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'Poème' - Works for violin and piano by Franck & Ysae / Lisa Jacobs, violin; Ksenia Kouzmenko, piano
'Poème' - Works for violin and piano by Franck & Ysae / Lisa Jacobs, violin; Ksenia Kouzmenko, piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2014-02-11

Works: Eugène Ysaÿe: Poème élégiaque, Op. 12; Extase, Op. 18; César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
Performers: Jacobs, Lisa [Violin]; Kouzmenko, Ksenia

Fabulously rich and evocative violin works by Eugène Ysaÿe and César Franck, performed by young Dutch virtuoso Lisa Jacobs, winner of second prize at the...continue...
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John Ruocco and Adrian Mears Meet the Würzburg Philharmonic
John Ruocco and Adrian Mears Meet the Würzburg Philharmonic

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-11-12

Works: Adrian Mears: The Ballad of a Bad Lady, for jazz ensemble & orchestra; Inside Looking Out, for jazz ensemble & orchestra; Impressions of Bohuslav Martinu, for jazz ensemble & orchestra; Jonathan Seer...
Performers: Hochstadter, Paul; Mears, Adrian; Pichl, Bernhard; Ruocco, John
Conductors: Seers, Jonathan

Recording information: Konzertsaal, Musikhochschule Würzburg (2010-03-18_2010-03-19&2011-)....continue...
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Schumann, Schubert: Songs after poems by Goethe & Schiller / Johannes Martin Kranzle, baritone; Hilko Dumno, piano
Schumann, Schubert: Songs after poems by Goethe & Schiller / Johannes Martin Kranzle, baritone; Hilko Dumno, piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-09-10

Works: Robert Schumann: Ballade des Harfners ("Was hör ich draussen vor dem Tor"), song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meister s; Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass, song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meis...
Performers: Dumno, Hilko; Kranzle, Johannes Martin; Kronthaler, Theresa [Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)]

After recording romantic ballads, Kränzle & Dumno decided their next project would focus on songs exploring the limits of mankind. With their musical settings of...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (11/05/2012-11/08/2012)....continue...
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Schone Welt, wo bist Du? Songs by Berg, Mahler, R. Strauss, Schubert, Wolf, Schoenberg, Kilpinen / Julia Kleiter, soprano; Michael Gees, piano
Schone Welt, wo bist Du? Songs by Berg, Mahler, R. Strauss, Schubert, Wolf, Schoenberg, Kilpinen / Julia Kleiter, soprano; Michael Gees, piano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-09-10

Works: Richard Strauss: Lieder (8), Op. 49; Lieder (4), Op. 27; September ("Der Garten trauert, kühl sinkt in die Blumen der Regen"), song for soprano & orchestra,; Alban Berg: Early Songs (7); Gustav ...
Performers: Gees, Michael; Kleiter, Julia

A program based on Berg's "Seven Early Songs" combined with romantic and contemporary music by Mahler, Richard Strauss, Schubert, Wolf, Schoenberg, and Kilpinen.

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Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (11/05/2012-11/09/2012)....continue...
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Oscillations: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas nos 6 & 10; Stravinsky: 11 Bagatelles, Op. 119; Sonata et al. / Einav Yarden: piano
Oscillations: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas nos 6 & 10; Stravinsky: 11 Bagatelles, Op. 119; Sonata et al. / Einav Yarden: piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-08-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2; Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2; Bagatelles (11) for piano, Op. 119; Igor Stravinsky: Sonata for piano; Easy Pieces...
Performers: Yarden, Einav

In this unusual pairing, pianist Einav Yarden juxtaposes two composers who are rarely named in one breath: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) and Igor...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (2013-10-23_2013-10-24&2013-)....continue...
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Beyond Schumann - Symphonic Etudes; Kinderszenen; Kreisleriana; Vogel als Prophet / Michael Gees, piano
Beyond Schumann - Symphonic Etudes; Kinderszenen; Kreisleriana; Vogel als Prophet / Michael Gees, piano

2 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-08-13

Works: Robert Schumann: Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13; Kinderszenen, Op. 15; Kreisleriana; Waldszenen, Op. 82
Performers: Gees, Michael

