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Strauss: Salome
Strauss: Salome

2 CD / Sony / RCA / 2015-09-25

Works: Richard Strauss: Salome, Op. 54
Performers: Hamari, Julia [Contralto Vocals]; Howlett, Neil; Kelly, David C. [Opera]; King, James; Milnes, Sherrill [Baritone Vocals]; Wicks, Dennis
Conductors: Leinsdorf, Erich

BBC Music Magazine
[Caballé's] voice sounds youthful, gleaming, opulent at the top...[the nasty stops] come later, in league with Lewis's desperate but notewise spot-on Herod. Leinsdo...continue...
Recording information: Walthamstow Town Hall, London (1968-06-24&1968-06-26&1968-)....continue...
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Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10, 11, & 16; Fantasia K. 475; Rondo K. 511
Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10, 11, & 16; Fantasia K. 475; Rondo K. 511

1 CD / Sony / RCA / 2015-09-25


BBC Music Magazine, July 2012
A much-admired Mozartian, Larrocha's refined and texturally immaculate performances illuminate the characterisation and operatic conversations in his music.
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Giordano: Andrea Chenier
Giordano: Andrea Chenier

2 CD / Sony / RCA / 2015-09-11

Works: Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chénier, opera
Performers: Beavan, Nigel
Conductors: Levine, James

Drawn from the worldwide catalog holdings of Sony Classical, which includes both the Columbia/CBS and RCA Victor label imprints, the SONY Classical Originals, SONY Classical...continue...
Recording information: Walthamstow Town Hall, London England (08/1978)....continue...
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Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

1 CD / Sony / RCA / 2015-09-11


Drawn from the worldwide catalog holdings of Sony Classical, which includes both the Columbia/CBS and RCA Victor label imprints, the SONY Classical Originals, SONY Classical...continue...
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Milhaud: La Création du Monde; Le Boeuf sur le toit; Saudades do Brasil
Milhaud: La Création du Monde; Le Boeuf sur le toit; Saudades do Brasil

1 CD / Warner Classics / 2015-08-28

Works: Darius Milhaud: La création du monde, Op. 81; Saudades do Brasil (12), suite of dances for orchestra, Op. 67b; Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58
Conductors: Bernstein, Leonard; Milhaud, Darius

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Bernstein's performances of Milhaud are full of affection and his French orchestra is easy-going in style and silky in sound. The coupling is Milhaud's...continue...
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Barber: Vanessa, opera / Eleanor Steber, Nicolai Gedda, Rosalind Elias, Regina Resnik, Giorgio Tozzi. Mitropoulos, MET
Barber: Vanessa, opera / Eleanor Steber, Nicolai Gedda, Rosalind Elias, Regina Resnik, Giorgio Tozzi. Mitropoulos, MET

2 CD / Sony / RCA / 2015-08-14

Conductors: Mitropoulos, Dimitri
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine
There is the great pleasure of hearing young Nicolai Gedda, enchanting of voice, greatly musical, singing faultless English...[Steber is] strong in temperament, generous ...continue...
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Korngold: Die Tote Stadt, opera / René Kollo; Hermann Prey; Bavarian Radio Choir; Munich RSO; Leinsdorf
Korngold: Die Tote Stadt, opera / René Kollo; Hermann Prey; Bavarian Radio Choir; Munich RSO; Leinsdorf

2 CD / Sony / RCA / 2015-08-14

Conductors: Leinsdorf, Erich; Mende, Heinz; Schmidt-Gaden, Gerhard
Ensemble: Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Tölzer Knabenchor

Penguin Guide
Die tote Stadt may not be a great opera, but in a performance like this, superbly recorded, it is one to revel in on...continue...
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Puccini: Tosca / Leontyne Price, Placido domingo, Sherrill Milnes. Zubin Mehta, New Philharmonia Orch.
Puccini: Tosca / Leontyne Price, Placido domingo, Sherrill Milnes. Zubin Mehta, New Philharmonia Orch.

