Recent Classical Highlights for December 2023

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We’re catching up on some Grammy nominees and, after all, there have been the vacation music releases, however together with all of these are some stand-out performances price sampling. French mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre recorded a wide-ranging program of affection songs. Speaking of French music, Xavier Phillips (pictured) and Cédric Tiberghien collaborated to cowl all of Fauré’s music for cello. Two different noteworthy new releases cowl music by Arvo Pärt, one by Cappella Romana and one by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Enjoy!

Classical Album Reviews
December’s Classical Highlights

Akmi Duo – Beyond the Wall

Joseph Alessi, UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas G. Leslie – Joe’s Tango: Concerto for Trombone & Other Works

Nicholas Angelich – Hommage

Howard Arman, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks – Angelus advert Pastores: Weihnachtsgeschichte

Piotr Beczała, Rosa Feola, Quinn Kelsey, Daniele Rustioni – Verdi: Rigoletto

Leonard Bernstein – The Maestro: The Very Best of Leonard Bernstein

Brooklyn Rider – The Wanderer

A.B. Spellman, Alex Brown, Harlem Quartet, Imani Winds, Edward Perez, Neal Smith – Passion for Bach and Coltrane by Jeff Scott

Julia Bullock, Christian Reif – Walking within the Dark

Cappella Romana, Alexander Lingas – Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance

Gautier Capuçon – Destination Paris

Chiaroscuro Quartet – Beethoven: String Quartets, Op. 74 & 130

David Childs, Rex Richardson, Black Dyke Band, Nicholas Childs – Peter Graham: Force of Nature

Ya-Fei Chuang, Laurence Cummings, Academy of Ancient Music, Robert Levin – Mozart: Piano Concertos K242, K315f, K365

Concert Clemens, Adam Riis, Carsten Seyer-Hansen – Hugo Distler: Die Weihnachtsgeschichte

Christoph Croisé, Oxana Shevchenko – 1883: R. Strauss, Grieg, Fauré

Lise Davidsen – Christmas from Norway

Delgani String Quartet, Clarice Assad – Soul of Brazil

Lea Desandre, Thomas Dunford – Idylle

Karine Deshayes, Les Paladins, Jérôme Corréas – Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate!

Maxim Emelyanychev, Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5

Maxim Emelyanychev, Ivan Podyomov, Il Pomo d’Oro – Mozart: The Symphonies – Symphonies 29 & 40; Oboe Concerto

Ensemble Resonanz, Riccardo Minasi- Mozart: Symphonies 36 ‘Linz’ – 38 ‘Prague’

Isabelle Faust, Anne Katharina Schreiber, Antoine Tamestit, Jean-Guihen Queyras – Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet & Quintet

Eric Ferring, Quatuor Agate, Madeline Slettedahl – We have tomorrow

The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park – Morning Star

Ghost Train Orchestra, Kronos Quartet – Songs and Symphoniques: The Music of Moondog

Nathanaël Gouin, Sinfonia Varsovia, Aleksandar Markovic – Caprice

Andrew Grams / Chineke! Orchestra – The Nutcracker Suite: Tchaikovsky arr. Ellington, Strayhorn, Tyzik

Thomas Guthrie, Barokksolistene – Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin

IKON, David Hill – Venite, Gaudete!: Choral Music for Christmas

John Jeter, Fort Smith Symphony – Louis Wayne Ballard: The Four Moons; Devil’s Promenade; Fantasy Aborigine No. 3 ‘Kokopelli’; Scenes from Indian Life

Tõnu Kaljuste, Maria Listra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra – Arvo Pärt: Tractus

Kebyart – Traum der Jugend

King’s College Choir of Cambridge, Britten Sinfonia, Daniel Hyde – Rutter: Orchestral Carols

Wilhem Latchoumia – Villa-Lobos: Do Brasil

Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra – Berlioz: Les Nuit d’Été; Ravel: Shéhérazade; Saint-Saëns: Mélodies Persanes

Alexandra Mackenzie, Ingrid Sawers – Beyond Twilight: Music for cello & piano by feminine composers

Oleg Maisenberg, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Adam Fischer – Grieg: Piano Concerto, Op. 16; Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, Op. 15

Anthony McGill, Pacifica Quartet – American Stories

Choir of Merton College, Oxford; Benjamin Nicholas – Bob Chilcott: Christmas Oratorio

Anne Akiko Meyers, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustavo Dudamel – Fandango: Márquez, Ginastera

The Mozartists, Ian Page – Sturm und Drang, Vol. 3

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, London Symphony Orchestra – Maestro: Music by Leonard Bernstein [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Aisslinn Nosky, Handel & Haydn Society – Mozart: Violin Concertos, Vol. 2

Maxime Pascal, Le Comèdie-Française, Le Balcon – Weill-Brecht-Hauptmann: L’Opéra de Quat’sous

Bruno Philippe, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, Tanguy de Williencourt – Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1; Franck, Fauré, Poulenc

Xavier Phillips, Cédric Tiberghien – Fauré: L’Oeuvre pour Violoncelle et Piano

Rowan Pierce, Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn – Schubert in English, Vol. 4

Mathieu Romano, Ensemble Aedes, Les Siècles – Poulenc: Stabat Mater; Litanies à la Vierge noire

Johannes Rostamo, Jacob Mühlrad, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Pablo Heras-Casado – Jacob Mühlrad: REMS

François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles – Saint-Saëns: Symphonic Poems; Le Carnaval des Animaux; L’Assassinat du Duc de Guise

Sacconi Quartet – Schubert: Death and the Maiden; Beethoven: Quartet Op. 131

Esa-Pekka Salonen, San Francisco Symphony – Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler – Unlocked: Brescianello, Vol. 2

Shara Nova, A Far Cry – The Blue Hour

Lay Clerks of St. Albans Cathedral Choir, St. Albans Cathedral Girls Choir, Oliver Morrell, Tom Winpenny – Elizabeth Poston: Carols and Anthems

St. John’s College Choir, Cambridge; Andrew Nethsingha – Advent Live, Vol. 3

St. Martin’s Voices, Andrew Earis – A Winter Breviary: Choral Works for Christmas

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset – Jean-Baptiste Lully: Thésée

Simon Trpceski, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Cristian Măcelaru – Brahms: Piano Concertos

Georgy Vasiliev, Julia Muzychenko, Sebastian Weigle – Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve

Roderick Williams, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder – Frederick Delius: Eine Messe des Lebens (A Mass of Life)

John Wilson, Sinfonia of London, Sinfonia of London Chorus – Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé – Complete Ballet

Pieter Wispelwey – In Memoriam II: The Scordatura Album

Seth Parker Woods – Difficult Grace

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