Thursday, September 22, 2016 —
For Immediate Release - Gramophone's 2016 Label of the Year, Warner Classics and Erato will be releasing new albums this fall by some of the most renowned artists on their roster. Violinist Kyung Wha Chung has made her first-ever recording of Bach’s complete works for solo violin, and her first studio recording in some 15 years, for release on October 7. Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say will be releasing an album containing Mozart's complete piano sonatas on October 21, 2016.Pianist Alexandre Tharaud’s new upcoming album, Tharaud plays Rachmaninov, is the first time he has devoted an entire album to Russian repertoire – specifically to the music of Sergei Rachmaninov. His album will be released on October 21, 2016.
Kyung Wha Chung - Bach: Sonatas & Partitas
The Financial Times calls Kyung Wha Chung “one of the greatest violinists of the last half-century.” Now, after 15 years, Kyung Wha Chung is back with her first-ever studio recording of Bach’s complete works for solo violin. In her own words, she describes the project as “the unending quest of my musical journey”. As one of the first musicians from South Korea to achieve international stardom, Chung is currently a professor at theJulliard School and at Ewha University in South Korea. She is also the co-artistic director of the Great Mountains Music Festival. She states her approach to music as the following: “the music speaks through me, and I experience it completely. There is no short cut to musical integrity.”
Fazıl Say - Mozart Complete Piano Sonatas
The pianist and composer, Fazıl Say, launches his new contract with Warner Classics with this six-CD set of the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas, recorded in the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Say states, “This recording for me represents the most comprehensive and important work I have undertaken in my musical life as an interpreter”. “The feelings that came to the fore during these recordings are also some of the most special that I have experienced in my life”. Fazıl Say has grouped the sonatas according to their tonality rather than their chronology. Each CD is devoted to works in a particular key – A minor, C major, F major, D major, B flat major and C minor. He has also given each sonata a brief name that reflects the particular images, ideas, memories or stories that it evokes for him. This album truly showcases his originality and creativity.
Alexandre Tharaud - Tharaud Plays Rachmaninov
This new album contains the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. The French pianist is partnered by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as three Slavic musicians who share his forename: conductor Alexander Vedernikov, pianist Alexander Madžar, and pianist Alexander Melnikov. The three pianists gathered at one keyboard to record two relatively rarely-heard pieces for six hands, both in the key of A major and written nearly a decade before the Concerto No 2: a Romance and a Valse. Another guest appearance – by the young French soprano Sabine Devieilhe – completes the album. She joins Tharaud for a performance of the gorgeous wordless Vocalise.