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Eugene Istomin: The Concerto and Solo Recordings
Eugene Istomin: The Concerto and Solo Recordings

12 CD / Sony / RCA / 2016-05-27


Gramophone Magazine, February 2016
[this collection] serves to focus on a quite different side to Istomin's art, a far more assertive player and, in Rachmaninov's Second...continue...
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Beethoven: The Early String Quartets, Opus 18
Beethoven: The Early String Quartets, Opus 18

2 CD / Avie Records / 2016-05-06


The Cypress String Quartet completes their cycle of the genre's greatest oeuvre with a two-album set of Beethoven's six ground-breaking quartets, Op. 18, alongside a...continue...
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Johannes Brahms: Brahms on the Piano, Vol. 3
Johannes Brahms: Brahms on the Piano, Vol. 3

1 CD / Launch Music / 2016-05-06


Johannes Brahms often consolidated his mastery of freshly-explored domains by writing two examples in a specific genre in quick succession. A notable exception to this...continue...
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Beethoven: The Late String Quartets, Opus 127, 130, 131, 132, 133 & 135
Beethoven: The Late String Quartets, Opus 127, 130, 131, 132, 133 & 135

3 CD / Avie Records / 2016-05-06


The Cypress String Quartet completes their cycle of the genre's greatest oeuvre with a two-album set of Beethoven's six ground-breaking quartets, Op. 18, alongside a...continue...
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Conversed Monologue: Concerts by JG Graun, J-M Leclair, & WF Bach
Conversed Monologue: Concerts by JG Graun, J-M Leclair, & WF Bach

1 CD / Resonus Records / 2016-05-06


Following several exciting and critically acclaimed albums as a Baroque trio, this Amsterdam-based group is now augmented to become a chamber orchestra for the first...continue...
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Gál: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 K.482
Gál: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 K.482

1 CD / Avie Records / 2016-05-06


Bringing to light another of Hans Gál's gorgeously melodic and finely crafted scores, AVIE presents the world premiere recording of the Austrian émigré's Concerto for...continue...
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Elgar: Piano Quintet; Sea Pictures - Orchestrated by Donald Fraser
Elgar: Piano Quintet; Sea Pictures - Orchestrated by Donald Fraser

1 CD / Avie Records / 2016-05-06


"One of the most exciting events I have experienced during a reviewing career approaching half a century," was the verdict of the Birmingham Post's critic...continue...
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2016-05-06

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19; Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
Performers: Minnaar, Hannes [Piano]
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.

Second volume in the ongoing series of Beethoven's Piano Concertos with Hannes Minnaar and Jan Willem de Vriend conducting the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Surely among...continue...
Recording information: Northstar Recording Services BV, The Netherlands (02/02/2015-02/04/2015)....continue...
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Whispers of Titans: Henryk Górecki, Nikolai Korndorf
Whispers of Titans: Henryk Górecki, Nikolai Korndorf

1 CD / Challenge / 2016-05-06

Works: Henryk Mikolaj Górecki: Genesis 1; Nikolai Korndorf: In Honour of Alfred Schnittke (AGSCH), for violin, viola & cello
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This "meeting of titans" features Górecki's String Trio (1962), a rarely-recorded and performed work, alongside Korndorf 's String Trio (1986), a masterpiece of personal minimalism....continue...
Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (2013-04-09_2013-04-11&2015-)....continue...
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How Fair Thou Art: Biblical Passions by Palestrina (1525-1594) / The King's Singers
How Fair Thou Art: Biblical Passions by Palestrina (1525-1594) / The King's Singers

1 CD / Signum Records / 2016-04-08

Works: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Alma Redemptoris mater, motet for 4 voices; Hodie Christus natus est; Pulchrae sunt genea, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum); Tota pu...
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Ensemble: The King's Singers

This new release by The King's Singers features twelve works by Palestrina. The works on this recording are gorgeous polyphonic choral settings of the "Canticum...continue...
Recording information: St. Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (06/15/2015-06/18/2015)....continue...
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Live at the Berlin Philharmonie - Schubert: Impromptus, D899; Klavierstücke, D946; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 'Hammerklavier'; Brahms; Rameau / Grigory Sokolov, piano  [DVD]
Live at the Berlin Philharmonie - Schubert: Impromptus, D899; Klavierstücke, D946; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 'Hammerklavier'; Brahms; Rameau / Grigory Sokolov, piano [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Deutsche Grammophon / 2016-04-01


