New Releases: City Lights – Lisa Batiashvili; Beethoven The 9 Symphonies – Robert Trevino

8 June 2020, 10:00 | Updated: 8 June 2020, 11:18

City Lights – Lisa Batiashvili; Beethoven The 9 Symphonies – Robert Trevino
City Lights – Lisa Batiashvili; Beethoven The 9 Symphonies – Robert Trevino. Picture: Deutsche Grammophon / Ondine

By Sian Hamer

Throughout the week Classic FM’s presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. This week: ‘City Lights’ by Lisa Batiashvili and ‘Beethoven The 9 Symphonies’ by Robert Trevino.

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Album of the Week with Alexander Armstrong. Picture: Classic FM

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City Lights by Lisa Batiashvili
City Lights by Lisa Batiashvili. Picture: Deutsche Grammophon

City Lights – Lisa Batiashvili

Deutsche Grammophon

In this latest release, Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili brings together the places and memories that have held an important place in her life with the most beautiful music in the world.

Batiashvili takes listeners on a musical journey from her home country, Georgia, to Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires and Hollywood, through music by Dvořák, Bach, Strauss and more.

She is joined by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Philharmonic, under the baton of conductor Nikoloz Rachveli, on the album recordings.

The new release also features collaborations with musicians Miloš, Katie Melua and Till Brönner.

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Beethoven The 9 Symphonies by Robert Trevino
Beethoven The 9 Symphonies by Robert Trevino. Picture: Ondine

Beethoven The 9 Symphonies – Robert Trevino and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Ondine

Conductor Robert Trevino is joined by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra for this new release, which features a collection of live recordings of Beethoven’s nine symphonies.

“For any artist to record the complete symphonies of Beethoven, it’s a tremendous and daunting task,” Trevino said.

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The conductor also added how he sometimes hear people question whether we need another Beethoven cycle, to which he responded:

“If your answer is no, then you should never hear another Beethoven symphony so long as you live, because it’s all been said, and I think that that’s just sad.”

Soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, tenor Tuomas Katajal and bassbaritone Derek Welton also feature on the new release.