Classical New Releases

Curating the best new classical recordings

There’s always wonderful music to discover, from instrumental to vocal music, new recordings of old favorites, or albums featuring cutting-edge contemporary works. Discover more about each selection below.

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Choral Music of Vaughan Williams, Tavener, & MacMillan – Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O’Donnell

June 2, 2023

As James O’Donnell bids farewell to the Westminster Abbey Choir to take up a post at Yale University, this album stands as both a fitting testimony to his 23 years as Organist and Master of the Choristers at the Abbey, and as a further demonstration of the magnificent standards the choir regularly achieved during his tenure. From established favorites by ...

Boulder Bach Festival

June 1, 2023

Sono Luminus releases performances from the Boulder Bach Festival. Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his admired older contemporary Johann Christoph Bach were recorded immediately following the conclusion of the festival’s 41st year in 2022. The album includes J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins and Concerto in D minor for Harpsichord, along with J.C. Bach’s lament Ach, ...

Pierre Sancan: A Musical Tribute

May 31, 2023

Pierre Sancan was a tremendously influential figure in French musical life, as a composer, pianist, teacher, and conductor, but remains relatively unknown outside France. Born in Mazamet in 1916, he received his early musical training in Morocco and, later, Toulouse. He entered the Paris Conservatory in 1934, won the Prix de Rome in 1943, and eventually joined the Conservatory staff ...

Isata Kanneh-Mason: Childhood Tales

May 30, 2023

Isata Kanneh-Mason’s latest album evokes the magic of childhood in a charming collection of nostalgic music. The album is centered around Ernő Dohnányi’s rarely performed Variations on a Nursery Song, expanding “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” into a truly virtuosic work. From a young age, Kanneh-Mason has had a special affinity with Mozart and recalls playing the composer’s Variations on the French ...

And So Flows the River: Ronn McFarlane, Carolyn Surrick

May 29, 2023

With their newest album, And So Flows the River, Ronn McFarlane and Carolyn Surrick have taken the lute and viola da gamba away from the realm of the repertoire that one might expect from these ancient instruments. They weave a tapestry of music, seamlessly held together by the timelessness of their instruments and their extraordinary musicianship. The eighteen tracks range from ...

Zlata Chochieva: Im Freien

May 26, 2023

Naïve Classics presents pianist Zlata Chochieva’s Im Freien, the second of her three albums for the label. Chochieva conceived Im Freien as a personal tribute to her love of nature and the emotions it inspires, where works by Schumann, Ravel, Liszt, and Bartók and the lesser known Draeseke and Schulz-Evler come together to paint a picture of the natural world ...

Max Bruch, Florence Price: Violin Concertos – Randall Goosby, Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

May 25, 2023

Dynamic American violinist Randall Goosby releases his keenly awaited second album on Decca Classics. The recording is a collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning partnership of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Building on his debut album Roots (2021), which celebrated Black classical composers, this album showcases concertos by the trailblazing composer Florence Price and German romantic composer Max Bruch. Goosby ...

Mozart’s Mannheim: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Gottfried von der Golz

May 24, 2023

Mozart’s Mannheim has been carefully curated to give 21st-century listeners an idea of the sound world experienced by Mozart when he visited Mannheim in the late 1770s. The southern German city’s legendary court orchestra made it a go-to destination for 18th-century cultural pilgrims and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra has painted a musical portrait of Mannheim for its debut Deutsche Grammophon album. The ...

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4, Paganini Rhapsody – Boris Giltburg, Brussels Philharmonic, Vassily Sinaisky

May 23, 2023

Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto was composed while he was a student at the Moscow Conservatory, then fully reworked twice. It is hard to explain why it never achieved a higher level of popularity – it has all of the melodic beauty, passion, and brilliance found throughout the composer’s music. The Fourth Piano Concerto was much revised after harsh criticism at ...

Dowland: Lachrimae – Musicall Humors

May 22, 2023

A set of 21 dances dating from 1604, John Dowland’s Lachrimæ was his most ambitious work to date, composed after he had left England in disappointment at not being named court composer to Elizabeth I and entered the service of the Danish court. The work was dedicated to Anne of Denmark, who by that time had herself become Queen of ...

