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Nordic Concertos for clarinet by Hillborg, Holmboe, Rehnqvist, Crusell / Martin Frost, clarinet
Nordic Concertos for clarinet by Hillborg, Holmboe, Rehnqvist, Crusell / Martin Frost, clarinet

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2015-02-10

Works: Anders Hillborg: Concerto for Clarinet ("Peacock Tales") (original version); Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Concerto no 3, for clarinet & chamber orchestra, Op. 21; Karin Rehnqvist: On A Distant Shore, concer...
Performers: Frost, Martin
Conductors: Salonen, Esa-Pekka; Hughes, Owain A.; Sundkvist, Petter; van Beek, Arie
Ensemble: Östgöta Symphonic Wind Ensemble; Aalborg Symphony Orchestra; Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Testifying to the multi-facetted talent of Martin Fröst as well as to the different responses that the clarinet has awakened in composers over the years,...continue...
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BIS 2123SA
Etude - Lyapunov: Etudes (3); Szymanowski: Studies (12); Kapustin: Five Etudes; Chin: Etudes / Clare Hammond, piano
Etude - Lyapunov: Etudes (3); Szymanowski: Studies (12); Kapustin: Five Etudes; Chin: Etudes / Clare Hammond, piano

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2015-02-10

Works: Sergey Lyapunov: 12 Études d'exécution transcendante; Unsuk Chin: Études (6), for piano; Karol Szymanowski: Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 33, M34; Nikolai Kapustin: Études (5) in Dif...
Performers: Hammond, Clare [Piano]

As Clare Hammond writes in the liner notes to her thought-provoking selection of piano études, the genre, at its best, 'combines the visceral excitement of...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/2013)....continue...
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Now & Then - music for recorder quartet by Vivaldi,Bach, De Boismotier, Koomans, Moosenmark, Caldini, Scheidt, Merula / Sirena Recorder Quartet
Now & Then - music for recorder quartet by Vivaldi,Bach, De Boismotier, Koomans, Moosenmark, Caldini, Scheidt, Merula / Sirena Recorder Quartet

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2015-02-10

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor ("L'estro armonico" no 11), Op. 3/11,; Johann Sebastian Bach: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731; Orgelbüchlein; ...
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Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet

On their latest disc, the Danish-Swedish Sirena Recorder Quartet treats us to a wide-ranging selection from their regular concert repertoire. Now & Then illustrates the...continue...
Recording information: Vestkirken, Ballerup, Denmark (12/2013)....continue...
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In Memoriam: Chamber Works by Viktor Suslin & Sofia Gubaidulina / Nurit Stark, Cédric Pescia, Rebecca Beyer et al.
In Memoriam: Chamber Works by Viktor Suslin & Sofia Gubaidulina / Nurit Stark, Cédric Pescia, Rebecca Beyer et al.

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2015-01-13

Works: Viktor Suslin: Mobilis, for violin; Sonata capricciosa for viola & harpsichord; Crossing Beyond for viola, cello & double bass; 1756, for violin; Capriccio for 2 violins; Sofia Gubaidulina: So sei es...
Performers: Beyer, Rebecca [Violin]; Dowbusch-Lubotsky, Olga [Cello]; Pescia, Cedric; Saito, Taiko [Marimba/Composer]; Stark, Nurit; Suslin, Alexander [Double Bass]

Viktor Suslin ((1942 - 2012) began his activity as a composer in the Soviet Union during the 1960s and in 1975 formed the improvisational ensemble...continue...
Recording information: Villa Elisabeth, Berlin, Germany (04/2013/10/2013)....continue...
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BIS 2146SA
Tangophoria - works by Piazzolla, Cobian, Troilo, Demare / Christian Lindberg, trombone; Jens Lundberg, bandoneon; Roland Pontinen, piano
Tangophoria - works by Piazzolla, Cobian, Troilo, Demare / Christian Lindberg, trombone; Jens Lundberg, bandoneon; Roland Pontinen, piano

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-11-11

Works: Astor Piazzolla: Las estaciones porteñas (4); Milonga del Angel; Invierno porteño; Adiós Nonino, tango; Libertango; Decarísimo, tango; Enrico IV; Juan Carlos Cobian: Mi refugi...
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Ensemble: Trio Tangophoria

In Astor Piazzolla’s tango nuevo are all the ingredients of his life – his love from adolescence for Classical music, his fascination with jazz and...continue...
Recording information: Musikaliska, Stockholm, Sweden (12/2013)....continue...
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BIS 2108SA
James MacMillan: Clemency, a chamber opera for five singers & string orchestra; Schubert: Hagar's Lament
James MacMillan: Clemency, a chamber opera for five singers & string orchestra; Schubert: Hagar's Lament

