Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio is “an imaginative interpreter with a powerful technique” (The New York Times). Here he pairs the final solo piano works by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms. Included on the two-disc set are the Schubert Sonatas D. 959 and D. 960, as well as Brahms Op. 116 through Op. 119.
This new album may be pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s most ambitious project and is a testament to music's ability to cross all cultural and language barriers. Recorded in Cuba, Dinnerstein collaborated with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 and Piano Concerto No. 23.
The Paris Conservatory is steeped in deep musical traditions and is widely considered to be a model for education in Europe, especially for the flute. Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) taught there and is considered a founding father of the modern day French flute school. In this new release, flutist Dionne Jackson (who studied at the Conservatory) explores music by a variety of French composers that she feels “a direct lineage” to, as many of her professors had either known or studied with these composers or their pupils and proteges. She is joined by pianist Marija Stroke.
Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson pays tribute to the master of minimal music, Philip Glass, who recently turned 80 years old. Described by The New York Times as a “splendid pianist” and by Piano News as an “immense talent,” Ólafsson is much sought-after by international conductors, orchestras and artists as both a chamber and concert musician. In addition to the Etudes for solo piano, the album includes reworks of the originals for piano and string quartet.
Soprano Renée Fleming is joined by Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Selections include Samuel Barber’ “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” and “The Strand Settings,” a four-song cycle by Anders Hillborg which was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and is dedicated to Fleming. The album concludes with three new arrangements of songs by Bjork.
1) Samuel Barber: “Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24”
Renee Fleming, soprano
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Sakjari Oramo, conductor