It was good to return nearer to home for a piano recital disc in the Beethovensaal Hannover. ‘Big’ works by Brahms, Liszt and Alkan were impressively played by Albert Mamriev. A change of scenery followed with sessions in beautiful (and warm!) Norrköping, Sweden with the violinist Catherine Manoukianplaying the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the Norrköping symphony orchestra conducted by Stefan Solyom. The temperature continued to rise with a recording directly afterwards in Turin, Italy. The recording was with tenor Vittorio Grigolo and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino under the very capable hands of Evelino Pido. The end of June saw Christopher recording with the pianist Maurizio Pollini in Munich. This recording (to be completed in early 2014) realises the end of Pollini’s complete Beethoven sonatas cycle.
The recording Angels and Saints with the Benedictines of Mary was released in the USA and immediately headed the Core Classical Billboard charts. It kept the #1 slot on and off for 11 weeks.
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