2 CD / Sony / RCA / 2015-08-14

Conductors: Mehta, Zubin
Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra

BBC Music Magazine
Leontyne Price's... 'Vissi d'arte' is artistry incarnate... Domingo sounds young and ardent as Cavaradossi, and Milnes's villain is the most complete I've ever...continue...
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Claude Debussy: La Mer; Jeux; Nocturnes / Vienna PO; Lorin Maazel et al.
Claude Debussy: La Mer; Jeux; Nocturnes / Vienna PO; Lorin Maazel et al.

1 CD / Sony / RCA / 2015-08-14

Conductors: Maazel, Lorin
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic; Women of the Arnold Schoenberg Choir

BBC Music Magazine, August 2012
These Debussy performances from Maazel have some stylish moments.
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Verdi: Otello / Placido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Sherrill Milnes. Levine, Nat'l PO
Verdi: Otello / Placido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Sherrill Milnes. Levine, Nat'l PO

2 CD / Sony / RCA / 2015-08-14

Conductors: Levine, James
Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra

BBC Music Magazine
The revelation is Scotto as Desdemona: imbuing every phrase with colour and meaning, stunning in the Act III ensemble and shattering in her...continue...
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The Chantecler Sessions, Vol. 1: 1958-1959 - works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Rameau, Chopin, Savio, Tarrega, Barrios, Cimarosa, Sor et al. / Carlos Barbosa-Lima, guitar
The Chantecler Sessions, Vol. 1: 1958-1959 - works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Rameau, Chopin, Savio, Tarrega, Barrios, Cimarosa, Sor et al. / Carlos Barbosa-Lima, guitar

1 CD / Zoho Music / 2015-08-07


After Carlos Barbosa-Lima's longtime relationship with Concord Records ended, he began working with the ZOHO label. Few people were aware of Carlos' early LP releases...continue...
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Schubert: Fantasy in C, D.934; Sonatina, D.408; Reger: Adagio & Largo, Op. 131c/1-2; Brahms: Cello Sonata Op. 120/2 / Pieter Wispelwey: cello; Paolo Giacometti: piano
Schubert: Fantasy in C, D.934; Sonatina, D.408; Reger: Adagio & Largo, Op. 131c/1-2; Brahms: Cello Sonata Op. 120/2 / Pieter Wispelwey: cello; Paolo Giacometti: piano

1 CD / Evil Penguin Records / 2015-08-07

Works: Franz Schubert: Fantasia for violin & piano in C major ("Sei mir gegrüsst!"), D. 934 (Op. posth. 159); Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G minor, D 408/Op 137 no 3; Max Reger: The First Suite for...
Performers: Giacometti, Paolo [Piano]; Wispelwey, Pieter

Teaming up with his trusted piano partner Paolo Giacometti, Peter Wispelwey aims to demonstrate that music written by major Lied composers can rewardingly be played...continue...
Recording information: Serendipitous Studio in Mechelen, Belgium (02/2015/10/2014)....continue...
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The Complete Piano Music of Sir Arthur Bliss, Vol. 2 / Mark Bebbington, piano
The Complete Piano Music of Sir Arthur Bliss, Vol. 2 / Mark Bebbington, piano

1 CD / Somm / 2015-08-07

Works: Arthur Bliss: Masks, pieces (4) for piano, Op. 34, F. 141; Two Interludes for piano, Op. 35, F. 151; Suite, for piano, F. 147; Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, transcription for piano, F. 186 (after Bach...
Performers: Bebbington, Mark

This is the second volume in Mark Bebbington's traversal of the solo piano music of Sir Arthur Bliss; the first volume garnered impressive reviews for...continue...
Recording information: Symphony Hall, Birmingham (01/03/2011/01/04/2011)....continue...
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Note My Dream - Music by the 15 year old phenomena  Shane Thomas / Shane Thomas: piano; Hungarian Symphony Orchestra
Note My Dream - Music by the 15 year old phenomena Shane Thomas / Shane Thomas: piano; Hungarian Symphony Orchestra

