Four New Classical CD Additions

This week we focus on some compilations featuring transcriptions and arrangements, and throw in some Strauss tone poems for good measure.

#celloreimagined (Cello Reimagined). Performed by Daniel Müller-Schott.
“An artistic game of interrelationships and transference: thanks to brilliant technique, Daniel Müller-Schott reveals two new cello concertos from the (early)-Classical triumvirate of composer” (cover). Works include concertos be CPE Bach, Mozart, Haydn and also Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bezaly, Ashkenazy, works by Franck, Faure and Prokofiev. Performed by Sharon Bezaly and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Three sonatas composed (and arranged) for flute and piano. “The two sonatas by César Franck and Gabriel Fauré were composed with the violin in mind, and even though Prokofiev’s sonata was originally intended for the flute it is often heard in the composer’s own version for violin and piano. But joined by the legendary pianist and conductor Vladimir Askenazy, Sharon Bezaly now claims (and reclaims) the three works for her own instrument, in eloquent performances that make the best possible case for the flute” (amazon.com).

Let Beauty Awake. Performed by Ellen Nisbeth and Bengt Forsberg.
English viola music. This is a full and varied examination of English compositions, some transcribed for solo viola by Ellen Nisbeth herself. The line up features Vaughan Williams, Britten (both original works, and reworkings of previous material, one piece based on a John Dowland song) and a viola sonata written in 1919 by Rebecca Clarke.

Ein Heldenleben, Tod und Verklärung, Richard Strauss. Performed by the Göteborgs Symfoniker.
Kent Nagano conducts two big symphonic poems by Richard Strauss. This is the second recording in an expected trilogy of a selection of Strauss’s works performed by Sweden’s national orchestra, which has a close association with the composer dating back to the early 20th century.