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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 Classics / 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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Undercover Bach: Orchestral Suites & Concertos / Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra, Hamburg
Undercover Bach: Orchestral Suites & Concertos / Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra, Hamburg

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 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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'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 Classics / 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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Krossover: Opera Revisited / arrangements by Bob Zimmerman / Tania Kross, messo-soprano
Krossover: Opera Revisited / arrangements by Bob Zimmerman / Tania Kross, messo-soprano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 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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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 Classics / 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 Classics / 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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Concertante: Virtuosic Wind Concertos of the 18th & 19th centuries / Sinfonietta Riga
Concertante: Virtuosic Wind Concertos of the 18th & 19th centuries / Sinfonietta Riga

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2014-01-14

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...
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CHL 72621
Luther's Wedding Day / Katharina Bauml
Luther's Wedding Day / Katharina Bauml

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 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 Classics / 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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Crossroads - A collection of works by Vernon Duke, Piazolla, Brahms, Keisler, Cole Porter et al. / Nedsym Lite
Crossroads - A collection of works by Vernon Duke, Piazolla, Brahms, Keisler, Cole Porter et al. / Nedsym Lite

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

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

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

NedSym Lite is the versatile, eclectic ensemble

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Recording information: Evangelisch Lutherse kerk, Haarlem, Holland (03/26/2013-03/28/2013)....continue...
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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 Classics / 2013-11-12

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...
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CHL 72256
Illuminated Bass - Works & transcriptions for double bass by Schubert, Hindemith, Schumann, Bottesini / Olivier Thiery: bass; Sophie Labandibar: piano
Illuminated Bass - Works & transcriptions for double bass by Schubert, Hindemith, Schumann, Bottesini / Olivier Thiery: bass; Sophie Labandibar: piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-11-12


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...
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Around Barrios (1885-1944) / Enno Voorhorst: guitar
Around Barrios (1885-1944) / Enno Voorhorst: guitar

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-11-12


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...
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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 Classics / 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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CHL 72592
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

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

Conductors: Albrecht, Marc
Ensemble: Netherlands Opera Chorus; 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...
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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 Classics / 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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John Ruocco and Adrian Mears Meet the Würzburg Philharmonic
John Ruocco and Adrian Mears Meet the Würzburg Philharmonic

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-11-12

Works: Adrian Mears: The Ballad of a Bad Lady, for jazz ensemble & orchestra; Inside Looking Out, for jazz ensemble & orchestra; Impressions of Bohuslav Martinu, for jazz ensemble & orchestra; Jonathan Seer...
Performers: Hochstadter, Paul; Mears, Adrian; Pichl, Bernhard; Ruocco, John
Conductors: Seers, Jonathan

Recording information: Konzertsaal, Musikhochschule Würzburg (2010-03-18_2010-03-19&2011-)....continue...
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CHL 71129
W.A. Mozart: Betulia Liberata K.118 / Margot Oitzinger, Christian Zenker, Markus Volpert, et al
W.A. Mozart: Betulia Liberata K.118 / Margot Oitzinger, Christian Zenker, Markus Volpert, et al

2 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-09-10

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La Betulia liberata, K 118 (74c)
Conductors: Gaigg, Michi
Ensemble: L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra

Mozart's least-known stage work, played on period instruments! All of the soloists specialize in historical performance practice; since its foundation in 1996 at the Anton...continue...
Recording information: Stiftskirche Waldhausen, Upper Austria (08/06/2012-08/09/2012)....continue...
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Schone Welt, wo bist Du? Songs by Berg, Mahler, R. Strauss, Schubert, Wolf, Schoenberg, Kilpinen / Julia Kleiter, soprano; Michael Gees, piano
Schone Welt, wo bist Du? Songs by Berg, Mahler, R. Strauss, Schubert, Wolf, Schoenberg, Kilpinen / Julia Kleiter, soprano; Michael Gees, piano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-09-10

Works: Richard Strauss: Lieder (8), Op. 49; Lieder (4), Op. 27; September ("Der Garten trauert, kühl sinkt in die Blumen der Regen"), song for soprano & orchestra,; Alban Berg: Early Songs (7); Gustav ...
Performers: Gees, Michael; Kleiter, Julia

A program based on Berg's "Seven Early Songs" combined with romantic and contemporary music by Mahler, Richard Strauss, Schubert, Wolf, Schoenberg, and Kilpinen.

