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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Gershwin: An American in Paris / Liza Ferschtman, violin
Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Gershwin: An American in Paris / Liza Ferschtman, violin

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2012-02-14

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53; George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Performers: Ferschtman, Liza
Conductors: Venzago, Mario
Ensemble: ; Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Amsterdam

Anton Dvorák's much loved Violin Concerto is performed on this new hybrid SACD by the outstanding young soloist Liza Ferschtman. The disc also includes George...continue...
Recording information: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (04/20/2011-04/22/2011)....continue...
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Italian Concertos & Sonatas
Italian Concertos & Sonatas

3 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-11-08

Works: Giovanni Benedetto Platti: Concerto for cello & strings in C major; Concerto for cello & strings in C minor; Nicola Porpora: Concerto for cello & strings in A minor (previously attrib. to Nicola Fior...
Performers: Franenberg, Robert [Violin]; Henstra, Siebe; Stubbs, Stephen [Lute]; Swarts, Lucia; Van der Meer, Richte
Conductors: Stubbs, Stephen [Lute]

This three-disc set of superb 18th century Italian cello music features Boccherini, one of the most important composers for cellists. Lucia Swarts' passion for this...continue...
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Beethoven:  Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-11-08

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92; Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.

In the third part in this Beethoven series, we hear Symphonies 7 & 8 in an interpretation by Jan Willem de Vriend and his Netherlands...continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum Enschede (NL)....continue...
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Richard Wagner: Parsifal
Richard Wagner: Parsifal

4 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-10-11

Works: Richard Wagner: Parsifal
Conductors: Zweden, Jaap van

Jaap van Zweden, chief conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, is one of the world's leading conductors. Concurrently with his post in Dallas, van Zweden's...continue...
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Willen van Otterloo: The Original Recordings: 1951-1966
Willen van Otterloo: The Original Recordings: 1951-1966

7 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-06-14

Works: Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93; César Franck: Les Eolides, M 43; Symphony in D minor, M 48; Psyché, symphonic poem for chorus & orchestra (also arr. for piano, 4 hands), M. 47;...
Performers: Asma, Feike; Groot, Cor De; Krebbers, Herman; Olof, Theo
Conductors: Otterloo, Willem Van
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Joseph Haydn: Organ Concertos / Koopman
Joseph Haydn: Organ Concertos / Koopman

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-01-11

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Concerto for Organ no 1 in C major, H 18 no 1; Concerto for Violin & keyboard in F major, H. 18/6; Concerto for Keyboard in D major, H 18 no 2
Performers: Koopman, Ton; Manson, Catherine
Conductors: Koopman, Ton

Ton Koopman and his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra are internationally renowned as specialists in the field of baroque and early classical music. Recently, Koopman won the...continue...
Recording information: Lutherse Kerk, Haarlem (NL) (09/2009)....continue...
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Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Romances
Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Romances

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-01-11

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61; Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40; Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50
Performers: Ferschtman, Liza; Prommel, Peter
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.

A perfect match of orchestra, soloist, and conductor! Both Liza Ferschtman and Jan Willem de Vriend are becoming very well known worldwide. Liza’s last solo...continue...
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Vivaldi: Concertos for Oboe, Strings & Basso Continuo
Vivaldi: Concertos for Oboe, Strings & Basso Continuo

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2011-01-11

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 463; Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in C major, RV 450; Concerto for Oboe in A minor, RV 461; Concerto for strings & conti...
Performers: Oostenrijk, Pauline
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.

