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EMI Classics & Virgin Classics June releases

A new recording of Handel’s Ariodante, surely one of the composer’s most beautiful operas, highlights an exciting month of new releases from Virgin Classics for June 2011.  The new recording features star mezzo Joyce DiDonato in the title role, with noted Handel specialist Alan Curtis leading Il Complesso Barocco.  Other new releases from Virgin Classics this month include a DVD capturing David Fray on stage and behind the scenes, as he performs and records two piano concertos by Mozart; pianist Nicholas Angelich in Bach’s Goldberg Variations; and the final installment of the Artemis Quartet’s complete Beethoven string quartet cycle.  June sees EMI Classics offering some important reissues, including Klaus Tennstedt’s complete Mahler recordings and a three-set tribute to living legend Martha Argerich on the occasion of her 70th birthday.  The label also releases a new all-Beethoven album from another great Argentinian pianist, Ingrid Fliter, who traverses the “Appassionata,” “Pathétique,” and “Tempest” sonatas.
Handel: Ariodante
Joyce DiDonato, Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Sabina Puértolas, Topi Lehtipuu
Il Complesso Barocco / Alan Curtis
Three-CD set and downloads available June 7 from Virgin Classics
In this new complete recording of Ariodante, Alan Curtis, a supreme Handelian conductor and scholar, joins forces with glorious mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato, who, with her Virgin Classics album of Handel arias, Furore, “scored a triumph…, which not only shows her phenomenal technical talent, but verily crackles with dramatic fire” (BBC).
In Ariodante, DiDonato takes the title role of a young prince – remaining in male mode throughout after her recent gender-swapping antics on the best-selling operatic recital CD, Diva, Divo.  The role was written for the star castrato Carestini and includes two contrasting showpieces: “Dopo notte” and “Scherza, infida,” both of which are among the most famous of all Handel’s opera arias.
When DiDonato sang Ariodante in Geneva in 2007, the Financial Times wrote: “How confidently she brings off trouser roles and what spine-tingling effect she puts into a bravura piece such as ‘Dopo notte’”; likewise the Neue Zürcher Zeitung felt “her bright, homogeneous mezzo soprano [was] wonderfully suited to the passionate lover who, just before his wedding, believes he has been deceived by his betrothed.”  The supposedly unfaithful Princess Ginevra is sung here by sensuous-toned Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin, who was praised for her Handel by Opera News, which admired her “tonal substance, even at pianissimo” and “real bel canto technique, all in one voice from top to bottom”; as the review continued, “the whole aria [was] carefully shaped without breaking the Baroque boundaries.”  Joining DiDonato and Gauvin in the cast are another Canadian, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Spanish soprano Sabina Puértolas, and Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu.
The Financial Times gave the new recording high marks, with special kudos for the conductor: “The key lies in the inspiring musical direction of Curtis, an American whose unforgettable staged performances of his opera I count myself lucky to have witnessed nearly 30 years ago. … From Il Complesso Barocco, his hand-picked band, he draws playing of infinite flexibility and unforced style.”
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “Grande sonate pathétique”; Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 “The Tempest”; Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
Ingrid Fliter, piano
CD and downloads available June 7 from EMI Classics
“Music should strike fire from the heart of man.” – Ludwig van Beethoven
Three of the most passionate and powerful of Beethoven’s sonatas with titles to match – “Appassionata,” “Pathétique,” and “The Tempest” – are presented together on one recording by exclusive EMI Classics recording artist Ingrid Fliter.  Of the sonatas, Fliter says they “create a vivid image of Beethoven’s strong instinct for survival.”
Though this is familiar repertoire, there are few recent recordings of the sonatas available, and fewer still by female pianists.  Fliter is associated in many people’s minds with the music of Chopin.  She was the Silver Medal winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2000, since which time she has performed his music extensively and made two critically esteemed Chopin recordings for EMI Classics.
