Allegro Classical Distribution – Reviews

A dynamic presentation of music by the greatest genius of the baroque era, performed with Red Priest’s legendary blend of creativity, wit, and virtuosity! The program includes epic transcriptions of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and the great Toccata and Fugue in D minor, alongside a host of dazzling allegros, whirling dances and some of the most sublime adagios ever composed.

 

The 2nd symphony, Sibelius’ most popular, is featured in this third volume of the series. Together with orchestral gems “Tapiola” and “The Swan of Tuonela,” the conductor and orchestra show their close, deep connection to the composer as they depict beautiful scenes of nature in the Nordic countries.

 

Thirty-year-old Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski is one of the most remarkable musicians of his generation. He makes his Avie label debut with his first concerto recording, technically flawless and superbly rendered versions of Rachmaninov’s notoriously challenging Piano Concertos 2 & 3. He partners with frequent collaborator Vasily Petrenko, and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

At the end of February, the world of music celebrated the bicentenary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin—thus providing the perfect opportunity to present a suitably high-caliber new release from the Russian pianist Anna Gourari, who recently received critical acclaim for her commanding interpretation of the late Brahms pieces on CD! This recording offers the listener a kind of musical biography, for the pieces she plays were written throughout the composer’s entire life.

 

The wonderful music of German-Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari presents itself with an idiosyncratic and unpredictable nonchalance. In putting together this world premiere with the Oviedo Filarmonia, Friedrich Haider (who himself has Italian roots) entices us to join him on a journey into this remarkably captivating and all-embracing musical realm. Listeners are in for a special treat as they hear symphonic works by Wolf-Ferrari that have never been previously recorded!

 

Created to help the musicians of l’Aquila after the devastating earthquake, €2 of the sale of this CD will be donated to a special fund. This disc aims to enable the musicians of l’Aquila to restart their activity, showing that hope never dies, even when misfortune strikes.

 

Mahler did most of the work on his First Symphony in early 1888, incorporating music from earlier compositions such as his song-cycle Songs of the Wayfarer. He revised the score on several occasions; revisions such as reducing the movements from five to two (eliminating the original second “Blumine” movement, for example) have produced the work we know today.

 

A spectacular 10th anniversary collection of new commissions and world premieres! Founded in 1998, as a chamber ensemble comprised of professional solo singers, the Milwaukee Choral Artists is one of only five professional women’s vocal ensembles in the country. With its signature lush sound, MCA brings a distinctive and varied repertory of choral and vocal masterworks to concert audiences throughout the region.