New CD Release Information from Regis Records – February 2012

Please find attached (and outlined below) details of the February Releases from Regis Records (street date 27th). If you would like a review copy of any titles, please respond before 17thFebruary and they will be sent out a few days after then. The PDF attachment features the front cover visuals.

 

Sviatoslav Richter – Beethoven Piano Sonatas

RRC1384 [Bar code 5055031313846]

UK Dealer Price – £2.70

Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op. 13 Pathetique; Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 The Tempest; Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 Appassionata

Regis presents three of Beethoven’s most popular piano sonatas played by the incomparable Sviatoslav Richter, available at super budget price.

‘The Appassionata performance seems to me to be supremely satisfying; for sheer boldness of interpretation and brilliance of piano playing it makes one gasp.’ Gramophone

 

Beethoven Complete Music for Cello & Piano – Pierre Fournier & Friedrich Gulda

RRC2092 [Bar code 5055031320929]

UK Dealer Price – £5.25

Truly phenomenal performances by two formidable Beethoven interpreters at the top of their game. Fournier’s aristocratic cello playing is beautifully matched by Gulda’s improvisatory approach to the

piano line. 2CDs at super budget price.

‘The combination of French clarity and elegance and Viennese intelligence and humanity in these artists results in interpretations which avoid all self-conscious earnestness and hieratic pose (the bane of all

Beethoven performance) but achieve maturity, freshness and subtlety. Rarely have two artists formed a more sensitive team.’ Gramophone

 

Shostakovich Cello Concerto & Violin Concerto

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) Philadelphia Orchestra Eugene Ormandy (conductor); David Oistrakh (violin) Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra Evgeny Mravinsky (conductor)

RRC1385 [Bar code 5055031313853]

UK Dealer Price – £2.70

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107/Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99

David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich perform concertos by Shostakovich with distinguished accompaniment given by the Leningrad Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras respectively. Both performances are benchmark recordings against which all newcomers are judged. Available at super budget price.

‘It would be impossible to over-praise Rostropovich’s performance of the solo part, which combines phenomenal technique with the complete musical understanding one expects of a soloist who has had the advantage of working with the composer. What is more, Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra accompany him magnificently.’ Gramophone of Cello Concerto

 

Mozart Piano Concertos – Alfred Brendel and Walter Klein (pianos)Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Paul Angerer (conductor)

RRC1388 [Bar code 5055031313884]

UK Dealer Price – £2.70

Piano Concerto No. 17 K453; Piano Concerto No. 10 in E flat major for Two Pianos K365; Sonata in D major for two pianos, K.448

Brendel’s Mozart credentials are very much in evidence in these performances. The 17th concerto was highly acclaimed when it first appeared on the Vox label in the 1960s and it is arguable that his collaboration with Walter Klein in recording the concerto and sonata for two pianos has never been surpassed.

‘What is at once astonishing and delightful about these performances is that the constant technical problem of ensemble between the two pianos is never allowed to take precedence over the business of music-making. Some of the rival versions of the concerto may in fact keep even more impeccably together, but none presents us with such consistently beautiful—and meaningful— phrasing.’ Gramophone of Concerto for Two Pianos

 

Joan Sutherland – A Portrait

RRC3013 [Bar code 5055031330133]

UK Dealer Price – £5.25             3 CDs for the price of 2

CD1: Sutherland Sings Handel: CD2: Sutherland sings Verdi and Bellini: CD3: The Art of the Prima Donna

Regis presents a tribute to the incomparable soprano Joan Sutherland. Her artistry is showcased in three CDs of varied repertoire. The first displays her Handelian credentials, the second features the arias of

Verdi and Bellini which established her reputation and the third presents the principal tracks from her incredibly successful solo albums, The Art of the Prima Donna Vols.1 & 2.

‘In her own time there was a tendency to take Sutherland for granted, so consistent were her high standards of technique, musicianship and, yes, acting. Her total command of the stage was always formidable.’ Gramophone

 

Gershwin Orchestral Works

RRC1386

[Bar code 5055031313860]

UK Dealer Price – £2.70

Rhapsody in Blue/Piano Concerto in F Eugene List (piano)/Eastman Rochester Symphony Orchestra/Howard Hanson (conductor)

An American in Paris Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati (conductor)

Idiomatic performances of three of Gershwin’s most popular orchestral works presented at super budget price.

‘Eugene List hammers out the piano part with tremendous skill and conviction, at times handling its bravura moments with very great brilliance indeed.’ Gramophone of Concerto

 

Shostakovich Symphony No.11

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra/Yevgeny Mravinsky (conductor)

RRC1387 [Bar code 5055031313877]

UK Dealer Price – £2.70

Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 ‘The Year 1905’

The sheer insight Mravinsky brings to Shostakovich’s music is ever present in this recording of the composer’s flag waving symphony. Available at super budget price.

*New CD Release Information from Regis Records - February 2012 (862.0 KiB)

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