Comparing the music of Chopin to that of Beethoven, she said, “Playing Beethoven requires a totally different approach than playing Chopin.  Chopin is more about him.  You are the interpreter, you create the sound and people receive the beauty from you.  But Beethoven is all about him wishing to communicate with the world.  He wanted to catch the sky, catch nature and be part of it.  He was all about giving.  And this is something I want to create when I play.  It’s not about me.  It is about the music.  It is about Beethoven.”
David Fray Records Mozart
A Film by Bruno Monsaingeon Featuring Performances of Piano Concertos Nos. 22 and 25
David Fray, piano
DVD available June 7 from Virgin Classics
Virgin Classics goes behind the scenes with David Fray, “Instrumentalist of the Year” in France’s Victoires de la Musique 2010.  This exciting four-part DVD not only features full performances of the two great piano concertos by Mozart (Nos. 22 and 25), but also showcases the recording process, complete with the working sessions in Abbey Road.  The DVD also includes intimate interviews with both David Fray and conductor Jaap van Zweden.  Director Bruno Monsaingeon beautifully portrays the synergy of a soloist and his conductor and unveils the solemnity of a musician approaching two of the most brilliant masterworks of all time.
The Los Angeles Times praised the CD release of the repertoire and performers featured on the new DVD: “A hit at his Hollywood Bowl debut last summer, this stylish, cheeky, inventive young French pianist here confirms the emergence of a major new talent.  Uncontainable Mozart is fully and finely animated.  Jaap van Zweden conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in the same tantalizing spirit.”
Beethoven: String Quartets, Op. 18, Nos. 5 & 3; Op. 135, No. 9
Artemis Quartet
CD and downloads available June 7 from Virgin Classics
With this release of two early quartets and his last completed quartet, the Artemis Quartet rounds off Beethoven’s complete string quartet cycle for Virgin Classics.  “His music speaks to every era,” the quartet’s members explain.  “It is a perfect dialogue between tradition and modernity, and between intellectual refinement and raw emotion.”
Beethoven’s extraordinary musical evolution is traced in the cycle, which remains the touchstone of the quartet repertoire.  The Artemis’s passionate engagement with the composer’s music was summarized by Die Zeit:
“An ensemble that, when compared to groups on a similar level of perfection, seems to approach the repertoire from another horizon.  Many quartets convey an air in their playing of rarefied workmanship and detached refinement from the world.  They explore the music within the notes.  The members of the Artemis come as people who live life, and life is what they seek in Beethoven too.”
The Artemis’s complete Beethoven Quartet cycle will be released as a boxed set in fall 2011.
Bach: Goldberg Variations
Nicholas Angelich, piano
CD and downloads available June 7 from Virgin Classics
“Bach has always been a great passion of mine,” says Nicholas Angelich, probably best known as an interpreter of the German Romantics, and described by Gramophone as “a formidable player…whose performances…are of a wholly exceptional drama, sweep, and impeccable craftsmanship.”  Now Angelich has recorded one of the landmarks of the Baroque keyboard repertoire, Bach’s magnificent Goldberg Variations, adding to a Virgin Classics discography that currently reflects the Guardian’s description of the pianist as “a master Brahmsian.”
In a complex and monumental work like the Goldberg Variations – comprising an aria and 30 variations, lasting well over an hour – a satisfactory balance between overall architecture and structural detail is a vital factor.  Angelich observes:
“It is very important to take the score and ask yourself good questions about it… .  The more you look into it over the course of time, the more new fresh details you will see.  It is a great thing, to see the whole, the global structure, and the inside, with its often quite minor details.  This enables you to grasp, to reconcile the connection between the big picture, the overall framework, and the inner detailing of the piece.  If you are doing something in your interpretation – in a certain line – that might perhaps sound beautiful in a way, but which has no connection to the whole, then something is plainly not right.  We always try to find out what sounds right and what is right.  Is this a kind of intellectual exercise?  Maybe, but I would say that it is also a matter of instinct, with the score as the leading voice for the interpretation.”