Acclaimed pianist/improviser Michael Gees is a pioneer for breaking classical music taboos, well known for his partnership with tenor Christoph Pregardien. The pianist's second solo...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (10/29/2012-11/02/2012)....continue...
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Schubert: Winterreise, D.911 / Christoph Prégardien: tenor; Michael Gees: piano
Schubert: Winterreise, D.911 / Christoph Prégardien: tenor; Michael Gees: piano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-07-09

Works: Franz Schubert: Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
Performers: Gees, Michael; Pregardien, Christoph

Challenge Classics presents a luxurious Hybrid Super Audio edition of Schubert's famous song cycle Winterreise, also available on DVD or Blu-ray with studio performances and...continue...
Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Mol (Belgium) (09/02/2012-09/05/2012)....continue...
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Hungarian Horizon - Music by Zoltan Kodály & Bela Bartók / Valentina Tóth: piano
Hungarian Horizon - Music by Zoltan Kodály & Bela Bartók / Valentina Tóth: piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-07-09

Works: Béla Bartók: Bagatelles (14) for Piano, Op. 6/Sz 38; Hungarian folksongs (3) from the Csik district, Sz 35a; Zoltán Kodály: Pieces (7) for piano, Op. 11; Dances of Marosszék ...
Performers: Toth, Valentina

The outstanding debut recording of talented 18-year-old Dutch pianist Valentina Tóth, first prizewinner in the 2009 Princess Christina Piano Competition in the Netherlands! Because of...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (07/2012/01/2013)....continue...
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Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Complete Sonatas and works for violin & piano / Linus Roth: violin; José Gallardo: piano
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Complete Sonatas and works for violin & piano / Linus Roth: violin; José Gallardo: piano

3 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-07-09

Works: Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Sonata for violin & piano no 5 in G minor, Op. 53; Sonata for violin & piano no 4, Op. 39; Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, for violin & piano, Op. 47/3; Sonata for violin & piano n...
Performers: Gallardo, Jose [Piano]; Roth, Linus

In this very special project, Linus Roth and José Gallardo interpret Weinberg's sonatas and works for violin and piano in a complete a anthology for...continue...
Recording information: Motor Music Studio, Mechelen, Belgium (2013-01-09_2013-01-11&2013-)....continue...
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Franz Schubert: Winterreise / Christoph Prégardien, tenor and Michael Gees, piano [DVD]
Franz Schubert: Winterreise / Christoph Prégardien, tenor and Michael Gees, piano [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Challenge Classics / 2013-07-09

Works: Franz Schubert: Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
Performers: Gees, Michael; Prégardien, Christoph

Challenge Classics presents a luxurious Hybrid Super Audio edition of Schubert's famous song cycle Winterreise, also available on DVD or Blu-ray with studio performances and...continue...
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Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Works / Alexei Volodin, piano
Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Works / Alexei Volodin, piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-06-11

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42; Ten Preludes, op. 23; Thirteen Preludes, op. 32; Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3; Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36; É...
Performers: Volodin, Alexei

Alexei Volodin is one of today's most outstanding Russian pianists. For his third recording on Challenge Classics, the artist focuses on beloved composer Sergei Rachmaninov....continue...
Recording information: Beethovensaal, Hannover Congress Centrum (07/03/2012-07/06/2012)....continue...
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Ludovico Einaudi (b.1955): Nightbook / Hanna Devich, piano
Ludovico Einaudi (b.1955): Nightbook / Hanna Devich, piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-05-14

Works: Ludovico Einaudi: In Principio, for piano & electronics; The Snow Prelude no 15, for piano; Rêverie, for piano, guitar, cello & vibraphone; The Crane Dance, for piano, guitar, cello & vibraphone...
Performers: Devich, Hanna

Pianist Hanna Devich (of the former Devich Trio) is going solo and absolutely loves it! Hanna is also a piano teacher, and when she was...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (07/19/2012-07/20/2012)....continue...
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Sergei Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin & Piano / Isabelle van Keulen: violin; Ronald Brautigam: piano
Sergei Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin & Piano / Isabelle van Keulen: violin; Ronald Brautigam: piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-04-09

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94bis; Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 80; Melodies (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 35bis
Performers: Brautigam, Ronald; van Keulen, Isabelle [Violin]