Pianist Grigory Sokolov is regarded as one of the world's leading pianists and adored by his audience in sold-out concerts - dedicated to his art,...continue...
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LeoÜ Janácek (1854-1928): Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 / Stuart Skelton, tenor; Thomas Trotter, organ; Bergen PO & Choir, Edward Gardner
LeoÜ Janácek (1854-1928): Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 / Stuart Skelton, tenor; Thomas Trotter, organ; Bergen PO & Choir, Edward Gardner

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2016-03-25

Works: Leos Janácek: Mass (Msa glagolskaja) for soloists, double chorus, orchestra & organ ("Glagolitic Mass"), JW 3/9; Adagio for orchestra, JW 6/5; Zdrávas Maria (Ave Maria), for tenor, chor...
Performers: Askeland, Karstein; Bickley, Susan; Bretz, Gabor; Jakubiak, Sara; Skelton, Stuart; Stewart, David [Violin]; Trotter, Thomas; Wik, Johannes
Conductors: Gardner, Edward
Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Choir; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Not only does this collection of orchestral works by Janácek follow two highly praised volumes with such great soloists as Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and James Ehnes,...continue...
Recording information: Bergen Cathedral, Bergen, Norway (08/17/2015-08/20/2015); Bergen, Norway (08/17/2015-08/20/2015); Grieghallen (08/17/2015-08/20/2015); Bergen Cathedral, Bergen, Norway (08/17/20...continue...
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Elgar: Symphony No. 1 / Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim
Elgar: Symphony No. 1 / Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

1 CD / Decca / 2016-03-18

Works: Edward Elgar: Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
Conductors: Barenboim, Daniel
Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin

Daniel Barenboim leads the Staatskapelle Berlin in a new recording of Elgar's Symphony no. 1....continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (09/19/2015/09/21/2015)....continue...
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Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848): Le Duc dÆAlbe (The Duke of Alba), opera / Angela Meade, soprano; Michael Spyres, tenor; Laurent Naouri, bass-baritone; Gianluca Buratto, bass; Hallé Orchestra, Mark Elder
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848): Le Duc dÆAlbe (The Duke of Alba), opera / Angela Meade, soprano; Michael Spyres, tenor; Laurent Naouri, bass-baritone; Gianluca Buratto, bass; Hallé Orchestra, Mark Elder

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2016-03-18

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Il Duca d'Alba
Conductors: Elder, Mark
Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra

Le Duc d'Albe stars the glorious American soprano Angela Meade, making her début recording for Opera Rara. A rising star, Meade is one of the...continue...
Recording information: Hallé St. Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester (06/2015)....continue...
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Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857): Overtures & Dances / USSR SO, Evgeny Svetlanov
Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857): Overtures & Dances / USSR SO, Evgeny Svetlanov

1 CD / Musical Concepts / 2016-03-18

Works: Mikhail Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila; Ruslan & Lyudmila; Capriccio brillante on the Jota Aragonesa (Spanish Overture no 1), for orchestra, G. ii3; Souvenirs of a Summer Night in Madrid (Spanish Overtu...
Conductors: Svetlanov, Evgeny
Ensemble: ; USSR Symphony Orchestra

A definitive collection of Orchestral pops by a most popular Russian Composer....continue...
Recording information: 1963; 1967; 1968; 1977; 1984/1990....continue...
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Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition; Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): La Valse; Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Three Movements from Petrushka / Khatia Buniathisvili, piano
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition; Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): La Valse; Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Three Movements from Petrushka / Khatia Buniathisvili, piano

1 CD / Sony / RCA / 2016-03-11

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano; Maurice Ravel: La valse; Igor Stravinsky: Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
Performers: Buniatishvili, Khatia

The famous Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, Ravel's La Valse and Stravinsky's Petruschka: Khatia's new recording, a unique combination of masterful and challenging...continue...
Recording information: Berlin, Fünkhaus Nalepastrasse, Saal 1 (08/23/2015-08/26/2015)....continue...
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Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): The Soldier's Tale / Tianwa Yang, violin; Fred Child, Jared McGuire, Jeff Biehl, actors; Virginia Arts Festval Chamber Players, JoAnn Falletta
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): The Soldier's Tale / Tianwa Yang, violin; Fred Child, Jared McGuire, Jeff Biehl, actors; Virginia Arts Festval Chamber Players, JoAnn Falletta

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2016-03-11

Works: Igor Stravinsky: L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), for 3 actors, dancer & 7 instruments
Performers: Yang, Tianwa
Conductors: Falletta, JoAnn
Ensemble: Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra

This album, featuring violinist Tianwa Yang and the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players, contains one of Igor Stravinsky's small-scale theatrical works, The Soldier's Tale (1918)....continue...
Recording information: Robin Hixon Theater, Norfolk, Virginia, USA (05/09/2015)....continue...
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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Variations, Op. 21 No.2; Piano Pieces, Op. 76 & 118; Waltzes, Op. 39 / Jonathan Plowright, piano
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Variations, Op. 21 No.2; Piano Pieces, Op. 76 & 118; Waltzes, Op. 39 / Jonathan Plowright, piano

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2016-03-11

Works: Johannes Brahms: Variations (13) for Piano on a Hungarian Dance, Op. 21; Pieces (8) for piano, Op. 76; Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39; Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 118
Performers: Plowright, Jonathan

Critical acclaim for Jonathan Plowright's two previous discs in his series of Brahms's works for solo piano includes distinctions such as '10/10' on the website...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England (01/2015)....continue...
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Schubert: 8 Impromptus / Amir Katz, piano
Schubert: 8 Impromptus / Amir Katz, piano

1 CD / Orfeo / 2016-03-11

Works: Franz Schubert: Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90; Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
Performers: Katz, Amir

When the pianist Amir Katz engages with what is probably the most popular group of piano works by Franz Schubert, he can draw on a...continue...
Recording information: Funkhaus Nalepasstrasse Saal 1 (02/27/2015-02/28/2015)....continue...
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Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013): The Wolf; Three Sonnets by Jean Cassou; The Daughter of the Devil; Four Melodies / Vincent Le Texier, baritone; Orch. National des Pays de la Loire, Pascal Rophé
Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013): The Wolf; Three Sonnets by Jean Cassou; The Daughter of the Devil; Four Melodies / Vincent Le Texier, baritone; Orch. National des Pays de la Loire, Pascal Rophé

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2016-03-11

Works: Henri Dutilleux: Le loup, ballet in 3 tableaux for orchestra; Sonnets de Jean Cassou (3), for voice & piano or orchestra; La Fille du Diable, film score; Mélodies (4) for voice & piano or orch...
Performers: Hartmann-Claverie, Valerie; Texier, Vincent le
Conductors: Rophé, Pascal
Ensemble: ; Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire

The name of Henri Dutilleux is associated above all with orchestral music. His international reputation originated with the Second Sym­pho­ny, 'Le Double' (premičred in 1959)...continue...
Recording information: Auditorium Brigitte Engerer, Lycée Mandela, Nantes, Fra (07/2015)....continue...
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Edward Cowie (b.1943): In Flight Music; String Quartets Nos. 3-5 / Kreutzer Quartet
Edward Cowie (b.1943): In Flight Music; String Quartets Nos. 3-5 / Kreutzer Quartet

1 CD / NMC Recordings / 2016-03-11

Works: Edward Cowie: Quartet for Strings no 3 ('In Flight Music'); Quartet for Strings no 4; Quartet for Strings no 5 ('Birdsong Bagatelles')
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Ensemble: Kreutzer Quartet

Edward Cowie describes himself as 'the musical equivalent of a plein air visual artist', with compositions evolving from sketches or paintings done in situ. The...continue...
Recording information: St John the Baptist Church, Aldbury, Hertfordshire (04/15/2015); St John the Baptist Church, Aldbury, Hertfordshire (09/23/2015); St John the Baptist Church, Aldbury, Hertfordsh...continue...
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Christopher Gunning (b.1944): Sonata for Pianoforte; Trio for Violin, Cello & Piano / Diana Brekalo, piano; London Piano Trio
Christopher Gunning (b.1944): Sonata for Pianoforte; Trio for Violin, Cello & Piano / Diana Brekalo, piano; London Piano Trio

1 CD / Discovery / 2016-03-04

Works: Christopher Gunning: Piano Sonata; Piano Trio
Performers: Brekalo, Diana [Piano]
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Ensemble: London Piano Trio

Most of award-winning composer Christopher Gunning's work has been for orchestra, but he has always wanted to write a work for solo piano. "So when...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/05/2015/07/06/2015)....continue...
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J.S. Bach: French Suites; Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667): Partita No. 2 in D minor; Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): Suite in A major / Julian Perkins, clavichord
J.S. Bach: French Suites; Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667): Partita No. 2 in D minor; Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): Suite in A major / Julian Perkins, clavichord

2 CD / Resonus Records / 2016-03-04


Rising-star period keyboardist Julian Perkins makes his solo Resonus Classics debut with a new recording of the French Suites by J.S. Bach. Seldom recorded on...continue...
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Handel: Trio Sonatas for Two Violins and Basso Continuo; Sinfonia in B-flat major / The Brook Street Band
Handel: Trio Sonatas for Two Violins and Basso Continuo; Sinfonia in B-flat major / The Brook Street Band