Special compilations, boxed sets, and reissues
Martha Argerich Edition
Chamber Music
Solos and Duos
Three deluxe boxed sets available June 7 from EMI Classics
EMI Classics celebrates the 70th birthday of Martha Argerich, one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century and one of the most beloved artists of our time, with three beautifully packaged boxed sets that bring together her work in chamber music, concertos, and in solo and duo repertoire.
Martha Argerich Edition: Chamber Music (eight CDs)
Perhaps the world’s most charismatic pianist, Martha Argerich is also a generous and convivial colleague – a virtuoso who eschews solo recitals in favor of chamber music.  Indeed, with the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano, she has become the linchpin of a festival devoted to ensemble performance.  This eight-CD set sees Argerich collaborating with an array of colleagues that includes Itzhak Perlman, Maxim Vengerov, Renaud Capucon, Mischa Maisky, Gautier Capucon, and Michael Collins.
Martha Argerich Edition: Concertos (four CDs)
“It was nearly impossible not to be swept along with the tide,” wrote Musical America of Martha Argerich, ‘[She] tore into the score with a recklessness – and accuracy – that had to be heard to be believed… .  It is clear that she is operating on a loftily instinctive level of musicianship where spontaneity rather than calculation is the order of the day.”  On these four CDs, Argerich illuminates a characteristically eclectic collection of works for piano and orchestra.
Martha Argerich Edition: Solos and Duos (six CDs)
“Argerich brings to bear qualities that are seldom contained in one person,” wrote Alex Ross in the New Yorker.  “She is a pianist of brainteasing technical agility; she is a charismatic woman with an enigmatic reputation; she is an unaffected interpreter whose native language is music.”  Here, Argerich inhabits solo works by Chopin and Schumann and, in a kaleidoscope of duo repertoire, collaborates with fellow pianists such as Anderszewski, Bronfman, Freire, Kovacevich, Montero, Rabinovitch, and Zilberstein.
Klaus Tennstedt: The Great EMI Recordings
Klaus Tennstedt, conductor
14-CD set available June 7 from EMI Classics
EMI Classics celebrates the illustrious career of Klaus Tennstedt (1926-98) with this beautiful 14-CD boxed set featuring his greatest EMI recordings.  Tennstedt was a German conductor from Merseburg who studied violin and piano at the Leipzig Conservatory.  He became concertmaster of the orchestra at the Halle Municipal Theatre in 1948.  However, a finger injury put paid to his career as a violinist, and afterwards he worked as a coach to singers at the same theater.  Tennstedt then directed his talents toward conducting.  In 1958, he became music director of the Dresden Opera, and in 1962, music director of the Schwerin State Orchestra and Theatre.
Tennstedt emigrated from East Germany in 1971 and obtained asylum in Sweden.  He conducted in Gothenburg with the Göteborg City Theatre and in Stockholm with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.  In 1972, he became General Music Director of the Kiel Opera in Northern Germany.  From 1979 to 1982, he served as Chief Conductor of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg.
In 1974, Tennstedt made his North American debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  His first US appearance was shortly after that, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in December 1974, conducting Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 (found on CD 6).  In his book The Maestro Myth, Norman Lebrecht describes how when the Boston management asked Tennstedt what he wanted to direct, the conductor replied: “You mean I get to choose?”
In addition to becoming the Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, he also guest-conducted with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic.  On the advice of his physicians, Tennstedt retired from conducting altogether in October 1994.

