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Osiris Trio: 25
Osiris Trio: 25

5 CD / Challenge Classics / 2014-03-11

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 90/B 166 "Dumky"; Frank Martin: Trio on Popular Irish Folk Tunes, for piano, violin & cello; Charles Ives: Trio, for violin, violo...
Performers: Boer, Harmen de; Riedijk, Charlotte
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Ensemble: Osiris Trio

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Osiris Trio, Challenge Classics is proud to present this magnificent five-CD box set featuring a cross-section of...continue...
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Nostalgia and Humility
Nostalgia and Humility

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2014-03-11

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48; Hendrik Andriessen: Miroir de peine, for voice & piano; Toru Takemitsu: Nostalghia, for violin & strings
Performers: Burggraaf, Cora; Ferschtman, Liza
Conductors: Wiegers, Bas

The Netherlands Youth String Orchestra is the place to be for young talented string players. The orchestra's aim is to train young budding professionals, and...continue...
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Concertante: Virtuosic Wind Concertos of the 18th & 19th centuries / Sinfonietta Riga
Concertante: Virtuosic Wind Concertos of the 18th & 19th centuries / Sinfonietta Riga

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2014-01-14

Works: Agostino Belloli: Concerto for clarinet, horn & orchestra; Franz Danzi: Concerto Concertant for clarinet & bassoon & orchestra in B flat, Op 47; Ignaz Lachner: Concertino for Hunting Horn and Bassoon...
Conductors: Efland, Claus
Ensemble: ; Sinfonietta Riga

Wind concertos of the 18th and 19th centuries, which are particularly striking for their soloistic arrangements! All the pieces on this CD, with the exception...continue...
Recording information: Reformation Church, Riga, Latvia (06/15/2010-06/18/2010)....continue...
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Crossroads - A collection of works by Vernon Duke, Piazolla, Brahms, Keisler, Cole Porter et al. / Nedsym Lite
Crossroads - A collection of works by Vernon Duke, Piazolla, Brahms, Keisler, Cole Porter et al. / Nedsym Lite

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-11-12

Works: Romanian Traditional: Sirba, song; Hora ca la caval (Shepherd's Dance); Vernon Duke: Autumn in New York; Fritz Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin; Traditional: Blue Danube; Sholom Secunda: Bei mir bistu s...
Conductors: Nobel, Tim
Ensemble: NedSym Lite

A collection of works by Vernon Duke, Astor Piazolla, Johannes Brahms, Fritz Keisler, Cole Porter, and others.

NedSym Lite is the versatile, eclectic ensemble

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Recording information: Evangelisch Lutherse kerk, Haarlem, Holland (03/26/2013-03/28/2013)....continue...
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Illuminated Bass - Works & transcriptions for double bass by Schubert, Hindemith, Schumann, Bottesini / Olivier Thiery: bass; Sophie Labandibar: piano
Illuminated Bass - Works & transcriptions for double bass by Schubert, Hindemith, Schumann, Bottesini / Olivier Thiery: bass; Sophie Labandibar: piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-11-12

Works: Franz Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821; Paul Hindemith: Sonata for double bass & piano; Robert Schumann: Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94; Giovanni Bottesini: Fantasia "La Son...
Performers: Labandibar, Sophie; Thierry, Olivier

A stunning CD featuring special repertoire for an unusual instrument! Since August 2008 Olivier Thiery has been playing as a fixed member with the Royal...continue...
Recording information: Lindensaal, Markkleeberg (DE) (03/11/2013-03/14/2013)....continue...
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Around Barrios (1885-1944) / Enno Voorhorst: guitar
Around Barrios (1885-1944) / Enno Voorhorst: guitar

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-11-12

Works: Heitor Villa-Lobos: Prelúdio, for guitar no 5 in D major, A. 419/5; Estudio, for guitar no 5 in C major, A. 235/5; Gavota-choro, for piano (Marquesa de Santos no 2), A. 396/2; Julio Salvador Sag...
Performers: Voorhorst, Enno

Dutch guitarist Enno Voorhorst's debut on Challenge Classics features a seldom-recorded selection of beautiful guitar pieces. In 1987 Enno won First Prize at the International...continue...
Recording information: Kapucijnen Abbey, Velp (NL) (12/03/2011-12/04/2011)....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.