Isabelle van Keulen s breakthrough came in 1984, when she won BBC Young Musician of the Year. The competition was broadcast all over Europe, and...continue...
Recording information: Sendesaal Bremen, Bremen, Germany (11/18/2011-11/20/2011)....continue...
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Folk Stories - Traditional folk songs and music by Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler, Britten, Respighi, Bartók, Sibelius, and Vogel / Cora Burggraaf: mezzo-soprano
Folk Stories - Traditional folk songs and music by Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler, Britten, Respighi, Bartók, Sibelius, and Vogel / Cora Burggraaf: mezzo-soprano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-02-12

Works: English Traditional: Sprig of Thyme; Johannes Brahms: Marienwürmchen ("Marienwürmchen, setze dich"), folk song for voice & piano (Volks-Kinderlieder), WoO; German folk songs (49) for voice ...
Performers: Burggraaf, Cora; Ferschtman, Liza; Lepper, Simon; Mijnders, Floris

The debut CD on Challenge Classics for Cora Burggraaf, recipient of many prizes including the 2009/10 ECHO Rising Star Award, the 2006 Elizabeth Everts Prize,...continue...
Recording information: De Doelen Hall, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2011-04-26&2011-12-11_2011-)....continue...
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Vladimir Genin: Seven Melodies for the Dial / Olga Domnina, piano
Vladimir Genin: Seven Melodies for the Dial / Olga Domnina, piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-01-08

Works: Vladimir Genin: Seven Melodies for the Dial, cycle for piano
Performers: Domnina, Olga

A solo debut on Challenge Classics by a renowned Russian pianist! This is the world premiere recording of a piano cycle written in 2011 by...continue...
Recording information: Dinemec Studio, Gland, Switzerland (08/12/2011-08/16/2011)....continue...
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Linkages - Brahms: Fantasies, Op. 116; Schoenberg: Suite Op. 25; works by Wagner, Liszt / Martin Tchiba: piano
Linkages - Brahms: Fantasies, Op. 116; Schoenberg: Suite Op. 25; works by Wagner, Liszt / Martin Tchiba: piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Johannes Brahms: Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116; Richard Wagner: Albumblatt (In das Album Fürstin Metternich), for piano in C major, WWV 94; Franz Liszt: Nuages gris (Grey clouds); Helmut Lach...
Performers: Tchiba, Martin

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Recording information: Niederberg Forum, Velbert, Germany (10/07/2010-10/09/2010); Niederberg Forum, Velbert, Germany (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)....continue...
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Uptown/Downtown: An Urban Panorama in six movements / John Snijders, piano; Celso Antunes
Uptown/Downtown: An Urban Panorama in six movements / John Snijders, piano; Celso Antunes

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-10-09

Works: Richard Rijnvos: NYConcerto, for piano & chamber orchestra; Manhattan Square Dances, for 2 identical orchestras
Performers: Snijders, John
Conductors: Antunes, Celso
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic; Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

As Morton Feldman said, "The less ideas a composition has, the stronger it gets." This is Richard Rijnvos' beloved motto. With the utmost precision he...continue...
Recording information: Studio 5, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep, Hilversum, The N....continue...
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Songs of Quest & Inspiration - songs by Cyril Scott, Ralph Vaughan Williams / Robbert Muuse, baritone; Micha van Weers, piano
Songs of Quest & Inspiration - songs by Cyril Scott, Ralph Vaughan Williams / Robbert Muuse, baritone; Micha van Weers, piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-02-14

Works: Cyril Scott: Song of London, for voice & piano, Op. 52/1; Blackbird's Song, for voice & piano, Op. 52/3; Sundown, for voice & piano; To-Morrow, for voice & piano; Water-Lilies, for voice & piano; Tim...
Performers: Muuse, Robbert; van Weers, Micha

On this new CD the highly rated duo of baritone Robbert Muuse and pianist Micha van Weers perform a selection of rarely recorded songs by...continue...
Recording information: FWL STudios, Leipzig, Germany (2011-07-04_2011-07-07&2011-)....continue...
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Kreutzer Sonata and Other Works for Cello & Piano / Jelena Ocic, Federico Lovato
Kreutzer Sonata and Other Works for Cello & Piano / Jelena Ocic, Federico Lovato

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-01-10

Works: Ignaz Moscheles: 5 studies in melodic counterpoint, Op. 137a (preludes from Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier" with c; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreut...
Performers: Lovato, Federico; Ocic, Jelena [Cello]

