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 His final opera, Gloria, premièred in Milan in 1907 under the baton of Arturo Toscanini, was poorly received and withdrawn after only two...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),...

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...