Julia Kleiter's

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Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (11/05/2012-11/09/2012)....continue...
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CHL 72593
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 / Jaap van Zweden, Netherlands Radio PO
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 / Jaap van Zweden, Netherlands Radio PO

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

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 6 in A major, WAB 106
Conductors: Zweden, Jaap van
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Recording information: Studio MCO 5, Hilversum, Holland (06/11/2012-06/14/2012)....continue...
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CHL 72552
Early Verdi Arias from I Vespri Siciliani, Alzira, Attila, Aroldo, Ernani, Macbeth et al. / Lucia Aliberti, soprano
Early Verdi Arias from I Vespri Siciliani, Alzira, Attila, Aroldo, Ernani, Macbeth et al. / Lucia Aliberti, soprano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-08-13

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: I vespri Siciliani; I masnadieri; Alzira; Attila; Aroldo; I Lombardi alla prima Crociata; Giovanna d'Arco; Un giorno di regno (Il finto Stanislao); La Battaglia di Legnano; Ernani; I ...
Performers: Aliberti, Lucia [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Caetani, Oleg
Ensemble: ; Symphonic Choir of Milan

In this new release celebrating the "Verdi Year 2013," soprano and bel canto specialist Lucia Aliberti sings soprano arias from a period that Verdi referred...continue...
Recording information: Auditorium, Milano (07/2008)....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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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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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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Théodore Gouvy: Piano Trios nos 2 - 4 / Voces Intimae
Théodore Gouvy: Piano Trios nos 2 - 4 / Voces Intimae

2 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-04-09

Works: Théodore Gouvy: Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 18; Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in B major, Op. 19; Trio for Piano and Strings no 4, Op. 22
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Ensemble: Voces Intimae (Piano Trio)

The second album from enchanting Italian trio Voces Intimae on Challenge Classics! The trio goes straight to the core of the music, resulting in extremely...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (2012-06-18_2012-06-19&2012-)....continue...
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Strings Attached - Brahms: Sonatas Opp. 120 nos 1 & 2; Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Op. 73 / Arno Piters: clarinet
Strings Attached - Brahms: Sonatas Opp. 120 nos 1 & 2; Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Op. 73 / Arno Piters: clarinet

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-04-09

Works: Johannes Brahms: Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1; Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2; Robert Schumann: Phantasiestücke (3) f...
Performers: Asberg, Marleen; Dirksen, Rob; Enzler, Benedikt; Iwata, Keiko [Violin]; Moergastel, Edith van; Piters, Arno [Clarinet]; van Rijn, Nienke [Violin]; Wijzenbeek, Judith
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Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra members

This new disc features three arrangements by Geert van Keulen of works by Schumann and Brahms, two of which were specially requested by clarinetist Arno...continue...
Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (04/02/2012-04/04/2012)....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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Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 / Zweden, Netherlands Radio PO
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 / Zweden, Netherlands Radio PO

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

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103
Conductors: Zweden, Jaap van
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Jaap van Zweden, one of the world's leading conductors and Chief Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, is the true Bruckner conductor. The illustrious conductor...continue...
Recording information: Studio MCO 5, Hilversum, Holland (12/21/2011-12/23/2011)....continue...
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Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang" / Machteld Baumans, Judith van Wanrooij, Patrick Henckens. De Vriend

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

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 "Lobgesang"
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.
Ensemble: Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and renowned conductor Jan Willem de Vriend give us their own unique version of Mendelssohn....continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum Enschede (2011-12-19&2011-12-20&2012-)....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

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The remaining works on the program are generally good, too. The Schoenberg Suite is more consistent, full of good...continue...
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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An die Musik: Famous Songs (21) by Franz Schubert / Klaus Mertens, bass-baritone; Tini Mathot, fortepiano
An die Musik: Famous Songs (21) by Franz Schubert / Klaus Mertens, bass-baritone; Tini Mathot, fortepiano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-10-09

Works: Franz Schubert: Der Musensohn, D 764/Op. 92 no 1; Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343; Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774; Das Rosenband ("Im Frühlingsgarten fand ich sie"), song for voice & p...
Performers: Mathot, Tini; Mertens, Klaus

This release includes Schubert's most famous songs, plus many more selected by Klaus Mertens and Tini Mathot. The duo sheds their unique light and fresh...continue...
Recording information: Zuidervermaning Church, Westzaan, The Netherlands (09/2011)....continue...
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Jaap van Zweden - Netherland Radio PO
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Jaap van Zweden - Netherland Radio PO

2 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-10-09

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108
Conductors: Zweden, Jaap van
Ensemble: Netherland Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Dallas Symphony Orchestra chief conductor Jaap van Zweden was the former chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he made this recording....continue...
Recording information: Studio MCO 5, Hilversum, Holland (08/25/2011-08/29/2011)....continue...
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Amstel Tracks NOW!: works by Bach, Brahms, Barber, Ravel, Barber, et al / The Amstel Saxophone Quartet
Amstel Tracks NOW!: works by Bach, Brahms, Barber, Ravel, Barber, et al / The Amstel Saxophone Quartet

