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Sony Music Masterworks Announces February 2019 US Classical Releases
Source: Sony Music Masterworks
30/01/2019

Sony Music Masterworks Announces February 2019 US Classical Releases

 

Available February 8:

 

Hauschka: A Different Forest

 

Simone Kermes: Mio caro Handel

 

Leonard Pennario: The Complete RCA Album Collection

 

Olga Peretyatko: Mozart+

 

 

Hauschka: A Different Forest

Release Date: February 8

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Sony Classical is pleased to announce the label debut from Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann), Different Forest, on which the Oscar-nominated composer and pianist does away with his customary instrumental preparation to return to pure piano. The album’s theme is the evidence of nature as the basis for Hauschka’s understanding of life and the music. For him, the concept of nature is epitomized by the image of a forest. The album will be available on vinyl, CD, and digitally. He says, “My way of composing is similar to walking freely through the forest. When wandering you simply set off into the unknown. You find yourself in surroundings where nothing can be certain and you must trust your own senses in order to find orientation… So musical ideas are for me in this sense like waypoints while playing and the playing itself is like the wandering that joins them together. In a way, I organize sounds into a musical journey.”

 

Ever prolific, Hauschka has worked on numerous projects throughout the last decade, most notably recording boundary pushing releases in the post-classical and experimental worlds for Temporary Residence Ltd and City Slang Records. Additionally, he has worked in the fields of theatre, dance and classical ensemble works. In recent years Hauschka has also built a prolific career writing scores for films, coming to international prominence in this field through his soundtrack for the hit film Lion in 2016. Scored in collaboration with Dustin O’Halloran, the soundtrack was nominated for numerous awards including an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA. His other recent soundtrack work includes the films Hotel Mumbai(premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2018), Adrift (2018), In Dubious Battle (2016), Exodus (2016), Praia do Futuro(2014); and music for the new US TV mini-series Patrick Melrose (2018) starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Last fall, he was inducted as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

 

Simone Kermes: Mio caro Handel

Release Date: February 8

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Sony Classical releases celebrated German soprano Simone Kermes new album, Mio caro Handel, dedicated to Handel and featuring popular arias including “Ombra mai fu,”“Piangerò la sorte mia,” “Lascia ch’io pianga,” and more. Kermes has included a personal letter to Handel, outlining how the composer’s life and her life are intertwined and how his music accompanies her in the different stages of her life. She writes, “It was you who prepared my path in life, you who are my guardian angel and my idol. With this album I want to thank you for everything that you have done for me. Your music opened up the world of classical music to me. Your arias accompany my life and cast their glow over the great stages of this world. I fell in love with you when I was fourteen after my school of music chose me to sing your aria “Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle” at a Christmas concert in the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. I felt at once that my voice was perfectly suited to your music. And that your music is perfectly suited to my voice.”

 

 

Leonard Pennario: The Complete RCA Album Collection

Release Date: February 8

 

 

“Nobody plays the piano better than Leonard Pennario,” wrote the eminent critic Andrew Porter in London’s New Statesman in 1952, when the competition would have included none less than Horowitz in his prime. That year, Pennario began recording for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, and a decade later he moved to RCA Victor, for which label he made a series of distinguished albums. To mark the tenth anniversary of Pennario’s death, Sony Classical reissues all of the pianist’s RCA recordings together for the first time in a single box.

 

Born in 1924 in Buffalo, New York, Pennario gave his first public performance there at the age of seven, later moving with his family to Los Angeles, where his teachers included the legendary Isabella Vengerova. His breakthrough came in 1936, when he made his orchestral debut deputizing for an indisposed soloist with the Dallas Symphony. On that memorable occasion, the twelve-year-old performed the Grieg Piano Concerto, a work he had never heard, let alone played, until a few days earlier.

 

Dazzling concertos would feature prominently in Pennario’s discography, and his first RCA Victor releases in 1964 included Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the Franck Symphonic Variations with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops (High Fidelity: “immense dexterity and bravura”) and the two Liszt concertos with René Leibowitz conducting the London Symphony (Gramophone: “magisterial accounts of both works … it is a constant delight to listen to his effortless brilliance and power … vivid ‘hi-fi’ recording”). Among the acclaimed solo recital albums in this set are a collection of popular short pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Grieg, Falla, Debussy, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff which Pennario plays “with admirable care and impeccable taste” (High Fidelity) as well as both books of Debussy Préludes: “This is a most beautifully played set” (Gramophone).

 

 

Olga Peretyatko: Mozart+

Release Date: February 8

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Mozart+ is an exceptional selection of some of the most beautiful concert and opera arias by W.A. Mozart as well as discoveries of largely unknown arias from operas by Tommaso Traetta, Giovanni Paisiello and Vicente Martín y Soler, reflecting the exchange of musical ideas between Mozart and his contemporaries and moving these three composers out of Mozart's shadow. Olga Peretyatko has chosen arias from the well-known operas Die Entführung aus dem SerailLe nozze di FigaroDon Giovanni, and Clemenza di Tito by Mozart and combined these with arias from rather forgotten operas such as Antigona by Traetta, Il barbiere di Siviglia by Paisiello as well as Il burbero di buon cuore by Soler. Mozart+ is Peretyatko’s second collaboration with the Sinfonieorchester Basel and Ivor Bolton as the conductor, after the highly acclaimed recording The Secret Fauré (2018).

 

Olga Peretyatko, one of the world’s most sought-after sopranos, made her international break-through after winning Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia Competition, since then she has been a regular guest at the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls. Her uniquely compelling voice and stage presence allow Peretyatko to combine an active opera career with frequent recitals at the most legendary venues. There is hardly a major opera house that has not yet invited her to sing lead roles, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Berlin, Munich and Hamburg state operas, Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opera House, Lausanne Opera, Opera Monte Carlo, La Fenice in Venice, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real in Madrid, Opéra Bastille in Paris, Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she returned several times, most recently to perform at Lucia di Lammermoor. Olga Peretyatko was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia and started her musical career singing in the children’s choir of the Mariinsky Theatre, went on to study at the Hanns Eisler-Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and the opera studio at the Hamburg State Opera. She continues to receive major awards, including the high distinction of Premio Franco Abbiati della Critica Musicale Italiana.

 

 

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