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Beethoven: Sonatas for Piano Nos. 3, 23 & 30 / Angela Brownridge, piano
Beethoven: Sonatas for Piano Nos. 3, 23 & 30 / Angela Brownridge, piano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2016-09-09


Pianist Angela Brownridge made her concert debut at Wigmore Hall when she was only twelve years old. Since then she has toured the world, recorded...continue...
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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7 / James Gaffigan, Netherland Radio PO
Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7 / James Gaffigan, Netherland Radio PO

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2016-09-09

Conductors: Gaffigan, James
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 6 was composed as an elegy to the fatalities of World War II. Musicologists frequently regard this piece as the darker...continue...
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Stirring Stills - Bach for Viola, highlights from the violin sonatas and partitas, cello suites etc., performed on viola / Esther Apituley, viola
Stirring Stills - Bach for Viola, highlights from the violin sonatas and partitas, cello suites etc., performed on viola / Esther Apituley, viola

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2016-09-09


Dutch violist Esther Apituley was born in Amsterdam in 1958. She began violin lessons with Karl Schouten when she was twelve. Her viola recital debut...continue...
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Julius Rontgen (1855-1932): Songs for voice & piano / Robbert Muuse, baritone; Micha van Weers, piano
Julius Rontgen (1855-1932): Songs for voice & piano / Robbert Muuse, baritone; Micha van Weers, piano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2016-09-09


This release features the work of Julius Rontgen, a German-Dutch composer who produced a great deal of classical repertoire. The composer's grandson wrote of this...continue...
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Whispers of Titans: Henryk Górecki (1933-2010): Genesis I: Elements; Nikolai Korndorf (1947-2001): In Honour of Alfred Schnittke (AGSCH), String Trio / Goeyvaerts String Trio
Whispers of Titans: Henryk Górecki (1933-2010): Genesis I: Elements; Nikolai Korndorf (1947-2001): In Honour of Alfred Schnittke (AGSCH), String Trio / Goeyvaerts String Trio

1 CD / Challenge / 2016-02-12

Works: Henryk Mikolaj Górecki: Genesis 1; Nikolai Korndorf: In Honour of Alfred Schnittke (AGSCH), for violin, viola & cello
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Ensemble: Goeyvaerts String Trio

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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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Hannes Minnaar, piano; Netherlands SO, Jan Willem de Vriend
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Hannes Minnaar, piano; Netherlands SO, Jan Willem de Vriend

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2016-02-03

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.
Ensemble: Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

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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Haydn: The Last Words of Christ / Ebonit Saxophone Quartet; Claron McFadden, voice
Haydn: The Last Words of Christ / Ebonit Saxophone Quartet; Claron McFadden, voice

1 CD / Challenge / 2016-02-03

Works: Max Reger: Nachtlied (Night Song; Spoken Word: The Last Words of Christ; Franz Joseph Haydn: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze; Anton Webern: Langsamer Satz for String Quartet,...
Performers: McFadden, Claron
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Ensemble: Ebonit Saxophone Quartet

A brand-new arrangement, for saxophones, of Haydn's Seven Last Words featuring famous soprano Claron McFadden reciting the words before each movement. A totally original project!...continue...
Recording information: Westvest 90 Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (2015-01-24&2015-04-15_2015-)....continue...
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La Furia (The Fury): Granados: Spanish Dance No. 5; de Falla: Suite popular española; Cassado: Suite for Cello Solo; Guastavino: La rosa y el sauce; Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango / Mayke Rademakers, cello; Matthijs Verschoor, piano
La Furia (The Fury): Granados: Spanish Dance No. 5; de Falla: Suite popular española; Cassado: Suite for Cello Solo; Guastavino: La rosa y el sauce; Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango / Mayke Rademakers, cello; Matthijs Verschoor, piano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2016-01-29

Works: Enriqué Granados: Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37; Manuel de Falla: Siete canciones populares española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40; Anton Garcia Abr...
Performers: Rademakers, Mayke; Verschoor, Matthijs