Julia Kleiter's

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Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (11/05/2012-11/09/2012)....continue...
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Schumann, Schubert: Songs after poems by Goethe & Schiller / Johannes Martin Kranzle, baritone; Hilko Dumno, piano
Schumann, Schubert: Songs after poems by Goethe & Schiller / Johannes Martin Kranzle, baritone; Hilko Dumno, piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-09-10

Works: Robert Schumann: Ballade des Harfners ("Was hör ich draussen vor dem Tor"), song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meister s; Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass, song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meis...
Performers: Dumno, Hilko; Kranzle, Johannes Martin; Kronthaler, Theresa [Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)]

After recording romantic ballads, Kränzle & Dumno decided their next project would focus on songs exploring the limits of mankind. With their musical settings of...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (11/05/2012-11/08/2012)....continue...
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Robert Zuidam (b.1964): McGonagall-Lieder / Katrien Baerts, soprano; Piano duo Post & Mulder
Robert Zuidam (b.1964): McGonagall-Lieder / Katrien Baerts, soprano; Piano duo Post & Mulder

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-08-13

Works: Robert Zuidam: McGonagall-Lieder, for soprano, 2 pianos, 4 cellos, double bass & percussion
Performers: Baerts, Katrien [Soprano]; Hochscheid, Doris; Marijs, Joey [Percussion]; Meijer, Marjolein [Cello]; Mihailescu, Rares [Cello]; Smithuijsen, Pieter; Woudenberg, Hans
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: Asko-Schönberg Ensemble ; Post & Mulder

McGonagall-Lieder is a song cycle composed by Robert Zuidam with texts from the legendary William McGonagall, a poet from Scotland with a truly unshakeable faith...continue...
Recording information: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam (05/10/2012-05/12/2012)....continue...
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Oscillations: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas nos 6 & 10; Stravinsky: 11 Bagatelles, Op. 119; Sonata et al. / Einav Yarden: piano
Oscillations: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas nos 6 & 10; Stravinsky: 11 Bagatelles, Op. 119; Sonata et al. / Einav Yarden: piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-08-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2; Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2; Bagatelles (11) for piano, Op. 119; Igor Stravinsky: Sonata for piano; Easy Pieces...
Performers: Yarden, Einav

In this unusual pairing, pianist Einav Yarden juxtaposes two composers who are rarely named in one breath: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) and Igor...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (2013-10-23_2013-10-24&2013-)....continue...
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CHL 72599
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 / Jaap van Zweden, Netherlands Radio PO
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 / Jaap van Zweden, Netherlands Radio PO

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

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

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

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-08-13

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

In this new release celebrating the "Verdi Year 2013," soprano and bel canto specialist Lucia Aliberti sings soprano arias from a period that Verdi referred...continue...
Recording information: Auditorium, Milano (07/2008)....continue...
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CHL 72589
Beyond Schumann - Symphonic Etudes; Kinderszenen; Kreisleriana; Vogel als Prophet / Michael Gees, piano
Beyond Schumann - Symphonic Etudes; Kinderszenen; Kreisleriana; Vogel als Prophet / Michael Gees, piano

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

Works: Robert Schumann: Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13; Kinderszenen, Op. 15; Kreisleriana; Waldszenen, Op. 82
Performers: Gees, Michael

