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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 / 2015-03-10


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 / 2015-03-10


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...
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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 / 2015-02-10

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: An den Frühling, D 338; Wande...
Performers: Hupkes, Henk [Piano]; Messner, Patricia; Pregardien, Christoph; Pregardien, 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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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 / 2015-02-10


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...
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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 / 2015-02-10


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...
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Roaring Twenties: Music By Britten Weill & Gershin / Cora Burggraaf, soprano; Calefax Reed Quintet [SACD]
Roaring Twenties: Music By Britten Weill & Gershin / Cora Burggraaf, soprano; Calefax Reed Quintet [SACD]

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-01-13

Works: Richard A. Whiting: Breezin' along with the breeze, song; Aaron Copland: Sentimental Melody (Slow Dance), for piano; Benjamin Britten: Cabaret songs (4) for Hedli Anderson, for voice & piano; Kurt We...
Performers: Burggraaf, Cora
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Ensemble: Calefax

An enthralling journey through the cultured popular music of the 1920s, featuring music by such young lions as Weill, Gershwin, and Britten, representatives of the...continue...
Recording information: Haarlem, The Netherlands, Evangelisch Lutherse Kerk (11/07/2013-11/09/2013).

There are quite a few European recordings of American popular song of the 1920s, several of w...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 / 2015-01-13

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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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

3 CD / Challenge / 2015-01-13


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...
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Mendelssohn: Piano Trios nos 1 & 2; bonus: Piano Trio no 1 (early version) / Van Baerle Trio
Mendelssohn: Piano Trios nos 1 & 2; bonus: Piano Trio no 1 (early version) / Van Baerle Trio

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-01-13

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Ensemble: Van Baerle Piano Trio

Two chamber music masterpieces in a passionate account from a rising-star trio, with a bonus CD that includes the world premiere recording of the 1839...continue...
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Wagner: Symphony in C; Tristan und Isolde; Siegfried Idyll / Netherlands Radio PO, Edo de Waart
Wagner: Symphony in C; Tristan und Isolde; Siegfried Idyll / Netherlands Radio PO, Edo de Waart

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-11-11

Works: Richard Wagner: Symphony in C major, WWV 29; Tristan und Isolde; Siegfried Idyll
Conductors: De Waart, Edo
Ensemble: ; Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Edo de Waart is Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio...continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum van de Omroep, Studio 5, Hilversum....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 / 2014-11-11

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: 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 / 2014-11-11

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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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

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-11-11

Conductors: Koopman, Ton
Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Choir; 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...
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Karl Amadeus Hartmann ( 1905-1963): Simplicius Simplicissimus: Three Scenes from his Youth, opera / Netherlands RPO, Markus Stenz, Juliane Banse, Peter Marsch, Will Hartmann
Karl Amadeus Hartmann ( 1905-1963): Simplicius Simplicissimus: Three Scenes from his Youth, opera / Netherlands RPO, Markus Stenz, Juliane Banse, Peter Marsch, Will Hartmann

2 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-09-09

Works: Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Simplicius Simplicissimus, opera
Performers: Banse, Juliane; Eder, Mike; Hartmann, Willy; Holland, Ashley; Klorek, Kristof [Bass Baritone Vocal]; Marsch, Peter [Tenor Vocal]
Conductors: Stenz, Markus
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Choir; Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

After the complete edition of the Symphonies, Challenge Classics offers a new, important step towards the reappraisal of Karl Amadeus Hartmann as one of last...continue...
Recording information: Concertgebouw Amsterdam (11/24/2012)....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 / 2014-09-09

Works: Duke Ellington: Harlem; 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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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 / Netherlands SO; de Vriend
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 / Netherlands SO; de Vriend

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-09-09

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11; Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish"
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.
Ensemble: ; Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

