AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA BRANDENBURG CELEBRATES ABC CLASSICS Recently heard accompanying Andreas Scholl in the soundtrack to the James Bond film Spectre, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra celebrates their 25th anniversary with a baroque flourish – from Handel and Vivaldi to little known gems by Brescianello, and the world-premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s Bach-inspired Prelude and Cube.

LINUS ROTH MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG: SOLO SONATAS FOR VIOLIN NOS. 1 3 CHALLENGE CLASSICS “This is music in which […] one man sought answers to questions that ravage all of mankind. […] few men can contend with Weinberg’s music as authoritatively as Linus Roth does in his performances of the three Sonatas for solo violin. […] what Roth achieves on this disc is the recreation of a solitary voice, now made intelligible to every pair of ears willing to listen.” – www.voix-des-arts.com

CAPPELLA PRATENSIS PIERRE DE LA RUE: MISSA CUM JOCUNDITATE VISIONS OF JOY | THE CHAPEL OF HIERONYMUS BOSCH CHALLENGE CLASSICS This recording aims to capture a sense of the devotional soundscape that Hieronymus Bosch experienced throughout his life as a member of the music-loving Marian brotherhood. Pierre de la Rue was not only the most renowned composer of the Habsburg-Burgundian court but also an external member of the brotherhood from the early 1490s until his death in 1518. Indeed, La Rue may well have met Bosch during these years.

LISA JACOBS & THE STRING SOLOISTS PIETRO ANTONIO LOCATELLI: L’ARTE DEL VIOLINO (CONCERTOS NOS. 1,2,4) COBRA In his music, Locatelli pushes the boundaries of the violin technique with an unprecedented virtuoso and at times romantic vision. Despite his obvious fascination for virtuosity, Locatelli ensures that one is captivated first and foremost by charming original melodies and bold characterization. With his L’Arte del Violino, Locatelli simply stunned the musical world. These works were innovative in almost every conceivable way.

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LARS VOGT ROBERT SCHUMANN, BÉLA BARTÓK, THOMAS LARCHER: …FOR CHILDREN AVI Lars Vogt: I always had great fun with pieces that manage to say a lot with few notes, as opposed to those that use many notes to say very little. […] I prefer a profound message, and music that moves the soul. These are pieces for children that adults also love to play and listen to. Each of these gems contains such a rich variety of poetry, exuberance and expression! This CD is intended for all types of listeners.

SINGER PUR GAVIN BRYARS: I TATTI MADRIGALS GB RECORDS At the heart of the huge amount of music that Gavin Bryars has written for voices are his works for early music ensembles. The I Tatti Madrigals, all commissioned by Villa I Tatti (the Harvard Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies), comprise 11 six-part madrigals, his Fifth Book of Madrigals written for the German vocal ensemble Singer Pur, as well as an exquisite eight-part madrigal from Book Four.

GAVIN BRYARS ENSEMBLE GAVIN BRYARS: NOTHING LIKE THE SUN GB RECORDS The Gavin Bryars Ensemble, with soprano Peyee Chen and tenor John Potter, recorded these settings of eight Shakespeare sonnets, commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company, in a live performance from the Adelaide Festival. Each sonnet is first spoken, but within the music, by the Irish singer/actor Gavin Friday followed by the sung versions.

JANÁČEK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA A TRIBUTE TO JÁN LEVOSLAV BELLA (1843 1936) PHAEDRA CLASSICS Ján Bella is the most important 19thcentury Slovak composer. This CD includes world premieres of his Festive Mass and his cantata Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, performed by various soloists, the Czech Philharmonic Choir and the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Porcelijn. A revelation.