1 CD / Launch Music / 2015-08-07

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Ensemble: Hungarian Symphony Orchestra

Fifteen-year-old Shane Thomas has wowed classical music critics around the world with his breathtaking original compositions. He was the youngest-ever musician to be signed to...continue...
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Richard Strauss: Songs / Patricia Rozario: soprano; Charles Owen: piano
Richard Strauss: Songs / Patricia Rozario: soprano; Charles Owen: piano

1 CD / Stone Records / 2015-08-07

Works: Richard Strauss: Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21; Du meines Herzens Krönelein, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/2 (TrV 160/2); Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3; Wiegenlied ("Träume, träume, du mein s...
Performers: Owen, Charles; Rozario, Patricia [Soprano Vocal]

Patricia Rozario OBE is a renowned singer on the opera stage and concert platform. Her unique voice and artistry have inspired many composers to write...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK (04/23/2007-04/25/2007)....continue...
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Metamorphosis: Classical Meets Jazz and Modern - a crossover compilation including tracks from 3 Grammy-nominated albums / Uri Caine, Kneebody & Theo Bleckmann, Fumio Yasuda and many more
Metamorphosis: Classical Meets Jazz and Modern - a crossover compilation including tracks from 3 Grammy-nominated albums / Uri Caine, Kneebody & Theo Bleckmann, Fumio Yasuda and many more

1 CD / Winter & Winter / 2015-08-07


A classical/jazz crossover compilation including tracks from three Grammy®-nominated albums: Barbara Sukowa's Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (2009), Uri Caine's The Othello Syndrome (2009), ...continue...
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 in C minor / Netherlands Radio PO, van Zweden
Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 in C minor / Netherlands Radio PO, van Zweden

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-08-07

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 1 in C minor, WAB 101
Conductors: Zweden, Jaap van
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

A new installment in Jaap van Zweden's successful series devoted to Bruckner's symphonies. Among the versions issued by Bruckner, the conductor has chosen the so-called...continue...
Recording information: Studio MCO5, Hilversum, Holland (2012-06-14&2013-06-10_2013-)....continue...
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Duo - American classics & originals, including Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Appalachia Waltz, Emily's Reel, St. Louis Blues, et al. / Mark & Maggie O'Connor, violins
Duo - American classics & originals, including Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Appalachia Waltz, Emily's Reel, St. Louis Blues, et al. / Mark & Maggie O'Connor, violins

1 CD / OMAC Records / 2015-08-07

Works: Mark O'Connor: F.C.'s Jig, for violin & cello; Appalachia Waltz, version for string orchestra (or other arrangements); Emily's Reel for violin, cello & double bass; Byron Berline: Gold Rush; Johnnie ...
Performers: O'Connor, Maggie; O'Connor, Mark [Violin]

Mark and Maggie O'Connor perform a series of American classics and originals in a violin duet setting, with beautiful and virtuosic interplay. This first recorded...continue...
Recording information: Miami, Florida (02/2015-04/2015).

Violinist Mark O'Connor emerged from the world of country music, perhaps the most distant branch of violin music from the classical worl...continue...
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J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 53; 54 & 169; Handel Cantatas / Maureen Forrester, contralto; I Solisti di Zagreb, Janigro
J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 53; 54 & 169; Handel Cantatas / Maureen Forrester, contralto; I Solisti di Zagreb, Janigro

2 CD / Omega Records / 2015-08-07

Conductors: Janigro, Antonio
Ensemble: I Solisti di Zagreb

First time on CD on 25 years....continue...
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Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 2; Sextet
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 2; Sextet "Souvenir de Florence" / Borodin Quartet (rec. 1965)

1 CD / Musical Concepts / 2015-07-24

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Ensemble: Borodin Quartet

The Borodin Quartet was founded in Moscow following World War II and to this day remains the most famous string quartet in Russia. Over its...continue...
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Emil Gilels in Leningrad - Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2
Emil Gilels in Leningrad - Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 "Funeral March"; Etudes; Schumann: Piano Sonata Op. 11; Liszt: Rhapsodie Espagnole / Emil Gilels, piano (rec. 1961 & 68)