CD 1: Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Creatures of Prometheus (overture); Coriolan (overture)

CD 2: Beethoven: Symphony No. 6; Symphony No. 8; Fidelio (overture)

CD 3: Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Ein deutsches Requiem (part 1)

CD 4: Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (part 2)

CD 5: Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat

CD 6: Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor

CD 7: Mahler: Symphony No. 1

CD 8: Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4

CD 9: Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Don Juan; Tod und Verklärung

CD 10: Wagner: Music from “Ring” cycle

CD 11: Wagner: Tannhäuser, Rienzi, Lohengrin, and Meistersinger overtures

CD 12: Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 9

CD 13: Mussorgsky; Kodály; Prokofiev

CD 14: Beethoven; Schumann; Dvorák

The Complete Mahler Recordings
Klaus Tennstedt conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra
16-CD boxed set available June 7 from EMI Classics
In this beautifully packaged 16-CD set, EMI Classics is proud to release conductor Klaus Tennstedt’s complete Mahler recordings.  Tennstedt was renowned as a Mahler interpreter.  While his discography includes recordings of Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, Wagner, Prokofiev, and Kodály, the centerpiece of his recorded legacy is the Mahler cycle he recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tennstedt’s affinity for Mahler, however, was something he did not develop until his career was well established, partly because Mahler’s music was banned by the Nazis during the conductor’s student years.  “I came late to Mahler,” he told Roy Hemming in an interview for Keynotes magazine in 1985.  “And I think maybe that is better.  Except for Mahler’s First Symphony, I think you need experience in life before you can be a good interpreter of Mahler.  All the things he composed in his works – love, hate, fear, joy, cynicism, all this – you cannot fully understand when you are young.”
Tennstedt set about Mahler with a unique and dangerous intensity.  Heeding neither caution nor fashion, he embodied the composer’s expressed preference for exaggeration.  Every rehearsal became a life-and-death struggle; each concert required a health warning, the musicians fearing for his safety and their own.  His Mahler recordings contain the most terrifying of Sixths – a symphony in which Tennstedt heard pre-echoes of Nazi horrors – and the most lyrical of Sevenths.  His account of the Eighth Symphony, which won a Gramophone Award in 1987, is unaffectedly majestic.
American Artistry series
Five new releases
CDs and downloads available June 21 from EMI Classics
The second installment in EMI Classics’ American Artistry series features some of the finest recordings from five exceptional American artists: Awadagin Pratt, David Daniels, Samuel Ramey, Stephanie Blythe, and Thomas Hampson.
Awadagin Pratt
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas
Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt stands out for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras.  Early in his career, Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition, becoming the first African-American classical instrumentalist to win first prize in this international competition.  In Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, his second release for EMI Classics, Pratt tackles Beethoven’s late piano sonatas with a robust freshness and unaffected musicality.  The result is intimate, playful, and charming.
David Daniels
A Quiet Thing
One of David Daniels’s great passions is exploring repertoire not typically associated with the countertenor voice.  Another is singing with guitar.  The result is a delightful program of songs that Daniels performs regularly in recital, ranging from gems by Dowland and Purcell to American classics like “Beautiful Dreamer” and the title song, John Kander’s “A Quiet Thing.”  Leading Australian guitarist Craig Ogden, who made the arrangements, accompanies the countertenor in a collection designed to be “very intimate, and full of beautiful words and melodies.”
Samuel Ramey
Opera Arias
More than 35 years into an extraordinary career, Samuel Ramey continues to reign as the foremost interpreter of bass and bass-baritone operatic and concert repertoire.  With astounding versatility he commands an impressive breadth of repertoire encompassing virtually every musical style.  On this album, Ramey sings arias from Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini, Berlioz, and more, with the support of the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra lead by Jacques Delacote.  He displays his virtuosity of style and technique, demonstrating just why he holds the distinction of being the most recorded bass in history.
Stephanie Blythe
Brahms: Alto Rhapsody; Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder; Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