This second release from versatile cellist Mayke Rademakers on Challenge Classics features a well-thought-out selection of Spanish and Latin American works based on flamenco and...continue...
Recording information: MotorMusic Studio's, Mechelen (11/24/2015-11/26/2015)....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 / 2016-01-15

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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Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): 12 Fantasias for solo Violin / Luigi De Filippi, violin
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): 12 Fantasias for solo Violin / Luigi De Filippi, violin

1 CD / Challenge / 2015-11-27

Works: Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia, for violin no 1 in B flat major, TWV 40; Fantasia, for violin no 2 in G major, TWV 40; Fantasia, for violin no 3 in F minor, TWV 40; Fantasia, for violin no 4 in D m...
Performers: Filippi, Luigi de

Telemann's Fantasias are the great Baroque masterpiece for solo violin, along with Bach's Sonatas and Partitas. A seldom-recorded work, especially on period instruments, the Fantasias...continue...
Recording information: Fuscaldo (CS) Italy - Suoneria Mediterranea Studios (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)....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 / 2015-11-27

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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Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Schumann: Kreisleriana; Beethoven: Symphonies No. 7, Allegretto (Transcribed by Liszt) / Simon Ghraichy, piano
Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Schumann: Kreisleriana; Beethoven: Symphonies No. 7, Allegretto (Transcribed by Liszt) / Simon Ghraichy, piano

1 CD / Challenge / 2015-11-27

Works: Franz Liszt: Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178; Beethoven's Symphony no 7 Op. 92; Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana
Performers: Ghraichy, Simon

Simon Ghraichy is an up & coming 29-year-old Lebanese-Mexican pianist who made his Carnegie Hall debut in October 2015, and has been highly praised by...continue...
Recording information: Frits Philips Concertgebouw, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (09/02/2015-09/04/2015)....continue...
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Franz Schubert: Poetisches Tagebuch - Nine songs to poems of Ernest Schulze; Eight songs to favorite poets / Christoph Pregardien, tenor; Julius Drake, piano
Franz Schubert: Poetisches Tagebuch - Nine songs to poems of Ernest Schulze; Eight songs to favorite poets / Christoph Pregardien, tenor; Julius Drake, piano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-11-17

Works: Franz Schubert: Auf der Bruck, D 853; Der liebliche Stern, D 861; Im Walde ("Ich wandre über Berg und Tal"), song for voice & piano, D. 834 (Op. 93/1); Um Mitternacht ("Keine Stimme hör' ic...
Performers: Drake, Julius [Piano]; Pregardien, Christoph [Tenor Vocal]

This new album from acclaimed tenor Christoph Prégardien features nine songs by Schubert with words by Schulze, as well as eight songs featuring lyrics by...continue...
Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (02/18/2015-02/21/2015)....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 / 2015-11-17

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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Dance! - Huijnen & Grotenhuis - works by Brahms, Bloch, Bartók, Kodály, Piazzolla, Dvorák, Ladislav Kupkovic / Cécile Huijnen, violin; Marieke Grotenhuis, accordion
Dance! - Huijnen & Grotenhuis - works by Brahms, Bloch, Bartók, Kodály, Piazzolla, Dvorák, Ladislav Kupkovic / Cécile Huijnen, violin; Marieke Grotenhuis, accordion

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-10-09

Works: Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances (7) for violin & piano, Sz. 56; Antonin Dvorák: Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78; Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187; Zo...
Performers: Grotenhuis, Marieke; Huijnen, Cecile [Violin]

Seldom-heard combination of violin and accordion, featuring varied repertoire put together by top Dutch musicians and arranged for this particular combination of instruments - virtuosic,...continue...
Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (2015-05-04_2015-05-05&2015-)....continue...
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Georg Muffat (1653-1704): Florilegium Primum 1695 / Ensemble Salzburg Barock
Georg Muffat (1653-1704): Florilegium Primum 1695 / Ensemble Salzburg Barock