The young Croatian cellist Jelena Ocic has been singled out as one of the most gifted of her generation. On this CD she is accompanied...continue...
Recording information: FWL STudios, Leipzig, Germany (01/04/2011-01/08/2011)....continue...
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ImproviSatie / Michael Gees, piano
ImproviSatie / Michael Gees, piano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-10-11

Works: Erik Satie: Vieux Sequins et Vieilles Cuirasses; Gnossienne for piano no 5; Pièces froides; Gnossienne 1; Véritables Prélude Flasques (pour un chien); Descriptions automatiques; Gnossi...
Performers: Gees, Michael

Michael Gees is an acclaimed pianist and composer/improviser, best known for his collaborations with Christoph Prégardien. The duo was awarded the 2009 MIDEM Vocal Award...continue...
Recording information: FWL-Studios, Leipzig, Germany (10/11/2010-10/14/2010)....continue...
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Beethoven, Krufft: Sonatas for Horn & Piano / Anneke Scott, horn; Kathryn Cok, piano
Beethoven, Krufft: Sonatas for Horn & Piano / Anneke Scott, horn; Kathryn Cok, piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-10-11

Works: Nikolaus Von Krufft: Sonata for horn & piano in E major; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17; Franz Joseph Haydn: "Rider" quartet; Maximilian Joseph Leidesdorf: Sonata ...
Performers: Cok, Kathryn; Scott, Anneke [Horn]

An extraordinary collection of 19th-century works for horn and fortepiano! The brilliant tone and superb virtuosity of the famous Anneke Scott and the refined, balanced...continue...
Recording information: Balletica Studios, Covent Garden, London (11/20/2007-11/23/2007)....continue...
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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-10-11

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition; Franz Liszt: Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144; Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434
Performers: Tsujii, Nobuyuki

The second album for Challenge Classics from the Japanese pianist - this time a solo album! Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii was joint Gold Medalist of the...continue...
Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (05/06/2010-05/07/2010)....continue...
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Miroirs: Piano Works by Schumann, Ravel & Scriabin / Alexei Volodin, piano
Miroirs: Piano Works by Schumann, Ravel & Scriabin / Alexei Volodin, piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-09-13

Works: Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana; Maurice Ravel: Miroirs; Alexander Scriabin: Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
Performers: Volodin, Alexei

Alexei Volodin is a modest virtuoso. This seems contradictory, but it simply means that using virtuosity to "show off" is not his thing. Being technically...continue...
Recording information: Kurhaus Bad Reichenhall, Germany (09/21/2010-09/23/2010)....continue...
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Brahms, Rheinberger: Clarinet Sonatas / Oudenweijer
Brahms, Rheinberger: Clarinet Sonatas / Oudenweijer

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-06-14

Works: Johannes Brahms: Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2; Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1; Joseph Rheinberger: Sonata for clarinet & p...
Performers: Eijsackers, Hans; van den Oudenwijer, Lars Wouters

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer is the top solo clarinetist in the Netherlands, known for his warm and powerful tone that is compelling and sensitive...continue...
Recording information: FWL STudios, Leipzig, Germany (06/28/2010-06/29/2010)....continue...
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Willen van Otterloo: The Original Recordings: 1951-1966
Willen van Otterloo: The Original Recordings: 1951-1966

7 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-06-14

Works: Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93; César Franck: Les Eolides, M 43; Symphony in D minor, M 48; Psyché, symphonic poem for chorus & orchestra (also arr. for piano, 4 hands), M. 47;...
Performers: Asma, Feike; Groot, Cor De; Krebbers, Herman; Olof, Theo
Conductors: Otterloo, Willem Van
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Brahms: Violin Sonatas
Brahms: Violin Sonatas

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-05-10

Works: Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78; Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100; Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108; Scherzo for Violin an...
Performers: Gallardo, Jose [Piano]; Roth, Linus

Linus Roth's playing combines an exceptional cultivated sound with technical brilliance, accompanied by musical intuition and a vast knowledge of different styles. This recording is...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK (07/21/2010-07/24/2010)....continue...
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The Unknown Beethoven
The Unknown Beethoven

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-03-08

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for cello & piano in E flat major (arr. of String Trio, Op. 3), Op. 64; Sonatina in C minor, WoO 43a; Adagio for piano & mandolin in E flat major, WoO 43/2; Sonatina in C...
Performers: Berger, Julius; Gallardo, Jose [Piano]