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-10-14

Works: James MacMillan: Clemency, chamber opera
Performers: Abraham, Christine; Ferreira, Neal [Tenor Vocal]; Kravitz, David; Levine, Samuel; McFerrin, David; Trainor, Michelle [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Angus, David
Ensemble: Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra

Clemency, a chamber opera for five singers and string orchestra in one act; composed 2009-10 and the third operatic collaboration between composer James MacMillan and...continue...
Recording information: Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, Boston, Massachusetts, (2013-02-06_2013-02-07&2013-)....continue...
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Kalevi Aho: Theremin & Horn Concertos / Annu Salminen, horn; Carolina Eyck, theremin
Kalevi Aho: Theremin & Horn Concertos / Annu Salminen, horn; Carolina Eyck, theremin

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-09-09

Works: Kalevi Aho: Concerto for horn & chamber orchestra; Acht Jahreszeiten (Eight Seasons), concerto for theremin & chamber orchestra; Unspecified: [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers: Eyck, Carolina [Theremin]; Salminen, Annu [Horn]
Conductors: Storgårds, John
Ensemble: ; Lapland Chamber Orchestra

Widely regarded as one of today's most important composers of orchestral music, Kalevi Aho has written fifteen symphonies to date, but also twenty concertos. Indeed,...continue...
Recording information: Korundi House of Culture, Rovaniemi, Finland (01/2013)....continue...
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BIS 2036SA
Sing Thee Nowell - 7 centuries of Christmas with Medieval and Renaissance carols and motets through new works by John Scott & Andrew Smith / New York Polyphony
Sing Thee Nowell - 7 centuries of Christmas with Medieval and Renaissance carols and motets through new works by John Scott & Andrew Smith / New York Polyphony

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-09-09

Works: Andrew Smith: Veni Emmanuel, for chorus; Nowell; Geoffrey Williams: Adam lay ybounden, for chorus; There is no Rose (Hereford), for chorus; Philippe Verdelot: Gabriel Archangelus, motet for 4 voices;...
Performers: Baber, Elizabeth; Brailey, Sarah
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Ensemble: New York Polyphony

Nowell, Nowel, Noel - on their new release, Sing thee Nowell, New York Polyphony sings of, and to, the birth of Christ in a typically...continue...
Recording information: Chapel at The American Boychoir School, Princeton, New (03/2014)....continue...

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Sofia Gubaidulina (b.1931): 'Repentance'; Serenade; Piano Sonata; Sotto Voce / Franz Halasz, Jacob Kellermann, Lucas Brar, Wen-Sinn Yang, et al.
Sofia Gubaidulina (b.1931): 'Repentance'; Serenade; Piano Sonata; Sotto Voce / Franz Halasz, Jacob Kellermann, Lucas Brar, Wen-Sinn Yang, et al.

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-08-12

Works: Sofia Gubaidulina: Repentence, for 3 guitars, cello & double bass; Serenada, for guitar; Piano Sonata; Sotto Voce, for viola, 2 guitars & double bass
Performers: Brar, Lucas [Guitar]; Halasz, Debora; Halasz, Franz; Kellermann, Jacob [Guitar]; Schlichtig, Hariolf; Stubenrauch, Philipp [Double Bass]; Yang, Wen-Sinn

Within the output of Sofia Gubaidulina, solo and chamber music occupies a position of prominence; she has written more than eighty such works. One of...continue...
Recording information: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich, Germany (06/2013)....continue...
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BIS 2056SA
John Pickard: Gaia Symphony; Eden / Andreas Hanson
John Pickard: Gaia Symphony; Eden / Andreas Hanson

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-08-12

Works: John Pickard: Eden, for brass band; Symphony no 4 for brass band & percussion ("Gaia Symphony")
Conductors: Hanson, Andreas
Ensemble: Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag

Composed over a period of fourteen years, John Pickard's Gaia Symphony and Eden are scored for the standard 'British' brass band, with expanded percussion in...continue...
Recording information: Eidsvåg Church, Bergen, Norway (2013)....continue...
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Kalevi Aho (b.1949): Ludus Solemnis - Music for and with Organ / Jan Lehtola, organ
Kalevi Aho (b.1949): Ludus Solemnis - Music for and with Organ / Jan Lehtola, organ

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-07-08

Works: Kalevi Aho: Quasi una fantasia, for horn & organ; Epilogue, for trombone & organ; Häämarssi 1 (Wedding March no 1), for organ; Häämarssi 2 (Wedding March no 2), for organ; Hä...
Performers: Komulainen, Petri; Lehtola, Jan; Pippuri, Anna-Kaisa; Saarikettu, Kaija; Vuorinen, Jusi

A companion to Jan Lehtola's previous recording of Kalevi Aho's monumental organ symphony 'Alles Vergängliche', the present disc includes five smaller pieces by Aho for...continue...
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Reflections: The Solo Piano Works of Andrzej and Roxana Panufnik / Clare Hammond, piano
Reflections: The Solo Piano Works of Andrzej and Roxana Panufnik / Clare Hammond, piano

