NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS • MAY 2018
Ari Roar's Calm Down draws on 1960's pop for a set of lovingly languid, lo-fi miniatures. Depths of detail and lived experience bustle beneath effortlessly melodic surfaces. Je Suis Une île is the debut album from French multi-instrumentalist Halo Maud. Born out of France's experimental pop scene, her ethereal songs focus on notions of freedom and power. Corduroy arrived on the Acid Jazz scene in early 1992. Return Of The Fabric Four, their first new album in 18 years, features twelve tracks that score an imaginary 60's spy film. Wonder Trail, the sophomore album from Mercury Prize nominated band Dinosaur, plunders the synth-pop of the 1980s for a new sound. Serge Gainsbourg is a legend of French music. Chant du Monde's Intoxicated Man celebrates Gainsbourg's genius with a varied, colorful and poetically evocative selection of his songs.
Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra are joined by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard in a concert film that brings together music by Anton Bruckner and Olivier Messiaen: two composers as united in their devotion to the Catholic faith as they are divergent in their approaches to writing music. A new collection of Haydn Piano Sonatas from Paul Lewis explores the composer’s mischievousness, eloquence and lyricism. François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles return to the music of Ravel with ground-breaking, period-instrument performances of Ma mère l'Oye, Shéhérazade and Le Tombeau de Couperin. 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the harmonia mundi label. To celebrate the occasion, the label presents two special boxed sets that pay tribute to legendary artists who built harmonia mundi and today’s stars that both honor tradition and embrace the future. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein gained worldwide fame for her powerful interpretations of Bach. A fascinating new Orange Mountain recording features Dinnerstein, backed by string orchestra A Far Cry, performing Bach's Keyboard Concerto No.7 and Philip Glass's Piano Concerto No.3. Award winner at both the Tchaikovsky and Van Cliburn competitions, Yeol Eum Son is the soloist on a new Onyx recording of Mozart piano works with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Sir Neville Marriner – in his final recording.