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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...

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Anthony Holborne: The Fruit of Love – works ...

England produced few remarkable composers for a period of several hundred years. For virtually all of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, the country had to wait until the time of Britten, Vaughan Williams and Elgar in the early 20th century to boast their own true greatness. However, if...

Alfred Bruneau: Requiem; Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande, Symphony / Ludovic Morlot Sep15
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Alfred Bruneau: Requiem; Claude Debussy: Pelléas e...

This Cypres CD contains two rarities from the late Romantic repertoire by French composers Alfred Bruneau and Claude Debussy. The Bruneau work is his Requiem, first performed in London in 1896. The music of Debussy comes by way of Romanian-born French composer Marius Constant, who was one of...

A. Scarlatti: Clori, Ninfa e Amante – Arias & Cantatas Sep12
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A. Scarlatti: Clori, Ninfa e Amante – Arias ...

The music of Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) lacks the representation in the catalog it deserves. The Italian composer, who is probably best known as the father of Domenico Scarlatti, composed over 50 works for the stage (predominately operas) and over 700 chamber cantatas, two of the most...

Music from 18th-Century Prague – works by Zelenka, Tůma & Orschler / Collegium 1704 Sep10
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Music from 18th-Century Prague – works by Ze...

A recent release in Supraphon’s Music from eighteenth-century Prague series, this CD is subtitled Bohemian Disciples of Johann Joseph Fux. The music of Fux (1660-1741) does not appear on the disc at all. What these pieces have in common is that each of the three composers, František...

French Romantic Cantatas – works by Catel, Boisselot, Hérold & Cherubini / Karine Deshayes, mezzo; Opera Fuoco Sep08
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French Romantic Cantatas – works by Catel, B...

The concert going public of 19th-century France was consumed by opera. While composers kept opera stages humming, it wasn’t quite enough and a new genre evolved, one which allowed audiences to get an operatic shot in the concert hall. The scene lyrique, in its ultimate form, was a series...

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs / Ars Nova Copenhagen; Paul Hillier Sep06
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The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs / Ars Nova Cope...

This splendid album, The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs, should be an obvious acquisition for any listener who enjoys Romantic choral music. It’s been released by the Danish Dacapo label and is performed by Ars Nova Copenhagen under the direction of eminent choral conductor, Paul...

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Gems from the Belgian Treasure Trove – Piano...

A common denominator to the three piano trios on this Phaedra Classics album is each composer’s passionate commitment to the principles of the Romantic era. The composers represented, François Rasse (1873-1955), Joseph Ryelandt (1870-1965) and Victor Vreuls (1876-1944) were all born in...

A German Soul: Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg / Ensemble Méridien Aug27
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A German Soul: Devotional Music from 17th-century ...

Subtitled Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg, A German Soul from Brilliant Classics is a varied program of instrumental, solo vocal and organ pieces dating, for the most part, from the early Baroque. The eight composers represented were all active in northern Germany at some point or...

Dave Stryker: Eight Track Aug18
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Dave Stryker: Eight Track

With nearly a record a year as leader since his late 1980s recording debut, not to mention the dozens of recorded sideman appearances, veteran guitarist Dave Stryker has amassed a substantial discography of considerable depth and quality, leading varied small group combinations from trio to...

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Out of Darkness – An Opera of Survival by Ja...

Jake Heggie is one of the today’s outstanding composers. He has written many fine works and is perhaps this country’s greatest living opera composer. Heggie made a big splash with Moby Dick and was greatly praised for Dead Man Walking. Working again with his long-standing librettist,...

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Michelagnolo Galilei: Intavolatura di liuto / Anth...

The story behind the two composers whose music appears on this Ramée CD is as fascinating as the music itself. Performed on a ten-course lute by Anthony Bailes, the disc is titled Intavolatura di liuto. Two members of an illustrious Italian family, Michelagnolo Galilei and his father,...