This is the second volume in Jan Willem de Vriend & the Netherland Symphony Orchestra's survey of Mendelssohn's complete symphonies. The conductor's fresh, innovative approach...continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum Enschede, NL....continue...
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Hector Berlioz: La Captive; Hermine, scene lyrique; La mort de Cleopatre / Lisa Larsson (soprano), Het Gelders Orkest, Manacorda
Hector Berlioz: La Captive; Hermine, scene lyrique; La mort de Cleopatre / Lisa Larsson (soprano), Het Gelders Orkest, Manacorda

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-09-09

Works: Hector Berlioz: Herminie, cantata ("scène lyrique") for soprano & orchestra, H. 29; La Captive for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 12; La Mort de Cléopâtre, for soprano & orches...
Performers: Larsson, Lisa
Conductors: Manacorda, Antonello
Ensemble: ; Het Gelders Orkest

A coherent and innovative program featuring two cantatas and a song composed by Berlioz between 1828 and 1830, presented by one of today's vocal stars....continue...
Recording information: Musis Sacrum, Arnhem, The Netherlands (06/18/2013-06/20/2013)....continue...
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James MacMillan: Work for Chamber Orchestra with Soloists / Linus Roth, violin; Julius Berger, cello; Lars Wouters van den Oudeweijer, clarinet
James MacMillan: Work for Chamber Orchestra with Soloists / Linus Roth, violin; Julius Berger, cello; Lars Wouters van den Oudeweijer, clarinet

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-08-12

Works: James MacMillan: Ayrshire, for violin & orchestra; Tuireadh, for clarinet & string quartet; Kiss on Wood, for violin (or cello) & piano; ... as others see us ..., for mixed ensemble
Performers: Berger, Julius [Cello]; Roth, Linus; van den Oudenwijer, Lars Wouters [Clarinet]
Conductors: MacMillan, James
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

The third volume of James MacMillan's recordings with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic on Challenge Classics is devoted to works for chamber orchestra with soloists....continue...
Recording information: Netherlands Broadcasting Busic Centre (MCO), Studio 1 (06/18/2012-06/21/2012)....continue...
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Alexander Scriabin: Études Op. 2/1; Études Op. 8/1-12; Études Op. 42/1-8; Études Op. 65/2-3 / Michèle Gurdal, piano
Alexander Scriabin: Études Op. 2/1; Études Op. 8/1-12; Études Op. 42/1-8; Études Op. 65/2-3 / Michèle Gurdal, piano

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-08-12

Works: Alexander Scriabin: Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2; Etude for piano in C sharp major, Op. 8/1; Etude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 8/2; Etude for piano in B minor, Op. 8/3; Etude for piano in B major,...
Performers: Gurdal, Michele [Piano]

This rare collection of études explores different stages of Scriabin's life, and musical output. Michèle Gurdal, pupil of great Russian pianists such as Bashkirov and...continue...
Recording information: Schloss Britz Berlin (05/01/2013/05/02/2013)....continue...
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C.P.E. Bach: 6 Organ Sonatas / Ton Koopman, organ
C.P.E. Bach: 6 Organ Sonatas / Ton Koopman, organ

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-08-12

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

The complete sonatas for solo organ by C.P.E. Bach, celebrating his 300th anniversary! Ton Koopman is not only one of the leading figures in Baroque...continue...
Recording information: Amalia organ, Berlin (04/2013/10/2013)....continue...
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Biber: Passacaglia C. 105; Bartok: Sonata for solo violin Sz. 117; Berio: Sequenza VIII for violin;  Bach: Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 / Liza Ferschtman (violin)
Biber: Passacaglia C. 105; Bartok: Sonata for solo violin Sz. 117; Berio: Sequenza VIII for violin; Bach: Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 / Liza Ferschtman (violin)

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-07-08

Works: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor; Béla Bartók: Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117; Luciano Berio: Sequenza VIII, for violin; Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita...
Performers: Ferschtman, Liza

The daughter of well-known Russian musicians, Liza Ferschtman took her first violin lessons from Philip Hirschhorn at the age of five. Her other, most significant...continue...
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 / Danish National SO, Michael Schonwandt
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 / Danish National SO, Michael Schonwandt