1 CD / Musical Concepts / 2015-07-24


One of the great pianists of the twenteith century, his international fame matching that of his Soviet countryman (and Conservatory classmate) Richter, Emil Gilels was...continue...
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Twenty Gems of Viennese Operetta / Rothenberger, Schwarzkopf, Wunderlich, Gueden, Gedda, Konya, Anders, Lipp et al.
Twenty Gems of Viennese Operetta / Rothenberger, Schwarzkopf, Wunderlich, Gueden, Gedda, Konya, Anders, Lipp et al.

1 CD / Musical Concepts / 2015-07-24


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... for listeners wanting the lollipops sung by famous singers ... With Schwarzkopf, Loose, Kunz and Gedda on top form they are self-recommending and so...continue...
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Weber: Clarinet Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Gran Quintetto / Gervase de Peyer & David Glazer, clarinets; Melos Ensemble; Wurttemburg CO
Weber: Clarinet Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Gran Quintetto / Gervase de Peyer & David Glazer, clarinets; Melos Ensemble; Wurttemburg CO

1 CD / Musical Concepts / 2015-07-24

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Ensemble: Melos Ensemble; Wurttemburg Chamber Orchestra

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The F minor Concerto produces a warm, musical tone while the playing, both on the part of the soloist and the orchestra, is very good...continue...
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Schubert: String Quintet in C major; Mozart: Divertimento, K. 136 / Bruno Schrecker, cello; Aeolian Quartet
Schubert: String Quintet in C major; Mozart: Divertimento, K. 136 / Bruno Schrecker, cello; Aeolian Quartet

1 CD / Musical Concepts / 2015-07-24

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Ensemble: Aeolian Quartet

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... a virile performance of what is arguably Schubert's greatest chamber work. Their style is direct with no mannerisms whatsoever ... depth of concentration...continue...
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Guitar Magician - Granados: Etude No. 1; Gavotte; Barcarolle; Vals criollo; La Maya de Goya; Humorada; Variations on a Catalan Song; Bach: Suite No. 3 / John Williams, guitar
Guitar Magician - Granados: Etude No. 1; Gavotte; Barcarolle; Vals criollo; La Maya de Goya; Humorada; Variations on a Catalan Song; Bach: Suite No. 3 / John Williams, guitar

1 CD / Musical Concepts / 2015-07-24


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'A prince of the guitar has arrived in the musical world' (Segovia) "the guitarist's skill must be exercised rather more fully, though you would not...continue...
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Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto; Serenade for Strings; Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations; Dvorak: Rondo in g / Paul Tortelier, cello; Royal PO, Groves
Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto; Serenade for Strings; Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations; Dvorak: Rondo in g / Paul Tortelier, cello; Royal PO, Groves

1 CD / Musical Concepts / 2015-07-24

Conductors: Groves, Charles
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Stunning recordings of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E and Serenade for strings, the superb French cellist Paul Tortelier demonstrates his mastery of the cello,...continue...
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'Amores Pasados' - Works by Picforth, Sting, Becquer, et al / John Potter, Anna Maria Friman, Ariel Abramovich, Jacob Heringman
'Amores Pasados' - Works by Picforth, Sting, Becquer, et al / John Potter, Anna Maria Friman, Ariel Abramovich, Jacob Heringman

1 CD / ECM / 2015-07-17

Works: John Paul Jones: Amores Pasados, for voice, harp, chitarrone, guitar, lirone, viola da gamba & percussion; Peter Warlock: Sleep, song for voice & string quartet; Thomas Campion: Follow thy fair sun; ...
Performers: Abramovich, Ariel [Vihuela]; Friman, Anna Maria; Heringman, Jacob [Lute]; Potter, John [Tenor Vocals]

For this innovative attempt to bridge the gap between art song and pop song, John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin fame), Sting and Genesis-keyboardist Tony...continue...
Recording information: Rainbow Studio, Oslo (11/2014).