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-07-08

Works: Andrzej Panufnik: Miniature Studies (12), for piano; Hommage à Chopin for flute & string orchestra; Pentasonata, for piano; Modlitwa do Matki Boskiej Skepskiej (Prayer to the Virgin of Skempe), ...
Performers: Hammond, Clare [Piano]

Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991) once wrote 'Music gets its eternal beauty from an ideal balance of emotion and intellect.' Although Panufnik is primarily known as a...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/2013)....continue...
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Martinu: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-3; works by Sibelius and Mustonien / Steven Isserlis, cello; Olli Mustonen, piano
Martinu: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-3; works by Sibelius and Mustonien / Steven Isserlis, cello; Olli Mustonen, piano

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-05-27

Works: Bohuslav Martinu: Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1; Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2; Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3; Olli Mustonen: Sonata for cello & piano; Jean Sibelius: Malinconia for Cello and P...
Performers: Isserlis, Steven; Mustonen, Olli [Conductor/Piano]

Bohuslav Martinu produced a huge and diverse catalogue of chamber music. Of his three cello sonatas, the first is the most dramatic; the two that...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (01/2013)....continue...

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Wagner: The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure arranged by Henk de Vlieger / Royal Swedish Orch.
Wagner: The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure arranged by Henk de Vlieger / Royal Swedish Orch.

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-01-28

Works: Henk de Vlieger: The Ring, an orchestral adventure based on Richard Wagner
Conductors: Renes, Lawrence
Ensemble: Royal Swedish Orchestra

  • Henk de Vliegers chronologically laid-out orchestral arrangement of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle is heard here in its latest recorded version.
  • Lawrence Renes, long an admirer
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Recording information: Stockholm Concert Hall (Konserthuset), Sweden (02/2013)....continue...
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Kalevi Aho: Symphony No. 15; Double Bass Concerto; Minea / Eero Munter, double bass
Kalevi Aho: Symphony No. 15; Double Bass Concerto; Minea / Eero Munter, double bass

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-01-28

Works: Kalevi Aho: Minea, for orchestra; Double Bass Concerto; Symphony no 15
Performers: Munter, Eero
Conductors: Vänskä, Osmo; Kuusisto, Jaakko; Slobodeniouk, Dima
Ensemble: ; Lahti Symphony Orchestra

  • Finnish composer Kalevi Aho has been an important musical presence in Finland since the late 1960's.
  • Mr. Aho composed Minea at the behest of conductor
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Recording information: Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland....continue...
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Ge Gan-Ru (b.1954): Fairy Lady Meng Jiang; Lovers Besieged / Sharon Bezaly, flute
Ge Gan-Ru (b.1954): Fairy Lady Meng Jiang; Lovers Besieged / Sharon Bezaly, flute

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-01-28

Works: Ge Gan-Ru: Fairy Lady Meng Jiang, for flute & orchestra; Lovers Besieged, suite for orchestra
Performers: Bezaly, Sharon
Conductors: Diemecke, Enrique Arturo
Ensemble: ; Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon

  • Chinese composer Ge Gan-ru, whilst studying music at the Shanghai Conservatory, earned the designation of 'China's first avant-garde composer'.
  • Flautist Sharon Bezaly, heard here, is
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Recording information: Valladolid, Spain (03/2009)....continue...
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The Image of Melancholy - works by Holborne, Dowland, Biber, Buxtehude, Byrd, Valent et al. / Berit Norbakken Solset, soprano; Jon Balke, piano
The Image of Melancholy - works by Holborne, Dowland, Biber, Buxtehude, Byrd, Valent et al. / Berit Norbakken Solset, soprano; Jon Balke, piano

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2014-01-28

Works: Bjarte Eike: Savn, a tune for Signe; Antony Holborne: Image of Melancholy; Playfellow no 2 "Wanton"; Muy linda, galliard for lute; Mr. Holborn's Last Will and Testament; John Dowland: Sorrow, stay, l...
Performers: Eike, Bjarte [Violin]
Conductors: Eike, Bjarte [Violin]
Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)

  • A disc of music highlighting the linkage between music and melancholy.
  • Baroque violinist Bjarte Eike conceived of and personally selected the music for this project,
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Recording information: Selbu Church, Selbu, Norway (10/2011/03/2012)....continue...
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Ros: Songs of Christmas, music of Praetorius; Fagerheim; Hildegard of Bingen, Nordquist plus traditional carols in vocal and instrumental settings
Ros: Songs of Christmas, music of Praetorius; Fagerheim; Hildegard of Bingen, Nordquist plus traditional carols in vocal and instrumental settings