A dedication to Pelegrina dall’ Obo· the most important female oboe player in Vivaldi’s time, and to all other female oboe players. In this heartfelt...continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum Enschede (NL) (06/09/2010-06/11/2010)....continue...
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Richard Wagner Orchestral Adventure / De Waart
Richard Wagner Orchestral Adventure / De Waart

3 CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold; Die Walküre; Siegfried; Götterdämmerung; Tristan und Isolde; Parsifal
Conductors: De Waart, Edo

After very successful concert tours featuring the orchestral adventures of Wagner operas-with arrangements by Henk de Vlieger-Edo de Waart and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic now...continue...
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Richard Wagner Die Meistersinger - An Orchestral Tribute / De Waart
Richard Wagner Die Meistersinger - An Orchestral Tribute / De Waart

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Henk de Vlieger: Meistersinger, an orchestral tribute; Richard Wagner: Entreactes tragiques (2), for orchestra (fragments), WWV 25
Conductors: De Waart, Edo; Tausk, Otto

Famous "orchestral builder" Edo de Waart presents new interpretations of Wagner's Die Meistersinger and Deux entreactes tragiques in beautiful arrangements by Henk de Vlieger....continue...
Recording information: MCO Studio 5, Hilversum, The Netherlands....continue...
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Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 6
Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 6

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-10-12

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60; Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.

A refreshing new recording of the Beethoven symphonies through the eyes of conductor Jan Willem de Vriend and his orchestra. De Vriend's name as a...continue...
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Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 97 & 98 / Ton Koopman
Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 97 & 98 / Ton Koopman

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-09-14

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 98 in B flat major, H 1 no 98; Symphony no 97 in C major, H. 1/97
Conductors: Koopman, Ton

The first volume in the series of twelve London Symphonies of Joseph Haydn, recorded and released by Ton Koopman and his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Haydn...continue...
Recording information: Wallse Kerk, Amsterdam (09/2009)....continue...
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Mahler: Symphony No. 1
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 "Titan" / Jan Willem de Vriend

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-05-11

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.

In 1893 Mahler restored his First Symphony. The movement called "Blumine" was put back in, and the Symphony got the nickname "Titan". This version of...continue...
Recording information: Muziekcentrum Enschede, NL (05/27/2009-05/29/2009)....continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-04-13

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64; Marche slave, Op. 31
Conductors: Sado, Yutaka

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin plays a precise, darkly shimmering rendering of Tchaikovsky that resonates with an even balance of drama and finesse. In 1987, Yutaka...continue...
Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (D) (05/13/2008-05/15/2008)....continue...
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Buxtehude: Complete Works 11 (Vocal Works 4)
Buxtehude: Complete Works 11 (Vocal Works 4)

2 CD / Challenge Classics / 2010-02-09

Works: Dietrich Buxtehude: Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen, for SSB voices, 2 violins, 2 violas, trombone, 2 cornets, 2 trumpets,; Jesu dulcis memoria, for 2 sopranos, 2 violins, bassoon & continuo, BuxWV...
Performers: Dürmüller, Jörg; Goethem, Patrick van; Karasiak, Andreas; Mertens, Klaus; Meyer, Miriam; Pahn, Bettina; Thornhill, Siri Karoline; Zomer, Johannette [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Koopman, Ton

The substantial repertoire of Buxtehude's vocal art ranks among the most attractive in the later 17th century, and forms a climactic point in Lutheran church...continue...
Recording information: Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2006-03-??&2007-05-??&2007-)....continue...
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Niccolo Paganini: Violin Concertos no 1 & 2 / Jan Willem de Vriend, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, et al
Niccolo Paganini: Violin Concertos no 1 & 2 / Jan Willem de Vriend, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, et al

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-11-10

Works: Niccolò Paganini: Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6; Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Op. 7 "La Campanella"; Gioachino Rossini: Matilde (di) Shabran, opera
Performers: Koelman, Rudolf
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.

The two most popular violin concertos of Paganini, aptly linked by a Rossini overture. Virtuoso violinist Rudolf Koelman is the former leader of Amsterdam's Royal...continue...
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Bach: H-Moll-Messe / Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach: H-Moll-Messe / Sigiswald Kuijken

2 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2009-09-08

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Performers: Crabben, Jan Van der; Genz, Christoph; Hardt, Patrizia; Hermans, Elisabeth; Hunziker, Bernhard; Niedermeyr, Marcus; Samann, Gerlinde
Conductors: Kuijken, Sigiswald

