The Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian period-instrument ensemble Tafelmusik, and the principal flutist from the Philadelphia Orchestra are among the ensembles and musicians with recent recordings news. JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra have released a Gershwin disc of Concerto in F and Rhapsody No. 2 on the Naxos label, and two recordings on the BPO’s own Beau Fleuve label: one focusing on Polish composers Henri Wieniawski, Witold Lutoslawski, Karol Szymanowski, and Miczyslaw Karlowicz; and a second of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Schreker’s Prelude to a Drama.  Jeffrey Khaner, principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has recorded a disc of Czech music for flute and piano—sonatas by Erwin Schulhoff, Jindrich Feld, Bohuslav Martinů, and Antonín Dvořák—with pianist Charles Abramovic, to be released in July on Avie Records. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4—led by Music Director Manfred Honeck with soprano Sunhae Im and released on the Exton label—is winner of the 2012 International Classical Music Award for Symphonic Music. The jury for the International Classical Music Awards includes leading European magazines, online services, and radio stations. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, based in Toronto, has launched its own record label, Tafelmusik Media, to be distributed by Naxos. Releases will include new live performances, studio CD and DVD recordings, and re-releases of previous recordings for Sony Classical and CBC Records.

Posted June 1, 2012