Acclaimed pianist/improviser Michael Gees is a pioneer for breaking classical music taboos, well known for his partnership with tenor Christoph Pregardien. The pianist's second solo...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (10/29/2012-11/02/2012)....continue...
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Schubert: Winterreise, D.911 / Christoph Prégardien: tenor; Michael Gees: piano
Schubert: Winterreise, D.911 / Christoph Prégardien: tenor; Michael Gees: piano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-07-09

Works: Franz Schubert: Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
Performers: Gees, Michael; Pregardien, Christoph

Challenge Classics presents a luxurious Hybrid Super Audio edition of Schubert's famous song cycle Winterreise, also available on DVD or Blu-ray with studio performances and...continue...
Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Mol (Belgium) (09/02/2012-09/05/2012)....continue...
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Hungarian Horizon - Music by Zoltan Kodály & Bela Bartók / Valentina Tóth: piano
Hungarian Horizon - Music by Zoltan Kodály & Bela Bartók / Valentina Tóth: piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-07-09

Works: Béla Bartók: Bagatelles (14) for Piano, Op. 6/Sz 38; Hungarian folksongs (3) from the Csik district, Sz 35a; Zoltán Kodály: Pieces (7) for piano, Op. 11; Dances of Marosszék ...
Performers: Toth, Valentina

The outstanding debut recording of talented 18-year-old Dutch pianist Valentina Tóth, first prizewinner in the 2009 Princess Christina Piano Competition in the Netherlands! Because of...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (07/2012/01/2013)....continue...
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Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Complete Sonatas and works for violin & piano / Linus Roth: violin; José Gallardo: piano
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Complete Sonatas and works for violin & piano / Linus Roth: violin; José Gallardo: piano

3 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-07-09

Works: Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Sonata for violin & piano no 5 in G minor, Op. 53; Sonata for violin & piano no 4, Op. 39; Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, for violin & piano, Op. 47/3; Sonata for violin & piano n...
Performers: Gallardo, Jose [Piano]; Roth, Linus

In this very special project, Linus Roth and José Gallardo interpret Weinberg's sonatas and works for violin and piano in a complete a anthology for...continue...
Recording information: Motor Music Studio, Mechelen, Belgium (2013-01-09_2013-01-11&2013-)....continue...
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Eric Vloeimans: Evensong - music for trumpet & orchestra / Eric Vloeimans: trumpet
Eric Vloeimans: Evensong - music for trumpet & orchestra / Eric Vloeimans: trumpet

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-07-09

Works: Eric Vloeimans: Evensong, for trumpet & orchestra; Lex, for trumpet & orchestra; Requiem, for trumpet & orchestra; Your Majesty, for trumpet & orchestra; Martin Fondse: Waterfront, for trumpet & orch...
Performers: Vloeimans, Eric
Conductors: Hempel, Jurgen
Ensemble: ; Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

This unique collaboration between renowned jazz trumpet player Eric Vloeimans and a full-scale classical orchestra premieres Vloeimans' very own trumpet concerto, "Evensong. " Together with...continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum Enschede (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)....continue...
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Franz Schubert: Winterreise / Christoph Prégardien, tenor and Michael Gees, piano [DVD]
Franz Schubert: Winterreise / Christoph Prégardien, tenor and Michael Gees, piano [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Challenge Classics / 2013-07-09

Works: Franz Schubert: Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
Performers: Gees, Michael; Prégardien, Christoph

Challenge Classics presents a luxurious Hybrid Super Audio edition of Schubert's famous song cycle Winterreise, also available on DVD or Blu-ray with studio performances and...continue...
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CHL 72595
Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Works / Alexei Volodin, piano
Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Works / Alexei Volodin, piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-06-11

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42; Ten Preludes, op. 23; Thirteen Preludes, op. 32; Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3; Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36; É...
Performers: Volodin, Alexei