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-10-09

Works: Georg Muffat: Florilegium Primum, 7 suites for strings & continuo ad lib
Performers: Gruner, Jochen
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Ensemble: Salzburg Baroque Orchestra

Georg Muffat (1653 - 1704) was a Baroque composer, most well-known for the remarkably articulate and informative performance directions printed along with his collections of...continue...
Recording information: Festsaal, Städt, Musikschule München (04/08/2015-04/11/2015)....continue...
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Astor Piazzolla: Grand Tango! / Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble
Astor Piazzolla: Grand Tango! / Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-10-09

Works: Astor Piazzolla: Bandó, tango; Otoño porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons]); Le Grand Tango; Soledad; Tres minutos con la realidad; Kicho,...
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Ensemble: Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble

Second album from the critically acclaimed Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble's Tango project, consisting of compositions by Astor Piazzolla. The eponymous ensemble was initiated in 2011...continue...
Recording information: MotorMusic Studios in Mechelen, Belgium (05/18/2015-05/20/2015)....continue...
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Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F major; Janácek: Violin Sonata; Schumann: Violin Sonata no. 2 / Simone Lamsma, violin; Robert Kulek, piano
Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F major; Janácek: Violin Sonata; Schumann: Violin Sonata no. 2 / Simone Lamsma, violin; Robert Kulek, piano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-10-01

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major (1820); Leos Janácek: Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7; Robert Schumann: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
Performers: Kulek, Robert; Lamsma, Simone

Rising star violinist Simone Lamsma's first solo recording on Challenge Classics! Hailed by critics and audiences worldwide, the Dutch violinist is respected as one of...continue...
Recording information: Muzieekcentrum van de Omroep, Studio 1, Hilversum, Neth (2015-03-30_2015-03-31&2015-)....continue...
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Alexander Scriabin: 24 Preludes, Op. 11; Sergei Rachmaninov: Sonata No. 1, Op. 28 / Peter Orth, piano
Alexander Scriabin: 24 Preludes, Op. 11; Sergei Rachmaninov: Sonata No. 1, Op. 28 / Peter Orth, piano

1 CD / Challenge / 2015-09-11

Works: Alexander Scriabin: Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 11; Sergey Rachmaninov: Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 28
Performers: Orth, Peter

Solo piano by Peter Orth, recorded at the Wuppertal's Immanuelkirche in March 2014 on his own Steinway D. After winning First Prize in the 1979...continue...
Recording information: Immanuelskirche in Wuppertal, Germany (03/2014)....continue...
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Arvo Pärt: Kusskuss, Kallike; Weihnachtliches Wiegenlied
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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (first version) / Netherlands Radio PO; James Gaffigan
Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (first version) / Netherlands Radio PO; James Gaffigan

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-09-11

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 44; Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55
Conductors: Gaffigan, James
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

The first installment in a projected survey of the complete symphonies by Prokofiev, performed by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Principal Guest Conductor James...continue...
Recording information: Studio 5, MCO, Hilversum, Holland (05/06/2014-05/08/2014); Studio 5, MCO, Hilversum, Holland (11/05/2013/11/06/2013)....continue...
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Robin de Raaff (b.1968): Waiting for Miss Monroe, opera / Laura Aikin, Dutch Nat'l Opera, Steven Sloane (live)
Robin de Raaff (b.1968): Waiting for Miss Monroe, opera / Laura Aikin, Dutch Nat'l Opera, Steven Sloane (live)

2 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-09-05

Works: Robin de Raaff: Waiting for Miss Monroe, opera
Performers: Aikin, Laura; Belcher, Daniel; Coulombe, Alain [Bass Vocal]; Duesing, Dale; Kowan, Maria [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Lee, David DQ; Randle, Tom [Tenor vocals]; Tessier, John; Van Kerckhove, Hendrickje
Conductors: Sloane, Steven
Ensemble: Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