2 CD / Challenge / 2014-07-08

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 9 in D major
Conductors: Schoenwandt, Michael
Ensemble: Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Gustav Mahler's Ninth Symphony is often viewed as a valedictory work, a final statement from the last symphonic master in the Austro-German musical tradition. Naturally,...continue...
Recording information: Koncerthuset, DR Beyn, Copenhagen (01/05/2012/01/07/2012)....continue...
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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Peter Orth (piano)
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Peter Orth (piano)

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-07-08

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
Performers: Orth, Peter

Peter Orth was born in Philadelphia, and started playing the piano at age four. At the invitation of Rudolf Serkin in 1978, Orth became a...continue...
Recording information: Coopersburg, Pennsylvania (01/2011)....continue...
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Dutch Masters and their inspiration
Dutch Masters and their inspiration

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-06-10

Works: Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin; Robert Zuidam: A Love Unsung; Klaas de Vries: Haiku's, for speaker, oboe, violin, viola & cello; Einar Torfi Einarsson: Desiring-Machines; Alexander Scriabin: P...
Performers: Vries, Gerrie de
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Ensemble: The Stolz Quartet

The Stolz Quartet was created with the passionate conviction that it is possible to present classical music and contemporary music theater in a way that...continue...
Recording information: Kopelkerk Renswoude....continue...
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Arvo Pärt: Stabat Mater; Ivan Moody: Simeron
Arvo Pärt: Stabat Mater; Ivan Moody: Simeron

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-06-10

Works: Arvo Pärt: Stabat Mater, for soprano, alto, tenor, violin, viola & cello; Ivan Moody: Simeron, for soprano, countertenor, tenor & string trio
Performers: Berten, Olivier; Hegyi, Barnabas; Toth, Zsuzsi
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Ensemble: Goeyvaerts String Trio

The Goeyvaerts String Trio employs just intonation for the Stabat mater, although equal temperament is the most commonly known and used. Pure intonation is an...continue...
Recording information: Église Saint-Jean-L'Évangéliste de Beaufays, Belgium (2013-07-09_2013-07-10&2013-)....continue...
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Josquin Desprez: Missa Ave maris stella; Tollite portas; Ave Maria; Pater noster; Ecce virgo; Missus est Gabriel angelus et al.
Josquin Desprez: Missa Ave maris stella; Tollite portas; Ave Maria; Pater noster; Ecce virgo; Missus est Gabriel angelus et al.

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-05-13

Works: Josquin Desprez: Ave maris stella, motet for 4 parts (doubtful); Missa "Ave Maris Stella", for 4 parts; Mittit ad Virginem, motet for 4 parts; Missus est Gabriel angelus, motet for 4 parts; Gregorian...
Conductors: Bull, Stratton
Ensemble: Cappella Pratensis

The music of Josquin Desprez is performed, recorded, and studied more than that of any other composer of the Renaissance. Although his numerous masses and...continue...
Recording information: Church of Vieusart, Belgium (11/06/2013-11/09/2013)....continue...
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Piffarissimo: Instrumental Music at the Council of Constance 1414-1418
Piffarissimo: Instrumental Music at the Council of Constance 1414-1418

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-05-13

Works: Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro: Amoroso; Leoncello; Philippe de Vitry: Vos quid admiramini/Gratissima/Contratenor/Gaude gloriosa, motet; Guillaume Dufay: Veni, Creator Spiritus, hymn for 3 voices; Gloria ...
Conductors: Bäuml, Katharina
Ensemble: Capella de la Torre

Capella de la Torre gathers together musicians who have made an international name in historically informed performance. The ensemble's goal is to perform the rich...continue...
Recording information: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)....continue...
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Nordic Atmospheres
Nordic Atmospheres

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-05-13

Works: Jean Sibelius: Romance for Strings in C major, Op. 42; Peteris Vasks: Musica dolorosa, for string orchestra; Edvard Grieg: Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34; Carl Nielsen: Little Suite for Str...
Performers: Sefers, Egils [Clarinet]
Conductors: Efland, Claus

