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Sony Masterworks Announces New US Releases for February 2014

Sony Masterworks Announces New US Releases for February 2014

Mozart: Violin Concertos K 216 & 218 & Sonata K 305

Ray Chen, violin
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor and pianist
Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra
CD Release Date: February 4, 2014
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Sony Classical is pleased to announce the new album from acclaimed violinist Ray Chen – a recording fully dedicated to works by Mozart. The album includes Mozart’s Violin Concertos K216 in G Major and K218 in D Major, for which Ray Chen composed his own cadenzas, plus Violin Sonata K305 in A Major. Ray Chen is joined by the internationally renowned interpreter of Mozart’s works Christoph Eschenbach, who not only conducts the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in the concertos, but also performs with Ray Chen on the piano for the sonata. Principal conductor of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestral Academy since 2004, Maestro Eschenbach introduced Ray Chen to the Festival last summer. The Orchestra, founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1987, is formed from exceptional young musicians who come together for the yearly music festival in northern Germany.

The album release in the U.S. follows Ray Chen’s European tour with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in January 2014 which will include performances in Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Amsterdam, and Eindhoven amongst other cities. In the U.S., Ray Chen performs in recital in Cleveland, OH (February 12); Miami, FL (February 16); Harrisburg, PA (February 26); San Francisco (March 10); and with the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 (February 20-23). For Ray Chen’s complete concert calendar

A combination of technical brilliance and charisma puts Ray Chen among the most compelling young violinists today: “Chen’s warmly communicative manner is something to be treasured,” commented Gramophone magazine. He reaches out to the young generation via social media platforms, and is followed by over 700,000 people on SoundCloud. The support of Giorgio Armani, who styled the cover image for the album, a recent feature in Vogue magazine and his fashion/music/touring blog for Italy’s prestigious publishing house, RCS Rizzoli, show the success of his efforts to break down barriers between classical music, fashion, and pop culture. Ray Chen’s previous albums with Sony Classical have earned him critical acclaim.Virtuoso, a recital program of works by Bach, Tartini, Franck and Wieniawski, gained the prestigious German ECHO Klassik award. Of his Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos album, recorded with the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Daniel Harding, The Guardian (UK) wrote that “His tone is silken, his technique faultless, his musicianship persuasive as well as controlled and poetic.”


Olga Peretyatko, soprano
Enrique Mazzola, conductor
NDR Sinfonieorchester
CD Release Date: February 18, 2014

Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko’s newest album,Arabesque, which was recorded with the NDR Sinfonieorchester (NDR Radio Symphony Orchestra) under the baton of Enrique Mazzola. Arabesque displays Peretyatko’s appealing voice in a wide variety of arias, and follows her acclaimed 2011 debut on Sony, La Bellezza Del Canto. The CD will be available nationwide on February 18.

Arabesque features Olga Peretyatko in two of Elvira’s arias from Bellini’s last opera I Puritani, in which she will make her debut at The Metropolitan Opera from April 17, 2014 through May 10, 2014. The disc also includes Mozart’s concert aria K. 538, “Ah se in ciel, benigne stele,” Donna Anna’s dramatic coloratura aria “Crudele…non mi dir” from Don Giovanni, and Susanna’s idyllic “Rose aria” from The Marriage of Figaro; Bizet’s symphonic cantata Vasco da Gama about the famous seafarer and explorer; the aria of the goddess Cerere from Rossini’s 1816 wedding cantata Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo; a bolero from Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani, and Adele’s aria “Spiel’ ich die Unschuld vom Lande” from Strauss’ Die Fledermausplus Russian composer Alexander Alyabyev’s famous romance Solovyey moy inspired by the song of a nightingale.

Olga Peretyatko combines a beautiful and versatile soprano voice with a charming personality and an overwhelming stage appearance. Winner of several competitions including the Domingo Operalia Competition, she is conquering opera stages around the world. In 2014, Peretyatko debuts at La Scala in Milan, The Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Zurich Opera House. In the summer, she returns to the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and to the Salzburg Festival. In 2015 she will debut as Violetta in La Traviata at the Opéra Lausanne, followed by a new production of the same title at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden. For more information, visit:


New Year’s Concert 2014
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Vienna Philharmonic
Digital Download & CD Now Available
DVD and Blu-Ray Release Date: February 4, 2014
Extremely limited review copies available.

Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the recording of one of the world’s most famous classical music events: the 2014 New Year’s Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic. One of the most distinguished conductors of our time, Daniel Barenboim, returns to direct the 2014 concert, having done so previously in 2009. The live recording is now available as a digital download and CD. The DVD and Blu-Ray will be available on February 4.

The New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic is one of the world’s longest-standing and most prestigious music events. In its history of more than 70 years, many of the most famous conductors have taken the baton for this concert, and millions of people in some 80 countries have enjoyed live broadcasts on TV. The decision to invite Daniel Barenboim to conduct was made by the Vienna Philharmonic to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its collaboration with Barenboim, and in recognition not only of the conductor’s artistic standing but also of his courageous work towards reconciliation in the Middle East. The 2014 concert includes music by Eduard Strauss, Josef Strauss, Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss, Jr., Josef Hellmesberger, Jr., Richard Strauss, Joseph Lanner, and Leo Delibes.


Coming up in March 2014 from Sony Masterworks:

Untold: Rumi Symphony Project – Cycle I
Hafez Nazeri
CD Release Date: March 4, 2014

Beethoven: Piano Concertos No.2 & 4
Leif Ove Andsnes
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
CD Release Date: March 11, 2014

Mozart: March in D Major K. 335, Serenade in D Major K. 320, & Symphony in D Major K. 385
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Concentus Musicus Wien
CD Release Date: March 11, 2014

Perhaps Love
Jonathan & Charlotte
CD Release Date: March 11, 2014

Elliott Carter: The Five String Quartets
Juilliard String Quartet
CD Release Date: March 18, 2014

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Teodor Currentzis
CD Release Date: March 25, 2014

The Rite of Spring
The Bad Plus
CD Release Date: March 25, 2014

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