NEW RELEASES ON WARNER CLASSICS AND ERATO GAUTIER CAPUÇON DIANA DAMRAU JONAS KAUFMANN SCHUMANN ITALIENISCHES LIEDERBUCH An exquisite programme of music by Robert Schumann; the Cello Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Bernard Haitink, and a selection of chamber works with Renaud Capuçon and the Martha Argerich. Diana Damrau is joined by Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch in a sparkling performance of Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, recorded live in concert during their 12-city European tour last year. PHILIPPE JAROUSSKY OMBRA MAI FU New album of opera arias and symphonies by Francesco Cavalli, the prolific 17th century Venetian composer with 41 operas to his name, who was Handel’s predecessor in Hannover. THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL JOYCE DIDONATO SONGPLAY The American mezzo-soprano’s album Songplay unites worldclass musicians from the varied worlds of opera, jazz and tango in the pure pleasure of improvisation, experimentation and exchange. EDGAR MOREAU OFFENBACH · GULDA Two cello concertos which challenge convention. Offenbach’s Grand Concerto in G major culminates in military fireworks, while Friedrich Gulda’s Concerto for Cello, Wind Orchestra and Band is a dazzling stylistic kaleidoscope. DAVID FRAY RENAUD CAPUÇON BACH The violin was one of Bach’s favourite instruments. His deep understanding of the instrument enabled him to exploit its full potential and to write as well as perform music of the utmost virtuosity. LES VENTS FRANÇAIS MODERNISTE A new anthology of music for wind instruments: what draws the attention in these works – in different ways at different times and in different fields – are their innovative, progressive and adventurous qualities. THOMAS ADÈS A stunningly inventive opera based on Luis Buñuel’s surreal and satirical 1962 film El ángel exterminador. Like the British composer’s score, Tom Cairns’ production is both spectacular and surprising.
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