1 CD / Avie Records / 2016-03-04

Works: George Frederick Handel: Sinfonia in B flat major, HWV 339; Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in F major, HWV 392; Esther, HWV 50a; Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/8, HWV 39...
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The Brook Street Band celebrates its 20th anniversary as a champion of the music of Handel with another imaginative album that completes the ensemble's survey...continue...
Recording information: Raveningham Church, Norfolk (09/07/2015-09/10/2015)....continue...
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Orbis (World) - Works by Various Composers / Valérie Milot, harp
Orbis (World) - Works by Various Composers / Valérie Milot, harp

1 CD / Analekta / 2016-03-04

Works: Marjan Mozetich: El Dorado, for harp & string orchestra; Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint; John Cage: In a Landscape; Antoine Bareil: Castile 1382, for voice & harp; Gentle Giant: As Old as You're ...
Performers: Bareil, Antoine; Caron, Anne-Julie; Dube, Raphael; Girard, Dominic; Lambert, Marianne; Milot, Valerie [Harp]; Roy, Jocelyne; Tabassian, Ziya; Vallieres, Francois
Conductors: Lussier, Mathieu

The title of Valérie Milot's seventh CD is both a nod to the circle of valued musical colleagues she has worked with over the years...continue...
Recording information: Church of St. Augustin-del-Mirabel, Quebec, Canada (04/2015); The Multi-Media Room, Schulich School Of Music, McGill (04/2015); Church of St. Augustin-del-Mirabel, Quebec, Canad...continue...
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Willem Jeths (b.1959): Symphony No. 1; Recorder Concerto / Karin Strobos, mezzo-soprano; Erik Bosgraaf, recorder; Netherlands Radio PO, Edo de Waart
Willem Jeths (b.1959): Symphony No. 1; Recorder Concerto / Karin Strobos, mezzo-soprano; Erik Bosgraaf, recorder; Netherlands Radio PO, Edo de Waart

1 CD / Challenge / 2016-03-04

Works: Willem Jeths: Symphony no 1 for mezzo-soprano & orchestra; Recorder Concerto
Performers: Bosgraaf, Erik; Strobos, Karin
Conductors: Stenz, Markus; De Waart, Edo
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

World premiere recordings of major orchestral works by leading Dutch composer Willem Jeths! Two world-famous conductors - Edo de Waart and Markus Stenz - have...continue...
Recording information: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (04/13/2013); Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (12/20/2014)....continue...
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The Secret Lover: Songs by Domenico Mazzocchi, Salamone Rossi, Giulio Caccini, Barbara Strozzi, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Martin Shaw / Tenet
The Secret Lover: Songs by Domenico Mazzocchi, Salamone Rossi, Giulio Caccini, Barbara Strozzi, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Martin Shaw / Tenet

1 CD / Avie Records / 2016-03-04

Works: Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger: Kapsberger for chitarrone; Capona (Intavolatura di chitarrone, Book 4); Barbara Strozzi: Le Tre Grazie a Venere; Amor dormiglione, cantata ("Amor, non dormir più...
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Ensemble: Tenet (Classical)

New York's leading early music ensemble TENET presents The Secret Lover, a program that celebrates music by, for, and about women and pays tribute to...continue...
Recording information: Trinity Wall Street, NYC (04/20/2015-04/22/2015)....continue...
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At the Zacharias Hildebrandt Organ - Works by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707), Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706), J.S. Bach / Ton Koopman, organ
At the Zacharias Hildebrandt Organ - Works by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707), Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706), J.S. Bach / Ton Koopman, organ

1 CD / Challenge / 2016-03-04

Works: Dietrich Buxtehude: Toccata and Fugue for Organ in F major, BuxWV 157; Johann Pachelbel: Ciacona, for organ in D minor (Dorian mode), T. 204; Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Fantasia for keyboard no 2 in ...
Performers: Koopman, Ton

A brand-new recording by Ton Koopman, on the wonderful restored Hildebrandt organ dated 1726. Some pipes of the organ date back to the 18th century,...continue...
Personnel: Uwe Mehner (organ).

