New Classical Music for February

Two new albums featuring Antonio Pappano have come in recently, which we highlight this week, together with a two-disc compilation of the piano works of Maurice Ravel.

ClassicalrecentFeb16a1Complete Works for Solo Piano, Ravel. Performed by Bertrand Chamayou.
“From Sérénade Grotesque to Le Tombeau de Couperin, Maurice Ravel’s piano works span nearly a quarter of a century of creative endeavour. To listen to this recording of all of them is to go on a journey, to immerse oneself in the heart of the magical world of the composer… Each piece is a unique gem, a curious mixture of discipline and delight which seems to sketch out a portrait of the composer and alchemist embodied in Ravel.” (Cover)

ClassicalrecentFeb16a2Violin Concerto, Brahms and Violin Concerto No. 1, Bartók. Performed by Janine Jansen and the London Symphony Orchestra (Antonio Pappano conducting).
“In a powerful partnership with Antonio Pappano, Janine Jansen once again offers an unusual coupling of concertos. ‘To me they seem a natural pairing. They may speak a different kind of musical language, yet they not only share a Hungarian connection but also a profound combination of symphonic power and chamber-scale intimacy’.” (Cover)

ClassicalrecentFeb16a3Schumann. Performed by Jan Lisiecki with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Antonio Pappano conducting again).
“Jan Lisiecki has dreamt of recording Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Antonio Pappano and his Rome orchestra ever since they first played the piece together in 2012. Their shared experience creates an interpretation of chamber-music-like intimacy. Schumann’s concerto is here presented in a rare pairing with his only other completed works for piano and orchestra.” (Cover)

Coming soon: Beethoven Piano Concertos 1 to 5, The Best of Placido Domingo.