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2013-11-19

Works: Michael Praetorius: Musae Sioniae; Rolf Lislevand: Old Marian Song, for violin, lute & double bass; Christmas Traditional: No koma Guds englar med helsning i sky; Et lidet barn så lysteligt (A L...
Performers: Braein, Ditte Marie [Vocals]; Dalheim, Ingeborg; Kjellemyr, Bjorn; Larsen, Gjermund; Lislevand, Rolf; Opheim, Berit
Conductors: Pedersen, Grete
Ensemble: ; Det Norske Solistkor

With this original and wide-ranging Christmas collection, Grete Pedersen, artistic director of the Norwegian Soloists' Choir, combines 12th century hymns by Hildegard of Bingen with...continue...
Recording information: Oslo, Norway (04/2013)....continue...
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Brett Dean: The Lost Art of Letter Writing; Testament; Vexations and Devotions / Peter Zimmerman, violin; Brabbins; Nott
Brett Dean: The Lost Art of Letter Writing; Testament; Vexations and Devotions / Peter Zimmerman, violin; Brabbins; Nott

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2013-10-29

Works: Brett Dean: The Lost Art of Letter Writing, concerto for violin & orchestra; Testament, for 12 violas; Vexations and Devotions, oratorio for chorus, children's chorus, orchestra & electronics
Performers: Zimmermann, Frank Peter
Conductors: Nott, Jonathan; Brabbins, Martyn; Robertson, David
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Gondwana Voices; Sydney Symphony

More than most composers currently active, Brett Dean uses music to tackle political and social themes of our times. A common factor in the works...continue...
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De Profundis: Sacred Music for Male Choir / Orphei Drangar
De Profundis: Sacred Music for Male Choir / Orphei Drangar

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2013-09-24

Works: Gunnar Idenstam: O Kristus valgus oled sa, hymn arrangement for male chorus & organ; Cyrillus Kreek: Psalms of David; René Eespere: Glorificatio; Andres Lemba: Gloria, for male chorus; August S&...
Performers: Canning, Andrew; Einarsson, Magnus; Englund, Olle; Hartman, Erik; Rombo, Elin
Conductors: Alin, Cecilia Rydinger
Ensemble: ; Orphei Drangar

Estonia provides the starting point and goal for this disc of sacred music for male choir, with a traditional hymn followed by works by composers...continue...
Recording information: Bälinge Church, Bälinge, Sweden (02/2013)....continue...
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Times Go By Turns - Music for 4 voices by Bennett, Plummer, Smith, Tallis and Jackson / New York Polyphony
Times Go By Turns - Music for 4 voices by Bennett, Plummer, Smith, Tallis and Jackson / New York Polyphony

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2013-08-27

Works: William Byrd: Mass for 4 Voices; Richard Rodney Bennett: A Colloquy with God, for chorus; John Plummer: Missa Sine nomine; Andrew Smith: Kyrie Cunctipotens Genitor Deus, for chorus; Thomas Tallis: Sa...
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Ensemble: New York Polyphony

Taking its title from a poem by 16th century Jesuit martyr Robert Southwell, Times go by Turns comprises three masses composed during a period when...continue...
Recording information: Länna Church, Sweden (01/2013)....continue...
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John Corigliano (b.1938): Violin Concerto
John Corigliano (b.1938): Violin Concerto "The Red Violin"; Jaakko Kuusisto (b. 1974): Violin Concerto Op. 28; Leika for orchestra / Elina Vahala, violin

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2013-08-27

Works: Jaakko Kuusisto: Leika, for orchestra, Op. 24; Concerto for Violin Op. 28; John Corigliano: Concerto for Violin & orchestra ("The Red Violin")
Performers: Vähälä, Elina
Conductors: Kuusisto, Jaakko
Ensemble: ; Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Appearing for the first time on BIS, the acclaimed violinist Elina Vahala has a wide-ranging career, both geographically and in terms of repertoire. She made...continue...
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The Seasons - 20th Century Music for Wind Quintet by Barber, Hindemith, Nielsen, Vasks, Henze, Tomasi, Ibert, Milhaud et al. [4 CDs]
The Seasons - 20th Century Music for Wind Quintet by Barber, Hindemith, Nielsen, Vasks, Henze, Tomasi, Ibert, Milhaud et al. [4 CDs]

4 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2013-07-30

Works: Jacques Ibert: Pièces brèves (3), for wind quintet; Henri Tomasi: Printemps, for alto saxophone & wind quintet; Darius Milhaud: La cheminée du roi René, Op. 205; Charles Koech...
Performers: Clamor, Thomas; Norman, Daniel; Preis, Manfred
Conductors: ; Bäumer, Hermann
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

If the wind quintet genre has its origins in the early 19th century, it was during the 20th that it came of age. The possibilities...continue...
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Piano Rhapsody: An Odyssey from Bach to Satie with Roland Pöntinen, piano [4 CDs]
Piano Rhapsody: An Odyssey from Bach to Satie with Roland Pöntinen, piano [4 CDs]