Recording information: Ev.-luth. Kirche zum Heiligen Kreuz Lengefeld, Erzgebir (09/2015)....continue...
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Martinu: Orchestral Suites (3) from 'Spalicek'; Rhapsody-Concerto for viola & orchestra / Mikhail Zemtsov, viola; Estonian Nat'l SO, Neeme Jarvi
Martinu: Orchestral Suites (3) from 'Spalicek'; Rhapsody-Concerto for viola & orchestra / Mikhail Zemtsov, viola; Estonian Nat'l SO, Neeme Jarvi

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2016-02-26

Works: Bohuslav Martinu: Spalícek, suite no 1 from the ballet, H. 214a (arranged by Riha Milos); Spalícek, suite no 2 from the ballet, H. 214b (arranged by Riha Milos); Rhapsodie for Viola and...
Performers: Ilves, Liidia [Piano]; Zemtsov, Mikhail
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme
Ensemble: ; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

This stunning album, recorded in the spectacular Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn, features to works by Bohuslav Martinu(1890-1959), performed by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra...continue...
Recording information: Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn (07/02/2015/07/03/2015); Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn (09/30/2014-10/03/2014)....continue...
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Il Mio Canto (My Song) - Songs by Verdi, Puccini, Charles Gounod, Strauss, Francesco Cilea, Gaetano Donizetti & Jules Massenet / Saimir Pirgu, tenor; Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Speranza Scappucci
Il Mio Canto (My Song) - Songs by Verdi, Puccini, Charles Gounod, Strauss, Francesco Cilea, Gaetano Donizetti & Jules Massenet / Saimir Pirgu, tenor; Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Speranza Scappucci

1 CD / Opus Arte / 2016-02-26

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra; La traviata; l lombardi alla prima crociata; Rigoletto; Macbeth; Luisa Miller; Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème; Charles Gounod: Faust; Roméo et Juliette; Ri...
Performers: Pirgu, Saimir
Conductors: Scappucci, Speranza
Ensemble: Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

'His technique is superb, and the lyric quality of his voice is so beautiful!' Praise from Placido Domingo for Albanian lyric tenor Saimir Pirgu, who's...continue...
Recording information: Orchestra Hall, Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze, Florence (09/01/2015-09/05/2015)....continue...
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F.J. Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76/1-6 / Doric String Quartet
F.J. Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76/1-6 / Doric String Quartet

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2016-02-26

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartets (6), Op. 76, H. 3/75-80
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Ensemble: Doric String Quartet

This release is the second volume by the Doric String Quartet in the sequence dedicated to Haydn's String Quartets. Franz Joseph Haydn's (1732-1809) Op. 76,...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/12/2015/06/13/2015); Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/26/2015-07/28/2015)....continue...
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Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin / Tasmin Little, violin; Martin Roscoe, piano
Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin / Tasmin Little, violin; Martin Roscoe, piano

3 CD / Chandos Records / 2016-02-26

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 no 1; Sonata for violin & piano no 7 in C minor ("Eroica"), Op. 30/2; Sonata for Violin and Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 96; S...
Performers: Little, Tasmin [Violin]; Roscoe, Martin [Piano]

After a 'sublime' (BBC Music) complete set of Schubert's violin sonatas with Piers Lane [CHAN 10850(2)], Tasmin Little joins Martin Roscoe in this recording of...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/01/2015-07/03/2015); Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/09/2014-12/11/2014)....continue...
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Copland: Orchestral Works 1 - Ballets: Suites from Billy the Kid & Appalachian Spring; 4 Dance Episodes from Rodeo; Fanfare for the Common Man; El Salon México / BBC PO
Copland: Orchestral Works 1 - Ballets: Suites from Billy the Kid & Appalachian Spring; 4 Dance Episodes from Rodeo; Fanfare for the Common Man; El Salon México / BBC PO

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2016-02-26

Works: Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the common man; El Salón México, for orchestra; Billy the Kid; Appalachian Spring, ballet for 13 instruments; Rodeo
Conductors: Wilson, John
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

John Wilson, a BBC Proms favorite, joins for the first time with the BBC Philharmonic on Chandos to bring us this new series of works...continue...
Recording information: MediaCityUK, Salford (06/30/2015/07/01/2015)....continue...
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Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988): Complete Flute Music / Claudia Giottoli, flute; Raffaele D'Aniello, piano; Paolo Puliti, oboe; Natalia Benedetti, clarinet; Leonardo Ramadori, percussion
Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988): Complete Flute Music / Claudia Giottoli, flute; Raffaele D'Aniello, piano; Paolo Puliti, oboe; Natalia Benedetti, clarinet; Leonardo Ramadori, percussion

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2016-02-26

Works: Giacinto Scelsi: Hyxos, for alto flute in G, 2 gongs & percussion; Piccola suite, for flute & clarinet; Quays, for alto flute solo; Rucke di guck, for piccolo & oboe; Ko-lho; Tetratkys, for flute; Kr...
Performers: Benedetti, Nicola; D'Aniello, Raffaele [Piano]; Giottoli, Claudia [Flute]; Puliti, Paolo [Oboe]; Ramadori, Leonardo

Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988) was one of the most interesting composers of the Avant Garde. Experimenting with sounds and timbres, he sometimes composed pieces...continue...
Recording information: Villa Fidelia, Spello, Italy (2015-01-23&2015-01-26_2015-)....continue...
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G.F. Handel: Imeneo, HWV 41, Serenata 'Hymen' (Dublin 1742) / Magnus Staveland, Ann Hallenberg, Monica Piccinini, Fabrizio Beggi, Cristiana Arcari. Europa Galante, Biondi
G.F. Handel: Imeneo, HWV 41, Serenata 'Hymen' (Dublin 1742) / Magnus Staveland, Ann Hallenberg, Monica Piccinini, Fabrizio Beggi, Cristiana Arcari. Europa Galante, Biondi

2 CD / Glossa / 2016-02-26

Works: George Frederick Handel: Imeneo, HWV 41
Performers: Biondi, Fabio [Violin]
Conductors: Biondi, Fabio [Violin]
Ensemble: Europa Galante

Fabio Biondi signs his fifth release on Glossa with a further opera exploration, here with Europa Galante and providing a vital interpretation of Handel's late...continue...
Recording information: Halle (Georg Friedrich-Händel Halle), Germany (06/2015)....continue...
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Sibelius and Glazunov: Violin Concertos / Esther Yoo, violin; Philharmonia Orch., Ashkenazy
Sibelius and Glazunov: Violin Concertos / Esther Yoo, violin; Philharmonia Orch., Ashkenazy

1 CD / Universal Classics & Jazz Import / 2016-02-19

Conductors: Ashkenazy, Vladimir
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

The Guardian, 18th February 2016
While it's the strength and passion of her playing [in the Sibelius] that shines through rather than an especially individual take...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Stravinsky: Les Noces / Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; Nadine Koutcher, Natalya Buklaga, Stanislav Leontieff, Vasiliy Korostelev. MusicAeterna, Currentzis
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Stravinsky: Les Noces / Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; Nadine Koutcher, Natalya Buklaga, Stanislav Leontieff, Vasiliy Korostelev. MusicAeterna, Currentzis

1 CD / Sony Classical / 2016-02-19

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35; Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces III (The Wedding), ballet in 4 tableaux for vocal soloists, chorus, 4 pianos & percussion
Performers: Abashev, Artem [Piano]; Buklaga, Natalya [mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Dulskiy, Nikolay [Percussion]; Grishkin, Igor; Kabdurakhmanov, Alibek [Percussion]; Kopatchinskaya, Patricia; Korostelev, Vasiliy [Bass...
Conductors: Currentzis, Teodor
Ensemble: MusicAeterna Orchestra

The Guardian, 31st January 2016
[Les Noces] is gritty and intelligent and greatly enhanced by having an all-Russian cast of singers, chorus and players.
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Recording information: P.I. Tchaikovsky State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Perm, (04/27/2014/05/01/2014); Teatro Real, Madrid (04/27/2014/05/01/2014); P.I. Tchaikovsky State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Per...continue...
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Dvorak: Overtures - In Nature's Realm; Carnival; Othello; My Home; Hussite / Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hrusa
Dvorak: Overtures - In Nature's Realm; Carnival; Othello; My Home; Hussite / Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hrusa

1 Super Audio CD / PentaTone Classics / 2016-02-12

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Nature, Life & Love (Príroda, Zivot a Láska), concert overtures, B. 168/B. 169/B. 174 (Op. 91); My Home (Domov muj), concert overture (arr. from Josef Kajet&aacut...
Conductors: Hrusa, Jakub
Ensemble: ; Prague Philharmonia

Antonin Dvorak's overtures are comparable in length and form to the first movement of a symphony. The pieces were written with the intention of preceding...continue...
Recording information: The Forum Karlin in Prague, Czech Republic (01/2015)....continue...
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Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; The Firebird (Suite 1919) / Frankfurt Radio SO, Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; The Firebird (Suite 1919) / Frankfurt Radio SO, Andrés Orozco-Estrada

1 Super Audio CD / PentaTone Classics / 2016-02-12

Works: Igor Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps; L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra no 2
Conductors: Orozco-Estrada, Andres
Ensemble: ; Frankfurt Radio Symphony

