Paul Graener: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Werner Andreas Albert Apr11
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Paul Graener: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Werner An...

Conductor Werner Andreas Albert conducts the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover in what appear to be the world premiere recordings of three gripping orchestral works by German composer Paul Graener (1872-1944). This release comes from cpo, a label with a penchant for bringing to light fascinating...

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Philip Spratley (b.1942): Orchestral Music, Vol. 2...

Despite the fact that an illustration of a piano keyboard is their logo, and the term “toccata” is most often associated with music for keyboard, Toccata Classics is not just a “piano label”. In addition to the many revelatory premiere recordings of keyboard music the...

Vit Kristan: Imprints / Animal Music Apr07
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Vit Kristan: Imprints / Animal Music

Imprints is the debut album of piano player Vit Kristan, whose project boasts a piano trio core of extraordinary calibre. Kristan’s jazz is not new to Expedition Audio – and neither is the work of his bass-wielding trio mate Jaromir Honzak; three of their albums have been recommended...

Kara Karayev: The Seven Beauties; The Path of Thunder (Ballet Suites) / Royal PO, Yablonsky Apr06
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Kara Karayev: The Seven Beauties; The Path of Thun...

With the release of this second CD from Naxos of music for orchestra by Azerbaijani composer Kara Karayev, the current catalog has on offer three full programs of music by this fine composer. The previous Naxos release was of Karayev’s Symphony No. 3 and two tone poems; this new release...

Kuhlau (1786-1832): Flute Quintets / Ginevra Petrucci, flute; Kodaly Quartet Apr03
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Kuhlau (1786-1832): Flute Quintets / Ginevra Petru...

Brilliant Classics is a label well known to collectors for its extensive catalog of bargain collections and editions. These compilations are culled by licensing previously released and largely unavailable material from major record labels. However, the label has also been quietly building a...

Belmondo Family Sextet: Mediterranean Sound Mar29
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Belmondo Family Sextet: Mediterranean Sound

Mediterranean Sound is a beautiful family affair! Father Yvan Belmondo and his two sons Stéphane and Lionel take inspiration from “returning home” – both physically and musically – to celebrate the jazz they love above all. Backed by the trio of Jean-Philippe Sempere (guitar),...

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William Wallace: Symphonic Poems / Martyn Brabbins...

This recording from Hyperion Records on their mid-priced Helios line is the welcome reissue of a full priced release from 1996. At that time, it was the first recording made of music by Scottish composer William Wallace (1860-1940). There is now about half a dozen CDs with a significant chunk...

Dmitri Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos 1 & 2; Colas Breugnon Suite / Torleif Thedéen, cello Mar20
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Dmitri Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos 1 & 2; Colas Br...

This new album is the third in cpo’s survey of Kabalevsky’s orchestral works. The NDR RadioPhilharmonie has performed on each, and its the second conducted by Japanese conductor Eiji Oue. On this recording, we hear Kabalevsky’s Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, magnificently...

Splinters – 20th Century Hungarian Works for Piano / Mariann Marczi, piano Mar16
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Splinters – 20th Century Hungarian Works for...

In this program of rarely heard 20th century piano pieces by seven Hungarian composers, pianist Mariann Marczi performs over an hour of music that has factored prominently in her academic studies and performing career. The album takes its name from the opening work, Splinters, Op. 6/d by...

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KornGOLDMark – Works by Korngold & Gold...

Violinist Orsolya Korcsolan’s recording of music for violin and piano, its program ingeniously summed up in the album title, “KornGoldMark”, brings together the romantically exotic music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957), Carl Goldmark (1830-1915), Rubin Goldmark...

Le Piano Français – Virtuoso Piano Concertos by Rivier, Casadesus, Wiener, Casterede Mar12
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Le Piano Français – Virtuoso Piano Concertos...

Guild Records has been proving their pudding of late by releasing exceptionally fine yet little known repertoire in quintessential performances. They do so again with ‘Le Piano Français’. Pianist Timon Altwegg with conductor Gilles Colliard and the Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse...

Alfredo Catalani: Ero e Leandro; Contemplazione / La Vecchia Mar10
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Alfredo Catalani: Ero e Leandro; Contemplazione / ...

Where would we music lovers be without the Naxos label working doggedly to record the music of every deserving composer they can get their ears on? In this case, it’s the orchestral music of Italian composer Alfredo Catalani, best known as a composer of opera (most notably for La Wally),...