Thursday 27 August 2015

Press release: SUMMER RELEASES A look back at the August releases and a presentation of the upcoming September releases.

Press release: Baarn, The Netherlands, 27 August 2015

AUGUST RECAP. In August PENTATONE, the classical music label that specialises in high-end surround sound recordings, presented an eclectic collection of three albums representing a rich variety of artists, composers and styles.

REMASTERED CLASSICS Hugo Wolf - Mörike Lieder

The REMASTERED CLASSICS series keeps growing steadily. August’s addition was a 1973 four-channel recording of Hugo Wolfs’ Mörike Lieder, performed by two musical giants of the 20th century, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Sviatoslav Richter. This is undoubtedly a valuable document of an epic collaboration. After 1973, this quadraphonic recording was never again released as a multi-channel album. Over four decades later PENTATONE is now releasing it as an SACD, fully remastered and in surround sound.

PENTATONE OXINGALE SERIES "Orbit" Music for solo cello (1945-2014)

'…"Orbit" is an expedition well worth booting up for.’ (WQXR)

The second August release was a new addition to the PENTATONE Oxingale Series. Orbit, the second release in the series, is a three-disc compilation of music for solo cello, all composed between 1945 and 2014 and performed by world-renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz. This impressive solo cello odyssey offers the listener a fascinating kaleidoscope of musical influences from the past sixty years, encountering a variety of composers who range in musical style from innovative Elliott Carter and Philip Glass to young, rock ‘n roll-influenced American composers and the Italian avant-garde of Luciano Berio and Salvatore Sciarrino: a true 20th‑century Tower of Babel, now available on multi-channel SA-CD as well as in digital format PCM.

 Brahms - Piano Quartet Op. 25 & Schönberg - Accompaniment to a cinematographic scene

‘…[A] superb new PENTATONE disc from Marc Albrecht and his Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.’ (formerly

In June 2014 conductor Marc Albrecht and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra recorded Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet Op. 25, orchestrated by Arnold Schönberg. When asked why he is so enthusiastic about the composition Marc Albrecht replies, “Schönberg’s contributions made it a true orchestral work: American with a Schönberg-like sound. It is a fantastic trip through an insanely good piece.” The second piece recorded was Arnold Schönberg’s Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene, the filmmusic that never received a film. Originally recorded on DSD, this album is now released on multichannel SACD and available as DSD format.

SEPTEMBER RELEASES. This September PENTATONE presents a debut album, a box set, a remastered classic and more.

Dvořák & Lalo – Cello Concertos

September’s featured release is the recording of the Dvořák and Lalo Cello Concertos by PENTATONE’s current Artist of the Season, cellist Johannes Moser. He recorded the two concertos, both staples of the romantic cello repertoire, together with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia, conducted by maestro Jakub Hrůša. This is Moser’s first album since his recent signing of an exclusive recording contract with PENTATONE. He says about the two concerti: “The unifying motif between these two Cello Concertos is a sense of yearning: From America, Dvořák yearned for his homeland and an unfulfilled love, whereas Lalo yearned for the typically Spanish flair and the Mediterranean temperament”. Being a native DSD recording, the album is available as SACD, as well as in the digital download formats WAV, FLAC and DSD. It has already received critical acclaim:‘…the superlative performance of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto by Johannes Moser. Since Karajan and Rostropovich nobody recorded this work so well. The result is sheer delight.’ (Pizzicato)

Tchaikovsky The Symphonies and Manfred

No less a feature is the release of an SACD box set containing the Complete Symphonies and the Manfred Symphony by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed by the Russian National Orchestra under the magnificent baton of its founding director Mikhail Pletnev. The project of recording and releasing these symphonies started in 2010 and PENTATONE is proud to present the complete cycle, available as an SACD box set as well as in the digital formats WAV, FLAC and DSD.

REMASTERED CLASSICS Joseph Haydn - Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major & Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major

September also ushers in another addition to PENTATONE’s REMASTERED CLASSICS series. Joseph Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major and his Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, performed by one of the leading violinists of our time, Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Ronald Leonhard, oboist Barbara Winters and bassoonist David Breidenthal, together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. A 1977 quadraphonic recording, now released as SACD, with outstanding performances of often neglected repertoire.


The next release, THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL, is an SACD containing vocal works by distinguished American composer Gordon Getty. Many of the pieces collated in this album are based on, or inspired by, poetry from the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. The Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks are conducted by Asher Fisch and Ulf Schirmer respectively. The album features magnificent soloists such as tenor Nikolai Schukoff, soprano Melody Moore and baritone Lester Lynch and is equally available as WAV, FLAC or DSD formats.

DECEMBER CELEBRATION New Carols by Seven American Composers

And last but not least, PENTATONE is already looking ahead to Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve with the release of DECEMBER CELEBRATION, New Carols by Seven American Composers: a rich and tuneful collection of newly-composed holiday classics to share with friends and family. The album is available on multichannel SACD and digital formats WAV, FLAC and DSD.


PENTATONE is a Dutch classical music label specialising in high-end, multichannel surround sound recordings. It was founded in 2001 by three former Philips Classics executives. PENTATONE’s catalogue includes performances by conductors Kent Nagano, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Sir Neville Marriner, Mikhail Pletnev, Sir Colin Davis, Vladimir Jurowski, Marek Janowski and Lawrence Foster; artists Arabella Steinbacher, Joyce DiDonato, Julia Fischer, Johannes Moser, Jake Heggie, Mari Kodama, Nareh Arghamanyan, Martin Helmchen; and orchestras such as the Russian National Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the New Dutch Academy and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


Doriet Kulek, PR Manager

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