4 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2013-07-30

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperiete Klavier, Book 1; Ludwig van Beethoven: Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59; Carl Maria von Weber: Sonata for Piano in C major, Op. 24; ...
Performers: Pöntinen, Roland
Conductors: Segerstam, Leif

Roland Pöntinen first entered a recording studio for BIS in 1983 - at the age of 20 - and released his début recital disc the...continue...
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Works for alto saxophone & wind ensemble - works by Milhaud, Boutry, Creston, Emilsson / Claude Delangle, saxopphone
Works for alto saxophone & wind ensemble - works by Milhaud, Boutry, Creston, Emilsson / Claude Delangle, saxopphone

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2013-03-28

Works: Jay Babcock: Catch Me If You Can, for alto saxophone & band (after John Williams); Darius Milhaud: La création du monde, Op. 81; Roger Boutry: Divertimento, for alto saxophone & orchestra; Pau...
Performers: Alin, Christina Wirdegren; Bergqvist, Christian; Delangle, Claude; Lindgard, Jonas; Lindgren, Stefan
Conductors: Lindberg, Christian
Ensemble: Swedish Wind Ensemble

International Record Review, May 2013
All the music here is on the light side, but it is played with such pizzazz and enthusiasm that the meat-free...continue...
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John Pickard: Tenebrae; Piano Concerto; Sea-Change / Brabbins, Norrköping SO, Fredrik Ullén, piano
John Pickard: Tenebrae; Piano Concerto; Sea-Change / Brabbins, Norrköping SO, Fredrik Ullén, piano

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2013-02-04

Works: John Pickard: Piano Concerto; Sea-Change, for orchestra; Tenebrae, for orchestra
Performers: Ullen, Fredrik
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: Norrköping Symphony Orchestra

International Record Review, May 2013
Brabbins directs with undemonstrative mastery and the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra is suitably uninhibited in its response...That a Swedish orchestra (...continue...
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In the Shadow of War - Bloch: Schelomo; Hough: The Loneliest Wilderness; Bridge: Oration / Steven Isserlis, cello
In the Shadow of War - Bloch: Schelomo; Hough: The Loneliest Wilderness; Bridge: Oration / Steven Isserlis, cello

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2013-01-01

Works: Ernest Bloch: Schelomo; Frank Bridge: Oration, concerto elegiaco for cello & orchestra, H. 180; Stephen Hough: The Loneliest Wilderness, elegy for cello & orchestra
Performers: Isserlis, Steven
Conductors: Wolff, Hugh; Takacs-Nagy, Gabor
Ensemble: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin; Tapiola Sinfonietta

The Observer, 7th April 2013
A mood of poignant intensity characterises the three works here, played by Steven Isserlis with two different orchestras...Some ridiculed [Schelomo] as...continue...
Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany (01/2012); Tapiola Concert Hall, Finland (01/2012); Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany (11/2009); Tapiola Concert Hall, ...continue...
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Kalevi Aho: Oboe Concerto; Solo IX; Oboe Sonata / Piet Van Bockstal, oboe; Yutaka Oya, piano
Kalevi Aho: Oboe Concerto; Solo IX; Oboe Sonata / Piet Van Bockstal, oboe; Yutaka Oya, piano

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2013-01-01

Works: Kalevi Aho: Oboe Concerto; Solo IX, for oboe; Sonata for oboe & piano
Performers: Oya, Yutaka; van Bockstal, Piet
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra

MusicWeb International, 15th May 2013
There's a chamber-like intensity to this concerto - a heightened instrumental clarity if you will - and oboist Piet Van Bockstal...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Saxmundham, Suffolk, England (09/2010); Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland (09/2010)....continue...
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Pavane - arrangements of music by Ravel, Fauré, Debussy, Dubugnon / Maxim Rysanov, viola; Ashley Wass, piano
Pavane - arrangements of music by Ravel, Fauré, Debussy, Dubugnon / Maxim Rysanov, viola; Ashley Wass, piano

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2012-10-01

Works: Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte; Gabriel Fauré: Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1; Elégie for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 24; Romance for cello & piano, Op. 69; Pavane,...
Performers: Rysanov, Maxim; Wass, Ashley

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
The Ravel is very effective, and he is not afraid to play a real pianissimo. The rest of this almost all-French...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Saxmundham, Suffolk, England (12/2011)....continue...
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Pipe Dreams: Music for flute & orchestra by Jose Serebrier, Adina Izarra, Carl Vine, Ginastera / Sharon Bezaly, flute
Pipe Dreams: Music for flute & orchestra by Jose Serebrier, Adina Izarra, Carl Vine, Ginastera / Sharon Bezaly, flute

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2012-08-25

Works: José Serebrier: Concerto for Flute with Tango; Adina Izarra: Concerto for Flute ("Pitangus Sulphuratus"); Carl Vine: Pipe Dreams, for flute & orchestra; Alberto Ginastera: Impresiones de la Puna
Performers: Bezaly, Sharon; Tognetti, Richard
Conductors: Tognetti, Richard
Ensemble: ; Australian Chamber Orchestra

