MAY 2019

Pip Blom – both the name of the group and of its dynamic 22-year-old lead singer-songwriter-guitarist – is a young indie rock band from Amsterdam that’s been making waves in England. Their new album Boat shows off an undeniable knack for writing a hook-laden song. Le Label’s compilation Dancing in Darkness showcases the best of EBM from the 80's, featuring artists like Nitzer Ebb and The Neon Judgment. The Peyote Dance, by Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith, is the first in a triptych of albums collectively titled The Perfect Vision. Joan As Police Woman presents her first-ever career retrospective, Joanthology, which features new, rare and unreleased material. Doomsquad's third album, Let Yourself Be Seen, is richly steeped in the influences of acid house, West African disco and new-age ambient music. South London collective Archive present a career-spanning 25th anniversary retrospective available in standard and deluxe editions featuring collaborations with Band Of Skulls, Steve Mason and more.

The latest offering in Angela Hewitt's cycle of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas further displays her fresh and insightful approach to these timeless works. Keyboard master Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Freiburger Barockorchester return to Mendelssohn, this time performing the composer’s Piano Concerto No.2. François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles present a fascinating recreation of an early version of Mahler’s Symphony No.1. Roth is also featured on a new DVD for LSO Live exploring the music of Debussy. Hyperion’s second release of orchestral music of Saint-Saëns performed by Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony includes the evergreen Danse macabre paired with the less well-known Symphony No.2. Volume 22 of the Hyperion's Romantic Violin Concerto series includes three true rarities from Lassen, Scharwenka and Langgaard. New from harmonia mundi, Rachmaninov's Piano Trios Nos.1 and 2 reach soaring heights of emotion and expressiveness in benchmark performances by Trio Wanderer, Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes join forces for an album of Schumann song cycles and Josep Pons directs a rare recording of the opera version of Granados's Goyescas.