This recording of the clarinet concerto by Romuald Kalsons is, at the moment, the only one on the CD market. Similarly, Carl Nielsen's Suite for...continue...
Recording information: Reformation Church, Riga (Latvia) (05/15/2013-05/18/2013)....continue...
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Benjamin Britten and Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Violin Concertos / Linus Roth, violin
Benjamin Britten and Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Violin Concertos / Linus Roth, violin

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-04-08

Works: Benjamin Britten: Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 15; Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 67
Performers: Roth, Linus
Conductors: Kütson, Mihkel
Ensemble: Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin

Since winning the ECHO Klassik Award for his EMI debut album in 2006, Linus Roth has made a name for himself as one of the...continue...
Recording information: Jesus Christus Kirche Berlin, Dahlem (08/26/2013-08/29/2013)....continue...
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Osiris Trio: 25th Anniversary Box - Music of Dvorak, Martin, Ives, Haydn, Novak, Shostakovich, Messiaen, et al.
Osiris Trio: 25th Anniversary Box - Music of Dvorak, Martin, Ives, Haydn, Novak, Shostakovich, Messiaen, et al.

5 CD / Challenge / 2014-03-11

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

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Osiris Trio, Challenge Classics is proud to present this magnificent five-CD box set featuring a cross-section of...continue...
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Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Symphonies Nos. 1-8 / Gaffigan, Metzmacher, Poppen, Schonwandt, Stenz, Vanska
Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Symphonies Nos. 1-8 / Gaffigan, Metzmacher, Poppen, Schonwandt, Stenz, Vanska

3 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-03-11

Works: Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Symphony no 1 ("Essay for a Requiem"); Symphony no 2 "Adagio"; Symphony no 3; Symphony no 4 for string orchestra; Symphony no 5; Symphony no 6; Symphony no 7; Symphony no 8
Conductors: Stenz, Markus; Gaffigan, James; Schoenwandt, Michael; Poppen, Christoph; Vänskä, Osmo; Metzmacher, Ingo
Ensemble: ; Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic; Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

One of the most characteristic features of Hartmann's work is the way in which he forges sometimes extremely contrasting stylistic elements and techniques from various...continue...
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Nostalgia and Humility - Music of Tchaikovsky, Andriessen & Takemitsu / Cora Burggraaf, mezzo-soprano; Liza Ferschtman, violin
Nostalgia and Humility - Music of Tchaikovsky, Andriessen & Takemitsu / Cora Burggraaf, mezzo-soprano; Liza Ferschtman, violin

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-03-11

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

The Netherlands Youth String Orchestra is the place to be for young talented string players. The orchestra's aim is to train young budding professionals, and...continue...
Recording information: Musiccenter from Broadcasting and Orgelpark....continue...
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Krossover: Opera Revisited / arrangements by Bob Zimmerman / Tania Kross, mezzo-soprano
Krossover: Opera Revisited / arrangements by Bob Zimmerman / Tania Kross, mezzo-soprano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-02-11

Works: Reyn Ouwehand: Mea culpa, for voice & orchestra; Golden leaves, for voice & orchestra; Martin Fondse: O mar, for voice & orchestra; Ruben Hein: Undyed, for voice & orchestra; The wedding night, for v...
Performers: Kross, Tania
Conductors: Hempel, Jurgen
Ensemble: Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

This new disc features opera music written by popular contemporary composers, performed by famous opera singer Tania Kross. Recorded with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra conducted...continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum Enschede, The Netherlands (09/16/2013-09/20/2013)....continue...
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'Poème' - Works for violin and piano by Franck & Ysae / Lisa Jacobs, violin; Ksenia Kouzmenko, piano
'Poème' - Works for violin and piano by Franck & Ysae / Lisa Jacobs, violin; Ksenia Kouzmenko, piano