BBC Music Magazine, February 2013
Bezaly plays the solo parts with great sympathy for their idioms, phenomenal virtuosity, perfect intonation even in the highest register, and...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1789
Nikita Koshkin (b. 1956): Megaron Concerto; Guitar Quintet / Elena Papandreou, guitar; New Hellenic Quartet; Singapore SO
Nikita Koshkin (b. 1956): Megaron Concerto; Guitar Quintet / Elena Papandreou, guitar; New Hellenic Quartet; Singapore SO

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2012-08-16

Works: Nikita Koshkin: Megaron Concerto, for guitar & orchestra; Quintet for guitar & string quartet; L'istesso tempo, for cello & guitar; Polka Papandreou, for guitar & orchestra
Performers: Liakakis, Angelos; Papandreou, Elena
Conductors: Shui, Lan
Ensemble: ; Singapore Symphony Orchestra
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BIS 1846
Music for solo violin by J.S. Bach, Ysaye, Auerbach / Vadim Gluzman, violin
Music for solo violin by J.S. Bach, Ysaye, Auerbach / Vadim Gluzman, violin

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2012-08-01

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004; Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; Lera Auerbach: par.ti.ta, for violin; Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata for v...
Performers: Gluzman, Vadim

The Telegraph, 17th August 2012
It all makes for fascinating listening. Gluzman has an agile technique and tonal range that fit him well for the demands...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1972SA
H.K. Gruber: 3 MOB Pieces; Busking; Kurt Schwertsik: Divertimento Macchiato / Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet; Swedish CO
H.K. Gruber: 3 MOB Pieces; Busking; Kurt Schwertsik: Divertimento Macchiato / Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet; Swedish CO

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2012-07-22

Works: HK Gruber: Mob Pieces (3), for 7 interchangeable instruments & percussion; Busking, for trumpet, accordion, banjo & string orchestra; Kurt Schwertsik: Divertimento Macchiato, for trumpet & orchestra ...
Performers: Bersgtrom, Mats; Buder, Claudia; Hardenberger, Hakan [Trumpet]
Conductors: Gruber, HK
Ensemble: ; Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
The disc's centrepiece is HK Gruber's trumpet concerto Busking...The most involving passages, to my ear, are those in which banjo and accordion...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1884
Curse Upon Iron - Works for Male Choir by Veljo Tormis / Orphei Drängar Male Choir
Curse Upon Iron - Works for Male Choir by Veljo Tormis / Orphei Drängar Male Choir

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2012-07-22

Works: Veljo Tormis: Incantatio maris aestuosi (Incantation for a Stormy Sea), for chorus; Kord me tuleme tagasi; Kolm mul oli kaunist sona (I Had Three Beautiful Words), for male chorus & flute; Vastlalaul...
Performers: Alin, Andreas; Alin, Folke; Einarsson, Magnus; Rombo, Elin; Sjogren, Magnus; Stolare, Henrik; Sundberg, Gunnar
Conductors: Alin, Cecilia Rydinger
Ensemble: Orphei Drängar Male Choir
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BIS 1993SA
Kalevi Aho: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings; Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano; Sonata for Two Accordions /
Kalevi Aho: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings; Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano; Sonata for Two Accordions /

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2012-05-10

Works: Kalevi Aho: Quintet for clarinet & string quartet; Trio for clarinet, viola & piano; Sonata for 2 Accordions
Performers: Billmeyer, Susan; DiBello, Gina [Violin]; Kujala, Susanne [Accordion]; Kujala, Veli; Kwak, Sarah; Ross, Anthony; Turner, Thomas; Vanska, Osmo

MusicWeb International, August 2012
What's most intriguing about this review disc is that it features Osmo VSnskS not as a conductor but as a soloist...VSnskS the...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1886
Ecstatic Drumbeat
Ecstatic Drumbeat

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2012-05-01

Works: Yiu-Kwong Chung: Concerto for percussion & Chinese orchestra; Emperor Qin Crushing the Battle Formations, for 2 percussionists & Chinese orchestra; Keiko Abe: Prism Rhapsody II, for solo marimba & or...
Performers: Glennie, Evelyn; Hsieh, Tsung-Hsin
Conductors: Shao, En; Chung, Yiu-Kwong

The Times, 30th June 2012
Here's something different: a meeting of Britain's most famous percussionist and the Taipei Chinese Orchestra. This resourceful Taiwanese ensemble regularly collabo...continue...
Recording information: Zhongshang Hall, Taipei City, Taiwan (11/2010)....continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1599SA
Brain Rubbish
Brain Rubbish

