Summer Listening – July New Releases

This summer is going down as one of the hottest in recent memory, and we aren’t even halfway done! Beat the heat with some cool lemonade and our July new releases.

We start with a pair of piano records. World-renown pianist Martino Tirimo conducts the Prague Chamber Orchestra from the piano bench for Mozart‘s Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 22, two of his most popular and important works for piano and orchestra. No. 20 is a dark and rich masterpiece that bears instant recognition as one of Mozart’s finest; No. 22 is also superb, marking a turning point in his piano concertos with its inclusion of more and varied instrumentation.

The masterful and inimitable Sviatoslav Richter utterly commands Beethoven‘s ‘Eroica’ Variations in a performance that will thrill and delight. Gramophone magazine writes that “It is pretty uproarious, with Richter conveying a terrific sense of fun.” Preview three of the variations here. Also included in this album are other variations by Beethoven and three of Robert Schumann‘s Noveletten. This is a must-have addition to anyone’s collection.

Cool down with an album packed with familiar favorites and hidden gems from two incomparable composers from the Nordic world, Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius. The most beloved pieces are all here, including the Peer Gynt Suite, The Swan of Tuonela, and Sibelius’s tone poem ode to his native land Finlandia. Whether a beginner or a serious collector, this collection is sure to please. Legendary conductor Sir Charles Mackerras helms the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Symphony Orchestra of London on most of these stellar tracks.

Lastly is a very rare release on the Musical Concepts label. Songs of Solomon is a suite of 20 Hebrew hymns and psalms for the Synagogue, created in the seventeenth century in Venice by Jewish-Italian composer and musician Salamone de’ Rossi. This is a remarkable feat of Late-Renaissance polyphony, made all the more incredible by his adaptation of the current Christian musical styles perfected by Palestrina to the Hebrew language. ?The Pro Cantione Antiqua are masters of early music and polyphony, their rich and supple voices exploring the crevices of de’ Rossi’s settings, and conductor Sydney Fixman is one of the foremost authorities on Jewish music and has been recognized globally for his acuity at the podium.

Lots of reasons to stay indoors this summer – or wonderful traveling companions for your holidays!

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