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-02-11

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

Fabulously rich and evocative violin works by Eugène Ysaÿe and César Franck, performed by young Dutch virtuoso Lisa Jacobs, winner of second prize at the...continue...
Recording information: Westvest, Schiedam, The Netherlands (07/2013)....continue...
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Dieterich Buxtehude: Opera Omnia XVIII - Vocal Works, Vol. 8 / Tom Koopman
Dieterich Buxtehude: Opera Omnia XVIII - Vocal Works, Vol. 8 / Tom Koopman

2 CD / Challenge / 2014-02-11

Works: Dietrich Buxtehude: Wachet auf, BuxWV 101; O clemens, O mitis, for soprano, 4 strings & continuo, BuxWV 82; Gen Himmel zu dem Vater mein, chorale concerto for soprano, violin, viola da gamba & contin...
Performers: Feuersinger, Miriam; Lichdi, Tilman; Mertens, Klaus; Pahn, Bettina; Wohlgemuth, Dorothee
Conductors: Koopman, Ton
Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Choir; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Challenge Classics is proud to present the final volume in the phenomenal series of Dieterich Buxtehude's complete vocal and instrumental works! On this last set,...continue...
Recording information: Waalse kerk Amsterdam (2012-06-??&2012-10-??&2012-)....continue...
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Undercover Bach: Orchestral Suites & Concertos / Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra, Hamburg
Undercover Bach: Orchestral Suites & Concertos / Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra, Hamburg

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-02-11

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for keyboard in G minor, BWV 822 (BC L168); Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; Concerto for solo keyboard in G major, BWV Anh. 152 (doubtful); Overture in...
Conductors: Gross, Jurgen
Ensemble: Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg

The tradition of adapting other composers' works was a common convention in the early 18th century; adopting a piece by another composer was regarded as...continue...
Recording information: Emmaus-Church, Bremen-Gröpelingen (04/17/2013-04/21/2013)....continue...
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Arnold Schonberg: Verklarte Nacht; Karl Wegel (1881-1949): Piano Trio / Osiris Trio
Arnold Schonberg: Verklarte Nacht; Karl Wegel (1881-1949): Piano Trio / Osiris Trio

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-01-14

Works: Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4; Karl Ignaz Weigl: Piano Trio
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Ensemble: Osiris Trio

This new release from the award-winning Osiris Trio features Schonberg's masterpiece "Verklarte Nacht" in a seldom-recorded arrangement by Eduard Steuermann, combined with a lesser-known piano...continue...
Recording information: MotorMusic Studios, Mechelen, Belgium (2013-06-30&2013-07-01_2013-)....continue...
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Ladies First!: Opera arias by Joseph Haydn / Lisa Larsson, soprano
Ladies First!: Opera arias by Joseph Haydn / Lisa Larsson, soprano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-01-14

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Berenice, che fai, H 24a no 10; Armida, Hob. 28; L'anima del filosofo, Hob. 28; Arianna a Naxos ("Teseo mio ben"), cantata for soprano & keyboard, H. 26b/2; L'isola disabitata, Ho...
Performers: Koningsberger, Maarten; Larsson, Lisa
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.
Ensemble: Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

The operas of Joseph Haydn are far less known today than those of his contemporaries Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714 - 1787) and Wolfgang Amadeus...continue...
Recording information: Singelkerk, Amsterdam (NL) (2012-01-10_2012-01-11&2012-)....continue...
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BaRock Experience
BaRock Experience

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-01-14

Works: Jean Barrière: Sonata for cello & continuo in E minor, Book 1, no 3; Sonata for cello & continuo in B minor, Book 1, no 1; Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata no 5 in E minor (Largo, Allegro, Largo, Allegro...
Performers: Ocic, Jelena [Cello]; Ocic, Ljerka

This unorthodox debut recording from two Croatian sisters, which couples cello and organ, includes repertoire that is famous but seldom recorded. Antonio Vivaldi (1678 -...continue...
Recording information: church of the Immaculate heart of the Virgin Mary, Zagr (02/20/2013-02/23/2013)....continue...
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H.I.F. Biber: Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum - Sonatas for violin / Gunar Letzbor, violin
H.I.F. Biber: Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum - Sonatas for violin / Gunar Letzbor, violin