Alexei Volodin is one of today's most outstanding Russian pianists. For his third recording on Challenge Classics, the artist focuses on beloved composer Sergei Rachmaninov....continue...
Recording information: Beethovensaal, Hannover Congress Centrum (07/03/2012-07/06/2012)....continue...
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CHL 72587
James MacMillan Series Vol. 2: Magnificat / Netherland Radio PO & Chorus
James MacMillan Series Vol. 2: Magnificat / Netherland Radio PO & Chorus

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-06-11

Works: James MacMillan: O, antiphon for chorus & orchestra; Tryst, for orchestra; Magnificat, for chorus & orchestra; Nunc dimittis, for chorus & orchestra
Conductors: MacMillan, James
Ensemble: ; Netherland Radio Choir

James MacMillan is one of today's most successful living composers, also internationally active as a conductor. His musical language is flooded with influences from his...continue...
Recording information: Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre (06/15/2011-06/16/2011)....continue...
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Beethoven: Triple Concerto; Archduke Trio, Op. 97 / Storioni Trio; Netherland SO, de Vriend
Beethoven: Triple Concerto; Archduke Trio, Op. 97 / Storioni Trio; Netherland SO, de Vriend

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-05-14

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto"; Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke"
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.;
Ensemble: Storioni Trio

The Storioni Trio has established itself as one of the leading Dutch chamber music ensembles, having performed at Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, and...continue...
Recording information: Evangelical Luthern Church, Haarlem, The Netherlands (07/02/2012-07/03/2012); Muziekcentrum Enschede (07/02/2012-07/03/2012); Evangelical Luthern Church, Haarlem, The Netherland...continue...
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CHL 72579
Ludovico Einaudi (b.1955): Nightbook / Hanna Devich, piano
Ludovico Einaudi (b.1955): Nightbook / Hanna Devich, piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-05-14

Works: Ludovico Einaudi: In Principio, for piano & electronics; The Snow Prelude no 15, for piano; Rêverie, for piano, guitar, cello & vibraphone; The Crane Dance, for piano, guitar, cello & vibraphone...
Performers: Devich, Hanna

Pianist Hanna Devich (of the former Devich Trio) is going solo and absolutely loves it! Hanna is also a piano teacher, and when she was...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Lindensaal, Markkleeberg, Germany (07/19/2012-07/20/2012)....continue...
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CHL 72581
Prayers and Praise: Vocal Music by Alexander Raskatov (b.1953) / The Hilliard Ensemble. David James, Rogers Covey-Crump, Steven Harrold, Gordon Jones
Prayers and Praise: Vocal Music by Alexander Raskatov (b.1953) / The Hilliard Ensemble. David James, Rogers Covey-Crump, Steven Harrold, Gordon Jones

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-05-14

Works: Alexander Raskatov: Obikhod, for four male voices & string orchestra; Praise, for four male voices (& optional bells)
Conductors: Maratka, Krystof
Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble

This music was written for the Hilliard Ensemble, one of the world's finest vocal chamber groups, and sets five liturgical texts from a number of...continue...
Recording information: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Holland (03/10/2011-03/14/2011)....continue...
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Sergei Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin & Piano / Isabelle van Keulen: violin; Ronald Brautigam: piano
Sergei Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin & Piano / Isabelle van Keulen: violin; Ronald Brautigam: piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-04-09

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94bis; Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 80; Melodies (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 35bis
Performers: Brautigam, Ronald; van Keulen, Isabelle [Violin]

Isabelle van Keulen s breakthrough came in 1984, when she won BBC Young Musician of the Year. The competition was broadcast all over Europe, and...continue...
Recording information: Sendesaal Bremen, Bremen, Germany (11/18/2011-11/20/2011)....continue...
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Théodore Gouvy: Piano Trios nos 2 - 4 / Voces Intimae
Théodore Gouvy: Piano Trios nos 2 - 4 / Voces Intimae