The worlds of the crossover album and of the ECM music label don't overlap much, but this is a crossover album unlike any other released u...continue...
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Leonardo Vinci (1690-1730): Catone in Utica, opera / Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli, Juan Sancho, Valer Sabadus, Vince Yi, Martin Mitterrutzner Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro
Leonardo Vinci (1690-1730): Catone in Utica, opera / Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli, Juan Sancho, Valer Sabadus, Vince Yi, Martin Mitterrutzner Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro

3 CD / Decca / 2015-07-17

Works: Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica, opera
Conductors: Minasi, Riccardo
Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro

Star countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic steps into new musical territory with the world premiere recording of Catone in Utica by Leonardo Vinci, a forgotten genius...continue...
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'(R)evolution' - Works by Stockhausen, Beffa & Stravinsky / Vanessa Benelli Mosell, piano
'(R)evolution' - Works by Stockhausen, Beffa & Stravinsky / Vanessa Benelli Mosell, piano

1 CD / Decca / 2015-07-17


This Decca debut recording of Italian pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell pays tribute to solo piano music of the 20th century including works by Stockhausen (8...continue...
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Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été; Handel: Arias / Hunt Lieberson
Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été; Handel: Arias / Hunt Lieberson

1 CD / Philharmonia Baroque / 2015-07-15

Works: Hector Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op. 7, song cycle; George Frederick Handel: Giulio Cesare; Ottone; Arianna; Radamisto; Agrippina
Performers: Hunt Lieberson, Lorraine [Mezzo-Soprano (Vocals)]
Conductors: McGegan, Nicholas

In conjunction with the Orchestra’s 30th Anniversary Season, Music Director Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra announce the launch of the ensemble’s own recording label,...continue...
Recording information: First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA (1991-10-19&1995-11-11_1995-)....continue...
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Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 88, 101 & 104 / McGegan
Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 88, 101 & 104 / McGegan

1 CD / Philharmonia Baroque / 2015-07-15

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London"; Symphony no 88 in G major, H 1 no 88; Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock"
Conductors: McGegan, Nicholas

San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra celebrates its 30th Anniversary Season in 2010-11. Led by Music Director Nicholas McGegan since 1985, Philharmonia Baroque is recognized as...continue...
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Handel: Atalanta / Dominique Labelle, Susanne Ryden, Cecile van de Sant
Handel: Atalanta / Dominique Labelle, Susanne Ryden, Cecile van de Sant

2 CD / Philharmonia Baroque / 2015-07-15

Works: George Frederick Handel: Atalanta
Conductors: McGegan, Nicholas
Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

In its first year of performance, Handel's 1736 opera Atalanta, recently revived for the first time since the 18th century, concluded with a spectacular display...continue...
Recording information: First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA (09/10/2005-09/11/2005)....continue...
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Brahms: Serenades (2) for orchestra / Philharmoonia Baroque Orchestra, McGegan
Brahms: Serenades (2) for orchestra / Philharmoonia Baroque Orchestra, McGegan

1 CD / Philharmonia Baroque / 2015-07-15

Works: Johannes Brahms: Serenade for orchestra no 2 in A major, Op. 16; Serenade for orchestra no 1 in D major, Op. 11
Conductors: McGegan, Nicholas
Ensemble: ; Philharmoonia Baroque Orchestra

Music Director Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra bring to life the depth and brilliance of Brahms' two orchestral Serenades on this disc, recorded live...continue...
Recording information: First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA....continue...
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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan

1 CD / Philharmonia Baroque / 2015-07-15

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60; Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
Conductors: McGegan, Nicholas
Ensemble: ; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

On this release from the orchestra's own label, Music Director Nicholas McGegan and his period instrument Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra perform Beethoven's fourth and seventh symphonies...continue...
Recording information: First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA (11/10/2012-11/11/2012)....continue...
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Carl Nielsen: Piano Music / John McCabe, piano
Carl Nielsen: Piano Music / John McCabe, piano

