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----- Highlights from the January/February 2017 HBDirect Catalog -----
Renee Fleming: Distant Light Renée Fleming: Distant Light
Distant Light is Renée Fleming's first foray into the hypnotic world of Scandinavian music. The title comes from a poem in a new song cycle dedicated to Renée, here receiving its world premiere recording: Anders Hillborg's The Strand Settings. At once atmospheric, elegiac and unsettling, the work was crafted with Ms. Fleming's creamy voice in mind. Renée couples this with three songs by Björk Gudmundsdottir and completes the program with Samuel Barber's masterpiece, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, evoking the world of summer evenings in Tennessee.

Bruckner: The Complete Symphonies
Bruckner:
The Complete Symphonies

Staatskapelle Berlin,  Barenboim
Timed to coincide with a complete Cycle performance at Carnegie Hall which marks not only Barenboim's 60th anniversary at the hall, but also the first time a complete Cycle has been performed there in one season.
Dvorak: Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems; Overtures; Requiem
Dvorák:
Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems; Overtures; Requiem

Kertész, LSO
Kertesz' recording with the London Symphony Orchestra of the Dvorak symphonies and tone poems are widely regarded as the definitive interpretation of the Dvorak cycle. This set includes 9 CDs and 1 Blu-Ray audio disc.
50 Classical Masterworks
50 Classical Masterworks
Various Artists
  DG presents a collection of the most essential masterworks of classical music. Enjoy 50 favorite melodies from the world's best composers in outstanding interpretations
by the greatest artists, symphonies and conductors on three CDs.

Beethoven Barenboim
Beethoven Barenboim
This 35-CD box comprises recordings made between 1966 and 1999 including Piano, Violin &am; Cello Sonatas; Piano Trios, Quintet & Concertos; Symphonies; Missa Solemnis; Fidelio; Choral Fantasy; and Triple Concerto.
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The David Oistrakh Edition
Concertos & chamber works by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Mozart, Bach, Prokofiev, Bruch et al
This limited-edition, original jackets 22-CD box features legendary recordings as a testimony of the very pinnacle of violin playing.
The Complete Chopin
The Complete Chopin
DG presents the complete works by Frédéric Chopin in a luxurious limited edition deluxe set, celebrating the legacy of a composer who changed the history of piano music. Also includes Rubinstein playing the 2nd Piano Concerto on DVD

The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met Performances from 1966-67
The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met Performances from 1966-67
Leontyne Price, Justino Diaz, Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, Joan Sutherland, Jon Vickers and other incomparable artists are highlighted from historic performances in this remastered 22-CD collection.
The Thomas De Hartmann Project - Music for Piano, Voice and Chamber Ensemble
The Thomas De Hartmann Project
Thomas de Hartmann (1885-1956), famous in his lifetime and widely performed in France in the 1940s, is currently almost completely unknown. His wonderful music will emerge from the shadows with this 7 CD set of premiere recordings of music for piano, voice and chamber ensemble.
Mstislav Rostropovich - Complete Recordings on DG
Mstislav Rostropovich - Complete Recordings on DG
Works by Tchaikovsky, Boccherini, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Messiaen, et al.
On 37 CDs, DG presents a comprehensive box set that brings together for the first time all of Rostropovich's recordings for DG, Decca and Philips.

László Lajtha (1892-1963): Symphony No. 2; Variations, Op. 44
László Lajtha (1892-1963): Symphony No. 2; Variations
Pasquet, Pécs SO
László Lajtha was one the leading Hungarian composers in the first half of the twentieth-century, and his position as the country's greatest symphonist is unrivaled.
Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975): Souvenirs de voyage; David del Tredici (b.1937): Magyar Madness
Herrmann:Souvenirs de voyage
Tredici: Magyar Madness

  Fine Arts Quartet
The iciness and drama of his great film scores contrasts powerfully with the reserved and lyrical beauty of Herrmann's chamber music, as evidenced by this recording.
Boris Tishchenko (1939-2010):Orchestral Works and Songs
Boris Tishchenko (1939-2010): Orchestral Works and Songs
Mila Shkirtil, mz; Chingiz Osmanov, violin; Nikolai Mazhara, piano
Tishchenko was one of the most recognizable and important Russian composers of his time.

