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Silvestrov: Ode to a Nightingale / Piano Concertino / Symphony No. 7 cover
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VALENTIN SILVESTROV
Silvestrov: Ode to a Nightingale / Piano Concertino / Symphony No. 7
Inna Galatenko, Oleg Bezborodko, Marija Grikevičiūtė / Lithuanian National Symphony, Christopher Lyndon-Gee
[ Naxos / CD - due 14/Aug/2020 ]
Valentin Silvestrov's elusive post-modern style is rich in nostalgia for the lost music of a barely remembered past filled with beauty and spiritual aspiration.
Mahler: Symphony No. 7 cover
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MAHLER
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Orchestre National de Lille; Alexandre Bloch
[ Alpha Classics / CD - due 25/Sep/2020 ]
Alexandre Bloch, who has been Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lille since 2016, has chosen to devote a whole season of concerts to Mahler's symphonies. The Seventh (1904-05) is the most rarely recorded of the cycle - unjustly, because...
Alligator (LP) cover
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The National
Alligator (LP)
[ Beggars Banquet / LP - released 26/Sep/2011 ]
The National may sound like a garage band turned down, but there's as much primal energy lurking behind Alligator as in any mop-topped group of city kids with bloodstained Danelectros in a dusty warehouse. Whil
Kim: Violin Concerto / Dialogues / Cornet cover
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EARL KIM
Kim: Violin Concerto / Dialogues / Cornet
Cecylia Arzewski (violin) / Ireland RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Scott Yoo
[ Naxos American Classics / CD - released 15/Aug/2019 ]
Earl Kim was born in 1920 in Dinuba, California and studied with Arnold Schoenberg, Ernst Bloch, and Roger Sessions. He was a professor at Princeton from 1952 to 1967 and at Harvard from then until 1998, and was the recipient of numerous awards and...
Pickard: Sixteen Sunrises & Symphony No. 5 cover
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JOHN PICKARD
Pickard: Sixteen Sunrises & Symphony No. 5
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Martyn Brabbins
[ BIS / CD - released 30/Jun/2017 ]
"The music fair kidnaps the listener's attention at the outset and does not random it until the gripping, wholly satisfying close...The performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales is stunning in its virtuosity" Gramophone
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 cover
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FREDERIC CHOPIN
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Elim Chan
[ Decca Music Group / CD - released 6/Mar/2020 ]
"It's the kind of disc that makes you rethink these works and appreciate them all over again. And let's hope that this is the start of a wonderful recording partnership with Elim Chan." Gramophone Recording of the Month March 2020
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 / Pieces for solo piano cover
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Etudes-tableaux cover
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SERGEI RACHMANINOV
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Etudes-tableaux
Boris Giltburg (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Carlos Miguel Prieto
[ Naxos / CD - released 17/Aug/2017 ]
"Giltburg certainly has something fresh to say in Rachmaninov's Second Concerto...and he says it elegantly and eloquently...one of the most appealing aspects of this performance is its grand trajectory." Gramophone Editor's Choice
Vivaldi: Nos 4 saisons [Four Seasons] cover
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ANTONIO VIVALDI
Vivaldi: Nos 4 saisons [Four Seasons]
Camille & Julie Berthollet (violin, cello, voice, piano) / String Ensemble of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
[ Warner Classics / CD - released 24/Jan/2020 ]
"We are so excited and thrilled to finally reveal this project, which we have been imagining and developing for months... «Nos 4 saisons», our four seasons! We heard The Four Seasons for the first time before we even knew how to talk, and the sound...
Holst: Planets / R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra cover
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GUSTAV HOLST / RICHARD STRAUSS
Holst: Planets / R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
CBSO Youth Chorus & National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Edward Gardner
[ Chandos SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 30/Jan/2017 ]
For its very first album on Chandos, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain devotes its characteristic energy and musical mastery to an explosive programme that transcends daily life and earthly experience. It is helped by the enthusiastic,...
