canon is unquestioned.  We are excited to release this album of music for cello and piano featuring this superb musician.  Composers represented on this disc are Sergei Prokofiev, Boris Tchaikovsky, Sergei Chebotarev, Yuri Shaporin, Alfred Schnittke, and Rodion Shchedrin.