World premiere recording of the new opera by leading Dutch composer Robin de Raaff, starring soprano Laura Aikin in the role of Marilyn Monroe....continue...
Recording information: Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (2012-06-07&2012-06-15&2012-)....continue...
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Richard Strauss: Arabella / Jacquelyn Wagner; Will Hartmann, Susanne Elmark, Agneta Eichenholz, James Rutherford. Dutch Nat'l Opera, Albrecht
Richard Strauss: Arabella / Jacquelyn Wagner; Will Hartmann, Susanne Elmark, Agneta Eichenholz, James Rutherford. Dutch Nat'l Opera, Albrecht

3 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-09-05

Works: Richard Strauss: Arabella, Op. 79
Performers: Steinen, Ursula Hesse von den
Conductors: Albrecht, Marc
Ensemble: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

A luxurious edition of Arabella, the last collaboration between Strauss and von Hoffmanstahl, in a 3-CD set with gorgeous 200-page book and featuring a super-cast...continue...
Recording information: The Audio-Visual department of Dutch National Opera & B (2014-04-23&2014-04-25&2014-)....continue...
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Benjamin Britten: The Complete String Quartets / Brodsky Quartet
Benjamin Britten: The Complete String Quartets / Brodsky Quartet

2 CD / Challenge / 2015-07-10

Works: Benjamin Britten: Divertimenti (3), for string quartet; Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 25; Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36; Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94
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Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet

This 2-CD set includes the String Quartets written by Benjamin Britten, finally assembling the celebrated recordings by the Brodsky String Quartet. These are major works...continue...
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J.S. Bach: The Cello Suites; works by Gubaidulina, Kurtág, Penderecki, Schnittke & Britten / Mayke Rademakers, cello & electric cello
J.S. Bach: The Cello Suites; works by Gubaidulina, Kurtág, Penderecki, Schnittke & Britten / Mayke Rademakers, cello & electric cello

3 CD / Challenge / 2015-07-03

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007; Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008; Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009; Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E f...
Performers: Rademakers, Mayke

Of this interesting new recording, which combines Bach's cello suites with contemporary composers and improvisations, Mayke Rademakers says: "These days, there exists a tremendous focus...continue...
Recording information: Podiumkerkje, Grevenbicht (NL) (2013-09-??&2014-02-??&2014-)....continue...
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'Wartime Consolations' - Violin Concertos by Shostakovich, Weinberg & Hartmann / Linus Roth, violin; Württemberg CO Heilbronn; Ruben Gazarian. José Gallardo, piano
'Wartime Consolations' - Violin Concertos by Shostakovich, Weinberg & Hartmann / Linus Roth, violin; Württemberg CO Heilbronn; Ruben Gazarian. José Gallardo, piano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-05-22

Works: Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Concerto Funebre for violin & string orchestra; Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Concertino for violin & string orchestra, Op. 42; Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, for violin & piano, Op. 47/...
Performers: Gallardo, José [Piano]; Roth, Linus
Conductors: Gazarian, Ruben
Ensemble: Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronná

A new disc by Linus Roth, after his acclaimed Britten/Weinberg Violin Concertos release! This new disc is very thoughtfully composed, containing four works that span...continue...
Recording information: Motormusic Studios Mechelen, Belgium (01/22/2015-01/24/2015)....continue...
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Schumann: Piano Trios, Opp. 80 & 88; Clara Schumann: Piano Trio, Op. 17 / Riccardo Cecchetti, piano; Luigi De Filippi, violin; Sandro Meo, cello
Schumann: Piano Trios, Opp. 80 & 88; Clara Schumann: Piano Trio, Op. 17 / Riccardo Cecchetti, piano; Luigi De Filippi, violin; Sandro Meo, cello

1 CD / Challenge / 2015-05-01

Works: Clara Wieck Schumann: Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 17; Robert Schumann: Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 80; Phantasiestücke (4) for violin, cello & piano in A minor...
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Ensemble: Voces Intimae (Piano Trio)

