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Andrew Manze, RLPO
Vaughan Williams Symphonies Volume 2. Nos 3 'A Pas
ONYX4161

Andrew Manze and the RLPO's Vaughan Williams cycle got off to a flying start with stunning reviews all round and a UK classical chart position. The latest release pairs the 3rd, composed shortly after the horrors of the 1st World War, and a deeply personal statement (RVW served as an ambulance driver for the Royal Army Medical Corps on the western front) , and the 4th - a violent, angry work that in many ways is a release of the rage under the surface of the preceding symphony. Released on 31 March 2017


Vasily Petrenko, RLPO
Tchaikovsky Symphonies Vol.2 Nos 3,4 & 6
ONYX4162

After the huge success of their first volume (Nos 1,2 &5) Petrenko and the RLPO complete their cycle with white hot performances of the 4th and 6th, and the little performed 3rd. This is Tchaikovsky playing of the highest order! Released 20 January 2017


James Ehnes, Mozart Anniversary Orchestra
MOZART Violin Concertos 1-5
ONYX4164

Long unavailable, the recordings made over ten years ago by James and a hand picked orchestra of friends sound as fresh today as the day they were made. James's own cadenzas based on research into Mozart's other concertos of the 1770s are fascinating. This is a truly wonderful set of the five concertos and the shorter movements for violin and orchestra. Released on 20 Janaury.


Vasily Petrenko, RLPO
Elgar Symphony No.2
ONYX4165

‘What’s the matter with them Billy? They sit there like a lot of stuffed pigs! Elgar commented to his friend W.H Reid, the leader of the Queen’s Hall Orchestra after the chilly reception given to the 2nd Symphony at its premiere in 1911. More emotionally complex and ambiguous than the first symphony, the 2nd seems to sense the apocalyptic events that would be unleashed just three years on. ‘be like a woman dropping a flower on a man’s grave’ wrote the composer of the ‘Spirit of Delight theme in the coda of the second movement. 'He gets Elgar' was the BBC Radio 3 Record Review programmes Released on 24 February 2017


James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong
Beethoven Violin Sonatas 6&9 'Kreutzer'
ONYX4170

James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong turn to Beethoven for their new recital album. Beethoven's mighty 9th Sonata the 'Kreutzer' is in effect a concerto for violin and piano - a tour de force for both musicians. It is coupled with slender sister work, also in A major, the 6th sonata whose original finale Beethoven removed for use in the 'Kreutzer'. It is a serene, subtle and beautiful work work and somewhat underestimated. A work of great intimacy that is an ideal foil to the turbulence of the 'Kreutzer'


Shai Wosner
IMPROMPTU
ONYX4172

After his wonderfully quirky and highly praised Haydn & Ligeti album, Shai Wosner returns to solo piano repertoire for his next project. As always with this artist, there is something very different on offer - Impromptus by Chopin, Dvorak, Liszt, Gershwin, and Schubert rub shoulders with Beethoven's Fantasy op77 - the nearest thing we have to a Beethoven 'improvisation'. The composer did indeed improvise this work at a private house performance, then went home and wrote it down from memory! Ives's Improvisations 1&3 round off an eclectic programme. released on 31 march 2017


Leonard Elschenbroich, Petr Limonov
Schnittke
ONYX4180

One of the most exciting cellists of his generation, Leonard Elschenbroich has long admired the music of Alfred Schnitke and his third album on ONYX is dedicated to this Russian master. Elschenbroich's own musical tribute to Schnittke is coupled with the Sonata No.1, Suite in an Olden Style, Memorium Oleg Kagan and Musica Nostalgia. To released in November.