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Friday was the day of new releases on Primephonic, and so it seems with Idagio, and Apple Music, and perhaps the other streaming services too?

Which new recording has caught your attention this week?


   
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Among this week’s releases is a new recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations played by Hannes Minnaar.

https://app.idagio.com/albums/goldberg-variations-35CC0B72-BEA6-4569-B4B0-C18A7FF884AB

Is there room for another recording of the Goldbergs?  Is there *always* room for another recording??

To my ears this performance is a delight: there’s nothing showy, it’s a nuanced, pure, performance that gets right to the heart of the Goldbergs.

And there’s a surprise at the tail!

(It transpires that Minnaar asked Daan Maneke to compose a prelude to the variations, a miniature homage to Bach, for Minnaar to include in his Goldberg recital series.  And here it is: Gendanken zu Bach (2020), although here performed as a delightful postlude.)


   
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There is always room for another recording of the Goldbergs! I think one of the wonders of music, not just classical music, is how it can be constantly reinterpreted and transformed. What a malleable artform!

How about this lovely thing from Idagio's pre-release list:

https://app.idagio.com/albums/aria-from-goldberg-variations-bwv-988?utm_source=pcl

There's a public domain performance of the Goldbergs played Kimiko Ishizaka from the Open Goldberg Project. You can download it for free (or a voluntary contribution) from https://www.opengoldbergvariations.org/. There's also a public domain version of the score at https://musescore.com/opengoldberg/goldberg-variations


   
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There is always room for another recording of the Goldbergs! I think one of the wonders of music, not just classical music, is how it can be constantly reinterpreted and transformed. What a malleable artform!

I couldn’t agree more!

And yes, that re-imagining of the Aria for cello and piano really is lovely, almost unbearably so - I can hardly wait for the full release…

 


   
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Alongside superb concert performances of Gesualdo’s Fifth book of madrigals (I ‘attended’ the live stream from Musikfest Berlin a few weeks ago) Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent have just released this album: 

https://app.idagio.com/recordings/41005541

Does any other composer write harmony as distinctive, and haunting, as Gesualdo?


   
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Hi @cfitzsimmons and great to see you on these forums!

I’ve been listening to this new release that you recommended on your facebook pages:

https://app.idagio.com/albums/melancolia

It’s a little earlier than the music I generally listen too, but you are right, it is exquisite!  I hope you don’t mind me sharing it here too.

This is such a rich week for new releases!

 

 


   
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@jen so glad you like it!


   
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After suggesting  Chiaroscuro’s performance of Beethoven’s Op. 95 (on the String Quartets thread), I’m delighted to see them with a new release:

Beethoven: String Quartets, Op. 18 Nos. 1-3 | Stream on IDAGIO

These are Beethoven’s earliest string quartets, composed when he was almost 30. I’m looking forward to listening to the over this weekend!


   
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And still very much under the influence of his teacher Haydn. We get a glimpse of Beethoven "con fuoco" with the Op. 18 #4 quartet in cmin.


   
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@odalisque Yes, indeed, Beethoven was still honing his craft. Chiaroscuro’s sleeve notes say he wrote, and rewrote those 3 quartets over a period of two years before he was happy with them…

I love that C minor quartet, btw - perhaps Chiaroscuro will record the second three of Op.18 at some stage?


   
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I’m delighted to see them with a new release:

Beethoven: String Quartets, Op. 18 Nos. 1-3 | Stream on IDAGIO

I noticed that in the new releases section and thought to myself: @Jen must be so delighted at the moment 🤗


   
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I'm in love with this new release:

https://app.idagio.com/albums/b62b2f53-6bf2-4f69-8425-b02b0aef1677

Harriet Krijgh is one of my favourite cellists, her interpretations and arrangements are always a delight to listen to.

And the cello might easily be my most favourite instrument!

 


   
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All this great music being recommended and so little time to listen to it! I’m on holidays for 2 weeks and I thought I’d have more listening time, but it turns out the reverse is true. So I guess it’s time to create a new New Music Fridays playlist. If not before, I can listen to it on the plane trip home.

Thanks for these recommendations!


   
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@dinah You have excellent taste in instruments! 🎻🎻🎻🎻


   
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I love the cello and piano version of the Goldberg aria played by Pablo Ferrández and Julien Quentin (recommended by @Capriccio) and look forward to hearing the whole album.
 
Meanwhile, I've been amused by Apple Music's artistry in creating for me a mini playlist (within the alphabetical list of Songs in my Library) by following it immediately with Schubert's Auf dem Strom sung by Julien Prégardien with guitar and viola da gamba accompaniment and then Auf dem Wasser zu singen by the wonderful folksy Erlkings with guitar, cello, tuba and drumkit. (Although I added the Prégardien and Erlkings to my Library as Albums, Apple show every track in every album in a very long list of Songs.)
 
Here is a playlist with these 3 tracks in the order in which Apple played them:
 
Incidentally neither the Julien Prégardien "Schubertiade" album nor any of the Erlkings' albums were in the Primephonic catalogue. So the move to Apple has one advantage.

   
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