2 CD / Somm / 2015-07-10

Works: Carl Nielsen: Festival Prelude for the New Century FS 24; Klavermusik for små og store (Piano Music for Young and Old), 24 pieces for piano (2 vols.), FS 148; Symfonisk Suite (Symphonic Suite),...
Performers: McCabe, John [Composer, Piano]

Incomparable composer and pianist John McCabe, who passed away in February 2015, had recorded Nielsen's Piano Music on LP for Decca's Ace of Diamonds back...continue...
Recording information: St. George the Martyr, Holborn, London, England (04/1973)....continue...
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Bach: Saint Matthew Passion / Uno Ebreilus, Hans Braun, Hilde Rossl-Majdan, Teresa Stich-Randall. Mogens Woldike
Bach: Saint Matthew Passion / Uno Ebreilus, Hans Braun, Hilde Rossl-Majdan, Teresa Stich-Randall. Mogens Woldike

3 CD / Omega Records / 2015-07-10

Conductors: Woldike, Mogens
Ensemble: Boys Choir of Vienna; Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Made in 1959, this justly famous recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion is one of the high points of the Vanguard/Omega catalog's devotion to the...continue...
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Aaron Copland: Piano Concerto; Gian Carlo Menotti: Piano Concerto in F / Earl Wild, piano. The Symphony of the Air
Aaron Copland: Piano Concerto; Gian Carlo Menotti: Piano Concerto in F / Earl Wild, piano. The Symphony of the Air

1 CD / Omega Records / 2015-07-10

Works: Aaron Copland: Concerto for Piano; Gian Carlo Menotti: Concerto for Piano in F major
Performers: Wild, Earl [Piano]
Conductors: Copland, Aaron [Composer]; Mester, Jorge
Ensemble: Symphony of the Air

Vanguard Classics/Omega Classics was dedicated to capturing the music of the contemporary composer. Its catalog is filled with world premiere recordings by works of Sibelius,...continue...
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Douce Dame, Music of Courtly Love from Medieval France and Italy / Michael Jaffee, Waverly Consort
Douce Dame, Music of Courtly Love from Medieval France and Italy / Michael Jaffee, Waverly Consort

1 CD / Omega Records / 2015-07-10

Works: Guillaume de Machaut: Douce dame jolie, pour Dieu; Comment qu'a moy lonteinne, virelai for voice; Foy porter, honneur garder, virelai for voice; Je sui aussi com cilz, ballade for 2 or 3 voices; Rose...
Conductors: Jaffee, Michael
Ensemble: Waverly Consort

The Waverly Consort made two fine recordings for Vanguard Classics/Omega. This recording, a collection of French and Italian songs of love, includes special guest vocalist...continue...
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Augusta Read Thomas: Music for Strings / Featuring Young Musicians: Stefan Hersh, violin; Juilliard Student Orchestra; Xian Zhang et al.
Augusta Read Thomas: Music for Strings / Featuring Young Musicians: Stefan Hersh, violin; Juilliard Student Orchestra; Xian Zhang et al.

1 CD / Nimbus Records / 2015-07-10

Works: Augusta Read Thomas: Incantation, for solo violin; Passion Prayers, for cello & 6 instruments; Spirit musings, for violin & orchestra; Jubilee, for piano & orchestra; Cantos for Slava, version for vi...
Performers: Gastler, Leah; Hersh, Julian; Hersh, Stefan; Kluksdahl, Scott; McKiggan, Christopher Janwong; Rovetti, Marc [Violin]
Conductors: Krzywicki, Jan; Jackson, Laura; Zhang, Xian; Delaney, Jack
Ensemble: Juilliard School Student Orchestra; Network for New Music; Southern Methodist University Student Wind Ensemble; Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble

