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With Sir William Sterndale Bennett's Piano Concertos Nos 1-3, our Romantic Piano Concerto series reaches volume 74, Howard Shelley in his familiar dual role of pianist and conductor (and here accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra) returning to the music of this Yorkshire contemporary of Liszt and Wagner. Another essential purchase for pianophiles for this month, Garrick Ohlsson delivers a propulsive recital of Falla Fantasia Baetica & other piano music, including suites from El amor brujo and El sombrero de tres picos. Much of this will be familiar in orchestral guise, and it is no less exciting encompassed by just ten fingers.
The King's Cambridge label takes us on a pilgrimage through the liturgical year: a selection of Motets by William Byrd—quietly subversive in their Catholicism, shamelessly progressive in their musical style—elicits performances of committed skill from Stephen Cleobury and King's College Choir Cambridge.
A new label is launched this month: Colin Currie Records is a platform for the acclaimed percussionist's diverse projects and will feature key works from this ever-developing repertoire. And few works can have had a greater impact than Steve Reich's Drumming, here incisively recorded by the Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals.
The viols of Fretwork have been recording for Signum Classics once more. The Complete four-part consort music by John Jenkins makes for a generous survey of this composer's mellifluous style of smooth melodic perfection. Light Divine is a new programme of Baroque music for treble and ensemble: the Norwegian MIN Ensemble is directed by Baroque trumpeter par excellence Mark Bennett and provides a welcome platform for the accomplished treble voice of Aksel Rykkvin.
For LSO Live violinist Nikolaj Znaider takes the lead, as soloist and conductor, in Mozart Violin Concertos Nos 4 & 5, new recordings captured with the London Symphony Orchestra during their 2016/17 season at the Barbican.
The first releases of the year from Linn Records bring us Beethoven Music for winds, a second album from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists and an admirable complement to their 2015 Mozart recording, and a triple album showcasing the output of one of America's most august composers: One lives but once – A 90th birthday celebration for Samuel Adler includes two symphonies, four concertos and an array of smaller-scale works in performances led by the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt and conductor Emily Freeman Brown.
Malcolm Martineau has returned to the studio for Signum Classics to record the third in his Complete Songs of Gabriel Fauré cycle—a distinguished line-up of singers includes Iestyn Davies, Ann Murray and Lorna Anderson.
On the Mariinsky label, pianist Denis Matsuev continues his traversal of the Russian greats with Prokofiev & Rachmaninov Piano Concertos No 2. Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra in these two epics.