BBC Music Magazine
We reveal who’s recording what, and where…
Resonus Classics has launched its first ever sub-label. Inventa Records, which has a special focus on early music, will also be home to the choral group Alamire. The first release features them performing music by Hieronymus Praetorius with His Majesty’s Sagbutts & Cornetts and organist Stephen Farr. This debut disc will be followed by an EP of ‘Tudor Miscellany’.
Benjamin Bernheim has just been signed exclusively to Deutsche Grammophon. The 33-year-old French lyric tenor is one of the leading voices of his generation and his first album for DG looks to the classic young tenor roles. The autumn release will feature arias by Gounod, Massenet, Donizetti, Puccini, Verdi and Tchaikovsky.
Is it too early to think about Christmas? Not for Regent Records, which has been in the studio recently capturing premiere recordings of seasonal works by Bob Chilcott, Sarah Quartel and David Bednall. Doing the honours behind the microphones were the Benenden Chapel Choir under Edward Whiting, London Metropolitan Brass, cellist Rebecca Mcnaught and David Bednall himself on piano and organ. Festive.
Naxos recently launched an enticing new series at a special event in London. ‘Music from Brazil’ is a 30-album project presented in association with the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign A airs and seeks to expose listeners to hitherto unheard music. The first album was released prior to the launch at the Brazilian Embassy, while the next is set for release in September.
Thomas Søndergård continues his winning run as principal conductor of the RSNO as they continue a new series for Linn Records. An album of Prokofiev symphonies is due to be recorded this month and marks Søndergård’s first symphonic recordings with the Scottish ensemble. It follows their take on works by Richard Strauss, released in April.