Alfredo Catalani: Ero e Leandro; Contemplazione / La Vecchia Mar10
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Alfredo Catalani: Ero e Leandro; Contemplazione / ...

Where would we music lovers be without the Naxos label working doggedly to record the music of every deserving composer they can get their ears on? In this case, it’s the orchestral music of Italian composer Alfredo Catalani, best known as a composer of opera (most notably for La Wally),...

Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-1872): Overtures / Antoni Wit, Warsaw PO Mar08
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Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-1872): Overtures / Anton...

Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszki, although not a household name outside his native country, is to this day a revered and prominent figure in Polish cultural life. His name and likeness have appeared on everything from building and park signs to currency and stamps. Products of early 19th...

Balakirev’s Complete Piano Works Vol. 1 / Nicholas Walker Feb25
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Balakirev’s Complete Piano Works Vol. 1 / Ni...

This Grand Piano CD is designated volume one of the complete piano works by Mili Balakirev performed by British pianist Nicholas Walker. The program contains three sonatas, coupling the familiar Sonata in B flat minor of 1905 with two early works from the composer’s late teens, his...

Heinrich Hofmann: Eine Schauspiels Ouverture, Op. 28; Ungarishe Suite, Op. 16; Symphony E flat Major “Frithjof” Feb13
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Heinrich Hofmann: Eine Schauspiels Ouverture, Op. ...

This Sterling World Premiere recording of orchestral music by Heinrich Hofmann was released some time ago, but had been unavailable for a period of time while Sterling Records had no U.S. distributor. Thankfully, the label is back in circulation, and this CD is being recommended here on E.A....

Heinrich Hofmann: Octet, Op. 80; Serenade, Op. 65; Sextett, Op. 25 / Berolina Ensemble Feb11
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Heinrich Hofmann: Octet, Op. 80; Serenade, Op. 65;...

I’ve had for a little while now in my ‘yes’ stack of CDs to recommend here on Expedition Audio this very fine MD&G recording of chamber music by one Heinrich Hofmann, beautifully performed by the Berolina Ensemble. Digging a little deeper into that same pile, I...

Hans Rott: Symphony No. 1 in E major / Catherine Rückwardt Feb05
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Hans Rott: Symphony No. 1 in E major / Catherine R...

The music of Austrian composer Hans Rott is little known, even to many seasoned collectors, however it holds a pivotal place in music history during the transition from the late 19th century to the early 20th. This Acousence CD contains the composer’s most important work, his Symphony...

Niels W. Gade: Piano Sonata op. 28; Aquarellen opp. 19 & 57 / Christina Bjorkoe, piano Feb03
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Niels W. Gade: Piano Sonata op. 28; Aquarellen opp...

The symphonies and much of the chamber music of Niels Gade have been made available in multiple versions over the years, but one important area of the composer’s output that is not well represented on disc is his piano music. That’s what makes this release of a choice selection of...

Ignaz Lachner: Piano Trio No. 1; Gustav Jensen: Fantasiestucke, Op. 27; Mikhail Glinka: 3 Russian Songs Jan04
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Ignaz Lachner: Piano Trio No. 1; Gustav Jensen: Fa...

Listening to only the starting measures of the Piano Trio Op. 37 by Ignaz Lachner on this Phil.harmonie CD, the elevated level of the performances is already evident. The disc contains two rare and lovely German Romantic-era piano trios by Ignaz Lachner (1807-1895) and Gustav Jensen...

Anton Rubinstein: Symphony No. 5; Dmitry Donskoy, overture; Faust, Op. 68 Aug26
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Anton Rubinstein: Symphony No. 5; Dmitry Donskoy, ...

Russian composer Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894) wrote six symphonies, the Second, known as The Ocean, being the most frequently performed and recorded. His Symphony No. 5 in G minor appears far less commonly. Aside from this Naxos CD, there exists only one other currently active version in the...

Volkmar Andreae, Orchestral works, Vol. 2: Concertos Aug22
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Volkmar Andreae, Orchestral works, Vol. 2: Concert...

Guild Records has been putting the name of Swiss composer Volkmar Andreae back on the musical map through an excellent series of recordings which began with the composer’s chamber works, and is now two volumes deep into his orchestral music. This Guild CD contains the world premiere...

Sergey Taneyev: String Quartets, Vol. 3 – Quartets nos 5 & 7 / Carpe Diem Quartet Aug06
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Sergey Taneyev: String Quartets, Vol. 3 – Qu...

Sergey Taneyev’s String Quartet No. 7 in E flat major that opens the program on this Naxos CD was written in 1903. The opening movement is beautiful, and there is an almost Mozartean sophistication and elegance in its classical styling. In other aspects, such as the relaxed form and more...

Friedrich Gernsheim: Symphonies 1 & 3 / Hermann Bäumer, Mainz Orchestra Aug05
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Friedrich Gernsheim: Symphonies 1 & 3 / Herma...

Indefatigable in their quest to bring us fresh and wonderful music, cpo has done it again with this fascinating release of two symphonies by German composer Friedrich Gernsheim (1839-1916). The label’s strong suit has been its recordings of instrumental and orchestral music from the...