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Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 1; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29, 'Hammerklavier' / Adam Golka, piano
Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 1; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29, 'Hammerklavier' / Adam Golka, piano

1 CD / First Hand / 2014-08-12


The brilliant young Polish-American pianist Adam Golka has won widespread critical and popular acclaim for his brilliant technique and emotional depth. He has garnered international...continue...
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The Hidden Violin: Romantic Virtuoso Works for Solo Violin - Godard, Sinding, Vecsey, Joachim, Saint-Lubin / Vaughan Jones (violin)
The Hidden Violin: Romantic Virtuoso Works for Solo Violin - Godard, Sinding, Vecsey, Joachim, Saint-Lubin / Vaughan Jones (violin)

1 CD / First Hand / 2014-04-08

Works: Benjamin Godard: Sonata for Violin no 1 in B minor, Op. 20; Sonata for Violin no 2 in A minor, Op. posth.; Christian Sinding: Suite in D minor, Op. 123; Franz von Vecsey: Preludio e fuga for solo vio...
Performers: Jones, Vaughan

This recording aims to cast a spotlight on some of the remarkable, yet forgotten music written for the solo violin between 1840 and 1919. The...continue...
Recording information: Monkswood Studios, Waltham Abbey, UK (09/2013)....continue...
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Keyboard Music in the Empfindsamer Style - works by C.P.E. Bach & J.G. Muthel / Preethi de Silva, harpsichord & fortepiano
Keyboard Music in the Empfindsamer Style - works by C.P.E. Bach & J.G. Muthel / Preethi de Silva, harpsichord & fortepiano

1 CD / First Hand / 2014-04-08

Works: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sonata for keyboard in B minor (Württemberg Sonata no 6), H. 36, Wq. 49/6; Variations (12) for Harpsichord in D minor, Wq 118 no 9/H 263 "Folie d'Espagne"; Johann Gott...
Performers: Silva, Preethi de

Harpsichordist and fortepianist Preethi de Silva has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician in the US, the UK, Europe, and Australia. Born in Sri...continue...
Recording information: Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College, Claremont, Calif (05/18/2010); Garrison Theater, Scripps Performing Arts Centre, Clare (05/18/2010); Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College...continue...
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Grieg, Liszt, Mozart: Piano Sonatas / Shura Cherkassky, piano (live, 1971)
Grieg, Liszt, Mozart: Piano Sonatas / Shura Cherkassky, piano (live, 1971)

1 CD / First Hand / 2013-09-10

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Piano no 8 in A minor, K 310 (300d); Franz Liszt: Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178; Edvard Grieg: Sonata for Piano in E minor, Op. 7; Mana Zucca: Burlesque, for ...
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]

Shura Cherkassky was one of the 20th century's finest pianists. In this recording from June 2, 1971, which was recently discovered in Cherkassky's own personal...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"; Scriabin: Réverie / Schippers, Goossens

1 CD / First Hand / 2012-08-14

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36; Alexander Scriabin: Rêverie, for orchestra in E major, Op. 24; Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical"
Conductors: Schippers, Thomas; Goossens, Eugene, Sir
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra; Pro Arte Orchestra

This historical release from First Hand features two major English orchestras and two acclaimed conductors in stereo recordings from the late 1950s, offered here for...continue...
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The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings, Vol. 2 / Mozart: Symphony no 36
The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings, Vol. 2 / Mozart: Symphony no 36 "Linz"; Piano Concerto no 24 et al. / Louis Kentner, piano

1 CD / First Hand / 2012-05-08

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz"; Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491; Minuets (12) for orchestra, K. 568
Performers: Kentner, Louis
Conductors: Blech, Harry
Ensemble: ; London Mozart Players

First Hand Records offers a second volume in their series of recordings of the complete HMV stereo recordings made by the London Mozart Players and...continue...
Recording information: Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London (1954-12-22_1954-12-23&1956-)....continue...
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Hans Pfitzner: Cello Concerto; John Mayer: Praghanda; Ragamalas / Rohan de Saram, cello
Hans Pfitzner: Cello Concerto; John Mayer: Praghanda; Ragamalas / Rohan de Saram, cello