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-01-14

Works: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Fidicunium Sacro-Profanum (12), sonatas for 1 or 2 violins, 2 violas & continuo, C. 78-89
Performers: Letzbor, Gunar
Conductors: Letzbor, Gunar
Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria

Richly colored string chamber music from the ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria directed by Gunar Letzbor, an experienced virtuoso. Together with Ars Antiqua Austria, he has...continue...
Recording information: Stift St. Florian bei Linz an der Donau (03/11/2013-03/14/2013)....continue...
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Concertante: Virtuosic Wind Concertos of the 18th & 19th centuries / Sinfonietta Riga
Concertante: Virtuosic Wind Concertos of the 18th & 19th centuries / Sinfonietta Riga

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-01-14

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

Wind concertos of the 18th and 19th centuries, which are particularly striking for their soloistic arrangements! All the pieces on this CD, with the exception...continue...
Recording information: Reformation Church, Riga, Latvia (06/15/2010-06/18/2010)....continue...
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CHL 72621
Luther's Wedding Day / Katharina Bauml
Luther's Wedding Day / Katharina Bauml

1 CD / Challenge / 2014-01-14

Works: Anonymous: Fanfare; Pavana, le Forze D'Hercole; Gagliarda; Heinrich Isaac: Loquebat/De testimoniis, introit for 4 voices; Süsser Vater Herre Gott, song for 4 voices; Carmen (unspecified, textles...
Performers: Bauml, Katharina
Conductors: Bäuml, Katharina
Ensemble: ; Capella de la Torre

Tracks feature a collection of instrumental and vocal music from the time of Martin Luther including works by Heinrich Isaac, Ludwig Senfl, Josquin Desprez, Johann...continue...
Recording information: Aufeá-Saal im Germanischen Nationalmuseum Nürnberg (10/29/2012-11/02/2012)....continue...
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Manfred Trojhan (b.1949): Orest, opera / Dietrich Henschel, Sarah Castle, Rosemary Joshua. Netherlands Opera, Albrecht
Manfred Trojhan (b.1949): Orest, opera / Dietrich Henschel, Sarah Castle, Rosemary Joshua. Netherlands Opera, Albrecht

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-01-14

Works: Manfred Trojahn: Orest, opera
Performers: Bjarnason, Finnur; Henschel, Dietrich
Conductors: Albrecht, Marc
Ensemble: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Live recording of Manfred Trojahn's new opera Orest in its world premiere in Amsterdam! In this fine production, new chief conductor Marc Albrecht is firmly...continue...
Recording information: The Amsterdam Music Theatre (12/13/2011/12/16/2011)....continue...
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Illuminated Bass - Works & transcriptions for double bass by Schubert, Hindemith, Schumann, Bottesini / Olivier Thiery: bass; Sophie Labandibar: piano
Illuminated Bass - Works & transcriptions for double bass by Schubert, Hindemith, Schumann, Bottesini / Olivier Thiery: bass; Sophie Labandibar: piano

1 CD / Challenge / 2013-11-12

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

A stunning CD featuring special repertoire for an unusual instrument! Since August 2008 Olivier Thiery has been playing as a fixed member with the Royal...continue...
Recording information: Lindensaal, Markkleeberg (DE) (03/11/2013-03/14/2013)....continue...
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Crossroads - A collection of works by Vernon Duke, Piazolla, Brahms, Keisler, Cole Porter et al. / Nedsym Lite
Crossroads - A collection of works by Vernon Duke, Piazolla, Brahms, Keisler, Cole Porter et al. / Nedsym Lite

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

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

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

NedSym Lite is the versatile, eclectic ensemble

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Recording information: Evangelisch Lutherse kerk, Haarlem, Holland (03/26/2013-03/28/2013)....continue...
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Buxtehude: Opera Omnia XVII - Vocal Works Volume 7 / Ton Koopman, organ; Amsterdam Baroque
Buxtehude: Opera Omnia XVII - Vocal Works Volume 7 / Ton Koopman, organ; Amsterdam Baroque