The second, and final, installment in Voces Intimae's complete survey of Schumann's piano trios. While the first volume was performed on period instruments, this one...continue...
Recording information: Marienmünster Abtei, Germany (11/25/2014-11/27/2014)....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 / 2015-04-30

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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Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes / Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes / Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-04-30

Works: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Sonatae, tam Aris, quam Aulis servientes, collection of chamber sonatas (12), C. 114-125
Performers: Letzbor, Gunar
Conductors: Letzbor, Gunar
Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria

Heinrich Biber is among the top composers of the second half of 17th century; his Sonatas are among the most important works of the early...continue...
Recording information: Altomonte-Saal, Stift St. Florian, St. Florian (AT) (10/31/2014-11/03/2014)....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 / 2015-04-10

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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James MacMillan (b.1959) St. Luke Passion / Netherlands Radio PO and Radio Choir, James MacMillan
James MacMillan (b.1959) St. Luke Passion / Netherlands Radio PO and Radio Choir, James MacMillan

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-03-18

Works: James MacMillan: St. Luke Passion, for chorus, children's chorus, organ & chamber orchestra
Performers: Dicke, Peter
Conductors: Stenz, Markus
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

After the dramatic success of his previous Passion, comes a new oratorio by one of most accomplished composers of our time! James MacMillan's musical language...continue...
Recording information: NTR ZaterdagMatinee, Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, th (03/15/2014)....continue...
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Schubert: String Quintet, D.956 (Op. posth. 163) / Kuijken Quartet, Michel Boulanger, cello
Schubert: String Quintet, D.956 (Op. posth. 163) / Kuijken Quartet, Michel Boulanger, cello

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-03-16

Works: Franz Schubert: Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956
Performers: Boulanger, Michel

The prestigious Kuijken Quartet tackles one of the great masterpieces of Romantic chamber music on modern instruments, which is quite unusual for the group! During...continue...
Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (02/03/2013-02/07/2013)....continue...
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J.S. Bach: Saint Matthew Passion (Mendelssohn version 1841) / Netherlands SO, Jan Willem de Vriend
J.S. Bach: Saint Matthew Passion (Mendelssohn version 1841) / Netherlands SO, Jan Willem de Vriend

2 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-03-13

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Performers: Dürmüller, Jörg; Fink, Marcos; Koningsberger, Maarten; Lindert, Elske Te [Vocals]; Nijsingh, Chantal [Vocals]; Tuijp, Minou [Vocals]; Van Gijssel, Arjen [Vocals]; Wanroij, Judith Van
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.
Ensemble: Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

Bach's St. Matthew Passion, according to the arrangement by Felix Mendelssohn dating from 1841, graces this splendid live recording. The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, with Chief...continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum Enschede, The Netherlands (04/04/2014)....continue...
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The Symphonic Duke Ellington / SO & Concert Jazz Band of the Amsterdam Conservatory/Dirk Vermeulen and Justin DiCioccio, conductors
The Symphonic Duke Ellington / SO & Concert Jazz Band of the Amsterdam Conservatory/Dirk Vermeulen and Justin DiCioccio, conductors

1 CD / Challenge / 2015-02-27

Works: Duke Ellington: Harlem (A Tone Parallel to Harlem), for orchestra; Queen Suite; Night Creature
Performers: Symphoni Orchestra & Concert Jazz Band of the Amst
Conductors: Vermeulen, Dirk; DiCioccio, Justin
Ensemble: Concert Jazz Band of the Amsterdam Conservatory; Symphonic Orchestra of the Amsterdam Conservatory
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Telemann: Les Nations; Overtures & Oboe Concertos / Bach Concentus; Demeyere. Vinciane Baudhuin, oboe
Telemann: Les Nations; Overtures & Oboe Concertos / Bach Concentus; Demeyere. Vinciane Baudhuin, oboe

