Cecilia Bartoli Rossini 150 This boxset celebrates both Rossini150 & Cecilia Bartoli’s 30 years on Decca - the first boxed set from the most successful classical artist of the present day in collaboration with Fondazione Rossini. 15-CD + 6-DVD limited edition set collecting the complete recorded repertoire from Rossini’s oeuvre of the most lustrous Rossinian primissima donna - includes a previously unreleased recording of Salvatore Sciarrino’s orchestration of Giovanna d’Arco cantata with Riccardo Chailly, rediscovered in the Decca archives. The set also contains a 216pp hardcover book (English/French/German/Italian) and includes: o New tributes by friend and Rossini expert, Sergio Ragni, on Cecilia and the music of Rossini; and by Ilaria Narici, Director of the Fondazione Rossini, on the legacy of Rossini and Cecilia’s contribution to performance practice o New musicological essays from the Fondazione Rossini Critical Edition scholars on the arias, cantatas and songs included in the edition plus essays/synopses on each opera by leading experts such as Philip Gossett (deceased) o Facsimiles of original manuscripts, authenticated images provided by the Fondazione Rossini archives plus photos from the Decca archives. Decca Classics CD Pre-Order
Banquet Staff Joe Joe works in mail order and is our in-house sound engineer. When he's not busy with all of that, he also plays in Scholars
Freeze The Atlantic Freeze The Atlantic Expected 7th July New album our Surrey pals Freeze The Atlantic who return with a slight line-up change and a more urgent sounding post-hardcore / alt.rock sound. Fans of Scholars, Billy Talent and Reuben Alcopop! CD
Boy Jumps Ship Wake Up Debut album from Newcastle's Boy Jumps Ship who played in Kingston a couple of years back with Man Overboard. These guys mix alt.rock with melodic punk forming somthing for fans of Billy Talent, Biffy Clyro, Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World and Scholars CD
Max Raptor Damage Appreciation EP EP from Max Raptor having now joined Hassle! Punk-tinged alt.rock for fans of Billy Talent, Scholars and Enter Shikari (without the electronics!)The EP ventures into the amalgamation that is British Political scene, depression in men in the 21st century, the resistible rise of right leaning extremist statesmen & finally the regurgitation of mainstream media production. The album will not be a far cry from this, almost an arm to it. Hassle CD
Attention Thieves Year of the Jackal Expected soon Full-length from UK alt.rockers Attention Thieves. For fans of Thrice, Lower Than Atlantis, Scholars and Deaf Havana! Year Of The Jackal is filled with captivating, intricate melodies and ever-changing vocals that leave a lasting effect. Songs ‘Hangnail’ and ‘If You’re Not With Us’ especially transform throughout. The two tracks range from punk rock, to alt-rock, post-hardcore and classic rock. The vibe switches from Mallory Knox, to Bring Me The Horizon, to Jimmy Eat World, even Foo Fighters. It’s so mad, it’s wonderful. Membrane CD Pre-Order
Ranch Ghost Sugar And Milk / Soot The fourth release in our Blue Room Sessions (recorded live direct-to-acetate but not as a public event) features two killer cuts from garage-psych scholars Ranch Ghost. Recorded during The Today Show’s piece about the contemporary vinyl scene, these songs turned out so catchy that we just had to press them to vinyl and get them out into record shops. The first track, Sugar and Milk, is a rolling, idyllic trip-dream traveling into what a future could be. The second, Soot is CCR-infused backwoods rocker that is as perfect for day-drinking on the porch as it is for keeping the beat on the street. Third Man Records 7"
PAAVO JARVI Brahms Grammy Award winner Paavo Jarvi has been the Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammer-philharmonie Bremen since 2004. The former head of the Orchestre de Paris, Paavo holds further positions as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Advisor to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Parnu Festival and Jarvi Academy. Following the widespread success of the Beethoven and Schumann Cycles, Paavo Jarvi and The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen embark on the performances and recordings of the four symphonies and orchestral works of Johannes Brahms in the course of four years. The first volume includes radiant Symphony No. 2, and two overtures with great contrasting atmosphere. With the placement of divided violins and natural trumpets backed up by the latest information and research provided by Brahms scholars, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen displays utmost authenticity, virtuosity and energy, unearthing previously hidden emotions in this great work. CD