Five new Studio Master downloads

15 January 2010

Channel Classics have added five new Studio Master downloads to their already impressive catalogue.

Conductor Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra give an outstanding performance of Brahm's monumental work on 'Brahms Symphony No. 1 / Haydn Variations'.  This recording was awarded 10 for both Artistic Quality and Sound Quality from  The Times praised the Orchestra's "outstanding performance", whilst The Guardian stated that the recording "leaves you feeling enriched and exalted".

On 'Haydn, Mozart Concerti' renowned violinist Rachel Podger performs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a programme that features Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante KV 364 and Haydn's Violin concertos in G major and C major.  Audiophile Audition commented that "the high resolution recording is unsurprisingly, superbly musical".

Dejan Lazic performs Rachmaninov's second piano concerto in a recording which was named Orchestral Disc of the Month by Classic FM Magazine, and won the Echo Klassik Award in 2009.  'Rachmaninov Piano concerto No. 2"is a tremendous moment of release in Lazic's hands, there is much to admire in this performance - the undulating majesty of the six and final piece is most impressive" (International Record Review).

Pieter Wispelwey treats us to a virtuosic live recording with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra on 'Prokofiev, Tcherepnin, Crumb'.  Wispelway, one of the world's leading cellists, was widely praised for his recording of Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante, Tcherepnin's Suite for cello solo and Crumb's Sonata for cello solo.  Audiophile Audition commented: "if you want a particularly virtuosic performance in fantastic sound, this Channel Classics release won't let you down".

'Love and Madness' is a beautiful selection of Handel arias performed by the Dutch soprano Johannette Zomer and Bart Schneemann, principal oboist of the celebrated Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.  The duo are accompanied by Musica Amphion.

Budapest Festival OrchestraBudapest Festival Orchestra
Dejan LazicDejan Lazic
Johaneette Zomer and Bart SchneemanJohaneette Zomer and Bart Schneeman
Pieter WispelweyPieter Wispelwey
Rachel PodgerRachel Podger
Brahms Symphony No. 1 / Haydn VariationsBrahms Symphony No. 1 / Haydn Variations
Haydn, Mozart ConcertiHaydn, Mozart Concerti
Love and MadnessLove and Madness
Prokofiev, Tcherepnin, CrumbProkofiev, Tcherepnin, Crumb
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2