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-02-27

Works: Georg Philipp Telemann: Overture-Suite for 4 Horns, 2 Oboes, Strings and Basso continuo in F major, TV 55 no F 11 "Alster Ou; Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in C minor. TWV 51; Concerto for ob...
Performers: Baudhuin, Vinciane; Demeyere, Ewald
Conductors: Demeyere, Ewald
Ensemble: Bach Concentus

An ideal introduction to Telemann's orchestral music, the Oboe Concertos and Orchestral Suites are the most meaningful part of the composer's orchestral output. This is...continue...
Recording information: Concertgebouw deSingel, Antwerpen, Belgium (09/29/2013-10/01/2013)....continue...
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Bach after Bach / Wyneke Jordans, Leo van Doeselaar
Bach after Bach / Wyneke Jordans, Leo van Doeselaar

1 CD / Challenge / 2015-02-20

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047; Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068; Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565; Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat...
Performers: Doeselaar, Leo Van; Jordans, Wyneke
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Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos, Vol. 1 - Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 / Hannes Minaar, piano; Netherlands SO; De Vriend
Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos, Vol. 1 - Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 / Hannes Minaar, piano; Netherlands SO; De Vriend

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-02-15

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58; Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
Performers: Minnaar, Hannes [Piano]
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.
Ensemble: Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

The first volume of an exciting new set of Beethoven's Complete Piano Concertos features an intriguing match: rising star pianist Hannes Minnaar, and experienced Baroque...continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum Enschede, The Netherlands (05/26/2014-05/28/2014)....continue...
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C.P.E. Bach: Sense & Sensibility - Sonatas, Fantasias & Rondo / Riccardo Cecchetti, fortepiano
C.P.E. Bach: Sense & Sensibility - Sonatas, Fantasias & Rondo / Riccardo Cecchetti, fortepiano

1 CD / Challenge / 2015-02-13

Works: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sonata for keyboard in F major (Kenner I/5), H. 243, Wq. 55/5; Fantasia, for keyboard in C major (Kenner V/6), H. 284, Wq. 59/6; Sonata for keyboard in F minor (Kenner III/...
Performers: Cecchetti, Riccardo

A delightful and thoughtful selection of works from C.P.E. Bach's famous Collections for Connoisseurs and Amateurs! C.P.E. Bach's keyboard music is always eventful, unpredictable, and...continue...
Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster, Germany (05/12/2014-05/14/2014)....continue...
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Secret Key Masters:' Piano Works and Improvisations by Michael Gees, Frans Ehlhart, & Marion von Tilzer / Michael Gees, Frans Ehlhart & Marion von Tilzer, pianos
Secret Key Masters:' Piano Works and Improvisations by Michael Gees, Frans Ehlhart, & Marion von Tilzer / Michael Gees, Frans Ehlhart & Marion von Tilzer, pianos

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-01-23


Three wonderful pianists playing their own compositions and improvisations, recorded by producer Bert van der Wolf at his Galaxy Studios. Michael Gees is mostly known...continue...
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Michel-Richard Delaland (1657 - 1726): Symphonies for the King's Suppers / Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra, Hamburg; Groß
Michel-Richard Delaland (1657 - 1726): Symphonies for the King's Suppers / Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra, Hamburg; Groß

1 CD / Challenge / 2015-01-23

Works: Michel-Richard de Lalande: Première Fantaisie ou Caprice, for orchestra (Sixième suite, Symphonies pour les soupers du Roy), S.; 1er Suite; Troisième suite, for orchestra (Sympho...
Conductors: Gross, Jurgen

In these new reconstructions of Delalande's all-too-rare "table music" for the French court of Louis XIV - on CD for the first time - the...continue...
Recording information: Franziskanerkloster Kempen, Germany (12/12/2013-12/15/2013)....continue...
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J.S. Bach: Constantin Emanuel sings from Schemllis Gesangbuch - works by Bach, Buxtehude, Locatelli, Scarlatti / Constantin Emanuel, boy soprano; Ton Koopman, organ
J.S. Bach: Constantin Emanuel sings from Schemllis Gesangbuch - works by Bach, Buxtehude, Locatelli, Scarlatti / Constantin Emanuel, boy soprano; Ton Koopman, organ

