NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS • JULY 2018
On his second album, entitled Fantast, the Claptone universe is at its deepest and most vivid. An enigma with a tireless desire for creativity and collaboration, Claptone has brought together a diverse group of collaborators such as Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Blaenavon, Katie Stelmanis (Austra), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and more to produce his most artful offering yet. 1,2 Kung Fu, the debut album from Boy Azooga, features rave-tinged rock that hints at a progeny of both Can and Happy Mondays. 77:78 is the new project from Aaron Fletcher and Tim Parkin of The Bees. Their debut album, Jellies, has hints of The Beach Boys, King Tubby, early Syd Barret. On Dark Matter Dreams, Field Division, the musical project of Evelyn Taylor and Nicholas Frampton, conjures up a cinematic blend of classic songwriting, inspired by 1960's and 70's folk rock pioneers and transcendent modern dream pop.
The centenary of the death of Claude Debussy has inspired a series of new recordings by some of harmonia mundi's finest artists. This month maestro Pablo Heras-Casado leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in two beloved masterpieces - La Mer and the Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune - alongside the rarely heard Symphonic Fragments from Le Martyre de saint Sébastien. Also new on the label this month are the first volume in a Beethoven quartet cycle with the Cuarteto Casals, a selection of piano works by Scrabin played by Vadym Kholodenko, a recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations with harpsichordist Diego Ares and Bye-Bye Berlin, an exploration of music from Berlin in the 1920s with Marion Rampal and the Quatuor Manfred. Hyperion's key releases for July include a second album of Rachmaninov piano music played by Steven Osborne, The Lily & the Rose, an album of medieval choral works featuring The Binchois Consort, and a recording of string quartets by Sir James MacMillan performed by the Royal String Quartet. Other releases of note include a fourth volume of piano works by Gabriel Fauré played by Jean-Claude Pennetier on Mirare and music from the Codex Las Huelgas sung by the Ensemble Gilles Binchois on Evidence Classics.