The first two volumes of this recording series focused on orchestral and chamber/piano music respectively, and the third volume was a recording of a live...continue...
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Arnold Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder / Barbara Haveman, Brandon Jovanovich, Thomas Bauer, Gerhard Siegel, Claudia Mahnka. Gurzenich-Orchester Koln
Arnold Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder / Barbara Haveman, Brandon Jovanovich, Thomas Bauer, Gerhard Siegel, Claudia Mahnka. Gurzenich-Orchester Koln

2 CD / Hyperion / 2015-07-10

Works: Arnold Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
Conductors: Stenz, Markus
Ensemble: Gurzenich-Orchester Koln

The Gürzenich-Orchester of Cologne has a pedigree second to none. It can count Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss among those who have entrusted it with...continue...
Recording information: Kölner Philharmonie (06/01/2014-06/04/2014)....continue...
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Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Furio Zanasi, Sara Mingardo, Monteserrat Figueras,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya; Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall (live, 2002)
Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Furio Zanasi, Sara Mingardo, Monteserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial de Catalunya; Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall (live, 2002)

2 Super Audio CD / Alia Vox / 2015-07-10

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
Conductors: Savall, Jordi
Ensemble: Le Concert des Nations

This live recording made on January 31st, 2002 at the Liceu Theater in Barcelona is already a cornerstone of any Monteverdi discography. Previously only available...continue...
Recording information: Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelone) (01/31/2002)....continue...
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Augusta Read Thomas: Astral Canticle / U. of Illinois SO; Donald Schleicher et al.
Augusta Read Thomas: Astral Canticle / U. of Illinois SO; Donald Schleicher et al.

1 CD / Nimbus Records / 2015-07-10

Works: Augusta Read Thomas: Radiant Circles, for orchestra; Resounding Earth, for percussion quartet; Juggler of Day, for female chorus; Capricci, for flute & clarinet; Twilight Butterfly, for mezzo-soprano...
Performers: Giem, Nathan [Violin]; Gunn, Julie; Harris, J. David [Clarinet]; Hersh, Julian; Keeble, Jonathan; Redman, Yvonne [Soprano Vocal]; Waters, Robert
Conductors: Schleicher, Donald; Solya, Andrea
Ensemble: ; University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Bold, passionate, urgent - Augusta Read Thomas writes music that is wholly and completely alive. Part of a major series of works by Augusta Read...continue...
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British Cello Concertos - works by John Joubert, Robert Simpson, Christopher Wright: / Raphael Wallfisch, cello
British Cello Concertos - works by John Joubert, Robert Simpson, Christopher Wright: / Raphael Wallfisch, cello

1 CD / Lyrita / 2015-07-10

Works: John Joubert: Concerto in 2 Movements, for cello & chamber orchestra, Op. 171; Robert Simpson: Concerto for Cello; Christopher Wright: Concerto for Violoncello & Orchestra
Performers: Wallfisch, Raphael [Cello]
Conductors: Boughton, William
Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Among the most versatile contemporary performers, cellist Raphael Wallfisch is especially celebrated as a passionate advocate of British music. Concertos by Elgar, Finzi, and Walton...continue...
Recording information: Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, UK (12/11/2013-12/13/2013)....continue...
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Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Augustin Hadelich, violin; Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Harth-Bedoya
Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Augustin Hadelich, violin; Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Harth-Bedoya

1 CD / Avie Records / 2015-07-10

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin in D minor; Béla Bartók: Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Sz. 112, BB 117
Performers: Hadelich, Augustin
Conductors: Harth Bedoya, Miguel
Ensemble: ; Norwegian Radio Orchestra

Augustin Hadelich's first major concerto recording paired the Violin Concertos of Sibelius and Thomas Adès (AVR 2276). Universally acclaimed, it was nominated for a Gramophone...continue...
Recording information: Concert Hall, NRK Radio, Oslo, Norway (06/10/2014-06/14/2014)....continue...
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Timepieces - Works for choir by Ian Stephens, David Lumsdaine, Paul Stanhope, Philip Glass, Philip Stopford & Per Norgard / Elvsian Singers, Kenji Fenton, saxophone
Timepieces - Works for choir by Ian Stephens, David Lumsdaine, Paul Stanhope, Philip Glass, Philip Stopford & Per Norgard / Elvsian Singers, Kenji Fenton, saxophone

