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Heitor Villa-Lobos: Symphony 12; Uirapuru; Mandu-Çarará / Sao Paulo SO Choir & Children's Choir and Sao Paulo SO, Karabtchevsky
Recommended TitleVilla-Lobos: Symphony 12; Uirapuru; Mandu-Çarará
Karabtchevsky, Sao Paulo SO
"Karabtchevsky's expansive style is effective in Mandu- Carara, and his reading is even better than in the Tenth Symphony." -American Record Guide
Alun Hoddinott (1929-2008): Landscapes; Songcycles and Folksongs / Claire Booth, soprano; Nicky Spence, tenor; Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone; Andrew Matthews-Owen, Michael Pollock, piano
Recommended TitleAlun Hoddinott: Songcycles and Folksongs
Booth, Spence, Williams
"This recording brings together all of his songs for high voice and piano, revealing the vivid atmosphere he was able to evoke in each setting." -MusicWeb International
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Evangélion, the story of Jesus (1947) / Alessandro Marangoni, piano
Recommended TitleCastelnuovo-Tedesco: Evangélion, the story of Jesus
Alessandro Marangoni, piano
"This will appeal to the lover of classical music, especially piano music. Hear what a good composer can do with such simple means. Sometimes it's hypnotic." -ARG

Jonathan Dove (b.1955): All You Who Sleep Tonight, song cycles / Claire Booth, soprano; Patricia Bardon, mz; Nicky Spence, tenor; Andrew Matthews-Owen, piano
Recommended TitleJonathan Dove: Song Cycles
Claire Booth, Patricia Bardon, Nicky Spence, Andrew Matthews-Owen
"I cannot imagine anyone with an interest in singing, or music for voice and piano, or young singers, or British music not responding to this." -Fanfare
Patric Standford (1939-2011): Symphony No. 1 'The Seasons'; Cellon Concerto; Prelude to a Fantasy / Raphael Wallfisch, cello
Recommended TitlePatric Standford: Symphony No. 1
Lloyd-Jones, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
"Standford has a romantically grand but thoughtful approach to music that appeals to my senses." -American Record Guide
Jacques Loussier (b.1934); Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Percussion; Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Tabla; Paderewski: Sonata for violin and piano / Adam Kostecki, violin
Recommended TitleLoussier: Violin & Percussion Concerto; Paderewski: Violin Sonata
Adam Kostecki, violin; Gunther Hauer, piano
"The music [Loussier's] is very likeable in a neo-Bachian way...[the Paderewski is] a lovely piece." -MusicWeb International

Verdi: Otello / Robert Dean Smith, Raffaella Angeletti, Sebastian Catana, Luis Damaso, vicenc Esteve. Oviedo Filarmonia, Haider
Recommended TitleVerdi: Otello
Smith, Angeletti, Catana, Damaso, Esteve. Oviedo Filarmonia
"Besides the main characters, all the small roles are well done, and the chorus and orchestra perform very well under Friedrich Haider." -American Record Guide
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14 / Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool PO
Recommended TitleShostakovich: Symphony No. 14
Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool PO
"Petrenko gets appropriately dark and brooding textures from his strings and percussion ensemble, unleashing sounds of raw ferocity..." -Sunday Times
Jake Heggie / Gene Scheer: Out of Darkness - An Opera of Survival / Caitlin Lynch, soprano; Sarah Larsen, mz; Morgan Smith, baritone
Recommended TitleJake Heggie / Gene Scheer: Out of Darkness, Opera
Caitlin Lynch, soprano; Sarah Larsen, mz; Morgan Smith, bar
"Jake Heggie is one of the today's outstanding composers. He has written many fine works and is perhaps this country's greatest living opera composer." -Expedition Audio

British Music for Cello and Piano - works by William Busch, Kenneth Leighton, William Wordsworth, Arnold Cooke / Raphael Wallfisch, cello; Raphael Terroni, piano
Recommended TitleBritish Music for Cello and Piano
Raphael Wallfisch, cello; Raphael Terroni, piano
"This outstanding program comprises four very fine cello and piano works by four distinguished modern-but-essentially-traditional British composers in excellent performances..." -ARG
Jake Heggie: Connection - Three Song Cycles / Regina Zona, soprano; Kathleen Tagg, piano
Recommended TitleJake Heggie: Connection - Three Song Cycles
Regina Zona, soprano; Kathleen Tagg, piano
"Throughout these cycles, Heggie reveals an adept handling of the voice-and-piano medium - for all that the vocal line could have benefited from more expressive variety..." -Gramophone
Peter Cornelius: Complete Lieder, Vol. 4 / Markus Schafer, tenor; Hans Christoph Begemann, baritone; Mathias Hausmann, baritone
Recommended TitlePeter Cornelius: Complete Lieder, Vol. 4
Markus Schafer, tenor; Hans Christoph Begemann, baritone; Mathias Hausmann, baritone
"Matthias Veit is the accompanist throughout, reacting instinctively to the singers and playing with warmth and beauty of tone." -MusicWeb International

Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003): Concerto for piano; Concerto for flute; La follia di Orlando / Bruno Canino, piano; Mario Ancillotti, flute
Recommended TitleGoffredo Petrassi: Concerto for piano; Concerto for flute; La follia di Orlando
Bruno Canino, piano; Mario Ancillotti, flute
"The best place to start...is with the most immediately accessible music on this disc, the 1945 Suite from La follia di Orlando.." -International Record Review
Ernesto Cavallini (1807-1874): Capriccios for solo clarinet; Three Duos for two clarinets / Nicola Bulfone, clarinet; Marco Giani
Recommended TitleErnesto Cavallini: Capriccios for solo clarinet; Three Duos for two clarinets
Nicola Bulfone, clarinet; Marco Giani
"Bulfone plays with vigor, sports good technique, and uses his circular breathing ability in Cavallini's long technical passages." -American Record Guide
Korngold: Piano Trio, Op. 1; Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht (trans. for piano trio) / Fidelio Trio
Recommended TitleKorngold: Piano Trio, Op. 1; Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht
Fidelio Trio
"Korngold's Piano Trio, Opus 1, was his first published work, completed at age twelve, and is given a stirring performance here by the members of the Fidelio Trio." -Presto Classical

Sarasate: Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 4 - Transcriptions of Chopin, Gounod, LeClair, Handel & Raff / Tianwa Yang, violin; Markus Hadulla, piano
Recommended TitleSarasate: Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 4
Tianwa Yang, violin; Markus Hadulla, piano
"We encounter Sarasate's spontaneity and coalescence of tenacity and timidity in these distinctly Spanish-sounding transcriptions and arrangements..." -MusicWeb International
Britten: Reflections - works for violin or viola & piano / Matthew Jones, violin & viola; Annabel Thwaite, piano
Recommended TitleBritten: Reflections: Works for Viola & Piano
Matthew Jones, violin & viola; Annabel Thwaite, piano
"Jones's performances here, well accompanied by Annabel Thwaite, are sometimes more expansive but have a sure feel for Britten's idiom." -Gramophone
Ebony and Ivory: works by Nichifor, Horovitz, Lutoslawski, Cooke Arnold / Andrew Simon, clarinet; Warren Lee, piano
Recommended TitleEbony and Ivory: works by Nichifor, Horovitz, Lutoslawski, Cooke Arnold
Andrew Simon, clarinet; Warren Lee, piano
"The recital is engaging. Simon plays with infectious energy and personality, and he meets every technical challenge, especially in the hair-raising Nichifor." -American Record Guide

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