2 CD / Challenge / 2013-11-12

Works: Dietrich Buxtehude: An Filius non est Dei, for ATB voices, 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo, BuxWV 6; All solch dein Güt' wir preisen, for SSATB voices, 2 violins, 2 violas, violone & contin...
Performers: Dieltiens, Amaryllis; Lichdi, Tilman; Mertens, Klaus; Sämann, Gerlinde; Wohlgemuth, Dorothee
Conductors: Koopman, Ton
Ensemble: ; Amsterdam Baroque Ensemble

Ton Koopman's celebrated Buxtehude cycle continues with a 17th volume including chorale settings, the most prominent type of vocal-instrumental church music in the 17th century....continue...
Recording information: Waalse kerk Amsterdam (06/2012)....continue...
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Around Barrios (1885-1944) / Enno Voorhorst: guitar
Around Barrios (1885-1944) / Enno Voorhorst: guitar

1 CD / Challenge / 2013-11-12

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

Dutch guitarist Enno Voorhorst's debut on Challenge Classics features a seldom-recorded selection of beautiful guitar pieces. In 1987 Enno won First Prize at the International...continue...
Recording information: Kapucijnen Abbey, Velp (NL) (12/03/2011-12/04/2011)....continue...
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Haydn's Nature - String Quartets Op. 76/4 'Sunrise'; Op. 50/6 'The Frog'; Op. 33/3 'The Bird' / Mantangi Quartet
Haydn's Nature - String Quartets Op. 76/4 'Sunrise'; Op. 50/6 'The Frog'; Op. 33/3 'The Bird' / Mantangi Quartet

1 CD / Challenge / 2013-11-12

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet for Strings no 63 in B flat major ("Sunrise"), Op. 76/4, H. 3/78; Quartet for Strings no 41 in D major ("Frog"), Op. 50/6, H. 3/49; Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 3...
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Ensemble: Mantangi Quartet

The Mantangi Quartet gathers three string quartets by Haydn, musically interprets them with aspects of nature, and gives the pieces their own subtitles: "Sunrise," "The...continue...
Recording information: Lindensaal, Markkleeberg (DE) (08/26/2012-08/28/2012)....continue...
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Franz Schreker (1878-1934): Der Schatzgraber, opera / Tijl Faveyts, Alasdair Elliott, André Morsch, Kurt Gysen
Franz Schreker (1878-1934): Der Schatzgraber, opera / Tijl Faveyts, Alasdair Elliott, André Morsch, Kurt Gysen

2 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2013-11-12

Works: Franz Schreker: Der Schatzgräber, opera in 4 acts (w/prologue and epilogue)
Performers: Clark, Graham [Tenor]; Faveyts, Tijl [Vocals]
Conductors: Albrecht, Marc
Ensemble: Netherlands Opera Orchestra

This thoroughly modern view of Die Schatzgräber is only the opera's second recording (the first was in 1989). Composed during World War I with the...continue...
Recording information: The Amsterdam Music Theatre (2012-09-30&2012-10-12&2012-)....continue...
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Tears: Harpsichord Laments from the Seventeenth Century - Works by Byrd, Froberger, Thomkins, Schildt / Ewald Demeyere: harpsichord
Tears: Harpsichord Laments from the Seventeenth Century - Works by Byrd, Froberger, Thomkins, Schildt / Ewald Demeyere: harpsichord

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

Works: William Byrd: Pavan & Galliard ("Lachrymae"), for keyboard (pavan by Dowland, Galliard by Harding; arr. by Byrd),; Johann Jacob Froberger: Fantasia (no 6), for keyboard in A minor, FbWV 206; Libro qu...
Performers: Demeyere, Ewald

Ewald Demeyere studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen, where he obtained his master's degree for harpsichord in Jos van Immerseel's class. On completion of his...continue...
Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (10/24/2012-10/25/2012)....continue...
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