The Alto label's mission since its birth in 2006 has been, and continues to be, auditioning and licensing for reissue only the best previously available titles that for a variety of reaons have become unavailable in the marketplace. Our featured selection of their catalog is featured below, and all listed items are on sale now for a limited time.
(Sale ends at midnight Et, 9/21/21.)
Svetlanov conducts with great élan, driving the scherzo on, and drawing almost risky sweetness from the orchestra in the Andante. The Overture is beautifully orchestrated, with a lucidity which owes much to Glinka; it deserves to be better known.
She is a charming, persuasive advocate. The ECO, too, offer fine support and with a range of tone colours, match de la Vega's recreative imagination.
Chesnokov excelled in this style, and in his many liturgical works found an ideal balance between tradition and expression. The Liturgy exemplifies his approach, using traditional chant melodies and bringing them to the fore, but adding rich layers of harmony.
Jurowski offers up performances that are near ideal, the electric tension giving the illusion of live music-making. We have had some impressive recordings from this orchestra in the past but this one is among the finest.
This overlooked masterpiece of the Russian music literature bears comparison with Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, especially in its use of fugues. It is a compelling piece which Pletnev does well to clarify so successfully.
The approach here is crisp and clear-sighted, with all proceeding at proper tempo and, where appropriate, with a spring in its heels. The slow movements are sensitively expressive; the string sound is ‘authentic’ and respectful of every element.
This is an essential disc for Puccini-fanciers. These chips off his workbench fascinatingly illuminate what we know of the opera composer. The recorded sound is very vivid and immediate.
Mravinsky’s live recording of the Eighth is of capital importance and demands to be heard: the Leningrad audience is struck dumb by it. The superb performance of the Eleventh, with excellent sound, makes Rostropovich's reading a benchmark recording.
Lyric tenor Yann Beuron gives the performance an essential idiomatic core in his narration. Sir Colin’s revisitation of this truly classic score is utterly and totally compelling.
The Fifth is a marvelous symphony, perhaps his greatest. It is good to see it so well played and recorded in Munich, guided by Douglas Bostock who comes into his own in four extra works, which are all first recordings.
Some of the earliest masterworks of Jordi Savall plus his famous authentic forerunners!
Right from the start, with those dark, dragging rhythms, there’s a sense that something special is afoot here. Gergiev charts the whole labyrinthine course with thrilling assurance.
Tjeknavorian is a serious and thoughtful Sibelius interpreter. We do not find him trying to score interpretative points or playing to the gallery.
"Charles Mackerras was one of the finest Janácek conductors. His readings convey a sense of burning belief in and love of his music; they are well prepared; yet it is as if the strangeness and beauty of the music were being revealed for the first time.
The playing shows great spontaneity and vitality. The overall effect is exhilarating, and the sound first class.
These beautifully performed pieces, new to the ears of many, are a revelation. This is sheer enjoyment for cello lovers.