As we get close to 2015, we’re taking some time to look back on an exciting 2014 filled with fantastic releases! Today we turn to our final 2014 releases! Make sure to check back here for the rest of the recaps!
Potch Trio: Babadjanian & Vasks: Piano Trios
Babadjanian’s Piano Trio plumbs the depths of the human psyche in music that is – by turns – full of dark menace, sweet romance, soulful reflection, searing drama and lush harmonic beauty. Vasks’ similarly sentiment-drenched Episodi e Canto Perpetuo, in the composer’s own words, “… describes a difficult journey through the realms of distress, disappointment, and the suffering of love, which, in particular, forms the central point of the canto.”
Marcelo Alvarez: 20 Years on the Opera Stage
We at Delos offer this album as a richly deserved tribute to a legendary artist, now celebrating his twentieth year of distinguished operatic achievement. In this sterling collection of arias from mostly “Verismo” operas, Alvarez delivers electrifying accounts of both popular and lesser-known selections by masters like Puccini, Leoncavallo, Giordano, Mascagni and Massenet. You will also hear – possibly for the first time – a fascinating array of choice rarities by Verismo-era composers (Gomes, Cilea, Zandonai, and Halévy) who were prominent in their day, but whose music has since fallen into comparative neglect. Maestro Constantine Orbelian – leading the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra – provides skillful and sensitive support.