A unique recording in the vocal setting of the period (single voices, with no choir) by the world famous Early Music ensemble....continue...
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Buxtehude: Opera omnia Vol 7 - Vocal Works Vol 3 / Koopman, et al
Buxtehude: Opera omnia Vol 7 - Vocal Works Vol 3 / Koopman, et al

2 CD / Challenge Classics / 2008-08-12

Works: Dietrich Buxtehude: Nichts soll uns Scheiden, for SAB voices, 2 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 77; Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, for SATB voices, 2 violins, 2 violas, violone & continuo, BuxWV62 (2 ...
Performers: Bentvelsen, Donald; Dürmüller, Jörg; Karasiak, Andreas; Koopman, Ton; Mertens, Klaus; Meyer, Miriam; Pahn, Bettina; Zomer, Johannette [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Koopman, Ton

This double album demonstrates Buxtehude's versatility in the composition of vocal works - outside the large scale dimension of the vanished "Abendmusiker" - for an...continue...
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Otterloo: Symphonietta for Triple Woodwind & 4 Horns, etc
Otterloo: Symphonietta for Triple Woodwind & 4 Horns, etc

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2008-04-08

Works: Willem Van Otterloo: Symphonietta for winds; Suite for string orchestra; Intrada, for brass & percussion; Serenade for brass and percussion; Franz Schubert: Fantasy for Piano 4 hands in F minor, D 94...
Conductors: Hamel, Micha; Fischer, Thierry
Ensemble: ; Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra

These are rarely recorded compositions from a world-famous conductor. These beautiful orchestral works are in the style of Bartok and the composers of his time....continue...
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Bach: Christmas Oratorio / de Vriend
Bach: Christmas Oratorio / de Vriend

2 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2007-10-09

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Performers: Durmuller, Jorg; Hartelius, Malin; Roth, Detlef
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan W.

"Conductor Jan Willem de Vriend proves himself a fine storyteller, and his band is excellent: tempos are always well chosen, string attacks are crisp and...continue...
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Buxtehude: Opera omnia Vol 2 - Vocal Works Vol 1
Buxtehude: Opera omnia Vol 2 - Vocal Works Vol 1

2 CD / Challenge Classics / 2007-03-13

Works: Dietrich Buxtehude: Das Jüngste Gericht, oratorio ("Wacht! Euch zum Streit gefasset macht"), BuxWV Anh. A3 (doubtful)
Performers: Bentvelsen, Donald; Blaze, Robin; Isidro, Orlanda Velez; Karasiak, Andreas; Mertens, Klaus; Stam, Caroline; Steur, Rene; Zomer, Johannette [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Koopman, Ton

"Assuming [the oratorio is] the real McCoy, it represents a major, heretofore unknown vocal work by this great North German composer that all baroque fans...continue...
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Mirabile Mysterium - Christmas Music through the Ages
Mirabile Mysterium - Christmas Music through the Ages

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2005-09-13

Works: Jacobus Handl: Mirabile Mysterium, for 5 voices (Opus musicum); Ab oriente venerunt magi, for 4 voices (Opus musicum); Sebastián Alfonso: Unidos tres reyes, for chorus & ensemble; Anonymous, Fre...
Performers: Coen, Bart [Recorder]; Delpierre, Beatrice; Watillon, Sophie
Conductors: Van Nevel, Paul

This is a compilation of well - and lesser-known Christmas music, interpreted by the award-winning Netherlands Chamber Choir conducted by Paul van Nevel....continue...
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Pietro A. Locatelli - The Italian Music Master in Amsterdam
Pietro A. Locatelli - The Italian Music Master in Amsterdam

1 CD / Challenge Classics / 2005-08-09

Works: Pietro Locatelli: Introduttione Teatrale no 4 in G major, Op. 4/4; Concerto Grosso in E flat major, Op. 7/6; Concerto Grosso in G major ("Da Chiesa"), Op. 4/9; Introduttione Teatrale no 5 in D major,...
Performers: Faultless, Margaret; Koopman, Ton
Conductors: Koopman, Ton

Although an Italian, Pietro Locatelli spent the second half of his career working in Amsterdam, where he had most of his greatest successes, and he...continue...
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