1 CD / Meridian / 2015-07-10

Conductors: Laughton, Sam
Ensemble: Elysian Singers

Meridian Records is delighted to announce the release of the Elysian Singers' latest album, Timepieces, under musical director Sam Laughton. One of the UK's leading...continue...
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Transcriptions for Strings - Mussorgsky: Pictures; Rachmaninov: Prelude; Brahms: Clarinet Sonata no 1 / Anna Hashimoto, clarinet
Transcriptions for Strings - Mussorgsky: Pictures; Rachmaninov: Prelude; Brahms: Clarinet Sonata no 1 / Anna Hashimoto, clarinet

1 CD / Meridian / 2015-07-10

Conductors: Cohen, Jacques
Ensemble: Isis Ensemble

Following the success of the Isis Ensemble's critically acclaimed debut on the Meridian label, this CD features premiere recordings of transcriptions for string orchestra by...continue...
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Beethoven & Schubert: The Last Sonatas / Benjamin Moser, piano
Beethoven & Schubert: The Last Sonatas / Benjamin Moser, piano

1 CD / CAvi Music / 2015-07-10

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111; Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
Performers: Moser, Benjamin

Benjamin Moser, a rising star of the German scene, presents an unusual coupling of the last Sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert, both composed at a...continue...
Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Köln (04/2014)....continue...
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To all lovers of Musick - Händel: Sonatas, Op. 5/1-7 / Al Ayre Español, Eduardo Lopez Banzo
To all lovers of Musick - Händel: Sonatas, Op. 5/1-7 / Al Ayre Español, Eduardo Lopez Banzo

1 CD / Challenge / 2015-07-10

Works: George Frederick Handel: Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in A major, Op. 5/1, HWV 396; Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in D major, Op. 5/2, HWV 397; Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in ...
Performers: Banzo, Eduardo Lopez
Conductors: Banzo, Eduardo Lopez
Ensemble: Al Ayre Español

A new account of the most important published chamber music work by Handel! The experienced, renowned, and awarded ensemble Al Ayre Español imbues this performance...continue...
Recording information: Auditorio de Zaragoza, Spain (08/18/2014-08/23/2014)....continue...
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Langston Hughes: Ask Your Mama / The Roots; Janai Brugger, Nnenna Freelon, Angela Brown, MedUSA, San Francisco Ballet Orch.
Langston Hughes: Ask Your Mama / The Roots; Janai Brugger, Nnenna Freelon, Angela Brown, MedUSA, San Francisco Ballet Orch.

2 CD / Avie Records / 2015-07-10

Works: Laura Karpman: Ask Your Mama, multi-media poetry cycle
Performers: Brown, Angela [Soprano Vocal]; Brugger, Janai; Freelon, Nnenna; Medusa [Rap]; Roots, The
Conductors: Manahan, George
Ensemble: San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

Epic poetry set to powerful music, brought to life by a cast of legendary performers: Ask Your Mama is an original musical setting by four-time...continue...
Recording information: Skywalker Sound (2012-2014)....continue...
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Spohr: Octet in E major; Clarinet Concerto No. 1; Nonet in F major / Gervase de Peyer, clarinet; Vienna Octet; Fine Arts Quartet (stereo, 1958-61)
Spohr: Octet in E major; Clarinet Concerto No. 1; Nonet in F major / Gervase de Peyer, clarinet; Vienna Octet; Fine Arts Quartet (stereo, 1958-61)

1 CD / Musical Concepts / 2015-07-10

Conductors: Davis, Colin;
Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet; London Symphony Orchestra; New York Wind Quintet; Vienna Octet

For the first time on a single budget CD, some of the finest compositions for wind instruments by the German composer and violinist Louis Spohr....continue...
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