Seasons: Étienne Gara, Delirium Musicum

May 19, 2023

Delirium Musicum is an award winning self-conducted chamber orchestra dedicated to providing impassioned and engaging musical performances. Led by Music and Artistic Director Étienne Gara, Delirium Musicum represents the artistic excellence and leadership of the young generation of musicians in Los Angeles. On “Seasons,” they perform works of Max Richter and Philip Glass. Gara says, “In a world where climate ...

Home: Eric Whitacre, Voces8

May 18, 2023

Two branches of choral royalty entwine with majestic harmony on the latest Decca release from Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre and the acclaimed vocal ensemble Voces8. The album includes a world premiere, All Seems Beautiful To Me, and a new recording of Whitacre’s deeply moving 2019 cantata The Sacred Veil. Voces8 has long had an ardent admirer in Whitacre. “Their sound is glassy ...

Beethoven: Complete Piano Variations, Volume I – Cédric Tiberghien

May 17, 2023

Pianist Cédric Tiberghien has long been interested in the principle of Beethovenian variation, as demonstrated by a recording he made for Harmonia Mundi twenty years ago. He now proposes a project on a quite different scale, in which all Beethoven’s variation cycles will be juxtaposed with works illustrating the evolution of the genre, from the Renaissance to the present day. ...

Holst: The Planets – Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding

May 16, 2023

The British composer Gustav Holst, fascinated by astrology, chose the planets of our solar system and the characteristics attributed to them as the basis for what he referred to as musical “mood pictures” or “embodiments.” Ultimately, the seven movements of his orchestral suite The Planets, composed between 1914 and 1916, can also be understood as general explorations of human traits. ...

The Official Album of the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla – Various Artists

May 15, 2023

When Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla were crowned at Westminster Abbey, the service, and pre-service music, was exclusively recorded and released by Decca Records the very same day. This marks the first time ever a recording of a coronation ceremony – a tradition which can be traced back more than 1000 years – will be available globally to ...

Emmanuel Pahud, Eric Le Sage: Romances

May 12, 2023

Flutist Emmanuel Pahud and pianist Eric Le Sage play arrangements of short pieces and songs by four German composers of the mid-19th century: Robert and Clara Schumann and Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. Major composers of the earlier Romantic period somewhat neglected the flute as a solo instrument, even though there were a number of virtuoso players and the flute was ...

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 – City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

May 11, 2023

For the third volume in their cycle of Schubert’s symphonies, Edward Gardner and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra turn to the first and fourth symphonies. Composed in 1813, when Schubert was just sixteen, the First Symphony admirably demonstrates the young composer’s grasp of symphonic form and technique, and while the influences of Haydn, Mozart, and early Beethoven are clearly ...

Jean-Paul Gasparian: Debussy

May 10, 2023

Naïve Classics releases the label debut of French pianist and Steinway Artist Jean-Paul Gasparian, dedicated to the music of Debussy. The disc includes Debussy’s first book of Preludes and his three-movement suite Estampes. The album also includes the premiere recording of Ronde de printemps for solo piano, which was transcribed by Gasparian’s father, pianist Gérard Gasparian. “It is, in a ...

Daniel Lozakovich, Stanislav Soloviev: Spirits

May 9, 2023

Daniel Lozakovich’s rich, romantic style of playing often sees him likened to the iconic violinists of the 20th century. On Spirits, his latest Deutsche Grammophon recording, he celebrates some of his forebears in the hope of passing on their style and repertoire to younger generations. “I’ve chosen a selection of very accessible miniatures, which I associate with different violinists,” he explains. ...

Music of Roberto Sierra – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Domingo Hindoyan

May 8, 2023

When introduced to the audience in Liverpool by Domingo Hindoyan, Roberto Sierra’s music was greeted with standing ovations. His name may be new to many, but his music is vibrant, appealing, accessible, and extremely well crafted. Sierra says, “The works included on this album span 25 years of creative activity. While current projects are always my focus, looking back is ...

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