The American mezzo Stephanie Blythe sings three works of high Romanticism, all depicting, in different ways, a sense of loneliness, abandonment, and spiritual crisis.  Brahms’s autobiographical Alto Rhapsody for alto, male chorus, and orchestra has long been one of the core works of the alto/mezzo repertoire; Wagner’s intimate Wesendonck-Lieder are performed here in Henze’s version for chamber ensemble, while the heart-wrenching “Abschied” (Farewell) from Das Lied von der Erde is heard in the delicate arrangement by Mahler’s disciple Schoenberg.
Thomas Hampson
Leading Man: The Best of Broadway
Thomas Hampson is recognized as one of America’s leading baritones, and as an especially passionate and widely celebrated advocate for song, American song in particular.  He has performed in all of the world’s most important concert halls and opera houses with many of today’s most renowned singers, pianists, conductors, and orchestras.  While he is best known for his operatic repertoire, including titles roles in such operas as Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Leading Man showcases Hampson’s range and incomparable gift as a musical story-teller when he performs a set of Broadway standards.
Phenomenal Vengerov
Maxim Vengerov, violin
Specially-priced three-CD set and downloads available June 21 from EMI Classics
Maxim Vengerov is recognized as one of the world’s most exciting violinists.  He gave his first recital at the age of five and, after studying with Galina Tourchaninova and Professor Zakhar Bron, he went on to win the First Prize in the Junior Wieniawski International Violin Competition when he was ten years old.  In 1990, aged 15, he won the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition, confirming his reputation as a musician of the very highest order.
In May 2000, Vengerov signed an exclusive contract with EMI Classics.  His awards and prizes have included Gramophone “Artist of the Year” in 2002 and, two years later, winning an Edison Award and the Grammy Award for “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra)” for the Britten and Walton Violin Concertos.
This three-CD set celebrates Vengerov’s incomparable career.  CD 1 features Beethoven’s Concerto and two Romances, as well as two beloved Kreisler encores, Liebesleid and Liebesfreud.  The second disc contains the most famous of French violin concertos: Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, a piece of bravura, with the third violin concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns, and Ravel’s Tzigane.  Last but not least, the third CD celebrates best-loved and most virtuosic violin works: the “Meditation” from Thaïs, Ave Maria, Hungarian Dances, Vocalise, and more.  The new set offers an incredible value: three CDs for the price of one mid-priced disc – a remarkable and eminently affordable portrait of this singularly talented artist.
Musique à la Chapelle Royale de Versailles
Various artists
Five-CD set available June 21 from Virgin Classics
Virgin Classics is pleased to present a newly repackaged release of the celebrated 2005 boxed set Musique à la Chapelle Royale de Versailles.  Featuring an all-star lineup of some of the best Baroque ensembles and soloists from Virgin Classics, the collection offers a fascinating panorama of French Music at Chapelle royale de Versailles at the time of Louis XIV.
The Chapelle royale is one of the oldest of the French royal musical institutions, its history going back to the Middle Ages, but although it was originally set up by Francis I, it was in the reign of Louis XIV, at Versailles, that it really rose to heights of splendor.  According to a folio of the Mercure galant from 1682: “This monarch’s lasting intention was to make the chapel at Versailles the most magnificent place in this sumptuous, brilliant palace.”  The Chapelle was under the direction of a master of music, a high ecclesiastical dignitary.  Its musicians served religious offices, and to the under-masters (sous-maitres) fell the honor of conducting the services, each serving in turn for one quarter or term.
CD 1
Henry du Mont (1610-84): Motets pour la Chapelle de Louis XIV
CD 2
André Campra (1660-1744): Requiem; Miserere
CD 3
François Couperin (1668-1733): Motets
   Quatre versets d’un motet composé de l’ordre du Roy (1703)
   Verset du motet de l’année dernière
   Sept versets d’un motet composé de l’ordre du Roy (1704)
   Motet à Sainte Suzanne
   Sept versets d’un motet composé de l’ordre du Roy (1705)
   Laudate pueri Dominum
CD 4
Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749): Chants et Motets pour la Royale Maison de Saint-Louis
   Motets pour le calendrier de l’Eglise
CD 5
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-64): Grands Motets
   Deus noster refugium
   Quam dilecta
   In convertendo
EMI Classics – The Home of Opera series
Ten new titles
CDs and downloads available June 21 from EMI Classics