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Frantisek Jiránek: Violin Concerto
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Frantisek Jiránek: Violin Concerto
Gunar Letzbor, violin;
Ars Antiqua Austria
Ars Antiqua Austria is dedicated to musicological research of Austrian Baroque composers. The abundance of rediscovered works led to several successful premieres.
Antonio Caldara (1670-1736): Music for the Praise of Mary - Salve Regina
Antonio Caldara:
 Music for the Praise of Mary - Salve Regina

Markowitsch, Vokalakademie Berlin; Bassano Ensemble Berlin
For their first release, the Vokalakademie Berlin and its director, Frank Markowitsch recorded the music of Alessandro Scarlatt
Telemann: Overture Suites, Theater Music
Telemann: Overture Suites, Theater Music
Oliver Fortin, Ensemble Masques
  The overture-suites by Telemann  presented on
this recording reveal a man of the theatre, widely read,
curious a humorist and a shrewd observer of the physical and political world around him.

Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos
Mozart:
Complete Violin Concertos

Isabelle Faust, violin;
Il Giardino Armonico, Antonini
Mozart innovated the the violin concerto with humor and frivolity, which are heard in this delightful collaboration between Faust and Il Giardino Armonico.
Dover Quartet Plays Mozart - Tribute
Recommended TitleDover Quartet Plays Mozart - Tribute
Michael Tree, violin; Dover Quartet
"The Dover Quartet have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet - they're that good."
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The Chicago Tribune
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor; Exultate, Jubilate
Recommended TitleMozart: Great Mass in
C minor; Exultate, Jubilate

Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
"[Suziki's tempi are surprisingly spacious, but the dramatic impact of the double-choir Qui tollis in the Gloria comes across with full force."
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Sunday Times

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; 4 Ballades
Recommended TitleChopin: 4 Ballades;
Piano Concerto No. 1
Seong-Jin Cho, piano;
London SO, Noseda
Winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition, Cho's first ever studio recording on DG is "...poetic, introspective and graceful." -Financial Times
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6
Lindberg, Arctic PO
On the present release, it is Christian Lindberg and his Arctic Philharmonic, based in the far north of Norway, that perform the symphonies.
Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mnt.
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mnt.
Vienna PO, Dudamel
Gustavo Dudamel leads the Vienna Philharmonic in an all-Russian album which also include Night on Bald Mountain and Tchaikovsky's Walzt from Swan Lake.

Malipiero (1882-1973): String Quartets Nos. 1 & 8; Sinfonia for Strings No. 6
Gian Francesco Malipiero: Works for Strings
Quartetto Mitja; Orchestra Nazionale Artes, Vitello
These three works fundamental to understanding Malipiero's place in the aesthetics of Italian music in the twentieth century
Martinu: Violin Concerto No. 2; Serenade for Strings No. 2; Toccata e due canzoni
Martinu: Violin Concerto No. 2;
Isabelle Faust, violin; Cédric Tiberghien, piano
Combining a distinctive personal language and a reverence for the legacies of the past, the music of Martinu presents an endlessly changing landscape.
Roffredo Caetani: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Roffredo Caetani:
String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Alauda Ensemble
Roffredo Caetani's (1871-1961) Second Quartet is in one continuous movement using the Hungarian scale, lending a unity to the melodic material.

Three 'Concertos for Orchestra'
Three Concertos for Orchestra
Cincinatti SO
For the 2015-16 season, three exciting international composers were each commissioned to write a new concerto for orchestra, showcasing the virtuosity, style, and sound of the CSO.
Bowden: Orchestral Works, 'Sudden Light'
Bowden: Orchestral Works, 'Sudden Light'
BBC Natl. Orchestra of Wales
Mark Bowden's first taste of fame came in 2006 when he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize for his first commissioned orchestral work which, rounds out this album.
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The Music of James Matheson
Chicago SO
James Matheson composed his Violin Concerto specifically for violinist Baird Dodge, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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