After in-depth studies, cellist Julius Berger came to the conclusion that the arrangement of the String Trio Op. 3 of 1794 was created and published...continue...
Recording information: Konzertsaal der Universität Augsburg (03/12/2010-03/14/2010)....continue...
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Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Franz Liszt: Piano Pieces
Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Franz Liszt: Piano Pieces

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-03-08

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18; Franz Liszt: Liebesträume, notturno for piano no 1 in A flat major ("Hohe Liebe"), S. 541/1 (LW A103/1); Der Tanz in der Dorfschen...
Performers: Tsujii, Nobuyuki
Conductors: Sado, Yutaka
Ensemble: Deutches Symphony Orchestra Berlin

Blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii became a worldwide sensation after he was named joint Gold Medalist of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Here, he...continue...
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Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch
Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-10-12

Works: Hugo Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch I; Italienisches Liederbuch II; Was für ein Lied soll dir gesungen werden?, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch); Und steht Ihr früh am Morg...
Performers: Dumno, Hilko; Kleiter, Julia; Pregardien, Christoph

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Hugo Wolf 's birth, this new CD from world-famous musicians Christoph Pregardien, Julia Kleiter, and Hilko Dumno presents poems by...continue...
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Ginastera, Kabelevsky, Senderovas: Works for Violoncello and Piano
Ginastera, Kabelevsky, Senderovas: Works for Violoncello and Piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-05-11

Works: Anatolijus Senderovas: Two Songs of Shulamith, for cello & piano; Dmitry Kabalevsky: Sonata for cello & piano in B flat major, Op. 71; Alberto Ginastera: Sonata for Cello Op. 49; Canciones (2), Op. 3
Performers: Lovato, Federico; Ocic, Jelena [Cello]

The debut recording on Challenge Classics from a young Croatian cellist who is well on her way to international acclaim! Energetic, poetic, and virtuosic, her...continue...
Recording information: Teatro Ventidio Basso, Ascoli Piceno, Italy (09/16/2009-09/17/2009)....continue...
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Chopin: Piano Works / Alexei Volodin
Chopin: Piano Works / Alexei Volodin

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-05-11

Works: Frédéric Chopin: Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29; Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F sharp major, B 129/Op. 36; Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51; Fan...
Performers: Volodin, Alexei

An internationally known pianist who plays all over the world, Alexei Volodin has won prizes at various international competitions. In 2003 he won the First...continue...
Recording information: Bayerischer Rundfunk, Studio 1, München (D) (09/24/2009-09/26/2009)....continue...
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Between Life & Death
Between Life & Death

2 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-02-09

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh'!, BWV 478; Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 2; Des Knaben Wunderhorn; Rückert Lieder (5); Franz Schubert: Schwanengesang, D 744; Aufl&ou...
Performers: Gees, Michael; Pregardien, Christoph

A selection of compositions ranging over almost two centuries, with eleven compositions and many musical forms. Pregardien and Gees present 22 faces of death in...continue...
Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (11/14/2008-11/17/2008)....continue...
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Albéniz: Iberia Vol. 2
Albéniz: Iberia Vol. 2

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-02-09

Works: Isaac Albéniz: Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 3; Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 4
Performers: Ish-Hurwitz, Yoram

Second volume of the very attractive Iberia for piano solo, where the flamenco elements of Andalusia are so beautifully mixed with French impressionistic elements and...continue...
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Max Reger: Clarinet Sonatas, Op. 107 & 49 / Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer
Max Reger: Clarinet Sonatas, Op. 107 & 49 / Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-10-13

Works: Max Reger: Sonata for clarinet & piano no 3 in B flat major, Op. 107; Sonata for clarinet & piano no 1 in A flat major, Op. 49/1; Sonata for clarinet & piano no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 49/2
Performers: Eijsackers, Hans; van den Oudenwijer, Lars Wouters

This is probably the most ardent, spirited plea for the defense of Reger, to preserve his beautiful clarinet sonatas from condemnation to undeserved obscurity in...continue...
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Schumann: Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Op. 105 & 121 / Roth, Gallardo
Schumann: Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Op. 105 & 121 / Roth, Gallardo