1 CD / Challenge / 2015-01-06

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Clavier Übung III BWV 683; Brunnquell aller Güter, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 355), BWV 445 (BC; Pastorale in F major, BWV 590; Dir, di...
Performers: Emanuel, Constantin; Koopman, Ton

The Schemellis songbook is an all-too-rarely recorded collection of works from the Baroque's greatest composer. Most of the pieces, made by a melody and a...continue...
Recording information: Zuidervermaning, Westzaan (09/2014)....continue...
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Father and Son - songs and duets by Silcher, Schubert, Zilcher, Brahms, Bresgen / Christoph Prégardien: tenor; Julian Prégardien: tenor; Michael Gees: piano
Father and Son - songs and duets by Silcher, Schubert, Zilcher, Brahms, Bresgen / Christoph Prégardien: tenor; Julian Prégardien: tenor; Michael Gees: piano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-11-21

Works: Friedrich Silcher: Frisch gesungen, for vocal quartet; Ännchen von Tharau (Annie of Tharau), for chorus; O wie herbe ist das Scheiden; Loreley; Franz Schubert: Erlkönig ("Wer reitet so sp&a...
Performers: Hupkes, Henk [Piano]; Messner, Patricia; Prégardien, Christoph [Tenor Vocal]; Prégardien, Julian; Waga, Fabienne

An intriguing project from the greatest living masters of the Lied, Christoph Prégardien and his son Julian Prégardien. Julian recently released his own debut CD,...continue...
Recording information: Evangleisch Lutherse kerk Haarlem (04/21/2014-04/24/2014)....continue...
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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 4 "Italian" & 5 "Reformation" / Netherlands SO, de Vriend

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-11-07

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"; Symphony no 5 in D major, Op. 107 "Reformation"
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.

Challenge Classics is proud to present the final release in Jan Willem de Vriend's cycle of Mendelssohn's symphonies! The conductor's fresh, innovative approach to the...continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum Enschede, The Netherlands....continue...
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C.P.E Bach: Fantasias, Rondos, Variations; 6 Organ Sonatas / Tini Mathot: fortepiano; Ton Koopman: organ
C.P.E Bach: Fantasias, Rondos, Variations; 6 Organ Sonatas / Tini Mathot: fortepiano; Ton Koopman: organ

2 CD / Challenge / 2014-10-31

Works: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sonata for organ in A minor, H. 85, Wq. 70/4; Sonata for organ in F major, H. 84, Wq. 70/3; Sonata for organ in G minor, H. 87, Wq. 70/6; Sonata for organ in D major, H. 86...
Performers: Koopman, Ton; Mathot, Tini

Two CDs for the price of one! Ton Koopman and his wife Tini Mathot recorded this limited anniversary edition CD to celebrate C.P.E. Bach's 300th...continue...
Recording information: The Amalia organ Berlin (01/2014); Zuidervermaning, Westzaan (01/2014); The Amalia organ Berlin (10/2013-04/2013); Zuidervermaning, Westzaan (10/2013-04/2013)....continue...
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J.S. Bach: Partitas BWV 1002, 1004 and 1006 arr. for saxophone / Raaf Hekkema, saxophone
J.S. Bach: Partitas BWV 1002, 1004 and 1006 arr. for saxophone / Raaf Hekkema, saxophone

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-10-24

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004; Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002

