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...

Exil: Piano music by composers with roots in 2 continents / Eric Le Van, piano Jan14
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Exil: Piano music by composers with roots in 2 con...

This album from the Music & Arts label titled “Exil” (Exile) is subtitled “Piano Music by Composers with Roots in Two Continents”. Each of the five composers represented fled Europe for the United States during the 1930s, among an exodus of some 30,000 artists and...

Miklós Rozsa: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; String Trio / Tippett Quartet Jan09
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Miklós Rozsa: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; String T...

The three works on this CD span the entire career of Miklós Rózsa, from his String Trio, Op. 1 to his final work in the chamber music genre, String Quartet No. 2, Opus 38. The String Quartet No. 1 was written in 1950, roughly mid-way through Rózsa’s career. His compositional style,...

Exoticism: The Music of Karol Szymanowski / Jerzy Kaplanek, violin; Stéphan Sylvestre, piano Dec20
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Exoticism: The Music of Karol Szymanowski / Jerzy ...

Karol Szymanowksi was Poland’s most celebrated composer from the first half of the 20th century. Titled ‘Exoticism’, this recent release on the Canadian Marquis label contains the composer’s significant works for violin and piano performed by Jerzy Kaplanek and Stéphan...

Johannes Midelfart Rivertz (1908 – 1988) “Spill Og Dans”, piano works / Rune Alver, piano Dec18
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Johannes Midelfart Rivertz (1908 – 1988) ...

The discovery of lyrical and interesting music from the middle of the 20th century is always a gratifying one, especially when the composer writes with such a distinctive and alluring style as did Johannes Midelfart Rivertz. The title of this Lawo Classics album, Spill Og Dans, is also the...