With an unrivalled catalogue of over 450 complete opera recordings produced over the last 60 years – and an illustrious succession of artists that today includes such names as Angela Gheorghiu, Natalie Dessay, Joyce DiDonato, Roberto Alagna, Antonio Pappano, and Riccardo Muti – EMI Classics, with its sister label Virgin Classics, can rightly claim to be the “Home of Opera.”
EMI Classics features ten timeless operas in the latest installment of its exclusive highlights edition, featuring the best and most memorable moments from some of the most beloved operas in the repertory.  Each CD contains the synopsis and libretto with translations.  A list of the new titles and featured artists follows.
Riccardo Muti; Montserrat Caballé; Plácido Domingo; Fiorenza Cossotto; Piero Cappuccilli; Nicolai Ghiaurov
James Levine; Beverly Sills; Sherrill Milnes; Nicolai Gedda; Renato Capecchi; Fedora Barbieri; Ruggero Raimondi
Antonio Pappano; Roberto Alagna; Leontina Vaduva; Thomas Hampson; Simon Keenlyside; Samuel Ramey; Ruth Ann Swenson
Sir John Barbirolli; Carlo Bergonzi; Renata Scotto; Anna di Stasio; Rolando Panerai; Paola Montarsolo
Michel Plasson; Angela Gheorghiu; Roberto Alagna; Inva Mula; Thomas Hampson
Georges Pretre; Plácido Domingo; Mirella Freni; Nicolai Ghiaurov
Herbert von Karajan; Helga Dernesch; Jon Vickers; Zoltan Kélémen; Karl Ridderbusch
Riccardo Muti; Matteo Manuguerra; Renata Scotto; Elena Obraztsova; Veriano Luchetti; Nicolai Ghiaurov
Antonio Pappano; Plácido Domingo; Nina Stemme; Mihoko Fujimura; Olaf Bär; René Pape; Ian Bostridge; Jared Holt; Matthew Rose; Rolando Villazón
Bernard Haitink; Lucia Popp; Edita Gruberova; Roland Bracht; Siegfried Jerusalem; Aage Haugland; Peter Hofmann; Norman Bailey
Summer in the Park
Various artists
CD and downloads available June 21 from EMI Classics
The fourth installment in EMI Classics’ bestselling In the Park compilation series, Summer in the Park celebrates the sounds of hot summer days and cool summer nights.  Opening with the “Sunrise” from Ferde Grofé’s jazz-inflected Grand Canyon Suite, the collection offers timeless classics from Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Chopin alongside Russian ballet music from Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, French masterpieces by Bizet, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns, English gems from Elgar and Delius, and more, before closing with the serenity of Arvo Pärt’s extraordinary Spiegel im Spiegel.  With contributions from such renowned artists as Sir Simon Rattle, André Previn, Ingrid Fliter, and Sabine Meyer, Summer in the Park provides the perfect backdrop to the sunny season.
Track listing:
1.   Grofé: “Sunrise” from Grand Canyon Suite
      Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra / Felix Slatkin
2:   Offenbach: Barcarolle from Les contes d’Hoffman
      Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart / Neville Marriner
3.   Handel: Bourrée from Water Music, Suite No. 1 in F (HWV 348)
      Linde Consort / Hans-Martin Linde
4.   Debussy, orch. H. Büsser: “En bateau” from Petite Suite
      Northern Sinfonia / Jean-Bernard Pommier
5.   Chopin: Waltz No. 6 in D-flat “Minute,” Op. 64, No. 1
      Ingrid Fliter
6.   Tchaikovsky: “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker
      London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn
7.   Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel): “Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks” from Pictures at an Exhibition
      Berlin Philharmonic / Sir Simon Rattle
8.   Saint-Saëns (arr. Chris Hazell): The Swan
      Han-Na Chang / Aline Brewer
9.   Bizet: March from Petite Suite d’Orchestre, Op. 22 (Jeux d’enfants)
      Orchestre de Paris / Paavo Järvi
10. Elgar: Salut d’Amour
      Northern Sinfonia of England / Richard Hickox
11. Mozart: Allegro from Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A, K.581
      Sabine Meyer / Wiener Streichsextett
12. Bach: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068
      English Chamber Orchestra / Philip Ledger
13. Delius (arr. Beecham): “Summer Evening” from Three Small Tone Poems
      Northern Sinfonia of England / Richard Hickox
14. Stravinsky: “Disappearance of the Palace” from The Firebird
      City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle
15: Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
      Tasmin Little / Martin Roscoe
EMI Classics and Virgin Classics artists on tour
June 2–5
Gautier and Renaud Capucon: Brahms’s Double Concerto
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Dudamel (Los Angeles, CA)
June 4
Gabriela Montero: recital
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (Amelia Island, FL)
June 10
Gabriela Montero: Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto
Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Dallas, TX)
June 12–19
Philippe Jaroussky: Agostino Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe (King Anfione)
Boston Early Music Festival (Boston, MA)
June 24–25
Philippe Jaroussky: Agostino Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe (King Anfione)
(Great Barrington, MA )
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