Salomon Jadassohn (1831-1902): Symphonies Nos. 1-4 / Brandenburg State Orchestra, Frankfurt; Griffiths May23
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Salomon Jadassohn (1831-1902): Symphonies Nos. 1-4...

Having fallen into obscurity shortly after the composer’s death, the music of Salomon Jadassohn has enjoyed a re-evaluation in recent years. This cpo release was my first acquaintance with the German composer’s music and based on the merits of what’s to be heard here,...

Louis Glass (1864-1936): Complete Symphonies, Vol. 1 / Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie; Daniel Raiskin Feb20
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Louis Glass (1864-1936): Complete Symphonies, Vol....

In these two works by Danish composer Louis Glass, musical reflections of our natural world are unmistakable; the idyllic air of a bucolic life surfaces time and again. Glass provides both works with descriptive titles – the third symphony is subtitled “Forest Symphony” and...

William Wallace: Creation Symphony; Pelléas and Mélisande; Prelude to The Eumenides / Brabbins, BBC Scottish SO Feb07
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William Wallace: Creation Symphony; Pelléas and Mé...

If you missed this album of Scottish composer William Wallace’s orchestral music when it was first issued by Hyperion in the late ’90s, you have another chance to obtain it with this reissue on the label’s mid-price Helios line – at about half the price of the original....

Georgy Catoire (1861-1926): Piano Music / Marc-André Hamelin, piano Jan26
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Georgy Catoire (1861-1926): Piano Music / Marc-And...

This recording on Hyperion’s mid-priced Helios imprint was made in 1998. If you missed it the first time around, you can, and should, remedy that now. The music is performed by long-time Hyperion artist, Marc-André Hamelin, a pianist who time and again has exposed the extraordinary...

Joaquin Turina: Chamber Music for Strings and Piano / Lincoln Trio Jan18
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Joaquin Turina: Chamber Music for Strings and Pian...

Much of the music of Joaquín Turina (1882 – 1949) is reasonably well represented on disc, including his songs, pieces for solo piano and for guitar, and some of his orchestral works. In the area of chamber music, however, aside from a few of his most popular pieces, little has been...

Francesco Cilea: Piano Trio; Cello Sonata / Cusano, Di Tonno, Codispoti Nov07
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Francesco Cilea: Piano Trio; Cello Sonata / Cusano...

Italian composer Francesco Cilea is best known for his operas, Adriana Lecouvreur and L’arlesiana, but his success in the opera house was spotty. His final opera, Gloria, premièred in Milan in 1907 under the baton of Arturo Toscanini, was poorly received and withdrawn after only two...

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...

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...

Eduard Franck: Piano Trios / Swiss Piano Trio Jun24
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Eduard Franck: Piano Trios / Swiss Piano Trio

This is the second disc from the Audite label of piano trios by the German composer and virtuoso pianist, Eduard Franck. Given the high quality of the music, it’s surprising so little of it has previously been recorded. Of the three pieces on this program, there is one other version of...

Russian Gems: Piano Rarities – Sandro Russo, piano Jun12
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Russian Gems: Piano Rarities – Sandro Russo,...

The sparkling opening bars of “Russian Gems” define the program of this Musical Concepts CD, one that is superbly performed by Sicilian pianist Sandro Russo. The concept behind this project is to “showcase the Romantic tradition in Russian music” (Russo), and features...

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),...