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2012-05-01

Works: Adam Gorb: Yiddish Dances, for symphonic wind orchestra; Christian Lindberg: Suite from Galamanta, for band; Brain Rubbish, for band; George Gershwin: An American in Paris; Bernardo Adam-Ferrero: Hom...
Conductors: Lindberg, Christian
Ensemble: Swedish Wind Ensemble

Recording information: 01/2010....continue...
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BIS 1958
Chameleon: Music for Tuba and Fanfare Band / Øystein Baadsvik
Chameleon: Music for Tuba and Fanfare Band / Øystein Baadsvik

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2012-03-10

Works: Oystein Baadsvik: Did You Do?, for didjeridu & band; Anna Baadsvik: Memory of a Rose, for tuba & band; Robert Jager: Concerto for bass tuba & band; Rob Goorhuis: Concerto for tuba & band; Pat Metheny...
Performers: Baadsvik, Oystein
Conductors: Botma, Tijmen
Ensemble: ; Fanfare Band of the Royal Netherlands

Recording information: Van Brederode Barracks, Vucht, the Netherlands (11/2010-12/2010)....continue...
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BIS 1965SA
Trombone Fantasy / Christian Lindberg, trombone
Trombone Fantasy / Christian Lindberg, trombone

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2011-12-03

Works: Yiu-Kwong Chung: Mongolian Fantasy, for trombone & orchestra; Cursing General Cao Cao, for trombone & Chinese orchestra; Recueillement, for trombone & orchestra; Christian Lindberg: The Wild Rose, fo...
Performers: Lindberg, Christian; Lu, Yung-Hui
Conductors: Shao, En
Ensemble: ; Taipei Chinese Orchestra

International Record Review, June 2012
There has been no diminution in his awe-inspiring skills as a trombonist...The engineering is a riot of colour, captured in detail,...continue...
Recording information: Zhongshang Hall, Taipei City, Taiwan (11/2009)....continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1888
The Eight Sounds: works for saxophone quartet / works by Sally Beamish, Steven Stucky & Chen Yi
The Eight Sounds: works for saxophone quartet / works by Sally Beamish, Steven Stucky & Chen Yi

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2011-12-03

Works: Sally Beamish: Chamber Concerto for saxophone quartet & strings; Steven Stucky: Music for saxophones & strings; Chen Yi: Ba Yin (The Eight Sounds), for saxophone quartet & orchestra
Conductors: Engelen, Robin
Ensemble: Raschèr Saxophone Quartet

International Record Review, June 2012
The performances and recording strike me as excellent, with the quicksilver virtuosity of the Rascher Quartet almost a reward in itself.
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Recording information: Liederkranzhalle, Stuttgart-Botnang, Germany (11/2008)....continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1821
Per Norgård: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Spaces of Time / Herresthal, violin
Per Norgård: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Spaces of Time / Herresthal, violin

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2011-12-03

Works: Per Norgård: Helle Nacht, concerto for violin & orchestra; Spaces of Time, for orchestra; Borderlines (Violin Concerto no 2), for violin, strings & percussion
Performers: Herresthal, Peter; Mo, Ida
Conductors: Gupta, Rolf
Ensemble: ; Stavanger Symphony Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine, June 2012
Herresthal plays compellingly...The 'filler' is scarcely less substantial than the concertos...The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra deliver sensitive accompaniment...continue...
Recording information: Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway (08/2010)....continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1872
Dances to a Black Pipe - works for solo clarinet by Copland, Brahms, Piazzolla, Lutoslawski et al. / Martin Frost, clarinet
Dances to a Black Pipe - works for solo clarinet by Copland, Brahms, Piazzolla, Lutoslawski et al. / Martin Frost, clarinet

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2011-11-03

Works: Aaron Copland: Concerto for Clarinet; Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances; Göran Frost: Klezmer Dances, for clarinet & strings; Witold Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes (5) for solo clarinet, harp, pian...
Performers: Frost, Martin; Gleeson, Richard; Martin, Benjamin; Nixon, Brian; Reeves, Lucy; Tognetti, Richard
Conductors: Tognetti, Richard

The Independent on Sunday, 8th January 2012
Performed in both the original and revised versions, Copland's hot, slick Clarinet Concerto bookends a programme that incorporates waltz,...continue...
Recording information: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Sydney, Australia (05/2011-06/2011)....continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1863SA
Broken Branches: Compositions By Stephen Hough / Michael Hasel, piccolo; Stephen Hough, piano; Jacques Imbrailo, baritone; Steven Isserlis, cello
Broken Branches: Compositions By Stephen Hough / Michael Hasel, piccolo; Stephen Hough, piano; Jacques Imbrailo, baritone; Steven Isserlis, cello