2 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-04-09

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

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

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

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

This new disc features three arrangements by Geert van Keulen of works by Schumann and Brahms, two of which were specially requested by clarinetist Arno...continue...
Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (04/02/2012-04/04/2012)....continue...
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Bach: Six Partitas for Harpsichord (Clavier Übung I) BWV 825-830 / Ton Koopman: harpsichord
Bach: Six Partitas for Harpsichord (Clavier Übung I) BWV 825-830 / Ton Koopman: harpsichord

2 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-02-12

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825; Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826; Partita for keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830 (BC L6); Partita for keyboard n...
Performers: Koopman, Ton

For a long time, Baroque and Bach specialist Ton Koopman has wanted to record this masterpiece, recorded in the trusted and beautiful Walloon Church in...continue...
Recording information: Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam (12/2011)....continue...
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CHL 72574
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang" / Machteld Baumans, Judith van Wanrooij, Patrick Henckens. De Vriend

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

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

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and renowned conductor Jan Willem de Vriend give us their own unique version of Mendelssohn....continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum Enschede (2011-12-19&2011-12-20&2012-)....continue...
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CHL 72543
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 / Zweden, Netherlands Radio PO
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 / Zweden, Netherlands Radio PO

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

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

Jaap van Zweden, one of the world's leading conductors and Chief Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, is the true Bruckner conductor. The illustrious conductor...continue...
Recording information: Studio MCO 5, Hilversum, Holland (12/21/2011-12/23/2011)....continue...
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CHL 72551
Folk Stories - Traditional folk songs and music by Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler, Britten, Respighi, Bartók, Sibelius, and Vogel / Cora Burggraaf: mezzo-soprano
Folk Stories - Traditional folk songs and music by Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler, Britten, Respighi, Bartók, Sibelius, and Vogel / Cora Burggraaf: mezzo-soprano

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

Works: English Traditional: Sprig of Thyme; Johannes Brahms: Marienwürmchen ("Marienwürmchen, setze dich"), folk song for voice & piano (Volks-Kinderlieder), WoO; German folk songs (49) for voice ...
Performers: Burggraaf, Cora; Ferschtman, Liza; Lepper, Simon; Mijnders, Floris

The debut CD on Challenge Classics for Cora Burggraaf, recipient of many prizes including the 2009/10 ECHO Rising Star Award, the 2006 Elizabeth Everts Prize,...continue...
Recording information: De Doelen Hall, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2011-04-26&2011-12-11_2011-)....continue...
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CHL 72346
Vladimir Genin: Seven Melodies for the Dial / Olga Domnina, piano
Vladimir Genin: Seven Melodies for the Dial / Olga Domnina, piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-01-08

Works: Vladimir Genin: Seven Melodies for the Dial, cycle for piano
Performers: Domnina, Olga

A solo debut on Challenge Classics by a renowned Russian pianist! This is the world premiere recording of a piano cycle written in 2011 by...continue...
Recording information: Dinemec Studio, Gland, Switzerland (08/12/2011-08/16/2011)....continue...
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CHL 72568
Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 / Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 / Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

3 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-01-08

Works: George Frederick Handel: Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6; Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op.6/3, HWV 321; Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.6/5, HWV 323; Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.6/7, HWV 325; Conce...
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.
Ensemble: Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Over the past 30 years, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam has established a strong national and international reputation. The ensemble is famous for the high quality and...continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum Enschede, NL (2010-11-29_2010-12-01&2011-)....continue...
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Richard Strauss: Elektra / Michaela Schuster, Evelyn Herlitzius, Camilla Nylund, Hubert Delamboye, and Gerd Grochowski. Netherlands Opera
Richard Strauss: Elektra / Michaela Schuster, Evelyn Herlitzius, Camilla Nylund, Hubert Delamboye, and Gerd Grochowski. Netherlands Opera

2 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-01-08

Works: Richard Strauss: Elektra; Recorded Sound: Applause
Performers: Bolle, Lisette [Vocals]; Engeland, Anja Van; Haegeman, Lien; Hofer, Astrid [Vocals]; Rasker, Helena
Conductors: Albrecht, Marc
Ensemble: ; Toonkunst Choir Amsterdam