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-10-13

Works: Robert Schumann: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121; Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105; Liederkreis, Op. 39; Aus den Hebräischen Gesängen ("Mein Herz is...
Performers: Gallardo, Jose [Piano]; Roth, Linus

Inspired performances by a duo that has played together for almost 10 years. Linus Roth plays on the colorful, rich-sounding A. Stradivari "Dancla" 1703 violin....continue...
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Violin Sonata Around 1900 / Van Keulen, et al
Violin Sonata Around 1900 / Van Keulen, et al

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-09-08

Works: Richard Strauss: Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 18; Nino Rota: Sonata for violin & piano; Ottorino Respighi: Sonata for violin & piano, in B minor, P. 110
Performers: Brautigam, Ronald; van Keulen, Isabelle [Violin]
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Music in Motion / De Quant, Van Malde
Music in Motion / De Quant, Van Malde

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-09-08

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Sonata in D major, Op. 94; Rob du Bois: Movements for piccolo & piano; Otar Vasil'yevich Taktakishvili: Sonata for flute & piano in C major; Robert Zuidam: Movements (4) for flute &...
Performers: Malde, Elizabeth van; Quant, Abbie de

A well-balanced program of some of the finest flute compositions of the 20th century, both classic and modern, by Holland's most adventurous flute soloist....continue...
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Albéniz: Iberia Vol 1 - Books 1 & 2 / Yoram Ish-Hurwitz
Albéniz: Iberia Vol 1 - Books 1 & 2 / Yoram Ish-Hurwitz

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-07-14

Works: Isaac Albéniz: Iberia Suite, Book 1; Iberia Suite, Book 2
Performers: Ish-Hurwitz, Yoram

A virtuoso on par with Lazar Berman or Louis Lortie, Yoram Ish-Hurwitz is a Dutch pianist of Israeli origin. In 1988 he won the second...continue...
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Kirvani Revisited
Kirvani Revisited

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-01-13

Works: Marion Von Tilzer: David and Batsheva, for piano & ensemble; Batsheva's Song, for piano & ensemble; Inner Bells, for piano & ensemble; Tante Lotte, for piano & ensemble; Kisagotami, overture for pian...
Performers: Alkan-Heymann, Liat; Chauvin, Julien [Violin]; Dijker, Heiko; Heymann, Rani; Horst, Sanne van der; Keizer, Joost; Von Tilzer, Marion; Wel, Jeroen van der

Marion von Tilzer manages to integrate Indian instruments and musical principles into her own style of composing in such an admirable, original way that it...continue...
Personnel: Marion Von Tilzer (piano); Liat Alkan-Heymann (soprano); Sanne Van Der Horst (violin, cello); Jeroen van der Wel, Lenneke van Staalen, Julien Chauvin (violin); Joost Keizer (viola); Rani H...continue...
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CHL 72295
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin / Christoph Prégardien, Michael Gees
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin / Christoph Prégardien, Michael Gees

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2008-05-13

Works: Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25
Performers: Gees, Michael; Prégardien, Christoph

With this performance of the immortal Mullerin, Christoph Pregardien plants a remarkably bright, clearly waving flag amidst his many fine recordings as well as in...continue...
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Elgar, Grieg: Violin Sonatas, etc  / Charlie Siem, Andrei Korobeinikov
Elgar, Grieg: Violin Sonatas, etc / Charlie Siem, Andrei Korobeinikov

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2008-05-13

Works: Edward Elgar: Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82; Serenade, for piano; Adieu, for piano; Edvard Grieg: Heart's melodies, Op. 5; Sonata no 3 in C minor for violin & piano
Performers: Korobeinikov, Andrei; Siem, Charlie

These young, ambitious musicians deliver inspired performances of two major sonatas as well as some lesser-known miniatures....continue...
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Oboesession - Saint-Saëns, Dutilleux, Poulenc, etc / Pauline Oostenrijk, Ivo Jansen
Oboesession - Saint-Saëns, Dutilleux, Poulenc, etc / Pauline Oostenrijk, Ivo Jansen

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2008-05-13

Works: Camille Saint-Saëns: Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D major, Op. 166; Henri Dutilleux: Sonata for Oboe and Piano; Francis Poulenc: Sonata for oboe & piano, FP 185; Marcel Mihalovici: Sonatina for ...
Performers: Janssen, Ivo; Oostenrijk, Pauline
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CHL 72062
Tango Romances - Piazzolla, Bragato / Devich Trio
Tango Romances - Piazzolla, Bragato / Devich Trio