It only took three compositions - L'Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird), Petrushka, and Le Scacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)- for Igor Stravinsky to...continue...
Recording information: The Alte Oper Frankfurt (06/2015); The Hessischer Rundfunk, Hr-Sendesaal (06/2015); The Alte Oper Frankfurt (08/2015); The Hessischer Rundfunk, Hr-Sendesaal (08/2015)....continue...
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Time and its Passing: Choral music by Various Composers / Rodolfus Choir, Ralph Allwood
Time and its Passing: Choral music by Various Composers / Rodolfus Choir, Ralph Allwood

1 CD / Signum Records / 2016-02-12

Works: John Tavener: O, do not move, for chorus; Thomas Tallis: Work(s); Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207; Gabriel Jackson: To Morning; English Traditional: The Three Ravens, folk song; Arvo P&au...
Performers: Barley, Max [Organ]; Gibber, Isabel [Soprano Vocal]; Gulliver, Georgie [Soprano Vocal]; Norris, Pete; Ostler, Miranda [Soprano Vocal]; Raj, Jaivin [Baritone Vocal]; Wright, Hannah
Conductors: Allwood, Ralph
Ensemble: ; Rodolfus Choir

The Rodolfus Choir return to Signum with a stunning new collection of choral works drawn from composers spanning over 500 years. Ralph Allwood MBE introduces...continue...
Recording information: The Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, UK (07/16/2015-07/18/2015)....continue...
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Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Six Preludes; Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951): Piano Works / Yevgeny Sudbin, piano
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Six Preludes; Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951): Piano Works / Yevgeny Sudbin, piano

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2016-02-12

Works: Nikolay Medtner: Stimmungsbilder, Op. 1; Fairy Tale, Op. 51; Forgotten Melodies (8) for Piano, Op. 38; Fairy Tale Op. 20; Fairy Tale, Op. 26; Forgotten Melodies, second cycle, Op. 39; Forgotten Melod...
Performers: Sudbin, Yevgeny

Having previously released recordings of Medtner's three piano concertos as well as three of Rachmaninov's five concertante works, Yevgeny Sudbin on the present recording combines...continue...
Recording information: St George's Bristol, England (02/2009); St George's Bristol, England (04/2012); St George's Bristol, England (06/2009); St George's Bristol, England (07/2014); St George's Brist...continue...

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Francis Chagrin (1905-1972): Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / BBC SO, Martyn Brabbins
Francis Chagrin (1905-1972): Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / BBC SO, Martyn Brabbins

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2016-02-12

Works: Francis Chagrin: Symphony no 1; Symphony no 2
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Francis Chagrin was self-described as "Romanian by birth, British by nationality and cosmopolitan by inclination". Chagrin was a student of Nadia Boulanger and Paul Dukas....continue...
Recording information: BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London (11/14/2014/11/15/2014)....continue...
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Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars: Songs and Arrangements by Bob Chilcott (b.1955) / Tenebrae Consort, Nigel Short
Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars: Songs and Arrangements by Bob Chilcott (b.1955) / Tenebrae Consort, Nigel Short

1 CD / Signum Records / 2016-02-12

Works: Spanish Traditional: En La Macarenita; Bob Chilcott: Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars, for chorus; Furusato; Tuoll on mun kultani, for chorus; Marriage to My Lady Poverty, for chorus; Thou, my love, art fair...
Conductors: Short, Nigel
Ensemble: ; Tenebrae Consort

Bob Chilcott has been called "a contemporary hero of British Choral music" (The Observer). He has become one of the most performed choral composers in...continue...
Recording information: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (07/01/2015-07/03/2015); Fortheringhay Church of St Mary (07/01/2015-07/03/2015); Northamptonshire, England (07/01/2015-07/03/2015); All H...continue...
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Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 78-81 / Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone
Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 78-81 / Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone

2 CD / Decca / 2016-02-12

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 78 in C minor, H. 1/78; Symphony no 79 in F major, H. 1/79; Symphony no 80 in D minor, H. 1/80; Sinfonia in G, Hob. 1/81
Conductors: Dantone, Ottavio
Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina

The Accademia Bizantina under the direction of Ottavio Dantone returns to Decca with this new recording of Haydn's symphonies nos. 78-81. This album includes the...continue...
Recording information: Teatro Golden, Bagnacavallo (RA), Italy (06/30/2015-07/03/2015); Teatro Golden, Bagnacavallo (RA), Italy (09/06/2015-09/09/2015)....continue...
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J.S. Bach: The French Suites, BWV 812-817; Mozart: Suite in C, K 399; Gigue in G, K 574 / Peter Hill, piano
J.S. Bach: The French Suites, BWV 812-817; Mozart: Suite in C, K 399; Gigue in G, K 574 / Peter Hill, piano