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-04-10

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659; Guillermo Lago: Ciudades, for saxophone quartet; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90; Michael Nyman: Quartet for Strings no...
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Ensemble: Amstel Quartet

The most colorful saxophone quartet in the world! Old music, new music, popular music, world music - anything goes with Remco Jak, Olivier Sliepen, Bas...continue...
Recording information: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem (09/27/2011-09/30/2011)....continue...
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Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Gershwin: An American in Paris / Liza Ferschtman, violin
Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Gershwin: An American in Paris / Liza Ferschtman, violin

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-02-14

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53; George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Performers: Ferschtman, Liza
Conductors: Venzago, Mario
Ensemble: ; Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Amsterdam

Anton Dvorák's much loved Violin Concerto is performed on this new hybrid SACD by the outstanding young soloist Liza Ferschtman. The disc also includes George...continue...
Recording information: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (04/20/2011-04/22/2011)....continue...
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Robert Schumann: Piano Trios Op. 38 & 110 / Voces Intimae, period instruments
Robert Schumann: Piano Trios Op. 38 & 110 / Voces Intimae, period instruments

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-01-10

Works: Robert Schumann: Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63; Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in G minor, Op. 110
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Ensemble: Voces Intimae (Piano Trio)

Challenge Classics welcomes Voces Intimae with their debut CD, featuring the music of Schumann. The intent of this trio is to restore the music to...continue...
Recording information: FWL Studios, Leipzig (G) (05/19/2011-05/22/2011)....continue...
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Der Wanderer: Songs by Schumann, Killmayer & Mahler / Christoph Prégardien, tenor
Der Wanderer: Songs by Schumann, Killmayer & Mahler / Christoph Prégardien, tenor

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-01-10

Works: Robert Schumann: Frühlingsfahrt ("Es zogen zwei rüst'ge Gesellen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 45/2; Waldszenen no 1 ("Eintritt"), for piano, Op. 82/1; In der Fremde ("Ich hör' die B&...
Conductors: Prégardien, Christoph
Ensemble: Ensemble Kontraste

Christoph Prégardien's newest CD features songs by Schumann, Killmayer, and Mahler, arranged for chamber ensemble by Marcus Reißenberger. Well-known works have a fresh glow, and...continue...
Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Mol (Belgium) (09/14/2010-09/18/2010)....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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CHL 72524
Melodies of Love and Death: Opera without Words / Osiris Piano Trio
Melodies of Love and Death: Opera without Words / Osiris Piano Trio

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-11-08

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Rusalka; Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata; Georges Bizet: Carmen, opera; Gaetano Donizetti: L' elisir d'amore, opera; Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; Manon Lescaut; Turandot; La bohème...
Performers: Trio, Osiris
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Ensemble: Osiris Piano Trio

Superb arrangements of opera arias, made by Bob Zimmerman for piano trio, brilliantly played by the Osiris Trio! This feast of famous arias heavily features...continue...
Recording information: The Fazioli Concert hall, Sacile, Italy (06/28/2010-06/30/2010)....continue...
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CHL 72373
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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CHL 72515
Richard Wagner: Parsifal
Richard Wagner: Parsifal

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

Works: Richard Wagner: Parsifal
Conductors: Zweden, Jaap van

Jaap van Zweden, chief conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, is one of the world's leading conductors. Concurrently with his post in Dallas, van Zweden's...continue...
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CHL 72519
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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CHL 72526
Young Hearts On Fire / Music for Strings by Korngold, Rossini & Mendelssohn
Young Hearts On Fire / Music for Strings by Korngold, Rossini & Mendelssohn

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-09-13

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony for Strings no 10 in B minor; Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Sextet for strings in D, Op. 10; Gioachino Rossini: Sonata a quattro (String Symphony) no 6 in D major
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Ensemble: Ensemble Caméléon

Mozart was a great idol for all three of the composers featured here, and all three were compared to him. The disc features works from...continue...
Recording information: Studio 1, The Netherlands Broadcasting Music Center, Hi (05/14/2010-05/21/2010)....continue...
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CHL 72368
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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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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Legend / Modern works for trumpet / Peter Masseurs
Legend / Modern works for trumpet / Peter Masseurs

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-02-08

Works: George Enescu: Légende, for trumpet & piano; Jean Françaix: Sonatine for trumpet & piano in C major; Jan Koetsier: Duo giocoso, for trumpet & viola; André Jolivet: Concerto for Trumpet...

