Best of Alto

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.)

Release Date: 6/11/2021
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 1
Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra

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.

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Release Date: 6/11/2021
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 1
Performer: Ana de la Vega

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.

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Release Date: 6/11/2021
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Pavel Chesnokov
Performer: Arkadi Leontiev

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.

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Release Date: 6/11/2021
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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.

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Release Date: 6/11/2021
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 1
Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev

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.

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Release Date: 11/27/2020
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 2
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. James Baroque Players

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.

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Release Date: 11/27/2020
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 1

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.

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Release Date: 10/9/2020
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 12

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.

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Release Date: 10/9/2020
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 2
Conductor: Colin Davis

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.

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Release Date: 10/9/2020
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 1
Conductor: Douglas Bostock
Orchestra/Ensemble: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Aarhus Academy Symphony Orchestra

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.

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Release Date: 10/9/2020
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 1

Some of the earliest masterworks of Jordi Savall plus his famous authentic forerunners!

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Release Date: 5/1/2020
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

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.

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Release Date: 10/18/2019
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 1

Tjeknavorian is a serious and thoughtful Sibelius interpreter. We do not find him trying to score interpretative points or playing to the gallery.

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Release Date: 5/3/2019
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Leos Janácek

"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.

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Release Date: 5/3/2019
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 1
Conductor: Jaime Laredo
Orchestra/Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The playing shows great spontaneity and vitality. The overall effect is exhilarating, and the sound first class.

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Release Date: 2/22/2019
Label: Alto
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Gaspar Cassadó

These beautifully performed pieces, new to the ears of many, are a revelation. This is sheer enjoyment for cello lovers.

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