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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...

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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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George Enescu: Complete Works for Cello and Piano ...

Cellist Valentin Radutiu and pianist Per Rundberg perform on this two CD set from Hänssler Classic of the complete works for cello and piano by George Enescu. Called by Pablo Casals, “the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart”, violinist, pianist, conductor, teacher and...

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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...

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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...

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J. B. Foerster: Dreams, Memories and Impressions &...

Right from the opening track, Dreaming, by Josef Bohuslav Foerster, it amazes that this superb release from Brilliant Classics is the first time the composer’s solo piano music is appearing on CD. J. B. Foerster (as he is often referred to) was a Czech composer, eighteen years the junior...

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Leevi Madetoja: Symphonies 1 & 3; Okon Fuoko Suite...

In an earlier review on Expedition Audio from about a year ago (March 12th to be exact), I recommended John Storgårds’ recording of Leevi Madetoja’s Symphony No. 2 with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on the Ondine label. This current release from January 2013 is of...

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Godowsky: Twelve Impressions/ Nazrin Rashidova, vi...

Aside from a few largely unavailable Heifetz recordings of a couple pieces here, the music for violin and piano by Leopold Godowsky on this Naxos recording is not to be found elsewhere on disc. Godowsky’s Twelve Impressions of 1916 is the most substantial work on the program, framed by...

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Jean Francaix: Music for Piano / Corinna Simon: pi...

Coming from Delta Classics’ Piano Rarities line, German pianist Corinna Simon has recorded this much needed program of piano music by French composer Jean Françaix. Françaix (1912-1997) wrote in many different genres, and piano music is one of his most important; it is in surprisingly...

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Fritz Brun: Symphony 1; Overture to a Jubilee Cele...

Guild Records has become an essential label for listeners eager to discover exceptional unknown repertoire, especially for those with an interest in orchestral music of the Romantic and Post-Romantic eras. A perfect case in point is the ongoing project to record the complete symphonies of...

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Adolphe Samuel: Symphony No. 6; Joseph Jongen: Thr...

In 2012, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic joined the growing number of orchestras who manage their own record labels. This recording of Adolphe Samuel’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 44 and Joseph Jongen’s Three Symphonic Movements, Op. 137 is part of a series of recordings from the label...

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Reynaldo Hahn: Chamber Music, Vol. 2 / Quatuor Gab...

This is the fourth in a series of programs from the French Maguelone label presenting first time recordings of the music of Reynaldo Hahn. This latest Hahn collection performed by Quatuor Gabriel with cellist Roland Pidoux pulls together four chamber works and a set of Waltzes for solo piano,...