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Universal New Releases: New Collectors Edition, Originals Resurrects, and more

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We haven’t done a “new release” post in some while, so here is one to keep you updated with some new things you can anticipate in the coming few months.




First, some exciting news:  a new Collectors Edition (we believe the 3rd incarnation of the series) will be out in September, and the first few offerings are pretty exciting, in particular Haitink’s Tchaikovsky cycle and Böhm’s Beethoven cycle, both out of print for a long while.  A promising refresh to a long-running box-set series.



Big boxes:  Decca releases Britten’s complete Decca recordings in a 26 CD box, some of Haitink’s output for Philips in the new Haitink box (including his Brahms Requiem, a favorite of Jeremy), 54 CDs worth of Decca Analog Sound, and a Berlin Philharmonic Centenary Edition in the same vein as the one for the Vienna Philharmonic.


Originals is back!  The new releases include Perlman’s Saint-Saëns and Wieniawski and string quartets by Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Smetana from the Amadeus Quartet.  Hopefully Originals will continue to prosper with even more exciting reissues.





Some exciting new releases, including but not limited to:  Barenboim’s Verdi Requiem (his 3rd outing?), some Schumann by Uchida, Grimaud’s Brahms concertos with Andris Nelsons, some Beethoven sonatas by Pollini, recitals by Trifonov and Pires, new Nézet-Séguin releases, and inevitably Dudamel’s new Strauss album with the Berlin Philharmonic.

And lastly, for some inexplicable reason, Chailly has decided to do another Brahms cycle, this time with the (Leipzig) Gewandhausorchester.  Top Ear has heard part of his previous cycle with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra released as a box set in 2006 (recorded between 1988 and 1993), and it was a fine, individual effort; hopefully this new cycle will show even more thoughtfulness and character.

Author: Top Ear

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