Mozart: Idomeneo (complete opera) cover
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W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Idomeneo (complete opera)
Christian Elsner / Kristina Hammarström / Henriette Bonde-Hansen / Raffaella Milanesi / Danish National Choir / Danish Radio Sinfonietta Adam Fischer
[ DACAPO SACD / 4 Hybrid SACD - released 6/Dec/2010 ]
fleet-footed orchestral playing and strong, characterful soloists...Elsner captures the conflict raging within the Lear-like Idomeneo and demonstrates some fiendish coloratura...Fischer understands this opera deeply and presents it as a convincing...
Drums Songs & Chants Of The Cook Islands cover
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Meyerbeer: Grand Opera (Deluxe Packaging) cover
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GIACOMO MEYERBEER
Meyerbeer: Grand Opera (Deluxe Packaging)
Diana Damrau (soprano) / Orchestre et Choeur de l'Opéra National de Lyon, Emmanuel Villaume
[ Erato Warner Classics / CD - released 6/May/2017 ]
"The surprise of this disc is how much more than "grand opera" Meyerbeer actually has to offer...[Damrau] is adept at portraying a variety of characters and the Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Lyon under Emmanuel Villaume offers stylish support."
An introduction to Shostakovich (Incls 'Piano Concerto No 2' & 'Symphony No 5') cover
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SHOSTAKOVICH
An introduction to Shostakovich (Incls 'Piano Concerto No 2' & 'Symphony No 5')
Dmitri Shostakovich Jnr (piano) / I Musici de Montreal / Scottish National Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi / Maxim Shostakovich
[ Chandos Intro / CD - released 1/Aug/2006 ]
'Neeme Järvi's understanding of the bleak world inhabited by Shostakovich's symphonies continues to impress. Chandos's sound is superb as always.' American Recird Guide
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (complete opera recorded in 1969) cover
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MODEST MUSSORGSKY
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (complete opera recorded in 1969)
Drago Starc, Dušan Popović, Miroslav Čangalović, Melanija Bugarinović / Belgrade National Opera Chorus, Kreshimir Baranovich
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 3 CD Box Set - released 20/Aug/2018 ]
A first release on CD for the first recording in stereo (and entirely complete) of Mussorgsky's tragic chronicle of faith, rebellion and repression in 17th-century Russia.
Miroir(s): Opera Arias cover
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Part: In Principio cover
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ARVO PART
Part: In Principio
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tallinn Chamber Orchestra / Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tonu Kaljuste
[ ECM Records / CD - released 1/Jun/2009 ]
"This is a superbly constructed recital of some of the most recent music of Estonian composer Arvo Part." (Five Stars AudAud.com)
Exhibition on Screen: Vermeer and music - the Art of Love and Leisure cover
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From the National Gallery, London
Exhibition on Screen: Vermeer and music - the Art of Love and Leisure
[ Seventh Art Productions DVD / DVD - released 10/Feb/2015 ]
Johannes Vermeer is a fascinating painter whose life and works are explored here in amazing detail. Filmed in London's National Gallery, New York's Met and other galleries in the USA and the Netherlands, this stunning film delves into a breath-taking...
The Princess and the Bear: Strauss (R): Duet-Concertino / Beethoven: Trio / Glinka: Trio pathétique cover
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RICHARD STRAUSS / LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN / MIKHAIL GLINKA
The Princess and the Bear: Strauss (R): Duet-Concertino / Beethoven: Trio / Glinka: Trio pathétique
Laurence Perkins (bassoon), with Sarah Watts (clarinet), Martin Roscoe (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sian Edwards (conductor)
[ Hyperion / CD - released 27/Jul/2018 ]
"[the Glinka] finds Watts and Perkins squaring off and duetting like protagonists from one of the bel canto operas that inspired it, while Roscoe accompanies them with understated subtlety." Gramophone
The Art of the Prima Ballerina [2 CD set] cover
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BRITTEN / AUBER / BURGMULLER / DRIGO / MASSENET / ROSSINI / etc
The Art of the Prima Ballerina [2 CD set]
London Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic / Richard Bonynge
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 15/Dec/2013 ]
"[Bonynge] has a nice sense of rubato, and plenty of verve when this is called for. … The recording is extremely vivid" Gramophone Magazine