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2008-02-12

Works: Astor Piazzolla: Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle; Enrico IV; Le Grand Tango; Revolucionario, tango; La muerte del ángel, tango (from Angel series); Jos...
Performers: Devich, Hanna; Havelaar, Jasper
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Ensemble: Devich Trio

What started as the trio's concert encore has resulted in a whole CD filled with nine musical gems from the Argetinean tango master and his...continue...
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CHL 72178
Grieg, Elgar, Sibelius: Music for Violin & Piano
Grieg, Elgar, Sibelius: Music for Violin & Piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2007-11-13

Works: Edvard Grieg: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 8; Edward Elgar: Sospiri, adagio for violin & piano, Op. 70; Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82; Jean Sibelius: Humoresque, fo...
Performers: Brautigam, Ronald; van Keulen, Isabelle [Violin]

The year of this release is an anniversary year for all three composers on the CD: the centenary of Grieg’s death; Elgar’s 150th birthday; and...continue...
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Schubert, Beethoven: Works for Piano & Violin / Ferschtman
Schubert, Beethoven: Works for Piano & Violin / Ferschtman

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2007-07-10

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 96; Franz Schubert: Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, D 934/Op. 159; Sei mir gegrüsst, D 741/Op. 20 no 1
Performers: Barnatan, Inon; Ferschtman, Liza

An excellent, inventive coupling of two unexpected, closely related works from beloved composers in a well-considered, passionate performance by two young musicians. Violinist Liza Ferschtman,...continue...
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Tangón / Dobal, Hiltula, Aurelia Saxophone Quartet
Tangón / Dobal, Hiltula, Aurelia Saxophone Quartet

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2007-06-12

Works: Astor Piazzolla: La muerte del Angel; Milonga Loca; Mumuki
Performers: Dobal, Juan Pablo; Hiltula, Juan Pablo
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Ensemble: Aurelia Saxophone Quartet

Recorded live at the Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam on September 2006. The world-famous Aurelia Saxophone Quartet's first Piazzolla tango CD was a smash hit some ten...continue...
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Viola Voilà - Schubert, Stravinsky / E. Apituley, R. Tanaka
Viola Voilà - Schubert, Stravinsky / E. Apituley, R. Tanaka

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2007-02-13

Works: Franz Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821; Riccardo Drigo: Valse Bluette; Henri Vieuxtemps: Capriccio for Viola solo, Op. 55 no 9; John Cage: Dream; Igor Stravinsky: Elegy, for viola (o...
Performers: Apituley, Esther; Calmes, Eric; Dagelet, Hans; Tanaka, Rie
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Ensemble: Amsterdam Viola Quartet

Esther Apituley is one of the greatest viola players of our time, alongside Kim Kashkashian and Yuri Bashmet. This broad, balanced program is a strong...continue...
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CHL 72165
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata no 2, Preludes / Marietta Petkova
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata no 2, Preludes / Marietta Petkova

2 CD / Challenge Classics / 2007-02-13

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36; Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3; Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23; Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32
Performers: Petkova, Marietta

Marietta Petkova was born in Bulgaria in 1968 and studied first in Sofia, then in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda. She won Grand Prix in the...continue...
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Hommage à Poulenc - Taffanel, Poulenc / Abbie De Quant
Hommage à Poulenc - Taffanel, Poulenc / Abbie De Quant

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2007-02-13

Works: Paul Taffanel: Paul Taffanel -Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino; Charles Koechlin: Sonata for flute & piano, Op. 52; Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano; Bart Visman: Melodie, for flute & pian...
Performers: Malde, Elizabeth van; Quant, Abbie de

The most original program of twentieth-century music for fl ute and piano one could imagine, including several first recordings. Poulenc's genial sonata is the central...continue...
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Shostakovich: Viola Sonata, Violin Sonata / van Keulen
Shostakovich: Viola Sonata, Violin Sonata / van Keulen

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2007-01-09

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134; Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147
Performers: Brautigam, Ronald; van Keulen, Isabelle [Violin]

A violinist and violist of the highest caliber, Isabelle van Keulen has an established reputation on the world's concert platforms; her engaging personality and extraordinary...continue...
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