Challenge Classics Archive
“Whispers Of Titans” – GORECKI: Genesis I: Elementi, Op. 19 KORNDORF: In Honour of Alfred Schnittke; String trio (1986) – Goeyvaerts String Trio – Challenge Classics
“Whispers Of Titans” – GORECKI: Genesis I: Elementi, Op. 19 KORNDORF: In Honour of Alfred Schnittke (AGSCH); String trio for violin, viola and violoncello (1986) – Goeyvaerts String Trio – Challenge Classics SACD multichannel CC72713 (5/6/16) [Distr. by Allegro] ****: Contemporary string music which will thrill adventurous listeners. The Challenge Classics label is well named, […]
JAMES MACMILLAN: Works for Chamber Orchestra with Soloists; From Ayrshire; Tuireadh; Kiss on Wood; …as others see us – Linus Roth, violin/ Julius Berger, cello/ Lars Wouters van den Oudeweijer, clarinet/ Netherlands Radio Ch. Philharmonic/ James Macmillan – Challenge Classics
James Macmillan’s programmatic music portrays the spiritual, literary and artistic landscape of England and Scotland.
PÄRT: Stabat Mater; IVAN MOODY: Simeron – Goeyvaerts String Trio: Kristien Roels (violin)/ Kris Matthynssens (viola)/ Pieter Stas (cello)/ Zsuzsi Tóth (sop.)/ Barnabás Hegyi (countertenor)/ Olivier Berten (tenor) – Challenge Classics
A thrilling performance and recording of two deeply personal spiritual works.
SCRIABIN: Extase: Etudes for Piano = Etude Op. 2, No. 1; 12 Etudes; 8 Etudes; 2 Etudes – Michele Gurdal, p. – Challenge Classics
A new and gifted Scriabin acolyte arises, convinced that the Russian mystic brings ecstatic joy to his hearers and believers.
Ladies First! = Arias by HAYDN – Lisa Larsson, sop./ Combattimento Consort Amsterdam/ Jan Willem de Vriend – Challenge Classics
Larsson turns to neglected Haydn with great effect.
WEINBERG: Complete Sonatas and Works = 5 Sonatas for Violin and Piano; Sonatina in D Major; Rhapsody on Moldavian; Sonata No. 6; 3 Pieces – Linus Roth, violin/ Jose Gallardo, p. – Challenge Classics (3 CDs)
Linus Roth and Jose Gallardo assemble a comprehensive survey of the Weinberg chamber works for violin.
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A floodgate of terrific Winterreise—what’s a person to do?
“Evensong” = VLOEIMANS & FONDSE: Evening; VLOEIMANS: Lex; Requiem; Your Majesty; FONDSE: Waterfront – Eric Vloeimans, trumpet/ Netherlands Sym. Orch. /Jurgen Hempel – Challenge Classics
An update from the Netherlands in the style of the Miles Davis/Gil Evans collaborations.
“Strings Attached” = Works of BRAHMS & SCHUMANN arranged by Geert van Keulen for Arno Piters, clarinet & members of Royal Concertgebouw – Challenge
The Brahms arrangements strike me as quite successful. And the playing and recording are first-rate.
“Chalumeaux: CHRISTOPH GRAUPNER: Concertos, Overtures & Sonatas” – Ars Antiqua Austria/ Gunar Letzbor, violin and dir. – Challenge Classics
Graupner is finally getting his due; this disc should help make him better known to music lovers.
JOHANN CHRISTIAN SCHIEFERDECKER: Musicalische Concerte (excerpts) – Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg – Challenge Classics
Who is Johann Christian Schieferdecker? If you’re a lover of the Baroque, I think you’ll want to find out.
“Young Hearts on Fire: Music for Strings by Korngold, Rossini & Mendelssohn” – EnsembleCaméléon – Challenge Classics
Fresh insights into the work of three musical prodigies.