The first CD release of De Nederlandse Opera on Challenge Classics! Due to its immense success this was the fourth time that this production, with...continue...
Recording information: 2011-10-06&2011-10-09&2011-....continue...
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CHL 72565
Giuseppe Tartini: Sonatas for Solo Violin nos 4, 10, 14, 15 & 17 / Luigi De Filippi, violin
Giuseppe Tartini: Sonatas for Solo Violin nos 4, 10, 14, 15 & 17 / Luigi De Filippi, violin

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-01-08

Works: Giuseppe Tartini: Sonata for violin in D major, B. D2; Sonata for violin & continuo in C major, B. C1; Sonata for violin & continuo in B flat major, B. B1; Sonata for violin & continuo in G major, B....
Performers: Filippi, Luigi de

Giuseppe Tartini was a legend in his lifetime, and one of the most influential figures in the golden age of the baroque era. Through the...continue...
Recording information: Casa di Spiritualità S. Teresa - Padri Carmelitani Scal (06/2010)....continue...
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CHL 72561
James MacMillan: A Deep but Dazzling Darkness; Veni, Veni, Emmanuel / Colin Currie: percussion, Gordan Nikolic: violin
James MacMillan: A Deep but Dazzling Darkness; Veni, Veni, Emmanuel / Colin Currie: percussion, Gordan Nikolic: violin

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: James MacMillan: A Deep but Dazzling Darkness, for solo violin, ensemble & tape; I (A Meditation on Iona), for orchestra & percussion; Veni, Veni Emmanuel, concerto for percussion & orchestra
Performers: Currie, Colin; Nikolic, Gordan
Conductors: MacMillan, James
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

Financial Times, July 2012
Veni, Veni gives the lie to the argument that percussion concertos are dependent on visual impact. MacMillan's is an aural blockbuster, and...continue...
Recording information: Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre....continue...
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Linkages - Brahms: Fantasies, Op. 116; Schoenberg: Suite Op. 25; works by Wagner, Liszt / Martin Tchiba: piano
Linkages - Brahms: Fantasies, Op. 116; Schoenberg: Suite Op. 25; works by Wagner, Liszt / Martin Tchiba: piano

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Johannes Brahms: Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116; Richard Wagner: Albumblatt (In das Album Fürstin Metternich), for piano in C major, WWV 94; Franz Liszt: Nuages gris (Grey clouds); Helmut Lach...
Performers: Tchiba, Martin

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The remaining works on the program are generally good, too. The Schoenberg Suite is more consistent, full of good...continue...
Recording information: Niederberg Forum, Velbert, Germany (10/07/2010-10/09/2010); Niederberg Forum, Velbert, Germany (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)....continue...
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Bach: 6 Sonatas for harpsichord and violin / Ton Koopman: harpsichord; Catherine Manson: violin
Bach: 6 Sonatas for harpsichord and violin / Ton Koopman: harpsichord; Catherine Manson: violin

2 CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 1 in B minor, BWV 1014; Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 2 in A major, BWV 1015; Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 3 in E major, BWV...
Performers: Koopman, Ton; Manson, Catherine

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Eminent Bach scholar Christoph Wolff wrote the liner notes for this superb release. Koopman and Manson are acutely aware...continue...
Recording information: Waalse kerk Amsterdam (11/2011/12/2011)....continue...
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Gregor Werner: Pro Adventu / Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria
Gregor Werner: Pro Adventu / Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Gregor Joseph Werner: Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major; Quartet for Strings no 2 in D minor; Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor; Cantilena pro Adventu ("O Maria treib von dannen"), for voice, obo...
Performers: Miesenberger, Markus; Muhlbacher, Alois
Conductors: Letzbor, Gunar
Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria

Recording information: Ivanka pri Dunaji, castle, Slovakia (11/25/2010-11/28/2010)....continue...
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CHL 72513
 
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