World premiere of the three Violin Partitas arranged for saxophone! Raaf Hekkema is well known for his daring arrangements of classical masterpieces, including Paganini's Capricci....continue...
Recording information: Dorpskerk Mijnsheerenland, Northstar Recording Services (2014-05-19&2014-05-20&2014-)....continue...
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Dieterich Buxtehude: Complete works - Cantatas, concertos, arias, keyboards works & chamber music / Ton Koopman, organ; Amsterdam Baroque Orch. & Choir [30 CDs]
Dieterich Buxtehude: Complete works - Cantatas, concertos, arias, keyboards works & chamber music / Ton Koopman, organ; Amsterdam Baroque Orch. & Choir [30 CDs]

30 CD / Challenge / 2014-10-23

Conductors: Koopman, Ton
Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Choir; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

World premiere edition of Buxtehude's complete works, and a milestone in the Baroque music discography! Dieterich Buxtehude is the most important figure in German Baroque...continue...
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Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Three Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' / Lisa Larsson, soprano; Het Gelders Orchestra; Manacorda
Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Three Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' / Lisa Larsson, soprano; Het Gelders Orchestra; Manacorda

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-10-19

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 4 in G major; Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Performers: Larsson, Lisa
Conductors: Manacorda, Antonello
Ensemble: Het Gelders Orchestra

A new account of one of Mahler's most beloved symphonies, on SACD! There is a long connection between Mahler's music and Dutch orchestras; equally, Antonello...continue...
Recording information: Musis Sacrum, Arnhem, The Netherlands (06/17/2014-06/20/2014)....continue...
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14 / Gal James, soprano; Thomas Oliemans, baritone; Netherlands CO, Gordan Nikolic
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14 / Gal James, soprano; Thomas Oliemans, baritone; Netherlands CO, Gordan Nikolic

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-10-17

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 14 for soprano, bass, strings & percussion, Op. 135
Performers: James, Gal; Nikolic, Gordan; Oliemans, Thomas
Conductors: Nikolic, Gordan
Ensemble: Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

A dramatic and exciting account of Shostakovich's penultimate symphony, in a live recording with astonishing performances by soloists Gal James and Thomas Oliemans. The poems...continue...
Recording information: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam (01/18/2013-01/19/2013)....continue...
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Dieterich Buxtehude XX: Vocal Works, Vol. 10 - concertos, chorales, arias, cantatas, and wedding pieces / Amsterdam Baroque Orch. & Choir, Koopman
Dieterich Buxtehude XX: Vocal Works, Vol. 10 - concertos, chorales, arias, cantatas, and wedding pieces / Amsterdam Baroque Orch. & Choir, Koopman

2 CD / Challenge / 2014-10-10

Works: Dietrich Buxtehude: Walts Gott mein Werk ich lasse, for SATB voices, 2 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 103; Du Lebensfürst Herr Jesu Christ, for SATB voices, 2 violins, 2 violettes, viole & c...
Performers: Dieltiens, Amaryllis; Feuersinger, Miriam; Gropper, Verena; Koopman, Ton; Lichdi, Tilman; Linden, Joost van der; Mertens, Klaus; Pahn, Bettina; Samann, Gerlinde; Wohlgemuth, Dorothee
Conductors: Koopman, Ton
Ensemble: ; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

The final installment in Ton Koopman's complete survey of Buxtehude's works, and the last volume of the vocal series, includes music in a wide range...continue...
Recording information: Waalse kerk Amsterdam (2012-12-??_2012-11-??&2012-)....continue...
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Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin / Isabelle Van Keulen, violin; Hannes Minnaar, piano
Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin / Isabelle Van Keulen, violin; Hannes Minnaar, piano

4 CD / Challenge / 2014-09-25

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 no 1; Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 12; Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3; Son...
Performers: Minnaar, Hannes [Piano]; van Keulen, Isabelle [Violin]

All of Beethoven's sonatas for piano and violin, in a luxury four-disc SACD set! The acclaimed, wonderful violinist Isabelle van Keulen joins with newcomer Hannes...continue...
Recording information: The Motor Music Studios in Mechelen, Belgium (08/30/2014-09/05/2014)....continue...
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