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2011-11-03

Works: Stephen Hough: Was mit den Tränen geschieht, for piccolo, contrabassoon & piano; Un Piccolo Sonatina, for piccolo; Bridgewater, for bassoon & piano; Herbstlieder, for voice & piano; Broken Branc...
Performers: Hasel, Michael; Hough, Stephen [Piano]; Imbrailo, Jacques; Isserlis, Steven; Reinhard, Marion
Conductors: Takacs-Nagy, Gabor
Ensemble: Tapiola Sinfonietta

Gramophone Magazine, February 2012
His eclectic tonal style embraces a wide array of influences yet maintains its own personality....In short, Hough's music speaks with susbtance, fluent...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1952
Snowflakes: A Classical Christmas
Snowflakes: A Classical Christmas

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2011-11-03

Works: John Francis Wade: O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles); Leigh Harline: Pinocchio; Franz Schubert: Ave Maria; Christmas Traditional: Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French); God Rest You Merry, Gentl...
Performers: Baadsvik, Oystein
Conductors: Wigum, Torodd

Recording information: Trondheim, Norway (05/2011)....continue...
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BIS 1885
A Lindberg Extravaganza
A Lindberg Extravaganza

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2011-10-03

Works: Andrea Lindberg-Tarrodi: A Tribute to Dorsey, Miller and Teagarden, for trombone & ensemble; Anders Högstedt: A Tribute to Jussi Björling, for trombone & ensemble; A Night at the Opera, for...
Performers: Lindberg, Christian
Conductors: Ek, Hans
Ensemble: Swedish Wind Ensemble

BBC Music Magazine, January 2012
Lindberg lets his hair down with affectionate homages to big band bonhomie, Jussi Bjorling, Richard Rodgers, and opera. File under 'easy...continue...
Recording information: Nacka Aula, Sweden (11/2009)....continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1878
Chopin: Fantasie in F minor; Ballades; Mazurkas; Nocturnes
Chopin: Fantasie in F minor; Ballades; Mazurkas; Nocturnes

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2011-10-03

Works: Frédéric Chopin: Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49; Nocturne for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/1, CT. 114; Nocturne for piano no 13 in C minor, Op. 48/1, CT. 12...
Performers: Sudbin, Yevgeny

Recording information: St George's Bristol, England (2009-02-??&2010-07-??&2011-)....continue...
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BIS 1838SA
Ilkka Kuusisto: Orchestral Works
Ilkka Kuusisto: Orchestral Works

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2011-10-03

Works: Ilkka Kuusisto: Symphony no 1; Concertino improvvisando, for violin & small orchestra; Kun talo alkaa soida (When the house begins to resound), cantata for baritone & orchestra
Performers: Hynninen, Jorma; Kuusisto, Pekka
Conductors: Kuusisto, Jaakko

Recording information: Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland (01/2010/09/2010)....continue...
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BIS 1847
Glorious Percussion, In Tempus Praesens: Concertos by Sofia Gubaidulina
Glorious Percussion, In Tempus Praesens: Concertos by Sofia Gubaidulina

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2011-10-03

Works: Sofia Gubaidulina: Concerto for Violin "In tempus praesens"; Glorious Percussion, concerto for percussion & orchestra
Performers: Gluzman, Vadim
Conductors: Nott, Jonathan

BBC Music Magazine, March 2012
Gubaidulina's second violin concerto, In Tempus Praesens (2007) is one of her most eloquent utterances...All in all a poetic reading, sufficiently...continue...
Recording information: KKL Luzern (03/16/2011/03/17/2011); KKL Luzern (12/03/2008/12/04/2008)....continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1752
Across The Sea: Chinese-American Flute Concertos /  Sharon Bezaly, flute
Across The Sea: Chinese-American Flute Concertos / Sharon Bezaly, flute

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2011-10-01

Works: Zhou Long: Five Elements, for dizi, clarinet in A, pipa, erhu, cello & percussion; The Deep, Deep Sea, for alto flute, piccolo, timpani, harp & strings; Bright Sheng: Flute Moon for piccolo/flute, ha...
Performers: Bezaly, Sharon; Fox, Jonathan; Mashurova, Gulnara
Conductors: Shui, Lan
Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

BBC Music Magazine, January 2012
There's plenty of trenchant listening alongside the more illustrative soundscapes.
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Recording information: Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore; Esplanade Concert Hal....continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BIS 1739
Around the World
Around the World

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2011-09-02

Works: Daniel Schnyder: The Island, for bass trombone & piano; Shourouk, overture for orchestra; Suite for bass trombone & orchestra; Variations "Donne"; Around the World, for saxophone, trombone & piano; s...
Performers: Breinschmid, Georg; Buig, Anna; Doctor, Marcio; Hager, Raphael; Hofmann, Ulrike; Kasai, Yuki; Khalife, Bachar; Laine, Esko; Polonek, Krzysztof; Sawano, Tomoko; Schnyder, Daniel; Schulz, Stefan [Bass ...
Conductors: Sanderling, Michael; Helmrath, Michael
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