The brand new release from the Turtle family features trumpet player Peter Masseurs and his closest musical friends. After a long career as solo trumpet...continue...
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Richard Wagner Orchestral Adventure / De Waart
Richard Wagner Orchestral Adventure / De Waart

3 CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold; Die Walküre; Siegfried; Götterdämmerung; Tristan und Isolde; Parsifal
Conductors: De Waart, Edo

After very successful concert tours featuring the orchestral adventures of Wagner operas-with arrangements by Henk de Vlieger-Edo de Waart and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic now...continue...
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Richard Wagner Die Meistersinger - An Orchestral Tribute / De Waart
Richard Wagner Die Meistersinger - An Orchestral Tribute / De Waart

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Henk de Vlieger: Meistersinger, an orchestral tribute; Richard Wagner: Entreactes tragiques (2), for orchestra (fragments), WWV 25
Conductors: De Waart, Edo; Tausk, Otto

Famous "orchestral builder" Edo de Waart presents new interpretations of Wagner's Die Meistersinger and Deux entreactes tragiques in beautiful arrangements by Henk de Vlieger....continue...
Recording information: MCO Studio 5, Hilversum, The Netherlands....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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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-04-13

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64; Marche slave, Op. 31
Conductors: Sado, Yutaka

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin plays a precise, darkly shimmering rendering of Tchaikovsky that resonates with an even balance of drama and finesse. In 1987, Yutaka...continue...
Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (D) (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)....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; Prégardien, 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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Gambomania / Ralph Rousseau
Gambomania / Ralph Rousseau

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-11-10

Works: Tobias Hume: My Mistresse hath a Pritty Thing (from The First Part of Ayres); A Question (Musical Humors, 25); An Answere (Musical Humors, 26); Now I come, for viola da gamba (from The First Part of ...
Performers: Rousseau, Ralph

The most representative survey of the evolution of music for the bass viol, from its beginnings to its extinction when the Viennese classic style emerged....continue...
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Niccolo Paganini: Violin Concertos no 1 & 2 / Jan Willem de Vriend, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, et al
Niccolo Paganini: Violin Concertos no 1 & 2 / Jan Willem de Vriend, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, et al

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-11-10

Works: Niccolò Paganini: Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6; Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Op. 7 "La Campanella"; Gioachino Rossini: Matilde (di) Shabran, opera
Performers: Koelman, Rudolf
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.

The two most popular violin concertos of Paganini, aptly linked by a Rossini overture. Virtuoso violinist Rudolf Koelman is the former leader of Amsterdam's Royal...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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Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op. 12, String Quintet Op. 18 / Matangi Quartet
Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op. 12, String Quintet Op. 18 / Matangi Quartet

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-10-13

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Quartet for Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 12; Quintet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 18
Performers: Moergastel, Edith van
Conductors:
Ensemble: Matangi Quartet

Youthful freshness seems the trademark of this ensemble - Matangi plays Mendelssohn like the ink on the scores is still wet!...continue...
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Mendelssohn: Six Sonatas for Organ, Op. 65 / Jos van der Kooy
Mendelssohn: Six Sonatas for Organ, Op. 65 / Jos van der Kooy

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-09-08

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Organ Sonatas (6), Op. 65
Performers: Kooy, Jos van der

There is no organ more apt to perform Mendelssohn's impressive sonatas than the Muller instrument of the St. Bavo in Haarlem - and no one...continue...
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Onslow: Violin Sonatas Op. 16 / Moderntimes_1800
Onslow: Violin Sonatas Op. 16 / Moderntimes_1800

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-02-10

Works: George Onslow: Sonatas (3) for cello/viola (or violin) & piano, Op. 16
Performers: Korol, Ilja; Zeilberger, Norbert
Conductors:
Ensemble: Moderntimes_1800

Once again the choice of period instruments for neglected early romantic chamber music reveals its subtle quality that too often gets lost in performance on...continue...
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Chansons d'amour / Ralph Rousseau, Hein Van de Geyn, Matangi String Quartet
Chansons d'amour / Ralph Rousseau, Hein Van de Geyn, Matangi String Quartet

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-01-27

Works: Michel Magne: Cent mille chansons; Louis de Caix d'Hervelois: Work(s); La Monguichet, for viola da gamba & continuo (Pièces de viole, Livre 3); Jean Ferrat: La montagne; Marin Marais: Piè...
Performers: Geyn, Hein Van De; Rousseau, Ralph

This lyrical disc displays a wonderful melting pot of well known tunes from the early music repertoire, with popular 20th century French chansons - from...continue...
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