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Atostrio: The French Album – Chaminade; Fran...

Award winning German trio Atos Trio perform on this excellent Farao Classics release titled The French Album. Four works for piano trio make up the program, ranging from the seldom-heard Chaminade, Françaix and Boulanger pieces to one that lies at the core of the repertoire by Debussy. The...

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Samuel Zyman: 3 Conciertos / Marisa Canales, flute...

Mexico’s leading classical music label, Urtext Digital Classics, offers a catalog of well over a hundred titles, most of which feature artists and composers from The Americas. This recent release titled 3 Conciertos from March of 2014 offers a trio of concertos by Mexican composer Samuel...

Alessandro Stradella (1639-82): La Susanna, oratorio Jun27
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Alessandro Stradella (1639-82): La Susanna, orator...

Some composers are satisfied to live quiet but purposeful lives, have many children and leave a great musical legacy. Others are like Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682) who led the life of a scoundrel in the midst of a great musical career, living to only 42 years of age. He lived the life that...

Portus Felicitatis – Motets & Arias by Johann Georg Reutter Jun26
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Portus Felicitatis – Motets & Arias by ...

This is the second CD recommended on Expedition Audio of music by German composer Johann Georg Reutter (1708-1772), who has long been handed the short end of the proverbial stick by history’s musicologists. Appraisals of Reutter’s art coming from the past couple centuries contrast...

Eduard Franck: Piano Trios / Swiss Piano Trio Jun24
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Eduard Franck: Piano Trios / Swiss Piano Trio

This is the second disc from the Audite label of piano trios by the German composer and virtuoso pianist, Eduard Franck. Given the high quality of the music, it’s surprising so little of it has previously been recorded. Of the three pieces on this program, there is one other version of...

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Arvo Pärt: ‘Fur Anna Maria’ – Th...

As it is played here, the complete piano music of Arvo Pärt takes about two hours to perform and fits neatly on these two Brilliant Classics CDs. I’ve qualified this statement with “as it is played here” because some of the music is rather improvisatory, leaving much to the...

Taylor Haskins: Fuzzy Logic Jun20
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Taylor Haskins: Fuzzy Logic

Dreamy, evocative, exploratory, filmic, melodious, intermittently raucous, self-assured – just some of the descriptions one can use when describing Fuzzy Logic, the New Hampshire-born, Champlain Valley, NY denizen trumpeter and composer Taylor Haskins’ fifth and newest solo project, and...

Virgil Thomson: The Mother of Us All / The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater Jun18
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Virgil Thomson: The Mother of Us All / The Manhatt...

Virgil Thomson was a great force behind American music in the 20th Century. Not only was he a great composer, but an outspoken and intelligent voice for music. The Mother of Us All was the second opera he composed. The first, Four Saints in Three Acts, used an all Afro-American cast. The...

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Igor Raykhelson: Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 – ...

The two concertos dating from 2007 and 2010 on this Toccata Classics CD sound, for the most part, as though they could have been written over a century ago. The music is by the Russian born American classical and jazz pianist and composer Igor Raykhelson. It is the third release of the...

Russian Gems: Piano Rarities – Sandro Russo, piano Jun12
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Russian Gems: Piano Rarities – Sandro Russo,...

The sparkling opening bars of “Russian Gems” define the program of this Musical Concepts CD, one that is superbly performed by Sicilian pianist Sandro Russo. The concept behind this project is to “showcase the Romantic tradition in Russian music” (Russo), and features...

Biber: Vespro della beata Vergine; Kerll: Missa in Fletu Solatium / Cantus Cölln Jun02
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Biber: Vespro della beata Vergine; Kerll: Missa in...

The sacred works on this disc were composed by two powerhouses of the Baroque. The well-known Austrian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704) left a seemingly never ending trail of wonderful works, but Johann Kaspar Kerll, who also wrote a great number of outstanding pieces, is...

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Time Stands Still: Elizabethan and Jacobean Songs ...

I always get excited when I get to hear an album of artists I am not familiar with, which turns out to be wonderful. Simon Ponsford, a young and upcoming countertenor and his father David, an award winning keyboardist and musicologist have recorded a disc of Elizabethan and Jacobean songs and...