2 CD / Delphian Records / 2016-02-08

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812; French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813; French Suite, for keyboard no 3 in B minor, BWV 814 (BC L21); French Suite no 4 in E flat major, B...
Performers: Hill, Peter

The French Suites have a special place among Bach's keyboard works. Besides containing music as profound and poetic as any Bach wrote, their textures have...continue...
Recording information: University Concert Hall, Cardiff (07/05/2015-07/08/2015)....continue...
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Alexander Scriabin (1872ú1915): Symphony Nos. 3 & 4 / Oslo PO, Vasily Petrenko
Alexander Scriabin (1872ú1915): Symphony Nos. 3 & 4 / Oslo PO, Vasily Petrenko

1 Super Audio CD / Lawo Classics / 2016-02-05

Works: Alexander Scriabin: Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 43 "Le divin poème"; Le Poème de l'extase (Poem of Ecstasy), symphony [No. 4] in C major, Op. 54
Conductors: Petrenko, Vasily
Ensemble: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

The Oslo Philharmonic launches the first release in a series of the complete symphonies of Alexander Scriabin! The orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko,...continue...
Recording information: Oslo Concert Hall (02/02/2015-02/07/2015)....continue...
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Mendelssohn: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2 / Fournier Trio
Mendelssohn: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2 / Fournier Trio

1 CD / Resonus Records / 2016-02-05

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 49; Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C minor, Op. 66
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Ensemble: Fournier Trio (Piano Trio)

Marking their debut release on Resonus Classics, these rising stars of the chamber music scene record the two piano trios by Felix Mendelssohn. Two of...continue...
Recording information: St. John the Evangelist, Oxford (SJE Arts) (07/28/2014-07/30/2014)....continue...
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Solo - Transcriptions and original works for piano left-hand by Einaudi, Mascagni, Puccini, Bellini, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Scriabin, Gershwin, R. Strauss et al. / Nicholas McCarthy, piano
Solo - Transcriptions and original works for piano left-hand by Einaudi, Mascagni, Puccini, Bellini, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Scriabin, Gershwin, R. Strauss et al. / Nicholas McCarthy, piano

1 CD / Warner Classics / 2016-02-05

Works: Ludovico Einaudi: I Giorni; Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act; Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, opera; Vincenzo Bellini: Norma, opera; Sergey Rachmaninov: Vocalise; ...
Performers: McCarthy, Nicholas [Piano]

BBC Music Magazine, December 2015
McCarthy offers good, solid, forthright interpretations, especially of the works that appear in their original form. It is an excellent opportunity...continue...
Recording information: Fraser Performance Studio, WGBH, Boston, MA (06/23/2015-06/26/2015)....continue...
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Liederkreis (Circle of Songs): Songs by Schumann, Brahms & Britten / Anna Lucia Richter, soprano; Michael Gees, piano
Liederkreis (Circle of Songs): Songs by Schumann, Brahms & Britten / Anna Lucia Richter, soprano; Michael Gees, piano

1 CD / Challenge / 2016-02-05

Works: Benjamin Britten: The trees they grow so high, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. I); The ash grove, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. I); How sweet the answer, folksong for voice & piano (Folk So...
Performers: Gees, Michael; Richter, Anna Lucia

Schumann's famous Eichendorff Liederkreis, Op. 39, combined with folksongs by Johannes Brahms and Benjamin Britten, and featuring improvisation on the Eichendorff poems. Following early studies...continue...
Recording information: SWR Kammermusikstudio Stuttgart (02/23/2015-02/26/2015)....continue...
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Sephardic Journey: Spanish Jews  music of various composers / ApolloÆs Fire, Jeannette Sorrell
Sephardic Journey: Spanish Jews music of various composers / ApolloÆs Fire, Jeannette Sorrell

1 CD / Avie Records / 2016-02-05

Works: Traditional Sefardi: Ir me quiero, Madre; Sephardic Traditional: Quando el rey Nimrod; Ah, el novio no quere dinero! (Sephardic song); La roza enflorese; Adio kerida; La Komida la Manyana (The Mornin...
Performers: Kay, Brian; Perry-Gilmore, Susanna; Powell, Amanda; Schmitz, Karina [Violin]; Snaidas, Nell; Strauss, Jeffrey; Sulayman, Karim
Conductors: Sorrell, Jeannette
Ensemble: ; ApolloÆs Fire

Cast out of Jerusalem and Spain, the Spanish Jews absorbed the colorful musical accents of Italy, Turkey, and North Africa, including exotic percussion. Apollo's Fire's...continue...
Recording information: St. Paul's Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (02/19/2015-02/21/2015)....continue...
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