Michel Bisceglia Trio: Singularity / Michel Bisceglia, piano; Werner Lauscher, bass; Marc Léhan, drums Nov20
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Michel Bisceglia Trio: Singularity / Michel Bisceg...

The sometime politically-fractious, culturally heterogeneous, low country of Belgium continues in the present day to foster its lengthy and distinguished relationship with Jazz, one that includes producing the eminent musical personages Django Reinhardt and Toots Thielemans, the Brussels Jazz...

Baptiste Trotignon: ‘Hit’ with Thomas Bramerie and Jeff Ballard Nov12
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Baptiste Trotignon: ‘Hit’ with Thomas ...

The acclaimed French pianist and composer Baptiste Trotignon appears on this evocative, elegant and diverse new album of original compositions entitled “Hit”, released on the Naïve label. After recording and working on numerous projects throughout Europe and the US, with...

Swiss Aspects: Orchestral Music from Argovia 1945-1970 / Douglas Bostock Nov10
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Swiss Aspects: Orchestral Music from Argovia 1945-...

This recent release from Coviello Classics titled Swiss Aspects presents live recordings from concerts marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Argovia Philharmonic. Its subtitle reads Orchestral Music from Argovia 1945-1970. This sent me to Google maps where I discovered Argovia is one of the...

Francesco Cilea: Piano Trio; Cello Sonata / Cusano, Di Tonno, Codispoti Nov07
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Francesco Cilea: Piano Trio; Cello Sonata / Cusano...

Italian composer Francesco Cilea is best known for his operas, Adriana Lecouvreur and L’arlesiana, but his success in the opera house was spotty. His final opera, Gloria, premièred in Milan in 1907 under the baton of Arturo Toscanini, was poorly received and withdrawn after only two...

Martin Berteau (1708-1771): Sonatas & Airs for Violoncello / Christophe Coin Nov04
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Martin Berteau (1708-1771): Sonatas & Airs fo...

The music of French composer Martin Berteau has never been well represented on record. In fact, all I discovered were brief appearances on a handful of 18th-century cello anthologies. That’s surprising given the fact that Berteau is widely considered to be the founder of the French...

Baroque Bohemia & Beyond, Vol. 7 ‘Winter Season’ / Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Vojtěch Spurný Nov02
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Baroque Bohemia & Beyond, Vol. 7 ‘Winte...

The latest release from Musical Concepts in their ongoing Baroque Bohemia & Beyond series, this seventh installment is subtitled “winter season”, and is comprised of delightful music by Czech composers active in the early decades of the Classical era. The music is largely by...

David Starobin plays Mauro Giuliani, Vol. 2 / David Starobin, guitar Nov01

David Starobin plays Mauro Giuliani, Vol. 2 / Davi...

We have Bridge Records to thank for continuing this marvelous survey of the guitar works of the great early 19th-century composer, Mauro Giuliani. David Starobin is one of the finest master guitarists playing this music. The disc not only shows off Giuliani’s solo pieces but also his highly...

Frank Kimbrough: Quartet /  Frank Kimbrough, piano; Steve Wilson, sax; Jay Anderson, bass; Lewis Nash, drums. Oct31
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Frank Kimbrough: Quartet / Frank Kimbrough, piano...

Admirers of the NYC-based, Julliard School of Music faculty member and internationally respected jazz pianist Frank Kimbrough know well of the many gratifying characteristics – adept and evident swing, tunefulness and lyricism, melodic shapeliness and generosity, intimacy and reflection,...

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Kenneth Fuchs: Falling Man; Movie House; Songs of ...

September 11, 2001 was a day never to be forgotten. It was unspeakably devastating, and a tragically surreal day for all who witnessed the events unfold. I was there that day, hearing incessant sirens, watching in disbelief as the North Tower crumbled, smelling the stench and wandering in all...

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New American Choral Series: Music of Stephen Carac...

Stephen Caracciolo writes beautiful music. However, as pleasurable as the music is of its own accord, to hear it without at the same time taking in a full understanding of the sung texts is to miss the true essence of the music. It is Stephen Caracciolo’s consummate writing for chorus...

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Xavier Montsalvatge: Works for Orchestra / Marta M...

A quick query shows that the music of Xavier Montsalvatge is best represented on the Naxos label. Recordings prior to this release include some of the Catalan composer’s piano music and chamber works. Performed by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Victor Pablo...

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‘Preisung’ / Sjaella women’s cho...

This is a gem. It’s one of those rare albums where, hearing only the opening few measures, you become completely absorbed in the beauty of what you are hearing. Simply titled Preisung (German for “Praise”), the music is sung by Sjaella, a group of six extraordinary young...