New Releases: Rare Haydn transcriptions; Mendelssohn from a prodigy

5 August 2019, 10:00 | Updated: 5 August 2019, 10:01

Classic FM New Releases
Classic FM New Releases. Picture: Chandos / Warner Classics

Throughout the week, Classic FM’s presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases.

John Suchet's Album of the Week Classic FM
John Suchet's Album of the Week. Picture: Classic FM

John Suchet plays a track from his featured Album of the Week at 10.15am every weekday.

Ivan Ilić Haydn Piano Transcriptions
Ivan Ilić Haydn Piano Transcriptions. Picture: Chandos

Our Album of the Week features some little-known piano transcriptions of Joseph Haydn’s symphonies by 19th-century tenor, keyboardist and composer, Carl David Stegmann.

This gem of a disc includes excellent transcriptions of three Haydn symphonies – No. 92 ‘Oxford’, No. 75 and No. 44 ‘Trauer’.

“It is unclear to me whether these transcriptions were ever meant to be played as concert repertoire in public,” says soloist Ivan Ilić.

“Nevertheless, the enthusiasm I have encountered wherever I have played them has persuaded me to make this recording, to allow more people to hear Stegmann’s idiomatic arrangements.”

We’re glad he did.

John Brunning's Drive Discovery Classic FM
John Brunning's Drive Discovery. Picture: Classic FM

John Brunning plays a track from his featured Drive Discovery at 6.20pm every weekday.

Doomin Kim: Mendelssohn
Doomin Kim: Mendelssohn. Picture: Warner Classics

This collection of Mendelssohn piano works is the debut record from incredibly talented 16-year-old Korean pianist, Doomin Kim.

Doomin Kim has been raising impressed eyebrows from a young age, and is currently on the books of Paris’ École Normale de Musique – we’re excited to see how his career will develop.

“Mendelssohn’s music is like reading a book – a romantic story, a fairy tale or a poem,” says Kim. “I hope that people will find peace in their hearts when they listen to it.”

The disc includes the Rondo capriccioso in E major and the Fantasia in F sharp minor (known as the ‘Scottish Sonata’) – dreamy stuff.