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...

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...

Alexandre Tansman Piano Music / Eliane Reyes, piano May04
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Alexandre Tansman Piano Music / Eliane Reyes, pian...

This release marks the fifth CD issued by Naxos dedicated entirely to the music of Alexandre Tansman and is the second of the composer’s piano music. Belgian pianist and contemporary music specialist Eliane Reyes performs both piano programs by this composer who, during his lifetime, was...

Luis de los Cobos: The Symphonic Works Apr25
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Luis de los Cobos: The Symphonic Works

The cover of this Verso CD reads: Luis de los Cobos, complete orchestral works. Normally, you would expect a CD labeled this way to include a composer’s works for solo instruments with orchestra and perhaps even scores for chamber orchestra, but de los Cobos’ compositions in these...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Early 20th century Piano Trios by Volkmar Andreae, Sandor Veress, Raffaele D’Alessandro / Absolut Trio Mar06
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Early 20th century Piano Trios by Volkmar Andreae,...

The three musicians of the Absolut Trio have been building a repertory around “rare finds and forgotten pieces,” and the three works they perform on this Musiques Suisses CD are absolutely in line with this objective. Coming from the early and mid-twentieth century, each of the...

Norwegian Music for String Orchestra – music of Grieg, Kvandal, Nystedt, Gruner-Hegge / Ensemble Allegria Jan21
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Norwegian Music for String Orchestra – music...

This album of Norwegian music for string orchestra from Lawo Classics was released in the fall of 2013. I put off listening to it for several months, mostly because the opening piece on the program, Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Op. 40, is a work not really aligned to the...

Dimitar Nenov (1901-1953): Etudes 1&2; Toccata; Miniatures; Cinema Suite / Viktor Valkov, piano Jan17
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Dimitar Nenov (1901-1953): Etudes 1&2; Toccat...

The music on this Grand Piano CD traverses twenty-three years from the career of Bulgarian composer Dimitar Nenov (1902-1953), a period that saw enormous changes to his compositional style. This of itself is not unusual; the fascinating thing is that he progressed backwards, as it were. Taking...