1 CD / First Hand / 2012-05-08

Works: Hans Pfitzner: Concerto for Cello no 1 in G major, Op. 42; John Mayer: Prabhanda for cello & piano; Ragamalas (6) for cello & tanpura
Performers: De Saram, Druvi [Piano]; de Saram, Rohan; Mayer, John [Violin]
Conductors: Gregor, Bohumil
Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Orchestra

In 1935, the German composer Hans Pfitzner wrote a rousing cello concerto for Rohan de Saram's teacher, Gaspar Cassadó. With an abundance of irresistible qualities,...continue...
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Aria - works for solo saxophone by Nyman, Handel, Bozza, Faure, et al. / Gerard McChrystal, saxophone
Aria - works for solo saxophone by Nyman, Handel, Bozza, Faure, et al. / Gerard McChrystal, saxophone

1 CD / First Hand / 2011-12-13

Works: George Frederick Handel: Concerto grosso in B flat major, Op. 3/2, HWV 313; Michael Nyman: Why?, song (for the film "The Diary of Anne Frank"); If; Michael McGlynn: Aisling, for melody instrument & c...
Performers: De Silva, Shiroma; McChrystal, Gerard; Ogden, Craig [Guitar]; Scott, Andy [Engineer]; Tanaka, Karen
Conductors: Pendlebury, Nic; ; Doherty, Donal
Ensemble: ; Codetta; Smith Quartet; Trinity Laban String Ensemble

This brilliantly devised CD from Gerard McChrystal is a deeply personal album; at times melancholic, the music is always beautiful and captivating. Indeed, Aria has...continue...
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Harmonic Labyrinth: The Con Gioia Recordings / Rohan de Saram, Preethi de Silva
Harmonic Labyrinth: The Con Gioia Recordings / Rohan de Saram, Preethi de Silva

1 CD / First Hand / 2011-09-13

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009; Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029; Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Variations (12) for Harpsichord ...
Performers: de Saram, Rohan; Silva, Preethi de

Rohan de Saram was a member of the legendary Arditti Quartet for over twenty years and has performed as a soloist with major orchestras around...continue...
Recording information: Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Cente (05/17/2010-05/19/2010)....continue...
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1956 Nixa-Westminster Stereo Recordings Vol. 2: Schumann, Berlioz / Boult
1956 Nixa-Westminster Stereo Recordings Vol. 2: Schumann, Berlioz / Boult

3 CD / First Hand / 2011-01-11

Works: Robert Schumann: Symphony no 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38; Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120; Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61; Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"; Hector Berlioz...
Conductors: Boult, Adrian

This significant historical recording follows on from First Hand’s acclaimed first release this series. All the Schumann symphonies and the complete Berlioz overtures – some...continue...
Recording information: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (08/21/1956-08/24/1956); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (08/28/1956/08/29/1956)....continue...
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1956 Nixa-Westminster Stereo Recordings Vol. 1
1956 Nixa-Westminster Stereo Recordings Vol. 1

3 CD / First Hand / 2010-06-08

Works: William Walton: Symphony no 1 in B flat minor; Edward Elgar: Falstaff, symphonic study for orchestra in C minor, Op. 68; Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63; Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London T...
Conductors: Boult, Adrian

This important historical release contains a mouthwatering selection of classic English symphonic repertoire, with many recordings receiving their CD debuts. These 1956 Nixa-Westminster recordings hav...continue...
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Harry Blech Conducts The London Mozart Players
Harry Blech Conducts The London Mozart Players

3 CD / First Hand / 2009-12-08

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter"; Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K 365 (316a); Minuets (4) for orchestra, K. 601; German dances (3) for orchestra, K. 605; ...
Conductors: Blech, Harry

Following First Hand Records' highly-praised set of Cherkassky HMV recordings, they now publish the complete HMV stereo recordings made by the London Mozart Players and...continue...
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The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings - Shura Cherkassky
The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings - Shura Cherkassky

2 CD / First Hand / 2009-08-11

Works: Ferruccio Busoni: Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24; Ludwig van Beethoven: Bagatelle for piano in G minor, Op. 119/1; Franz Schubert: Impromptu no 4 i...
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Like many other artists, the great Russian pianist Shura Cherkassky fled from what became Soviet Russia and settled in the USA. A student of Josef...continue...
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