NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS • FEBRUARY 2018
Ezra Furman’s music is an inspirational blend of influences, from doo-wop and sixties garage to the charm, winning melody and humor of Jonathan Richman. Crossing lines between love, gender, sexuality and religion, Furman's second album for Bella Union album provides a heartfelt soundtrack for the fear and loathing felt by many in America. The Orielles’ début on Heavenly, Silver Dollar Moments, is a gem of indie pop goodness. Their sound is fresh, catchy and altogether enjoyable. Geowulf first made their mark in 2016 with “Saltwater” - a track featured in a Corona ad that's racked up over 8 million Spotify plays to date. Their debut album, Great Big Blue, is the perfect mix of blissed out, beachy pop and melancholy, heartbroken lyrics. Snowpoet is led by the writing duo of 2016 Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year Lauren Kinsella and composer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Hyson. Their sophomore album for Edition, Thought You Knew, blends sweet hook laden vocal lines with warm and lush arrangements.
In February, our new partnership with the labels of LSO Live hits its stride. Sir Simon Rattle pays homage to a composer he holds close to his heart with Haydn - An Imaginary Orchestral Journey. The King’s College label invites listeners to enjoy an a cappella Valentine’s Day with Love From King’s, the new album from close-harmony group The King’s Men. Russian virtuoso Denis Matsuev’s latest release on Mariinsky features concertos by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev - two of the greatest composer-pianists of the 20th Century. The incomparable Marc-Andre Hamelin turns to Stravinsky – yet another composer-pianist – for a new Hyperion recording of the composer’s works for two pianos. On harmonia mundi, violinist Isabelle Faust and harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout are featured in Bach’s six Violin Sonatas. Tenor Mark Padmore is the soloist in Schubert’s powerful song cycle Winterreise - at once the peak of the lieder repertory and the composer’s testament. Bartok is the focus of a new album featuring pianist Javier Perianes and conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. It pairs two of the composer’s last works, the Piano Concerto No.3 and the Concerto for Orchestra – works that finally gained Bartok a long-awaited American audience.